Several shopping centers in the Greater Toronto Area are extending their hours on Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of a rush of visitors ahead of Monday’s lockdown see shopping centers close
Yorkdale Mall and Downtown Scarborough will now be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Mississauga’s Square One Mall will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. this weekend as well
Shopping malls are looking to encourage shoppers to avoid going during peak hours, which are typically 1 to 4 pm on weekends, as they expect an influx of people to want to do so. their purchases before the lockdown, they said in a press release
They said the malls have worked closely with public health and are encouraging shoppers to use live chat features and mapping tools to plan visits in advance
Monday’s lockdown for Toronto and the Region of Peel was announced by Premier Doug Ford on Friday and will last at least 28 days in an attempt to curb a staggering increase in COVID-19 cases
The hiding of non-essential retailers and limiting malls to curbside collection is one of the many restrictions that will go into effect on Monday You can read more about the restrictions here
Shoppers are encouraged to visit mall websites to see which retailers offer curbside pickup and restaurants in the mall can offer take-out and delivery, the release said.
The rapist who incarcerated and tortured a woman in a Calgary hotel room for eight hours was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison, but was given a reduced sentence due to the harsh conditions he endured while in detentionVasilios (Billy) Georgopoulos, 39, was convicted of sexual assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and death threats following a 2017 attack on a woman whose identity is protected by a publication banIn addition to the standard 1.5-day credit for each day of his sentence, Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Alan Macleod granted Georgopoulos an additional six months for the hardships he suffered in custodyAt his own request, Georgopoulos has been in solitary confinement since he was taken into custody after being convicted last year. He also suffered a cut to his forehead after guards took him to the ground as he refused to get out of your roomAfter a total reduction of 21 months, Georgopoulos has about six years and nine months to serve “ Consensual sex has become a nightmare ” In October 2017, Georgopoulos and his victim met online The couple each had a few drinks of GHB, known as the date rape drug, was found in the woman’s system within hours of the attack. “What started as consensual sex has turned into a nightmare for the complainant,” Macleod said in reading his decisionGeorgopoulos quickly turned violent, hitting his victim in the face, raping her repeatedly and calling her cruel names He also burned her with a lighter The victim said Georgopoulos threatened to kill her, her mother and her children if she did so denounced to the policeShe said he told her to “shut up and stop crying” and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams The victim escapes After about eight hours she escaped from the hotel when Georgopoulos was on the phone She took a cab to her mother’s house and called the police Earlier in the week at the sentencing hearing the victim read a statement about how the crimes had affected her wrote about being reclusive, living in a state of emotional, psychological and mental anguish The victim has been hospitalized twice due to anxiety and stress, and has not been able to work since being Attacked Prosecutor Zailin Lakhoo had proposed a prison term of nine to 12 years Defense lawyer Kelsey Sitar argued her client should spend six to eight years behind bars, but that with credit for time served and poor conditions in the remand center, he will have to t be reduced to four to six yearsIn 2016, Georgopoulos was charged with manslaughter and aiding and abetting after the fact murder for the stabbing death of Alan Beach in November 2015 outside a pub in Red DeerHe ended up pleading guilty to a lesser assault charge in 2017
COVID-19 The most recent data on the evolution of COVID-19, in Quebec, show 1,259 new cases, for a total number of infected people of 129,699 They also report 32 new deaths, but the total death toll stands at 6,774 due to withdrawal of 2 deaths for study investigation that they did not attribute to COVID-19 Of those 32 deaths, 9 have occurred in the past 24 hours, 22 occurred between 13 and 18 November and 1 occurred on an unknown date The number of hospitalizations decreased by 27 compared to the previous day, with a cumulative of 624 Among these, the number of people found in intensive care has decreased by 5, and now rises to 96 Samples taken on November 18 amounted to 34,703, for a total of 3,621,067 Summary table of the evolution of data Date Confirmed cases Deaths Hospitalizations Hospitalizations in intensive care Samples taken November 131 4481758382 ( -3) 28 66114 November1 21123587 (4) 89 (7) 23 21715 November1 21818591 (4) 87 (-2) 20 54016 November98220638 (47) 100 (13) 25 16517 November1 17922652 (14) 10031 93518 November1 20728651 (-1) 101 (1) 34 70319 November1 2599624 ( -27) 96 (-5) ND Number of cases by region Regions November 15, 202016 November 202017 November 202018 November 202019 November 2020 Total cases 01 – Bas-Saint-Laurent4413121965702 – Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean1871011672412133 82003 – Capitale-Nationale75498412113810 50404 – Mauricie -and-Center-du-Québec37378587596 16405 – Estrie538443666583aouue-26405 – Estrie53844366693aouue2805805 – Estrie53844366693aouue28058039282829725580390720082039289289265803907200680 – Estrie – Cote Nord2400719210 – Nord-du-Québec262455211 – Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine14141311121 28512 – Chaudière-Appalaches57446560424 81213 – 64814 Laval874662906810 – L anaudière14013211711810510 12715 – Laurentides73205235377 51216 – Montérégie14013613314115918 50917 – Nunavik001-102918 – Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James0-100016 Outside Quebec region 3010077Region à millepertuis00000123Total1 2189821 1791 Saint-Laurent 017130000123Total1 2189821 1791 Saint-Laurent 0171 00000123Total1 2189821 1791 Saint-Laurent 0199000123Total1 2189821 -Saint-Jean8703 – Capitale-Nationale40004 – Mauricie-Estonia5908406-Center Abitibi-Témiscamingue409 – Côte-Nord210 – Nord-du-Québec011 – Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine3712 – Chaudière-Appalaches11413 – Laval71914 – Lanaudière29315 – Laurentides32816 – Montérégie82017 – Nunavik018 – Terres-Cries-de-la-BaieRégion0Hors TBD0Total6 774 Stéphane Lévesque, Local Journalism Initiative, L’Hebdo Journal
About half of Canada’s food supply is wasted each year Product fields are plowed due to canceled orders; tomatoes intended for pasta sauce fall off conveyor belts and never reach store shelves That could be about to change Thursday, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced a national competition for projects aimed at reducing food waste in the country The program, the first step in a national plan to reduce food waste, will fund new projects to reduce waste throughout the supply chain It’s a problem that goes far beyond household compost bins. About 355 million tonnes of food is wasted in Canada each year, generating around 565 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to a 2019 report from Second Harvest, a non-profit organization that redistributes food that would otherwise be wasted to food banks and charities More than half of this waste is created before the food hits grocery store shelves “Reducing food waste is necessary to for many reasons: it can help save consumers money, improve food safety, support efficiency in the agriculture and food sector, and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ”Bibeau said in a commentary. written press release Nikkel hopes for $ 10 The 8 million competition announced Thursday will serve as a spark for action on the question “Having the knowledge and doing something about it … are two different things,” she says The contest is open to everyone From businesses to governments to individuals Proposals for the competition will go through multiple evaluation rounds, with two finalists receiving $ 1.5 million each to implement their plan Efforts to reduce, divert and reuse wasted food so that they remain in the market would be well suited, said Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in a statementThis approach – focused on reducing waste throughout the supply chain instead of redistributing it to charities – has some observers with cautious optimism that critiques of past food waste reduction efforts are heard “The problem with (many programs) is that they only reinforce the idea that food waste, food banks and charities are an effective response to food insecurity,” said Graham Riches, professor. social work at the University of British Columbia He cited the federal government’s recent $ 50 million Surplus Food Rescue Fund as an example. The program, which was announced in August, is redistributing food stranded by the closure of pandemic-related food and hospitality services to food banks across Canada The approach partially addressed the immediate crisis: about 58 million kilograms of food were stranded when the pandemic struck, and in May Statistics Canada reported that more than 1.5 million more people were insecure. food since 2018, and one in seven Canadians had not had enough food the month before. Yet while addressing the immediate crisis, Riches said the program does not challenge long-standing and more problematic patterns of policy governments focused on redistributing excess food produced by the industrial food system to food banks and charities This is a problematic approach, he explained. This is because food insecurity stems from social and economic inequalities, he explained.To fully address this, income support systems need to be reviewed to ensure people have enough money to buy. their own food and don’t need to rely on food banks at all. “People need money in their pockets to get by,” he said. “Actually, they don’t have need for donations, food, which do nothing for the economy other than subsidizing low wages and subsidizing low social benefits“Meanwhile, food waste is a separate issue that requires changing the way food is grown, processed, transported and sold, an approach that could be reflected in the competition announced this week. “I think it’s a really good thing that the federal government is developing this national food waste reduction challenge,” he said. “You need to reframe what you’re doing about… the industrial food system and how it produces food from farm to table and the different stages that food goes through as it moves into people’s mouths”Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative, National Observer
VICTORIA – Elections BC has revised its estimated turnout for the October provincial election, but the increase in figure is still an all-time low for the province Although the final figures are not known until post processing. Election will not be finished, Elections BC says more than 9 million voters voted The agency increased its estimated turnout from 524 percent to 545 percent Despite this, it would still be a new low: statistics from BC elections dating back to 1928 show lowest turnout was 5514% in the 2009 election BC Elections shows 724,279 voters requested mail-in ballot kits and more people voted at advance polls and by mail than those who voted on Election Day, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic Preliminary data released by Elections BC shows that voting on Election Day accounted for 2 88% of the vote, up from almost two-thirds in 2017 This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 20, 2020 The Canadian Press
Another Saskatchewan resident has died from COVID-19, the province said Friday A person in their 80s in the Saskatoon area is Saskatchewan’s 33rd death from COVID-19 Meanwhile, 153 new cases of COVID-19 were announced on Friday, bringing the total known active cases in the province to 2,145Of the new cases, 42 are in the Saskatoon region, 20 in the southeast, 16 in the extreme north-central area and there are 14 each in the north-central, Regina and southwest regions.Eleven of the new cases involved people in the northwest, and four in each of them in the extreme northeast, center-east, and center-south areas Three were from the northwest and two from the center-west Four of the new cases have pending whereabouts information Eight more health workers have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total since March to 171 Ninety-eight have tested positive since early October 50 other people aged 19 or younger have tested positive for COVID-19, along with 42 other people aged 20 to 39 32 others in their 40s or 50s have also tested positive more people are hospitalized for COVID-19, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 85 There are two fewer people in intensive care, bringing the total number of intensive care patients to 19 Seventy-three people have been considered as recovered from COVID-19 on Friday There have now been 3,626 recoveries in Saskatchewan There have been 2,826 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Thursday What is your? CBC Saskatchewan wants to know how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you Share your story with our online questionnaire
NEW YORK – Jan Morris, the famous journalist, historian, world traveler and fiction writer who in middle age became a pioneer of the transgender movement, has died at the age of 94Morris died in Wales on Friday morning, according to his literary representative, United Agents his agent Sophie Scard confirmed his death Morris was in poor health Additional details were not immediately available The British author lived as James Morris until the early 1970s, when she underwent surgery at a clinic in Casablanca and renamed herself Jan Morris Her successful memoir, “Conundrum”, published in 1974, continued the path of earlier works such as “A Personal Autobiography” by Christine Jorgensen by presenting her decision as natural and liberating.”I no longer feel isolated and unreal,” she writes “Not only can I imagine more clearly how other people feel: finally freed from those old bridles and blinders, I begin to know how I feel” Morris was an author and prolific and accomplished journalist who has written dozens of books in a variety of genres and has been a direct witness to history As a young reporter for The Times, she accompanied a 1953 expedition to Asia led by Sir Edmund Hillary and , on the coronation day of Queen Elizabeth II, announced that Hillary and Nepalese mountaineer Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had become the first climbers to climb Mount Everest She was so worried that rival journalists would steal her scoop that she used language coded for the dispatch back home, relayed by an Indian military radio outpost: “The snow conditions are bad, stop of the forward base abandoned yesterday stop awaiting improvement ation ”In 1956, for the Manchester Guardian, she helped break the news that French forces were secretly attacking Egypt during the so-called Suez Canal Crisis which threatened to start a world war The French and the British, who were also allies against Egypt, both withdrew in embarrassment after denying initial reports and British Prime Minister Anthony Eden resigned within months In the early 1960s, she covered Adolf Eichmann’s trial in JerusalemMorris continued to receive praise for her immersive travel writing, with Venice and Trieste among favorite places, and for her “Pax Britannica” stories on the British Empire, a trilogy started as James Morris and concluded as Jan Morris In 1985, she was a Booker Prize finalist for an imaginary travelogue and political thriller, ‘Last Letters from Hav’, on a Mediterranean city-state which has been a stopping point for the author’s knowledge and adventures, where visitors came from Saint Paul and Marco Polo to Ernest Hemingway and Sigmund Freud The book was republished 21 years later in the part of ‘Hav’, which included a Morris sequel and an introduction by sci-fi fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin ‘I read it (‘ Hav ‘) as a brilliant description of the crossroads of the West and from the East seen by a woman who really I haven’t seen the world and lives in it twice as intensely as most of us, “writes Le Guin. Morris’s other work included the” Herstory “and” Pleasures of a Tangled Life, ” “Cities” and “Locations” essays and the anthology “The World: Life and Travel 1950-2000” A collection of journal entries, “In My Mind’s Eye”, was released in 2019, and a second volume is planned for release. January “Allegorizings”, a non-fictional book of personal reflections which she wrote over ten years ago and requested not to be published during her lifetime, will also be published in 2021Born James Humphrey Morris in Somerset, with a Welsh father and an English mother, Morris remembers questioning his gender at the age of 4 She had an epiphany when she sat under her mother’s piano and thought she was “born in the wrong body and really should be a girl” For twenty years or so she kept her feelings secrets, a ‘darling’ secret that became a prayer when at the University of Oxford, she and her classmates observed a moment of silence while worshiping at the school cathedral “In this break, as my punters, I suppose, begging for forgiveness or enlightenment, I silently inserted every night, year after year throughout my childhood, a less gracious but no less sincere appeal: “And please, my God, let me be an Amen girl, ”Morris wrote in his memoir,“ I felt that by wanting so ardently, and so endlessly, to translate into a girl’s body, I was aiming for a more divine condition, a reconciliation interior “To the outside world, James Morris seemed to be enjoying an exemplary male life. She was 17 years old when she joined the British Army in WWII, served as an intelligence officer in Palestine and mastered the “military virtues of courage, drive, loyalty, self-disciplineIn 1949 Morris married Elizabeth Tuckniss, with whom she had five children (one died in infancy) But privately she felt “gloomy with indecision and anxiety” and even considered suicide. She had walked “the long, well-beaten, expensive and sterile road” of psychiatrists and sexologists. She concluded that no one in her situation had ever, “in the whole history of psychiatry, been” cured “by science” Woman’s life changed the way Morris saw the world and how the world saw Morris She internalized the perception that she couldn’t fix a car or lift a heavy suitcase, finding herself treated like an inferior by men and a confidante by women She learned that there is “no aspect of existence, no time of day, no contact, no arrangement, no response, which is no different for men and women.Morris and his wife divorced, but they remained close and in 2008 formalized a new bond in a civil union They also promised to be buried together, under a stone inscribed in both Welsh and England: “Here lie two friends, at the end of a lifetime” ____ Jill Lawless, Associate Press Editor, contributed to this report from London Hillel Italy, The Associated Press
OTTAWA – A rapid increase in the number of active cases of COVID-19 in First Nations communities on reserve – particularly in Alberta and Saskatchewan – probably doesn’t tell the whole story due to lack of data, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said “We are currently looking at numbers that are nearly four times the number of Indigenous people infected with COVID-19 in the first wave,” Miller said at a conference press Friday, where he detailed $ 120 million in immediate funding for indigenous communities suffering from COVID -19 outbreaks in Saskatchewan and Alberta “It’s serious” According to figures released by his ministry, there were 1,174 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nations communities on reserves Thursday, for a total of 2,853 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic in Canada The growing toll in Alberta, which has 318 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nations communities on reserve, and Saskatchewan, where there are 344 active cases, is “alarming,” Miller saidAnd yet, he said, it’s probably worse than that. “Our data is limited and so this only represents cases on reserve,” he said, adding that the number of COVID-19 cases among the indigenous peoples of the two provinces is much higherMiller noted that Manitoba figures show high rates of COVID-19 among Indigenous people living in urban areas, as well as a disproportionate number of First Nations people in hospitals and intensive care units.This “imperfect picture” of COVID-19 infections is a problem, he said “It is a reality that we are struggling with because it is very difficult to adapt these options in order to protect people”, a- he declaredMiller said better data would also be important for the delivery of a possible COVID-19 vaccine. “Where the rubber hits the road, for example, is when we need to deploy vaccines – identify where those are. vulnerabilities, “Miller said”There are places where the federal government can play a role, and there is a place where we will need to work with the provinces to ensure that those who are most vulnerable are properly served,” he said. And when it comes to indigenous peoples, we still struggle to provide them with the best health care in a country that prides itself on its health care “The challenge goes beyond indigenous communities The federal government is working with the provinces and territories to improve its collection of COVID-19 data, including race-based data, Health Minister Patty Hajdu told a House of Commons committee on FridayShe said part of the $ 5 billion “safe restart” deal is intended to improve and coordinate data collection between provinces, including getting a “more granular understanding” of the how the pandemic is affecting different groups in CanadaValerie Gideon, Associate Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada, said better data for Indigenous communities was part of those discussions. “I think it’s a priority for everyone,” Gideon said at the conference release with Miller “The opportunity offered by COVID in this regard is to finally address some of the challenges related to Indigenous health data in a manner based on distinctions with provinces and territories,” she said. declaredThis report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 20, 2020 ——— This article was produced with financial assistance from the Facebook Stock Exchange and The Canadian Press Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press
Port Hawkesbury high school hockey player is recovering after being hit in the head by a puck, fracturing his skull Anthony MacDonald, 15, was picking up pucks at the end of a practice last Tuesday when the puck l ‘hit “I was on the bench unbinding my skates and one of the other kids screamed my name and when I looked up Anthony was reeling then he fell on the ice”, said said Mark MacDonald, Anthony’s dad and assistant coach of the Strait region Saints Hockey Team from the Education Recreation Center Anthony was rushed to the local hospital He was stabilized and then airlifted to the IWK Health Center in Halifax He underwent surgery and was then placed in a induced coma for five days “I hope no parent will ever have to go through this,” said Mark “It’s just not a good experience“ Other than some difficulty breathing when he came out of the coma this week he was in a good mood and quickly asked to go home This wish came true on Thursday when pilot Dimitri Neonakis volunteered to take Anthony home to Port Hawkesbury on his planeAnthony drove a shotgun to the front of the small plane while Neonakis made sure not to fly too high and put pressure on his headThere was a large scattered crowd to greet Anthony at the house when they landed in Port Hawkesbury Among the crowd were several of his high school friends and the whole hockey team Anthony spent nine days in the hospital and many of his teammates showed up to visit They were not allowed to enter the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions, but they were all wearing their hockey jerseys and waving to him from belowHer injury has garnered support from residents of the Strait area A GoFundMe campaign to raise $ 5,000 for her family has now raised over $ 41,000 Shelly Forgeron, of Richmond County, and has organized the fundraiser even though she is at over 5,000 miles to Fort McMurray, Alta. Anthony has previously said he plans to donate much of the money raised to charities around Port Hawkesbury. “There is something in small rural communities where generosity runs in blood, “Smith said” Anthony is quite well known in the quad counties thanks to his sports “One of the donations came from Russia when Vladimir Tarasenko of the St Louis Blues donated Many local hockey teams also contributed with donations Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins sent Anthony a jersey and video messages were sent by Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and former NHL player Aa ron Johnson, who is from Port HawkesburyAnthony’s recovery is expected to go slowly He will begin rehabilitation in Port Hawkesbury and return to Halifax for another procedure next month “They cut a piece of his skull basically to relieve the pressure and relieve the bleeding,” said Mark “They are going to put the bone flap that is still out of his head back into place “Anthony’s family were overwhelmed with the support He took off his helmet after training last week and that’s where he was hit. family wants to send the message that helmets should be worn at all times MORE TOP STORIES
New Brunswick Minister of Aboriginal Affairs promises announcement soon on process to tackle what she calls the “cancer” of systemic racism in the provinceThis is the Higgs government’s strongest comment to date , who has so far resisted calls for a public inquiry following the murder of two Indigenous people earlier this year by police in two separate incidents“We have cancer in our province and it’s called systemic racism,” Minister Arlene Dunn said during Question Period”We’re going to take this initiative and we’re going to do something about it, you can be assured of that and you’re going to be hearing a lot from me over the next few days, that’s guaranteed” Dunn later told reporters she was considering systemic racism “something we really need to try to eradicate” She expressed concern that racism is “ingrained in a number of systems” and affects not only indigenous peoples but others as well. communitiesShe did not say what she planned to put in place, but said she believed “absolutely” that people who requested an investigation will be satisfied. She said anything she announces will work independently of the government ” We want a very good solution, a solution that will offer tangible opportunities, a solution that will allow us to do it very quickly and implement solutions immediately”St Mary’s First Nation Chief Alan (Chicky) Polchies Jr said he had heard nothing from the province about an impending announcement” We were never consulted on what will be suggested “, did he declare “What it looks like, how we’re part of it, who’s going to lead it – these are all questions we’ll have after an announcement” Polchies said nothing less than an investigation would satisfy him and other bosses. Wolastoqey “A public inquiry is what we asked for and this is what we want,” he saidGreen Party Leader David Coon said he was surprised to hear Dunn be “so adamant” in the House to do something, given Prime Minister Blaine Higgs’ reluctanceAfter the two gunshot deaths earlier this year, Higgs admitted that systemic racism exists, which he reiterated this weekBut he declined to order a stand-alone provincial inquiry, saying the federal government had to play a role His then Indigenous Affairs Minister Jake Stewart said he would push for an inquiry, but during the election admitted that the decision was up to HiggsStewart was fired from his post and the backbench after the September provincial election He said after demotion he would continue to push for an investigation, Coon said an investigation must take place for policymakers ” can understand the experience of Indigenous peoples with racism in the systemLiberal MP Lisa Harris said she was not convinced Dunn would be able to persuade Higgs to act and said she hopes the new minister will use ‘the same enthusiasm’ that she embraced at question period to convince himHiggs’ decision to make Indigenous affairs one of Dunn’s four ministerial roles, rather than a stand-alone post as it was when Stewart held it, shows it is not a priority for progressives- conservatives, said Harris”You see there is no problem there,” she said
MONTREAL – Quebec anti-corruption police say they arrested two people in connection with an alleged fraud scheme at a major English-language school board in the Montreal area Police said in a press release today that Caroline Mastantuono and Christina Mastantuono will face fraud charges stemming from their time as employees of the Lester B Pearson School Board’s anti-corruption unit, known as UPAC, says it is still looking for a third suspect in the ‘case; He says the suspects who were arrested were released on promises to appear in court in January Caroline Mastantuono, former director of the international department of the board, allegedly collaborated with a recruiting company to produce and use false documents, which created a financial risk for the council and deceived the immigration serviceChristina Mastantuono, an employee of the same service, was allegedly involved in the scheme, which allegedly took place between 2014 and 2016 The unit says the two suspects will be charged with producing false documents, forgery and fraud, while Caroline Mastantuono will also be charged breach of trustThis report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 20, 2020 The Canadian Press
SALT LAKE CITY – As students prepare to head home for the holidays, some schools are rapidly stepping up the COVID-19 test to try to prevent infections from spreading further as the coronavirus spreads through the Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine themselves in dorms and switch classes online Now, many students are heading home for Thanksgiving, increasing the risk of the virus spreading among family, friends and other travelers“The responsibility and scope of the impact no longer rests solely with the student body, but with those close contacts,” said Emily Rounds, a student who helps collect data on college test plans at scale. National Council for the Davidson College Crisis College InitiativeCollege pandemic plans vary widely About a third of four-year colleges started mostly in person this fall, initiative researchers found by tracking around 1,400 schools.Only about 100 colleges initially tested all students once or twice a week, regardless of symptoms, as part of their back-to-school plans Many more tested random samples of students or tested those with symptoms – none of them are considered sufficient to stop the spread of the disease, said Christopher Marsicano, education professor at Davidson who founded the projectSince early November, however, researchers have seen a noticeable increase in schools requiring or encouraging students to get tested before Thanksgiving. For many colleges, the holidays mark the end of in-person learning of the year, whether transferring courses online has always been the plan to prevent students from bringing the virus back to campus or whether it has become response to the nationwide spike in infections, which have now surpassed 117 million Some colleges are looking to states for help paying for additional tests, while others are building on those developed by their own researchersThe University of Notre Dame announced a test warrant after thousands of football fans, many without masks, stormed the field in South Bend, Indiana, and held parties to celebrate a double overtime annoyed by Clemson this month Those who do not complete the test cannot enroll in future courses Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee has a similar requirement, as does the public university system in New York City However, the University of Pittsburgh does not test students before leaving, fearing that a single test would not be reliable and that a negative result could give students a false sense of security”They’re going to immediately reunite with their high school friends and families, and there’s going to be a lot of outbreaks,” said Dr. John Williams, director of the school’s COVID-19 medical response office in Many schools, from the University of Texas at Austin to Ohio State University, fall somewhere in between, encouraging but not imposing tests Governors of seven northeastern states, including New York, urged area colleges to offer testing to all students returning home for Thanksgiving The few institutions that already test students regularly, even without symptoms, don’t have to change much The University of Illinois is doing about 10,000 saliva tests a day, catching each student two or three times a week with a test developed by their own researchers Mandatory app reminds students to get tested and helps track those who test positive while in quarantine It also includes a scan required to enter campus buildings, allowing only those who are up to date with their tests “People love it now. They ultimately believe it’s the safest place in the world,” said Bill Jackson, executive director of the university’s Discovery Partners Institute and helps manage the plan. school pandemic response, which also includes wearing masks and social distancing For other schools, finding and paying for tests has been a major hurdle amid economic upheaval related to viruses, Rounds said, the collector of student data”It can’t just be this tale of blaming students and administrations I really think at this point we have to look to state governments and the federal government to have some accountability,” she said. declared “So many cases of COVID in the United States are from higher education institutions – this should be a target point for interventions” Governments are getting involved in some places, like North Carolina, where the state offers testing at schools before the holidays, and Utah, where the governor has mandated weekly testing starting in January and where the state is helping with rapid response test kits at St Thomas University in Saint Paul, Minnesota , state helped find 3,500 tests before Thanksgiving break Previously only students with symptoms and some in close contact with someone with COVID-19 could get tested But now there is a shortage of medical staff to administer the additional tests It means professors like journalism professor Mark Neuzil stepped in as the university began mass testing on Wednesday, administering around 100 tests per he ure, he said“The state provides you with the tests and then says, ‘Good luck’ because there aren’t enough medical staff for everyone,” Neuzil said. “We have, of course, health services and nurses, but they work like dogs and they are not enough “For students, testing uptime can be a relief Ben Ferney, 24, a communications specialist at Weber State University in northern Utah, recently passed a quick response test on a folding table set up in a student union ballroom He caught the virus this summer, but as it’s still unclear how long the immunity lasts, he wants to make sure he doesn’t catch it again.”I don’t think I’ve ever been so sick in my life,” Ferney said He said he apparently spread the virus to his parents and two siblings before he even knew he was sickBecause “2020 has been full of unknowns, it’s easy to have that constantly on my mind,” he said. Regular testing “helps me move forward, that my presence around other people is not a threat to them” ___ Associate News Writer Michael Casey in Boston and AP / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative, member of the Sophia Eppolito Corps in Salt Lake City, contributed to this storyLindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press
Alix Village Council all expressed concerns about the finances of the provincial government as they debated their 2021 interim operating budget at their regular November 18 meeting Village Executive Director Michelle White , said the interim budget included three years, 2021, 22 and 23, as required by the municipal government lawShe said the project had been updated to correct some debenture payment numbers Mayor Rob Fehr said he was more than a little worried about how the finances of the provincial government were going to affect the Village budget fo AlixHe noted a letter from Minister of Municipal Affairs Tracy Allard that has apparently been sent to all municipalities in Alberta, and which looks a bit grim. Allard’s letter said: “As you know our province is facing very difficult economic circumstances Resource revenues are lower than they were in the early 1970s, while expenses are higher than expected due to the need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic “This will lead to financial challenges that will be felt for many years to come” In light of these economic circumstances, Alberta may not be able to maintain our current levels of infrastructure and operating expenses“We are already planning the 2021 budget; the province will have to make tough choices to ensure that Alberta’s finances are sustainable over the long term. ”Mayor Fehr said the more he looked at the letter, the more worried he became“ We know when the other shoe will fall off, it will get ugly, ”said Fehr Looking at the proposed operating budget, Fehr wondered if the village was getting ahead in approving the interim operating budget and whether councilors should take a second look at decrease spending“I don’t want to rush anything yet,” Fehr said “I’m a little nervous I’m very nervous” Coun Ed Cole said he felt the same when reading Allard’s letter. ‘with’ semi-anti-oil president ‘soon in White House, Alberta’s energy industry could face even more adversity Cole said he wouldn’t be surprised to see more cuts in government grants, especially federal grants “We’re going to have to make some tough decisions,” said Cole White said the main federal grant Alix received is the Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant that goes to the arena, and this year totaled $ 19,000, with 2021 set to be less than $ 18,000 White said the MSI grant could be phased out anyway White also said the provincial government requires municipalities to have an approved interim operating budget by January 1, 2021, but stressed that the final budget is only approved in the spring, so there would still be time to revise it once the government issues Provincial Council would be clearer Coun Vicki Soltermann agreed with Fehr and Cole, saying Alix’s board should be ready to reconsider its budget and focus on enter basics such as water, sewer and roads Councilors discussed keeping the interim operating budget for the time being, reviewing it for more areas to cut expenses, and holding a special meeting of the council in December to approve it Coun Tim Besuijen asked if waiting a few weeks would make a big difference when council can make adjustments next spring Fehr replied that he thinks the next few weeks could be very important for the provincial government and Alix should be prepared to cut spending in all non-essential departments Besuijen said he felt that at most the council should talk about the budget proposal at the dec 2 council meeting and consider changes next spring as special council meetings cost taxpayers money Coun Cole said he hopes the public is aware that tax times are not so good Councilors have unanimously approved interim operating budgetStu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, East Central Alberta Review
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Saskatoon – New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Ryan Meili responded on Nov 20 to the new COVID-19 modeling released by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health the day before, after calling for new modeling for much of the fall Speaking at a Zoom video conference from Saskatoon, Meili said that this “shows a very disturbing path ahead, when we examine the potential number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths here in Saskatchewan.”This is going to cause a lot of worry and worry for small business families and workers who are wondering what this will mean for their jobs.” He said people across the province are worried about their own. health, their economy and “what will that impact be if we take the Manitoba, Alberta and North Dakota route, which modeling suggests could happen here.”Each of these jurisdictions is showing exponential growth in new COVID-19 cases and is currently processing a higher number of new cases per day. He spoke of a “great concern” for seniors and called on the province to increase staffing for long-term care homesMeili and NDP Seniors Critic, Saskatoon MP Eastview, Matt Love, noted that many workers in long-term care homes work part-time there and must be valid in multiple facilities or other part-time jobs Since the cohort has limited their ability to work in multiple locations, he said they should be recruited as full-time staff, in order to ‘staff the system’Similar measures should be taken for nurses who are currently working casual hours, less than full time “This is exactly the problem We need to staff ourselves, as much as we can, to keep everyone on board as much as possible, ”said Meili“ To wait for the health system to react to this, to move on to the idea that we’re just going to let it happen in the community and then deal with it in health care, is so dangerous, because you’re right, the staff just aren’t there “Love said there are a lot of casual workers” Part of staffing is moving them to full time hours “Love said the province is expected to use money from the $ 160 million COVID-19 contingency fund specifically to staff long-term care and home care, “to ensure that seniors can re stay at home, safely, as long as possibleHe also called for “regular and clear government communication on pandemic outbreaks We want to see action taken to mitigate these outbreaks” Love also said there should be an independent review of long-term care in Saskatchewan “We are asking that an emergency protocol be put in place to ensure minimum standards of care, with the appropriate resident-to-caregiver ratios. We are asking for a minimum number of daily care hours for each long-term care resident and a reduction of the number of residents per room “Love also said the government should increase access to technology for the elderly to meet mental health needs. Meili stressed the need for preventive measures, saying:” If the virus gets as bad as modeling suggests, and no, we won’t have the staff to deal with it And then you have a situation where we see people sorted in their cars in Steinbach, Manitoba, and we’re going to deal with things like that of people sorting in their car, people being denied care because it there just isn’t any t none, and doctors have to make the kinds of decisions none of us want. ”Modeling released by Saskatchewan on Nov 19 and the federal government on Nov 20 both show hockey stick graphics, with new cases of COVID-19 modeled to climb rapidly in the next few weeks Of the four new scenarios modeling Saskatchewan, three of them suggest that in six months, between 300 000 and 469,000 people in Saskatchewan could be infected, or 256 to 40% of the province’s population The remaining ‘optimistic’ scenario has already been passed Asked about this, Meili said: ‘These are deeply concerning numbers, and we let’s see that the trajectory we’re in, the current state, the state that leaders and healthcare providers are predicting, is thousands more cases, hundreds more deaths , hundreds of hospitalizations a day “We are talking about a health care system that is already overloaded, completely overwhelmed And that is why it is so frustrating to see the government double its limited action, when it is time to time to put that three week breaker in place, to really change that path “We have seen the optimistic scenario, but for now, with the measures in place, it is really a low hope scenario, it will not happen. And we’re going to see the kind of exponential growth that modeling is showing here and across Canada There are things we can do Do them now Don’t wait two weeks to see if doing what we know is insufficient This is the wrong approach We need the Minister, we need the Prime Minister, to show leadership, otherwise we are going to face very serious circumstances and loss of life, disease and terrible damage to the economy Thousands of people, more out of work than necessary ”The NDP called for a three week“ breaker ”, a“ temporary adjustment of tough actions, now in the short term, so we can get things under control Meili said the Saskatchewan Party government “knew this was coming, decided to hold an election based on the idea that it was all over and that we had already beaten this.” As a result, he said. it that Saskatchewan was now overdue Manitoba has put in place a lockdown where stores are only allowed to sell essentials, and private homes are not allowed to visit Meili said: “In the spring it was new for everyone But we’ve had eight months, and Scott Moe acted like it was done, and sat on his hands, instead of working to make sure we don’t see what we’re on the point to see, here in Saskatchewan ”Brian Zinchuk, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Estevan Mercury
A nurse working on the front line at a Texas hospital faced one of the toughest challenges of her life over the summer Melanie Carmichael was born in St John’s, attended school in Norris Point and studied nursing at Memorial University before landing in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas at Harlingen Medical Center in the 90s to help others in needBut in July, Carmichael became a patient herself, in the same hospital where she works as a nurse in the intensive care unit, after contracting the coronavirus. At first she thought it would be a mild case “On the 20th, I am went and was admitted to the ER I was able to walk there but I really didn’t feel well, ”Carmichael told CBC Radio On Thursday The GoCarmichael would later be heavily sedated, intubated and spend more than two months on a ventilator During this time, she would also have a tracheostomy, a heart attack and two near-death experiences. Even after stopping the ventilator, it took her another month before she ate and drink on her own. ‘went between the two is a little questionable because I have a lot of meds, a lot of sedation I was intubated for two and a half months, “said Carmichael Carmichael’s husband Kurt Churchill also works as a nursing nurse intensive in s a separate Churchill facility said it was a difficult time for the couple as they continued to work with critically ill COVID-19 patients, then visited Carmichael after his shift”It was tough A very trying time,” he said A miracle Carmichael said staff told her it was a miracle she survived Being intubated for that long is almost unheard of, she said “L ‘one of the doctors said,’ You know, there was a time when I really didn’t think you were going to be successful, ‘”she said.People came to her bedside and asked her if they could pray for her “One of the girls came in and told me that this other nurse had prayed at my bedside one day” Carmichael was hospitalized for 108 days. released, doctors and nurses lined up the hallways to see her go – clapping, clapping and giving her best wishes Today she’s in a rehab unit taking oxygen and relearning to walk and use her arms. “People say, you know, ‘I knew she was going to be successful Newfies are tough,” says Carmichael in laughing “That’s what my mother-in-law said But, you know, I couldn’t go through something like this anymore. I’m already done” Read more about CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
ST JOHN’S, NL – Federal researchers say they’re not sure why the cod stock off the southern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador is at extremely low levels, but they say dramatic changes in the ecosystem could play a role
The Federal Fisheries Department recently released the results of a study completed in early November, which estimated that the cod population in the fishing area, known as Division 3Ps, will likely remain critical until 2023.
Although fishing mortality rates have declined, the ministry said natural cod mortality rates have been increasing over the past decade and are at their highest levels seen last year.
Fisheries Department stock assessment biologist Danny Ings says he’s not sure why cod are increasingly dying from natural causes, but, he says, the area’s water has warmed , modifying the ecosystem
“We are seeing new species moving to the area,” Ings said in an interview on Friday. “We are seeing a lot of changes in the community itself and what this means specifically for cod, we are not entirely sure”
The cod population off Newfoundland and Labrador is in poor condition, he said, adding that the animals are not as fat as they should be in relation to length.
Fisheries Department research found numbers of newly hatched cod to be below the long-term average since the mid-1990s Ings said the department suspected the struggling population might also face a food shortage.
He said the stock could rebound if fishing in the area is reduced to a minimum The department said it will continue to research natural cod mortality
The management of the 3Ps fishing zone is shared between Canada and France, which has sovereignty over St-Pierre-Miquelon, a territory off the south coast of Newfoundland.
The federal government has said that by 2021 it will consult with Indigenous partners, provincial governments and other stakeholders to develop a new mandate for future negotiations with France on how to manage the waters.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 20, 2020
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Danielle Edwards, The Canadian Press
The absence of a 202 season in the CFL didn’t improve Bo Levi Mitchell’s golf game or his home prowess, but it did allow Cody Fajardo to work on his dance moves and Simoni Lawrence to bond more with her dogCFL players have had plenty of time off this year after the league canceled plans in August for a shortened ’20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic For many this offers a chance to find seasonal work for make ends meet or start building a career after footballBut for Mitchell, the veteran Calgary Stampeders quarterback, time away from the field has allowed him to fully recover from off-season shoulder surgery. And he also gained a real appreciation for those people who make a living with their hands “I went out and bought a hell of a lot near every tool under the sun and started building shelves for the garage”, Mitchell said this week on a Gray Cup video conference “I’m just trying to find everything inside the house that I could fix to the point where I started messing up a few things” Then came the realization one day his exercises had been taken “When my wife and I go out running in the morning we leave our garage open and just do a loop,” Mitchell said “We come back and my exercises are gone and my wife said: ‘ Yeah, just go get some more ‘”I haven’t done that yet, so I don’t know how much I love doing the hands-on job As fun as it sounds, it was pretty cool to learn these things , but I find that there are probably two things on which I should count on the help of real professionals on this matter“Mitchell, two-time outstanding CFL player (2016, 2018) and two-time Gray Cup champion, is also an avid golfer Without Football, the league’s first team quarterback (2010-19) estimates he has played over 75 rounds this year“After 75 rounds, I found out I still couldn’t putt,” he said. “Seriously I thought my golf game was going to (take off) and it took a lot longer than I thought” Everything else has come except the damn, man There’s something special about knowing how to read a green “Fajardo entered 2020 with a lot of optimism after helping guide the Saskatchewan Roughriders (13-5) to first in the West Division last year And to start, the 2020 Gray Cup game was set to take place in Regina, allowing the Riders to repeat history when in 2013 they won a CFL championship at home.But with the season canceled – and Regina is now hosting the 2022 Gray Cup – Fajardo turned to quarterback training as a source of income while coaching high school football in Reno. And with his wife, Laura, who is pursuing a master’s degree in physiotherapy at George Washington University in Washington, DC, Fajardo, 28, takes dance lessons “My wife has been away for almost 22 weeks and is now finishing her studies,” he said. “So I try to be a better dancer so I can make her proud on the dance floor” And when he’s not cutting a mat, Fajardo spends time playing video games “I bought this game from really cool arcade which contains over 300 arcade games “he says “It has like 80s arcade games and so just a little bit to bring you back and try to master my 80s arcade games” Like Fajardo, Lawrence had big plans for 2020 Last year Lawrence was CFL lead tackle and top defensive player in the East Division as Hamilton posted a league record of 15-3Most importantly, Lawrence was eager to help the Ticats avenge their 33-12 loss to Winnipeg in the 2019 Gray Cup.“This is the first time that I haven’t played football since I was nine, so I was struggling to try and figure it out,” said Lawrence “I realized that I am well at home, I can do manual labor (and) i never knew i could do things like this but with youtube i learn fast and it teaches you pretty much everything “my and my dog we got really close i have to spend a lot of time with my family which I miss “Spending time with the dog is also something that Fajardo can relate to” I just try to keep this house standing while I’m here with the dog “, says -he “Like Simoni said my dog and I are very close” “Probably the hardest thing I can say to my wife like, ‘Hey I’m going (to Canada to play soccer) and she knows where I am You can’t tell your dog you are going away for six months This is one of those things that you enjoy in sort of the moments you have “This season was to be Ottawa Redblacks first quarterback Nick Arbuckle as a CFL starter And as the 27-year-old continues to prepare for the 21-year campaign, a much of his time is spent with his wife and three month old daughter in the Canadian capital“(We) try to take at least one walk a day around the neighborhood,” said Arbuckle “Our daughter is about to be able to crawl, she’s so close that every day I try to get down and down to her show how to crawl “This is what I’m doing just a little family time and how lucky I am to train every day” This report from The Canadian Press was first published Times on November 20, 2020 Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Canada’s process for appointing federal judges is unconstitutional because it is open to partisan political interference, new trial finds
The unproven claim was filed in Federal Court by Democracy Watch, a nonprofit that advocates democratic reform and government accountability
In its dossier, Democracy Watch says the Canadian system gives too much discretion to the Minister of Justice, who appoints all judges to the Federal and Superior Court.The application notes that the cabinet position is itself a political appointment
Currently, the provincial advisory committees – the members are chosen by the minister – submit a list of candidates to the minister.The minister, who has a dual role of attorney general, in turn submits the lists to Cabinet as well as to party MPs. power, the depositor declares
Ultimately, the appointment decision rests with the minister “based, at least in part, on the opinions of those ruling party politicians and ruling party members and AG appointees,” the GA said. application
“The discretionary and ultimately political role of the Auditor General in the appointment system creates and perpetuates a real bias or reasonable apprehension of bias.”
Judicial appointments in Canada rarely make headlines in the recently generated US partisan confirmation process following President Donald Trump’s highly politicized nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme court
However, Democracy Watch’s Duff Conacher said there were similarities here.
“Like the US judicial appointment system, the Canadian federal system is too open to political influence and control to ensure that appointments are based on merit and that the judiciary is truly independent and impartial,” Conacher said. , co-founder of the group
The trial, which has yet to be tested, asks the Federal Court to rule that the system violates the Constitution and infringes a fair trial and other rights It also wants the court to give instructions on how to resolve the alleged problem
The government would not comment given the trial is before the courts, but a spokeswoman for Attorney General David Lametti defended the current system as non-partisan and merit-based
The appointment decision takes into account several factors, such as the needs of the court, the diversity of the judiciary and the expertise of a candidate, said Rachel Rappaport
“Our government is proud of the more than 400 exceptional lawyers, women and men, whom we appointed to the bench, and of the transparent and accountable appointment process that we put in place in 2016,” Rappaport said in a statement.
According to the lawsuit, the minister’s control over who can sit on the bench creates a “politicized and partisan system”
The problem, according to the file, begins with the disproportionate role of the attorney general in appointing six of the seven members of the provincial advisory boards, who recommend suitable candidates. The recommended list is sent for comments to Cabinet and various members of the government party, among others
Ultimately, the prosecution claims, the attorney general’s choice of appointment is based at least in part on his hand-picked advisory board and the opinions of politicians and ruling party members.
A key problem is the resulting ‘dismal’ under-representation among women, visible minorities and Indigenous peoples, Democracy Watch says. This in turn risks harming the disproportionately high numbers of Blacks and Indigenous people who face accusations, he says
“Judicial independence is a fundamental principle of fundamental justice,” says trial. “The control exercised by the Auditor General, who is ultimately an appointed politician and member of the federal cabinet, over the appointment system violates this guarantee of ‘independence”
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 20, 2020
Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
LOS ANGELES – Rachel Maddow made an emotional return to her MSNBC show Thursday, saying her partner’s battle with COVID-19 was so bad they thought it could kill her
Maddow has been off the air for about two weeks since revealing she had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus Maddow has not disclosed who it was to the time, but said Thursday night that it was her partner, Susan Mikula
“At one point we really thought it was a possibility that it could kill her and that’s why I left,” Maddow said.
“She is the center of my life,” she added.
Maddow said her partner was recovering and would be fine, but that didn’t appear to be the case early in her illness Maddow said she had tested negative for the virus so far
She is the host of MSNBC’s most watched show and broadcast from home, experiencing technical difficulties before presenting her experience with the coronavirus
“Don’t understand this stuff Do whatever you can not to get it,” Maddow said. “For Thanksgiving next week you’re really going to have it at home without people coming in”
Maddow said her quarantine would end soon, but that she would “broadcast like this until I can be safe with my co-workers.”
The Associated Press
The search operation continues in the Lac des Deux Montagnes near Kanesatake and St Placide, in an attempt to find the two fishermen missing on Saturday evening Last weekend, November 14, Dylan Auger and Antoine Paquin, all two 22-year-olds from Mascouche, were reported missing around 9 a.m.m after they never returned from their fishing trips Their boat was found on Sunday morning empty and submerged by the water’s edge near Kanesatake First Nations Paramedics (FNP) Other personal effects were also found, as well as their floating fishing equipment “It is a very sad situation and Kanesatake is very favorable,” said FNP director Robert BonspielThe Emergency Response Unit (ERU) warned Kanehsata’kehró: not that the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) would walk along the shores to find indicators or any leads regarding the accident The provincial police joined searched by divers, helicopters and the Canadian Coast Guard that flew over the area The SQ confirmed yesterday (Thursday, November 20) that there was still no sign of the two men Unfortunately the community is no stranger to the effect of losing someone by the lake, Bonspiel mentioned, as unfortunately many accidents similar to this occur frequentlyKanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon said he also saw too many members never returning home after a trip to the lake“The currents are funny here, sometimes you get in that water and you don’t get out,” said Simon “Any loss of life is terrible” Virginieannactualités @ gmailcomVirginie Ann, reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative, The Eastern Door
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