Questions around brand-new, empty affordable housing buildings in Keremeos – Okanagan

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Move-in day should have come and gone for residents expecting to live in two affordable housing complexes in Keremeos.Instead, the brand-new buildings have been sitting empty since May.Local resident Anne Morrison, who lives in a different BC Housing unit, said there’s a desperate need in the village for more housing.“I hope they get this straightened out,” Morrison said. “I hope so because there are a lot of people in desperate need of this housing.” Read more: Quebec, Ottawa to invest $3.7 billion in social, affordable housing According to council documents, the BC Housing buildings on 7th Avenue and 11th Avenue were designed for seniors and disabled individuals.However, several local residents have expressed concern that they do not meet basic accessibility needs. Story continues below...

Tonya Williams, former ‘Y&R’ star, launches Access Reelworld to help racially diverse Canadians

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Tonya Williams, perhaps best-known as fan-favourite Olivia Barber Winters on soap opera The Young and the Restless, has also been doing a lot of work behind the scenes, especially for young Black Canadians and Canadians of colour interested in working in the entertainment industry.Williams, 62, has launched Access Reelworld, Canada’s largest national database dedicated to helping racially diverse professionals get hired.Access Reelworld corresponds with Williams’ Reelworld Film Festival — inaugurated in 2001 — which has been a launching pad for Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern and Latinx Canadians. Read more: Jennifer Podemski launches Shine Network to help empower Indigenous women The initiative is already being used by companies like Telefilm Canada, Canadian Media Fund and more in order...

1 arrested after Lindsay bank employee alerts police to attempted fraud – Peterborough

1 arrested after Lindsay bank employee alerts police to attempted fraud - Peterborough
A Lindsay, Ont., man faces fraud-related charges following an incident at a bank on Friday.According to the City of Kawartha Lakes Police, around 12:50 p.m., a bank contacted police after a teller suspected a man was using fraudulent identification to access an account.The suspect left the bank before police arrived. Read more: Peterborough teen accused of credit card theft, fraud The investigation led to the identity of the suspect, who was located and arrested on Sunday. Trending Stories U.S. election day: Here’s where to watch and how it may unfold Here is where Trump, Biden stand in the polls 1 day before U.S....

‘Mrs. Waterloo’: Marjorie Carroll, city’s first female mayor, has died

‘Mrs. Waterloo’: Marjorie Carroll, city’s first female mayor, has died
The city of Waterloo’s first female mayor, Marjorie Carroll, has died. She was 88.In a statement, current Mayor Dave Jaworsky described Carroll as a trailblazer in the community and said the city is a better place thanks to her energy and contributions. Read more: Waterloo Region District School Board to review school resource officer program “Marjorie’s style of leadership, along with her openness and accessibility, was greatly appreciated by staff,” he said. “Her administration was noted for their business-like efficiency and pro-business stance.”Carroll also holds the distinction of being the city’s longest-serving mayor, having held the position from 1977 to 1988. She even ran uncontested in three elections.“Which is a testament to the confidence residents had in her leadership and vision for the...

Fewer veterans have applied for disability during COVID-19, sparking accessibility concerns – National

Fewer veterans have applied for disability during COVID-19, sparking accessibility concerns - National
By Staff The Canadian Press Posted October 25, 2020 2:08 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size -A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The federal government is being criticized for not doing enough to help disabled veterans as new figures appear to confirm fears COVID-19 is making it more difficult for them to apply for assistance.The figures from Veterans Affairs Canada show about 8,000 veterans applied for disability benefits during the first three full months of the pandemic, which was about half the normal number. Read more: Career caravan offers Canadian military...

COMMENTARY: Liberals reveal their indifference to Canadians’ access to information rights – National

COMMENTARY: Liberals reveal their indifference to Canadians’ access to information rights - National
It’s interesting how the Liberals have gone from promising transparency in 2015 to deciding in 2020 that Canadians no longer care about transparency.It’s also a convenient excuse for a government that has failed to live up to that initial promise, as though somehow it’s Canadians who are to blame.The American political journalist Michael Kinsley once described a gaffe as an instance when “a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he (or she) isn’t supposed to say.” That would be an apt description of the dismissive remarks this past week from Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu concerning Canadians’ access to information rights. Read more: Information commissioner ‘disappointed’ with health minister’s comments on access to records The Winnipeg Free Press reported on Wednesday that less than...

Winnipeg lawyers file human rights complaint over inaccessibility of Manitoba court buildings – Winnipeg

Winnipeg lawyers file human rights complaint over inaccessibility of Manitoba court buildings - Winnipeg
A pair of former Winnipeg lawyers have each filed complaints with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission Tuesday, citing multiple incidents of discrimination throughout their careers.Peter Tonge and Mike Reimer, both of whom live with disabilities, say there are a number of barriers for anyone using a wheelchair or walker who is attempting to access the provincial court system in Winnipeg and in a number of rural and northern communities throughout the province.“It is clear that persons with disabilities in Manitoba currently experience an adverse impact in terms of their right to equally access Manitoba court facilities, services and programs throughout the province,” said University of Manitoba law professor David Ireland, who is representing Reimer and Tonge. Story continues below advertisement We have...

Coronavirus: 6 cases, 8 recoveries in London-Middlesex; 5 cases in Elgin-Oxford – London

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Six people have tested positive for the coronavirus and eight others have recovered, officials with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported on Tuesday.The region’s total case tally stands at 1,051, of which 928 people have recovered. Fifty-eight people have died, with the most recent death reported on Oct. 15.There are at least 65 known active cases of the virus in London and Middlesex.Of the six new cases on Tuesday, all are from London, health unit figures show. Three individuals are in their 30s, two are in their 50s and one is aged 80 or older.Four have their exposure source listed as contact with a confirmed case, while one has their source listed as travel. The exposure source of one case is pending or undetermined. Read more: 25% of Canadians say their mental health is worse than in 1st coronavirus wave, poll...