Sidewalk debate: London, Ont., Civic Works Committee grants no exemption for any street – London

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London, Ont., city council’s Civic Works Committee has voted against exempting any street that’s set to receive a new sidewalk this summer.The debate, which took place during a virtual meeting Monday afternoon, heard both sides from members of city council as well as 31 delegates.Eleven streets were set to get new sidewalks installed once underground infrastructure reconstruction takes place, but this didn’t sit well with some homeowners. Read more: London petition demands improved sidewalk maintenance in winter Speaking at the meeting, more than 10 homeowners brought up the issue of tree removal that comes with installing new sidewalks.“It appears that there are 14 trees on 13 properties slated for removal,” said a resident of Bartlett Crescent, one of the streets on the city’s sidewalk installation...

As pandemic highlights education inequity, Calgary teen raises money for technology for all students – Calgary

As pandemic highlights education inequity, Calgary teen raises money for technology for all students - Calgary
Learning online has been a struggle for many Calgary families who don’t have the money for computers or internet access.Now, a Calgary high school student is doing his part to try to reduce that digital divide.Jayce Farris feels fortunate that he always had internet access and a computer when the pandemic forced his high school classes to go online. But he knows not all students are that lucky.“It’s really eye-opening to realize there are people in our city that are in that kind of need, and I think it’s important for all of us to come together to help out,” Farris said on Sunday.“I saw there was a way I could help, and I realized there was a massive need for it.” The Grade 12 student at All Saints High School started a fundraising campaign, selling bags of locally roasted coffee with a portion of the proceeds going...

Nova Scotia Liberal MPs decry NDP ‘political stunt’ after voting down bill on national pharmacare

Nova Scotia Liberal MPs decry NDP ‘political stunt’ after voting down bill on national pharmacare
Ten Liberal members of Parliament from Nova Scotia opposed a bill on Wednesday that, if passed, would have paved the way for national pharmacare, according to the federal New Democrats.Bill C-213, the Canada Pharmacare Act, aimed to establish some ground rules for the public administration, accessibility, and comprehensiveness of pharmacare, which provincial governments would need to follow before accessing federal funds for universal drug coverage in their jurisdictions.The NDP private member’s bill failed to pass its second reading with a total of 295 votes against and 32 in favour, prompting party leader Jagmeet Singh to accuse Justin Trudeau’s Liberals of “looking for an excuse to justify breaking a promise.”On Thursday, Nova Scotia’s Liberal MPs fired back, labelling the NDP as engaging in political theatre, and saying...

B.C. residents to get priority as provincial camping reservations open March 8

B.C. residents to get priority as provincial camping reservations open March 8
Residents of British Columbia will once again get priority when it comes to booking provincial campsites.The province announcing on Wednesday the annual melee to book a camping spot will open online on March 8 but residents can only book a campsite online two months in advance of their arrival date.People who live in the province will have priority access to campsite reservations throughout the summer and not just in the opening window. Read more: B.C. residents to get preferential access to camping in province’s parks “Our provincial parks have never been as important as they are right now. They provide a special place to safely connect with nature and improve our health and well-being during these difficult times,” Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman said. Story continues...

Canada cuts health transfer in response to New Brunswick’s position on abortion outside hospitals

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The federal government has reduced the Canada Health Transfer to New Brunswick by approximately $140,000, saying the province has failed in its obligation to fund out-of-hospital abortions.It’s only the latest event in the dispute over abortion funding between the two levels of government.In New Brunswick, abortions are only funded by the provincial government at three locations: two hospitals in Moncton and one hospital in Bathurst — locations that critics say limit accessibility for those who need the procedure. Read more: Civil rights group sues New Brunswick over access to abortion Abortions are only offered in limited locations because previous provincial governments have not repealed a regulation, known as Regulation 84-20, banning the funding of abortions outside of hospitals. Story continues below...

‘Choked me up’: motorized wheelchair takes hunter into the wild for the first time

Bobbie Cherepuschak tests out the snow blade attachment on his new motorized wheelchair.
It can plow through a foot of fresh snow with ease, climb steep hills and traverse rugged prairie terrain.After time spent advocating for better accessibility for hunters in Saskatchewan, a Lumsden outdoorsman raised the money needed to purchase a specialized, all-terrain wheelchair. Bobbie Cherepuschak tests out the snow blade attachment on his new motorized wheelchair. Supplied This past hunting season he used it to go off the road and into the wild for the first time in his life. Story continues below advertisement “It was the first time I’d ever been off the road, into the bush, and you know, to be totally honest, it chokes me up whenever I think about it,” said Bobbie Cherepuschakm, who has been embracing the outdoors his...

Edmonton’s Premium Outlet Collection reopens after hundreds evacuated due to suspicious package – Edmonton

Edmonton’s Premium Outlet Collection reopens after hundreds evacuated due to suspicious package - Edmonton
Several hundred people were forced to leave the Premium Outlet Collection, located by the Edmonton International Airport, due to a suspicious package threat on Saturday, RCMP said.Police responded to reports of an explosive device at the shopping centre after 4:30 p.m. Read more: Man in custody after suspicious package left at Lethbridge police station, planter set on fire In the interest of public safety, RCMP said the centre was evacuated and stores were closed. Trending Stories Victoria business owner stands up to Instagram hacker demanding nude photos Fight over snow shovelling leaves 3 neighbours dead in...

Nova Scotia first province to adopt Hansen Foundation curriculum in schools

Nova Scotia first province to adopt Hansen Foundation curriculum in schools
By Staff The Canadian Press Posted February 2, 2021 3:32 pm     Updated February 2, 2021 3:33 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size -A Larger font Increase article font size A+ HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Education Department is teaming up with the Rick Hansen Foundation to provide inclusion and accessibility teaching materials to the province’s schools.The free online programs are now available to teachers and include access to foundation ambassadors...

Montreal mothers battle Quebec government in court over distance learning for children – Montreal

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A trial pitting a group of Montreal mothers against the Quebec government over distance education has begun in Quebec Superior Court.The mothers, represented by human rights lawyer Julius Grey, want their children to be able to learn from home during the coronavirus pandemic.Currently, only students with medical conditions or at-risk family members living in their homes are permitted to learn at a distance full-time.“What we’re asking for is a distance learning option, whether that comes in the form of an online program or remote option, just sending us material and helping us supervise our children, sending us answer keys, that kind of stuff,” said Politimi Karounis, a mother of three from Pierrefonds and one of the lead plaintiffs.Testifying by video from her home, Karounis told judge Chantal Chatelain she has COVID-19 concerns...

Nova Scotia investing $3.1M for construction of viewing deck on Peggy’s Cove shore – Halifax

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The province of Nova Scotia announced Friday that it will be investing $3.1 million to support the construction of an accessible viewing deck on the rugged shore of Peggy’s Cove, one of the province’s most popular tourist areas.This new project will help ensure a safe, accessible and engaging experience for visitors, business operators and residents.According to the province, the viewing deck and railings will be made of wood and steel, materials that will last and are complementary to the rugged terrain. Design showing how the viewing deck will look like (Develop Nova Scotia). The rail guard will be a steel knit pattern that resembles fishnet. It will be set into the landscape and take the shape of the rock to avoid overshadowing the real attraction at...