Central Canada – David Thompson Things http://davidthompsonthings.com/ Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:05:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://davidthompsonthings.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png Central Canada – David Thompson Things http://davidthompsonthings.com/ 32 32 Ontarians are now required to show proof of vaccination to access certain sites https://davidthompsonthings.com/ontarians-are-now-required-to-show-proof-of-vaccination-to-access-certain-sites/ https://davidthompsonthings.com/ontarians-are-now-required-to-show-proof-of-vaccination-to-access-certain-sites/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:05:11 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/ontarians-are-now-required-to-show-proof-of-vaccination-to-access-certain-sites/ TORONTO – Ontario’s new COVID-19 vaccination certificate system takes effect today. Customers at restaurants, nightclubs, gymnasiums, sports facilities and other venues must present a full vaccination receipt along with government identification. Doctors’ notes for medical exemptions will also be accepted. Companies that do not comply with the checks required by the system and customers who […]]]>

TORONTO – Ontario’s new COVID-19 vaccination certificate system takes effect today.

Customers at restaurants, nightclubs, gymnasiums, sports facilities and other venues must present a full vaccination receipt along with government identification.

Doctors’ notes for medical exemptions will also be accepted.

Companies that do not comply with the checks required by the system and customers who give false information may be fined.

Premier Doug Ford has said he understands that some people fear their civil liberties will be violated.

But he says the biggest concern is seeing a sudden spike in infections and having to lock down the province again.

The province’s top public health doctor has called on Ontarians to be “kind and considerate” while the system takes effect.

Dr Kieran Moore also said he believes the system will lead to an increase in vaccinations, especially among people aged 20 to 39, as this cohort often frequents sites covered by the system.

Fines are possible for companies that do not comply with the controls required by the system, and for customers who give false information. But businesses, city officials, law enforcement and the province say the app will be smooth at first.

Companies have said they feel ready to implement the system, but are unsure how customers will react to it.

James Rilett, Restaurants Canada vice president for central Canada, said restaurants are “as prepared as they can get” but expect “business losses” and confrontations with some customers.

Ryan Mallough, senior director of Ontario affairs at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said businesses have a “decent understanding” of what is required, but there is “some stress and strain. anxiety about what is happening at a time that is not going well ”.

While sites will first need to verify paper or digital vaccine receipts with identification, the province announced plans to launch a QR code and verification app for businesses on Oct. 22 to streamline the process.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 22, 2021.


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COVID-19 in Saskatchewan: 372 new cases, 5 deaths, another hospitalization record https://davidthompsonthings.com/covid-19-in-saskatchewan-372-new-cases-5-deaths-another-hospitalization-record/ https://davidthompsonthings.com/covid-19-in-saskatchewan-372-new-cases-5-deaths-another-hospitalization-record/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 22:19:44 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/covid-19-in-saskatchewan-372-new-cases-5-deaths-another-hospitalization-record/ Five more people with COVID-19 have died in Saskatchewan and the province continues to see an increase in hospitalizations. The government reported 372 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday – 146 new cases fewer than those reported on Monday. Overall, 3,320 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from September 15 to 21. The number of […]]]>

Five more people with COVID-19 have died in Saskatchewan and the province continues to see an increase in hospitalizations.

The government reported 372 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday – 146 new cases fewer than those reported on Monday. Overall, 3,320 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from September 15 to 21.

The number of hospitals continues to climb in Saskatchewan, setting a new record for the third day in a row, according to the province’s COVID-19 online scoreboard.

As of Tuesday, 262 people with the disease are hospitalized in the province, including 54 in intensive care.

Almost three quarters, or 73.7%, of people hospitalized were not fully vaccinated. Four of the patients are children under the age of 11, depending on the province. These four children are not in intensive care.

The last five deaths from COVID-19 in the province bring the total since the start of the pandemic to 646. A total of nineteen people with COVID-19 have died in the past week, from September 15 to 21. , the government said in a press release on Tuesday.

According to the province, one of the deaths announced on Tuesday was in the 20-30 age group, two were between 60 and 79 and two were over 80.

The five people with COVID-19 died in the following areas: Far Northwest (one), Central North (one), Central East (one) and Southwest (two).

The seven-day average of new daily COVID-19 cases is 474, or 39.4 new cases per 100,000. A week ago, the seven-day average on the province’s dashboard was 407, or 33.7 new cases per 100,000.

Tuesday’s new cases are located in the following areas:

Residency information is pending for 45 other new cases.

According to the government update, almost 30% of new cases were in the 20-39 age group. About one in five cases among people 12 years of age or older involved people who were fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, 4,700 cases of COVID-19 in the province were considered active, while 57,643 people recovered from the disease, according to the province’s dashboard.

Saskatoon the most well-known active cases of any area (1,129), followed by the Northwest (656) and North Central (567) regions.

Children and COVID-19

According to the province, a recent review of 1,643 confirmed cases of all ages between August 20 and September 7 showed that 98% of school-aged COVID-19 cases were living in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated households.

The review looked at 334 children aged six to 19, with the majority of the group aged six to 12.

Although Canadian children under 12 are not currently eligible for vaccination, the Government of Saskatchewan has said recent news about clinical trials is encouraging.

“The province will move quickly to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to other age groups once a vaccine receives Health Canada approvals. “

840 additional vaccines

On election day Monday, health workers administered 840 other vaccines in the province, including 420 first doses and 420 second doses.

As of Tuesday, 719,392 people in Saskatchewan, or 71% of residents aged 12 and over, are now fully vaccinated, the government said.

The province’s requirement for proof of vaccination or a negative test to access a list of facilities and event locations will go into effect in a week and a half, on October 1, 2021.

The province also reported 3,741 new tests in Tuesday’s update, up from 3,940 on Monday.


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Liberals return St. John’s East and roam Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame https://davidthompsonthings.com/liberals-return-st-johns-east-and-roam-coast-of-bays-central-notre-dame/ https://davidthompsonthings.com/liberals-return-st-johns-east-and-roam-coast-of-bays-central-notre-dame/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:08:05 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/liberals-return-st-johns-east-and-roam-coast-of-bays-central-notre-dame/ Liberal candidate Joanne Thompson won St. John’s East, replacing outgoing NDP MP Jack Harris. (Terry Roberts / CBC) The Liberals won a seat in Newfoundland and Labrador, while remaining behind the stronghold Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame. Liberal candidate Joanne Thompson defeated New Democratic Party candidate Mary Shortall with 43.7 percent of the vote at time […]]]>

Liberal candidate Joanne Thompson won St. John’s East, replacing outgoing NDP MP Jack Harris. (Terry Roberts / CBC)

The Liberals won a seat in Newfoundland and Labrador, while remaining behind the stronghold Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame.

Liberal candidate Joanne Thompson defeated New Democratic Party candidate Mary Shortall with 43.7 percent of the vote at time of publication, compared to Shortall’s 34.7 percent, with all but two of the constituency polls.

“Change is possible, we can move forward together, we can work with partnerships and there is so much that we can so when we sit at the table and say we are going to work together,” she said. said in a speech thanking volunteers and supporters. .

Thompson also defeated Conservative candidate Glenn Etchegary and People’s Party of Canada candidate Dana Metcalfe.

Shortall, however, did not concede the election on Monday night.

“We don’t know and we probably won’t know until tomorrow morning,” she said in a speech to supporters.

St. John’s East is the only riding in Newfoundland and Labrador where no incumbent has come forward. The other six ridings in the province all had incumbent Liberals.

Shortall, the former president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labor, replaced Jack Harris as the New Democratic Party candidate.

During a campaign stop in St. John’s in early September, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh discussed his ties to Atlantic Canada and his friendship with Harris.

Harris retired after a long political career that began with a breakthrough in the 1987 byelection. He held the seat of St. John’s East from 2008 to 2015, when he was defeated by Liberal Nick Whelan in upheaval. In 2019, Harris won the seat.

The Liberals wanted to repeat the 2015 success in St. John’s East with Thompson, the former general manager of Gathering Place in St. John’s. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland both campaigned with Thompson in Newfoundland.

Ahead of the election call at the end of July, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole visited the constituency to campaign with Etchegary.

Tories could win at NL for the first time since 2011

As of Tuesday morning, there was still no declared winner in the riding of Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame.

At the time of publication, Conservative candidate Clifford Small retained a 569 vote lead over incumbent Liberal MP Scott Simms, who has won every federal election since 2004, with 99.6% of the polls.

Clifford Small could become the first Conservative candidate to win a federal seat in Newfoundland and Labrador in a decade. (Clifford Small / Facebook)

In an interview with CBC News on election night – before the results were announced – Small said he believed his support for the mining industry, rotational workers and seniors would be key to oust Simms.

“We had a positive message. A message for growth for our for our constituency here,” he said. “I think the electorate felt that our party would be the best choice to promote the mining industry.”

Tuesday morning, with the outcome still not finalized, Small said he believed his lead would hold, and thanked Simms, saying the Liberal had run a “very clean, respectful and honest campaign.”

He said the economy was the main issue he heard from voters during the campaign.

“They saw it as a negative change in 2015. And they know we can make a positive change in the future. “

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Live coverage of the federal election by VOCM is ongoing https://davidthompsonthings.com/live-coverage-of-the-federal-election-by-vocm-is-ongoing/ https://davidthompsonthings.com/live-coverage-of-the-federal-election-by-vocm-is-ongoing/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 22:30:00 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/live-coverage-of-the-federal-election-by-vocm-is-ongoing/ It’s federal election day in Canada and polling stations will soon be closed in Newfoundland and Labrador. VOCM News live coverage is officially underway. Linda Swain and Paddy Daly will be on the air for the next few hours providing all the latest election news. One of the ridings to watch as the election results […]]]>

It’s federal election day in Canada and polling stations will soon be closed in Newfoundland and Labrador.

VOCM News live coverage is officially underway.

Linda Swain and Paddy Daly will be on the air for the next few hours providing all the latest election news.

One of the ridings to watch as the election results begin to roll in will be St. John’s East.

NDP incumbent Jack Harris is not running this time around, and those vying for the seat have campaigned fiercely to try to influence voters.

Mary Shortall is the NDP candidate, Joanne Thompson is in the race for the Liberals, Glenn Etchegary for the Conservatives and Dana Metcalfe is on the ballot for the People’s Party.

Additionally, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh both made stops in the district during the campaign, garnering support from their candidates.

Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole visited the west coast of the province during the campaign, but did not make an appearance in St. John’s East. However, he made it to St. John’s a few weeks before the writ was dropped.

There are Liberal incumbents in the other six federal ridings in the province. The Conservatives, the NDP and the People’s Party have candidates in virtually all of these, the only exception being in Coast of Bays-Central-Nortre Dame where the People’s Party does not have a name on the ballot.

Polling stations close at 8:30 p.m. this evening. VOCM’s live election coverage begins at 7 a.m.

Meanwhile, the full picture of how the country will be governed over the next four years may not be entirely clear by the end of the night tonight.

While the pandemic is still raging in the country, many have chosen to vote by special ballot.

In total, Elections Canada claims to have distributed over 1.2 million voting kits to voters. As of Saturday, more than 811,000 of them had been returned.

The counting of these ballots will not begin until Tuesday morning, which means that the final results may not be known for a few days.

Candidates for federal elections NL

Avalon

(Ken McDonald – Liberal Party; Matthew Chapman – Conservative Party; Carolyn Davis – NDP; Lainie Stewart – PPC.)


Bonavista-Burin-Trinidad

(Churence Rogers – Liberal Party; Sharon Vokey – Conservative Party; Anne Marie Anonsen – NDP; Linda Hogan – PPC.)


Bay Coast – Central – Notre Dame

(Scott Simms – Liberal Party; Clifford Small – Conservative Party; Jamie Ruby – NDP.)


Labrador

(Yvonne Jones – Liberal Party; Shane Dumaresque – Conservative Party; Amy Norman – NDP; Shannon Champion – PPC.)


Long range mountains

(Gudie Hutchings – Liberal Party; Carol Anstey – Conservative Party; Kaila Mintz – NDP; Darrell Shelley – PPC.)


St. John’s East

(Joanne Thompson – Liberal Party; Glenn Etchegary – Conservative Party; Mary Shortall – NDP; Dana Metcalfe – PPC.)


St. John’s South – Mount Pearl

(Seamus O’Regan – Liberal Party; Steve Hodder – Conservative Party; Ray Critch – NDP; Georgia Faith Stewart – PPC.)


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5 things to know for September 20: Coronavirus, immigration, Canada, Afghanistan, UN https://davidthompsonthings.com/5-things-to-know-for-september-20-coronavirus-immigration-canada-afghanistan-un/ https://davidthompsonthings.com/5-things-to-know-for-september-20-coronavirus-immigration-canada-afghanistan-un/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 10:35:14 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/5-things-to-know-for-september-20-coronavirus-immigration-canada-afghanistan-un/ CNN By AJ Willingham, CNN What is “stagflation?” This is a time of high inflation and stagnant economic growth, and it can be a losing game for economic policymakers. Unfortunately, it seems that a slight stagflation has already hit the United States. Here’s what you need to know to Get operational and get on with […]]]>

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By AJ Willingham, CNN

What is “stagflation?” This is a time of high inflation and stagnant economic growth, and it can be a losing game for economic policymakers. Unfortunately, it seems that a slight stagflation has already hit the United States.

Here’s what you need to know to Get operational and get on with your day.

(You may also receive “5 Things You Need to Know Today” in your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. Coronavirus

The surge in Covid-19 cases is forcing hospitals to ration care, resulting in life and death decisions even for those who do not have the virus. Some 80% of the country’s intensive care beds are in use, with nearly 30% occupied by Covid-19 patients, according to recent data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Over the past week, the United States has recorded an average of around 1,926 Covid-19 deaths per day, the highest average since early March. FDA vaccine advisers on Friday declined to recommend approval of booster doses of Covid-19 for anyone who was vaccinated six months or more ago. However, they recommended emergency use authorization for people 65 years of age and older, people at high risk of serious infection, and healthcare workers and others at high risk of infection at work.

2. Immigration

Thousands of migrants gathered under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas along the southern border of the United States, awaiting processing and possible entry into the United States. As of Saturday, there were more than 14,300 migrants – many of them Haitians – under the bridge. That number dropped from around 400 at the start of last week. The Department of Homeland Security is securing resources from the Department of Defense for more aid in the region, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said he will travel to Texas to remedy the situation. DHS is also planning to increase deportation flights to Haiti. The harsh and squalid conditions under the bridge, where migrants are gathered en masse in makeshift tents, have also raised fears of possible humanitarian and public health crises.

3. Canada

Canadians are heading to the polls today in a snap election that could strengthen Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s position – or imbue the country’s government with bitter political polarization. Trudeau called an early election in mid-August, just two years after starting his minority government, betting he could capitalize on his handling of the pandemic to win a majority in Parliament. However, he faced a significant challenge from Erin O’Toole, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Trudeau and O’Toole are probably the only party leaders with enough backing to form a government. The pandemic, climate change, housing affordability and gun control have all been listed as major issues, but election experts say many Canadians do not see the need for this election and are annoyed by the posture politics and the vitriol that accompanied it.

4. Afghanistan

The families of 10 civilians killed in a US airstrike in Kabul in late August are seeking justice after the US military admitted the strike was a mistake. Initially, the Pentagon said the airstrike, which took place during the chaotic final days of the U.S. troop withdrawal, successfully targeted an ISIS-K-affiliated facilitator and destroyed a car full of explosives. A US military investigation into the incident revealed that the car was unlikely to be a threat associated with ISIS-K. General Frank McKenzie, the general-in-chief of the US Central Command, said the strike was a “mistake”. Of the 10 civilians killed, seven were children. This incident fueled further criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of the troop withdrawal and evacuation from Afghanistan.

5. United Nations

High-level talks at the 76th United Nations General Assembly begin this week, with world leaders meeting to discuss two major global challenges: ending the pandemic and forging a healthier economy. Other divisive issues will also be on the table, including the military coup in Myanmar, the future of democracy in a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, tensions with Iran and North Korea, and issues climatic. Despite the US government’s urging to virtually attend the meeting, more than 100 heads of state and government are expected to visit Manhattan in person, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Biden.

LUNCH BROWSE

Here’s who won last night at the 2021 Emmy Awards

Let’s see how much acclaim your last year of the pandemic binge has been.

Puma launches Animal Crossing clothing collection

And… oh no, that’s all my money!

A French slackliner crosses the Seine from the Eiffel Tower in a breathtaking waterfall

The slackline is like the tightrope walk, except that the line is not tight. Why would anyone do that, you ask? It’s a mystery.

Samuel Adams’ new beer is so strong it’s illegal in 15 states

At 28% ABV, you better have some friends to share.

The Netherlands, the tallest nation in the world, is shortening

“Hey fun fact, did you know the Netherlands is the tallest nation in the world? – all of us, today, to all who will listen

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Gabby’s whole family wants the world to know Brian hasn’t gone missing, he’s in hiding.”

Richard Stafford, family lawyer for Instagram influencer Gabby Petito, 22, who disappeared while traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. FBI officials now say human remains “matching” Petito’s description were found in Teton County, Wyoming. Authorities are now looking for Laundrie, who has lost contact. The laundry is not wanted for a crime, officials said.

THE NUMBER OF THE DAY

17

This is the number of named storms that occurred this morning during the hurricane season in the Atlantic. The latest to watch are Tropical Storms Peter and Rose. 2021 is only the third year to have hit at least 17 named storms at this point in the season since the start of the satellite era in 1966.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Check your local forecast here >>>

AND FINALLY

Graceful lines

The Arabic calligraphy is beautiful, and it is a joy to see this artist weaving together the words of the throne verse, a famous verse from the Quran. (Click here to see.)

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Muslim group calls for resignation of Conservative Nova Scotia candidate https://davidthompsonthings.com/muslim-group-calls-for-resignation-of-conservative-nova-scotia-candidate/ https://davidthompsonthings.com/muslim-group-calls-for-resignation-of-conservative-nova-scotia-candidate/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 22:10:48 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/muslim-group-calls-for-resignation-of-conservative-nova-scotia-candidate/ The Canadian Council of Imams is asking the federal Conservative candidate for Central Nova to resign from the race, saying Steven Cotter has refused to engage with them on issues of Islamophobia, racism and discrimination. In a statement released on Saturday night, the group said that although Cotter issued a public apology on September 5 […]]]>

The Canadian Council of Imams is asking the federal Conservative candidate for Central Nova to resign from the race, saying Steven Cotter has refused to engage with them on issues of Islamophobia, racism and discrimination.

In a statement released on Saturday night, the group said that although Cotter issued a public apology on September 5 for Islamophobic posts made on his Facebook page, his refusal to have an ongoing discussion with them causes them to question the sincerity of his apologies.

He said Cotter has ignored numerous attempts to discuss how he would deal with the issues they raised. The group now believe his apology was an attempt to limit the damage.

The council said it recognized recent steps taken by the Conservative Party of Canada to condemn Islamophobia and support human rights, including the removal of a candidate to Ontario, but added that the silence on the question is unacceptable to their community.

Ahmad Hussein, president of the Ummah Masjid and Community Center in Halifax, said the board was encouraged to see the Tories withdraw candidate Lisa Robinson for Islamophobic comments, although she denies making them, so her inaction on Cotter is confusing.

Ahmad Hussein is the President of the Ummah Masjid and Community Center in Halifax. (Nicola Seguin / CBC)

Hussein said the Conservative Party facilitated the initial meeting with Cotter, which was unproductive.

“In two hours, Mr. Cotter has not uttered more than five words and has shown no sign of wanting to change,” he said.

“It became pretty obvious that he had no form of apology beyond what he said, the five words he mentioned, and that he had no plan to fight the hatred in Canada. “

According to Hussein, the council met with the main leaders of the Conservative Party the next day, but no resolution was reached.

The board had no choice but to call for Cotter’s resignation, Hussein said.

He said citizens cannot remain silent when they see hatred in any form, because in doing so, they tolerate it.

“He cannot represent the community”

Wael SM Haridy is the Imam of the Nova Scotia Islamic Community Center in Bedford, Nova Scotia. (Waël Haridy)

Imam Wael Haridy of the Nova Scotia Islamic Community Center in Bedford did not attend the virtual meeting with Cotter, but said on Sunday he was disappointed to learn of the Tory candidate’s alleged refusal to engage with the community Muslim.

“He cannot represent the community. He cannot represent our Nova Scotia, ”said Haridy.

When Central Nova voters head to the polls on Monday, Haridy said, he hopes they will keep in mind not only their own families, but also the Muslim residents living alongside them who share their future.

In response to a question from a reporter on September 10 about the party that selected Cotter as a candidate after making Islamophobic statements, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole did not directly address the issue.

“I have said from the start of this campaign, we are running a positive campaign based on bringing the country together and… I want people on my team who share the exact same approach,” said O’Toole.

On Sunday, the Conservative Party of Canada did not respond to multiple requests from CBC News to comment on Cotter’s call for resignation.

On Sunday, CBC News made several attempts to reach Cotter or his campaign by phone and email.


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“Really frustrating”: Racialized people feel ignored during federal election campaign https://davidthompsonthings.com/really-frustrating-racialized-people-feel-ignored-during-federal-election-campaign/ https://davidthompsonthings.com/really-frustrating-racialized-people-feel-ignored-during-federal-election-campaign/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 02:01:55 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/really-frustrating-racialized-people-feel-ignored-during-federal-election-campaign/ TORONTO – With recent racist attacks in the country and racism against campaigning candidates, racialized people living in Canada express concern that systemic racism has not been at the forefront of chiefs’ messages party. Nearly 8 million Indigenous, Black and Colored people living in Canada, or 22% of the Canadian population, wonder why more focus […]]]>

TORONTO – With recent racist attacks in the country and racism against campaigning candidates, racialized people living in Canada express concern that systemic racism has not been at the forefront of chiefs’ messages party.

Nearly 8 million Indigenous, Black and Colored people living in Canada, or 22% of the Canadian population, wonder why more focus was not put on racism and racial issues during the campaign electoral.

“I’m a woman of color every day of my life, I can’t turn this off,” Samanta Krishnapillai, Founder, Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of On Canada Project, an Instagram account that shares targeted information. to Millennials and Gen Zers across Canada, CTV News said.

She said she had hoped that systemic racism in Canada would be more central to all of the candidates’ campaigns.

“I think it’s really frustrating to watch,” she said.

For Krishnapillai, she feels that the issues affecting people of color were not seen as crucial during the election campaign.

“The fact that there are party leaders who are able to move on from this subject and not have it constantly as part of what they are talking about sucks … It’s not as if our experiences are not as important, ”she said. .

Not only does Krishnapillai not see these important conversations about race, but she also fails to see the issues of young Canadians reflected in election campaigns.

“People keep saying ‘young people don’t vote.’ What are you doing to get me to vote? What are you talking about that I care about, that people like me care about? ” she said. “It’s just a really dull election.”

And she is not prepared to accept the answer that this is “just politics”.

“Why is this what we accept as policy, if you know you can do better, why can’t you? You shouldn’t have to wait for someone to die or for the bodies to be collected to do it, ”Krishnapillai said.

When Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister in 2015, Krishnapillai said she was excited. She saw a feminist leader who was going to make a difference, but she sees it differently now.

“I think he’s capable of greatness, but I also feel like it’s so performative and it doesn’t feel authentic,” she said.

This is especially true, she said, after the death of George Floyd in the United States sparked protests across Canada last year in response to police violence against blacks and Indigenous people here. This year, during that time, thousands of anonymous graves in former residential schools were unearthed, and a family in London, Ontario. was killed because – according to the police – they were walking while they were Muslims.

“It really could have been, it could have been my mother,” Sarah Barzak, executive director of the London School of Racialized Leaders, told CTV News.

Barzak said she had been a victim of racism in Canada since she was a child, with other children telling her, “‘Go back to your country’, like, I heard that often when I was a child. “

She said she was disappointed that although politicians turned to a memorial for the family killed in London in June, they have since remained silent on Islamophobia in the country and systemic racism in general.

“They came, they took the microphone, they took all of their photo ops, and then they left,” she said.

Candidates spoke about diversity in Canada, but Barzak said talking about it was not enough.

“I don’t think it’s enough to say things like ‘diversity is our strength’ when hate crimes are clearly on the rise and there just isn’t enough funding and hindsight.” , she said.

And some forms of racism, she said, were not mentioned by campaign candidates.

“I didn’t hear any of the leaders discussing anti-Asian racism, and it has also increased in relation to COVID and xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment,” Barzak said.

After 18 tumultuous months in which marginalized and racialized communities were hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, Barzak said it was time for the candidates to tackle these issues.

“Every marginalized community has really gone through the gutters, especially under this pandemic and I don’t think there are any more excuses,” she said. “I think even acknowledging it is the bare minimum.”

Barzak said she was disappointed that race issues had not been at the heart of candidates’ election campaigns, and she doesn’t think she is the only one feeling that sentiment.

“I look at the leadership and just shake my head,” Barzak said. “It’s not leadership, it’s a failure for me, and I think it’s a failure for a lot of people across the country.”

“This is systemic neglect,” she added.

Some voters were hoping for more, especially after politicians knelt with protesters last summer.

“I really wish that after the year and a half that we have all witnessed, you know, black issues would be a little more anti-black centered and issues peculiar to the black community would have been a little more discussed. “Danièle-Jocelyne Otou, director of communications and strategic engagement at Apathy is Boring, an organization that aims to engage young Canadians in Canadian and global politics and issues, told CTV News.

During the Anglophone leaders’ debate, where not a single black person was invited to pose a question to the candidates, issues that impact black Canadians were not addressed. The anti-Asian hatred that has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has also not been a topic of discussion.

“I wish the black voices were also amplified and highlighted throughout the debate. I would have loved to hear from Asians talking about the last year they had and the issues they would like to see moving forward, ”she added.

Sometimes leaders do the bare minimum to engage voters, especially younger ones, and Otou says that’s not enough.

“There is this assumption that all you have to do is a little TikTok meme and you will get the youth vote without considering, again, the interests of young people over the past year and a half have changed dramatically. and they are paying more attention than ever to Canadian politics, ”she said.

Indigenous voters also feel left out, as federal party leaders have largely ignored the continued findings of anonymous graves on the grounds of former residential schools.

The chief of Serpent River First Nation in Ontario had hoped to see the candidates come up with real solutions to heal these historic wounds.

“Canada needs to have the truth before it can reconcile,” said Chief Brent Bissaillion. “We still haven’t understood this truth.”

Bissaillion said he believes issues impacting First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada have not been at the heart of party campaigns.

“So this is swept under the carpet, and I feel like a lot of issues that concern indigenous peoples concern a lot of other minorities and marginalized people, and it’s a little disappointing that this was dropped during this. campaign. ,” he said.

With more and more anonymous graves discovered around the country, Bissaillion reflects on other times that seemed to be an account in Canada.

“We’ve had multiple calculations, this country continually has calculations every few years. And we continue to be in the same place. Everything is symbolic, ”he said.

Bissaillion said he would like to know more about the steps the parties will take to follow through on various promises and the issues impacting First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada.

“I would really love to hear from all parties on how we are going to start returning the land to our community so that we can take over stewardship,” he said.

Krishnapillai, Barzak, Otou and Bissaillion will participate in CTV’s Voters ‘Viewpoint panel with CTV’s Your Morning host Anne Marie Mediwake as part of CTV News’ special election coverage. Join the Voters’ Viewpoint conversation online at CTVNews.ca, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.



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Senator Angus King of Maine is part of a group of senators calling on President Biden to open the northern border to vaccinated Canadians by October.

In a letter to Biden, the group highlighted the economic and emotional strains the border closure has on states like Maine. They urged Biden to lift travel restrictions at the end of this month, create a public plan to reopen land ports of entry to vaccinated Canadians, and appoint an interagency manager to lead coordination.

Senators said the closure affected close personal and processional ties with Canada, noting that Canadians come to border states for business, leisure, shopping and to visit family and friends.

“Restrictions on non-essential travel across the border have dramatically reduced these activities and caused economic and emotional strain in our communities,” the senators wrote. “We appreciate the need to prioritize the health and safety of the American public through reasonable restrictions on international travel. However, we believe fully vaccinated Canadians should be allowed to travel safely to the United States via land ports of entry. “

The letter was signed by King, an independent and Democrat figure. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hasson from New Hampshire, Jon Tester from Montana, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters from Michigan, Kirsten Gillibrand from New York and Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota.


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COVID-19: Walk-in vaccination clinic at Okanagan High School hopes to increase access, IHA says https://davidthompsonthings.com/covid-19-walk-in-vaccination-clinic-at-okanagan-high-school-hopes-to-increase-access-iha-says/ https://davidthompsonthings.com/covid-19-walk-in-vaccination-clinic-at-okanagan-high-school-hopes-to-increase-access-iha-says/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 00:13:35 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/covid-19-walk-in-vaccination-clinic-at-okanagan-high-school-hopes-to-increase-access-iha-says/ Interior Health is working closely with central Okanagan public schools to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in the region. They held a walk-in vaccination clinic Thursday at George Elliot High School in Lake Country. The walk-in vaccination clinic was open at the high school between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Read more: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine […]]]>

Interior Health is working closely with central Okanagan public schools to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in the region.

They held a walk-in vaccination clinic Thursday at George Elliot High School in Lake Country.

The walk-in vaccination clinic was open at the high school between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Interior Health encourages all eligible students to get vaccinated to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the school system.

Students, staff and family members were able to get vaccinated at the clinic.

Under the BC Infants Act, in a section called “Mature Minor Consent and Immunization”, students do not need to have their parents’ consent if they are deemed mentally capable of making their own decision.

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“What is covered by the consent of the mature minor are the benefits of getting the vaccine, the risks of not getting the vaccine, common side effects, and medical reasons for not getting a vaccine,” said Dr. Silvina Mema.

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According to Interior Health, about 50% of students aged 12 to 17 in Lake Country are fully immune.

The IHA hopes the walk-in clinic will increase that number as the delta variant is prevalent.

“Now we have the Delta variant across British Columbia, which is much more transmissible,” Dr. Mema said.

“So in a sense we are in a better position now because we have the vaccine but we are also facing a more transmissible virus.”

Central Okanagan Public Schools fully supports Interior Health’s message that encourages all eligible students to get immunized.

“Vaccines are the most powerful tool in our toolbox. I encourage those who can to get vaccinated and I hope they make that choice, ”said Kevin Kaardal, Principal of Central Okanagan Public Schools.

“I think we are all trying to make sure that those who can or who choose to get vaccinated can be vaccinated in the most convenient way possible. “

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Four more walk-in immunization clinics are planned in central Okanagan public schools:

  • Rutland College – September 21, 2021
  • Constable Neil Bruce Middle School – September 22, 2021
  • Dr Knox Middle School – September 23, 2021
  • KLO College – September 24, 2021

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NextGen Golf Tournament a ‘Really Big Deal’ for the Hollinger https://davidthompsonthings.com/nextgen-golf-tournament-a-really-big-deal-for-the-hollinger/ https://davidthompsonthings.com/nextgen-golf-tournament-a-really-big-deal-for-the-hollinger/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 19:32:45 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/nextgen-golf-tournament-a-really-big-deal-for-the-hollinger/ This season, Ayrton Long wanted to focus more on golf and try to get into tournaments. The teenager from Elliot Lake is one of some 90 competitors on the Links this weekend at Hollinger Golf Club in Timmins for the NextGen Fall Series East Championship. “I just want to get a feel for what the […]]]>

This season, Ayrton Long wanted to focus more on golf and try to get into tournaments.

The teenager from Elliot Lake is one of some 90 competitors on the Links this weekend at Hollinger Golf Club in Timmins for the NextGen Fall Series East Championship.

“I just want to get a feel for what the tournament will be like and hope to come back here next year,” said Long, taking a break from his practice round before competition starts tomorrow.

The Junior Tournament is a Golf Canada event and is organized by Hollinger and the Northern Golf Association (NGA).

Tournament President Owen Rigg said the Timmins club has bid for the national championship for 2023. With this bid, Golf Canada has offered the club the opportunity to host the NextGen event.

“The NexGen event is one of their smaller events, but it has national significance. This is essentially a championship for central and eastern Canada, so there are children from Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, ”he explained.

Three places in the boys ‘division and three in the girls’ division are allotted at next year’s national championship, Rigg said.

” Its very important for us. It’s kind of what we would call a running race. They wanted to see what we could bring in volunteers, what we could in sponsorship. The golf course itself is really the first time for Golf Canada to be really there to see what we have and with all the indications so far they are really happy with what they see. We hope this will lead to an opportunity to host the Men’s National Championship in the near future. he said.

This is the biggest national event hosted by the club and it’s a goal Rigg has been working on for years.

“I’m on the board of the NGA, but I was also a player growing up and ended up getting a golf scholarship in the United States. These are things that I would have died to have done when I was a kid and we haven’t had a chance to do it because we haven’t been in the system for many years, ”Rigg said.

In 2018, the NGA signed an agreement to reintegrate northern clubs into Golf Ontario and Golf Canada programs.

While there are no players from Timmins in this weekend’s tournament, he hopes it will inspire the next wave of junior golfers in the community.

“We have a really, really exceptional junior program that has kind of evolved over the last 10 years and we now have 12-14 kids playing very regularly between the ages of 9 and 14 who are starting to really, really love the game. And they are a part of it, they are volunteering this weekend. They are going to be here to see the most elite kids participate in this event and we hope that will inspire them to say “well, what do I need to do to achieve this? level, ”Rigg said.

The Tournament Director is also the Assistant Tournament Director for the RBC Canadian Open, which Rigg says is a professional event.

“People need to see this, the community needs to see this, the Northern Ontario golf community in general needed to see this because we are so far north that people don’t think about golf. . It kind of opens the eyes of a lot of people to their professionalism, ”he said.

The tournament is open to the public. Tickets cost $ 5 per day and the money will be used for local junior golf initiatives.


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