Shawn Micallef: Save your spirits, save a business: some advice on being a local tourist


Trips in and around Southern Ontario are a tonic for your soul and for the economy during these troubled times, writes Shawn Micallef.
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Man in mid-20s dies after going missing in Squamish, B.C., lake
Police were called to Browning Lake in Murrin Provincial Park after the man slipped off a floatie and disappeared.
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Out-of-town visitors who attended Muskoka resort, restaurant test positive for COVID-19
The people who tested positive for the coronavirus live outside Muskoka and Simcoe County and were part of a group of about 30 individuals from multiple families, the local health officer said Tuesday.
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Biden picks former Montrealer Kamala Harris as choice for vice-president
Harris spent a good portion of her early life in Montreal and graduated from Westmount High in 1981 before returning to the U.S.
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The marvellous music of ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is the joy break we all need now
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is unusual in its use of music — the sheer amount of it, the canny choices both from the era and beyond.
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$250K to help Peterborough, Lindsay police fight gang crime, human trafficking in community housing
In 2020 so far, the Peterborough Police Service's special victims unit has investigated more than 120 internet child exploitation cases.
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'Their side of the story'? New book goes behind the scenes of Harry and Meghan's royal rift
A new book purporting to take readers behind the scenes of Prince Harry and Meghan’s courtship and their subsequent escape from the laser pressure of being royals is now available.
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‘These people belong behind bars’: No charges a year after 14-year-old B.C. boy’s overdose death
'It's frustrating,' says Aron Crimeni about the investigation into his son's death. 'It's been a year. We haven't heard any real news yet.'
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Police arrest man after sexual assaults in Edmonton and St. Albert
Edmonton police arrested 43-year-old Michael Todd Schartner in relation to six alleged sexual assaults and believe there could be more victims.
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Sydenham family says paddle tennis is ‘a great way to beat the COVID-19 blues’
Paddle tennis is catching on in South Frontenac Township.
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Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris As Vice Presidential Running Mate In 2020 Election
Joe Biden has tapped Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate, choosing one of the Democratic Party’s most visible stars and a former competitor from the primary.Harris, 55, was long considered the front-runner for the job. She is already known nationally and was tested on the campaign trail and in the media during her own presidential bid last year.Biden called her “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants” in a tweet Tuesday.I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020She also seemed to be an obvious fit for three key criteria that Biden publicly laid out for his running mate ― accomplished enough to be “ready to be president,” a similar mindset on key issues, and a woman.Biden and Harris are scheduled to deliver their first public remarks together Wednesday in Delaware.The Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee made clear early on that he was going to pick a woman, and as the racial justice protests picked up over the summer, he was under increased pressure to choose a Black woman. Even before then, Biden and his team recognized the value of having a Black woman on the ticket. Pundits were writing off his presidential bid after his poor showings in the predominantly white states of Iowa and New Hampshire. But then South Carolina, whose Democratic Party is largely powered by Black voters, delivered an overwhelming victory to Biden, turning around his campaign.If elected, Harris would be the first Black and first female vice president in U.S. history.Charismatic and youthful compared to the 77-year-old former vice president, Harris will also provide something of a contrast to Biden. She had attracted national attention and was considered a rising star as attorney general of California, even before her election to the Senate in 2016.Biden’s pick for his running mate is particularly important due to his age. If elected, he would be the oldest president ever at the time of inauguration. During the primary, Politico reported that Biden had signaled he might seek only one term, although he subsequently said he had no such plan.Being chosen for the vice presidential slot immediately makes Harris a leader of the Democratic Party and a likely front-runner for the nomination after Biden.The two grew close during his time as vice president, due to her working relationship with his son Beau, who died in 2015. Harris and the younger Biden served as state attorneys general at the same time.Biden had made clear that he wanted a running mate who was “simpatico with me philosophically.”“Agrees with me. Now if you’re not, that’s OK, I have great respect,” he said in August 2019. “But you’ve got to be able to turn and say to your vice president, ‘This is your responsibility.’ Because the job is too big anymore for any one man or woman.”Harris dropped her presidential bid in December after her campaign failed to bring in enough money. At the time, Biden said that he deeply respected the senator and that she could “be the president one day herself.”In early March, Harris endorsed the former vice president’s bid, saying there was “no one better prepared than Joe to steer our nation through these turbulent times and restore truth, honor, and decency to the Oval Office.”But Harris and Biden also had one of the most memorable arguments during the primary debates. During the first Democratic debates in June of last year, Harris challenged Biden over his praise of segregationist senators’ “civility” ― which she called “very hurtful” ― and his opposition to busing in the 1970s.“There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day,” she told him. “And that little girl was me.”The moment was biting. Biden performed poorly during the debate, raising questions about his ability to handle the pressures of the campaign and whether many of his old positions were too out-of-step for the current party. It also stung for Biden, who didn’t expect Harris to go after him so aggressively because of her relationship with his late son. “I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn’t prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me,” Biden told CNN after the debate. “She knew Beau. She knows me.” RELATED U.S. Vice-Presidential Hopeful Kamala Harris Has Canadian Connections Joe Biden Launches 2020 Bid For U.S. President Biden Could Be Persuaded To Support Keystone XL, Alberta Premier Says  Former Sen. Chris Dodd (Conn.), who led the vetting process in Biden’s running mate search, was reportedly skeptical of Harris in part because of that debate performance, questioning whether she would be loyal to Biden.Harris’ record as California’s attorney general (2011-2017) and San Francisco’s district attorney (2004-2011) came under scrutiny from progressives and some activists during the primary, particularly for not doing enough on criminal justice reform and for pursuing policies that disproportionately harmed Black and brown communities. But she has made no apologies for her time as a prosecutor, saying last year that there was a “lot about what I did ... that I’m proud of.”Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, brought up the old debate moment and called Harris a “phony” for now standing with Biden.“Not long ago, Kamala Harris called Joe Biden a racist and asked for an apology she never received,” she said. “Clearly, Phony Kamala will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party.”The Trump campaign has been trying to portray Biden as a radical under the influence of the left wing of the party, and it immediately tried to do so with Harris as well. “In her failed attempt at running for president, Kamala Harris gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of healthcare,” Pierson added. “She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”An Associated Press photographer at a recent press conference snapped pictures of Biden’s written talking points, which included notes about Harris. “Do not hold grudges,” it read. “Campaigned with me & Jill.” “Talented.” “Great help to campaign.” “Great respect for her.”
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Five products that are hard to find on the shelves in Canada's pandemic summer
People were panic-buying when the COVID-19 pandemic started because they did not know what to expect.  Canadians were emptying the shelves at grocery stores starting in mid-March, buying up toilet paper and bottled water. Toilet paper has returned to shelves, but as people have adapted to life under COVID-19, new products have seen increased demand. Here are five products that are hard to find in Canada this summer: Beer cans  Luke Chapman, the interim president for Beer Canada, said COVID-19 has caused a shortage of beer cans because of challenges and delays in sourcing aluminum.  “In an average year, restaurants, bars and taprooms make up about 25 per cent of total beer sales in Canada and can represent a much higher share for some brewers,” said Chapman. “In March, those sales, which are primarily draught, were eliminated and as a result brewers were forced to quickly adapt to the new market realities of unexpectedly having to sell more of their beer in cans and to a lesser degree bottles.”    Chapman said he has heard from certain brewers that they are limiting which brands they package because of beer can supply issues.  He said the American tariffs placed on Canadian aluminum will ultimately hurt brewers because many source their supply of cans from the U.S. Canada exports raw aluminum to the U.S., which is used in the production of cans.  “These are challenging and uncertain times for many Canadian businesses, including brewers,” he said. “We remain optimistic that both the supply and tariff issues will be resolved by government and industry working together.”  Salbutamol inhalers  Salbutamol inhalers relieve the symptoms of medical conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory conditions. Salbutamol works by relaxing the muscles of the airway, making it easier to breathe.  Health Canada said some manufacturers have reported shortages of salbutamol inhalers because of an increase in demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Most patients have been receiving one inhaler at a time when they refill their prescriptions.  Patients have been advised to continue to take their medication as they regularly would, as it will keep their respiratory conditions under control and reduce the risk of acute symptoms.  Bicycles  Jose Bray, the owner of Joe Mamma Cycles, said more people are buying bicycles because cycling has been recognized as a safe activity to do outdoors during COVID-19.  “Riding a bike allows you to be physical without being in close contact with anyone,” said Bray.  “It’s a great alternative to the gym that so many were used to attending on a regular basis and it’s a safer alternative to the close quarters of public transit.”  Bray said COVID-19 has also allowed local governments to develop more infrastructure for cyclists.  He said a major change Joe Mamma Cycles has made to deal with the shortage of bicycles is focusing on repairs.  “There are a lot of good bikes sitting in garages that can be tuned up and made road-worthy,” he said.  Pressure-treated wood  Wendy Rigby, the president of Hanford Lumber, said there is a shortage of pressure-treated wood in Canada because production had been running behind prior to COVID-19.  “Many suppliers had lean inventories pre-COVID,” said Rigby. “And when the demand increased, prices took on double digit gains.”  Rigby said more people are buying pressure-treated wood to work on home improvement projects such as decks and fences.  She said the shortage has been exacerbated by the mills in Quebec shutting down for two weeks in the summer. There are also Canada-wide transportation challenges because of a lack of rail cars and trucks.  “We’ve had to make some tough decisions about who we will sell to,” she said. “We’re trying to satisfy all of our clients, but the reality is that there’s limited supply.”  Disinfectant wipes  Manufacturers such as Clorox were unprepared for skyrocketing demand in a steady sector where sales typically only fluctuate during cold and flu season. Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, disinfectant wipes remain difficult to find .  Clorox officials said in May they expected shelves to be stocked by this summer, but they anticipate now it will take a full year to raise supply levels to where they need to be. National Post
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How the U.S. could block access to TikTok, WeChat
The administration could order smartphone software giants Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to remove WeChat and TikTok from their app stores.
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22-year-old entrepreneurs launch new London brewing company
Jack Jelinek and Michael Woolfson, both 22, are the owners of Crank Lite Brewery, an idea they came up with last September while finishing their degrees at Western University.
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Quebec combat sports athletes, federations fighting to get back in the ring
Quebec combat sports federations and athletes are asking for the green light from provincial health officials to begin fighting and sparring again.
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Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland sees progress despite playoff flop
"I think I have a good idea what I'd like to do. Can I do it? That's what I have to find out now over the next couple of months."
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Fredericton Lebanese community asks Ottawa to grant asylum for Beirut explosion survivors
The Lebanese community in Fredericton is rallying to collect donations to aid the estimated 300,000 people left homeless.
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Company’s paid leave for periods in India takes on a workplace taboo
The policy, not common among large global companies, allows up to 10 days of period leave a year and applies to transgender employees.
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Toronto overdose deaths hit a grim new record in July, taking more lives than COVID-19
Toronto’s public health chair said the Ontario government must immediately start implementing recommendations from city’s top public health doctor to halt the surge in preventable deaths.
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Connors Road footbridge replaced, old bridge to be repurposed in south Edmonton
The Connors Road footbridge, which connects pedestrians using the Mill Creek Ravine with the Gallagher Park community, has been replaced with a new bridge.
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Robson Street Foot Locker added to possible COVID-19 exposures in Vancouver
Anyone who visited the Foot Locker at 919 Robson St. in Vancouver between Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 may have been exposed to COVID-19, Vancouver Coastal Health said.
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Social circles ‘more important than ever’ as kids head back to school, Ottawa’s top doctor says
Parents should maintain physical distancing and distinct social circles even as kids head back to school in the fall, Ottawa's Dr. Vera Etches says.
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Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 gamble: Will the East Coast province burst its bubble?
Parents fear that opening the province to visitors from outside Atlantic Canada just as kids are going back to school isn’t safe.
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This Video Is A Reminder Of Why Eugene Levy Is A National Treasure
Eugene Levy was honoured with the first-ever Newport Beach Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, which came with a special tribute video from friends and family that left him (and us!) in happy tears.The Hamilton, Ont-born actor and comedian, who has been in show business for more than four decades, was honoured with the award via video conference as part of the organization’s first-ever TV Awards Showcase.“It’s always nice when people recognize what you do, and like what you do,” the “Schitt’s Creek” star said via video to Variety. “It’s rare to have a show like ‘Schitt’s Creek’ at this point in my career, in the so-called ‘twilight’ of one’s career. And to have created it with my son makes it even sweeter, certainly. It’s the show that I’m the most proud of, in anything that I’ve done and to have it come now is just fantastic.”Levy is, of course, referring to working with his son Dan Levy, who co-created the critically acclaimed sitcom that ended earlier this year after six seasons. The Lifetime Achievement Award honour was given to Levy along with a heartfelt, nearly 10-minute tribute video in which friends and family members paid homage to the 73-year-old’s life and work.The video stars many fellow comedians and friends, including Martin Short, Jennifer Coolidge and Steve Martin, as well as Levy’s children, Daniel and Sarah Levy. It highlights how “loving,” “kind,” “talented” and “smart” Levy is.love you, Eugene!
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Coronavirus: Interior Health suspending service at downtown Kelowna testing centre
The testing site was opened on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and featured testing on a first-come, first-served basis, seven days a week.
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School year start date to be pushed back for B.C. students, unclear when in-class learning will begin
Education Minister Rob Fleming says the start of the school year will be pushed back from September 8 for students but work is still being done to determine when kids will be in class.
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Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate
Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Safety won’t be compromised for vaccine, Canada’s top doctors say
Dr. Theresa Tam says she has full confidence in Health Canada’s process to approve a vaccine. Her words come as Russia approved the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.
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Temporary bike lane project in Cambridge axed, Kitchener portion continues
Waterloo Regional Council unanimously chose to end the much-maligned temporary bike lane project in Cambridge early.
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Safety won't be compromised for vaccine, Canada's top doctors say
The chief public health officer says Canada will not cut corners to get a vaccine for COVID-19 approved.
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Last 8 shows why Champions League worth protecting
What should be a temporary, pandemic-enforced Champions League format adjustment provides a snapshot of so much there is to fear about the future of football from all sides.
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City of Kingston begins removal of temporary services at Belle Park
As announced by the city last week, services like power have been shut off
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U.S., Canadian authorities warn against annual ‘Float Down’ near Sarnia, Ont.
RCMP Sgt. Penny Hermann said crossing the marine border into Canada for optional or discretionary purposes such as touring, sightseeing and recreational fishing may result in fines of up to $750,000 or imprisonment of up to six months.
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Ottawa gives $2.7M to help Indigenous Peoples in Quebec
The funds will help with food aid, mental health support and the fight against homelessness in urban areas.
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Coronavirus: Central Okanagan Public Schools working on local plan for September return
The school district said staff are working on a local plan to be posted online by Aug. 26.
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