During the protests in Paris on 28. Tensions escalated on November 11th when thousands took to the streets over a new law that would restrict the sharing of pictures by police officers.
A controversial provision of the law would make it a crime to post photos or video footage of police officers on duty in order to compromise their « physical or mental integrity ». The nationwide protests on Saturday came after footage of officers beating a black man went viral. President Emmanuel Macron condemned the footage on Friday, calling it an « unacceptable attack ». ”
This footage shows a crowd surrounding a fire burning on a boulevard near the Place de la Bastille in Paris. Police fired tear gas to disperse noisy protesters in a largely peaceful crowd, Le Monde reported. Photo credit: @_jollyfoxx via Storyful
BUENA VISTA, Ga. – On the grounds of a courthouse in South Georgia, dozen of masked and socially distant voters lowered their heads in prayer for the 260+. 000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus. Then hopeful Democratic Senate Raphael Warnock took the microphone and pledged to call for more economic aid to businesses and people affected by the pandemic, and to promote democratic plans to tackle the long-standing racial and prosperity gaps highlighted since the crisis. The day before, Vice President Mike Pence had fought Warnock’s opponent Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her Republican Senator David Perdue. But in heavily republican northern Georgia, there have been few mentions of the public health calamity that led to the defeat of President Donald Trump: aid programs passed by Congress months ago and a vaccine that is weeks or months away from mass distribution is. « By the end of this year we will see 40 million vaccines across America, » Pence predicted, attributing the possibility to « the leadership of President Donald Trump. ». « His crowd – distant only in certain seating areas and many without a mask – roared as the vice president added a kicker: » We’re in the wonder business. « There are two completely different worlds in Georgia where the national political spotlight is on two Senate drains that determine which party controls the chamber at the start of President-elect Joe Biden’s democratic government. Republicans still need a seat for a majority; Democrats need Jan. 5. For Republicans, the pandemic is secondary to a sting defined by dire warnings about what it would mean if Warnock defeated Loeffler and Perdue fell victim to Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. Democrats are now more than excited to discuss COVID-19 and its economic impact. The messaging differences also affect both sides’ health protocols. The approaches mostly follow the fall presidential campaign when Trump wanted to talk about anything but the virus while Biden focused on Trump’s handling of it. November results in Georgia explain why neither side is deviating. Biden has Trump in the state with less than 13. 000 votes cut from more than 5 million votes cast. But Perdue led Ossoff with around 100. 000 votes and ended up just below the majority Georgia needs to avoid a runoff. Warnock led Loeffler in a separate special election. Both sides share a common conclusion: each party has a pool of potential voters approaching 2. 5 million. It’s just a question of which side can get more to cast ballots in a second round. Republican reprisals will again – in part – depend on generating enthusiasm through personal campaigns, even as coronavirus cases increase nationally. Trump has announced plans for December. 5 Georgia rally after weeks of speculation over whether he would come because of his continued refusal to admit Biden. As with the president’s rallies in October, there is no indication that his Georgia event will involve social distancing or require masks as recommended by public health officials. Neither Perdue nor Loeffler repeat the president’s derision of public health standards. So far, in the runoff, they have hosted several indoor events with no social distancing and no mandatory masks. Florida Sen. . Marco Rubio, who performed with Loeffler, drew hundreds of suburban Republicans to Cobb County’s GOP headquarters, surprised organizers, and pushed the facility to the point where some voters left without trying to enter. Florida Sen. . Rick Scott drew a crowd similar to a restaurant in suburban Cumming for an event with both incumbents in Georgia. Days later, Scott said he tested positive for COVID-19 and was exposed the same day he traveled to Georgia. Loeffler later also announced her own positive test, although consecutive negative tests followed in the days that followed, prompting her to end a brief quarantine. Loeffler acknowledges the pandemic in her standard speech by highlighting her and Perdue’s votes for the economic aid package in the spring. Warnock and Ossoff counter with almost exclusively outdoor or virtual campaigns. However, Warnock has kept outdoor photo lines that don’t involve social distancing. « We haven’t seen real national public mourning because it’s the kind of death that doesn’t come in one fell swoop, » said Warnock in Reynolds, where he fought under an outdoor picnic canopy. “We don’t see any real appreciation of what is happening. . . . In the meantime, we have a debate on science. Wearing a mask is kind of a political statement? No, it’s not a political statement. It’s common sense. Ossoff kicked off the second round of the campaign with a nationwide tour of drive-in rallies similar to Biden’s after Labor Day. Ossoff was isolated in July after his wife, a gynecologist, signed COVID-19. His ads often show him greeting voters in masks. The two Democrats have also criticized Loeffler and Perdue for timed stock deals after a series of private congressional meetings on the then burgeoning pandemic. « While you took shelter, she protected your investment, » said Warnock of Buena Vista. A recent Ossoff ad said Perdue « benefited from the pandemic » rather than « preparing our country ». The Senate ethics officers and the Department of Justice have not found any violations of law in the Senator’s financial activities in Georgia. Ossoff has also tried to attribute Perdue’s loyalty to Trump to the pandemic. The president has spent weeks making unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud in Georgia and other battlefield states that Biden has won, without Perdue denying the claims. Trump’s footprint in an orderly transition, Ossoff said in an interview, has hampered Biden’s ability to organize a government-wide coronavirus response. « What Sen. . Perdue should do it when he had the best interests of the people in his heart and not just his own, « Ossoff told The Associated Press, » encouraging the president to embrace reality. ___ Associate press writer Ben Nadler contributed to this report from Atlanta. Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
Manitoba Education is seeking support for its distance learning center from employees working in the province’s 37 public school departments. « The province made a call to school departments for employees who may be interested in working as part of a team with the Manitoba Remote Learning Support Center, » a department spokesman said in a statement Friday. Participation in the department is voluntary, but the spokesperson said interested administrators are expected to identify people, resources, and best practices for the support center. The team of staff, separate from the apprenticeships the province is currently hiring for, will help create the center’s bank of distance learning and assessment resources, the spokesman added. The Brandon School Division confirmed Friday that one of their employees will work with the hub once it launches. In a statement, Assistant Superintendent Mathew Gustafson said BSD had joined a group of other departments to create the Westman Consortia to provide distance learning to students with medical exceptions this fall. The new center will provide additional resources that the department « will research and use as the center evolves, » said Gustafson. Also on Friday, the Hanover school department announced that one of their teaching coaches would help with the development of the center, but would continue to work in the department. When they arrived on Friday, superintendents from the Seine, Seven Oaks and Prairie Spirit divisions said they had no plans to recruit staff to support the center. « We’d rather keep our students connected to their home schools, » Seven Oaks’ Brian O’Leary wrote in an email noting that current programming is keeping students connected to their classrooms. Earlier this month, the province announced plans to hire 100 teachers to fill the $ 10 million support center for teachers and parents who provide distance learning. The Manitoba Teachers’ Society has questioned how the province will find qualified applicants, among other critics, as schools struggle to cover replacement claims due to public health guidelines when staying home during symptomatic and COVID-19 exposure quarantine periods. The province confirmed on Friday that it will accept applications from outside Manitoba. The center is expected to open next month. The Education Minister suggested it would run this month when he presented the project, but the province extended the application deadline to December. 2. Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Winnipeg Free Press
Brandon Sun readers asked to attend COVID-19 press conferences with Chief Public Health Officer Dr. . Brent Roussin and Lanette Siragusa, Chief Nursing Officer at Shared Health. QUESTION: I heard that home care workers from a small rural community in the Prairie Mountain Health area will be forced to go to Brandon to help with the Fairview Personal Care Home. These companions will appear to be staying in a nursing home for a period of time – two weeks. The same companions are more likely to visit actual homes in their community than facilities. Can you confirm that this is the new plan, and if so, how does it protect those in need of home care? SIRAGUSA: I know there have been discussions with the Prairie Mountain Regional Health Authority. I know they have been trying to find a way that home care supports the personal nursing home, which is not an inappropriate place to reinstall. As you know, the distances from Brandon are challenging. Therefore, try to move the work to another location and provide shelter or support the family and work life of the workers. I think these conversations will continue. I have not received any formal confirmation that a decision has been made at this point. QUESTION: Why have officials stopped outdoor activities for children such as sledding and skating on outdoor ponds, especially if they were sticking to small groups of two to three children? ROUSSIN: Group sizes outdoors are five. So if you have been to a pond with less than five people or you went for a walk or something . . . We just closed outdoor recreational facilities simply because we wanted to reduce the risk of large numbers of people congregating. If you had an outdoor hockey arena, we would expect only five people to be on the rink at a time right now. As a result, outdoor recreational facilities have only been closed for a short time. Even so, there can be plenty of outdoor recreation. The group size limits are five. Do you have a question about something in your community? Send your questions to opinion @ brandonsun. com with the subject line: Readers Ask. Michèle LeTourneau, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Brandon Sun
A remote Vancouver Nation First Nation hit by a COVID-19 outbreak also had the added burden of a storm-induced power outage today. Marriage seam First Nation is on lockdown as of November with nine active COVID-19 cases. 26, in their reserve near Zeballos Coun. Ernie Smith told community members in a Facebook update that 11 cases have been recorded in the community of around 500 since last week, two of which have recovered. He asked members to « stay home » and continue to isolate. « We don’t want to spread this virus any more than before, » said Smith in the video update. In addition, a storm caused a power outage in the area earlier today. In a Facebook update on the Ehattesaht First Nation page, Darlene Smith told members that BC Hydro was on the way and was working on bringing in some generators. Smith also said Zeballos volunteers were making soup for community members affected by the blackout. Island Health Medical Health Officer Charmaine Enns wrote a letter to parishioners at Zeballos, Ehattesaht and Nuchatlaht today that the increased testing carried out last week has detected additional cases of COVID-19. “Most cases occur with people who have already been identified as close contact and who have already self-isolated at home. This is very encouraging as the cases occur in people that we expect. This underscores that the public health action of self-isolating cases and close contacts is effective in reducing transmission within the community, « she said in the statement. Enns also said that several COVID-19 cases have completed their infection period and are considered cured. On Nov. . 20 parishioners from the parish of Ehattesaht and Nuchtlaht in Oclujce were informed about a visitor who had spent time at the Zeballos Elementary Secondary School to test positive for the virus. Contact tracing by the BC Center for Disease Control began on Nov.. . 21 after members were asked to self-isolate. READ MORE: Visitors to Zeballos Tested Positive for COVID-19 READ MORE: Zeballos Closes Public Service Areas Ahead of Second Wave Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Campbell River Mirror
Gambler First Nation first heard of The Brandon Sun in May. Darlene Gerula, an off-reserve member, emailed the Sun describing various issues with the leadership that she believes are threatening the lives of reserve members. These concerns included the use of Akwaton multi-purpose towels, the product of a company that the leadership at Gambler wanted to buy. Health Canada recalled the wipes in late June because the product both expired in 2015 and contains polyhexamethylene guanidine hydrochloride, an ingredient that is not approved for use in Canada. In the months since Gerula’s email, the Sun has met and spoken to multiple Gambler members and heard their stories several times. This is part one of a three part series. GAMBLER FIRST NATION – Gambler First Nation finds itself in the midst of an ongoing and ever-growing invisible crisis. « If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe it, » said band member Darlene Gerula in one of many interviews with The Brandon Sun.. . Gambler First Nation has a membership of just under 300 people, around 70 of whom live in reserve. There are 42 houses. Two of these houses were built this year – the first the reserve has built in eight years. About two dozen longtime members of the reserve band – elders and young people – have reported abuse by a leadership that includes Chief David Ledoux, his wife Rose, and their daughter Kellie, one of two council members. This leadership has refused to answer questions from members or from the sun. Allegations of mistreatment include homes that are locked with a padlock, homes that have been in disrepair for years (making them essentially inanimate), withheld water, withheld electricity threats, withheld health services, and repeated attempts to confiscate homes to offer them to members and supporters outside of the reserve. Gambler hired a team of lawyers to handle the legal proceedings. Both before and after receiving Gerula’s email, the Sun tried repeatedly to contact the band to visit the community and learn more about them. When we made a call we were told to communicate via email. Six e-mails went unanswered. We also communicated via Facebook Messenger, to no avail. For a short time, we received testimony from a marketing company who acted as a liaison. This company is no longer involved with gamblers. The leadership has actually been in question for two years, with the current boss, David Ledoux, staying in power against the band’s own electoral laws. The band has its own election process under the First Nations Elections Act, not the Indian Act. Gordon Ledoux, who won the 2018 second election, as named by the band’s election committee, died in November. 8 in hospital while the matter remains under judicial review in federal court. Indigenous Services Canada continued to deal with David after Gordon’s election. “Because Gambler First Nation’s custom coding process is outside of the electoral requirements of Indian law, the department has no role in choosing community leadership or resolving governance disputes, although the department can provide assistance through mediation or facilitated Meetings upon request, ”said Leslie Michelson, spokeswoman for Indigenous Services Canada. “When a governance dispute arises in a community that chooses its leadership through its own community (or habitual) process, the dispute must be resolved according to the community’s own rules or through the courts. If ISC receives conflicting governance reports, election results are recorded by community agreement or as directed by the courts. Everything seems fine at Gambler on paper and in public. The First Nation is developing an urban reservation in Brandon and has more than $ 300 million in settlement with the federal government getting the pike. Gerula and her husband Greg Wakin first met David and Rose at an NDP fundraiser and were initially impressed. “He was a Christian. We thought a pillar of the community, ”said Gerula, adding that it was her brother Vern Kalmakoff who arranged for the couple to attend as he could not. This original meeting took place shortly after Gerula’s contractual status was reinstated in 2015 – her grandmother had married a non-indigenous man and was stripped of her status. Kalmakoff and Gerula are direct descendants of John « Falcon » Tanner. This ancestor was a white man who was kidnapped by an Ojibwa tribe and married two indigenous women while he was still alive. It’s an integral part of Gambler’s genesis. Atakawinin (« The Gambler ») Tanner, a grandson of the Falcons, is the namesake of the First Nation. The player’s brother, Joseph Tanner, is Kalmakoff and Gerula’s great-grandfather. Another grandson, John Tanner, founded Tanner’s Crossing, now known as Minnedosa. David came to power at Gambler in 2012 after returning to the reserves. He took over from his brother Gordon, who had to resign for health reasons. According to several reports, David came to Gambler with very little, his family in tow. In the summer of 2014, 14 band members occupied the band’s office after a meeting where a quorum of members of the reserve band voted to oust David. At the time, band member Donna McGillivary said, “We want to be heard and make it public how we are treated here. « There’s a culture of nepotism in the reserve, » McGillivray said at the time, and David uses intimidation tactics to silence people who oppose him. As with the 2018 elections, concerns then surfaced about the use of members outside the reserve who did not know what was going on in the reserve. The band office is now in Russell and is not accessible to band members without vehicles. McGillivary declined to speak to the Sun about this story. When Gerula’s great-grandfather Joseph died, Kalmakoff and Gerula’s great-grandmother Felix Ledoux married. David Ledoux’s mother, Nellie, was also her grandmother’s first cousin. The families at Gambler are so interconnected that the band’s custom electoral laws once allowed only one blood relative of John « Falcon » Tanner to be elected boss. A 2015 Canadian Human Rights Court decision overturned the practice after Sharon Tanner, who married into the family, filed a complaint when she was banned from running for office. That decision also determined that David firing her from her position as business promoter with the band was an act of retaliation. Gerula and Wakin were unaware of what was happening at Gambler on site. Gerula and Wakin are affiliated with the Brandon Land Project, an urban reserve project along 18th Street North in Brandon. The couple said David and Rose sought help setting up businesses and generating income for gamblers. The couple found the properties and developed the relationship with the town of Brandon, they said. In 2019, the couple accepted an invitation from David and Rose to go to Gambler to work. Wakin, who retired after 30 years as a Winnipeg police officer and the former owner / operator of two restaurants, took over the role of health director last May. Gerula – herself a businesswoman who successfully owned a shipping company with her ex-husband of almost 30 years – volunteered at the health center. The experience was supposed to be a homecoming of sorts for Gerula, and her little grandson joined them. Their son, an IT professional, also came to them in the summer and volunteered. « It’s Darlene’s family, » said Wakin. « It is their family home. We thought it would be good to get to know the community – try to adapt. « A house that David had promised was nowhere in sight, and the couple spent their first month at a nearby hotel at their own expense, then over a women’s garage in neighboring Russell, 15 minutes away. They continued to eat out because they did not have access to a kitchen. Fortunately, they kept their place in Winnipeg, Gerula said. In the reserve, Gerula and Wakin soon became concerned about the misuse of funds, the public embarrassment of the staff, and the general conditions they were facing in the reserve. « We always thought it was going to turn around, but it got worse every day, » said Wakin. As an example, Gerula offered the story of a school bus. With federal funds, David bought a full-size school bus with 72 seats, which he then swapped for a tractor-trailer. There are approximately 15 school-age children at Gambler attending school in nearby Binscarth. The semi is now unused. Gerula also shared how she came across a few hundred thousand dollar scholarship to put fiber optic internet in reserve. The area is sometimes without connectivity or with poor connectivity for days. But the deadline was short. « I asked Kellie and Rose for information. Then they disconnected my email. I called you. « I have a suggestion that I’m working on. The deadline is now tomorrow. « They said, » Yeah, yeah, we’ll get it working, « said Gerula. At a staff meeting where staff shared what they were doing, Wakin mentioned the proposal Gerula had been working on and how the opportunity was now being missed. “Rose started yelling at me. I have never been treated with such disrespect or abuse in my life. And my life as a kid wasn’t a walk in the park. I’ve never been treated like this in my life, ”said Gerula. “She started screaming that I have no right to send emails. Who do I think I am?. We talk – scream and spit. Shout out loud in front of all the staff. When she finished yelling at me, her daughter-in-law started yelling at me. « Gerula looked over at her husband and told him that she couldn’t do it anymore. « I left. I cried. I can not do that. I volunteer. Wakin resigned immediately. The couple left the reserve in September last year. Since then, they have been campaigning for gambler members. How did Kalmakoff. « I just want what’s right for the members, » said Gerula. “The homeless to have a home. People with medical conditions to meet their needs. Those who hurt to get help. I know that you cannot help everyone except those who want help. A visit to the reserve by the sun on Oct.. . 16 painted a picture that was stark and shockingly different from the public picture. On the drive from Brandon to Gambler was Kalmakoff, an off-reserve band member and longtime Brandon businessman, owner of Vern’s Appliance Sales Service & Parts Ltd. . spoke of the difficulties many members have. His greatest worries were Gordon, who was extremely ill at the time, was getting sick and sick and had been denied medical care on the reservation, and Sean Ledoux. Both are David’s brothers. He also had concerns about Roxanne Brass, a sister of all three. Gordon also won a human rights case against Gambler First Nation in 2018, for which David testified as chief, and retaliation was an item mentioned in the decision. Gordon’s story « Brothers Housing Feud at Gambler First Nation » appeared in the Sun in October. 3. Gordon suffered from many ailments, despite having been surfing the couch with relatives on the reservation for several years. He had severe diabetes with ulcers in his feet and legs. He’s had five heart attacks. Half of his stomach was removed at the age of 17. « He’s often in a coma when he goes to the hospital and doctors expect him never to make it, » Brass said in October, weeks before her brother died. “Gordon keeps surprising doctors and miraculously survived. He is the strongest man I know and who survives. Gerula said Gordon and Brass called her when Gordon was denied reserve foot care. “I spoke to the nurse. She told me she made his feet and Mackenzie (Olynyk, health director) told him not to come back, ”Gerula said. “The nurse said if anyone at Gambler needed foot care, it was Gordon. « With the denial of medical care, he had no way of getting on dialysis, » said Gerula. “We have two medical vans that are supposed to take members to their medical appointments. He was denied that. Since he could not get to dialysis, he stopped the treatments. He could be a burden. Roxanne works a few hours away. She couldn’t drive it. Gerula, who gave Gordon permission to stand up specifically for him, said Gordon was ashamed the last time he did foot care in the reserve. « Since the health director told him not to come back and tell him that she could and would decline all of his health needs . . . he didn’t want to burden everyone. Treatment would be given two to three times a week. Without treatment or help from Gambler … how does he get there? « , She said. “The nurse also set up physical therapy so he could walk. The health director denied this. He was tired of fighting for everything. « Gordon’s death gutted Kalmakoff. He had come to admire Gordon, and Kalmakoff couldn’t believe Gordon was giving up. « I didn’t know the end was so near. Friday (Nov. . 6) I went to him. I heard he was really, really sick. He was hit. They beat him. You fucking beat him. They have two ambulances worth 80. 000 US dollars sitting there most of the time, ”Kalmakoff said, adding that David used it as his personal van. « I’ve seen him everywhere and they weren’t in the health business. For this they are designed to take people to the medical center or to the hospitals and to guide them back and forth. If he (Gordon) is denied that, it will be nothing short of a crime. Gerula and Brass told Kalmakoff that Gordon intended to stop treatment and just go to the other side. “They said he wanted everyone to accept it. He was worried about what I was thinking, what I would think. Kalmakoff says he could have turned it around and told Gordon to get rid of it. “Then even take him home. I would have kept him at home. Took him himself, ”he said. “He was too good a person. Not only that, he was so valuable to our cause. This doesn’t have to be the case with Gambler. It really doesn’t. A little decency . . . If David had a little decency it would be very different. But he just doesn’t have any. Now he’s putting Sean’s boots on. And there is nothing we can do about it. Kalmakoff found it uncomfortable to speak negatively about anyone during his conversations with the Sun.. He winced as he tried to explain what he knew about the way David treated people, especially David’s own family. But his anger over how many members are being treated in the reserve proved greater than his discomfort. Parts two and three of this series about Gambler First Nation will be out in the sun next week. Michael LeTourneau, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Brandon Sun
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – An Iranian scientist appointed by the West to head the Islamic Republic’s disbanded military nuclear program was killed in an ambush on the outskirts of Tehran on Friday. The Iranian Foreign Minister claimed that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s assassination gave « serious indications » of an Israeli role, but did not elaborate. Israel, long suspected a decade ago of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists, declined to comment immediately. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once told the public to remember this name when talking about Fakhrizadeh. The killing could further aggravate tensions in the Middle East, almost a year after Iran and the US. S.. . was on the verge of war when an American drone attack killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. It is just as President-elect Joe Biden is about to take office in January and is likely to complicate his efforts to return America to a pact to ensure Iran does not have enough highly enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon. That deal, in which Iran curtailed its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, was completely dissolved after President Donald Trump stepped down from the deal in 2018. Trump himself retweeted an article by Israeli journalist Yossi Melman, an expert with Israel’s Mossad secret service, about the murder. Melman’s tweet called the killing a « great psychological and professional blow to Iran. Details of the assassination remained low in the hours following the attack in Absard, a village east of the capital that is a retreat for the Iranian elite. Iranian state television said an old truck with explosives hidden under a load of wood was blown up near a limousine carrying Fakhrizadeh. When Fakhrizadeh’s limo stopped, at least five armed men showed up and picked up the car with rapid fire, the semi-official Tasnim news agency said. Fakhrizadeh died in a hospital after doctors and paramedics were unable to resuscitate him. Other wounded were Fakhrizadeh’s bodyguards. Photos and videos shared online showed a Nissan sedan with bullet holes in the windshield and blood on the road. While no one took responsibility for the attack, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pointed his finger at Israel and called the killing an act of « state terror ». « Terrorists murdered a prominent Iranian scientist today. « . This cowardice – with serious references to the role of Israel – shows the desperate warmongering of the perpetrators, ”wrote Zarif on Twitter. Hossein Dehghan, adviser to the Iranian Supreme Leader and presidential candidate in the Iranian elections in 2021, also accused Israel – and issued a warning. « In the final days of their ally’s political life, the Zionists are trying to step up and up the pressure on Iran to wage a full-blown war, » Dehghan wrote, seemingly referring to Trump’s final days in office. « We will descend like lightning on the murderers of this oppressed martyr and make them repent of their actions! » Hours after the attack, the Pentagon announced it had already brought the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier back to the Middle East, an unusual move the airline had already spent months in the region. It cited U’s drawdown. . S.. . Armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq as the reason for the decision: “It was advisable to have additional defense capabilities in the region in order to deal with eventualities. The attack comes just days before the 10th anniversary of the murder of Iranian nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari, whom Tehran also accused Israel of. These and other targeted killings occurred around the time the so-called Stuxnet virus, believed to be an Israeli and American creation, was destroying Iranian centrifuges. The Absard area, overlooking Mount Damavand, the highest peak in the country, is full of vacation villas. The streets on Friday, part of the Iranian weekend, were emptier than normal due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, offering its attackers the opportunity to strike with fewer people nearby. Fakhrizadeh led Iran’s so-called Iranian AMAD program, which Israel and the West claimed was a military operation examining the feasibility of building a nuclear weapon. For a long time, Tehran only maintained its nuclear program for civil purposes. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran had carried out « activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device » in a « structured program » by the end of 2003. That was the AMAD program, which involved working on the carefully coordinated explosives needed to detonate an implosion-style atomic bomb. Before 2005 and between 2005 and 2009, Iran also « carried out computer models of a nuclear explosive, » according to the IAEA. However, the agency said these calculations were “incomplete and fragmented. The IAEA inspectors are now monitoring the Iranian nuclear sites under the now-dissolving nuclear agreement with the world powers. Experts believe Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to make at least two nuclear weapons if it is to pursue the bomb. Meanwhile, in July, an advanced centrifuge assembly plant exploded at Iran’s Natanz nuclear power plant, which Tehran now calls a sabotage attack. Fakhrizadeh, born in 1958, had been sanctioned by the U.. N. . Security Council and the U. . S.. . for his work on AMAD. Iran always described him as a university professor of physics. Fakhrizadeh, a member of the Revolutionary Guard, was featured in pictures of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a sign of his power. In recent years, U. . S.. . Sanctions lists name him as the head of the Iranian organization for defensive innovation and research. The State Department described this organization last year as working on dual-use research and development activities, aspects of which are potentially useful for nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons delivery systems. Iran’s mission to the U. . N. . Meanwhile, Fakhrizadeh’s recent work described as « developing the first domestic COVID-19 test kit » and overseeing Tehran’s efforts to manufacture a possible coronavirus vaccine. In 2018, Netanyahu gave a presentation in which he revealed what he called material that Israel stole from an Iranian nuclear archive. « An essential part of the plan was the creation of new organizations to keep the work going, » claimed Netanyahu. « So did Dr. . Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of the AMAD project, put it. Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh. ___ Associate press writers Amir Vahdat and Mohammad Nasiri in Tehran, Iran, and Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed to this report. Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press
A district-wide exercise in the Winnipeg School Division over the next week will focus not on fire, bus evacuation, or lockdown security measures, but on how to learn remotely during a pandemic. K-12 students enrolled in 79 schools in central Winnipeg are expected to participate in a pseudo-critical (code red) scenario Tuesday morning. Students must come to school as normal unless they participate in distance learning or isolate themselves as per COVID-19 public health regulations. « Similar to a fire drill, the practice is to help our schools determine if we missed something in our distance learning planning because of a red level in one school or across the department, » said Radean Carter, WSD- Senior information officer said in a statement to the Free Press. Carter said WSD wants to make sure it provides support to both teachers and schools as a whole. Therefore, the exercise is an opportunity to see what more the department can do to help. While students focus on the curriculum throughout the day, some time is devoted in the morning to ensuring they know how to access distance learning. « Children are assumed to be digital natives, but educators will tell you that this is different from asking a child to sign in to Google Suite in good time, to access documents, properly save and upload them, and all next, « he told Margaux Miller of Tech Manitoba. Key computer skills students need to learn to read and write digitally include typing, troubleshooting devices, and safely storing files so they are easily accessible. According to Miller, these skills are expected to be woven into other lessons in the school. Miller oversees the DigitALL program, which offers Manitobans training on digital literacy and various online platforms. Since spring more than 1. 300 teachers – from WSD and others – participated in the introduction of DigitALL in Microsoft Teams and in the Google Classroom course. While these training opportunities were available before the pandemic, Miller stated that COVID-19 has undoubtedly put the focus on the importance of digital literacy as well as the digital divide. Some families have experienced severe delays online because multiple students are live streaming at the same time, while those without reliable internet have received worksheets. Departments have set up Wi-Fi hotspots to eliminate differences, but Miller said there has to be a longer-term solution: affordable, reliable, and accessible internet for all. The Government of Canada, Information and Communication Technology Council, and Tech Manitoba plan to release a joint report next month on the impact of connectivity on tech equity and education in Manitoba. On Tuesday, WSD expects glitches and bug fixes that can’t all be fixed in one morning, Carter said. She noted that the purpose of the exercise is to allow students to log in and navigate virtual learning. « At the same time, we have an opportunity to reduce the anxiety that comes with suddenly switching to distance learning as students have had the opportunity to try it out, ask questions in person, and familiarize themselves with the process, » added Carter. At least 6. 400 students in schools in Winnipeg are temporarily studying remotely, in addition to hundreds of others who have been approved for distance learning due to medical exemptions. Aside from the schools in the Steinbach area, which are currently in the most severe phase of the pandemic response system, schools in Manitoba are still in the restricted phase (Code Orange). Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Winnipeg Free Press
The federal government plans to source and distribute COVID-19 vaccines, signs contracts with seven potential manufacturers, and says six million doses could arrive in the country in the first quarter of 2021. The latest development from Ottawa came on Friday when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau replaced former NATO commander Maj. -Gene. Dany Fortin leads the national sales effort. But different provinces have also started to formulate their plans. Here’s a look at what they’ve said so far:
The provincial health chief says he will release a detailed plan for distributing a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Ottawa shares more information.
DR. Robert Strang said Friday there was still no certainty about the availability of a vaccine, but expressed hope that an initial supply would arrive in Nova Scotia by the beginning of the new year.
Strang said a detailed provincial plan, due to be released once the federal government provides further details, will include strict controls on supplies and clear rules dictating who will be the first to be eligible for vaccination.
He said he was awaiting further federal guidance on topics ranging from priority groups to transportation and warehouse logistics.
The province will be ready to start rolling out its vaccination schedule in January. 1, say senior politicians.
Prime Minister Francois Legault said Thursday that public health officials have already settled on the priority vaccine recipients list but have not released details.
The province is also working to put in place the necessary infrastructure to support the introduction of vaccines, according to Legault. That includes sourcing refrigerators capable of maintaining the extremely low temperatures required for one of the most promising potential vaccine options currently being developed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
Quebec also has Deputy Deputy Health Secretary Jerome Gagnon and Former Provincial Health Director Dr. . Richard Masse is to oversee the province’s vaccination efforts.
Prime Minister Doug Ford is among the leaders calling on Ottawa to provide more clarity as officials scramble to develop a nationwide vaccination strategy.
Early speculation about the number of doses the province might receive halted earlier this week when Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said such details are still in the works.
But Ford has made progress and named the former head of national defense, Gen. Rick Hillier will oversee the introduction of vaccines in the province.
Hillier said Friday he hopes to develop a plan by the end of the year while Ford urged Ottawa to provide detailed information on a possible vaccine delivery.
« We need a clear line of sight in the schedules of the programs, » said Ford.
The province’s chief doctor has announced that she will be 680 at the beginning of the new year. 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be received, a number that has not yet been confirmed by the federal government.
DR. Deena Hinshaw has also said a number of hurdles and unknowns remain as the province works to develop its vaccination regimen.
« Those (vaccine) numbers obviously depend on many factors, » Hinshaw said in November. 18th. « They depend on the final parts of the ongoing trials. They depend on ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the early vaccines. All of these checks and balances must be deleted. « »
On Friday, Hinshaw said the province is working with Ottawa to get vaccines but it is « a moving target » as to when vaccines might be available.
« However, our goal is that as soon as a vaccine becomes available, we are ready to immunize people on this top priority list. « »
The provincial health authorities announced on Wednesday that a vaccination strategy for the province is already in the works.
DR. Bonnie Henry, the best female doctor in the province, said Dr.. . Vancouver Coastal Health’s Ross Brown will join the group that is organizing the logistics for vaccine distribution.
Henry said frontline workers as well as those in nursing homes are likely to have priority over vaccinations.
She warned that while the province has contracts with vaccine manufacturers, offshore manufacturing can be challenging.
« It’s very much about who is most at risk and how best to protect them, » said Henry. « There has to be a lot of discussion. « »
Henry said the province hoped to have vaccines on hand by January.
Prime Minister Sandy Silver told lawmakers Wednesday that the area was discussing a vaccine introduction plan with various levels of government.
He said the goal is to provide vaccines to the elderly and health care providers.
Silver said rural and remote communities should have priority in northern regions as well, a fact he stressed to federal authorities.
The prime minister said he had teamed up with the other provincial and territorial leaders to advance a national strategy to distribute the vaccine.
« How confusing would it be for 13 different strategies across the country? » he said.
Silver said the Pfizer vaccine could create logistical problems for remote communities due to its cold storage requirements, but those problems may not apply to other vaccines under development.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published in November. 28, 2020.
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Almost a year after B. . C.. . With the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Nuchatlaht First Nation (NFN) is calling on the province to comply with its legislation regarding an ongoing land title case. The Nuchatlaht urged Prime Minister John Horgan, Attorney General David Eby, and newly appointed Cabinet Ministers to « correct longstanding government policy that Nuchatlaht has given up their territory », to abide by the law to uphold UNDRIP, and its legal arguments to fall to let. Since Jan. . In 2017 NFN legally pursued a land claim for areas such as Nootka Island on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. « British Columbia’s attorneys stalled the case by making absurd – and expensive – arguments that the nation had left its territory to refute the continued use of the land, » the statement said. Archie Little, spokesman for the Nuchatlaht House, told Spiegel: « The case is a classic example of how the province does not understand how our chiefs owned and operated the land. « The head of NFN (Tyee Ha’wiih) Jordan Michael can stay until he is 18. It can be traced back to the 18th century, « Little said, adding that their ancestors have owned the land for thousands of years. The nation claims it was evicted from its traditional territory on Nootka Island and the land has been licensed by the province to logging companies without the consent of the First Nation. Western Forest Products is now operating there. « British Columbia is trying to silence the Nuchatlaht nation so they can do whatever it wants, » Michael said, adding, « We will not be silent while our cultural sites are destroyed, salmon streams degraded and ancient forests grow. « are clear. The nation made the statement in response to Horgan’s new cabinet sworn in yesterday, which includes a new Minister for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Murray Rankin. READ MORE: Horgan Appoints 20-Person Cabinet With Same Pandemic Team After taking office yesterday, Rankin also tweeted yesterday about the importance of being sworn in on the anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted in B.. C.. . in November. 26, 2019. « There is still a lot of work to do to promote reconciliation. As a first step, we will set up a secretariat in consultation and cooperation with indigenous peoples to ensure that new laws and guidelines are in line with the UN declaration, ”Rankin said in a tweet. With Rankin’s appointment to cabinet and Horgan, who emphasizes the importance of First Nations-province relations, NFN seeks to bring this historic case to light again before the province, Little said. « We have some hope that they are doing what is right for us, correcting their ways and understanding where we are from, » Little said. NFN attorney Jack Woodward said the province now has an opportunity to move forward with the reconciliation project by issuing new instructions to the crown attorney to undo the obnoxious defense of duty used by previous governments against First Nations. « Now is the time to build on the promises made by UNDRIP that were accepted as part of B.. « . C.. . Law in 2019, « Woodward said in the statement. Binny Paul, reporter for the local journalism initiative, Campbell River Mirror
Bio-based plastics, most of which are compostable to some extent, are proliferating across Canada. Still, millions of compostable cups, bins, and bags are likely to still end up in landfills. It’s a crisis partly due to poor communication. Bio-based plastics are not treated equally. Some collapse easily; others take months in an industrial composting machine before they break down into organic compounds. And they are classified by a labyrinthine system that confuses everyone – from manufacturers to garbage collectors to consumers. « Distinguishing between the different definitions is a project in itself, » said Belinda Li, director of innovation at Simon Fraser University’s Food Systems Lab, who leads a research project on biodegradable plastics. In practice, this means that most conscientious Canadians who attempt to properly dispose of their plastic waste have two options: the trash or the trash can. Over 90 percent of the world’s plastics are made from fossil fuels, which corresponds to around six percent of the world’s oil consumption. Against this background, bio-based plastics have emerged as an alternative in recent years – but what falls into this category is wide-ranging. According to research by Li’s team, the term is used to describe everything from plastics made from plants to plastics that can be broken down into their molecular parts through composting, and plastics that are both vegetable and biodegradable. This is mainly because in Canada the words used to describe bio-based plastics are not strictly regulated, Li explained. For example, a coffee cup lid could be labeled « biodegradable » or « compostable », but what those words actually mean about whether the plastic can break down into organics is inconsistent. « If you have something that is certified organic (for example), it is actually certified, » she explained, according to the standards set by the federal government. “There is currently none of this with bioplastics. You can label something as anything you want – compostable, biodegradable, vegetable. “While several third-party certifications are available to bio-based plastics manufacturers, certification is voluntary, she said. And each certification standard also has different requirements for the time it takes plastics to dissolve and the type of technology it takes to actually degrade them. And often these standards are not reflected in municipal waste disposal systems. « The conditions under which the tests were conducted are difficult to replicate on site, » she said. For example, plastic that meets the ASTM D6400 standard – one of the most common classifications for compostable plastics – assumes that the plastic will spend at least 180 days in an industrial composter. « (For) many composting plants their process is not that long. They have to get their stuff through faster because they just don’t have the (space), ”she said. “So there is a mismatch between the types of tests that are done to show compostability and compostability on site. As a result, many communities across the country – including those in Metro Vancouver – will be removing bio-based plastics from organic waste streams, even if they are technically compostable. The lack of consistency is tough for manufacturers too, said Jay Ashworth, director of sustainability at Associated Labels and Packaging, a Vancouver-based packaging company. Certifying products as compostable is a tedious and expensive process, and it is frustrating when their products – from compostable clamshell containers to stand-up pouches – cannot be composted by consumers. « There is no recycling or composting (bio-based plastics) process, » he said. This is problematic because these types of plastics do not disintegrate as they were developed under the anaerobic conditions found in landfills. “For a compostable package to be compostable, it actually has to get into the compost. Still, something could change. Last month, the Trudeau government announced a plan to revise Canada’s plastic waste disposal system. The proposed legislation would create Canadian standards for plastic waste disposal – an early step towards a more consistent and effective system, Li said. However, until a new system is in place, there aren’t many bio-based plastics that Canadians can assume will be composted if they end up in their bin. « These really thin green bags that people use to keep their leftover food are probably (most) acceptable to more (composting) facilities as they are really easy to identify and break down faster than a compostable fork or hard clamshell (container), for example. « Said Li. But not everywhere, including in Metro Vancouver. Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, National Observer
Fraser Health has ordered an elementary school in Surrey, B. C.. . to close in response to a COVID-19 outbreak. According to a health department press release, 16 people at Newton Elementary School have tested positive so far. The Surrey School District has been ordered to close the school for two weeks in order to break the chains of transmission. It will reopen in December. 14, according to a letter to the parents of the school district superintendent Jordan Tinney. « We understand this has been a stressful time as you are waiting for more information and appreciate the fact that this closure will cause disruption and inconvenience for many. The safety of our school community is of the utmost importance, and we appreciate your patience and understanding, « wrote Tinney. His email explains that a school outbreak is reported when a school is likely to have had significant numbers of infections – beyond a classroom or cohort. The Fraser Health Region was the epicenter of B. . C.. . second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 911 new cases confirmed across the province on Friday, 649, or 71 percent, were with Fraser Health.
The provincial COVID-19 update on Friday was a sweet spot despite the sad news. 14 other Manitobans, aged 50 to 110, succumbed to the virus. Once Chief Public Health Officer Dr. . Brent Roussin completed his dismal announcements of yesterday’s numbers and reiterated his daily message that Manitobans must follow public health orders and stay home. Lanette Siragusa shared a story and pictures with the press and other viewers. In the past week, students from two schools showered health workers in their region with messages of thanks. “Today I would like to start by thanking the eighth grade students at H.. C.. . Avery Middle School in the Seven Oaks School Division, run by its teacher Caitlyn Bartecki. I also want to thank Linda Andres’ Grade 3 at Happy Thought School in the Lord Selkirk School Division, ”said Siragusa, Provincial Director of Health Integration and Quality and Chief Nursing Officer for Shared Health. “These messages promote employee morale at a time when they feel stressed, tired and sometimes anxious. Knowledge of their work is valued by some of our youngest Manitobans and is a great motivator. I want to sincerely thank these students for the creative way they show their support for healthcare workers and please know we love it very much. Meanwhile, Roussin eyed the weekend with concern. « The weekend is just around the corner, » he said. « There is always an urge to hang out with others or do non-essential errands. I ask you to stay home. Roussin said his message was clear and steadfast. “We have to stay at home as much as possible. This is the only way we can ensure that we have fewer contacts. We have to make sure that we reduce these case numbers. « He said it isn’t forever, but it is what we need now to ease the burden on the health system. « . « Pandemic exhaustion is very real and can make anxiety, stress and depression worse, » Siragusa said. “We want Manitobans to know that we will continue to do everything we can to support these issues, including adding to our virtual appointments. We are here to help when you need us. Roussin also announced a new contact tracking tool. « This is a form available to Manitobans at the test site to list their contacts at that time, » he said. The form can be filled out at the time of the test so there is no delay in getting contacts. « For those who test positive in the end, we already have a record that will further expedite the contact investigation. This will also help Manitobans find out who they came into contact with, ”said Roussin. Another nice news is that because of the critical red health ordinances, the provincial-projected early worst-case scenario will not materialize. “These forecasts demanded 800 cases per day from the 22nd. November and 1. 000 cases per day in the first week of December. So we can see that the restrictions have changed that outlook, ”said Roussin. « We’ll keep repeating the modeling over time. New projections for December based on the current context are not yet available. “I can say I think it was the 6th. December, we have 1. 000 cases per day projected under these old models. We followed the worst-case scenario. We followed like we had no public health restrictions and no one was sticking to the public health news, ”Roussin said. “We can see our numbers now – certainly not where we need them – but they have not grown in this worst-case scenario amount. Michèle LeTourneau, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Brandon Sun
À l’heure où la spread du Virus gagne du terrain de Alberta, la collaboration entre les Représentants du Gouvernement Province et ceux du service de soins de santé fait défaut pour lutter contre la pandemie, comme l’indique CBC. Cette semaine, la chaîne nationale en anglais a révélé des tensions en se procurant certain documents confidential et des enregistrements audio. Ubaka Ogbogu, Professor at the University of Alberta, an eu accès à ces documents the recommendations of the chef’s recommendations, the Dre Deena Hinshaw, the Avaient été Ignorées of Prime Minister Jason Kenney. Il explique aussi que les agissements de «certain membranes of the Opérations du Kabinett du Premier Ministre interference with activities of the specific membranes de l’équipe de soins en santé. Le gouvernement pense que les Albertains doivent être Responsible d’eux-mêmes ». Or, the membranes of the equipé to describe the contents of the cabinet, the explicit question of the authorization of the authorization, the ciphers à l’appui. In effect, dans les transcriptions auxquelles M.. . Ogbogu a eu accès, certain collaborators of the Equipe de la Dre Hinshaw who take away the stress and fatigue of the Croissant de Cas. Il explique aussi, sans entrer dans les details, que la Dre Hinshaw aurait agi différemment à proposal du port du masque et des Tests pratiqués dans la provincial. The Manque de Collaboration entre les deux parties paraît pour lui évident, démontrant que le gouvernement priorise l’économie. Department for Representatives of Representatives Noël Gibney, médecin urgentiste, dit ne pas être étonné par ces révélations. « Cest ce que nousoupçonnions depuis un certain temps », déclare-t-il. « Cela explique pourquoi le gouvernement de l’Alberta prend des décisions aussi dangereuses », ajoute-t-il. M.. . Gibney is a member of the Prime Minister, a member of the Prime Minister, a member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Manitoba Board of Directors. Selon le médecin, the situation of Dre Hinshaw est délicate. «Je la vois comme un otage de M. . Kenney. Elle est dans une situation où elle doit accepter la position du gouvernement ou démissionner. Cest là où elle est rendue en ce moment », dit-il. Cette fuite dans les médias est le signe aussi, selon lui, d’un désaccord au sein même de l’équipe de lutte contre la COVID-19, and pas seulement avec les représentants du gouvernement. «L’équipe de santé publique n’est pas unie. Certain diaphragms, unable to support the government, are able to choose Dre Hinshaw, choose, choose, say goodbye, goodbye. Breach of trust Dans son Punkt de presse de jeudi and sur son compte Twitter, la médecin en chef, elle, n’a pas caché sa déception devant cette fuite dans les médias et le sentiment de trahison qui l’habite. «Je suis déçue que des talks internes confident that aient été diffusées, ce qui constitute a violation of the public and the Code de Conduite. Ces réunions devraient être un espace sûr, où les fonctionnaires peuvent avoir of the conversation and the Débats Francs et Continus ”, a confirmation by Dre Hinshaw. Lors de son point de presse, elle a aussi précisé que ces indiscrétions feraient l’objet d’une enquête. Un Coup d’autant plus rude to the accuser for the Médecin and Chef que la fuite de ces information provient instruction de l’un des membres de son équipe. Elle dit pour le moment ignorer qui en est à l’origine. Un Comité Consultatif de la COVID-19 Pour the moment, Le Nol Patrickney and Dr. James Talbot, Ancien Médecin Hygiéniste and Chef de l’Alberta, Coprésident Un Comité Consultatif de COVID-19 Qu’ils ont Formé avec l’Association du personal médical de la zone d’Edmonton. Cette Initiative regroup plus de 1700 Médecins Actifs. « Nous avons des membres représentant un certain nombre de specialités qui participatory à l’intervention against the COVID », précise-t-il. Ils souhaitent, par cette démarche, « répondre aux actions (et à l’absence d’actions) du provincial government ainsi qu’informer ongoing the public and les médias sur la lutte appropriate à mener contre cette pandémie mortelle ». Christine Myatt, the expert on Prime Minister Jason Kenney, a Renvoyé la Balle à la Dre Hinshaw. « La Dre Hinshaw a longuement abordé ce sujet lors de son point de presse », a-t-elle dit. On the 27th. November the Alberta Comptabilisait have 14,217 cases of COVID-19 and 519 cases of illness. Hélène Lequitte, Local Journalism Initiative, Le Devoir
Two children were rushed to hospital Friday night after being seriously injured in a collision with three vehicles on Highway 401 in Ajax. Ontario Provincial Police spokesman Dan Hunter said a call about the crash came around 5:30 p.m.. m. The OPP confirmed that a boy and a girl, both under the age of six, had been brought to SickKids. A woman was also taken to a local hospital and suffered a hip injury. Police said the crash was a « rear end » collision and is being investigated. The officers asked witnesses or drivers with dashcam footage to contact them.
New Brunswick has been grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic for almost nine months, and experts agree that there are still many months of this marathon to run before we near the finish line. But there was enough time to see our case numbers rise in a second wave, how the Atlantic bubble burst, and to learn a few things about what works – and what doesn’t. Health Secretary Dorothy Shephard, Liberal Opposition Leader Roger Melanson, Leader of the Greens David Coon, and People’s Alliance Party Leader Lake Kris Austin all took part in the CBC Political Panel podcast to share their thoughts on the government’s response to this unprecedented level Exchange health event. The clarity, transparency and consistency of the government’s messages, a lightning rod for criticism since the pandemic began, has been given special scrutiny. Shephard admitted that there have been hiccups, which she considers inevitable in a rapidly evolving outbreak situation. « I think we’ve done very well so far at keeping our messages consistent, » said Shephard. She cited the widespread acceptance of early public health news regarding physical distancing, limited contact and frequent hand washing. « That was the rally scream from day one and I think the public really took it in and for the most part is doing just that. « But as situations develop, she said, » Things can happen very quickly, change happens very quickly, and there the community can always be confused if they keep up with them. Not everyone checks the government website several times a day. « Also, she said, even the most carefully thought-out messages can be received differently by different people. “A lot of things are open to interpretation,” she said, “and I think there are many times that messages get myopic. « But Melanson, Coon and Austin all said there is room for improvement when it comes to clearing government news and becoming more transparent. Detailing cases by zone « doesn’t tell me anything » Daily updates of cases by zones are a prime example, Austin said. « If I hear that there are four new cases in the Fredericton area, it doesn’t mean anything to me, » he said. « It could be in Woodstock, it could be Grand Lake, Fredericton, Plaster Rock, or anywhere in between. The behavior doesn’t change because it’s too broad. « Austin said it was better to keep it as specific as possible, keeping it confidential. « Tell people Grand Lake has three cases . . . so people can say, ‘I usually go to the grocery store 3 times a week, now I can minimize my exposure and go once a week. « Melanson agreed, saying that people » have a right to know « if there is a case in their community. Indeed, he said, they probably already know. « New Brunswick is small, people know each other, » he said. « They’ll react the way they’re supposed to, which will mean taking even more precautionary measures. « Always be on your guard, » says Shephard. Shephard disagreed, saying she understood the need for more separate numbers, but that « everyone in our province must pretend COVID is their neighbor, like COVID is in their grocery store in Walmart. at Costco. . . . I firmly believe that our best protection is to always be on our guard. « But Coon dismissed this oft-repeated public health message – » pretend everyone around you has COVID-19 « – as unhelpful and even harmful. « It is impossible for people to live in fight or flight response mode 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the idea that the coronavirus is all around us, » he said. « It’s just mentally cruel. People can’t live like that. « > Mental health is becoming a massive problem this winter. I worry about leaving people behind and that needs to be addressed. – David Coon, chairman of the GreensCoon, believes the government needs to make sure that people are « very clear about the rules » and this starts with giving them more information, not less. He pointed to more open messaging in other provinces where health officials use super-spreader events as a « teachable moment to show what can happen » when rules are bent or broken. « We had a super spreader event in Saint John but we haven’t heard about it, we haven’t heard about how to avoid it in the future, » he said. « These opportunities are constantly being missed. « Mental Health Toll Recognition Panellists recognized the tremendous pressure to deal with the pandemic and said many of their teachings would become clearer over time. Right now it is important to recognize the strain on residents’ mental health in a difficult winter and the tremendous efforts of public health workers across the province. « People are increasingly emotionally tired and mentally exhausted, » Coon said. « Mental health is becoming a massive problem this winter. I worry about leaving people behind and that needs to be addressed. « Shephard extended that concern to the Chief Health Officer, Dr. . Jennifer Russell and health care workers say they worry about everyone and « try to support them every day. « We have to keep in mind that this is a stressful time for everyone, » said Shephard. « They all give a tremendous amount of themselves to their work every day. And we must never forget that what they do is priceless. «
It appears that many in Saskatchewan are enjoying the great outdoors this fall. With the increase in COVID-19 cases in the province, indoor gatherings are severely restricted. This means that outdoor winter activities that were usually passed over in years past are becoming increasingly popular. Some retailers benefit from this and also have a hard time keeping their shelves in stock. The popularity of fat motorcycles is rising again after years of slow sales. Jason Williams usually plays basketball or volleyball with indoor recreational leagues this time of year. But these activities are interrupted, so he invested in a fat bike to stay active. The bikes, which have thicker tires than a regular bike for navigating rough terrain, are great for those winters in Saskatchewan as they can easily handle ice and snow. Some tires are also equipped with spikes that make it easier to grip the ground. « It’s something to do in winter that is great fun and can be done here, » said Williams, who rides his fat bike to and from work every day. He’s just one of many people who invested in motorcycles this winter. Freddy Vandelinden is co-owner of Dutch Cycle in Regina. After years of declining sales of fat bikes, Vandelinden has sold out all of its inventory. He is now ordering for 2022 – a year earlier than he would normally start ordering. « I think it speaks volumes for mental health and the ability to take in fresh air and get your endorphins going, » Vandelinden said. « It’s an attraction. « He found that bicycle sales were up 40 percent year over year, according to bicycle industry news site Bicycle Retailer. Cross-country sales slide into the big year Trevor Norgan, manager of Fresh Air Experience in Regina, knew this was going to be an unprecedented sales year when the skis flew off his store’s shelves at the end of summer. He believes the business has doubled or possibly tripled its sales from last year. « We were pretty sold out by October and had to reorder, » said Norgan. He noticed that snowbirds make up a large part of his clientele. « You no longer go to Mexico or Phoenix. So you need to do something in winter. « The cross-country clubs are filling up with increasing ski sales. « We have more members at this point than ever before for a full year, » said Gail Motsi, President of the Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club. Classes for adults and teenagers are now fully booked, although the club has added additional sessions. In addition to the pandemic, Motsi believes the snowstorm in early November, which dropped over 40 centimeters of snow on Saskatoon, is driving popularity this year. Families Get Creative with Solutions for the Home Cohen Morin has played hockey most of his life. But with the recent cessation of the provincial sport, the 15-year-old from Nipawin knew he needed something somewhere to keep playing the game he loves. Morin built an ice rink in his backyard last year, but it was too small. « There were no boards so I couldn’t shoot the puck around, » said Morin. « If I missed it, the puck would just go into the snow. « With the rink being used more this winter, he decided to do everything. He took pallets from the grocery store he works in and within a few days increased the size of the ice rink from just over 18 square meters to just under 56 square meters. « I think I achieved the maximum with this ice rink because it barely fits in our garden at the moment, » he said. He plans to maintain the ice so that he and his brother – and maybe a few friends if the rules allow – can play all winter. Some Sports Are Feeling the Winter Blues While some sports are benefiting from the pandemic, not all have seen a record season. Some hockey skate shops say their sales have fallen far. « I’d say we might do about 30 percent of a normal year at best, » said Paul Craig, who runs the Rangers Skate Shop in North Battleford. « It almost brought us to a standstill. « He says parents are keeping children away from hockey programs this season as a precaution. Although the outdoor rinks are left open for people to skate in their spare time, he has not yet seen people buy ice skates for it. « I haven’t had a single customer here today. This time last year I and … my assistant had just run off our feet. «
Retailers in Manitoba are finding new gaps in mandatory public health contracts to sell non-essential products in time for the busy Christmas sales this weekend. But speaking to reporters on Friday, Dr. . Brent Roussin said the province does not yet want to punish large corporations for taking advantage of openings in prescribed restrictions – even if they directly violate them by pushing goods out of the door through new avenues such as transit services. It’s a replication of what happened a week ago, epidemiologists and traders told the Free Press as Code Red restrictions were tightened to ban personal sales of non-essential items. This time, however, the provincial governments would have had enough time to act at retailers and make appropriate changes before the mass participations. « We’re acting in good faith, » Roussin said, as Winnipegger’s bargain lovers didn’t let pandemic restrictions deter them from their Black Friday shopping missions. « We are currently not going to impose any fines. News of personal bargains spread quickly on Thursday and overnight, and hordes of shoppers were lining up at 5 a.m. on Friday morning. m. The parking lots also quickly filled with cars full of customers hoping to purchase discounted non-essential items like electronics, toys, jewelry, makeup, and clothing. A new drive-through service has been introduced at Walmart, whereby individual locations either set specific lanes for cars or ask people to park somewhere before a salesperson approaches them. Without notice or appointment, customers could place orders with a sales rep and choose from multiple items before paying with credit, debit cards or cash. « It’s like doing real shopping for my stuff, like I would in the store if I was just outside, » said Gina Torros, a Winnipegger who waited in advance to walk into the Empress Street Walmart drive arrive to buy a new television. « It’s really cool, somehow the pandemic isn’t really affecting this type of shopping experience. When asked if Walmart’s new services are eligible under applicable provincial public health regulations, Roussin said it was “totally against the spirit of the orders. He said that only remote purchases (by pickup or roadside delivery) of non-essential items are allowed. « Just because we don’t punish them doesn’t change our overall message, » added Roussin. Walmart declined to comment further on how it will adjust its new through services to work under the province’s restrictions. A spokesman said the retailer plans to continue drive-thru in Manitoba through at least December. 13, with discounted Flyer items open to customers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, customers of the Real Canadian Superstore and Costco have received online flyers with discounts for in-person sales, which resulted in heavy traffic in several of their city parking lots on Friday. Martin Groleau, vice president of marketing at Costco Canada, told the Free Press these statements were “not necessarily our fault. « Yes, we do offer Black Friday discounts, but they’re not offered in Manitoba stores, » said Groleau, who is also the company’s director of membership. “We certainly don’t sell non-essential items either, please know that. The provincial government said in a press release on Friday that a Costco on McGillivray Boulevard had been fined $ 5. $ 000 was given for sales of non-essential items to customers. Groleau said he did not want to comment and was « still standing next to » his statement. At Manitoba Liquor Mart’s locations, “hot buy” discount programs also drove some lineups. However, a spokesperson said this wasn’t necessarily due to Black Friday specials. « We don’t offer Black Friday specials – all discounts at our stores are the same as any day or week of the year, » Andrea Kowal, director of public affairs at Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, said in a statement. “The only advertising campaign we’re currently running. . . is actually to discourage busy businesses – it encourages customers not to shop at peak times and to think about using home delivery. Cynthia Carr, Winnipeg epidemiologist and health policy expert, said, “All of this together could easily lead to COVID-19 transmissions. « While I can’t speak to exactly the socio-economic or health reasons Dr. . Roussin is thinking about it, « she said in an interview. « I can safely say that there are already ample opportunities to access purchase items when necessary – and possibly a strict arrangement would help prevent companies from finding such loopholes. « It is certainly much safer just to prevent it. « . Chuck Davidson, president of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, said public health should « go beyond messaging » for entrepreneurs and allow restrictions instead of « constantly telling them what to do with no rules to govern it. « . « If you want to prevent it, you should, » he said. « But I don’t think you can blame companies for finding creative ways to survive in that time until you do. « . It is the only time of year they can make up for their pandemic losses. Roussin said Friday, however, the responsibility rests with the customers who flock to the stores. « There are two sides to this – there is a supply and a demand, » he said. « But no matter what these stores set up, there shouldn’t be any demand. Manitobans should stay at home. “You should be responsible for shopping for the essentials when that is not our message. Temur Durrani, reporter for the local journalists’ initiative, Winnipeg Free Press
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Stephen Kozmeniuk knew there was something special when he met Dua Lipa a few years ago, although the British artist was virtually unknown at the time. « A lot of it is related and whether you believe in them or not, » said Kozmeniuk of his Toronto studio. « With Dua, it was so obvious very early on that her voice is so distinctive . . . She just had something different from everyone else. « Lupa was nominated for six Grammys this year, including the record of the year for Future Nostalgia. Kozmeniuk said he had been working on this album for months, starting with a songwriting session in Jamaica. Although that session didn’t produce any tracks that made it to the final record, Kozmeniuk said anyone could say they had plans at this early stage. « It was that spirit that came out of that trip to Jamaica, » he said. « It had to be a fun record. It was the opposite of everything else that was going on that was so dark and dejected. She has just captured the zeitgeist where everything was going. « Kozmeniuk grew up in Whitehorse and started his music career as a solo artist, but soon found that he had a knack for producing. This has led him to work with some big names in the music industry. This is the second time Kozmeniuk has been part of the Grammys. He won an award four years ago when he was part of the team that produced Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly album. It’s a little cuter this time, he said, because he was involved with the record from the start. He compared the experience of being part of Dua Lipa’s team to being in a band. « When you’ve worked with someone for so long and you value what they do, you are just especially proud, » he said. « And I just know how much work it was for everyone, and it’s a good group of people. If you can make a small profit with these really talented people and it’s always a good time and you’re in the ditch with them, then it’s very special. « The Grammys will be on Jan.. Issued January.
Newfoundland and Labrador must plan a future away from the offshore oil industry to avoid a « chaotic crash, » says the author of a new book on Canada’s oil-producing provinces that is sounding alarm bells for the future. Petrified: Environmental Policy in Canada’s Petro-Provinces dismantles Alberta, Saskatchewan, and N.. . L.. . The oil and gas industry, where author Angela Carter – a Newfoundland woman whose father worked offshore – is reviewing her environmental record and examining how well prepared these provinces are or not for a world that is rapidly moving towards greener priorities relocated. « We have to put in place a plan to deal with the degradation of the sector. If we don’t create a managed denial plan, it will be a chaotic crash and it will be very painful for the people of this province and the governments we rely on to offer us services, « Carter said in a recent interview with On The Go from CBC Radio. In many ways, chaos has ruled the sector’s past year. 2020 feels like a constant battle to gain a foothold on a storm-lashed ship deck. There was a global price war, pandemic-induced upheavals, layoffs and stalled projects. As terrible as 2020 was, the unpredictability of the year could be a harbinger of what’s to come for the offshore, warns Carter. « The next decade is likely to be very difficult, » writes Carter in her book. Carter, a professor at the University of Waterloo, originally from Conception Bay South, lives between Newfoundland and Ontario. Some of her family members work in the oil industry, and she dedicated Fossilized to her father, who was an offshore pipe fitter who helped build the Terra Nova platform. This ship entered service in 2002 and a lot has changed 18 years later. Speaking to CBC, she said it is now time to take a closer look in the mirror as the economic and environmental signs of a faster move away from fossil fuel production are mounting. « We founded our economy and set our future on an industry that is no longer compatible with climate stability. We’re in a really risky place right now, « she said. Rollback to the 1990s While the provincial government minds of transition may – and we will return – the offshore oil industry, Carter points out, has received overwhelming public sector support despite strong signals of other changes. Take 1997, for example. Production of the Hibernia platform began with a huge buzz this November – complete with toast and streamers on the day the oil first flowed. It did so just weeks before the Kyoto Protocol hit global headlines when it was signed in December. 11. (Canada signed the Kyoto agreement to reduce carbon emissions and later canceled it. ) « This is really indicative and I think it’s really important to think about it right now, » Carter said of the offshore kick-off as countries began to seek collective action on climate change. VIDEO: From 1997, watch the first oil discovery at Hibernia in St. . Johns: In the years that followed, oil revenues boosted the provincial coffers and signs of prosperity began to appear, from new restaurants to infrastructure investments to coveted « have » status in 2008 – that is, they joined the ranks of the Provinces that were no longer receiving compensation payments. As the money came in, Carter said it was a trickle compared to other jurisdictions’ royalties. « It’s very complex and economists themselves will argue about it. But Newfoundland and Labrador, if you compare what we think of it – what we are getting out of the sector compared to other countries, and Norway is a prime example – it’s a lot less, « she told CBC, referring to statistics that show that Norway deserves 72 percent of the value of its extraction efforts compared to N.. . L.. . 16 percent. The initial blush of the boom has certainly faded, but one thing has been a constant: Carter says offshore environmental initiatives to regulate the offshore have been and are lean. The word « shortage » appears frequently in their letters on provincial and industrial environmental policies, from « lack of marine conservation » to « lack of environmental expertise » on the payroll of the industry regulator, Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB). Carter notes between 2005 and 2015 that « Newfoundland had the largest share of industrial emissions » among the provinces and that the province’s emissions policy was worked out « in close, frequent consultation » with industry stakeholders. Extracting or not extracting Newfoundland and Labrador oil is often touted as one of the least carbon-intensive in the world – a metric that looks at the amount of emissions created only for launch – a claim that has existed in science has analysis. > It’s nerve wracking what happens. – Angela Carter So, industry and politicians argue it should continue to be sucked under the ocean floor and sold in the wake of world transition, even if all three parties in the province commit to emissions reductions (a promise that excludes offshore contributions to the atmosphere. The Desire to Evolve ignores the amount of information scientists have about how much of the Earth’s fossil fuels must stay in the ground to keep global temperatures from rising past a point of no return, she says. « This is a very, very difficult message for oil producing areas like Newfoundland and Labrador, » Carter said, adding that this message is floating around the world about mining. « We cannot extract two thirds of the reserves that we know were out there. We definitely have to stop looking for more. « Investors are losing interest. If that environmental message is difficult, the economic one can be even more difficult. In 2019, the province promised to double offshore production by 2030 and to get into the natural gas game. But before mid-2020, a senior oil manager said the 2030 target was « extremely threatened » by recent events. A few weeks ago, with 17 exploration offers open, only one was claimed, causing disappointment in the local industry. « They are trying to uphold their right to extraction. But all justifications for it are being undermined, and being done radically month by month, « Carter said. Not only is interest in North Atlantic oil waning – 2020 will be the bleakest year Alberta has recorded for oil patch drilling. And that’s not all due to environmental burdens on the industry as the financial world shows an increasing aversion to fossil fuels: BlackRock, the world’s largest wealth company that manages $ 7 trillion in funds, announced in early 2020 that it would be pulled out Coal investments and would use climate change to dictate future decisions. Why? Customers ask for it. « We are in a really new moment in human history, » said Carter. BlackRock’s is a big step, but it’s neither the first nor the last. With a change in leadership in the United States signaling a shift towards more climate-friendly policies, Carter says more changes are imminent. « The question for Newfoundland and Labrador, then, is whether we will be part of this great global transition from fossil fuels to low-carbon and green energy. Or will we be left behind and unable to keep up with what is happening. “In the world around us?” she said. LISTEN | Political scientist Angela Carter explains her thinking to Ted Blades of CBC Radio: These questions are preoccupying others, like the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA), who are working to build green economies in Newfoundland and Labrador. However, the head of this nonprofit group said that hydropower and other renewable energy sources offer tremendous opportunities – if transmission from the provinces can be improved, possibly via the Atlantic Loop concept that the federal government is floating – but realistically offshore oil has to be part of that Be a transition talk. « I think closing the door on an industry would be irresponsible, » said Kieran Hanley, executive director of NEIA. Hanley notes that the offshore company has innovated to reduce its carbon footprint and his group has worked with the industry on initiatives such as a recent knowledge-gathering trip to Norway to keep an eye on initiatives, which may be used at home. « I think everyone has a role to play if we want to cut emissions. And the mix of skills, resources and capital that exists in oil and gas is really such an asset when we focus on other industries that we want to develop in light of this energy transition, « he told CBC News. What’s next in the midst of layoffs? The capital Hanley describes is key in a province where the words « financially troubled » barely do justice to Newfoundland and Labrador’s fiscal troubles. We’re seeing a near-record deficit for 2020, the pandemic has decimated tourism and other economic engines, and oil revenues continue to account for 30 percent of GDP, which is an important part of barely keeping us afloat. Add to this the pain of layoffs in the offshore sector, with people losing high-paying jobs they were trained to do in the hope that they would provide long-term stability in a province where so many had to go elsewhere. « It’s nerve-wracking what happens, » Carter said. Take the oil industry’s argument that it’s a job maker with a grain of salt, she said, as it shed a quarter of its jobs across Canada between 2014 and 2019. « In good times, workers are seen as a cost that companies must bear in order to save money. In any case, where industry can automate, it will rather have a machine than a worker, « she said. But a well-educated workforce is an asset, and as Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic have honed programs to support offshore activities, they could also focus on retraining programs and green economies. « We have been giving public money to the oil and gas sector since the 1960s. Now we need to turn all of this effort and money into a green and just transition, « she said. The Talent to Transition has been happening elsewhere for years, Carter argues, and it’s time to catch up. « We could have done that, but we didn’t. We’re a little late for the party now, but we still have an opportunity here, « she said. Carter urges the Prime Minister’s Economic Task Force, an initiative announced earlier this fall, to consider this opportunity. There are signals that this committee may be up to the task. Its members include entrepreneurial heavyweights such as the CEO of Verafin, Brendan Brothers, and the CEO of the Shorefast Foundation, Zita Cobb, who are responsible for successful innovations in technology and technology. Sustainability sector. (Verafin’s success was confirmed last week with a multi-billion dollar acquisition of Nasqaq. ) Moya Greene, Chair of the Task Force, spoke publicly in early November about the need for a transition, faster than in the past. While the province can do its part to promote innovation, NEIA sees people and the private sector – like Mysa, which is based in St. . Johns, which has become another clean tech success story, as well as the province’s first carbon neutral business, leading responsibility for change. « I think that will fuel the transition. They are people who are able and willing to do what it takes to move the needle, « Hanley said. But the raw materials are there, Hanley said, with plenty of natural renewable resources that could serve as a template for the rest of the country if exploited. « What we’re doing here tells the story of Canada’s approach to energy transition, » he said. Both Hanley and Carter agree that any move away from fossil fuels requires planning and time. Scientists warn that this is in short supply. Report after report shows that the world is increasingly warming during the lifetime of most people, such as a World published in September which found the globe may exceed a temperature limit set earlier than expected by the world’s leading companies – within the next decade or so – and that adds another layer of urgency to challenges that lie ahead for this small province in the North Atlantic. Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
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