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income: The possibility of a basic income guarantee deserves more thorough investigation, the Senate finance committee wrote in its interim report on COVID-19, published July 14, according to National Observer. Simpson's office confirmed to National Observer that B.C. would welcome consultation over the issue. Shane Simpson was asked to respond to a federal Senate committee report that recommends the Government of Canada give full, fair and priority consideration to a basic income guarantee, in consultation with the provinces, territories and Indigenous governments. The province is currently studying basic income via a panel the government struck in 2018. Read the interim report COVID-19 Relief in times of crisis COVID19 NFFN cdnpoli cdnecon Senate of Canada SenateCA July 14, 2020CERB 'effectiveness' seen as inspiration The Senate committee's deputy chair, Senator ric Forest, said many witnesses and senators strongly suggested the government consider a basic income program in the post-COVID world during its study of the issue. The panel's final report is due to the minister at the end of December. ( As reported in the news.

states years: Dr, according to Georgia Asian. J.P. Cayungal, instructor, critical race and ethnic studies in UBC's Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice As I joined the growing number of people standing vigil with Black Lives Matter Vancouver on July 10, I immediately recognized Constance Barnes, the charismatic mover and shaker in the worlds of culture, green space, and electoral politics of Vancouver. Accomplices put their body on the line. The last time I had seen her was four years ago. And here we are, again Constance's father, Emery Barnes, was a well-known and well-respected football player turned politician. We hugged, then standing back she shook her head, Fuckin' really I mean, fuckin' really This is why my mother and father left the States 60 years ago. ( As reported in the news.

top-shelf cannabis: Now in development for two years, its premiere offspring Roz looks to follow mom's lead in finding its spot among the best cannabis genetics in the world, according to NOW Magazine. As always with the strains of folklore, we start with the parents. ByJimi Devine Published on July 22, 2020 Share Tweet Comment Over the past six years, Zkittlez has emblazoned its name across the cannabis landscape among the upper echelon of top-shelf cannabis. The aforementioned Zkittlez is the king of Northern California right now. With those strains, early generations leaked a bit out into the wild and into the hands of less savvy cultivators, leading to mixed results. Obviously, the city folk may point to more popular urban cuts not developed on the hillsides of the Emerald Triangle, but they've had their chance. ( As reported in the news.

u.s .,: Under the agreement, which took effect in 2004, Canada and the U.S. recognize each other as safe places to seek protection, according to CTV. It means Canada can turn back potential refugees who arrive at land ports of entry along the Canada-U.S. border on the basis they must pursue their claims in the U.S., the country where they first arrived. In a keenly awaited ruling, Federal Court Justice Ann Marie McDonald said Wednesday that elements of the law underpinning the Safe Third Country Agreement violate the constitutional guarantee of life, liberty and security. Canadian refugee advocates have vigorously fought the deal, arguing the U.S. is not always a safe country for people fleeing persecution. Mary-Liz Power, a spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, said the government was reviewing the ruling. The judge's declaration of invalidity is suspended for six months, leaving the law in place until mid-January and giving the Trudeau government time to respond to the court ruling. ( As reported in the news.

video message: Even before Thursday's opening day, players and coaches in the sport are taking a more active approach to supporting racial justice, according to CTV. Among the examples San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler and several players kneeling during the national anthem before an exhibition game and several Dodgers -- including NL MVP Cody Bellinger and three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw -- speaking out about racial injustice in a video message. But in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis -- and because of the quirks of a coronavirus-altered sports schedule -- baseball is in the position of having the American sports world largely to itself for the next week. I wanted to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with our clear systemic racism in our country and I wanted them players to know that they got to make their own decisions and we would respect and support those decisions, Kapler said after Monday's game. The most recent protests during the anthem seemed to draw the ire of President Donald Trump, who wrote on social media Tuesday morning Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me! Baseball's show of support for social justice continued Tuesday. I wanted them to feel safe in speaking up. ( As reported in the news.

abzug jousted: On the TV series Mrs, according to Rabble. America, Abzug jousted with feminists Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan in scenes from the heady, early days of the women's movement in the 1970s. A warrior for every social justice movement of her day, Bella Savitzky Abzug stood on the front lines protesting injustices that still roil this nation. But before then, she risked her life to defend an African American man accused of raping a white woman in Mississippi. She championed labor, marched to end the Vietnam War and celebrated New York, the city that she loved. She fought to End the Arms Race, Not the Human Race. ( As reported in the news.

archives canada: Although the memorial has many supporters, several prominent individuals have expressed their opposition to its construction, according to Georgia Asian. For example, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Beverly McLachlin in a September 2014 letter to Public Works expressed concern that the monument might unintentionally convey a sense of bleakness and brutalism inconsistent with a space dedicated to the administration of justice. Since then, this charity has been working closely with the federal government to realize the monument on a choice piece of real estate in the nation's capital between the Supreme Court and Library and Archives Canada. Similarly, Ottawa architect Barry Padolsky sent an open letter to the prime minister stating that the site was in need of a significant piece of architecture rather than the memorial as it has been proposed. ( As reported in the news.

blood cells: Buddy Creech, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, according to CTV. He had no role in the work, published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Infection with this coronavirus does not necessarily generate lifetime immunity, but antibodies are only part of the story, said Dr. The immune system remembers how to make fresh antibodies if needed and other parts of it also can mount an attack, he said. The earliest ones are fairly crude but as infection goes on, the immune system becomes trained to focus its attack and to make more precise antibodies. Newsletter sign-up Get The COVID-19 Brief sent to your inbox Antibodies are proteins that white blood cells called B cells make to bind to the virus and help eliminate it. ( As reported in the news.

borussia monchengladbach: Victoria's Simpson had 43 caps for Canada and played pro extensively with European clubs, according to Hamilton Spectator. Kelowna's Friend had 32 caps for Canada and played pro in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha Berlin, Eintracht Frankfurt and 1860 Munich. With Friday's slickly produced introductory celebration unveiling of Pacific FC behind them, president Josh Simpson and executive Rob Friend turn their thoughts to building the product on the field for next spring's inaugural season at an upgraded Westhills Stadium in the professional Canadian Premier League of soccer. article continues below Trending Stories New restrictions for bars, restaurants as virus trends upward Woman, 32, dies after being pulled from Matheson Lake Greater Victoria sewage being tested for coronavirus Obituary Former pro Dave Ravenhill helped build Island soccer related Langford-based pro soccer team will be called Pacific FC, play starts in spring With their extensive connections in the game, Simpson and Friend indicated they will co-handle the general-manager duties. A decision on a coach is expected in the fall. We want a coach who is young, dynamic and innovative and who will help build the game for Canada as we look to 2026 when Canada co-hosts the World Cup . A source has told the Times Colonist that a leading candidate could be 32-year-old Riley O'Neill, who came out of Campbell River to star in the NCAA for the University of Kentucky Wildcats and for Canada in the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, before a pro career in Germany and Finland. Coaching is crucial and we have three or four candidates in mind and a lot of candidates have approached us, said Simpson. ( As reported in the news.

inbox i: Newsletter sign-up Get The COVID-19 Brief sent to your inbox I was COVID-positive and that's when I just dropped, she told CNN. I couldn't even think, according to CTV. I was so nervous. Rocio Casalduc developed a cough during her second pregnancy so she went to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., for a COVID-19 test. During treatment, Casalduc answered some difficult questions about the future of her and her unborn child, including which of the two would she like saved if there were any complications. I just started to cry, she said. If I had to choose between me and my daughter's life, who would I choose And, that's when -- I don't even know. ( As reported in the news.

monitoring policies: Our government's first priority is the health and safety of all Ontarians, and Bill 195 is an important piece of legislation that protects each and every citizen during the pandemic, the premier's office said, according to CTV. Earlier in the day, Karahalios voted against moving forward with Bill 195, a bill that extended certain COVID-19 emergency measures such as closing public places, restricting gatherings and monitoring policies regarding long-term care homes. The premier's office confirmed that Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios is no longer a member of the PC caucus in a statement released on Tuesday evening. The proposed bill would also amend about 20 different laws, including legislation that governs Ontario's schools, municipalities and the province's justice system. At its core, Bill 195 takes away the legislature's ability to vote on the use of extraordinary emergency powers on Ontarians for the next year, she said. In a statement, Karahalios called the legislation an unnecessary overreach. ( As reported in the news.

ms cheney: Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Download now We already have one Mitt Romney, we don't need another, Mr Trump Jr tweeted, referring to the Utah senator who was the only Republican to vote to convict his father during his impeachment trial earlier this year, according to Rabble. THIS IS TEMP CODE TO RESOLVE TEADS ISSUES ON SAFARAI - ISSUE-387 - START THIS WAS ORIGINALLY IN THE FOOTER EJS FILE THIS IS TEMP CODE TO RESOLVE TEADS ISSUES ON SAFARAI - ISSUE-387 - END We also don't need the endless wars Ms Cheney advocates for, the president's son wrote, attacking Ms Cheney for her hawkish interventionism in foreign matters, particularly the Middle East. Then Senator Rand Paul piled on, retweeting Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz's message calling for her removal and writing that the Wyoming congresswoman's behaviour was unacceptable . Now, the president's son, Donald Trump Jr, has pounced. She fired back hours later, telling reporters this Donald Trump Jr is not a member of the Republican House conference. We're honoured to have her as conference chair. Watch more Lincoln Project ad warns Trump is threatening to destroy democracy Florida governor heckled as Covid-19 cases continue to spike in state White House boasts Trump is most tested man in America'White House refuses to say what federal officers' mission is in cities White House open to 'targeted' coronavirus testing funds House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy was pulled into the fracas, backing his GOP leadership teammate. ( As reported in the news.

paranoia: But their voices are always discounted by systemic white supremacy and state security paranoia underlying weak-kneed institutions tasked with keeping a limited rein on CSIS. Indeed, parliamentary committees, review agencies, academic experts and the Federal Court have always provided CSIS with the tender care and benefit of the doubt more fitting to a senior trying to negotiate a crosswalk than an agency whose actions cause considerable harm and generate widespread fear, according to Rabble. But a starkly worded, formerly top secret decision released by Federal Court Judge Patrick Gleeson last week reveals that even the denizens of the nominally CSIS-rubber-stamping court have had enough with being lied to in secret warrant application hearings as part of investigations into Islamist Terrorism and OTHER ENTITIES AND NAMES REDACTED FOR REASONS OF NATIONAL SECURITY. In angry language, Gleeson attacked both the justice department and CSIS for a degree of institutional disregard for -- or, at the very least, a cavalier institutional approach to -- the duty of candour and regrettably the rule of law. Targeted communities -- Indigenous people, refugees and Muslims, to name only a few -- can testify to such illegality. The decision notes that CSIS -- in the name of fighting alleged terrorism -- has engaged in illegal activities, including provision of money and provision of personal property to a person known to be facilitating or carrying out terrorist activity. The latter phrase references the fact that CSIS lawyers lied in closed hearings, venues where they have an extra special duty of utmost good faith in the representations it makes to the court. Gleeson recommended that a comprehensive external review be initiated to fully identify systemic, governance and cultural shortcomings and failures that resulted in the Canadian Security Intelligence Service engaging in operational activity that it has conceded was illegal and the resultant breach of candour. ( As reported in the news.

florida: One evening in early June, the young man went out against her wishes, gathered with friends and removed his mask while eating and drinking, according to CTV. Days later, he felt cold symptoms and a friend at the get-together told him she had tested positive for the new coronavirus. It's just not the time, the Florida woman says she told him, begging him to think about his dad, who is at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness because he is overweight and diabetic. By then, it already had taken hold in the young man's household. The illness's spread among members of the Plantation, Florida, family highlights the outcome dreaded by authorities who feared the recent surge of cases hitting younger Floridians would spread to older, more vulnerable people. The man's father, John Place, 42, is now fighting the virus at a hospital's intensive care unit. ( As reported in the news.

journal lancet: Such early trials are designed to evaluate safety and see what kind of immune response was provoked, but can't tell if the vaccine truly protects, according to CTV. In research published Monday in the journal Lancet, scientists said that they found their experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a dual immune response in people aged 18 to 55 that lasted at least two months after they were immunized. British researchers first began testing the vaccine in April in about 1,000 people, half of whom got the experimental vaccine. Newsletter sign-up Get The COVID-19 Brief sent to your inbox We are seeing good immune response in almost everybody, said Dr. What this vaccine does particularly well is trigger both arms of the immune system, he said. Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University. ( As reported in the news.

press: See the Latest Print EditionGEORGIA STRAIGHTHistory About UsSite Map CoversLEGALPrivacy Policy Terms & Conditions 2020 Vancouver Free Press, according to Georgia Asian. Best of Vancouver, BOV and Golden Plates are trade-marks of Vancouver Free Press Publishing Corp. Thank you for your patience as we work towards bringing this back. ( As reported in the news.

restrictions: However, not everywhere is open, and travellers must follow certain rules, according to CTV. Here's what you need to know now if you are considering taking a trip in Canada or abroad. While most provinces have opened their borders for travel within Canada, some popular international destinations are also beginning to ease their restrictions in a move to welcome back tourists. TRAVEL WITHIN CANADA With most international travel only recently starting to reopen, some Canadians are instead taking the chance to explore their own backyard. However, provincial authorities have cautioned that rules around domestic travel are subject to change. While restrictions vary across the provinces and territories, most of the country is open for domestic tourism. ( As reported in the news.

vancouver metro: But first, some facts, according to National Observer. Anyone feeling chirpy about the rosy state of BC's economy should take a long hard look at Alberta, and never say Never. Those are the Vancouver rules, so we'll get there. Why it matters where the money's from If you think the foundation of BC's economy is the resource sector of forestry, mining and oil and gas, give your head a shake. That's more than three times the size of mining, forestry and oil and gas, which have a combined value of 12.7 billion. According to Business in Vancouver Metro Vancouver's residential real estate is by far the largest industry in the province, clocking in at 38.6 billion revenues in 2015. ( As reported in the news.

pain management: There is a clear deficit in education of health professionals in the causes, types, underlying mechanisms, and effects of pain, as well as how best to treat it, reads a Pain B.C. and Canadian Pain Society CPS response to the study's findings, according to Georgia Asian. People living with chronic pain need better access to a range of treatment services beyond medication, including psychological support, physical therapies, integrated healthcare services, and others, it continues. That's the troubling picture presented in a comprehensive report on pain management published yesterday July 18 by Health Canada. Health Canada's Canadian Pain Task Force report notes that the country's overdose crisis has further complicated pain management. There's a perception that legitimate painkillers like Oxy Contin played a significant role in sparking the country's opioid epidemic. As the Straight has reported in detail, a sharp increase in illicit-drug overdose deaths has led to a backlash against prescription opioids, sometimes without factual justification. ( As reported in the news.

apartheid system: He would have been 102, according to Georgia Asian. It comes a day after the death of John Lewis, the legendary civil rights leader and long-time U.S. Congressman, at the age of 80. Today is Nelson Mandela International Day 2020, as well as the South African icon's birthday. Mandela began fighting South Africa's racist apartheid system in the 1940s and continued into the 1950s and 1960s. He later became the first Black president of South Africa, creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a form of restorative justice. In 1964, he was sent to jail, where he remained for 27 years. ( As reported in the news.

ice: We've got the scoop on all your biggest questions, according to CTV. WHERE DID ICE CREAM COME FROM Our love for ice cream goes way, way back. People will have an excuse Sunday to dig into their favourite flavours as North America celebrates National Ice Cream Day. Thousands of years ago, people around the world figured out that cold sweet a delicious combo. Even King Solomon was fond of a snow-cooled drink at harvest time, according to some Bible translations. Records show that some of history's most famous leaders enjoyed cold treats, from Roman Emperor Nero to Alexander the Great. ( As reported in the news.

history: That a royal despot is the norm; that freedom, rights and self-governance is better, according to Rabble. Conservative or left-leaning, capitalist or Marxists, sushi-lover or vegan they're all products of thinking. That enslaving other people is acceptable; that it is utterly heinous. A history of these synaptic outputs is the subject of Felipe Fern ndez-Armesto's latest book, Out of Our Minds A History of What We Think and How We Think It Oneworld, 2019 . It covers the range of human ideas, from prehistoric man's preoccupations to artificial intelligence. His description of the bubbling intellectual cauldron of post-first-world-war society also has echoes now. But the focus is on topics like the emergence of scientific truth and democracy themes that seem under threat today, with talk of fake news and authoritarians on the march. ( As reported in the news.

rehabilitation clinic: Once back home, even after weeks I couldn't see any progress if I took a small walk, it was like climbing Mount Everest, according to CTV. I was out of breath also just for talking. Now, three months later, the 42-year-old still experiences breathing difficulties. I was very worried, he said. For much of Europe, the peak of COVID-19 infections has passed. Pescarolo is one of dozens of former COVID patients now receiving care at a rehabilitation clinic in Genoa -- and says he is starting to see some progress. ( As reported in the news.

cannabis plant: It made perfect sense, too, what with the country being one of the first to ultimately end marijuana prohibition nationwide, according to NOW Magazine. There would be nothing to stop the barrage of researchers all across the northern nation from rolling up their sleeves to learn more about the therapeutic powers of the cannabis plant. ByMike Adams Published on July 18, 2019 Share Tweet1 Comment It was said last year that Canada was poised to become a global leader in the realm of medical marijuana research. It was exciting news for those of us living in the United States, especially since the federal government continues to uphold a prohibition standard. But as long as our friends in Canada were up there, proving to the world that cannabis is medicine, the naysayers of the nug couldn't stand in the way of progress for much longer. The powers that be still refuse to embrace the possibilities of cannabis and will not lighten the nation's drug policies enough to give science a fighting chance at showing the value in weed. ( As reported in the news.

rights era: A son of Alabama sharecroppers, the young Lewis first preached moral righteousness to his family's chickens, according to CTV. His place in the vanguard of the 1960s campaign for Black equality had its roots in that hardscrabble Alabama farm and all those clucks. But at the very beginning -- when he was just a kid wanting to be a minister someday -- his audience didn't care much for what he had to say. Lewis, who died Friday at age 80, was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists who organized the 1963 March on Washington, and spoke shortly before the group's leader, Rev. If that speech marked a turning point in the civil rights era -- or at least the most famous moment -- the struggle was far from over. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his I Have a Dream speech to a vast sea of people. ( As reported in the news.

training: Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino said holding games would be riskier than training camp, according to CTV. However, unlike pre-season training, regular-season games would require repeated cross-border travel of Blue Jays players and staff, as well as opponent teams into and out of Canada. While the government gave the green light to the Blue Jays to hold training camp at their downtown facility during the COVID-19 pandemic without the normal 14-day quarantine for those entering Canada, Ottawa said no to a request to have a similar setup for Canada's lone Major League Baseball team and visiting teams for regular-season play. Of particular concern, the Toronto Blue Jays would be required to play in locations where the risk of virus transmission remains high, Mendicino said in a statement. As a result, Canada will not be issuing a National Interest Exemption for the MLB's regular season at this time. Based on the best-available public health advice, we have concluded the cross-border travel required for MLB regular season play would not adequately protect Canadians' health and safety. ( As reported in the news.