Canada regions – Scbwi Canada http://scbwicanada.org/ Thu, 12 May 2022 14:22:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://scbwicanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4-125x125.png Canada regions – Scbwi Canada http://scbwicanada.org/ 32 32 Toronto business leaders call on federal government to address staggering wait times at Toronto Pearson Airport https://scbwicanada.org/toronto-business-leaders-call-on-federal-government-to-address-staggering-wait-times-at-toronto-pearson-airport/ Thu, 12 May 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/toronto-business-leaders-call-on-federal-government-to-address-staggering-wait-times-at-toronto-pearson-airport/ TORONTO, May 12, 2022 /CNW/ – Toronto business leaders, including representatives from the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the Tourism Industry Association of OntarioAccorHotels and the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies have come together to echo the Greater Toronto Airports Authority’s call for the federal government to urgently address the government agency issues plaguing travelers […]]]>

TORONTO, May 12, 2022 /CNW/ – Toronto business leaders, including representatives from the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the Tourism Industry Association of OntarioAccorHotels and the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies have come together to echo the Greater Toronto Airports Authority’s call for the federal government to urgently address the government agency issues plaguing travelers to Toronto Pearson, from Canada biggest airport.

While from Canada borders can be opened to fully vaccinated travellers, from Canada the travel economy is far from restored and airport delays are not helping the recovery. After two years of uncertainty, business leaders are calling on the government to immediately resolve resource issues with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to streamline international arrivals by eliminating the former Public Health Agency from Canada (PHAC) and move randomized COVID-19 testing out of the airport.

As a world-class city whose businesses are just emerging from the crisis of the past two years, long wait times and long delays are the first impression of many international travelers. This is a major obstacle to the resumption of activity. The federal government should have planned for the return to travel, and the issues need to be resolved immediately. International passengers arriving at Pearson are forced to wait up to three hours, often on board the plane, during peak periods before clearing customs. Last week, 7,000 travelers waited more than 90 minutes on planes. As the summer travel season approaches, these wait times are expected to only get worse. Nearly 50% of all arriving international passengers, or 100,000 people, were delayed last week, a 20% increase over the past two weeks. For departing passengers, wait times to clear security are also staggering, reaching up to 75 minutes at peak times.

Before the pandemic, CBSA processing at Pearson took an average of 30 seconds for an arriving passenger; today, processing can take up to four times longer. The increased processing time stems from two non-science-based pandemic relics: mandatory random COVID-19 testing at the airport for 2,000 international passengers arriving per day and duplicate health checks and questions. These two public health measures could be immediately lifted to deal with the problems at the level from Canada hub airports.

Monitoring for potential variants of COVID-19 can be done through proven scientific options such as community sewage testing, which is widely supported by the scientific and medical communities. Wastewater analysis would provide an early warning system for incoming variants without inconveniencing travelers or putting undue pressure on from Canada Transportation system.

John DeSilvaPresident and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, said, “To solve the long-term economic realities facing our visitor economy, we need to demonstrate to potential visitors, especially our visitors from business, that they can travel easily and without challenging our region. . In short – we have to make it a good experience. Competing cities around the world are doing it successfully. We are painfully and inexcusably behind in Toronto.

“For this reason, we echo the GTAA and urge the federal government to take immediate action and remove old public health requirements to support GTA businesses and help our city return to normal. »

“Toronto Pearson is the gateway for international travelers visiting Toronto and continue to other Canadian destinations. The current travel experience will have lasting and detrimental effects on how Toronto and Canada are seen internationally. Like Toronto and its tourism businesses continue to struggle to find their footing, the last thing we need is another hurdle impeding our collective recovery. We need the government to act now to avoid permanent damage to from Toronto reputation as a premier travel destination,” said Christopher Bloore, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario.

“Severe passenger congestion at our nation’s largest airport will have lasting impacts on the of the city of Toronto ability to return to normal. Hotels are operating at a significantly lower rate than industry averages, and long delays and staff shortages at the airport compound the problem. International tourism is already limited, and with major events and conventions now due to take place, we need to ensure our city has the resources and capacity to move them forward,” said Edwin FrizzelRegional Vice-President Accor Central Canada and General Manager of Fairmont Royal York at Accor Hotels.

from Canada the travel industry, including travel agencies and independent travel agents, are just beginning the long road to recovery. Still, ACTA has received reports of travelers canceling reservations or postponing travel due to delays at government checkpoints. Pearson Airport has already expressed its needs and today we are urging the federal government to meet them. It is time for the government to address resource shortages and remove old COVID-19 policies that are only slowing us down,” said Wendy ParadisePresident and CEO of the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA).

SOURCE Unlock Summer

For further information: Media contact: Ciara Dushnisky, ([email protected])

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“Turkey must increase its export regions and garlic export volumes” https://scbwicanada.org/turkey-must-increase-its-export-regions-and-garlic-export-volumes/ Tue, 10 May 2022 13:54:18 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/turkey-must-increase-its-export-regions-and-garlic-export-volumes/ The Turkish garlic season has just started and garlic production in Turkey is increasing, says Kerem Baltu, Export Manager of Tumen Tarim. “The new Turkish garlic season has just started since the first week of May. This year, Turkey expects to have a total volume of 100,000 tons, which is higher than the production in […]]]>

The Turkish garlic season has just started and garlic production in Turkey is increasing, says Kerem Baltu, Export Manager of Tumen Tarim. “The new Turkish garlic season has just started since the first week of May. This year, Turkey expects to have a total volume of 100,000 tons, which is higher than the production in recent years. As things stand, the production of garlic in Turkey is increasing every year. »

As production increases, export volumes are also expected to increase, says Kerem. Especially now that China is finding it more difficult to supply its usual markets. “The local market is really good for Turkish garlic, but we are also increasing our exports to Europe, the Middle East as well as Russia and Ukraine. Last season, the biggest problem turned out to be global transport. There was a critical shortage of containers and freight rates were very expensive. Currently, this has led to China having garlic supply issues, which is causing the overall demand for the product from the region to decline. This means that Turkey needs to increase its export regions and export volumes, which we hope for this season.

Kerem believes that the North American market could prove to be very important this year: “Last season, we managed to export test containers of garlic to the United States. Fortunately, our garlic production made a good first impression, so this season we would like to focus more on the US and Canadian markets. To succeed in these regions, we are looking for a strong partner in the United States and Canada.

“This season the weather was relatively cold, so the garlic sizes are slightly smaller than last year, but not that much. Overall, this will have no effect on supply capacity. We expect this season to be positive, with growing export volumes and the possibility of entering the United States and Canada with garlic. Hopefully we will find strong partners! Kerem concludes.

For more information:
Kerem Baltu
Tumen Tarim
Tel: +90 324 454 0088
Mobile: +90 532 5936970
Email: kerem@tumen-tarim.com
www.tumentarim.com

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Dozens fear death after Russian shelling of school in eastern Ukraine, governor says https://scbwicanada.org/dozens-fear-death-after-russian-shelling-of-school-in-eastern-ukraine-governor-says/ Sun, 08 May 2022 14:57:00 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/dozens-fear-death-after-russian-shelling-of-school-in-eastern-ukraine-governor-says/ As many as 60 people are believed to have been killed in the Russian shelling of a village school in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, the regional governor announced on Sunday. Governor Serhiy Gaidai said Russian forces dropped a bomb Saturday afternoon on the school where around 90 people were sheltering in the basement, […]]]>

As many as 60 people are believed to have been killed in the Russian shelling of a village school in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, the regional governor announced on Sunday.

Governor Serhiy Gaidai said Russian forces dropped a bomb Saturday afternoon on the school where around 90 people were sheltering in the basement, starting a fire that engulfed the building.

“The fire was extinguished after almost four hours, then the rubble was cleared, and unfortunately the bodies of two people were found,” Gaidai wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

“Thirty people were evacuated from the rubble, including seven injured. Sixty people are likely to have died under the rubble of the buildings.”

Reuters could not immediately verify the report.

Ukraine and the West have accused Russian forces of targeting civilians during the war, which Moscow denies.

More civilians evacuated from steel mill

In the ruined southeastern port city of Mariupol, dozens of civilians were rescued from a sprawling steelworks in a week-long operation brokered by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross .

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a late Saturday speech that more than 300 civilians had been rescued from Azovstal steelworks and authorities would now focus on evacuating the injured and medics. Other Ukrainian sources cited different figures.

WATCH | Civilians evacuated from the Mariupol steel plant:

Civilians evacuated from Mariupol steelworks as Russian forces continue their attack

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister said all women, children and the elderly had been evacuated from a besieged steel plant in Mariupol. It is not known where all the evacuees are headed. 5:09

On Saturday, Russian-backed separatists reported a total of 176 civilians evacuated from the plant.

The Azovstal factory is a last stronghold for Ukrainian forces in the now largely Russian-controlled city, and many civilians had taken refuge in its underground shelters. It has become a symbol of resistance to the Russian effort to capture swaths of eastern and southern Ukraine.

“We will continue to fight”

Ukrainian steelworkers vowed on Sunday to continue their stand.

“We will continue to fight as long as we are alive to repel the Russian occupiers,” Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Ukrainian Azov regiment, told an online conference. The regiment is a far-right armed group that was integrated into the National Guard of Ukraine after the first Russian invasion in 2014.

Smoke rises from the Azovstal steel plant during a bombardment in Mariupol, in the territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, in eastern Ukraine on Saturday. (Alexei Alexandrov/Associated Press)

“We don’t have much time, we are under heavy shelling,” he said, imploring the international community to help evacuate injured soldiers from the factory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin describes the invasion he launched on February 24 as a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of anti-Russian nationalism fomented by the West. Ukraine and its allies say Russia has launched an unprovoked war.

Zelensky will host a video call with G7 leaders

Mariupol is key to blocking Ukrainian exports and linking the Crimean peninsula, seized by Russia in 2014, and parts of the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions that have been controlled by Russian-backed separatists since the same year.

In a moving address Sunday for VE Day, as Europe commemorates Germany’s formal 1945 surrender to the Allies in World War II, Zelensky said “evil has returned” to Ukraine with the Russian invasion but that his country would prevail.

US President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders were due to hold a video call with Zelensky on Sunday in a show of unity ahead of Monday’s Victory Day celebrations in Russia.

Underlining Western support for Ukraine, Britain pledged an additional £1.3bn (C$2.1bn) in military support and aid, double its previous spending pledges .

Trudeau and Zelensky meet in Kyiv

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Sunday for a meeting with Zelensky in the capital, Kyiv.

The Prime Minister’s Office said it planned the visit to show Canada’s support for the country and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly are with Trudeau.

Trudeau attended a flag raising to mark the reopening of the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv.

Canada had announced the closure of its embassy on February 12 amid fears of an imminent invasion by Russia.

Jill Biden on surprise visit to Ukraine

US First Lady Jill Biden paid an unannounced visit to western Ukraine on Sunday, hosting a surprise Mother’s Day reunion with Zelensky’s wife Olena in the town of Uzhhorod , near the border with Slovakia.

“I wanted to come on Mother’s Day,” Biden told Olena Zelenska as the two gathered in a small classroom.

Jill Biden, wife of the US president, left, receives flowers from Olena Zelenska, wife of the Ukrainian president, on Sunday outside a public school that has taken in displaced students, in Uzhhorod, Ukraine. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

“I thought it was important to show the people of Ukraine that this war has to end and this war has been brutal and the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine,” Biden said.

Putin’s speech to watch closely

VE Day is a major event in Russia, and Putin will lead a parade through Moscow’s Red Square of troops, tanks, rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles on Monday, showing military might even as his forces battle in Ukraine.

His speech could offer clues about the future of the war. Russian efforts were hampered by logistical and equipment problems and numerous casualties in the face of fierce resistance.

An aerial view shows a new road next to a destroyed bridge over the Irpin River in Irpin, on the outskirts of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, on Saturday. (Alexei Furman/Getty Images)

The director of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, said on Saturday that Putin was convinced that “doubling down” on the conflict would improve the outcome for Russia.

“He’s in a state of mind that he doesn’t believe he can afford to lose,” Burns said at a Financial Times event in Washington on Saturday.

Attacks repelled in eastern Ukraine, army says

Mariupol, which lies between the Crimean peninsula seized by Moscow in 2014 and parts of eastern Ukraine taken by Russian-backed separatists that year, is key to connecting the two Russian-held territories.

Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff said on Sunday that Ukrainian units near the Azovstal plant continued to be pinned down and Russia continued its artillery and tank assault on Mariupol.

Russia’s offensive in eastern Ukraine aims to establish full control over the Donetsk and Lugansk regions – where pro-Russian separatists have declared breakaway republics – and maintain the land corridor between these territories and Crimea.

Ukrainian forces in the two regions repelled nine enemy attacks, destroying 19 tanks, 20 combat vehicles and one unit of enemy special engineering equipment, the General Staff said on Sunday. Reuters could not immediately verify the information.

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USD/CAD hits new daily high around 1.2875 after US and Canadian jobs data https://scbwicanada.org/usd-cad-hits-new-daily-high-around-1-2875-after-us-and-canadian-jobs-data/ Fri, 06 May 2022 13:13:18 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/usd-cad-hits-new-daily-high-around-1-2875-after-us-and-canadian-jobs-data/ USD/CAD attracted some buying and hit a daily high at the start of the North American session. Expectations of further Fed tightening boosted the USD and extended its support. Mixed employment data from the United States and Canada did little to provide any significant boost to the major. A slight rise in crude oil prices […]]]>
  • USD/CAD attracted some buying and hit a daily high at the start of the North American session.
  • Expectations of further Fed tightening boosted the USD and extended its support.
  • Mixed employment data from the United States and Canada did little to provide any significant boost to the major.
  • A slight rise in crude oil prices supported the loonie and prevented USD/CAD bulls from placing aggressive bets.

USD/CAD quickly reversed a decline from early North American session and jumped to a new daily high, around the 1.2875 region after the monthly US/Canadian jobs report.

The NFP printout showed the US economy added 428,000 new jobs in April compared to the 391,000 expected. However, this was offset by a slight disappointment in the unemployment rate, which remained at 3.6% against an anticipated drop to 3.5%. Additionally, the average hourly wage also beat market expectations and rose 0.3% month-on-month in April.

Mixed US jobs data provided little boost, although expectations that the Fed would need to take more drastic measures to control inflation acted as a tailwind for the dollar. In fact, markets are still pricing in another 200 basis point rate hike for the remainder of 2022, as evidenced by a further rise in US Treasury bond yields.

Apart from that, a generally weaker tone in the stock markets further pushed safe-haven flows into the greenback. This, combined with rather unimpressive Canadian employment data, acted as a tailwind for the USD/CAD pair. Statistics Canada reported that the number of people employed increased by 15.3,000 in April, against 55,000 expected, and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.2%.

However, this was offset by a slight rise in crude oil prices, which provided some support for the commodity-linked loonie and limited any further gains for the USD/CAD pair. Therefore, it will be prudent to wait for follow-up buying before traders begin to position themselves for an extension of the recent upside move seen over the past couple of weeks or so.

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National Indigenous Medicare needs major changes, say territorial health ministers https://scbwicanada.org/national-indigenous-medicare-needs-major-changes-say-territorial-health-ministers/ Wed, 04 May 2022 10:01:00 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/national-indigenous-medicare-needs-major-changes-say-territorial-health-ministers/ Territorial health ministers say major changes are needed to Canada’s aboriginal health care system. Health Ministers Tracey-Anne McPhee of the Yukon, Julie Green of the Northwest Territories and John Main of Nunavut joined a federal committee Tuesday to explain how Canada could improve its Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program for eligible Indigenous people in their […]]]>

Territorial health ministers say major changes are needed to Canada’s aboriginal health care system.

Health Ministers Tracey-Anne McPhee of the Yukon, Julie Green of the Northwest Territories and John Main of Nunavut joined a federal committee Tuesday to explain how Canada could improve its Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program for eligible Indigenous people in their communities.

The NIHB Program covers certain health insurance costs – such as dental, vision and out-of-territory medical travel – for those who can prove their status and who do not already have health care coverage on their workplace.

“I’m concerned that what we have in place is not culturally appropriate,” Green told the committee.

The federal government program covers certain medical travel costs, such as meals and lodging, for health services that patients cannot obtain where they live.

Green said the plan does not cover several health needs unique to Indigenous peoples, such as travel costs for patient family members.

“People come from small communities. They’re not used to going to places the size of Yellowknife,” Green said. “They would like people to accompany them.”

Government ‘pre-clearing’ who travels with patients according to a list of criteria, including whether they can travel alone and whether they are minors. In some cases, a doctor must support the patient’s application for insurance to cover the travel expenses of his companion.

Nunavut Health Minister John Main says the policy needs to reconsider how it determines the number of people allowed to travel with a patient outside the territory on a medical trip. (Steve Silva/CBC)

Nunavut Health Minister John Main said that policy doesn’t work when some patients need more than one caregiver to accompany them.

the Politics considers the need for more than one escort an “exceptional circumstance”, where the patient would be expected to provide more private health information to substantiate their claims.

On the committee, Main gave the example of a child undergoing chemotherapy treatments, who would need medical support with his parents to go to appointments in the provinces.

“Nunavut may approve this cost for compassionate reasons,” he said.

But, as Yukon Health Minister Tracey-Anne McPhee has pointed out, it’s not always clear when the territories should absorb medical travel costs and when they’re covered by the NIHB program. .

Education Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee answers questions from reporters after Question Period on March 18. (Jane Sponagle/CBC)

“First Nations governments and our government are saying, ‘Okay, where do I fit into this program… are we going to qualify, that kind of stuff? ‘” McPhee said.

The review of the insurance plan is part of the health strategy, published in 2020. The report states that the federal insurance program and the territorial program, which provides similar benefits to other Yukon citizens, “are not harmonized or… well coordinated.”

“This means that family members living in the same residence could have different benefits and different means of access,” the report continues.

The federal committee is collecting feedback on the NIHB program until May 3.

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B.C. reaches milestone for newly funded child care spaces https://scbwicanada.org/b-c-reaches-milestone-for-newly-funded-child-care-spaces/ Mon, 02 May 2022 17:48:14 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/b-c-reaches-milestone-for-newly-funded-child-care-spaces/ British Columbia has surpassed 30,500 new child care spaces funded since ChildCareBC launched in 2018, giving parents greater ability to pursue education, schooling and other opportunities while knowing their children are supported. After weeks of celebrating new spaces in regions across British Columbia, two Langley-area child care providers have received new spaces funding to create […]]]>

British Columbia has surpassed 30,500 new child care spaces funded since ChildCareBC launched in 2018, giving parents greater ability to pursue education, schooling and other opportunities while knowing their children are supported.

After weeks of celebrating new spaces in regions across British Columbia, two Langley-area child care providers have received new spaces funding to create 146 new licensed child care spaces for families, helping to reach a milestone for new licensed child care spaces funded since July 2018.

“Funding more than 30,500 new licensed child care spaces is a real cause for celebration and is made possible by the providers and organizations that have come together to apply for New Spaces funding,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State at Childcare. “Funding more spaces is good for families, for communities and for the economy, because it means more parents will be able to pursue their careers, return to school and be active in their communities, knowing that their children are well cared for. We ensure that childcare is no longer a luxury but an essential service for everyone.

Provincial funding of $84 million and more than $35 million in federal funding from the Pan-Canadian Early Learning and Child Care Agreement between Canada and British Columbia is supporting 77 child care sites in British Columbia to create 3,587 new licensed child care spaces in the latest round of the New Spaces Fund program.

“High-quality, affordable and inclusive child care is becoming a reality in British Columbia,” said Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Youth Inclusion. People with Disabilities and MP for Delta. “It’s a game-changer for so many parents, especially mothers who won’t have to choose between raising a family and having a career. I can’t wait to see what a difference this will make for children, families, workers – for entire communities – across the province.

Since the launch of ChildCareBC, the province has invested $2.7 billion in ChildCareBC, and the Government of Canada has invested more than $662 million in early learning and child care in British Columbia since 2017.

“My daughter has been enrolled in Cookie Monster Preschool for two years, and going to school has provided her with invaluable socializing opportunities with children her own age,” said Heather Gillard, a mother. “It also helped her gain confidence and comfort through predictable daily routines and caring, supportive teachers. I know it’s the right choice for her when I see her waking up excited to learn and play with her friends!

New places require new early childhood educators (ECEs). A recruitment and retention strategy was included in British Columbia’s ChildCareBC 10-year plan, launched in 2018. Progress made since then includes:

  • providing over 10,000 scholarships to support nearly 6,000 ECE students;
  • the creation of 1,150 new places for ECE students in post-secondary schools, which has more than doubled the number of places since 2018; and
  • increase ECE pay by $4 per hour.

British Columbia’s 2022 budget builds on this with an investment of $3.9 million over the next three years to add 390 new ECE seats at public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.

Thanks to ChildCareBC’s investments, BC parents have saved $960 million.

Fast facts:

  • In 2022-23, the 2022 BC Budget provides an additional $30 million for the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund to further increase the number of licensed child care spaces, with a focus on spaces for school-aged children.
  • Each month, more than 30,500 children receive support through the province’s Affordable Child Care Benefit. Parents earning less than $45,000 can receive 100% funding and those earning up to $111,000 can receive partial funding.
  • In 2021-22, fee reductions were approved for more than 69,000 child care spaces at more than 3,600 child care centers in British Columbia through the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI).
  • Participation in CCFRI is a requirement of New Spaces funding and means parents of children five and under will see savings of up to $350 per month per child, depending on their age.
  • To support the goal of ensuring access to quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care, the Government of Canada will provide $3.2 billion for child care in British Columbia over five years, from 2021-22 to 2025-26. Pan-Canadian Agreement on Early Learning and Child Care.
  • This is in addition to more than $323 million provided through the Canada-British Columbia ELCC Agreement from 2021-22 to 2024-25, which included $49.2 million through a one-time investment in 2021-22 to support the early childhood educator workforce.
  • By March 2026, BC families will benefit from the funding of approximately 60,000 new licensed spaces for all ages in child care since the launch of ChildCareBC through provincial and federal support; this number will increase to approximately 70,000 by March 2028.

Learn more:

To learn more about ChildCareBC, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare

To learn more about the New Spaces Fund, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-young-children/running-daycare-preschool/childcare-new-spaces-fund

Details on the latest New Spaces Fund projects in British Columbia: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/New_Spaces_Fund_Backgrounder.pdf

To learn more about Towards $10 a Day: Early Learning and Child Care: https://www.canada.ca/en/early-child-care-learning-agreement/province-territory-agreements/british-columbia-canada-wide-2021.html

Two background documents follow.

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Quebec police issue warning as polar bear roams Gaspé region https://scbwicanada.org/quebec-police-issue-warning-as-polar-bear-roams-gaspe-region/ Sun, 01 May 2022 00:16:35 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/quebec-police-issue-warning-as-polar-bear-roams-gaspe-region/ Breadcrumb Links National Quebec’s wildlife protection agency says it doesn’t know how a polar bear arrived on the province’s Gaspé Peninsula Author of the article: The Canadian Press Jacob Serebrin File photo of a young male polar bear in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in 2020. A bear was spotted in a wooded area near […]]]>

Quebec’s wildlife protection agency says it doesn’t know how a polar bear arrived on the province’s Gaspé Peninsula

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MADELEINE-CENTRE, Que. — Quebec’s wildlife protection agency says it doesn’t know how a polar bear arrived on the province’s Gaspé Peninsula.

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Sylvain Marois, commander of the southeast district of the province’s wildlife agency, said the bear was in a wooded area near the town of Madeleine-Centre, Quebec. late Saturday afternoon.

A game warden is on the scene with the provincial police, he said in an interview, and the bear is being observed before they decide what action to take.

He said they were considering trying to tranquilize the bear, but may have to kill it for public safety reasons.

“We’re not dealing with a black bear or a moose or a deer in the city, we’re dealing with a polar bear,” he said.

Provincial police issued a warning shortly before 1 p.m., asking residents of Madeleine-Centre to stay home.

The city, located on the Gaspé Peninsula, is less than 300 km north of the New Brunswick border and separated from more northern regions of Quebec by more than 100 km of water.

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Marois said it’s unclear how the bear got to the Gaspé Peninsula, though it may have been swimming or enjoying the ice.

“They can swim 50, 70, 75 km, they are very good swimmers, but we still don’t know,” he said.

One possibility is that the bear could have been a captive animal that escaped, he said, adding that this hypothesis seems unlikely.

“We don’t have any zoos, we don’t have anything nearby and no one is calling to tell us we’ve lost a bear,” he said.

Marois said it was the first time he had heard of a polar bear this far south in the province, adding that it was also the first time a polar bear had been seen on the south shore of the Saint -Laurent.

“We work with a lot of things, we work with moose, with deer, with black bears, with everything, but we’ve never dealt with a polar bear,” Marois said.

A polar bear was spotted in the regional county municipality of Minganie in Quebec earlier this month, more than 200 km northeast of Madeleine-Centre.

Polar bears have been sighted occasionally in the coastal regions of Quebec’s Lower North Shore, several hundred kilometers north of Madeleine-Centre.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 30, 2022.

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Dundas ecological corridor singled out in Parks Canada announcement https://scbwicanada.org/dundas-ecological-corridor-singled-out-in-parks-canada-announcement/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 09:14:58 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/dundas-ecological-corridor-singled-out-in-parks-canada-announcement/ Some of the private properties in the Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark. It’s unclear what impact a Parks Canada project identifying key ecological corridors across the country might have on the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark system in Dundas, and what federal protection and funding might mean for controversial proposals within the EcoPark, including a private school […]]]>
Some of the private properties in the Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark.

  • The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System is an informal collaboration between ten local governments and organizations in the Burlington-Hamilton area, which own or manage 1,900 hectares (4,700 acres) of public land between Cootes Paradise and Niagara Esc

It’s unclear what impact a Parks Canada project identifying key ecological corridors across the country might have on the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark system in Dundas, and what federal protection and funding might mean for controversial proposals within the EcoPark, including a private school application to Columbia International College.

In an April 21 press release, Parks Canada announced a national program for ecological corridors that specifically referred to the area stretching from Cootes Paradise to the Niagara Escarpment, which includes much of eastern Dundas, including the Pleasant View area.

According to the release, an investment of $60.6 million over five years will help organizations develop better ecological connections between protected areas to conserve nature, combat biodiversity loss and combat climate change.

It is unclear whether federal funding could be used to acquire more properties for conservation purposes. The property of Columbia International College, the former convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph at 574 Northcliffe Avenue, is in the Cootes Paradise Corridor at the Niagara Escarpment. Columbia’s property adjoins Conservation Halton’s Hopkins plot.

“Ecological corridors are an integral part of effective nature protection as they support the movement of species between conserved areas, allowing them to interact and find habitat,” the statement said. “They also allow other natural processes, like pollination, to occur in the wider landscape.”

The project involves working with other governments and organizations to develop criteria and map areas where corridors would have the greatest positive effects for biodiversity conservation.

“Many excellent examples of ecological corridors already exist across Canada,” the statement said. “The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System provides critical connectivity near Ontario’s urban centers and protects species such as Blanding’s Turtles, Monarch Butterflies and Wood Voles.

The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System is an informal collaboration between ten local governments and organizations in the Burlington-Hamilton area, which own or manage 1,900 hectares (4,700 acres) of public land between Cootes Paradise and the Niagara Escarpment.

The group includes the Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Conservation Halton, Bruce Trial Conservancy, City of Hamilton, McMaster University and the Hamilton Naturalists Club.

The specific reference to the area seems to indicate the federal government’s recognition of its national significance.

According to EcoParc websiteit is one of Canada’s most biologically rich regions, home to nearly a quarter of the country’s wild plants and more than 50 species at risk, and the last intact ecological link between Lake Ontario wetlands and the Niagara Escarpment.

Tom Wiercioch, Cootes To Escarpment EcoPark coordinator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, was unsure what the project might mean locally.

“We don’t have any more information than what has been announced by Parks Canada,” Wiercioch said. “It was really a ‘stay tuned for more’ type announcement. We’re waiting to hear more too.

Environment Canada spokeswoman Kaitlin Power said work had just begun to develop national criteria for ecological corridors.

“This first step will identify priority areas and candidate sites where ecological corridors could be created or supported under the National Ecological Corridors Program,” Power said. “As such, no candidate sites have yet been identified. The experiences and feedback of organizations involved in site management, such as the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark system, will help Parks Canada ensure that the program reflects and supports needs and actions on the ground.

Power said Parks Canada will release more information once the program criteria are formalized.

At an April 27 public meeting about Columbia’s bid for a 1,000-student, 80-staff school in the former Sisters of St. Joseph convent, several people spoke about potential impacts on the corridor of national importance.

“Any disruption to this corridor that runs from Cootes to the escarpment is significant,” said Pleasant View resident Caroline Thomson.

Last summer, Parks Canada announced a $160 million National Urban Parks Program to create a national system of urban parks accessible to residents of urban centres. The National Ecological Corridors Program should “complement” the National Urban Parks Program.

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Peterborough science student to represent Canada https://scbwicanada.org/peterborough-science-student-to-represent-canada/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 19:25:39 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/peterborough-science-student-to-represent-canada/ A Peterborough high school student has been named to a youth team that will represent Canada at the Regeneron virtual international science and engineering fair in May. Calvin Karthik, a Grade 10 student at Kenner Collegiate Vocational School, will be part of the science fair team next month to represent Canada in the most prestigious […]]]>

A Peterborough high school student has been named to a youth team that will represent Canada at the Regeneron virtual international science and engineering fair in May.

Calvin Karthik, a Grade 10 student at Kenner Collegiate Vocational School, will be part of the science fair team next month to represent Canada in the most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) project competition ) in the world.

Ten students from across Canada will form Team Canada – International Science and Engineering Fair 2022 and compete virtually from May 7-13. The event will take place in Atlanta.

Karthik began by presenting his science fair project, “A Mighty Mushroom and the Power of Poop: Testing Biogas Production using Spent Mushroom Substrate, Phase 2” at the Peterborough Regional Science Fair, progressed to l Canada-Wide Science Fair and later on the European Union Competition for Young Scientists, an international science fair, and was named to Team Canada in March.

This is a unique opportunity for young scientists to be able to show people what they do, said Karthik, noting that he was one of many Canadian students contacted to be part of the Canada- ISEF 2022.

Over the course of a few months, Karthik and many other youngsters went through a series of processes to be chosen as one of the top ten students to represent Canada at the competition.

The students were selected by a panel of researchers and educators based on their scientific excellence, ingenuity, critical thinking and communication skills.

Karthik said his presentation skills were well honed and any nervousness or stress he had from previous competitions and interviews was gone.

“My stress levels just went down for presentations and talking to judges. It all comes back to the same thing, practice,” he said.

“It’s kind of stuck in my head and I need a lot less practice before each interview. I already know.”

He said the trick is not to think of the judges as someone scoring certain criteria, which can make people nervous, but to approach it as someone who wants to know more. on the project.

Karthik credits his success to his parents, who encouraged him to step out of his comfort zone and try his hand at something new, something he had a passion for, but was too shy about.

“My parents always push me to go the extra mile,” he said.

“They pushed me to do my first science fair, I was uncomfortable because I was not good at public speaking.”

He said his parents were always excited every time he won a new competition and it was no different when he told them he had been chosen to represent Canada in the 2022 Regeneron ISEF competition.

Karthik said his friends have also been hugely supportive, encouraging and praising him to continue in pursuit of his goals.

“The first time I won the Peterborough Regional Science Fair, they were super excited, they thought it was a great achievement, they were supporting me,” he said.

Karthik said that when it comes to choosing a project to pursue for science fairs, it’s always good to choose something the students are passionate about.

“Science projects take a long time. I’ve been doing mine for two years and it took a lot of motivation to stick with it,” he said. “You want to pick something that you see as a fun topic that you’d like to research and that interests you, and you want to pick a topic that means something to you.”

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COVID infections are driving up ER wait times in Winnipeg, says WRHA CEO https://scbwicanada.org/covid-infections-are-driving-up-er-wait-times-in-winnipeg-says-wrha-ceo/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 23:48:39 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/covid-infections-are-driving-up-er-wait-times-in-winnipeg-says-wrha-ceo/ A rise in COVID-19 infections in Winnipeg is driving up wait times for hospital emergency and urgent care departments, the Winnipeg health region chief said – contradicting government claims, officials said. infected patients seek care for other reasons. In an email sent Friday to employees of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, WRHA President and CEO […]]]>

A rise in COVID-19 infections in Winnipeg is driving up wait times for hospital emergency and urgent care departments, the Winnipeg health region chief said – contradicting government claims, officials said. infected patients seek care for other reasons.

In an email sent Friday to employees of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, WRHA President and CEO Mike Nader said Winnipeg hospitals are seeing a “higher than normal” increase. COVID admissions as well as sicker patients than at the start of the pandemic.

It’s driving up wait times in emergency departments and urgent care departments to what he described as “worrying” levels, especially for less ill patients, he said. in the email.

Patients are also staying longer in emergency and urgent care departments while waiting for COVID tests, he added.

Hospital staff sick time is now at historic highs, he said, in part because some staff are off work with symptoms or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“COVID continues to spread throughout the community. This is causing a higher than normal increase in the number of COVID-positive patients and creating additional pressure,” Nader told staff via email Friday evening.

“We are now seeing patients, who avoided seeking treatment initially during the pandemic, are generally sicker when presented. As a result, they require increasingly longer medical care.”

Previous attempts to redirect patients from Winnipeg’s emergency departments and intensive care units to less busy care facilities were significantly impacted by weather events, Nader said, which also added to pressure on the system.

Nader’s statement contradicts repeated statements by provincial Chief Public Health Officer Brent Roussin and Premier Heather Stefanson, who have described COVID hospitalizations as having little impact on hospitals.

“A lot of our hospitalizations are accidental — because of something else, but they just happen to have COVID,” Stefanson said April 19.

Nader told reporters on Monday that the increase in the number of COVID patients is impacting hospitals, given the isolation measures required for infectious patients, the personal protective equipment that staff must wear and the ability to transfer these patients to other units.

“The challenges we face with COVID patients in the hospital are that it severely disrupts our workflow,” Nader said.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon said on Monday she was concerned about long wait times in emergency departments, but said there were no plans to change public health orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“I’m very concerned about the wait times and the number of people who have to wait a long time,” Gordon told reporters at the Manitoba Legislative Building, calling eight to 10 ER wait times unacceptable. time.

“I insist they fix it.”

Gordon pushed back against the idea that a rise in COVID-19 infections is a factor in long wait times. She said a number of factors have contributed to the problem facing Winnipeg hospitals.

‘Hospital Floor’ Ideas

She said she met with Roussin on Monday and received no requests to change public health orders. She suggested that hospitals are responsible for coming up with ideas to reduce wait times.

“Sometimes they say the best ideas come from the hospital floor,” Gordon said.

Nader said in his email that he visited a number of hospitals to better understand the situation on the ground.

Paramedics are being asked to take fewer sick patients to urgent care centers rather than emergency departments to reduce pressure. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

He said changes are being made to reduce wait times. Ambulances are being asked to send fewer sick patients to urgent care facilities rather than emergency departments, he said.

Dr. Shawn Young, CEO of the Health Sciences Center, told reporters via Zoom on Monday that this decision will hopefully redirect dozens of patients and will be done in a safe and calculated way.

Additionally, COVID tests are being administered to newcomers to urgent and urgent care departments and the health region is changing how it transfers patients to other regions and manages COVID patients sent home with new ones. oxygen.

“Whatever challenges we may face, there is no doubt that the pandemic has frankly made it exponentially more difficult to focus on identifying and implementing the opportunities to address them,” Nader said in his e -mail.

Neither Nader nor Young explicitly called on the province to reinstate public health orders to reduce pressure on emergency departments.

“I don’t think anything can solve this problem,” Nader told reporters on Monday.

He said admissions for all patients had increased by 16-21% in recent weeks.

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