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MONTREAL – According to official information, an Air Canada-operated Boeing 737 Max 8 was diverted on Wednesday after pilots received an engine warning shortly after take-off
The airline says the pilots on the “repositioning flight” between Marana, Ariz, and Montreal shut down an engine after seeing the warning and were diverted to Tucson, where they landed normally
According to Air Canada, there were three crew members on board, but no passengers on the flight
The affected aircraft remains in Tucson
Last week, Transport Canada approved design changes to the troubled 737 Max aircraft that has been on the ground for nearly two years after engineering problems led to fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia
The US authorities approved 737 Max flights in mid-November
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on December 25, 2020
This story was produced with financial support from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship

The Canadian press

VANCOUVER – A volunteer search and rescue team based in North Vancouver, BC.conducted an unexpected nighttime rescue on Wednesday – the first time they trained to use their new night vision devices
A crew from North Shore Rescue – the first volunteer search and rescue team in British Columbia to wear night vision goggles as part of a provincial pilot project – was flying near Mount Seymour, near North Vancouver, when they said two snowshoeers were found stranded Team leader Mike Danks
Using their night vision goggles and gear for the first time, the crew located the couple and sent a team to help them and get them to safety Thursday morning
“To be honest, it was almost surreal for us,” said Danks. “We’re not even five minutes into this training flight and we have people who are trapped. They weren’t even reported missing at this point and we found them” ”
The BC The government said the pilot, which is helping search and rescue groups to use night vision to extend their flight search and transport operating hours, is the first of its kind
Night vision goggles and equipment are usually reserved for military and police use
“This pilot is the first of its kind in Canada for volunteer search and rescue groups, and I look forward to providing another tool for search and rescue professionals to make their jobs safer and easier,” said Mike Farnworth. Public Security Minister issued a publication earlier this month
It was a three-year odyssey for the group before they got to the rescue mission for the training lesson, Danks said
The experience of finding the hikers missing an hour before they were reported confirms the project, he added
“It was the first time we found two people before they were reported missing,” said Danks
The search and rescue group has set a record year for the number of calls they have supported, 146 up from the previous record of 144 in 2018
On average, the group answers 90 to 100 calls a year
The two snowshoe hikers, both men in their thirties, accidentally followed the wrong track and landed at a waterfall that Danks described as “quite significant”
The rescue team was able to leave some supplies to help the hikers while a ground crew was sent in to bring them back to safety
The long-term goal of the group is to be able to pull stranded people up at night and to locate them with the help of night vision devices
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on December 25, 2020

Nick Wells, the Canadian press

MONTREAL – Several rivers in Quebec are threatened by flooding Evacuation has been ordered in parts of the town of Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval north of Quebec City, with nearly 200 people evacuated, said Audrey Beaulieu, the city’s assistant manager in some parts of the community at Aug.000 residents have started the flooding, Beaulieu said, but local authorities believe no life is in danger due to the evacuations, but she said river levels are likely to reach record highs tonight The Red Cross is helping with the relocation of people who have been evacuated and nowhere A private bridge in the area is “at risk” and around 10 people are in a remote area, said Steve Boivin, senior adviser to Quebec’s civil security division, in an interview, adding that Various options are currently being considered to evacuate these residents Quebec Provincial Police were asked to use a helicopter to patrol the evacuated area but were unable to take off. “The ceiling is too low and there is too much fog,” said Police Spokeswoman Sgt Ann Mathieu added that the local police were firefighters at Du The flooding comes amid heavy rainfall and melting snow. “The river basins in several regions of Quebec, particularly those north of the St The Lawrence River is responding to the rain and melting of the past few hours, “Boivin said, adding that the Quebec City area has been particularly hard hit, where several rivers have been swollen from the rain, which is expected to last a few hours. Civil security has been since two Vigilant days after forecasts called for heavy rain and warmer temperatures, Boivin said “With the falling rain and the acceleration of melting we are following the situation closely and expect further overflows.” The warm temperatures have resulted in significant snowmelt and record breaking in the massif, a ski slope in Charlevoix, northeast of Quebec City, had 36 centimeters of snow on the slopes on Thursday As of Friday, there were no more than 12 centimeters left, said Environment Canada meteorologist Dominic Martel, who described the melting as “very considerable” and unusual in Montreal, the record high for December 25 of 117C, recorded in 1964 was broken with a high of 136 C. In Trois-Rivieres, the record high of 89 C, also set in 1964, was broken with a high of 12 1 CAround 2:30 p.m., Granby, Que was the warmest place in the country at 16 ° CTemperatures are expected to drop below 0 ° C overnight, however Boivin warned people to avoid unnecessary travel as roads expected to become slippery Friday afternoon, a rain warning remained in place for much of central Quebec, and Environment Canada warned that low-lying areas in some parts of the province are at risk of flash floods and localized flooding, with between 50 and 70 millimeters of rain expected in the Quebec City region In some nearby areas, up to 130 millimeters of rain are expected by the evening. North of Montreal, between 40 and 70 millimeters of rain is expected, but for the city itself and the regions immediately north of it, there is no longer a rain warning while southern Quebec has warm temperatures and If there is rain, Environment Canada has issued snow storm warnings for three regions in the far north of the province that are expected to experience high winds and heavy snowfall tomorrow morning, This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 25, 2020

Michel Saba, the Canadian press

MIAMI – Erik Spoelstra stayed perfect this Christmas and a record show by Duncan Robinson helped him stay that way Robinson made seven 3-point points – for 23 points That allowed the heat to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 111-98 to start the NBA’s quintuple leader on Friday. “It’s very special to play at Christmas,” said Robinson. “I definitely don’t take this for granted,” Goran Dragic scored 18 points, Bam Adebayo had 17 and Avery Bradley finished with 12 for Miami, and Spoelstra improved his Christmas record as a heat coach to 8-0. “I wasn’t even aware of that,” said Spoelstra. “Just shows you that we really have some here had good teams and teams that had the chance to play at Christmas “Precious Achiuwa and Tyler Herro each scored 11 goals for Miami, who lost Jimmy Butler at halftime with stiffness of the right ankle – Zion Williamson had 32 points and 14 rebounds in 38 minutes for New Orleans – the rebounds and minutes were both career highlights Brandon Ingram finished with 28 points, but the Pelicans shot 40% down 51% of Miami “We made some defensive mistakes, that we shouldn’t have, “said Josh Hart, who scored 12 for New Orleans.” Lack of communication We need to communicate better on the defensive “Robinson’s seven threes topped Ingram’s Christmas mark last year” The guy’s a great, great shooter. He will have nights like this, “said Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy.” But at least three of them were the ones we could have done a better job on. “JJ Redick’s 3-pointer with 7:43 left shortened Miami’s lead to 91-85 and came during a stretch when the Heat went five minutes without a field goal But the Pelicans didn’t get any closer The Heat restored order by scoring 11 of the next 13 points in the game When Achiuwa – the rookie who had strong defensive minutes – forced Williamson to turn over 3:55, the entire Miami bank rose in celebration to “We knew they were going to take a run, but we stayed calm,” said DragicNew Orleans led 17: 9 in the middle of the opening quarter – and was beaten 52:21 by Miami in the next 13 1/2 minutes, with the Heat hitting nine of their 13 3s in the first half during that time en route to a 23 -Point Lead The Pelicans broke off, getting halfway to 66-53 and after three to 88-79.But New Orleans only shot 30% in the final quarter and Ingram went goalless in those 12 minutes after playing the entire third period, Van Gundy complained about that he had played Ingram so much in the third game. “Probably not optimal for me either,” said Van Gundy. TIP-INSPelicans: Williamson’s career high so far was 34 minutes. Redick polluted for the second time in 898 regular season games a nd missed six of his seven shots The Pelicans are now 1-3 at Christmas Heat: Andre Iguodala started the second half for Butler Miami improved to 11-2 at Christmas and hadn’t played on vacation since beating New Orleans in 2015 and hasn’t lost on December 25 since 2007SEASON’S GREETINGSHeat forward Moe Harkless this week helped pay rent for about 50 New York City families in tough economic times this holiday season, as well as lost wages and other essential “Means the World to Me” expenses said HarklessCOMING HOMEVeteran ref John Goble was crew chief and was allowed to be home for Christmas; He’s from Miami Marc Davis (lives in Chicago, crew chief Friday in Milwaukee) and John Goble (lives in Connecticut, crew chief Friday in Boston) were also allowed to work near home for Christmas UP NEXTPelicans: hosts San Antonio on SundayHitze: hosts Milwaukee on Tuesday___More AP NBA: https: // apnewscom / NBA and https: // twittercom / AP_SportsTim Reynolds, The Associated Press

Mexican authorities said Friday they arrested four people two years ago in connection with a helicopter crash that killed central Puebla Governor Martha Alonso and her husband, Senator and former governor Rafael Moreno Valle, on Am 24 December 2018, shortly after take-off, their helicopter landed in Puebla for Mexico City.The Puebla Prosecutor General said the three men and one woman arrested are being investigated for murder and are providing false information without giving any further details

LOS ANGELES – California’s fatal Christmas was marked by requests to avoid outside holiday gatherings and indoor services in order to contain a coronavirus wave that has already filled some hospitals well beyond normal capacity and festive gatherings with friends and family could be after a year in which the pandemic nearly 24Killing 000 and devastating the economy, tempting as much of the state was left under a stay-at-home order that closed non-essential businesses, but officials reiterated warnings that Thanksgiving gatherings would not see people wearing masks or did not observe social distancing, caused a surge and asked people to skip the Christmas and New Years celebrations in Sonoma County, California’s Wine Country, a Native American casino announced it was canceling a planned private New Years Eve indoor event at the up to 4000 People Could Have Attended The Graton Resort and Casino is located in a sovereign homeland that has no state or regional health requirements but was scrutinized for the event Gov Gavin Newsom said hospitals are under “unprecedented pressure” and if current trends continue, the number of people hospitalized for the virus could double in 30 days. “We could have an increase in addition to an increase in January and February” Newsom said in a social media video on Thursday, “I’m afraid so, but we’re not victims of changing our behavior – coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths have increased exponentially in the past few weeks, breaking new records. Christmas Eve was California.” The first state in the nation to have more than 2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the state reported more than 39 on Thursday000 new COVID-19 cases, up 2% from the previous day but still well below the high of more than 53000 cases reported last week The 14-day daily average was below 40There have been 312 new deaths reported, a 13% jump from the previous day but still well below last week’s high of 379, but the overall mortality rate has increased more than 16% in two weeks The first coronavirus case in California was in January Confirmed 25 It took 1 million infections to emerge in November 11, just 44 days later, the number topped 2 million The crisis is putting the state’s medical system well beyond its normal capacity, causing hospitals, patients in tents, offices and auditoriums By Thursday, California had a record number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital and in intensive care units of nearly 19000 or almost 4000 Friday’s numbers showed no increase in hospital stays and there were a few more beds available in the intensive care unit, around 1 total400 across the state, according to the California Department of Health, but ICU capacity varied between the five regions of the state The Northern California region had more than 36% of ICU capacity, while the Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions were technically at 0% capacity, This means that regular beds in the intensive care unit were no longer available. Affected hospitals resorted to the capacity increase by taking patients to areas that were not originally intended for the same level of care, such as B. postoperative recovery rooms “In most hospitals, around half of all beds are filled with COVID patients and half of all ICU beds are filled with COVID patients, and two-thirds of these patients are choking from the inflammation in their lungs caused by the virus,” said Dr Christina Ghaly, director of the Los Angeles Department of Health, “You are suffocating to the point where you can no longer breathe on your own and you have to have someone put a tube down your throat to oxygenate your organs. Many of these people will be in 2021 no longer live, “she said on Thursday. Hospitals have also hired additional staff and canceled elective operations – all to increase capacity before the Christmas and New Year contracted cases emerge in the next few weeks.” We understand that people are tired, but public health action is not the enemy – it is the roadmap for faster, more sustainable recovery, “said a statement from the Public Health Alliance in Southern California, which includes 10 neighboring local health departments, serving nearly 60% of the state’s population Los Angeles district, which accounts for a third of all coronavir cases and accounting for nearly 40% of deaths, urged people to avoid attending services indoors despite social distancing requirements, but the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles allowed limited indoor services but urged churches to benefit The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels hosted livestream Christmas masses where the priests wore face masks, choirs were replaced by a lone singer, and no more than 130 people in an area of ​​3Parishioners kept their social distance, even when they took communion, and received it on market terms from clergymen A reigning priest urged people to “never lose hope, never be discouraged” amid terrible warnings despite the pandemic There have been some glimmers of hope the governor said might suggest people heed social distancing requests, a statistical model state officials use to project hospital stays says more than 71000 patients a month ahead The estimate is still not four times the current number of patients, but it is around 40000 less below what the model projected a few days ago The transmission rate – the number of people an infected person will infect – has been slowing for almost two weeks, nearing the point where fewer infections would occur from each person, Newsom urged Californians to celebrate the holidays safely. “Let’s virtually hug those outside of our immediate families,” he said. “Let’s stay close to these people in our household____ Associate Press Secretary Don Thompson in Sacramento and Stefanie Dazio in Los Angeles as well as AP photographer Ashley Landis in Los Angeles contributed to this story Robert Jablon, The Associated Press

No one was injured in a large explosion at a steel mill in Hamilton that sent a dark cloud over the east end of town on Christmas Day, police said Hamilton Police Acting Staff Sgt Jason Leek said the explosion turned out to be in one on Friday The furnace area of ​​the Stelco plant took place, which was not manned at the time, and all employees are responsible The Stelco complex is large and the explosion occurred at least one kilometer from the residential buildings As a result, no evacuations were required and no injuries were reported, he said, Leek said the incident caused “quite a cloud” but it resolved quickly and police are not aware of any safety or environmental concerns. “It is one of those things, which looked much worse than it actually is, “he said The Environment Department was urged to investigate as needed. The cause of the explosion is not yet known. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 25, 2020. The Canadian Press.”

ROM – Families who typically reunite for Christmas over a hearty, lingering meal that was celebrated separately on Friday, with services postponed online, and reluctant to exchange gifts during one of the most unusual and subdued holiday periods in decades
The coronavirus left almost no one unaffected
Patricia Hager, 60, delivered homemade caramel buns for breakfast to family and friends in Bismarck, North Dakota, a state that was hit later in the pandemic but was badly hit it seemed like every time she got hers this holiday season Door opened, someone left smoked salmon, baskets of nuts or cookies
“This year Christmas love is expressed on the door,” she said. “I’m glad people will probably be with us next year with the vaccines for that I can give up everything”
Song Ju-hyeon, of Paju, South Korea, near Seoul, said having a home is the only place she feels safe The government reported on Friday Jan.241 new cases, a new daily record for the country
“It doesn’t feel like Christmas anyway, no Christmas carols are played in the streets,” she said
“It’s Christmas mask,” said the Daily Nation newspaper in Kenya, where a surge in cases led doctors to end a brief strike on Christmas Eve. Celebrations at the East African center were dampened as a curfew prevented the Church from attending night
Pope Francis presented his Christmas blessing from inside the Vatican, breaking his traditional speech from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica by the tens of thousands in St. St. Peter’s Square Tourism in Italy has virtually disappeared, and the government’s coronavirus restrictions for the holidays have thwarted any plans by locals to flock to the square
Francis cited a reason for optimism, saying the development of COVID-19 vaccines shed “light of hope” on the world In a passionate appeal to executives, corporations and international organizations, he said they needed to ensure that those at risk are most vulnerable and those most in need of the pandemic come first to receive the vaccine
In Bethlehem, bells rang as the traditional birthplace of Jesus was celebrated, the closure of Israel’s international airport to foreign tourists, as well as Palestinian restrictions prohibiting intercity travel in the areas they administer in the Israel-occupied West Bank kept visitors away
In Beijing, official churches abruptly canceled mass after China’s capital was put on alert after two confirmed COVID-19 cases last week, with two new asymptomatic cases reported on Friday
With economies fluctuating around the world, it wasn’t a year of lavish gifts Robin Sypniewski, of Middlesex County, New Jersey, has been on leave twice from her job as a school feeder and now has fewer hours as her husband retires next week as a garbage collector and her daughter grapples with student debt
58-year-old Sypniewski bought her daughter’s pajamas versus a diamond bracelet last Christmas. Her husband received a $ 20 plaque describing his Polish heritage compared to a tablet computer last year
“The bills have to be paid this month and next, with the reduced hours, it is difficult,” she said
In Sao Paulo, Brazil, 56-year-old taxi driver Dennys Abreu navigated the huge city overnight to cover the monthly payment of $ 300 for his car he bought after losing a construction job, and an estimated 14 million Brazilians are unemployed
“All I can do is work as much as possible, get through and hope that this damn virus goes away next year,” he said
Meanwhile, services have been postponed online.The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles celebrated five masses at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels with a maximum attendance of 130 people, compared to a pre-pandemic capacity of about 3000 all were streamed live
The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, North Carolina had five services, but face-to-face attendance was limited to 25 people, compared to 2000 pre-pandemic Christmas Eve pageant, usually held in person, was taped and shown online
“I have to remember that Christians have celebrated Christmas in all possible circumstances for hundreds of years,” the Rev said Elizabeth Marie Melchionna, Rector of the Church “Some of the outward appearances are different and yet the essence remains the same. What has not changed is the essential desire and celebration of love that is born at Christmas”
In Paris, members of the Notre Dame Cathedral choir sang for the first time since a fire in the church in 2019, wearing hard hats and protective suits against the building conditions
There was grief among families of more than 1 worldwide, 7 million people have been killed and around 80 million infected by the virus
60-year-old Margarita Reyes is one of four people in her home who contracted the virus in Calexico, California, near the Mexican border. Her 69-year-old husband died within three weeks and her 35-year-old daughter has been since five months ago on an oxygen machine you were too sad to celebrate in any way
Suzanne Rose, of Raleigh, North Carolina, delivered homemade spaghetti to the door of her quarantined daughter, a restaurant manager who was exposed to the virus at work, and her son, a firefighter, has also been exposed
“The air went out of the balloon” without her kids for Christmas, she said Video chat was no substitute for watching movies with her and her husband in the same room
Border closures and bottlenecks have thwarted some plans Thousands of drivers were stranded in their trucks in the English port of Dover because they lacked the coronavirus tests required by France as concerns increased over a new, apparently more contagious, variant of the virus brought in by the British Army and French firefighters to speed up testing and free groceries were given out
With Colombia closing its borders to prevent the virus from spreading, Venezuelan migrants could not go home on vacation Yakelin Tamaure, a nurse who left Venezuela two years ago, wanted to visit her mother, who has a broken foot
“I’m trying to send your money, but it’s not the same as being there,” she said
But many accepted restrictions.A pre-pandemic Christmas in Ann Arbor, Michigan, meant a big appetizer dinner for Kristin Schrader, 53, for her brother, who is from Denver, her parents who live in town, and friends who stop by That year, she decided to go on a socially distant getaway with her husband and 13-year-old daughter to watch a man go down the cold Huron River as a Santa Claus canoe with his dog, which also featured a low key fondue dinner program
“It’s just really hard when you’re all in the same house creating a lot of excitement for the three of us when we just stare at each other for months,” she said
The 70 residents of St Peters, a nursing home in the northern Spanish town of El Astillero, had video chats or 30-minute visits with the family, separated by a plexiglass wall
“This terrible thing has come to us, so we have to accept it and be patient with it,” said Mercedes Arejula, who was meeting with her mother
The nursing home only allowed one relative in. A granddaughter blew kisses from outside
Spagat reported from San Diego
AP correspondents from around the world contributed to this report
This story has been corrected to show that Suzanne Rose is from Raleigh, North Carolina, and not Winston-Salem
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Elliot Splits and Frances D’Emilio, The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE – Khris Middleton scored 31 points and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Golden State Warriors 138-99 on Friday to win their first Christmas Day home game in over half a century, while Middleton went 10 out of 15 overall and 6 for 8 out of 3rd -Points range and performed a strong performance from the depths for his team In his first two games of the season he scored a total of 58 points “In the weeks leading up to the season, I was just trying to do a good job and work on my game” said Middleton, “So far it has worked for me, Milwaukee was 20 out of 37 on 3-point attempts while Golden State was 10 out of 45. The Warriors were beaten by 65 points in their first two games, the second highest total in NBA history in two.” Playing on 71 points for the 1987-88 Clippers Golden State lost 125-99 in Brooklyn on the season opener, making it the second most one-sided score of any Christmas Day game in the NBA business icht The Syracuse Nationals defeated the New York Knicks 162-100 on December 25, 1960 “What I was most disappointed with was that we just had two good days of practice with our execution to get on our offensive and hard cuts and Taking readings and we didn’t do much of anything, “said Warriors coach Steve Kerr.” It was kind of scattered and disorganized. That disappoints me. I have to blame it. I’m the head coach. “Milwaukee’s only other Christmas home game took place during 1968 during The inaugural season of the franchise instead of The Bucks have been out for Christmas for the last two seasons, losing in Philadelphia in 2019 and winning in New York in 2018.Bucks players had a pre-game Christmas surprise when they received videotaped messages from their families from team officials “It was definitely the best present I got today,” said Bucks Gua rd Jrue Holiday, then they went out and put in a dominant performance to recover from a loss at the 122-121 season opener in Boston, where Celtics star Jayson Tatum scored a 3-pointer and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a possible free throw last Second Antetkounmpo had 15 points and 13 rebounds against Golden State, but the two-time reigning NBA MVP shot 4 of 15 from the floor and 7 of 15 from the foul line, Stephen Curry scored 19 points for Golden State and rookie James Wiseman had 18 Andrew Wiggins had 12 Jordan Poole and Brad Wanamaker added 11 each ofDonte DiVincenzo and DJ Augustin scored 13 each for Milwaukee Holiday had 12 and Bobby Portis added 10 TIP-INS Warriors: F Draymond Green sat out for the second game in a row with a sore right foot … This was the 12th game Time Kerr was part of a Christmas game He played five and trained seven … The Warriors fell 13-17 in Christmas Day games This was their eighth consecutive appearance on Christmas Day Bucks: Augustin made his Bucks debut after finishing the Celtics Abandoned game due to a strained left calf Augustin, 33, signed with the Bucks last month after spending the last four seasons with Orlando. Curry Milestone Watch Curry raised his career points to 16458 and passed Rick Barry (16447) to reach second place on the Warriors list, Wilt Chamberlain holds the franchise record after turning 17thCurry was 2 out of 10 out of the 3-point range to give him 783 points for the Warriors499 career 3 points to give The two-time MVP wants to win Ray Allen (2nd973) and Reggie Miller (2560) are the only NBA players who have at least 2Make 500 3-Pointers Curry went 5 out of 5 off the line to extend his streak of consecutive successful free-throw attempts to 55. He chases Barry’s franchise record of 60 straight from 1976 to 1977UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Chicago on Sunday for their trip with four Continue playing and kicking off the season Golden State won’t play its first home game until January 1 against PortlandMoney: Visit the New York Knicks on Sunday to open a three-game street swing ___ More AP NBA: https: // apnewscom / NBA and https: // twittercom / AP_SportsThe Associated Press

France recorded its first case of the new variant of the coronavirus as the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 increased in the country, adding to concerns about a new wave of viruses in the euro area’s second largest economy, the French Ministry of Health said, a Frenchman said , who recently returned to France from London, tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus, the ministry said the case – the first in France – was found in the city of Tours

In her annual Christmas message, the Queen spoke of hope and kindness, praising nurses, frontline service workers and Good Samaritans, but not once did the Queen use the message relating to social distancing and the “challenges of the year” the words ‘COVID-19’, ‘coronavirus’ or ‘pandemic’ “Remarkably, a year that necessarily kept people apart has brought us closer in so many ways,” she said. “We continue to be inspired by the friendliness of strangers and comfort us that even on the darkest nights there is hope in the new dawn. “The Queen said her Christian faith was a source of hope for her – she called the teachings of Christ her” inner light “” She also spoke of the implications the pandemic on people of other faiths and about drawing hope from their traditions “last That month, fireworks lit the skies around Windsor as Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, which despite social distancing provided joyful moments of hope and unity, “she said. But amid the message of hope, the difficult time in which was recognized Many are in this year “Of course, this time of year will be marked by sadness for many: some mourn those who are dear to them, and others miss friends and family members who are aloof for safety reasons when all they really want for Christmas That is a simple hug or a squeeze on the hand, “said the Queen” When you are among them, you are not alone and let my thoughts and prayers reassure you “Meanwhile, in the respiratory station of Vancouver General Hospital COVID-19 outbreak reported Vancouver Coastal Health Authority says no new admissions and transfers are currently allowedBC.The Northern Health Authority announced that a COVID-19 outbreak has occurred at the LNG Canada project site in Kitimat, BC.Has been declared closed No new cases have been reported since December 2, with all 56 employees testing positive after recovering, said Windsor, Ont. A hospital is taking the lead in managing a care home that has a fatal COVID 19 outbreak survives, affecting more than 150 people, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare said in a statement Thursday that it has responsibility for communication, infection prevention and control, relationships with residents and families, medical supervision and leadership in the village at St ClairAccording to the province as of December 23, 12 residents in the Village at St Clair has died of COVID-19, according to Windsor-Essex County’s Health Unit, 97 residents and 67 house staff tested positive for the virus the day before, North York General Hospital in Toronto said it had been asked to take control of tendercare Living Center in Scarborough, Ontario, where nearly half of all residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 20 people have died nationally, the Canadian Health Department announced Thursday that there is still no evidence that new variants of COVID-19 identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa are in Canada Dr. Theresa Tam said in the statement released Thursday afternoon that the government is continuing to analyze genome databases and “actively monitor” the new variants. “We continue to advise against non-essential travel to other countries and take special care if you have to travel to the UK or South Africa “Tam saidWhile Tam said she was hopeful, by approving a second COVID-19 vaccine for use in Canada, she urged Canadians to continue to follow public health recommendations.” However, it is important to keep in mind that the initial one Vaccine supply remains limited as vaccine rollout continues in Canada, and we must remember that infection rates remain very high in many parts of the country, “said TamIn Quebec a nationwide lockdown went into effect on Friday where companies that were classified as not material have been instructed to at least Closed on January 11 Similar restrictions go into effect in Ontario on Saturday While some provinces, including Quebec and Ontario, have announced not to release new data on the spread of COVID-19 this Christmas, New Brunswick reported a single new infection on Friday yesterday afternoon, federal health officials said there were more than 75There were 000 active cases of COVID-19 and that an average of 3 over the seven-day period ended December392 people with COVID-19 in hospitals across the country were 23. An average of 114 deaths related to the virus were reported daily during the same period. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 25, 2020 ——— This story was made with financial support from the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship produced Jacob Serebrin, the Canadian press

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Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Says COVID-19 Outbreak Has Been Reported in a Breath Unit at General Hospital Patients with T12A, a breath unit at Vancouver General Hospital, have tested positive for COVID-19, suggesting the hospital and health authority The unit is currently closed to new admissions and transfers, and Vancouver Coastal Health says all visits have been suspended until the outbreak measures are lifted, the only exception being compassionate end-of-life visits, health officials say Vancouver General Hospital remains open and ready It is said that there is limited impact on other areas of Vancouver General Hospital and patients should seek help when needed. “Vancouver General Hospital will continue to work for all patient groups admitted, and this the outbreak will not affect care for patients with respiratory disease, including transplant patients or other patients in need of specialized care, “said the health authority.” Vancouver Coastal Health said patients in the unit and their families are currently being notified

On Wednesday evening, North Shore Search and Rescue conducted their first night vision training mission in airplanes. By chance, on this first flight, they discovered two hikers in distress trapped on a waterfall in Suicide Creek. “We alerted the RCMP, we went back and actually brought them an air drop kit with a radio to obviously confirm that they needed help, “said team leader Mike Danks. On a very cold night in icy, steep terrain, it took the ground crew more than five hours to get the hikers out of it Getting Situation Out “The crews had to access this area, abseil to their location, strap them in, bring them back up from this waterfall, reheat them, and then hike them out again in rather difficult conditions,” said Danks. Wednesday night’s rescue is on Example of how busy 2020 is with the search and rescue of Fr. North Shore Rescue has received a record 146 calls so far this year, which is noteworthy given that the team did not receive a call for almost two months in April and May due to COVID-19 restrictions, compared to 2018 being the busiest year when where North Shore Rescue received 144 calls Typically the team receives around 90 to 100 calls a year. According to Danks, the pandemic played a role in the record year, “The North Shore Mountains are very close to the city center and very accessible so we may have up to to 25 million people who have access to our mountains here, “said Danks.” To be honest, it’s a recipe for disaster We have a lot of newbies getting out. “During a recent rescue on Dog Mountain, members of the North went Shore rescue teams pass hikers wearing running shoes in deep snow “I think that’s a pretty good indication that people are feeling the dead “The year has also been a challenge for the team when it comes to complying with COVID-19 safety protocols while conducting their missions,” says Danks, “Thanks says they had to adjust to how they respond to calls.” We’re trying to use fewer people. We’re very strategic about the PPE we are using, “he said. The whole unit is also working more closely together not to burn out individual members who are all volunteers, Danks notes.” I think it has ours Team brought together as a united front to really work together and respond to all of these calls “

The best time has come in a not-so-wonderful year, and coast-to-coast Canadians are not being put off by the pandemic.Many have found creative ways to celebrate while still in the middle of the second wave of COVID-19 Iqaluit, Nunavut, Sheila Flaherty cooked a piece of polar bear meat or nanuq in Inuktitut to serve her family on Christmas Day “It’s the most delicious red meat,” she said, “It’s a really delicate, delicate meat” Flaherty had to saw the bone, She braised the meat in tomato sauce and cola and served it with steamed buns, tarts, and a wreath cake, and Fllaherty, an Inuk chef and entrepreneur, harvested the animal outside of Iqaluit in September It was her first polar bear catch, usually flying to Ottawa for Christmas to see her son and father, but she will be with the family this year e her husband is spending in the north “My father is 87 and Christmas is really important to him. He really misses us” But we take solace and take refuge in comfort: that is cooking and baking”” Alex Watts, a former homeless man, spends time with his family in VancouverEach year, Watts helps others in Vancouver’s impoverished downtown Eastside celebrate the kind of Christmas he would have wished for as a homeless person as part of his event, Hope and Love For You “he gives away packed lunches, gifts, and cards to those who wouldn’t get anything else. Watts managed to provide groceries, toys, hoods, gloves, and scarves to 13 families after reaching out to churches and individuals for donations from him delivered the last one on Tuesday. “Sure, I miss this but this is temporary,” Watts said in an interview about COVID-19 restrictions affecting his usual tradition of helping others on Christmas Day, cooking for the first time in a long time Time a turkey and looking forward to sitting down for dinner with his family, Watts said one of the highlights One day it might be to be able to spend it with his two-year-old son, he added. “This is my first sobriety father, so I can spend Christmas Day with my little one and be there when he opens his presents in the morning. That’s special for me, “said Watts, Alberta overtaken prepayment this holiday season as hundreds of volunteers worked to provide food, gifts and clothing that were donated in record numbers. The Edmonton Christmas Office celebrated its 80th birthday Birthday by turning 45″We saw a 15 percent increase (for families in need of help) which was unprecedented for us We usually only see an increase of two to five percent year on year, “said charity spokeswoman Katherine StavropoulosMohan Thomas of Mississauga, Ont, who usually gathers with family members from other parts of the province to attend midnight Christmas mass at the Merciful Redeemer Parish, however, that year he was attending church on his own. He was able to make a reservation for the Church’s sacrament service, which was booked online within minutes, and people were given a few minutes each to attend the service Thomas said, “There has to be a way to practice your faith or people will lose hope,” he said. Religious ceremonies in the Peel region of Ontario are limited to 10 people indoors, so the church will not hold full mass on Christmas Day Church pastor Owen Keenan says there are typically hundreds of people in attendance, but this year it will only be virtual for Jon Stanfield, executive director of Stanfield’s LtdIt has been a busy year in which there have been extensive changes in his companyThe factory in Truro, NS.Known for its underwear, it revolved around frontline protective clothing for health workers. More than three million protective gowns were made by the end of October In the days leading up to Christmas, Stanfield teamed up with 20 employees to load $ 1 worth of clothing and underwear Millions on trucks to be delivered to the Salvation Army main depot in Toronto From there the garments will be shipped to homeless shelters across the country. “I wanted to provide clothes for the backs and bums of more people who may be in need this year, mainly because of COVID-19 and job loss, “he toldRev Kyle Wagner, Rector of Christ Church Anglican Church in Dartmouth, NS.said having Christmas services online feels strange but necessary as the virus is still floating around “It feels kind of weird It sure is a little sad,” he said Wagner said he could still follow his Christmas Eve tradition, to see the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, but it is a change of pace for someone who is used to working that day. “It’s the first Christmas that I didn’t have to work, so it was really just a kind early night, “he said it is the first time since the Halifax explosion in 1917 that its historic church, built in 1817, has closed on Christmas Eve. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 25, 2020- With files from Emma Tranter in Iqaluit , Camille Bains and Nick Wells in Vancouver, Denise Paglinawan in Toronto and Michael Tutton in Halifax ——— This story was made with financial support from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship pro Fakiha Baig, the Canadian press

A Canadian team without free legs opens the defense of its junior world championship on Saturday in Edmonton The host team starts the preliminary round against Germany at Rogers Place Canada has played a game against an opponent since the beginning of the selection camp in November – the 1-0 Pre-tournament win against Russia on Wednesday 16Canadian captain Kirby Dach injured his right wrist in the third half and unable to take part in the tournamentCanada’s coach Andre Tourigny said on Friday he will not name another captain for the tournament “It’s really heartbreaking what happened, but we have been preparing to go through adversity since day 1, “he said Germany will be minus nine players on Saturday. These players are in quarantine due to positive COVID-19 tests on the team. Three Germans can on Sunday and another five return to the tournament on Tuesday unless more positive tests are found The 46 players invited to Canada’s selection camp went into quarantine after two players tested positive for the virus As a result, four exhibition games against university teams have been canceled, an extended quarantine for Sweden upon arrival in Canada wiped out a pre-tournament game between the two countries, of the 25 players on Canada’s squad, 20 have not played games in months as the pandemic kicked off their leagues in this season has moved “It’s definitely a challenge and something we talked about that we can’t play that many games other than the boys (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League),” said striker Alex Newhook of St John’s NL.who hasn’t seen any action with Boston College this season “This really increased our intensity and pace of play in practice. Regardless of how many games we played, I think our drills set us well at the highest competitive level “Resilience” was a word that Tourigny and his coaching staff used a lot in the run-up to the tournament. “In team building exercises, the players had to talk about this value of resilience,” said Tourigny. “It is one of the Reasons our country is so special in hockey We’re resilient We never give up We’ll stick with it We never stop You need this to compete in a championship “Canadians won’t have a sold-out crowd at Rogers Place delivering adrenaline to all games are without fans to avoid the virus spreading “It’s definitely unfortunate not to have fans and to have this home crowd,” sa gte Newhook “Everyone wants that energy The juniors of the world are such a big stage and we know the country is behind us whether we have fans or not” I think we have to provide our own energy and we have a lot of people in this room who are really good at it “Canada is probably in the easier pool alongside Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia and Germany. Russia, the USA, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Austria include pool BThe Canadians start on Saturday and Sunday with two games against the Germans and SlovakiaCanada against Switzerland on Tuesday and a New Year’s Eve matchup with the Finns round off the preliminary round for the host country “I can talk to you for hours about our boys, how they in practice, when we teach them or when we ask them about different things and how they are off the ice, “said Tourigny” But in terms of knowing how they will react in the game, when they get hot, when mistakes happen, where it is If there are breakdowns or the like, I can’t tell you at the moment that we know them very well before 2 quarter finals, followed by the semifinals Jan 4 and the medal games Jan 5Canada has considerable talent All 14 strikers were drafted by NHL teams in the first round Six players are veterans of the 2020 championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where Canada scored three goals in the third half to beat Russia 4-3 against gold. Tournament MVP Alexis Lafrenière was won by the New York Rangers Not Released To Play For Canada Again The lack of warm-up games made choosing a starting goalkeeper difficult, especially as Devon Levi, Taylor Gauthier and Dylan Garand have not yet entered the tournament, Levi von Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que, posted 23-Save Shutout against Russia Tourigny said before the exhibition game that it is Levi’s job to lose. He will start again on Saturday against Germany “We knew that our goalkeepers at camp wouldn’t have many games to prove themselves”, said the head coach “After what we saw in practice and during the Intrasquad games, we chose Devon” A As the home team, Canada will receive the Edmonton Oilers’ palatial dressing room from NHL striker Dylan Holloway, Edmonton’s first choice (Jan. Overall) in October draft, enjoys a preview of his NHL future. “It’s massive,” gushed the Bragg Creek, Alta winger, “There’s a ton of square feet. It’s definitely the biggest locker room I’ve ever been in,” you have a ping pong table The lounge looks like a hotel lobby The hot tub and cold hot tub are really nice “There are so many amenities and so many cool things It’s crazy to be there and it’s super cool” This report from The Canadian Press was first published published on December 25, 2020 Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Thai protesters marched on Saturday to call for more action to help seafood sellers affected by a COVID-19 outbreak as the government urged people to eat more shellfish as Thailand’s worst outbreak of the new coronavirus has been made before reported a little over a week More than 1500 infections are now linked to a shrimp market outside Bangkok. Seafood sellers say business has declined in a country whose economy has already been hit hard by a collapse in tourism

Crowds of shoppers lining up in front of every retailer in town at dawn, beaming cheek to cheek despite the cold prairie weather, ready to rush in and grab the products they’ve had their eyes on for days – Too deep discounts for boxing day sales No, that won’t happen this year It’s 2020, which means the classic image of shoppers waiting outside of retail stores in Canadian provinces from coast to coast due to restrictions due to COVID-19 Pandemic Will Not Realize Manitoba will only be allowed to purchase essential items this weekend, including temporary Christmas cards, gift wrapping, and poinsettias, but not other items that normally make up the bulk of Boxing Day retail purchases, including electronics, toys, furniture, jewelry, personal Clothing and everything that is “not essential” is according to the instructions Public Health Sessions Banned For In-Person Sale This is also the case in Ontario and Quebec, where retail closings have continued to be widespread to this day.In other provinces, strict capacity rules will reduce the number of shoppers allowed in stores and deter most from entering overall That doesn’t mean retailers won’t have a tough battle to keep business running on their most important day of the year, however.Instead of picking up in-person bargains today, retailers are attracting roadside discount customers through roadside pickup and online transactions Some big stores are even focusing on selling leftover holiday and seasonal merchandise at more than half their original prices “It may not be the kind of Boxing Day we’ve been used to from years ago, but I’m cautiously optimistic” said Rob Olinyk, president of Advance Electronics in Winnipeg, known for his discounts during the holiday season, Olinyk told the Free Press that it is difficult to compete with online giants like Amazon as an independent store doesn’t turn its attention to the e- Commerce judged “But what we learned from Black Friday this year is that our expectations are just that – expectations of what might happen,” he said. “We did a lot better then than expected, given the local buying mood I have seen, I hope that this will also be the case on Boxing Day”Jonathan Alward, Prairies director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, said the cut in sales will hit small businesses the hardest.” The biggest problem is that smaller stores have been used to the traffic they would have in store for Christmas sales, “he said “And most of these salable products are not only considered” non-essential “right now, but they are also not essential as they may be cheaper to buy on a large physical store website”” Tandy Thomas, an economics professor at Queen’s University, said she believed the Boxing Day sale will be the ultimate test of how well independent stores have done their business online, “The Big Retail Story is This Year from online shopping, “she said Boxing Day is one of the few times of the year when “consumers are ready to shop” and some people have been waiting for the sales event to spend “Canadians couldn’t cross the border into the U.S In order for Black Friday to get some of those deeper discounts, it could have been a great year for Canadian retailers to come back a little from the glory days of Boxing Day, “said Thomas.” But all of these plans were thrown out the window due to current restrictions. ” Farla Efros, president of HRC Retail Advisory, a Canadian consultancy that works with stores to increase their profitability, said this will be a problem for large boxing stores as well”” It’s all about the balance sheet, “she said, adding that the shopping spree is likely to be a” sad “and” lackluster “shell of its usual self.” There will be so much excess inventory that they are just trying to get rid of it “added Efros Lisa Hutcheson, managing partner at consulting firm JC. The Williams Group predicts there will be more gift card sales this year than the traditional wrapped gift, and they believe those sales will likely result in some inventory being in excess for long periods of time and other items being completely depleted if you get into one Canadian tires go some of the sporting goods shelves are (already) empty, “she said.” We were able to see some of the bottlenecks we saw during the first wave of lockdowns. “But most of all,” said Chuck Davidson, President and CEO of the Chambers of Commerce Manitoba, “I think it’s the experience, magic, and fun of the Boxing Day sale that people will miss the most this year”” For Olinyk, who used to hire a DJ to do the Christmas sales in his Portage Avenue store, “I know people will be back in Spades next year.” I just know they miss it, “he said,” Shopping on vacation doesn’t just check things off your list, it’s an experience and a reminder “And to me that means when this is over we will all be more than excited be back in those long lines for the next Boxing Day in 2021- With files from the Canadian pressTemur Durrani, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Winnipeg Free Press

Sydney residents were told not to go to stores for Boxing Day bargains, while those in some suburbs on the northern beach prepared to be strictly closed again for three days from Sunday as the City tries to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak New South Wales state recorded nine new coronavirus cases, eight of which are directly related to the Northern Beaches outbreak which is now 116 confirmed cases “Our strategy is to make sure we do this Nip in the bud as soon as possible, “Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said at a televised press conference

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