Grand Forks flood victims launch proposed lawsuit against province, timber companies

Interfor, the company with the largest share of logging rights in the region, says other factors were to blame for flooding that swamped Grand Forks in 2018.
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4 new cases of coronavirus in Kingston area, COVID-19 alert status upgraded to ‘yellow’
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WestJet Warns Workers Their Pay Will Be Cut In Half Due To Wage Subsidy Changes
CALGARY ― WestJet Airlines Ltd. is warning workers receiving the federal wage subsidy they will see their pay cut by up to 53 per cent starting Sunday.A company memo sent to WestJetters on Wednesday states that the maximum weekly payment for employees on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will drop to $400 per week, down from $847.In the message, vice-president Mark Porter attributes the change to the federal government aligning a newly extended wage subsidy with employment insurance, which is expanding as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit expires on Sept. 27.Watch: ‘Too much CERB, not enough CEWS.’ Story continues below. WestJet flight attendants are calling on the government to clarify when and how much money will arrive in company coffers via the federal subsidy in order determine whether wages can return to current levels.Chris Rauenbusch, who represents about 4,000 WestJet flight attendants with the Canadian Union of Public Employees ― nearly two-thirds of whom benefit from the subsidy ― says the airline cannot float worker wages until the federal government specifies the amounts payable to WestJet and “fills in the blanks” around the program.RELATED Passengers Fined $1,000 For Refusing To Wear A Mask On WestJet Flights WestJet Is Finally Offering Refunds On Cancelled European Flights Air Canada Sees 2nd-Most Airline Refund Complaints In The U.S. In May Rauenbusch says employees have called him in tears at the prospect of failing to make rent, and that the federal government has created a “frustrating″ situation.The WestJet memo followed the Liberal government’s throne speech Wednesday night, which extended the wage subsidy into next summer.WestJet spokeswoman Morgan Bell says the Calgary-based company is administering the program based on the details and guidance currently available.The federal finance department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Quebec court acquits author, declares part of child pornography law invalid
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Vatican cardinal suddenly resigns amid suspicion of 'acts of embezzlement'
ROME — One of the Vatican’s most powerful cardinals has resigned suddenly amid an ongoing investigation into the suspected misuse of Catholic charitable funds for investments in luxury London real estate. The Vatican said on Thursday evening that Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, the Italian head of the church’s office for appointing saints, had relinquished his rights as a cardinal after a meeting with Pope Francis. The fall of one of the Vatican’s most powerful figures comes as Holy See prosecutors pursue a sprawling international investigation into the finances of the Secretariat of State, the Vatican’s powerful central administration arm, where Cardinal Becciu served as second-in-command from 2011 to 2018. The move is exceptionally rare for a sitting cardinal. In a short statement the Vatican did not specify why Cardinal Becciu, aged 72, had offered his resignation, which means he loses the right to vote in appointing a future Pope. But in a press conference on Friday, Cardinal Becciu said he had stepped down because Pope Francis had asked him to over accusations he had diverted church funds to his family, which he denied. Cardinal Becciu said the Pope had made no mention of the property deal in London’s Chelsea district when he asked him to resign. “Yesterday until 6:02 p.m. I felt like a friend of the Pope, the Pope’s faithful executor,” he said. “Then the Pope says that he no longer has confidence in me because he was told by the magistrates that I had committed acts of embezzlement. I have not made my family rich, I am ready to sue.” Cardinal Becciu’s role at the secretariat included administering hundreds of millions of euros of charitable donations to the Church by Catholics around the world. In that position in 2014 he personally authorized a $200m property investment using such funds in a large office building being converted into luxury apartments in Chelsea, in a deal involving an Italian former banker Raffaele Mincione. Last year Vatican police raided the offices of its own central administration office and seized documents linked to the London investment, and suspended a number of staff who had worked in the secretariat, including Cardinal Becciu’s former secretary. The Holy See subsequently said it believed the London deal had caused the Vatican significant financial losses, and its police raided the private residence of Alberto Perlasca, a senior official inside the secretariat who had managed the investments under the authority of Cardinal Becciu. Earlier this year the Vatican arrested and charged Gianluigi Torzi, a London-based businessman who acted as a middleman in the complex UK property deal, for what it said was “extortion, embezzlement, aggravated fraud and self laundering”. Torzi, who was held in the Vatican for more than a week before being released, has denied any wrongdoing. Cardinal Becciu has in public comments repeatedly defended the London property investment, saying it was consistent with standard practice and did not result in the Vatican losing money. Perlasca has also denied any wrongdoing, and has said he was acting on the instructions of his superiors. Mincione, who has denied any wrongdoing, has launched legal action against the secretariat in London’s High Court, seeking a ruling that he acted in good faith in the deal, which made him a significant personal profit. The last cardinal to renounce their rights was Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington DC, who did so in 2018 after being investigated for sexual abuse before later being defrocked. In 2015 the Scottish cardinal Keith O’Brien also relinquished his rights as a cardinal following allegations of sexual abuse. You might also be interested in… Twitter apologizes after users notice image-cropping algorithm favours white faces over Black Finland is now being run by five parties — all led by women ‘We will send police. With flame-throwers’: Italian mayors lose it at people refusing to self isolate
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Canadian Twins Behind ‘Da Vinki?’ TikTok Are Glad You’re Laughing
Chris and Patrick Vörös have never seen the “Mona Lisa” in person, though they’ve heard from friends that it’s smaller than expected.But when they do see it, likely after the COVID-19 pandemic, they know the first thing they’ll say: “Da Vinki?”The 27-year-old Hungarian-Canadian twins have been making YouTube videos since 2004, but all it took was a trivia question to skyrocket them to viral fame.@vorostwinsDA VINKI #twins#fyp#foryoupage♬ original sound - vorostwinsIn the seven-second TikTok video, Chris and Patrick are seen answering questions. When they are asked “who painted the ‘Mona Lisa’, the two pause for a moment and ponder, before looking straight into the camera and asking: “Dan Vinki?” Not Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinki — or Da Vinky if you prefer, though the twins say the former is more accurate. Da Vinki — like slinky or Twinkie.  It’s difficult to explain exactly why it’s so funny, these two blond, buff twins saying “Da Vinki?” with such earnest abandon, but amidst the garbage fire that is 2020, “Da Vinki?” and the Vörös twins have caught on. As of Friday morning, the original video had over six million views and one million likes on TikTok. The video appeared on the Late Late Show with James Corden and the Vörös twins have been memed, Cameoed and compared to someone’s “last two brain cells." No one ever talks about the fifth Teletubby pic.twitter.com/PiJLUTk77u— Tom Zohar (@TomZohar) September 20, 2020da good, da bad, and da vinky— yeet lover's pizza (@chunkyfila) September 24, 2020Da Vinky? pic.twitter.com/zTDmvUi6qn— jon drake (@DrakeGatsby) September 24, 2020But when reached by HuffPost Canada over the phone at their home in Surrey, B.C., near Vancouver, the twins said they’re just happy that people are laughing along with them.“Like life is super short ... and we just got to be kind to everyone and make people laugh — like laughter is super cool,” they said.When I asked Chris and Patrick to identify which twin was speaking for every question, they said, “that’s going to be tough,” because they’re constantly finishing each others’ sentences, and that they have “pretty much the same thoughts anyway.” WATCH: TikTok avoids shutdown. Story continues below.  That identical twin aspect is certainly part of the TikTok’s charm. They said that despite being only seven seconds long, they think the video appealed to people because there’s so much to laugh at.“Firstly, they were like, ‘whoa those guys are twins,’ secondly, ‘whoa they have silly voices.’ ‘Whoa they have weird hair. Then we hit ‘em with ‘Da Vinki?’,” they said. “I think people want to feel smarter than someone, and people love laughing during this time, in this pandemic too.”It’s certainly caught on.Head empty. No thoughts. Only Davinki.— Olivia
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Let’s Call A Truce, Gen Z: We Millennials Need Your Help To Build A Better World
Millennials, as writer Annie Lowrey puts it, have been scarred by the Great Recession.As a generation, we are weighed down by debt, unable to save for retirement or afford to get in on the housing market, and delaying parenthood. Our careers have been defined by precarious employment, temporary work and short-term contracts. Freelancing may actually have been some of the most stable employment I’ve ever had.It was meant to be so different for Gen Z, or zoomers, the cohort born between approximately 1997 and 2012.As recently as January this year, the Bank of Canada forecasted that the economy would grow in 2020. Millennials’ formative experiences had also begun to shape the workplace in positive ways, with millennial managers emphasizing work-life balance, remote working and being open to re-skilling. But the pandemic has resurrected the ghosts of the Great Recession.The eldest zoomers are graduating from four-year universities into a cratering economy, spiralling deficits and high levels of unemployment. Zoomers will struggle to find their footing in the job market, be unable to accumulate savings, and watch inequality gaps widen even further.And it seems they have a sense of who’s responsible for their situation — or think they do.‘We’re already leaning on each other’Lately, zoomers have been venting their disdain for millennials on social media. Gen Z thinks my generation drinks too much wine and is way too invested in Hogwarts houses (Ravenclaw, by the way). They resent us for expecting them to clean up the messes that they feel we helped create. Mocking one’s elders is a time-honoured tradition, of course, and millennials are an easy target. Not only do we lack the traditional markers of adulthood, but we also (apparently) struggle so much at the basics of living that a cottage industry of “adulting” classes sprung up in response. And, after all, boomers — the generation born in the post-war boom between 1946 and 1964 — have spent years roasting us for crimes such as enjoying avocado toast and single-handedly destroying everything from the diamond market to breakfast cereal.If this was all nothing more than social media sniping, perhaps I could put aside my millennial snowflake hurt feelings and move on. After all, being lectured about failing to be better grown-ups by a generation of zoomers who aren’t old enough to vote, drink or pay taxes is pretty rich.But scratch beneath the surface, and zoomers have legitimate and substantial critiques of millennials. Take, for example, the recent TikTok backlash against Hamilton (recently released on Disney+). As EJ Dickerson of Vanity Fair notes, the critiques of the musical reflect zoomers’ view of millennials as shallow and self-involved, and more interested in the performance of progressive politics than the actual doing of it.Or, go back and listen to Greta Thunberg’s impassioned speech to the UN last fall. Millennials comforted ourselves that her criticism was aimed at boomers. But with the upper end of our cohort now entering their 40s, it’s time to admit: we’ve been adults for a while now. What have we achieved? I’m here to tell zoomers: we’re more alike than you think. We’re facing many of the same challenges as you are because of the pandemic and recession. In reality, away from social media memes, we’re already leaning on each other. During the pandemic, zoomers are often the ones filling in entry-level jobs needed to keep organizations running while millennial parents scramble to figure out childcare. They’re working or volunteering in low-paid jobs that everyone has just realized are essential. Meanwhile, as managers, millennials are team-oriented, give great feedback, and focus on social responsibility — we want to nurture and develop young zoomers. And because we’ve already navigated one recession, we have plenty of advice on how to make it through the current crisis.I fear that if millennials and zoomers don’t put aside our differences, we face another lost decade. Even though Gen Z has it out for millennials, we don’t want to see your generation go through the same pain we endured.Let’s call a ceasefire Zoomers don’t want a “return to normal” post-pandemic. The “normal” of the past 10 years was defined by boomers consolidating their wealth, even as millennial wages stagnated. “Normal” created stark wealth gaps along racial divides.Instead, zoomers’ youthful idealism believes that the world can and should be different. I recognize this youthful idealism because I shared it — after I graduated, I interned at a woman’s rights charity, marched against austerity, and believed collective action could build a better society.But in the past decade, I have also watched many millennial-led political movements gain the public’s attention and fade away just as quickly. Marching did not halt austerity. Occupy and the G20 protests were flashpoints, but the systems we were trying to dismantle proved more intractable than we understood.Millennials need to take our hard-won lessons and translate them into meaningful political action. In Canada, the 2019 federal election was dubbed “the climate change election” — a focus driven by the fact that, for the first time, millennials became Canada’s largest voting bloc. We have yet to wield that power effectively, but together, Gen Z and millennials account for more than 40 per cent of Canada’s population.Millennials must also learn from zoomers. They’re politically informed, passionate, and have proven themselves savvy at harnessing digital tools to create political wins. In the United States, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (30) offers a model for what millennial leadership that borrows from Gen Z can look like: compassionate, well-informed, hard-working and with an unbeatable social media game. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (40) has won fans around the world for her refreshing political style and handling of the pandemic, which has tapped into zoomer values of authenticity and appealing to the greater good.RELATED Kellyanne Conway’s Teen Daughter Is A Pro-BLM, Anti-Trump TikToker Gen Z, Women, Quebecers: The People Hardest Hit In Canada’s Job Crisis Gen Z Are In A Better Position To Manage Debt Than Millennials: Study The problems we will face post-pandemic — a depression greater than anything seen in a generation, rebuilding the economy and grappling with the escalating threats of climate change — will not be easy to overcome.Working together, millennials and Gen Z have the capacity, know-how, political clout and cultural capital to organize for a more equitable society. So here I stand, an olive branch in one hand, an oversized glass of pinot grigio in the other. Let’s call a ceasefire in the generation wars. Let’s not return to a broken normal or resign ourselves to a bleak future. Let’s build something better, together.Have an opinion you’d like to share on HuffPost Canada? You can find more information here on how to pitch and contact us.Also on HuffPost:
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Ontario Mandates Curfew For Bars, Restaurants As Strip Clubs Shut Down
TORONTO — Ontario is making bars and restaurants shut down earlier and is closing all strip clubs in a bid to curb rising COVID-19 rates in the province.The government says bars and restaurants will be required to close at midnight, except for takeout and delivery, and will have to stop serving alcohol by 11 p.m.The province is also ordering all strip clubs to close. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the tighter regulations will help limit the potential for exposure in places where the risk of transmission is higher.RELATED Ontarians Without COVID Symptoms Shouldn't Go To Testing Centres: Ford Some Ontario Pharmacies Will Start COVID-19 Testing This Week Retired Ontario Teachers Asked To Come Back To Work Amid Pandemic The move comes after the province changed the rules surrounding social gatherings last week, lowering the number of people permitted at outdoor events to 25 and indoor events to 10.Ontario reported 409 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and one new death related to the virus.The province said it processed 41,865 tests over the previous day, with another 65,227 under investigation.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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