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Elections Canada ‘clerical error’ leaves Ontario man questioning vote-by-mail system

ERICK ESPINOSA | posted Friday, Sep 17th, 2021

Summary

‘Clerical error’ sees Ontario couple receive regular ballots instead of mail-in ballot


Regional office tells them to ignore instructions and fill out the ballots as one normally would


Elections Canada: As long as marked ballot is sealed inside security envelopes, it will be counted on election night


An Ontario man was left questioning the mail-in ballot process after the kit he received contained a different ballot.

Craig and his wife joined 1.2 million Canadians this year in requesting a vote-by-mail package for the federal election. When their kits arrived from Elections Canada, they opened them together only to discover that the instructions did not match the ballot.

“The instructions enclosed with the ballot specifically state that I am to ‘clearly print on the ballot the first and last names of the candidate of my choice,’” he tells CityNews. “It goes on to state ‘do not write anything else on the ballot.’”


 

As it turns out, the ballots they both received were the normal ballots that already contained the candidate’s names. “There are no instructions in the package on how to complete a regular ballot,” he says.

Concerned that the ballots could be spoiled, Craig contacted Elections Canada for clarity.

“I got through to the first person and explained what the problem was. He said that was a mistake and we will send you out the proper two ballots but would have to get in touch with our regional office.”

However, the regional office told the Pickering resident to ignore the instructions and fill out the ballots as one normally would.

That left him questioning the process. “I said, well it doesn’t really have a lot of integrity to it, does it?”

According to Matthew McKenna of Elections Canada, it’s believed to be a clerical error on their end.

“After the nomination process closes, and the regular ballots are printed, electors voting by special ballot at their local Elections Canada office will often be given a regular ballot to use, instead of the special ballot where they need to write-in the name of the candidate of their choice,” he explained.

According to McKenna, this is done to make the process simpler for the elector. When they do this, their ‘regular’ ballot is still sealed in the series of security envelopes so that the secrecy of their vote is maintained.

“In this case, it sounds like the regular ballot was accidentally included with the elector’s vote-by-mail kit, instead of a special ballot,” says McKenna. “As long as the marked ballot was sealed inside of the security envelopes, it will still go into a ballot box (inside of the inner envelope, indistinguishable, at that point, from the other ballots) for counting on election night.”

Craig discovered online that the vote-by-mail kits in British Columbia contained a different set of instructions compared to Ontario’s. Instructions that, if received with either a ‘special ballot’ or ‘normal ballot’ would provide proper guidance to the voter.

 

“It’s a little thing, but for anyone with a comprehension issue it could be a deal breaker for voting, or getting the vote counted,” he says, asking why things would be done differently between the two provinces.

“It struck me as in if I can’t understand it, what’s somebody who isn’t familiar with the processes, maybe voting for the first time, what are they going to do with it?”

It turns out the type of ballot received wasn’t the only issue for Craig and his wife.

“The ballot wouldn’t even fit in the envelope. We ended up having to cut the edge off as it was about 1/8th of an inch too big.”

Craig wasn’t the only one to reach out to CityNews regarding issues with their mail-in ballot.

“My kit is missing the crucial ballot,” wrote Tony Giverin. “This is the piece of paper that is inserted into envelope A. Is this an isolated case or did others receive the same incomplete kit?”

McKenna says that election workers work hard to ensure that processes are followed precisely to avoid any confusion among electors, but errors do happen from time to time.

“We apologize to this elector for any inconvenience or concern.”

Campaign race for home has main federal party leaders in Eastern, Central Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Sep 17th, 2021

With just three days now until the federal election, the main party leaders will be keeping the campaign throttle wide open Friday as they chase any still undecided votes in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is to begin his day with a scheduled announcement this morning in Windsor, Ont.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is also in southwestern Ontario. He’ll be making an announcement in London, Ont., early this afternoon before moving on to St. Catharines, Ont., for an event with supporters this evening.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has a packed agenda which begins this morning in Sherbrooke, Que., where he’ll talk about the Trudeau government’s record on climate change. Singh will then head east to Sackville, N.S. to visit a local business this afternoon before moving on to Halifax to meet with supporters.

Much of Thursday’s campaigning was dominated by the leaders pointing fingers and firing broadsides of blame at each other over the spiralling COVID-19 crisis in Alberta.

As the clock ticks down to Monday’s election the latest polling suggests the race between the Liberals and Conservatives is still too close to call.

It remains to be seen whether the high level endorsements Justin Trudeau and Erin O’Toole received this week — Trudeau from former U.S. president Barack Obama and O’Toole from former prime minister Brian Mulroney — will help tip the scales.

Western University students set to walk out of class to protest ‘culture of misogyny’

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Sep 17th, 2021

Students at Western University are set to walk out of class Friday to protest what they call a “culture of misogyny” on campus after a series of sexual assault allegations surfaced in recent days.

The students say they will also be speaking out about the London, Ont., school’s handling of those allegations.

Western and London police have said four women have come forward with formal complaints about being sexually assaulted on campus recently.

Police are also investigating allegations made on social media of mass drugging and sexual assaults at the Medway-Sydenham Hall residence on campus during orientation week.

The force has said no one has come forward with a formal complaint on those online allegations.

Western announced yesterday that it will require students in residence to take training sessions on sexual violence and consent as it works to address what it describes as a problematic campus culture.

The measure is part of a new action plan that will also see the university hire 100 new “safety ambassadors” — a mix of upper-year undergraduates and graduate students who will work overnight in residences.

The school also plans to create a task force that will take “a comprehensive look” at student safety.

Today’s event is expected to see students walk out of their classes at noon.

Ontario offers to take patients as Alberta reaches out on COVID-19 hospital crisis

DEAN BENNETT, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Friday, Sep 17th, 2021

Alberta is getting offers of medical help from Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador as it continues to grapple with a COVID-19 surge that could buckle its health system in a little more than a week.

Dr. Verna Yiu, the head of Alberta Health Services (AHS), said the province is in talks with the Ontario government to help deal with an intensive care system that is operating 155 per cent over normal capacity.

“Ontario has graciously offered their help, and we’re in discussions with them regarding potential transfer of patients if needed,” Yiu said Thursday.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey also offered aid in a statement on Twitter.

“The provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta have long had close ties, with so many travelling back and forth for work or visits with family,” Furey said.

“I spoke with Premier (Jason) Kenny today to offer any support we can provide in their battle against COVID-19. We are all united.”

Yiu said Alberta is also talking with British Columbia and Manitoba, and plans to reach out to Quebec.

She said, in the meantime, they are converting as many beds and spaces for intensive care as possible, including operating rooms.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said on Twitter that, given current demands on his province’s health system, it will not be able to take any Alberta patients at this time.

British Columbia reported 706 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday along with four new deaths linked to the illness, bringing the death toll to 1,877.

Dix says the B.C. Health Ministry told its Alberta counterpart Thursday that the province will help in other ways if it can and may be able to take patients in the future.

There have been massive cancellations of non-urgent surgery across Alberta as staff are reassigned to COVID care.

Yiu said AHS has also begun briefing staff on how the triage protocol would work if necessary as an “absolute, absolute last resort.”

Under triage protocol, physicians will have to ration life-saving equipment and resources, effectively deciding who lives and who is left to die.

She said they are getting 18 new COVID intensive care patients every day.


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Alberta to bring in COVID-19 passport, declares health emergency


COVID-19 cases in Alberta began surging after Kenney lifted almost all health restrictions in the province on July 1, announcing that the battle was over and that they didn’t foresee hospital cases rising to alarming levels again.

Alberta has regularly seen more than 1,000 new COVID cases a day for weeks. There were 18,706 active cases reported Thursday and 10 more deaths. There were 896 people in hospital, including 222 in ICU.

Kenney said Wednesday that without changes, the hospitals will run out of ICU space and staff in 10 days.

In Calgary, Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley presented internal AHS numbers that show those predictions might be too optimistic.

“These AHS projections are based on an ICU admission rate that’s lower than what we’ve seen in the past few days,” Notley said.

“I am truly sick at heart to think of vulnerable Albertans being taken so far from home and so far from their families, but now we must ask for the help of other Canadian provinces, those with governments who took a more responsible approach to reopening.”

Also Thursday, municipalities, schools and businesses began to grapple with understanding the new gathering rules and capacity limits introduced by Kenney.

Some of those began Thursday, with a form of vaccine passport to start Monday.

At least eight post-secondary schools cancelled in-person classes through the end of the week.

Kenney implemented the restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but there will be some exemptions for institutions and businesses that sign up for the vaccine passport program.

Those that sign up for it, including restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues, will only be allowed to host vaccinated people. Those that don’t sign up will have to adhere to restrictions, such as one-third customer capacity or, in the case of restaurants, outdoor seating only.

Kenney has been whipsawed by members of his own United Conservative Party (UCP) caucus, some urging him to take more action to contain the virus, while others questioned the fairness of measures such as vaccine passports.

One of his backbenchers, Richard Gotfried, without calling Kenney out by name, accused him and the government of inexcusable delays that will now add to Albertans’ suffering.

“We clearly had 30 days’ notice that a crisis was looming, and nothing was done while we lacked any leadership at the helm,” wrote Gotfried on his Facebook page.

“It will cost us lives and I am gutted by the lack of responsiveness to unequivocal advocacy and clear warning signals.”

Alberta and Saskatchewan have resisted introducing vaccine passports but have also lagged behind other provinces in getting people vaccinated. Alberta has fewer than 72 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced Thursday his province will now require proof of vaccination to try to increase the number of people immunized.

Celebrate Local!

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, Jul 16th, 2021

 

In partnership with Scotiabank, Breakfast Television launches ‘Celebrate Local’!

With the lockdowns ending, we have to remember to support our local businesses. Each day, Breakfast Television will place a spotlight on a Canadian business deserving of recognition! 

Check back Friday mornings for a freshly updated list!

Stay safe, and support local!

 

CELEBRATE Local: Week 1

SOLE BURNERS

@soleburners

Creator and Owner Camille de Leon took her passion for sneakers and started designing candles that look like your favourite pair of sneaks. From Yeezys to Jordans, she’s got you covered.

 

OLA BAMBOO

100 rue Quesnel, Victoriaville QC G6S 1K9

@olabamboo

Inspired to help end plastic waste, OLA Bamboo is a company from Quebec that specializes in all types of Eco-friendly products made from bamboo. From Toothbrushes to straws, to kitchen utensils, they have you covered.

 

 

CABANO’S COMFORT FOOD

75 St Nicholas St #104, Toronto, ON M4Y 0A5

@cabanoscomfortfood

Cabano’s Comfort Food is known for exactly what it says – comfort food (which is very much needed these days!). From homemade burgers, to classic chicken sandwiches, to never-frozen chicken wings and iconic sauces, they offer classic items, made with quality ingredients. Everything is fresh, local, cooked to order, and very affordable.

 

 

REIMAGINE DESIGNS

326 Queen St, Fredericton, NB E3B 1B2

@reimagine_designs

Reimagine Designs is a boutique interior design company offering residential design services and online furniture that is available throughout Canada.  They strive to provide personalized customer service online, and in the showroom, highlighting well-designed, unique, and quality products such as furniture, rugs, art, lighting, and decor.

 

 

REBELS REFINERY

49 McCormack St. Toronto, ON M6N 1X8

@rebelsrefinery

Rebels Refinery specializes in lip balms, essential oils, sanitizer, and much more. Having a knack for design, their produts come in all different shapes and colours. From Cactus to skulls, these lip balms are unlike any other.

 

 

BY ANNALAY

@byannalay

Created in 2013, By Annalay is a family Jewellery company that centres around personal self-empowerment Produced in Toronto, Canada, By Annalay focuses their products on the women who want it all and accepts that the journey is just as important as the destination – also, she is set on looking and feeling her best on that journey!

 

 

ROOKS TO COOKS

40 Kodiak Crescent Unit 3, North York, ON M3J 3G5

@rooks2cooks

Rooks to Cooks is an innovative culinary school based out of Toronto, Ontario. It was founded by Chef Shai Mandel in 2015. Rooks to Cooks was developed to be first and foremost student-centered and flexible. We know that each student is unique with their own learning goals. For this reason, we make sure that any course, class or program offered through Rooks to Cooks accommodates all students and their individual needs. Our mission is simple: we will empower our students to become more independent by building self-confidence and supporting self-expression through culinary education.

 

 

KINDRED CULTURES

@kinderedcultures

Kindred Cultures take their probiotic-rich kefir water and infuse it with a rainbow of organic fruits + botanicals for a delicious beverage that makes your body feel great. Low in sugar and calories, packed with probiotics, infused with the natural goodness of real foods.

 

 

CELEBRATE Local: Week 2

CARLA’S COOKIE BOX

Online Business – GTA Based

@carlacookiebox

Carla’s Cookie Box is known for their cookies, smash cakes and most importantly their visually stunning and delicious butter tarts. Available online, ship throughout Canada and The U.S.

 

 

ai TORONTO SEOUL

Online Business

@aitorontoseoul

ai (Eye-E) Toronto Seoul which is a proudly Canadian, family-run, sustainable fashion brand that carefully curates PETA-approved vegan leather handbags and accessories made in small batches. Founded by a mother and her trio of fashion-obsessed Korean-Canadian daughters, the brand works with local artisans in Seoul to create sustainable-luxury pieces shipped directly to consumers, worldwide, from their Toronto-based HQ.

 

 

BELLE’S BAKERY 

262 Dupont Street, Toronto

@bellesbakery.to

Belle’s Bakery specializes in Sourdough breads, Montreal Style Bagels, savory pastries like croissant’s, empanadas, quiches, and sausage rolls. Also, from their homemade soups and Broths, they have you covered there. And obviously, no bakery is complete without the sweet stuff. With a variety of cakes, lemon bars, tiramisu, Portuguese custard tarts and so much more, you’re not going to leave Belle’s hungry.

 

 

MUMGRY 

Online Business

@mumgry

MUMGRY takes the guesswork out of snacking. We make plant based snacks using only the good stuff. Made with love and integrity, our snack foods are flavourful, dairy free, gluten-free, low in sugar, high in protein, iron and calcium. Good for everyone, especially Mums. Keeping you nourished and energized is our greatest goal.

 

 

KANDL

88 Avenue Road, Toronto

@kandlartistique

KANDL is a family-owned business and has been one of the world’s top candle makers for almost 50 years. KANDL Artistique is home to a line of small-batch, hand-poured, soy-based wax candles. At KANDL we bring you the first fully customizable candle Lab experience in North America. Guests can choose, combine and create custom fragrances to create their own personalized scented candle, from start to finish. We are the first lab experience where you can take your fully cured candle home in just 90 minutes.

 

 

THIS IS J SLEEPWEAR

Online Business

@this_Is_j

This Is J Sleepwear is a Canadian made, ethically made, comfort-driven brand that makes ultra-soft sleepwear & loungewear. Best known for their soft, breathable bamboo fabrics and fun hand-printed patterns, This is J knits, dyes, prints, cuts, and sews their products right here in Canada and have since their inception, 20 years ago.

 

 

ERNIE’S ICEBOX

Online Business – Toronto Based

@erniesicebox

Ernie’s Icebox makes handmade ice cream sandwiches in the heart of downtown Toronto. Founded by Julia Haist, Ernie’s is proudly local and made completely from scratch. New flavours are introduced regularly, and announced on instagram @erniesicebox along with weekly pre-order drops!

 

 

EVERYDAY HEROES KIDS

Online Business

@everydayheroeskids

EHK is an online source connecting families to pediatric professionals & organizations in health, mental health & education.

 

 

 

DOM

Online Business

@athomewithdom

DOM develops design-forward products for a post-pandemic world. Launched in April of this year, the brand’s first products are a duo of organic hand sanitizing sprays.  The inspiration for Dom was born out of frustration with the lack of safe, effective and aesthetically pleasing products on the market, especially during a time when hand sanitizer has become such an integral part of our daily lives. Dom’s hand sanitizer sprays are vegan; completely free of silicon, phthalate, paraben and sulfate, and are never tested on animals. The bottles are created using post-consumer recycled material and, they smell and feel really good!

 

 

REWORKS UPCYCLE

West Kootenays, British Columbia Based

@reworks_in_nelsonBC

Reworks Upcycle features a one-of-a-kind selection of recycled, zero waste locally made products. Reworks stocks a wide variety of products made from recycled or upcycled materials diverting thousands of pounds of waste from the landfill each year. Most of the products are made by individuals from Calgary and across Canada. ReWorks strives to make lives more sustainable by encouraging waste reduction and maintaining a large selection of eco friendly products. They’re also launching Bear Springs Eco Retreat nestled in the West Kootenays, the retreat offers novel canvas tents and A-frame glamping accommodations in a beautiful mountain setting with stunning views.

 

 

CELEBRATE LOCAL WEEK 3:

REBEL AND BEAUTY

1300 Bay Street, Toronto

@rebelandbeauty

Rebel+ Beauty is a Toronto-based beauty company that specializes in eyebrows, lashes makeup and education. Located in Yorkville, the Rebel + Beauty name is synonymous with professionalism, expertise, and high quality services. The Rebel + Beauty beauty brand was founded 7 years ago by Olga Onulov. The brand and its owner are extremely passionate about women’s empowerment and giving back to the community.

GELADONA

Online Business

@geladona.toronto

Geladona brings one of Brazil’s Pop Culture’s best kept secrets to Toronto. Handmade with love daily, these frozen delights will have you experience a true tradition & flavours of Brazil. With delicous flavours like passionfruit, acai, sweet corn, avocado, acai and many more, Geladona uses only fresh, whole fruit or frozen pulp blended with water, sugarcane and milk for their products. Available for delivery in the GTA or check their website for locations on where to purchase.

SACRED FOODS

Online Business

@eatsacredfoods

Sacred Foods is a Vancouver-based company that makes healthy snacks out of popped lotus seeds. The founder, Mika, first discovered this snack when she was a little girl growing up in India. Her mother used to make it for her at home, and it was her favourite snack. When she moved to Canada when she was 13, she noticed that she couldn’t find her beloved snacks anywhere. Over the years, she struggled to find good snacks that were both healthy and still tasted good. Her quest to find the perfect snack kept bringing her back to the one of her childhood and she felt compelled to create Sacred Foods. After spending almost two years developing the product and brand, she launched the brand in the middle of the pandemic lockdown. Since then, Sacred Foods has sold over 30,000 units in its first year and the brand is quickly growing across Canada.

MARY RATCLIFFE DESIGNS

Online Business

@maryratcliffestudio

Mary Ratcliffe Studio is a longevity-minded lifestyle design studio that crafts furniture and homeware. Based in Toronto, the brand meticulously handpicks all materials and expertly handcrafts each and every piece (think coffee tables, dining tables, benches, console tables and much more!). Mary Ratcliffe Studio focuses on the reincarnation and repurposing of raw materials to bring their work to life, valuing the world around them and seeking out sustainable materials and practices.

SPYCE GIRLZ

Online Business / At Markets in Ottawa

@spycegirlzseasonings

Spyce Girlz was founded on a vision and passion for healthy food by Ottawa teen girl Lillian Bond in 2017. Starting off in a couple local farmer’s markets, Lillian continues to grow her “spyce” empire as she expands into local grocery stores. Spyce Girlz all natual, gluten free seasonings are tasty, healthy and incredibly versatile.

 

AWAI SWIMWEAR

Online Business

@awaiswim

Awai Swim is a eco-friendly swimwear line specializing in made-to-order pieces. By combining conscious efforts of using biodegradable shipping bags, recycled fabric and minimizing overall waste, Awai Swim is proud to call themselves a sustainable brand. Awai Swim uses eco-friendly fabrics made from regenerated nylon. Awai Swim’s bikinis are minimal, sleek and are offered in a wide assortment of colours and styles. Awai Swim also prides themselves on being size inclusive. If you don’t fall between their XS-XL sizing range, simply send them your measurements and they’ll be happy to create a handmade bikini just for you!

 

THE YUKON SOAPS COMPANY

Online Business

@yukonsoapscompany

So much more than soap. Indigenous-owned and operated, The Yukon Soaps Company creates beautiful, hand-crafted soaps, shampoo bars, essential oil blends, and so much more. Featuring wild rose petals, juniper berries, a Yukon-shaped press, and the beadwork of Indigenous artisans, these soaps are literally infused and imprinted with the spirit of the Yukon.

RELEVE CLOTHING

1727 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

@releveclothing_

Relevé is Toronto’s ultimate destination for luxury activewear and loungewear. Relevé opened briefly in March 2021 before the second wave of COVID hit, then pivoted quickly to operate as an online shopping destination. Now, the store is officially open and offers fashionable options that are easy, comfortable, and flattering for every day. Brands are carefully sourced to create a cohesive, one-stop-shop for women who are looking for the best quality and style when it comes to athleisure and loungewear. Brands carried include alo, lack of color, TKEES, The Upside, Solid & Striped, DAYDREAMER, L’urv, Aviator Nation, P.E. Nation, On and many more!

CREME CREAM PUFFS

Online Business / Based in Calgary

@cremecreampuffs

Crème specializes in making beautiful, unique, and most importantly DELICIOUS desserts. All of our Signature Cream Puffs are made with a choux pastry base topped with a delicious crunchy cracquelin crust. Our cream puffs are made fresh daily and filled with perfectly smooth pastry cream! Finished with a variety of toppings and decorations these cream puffs are the perfect addition to any party or celebration. Our menu changes seasonally so be sure to check back on the regular as we are constantly adding new delicious flavours!

 

CELEBRATE LOCAL WEEK 4:

 

TRESOLZ

Online Business (Toronto)

@tresolz      

Judy Stewart, Treslolz’ founder, always struggled to find shoes to fit her beautifully wide size 11 feet. As a 5’10” woman, professional, mother, wife and athlete, she had a passionate desire for shoes that ‘fit’ the diverse aspects of her life. Shoes that were stylish. Shoes that were affordable. She decided to be part of the solution so she started Tresolz. A company that specializes in stylish affordable shoes for women with large feet sizes 9.5-15.

 

 

SMITH FARM SKINCARE

Online Business (Quebec)

@smithfarmsproducts

Sisters, Julia and Rebecca started Smith Farms Skincare in 2009 at their family farm and have been lovingly making their products there ever since. Amazingly effective natural skincare products proudly made in Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec, using natural, plant-based ingredients.This all natural skincare line creates chemical, paraben, detergent, artificial fragrance, synthetic preservative-free products that are gentle on your skin as well as being gluten and cruelty free.

 

 

LAZY DAISY’S CAFE

1515 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L 2A4

@lazydaisysto

Lazy Daisy’s cafe serves up locally sourced, naturally raised, hand-made and farm fresh food. Friendly staff serve up a fantastic array of sandwiches, bagels, homemade soups, chili, quiche, salads & signature jams. Our coffee is micro roasted locally in small batches and is sourced via DIRECT or FAIR TRADE. A great place to meet up with friends and family!

 

 

AMANDA HAMILTON INTERIOR DESIGN

227 11 Ave SW Unit 110, Calgary, AB T2R 1R9

@ahidstudio

Amanda Hamilton Interior Design is a team of female-led credentialed designers that produce smart, soulful design that’s never recycled. Standing behind a meticulous process that enables the team to get widely creative, every space is rooted in exploration that embodies the values and character of every client. With over a decade of experience, she has earned a diverse and extensive portfolio including custom residential homes, multi-family developments, restaurant, office and retail design.

 

 

KACAO REPUBLIC

Online Business (Toronto)

@kacaorepublic_alfajores

Kacao Republics gourmet dark chocolate alfajores are handcrafted from scratch with the finest ingredients. Two cookies filled with Argentinian dulce de leche, coated with real belgian dark chocolate. Always fresh, always decadent! Available online or at Kiss my Pans on College Street.

 

 

CAFE FIFTY FOUR

3643 Portage Rd #16, Niagara Falls, ON L2J 2K8

@cafefiftyfour

Owner Olivia Mollica has had a passion for baking for years and is a French-trained alumni of Ducasse education. With a goal of combining classical French pastry techniques with a comforting variety of North American treats from our childhood, Olivia opened Café Fifty Four in August 2019. Café Fifty Four wants everyone who walks through the door to feel like they are at home, a place where friends and family can enjoy fresh daily made desserts and savoury treats. Signature favourites include their cinnamon buns, butter tarts, cakes and smoked turkey croissant sandwiches.

 

 

MAISON T BISTRO

1071 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G 3N4

@maisontbistro

Owned and Operated by Chef Masayuki Tamaru and his wife Carolina Avaria, Maison T is a cozy French bistro delivering classic French dishes that showcase Chef Masayuki Tamaru’s decades of professional experience and culinary finesse. Their aim is that you taste delicious food, paired with wonderful wines, feel comfort in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the friendly and knowledgeable service of their fantastic team. Throughout Chef Masayuki’s classic French dishes, you will find touches of his Japanese heritage.

Some of the staple highlights are Chef’s Duck Confit, the Red Wine Braised Short Ribs and the unbelievably delicious Icelandic Arctic Char with a to-die-for crispy skin and amandine sauce.

 

GRAYDON SKINCARE

Online Business (Toronto)

@graydonskincare

Graydon Skincare offers you results-driven skincare formulated with clinically-proven superfood ingredients. Owner Graydon Moffat’s personal involvement in the wellness world as a vegan chef and yoga practitioner led her to discover that the topical application and bioavailability of superfoods on her client’s skin had noticeable results. This sparked the evolution of her minimalist, luxurious brand of high-performing skincare where you’ll find all your favourite actives like botanical retinol, collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, probiotics, niacinamide, vitamin C and even gemstone crystals.

 

CELEBRATE LOCAL WEEK 5:

ONE ARROW

Online Business (Vancouver)

@onearrowyvr  

https://www.facebook.com/onearrowyvr

One Arrow is 100% Indigenous Owned & Operated by Chef Heat Laliberte of Cree & Metis heritage.

Specializing in handmade, locally sourced, naturally smoked bacon, flavoured with unique dry rubs in 4 iconic flavours: Black Pepper & Honey, Hickory Smoked Maple, Chinese Five Spice, and Salt & Smoke (100% Sugar Free) Every batch is hand cured and smoked fresh to order.

 

ROOTS + RAVEN

Online Business (Ontario)

@rootsandraven

https://www.facebook.com/Roots-Raven-105189115052889

Hot baths and nature have always served as helpful tools during difficult times. Owner Tanya Gluvakov wanted to combine creativity with her inherent love of nature and all things that make one feel hopeful and joyful, and so, Roots and Raven was born. With products like Botanical Bath Bombs, Bath Salts, Smudge Kits, Vegan Bath Milk, Roots and Raven has everything you need for the ultimate bath experience. Their hope for all of our customers is to remember that you are never alone. We are all connected to each other and to the natural world. May these products remind you to take a moment to relax and take some time to enjoy the moment.

CELEBRATE LOCAL WEEK 6:

DORSET FINE ARTS

Online Business (Ontario)

@dorsetfinearts

https://www.facebook.com/Dorset-Fine-Arts-192563710888113/

Dorset Fine Arts is the marketing division for The West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, which has enjoyed an international reputation for the exquisite prints, drawings and carvings created by its Inuit artist members while promoting Kinngait culture. Dorset Fine Arts is responsible for interfacing with galleries, museums, cultural professionals, Inuit art enthusiasts and the art market globally. Basically, they’re responsible for spreading the word about this amazing art. From Sculpture, Prints, and Drawings, they have you covered. DORSET FINE ARTS does not sell directly to the public, but if you are interested in purchasing any of their artwork, you can go through one of their listed galleries on their website.

TOMAHAWK CHIPS

Wholesale Business (Manitoba)

@tomahawk.chips

https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=tomahawk%20chips

The Founder of Native Canadian Chip Corporation, Alfred Lea, is First Nations from Pine Dock Manitoba. Alfred’s business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit lead him to launch his TomahawkChips company in 2015 with distribution in Canada and the U.S.A. With art designed by Indigenous artists, the chips come in flavours Plain, Salt and Vinegar, Ketchup, BBQ and Fire. Recently signing a country-wide deal, Tomahawk Chips will soon be available in stores nationwide.

SPIRIT BEAR COFFEE COMPANY

Wholesale Business (BC)

@spiritbearcoffeecompany

https://www.facebook.com/spiritbearcoffeecompany

Specializing in Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic quality coffee, Spirit Bear Coffee Company is known for its quality cup. Available in 600 locations across Canada, This indigenous-owned business has been growing since it began in 2006.  Environmentally forward-thinking, Spirit Bear Coffee Company was one of the first companies in Canada to invest in compostable coffee pods.

ANISH BRANDING

Online Business (Ontario)

@anishbranding

What do you get when you cross two former NHL players, one who has a passion for helping Indigenous youth and another who has a keen interest in business and the promotional products industry? The answer – Anish Branding! Anish Branding is a communications company that specializes in providing promotional items, printing, graphic design, and branding. The duo also is heavily involved with the charity, firstassist.ca which delivers education and sports integration programming for youth in northern Indigenous communities across the country.

SISTERS SAGE

Online Business (BC)

@sisters_sage

Owned and operated by sisters, Lynn-Marie & Melissa-Rae Angus, Sisters Sage is an Indigenous brand that hand-crafts wellness and self-care products inspired by their culture and traditions. Sisters Sage is committed to producing beautiful, Indigenous-inspired products that not only highlight their rich culture, but also promote environmental sustainability, and inspire future female and youth entrepreneurs. Their handmade soaps, bath bombs, salves, and Smokeless Smudge Sprays pay homage to our ancestral teachings of Sage, Cedar, Sweetgrass, Tobacco, Lavender, and much more.

CREATIVE FIRE

Online Business (Saskatoon/Ontario)

@creativefire_canada

A 100% Indigenous communications, strategy, research and design agency with offices in Saskatoon and Burlington, Ontario, Creative Fire helps provide value to their clients by creating prosperity, employment and opportunity for the community of English River while opening doors for more Indigenous people and companies. They believe in building a more diverse, inclusive Canada, and are particularly focused on creating meaningful local impact and fostering authentic engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and organizations.

CELEBRATE LOCAL INDIGENOUS: Week 7

SRIRACHA REVOLVER HOT SAUCE INC.

Online Business (Vancouver)

@sriracharevolver

https://www.facebook.com/sriracharevolver

Sriracha Revolver Hot Sauce Inc. makes Premium, small-batch hot sauce from natural ingredients.

Owner Jordan Hocking is a mom, wife, and Indigenous entrepreneur who founded the business in 2017.  All of her hot sauce recipes have been inspired by flavours or ingredients she has enjoyed while traveling or by wanting to eat something that didn’t exist anywhere else. Available in 6 different flavours,

Avocado Ginger, Chili Garlic, Clean Mango, Cilantro + Lime, and Beets + Tequila and now Habanero. Shipping is available across Canada.

RAVEN READS

Online Business (Vancouver)

@raven_reads

https://www.facebook.com/ravenreads/

Raven Reads is a subscription box featuring literature and goods from Indigenous authors and entrepreneurs across North America. Several times a year, curated boxes containing a new book by an Indigenous author, as well as jewelry, art, and beauty products from Indigenous makers, are delivered to customers across Canada, the United States, and Europe. To many, reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in this country, For that to happen, there must be aware of our collective past, and action to change our behaviour,”. Raven Reads hopes to help that initiative.

MAHIKAN TRAILS

Tours / Excursions (Clearwater County, Alberta)

https://www.facebook.com/Mahikan-Trails-195419397198641

Located in Clearwater County Alberta, Mahikan Trails is a Metis organized tour company specializing in promoting a greater understanding of the rich history of the traditional lands through group excursions. While exploring the breathtaking landscape, visitors are offered real-world lessons in medicine walks, designed to educate people about how their ancestors survived off the land for millennia. Workshops like Soap Making, Crafts, Making your own Medicine, and many more are offered year-round.

RAVIN RISING CHOCOLATES

Online Business (Sudbury Ontario)

@ravenrising.ca

https://www.facebook.com/RavenRising.ca/

Chef Tammy Maki is an Indigenous baker making her mark on the culinary arts scene with her decadent hand-crafted chocolates. A Saulteaux Ojibwe from White Bear First Nation, Tammy received formal training as a Red Seal Journeyman pastry chef and baker and has worked all across Canada at some of the best resorts and hotels in the country. Her chocolates are not only delicious but also beautiful and available for shipping across Canada.

Trudeau in Quebec, O’Toole in N.B., N.S., Singh in Ontario

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Sep 16th, 2021

With less than a week to go before Monday’s federal election, the three main party leaders are continuing their tour of Eastern and Central Canada.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is back home in Montreal, where he will make an announcement in the morning.

Conservative boss Erin O’Toole is visiting two Atlantic provinces, starting with an announcement in Saint John, N.B., and ending with an evening event with supporters in Truro, N.S.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is staying in Ontario, with an affordable housing announcement in Toronto in the morning, followed by visits with supporters in Oshawa and Kingston.

Affordability was the hot topic yesterday after Statistics Canada reported prices increased by 4.1 per cent in August compared with the same month one year earlier, fuelled by rising consumer demand and supply-chain constraints for many goods.

Singh and O’Toole blamed rising prices on what they called Trudeau’s inaction on multiple fronts, including the country’s hot housing sector.

TTC union calls for CEO’s resignation alleging near subway train collision cover up

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 16th, 2021

The Toronto Transit Commission’s largest union is calling for the removal of CEO Rick Leary, alleging the transit system covered-up a near miss collision involving two subway cars more than a year ago.

The incident occurred in June last year when two subway trains almost collided near Osgoode Station. A train had been given the go-ahead to move onto the main track, but a guard on the train spotted an oncoming northbound train and made a frantic radio call in time to stop.

ATU Local 113 president Carlos Santos says an independent report on what happened has been published, but Leary redacted critical information.

“This happened over a year ago, and we only got word of this in May or June when we got it as evidence,” Santos said. “The disaster was averted at the last second by an alert Subway Guard and Operator.”

Santos confirms the union only found out about the near-miss when it came up as evidence in a legal fight over the TTC’s plans to move to a “one-person train operation” system.

He alleges TTC management did not report the incident to anyone.

A report, titled “Osgoode Interlocking Incident Report” was tabled at its July 7 board meeting. It says on June 12, 2020, “there was an operational incident near Osgoode Station. This report provides the initial findings from the investigation into the incident.”

However, it was recommended that the TTC Board keep the findings confidential “until such time as the litigation matters have concluded.”

“Someone is responsible for that cover-up attempt,” says Santos. “That someone could only be the CEO. Who else would have the authority to keep such a major incident under wraps?”

“This is not the first time Leary has failed a public accountability test. Frankly, it is amazing what was missed by the Commission when they hired him to run North America’s third-largest transit system.”

He says the union was denied a chance to speak at Wednesday’s board meeting, so now they’re calling for Leary to get the boot.

A media rep for the TTC tells 680 NEWS Leary will stay in his job as CEO.

“We’re not going to dignify the union’s statement with a response except to say that the evidence shows the facts of how this incident occurred,” TTC Senior Communications Specialist Stuart Green said on Wednesday.

“Mr. Leary looks forward to continuing to serve as the TTC’s CEO and working with the 16,000 incredible employees of this organization to safely provide our customers with the best service possible.”

Councillor Jaye Robinson, the chair of the TTC, also reconfirmed her support for Leary.

“I fully support Rick Leary as he continues to lead the TTC through one of the most challenging periods in our history,” she said in a statement. “A detailed presentation on the June 2020 incident was presented to the Board in-camera and subsequently to the public.”

Alberta to bring in COVID-19 passport, declares health emergency

JOSH RITCHIE | posted Thursday, Sep 16th, 2021

Summary

The first wave of public health restrictions will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. MT on Sept. 16.


Beginning Sept. 20, restrictions focused on restaurants, retail services and adult sports will go into effect.


The Restrictions Exemption Program will allow vaccinated people, those with negative tests to access certain services.


CALGARY — As the COVID situation continues to get worse in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney says the province is adopting a proof of vaccination program for certain discretionary services.

“No one will be compelled to get vaccinated against their wishes and a negative test option will be offered as an alternative,” said Kenney. “But, with unvaccinated patients overwhelming our hospitals, this is now the only responsible choice that we have.”

On top of the proof of vaccination program, the province has reinstated public health restrictions and declared a state of public health emergency.

WATCH: Premier Jason Kenney is joined by Tyler Shandro and Dr. Deena Hinshaw to provide an update on COVID-19 in Alberta. 

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Restrictions beginning Sept. 16:

 

Workplaces:

  • A mandatory work from home order will be put in place unless a physical presence is required.

 

Private social gatherings:

  • Indoor private gatherings for vaccine eligible, fully vaccinated people are now limited to a single household pulse one other household to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Attendance at any indoor private event is not permitted for vaccine eligible people who are unvaccinated.
  • Outdoor private gatherings are permitted to a maximum of 200 people.

 

Schools:

  • Mandatory masking for students in grades 4 and up, including all teachers and staff in all grades.
  • Elementary schools to implement class cohorting.

 

Children’s sport/performance/recreation:

  • Indoor activities are permitted, with requirements for two-metre physical distancing and masking where possible, and symptom screening for participants.
  • Youth aged 18 and under are not required to mask or maintain physical distancing during a physical activity, such as a team sport.
  • Spectator attendance is limited to one-third fire code capacity. Attendees must be masked and ensure physical distancing between different households or an individual who lives alone and their two close contacts.
  • There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.

 

Restrictions coming Sept. 20:

 

Restaurants:

    • Outdoor dining only with a maximum of six individuals per table (one household or two close contacts for those living alone).
    • Liquor sales and consumption restrictions (10 p.m. sales and 11 p.m. consumption) apply.
    • Restaurants are eligible to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.

 

Weddings and funerals:

  • All indoor ceremonies and services are limited to 50 attendees or 50 per cent fire code capacity, whichever is less.
  • No indoor receptions are permitted.
  • All outdoor ceremonies and services for weddings and funerals must be limited to 200 attendees. Outdoor receptions are required to follow liquor sales and consumption restrictions (i.e., sales end at 10 p.m. and consumption ends by 11 p.m.).

 

Retail, entertainment and recreation facilities:

  • Attendance is limited to one-third fire code capacity and attendees are only permitted to attend with their household or two close contacts for those living alone. Attendees must be masked and have two-metre physical distancing between households.

 

Adult sport, fitness, performance, and recreation:

  • Indoor activities:
    – No indoor group classes or activities are permitted.
    – One-on-one training or individual workouts are permitted but three-metre physical distancing is required.
    – No contact between players; indoor competitions are paused except where vaccine exemptions have been granted.
    – These facilities and programs are eligible to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program. Specific exemptions may also be granted on a case-by-case basis.
  • There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.

 

Restrictions Exemption Program

 

Beginning on Sept. 20, those who are vaccinated and those who can provide a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours will be able to access a number of events and services throughout Alberta.

Businesses that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program will be able to operate as usual, as long as they only serve those who have provided proof that they are either fully vaccinated or have tested negative within the last three days.

The province says as they work through the transitional period, a proof of a single vaccine dose will be accepted from Sept. 20 to Oct. 25 as long as that single dose was from more than two weeks prior.

WATCH: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the implementation of a vaccine passport and apologizes for claiming the pandemic was coming to an end.

 

An overwhelmed healthcare system

 

As of Wednesday afternoon, 24 more people had died from COVID-19 in the province, with 218 people currently being treated in the province’s ICUs.

Not only are ICU admissions at an all-time high, but the number of deaths reported come close to matching the highest single-day death tally, which was seen on Jan. 8 when 31 people died.

“At a time when most of us had hoped that this pandemic would be close to over, our healthcare system continues to experience severe capacity challenges, greater than we have faced throughout this long and exhausting pandemic,” said Alberta Health Services President Dr. Verna Yiu.

“(Tuesday), we reached 270 patients in the ICU. That is the highest number of ICU patients that we’ve ever seen. At any time during the pandemic, or ever in our provincialized health care system.”

Yiu says the province reached 88 per cent ICU capacity, and that includes the 132 surge spaces that were opened to meet demand.

“Without those spaces, we would be at 156 per cent of our normal capacity, there would not be enough ICU beds for those who need them,” said Yiu.

Yiu says due to this surging capacity, Alberta will be reaching out to other provinces to see if they have any available ICU space where Albertans can get the care they need.

Alberta will also ask other provinces if they have skilled frontline staff who may be willing to come to Alberta to help.

1 critically injured in motorcycle crash in Mississauga

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 16th, 2021

A motorcyclist has been critically injured following a crash with another vehicle in Mississauga.

Peel police say they were called to the area of North Service Road and Stanfield Road just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Paramedics say one person was taken to a trauma centre with critical injuries while a second person suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Police would not confirm the age or genders of the injured but an eyewitness tells 680 NEWS that a male rider appeared to have suffered arm and leg injuries while his female passenger was not seriously injured.

Police would not comment on the cause of the crash but the female driver of a van tells 680 NEWS she was turning into the plaza when the motorcycle broadsided her at a high rate of speed.

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