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Vol. 25, Issue 12, November 19, 2020

Reconnecting to the Land By Amberly Quakegesic Guardian Program Manager Wahkohtowin Development GP Inc.

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ahkohtowin's connection to the birch tree began in 2016 where they began tapping birch trees and operating a sugar shack to create birch syrup. They are hopeful to catch their fourth season next spring. As the program grows, so do the learning opportunities. The newest project was to learn how to harvest materials from the local forest and then use them to build a traditional birch bark canoe. The Guardian Program aims to strengthen youth and connect them to the land, culture and original ways of knowing. Wahkohtowin felt this was an exciting way to engage our people with land-based activities and traditions that need to be practiced and preserved. This learning experience is meant to be carried forth and the goal is to create many more canoes in the future. Wahkohtowin's Guardian Program is designed to be a mainstay for many years to come. To find out more and gain better insight on past and future projects and activities, please visit our website which has been included below. Ogemaw wigwass (master canoe builder) Chuck Commanda, travelled to Chapleau early last August to teach Wahkohtowin's staff Long Term how to harvest materials Forecast to build a traditional Thursday Algonquin style birch High 7 Low 1 bark canoe. From the community of Kitigan Friday Zibi Quebec, Chuck has High 2 Low -5 an extensive history and experience learning and Saturday High -3 Low -4 Sunday High -3 Low -1 Monday High -10 Low -7 Tuesday High -6 Low -7

Photo Kari Luhtasaari working with his grandparents to build canoes from a very young age. During Chuck's week in Chapleau on the land, staff learned how to harvest many materials, such as: birch bark, cedar, black ash, spruce roots and spruce gum. Chuck taught how to pick quality trees that meet the rare bark conditions necessary for canoe building. He taught them tips on how to split the cedar as well as how to effectively harvest and then process the spruce roots. For the next couple of weeks, the Guardians were out on the land completing the rest of the harvesting requirements on their own.

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The harvesting of materials turned into a mission of really getting to know the land, in a way the local Guardians had never looked at the land before. It was a way of connecting them to their ancestor's traditions and original ways of life. “I see the forest differently now.” - Guardian Chuck returned to Chapleau on November 1st to host both a birch basket workshop, as well as a canoe build with Wahkohtowin's staff members. The first two days were spent learning how to make the birch Cont’d on P.2

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Reconnecting to the Land

Photo Kari Luhtasaari

Canoe Master Chuck Commanda and Guardian Program Manager Amberly Quakegesic on the maiden voyage.

experience for all of Canoe being placed in the water. (Left to right): Erin Knight, Chuck those involved. The canoe was Commanda (standing), Elena Mc Culloch, Isabelle Allen, Jace Jolivet, officially launched at David Flood (standing), Amberly Quakegesic (standing). the Chapleau waterCont’d from P.1 front on November 11th. The turnout was great baskets and hoe to run a workshop. Next, with a lot of support from the Chapleau comWahkohtowin hosted a small ceremony at the munity, including the Chapleau Cree drum curling lounge to commemorate and honour group who sang beautifully to help honour the the first of many canoe builds to come. The remarkable experience. The project was a team worked hard to listen, study and learn great success and Wahkohtowin's staff are from both Chuck and his well-versed appren- already eager to jump into the next build! tice Norm Desjardins. Together they walked Overall, it was a privilege to work alongside everyone through the process, step by step and Chuck and witness the finesse required to allowed staff to really get involved in the achieve the results that Chuck delivers. “The construction of the canoe. The entire build canoe teaches us that we are all in this together took a mere seven days to complete, which was and in order to move forward, we must work actually Chuck's quickest build ever! The team together. Reconciliation starts with hope, was very eager, and the energy was high. community and healing, which is why I do Relationships were strengthened, laughter was this.” – Chuck Commanda had, knowledge was shared, it was a rich www.wahkohtowin.com Photo Kari Luhtasaari

Letters to the Editor What's gone wrong with Services de santé de Chapleau Health Services? About a year ago I had to call the ambulance to have my wife taken to the Chapleau Hospital. She had terrible pain in her tummy and was vomiting. For several days the local doctors told her that she most likely had an allergic reaction to a new medication that had recently been prescribed. Her suffering was profound. Then Dr. Beamish came to her bedside. Dr. Beamish had recently moved to Chapleau and was helping out on a part time basis. He

examined her and gave orders that she should immediately be transferred To Sudbury. His diagnosis... a blocked and badly inflamed gall bladder. My wife was flown to Sudbury and her gall bladder was immediately removed. Dr. Beamish said to me later that my wife had a "close call". I owe him eternal gratitude. I understand that about half of the people in Chapleau do not have a family doctor. Dr. Beamish told me that he would like to live and work in Chapleau but has been refused hospital privileges again and again. I ask myself..... what is going on here? Hugh Kuttner

John Saylors, shown above with Amberly Quakegesic, once again showing his support for the Guardian Program.

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Chapleau Moments by

Michael J. Morris Dr. George Edward 'Ted' Young, a Chapleau boy. the son of George and Mabel Young, born on December 2, 1914, in Lady Minto Hospital died on November 14, 2000 at age 95. Ten years has passed since he died and I was thinking about him the other day, and decided to do a column remembering him. As an aside my father Jim Morris was born in Lady Minto Hospital November 12, 1914!!! The hospital opened in 1914. But first, a memory from my life: When I was growing up in Chapleau and had come down with one of the common childhood diseases, after my mother Muriel Morris left for school, I would suggest to my grandmother that we call Dr. Young who for sure would come and make me better. Almost momentarily, or so it seemed, Dr. Young would appear with his black bag, and sit beside my bed. take my pulse and termperature, and my favorite, take out his stethoscope and have me take deep breaths to make sure I was still alive. Then he would talk with Nanny, my grandmother, Edith Hunt, who assured me she would follow his instructions and in due course, I would be "all better" and head back to school. When my dog Rex was hit by a car while I was still in public school, I carried him into the house, in tears, shouting at my mother, "Call Dr. Young." She did and once again, it seemed within moments, he arrived. After examining Rex, he told me to put a blanket near the wood stove as well as food and water, and let him be.

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Remembering Dr George Edward 'Ted" Young who served Chapleau and area as medical doctor for over 50 years Amazingly, Rex recovered and lived another 10 years. Dr. Young had done it again. With the news, that Dr. Young, who served Chapleau and area for 50 years as a medical doctor had died at age 95, Chapleauites everywhere shared Dr. Young stories. I came across an article by Hugh Kuttner about Dr. Young in Chapleau Trails edited and published by the later Dr. William R. Pellow and decided to share a bit of it. Mr Kuttner revealed that Dr. Young "often travelled by railroad, by car, airplane, skidoo, dog sled to lumber camps as far as Renabie Mines to the west,Franz in the north and Biscotasing in the east. During World War II he attended prisoners of war i n the Sultan area. "In 1994 the Ontario government awarded him with a plaque in recognition of his tenure as coroner from 1944 to 1992. In 1987 he was honoured at a reception by the township of Chapleau where he was thanked for his dedication and service. He also served as medical officer of health for years, He was honoured again in1992 with a surprise party to mark his 50 years as a medical doctor and another party was held in 1994 when he retired. Ted Young stories would never be complete without including his marathon swim from the town dock to his family's cottage at Mulligan's Bay and back.... When I asked him about it one time, he simply shrugged and said, " I just started swimming..." Mr. Kuttner also notes his love of building and it seemed like he always had a building project underway... including a television system for Chapleau. Mr. Kuttner also wrote that Dr, Young loved animals as I discovered --- and adds that "in short most of Chapleau's families had been touched in one way or another. They sure were, including me. For example, when I was a reporter at the Star-Phoenix in Saskatoon, I was injured in a car accident and travelled all the way home to Chapleau for treatment by Dr. Young. In no time he shipped me off to a specialist in Sudbury --- and I am still here. A doctor in Toronto told me that "Ted Young is one of the best diagnosticians in the province". D r. Yo u n g

and I became good personal friends over the years, and I was delighted when he came across Canada in his motor home and stopped to visit me for a few days in Cranbrook, All in all he strode like a colussus across the Chapleau scene for over 50 years.May he rest in peace. Thanks to Hugh Kuttner for his contribution to the d o c t o r ' s m e m o r y. M y e m a i l i s mj.morris@live.ca


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Government must protect tourism and hospitality jobs REPORT will continue to experience massive layoffs and by conditioning sectoral support on establishing from OTTAWA uncertain futures. Closures, stunted openings, the right of first refusal for laid-off workers. As it and changes to pandemic relief programs have stands, laid-off workers have no guarantees from Rapport proven challenging enough. Now, workers in their former employers that their jobs will be d’Ottawa many of these jobs are concerned they are being restored or offered when the pandemic subsides. by/par

Carol Hughes Federal member of Parliament Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing

With potential bailouts for airlines being floated this week, there is hope the government is turning its attention to the broader tourism sector which is an important piece of the Canadian economy. It’s no secret that travel related businesses of all sizes are experiencing direct impacts from the pandemic which threatens the survival of the industry in a way these businesses cannot address on their own. In Canada, over 200,000 workplaces that support 1.8 million jobs are in danger. Employees in these workplaces already face numerous challenges due to the parttime or seasonal nature of many of these jobs. Now, they are uncertain if they’ll have a workplace to return to in the coming months and years. That’s a lot of uncertainty for a sector that accounts for 2% of our national GDP and can be even more important to regional economies, which is the case in Northern Ontario. Without more consistent revenue streams for the hospitality and airline sectors, workers

directed to Employment Insurance while their industries get direct economic relief. This is why New Democrats are asking that sectoral relief to the hospitality and air transport sectors be contingent on full participation in Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy program. Working within the CEWS ties existing jobs to recovery efforts ensuring businesses are prepared to re-open with experienced employees in place. New Democrats are making this point to the government at the same time as many employers within these sectors are seeking government assistance to survive the pandemic and the losses incurred this past summer. We understand that, as a central pillar of the Canadian economy, tourism and hospitality must be supported but also that any support must include workers. Ensuring that tourism and hospitality workers will continue to receive a paycheck, supported by CEWS, provides stability not only to the industry, but also to the lives and families of the workers and their communities as well. We are also calling on the government to further protect hospitality and tourism workers

Those workers who have given years of their lives to their workplaces should be given the right of first refusal, protecting them from further restructuring or being replaced by a worker at a lower wage. The pandemic cannot be an opportunity for companies to restructure and cut labour costs, especially if those workplaces have been supported by government efforts throughout the pandemic. This week we also heard news of vaccine developments and increasingly effective therapies which have buoyed hope that we are moving toward the end of the pandemic. That said, the job of weathering the event is ongoing and there is still a strong role for the government to play in order to protect the valuable jobs within Canada’s tourism and hospitality industry. While it’s important to provide relief to the tourism industry and the value it adds to Canada’s economy, support is meaningless if it does not protect the people who have kept the industry running for decades. Workers must be kept at the heart of any economic recovery that Canada offers.

Le gouvernement doit protéger les emplois du secteur touristique et hôtelier Les rumeurs entendues cette semaine, comme quoi le gouvernement pourrait venir au secours des transporteurs aériens, permettent de croire qu’on s’intéresse enfin au secteur global du tourisme, qui constitue un moteur important de l’économie canadienne. Ce n’est un secret pour personne : quelle que soit leur taille, les entreprises du secteur des voyages ont été durement touchées par la pandémie. En fait, leur survie même est en jeu, et ces entreprises seront incapables de surmonter seules les obstacles qui se dressent devant elles. Au Canada, plus de 200 000 milieux de travail, qui fournissent de l’emploi à 1,8 million de personnes, sont en péril. La nature temporaire et saisonnière d’une bonne part des emplois concernés représente déjà un défi de taille pour les travailleurs du secteur, mais voilà qu’ils ne savent même plus si leur emploi les attendra dans les mois et années à venir. C’est beaucoup d’incertitude pour un secteur qui représente 2 % du PIB canadien – et parfois plus pour l’économie des régions, comme celle du Nord de l’Ontario. Si le secteur hôtelier et celui du transport aérien ne peuvent pas compter sur des sources de revenu plus stables, les mises à pied collectives vont se poursuivre. L’avenir des travailleurs n’a jamais été aussi incertain. Les fermetures, les ouvertures repoussées et les changements aux programmes d’aide ont déjà été assez difficiles; voilà que les travailleurs se font dire qu’ils doivent se tourner vers l’assurance-emploi alors que leur

employeur a droit à de l’aide directe. Voilà pourquoi les néo démocrates demandent que l’aide offerte au secteur hôtelier et à celui du transport aérien soit conditionnelle à leur pleine participation à la Subvention salariale d’urgence du Canada. Il serait alors possible de lier les emplois actuels aux efforts de relance tout en aidant les entreprises à se préparer à leur réouverture prochaine, puisqu’elles pourraient alors compter sur des employés d’expérience. Les néodémocrates s’adressent au gouvernement alors que de nombreux employeurs de ces deux secteurs réclament son aide pour survivre à la pandémie et atténuer les pertes encourues cet été. Nous estimons nous aussi que, vu le rôle essentiel économique qu’il joue, le secteur touristique et hôtelier mérite de recevoir de l’aide de l’État, mais selon nous, cette aide doit inclure les travailleurs. En permettant aux travailleurs de continuer à être payés, grâce à la Subvention salariale d’urgence du Canada, nous garantissons la stabilité non seulement du secteur tout entier, mais aussi des travailleurs eux-mêmes, de leur famille et des localités où ils vivent. Nous demandons également au gouvernement de mieux protéger les travailleurs du secteur touristique et hôtelier en obligeant les entreprises de ce secteur à offrir un droit de premier refus aux travailleurs mis à pied si elles souhaitent obtenir de l’aide du gouvernement. À

l’heure actuelle, les travailleurs mis à pied n’ont aucune garantie de la part de leur ancien employeur qu’ils pourront récupérer leur emploi après la pandémie, ni même que cet emploi existera encore. Si ces travailleurs, qui ont consacré des années de leur vie à leur milieu de travail, obtenaient un droit de premier refus, ils seraient protégés contre les éventuelles restructurations et ne pourraient pas être remplacés par des travailleurs moins bien rémunérés. La pandémie ne doit pas servir aux entreprises à restructurer leurs activités et à couper dans le coût de la main-d’œuvre, surtout si c’est grâce à l’État qu’elles ont pu survivre. Cette semaine, nous avons aussi entendu parler de l’arrivée imminente d’un vaccin et de la mise au point de traitements de plus en plus efficaces, ce qui a permis aux gens de recommencer à espérer que la pandémie tire à sa fin. Or, le pays n’a pas fini de subir les contrecoups du ralentissement actuel, et le gouvernement a encore fort à faire pour protéger les précieux emplois du secteur canadien du tourisme et de l’hôtellerie. Même s’il est important d’aider le secteur touristique, vu la valeur qu’il ajoute à l’économie canadienne, cette aide sera inutile si elle ne protège pas aussi ceux-là mêmes qui font rouler ce secteur depuis des dizaines et des dizaines d’années. Les travailleurs doivent demeurer au cœur du plan de relance économique du Canada, quel qu’il soit.


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Ontario Launching New Agency to Centralize Government Procurement Supply Ontario will purchase goods and services more efficiently and cost effectively The Ontario government announced the establishment of Supply Ontario, a new centralized procurement agency that will enable a whole-ofgovernment approach to purchasing goods and services, saving taxpayers money. Supply Ontario will ensure that schools, hospitals, and the entire public sector always have the critical supplies and equipment they need to keep individuals and families safe, while supporting job creation and economic growth. Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. "When people go shopping, they often buy in bulk to save money. We need to do the same thing in government, so we can deliver more value for taxpayer dollars and secure critical supplies for our frontline health care heroes and others in the public sector," said Premier Ford. "This new approach will also be good for Ontario businesses as it will make it easier for them to sell their quality products and services to the government." During the height of COVID-19, the government's experience of sourcing PPE and critical supplies and equipment (CSE) shed light on the fragmented nature of Ontario's supply chain system. Supply Ontario will provide tangible results, including: - Delivering the best value by sourcing high-quality goods at scale to serve the public interest in a financially responsible way. - Stabilizing access to critical products, including PPE. - Stimulating job creation and economic growth by purchasing more Ontario-made goods. - Driving innovation of emerging technologies. - Connecting small businesses and entrepreneurs to government and its customers by acting as a first purchaser for emerging technologies and paving pathways to the marketplace to drive innovation in Ontario. By centralizing the government supply chain and streamlining complex procurement processes, small and medium sized businesses will face less administrative burden. "Supply Ontario will allow our government to buy as one and simplify our supply chain model," said Minister Thompson. "Our experience responding to the COVID-19 pandemic only validated the need for a modern, more efficient supply chain system. This made-inOntario solution will support greater domestic production, drive job creation and economic growth, and create opportunities for Ontario manufacturers and innovators to enter the playing field and bid for projects to supply our province." "Since the beginning of this pandemic, Ontario's businesses and innovators quickly responded through our Ontario Together program with solutions to improve our supply chains, support greater domestic production of PPE, and provide our front lines with the essential equipment necessary in the fight against COVID-19," said Minister Fedeli. "We worked to further galvanize Ontario's manufacturing engine with the launch of the Ontario Made program in partnership with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. This important new procurement initiative will build on those efforts, create new opportunities for Ontario manufacturers and innovators, and ensure we are well-prepared now and for any future challenges." The government recently secured a contract with PRIMED Medical Products to manufacture levels 1 and 2 surgical/protective masks in Ontario through a competitive procurement process. Beginning this fall, PRIMED will produce 50 million masks annually over the next five years. This will provide health care and essential service providers across the province with a secure, local supply they can rely on. This initiative will help Ontario's public health officials plan ahead and reduce the province's reliance on strained global supply chains. The new supply chain agency is part of Ontario Onwards: Ontario's COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government,

which includes more than 30 projects that will change the way people and businesses interact with government. Projects in the Action Plan fall into four categories: - Making government services more digitally accessible - Reducing red tape and simplifying policies -Improving government purchasing Creating more responsive and flexible public services "By creating a centralized, streamlined supply chain agency, we are not only leveraging the immense bulk-buying power of Canada's most populous province, we arealsosupporting Ontario businesses of all sizes, creating jobs and promoting long-term economic growth," said Minister Bethlenfalvy. "This agency is a signature project in the Ontario Onwards Action Plan which will help ensure we are building a smarter government that is connecting businesses and entrepreneurs to government and its customers." The government is committed to undertaking a comprehensive approach to ensure the entire public sector and health sector stakeholders are supported during the transition period and minimal disruption to the existing provision of products and services.


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Changes to COVID-19 case reporting and new weekly update for Public Health Sudbury & Districts Beginning Monday, November 16, Public Health Sudbury & Districts will change how COVID-19 cases are reported for our service area. The changes are being made to streamline our processes while at the same time ensure the public has timely access to important public health information. Public Health will post updated data regarding new positive cases as well as any other COVID-19 related data on our website twice daily by 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, and once daily at 4 p.m. on weekends and statutory holidays. For the most current local data, please visit phsd.ca/covid-19/data. Individual public service announcements for positive cases will no longer be issued or posted on social media. Public Health will also post a new weekly

summary of any key developments, timely public health guidance, and relevant announcements. The weekly summary will be available online and shared proactively on social media and with local media every Thursday. Further COVID-19 data and analyses continue to be available on Public Health’s website within the detailed epidemiology summary, which will now be published twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. These reports include information about cases over time, case characteristics (for example, age, sex), probable exposures, case outcomes, testing, and outbreaks in facilities. Please note that in addition to the twice daily data updates, weekly summaries, and twice weekly detailed epidemiology summaries, we

will immediately issue public notices if there are any urgent developments for public awareness or action. Public Health will continue to report outbreaks in schools and long-term care homes. We also report community outbreaks or possible exposures for which Public Health is unable to contact everyone directly to advise them of their potential exposure to COVID-19. Our commitment is to protect the health of our communities, keep our communities informed, and ensure individuals’ rights to privacy are protected. For more information or if you have questions, please visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

Changements au signalement des cas de COVID-19 et nouvelle mise à jour hebdomadaire pour Santé publique Sudbury et districts À compter du lundi 16 novembre, Santé publique Sudbury et districts changera la manière dont les cas de COVID-19 seront signalés pour notre territoire. Les changements ont pour but de simplifier nos processus tout en faisant en sorte que la population ait rapidement accès aux renseignements importants de santé publique. Santé publique affichera les données à jour sur les nouveaux cas ainsi que les autres données liées à la COVID-19 sur son site Web deux fois par jour, soit à 10 h 30 et à 16 h, du lundi au vendredi, et une fois par jour, à 16 h, la fin de semaine et les

jours fériés. Afin d’obtenir les plus récentes données locales, consultez phsd.ca/laCOVID19/donnees. Il n’y aura plus de messages d’intérêt public d’émis ou d’affichés dans les médias sociaux. Santé publique affichera aussi un nouveau sommaire hebdomadaire sur les principaux éléments nouveaux, les conseils de santé publique opportuns et les annonces pertinentes. Le sommaire sera accessible en ligne et partagé de manière proactive dans les médias sociaux et transmis aux médias locaux chaque jeudi.

OPSBA Statement regarding Ontario providing additional support to help Indigenous students succeed The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) and its Indigenous Trustees' Council welcome today's announcement by the Government of Ontario of $17 million over three years to support First Nation, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous education partners. OPSBA believes that through education we will move towards a Canada where the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians is founded on mutual respect, and therefore supports the Calls to Action of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Investments such as this have a heightened need and impact during the COVID19 pandemic, which has compounded preexisting challenges. “For nearly five years, one of OPSBA's key priorities has been advancing reconciliation

with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. The success and well-being of Indigenous students across Ontario is an essential component of the success of our province. The investments announced by the government today are important, much-needed, and welcome news.” Cathy Abraham, OPSBA President “The Indigenous Trustees' Council has on several occasions had the opportunity to highlight for Minister Lecce the many unique challenges faced by Indigenous students, as well as the many innovative and culturally appropriate programs available for Indigenous students across the province. There is always more work to do, but we are pleased that the government is making these important investments in the education of Indigenous youth.” Elaine Johnston, Chair of OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council

D’autres données et analyses sur la COVID-19 sont toujours offertes sur le site Web de Santé publique, dans le sommaire épidémiologique détaillé. Ce dernier sera maintenant publié deux fois par semaine, soit le lundi et le jeudi. Ce rapport renferme des renseignements sur les cas au fil du temps, leurs caractéristiques (par exemple, l’âge et le sexe), les expositions probables, l’issue des cas, le dépistage et les éclosions en milieu institutionnel. Veuillez noter qu’en plus des mises à jour de données deux fois par jour, des sommaires hebdomadaires et des sommaires épidémiologiques détaillés publiés deux fois par semaine, nous émettrons immédiatement des avis publics si jamais la population doit être mise au courant d’événements à caractère urgent ou doit agir à leur égard. Santé publique continuera de signaler les éclosions dans les écoles et les foyers de soins de longue durée. Nous signalons aussi les éclosions communautaires ou les expositions possibles où Santé publique ne peut communiquer directement avec toutes les personnes concernées pour les aviser qu’elles risquent d’avoir été exposées à la COVID-19. Nous avons pour mission de protéger la santé de nos communautés, de les tenir au courant et de veiller à ce que les droits des gens à la vie privée soient respectés. S’il vous faut de plus amples renseignements ou si vous avez des questions, allez à la page phsd.ca/laCOVID-19 ou appelez Santé publique Sudbury et districts au 705.522.9200 (1.866.522.9200, sans frais).


I remember a favourite primary school teacher who, when I think back, really knew how to get her students to quickly switch gears and engage their minds on a particular focus. It was nothing terribly special really, but she would tell us to reach into out desks, pull out our thinking caps and be sure to tie them on securely below our chins just in case our minds suddenly might burst with ideas. She really brought the point home by demonstrating and talking us through how to fit it on squarely and tie an imaginary secure knot. Laugh if you want to, but it works with grade twos and threes. So now for a moment, pretend I'm Miss Nadeau asking you to put on your thinking cap and tie it securely under your chin -- not too tight though as we don't want to cut off your circulation. Now, over the next two minutes I want you to think hard and make a list of the 5 most important resources to ensure Canada remains a prosperous and free nation. Use a pad and paper if you wish, but don't cheat by reading ahead. For added motivation, ask someone to hum “Think,” – you know -- the Final Jeopardy theme song in the background. Do it twice for good measure. Okay, time is up. Well, of course the list of possible answers will be as long as your arm, but I bet you that one of the most common responses will be “our children.” Nelson Mandela said, “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people.” He's right, for without our children, we have no future. Now for the scary part. Author Pam Leo says, “Children are mirrors. They reflect back to us all we say and do.” I say scary because just look at what we have done – or rather have not done – for the children of Neskantaga. And let's be very clear, also, that Neskantaga is only one example of this. Unfortunately there are many more in Ontario and across Canada where water supply is not adequate to meet demands, reliably supplied, safe to drink and in some cases not even safe to bathe in. For 25 years – an entire generation – the people of Neskantaga have been without clean

CHAPLEAU EXPRESS, November 19, 2020 - Page 7 water, living under a boil water advisory. Not 25 memorial's torn down. Nelson Mandela was days. Not 25 months. 25 years! Then, just right when he said, “History will judge us by the recently, dangerous hydrocarbons were found in difference we make in the everyday lives of the local water reservoir. Neskantaga went from Children.” Above all else, clean potable water is a having no clean water, to having no water at all – while also contending with the COVID-19 basic human right. People can live for about pandemic. The entire community has been three weeks without food, but only three or four forced to evacuate for weeks now with no end in days without water. So how can successive federal and provincial governments dismiss this sight. Imagine now that it is your own children, most important source of life to an entire not someone else's, who are living this generation as they have Neskantaga residents and experience. Imagine that you are the parent. other communities? I have often said of Algoma-Manitoulin How would you explain how our leaders could let this happen while at the same time trying to teach that people are our greatest resource – and the most precious of these are our children. And if them to love and care for others? I know many readers will have seen or we don't get this right, not only am I worried heard the recent segment on the CBC news in about the health, safety and happiness of our which they showed little children of Neskantaga children, but also I'm worried for ourselves – the holding up signs begging for someone to show adults of today and the aged of tomorrow. I'm some compassion by fixing the longest boil water worried because children are not always very advisory in Canadian history. One sign read, good at listening to what their elders say, but they “Fix our water…We're not animals. We're not never fail to imitate us. Again, the wise words of Mandela, “They things. We're just like you…” These are children who just want to go home to live safe, will be the leaders of our country, the creators of health happy lives, just like all children in our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people.” Ontario do. Members of Neskantaga First Nation As always, please feel free to contact my office held a sit-in at Queen's Park to ask Doug Ford to about these issues, or any other provincial stop ignoring the pleas of the people. In the name matters. You can reach my constituency office of humanity, the Conservative government must by email at mmantha-co@ndp.on.ca or by phone step up and fix this problem. Sol Mamakwa, at 705-461-9710 or Toll free 1-800-831-1899. MPP for Kiiwetinoong and the NDP Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation critic says that “Every Ontarian knows Doug Ford would never neglect and dismiss a community like Etobicoke North this way. Every day that Doug Ford does nothing to fix this crisis is another day he makes the shameful choice to put the health and lives of Neskantaga's community members at risk.” Mamakwa went on to point out that not only has the Province ignored their pleas but has also slashed 80 per cent of the budget for Ontario's Indigenous Drinking Water Program; totally walking away from any potential efforts to invest in infrastructure for clean drinking water in Neskantaga and other First Nations that need it. This is outright abuse. R e m e m b e r, “ C h i l d r e n a r e mirrors. They reflect back to us all we say and do.” Look around at how the world's historic lens is refocusing on what our founding fathers and societal leaders have done. Some much celebrated (705) 942-7927 ext.3041 (Local) historic icons and national 1 (866) 353-0697 (Toll Free) heroes are now seen as symbols info@soovpr.com of inhumanity and shameful www.ssovpr.com values – their statues and

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le vendredi 27 novembre de 16 h à 21 h au 40, rue Birch qui est au sous-sol du bureau de poste - porte de côté. Le format un peu différent cette année dû au COVID-19, pas de café et gâteries, désolés. Toutefois, nous offrons encore un rabais de 15 % si vous achetez quelque chose ce soir-là! Les heures d'ouverture de la boutique pour le temps des fêtes seront du lundi au vendredi de 9 a.m. à 11:30 a.m. ainsi que du mardi au jeudi de 1 à 3 p.m. Au mois de décembre, nous allons ouvrir les samedi (5, 12, et 19 déc.).après-midi de 1 à 3 p.m.. Un rappel que vous devez porter un masque dans la boutique et respecter la distanciation comme convenu par la santé publique.

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Top 5 items to donate this holiday season

(NC) The season of giving is upon us and there is no better way to end 2020 than giving back to your local community. Before the start of the pandemic, 1.1 million visits were made to food banks across Canada in a typical month. Regularly, lowincome households must choose between rent, utilities, childcare, medicine, and food in order to make ends meet. Unfortunately, this has become a reality for many more Canadians in recent months and food banks have been significantly impacted across the country. “Food banks have been working hard to adapt and continue to provide resources to people

in our communities who are struggling with food insecurity. Your donation will have an immediate impact,” explains Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada. “We need to continue to work towards our vision of a country where no one goes hungry, especially during these difficult times.” Not sure what to give? Here are the most-needed items right now: 1. Think warm and hearty meals. As we enter the deep cold of winter, a warm meal can make all the difference. When choosing items for the food bank, think about your favourite comfort meals and add a few additional

items to your grocery cart like dried pasta and sauce, rice, stews, chili and soups. 2. Pack the protein. Getting enough protein is crucial to good health. While our main sources of protein may come from fresh items such as meats and dairy products, canned meat and fish, peanut butter and canned and dry beans are also excellent sources. 3. Don’t forget the fruits and veggies. You may not know that canned fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious and delicious as fresh produce. They’re packed at their peak ripeness to lock in the nutrients – just be sure to look for low- or zero-sodium and sugar-free versions. 4. Personal care is just as important. Access to personal care items is something we may take for granted, but for some, it could mean the difference between paying the electricity bill this month or putting food on the table. Shampoos, soaps, tampons and pads, as well as lotions and creams are all welcome items for food banks. Baby items such as diapers and wipes are also essential. 5. Making a cash donation is easy. While our non-perishable food is always put to good use, monetary contributions are also very important to food banks. Cash donations make it possible for them to purchase fresh items such as produce, bread and milk for those in need, as well as fill in any gaps in non-perishables. Real Canadian Superstore and Loblaws locations across Canada make donating to your local food bank easy. From November 26 to December 24, you can drop off non-perishable goods and donate funds at the register to help ensure that our neighbours have a good holiday season.

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qui vous intéressent, suivez l’actualité et consultez les ressources disponibles en matière de placement. Ne laissez pas vos émotions influer sur vos décisions de placement. Comptez plutôt sur vos recherches pour motiver vos choix, pour vous assurer qu’ils vous conviennent et pour vous inspirer confiance. - Les placements fluctuent, et c’est normal. L’important est de ne pas perdre de vue vos objectifs à plus long terme et de réaliser que l’investissement tient davantage du marathon que du sprint. Cela vous aidera à garder votre calme pendant les inévitables fluctuations du marché. Pour trouver d’autres sources d’inspiration, consultez le site

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Last weeks solutions MOMENTS IN TIME On Dec. 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, a violation of the city's racial segregation laws. Parks' refusal was not merely brought on by her tired feet, as is the popular legend. Local civil-rights leaders had been planning a challenge to Montgomery's racist bus laws for several months.


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Maintenez les traditions familiales

(EN) Même si tout est chamboulé cette année, le temps des Fêtes est bien là, et il reste important de maintenir les traditions familiales. Chaque famille a ses propres traditions, parfois transmises de génération en génération, ou encore des plus récentes qui se créent au fil des ans.

Beaucoup de ces traditions sont centrées sur la nourriture. Qu’on pense à la bûche au chocolat décadente de maman, des saucisses en pâte de grand-maman ou de la fameuse soupe au cappelletti d’une grand-mère d’origine italienne, vous n’avez pas à vous priver de ces délices simplement parce que les célébrations vont changer. Passez en mode virtuel Si vous ne pouvez pas vous réunir avec vos proches, faites passer vos traditions en mode virtuel. En prévision des célébrations, accrochez vos bas de Noël et décorez votre arbre. Organisez un échange de cadeaux épiques et un potluck traditionnel. Vous pouvez planifier quelques livraisons de cadeaux avant de joindre les festivités en ligne pour trinquer avec vos amis et votre famille. Vous pouvez aussi partager vos recettes préférées à l’avance afin que tout le monde puisse déguster les mêmes plats, chacun chez soi. Dévoilez de délicieux secrets Chaque famille a ses recettes familiales secrètes. Mais pour que les traditions puissent se perpétuer, les secrets doivent être dévoilés et transmis à la génération suivante. Cette année, demandez au gardien de ces précieuses recettes familiales

d’organiser un cours de cuisine virtuel afin de guider les membres de la famille dans les étapes à suivre pour que tout le monde puisse déguster le plat tant convoité. Restez actif La période des Fêtes en est une stressante pendant laquelle nous mangeons un peu plus que la normale. Il est donc important d’essayer de maintenir un bon niveau d’activité physique. Passer du temps à l’extérieur avec la famille apporte beaucoup de bienfaits. De plus, construire un bonhomme de neige ou organiser une bataille de boules de neige permet de respecter les normes de distanciation physique. Vous pouvez aussi vous balader dans votre quartier pour voir toutes les lumières scintillantes ou aller patiner dehors au grand air. Buvez avec modération Compte tenu de tous les événements virtuels inscrits à l’agenda, vous allez probablement déguster plus d’aliments et de boissons à forte teneur en sucre. L’alcool et les autres cocktails festifs contiennent plus de sucre que vous ne le pensez. Dégustez-les, mais avec modération. Après avoir bu votre cocktail préféré, passez à une eau pétillante aromatisée aux fruits et aux herbes fraîches, comme les canneberges et le romarin, pour conserver une touche festive. Si vous cherchez d’autres conseils et des moyens simples pour améliorer votre alimentation, les diététistes de Provigo sont là pour vous aider. Pour réserver une séance afin d’apprendre à manger plus sainement pendant les Fêtes et au début de la nouvelle année, allez à provigo.ca/dietetistes.

Flip-flop on school closures a cause for concern: NDP

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NDP Education critic Marit Stiles released the following statement in response to the Ford government saying Tuesday that it may shutter school buildings for a time this winter to stop the spread of COVID-19; then saying Wednesday it will not: “If the threat of COVID-19 in our schools was serious enough for the government to consider shutdowns, surely it’s serious enough to cap class sizes to make students and staff safer. More than 3,500 children, education workers and teachers have gotten sick with COVID-19. About 100 more get sick with the virus every day. One education worker in a Toronto

school has died. Children and the exhausted and caring staff in schools and on school busses are doing an exceptional job trying to keep each other safe, but the province keeps telling them they’re on their own. Andrea Horwath and the NDP believe the safest way to bring kids back after winter break is to bring them back into classes of no more than 15 kids, and on school busses that are no more than half full. In order to crush this virus, Doug Ford needs to stop withholding COVID19 funding, and spend the money to stop the spread in schools."

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