The province is taking an important step to keep its commitments on emergency rooms and reducing ER wait times with the appointment of Dr. John Ross as Nova Scotia’s first provincial advisor on emergency patient care. The provincial advisor will provide leadership to improve access to emergency care in Nova Scotia. “We promised Nova Scotians that over the next four years we would work to keep ER rooms open across this province,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “The appointment of Dr. Ross is the first step of many to ensure Nova Scotians have the health care they need.” The provincial advisor will work with district health authorities, doctors and other health-care providers to ensure that emergency departments deliver the kind of health care that Nova Scotians need. This will include advising government on commitments such as opening beds needed to admit patients now stuck in emergency departments. As well, Dr. Ross will advise on creating an Emergency Department Protection Fund to hire doctors and keep emergency rooms running. “Emergency room coverage is a longstanding problem that cannot be fixed overnight,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health. “Dr. Ross’s appointment shows Nova Scotians that this is a priority. We will be looking for his advice and input on the implementation of improvements.” Dr. Ross, an emergency medicine specialist, received his medical training at Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario. He has practiced emergency medicine at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre since 1990. He is the former Chief of the QEII Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Capital District Health Authority as well as the former head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University. “This is a unique opportunity to help improve emergency care throughout the province,” said Dr. Ross. “Nova Scotians want timely access to emergency care and my role is to bring forward recommendations to help ensure that.” The position is part-time with a one-year contract that is renewable annually.
Nova Scotia is built to build and Irving Shipbuilding is ready to build Canada’s fleet. Premier Darrell Dexter congratulated Irving Shipbuilding today, July 21, as the company submitted its official bid for the $30 billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. “Irving Shipbuilding has demonstrated throughout the bid process that it has the experience and ability to build Canada’s ships. Our bid is Canada’s bid,” said Premier Dexter. “The federal government needs a dependable, capable partner in this project, and Irving is it. This bid submission has my complete support, on behalf of all Nova Scotians.” The bid received unanimous support from all three parties in the legislature. More than 5,000 people across Canada have already shown their support for Nova Scotia’s bid online, from Vancouver B.C., to Iqaluit, Fort McMurray, to Corner Brook. “I want to thank the leaders and organizations within the Ships Start Here partnership for their united support in demonstrating to the entire country that there simply is no better place in Canada to build ships than in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. Irving has submitted a clear plan to build the fleet, one that includes a commitment from the Nova Scotia Community College to ensure there is a trained, qualified workforce. The province has also committed to invest in infrastructure and training, details of which will be announced should Irving win one of the two available contracts. “Our bid would not have been possible without the incredible support and collaboration with the Province of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Auto Workers-Marine Workers Federation Local 1, the numerous provincial and regional business community organizations and members, as well as many of our suppliers and strategic partners,” said Jim Irving, CEO, Irving Shipbuilding. “Irving Shipbuilding looks forward to the continuation and completion of the competitive process. The men and women of Irving Shipbuilding stand ready for Canada today.” A successful bid to build the combat vessels could mean an additional 11,500 jobs for Nova Scotians. Shipbuilding in Nova Scotia would drive benefits to all parts of Canada – an advantage unique to Nova Scotia’s bid. If Nova Scotia is selected, the Canadian economy is expected to grow by $1.5 billion, and 4,500 jobs will be created outside of Nova Scotia. “A win would mean an entirely new generation of shipbuilders in Nova Scotia, a revitalized economy for the province, and important spin-offs across the country,” said Premier Dexter. Halifax Shipyard has been in operation since 1889. Irving Shipbuilding has built tugboats and offshore supply vessels for clients at home and around the world, as well as 80 per cent of Canada’s current surface combatant fleet. To learn how to show support, and to find out more about shipbuilding in Nova Scotia, visit www.ShipsStartHere.ca
Aménagement des côtes Installations de travail en bord de mer Accès public aux côtes Montée du niveau de la mer et tempêtes Écosystèmes et habitats sensibles Qualité de l’eau des côtes Gouvernance La Nouvelle-Écosse fait un pas de plus vers une nouvelle stratégie visant à protéger les régions côtières, tout en appuyant le développement durable des côtes. L’ébauche de la première stratégie de gestion des côtes de la province a été publiée aujourd’hui 13 octobre afin d’obtenir les commentaires du public. « Les Néo-Écossais vivent, travaillent et jouent sur les côtes. Il s’agit de l’un de nos meilleurs biens naturels, a dit Sterling Belliveau, ministre des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture. Il est essentiel de protéger nos ressources et nos régions côtières pour assurer la viabilité de notre province et pour contribuer à la création de bons emplois durables dans nos communautés rurales. » L’ébauche de la stratégie met l’accent sur sept questions essentielles à la gestion efficace des côtes : Pour chacune de ces questions, la stratégie établit des buts, des objectifs et des mesures. « Nous savons que les Néo-Écossais tiennent à leurs régions côtières et veulent s’assurer qu’elles seront encore là pour leurs enfants et leurs petits-enfants, a dit M. Belliveau. Il s’agit d’une occasion pour ces gens de transmettre leurs idées au sujet de l’ébauche de la stratégie, et nous avons hâte de recevoir leurs commentaires. » « Nous sommes ravis de voir cette initiative provinciale de gestion des côtes aller de l’avant, et nous apprécions avoir la chance de soumettre nos commentaires au sujet de la stratégie, » a dit Billy Joe MacLean, maire de Port Hawkesbury et président de l’Association des municipalités de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’ébauche de la stratégie et le sondage sont disponibles jusqu’au 30 novembre au www.gov.ns.ca/coast ou en composant le 902-424-5830. L’ébauche de la stratégie est disponible uniquement en anglais, mais la version finale de la stratégie sera bilingue.
Concerns about sexually transmitted infections in the Maritime provinces serve as a reminder to Nova Scotians of the importance of safer sex. “We know some people use the Internet and social media sites to arrange sexual encounters,” said Dr. Frank Atherton, Nova Scotia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Adopting safer sexual practices, including the consistent and correct use of condoms in these circumstances to prevent disease transmission, is an important way to stay healthy.” Recently, public health officials in New Brunswick notified residents about a case where a person contracted a sexually transmitted infection through unprotected sex. “This unfortunate news highlights the importance of practicing safer sex and getting tested regularly for STIs, including HIV, if you may be at risk,” said Dr. Atherton. Nova Scotians who are sexually active, or plan to become sexually active, are encouraged to talk to health care providers to make sure they have the information needed to help prevent the spread of infections. Sexually transmitted infections are transmitted by sexual contact (oral, anal or vaginal) particularly contact with blood, semen or vaginal fluids. It is also possible to contract and transmit some infections by sharing contaminated needles and syringes, or other equipment for drug use. For more information on sexually transmitted infections, and how people can protect themselves, visit http://novascotia.ca/hpp/cdpc/stis.asp.
Businesses across the province are celebrating Small Business Week until Oct. 26 as an opportunity to network, learn and share successes with their peers. It offers Nova Scotians the opportunity to celebrate the contribution of small and medium-sized businesses in communities across the province. This year’s theme is Success Ahead — Map Your Future Growth. Nova Scotia’s small businesses are encouraged to consider how they can help create and grow economic prosperity. The province supports small businesses through dozens of programs aimed at helping them grow their products, markets and workforce. More information on these programs can be found at business.novascotia.ca or by calling 1-855-324-4668. The province will host its annual Reverse Trade Show on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Dartmouth at the Best Western Plus, 15 Spectacle Lake Dr., where businesses can meet buyers from the provincial, municipal and federal governments, health authorities, school boards and post-secondary institutions.
Effective 12:01 a.m., Monday, May 12, spring weight restrictions will be removed from Kings, Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, Lunenburg, Halifax and Hants counties. The restrictions will also be lifted in southern Colchester County, south of Highway 104 between Folly River in the west and the Pictou County line in the east. The restrictions remain in effect for all counties not listed. -30-
The following is a statement by Premier Stephen McNeil. On June 11, 1925, thousands of striking coal miners in Cape Breton marched through the streets and around Waterford Lake, taking a stand against harsh treatment by their employer. After reaching their destination, company police began firing at the unarmed miners. William Davis, a second-generation miner, husband and father, was killed. Several others were wounded by the more than 300 shots fired that day. They have not been forgotten. Each year on June 11, Nova Scotians have recognized William Davis Miners’ Memorial Day – a time to pay tribute to and reflect on the memory of William Davis and all miners who have lost their lives on the job. Their sacrifices have advanced workers’ rights and workplace safety in our province – not just for miners, but for all of us. Government’s commitment to workplace safety has resulted in positive changes, like stronger legislation for mining operations and tougher laws for employers who repeatedly put workers at risk. When we all commit to keeping each other safe at work, we help ensure every Nova Scotian who goes to work in the morning returns home safely at the end of the day. -30-
Kolkata: Decked up with pictorial depictions of Tata Steel’s journey over the last 100 years, the Steel Express chugged off from Tatanagar station for Howrah on Tuesday, marking the year-long centenary celebration of Jamshedpur’s formation.The Steel Express that runs between Tatanagar and Howrah, will exhibit the legacy, culture and journey milestones under the theme ‘Jamshedpur on Rails’, a Tata Steel official said. “This is aimed at helping citizens and railway commuters understand and appreciate the role and significance of Jamshedpur city in the larger fabric of India’s history, and its role in nation building,” the official said.The city, originally a village called Sakchi, was renamed as Jamshedpur by Lord Chelmsford (Viceroy of India between 1916-21) in 1919 in the honour of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, founder of the Tata group. In the same year, the railway station was also rechristened as Tatanagar. “By connecting two of the most important cities in eastern India, the Steel Express is indeed a lifeline for both citizens and businesses like Tata Steel,” he said. The train started its maiden journey on April 1, 1970. “In many ways, this train is an integral part of Jamshedpur. We are delighted to share the story of Jamshedpur through this uniquely branded Steel Express,” the official said.
OTTAWA – Members of Parliament on all sides of the House of Commons voted Tuesday to extend a formal invitation to Pope Francis to apologize in person to Indigenous Peoples for decades of abuse meted out in residential schools across Canada.New Democrat MPs Charlie Angus and residential school survivor Romeo Saganash introduced the motion, which passed by a margin of 269-10. Cheers erupted for both MPs as they stood to vote; Angus held aloft a feather as his vote was acknowledged.“I’m very, very confident that Pope Francis will respond and I’m hopeful that the Catholic bishops in Canada will hear this message and say, ‘Yes, we have come to the table,” Angus told a news conference following the vote.Angus said he would “not lose any sleep” over the handful of MPs who voted against the motion, all of whom were Conservatives, and instead chose to focus on the “overwhelming response” from members of all political backgrounds.“This to me is an incredible outpouring of support and solidarity for the issues of reconciliation.”Among the 94 calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a request for an apology — to be delivered in Canada by the pontiff himself — for the church’s role in the residential school abuse of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children. An estimated 150,000 of children were forced to attend the schools, many of which were operated by the Roman Catholic Church.But in March, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said that while the Pope acknowledged the commission’s findings and expressed regret for past wrongs, he “felt he could not personally respond.”The Pope’s decision pushed NDP MPs to launch the motion soon after, which also calls on the Catholic Church to pay money owed to residential school survivors and to turn over relevant documentation regarding the government-sponsored schools.The vote comes two weeks after Conservative MP Garnett Genuis opposed a bid for unanimous support for an earlier version of the motion, which urged the bishops to invite Pope Francis to apologize.Last month, the conference described reports of the Pope’s decision as “misinformation,” saying it was the role of Canadian bishops, not the pontiff, to work towards advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.Northwest Territories regional chief Bill Erasmus, who holds the portfolio for residential schools for the Assembly of First Nations, says having the Pope travel to Canada to deliver an in-person apology is a necessary step to right the wrongs of abuse.“Part of the reason people want an apology is to first of all have the church admit they did harm,” Erasmus said. “Then you can forgive them, you can actually accept the apology.”Erasmus said both his father and grandfather were residential school survivors, although his father did not live to see the Canadian government’s apology in 2008 for its role in running the schools.Still, hearing the Pope also accept responsibility and seek forgiveness would have made his father happy, Erasmus said.“It makes it real and it helps the healing — it helps to sort things out, so people can move forward and move on with their lives.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Genuis opposed unanimous support for the latest version of the motion.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s TV show has apologized for calling Newfoundlanders by a diminutive nickname many find offensive.The Twitter account for CNN’s “Parts Unknown” used the term “Newfie” in a now-deleted tweet promoting this Sunday’s hotly anticipated episode on Newfoundland and Labrador.The official “Parts Unknown” account shared an article with Newfoundland-related books and local slang, saying “Embrace the Newfies as they are.”Users were quick to jump on the use of a term that’s considered derogatory, with origins implying Newfoundlanders are unintelligent and lazy.One man tweeted that “a fair portion of Newfoundlanders find the term ‘Newfie’ offensive” and said it was hard to understand why they used it “in an otherwise excellent article.”“Ah, you had me until you called me a Newfie. I find it an derogatory term,” another Twitter user said.User @staggcrystal wrote: “Come on CNN. It is Newfoundlanders.”Even as other Newfoundlanders said they didn’t find the term offensive, Seamus O’Regan, a St. John’s MP and the federal minister of veterans affairs, tweeted simply: “We don’t like it.”Late Thursday afternoon, the show acknowledged the criticism on Twitter, offered an apology and appeared to delete the original tweet.“We regret our use of the word ‘Newfie’ to describe the people of Newfoundland. We apologize for any offence and will stick to Newfoundlanders going forward,” it said.A little later, it added: “Tweets on this account are not written or reviewed by Anthony Bourdain. Once again we apologize.”James Baker of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., published a research paper last year on the history of the term, and its perception among post-secondary students in Newfoundland. He found that the results were a “mixed bag,” but people were quick to notice when the term was used in a derogatory way — especially on social media.“When you have someone who’s not a Newfoundlander uses it, people tend to pay much more attention to it, especially someone as famous as Anthony Bourdain,” said Baker.But Baker says most Americans, including Bourdain, likely wouldn’t pick up on the nuance behind the term, which has been compared to derogatory terms for other ethnic groups, like using “Polack” to refer to someone of Polish heritage.Baker added that while coverage of the province in American media can be fraught with cultural misunderstandings, interest in Newfoundland from outsiders can be seen as a positive, inviting potential visitors in the future.“Anything that paints the province in a positive light is a great opportunity for tourism.”Paul De Decker, a linguistics professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, says the term “runs a gambit” when discussed in his classes. Some students see it as a “badge of honour” or an endearing term, while others think it’s inappropriate, especially from people who aren’t from the island.But De Decker sees potential for linguistic change with new audiences like American “Parts Unknown” viewers, who are likely unaware of the term’s history, or the stereotype of Newfoundland as an economically disadvantaged province.“They see it [Newfoundland] for how Anthony Bourdain has portrayed it,” said De Decker. “They may not take away the same meaning that Canadians and Newfoundlanders have understood the term in the past. To them there might be nothing but positive associations with the term.”“It would be great if we’re now at the time, and maybe this is one episode, one media outlet, where the term can take on what we call amelioration — it takes on a positive aspect.”The celebrity chef visited the province last fall, dining with local chefs on delicacies from moose meat to authentic fish and chips.Bourdain also visited the French island of St. Pierre off the coast of Newfoundland, and embarked on cod fishing and moose hunting excursions.Bourdain’s Instagram posts, including a photo of himself enjoying a seaside dinner in front of a bearskin rug with the caption “#newfoundland,” generated local excitement at the time.Jeremy Charles, head chef behind Raymond’s in downtown St. John’s, hosted Bourdain on his visit, serving up menu items and showing off the province’s splendours.Jeremy Bonia, manager of Raymond’s, reflected positively on Bourdain’s visit, saying the chef himself never used the term in his writing or appearances on the show.Bonia said the restaurant has already received emails from potential international guests who heard about Raymond’s through early coverage on “Parts Unknown,” and expects that interest to grow after the episode airs.“At the end of the day, you’re always gonna have people not happy with something, or use the wrong word,” said Bonia. “Any time Newfoundland gets showcased internationally like this, it makes everybody really proud.”As the airdate approaches, other locals are expressing their excitement for the showcase of Newfoundland’s food and culture.Said Twitter user @mrsmaris: “All of Canada will be watching. No, seriously.”
CALGARY – The Alberta government won’t get to defend the constitutionality of its beer tax system in court until Sept. 19.The delay comes after arguments from lawyers representing two breweries outside the province stretched into the second of the two days allotted.Toronto-based Steam Whistle Brewing has argued that Alberta violated trade rules when it imposed a separate tax system on small breweries outside of the New West Partnership provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta in October 2015.Great Western Brewing and Steam Whistle are together also challenging the changes Alberta made to the system that instead imposes a blanked $1.25 per litre charge on all small breweries, but returns much of that to Alberta small brewers in the form of a grant.The two breweries have argued the system creates an unconstitutional trade barrier that unfairly favours Alberta breweries.
KINGSTON, Ont. – Police are calling it a case of road rage.A 58-year-old Kingston, Ont., motorist is accused of biting a pedestrian who yelled at him.Investigators say the pedestrian was trying to cross a street on the afternoon of July 1, when the accused allegedly ran a red light.They say the pedestrian yelled at the driver, who allegedly got out of his car, lunged at the pedestrian and bit him on the nose.They say the suspect surrendered to police in Monday evening and was charged with assault.
ALTON, Ont. – Glen Abbey may be the focus of the golf world this week, but a rough-hewn diamond in the heart of the Credit River Valley is quietly charting a course towards becoming Ontario’s ultimate golf destination, a vision that’s been 25 years in the making — and counting.On a day when none other than Jack Nicklaus was in Oakville, Ont., to celebrate this week’s RBC Canadian Open at the course he designed, the lesser-known but no less formative Heathlands course at Osprey Valley Resort, an hour’s drive north, was celebrating a quarter-century in business.Devotees know the place simply as Osprey: a 220-hectare expanse of 54 top-shelf golf holes that began life with the Heathlands, a fescue-snarled, hillock-dotted brute that introduced linksland golf to Ontario and helped cement Doug Carrick’s reputation as one of Canada’s premier designers.In those early days in 1992, there was no practice range or even a clubhouse. Golfers who knew of the place — there was no social media or marketing plan to speak of, either, only word of mouth — would change their shoes in a pitted gravel parking lot and pay their green fees in the cart barn.And they did so happily because, well, what a golf course.Generous fairways framed by towering berms invited aggressive play, especially on tantalizingly short par 5s, but wayward tee shots — often buffeted by strong prevailing winds — were claimed forever by thick meadow grasses or snared by deep, shaggy greenside bunkers.Dogleg par 4s demanded, and rewarded, precision off the tee. Gorgeous par 3s over water made conservative play impossible. Firm, subtle greens scolded the overconfident. On windy days, the only birdies to be had were the resort’s namesake raptors circling overhead.“I’d have to say that of all the courses I’ve designed, I probably get the most compliments about the Heathlands course,” said Carrick, who was on hand Tuesday to hit the ceremonial opening tee shot as the resort celebrated its 25th anniversary.“It just shows me the golf purists really appreciate the origins of the game as it developed in Scotland and Ireland on those links courses.”Carrick’s inspiration came during a trip to the breathtaking Portmarnock Golf Club in Dublin, where he fell in love with the windswept, hop-and-skip style of golf on the ground, emblematic of the game’s origins on the shores of the British Isles.“I was really intrigued by the creativity required to play a links golf course — the different shots you have to play in the wind, and especially around the greens, the ground game, hitting little bump-and-run shots, putting from off the green — those sorts of things.“That really inspired me to try something different.”On Tuesday, the Heathlands hosted players for the princely sum of $25, a fraction of Osprey’s regular $79 weekday rate. Tee times sold out in no time and the waiting list numbered in the hundreds, prompting a tweet early Wednesday proclaiming that the promotional rate would be extended through Friday.Like so many rounds it has hosted in the last 25 years, the Heathlands itself got off to a rough start, as golf course developments often do.The original owner ran into money trouble before the property changed hands. A derelict foundation, a remnant of the aborted clubhouse build, is still there today, just steps from the original first tee, which was rechristened as such on Tuesday by the skirl of a lone bagpiper.Jerry Humeniuk and his brother Roman, first-generation Canadians whose parents emigrated from Ukraine, were partners as real estate developers who soon found their golf venture blossoming — albeit very slowly, it seemed — into a fun-loving family business.For nearly a decade, Osprey Valley seemed to run on a shoestring, with no facilities or amenities beyond the fairways. But when construction did resume near the end of the 1990s, it wasn’t just on a modest new A-frame clubhouse: two more golf courses and an expansive practice range were born on the other side of the railroad tracks.Both were Carrick originals that provide the perfect foil to the golf-ball-gobbling Heathlands. The Hoot, a rollicking wastelands-style layout that evokes New Jersey classic Pine Valley in look, if not in difficulty, was bookended by the gorgeous and often-overlooked Toot course, a highly playable parkland gem.Wait, what? Hoot and Toot?“That was Jerry,” smiles Andrew Humeniuk, Roman’s son and Osprey’s director of marketing.“It’s a play on the railway that runs through the property, and you know, Jerry, he’s a bit irreverent. I think for him it was a bit of taking the starch out of golf industry a little bit. It was his way of saying, ‘Look, guys, it’s not really that serious; it’s a fun game. Let’s enjoy it.’”That sensibility — golf for the sake of the game, not as a status symbol — has long motivated and informed the family’s counter-intuitive approach to slowly building a golf resort, one that to this day still has no place to even take a shower, let alone host a fancy dinner or formal wedding reception.“Jerry’s a very salt-of-the-earth, self-made man, and he said, ‘Why can’t we, the regular people, play at a world-class course?’ We’ve really tried to be true to that.“The bottom line is it’s nice to have a $25-million clubhouse, but you build it, and then that’s got to go on your green fee.”That said, construction is far from over at Osprey. Plans are afoot for a proper clubhouse, which would allow the resort to host large tournaments, as well as onsite accommodations and some sort of an additional event venue for large weddings, receptions and the like.Osprey wants to raise its game, but it won’t do it at the expense of the folksy charm that has made it such a refreshing place to play for an entire generation of golfers, says Chris Humeniuk, Andrew’s brother and chief executive of Osprey Valley Golf.“We cherish those customers who are here for that reason, and we don’t want to change that,” he says.“We love the property, we love being here, it’s a wonderful part of the family portfolio — but it’s time to take it to the next level, and the way we do that will be very respectful and mindful of Jerry and Roman’s vision.”
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – About 1,100 customers were still without power late Monday as crews worked to restore electricity after ice storms swept through British Columbia’s Fraser Valley.For some B.C. residents, it was their fourth day without electricity, after freezing rain left thick layers of ice in the hardest hit areas of Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack.BC Hydro said that of 9:30 p.m., power had been restored for about 850 customers in Langley and Mission, but some new outages were still occurring.The utility said although crews were continuing to work around the clock, some customers would remain without electricity on Monday night due to the amount of damage.The first storm hit last Thursday and another struck on Friday, leaving the region coated in thick layers of ice, which snapped tree branches and downed power lines.Some BC Hydro substations were also frozen solid, with sensitive equipment encased in ice.BC Hydro spokeswoman Tanya Fish says crews finished repairs to the substations on Saturday night — a task that required equipment such as propane torches to melt the ice.She said efforts to restore power to the thousands of customers that were still in the dark Monday were being prioritized based on those who had been without electricity the longest.Environment Canada says there is a risk of more showers in the area, which could turn to freezing rain Tuesday night.The weather agency says temperatures are expected to remain at the freezing mark before temperatures begin to rise Wednesday.
RIVERVIEW, N.B. – A New Brunswick teenager with terminal cancer is being honoured by Governor General Julie Payette with a Meritorious Service Decoration for inspiring people around the world to do good deeds.Becca Schofield gained national attention in December 2016 when she posted a message on Facebook asking people to perform acts of kindness and post them on social media with the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.The Riverview teen had put the request on her bucket list of things to do before she died after getting a terminal cancer diagnosis.The Schofields told Global News they received a letter confirming the decoration in December, noting that a presentation ceremony will be held at a later date.“She feels very honoured,” said her mother, Anne Schofield. “Every award that she has received has touched her deeply.”The award was created by the Queen to recognize Canadians for “exceptional deeds that bring honour to our country.” Past recipients have included astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield (Ret’d) and Olympian Clara Hughes.Anne Schofield says she’s proud of her daughter and everything she has achieved.“It’s a little overwhelming, all this recognition that she’s getting for that small request that she’s made,” she said. “It’s amazing how one small request can affect so many people. It has a ripple effect.”She says her daughter is feeling better, but is often tired.“We know the journey is nearing its end,” she told Global. “We just take it one day at a time.”(Global News)
Swiss police say a Canadian wingsuit flyer has died after crashing when his parachute failed to open.Police in northeastern St. Gallen canton (state) said the 38-year-old man took off from the Hinterrug peak on Thursday afternoon.They say that for unknown reasons, the man’s parachute failed to open as he came in to land, and he crashed into a forest.Police say the man, who wasn’t identified, died at the scene.They say that due to the densely wooded area, a winch recovery was not possible and the man’s body had to be recovered by a team of officers.A spokesman for Global Affairs Canada said Canadian consular officials in Bern are in touch with local authorities to gather more information on what happened.Philip Hannan says consular assistance is being provided to the family of the man who died.
MONTREAL – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Montreal today, where he’ll host a series of meetings with the prime minister of Spain.Trudeau and Pedro Sanchez will attend a military welcome, hold a bilateral meeting and take part in an armchair discussion.According to a news release from Trudeau’s office, the two leaders will discuss the benefits of the Canada-Europe free trade agreement, as well as other topics including global security and gender equality.It will be the second formal meeting for Trudeau and Sanchez, who first met at the NATO summit in Belgium in July, shortly after Sanchez was sworn in as prime minister.Spain is Canada’s seventh-largest EU trading partner, with $1.7 billion in Canadian merchandise imports to Spain in 2017.Canadian investments in Spain were valued at $6.4 billion last year, while Spain’s investments in Canada totalled more than $5.8 billion.
OTTAWA — The international economic group that oversees a global anti-bribery convention says it’s monitoring the allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau interfered in a criminal prosecution against SNC-Lavalin.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says it is concerned by accusations that Trudeau and staff in his office tried to persuade former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to let the Quebec engineering giant negotiate a remediation agreement rather than pursue the firm on criminal charges of bribery and fraud.SNC-Lavalin is accused of bribing Libyan officials to win a $58-million contract to restore a water pipeline.Wilson-Raybould says multiple people from Trudeau’s office, the finance minister’s office and the Privy Council Office all put sustained, improper pressure on her to change her mind about pursuing a criminal trial for the firm.Trudeau and his staff deny anything improper occurred, saying they only wanted to make sure Wilson-Raybould had information about the impact on jobs and wanted her to seek an outside expert opinion on remediation agreements which are a brand new tool in Canada’s criminal law.The Anti-Bribery Convention, which Canada signed onto in 1999, establishes international standards to criminalize the bribery of foreign officials and the OECD says it is closely monitoring the outcome of the investigations into the SNC-Lavalin affair.The Canadian Press
WHITEHORSE — A cave-like tunnel formed by a retreating glacier in Yukon has collapsed, months after hikers were warned to stay clear of the increasingly unstable formation.The ice cave near Kluane National Park, about 170 kilometres west of Whitehorse, has been a popular hiking destination for years but an expert with Yukon Geological Survey says a new photo confirms the tunnel is gone.Geologist Jeff Bond says only a remnant of one side of the arch remains.Hikers used to be able to walk beneath the huge, bluish formation but warnings were issued earlier this year about the tunnel’s stability when massive chunks of ice began to fall from the underside.Bond says the tunnel, which was formed by water flowing under the receding glacier, is “doing what it was supposed to do, which is melt, get thinner and collapse.”The tunnel spanned a creek bed about 13 kilometres outside Haines Junction and Bond estimates it was once part of an active glacier between 100 and 400 years old.“The tunnel has always been sort of active, even when the glacier was at that location,” says Bond.“It’s been around for, probably, a few hundred years. As we know it, that tunnel has likely been there for a few decades, for sure.”The glacier has since receded toward Mount Archibald and the Kluane icefields leading to Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak.(CKRW)Tim Kucharuk, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Pathways around Parliament Hill rebuilt to resist high water after flooding in 2017 didn’t all hold up the flood of 2019.Water levels in Ottawa remain a metre above normal and crews working for the National Capital Commission are just beginning to assess the damage to infrastructure near the Ottawa River.The body responsible for federal land in the capital spent $6 million on repairs after the last flood, keeping some popular tourist paths closed for many months for extensive reconstruction.The commission’s Dominique Huras says artificial rock formations installed along the Ottawa River to protect against erosion after flooding two years ago seem to have held but new vegetation hadn’t had time to take root before the water rose again.Huras says planners are interested to see what the damage is at different places along the river, to learn what worked and what didn’t.She says the commission is learning it can no longer treat extreme events like flooding as “exceptional.”The Canadian Press