World news – Trump supporters gather in Georgia on the eve of the elections


President Donald Trump will travel to Georgia Monday evening to rally for US Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Republicans only need a win between Perdue and Loeffler, both seeking a second term to maintain control of the Senate. (Jan. 4)

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump tightened the screws on his most loyal soldier Tuesday, pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to use forces he did not need to serve the will of voters in a desperate, futile manner Attempt to reverse the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden in, reverse the November election.
Pence finds himself in the most precarious position of his tenure as he prepares to chair the Congressional vote of the electoral college vote on Wednesday, testifying to the formalization of Trump – and his own – electoral defeat.
« Narrators » from the House of Representatives and the Senate will record the votes of each state. At the end of the census, seated on the podium of the House of Representatives, Pence’s task is to announce who won the majority of the votes for both the President and Vice-President.
Despite the pro forma nature of Pence’s role, he is under heavy pressure from the president and numerous supporters who want the vice president to seize the moment to overthrow the will of voters in a handful of critical battlefield states.
« I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you, » Trump said at a rally Monday night in Georgia for candidates in two Senate runoffs.
« Of course, if he doesn’t get through I won’t like him that much, » added Trump with a laugh. He said Pence would “have a lot to say about it. And you know one with him, you’re about to get shots. He’ll make it clear.  »
Trump continued to pile up and insisted on a statement late Tuesday, hours after lunch with the Vice President, that Pence had failed to inform him that he had no power to overthrow the will of voters. « He can decertify the results or send them back to states for modification and certification, » said Trump. « He can also decertify the illegal and corrupt results and send them to the House of Representatives for a vote on a state table. »
Neither the Constitution nor the Congressional Statute grant such powers to the Vice President. It is up to the House and Senate to raise objections, and state voters have been selected under state law and not fraudulently.
Trump and Pence discussed the procedure during their weekly lunch in the west wing on Tuesday, according to a person who was briefed on the one-on-one interview and anonymized to discuss. And the vice president spent hours partnering with staff and the Senate MP to prepare, including studying the Election Census Act of 1887, which governs the process, and relevant legal opinions ahead of Wednesday’s joint session.
But Pence, whose office refused to discuss his plans, should not comply with Trump’s request to overthrow voters, recognizing that he does not have such one-sided power.
People close to the Vice President emphasized his respect for the institutions, saying they expect him to act in accordance with the law and comply with the Constitution. Pence, an official said, could reiterate some of Trump’s complaints about the vote even if he didn’t interfere in the count.
« I think he will basically take this as a constitutionalist and say, » What is my role in the Constitution as President of the Senate? « Said David McIntosh, president of the Conservative Club for Growth and Pence Friend. » What he’s going to do is allow anyone who moves on the object to be heard, but then abide by what the Senate majority approves the result.  »
In performing one of the few formal duties of the vice presidency, Pence also risks putting his own political future at risk. With his own run for the White House in 2024, Pence is counting on his years of loyalty to Trump – likely the GOP’s best kingmaker for years to come – to stand out in what is likely to be a crowded field.
That said, he must avoid angering Trump along with large sections of the Republican base who subscribed to unsupported allegations of the president’s widespread electoral fraud and were falsely led to believe that Pence had the power to reverse the outcome, by rejecting the votes of states like Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which moved from Trump to Biden in 2020 in 2016.
« Stop the theft! » Georgia voters sang to pence at a rally for Senate candidates held at Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia Monday.
“I know us all – we all have our doubts about the last election. And I want to assure you that I share the concern of millions of Americans about voting irregularities, « Pence told the crowd. « And I promise you, come this Wednesday, it’s our day in Congress. We’ll hear the objections. We’ll hear the evidence. »
On Wednesday starting at 1 p.m. EST, Pence is scheduled to chair a joint congressional session. Its task is to open the documents of the votes from each state and to present them in alphabetical order to the appointed « storytellers » from the House and Senate. At the end of the count, Pence must announce who has won.
In 2017, it fell to Biden to say « It’s over » after the votes for Trump and Pence were counted.
The allies insist that his role is largely ministerial and that the electoral census can only be overturned by lawmakers – a virtual impossibility with the Democrats in control of the House. But Pence held a two-hour session on Sunday that the Senate MP attended to review his role and responsibilities
And on Monday, Pence was in the Oval Office with Trump and senior officials as the president continued to search for ways to reverse the election results. The scene was animated as the President, Pence, and their chiefs of staff met with attorney John Eastman and others.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who led the president’s legal effort, said in a podcast interview that the team had consulted with constitutional law professors and analyzed Pence’s options. He said Trump and Pence would « go through all of the research » on Monday and likely wait until Tuesday to make a decision on how to proceed.
« The president will make this decision based on his judgment and the advice he receives on the requirements of the constitution, » Giuliani told conservative activist Charlie Kirk.
Trump is said to gather thousands of supporters on the ellipse south of the White House on Wednesday morning, a few hours before the count. According to a person familiar with the event, Pence was not expected to attend.
Despite claims made by Trump and his allies, there was no widespread fraud in the election. This has been confirmed by a number of election officials and by William Barr, who resigned as attorney general last month. Neither Trump nor any of the lawmakers who promise to object to the census have presented any credible evidence that would alter the outcome.
Still, more than 100 House Republicans and a dozen Senate Republicans have announced that they will be challenging the electoral votes of at least one of the battlefield states on Wednesday.
And on Monday, Republican parties in several states sent letters to Ronna McDaniel, chairman of the Republican National Committee, urging Pence to turn down legally elected voters from Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
The efforts make it next to impossible for Pence to stay above the battle, as some allies had hoped.
Other allies have expressed regret that some extreme Trump loyalists, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell, have tried to drive a wedge between Trump and his Vice President in the last few days of the administration.
That frustration appears to be shared by Pence, who recently complained to McIntosh about an ad by anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project portraying the Vice President as aloof from Trump. So the Club for Growth cut off its own ad that it aired during Trump’s Florida vacation in Palm Beach, posing as Pence’s allegiance to the president.
McIntosh said Pence resented what he thought was a « cheap shot » of the group, adding that he expected Pence to come out of this week’s drama with a reputation intact.
« Right now there is this uncomfortable feeling, but in the long run people will respect you if you do what you think is right and explain why you are doing it, » he said. « This moment will pass. The decision will be made. » . ”

Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin, The Associated Press

CALGARY – The travel industry in Canada has been put on a tailspin by new federal regulations requiring a COVID-19 test before Canadians return to the country from most international trips Canada’s Association of Independent Travel Consultants says Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s announcement of the new protocol last Thursday – New Year’s Eve – couldn’t have been worse as many agents had closed their offices for the long holiday weekend, the group said in a statement:  » The publication of this new protocol in New Year’s Eve afternoon rocked most of our industry, « ACITA said. » Without warning, people who had chosen to travel over the New Year had no option to cancel or cancel their trips change. « ACITA is a new association that came into being last spring from independent travel agencies en was called in to seek government support for the industry due to the challenges posed by the pandemic, the opposite effect « of helping industry to recover. » The federal Conservatives are calling for an emergency meeting of the House of Commons to consider a study of the testing requirements, in which several Liberal ministers were asked for testimony. The change in Ottawa’s policy left travel agents like Calgary’s Janez Act trying to get in touch with customers who are traveling or planning to travel. « People don’t like it very much, but what can you do, you have no choice when you want to come home, do you? » She added that advising her clients was difficult because Ottawa’s plan was not detailed enough. She said a Canadian customer in the Philippines took a more than six-hour bus trip to the capital, Manila, to get the test required to ensure she was allowed to return to Canada on her return Thursday. According to the law, such tests are expensive in most parts of Asia. Adding the test in Manila is expected to cost $ 150. Her agency, Travel Far and Beyond, specializes in organizing trips to Asia, but saw a 90 percent drop in volume due to the pandemic. Law added that she personally supports the idea of ​​stronger screening of travelers as that makes Canada safer. The new rules will further discourage customers who are already cautious about traveling to Africa during the pandemic due to the perceived quality of health care, said Pat Littlejohn, a co-owner of Toronto’s Wild Journeys Safaris in Africa: « We sell trips to Africa. It could In fact, it would be very difficult to get one of these tests in Africa before we return to Canada. This could just be an impossibility, « she said. Making that requirement basically just seems to end the trip. « Rapid tests for COVID-19 at the airport would be a much better way to continue, » she said, adding that many of her clients have « put their plans on hold » until the pandemic situation clears up. The ACITA statement says most travel customers are willing to accept additional costs related to travel during the pandemic, but fear that they could be « hollowed out » in order to get the necessary testing. « Our customers, those who have booked Trav el, are now trying to cancel their trips, not only because of the uncertainty that arises from having difficulty getting a test within the allotted 72-hour timeframe, but also because of the associated additional costs, « the group said in their report, adding that travel agents were unable to tell passengers planning to leave Canada this week whether the test sites they identified would be included in Ottawa’s Approved List, as that list was not published. This Canadian press report was first published on January 5, 2021. Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

With the deadly second wave of the pandemic continuing, the largest morgue in southwest Ontario has reached capacity in the past few days, forcing the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) to use a refrigerated trailer to store bodies to be built in. This weekend the forensic pathology department for the London network of hospitals reached its 28-bed capacity and officials brought a mobile unit to store bodies until the backlog can be cleared. « New processes resulting from the pandemic have increased the time it takes to ensure reasonable accommodation and additional solutions for temporary posture, » said Glen Kearns, chief information officer and integrated vice president of diagnostic services for the hospital, in a statement on The Use An alternative body-holding solution through LHSC is a temporary measure implemented specifically to continue to support the needs of our patients and their families, the Ontario Regional Medical Department and the Ontario death investigation system.  » For the second time, the hospital has used a mobile unit as the morgue has been congested since the pandemic began. Officials say the « capacity challenge » will be resolved within days. Since the pandemic began, there have been 108 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Middlesex-London Health Unit catchment area. The LHSC’s Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM) program is the regional forensic pathology division in Southwest Ontario operated by both St. Joseph’s Health Care and the London Health Sciences Center. This is where autopsies are performed and bodies are held while coroners and families work to make arrangements. « The London Health Sciences Center is committed to the safe and respectful care and protection of bodies after death, » said Kearns.

FORESTERY. Le gouvernement du Québec entend faire du secteur woodier undeniably dans la relance économique du Québec and la lutte contre les changements climatiques. Cest dans cette optique que sont lancées la Stratégie nationale de Production de Bois et la Politique d’intégration du Bois dans la Construction. «La foresterie québécoise est devant un défi de taille: arrival as exploiter son plein potentiel and jouer son role de premier plan in la lutte contre les changements climatiques. Aujourd’hui, avec le dépôt de la Stratégie nationale de production de bois et de la Politique d’intégration du bois dans la building, nous mettons en place les conditions gagnantes pour un aménagement permanent and profitable de nos forêts pour les générations actuelles et futures », Indique Pierre Dufour, Minister for Forêts, Fauns and Parcs. Ainsi, avec la Stratégie nationale de Produktion de Bois, Québec a pour objectif d’augmenter la valeur des forêts publiques and privées pour créer de la richesse, tout en jouant un rôle important dans la lutte contre les change climatiques. Pour in your arrival and be amazed by the gestion and region of resources and territory. D’autre part, on compte investir près de 250 M $ par année, au cours des cinq prochaines années, en travaux sylvicoles dans les forêts publiques du Québec. Notons que la Stratégie sera appliquée en fonction des Particularités régionales de sorte que, d’ici décembre 2021 Celles-ci seront intégrées dans les prochains plans d’aménagement forstier intégré tactics 2023-2028, pour assurer leur mise en œuvre. Par ailleurs, choisir le bois comme matériau de building, c’est utiliser une resource locale, durable and renewable, not the analysis of the cycle de vie démontre une performance environment avantageuse selon Québec. C’est pourquoi le gouvernement dévoile sa nouvelle Politique d’intégration du bois dans la building Stéphane Lévesque, initiative for local journalism, L’Hebdo Journal

Residents of Chatham-Kent can now violate the national shutdown through a municipal Report a hint line to report their concern. Local residents who are concerned about non-essential business operations or indoor social gatherings that are prohibited during the lockdown can now report their concerns via phone or email, according to community officials. On December 21, 2020, in response to the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario, the provincial government announced a 28-day statewide shutdown effective December 26, 2020. This shutdown is a collaborative effort by all of Ontario to bend the curve of the COVID-19 virus and make the health and safety of all Ontarians a top priority. Emails and calls investigated through this line raise concerns about: – Non-essential businesses that are not closed, – Social gatherings in private homes, as public events and social gatherings are not organized indoors , except with members of the same household, are allowed; – Weddings, funerals, and other worship, rites, or ceremonies that can maintain a physical distance of more than 10 people indoors or outdoors; – Organized public events and outdoor social gatherings with more than 10 people; and – Organized sports or other games that do not observe two-meter social distancing. In Ontario, individuals charged with a criminal offense under the Emergency Management and Disaster Control Act must identify themselves (correct name, date of birth, and address) when asked by a provincial police officer, which includes First Nations police officers. Specialist policemen and municipal law enforcement officers. Failure to identify yourself will result in a fine of $ 750 for failing to comply with an EMCPA order or $ 1,000 for preventing a person from exercising authority when a provincial criminal issues a ticket . In addition, failure to comply with an emergency order can result in sentences of up to one year in prison or a fine of up to $ 100,000 for an individual, $ 500,000 for a director of a company, or $ 10,000,000 for a company itself, If an officer is punished for offenses in the province, the person will be charged with a subpoena. To report a problem, residents can call the 24-hour phone number at 519-360-1998 or email [email protected] For a full list of locks available, visit For more information on the provincial lockdown, visit Bird Bouchard, Reporter for Local Journalism Initiative, The Ridgetown Independent News

Thomas HB Symons, Founder of the Symons Medal – Lecture series at the Confederation Center of the Arts in Charlottetown, died at the age of 91. Symons first came to P.E.I. When he was a student at the University of Toronto and hitchhiked to the east coast for a summer visit in 1946, he became a regular summer visitor and champion of the island, and especially the Confederation Center. He joined the board in 1986 and founded the Symons Medal in 2004. « Tom has made a profound impact on the Confederation Center of the Arts through his efforts to promote the center nationally, » said Steve Bellamy, CEO of the Confederation Center, in a press release proud to have decades of support and attention from To have received Tom. « The winner of the Symons Medal, which is awarded annually, will deliver a speech from the main stage at the Confederation Center. Recipients included Prince Charles, David Suzuki and Margaret MacMillan. Symons legacy will live on in the lecture series, Bellamy said. Time Symons spent a few weeks each year at Shaw’s Hotel, where he was first hitchhiked by Robbie Shaw, the current owner of the hotel, whose father provided that bed in 1946, said Symons shared the island and his time at the hotel loved their proximity to Brackley Beach in PEI National Park. « He absolutely loved PEI to sit on a deck in his cottage and see the friends he had made and made here at the hotel and on PEI, » Shaw told CBCs Island Morning. « It was something he was looking forward to. In his last years, daughter Mary said it was one of the things that kept him going and was looking forward to a trip to P EGG. « Symons made his mark in Ontario as the founding president of Trent University in Ontario, Symons died on New Year’s Day. In his memory, the family asks for donations to the THB Symons Trust for Canadian Studies or the Symons Trust of the Confederation Center of the Arts. More information from CBC PEI

VANCOUVER – Weather warnings cover most of the coast of British Columbia and gusts of wind in excess of 100 km / h are already striking Haida Gwaii as the leading edge of a strong storm hits the province for Haida Gwaii, North and Central Coast, most, Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and Metro Vancouver released. Canada’s Environment Meteorological Bureau says gusts of up to 120 mph in northern regions are possible before they get up Midday subsides while winds of 70 to 90 km / h are expected Until midday on the south coast, BC Ferries urges travelers to keep their webs after numerous afternoon or evening sailings on routes between the mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast were proactively canceled. Precipitation warnings also apply to west Vancouver Island and parts of Metro Vancouver, where 100 millimeters are projected to soak the island and 60 millimeters are forecast for Vancouver’s north coast and northeast sector. Environment Canada Says Localized Flooding In Lower Areas Possible. Heavy snowfall is also forecast for Whistler and the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Up to eight inches will cover the corridor before conditions loosen up late Tuesday. This Canadian press report was first published on January 5, 2021. The Canadian Press

Tour guides in the Galapagos Islands have made a heartbreaking discovery in the waters off the remote islands. They found marker buoys and floating plastic jugs tied to miles of fishing lines and nets. And what’s worse is there are sharks and billfish (swordfish) that have been hooked or tangled. These animals died an excruciating death when they were prevented from swimming, which would allow them to channel oxygenated water down their gills. You have died of stress, starvation, or suffocation from lack of oxygen. But among the broken hearts, there was also a small triumph when they found two of the still living sharks and were able to cut them loose and free them. These are guides who work aboard an ecotour ship that takes divers into the remote waters to experience the magnificence and beauty of the marine life. The guides have a deep love for the sea and great respect for the animals that live there. Understanding the fragile balance of nature and sharing their knowledge with their customers is more than a livelihood for these men. It’s her passion too. It was difficult for them to see these animals die in such inhuman and unnecessary ways. These fish are all top predators and are an important part of the food web and fragile ecosystem. Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks and such large billfish are necessary to maintain a healthy environment. They hunt down the weak and the sick and secure the strength of the other prey species in the genetic pool by continuously exerting pressure on the populations so that only the strong survive and reproduce. They also ensure that other predators do not overpopulate and devastate the species below them on this web. For many years, illegal fishing in many areas, particularly in the Galapagos Islands, has threatened the predators at the head and larger food fish. There are countries that allow their fishing boats to cross international borders and fish where they are not allowed. These boats often turn off their navigational equipment so that they cannot be tracked and their countries cannot be held accountable. They will give up fishing lines to flee the area if they fear being spotted. This leaves debris and dangerous hooks and nets to drive and kill countless animals. Even turtles and whale sharks can tangle. As consumers, we can help prevent this situation by carefully sourcing ethical fishing stakes for our food and by boycotting those who engage in shark fishing and other horrific practices. This will require some research and possibly additional costs, but the benefits to our planet are well worth the effort.

OTTAWA – Nunavut’s only MP says she will be back from work after a few months because of « extreme burnout, depression and Anxiety « has described. Mumilaaq Qaqqaq announced at the end of October that she would take eight weeks off on advice. In a video posted on her Facebook page, Qaqqaq said the three-week tour « hurt her heart » and made her « soul miserable ». The NDP MP said the Liberal and Conservative Inuit governments had failed. Qaqqaq said that higher suicide and violent crime rates in Nunavut are directly due to the legacy of colonialism and residential schools, as well as the continued complacency of Ottawa and Canada, which continue to grapple with unaffordable food and a housing crisis, overcrowding and substandard Material Includes She said she worked with the NDP to develop a wellness plan to prevent further burnout and will spend the next few weeks building and achieving the capacity of the office staff. This report was first published in the Canadian press on Released January 5, 2021. The Canadian Press

LOS ANGELES – Tanya Roberts, who tied James Bond in « A View to a Kill » and later played Midge Pinciotti on the sitcom « That ’70s Show, » was hospitalized after falling at her home . The actress was falsely reported dead by her publicist on Monday.
Roberts’ publicist Mike Pingel later told The Associated Press Monday afternoon that as of 10 a.m. PST, 65-year-old Roberts was still alive but in poor condition. He had said the previous Monday that Roberts collapsed in her home on December 24th and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she believed she died on Sunday.
Pingel said Robert’s partner, Lance O’Brien, told him he was holding his wife and she « seemed like he was slipping away ».
O’Brien, unable to see Roberts in the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions, was allowed to say goodbye for the last time on Sunday, Pingel said. The actor doesn’t have the virus, he said.
The publicist said he was waiting for more updates on Roberts’ condition.
Several media outlets, including the AP, reported Robert’s death. The AP removed his obituary and sent a notice that the actor was still alive.
One of Roberts’ most famous roles was geologist Stacey Sutton, alongside Roger Moore in 1985’s « A View to a Kill ».
Roberts has also appeared in fantasy adventure films such as « The Beastmaster » and « Hearts and Armor ». She replaced Shelley Hack on Charlie’s Angels and joined Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd as the third Angel Julie. In a 1984 film, she also played the comic book heroine Sheena – a female version of the Tarzan story.
A new breed of fans saw her on « That ’70s Show, » playing Midge, mother of Laura Prepon’s character Donna.

The Associated Press

MADISON, Wisconsin – A Wisconsin pharmacist who believed the world was « collapsing » told police he tried to ruin hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine because he believed it the shots would mutate people’s DNA, according to court documents released Monday 20 miles north of Milwaukee, arrested Advocate Aurora Health pharmacist Steven Brandenburg last week after examining 57 tainted vials of Moderna vaccine, according to official Claims contained enough doses to vaccinate more than 500 people. The indictment is pending. « He believed they were unsure, » Ozaukee District Attorney Adam Gerol said during a virtual hearing. He added that Brandenburg was upset because he and his wife were getting a divorce, and an Aurora employee said Brandenburg took a gun to work twice. A detective wrote in a statement that the 46-year-old Brandenburg was a licensed conspiracy theorist and that he was telling investigators he was deliberately trying to ruin the vaccine because it could harm people by changing their DNA. Misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines has surfaced online with false claims circulating from the ingredients of the vaccines to their possible side effects. One of the earliest false claims suggested that the vaccines could alter DNA. The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, as well as the Moderna vaccine, are based on messenger RNA or mRNA, a relatively new technology used in vaccines that experts have been working on for years. MRNA vaccines help train the immune system to identify the spike protein on the surface of the coronavirus and generate an immune response. Experts have said the claims that the vaccines can genetically alter humans are not true. Jeff Bahr, chief medical group officer of Advocate Aurora Health Care, said Brandenburg admitted he purposely took the vials out of the refrigerator overnight at Grafton Medical Center overnight until December 25, gave them back and left they then turn off again in the night from December 25th to Saturday. A pharmacy technician discovered the vials on December 26th in front of the refrigerator. Bahr said Brandenburg initially said he removed the vials to gain access to other items in the refrigerator and accidentally neglected to put them back. The Moderna vaccine has a shelf life of 12 hours out of the refrigerator, so workers used the vaccine to vaccinate 57 people before the rest were thrown away. Police said the discarded cans were worth between $ 8,000 and $ 11,000. Bahr said the cans people received on December 26 were far from useless. But Gerol said during the hearing that the vials were actually saved and Moderna would need to test the cans to make sure they were ineffective before bringing charges. The Brandenburg lawyer Jason Baltz did not speak about the merits of the hearing during the trial. Gerol held back from filing charges, saying he has yet to determine whether Brandenburg actually destroyed the cans. Judge Paul Malloy ordered Brandenburg to be released on a $ 10,000 signature loan, surrender his firearms, not work in health care, and be out of touch with Aurora staff. Brandenburg’s eight-year-old wife filed for divorce in June. The couple have two young children. According to an affidavit his wife filed on December 30, the day before Brandenburg was arrested for vaccine tampering, he stopped at her house on December 6 and left a water purifier and two 30-day supplies of food that told her that the world is « collapsing » and denying it. He said the government was planning cyberattacks and would shut down the electricity grid. She added that he stores groceries in large quantities with weapons in rental units and that she no longer feels safe around him. A court commissioner found on Monday that Brandenburg’s children were in imminent danger and temporarily banned them from staying with him. According to online court files, Brandenburg’s divorce attorney withdrew from the case on December 28. Associate press writers Doug Glass in Minneapolis and Beatrice Dupuy in New York contributed to this report .___ This story was first published on January 4, 2021. It was updated on January 5, 2021 to correct that Brandenburg was arrested on December 31, rather than December 30. History was earlier corrected to show that Brandenburg was released on a $ 10,000 signature loan. Todd Richmond, The Associated Press

Le Canada et l’Italie ont signé un nouvel Agreement bilatéral sur la mobilité des jeunes entre les deux pays qui améliorera l’accès au marsché du travail des jeunes âgés de 18 à 35 ans en leur permettant de travailler et voyager pendant 12 mois. Cela permettra aussi aux candidats du program Expérience internationale Canada (EIC) is a participant in deux fois, ce qui augmente le total à 24 mois à l’étranger. Ils pourront également Acquérir une nouvelle expérience professionnelle grâce à l’ajout de deux volets: Stage coop international et Jeunes professionnels. Ceux-ci »ajoutent au volet Vacances-travail qui était déjà existent. «Nous vivons dans un monde de plus en plus interconnecté où the innovation vient souvent des personnes qui ont beaucoup voyagé, qui apprécient les autres cultures and qui sont ouvertes à de nouvelles idées, perspectives et façons de faire, note Marco EL Mendicino, ministre de l’Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté. Cela is contributing to the renewal of real estate liens in Canada and Italy, in the economy and in the economy. “The ropes of the Partenariat’s debut are significant for 2006. Depuis plus 200,000 Canadians are participating in the EIC.Nicholas Pereira program, local journalism initiative, Courrier Laval

When Dani McCormack threw the bottle from her uncle’s fishing boat three summers ago, she stopped thinking about it. Maybe that’s because she had so much fun with her relatives visiting from Boston and Maine. Or maybe it’s because she was only five years old at the time. Dani, now eight, was surprised and excited to learn that a couple in North Carolina had found their bottle – and the message it contained. On a snowy December evening, at the beginning of the Christmas break, Dani sat down at the kitchen table with her brother Cameron and mother Mallory McInnis to talk to the people who found him. « Hello Dani! » Ann Huntley’s voice comes over the phone. « Hello, » replies Dani. Ann and her husband Roy ask Dani about herself and what she remembered the day she threw the bottle in the sea. McInnis fills the gaps in Dani’s memory. In 2017, the family was on the fishing boat of their uncle Archie McInnis, the Anna Rose, in front of the port of Nufrage. “That would have been in August,” says McInnis. « My uncle has a fishing boat there, so we go out with his boat every year, and yes, we had a couple of cousins ​​with us that day and we all decided to. » McInnis’ aunt had prepared the bottles, and each family wrote a note and mailed it to unknown parts. « It’s just so crazy that I completely forgot about it, » says McInnis. The message in Dani’s bottle came from near Nufrage on the north side of P.E.I. to Ocracoke Island in North Carolina – around 2,200 kilometers by land. Roy and Ann found the bottle on November 10th while walking on the beach near their island home. It’s a popular seashell collecting spot, so they were lucky enough to be the first to come across it. The Huntleys contacted a P.E.I. Newspaper with what she found, hoping to discover the sender. They sent a photo of the message with several parts missing after moisture got into the bottle. On the day the story was published, McInnis returned to their Savage Harbor home after work and found several messages from the family asking if this was Dani’s bottle. « As soon as I looked at it, I said, » Yes, this is my writing. I remember, ”says McInnis. Ocracoke’s longtime residents, the Huntley, marveled at the bottle’s journey in the Labrador Current through the Atlantic Ocean and into the Gulf Stream that flows past Ocracoke. « Now that I know it has been floating around for three years, I wonder if it didn’t go east to the UK and then come down, » says Roy, still wondering about the sea voyage. Then Ann asks Dani: « Do you like reading? » The feedback from mom and daughter is enthusiastic. « Yes! » Dani’s eyes sparkle and she smiles when she thinks about her favorite pastime. « I have a few favorite books I’d like to send to Dani, » says Ann, promising to broadcast two horse stories about islands on the east coast of the United States like Ocracoke: Taffy of Torpedo Junction by Nell Wise Wechter and Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. Ann tells Dani that there are wild ponies on the island where her bottle was washed ashore. Another smile. Dani sometimes visits her friend’s horses and tells Ann about it. The Huntleys always dreamed of finding a message in a bottle. « Well, I have to tell you it was a pleasure for our Christmas vacation to speak to you and find you, » says Ann. « You can’t believe how excited we were to find this bottle. » « Well, it’s a great way to end 2020, » says McInnis. Roy interferes. “Hey Dani, can I ask you a question? « For sure. » « Are you planning to come to Ocracoke soon? » Alison Jenkins, Reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative, The Journal-Pioneer

TOURISME. Une étude menée sur la fréquentation estivale des parcs nationaux de la Sépaq révèle une boom de 14%. De plus, the Coup de Sonde Effectué Auprès de 38,000 Visiteure de Parcs Nationaux met en Lumière l’impact positive goals of the Plein Air on the Bien-être physique and psychology of the population québécoise en temps de pandémie. «Je suis très fière de constater à quel point les Québécois ont concrètement Contribué à la santé de nos entreprises touristiques à l’été 2020, notamment grâce à des mesures comme la carte annuelle Parcs nationaux Édition Bonjour Québec. L’initiative s’est soldée par une boom de 14% de l’achalandage estival des parcs nationaux, ce qui a eu des répercussions favorables sur l’activité économique dans les régions. The satisfaction of the Québécois with the charm de nos territoires and the status of the habitual new edition of the Cépénoule-Année ”, Souligne Caroline Proulx, La Ministre du Tourisme. Notons que le grand intérêt pour la carte annuelle Parcs nationaux édition Bonjour Québec, offer at 50% du prix régulier, s’est fait ressentir dès sa mise en vente. Les quelque 141,000 copies of the Cette Carte Qui Donne Un Accès Annuel Illimité Aux Parcs Nationaux de La Sépaq onté écoulés en moins de 72 heures. Pour ce qui est du bien-être physique et psychologique, l’étude révèle que la moitié des détenteurs d’une carte Bonjour Québec affirment avoir pratiqué plus d’activités de plein air et de sorties en nature qu’avant la pandémie. Ils estiment, à 87%, que la fréquentation des parcs nationaux a Contribué à améliorer leur santé mental. Cest 84% qui disent en avoir ressenti des bénéfices physiques. Stéphane Lévesque, initiative for journalism on site, L’Hebdo Journal

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OTTAWA – A new poll shows that nearly half of Canadians were visited with family or friends during the winter vacation. The Léger / Association for Canadian Studies poll found that 48 percent of those surveyed visited people outside their homes, compared with 52 percent who said they did not. Public health officials had asked Canadians to severely limit their contacts during the vacation to avoid massive spikes in COVID-19 cases. But it seems like the Canadians gave something, said Léger vice president Christian Bourque. « Usually, we Canadians are much more disciplined when it comes to following government recommendations regarding our behavior, but it seemed to be a bit more difficult for Canadians during the holidays, » he said. Of those who visited friends or family outside of their homes, 34 percent did so once, 12 percent two or three times, and two percent often. The number of cases of COVID-19 is rising, and the survey suggests 62 percent of the cents polled have little to no confidence in Canada’s ability to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the next few weeks. That pessimism is noteworthy when you consider that polls showed Canadians were optimistic ahead of the holidays, Bourque said. But in the dwindling days of 2020, there have been stories of delays in vaccine rollouts, rising case numbers and news that many politicians have left the country on vacation despite travel restrictions appearing to be changing the mood of Canadians, he said. « I think it made people more skeptical about how much we can do in the short term, » he said. During the pandemic, Léger asked Canadians about their mental health, and Bourque said the latest responses reflect a downturn: in the latest poll, only 33 percent rated their mental health as good, the lowest number yet, he said. « January is going to be a bit gloomy, » he said. Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies conducted the survey of 1,506 Canadians between December 30, 2020 and January 3, 2021. The survey was conducted online and cannot be assigned a margin of error as online surveys are not considered truly random. While respondents were asking the questions, news reports surfaced from politicians, including the Ontario Treasury Secretary, several MPs, and Alberta provincial politicians who have been traveling overseas in the past few months. This despite repeated warnings from local and national governments and public health officials that travel should only be limited to essential trips. In the survey, 87 percent of respondents said they would support a total ban on international travel until there are several consecutive days with a reduced number of COVID-19 cases. Bourque said the number is in line with similar questions asked during the pandemic, but also reflects Canadians’ growing desire for governments to take concrete action to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The federal government has stated that only a small fraction of the active cases in Canada can be directly linked to recent travel, despite banning inbound flights from the UK after a new variant of COVID-19 appeared there, from who is believed to be more contagious late last year. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 5, 2021. Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

At the end of 2020 and as students, staff and families prepare to return to school, Chatham-Kent public health is sharing some vital information about the school and COVID-19. The health unit shared the processes that were followed when a student or employee tested positive for COVID-19. « At CK Public Health we have a team that works to keep schools and students safe and healthy, » the report says. « The first priority for the school health team is preventing people from getting COVID-19 in the first place. » The report said that in the event someone who tests positive for COVID-19, everyone is ready to do their part. CK Public Health will help families, students, and schools respond quickly and prevent it from spreading to others in the school and community. If a person taking a school exam is positive for COVID-19, CK Public Health will be informed of the positive result and the person who tested positive will be contacted. If the laboratory informs CK Public Health of a positive test result, the nurses will contact the person and / or their guardian. “CK Public Health will notify the school as soon as possible. The team will be in contact with the school and school board to provide updates, coordinate the response and monitor the situation, ”the report said. Public health nurses also immediately begin a process called contact tracing. This includes collecting information from the person who tested positive, the guardian, and the school. This process helps identify close contacts while they may have passed COVID-19 on to others. Close contacts and / or their legal guardians are called by a nurse and given information about what to do. « The health and safety of students and school communities is our top priority, » the report said. « While this will be impractical for schools and families in the short term, these measures will support the health and safety of all. » According to the health unit, according to the best current knowledge, people are considered to be in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 if they have been within two meters without personal protective equipment for a period of time. Public health nurses working on the case will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the full, accurate list of close contacts. CK Public Health works with close contacts of people who have tested positive to determine when to go for testing. Public health nurses will continue to check in with self-isolating individuals and their close contacts on a regular basis to ensure they are getting the support they need and are able to follow guidelines. « It is important to follow the nurse’s instructions when it comes to timing of the test, » the report said. “Timing is important to make sure the test finds the COVID-19 virus. If someone is tested too early after possible exposure, they may need to be retested as the virus was found after the original test. “If anyone else at school tests positive for COVID-19, the health unit asks not to go to the assessment center unless CK Public Health has contacted you. According to the report, the test is intended for people who show symptoms or have close contacts. If CK Public Health hasn’t contacted you, you can help by continuing to monitor yourself for symptoms and following precautions in school and in the community. Before returning to school, CK Public Health will work with the person who tested positive for COVID-19, family, close contacts, and the school to develop a plan for their safe return to school. This is also unique to each individual and requires a thorough assessment by the school health team. Bird Bouchard, reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative, The Ridgetown Independent News

Denmark on Tuesday imposed new lockdown measures to curb the rapid spread of a new variant of coronavirus that is believed to be more transmissible, the country’s prime minister said. Danish health authorities expected the new virus variant, first discovered in the UK, to be the dominant one in Denmark by mid-February. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said a press conference.

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Closed, open, outside, inside , online – 2020 has been a busy year of change for Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, and more are on the way in 2021. « We’re not at the numbers we had before COVID, but we’re ‘I’m still in business, » manager Bernie Plourde told Mitch Cormier, host of Island Morning. « People can bring their product and feed the community. » In the last 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the market has closed, opened an online shop, closed that store and opened another that only reopened in the parking lot. The building has undergone extensive renovations and reopened inside, keeping online ordering for roadside pickup once a week. For Stephanie Dewar, co-owner of Morning Dew Gardens in Cornwall, it was important that the market could sustain all of these changes. This was the farm’s first full year of operation and it was launched to bring the products to customers. The pandemic meant there was no personal space available for Dewar’s goods, but the farm was able to participate in online shop operations. « The platform really allowed us to focus more energy on farming and worry a lot less about our marketing strategy as the pandemic unfolded, » said Dewar. « Having the website and how smoothly it went for us … It was really important in helping us actually access customers who wouldn’t have known who to start with. « There could be more changes in the market. Plourde said they are constantly looking for better online platforms. They are also investigating a second online store pickup location, possibly outside of Charlottetown, and the possibility of a delivery service. Plourde also hopes the restrictions will wear off enough by the summer that a live market like the one in the past can return on Wednesdays More from CBC PEI

COVID-19. The responsible employees of the Aînés et des Proches assistant, Marguerite Blais, des Ministre de Santé et des Services Sociaux, Christian Dubé, are no more than the Proches helpers of the Proche réside en Center d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD ) Seront ajoutées aux clientèles prioraires du Vaccination program against COVID-19. «The Soutien des Personnes proches aidantes est inestimable, and leur sécurité est au center de nos préoccupations. Je suis très heureuse que la santé publique recommending que les personnes proches aidantes denoting âgées de 70 ans et plus soient ajoutées aux clientèles pouvant obtenir le vaccine à court date, au même titre que les résidents et le personal qui prend soin d’eux », souligne Marguerite Blais, responsible minister des Aînés et des Proches helper Les personnes proches aidantes qui apportent un süden régulier à un résident hébergé en CHSLD for vaccination after vaccination protection. Ces personnes doivent être âgées de 70 ans et être présentes trois jours par semaine ou plus en Soutien à leur proche en CHSLD. Une seule personne par résident du CHSLD pourra être Vaccination en prioré, selon l’accord des gestionnaires de l’installation. Les proches aidants ne répondant pas à ces kritères pourront se faire vaccine plus tard en fonction des priorés établies pour la populations générale, notamment par groupe d’âge. Rappelling attempts with vaccine sera provide free assistance to people who are in an area they are in. En fonction des Dosen que le Québec Recevra, il est prévu de vaccine jusqu’à 650 000 personnes d’ici le 1st avril. Stéphane Lévesque, Local Journalism Initiative, L’Hebdo Journal

TORONTO – BMO Financial Group has signed an agreement to sell its private banking business in Hong Kong and Singapore to J. Safra Sarasin Group. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. According to BMO, J. Safra Sarasin has a solid reputation as a customer service provider and it is confident that they are well positioned to serve their private banking clients in Hong Kong and Singapore. The Canadian bank says the Hong Kong and Singapore markets remain important and looks forward to continuing to serve corporate and institutional clients in Asia. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first half of 2021. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 5, 2021. Companies in this story: (TSX: BMO) The Canadian Press


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