Public Health Officials Should Focus On Science, Not Politics: Experts

EDMONTON — There’s a fine line between a public health officer’s duty to the people they serve and their duty to the elected officials who appoint them, scholars say. But they add governments should be clear about what’s science and what’s politics. And no one should be under any doubt that chief medical officers of health — including Alberta’s Dr. Deena Hinshaw — have the right and responsibility to protect public safety. “She does not require the permission of the cabinet, the premier, the minister, anybody in order to make mandatory orders restricting the spread of COVID-19,” said Amir Attaran, who teaches in both the University of Ottawa’s law and… Read More

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Gifts From BIPOC-Owned Businesses For That Special Someone

As small businesses suffer through yet more lockdowns across Canada, many of us are thinking about ways to support our local artisans and makers through the holidays. We also know that people of colour, especially Black Canadians, have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and beyond. So, we put together a list of 21 incredible gifts made by talented creatives who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC), who could really use our support right now. Even if you’re on a tight budget for Christmas gifts this year, you can still help out your local small business by sharing their website with friends, following their social media accounts… Read More

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Alberta Bans Home Gatherings As COVID-19 Cases Surge

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, his province bending precariously under the weight of record COVID-19 cases, imposed new sweeping public health restrictions Tuesday that include a ban on gatherings in people’s homes. Kenney also announced changes to schools, churches, restaurants and retailers, banned sports teams from playing and sharply curtailed attendance at weddings and funerals. He said the goal is to slash the rate of infections and keep people alive while preventing the loss of jobs and livelihoods that threaten to make an already dire situation even worse. “This whole thing is just incredibly tough for everyone,” Kenney said Tuesday. “I just never imagined I’d be in this place… Read More

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‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Ken Jennings Named Interim Guest Host

It’s going to be strange not seeing “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek at the podium anymore, but thankfully the quiz show’s upcoming episodes will be led by a familiar face who loved Trebek as much as we do. Renowned former contestant Ken Jennings, who won the show’s ‘Greatest Of All Time’ title last year, has stepped up to the plate as the first of several interim guest hosts greeting audiences starting Nov. 30, producers announced on Monday. “Alex believed in the importance of ‘Jeopardy!’ and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him … By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to… Read More

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Liver, Garlic, Bone Marrow On The Menu For Cameron Diaz’s Daughter Raddix

You won’t find any canned baby food in Cameron Diaz’s pantry. On a Monday episode of “The Rachel Ray Show,” the 48-year-old new mom revealed that her 11-month-old daughter Raddix is the farthest thing from a picky eater: Garlic and liver are foods she happily noms, thanks to her mom’s home cooking.   The actor told Ray her first child has eaten garlic from “day one,” and that “she eats bone marrow and she eats liver.”  What’s more, Raddix won’t turn her nose up at greens: “I put herbs in everything — thyme and dill, sage, everything. She just loves all of it.”  Check out: royal baby photos we can’t get enough of. Story… Read More

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Toronto Raptors Will Start Season Playing Home Games In Florida

TORONTO — Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors boast about having one of the best fan bases in the league.  But due to COVID-19, it’s going to be a long-distance love affair for now. The Raptors will start their season playing home games in Tampa, Fla., next month after being unable to come to an agreement with the federal government to play at Scotiabank Arena during the global pandemic. Ujiri said the current public health situation facing Canadians, combined with the team’s urgent need to find a place to play, led to the decision to announce Tampa as a temporary home. “So we’ll be away from our home and our… Read More

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