One – Heartbreaking: The Raptors had no expectation to steal this game, especially after losing the first three quarters and being up to 17 points behind. In a valiant comeback push, the Raptors were able to pull out a point with eight seconds to go but still couldn’t close the deal. The Warriors received a generous, if not exaggerated, call for premature foul, and the Raptors’ reaction from Pascal Siakam rang out on the final buzzer. Toronto now drops to 2-7 in the season and as unfortunate as it has been several times, its record is what it is. The frustration builds and the schedule only gets more difficult from here.
Two – Unfortunate: It took Siakam a lot of heat to miss the final shot into a midfielder through Andrew Wiggins, who hit irons twice transformed before it failed. Siakam had 4.3 seconds left and caught the ball on the back court, so it was hardly an easy situation. He tried to drive, but Wiggins cut him off and turned left again when Siakam crossed to his right. In addition, Draymond Green OG helped Anunoby in the corner to block Siakam’s path to the edge. Siakam made the decision in a split second to move away from Wiggins, which caused just enough separation for the attempt. It didn’t go in and so it became another excuse to beat up Siakam for those who are still sticking to last year’s playoffs. That’s the cruel range in sport between winning and losing.
Three – exaggerated: What makes this loss even harder was the foul that Damion Lee pushed to the foul limit. The Raptors raved about Stephen Curry all night, and Curry passed the ball to Lee. Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet were both in the game, and there was minimal contact when Lowry and VanVleet got together. Lee threw himself in the air deftly, his leg kicked over his shoulder, and the call was made. It’s one of those bang-bang decisions that could easily have been a no-call, especially considering how tight the pipe was for most of the night. However, we thank Lee for forcing the whistle and then knocking down both free throws. This is his second game in the young season.
Damion Lee wins the game for the Warriors. His second game won for Golden State. pic.twitter.com/snOglrOSOu
Four – Inspired: It’s hard to explain what happened to Lowry in this game. Invisible and out of sync for the first three quarters, it only scored one point and did little else. Lowry is usually so active and involved that it is impossible not to notice him, and yet he hovered in the background for most of the night. Lowry then grabbed everyone’s attention in the fourth, scoring 16 points from a series of pull-up threes and face-off ball drives to the brim, removing the 15-point deficit the Raptors had in the quarter. Lowry’s last three put the Raptors at four with three minutes to go, but he missed a crucial open three that would have sunk the Warriors nine seconds ahead.
Five – tireless: VanVleet continues to put Stephen Curry on the defensive which goes back to the 2019 final. Curry entered this game averaging over 30 points, including a 62 point blast earlier in the week, but VanVleet had absolutely smothered the three-time champion. Curry shot 2:16 on the night, his first make came in the third quarter with a midrange driver, literally walking around the square in a circle and snaking through countless screens to get a piece of space against VanVleet. His second basket and only three were away from a quick back pass from Draymond Green in which VanVleet was only half a second late for competition. VanVleet could be the best guardian in the league when it comes to navigating screens and he did everything in his power to secure the win for Toronto.
Six – Clutch: VanVleet had in the last Minute two sensational games. First, he let off a lopsided baseline sweater while grabbing a tough bump from Green that brought the Raptors forward by one. The next game, Curry thought he rocked VanVleet on the high screen, but VanVleet returned to the game to chase Curry into sales. VanVleet even found Lowry for the open three that could have sealed the deal, but he fell out. VanVleet takes another step in its development and the signing of a new four-year contract was the Raptors’ best move in the off-season for miles.
Seven – Hustle: Siakam played his heart out during the night. He didn’t dominate the post as he did against the Suns and Kings, but neither did the Raptors very often put him in that position. Siakam was still doing his damage up on the ground, hitting open jumpers, his fair share of pull-up attempts and tracking faults around the tire. The only complaint you might really have is that Siakam missed four of his nine fouls, but he hit two in crunch time.
Eight – Spark: Chris Boucher was electric off the bench again, scored 15 points and collected six blocks. Boucher becomes a stunning three-point pick-and-pop shooter and shows good chemistry with all of the Raptors’ starters. Boucher unfortunately fouled in the fourth quarter, and he’s giving away fouls by making defensive mistakes, but he’s made a largely positive contribution this season that should be considered as a starting option.
Nine – blank: the problem when starting Boucher, however, is that the bank remains completely sterile. The other four bankers outside of Boucher scored a total of eight points and completely surrendered to their colleagues in the Warriors. Keep in mind that the Warriors don’t exactly have All-Stars in their second unit, but it was people like Lee, Eric Paschall, and Kent Bazemore who tore the Raptors’ reserves to pieces. Nick Nurse is still looking for line-up combinations and expects to keep shuffling after this miserable performance.
Ten decisions: Raptor President Masai Ujiri and General Manager Bobby Webster were in court for this game. This isn’t an uncommon sight as the front office is usually on the move, but it’s a visual reminder that tough decisions will need to be made if the Raptors keep dropping games. Webster and Ujiri’s decision to replace Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka with Alex Len and Aron Baynes, who both stood on a bench tonight, created a gaping hole in the middle of this roster and they have to make a decision. Either acquire a viable center to give this team a chance with a balanced roster, or bite the ball and evaluate the two veterans on expiring deals.
First Nations across Canada have started taking doses of COVID -19 vaccines as vaccination programs begin in the provinces and indigenous leaders encourage people to roll up their sleeves.
Six of 14 Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations on Vancouver Island were priority recipients of doses of Moderna’s vaccine last week, said Mariah Charleson, vice president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, which serves about 10,000 members.
The council employs nurses who are among those who do vaccinations so that people see a familiar face that they know and trust, she said.
Health officials need to work with communities to ensure the COVID-19 vaccination program is culturally appropriate, she said given the impact of the dormitory school system and discrimination in the healthcare sector, as in a recent report by former Judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond set out.
« There are many people in our communities who may never have seen our nurses because they just will never ask for help, » said Charleson.
Turpel-Lafond’s report, released in November, sheds light on the widespread racial profiling based on harmful stereotypes affecting the care of indigenous patients in British Columbia. Of the more than 2,700 indigenous peoples surveyed, 84 percent said they experienced some form of discrimination in the health care system.
It’s understandable that many are reluctant to trust Canadian health officials, said Charleson, who encourages people to get vaccinated.
« If you aren’t doing it for yourself, you are doing it for the elders in the church and the vulnerable, » she said in an interview.
Ehattesaht First Nation chief Simon John said he had seen some concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines among residents of the Ehatis reservation on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island.
The community of approximately 100 members was affected by an outbreak of COVID-19 that spread to 28 people last month. When John learned that they were about to receive Moderna’s vaccine, he decided to lead by example.
« For us as a council, our priority was to take it first, » he said.
John said he received his first dose last Monday along with about 30 other Ehatis residents and 40 people in the nearby village of Zeballos, including some elders and band members who live outside the reserve.
B.C. has allocated 25,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for distribution to vulnerable members of distant First Nations by the end of February. As of Monday, First Nations had 10,700 doses of Moderna’s vaccine and 5,300 had been distributed to 18 communities.
Indigenous Services Canada had confirmed nearly 10,000 cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across the country as of Friday, including 3,288 active infections, 452 hospitalizations and 95 deaths.
Canada’s Advisory Committee on Immunization has identified indigenous communities among the priority groups for vaccines that have limited availability.
In Alberta, residents of remote First Nations and people 65 and older living in a First Nation or Metis parish are among those the province is prioritizing in its third phase of immunization starting in February.
In Saskatchewan, 4,900 doses of Moderna vaccine have been shipped to northern regions to be the first to be vaccinated, including those living in First Nation communities, healthcare workers, nursing home workers and residents, and people aged 80 and over.
Initially, « the First Nations were not really concerned with where this vaccine should be allocated, » said Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka, Medical Health Officer for the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority.
More recently, communication between communities and the Saskatchewan Health Authority about vaccine distribution has improved, he said.
The province expects to receive an additional 5,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week, with smaller cities serving as regional distribution centers.
Meanwhile, Manitoba began shipping 5,300 doses of Moderna’s vaccine last week to reach people in all 63 First Nations in the province.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021.
This story was produced with financial support from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.
Brenna Owen, the Canadian Press
This week, Russell’s grief came in the form of a fire when a seemingly accidental act destroyed a historic home full of secrets, ghosts, family memories, and possible future stories. Russell’s 312 Pelly Avenue South, called Red House, has barely four times that in the 133 years since William James Barrett-Lennard (1857-1940) brought his bricks up a hill from the right bank of Bear Creek in oxen and carts Changed owners to what is now known as Russell. The plot looks like this: the Boultons, the Drevers, the Falkevitchs and lastly the Flockners. The current owners since 2019, Marina and Christian Flockner, are with their family in Austria for the year. From this distance they learned that there was an alleged arson attack in the house. The RCMP arrested a 22-year-old man after coming forward and confessed to starting the fire on January 5th. The Flockners hadn’t even moved in yet. Marina is a member of the local museum group, as is Anita Zimmer, a retired schoolteacher and local historian who wrote about the house in her history of the area titled « A Walk Back in Time, Russell & Area, Town and Country Tales ». . Karen Falkevitch was a member even in the early days. « It’s heartbreaking, » Zimmer said of the house being destroyed. In her story and conversation, Zimmer tells how Barrett-Lennard came to the area with Senator Charles Boulton. Barrett-Lennard’s daughter Georgina married Boulton’s son D’Arcy. After living on a farm, then Winnipeg, and then back on the farm, the couple settled in the Red House. They raised seven children in the house. In 1948 the house changed hands – the Drevers raised their children there. Then, in 1990, Ron and Karen Falkevitch moved in with their children Christopher and Christina. The house hadn’t been repaired in many years, but it was Karen’s dream home, even though it was engulfed by trees. Chris Falkevitch, who now lives in Brandon, grew up in the house. « It always hurts when it’s a home. But when a house has so much history, it affects more than just the families. The entire community will feel it, » he said. « In the 90s, my father got the inside completely restored and renovated and brought it back to life. « » We did extensive repairs, « said Karen, now Evankiv. But Karen had history in mind. The repairs were significant indoors and outdoors. The integrity of the house was preserved. Thanks to the efforts of the family, the house is listed as a Historic Site by the Manitoba Historical Society. Everything changed when Ron dug a crawl space outside the master bedroom. The discovery behind the wall hit the headlines In the 1990s, CTV even went to Russell for the story. » There was carpet on the walls and he (Ron) started pulling the carpet off the walls and he noticed this hole, so he put his hand in the hole and he got some flour ck out. He looked into the flour sack and took out memorabilia from 1914 to 1917. They were filled with government papers from the First World War. There were secret documents from the Red Cross. World War I shows, newspapers, all that stuff is literally hidden in the walls, ”recalls Chris. Karen said there were so many stories that it was difficult to keep up. The documents, detailed documents reported by the Russell Banner on March 8, 1994, all relate to the years of the First World War. There are also unsubstantiated rumors that a tunnel led from the Red House to Boulton Manor, built in 1894. Baby shoes were also found in the walls of the Red House. « We met the lady who was 92 years old and it was her baby shoes that we found on the wall, » said Karen. The shoes were returned to her. Christina Olson, Karen’s daughter, cried as she said, « This (the fire) didn’t have to happen. For me personally, there are just so many good memories of my father and mother … I was a happy kid in this house during those years Those were the best years of my life. « Mother and daughter remember people who knocked on the door for a tour or offered to buy the property. » Nobody wants a place until someone buys it and paints a bit or whatever, then all of a sudden the whole town wants him, « said Karen, who also gave presentations at school about the property and its history. » And the school would go on tours. « Christina also remembers ghostly events Brother alluded to her. Christina said there were so many cases, but the family never felt threatened. « I will never forget, » said Christina. Christina put a recorder in the earthen basement. While she (she and her brother) didn’t hear anything upstairs, the recording was a different matter. « There were voices, » she said. “You can hear a door open and slam. It was just him and me and we just sat in the kitchen and waited. We didn’t hear about it and it was all on the recording. « Christina also remembers the time when she and a friend heard footsteps while they were drinking some water in the kitchen. » We stopped and stared at each other. We heard footsteps directly above us in the crawl space. We heard them Steps going up the stairs. We both heard it without saying a word. I thought these steps would come down the stairs… « she said. They ran out of the house and were met by Chris and his friend. The four boys People saw the bathroom curtain open – the bathroom wasn’t far from the stairs – and they saw someone. « On one of the burn photos I zoomed into the bathroom and I could clearly see a face, » said Christina. She has many other stories In her conclusion on the Red House, Zimmer wrote: « All the treasures in the Red House were the last and missing link to what the secret is about. Who knows what the future will look like could? Over time, more treasures could be found in the Red House. “Reports indicate that the red brick house is now being demolished and a pile of its bricks may be built on the site to commemorate its history. Michael LeTourneau, reporter of the initiative for local journalism, Brandon Sun.
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MOSCOW – A nationalist politician who was released from prison after protests in which the President of Kyrgyzstan was overthrown last year has been elected to succeed him. Voters in Sunday’s elections, which gave Sadyr Zhaparov a landslide victory of 79%, also voted for a referendum to amend the constitution and give the presidency more power. The vote followed the overthrow of the previous president in October. The ex-Soviet Central Asian nation sank into turmoil after a parliamentary election that was swept by parties affiliated with the government. Opposition supporters accused the authorities of rigging the vote and forced President Sooronbai Jeenbekov to resign on October 15. Schaparov, jailed for involvement in the kidnapping of a regional governor in 2017, led Jeenbekov’s impeachment for the third time in 15 years when a leader of the 6.5 million nation on the border with China was displaced by a popular uprising. As with the previous uprisings that overthrew presidents in 2005 and 2010, the recent turmoil has been fueled by clan rivalries that shape the country’s politics. Zhaparove pushed for the constitutional referendum on Sunday under which the presidency will gain the powers of parliament. It is a member of the Russia-dominated economic and security alliances, hosts a Russian air base and relies on Moscow’s economic support. There used to be a US air force base here, which served as an important transportation hub for the war in Afghanistan. Russia has raised concerns about the turmoil in Kyrgyzstan but has not supported any of the presidential candidates. The Associated Press
A new experimental index developed by Statistics Canada suggests the pandemic may not have affected economic activity in the north as much as elsewhere in the country. A report released on Friday shows that economic activity, as measured by a variety of indicators, has actually increased in Yukon and Nunavut since September last year. According to the index, Yukon saw between 2.4 and 3.9 percent more economic activity in September than in September 2019, while Nunavut saw 5.6 percent growth – the highest in the country. Manitoba was the only other province to see a year-over-year increase, at a time when most provinces are stagnating or declining sharply. In the NWT, for example, economic activity appeared to be falling by almost 12 percent – the worst. « The signal that seems to be emerging is that the north was not as badly affected as the south during this first type of COVID-19 wave », Ryan MacDonald said The main numbers also show modest economic recovery has been underway in all three areas since June. A Closer Look at the Impact of the Pandemic The new index was developed by Statistics Canada researchers to provide a picture of the country’s economic activity between annual estimates. National economic activity statistics are updated frequently, and Statistics Canada produces monthly information on specific indicators, such as retail sales or hours worked, for many provinces and territories. However, a regular assessment of macroeconomic performance in each province and territory has been difficult to find. Statistics Canada usually experiments extensively with indicators before releasing an index – but the pandemic means they are quick to try new things. « The project should provide more timely information on the development of the provincial and territorial economies over the course of COVID [-19], » MacDonald said. But the rapid development means comparisons between provinces and territories may be less reliable, he warned. « There are some c’s giving off conflicting signals, » he said. The new index uses two different methods to collect and analyze data on sector-wise activity that is collected by provinces and territories – data as diverse as new building permits, electricity consumption and consumer price index and hours worked. One, called a principal component analysis, or PCA, extrapolates general trends among this data to provide a general assessment of the economy. The other, known as LASSO (Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selection Operator), tries to identify the most important trends for each economy. The PCA index paints a more volatile picture of economic activity over time, MacDonald said, so Statistics Canada provides both numbers for most provinces – but data in the NWT and Nunavut are so blotchy that only one method can be used.
Police in the US have arrested and indicted a number of pro-Trump supporters who participated in the riot on Capitol Hill
TORONTO – Five things to look out for in the Canadian business world in the coming week : Banking Conference Bankers will speak at the RBC Capital Markets 2021 Conference of Canadian Bankers on Monday. Several Canadian companies – including the country’s top banks – recently said they plan to thank their employees for a year of hard work with year-end bonuses, with some even topping up the amount. Coror Results Corus Entertainment Inc. will publish its first quarterly results and conference call on Tuesday. The media company reported in October that the pandemic had unevenly impacted various parts of its business in the fourth quarter. The income from television showed glimmers of hope, but heavy losses on the radio. Former Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will speak on Canada’s current state of economic climate, political priorities and what all of this could mean for Canada’s long-term prosperity on Wednesday. Big Canada’s chief economists said Jan. 7 that they expect the economy to recover this year, but that failure to control COVID-19 or the introduction of vaccines into arms could accelerate that recovery. Shaw Results Shaw Communications Inc. will publish its first quarterly results on Wednesday. Western Canada’s largest cable company told analysts in October that it hopes Shaw customers will bundle home Internet services with its new wireless service to prevent rival Telus Corp. achieved further market gains. The Cogeco Update Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. will be released Q1 results on Thursday. After fending off two hostile takeover attempts by Altice USA Inc. and Rogers Communications, CEO Phlippe Jette said in October that Cogeco has the financial resources to profitably conduct more acquisitions and service improvements as an independent company. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021. The Canadian Press
IQALUIT, Nunavut – In October, Collette Nilaulak gave birth to her third child alone in a hospital room about 1,200 kilometers from her home in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Pandemic restrictions meant one person could be with her at Saint Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. But Nilaulak’s partner, who had flown south with her, had to stay in a hotel to watch her two-year-old daughter. « It was very difficult for me. Going through work alone is difficult, » said Nilaulak. After giving birth, she spent another two days alone in the hospital before isolating herself in a hotel for two weeks to meet the Nunavut government requirements for anyone returning north after a trip south. In total, 25-year-old Nilaulak spent over a month in Winnipeg. « I was a month and five days away from my oldest. I had no family there. I didn’t know anyone. » At the time, COVID-19 cases were climbing in Manitoba while Nunavut was not yet affected by the novel coronavirus. « I was so concerned about getting COVID. Worried about myself and my unborn child. » Giving birth to expectant Nunavut mothers while traveling south is routine. The capital of Iqaluit is the only one of the 25 parishes in Nunavut that can provide medical support for childbirth. Although Rankin Inlet has a birthing center, his services were suspended in August after longtime midwives quit. Adigii Nukapiak, who also lives in Rankin, said she learned just three days before her flight to Iqaluit that she was being sent to Winnipeg instead. Health workers told the 20-year-old that Iqaluit Hospital was out of space. Nukapiak, whose first child was born in October, said she spent a lot of time in her hotel room and was too scared to take a taxi somewhere as COVID cases rose in the province. « I was so scared, » she said. She spent six weeks in Winnipeg. She said spending two weeks in isolation after giving birth gave her time to bond with her baby and heal her body. « But it wasn’t fun because my mother wasn’t with me or my older sister. » The recent case of a Nunavut woman who flew to Winnipeg to give birth to her fifth child and died of COVID-19 points to the risk of turning to health care travel during a pandemic while traveling between provinces leave. Silatik Qavvik, 35, died on January 2nd. Rebecca Kudloo, president of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, said Qavvik’s death « underscores the urgent need for midwifery services » in every community. « Every Inuk woman should have access to safe and compassionate pregnancy, childbirth and follow-up care, and she shouldn’t have to leave her homes and support circle to receive it, » Kudloo said. The Nunavut Health Department did not respond to interview requests. The latest statistics from Statistics Canada show that Nunavut has the highest birth rate in Canada at 22.6 live births per 1,000 people – twice the national average of 10.1. In 2019, 840 babies were born to Nunavut mothers. With a hospital and no intensive care unit, many of Nunavut’s 39,000 residents have no choice but to travel south for health care. In its budget for 2019-2020, the Territory estimated it would spend $ 90 million on medical travel that year. And, like Nilaulak, Nunavut women who go south to give birth often face the difficult decision of leaving family members behind. Nunavut’s medical travel policy pays off when a person is accompanying an expectant mother. « This creates trouble for their other children who need to be cared for by family members who may have crowded homes or are food unsafe. Being away from your family for so long, especially now that they have to isolate themselves, creates a lot of stress, » said Kudloo. Kudloo, who was born in the country, said Nunavut women are not only entitled to home obstetrics, but also to health care in their own language. « It is so important that Inuit be cared for … with Inuktitut-speaking or culturally trained nurses, » she said. For us, giving birth used to be about being with the family. The other kids were there to see their brand new siblings. It was a happy time. “Inuit women are very resilient and very strong, but they have to be with their families when they give birth. « This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021 .___ This story was produced with financial support from Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship Emma Tranter, The Canadian Press. Notice to Readers: This is a corrected story in an earlier one Version given the population of Nunavut as 390,000, the actual population is 39,000.
TORONTO – Kiki Lally has never seen the chaos she was afraid of. The Calgary entrepreneur runs the craft studio in the middle of a recession in Alberta Pinnovate launched and provided a fair share of sticky fingers at hundreds of art classes, birthday parties, and camps her company has seen. When COVID-19 measures sparked shutdowns last year, Lally approached the crisis the way she did knew best: with color, yarn and a little creativity.She started DIY Delivery, an online website, on the Ba However, quickly found that it wasn’t cheap or as easy as a few clicks to set up. « It’s not as easy as it looks … All of a sudden we’re learning about e-commerce and inventory and creating kits, videos, and a YouTube channel, » Lally said. “Even the logistics of shipping it sounds so simple, until you actually find all of these nooks and crannies in your city and work out plans.” Lally’s experience provides a glimpse into some of the challenges Canada’s 1.14 million small businesses have faced in the race Accept e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Association of Independent Businesses said that a third of small businesses across the country were selling online as of November. Approximately 152,000 small businesses switched between March and November to kickstart e-commerce, and one in five independent businesses told advocacy that it would increasingly rely on this route to survive. While customers have blown through online shopping, delivery, take-out, and roadside pickup, small business owners have been working around the clock, spending a lot of money, and retooling their entire operations to keep it all together. Some had to revise products and menu items to ensure they do not arrive damaged or cold and damp when delivered. Others have toyed with virtual reality to offer digital fittings for apparel, and many have looked into coding, social media, and online payment systems. Catherine Choi, the owner of Hanji Gifts in Toronto, was involved in photography. When COVID-19 hit Canada, her company already had a website that sold goods, but she estimates that only 15 percent of the products were on it. Chi bought a light box and in between setting up her daughter for the virtual school and processing roadside pick-up orders, she began searching the store’s inventory. « It takes a long time, » she said. « We probably still have less than half of our products online. » Choi has tried to focus on adding items from artisans and manufacturers who provide their photos for them because this limits the work. She has also focused on items that are easy to ship like cards, stickers, washi tapes, socks, and craft paper. Bulky and fragile products like ceramics will be available later. Getting items online was a time-consuming task as Hanji doesn’t have a traditional payment system and uses old-school paper books and folders to keep track of inventory at its three locations. Choi moved Hanji’s warehouse closer to her home so she could work on orders processing late into the evening, but that didn’t solve every problem. « Somebody might want a card and there’s only one left and it’s only online at our Scarborough warehouse. So we need to figure out how to get this card to the place where it’s supposed to be picked up, » Choi said. Dealing with so many changes and stressors at the same time has « overwhelmed » entrepreneurs, said Darryl Julott, executive director of Digital Main Street, which helps companies digitize operations and is supported by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas. “I speak to business owners and they will say that we are trying to make a website. Every time we talk to a company they overwhelm us and we don’t get answers to our questions so we don’t know what to do « , he said. Founded in 2014, Digital Main Street seeks to dispel some of those guesswork and make it easier and less confusing for businesses that are realizing that “bricks and clicks” are needed to make a living. Over the past few months the organization has helped many entrepreneurs build accounting software, email systems, and online stores. The biggest roadblocks they notice are the bookkeeping or the lives of the owners in relation to their business, Julott said. Many companies still use paper books, and any sales or adjustments they make will require going to their office or store, which can be difficult and time consuming to operate online, he explained. While a company’s logistics and retooling can be an issue, Lally said the hardest part of moving online is keeping hope alive as the pandemic drags on. « Just like everyone else in Canada, we didn’t know what This (pandemic) was and what it would be and what the long-term effects of it were, » she said. Most of their staff were ready to roll up their sleeves and do whatever they could to start the delivery. One worker waived her salary and instead volunteered in the studio. Regulars even offered to drop off the studio’s kits, but most customers don’t even know how much work goes into a transformation, Lally said, « It always looks easy when someone else is doing it, but it really isn’t. » This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021. Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press
PARIS – France’s Defense Minister denied reports on Sunday that his fighter jets hit civilians at a wedding reception in central Mali a week ago. Only jihadists were attacked and hit, and she checked the information herself after alleging that at least 20 civilians had been killed.
Some reports said a helicopter bombed people celebrating a wedding in the village of Bounti, but Defense Secretary Florence Parly said no helicopters were involved in the January 3 strike that « eliminated several dozen jihadists ».
“There was no marriage, no women or children. They were all men, ”Parly said in an interview with France Inter. « You can say a lot of things … These are facts, accurate, proven, verified, certified. »
Witnesses said that at least 20 people were killed in a strike on Bounti. Hamadoun Dicko, leader of one of Mali’s largest ethnic Peuhl organizations, said witnesses described two air strikes in the village on Jan. 3.
« I’ve personally lost two friends, » said Dicko, president of the Tabital Pulaaku Youth Association.
The French military authorities had already denied any connection between the strikes and an alleged wedding party.
The air strike was part of a larger operation by French forces to fight Islamist extremists in the Sahel of Africa. Parly spoke after five French troops were killed in two separate attacks using improvised explosive devices last week. Six other troops were wounded in a third attack. The new casualties bring the total number of French deaths to 50 since France first intervened in Mali in 2013 to prevent jihadists who had taken control of some northern cities from advancing towards the capital, Bamako.
The casualties in rapid succession have sparked new doubts about the effectiveness of France’s Operation Barkhane, which currently consists of around 5,000 soldiers, and whether it is time to withdraw. Parly said all decisions would be taken at a Sahel Summit in Chad next month.
French President Emmanuel Macron was set to announce a timeframe for a possible withdrawal of French forces. A year ago, Macron convened a summit of the Sahel countries in France to inform the partners whether the French presence should continue.
They did, but « it’s not our calling to be in Mali forever, » said Parly.
This story has been corrected to show that five French troops were killed last week, not six.
The Associated Press
QASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank (Reuters) – In a shrine near the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan River, an Epiphany procession was held for the first time in more than 50 years on Sunday after being declared free had been declared by landmines. Father Francesco Patton, the Holy Land Administrator for the Roman Catholic Church, led the Franciscans to a shrine in a former war zone between Israel and Jordan. « Today we are back to pray, » said Father Ibrahim Faltas, one of the clergymen at the ceremony.
MOSCOW – Dozens of people who protested against the opposition elections in Kazakhstan were in the capital and in the capital arrested but released a few hours later. Five parties are fighting for seats in the lower house of parliament on Sunday, but all are loyal to the government. The country’s only registered opposition party declined to run field candidates. According to Akipress news agency, more than 30 protesters have been arrested in the capital, Almaty. The Interfax news agency announced that more protesters were arrested in the capital Nur-Sultan. Deputy Interior Minister Arystangani Zapparov said late Sunday that all detainees had been released without charge. The ruling Nur Otan party is expected to maintain its current rule or strengthen the parliament of the former Soviet republic, which is rich in oil, gas and mineral resources. The party is headed by former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was in power from independence in 1991 until his resignation last year. Although he resigned, he resigned, retaining significant power as chairman of the National Security Council. The Associated Press
« C’est le défi d’une vie » is an important factor in the projection of 10 months, la Bouchervilloise Julie Loslier. Elle est aux commandes de la Direktion de la Santé publique de la Montérégie et doit gérer l’actuelle pandémie du Covid 19 ainsi que la non moins importante campagne de vaccination qui a débuté depuis deux semaines. Quotidiennement ou presque, la docteure Loslier dirige les opérations de chez elle et multiplie les réunions téléphoniques et Zoom de son domizile du quartier des Découvreurs, pour orienter les action de son équipe, sur le Terrain. « Oui c’est tout un défi », dit celle qui détient un doctorat en médecine, specialization en santé publique la même institution universitaire. Elle ne quitterait plus Boucherville Comme si ses functions and professions professionally ne suffice pas, Julie Loslier est also mère de trois garçons âgés de 10 à 18 years. C’est en 2007 que la docteure The plumber of the former venue à Boucherville avec sa famille. « J’étais une vraie Montréalaise, j’ai grandi près du Marché Jean-Talon puis j’ai Habité le Secteur Ahuntsic. Je ne croyais jamais quitter la métropole, mais avec les enfants, nous voulions un peu plus d’espace, mais pas loin de Montréal, évidemment. There are many reasons for Vieux-Longueuil and Saint-Lambert, a coup for a good price for the family in Boucherville. Cest même drôle car plus jeune, étant à Montréal, j’ai brièvement fréquenté un gars qui habitait Boucherville. Mais je me suis dit que ça n’irait nulle part tellement il habitait loin !! Voilà donc la Montréalaise pure laine installée dans un quartier résidentiel au cœur même de Boucherville, près de tout, juste à coté de la rue Samuel-de-Champlain. «Je ne retournerais jamais à Montréal. Je suis vraiment tombée amoureuse de Boucherville. Je peux tout faire à pied ou presque. The marche and the cours aussi beaucoup and the profit tellement de la piste du boulevard Marie-Victorin. Courir en bordure du fleuve, que ce soit en direction de Varennes ou de Longueuil, cest un grand bonheur. Marcher dans le magnifique quartier du Vieux-Boucherville aussi, Auto il y a là des bijoux Architecturaux. J’aime faire des voyages à l’extérieur you pays juste pour admiration l’Architektur de Certains pays alors, quand je marche dans le Vieux-Boucherville, cest comme une escade historique. Tout le secteur du Center multifunctional Francine-Gadbois fait également parti de mes Circuits de Course et de Marche. En fait, je félicite la Ville de Boucherville for tous les investissements en parcs, espaces verts et réseaux de pistes. J’en profits beaucoup tandis que mes trois garçons sont de grands utilisateurs des plateaux sportifs, que ce soit du judo, de la natation ou du football. Deux des gars sont dans l’équipe des Grizzly. Coups de cœur La diversité des service and commerce of Boucherville is also a sort that Julie Loslier ne quitterait plus Boucherville. Moi qui ai grandi à l’ombre du Marché Jean-Talon, lorsque j’ai vu la fromagerie Hamels Installateur à Boucherville, tout comme quelques boucheries and poissonneries de choix, ce fut la confirmation que nous avons vraiment tout ici. Pour ce qui est des sorties, je ne peux cibler un restaurant and especially Auto pour les fréquenter régulièrement, je les aime tous. Corn on Parle de Gâteries or Coup de Cœur, J’avoue Avoir Mangé Beaucoup de Croissants de l’Amour du Pain et Des Fameux « grilled cheese » by Café Saint-Laurent, in le Vieux-Boucherville. En fait Boucherville, me comble complètement et même si mon poste de directrice de la Santé publique m’oblige a travailler à la maison, le faire à Boucherville, ce n’est vraiment pas une punition. François Laramée, initiative for journalism on site, La Relève
The Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune flew back to Germany on Sunday to be treated in the hospital for complications in the foot caused by a coronavirus infection. The 75-year-old Tebboune had returned home from Germany two weeks ago after two months of treatment with COVID-19. The presidency announced in a statement that the treatment « was not medically urgent » and should have taken place during Tebboune’s last stay in Germany.
NEWMARKET, Ont. – A picturesque scene of a few dozen ducks cruising the icy, sun-drenched river along Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket was interrupted by the sudden arrival of the city’s newest celebrity in southern Ontario. « Eddie, » a mandarin duck who recently fled near his owner’s farm, dipped in the cool water to take a bath with some mallards. His landing sparked an immediate surge in local buzz that had built up after a few recent sightings and social media posts. Eddie did not disappoint, flapping his wings and showing oohs and ahhs of youth and adults his dazzling colors. « I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a spectacular duck, » said Judie Rollins, a resident. With a thin sheet of a small piece of running water on a park bridge that covered most of the river in ice, it turned out to be an ideal spot for a joke. Eddie even tried to strut carefully on the ice before leaning back into the water to the delight of the audience. Children from the nearby sledding hill noticed the excitement and ran over to catch a glimpse. Photographers stationed on the snow-covered river bank snapped away violently. Families walking the adjacent nature trail peered through the brush for a view. « It’s a beautiful day and I had to take a little walk and get some exercise and some fresh air, » said Rollins. « I didn’t expect to see him at all. I was pleasantly surprised. » The duck’s owner, Tracey Harpley, has visited the area south of Newmarket’s High Street in hopes of catching Eddie. She left seeds in a small pen nearby in hopes that he would remember his usual routine and settle in it. « I’m glad people got to enjoy it, » she said. “But now I think it would be best if he came home.” Harpley, who volunteers for wildlife rehabilitation centers, looks after several small rescue animals. She said her 11-year-old daughter was helping care for her domestic ducks, which live in a large pond on her property. Eddie started one evening after being startled by a flock of geese, Harpley said. It was discovered in a few other ponds but has yet to return. « He’s very friendly, which makes him a little cheeky, » she said. « That’s why he’s asserting himself out there. » The mandarin duck is found mainly in Asia and Europe and has an exotic look with bright orange feathers on the back. White crescent moons on the eyes are split by an unusual, mohaw-like look with red, green and black tones. Harpley plans to work with animal control officers in the coming days to get Eddie back into their possession. This report from The Canadian Die Presse was first published on January 10, 2021. Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. Gregory Strong, the Canadian press
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The Prime Minister of Ontario, Doug Ford, says that in the province Mass vaccinations will not take place until April, as a new daily record of 3,945 new COVID-19 cases and 61 new deaths is set on Sunday. In a video tweet on Sunday, Ford said that mass vaccination in the province won’t happen until April, May and June. In the video, he urges Ontarians to « band together » and continue to follow public health protocol to contain the spread of the novel virus. « I ask again, we have to unite, we have to stick together. » Ford said, « We’re going to see some really turbulent waters in the next few months. » As of Sunday, a total of 113,246 COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in the province, of which 9,983 were issued on Saturday 61 people who died in the past 24 hours were residents of the long-term care system. There were 1,160 new cases in Toronto, 641 in Peel Region, 357 in York Region, 223 in Windsor-Essex County and 220 in Waterloo Region. Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province’s laboratory network had 62,300 in the last 24 hours Tests carried out. 39,362 COVID-19 tests are still under investigation. The provincial health ministry reported that 1,483 people are in hospital due to COVID-19. Of these, 388 are in intensive care units and 266 are breathing with the help of ventilators. Sunday marks the seventh consecutive day of more than 3,000 new daily cases in Ontario. A total of 3,443 new infections were reported on Saturday. A total of 4,249 cases were reported on Friday, but about 450 were due to a delay in uploading data from Toronto Public Health. The new deaths reported on Sunday bring the total COVID-19-related deaths in Ontario to 4,983 since the pandemic began. Other areas reporting three-digit COVID-19 case numbers on Saturday include: * Durham Area: 190. * Middlesex-London: 173. * Niagara: 151. * Ottawa: 129. * Halton Area: 118. More than 30,000 Cases are now classified as active and 180,720 cases have been marked as resolved. New COVID-19 modeling data coming Tuesday, according to Ford’s office, the latest COVID-19 modeling for Ontario will be unveiled on Tuesday. On Friday, Ford announced further restrictions were coming to Ontario as health officials described the pandemic as « scary ». The prime minister said the new modeling would represent a potentially dire scenario in the province. « We’re in a desperate situation and when you see the modeling you’ll fall out of your chair, » said Ford. » More action will be taken as this gets out of hand. « The provincial government ordered a 28-day lockdown across Ontario on December 26th to contain the spread of COVID. 19.
After a busy year and no official one With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, these experts say the start of the new year is a great opportunity to make your personal life more organized and manageable. Heather Knittel, owner of Burnaby-based Good Riddance Professional Organizing Solutions, says her clients usually People are moving or trying to downsize. Despite the pandemic, business has remained resilient all year round. « Having people sitting in their homes looking at their clutter every day has motivated many people to try to get rid of some things on your own, « said Knittel. She and other experts have a few tips to make this process easier Find a friend or family member to help you focus. Knittel says one of the problems with going through things is that everything we own has a story attached to it. She says working with a family member or roommate can help you focus on the task at hand. “They may not stop you from keeping it, but try to make logical sense of the fact that you are not keeping it for the right reasons. When you are holding onto something and actually don’t use it, or when you really don’t want to . Or sometimes people don’t even like things they keep, « she said. Break big tasks down into smaller ones. Knittel says it’s easy to get overwhelmed by trying to do everything at once. Only from room to room or in one area of the room, she advised. The same philosophy can be applied to the digital realm, says Angela Crocker of Port Moody, author of Declutter Your Data. Crocker says North American families, on average, have around 41 terabytes of files – including social media, documents, and photos. She recommends creating a system of organizing incoming files and taking the time to tackle previous files whenever possible. Make a decision about what type of storage system to use, and make sure that each file – like a child’s homework or minutes from a work meeting – has different locations. « Don’t do everything in one sitting. You will hate your computer and your mind will be confused. I really encourage people to do a few minutes a day, » said Crocker. Keep the time in mind. Crocker says organization – like getting your inbox to zero – shouldn’t take so long that you don’t get anything else done. Linda Chu, a Vancouver-based professional organizer, says procrastination – and the fear of failure – can be a daunting obstacle. She recommends using a timer to focus on an uncomfortable organizational task rather than postponing it for hours. « Well, it might only be 15 minutes or half an hour when that timer runs out, but you committed half an hour … that means you completed a 30 minute task successfully and failed 8 – Hourly task. Chu recommends a little grace too, especially given the past year. « Realize that there are many stressors among us, and take the time to say it won’t be perfect and things get confused. And trudges on. «
A rare bird, normally found in Siberia and East Asia, may have been spotted in Nova Scotia last week. Bird watcher Angela MacDonald spotted what she thinks is a Taimyr gull in a parking lot in New Glasgow last Monday also known as the Siberian Seagull. MacDonald said she did not know what a Taimyr seagull was at the time, but it was different from any seagull she had seen before. Surprised by the possible discovery, she took some photos. « It hasn’t been fully confirmed yet, but according to the records it looks like this will be the first Taimyr gull for all of Canada and it is a second record for this entire continent. « Said MacDonald, who has been watching birds for three years. » I think you probably have a better chance of seeing a flamingo on your lawn than a Taimyr gull. « MacDonald said she noticed some things that were different about this gull. The long legs were bright orange-red, which she had never seen before, and the coat – the top of the wings – was dark gray and didn’t go with herring gulls or black-backed gulls like those normally found in Nova Scotia. « I knew something was wrong. So I thought this seagull needed further investigation, « she said. She contacted her friend Steven McGrath, who agreed that the seagull had to be examined by experts. He suggested that they send the photos to a Facebook group called North American Gulls. There the group of seagull experts wondered what the seagull could be. « When I saw it, I knew it was something completely different from the seagulls we normally get in Nova Scotia, » said Mark Dennis, one Naturalist and gull expert who has been bird watching since 1966. When he saw MacDonald’s photo, he turned to his wife and said, « Start the car. « Day they traveled four hours from their home on Cape Sable Island to the car park in New Glasgow hoping to see the seagull in person. Armed with cat food to attract the seagulls, Dennis was able to see the bird within seconds of arriving. Tennis believes he has seen this type of seagull before – while traveling in India in 1997. Now he believes that the same type of seagull is approximately 6,000 kilometers from its home breeding destination. « They will migrate and then spend time in an area and instead you turned and went home with another bunch of seagulls … and all of a sudden you find yourself in Nova Scotia eating KFC fries in the parking lot in New Glasgow, « he said. He said he was confident that the bird is a Taimyr gull. » I’m assuming if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck, « he said. MacDonald, who is part of the Nova Scotia Bird Society, said she could take a stool sample from the gull that was used to DNA analysis sent away for confirmation, the bird watcher said she was still in shock from what she saw and hoped the potentially rare sighting would encourage people to treat seagulls with respect Returned to parking lot to see the seagull several times and each time it saw vehicles drive through the resting seagulls. « That is very unnecessary. They are individuals. They are struggling to survive. Just leave her alone. If you don’t like her it doesn’t matter, just don’t hurt her, « she said. » If I could get even one person to look at seagulls differently – for me, finding the Taimyr seagull served its purpose « MORE TOP STORIES
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TORONTO – Schools will open on Monday in many parts of the country in many parts of the country that are closed after the holidays due to pandemic fears, but experts say child safety is affected by heightened control measures Thousands of students in Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan will be reuniting after an extended break, depending on the region and age group. In some regions, return to class coincides with stricter precautions both inside and outside the classroom. Students Grades 1 and 2 in Quebec Will Join older elementary school students on school buses and public transport Must wear rich masks, while 5th and 6th grade students also have to wear masks in class. Biggest news in Quebec was the introduction of the first Canadian curfew for COVID-19, which prevents most residents from leaving between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. There is significant pressure that should help protect schools from rising community rates that have driven cases, hospitalizations and deaths to worrying levels, observers say, « We need to talk about other sacrifices we as communities, when, are ready we do this. » I want our children to return to school, « says Ashleigh Tuite, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. » I don’t like the idea of curfews or restrictions on movement, but again these are measures I think as adults we should be willing to take on this if it helps reduce community transmission. « Ontario was scheduled to reopen elementary schools in the southern half of the province on Monday, but delayed that plan due to two-week staggering of case numbers and a worrying rise in child positivity rates. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health said last week that the positivity rate in children tested approached 20 percent in early January, y for 12–13 year olds, up from 5 percent in late November and early December, and a survey of COVID-19 test results in the province, broken down by age, also found lower , but still significant peaks for other age groups, including a jump from 5 percent for 4-11 year olds to 16 percent and from 6 percent for 14 to 17 year olds to 14 percent, as the number of infections increases daily record of more than 4,200 reported cases on Friday, although that is a backlog of around 450 cases stopped. Ontario has suggested that more restrictions are on the way, and expressed a vague desire to introduce more school-based measures to suppress transmission rates, but details have not been released, according to Jason Kindrachuk, a virologist at the University of Manitoba, it’s an inaccurate science Find the right balance between community and school constraints. However, he says any steps taken to contain wider infections will help prevent the possibility of outbreaks in class. « We probably shouldn’t be talking about school closings if we weren’t also talking about closings of all non-essential businesses and offices, » says Kindrachuk, of Saskatoon, where he works with the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Center. But better data are also keys to assessing how susceptible schoolchildren really are, he said, and repeated calls for asymptomatic tests: « We still don’t fully understand what transmission looks like in schools to this day. » were extended in Alberta and Manitoba, while Saskatchewan announced it will review the status of its Christmas borders for conventions and retail capacity. Children in British Columbia returned to public school last week after a two-week winter break, but there is pressure there too to increase protection including mask mandates and physical distancing. Teachers in the Fraser Health area are particularly concerned about « schools where health prevails » and safety standards are inadequate, inconsistent or unsafe, « the BC Teachers Association said in a press release Friday, urging provincial authorities to reduce school density to decrease, improve ventilation, make masks mandatory in all indoor spaces, and ensure that educators and school staff are « appropriately prioritized » for COVID-19 vaccinations. Kindrachuk says a more contagious COVID variant from the UK is increasing use for Infection Control continues: « Things don’t go from one day that is good to one suddenly that goes bad the next day, » he said. « There is a slow escalation and then everything starts to reach that exponential phase where you’re not increasing linearly, but actually increasing very, very steeply. « This report from The Canadian Pr ess was first published on January 10, 2021. Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press
MELBOURNE, Australia – Canadian Steven Diez reached the second round of the Australian Open qualification on Sunday with a 6: 3, 4: 6, 6: 4 win over Russian Alexey Vatutin. The Toronto-born Diez had five aces and switched six of his 14 breakpoint chances in a match where both players struggled to hold their serve. Vatutin was accurate on only 51 percent of his first serves, but broke Diez four times on five chances. Diez is next up against Henri Laaksonen (15th) Switzerland, Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Que., And Rebecca Marino from Vancouver should play the women’s qualifiers in the first round on Monday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021. The Canadian Press
The top diplomat of the European Union said on Sunday that the siege of the US Capitol last week exposed the dangers of leaving the deterioration of democratic values unchecked and disinformation in the social Spread media. « Everyone needs to understand that if we accept setbacks after setbacks, even if they seem minor, democracy and its values and institutions can ultimately and irreversibly perish, » said Borrell, speaking on behalf of the 27 EU Member States.