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No matter what the weather on your side of the world, the second week of May is sure to be a reprieve in an otherwise stormy season. The new moon in Taurus on the 11th cups the dark waters of April’s full moon in Scorpio and transforms them with a bright sliver of possibility. This lunation is uninterested in complications and determined to find pleasure wherever pleasure is on offer. Pleasure, here, can be as hedonistic as a night-in with a new date and an array of libations. Or, it can be the simple relief of carving out time and space to direct all your attention toward an activity that gives you a sense of purpose. Jupiter shifts into Pisces for the time being, encouraging the dreamers inside each and every one of us to rise up and claim more space in the mundane world. The air is buzzing with potential, bolstered by Saturn’s trine to Mercury on the 12th which is sure to usher in a great deal of clarity to all prospects and soften the Mercury retrograde shadow that starts to creep in on the 14th. The reins loosen and the ropes are allowed to hang slack, a gift of increased freedom and individual responsibility. Here, we are called to rely less on authorities who don’t always have our best interests in mind and temper ourselves for the sake of our communities. We are tasked with holding reverence for both our individual joy and our collective agreements. Aries Sun & Aries RisingIf you’ve gotten the sense that this coming week is a great time to work on building some foundations for your future ambitions, trust your intuition, because it is most certainly on the right track. The new moon in Taurus is here to help you break ground and move your plans steadily forward. If you find that acting on whatever opportunities arise is at odds with your more personal affairs, it might be time to change your perspective. What might appear in the form of a distraction or emotional obstacle can very well serve to enrich your understanding of what you’re planning. Everything occurs in relation to everything else. Anything can be a teacher if you’re open to learning.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoTaurus Sun & Taurus RisingSometimes, when one looks at an open field, it can be tempting to notice what’s missing from the scene rather than what’s available to us in the present moment. Longing for what’s past can feel like a sacred ritual, a way to underscore what something meant to us and to keep it close. But, by now you must know, dear Taurus, that there are other ways to hold something sacred — ways that recognize the life cycles of all living things, including the life of a relationship. What comes also goes, what had a story before us has a story after us. So this week, when you come upon a space of possibility, do your best to see what’s there that’s good and get it while you can.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoGemini Sun & Gemini RisingFor some people, a dry spell followed by a flood of information and correspondences can feel like chaotic weather. But, for Mercury-ruled magicians like yourself, new data means new tasks. Whether you’re simply digesting what comes through, or you’re responding in kind, this week is sure to fill you with a sense of purpose. With Mercury in your sign making a trine to Saturn on the 12th, there’s an optimistic and exciting nature to the responsibilities you take on at this. It’s a good week to make plans, to set things in stone, and trust that the commitments you make will not only serve you well but inspire the same level of commitment from others.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCancer Sun & Cancer RisingWhen people speak of shadow work, of personal excavation, they often speak of the heavy work. But learning to work with the wounded parts of ourselves and the magic medicine they hold isn’t restricted to retreat, crying jags, and processing. Sometimes, the best kind of healing is the kind that comes through play and experimentation. It should come as no surprise to you, Cancer, if the joy that’s available to you this week amplifies the edges of whatever darkness you nurture. Light defines shadows, throws them in your path. But, they’re just a part of the experience — they don’t have to diminish it. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLeo Sun & Leo RisingIt can feel good to have people depend on you, especially when their regard is the result of your steadfast support. That kind of faith can feel a lot like love, especially for someone who so rarely asks for help yourself. It’s important to recognize, dear Leo, the emotional toll of anticipating the needs of others. It’s important to remember that not all reliances are born of love and so, not all support can be received with grace and gratitude. This week, as the new moon lights up your 10th house, try to imagine what other roles you can play in your social networks, roles that highlight what you bring to the table rather than who you can be for someone else.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoVirgo Sun & Virgo RisingThis week’s new moon might arrive under the auspices of slow-and-steady Taurus, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the days ahead are bound to move at an energetic pace. Set your intentions, dear Virgo, and then get to work! Saturn in Aquarius trines Mercury in Gemini on May 12th and the aspect is sure to offer up a good amount of clarity on all kinds of pressing matters, especially ones having to do with making plans and coming to mutual agreements. The stabilizing force of this aspect is a gift and, if you key into it, it’s sure to keep you on track through the upcoming Mercury retrograde.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLibra Sun & Libra RisingIt’s one thing to know that everyone processes big emotions differently and a whole other thing to relate to others with that knowledge in mind. When the events that elicit these big emotions are shared ones, it can be doubly hard to recognize that while two people can share an experience, they rarely experience it in the same way. Two realities are possible and intimacy can truly flourish when more than one reality is given validity. This week’s new moon in Taurus encourages you to facilitate space for your own emotional experience by gently parsing out what feels true for you right now, even if it’s not true for others. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoScorpio Sun & Scorpio RisingThis week’s new moon in Taurus is a moon concerned with your relationships. It’s a moon that invites you to share yourself and your resources with others. You are encouraged, Scorpio, to let your defenses down, to show up fully and trust that you will be received. Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially if keeping an emotional distance has felt like finding safe harbor in an otherwise tumultuous season. Try your best to remember that you are not the same person you were last year — very few people are — and therefore all attempts at connecting are new terrain. Sometimes old relationships deserve a new approach. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoSagittarius Sun & Sagittarius RisingWhile it's almost certainly true that work has been the major focus of this season for you, the new moon in Taurus offers you a feeling of discipline and determination around that work. if you’re open to shifting your perspective or — better yet — your methods, you’ll encounter a greater sense of your capabilities and your limitations. Believe it or not, understanding your relationship to time leads to a lot more free time. Saturn trine Mercury in Gemini the day following the new moon is an aspect that boosts general clarity around communication issues and, in your case, spreads the new moon’s strategic influence to your more intimate connections.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCapricorn Sun & Capricorn RisingKnowing what we want — what could or does bring us pleasure — is sometimes a far cry from knowing how to go about getting it.This week’s new moon in Taurus aims to show you a steady path toward what you desire and leaves it up to you to start down that path — to prioritize it. Saturn, your ruling planet, trines Mercury the day following the new moon and gives a purposeful, clarifying shine to the intentions you’ve set forth. New details and missing pieces are sure to come into focus if you’re ready to receive them. Work with the universe, Capricorn, since the universe has all but conspired to work for you.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoAquarius Sun & Aquarius RisingSometimes showing up for others means showing up for yourself first. The phrase “self care” feels like it’s everywhere, but, apparently, the more we use a phrase and the wider it spreads, the farther we get from knowing what it can mean for us. While internet infographics can help us parse between activities and rituals that pertain to our physical, mental, and spiritual health, so many of these options can stack up as one person’s pleasures and another person’s chores. One fool-proof way to figure out what you can do to help yourself feel cared for is simply asking yourself the question and allowing any answer — no matter how silly or mundane — to be valid. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoPisces Sun & Pisces RisingThis coming week holds a great deal of sweetness for mutable signs (Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius, and Virgo) and Saturn’s trine to Mercury in Gemini is sure to help direct that sweetness toward a well-placed catchment system: a budding connection, cupped hands, an open mouth. It’s important to focus on where the honey flows and follow it there, Pisces — especially since other people's communications fail to lead you in the right direction. You know more than most that language is an imperfect tool and the directions of others rarely applies to the journey you’re on. Trust your inner compass; no matter what you settle on, you’ll find you’re far from lost.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Taurus Season Is Going To Be Really IntenseObsessed With Astrology? Thank TikTok — & COVIDHow Important Is Your Roommate's Zodiac Sign?
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OTTAWA — Canada's employment minister says a budgetary pledge for funding to study changes to the employment insurance system reflects realities that improvements to the safety net can't happen overnight. The federal budget proposed $648 million over seven years to fund a long-term technological upgrade to the EI system, the oldest portions of which rely on programming language from the 1960s. At the same time, the budget sets aside $5 million over two years for a long-sought review of EI. The timeline was disappointing to some who wanted a more immediate change to the decades-old system, but reflected the reality of how officials realized more time was required. Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said there is a need to first update aging technological infrastructure before any changes to EI can take effect. She also said the review will focus on thorny policy issues, with gig or self-employed workers being the thorniest of all. "We can't do everything at once," she said in an interview, adding it's not as simple as snapping her fingers to create a "utopian EI system." "There are all these other considerations that we have to take into account." The government has spent years trying to figure out how to adapt the EI program to modern realities with a rapid growth in the gig economy. There were about 1.7 million gig workers in 2016, a 70 per cent jump from a decade earlier, according to Statistics Canada. An April 2018 presentation by Employment and Social Development Canada suggested preparing for labour force changes should consider a "large scale expansion of both labour market and social supports" and eligibility for benefits if the gig economy became the new normal. It suggested officials start thinking about how to overhaul income support programs, including the "possibility of universal or means tested delivery scheme to guarantee (a) minimum standard of living." The drop of three million jobs last March and April threatened to overwhelm the EI system so much so that the government put it on hiatus and put unemployed Canadians onto a pandemic-aid program, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. But it also highlighted issues long known about the employment insurance system, including how not all workers can qualify for benefits, and more are blocked entirely. "There is a lot of material out there. We're going to build upon that, and really try and strike the balance between needing to engage and needing to act," Qualtrough said. She added consultations will focus on areas of disagreement between employers and worker groups, such as how to calculate premiums and benefits for gig workers, in addition to policy concerns about determining when someone needs aid, given that the nature of gig employment includes ups and downs. Qualtrough said it isn't a simple conversation or policy to provide a broader benefit to more workers in the country while maintaining some oversight to make sure help goes where it is needed. "This challenge of unpacking the spectrum of types of work, and potentially getting out of that frame into one where no matter where you work or how you work, every hour of work is somehow — and it's super challenging — accounted for in a way that you get credit towards some kind of employment insurance scheme," she said. "It's really a difficult nut to crack." In tandem, Labour Minister Filomena Tassi has been speaking for months with platforms and their workers about what changes might be needed in federal labour rules to protect Uber drivers, for instance, while they are on the job. She is set to meet with her provincial and territorial counterparts to talk about the rise in platform work among other issues facing the labour force. The April 2018 presentation, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, also suggested officials "consider the value and feasibility of new legal protections to create (a) backstop on disruption," outlining examples like a "bill of rights for human workers" and new rules on monetizing users' data. In a separate interview, Tassi said platform workers have told her they don't want to lose the flexibility in their hours the work provides, but also want greater protections while on the job. "We are going to attempt to achieve both things because we don't want to take the benefits away from workers, but at the same time we have to ensure that there are those protections for workers." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Jordan Press, The Canadian Press
Mary Couchees Iserhoff thinks she might be 96-years-old, two years older than what's on her official identification. Whether she's 94 or 96, being fit enough to spend Goose Break at the family bush camp, hold her semi-automatic rifle "just in case" and pluck and clean the harvested geese, is a gift. "I am happy when I see the goose are harvested. I like to help while I can still use my hands," she said in Cree. Couchees Iserhoff grew up on Oujé-Bougoumou territory in northern Quebec and now lives in Mistissini, the second largest of the Cree communities located about 800 kilometres north of Montreal. She thought last year would be the last Goose Break she could enjoy at camp, according to her son-in-law Kenny Blacksmith. Blacksmith shared a post on Facebook saying Couchees Iserhoff wasn't expecting to be able to join the family this year for the annual Goose Break holiday, where Quebec Cree families head to their bush camps to hunt returning geese. "My mother-in-law came in a few hours ago on a skidoo on the ice. She thought last year was going to be her last time at our goose camp but here she is," wrote Blacksmith, adding she ate half a fried sucker fish and then rested. "But she decided she should sit on the porch overlooking the water — with her 1985 semi-automatic 12-gauge [Benelli] ... just in case." Couchees Iserhoff likes to help out at the camp by plucking and cleaning the harvest birds.(Submitted by Louise Iserhoff Blacksmith) Couchees Iserhoff travelled by snowmobile with the help of her grandson Julien, and enjoys plucking and cleaning the geese and walking the land with the help of her cane. "I love to walk too but am not so steady," she said. When she was younger, Couchees Iserhoff remembered, her grandmother would share stories of Cree families not having enough to eat and of starvation. "That's when my grandmother taught me never to throw anything [away and] ... clean every part of the geese," she said. "I clean everything. I keep everything ... even the intestines." Couchees Iserhoff remembers learning important safety lessons from her husband, about being careful about the ice conditions during spring and how to recognize different colours of ice. "This spring, the ice melts fast, and it's the first time that I see, the spring is very fast," she said.
Sandra Morellat didn't think she'd need to lock her bike up as she was just popping into an apartment building on a quiet residential street in Saint-Lambert, on Montreal's South Shore. "I just leaned it against this railing," said Morellat, who was doing a quick inspection of an apartment last Sunday as the tenant was moving out. But it wasn't long before she noticed somebody milling around her bike. She watched as the man hopped on and started pedaling away. "That's when I ran out after him," she said. But chasing on foot was futile. "At this point actually, the two cyclists came by and that's when I yelled at them that my bike had been stolen," she said. One of those two cyclists, both women, happened to be a recently retired provincial police officer. The two women declined to be interviewed, but in a Facebook post, the retired police officer tells her story of how their leisurely Sunday bike ride turned into a hair-raising adventure. The pair of cyclists had only just started their trip when they heard the call for help near the corner of Upper Edison Street and Victoria Avenue. They discreetly followed the man for a bit as he headed east toward Boucherville. They were going slow at first as the man seemed unaware that he was being tailed, but it wasn't long before he caught wind of the pursuit and kicked into high gear. Suddenly the two women found themselves racing along a bike path that parallels the St. Lawrence River and Highway 132, hitting speeds of up to 29 kilometres per hour. When they reached Marie-Victorin Boulevard, another cyclist joined the pursuit and called 911. Longueuil police raced to the scene, catching up with the four bikers at the marina in Old Boucherville — 17 kilometres from where the chase began. The alleged thief, likely exhausted from the ride, slammed into a police cruiser. He was quickly cuffed and hauled away by officers. A short time later, Morellat found herself in Boucherville identifying her bike. "It was incredible," she said. "When we got there, I saw them — my two heroines." Morellat said she thanked the two women enormously for their brave act. And now she will be more careful in the future. "Lesson learned," said Morellat. "Just lock your bike. Lock it up!"
OTTAWA — On May 3, the British government announced that only one person had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. It was a sharp turn around in a little over three months, from the country's worst ever death toll in the pandemic, to almost none. It's also something, health experts say, Canadians can look to with hope. "The U.K. shows the best way forward for Canada," said Dr. Fahad Razak, an internal medicine specialist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. The way, said Razak, is about getting more vaccines into arms, and keeping smart public health measures in place for as long as possible, to let the vaccines do their thing. In January, the U.K. saw record numbers of new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions. They were three to five times the worst numbers Canada has ever seen. On January 8, more than 68,000 people were diagnosed with COVID-19, on Jan. 20, more than 1,820 people died. There were that month, more than 39,000 people in hospital on the worst day, and more than 4,000 in intensive care. Now, after half the British population has had a single vaccine dose, one-quarter have had two, and the entire country faced a strict lockdown with a gradual, staged, reopening, the U.K.'s picture isn't just better, it's a whole new world. Every one of those statistics is down. New cases? Down 96 per cent. Deaths? Down 99 per cent. Hospitalizations and ICU patients? Down 97 per cent. "This is the remarkable effect of getting those vaccines into people's arms, and effective and smart restrictions on public health measures," said Razak. "This is the effect, you're seeing it right now." Britain, like Canada, is one of the only countries in the world to delay second doses for several months, so that more people can get protected from at least one dose faster. It was, in both countries, an experiment with many critics. With a pandemic underway and the need to get clinical trials completed quickly, vaccine makers had generally tested their products with three and four-week delays between two doses. But with the B.1.1.7 driving crisis-levels of infections, and loaded with vaccine science that says delaying a second dose often generates a stronger immune response, Britain decided to push the second dose to 12 weeks. Canada decided in March to delay second doses for most people up to 16 weeks, as production issues delayed deliveries and doses were in short supply. Razak said it was, in both cases, "absolutely the right decision." "We're going to see the benefit of that if we continue our aggressive vaccine rollout," he said. The U.K. — which was in a strict nationwide lockdown in January and February — is gradually returning to normal. Kids are back in school, hair salons are open, restaurant patios are hopping, and even small backyard gatherings are allowed. It has all been done in calculated stages, with restrictions gradually lifting every few weeks starting in early March. Next week, on May 17th, comes one of the biggest steps forward yet: restaurants will be allowed to have indoor dining and people can entertain up to 6 friends and family from two households indoors. Outdoor gatherings will be increased to a limit of 30 people. Children's play places, movie theatres, hotels and indoor fitness classes, will once again be allowed. On the 21st of June, the British government hopes to be able to lift all restrictions completely. They can do that, said Razak, because there are more people vaccinated, and therefore fewer people available for the virus to infect. The U.K. was fast out of the gate with vaccines, having made smart deals to get early doses from Pfizer, investing heavily in Oxford-AstraZeneca early on, and expanding production to make some of it at home. In January, it outpaced even the United States in vaccinations, trailing only Israel and the United Arab Emirates in doses given per person. Still the U.K. is not without supply woes. Vaccinations slowed considerably in April, as AstraZeneca couldn't get all its deliveries to the U.K. and Moderna reduced British deliveries along with Canada's. Canada, with vaccine deliveries in May expected to be greater than the last five months combined, is catching up. It outpaced the U.K. in much of April, and expects to get a first dose to everyone over the age of 12 by the end of June. The U.K. is targeting that by the end of July. Dr. David Naylor, co-chair of Canada's National COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, said the sharp down curve of British COVID-19 statistics can happen here. "I would be not surprised and very relieved if we actually see a pretty significant pickup (in) the drop in case counts when we once we get about 40% first doses, which we're heading toward quickly," Naylor said. On Friday, Canada hit 14 million people vaccinated with at least one dose, more than 37 per cent of all Canadians. At current rates of vaccination, Canada should get to 40 per cent by mid-week. With vaccines coming in faster now, the 50 per cent marker should come before Victoria Day. "When we get about 50% then I think we should see a lot more light at the end of the tunnel," said Naylor. "I just hope there isn't a bunch of premature opening up at that time, because that could that could set us back." Razak said there is no magic formula for when and how to lift restrictions but he said it has to be driven by the data. If it is done too quickly, before enough people are vaccinated and the virus has limited places to take hold, a fourth wave is very likely. Naylor said, if things are done right there is no reason why Canada can't be where Britain is now, in the not too distant future. "We are in a position here with this flood of effective vaccines to really go after this virus and get ourselves out of limbo and get our lives back," he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press
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