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City of Edmonton offering mask bylaw exemption cards to those with conditions
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6 French citizens, 2 guides killed by gunmen at giraffe park
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Gregor Chisholm: Next stop Buffalo for the Blue Jays. The road wasn’t kind to their offence
The Jays are 5-8 heading into Tuesday’s game at Sahlen Field, their new home away from home. Pitching has kept most of the games close. The hitting — .195 with runners in scoring position — still needs work, Gregor Chisholm writes.
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Can The Governor General Be Fired? Well, It's Complicated
OTTAWA — With Gov. Gen. Julie Payette finding herself the focus of intensifying public scrutiny following reports about expensive personal renovations at Rideau Hall and alleged mistreatment of current and former staff, renewed interest has been sparked into the role of the Governor General in Canada — and what happens if the person holding this office requires discipline or dismissal.1. Who has the authority to fire the Governor General?  The Governor General is appointed by the Queen, on the advice of the prime minister, and, as such, only the Queen could fire her, if it ever came to that. But, there are nuances to the situation.If the desire existed to see Payette leave her office, it would be more likely that a private conversation between her and the prime minister would lead to a letter of resignation. If she disagreed or refused to leave when asked, the prime minister could call the Queen and request that she be dismissed.But that would be an option of last resort, says Philippe Lagasse, a Carleton University expert on the Westminster system and the Crown.“You basically have to weigh, from the prime minister’s point of view, is it worth the aggravation to have this buzzing around if it continues as a controversy in the coming months?” he said.“In an ideal situation, you would want this to be solved in a way that allows both parties to save face, which is something that both groups can agree to mutually without bringing in the palace.”2. Why is public confidence in the governor general important, especially when there’s a minority Parliament?Technically, the Governor General is the second-highest office in Canada, after the Queen. That makes her one step higher than the prime minister in the hierarchy of Canada’s Westminster system of democracy.The reason for this is because she can be called upon to make several decisions regarding the formation of government. It would be her decision, for example, to prorogue Parliament, ending a parliamentary session, or to dissolve Parliament on the advice of the prime minister, triggering an election.In a minority situation, which is what we have now, the possibility of a government losing the confidence of the House of Commons is more likely than in a majority, and governor general therefore becomes a key player.This happened in 2008, when former prime minister Stephen Harper asked then-governor general Michaelle Jean to prorogue Parliament to avoid a non-confidence vote he was expected to lose — a decision that was controversial at the time.“Every decision the governor general might make around prorogations, dissolutions are going to be put under a very strong, critical eye, and if you have somebody whose judgment or standing vis-a-vis the government is suspect in any way, that undermines the underlying order of things ... you would want to avoid to the extent possible,” Lagasse said.Since the Governor General is appointed on the advice of the prime minister, if questions arise about her fitness for office, things can become even more tricky when questions of dissolving parliament come into play, he added.“What you certainly don’t want is any perception that this person is worried about their job and therefore will align themselves with whichever political party is more likely to keep them in office,” Lagasse said.“There has to be no doubt that she’s either in or out, otherwise we don’t want there to be the perception that somehow the prime minister can wield the possibility of dismissal to get their way with the Governor General.”3. How tenable is the current situation with Payette for the Trudeau government?“It can’t help but be damaging, you don’t want the Governor General to be making news in this way,” says Barbara Messamore, a history professor at the University of Fraser Valley.Past governors general have faced controversy about spending and other issues, but the fact Payette has faced questions about her role in office throughout her three-year tenure to date has had a compiling effect, she said.The CBC reported last week that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on designs and renovations Rideau Hall, some allegedly at Payette’s personal request, for privacy, accessibility and security reasons.This comes on the heels of another CBC report last month, citing anonymous sources, that Payette had yelled at, belittled and publicly humiliated employees, reducing some to tears or prompting them to quit.The Privy Council Office, a bureaucratic operation that supports the prime minister and cabinet, said last month it was launching an independent review of the allegations. Payette said she welcomed the probe.RELATED Governor General Under Review Amid Workplace Harassment Allegations PM Must Review Harassment Allegations Against Governor General: Singh Military Member Faces Charges After Ramming Through Rideau Hall Gate And though she has been in office since 2017, Payette has not lived at Rideau Hall, the official residence of Canada’s Governor General, and has faced criticism for taking a lower profile in the job.″(There’s been) a steady drip of allegations and also, from the beginning, she seems to have been an uneasy fit for the role,” Messamore says.“Nobody could deny that Madame Payette is a remarkable, accomplished person. But those accomplishments don’t necessarily translate. You can be really accomplished in one sphere and just not be an ideal fit for this job.”Lagasse agreed, saying he believes three years of negative headlines are turning up the heat for Trudeau and Payette.“I think there’s enough discussion and enough damage being done to the office that I think it would be incumbent upon the (Prime Minister’s Office), (Privy Council Office), if they haven’t already, and I presume they already are ... considering whether or not its wise to have her stay in the position at this point.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 9, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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From Jordan to Morden: Iraqi family thrilled to be in Manitoba under new program to resettle skilled refugees
A new program that aims to resettle skilled refugees to fill Canada’s labour gaps welcomed its first family to Morden, Manitoba this weekend. Ottawa hopes to bring 500 skilled workers and their families here over two years.
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North Carolina hit with 5.1 magnitude quake, officials report minor damage
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Canada reports 195 new coronavirus cases, 5 more deaths
The new cases bring Canada's total COVID-19 infections to 119,382 and its death toll to 8,981
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Liberals turn over thousands of pages on WE decision, lawyers now vetting docs
The finance committee demanded the documents last month as it probes whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s relationship with WE Charity influenced the government’s ill-fated decision to have the organization run a federal student-volunteer program.
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Toronto Zoo extends hours for rare blooming of pungent ‘Vincent Van Gross’ corpse flower
The plant is known to smell like rotting meat, and only blooms once every several years for a few days at a time.
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Liberals turn over thousands of pages on WE decision, lawyers now vetting docs
The federal Liberal government has handed over thousands of pages of documents related to the WE controversy to a House of Commons committee, which lawyers are now vetting for personal information and cabinet secrets.
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Alberta Brewery Sorry After Naming Beer After Maori Word For Pubic Hair
Alberta’s Hell’s Basement Brewery has apologized after accidentally naming their New Zealand pale ale “Huruhuru” after the Maori term for pubic hair.The Medicine Hat brewery, which released the ale two years ago, said they looked up the term in a dictionary and believed it meant “feather.” Maori TV personality Te Hamua Nikora pointed out on Facebook that “huruhuru” is more commonly used to refer to pubic hair in te reo, the language Maori people speak.“Yes I know huruhuru means feather, fur and even hair of the head,” he wrote on Facebook. “I know this. But it is most commonly used as hair from a person’s privates.”“When the Maori look at the name of your store, they’re not going to see ‘feather’ or soft leather, they’re going to see ‘pubes,’” he added in a video posted to his page. He called on both Hell’s Basement and a leather shop in New Zealand to stop using the word and feeling “entitled” to using the Maori people’s language without any respect.“If you are selling leather, call it leather, don’t call it pubic hair unless you are selling pubic hair and don’t call beer pubic hair unless you make it with pubic hair,” he said according to The Guardian.Other chimed in with similar sentiments on social media, and encouraged companies to stop using languages that aren’t their own as a marketing tactic.When are people going to stop using “interesting” languages to sell thier products? Yes I’m looking at you @QanukBoards@InukshukCapital ect ect ect https://t.co/I0Lk3Bqfj0— tanya tagaq (@tagaq) August 8, 2020An online Maori dictionary defines huruhuru in a few ways, including “hair, feather, coarse hair, bristles (not normally of the head), fur” and the phrase “puke huruhuru” specifically as a woman’s pubic hair.Others recalled when condiment giant Heinz named their new ketchup-mayonnaise sauce “Mayochup” which had a rather unfortunate translation into the word “shitface” in Cree.RELATED ▶️ Hey Heinz! Mayochup Means 'S**tface' In Cree What You Need To Know About The Six Nations Blockades Edmonton Oiler Ethan Bear Honours His Indigenous Heritage With Special Jersey New Zealand's PM Floats Idea Of Switching To 4-Day Work Week Hell’s Basement told CBC News that it would be rebranding the drink.“We acknowledge that we did not consider the commonplace use of the term huruhuru as a reference to pubic hair, and that consultation with a Maori representative would have been a better reference than online dictionaries,” Mike Patriquin, the brewery’s founder, said.“We wish to make especially clear that it was not our intent to infringe upon, appropriate, or offend the Maori culture or people in any way; to those who feel disrespected, we apologize.”Also on HuffPost:
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The Raptors hit 50 wins against the Grizzlies. So what if it wasn’t pretty
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12 arrested and charged in Louisville, K.Y., Breonna Taylor, anti-eviction protests
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Coronavirus: Salvation Army store in Kelowna closes its doors permanently
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Black man says Mascouche and Terrebonne police racially profiled him on the same day
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Victims of southwestern Manitoba tornado identified
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Conservatives seek investigation into Canada’s outsourced $84M rent subsidy program
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Iconic Miramichi theatre among buildings destroyed by fire, others damaged
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‘Laughable’: New York’s Gov. Cuomo calls out Trump’s benefits executive orders
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Staff member at Burnaby long-term care home tests positive for COVID-19
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Moreland homers twice, including walk-off shot, to send Red Sox over Toronto
The Jays now head to Buffalo, N.Y., where they’ll play their first game at Sahlen Field, the site of their Triple-A affiliate, on Tuesday night against Miami.
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B.C. black bear killed after residents admit they left food out so they could take videos
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Liberals hand over more than 5,000 pages of documents dealing with WE Charity decision
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Montreal teenager speaks out after her attempted kidnapping
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Health Canada recalls Manitoba distillery’s hand sanitizer
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Halifax MP Andy Fillmore calls for donations for families impacted by Mulgrave Park fire
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Montreal transit returning to mandatory front door boarding on Monday
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Saskatchewan reports 15 new coronavirus cases, 12 more recoveries
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Montreal’s St Joseph’s Oratory seeing less tourist traffic due to COVID-19
Montreal's St. Joseph's Oratory is expecting a drop in its revenues this year with just a fraction of the two million tourists who typically frequent the landmark church visiting due to COVID-19.
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Alberta researcher finds coronavirus negatively impacting childhood physical activity
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Capitals beat Bruins to earn East No. 3 seed, face Isles next
Boston, which won the Presidents’ Trophy as the top team during the NHL regular season that was cut short in March, lost all three of its seeding games and fell to fourth in the East.
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Rosie DiManno: For the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets, the road to Game 5 contained all the elements
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Whycocomagh man arrested after fatal car crash
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Final phase of Rutland Centennial Park construction to begin
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Toronto Zoo extends hours as corpse flower blooms for 2nd time
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Missing man could be linked to human remains in Little Grand Rapids: RCMP
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Okanagan art gallery showcases pieces made during COVID-19
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Arthur The Aardvark Is The Anti-Racist Ally Kids (And Parents) Need
Anti-Black racism has a new foe, and he’s an animated cartoon aardvark.Last week, the beloved children’s series “Arthur” released a short PSA where the titular aardvark and his bunny pal Buster react to a video we don’t see that sounds like it displays police brutality against Black people. The video isn’t described in detail, but Buster says “I can’t believe someone would be hurt like that, just because they’re Black.”Buster is shocked that something so bad could happen in their neighbourhood, but Arthur tells him it happens everywhere, because racism has such a long history.They call Mrs. MacGrady, their school’s wise cook and lunch lady, who tells them racism is like a disease: “if you don’t treat it, it’s just going to get worse.”She tells the boys it’s not enough to say “I’m not racist” or act like it’s someone else’s problem. “We have to actively fight against racism,” she said, before quoting her friend, late congressman and civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. She encourages them to talk about racism with the people in their lives, to ask questions and keep leaning, and to listen to and try to empathize with people about their experiences with racism. And most importantly, if you see someone being treated unfairly, stand up for them. “It may be scary, but it’s the right thing to do.”These are issues the show has been tackling long before the racial wounds that George Floyd’s death reopened this summer. Mrs. MacGrady’s friendship with John Lewis first came up when the congressman (a bear, in the “Arthur” universe) visited Arthur and Buster’s school in a 2018 episode called “Arthur Takes a Stand.” When Arthur thinks Mrs. MacGrady is being treated unfairly by the school, he gets some advice from the visiting congressman, who tells him that “a person with conviction can change the world.”Arthur goes on stage a sit-in, which convinces the school’s management to give Mrs. MacGrady the funding help she needs. It’s also revealed that Mrs. MacGrady knows Lewis because they both attended the March on Washington in 1963.The idea of the episode came about in 2017, when the show’s creator  Marc Brown met Lewis at a book fair, according to the Los Angeles Times.“It definitely is in line with all that we’ve done always on ‘Arthur,’ which is to bring in diverse viewpoints and interesting guest stars and think about topics that a lot of other kids’ series might not,” the show’s executive producer Carol Greenwald told the paper.The late congressman was excited to reach a new audience with the show. “He knew it was important to be talking to kids about this stuff,” Greenwald said.Some parents thought kids who watch “Arthur” were too young to be exposed to these kinds of ideas, but Greenwald  said, but the showrunners disagreed.“Maybe some kids can be protected from these issues, but not all kids, and we want all kids to understand what these issues mean to different communities,” she said.Kids are actually aware of racial difference much earlier than parents might realize, according to experts in early childhood education.RELATED Kids Learn About Race Younger Than You Think. Talk To Them Before That. “Children are making sense of the world from the time they start looking around,” Carl James, an education professor at York University who specializes in Black youth, previously told HuffPost Canada. “They try to understand what everything means, and so they give meaning to things... so, no time is too early.”“Antiracism never accidentally shows up,” Jennifer Harvey wrote in an essay for CNN about how white parents can raise anti-racist kids. “When we don’t break white silence with ongoing and explicit teaching about race and racism, and active and persistent modelling of antiracism, we end up raising the Amy Coopers of the next generation.”“Arthur” has tackled other forms of inequality, too. Last spring, the kids’ teacher Mr. Ratburn came out as gay and got married in an episode that, predictably enough, was banned by a public TV station in Alabama.RELATED When Kids Read Books By People Of Colour, Their Worlds Open Up Petition For 'Peppa Pig' To Add A Same-Sex Parent Family Takes Off How Parents Can Help Kids Of Colour Navigate Race And Racism At School
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Beirut explosion: Lebanese Montrealers organize anti-government protest outside consulate
Lebanese Montrealers are calling for accountability after the massive blast in Beirut’s port killed more than 150 people, wounded thousands of others and left tens of thousands homeless.
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Alberta will switch over to national coronavirus tracing app
Alberta will be switching over to the national version of a COVID-19 tracing app, although the timeline on when that will happen is unclear.
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