Smash a glass ceiling and the Stampede returns: On the July 9th news

“Today is a victory and you can tell all the women in your life that the glass ceiling is broken. And I thank all the women who touched this blanket in front of me and made it crack. You are an inspiration to me. “

Archibald secured victory after conceding rival Reginald Bellerose, who served as Chief of Muskowekwan First Nation in Saskatchewan for the past 17 years.

The election had extended to a second day and went into a fifth ballot after neither Archibald nor Bellerose received the 60 percent of the vote required for victory.

Bellerose then withdrew from the race before a sixth ballot could begin.

The AFN represents 634 First Nations with 900,000 members.

Archibald, who previously served as regional chief for Ontario, campaigned on a platform to build a solid pandemic recovery plan for the First Nations.

It is also committed to working with governments to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls.

That too …

COQUITLAM, BC – The federal government has reached an agreement with British Columbia to create the first of the Trudeau Liberals’ bid to establish a national daycare system, and what long-time advocates call “very good news” for families and the economy.

The agreement aims to create 30,000 new rooms in BC over the next five years, with the average fee for regulated rooms halving to $ 21 per day by the end of 2022 and $ 10 per day for children under six by 2027 per day will be achieved.

Funding is also aimed at low-income, indigenous, black and newly arriving families.

Speaking on the announcement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the pandemic revealed that it was virtually impossible for parents, especially mothers, to build careers without good childcare.

“Hard families deserve better, and our economy deserves better too,” he said. “This is exactly what a feminist recovery looks like.”

BC is the first to sign the Liberals’ April federal budget offer that pledged $ 27.2 billion over five years of new spending the government plans to send to the provinces to subsidize daycare.

Childcare advocates had seen the first agreement on the national system as a benchmark for others. For another deal in the coming weeks, proponents are now turning their eyes east, such as Atlantic Canada.

And the …

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada will tell this morning how the job market performed in June after two months of job losses in April and May as companies shed headcount during a third wave of lockdowns.

The economy lost 68,000 jobs in May and after an April that saw 207,000 jobs lost, more dropped out of the labor force.

The May result left the country 571,100 jobs, or three percent below pre-pandemic levels in February 2020.

Economists expect the June labor force survey to show an increase in employment as restrictions are lifted nationwide.

CIBC senior economist Royce Mendes says there may also be a surge in the number of workers looking for work after thousands stopped looking for a job in May.

He writes that June may just be the starter for the summer recruitment season, with bigger gains potentially emerging later in the summer as a larger portion of the economy reopens.

What we observe in the USA …

WASHINGTON – The Biden government has unveiled new efforts to protect voting rights.

The move comes as complaints from civil rights activists and other Democrats grow louder that the White House hasn’t done enough to combat pressure from several Republican-led state parliaments to restrict access to the election.

President Joe Biden met with civil rights activists in the West Wing on Thursday while Vice President Kamala Harris announced $ 25 million new Democratic National Committee spending to support efforts to protect voting access ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

The government faces a call to “save American democracy”.

That too …

SURFSIDE, Florida – Rescue workers now focused on finding remains instead of survivors in a Florida condo collapse vow to continue their search for victims until they clear all debris.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett quoted a fire department officer Thursday as saying the crews would not stop until they got to the end of the pile and each victim was recovered.

Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 64 and another 76 people were missing.

One Canadian is confirmed among the dead while three more remain among the missing.

Separately, Paraguay’s foreign minister said in a radio report late Thursday that the body of the country’s first lady’s sister was among those found.

Several Latin American citizens were reported inside the building when it collapsed.

What we see in the rest of the world …

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – To date, 17 suspects have been arrested in the breathtaking assassination of the Haitian President.

According to the Haitian authorities, two of the suspects are believed to have dual US-Haitian citizenship and the Colombian government says at least six are former soldiers in their army.

The head of Haiti’s National Police said last night that eight more suspects had been searched and three more had been killed by police. Officials previously said seven had been killed.

The Colombian government says it was asked about six of the suspects in Haiti, including two of those killed, and found that they were retired Colombian soldiers without disclosing their identities.

Haitian officials identified two of the detainees as Haitian Americans, but did not provide any further details beyond their names.

And the …

TOKYO – Fans will be banned from stadiums and arenas around Tokyo when the Olympics begin in two weeks, the city’s governor said Thursday after meeting organizers of the games postponed by the pandemic.

This means that the Olympic Games will be largely a pure TV event after the Japanese government put the capital in a state of COVID-19 emergency due to rising new infections and the highly contagious Delta variant.

The statement was made by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and the ban on spectators was approved by the Japanese Olympic organizers, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

It is a major blow to Japanese taxpayers and local organizers of the games, which have been postponed by the coronavirus as early as 2020.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket revenue will be lost and the government will have to make up for that.

On that day in 1793 … Upper Canada, now Ontario, banned the importation of slaves and ordered that slave children should be released at the age of 25. But it wasn’t until 1833 that slavery was finally banned by the British Parliament.

In sport …

WIMBLEDON, Ing. – Canadian Denis Shapovalov will try to face all odds when he faces the world’s number 1 in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

The 22-year-old is playing at the All England Club today against the top seeded Novak Djokovic, who has a place in the Grand Slam final on the line.

The 34-year-old Djokovic has won 19 major titles – just one step behind the record jointly held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – and has won five Wimbledon titles alone, including the last two at the All England Club. Shapovalov is meanwhile in a slam semi for the first time in his career.

Djokovic has already won this year’s Australian Open and French Open and has a 6-0 lead in a direct duel with the 10th-placed Canadian.

Djokovic’s most recent win against Shapovalov came in January at the ATP Cup in Melbourne, Australia. They met once at a Grand Slam, with Shapovalov falling in the third round of the 2019 Australian Open. In the same year they faced each other in the final of the prestigious Paris Masters, in which Djokovic won.

Shapovalov aims to become the first Canadian to win a men’s individual Grand Slam title. Milos Raonic reached the Wimbledon final in 2016 before losing to Andy Murray. Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian Grand Slam individual winner when she defeated Serena Williams in the final of the 2019 US Open.

In the entertainment sector …

CALGARY – The rides are open, the stuffed animals are on display at the gaming tables, and the stalls are being loaded with supplies.

Forced by the pandemic to cancel for the first time in its history last year, the Calgary Stampede has returned.

The setup may sound familiar, but due to COVID-19, there have been some notable changes to the 10 day celebration of cowboy life.

The sidewalks are wider, there are markings that show the correct spacing in the lineups and fewer journeys.

“We wanted to spread this, create more space for social distance, so we brought fewer trips to get there,” said Scooter (Greg) Korek, vice president of customer service for North American Midway Entertainment.

Stampede’s new security measures include halving the daily number of visitors, sanitary facilities for the public and improved cleaning of the entire site. Staff and volunteers are required to wear masks and perform rapid COVID-19 tests.

The chuckwagon races are not held and the parade to kick off the Stampede is confined to the grounds without an audience.


TORONTO – Toronto-based researchers developed a tool that they say can help doctors determine who is most likely to have concussion symptoms that last months after the injury.

The experts hope their calculator can help identify high-risk patients who need additional monitoring and note a range of sometimes debilitating symptoms that can include headache, dizziness, neck pain, difficulty concentrating, absent-mindedness, and irritability.

Scientists from the Unity Health Network presented the calculator today. It is intended for use in adult patients and generates risk scores based on their answers to five questions.

The tool is based on research that examined data from previous concussion patients in Ontario. Researchers found that 12.5 percent had persistent symptoms after a concussion, which can include anything that lasts three months after the injury.

Dr. Mark Bayley, the medical director of UH-N’s Toronto Rehab, said the number is likely around 15 percent when you factor in those who had widespread symptoms but did not seek additional treatment.

The researchers found that people over the age of 61 and adults with “high levels of health care” were at higher risk for persistent symptoms in the year before their concussion, while those with a history of psychiatric disorders, anxiety, or depression were at the highest risk.

The results were published yesterday in the journal PLOS Medicine.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 9, 2021

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