Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line revealed Monday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the second performer slated for Wednesday’s CMA Awards telecast to pull out on account of a positive diagnosis.
Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line revealed Monday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the second performer slated for Wednesday’s CMA Awards telecast to pull out on account of a positive diagnosis.
In a joint statement following their call, Mr Johnson and Mrs von der Leyen acknowledged ‘significant differences’ remained.
MONTREAL — The anniversary of the attack that cut short the lives of 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique has become a day to reflect and call for action to end gender-based violence, but this year those moments will largely take place alone rather than in groups.Most of the traditional events, including wreath-layings, speeches and a ceremony to project beams of light into the sky from the Mount Royal lookout, will proceed either virtually or without crowds in what one survivor of the shooting says is sure to be a "difficult" year."There’s a lot of human warmth in my life surrounding Dec. 6, a lot of emotions linked to those gatherings, and this year it's a lot cooler," said Nathalie Provost, who was shot four times when a gunman stormed Ecole Polytechnique in 1989.Fourteen women, many of them engineering students, were killed and more than a dozen people were injured in an attack motivated by the gunman's hatred towards women.Provost, spokeswoman for gun control group PolySeSouvient, said the efforts to remember the event have gone on, even though health regulations mean people can't congregate in-person.Earlier this week, a $30,000 scholarship known as the Order of the White Rose was presented to Cree student Brielle Chanae Thorsen, who Provost describes as an "amazing young woman" and engineering student.And on Sunday at noon, Provost will join a panel of speakers at a park named in honour of the women for a commemoration that will be broadcast online. But Provost fears participation may be lower this year, noting people are tired of staring at screens."Gatherings are important for mourning and for commemoration, and now we’re trying to do them virtually, and my impression is that it’s much harder to achieve," she said.This diminished participation may come at a time when advocates say the issue of gender-based violence is more urgent than ever.Elisabeth Fluet-Asselin, a spokeswoman for the Quebec Women's Federation, said the pandemic has led to increased demand for women's shelter space, difficulty in accessing services, and mental health struggles brought on by isolation. She said some groups are particularly affected, including Indigenous women, members of the LGBTQ community, women with disabilities and those in prison.In addition to a Sunday ceremony at a Montreal park, the federation has organized a number of virtual events as part of its 12 days of action, including podcasts, videos, panel discussions, and art and poetry events -- all designed to highlight and denounce the systemic nature of gender-based violence. "Violence against women is not just physical, domestic, or sexual, there are lots of other kinds and we can’t forget them, especially in the current context," Fluet-Asselin said in an interview.Provost, for her part, worries about a rise in online abuse spread on social media, which she said can lead to real, violent consequences.Over the years, Provost said her own emotions surrounding what happened to her during the massacre tend to ebb and flow. This year, she mostly feels tired, and frustrated at the slow pace of change when it comes to gun control.Provost said she was encouraged by a previously announced federal plan to ban some 1,500 types of assault-style firearms. But she said there's still much she'd like to see, including a ban on handguns, stronger tools for police to intervene in so-called "red flag" situations, and action to address the guns currently in circulation.Eventually, she hopes to turn the page on the shooting, and let the anniversary become a day of quiet remembrance. Instead, she says the opposite seems to be happening as victims of shootings in Toronto, Quebec City and Nova Scotia add their voices to those calling for change."We don’t need any more commemorations," she said. "We don’t want to create new ones. We want it to stop."This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2020Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
Fred Sasakamoose was intent on telling his story. The Indigenous hockey pioneer didn't realize he was running out of time. Sasakamoose, who was remembered as a survivor, trailblazer and community leader at his funeral Saturday, died of complications from COVID-19 on Nov. 24 in Prince Albert, Sask., at age 86. He suited up for 11 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1953-54 season, becoming one of the first Indigenous players in what was then a six-team league. Sasakamoose was working on his book "Call Me Indian" — set to be released in the spring — right up until the end. "He went in the hospital Nov. 20 ... on Nov. 19 we did the final edit," Neil Sasakamoose, Fred's son, told mourners inside the arena that bears his father's name in Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, north of Saskatoon. "That's the best story we have of him." One of 11 children, Fred Sasakamoose was forcibly taken from his community in central Saskatchewan to a residential school as a boy. Sasakamoose told a Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing in 2012 that he had been sexually abused by other students, and recalled being whipped and having coal oil poured over his head. Sasakamoose also encountered a reverend intent on making him into a successful hockey player. He would eventually spend three seasons with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League before joining Chicago. And when Sasakamoose's playing career came to an end, he returned to the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. Sasakamoose became a band councillor and chief, and worked to develop minor hockey and other sports programs across the province. Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron recalled Sasakamoose delivering food to his family when he was seven years old. "Everyone of has that memory, that good memory that has connected us to this mighty fine man," Cameron said. "Words can't do him justice for the life he lived, the memories he made, and the experiences he had for 86 years. "He was a mighty fine man." Due to novel coronavirus protocols, a maximum of 30 people were allowed to pay their respects in person at the Fred Sasakamoose Community Arena for the service that was also streamed online. Sasakamoose was named to the Order of Canada in 2017, and given an honorary doctorate of law by the University of Saskatchewan earlier this year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman paid tribute to Sasakamoose with prerecorded remarks. "Every generation, there are people who fight for what is right, who break down barriers, and who pave the way for others," Trudeau said. "Fred Sasakamoose was one of those people. "After he survived the residential school system, after he made history as one of the first Indigenous players in the NHL, he returned home to give back. Fred didn't just share his love of the game with young people, he believed in them and worked hard to support them." Neil Sasakamoose ended his eulogy by asking everyone to take precautions with the virus that claimed his father. "Keep safe, wear your mask, don't worry about the negative stuff," he said. "We have to respect this virus. We have to take it seriously. It's not long until it will be gone, but we have to be careful. "It can hurt people, this virus. It hurt my dad." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2020. The Canadian Press
The Voyager 1 and 2 probes have detected a new kind of cosmic ray electron burst emanating from the Sun, decades after they started their missions.
They filed into the stadiums for the first time in nine months, clutching treasured match tickets and with their masks partially hiding the glee on their faces.What once might have been taken for granted — going to watch their teams play in the English Premier League — felt like a huge privilege Saturday for the fortunate 4,000 given the honour of being the first soccer supporters to be allowed into games in England’s top division since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March.The fans — 2,000 from West Ham, 2,000 from Chelsea — had contrasting experiences on opposite sides of London.West Ham imploded at its Olympic Stadium, squandering a 1-0 halftime lead against Manchester United as substitutes Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford inspired the visitors to a 3-1 win.Chelsea’s players treated their select group of attending fans to a comeback of their own at Stamford Bridge. The hosts rebounded from conceding a fourth-minute goal from former player Patrick Bamford to beat Leeds 3-1 thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic.England is the first of the major soccer nations to allow some supporters back into games during COVID-19's second wave now that its national lockdown has ended.Only half of the Premier League’s stadiums are allowed to welcome back a limited number of fans. Teams from the cities and towns under the toughest coronavirus restrictions must still shut out their supporters.For that reason, Manchester City played in an empty stadium for its 2-0 win over Fulham and Burnley’s Turf Moor also had no spectators for the team’s 1-1 draw with Everton.SUPER SUBSCarrying minor injuries amid a packed schedule of games, Fernandes and Rashford were left out of the starting lineup by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who hoped he wouldn’t have to call upon two of his star players.On they came for the second half, however, after United was given the runaround in the first 45 minutes by a West Ham team that should have been further ahead than 1-0. Tomas Soucek scored that goal in the 38th.Fernandes and Rashford changed the game. Fernandes played a key part in goals scored by Paul Pogba — a curling shot from the edge of the area — and Mason Greenwood in the space of three minutes. Rashford then ran onto Juan Mata’s through-ball and chipped the goalkeeper for the third goal in the 78th.United came from two goals down to beat Southampton last weekend and has won all five of its away games so far.GIROUD’S GOAL SPREEWhat a week it has been for Giroud.After scoring all of Chelsea’s goals in a 4-0 win at Sevilla in the Champions League, the France striker was handed a first start in the Premier League this season and grabbed the equalizer against Leeds to cancel out Bamford’s opener on the counterattack.Zouma headed in a corner from Mason Mount, before Pulisic slid in to convert a cross from Timo Werner and complete Chelsea’s comeback in stoppage time.The match saw respective managers Frank Lampard, of Chelsea, and Marcelo Bielsa, of Leeds, meet for the first time in the Premier League. The pair clashed two seasons ago in the second-tier Championship after Bielsa admitted to spying on a training session of Derby, the team managed at the time by Lampard.CITY CREEPING UPPerhaps it was only a matter of time, but Manchester City is moving ominously into view in the early stage of the title race.The routine win over Fulham — secured by an early strike by Raheem Sterling and a penalty from Kevin De Bruyne — lifted City into striking distance of the top of the standings after a slow start to the season by Pep Guardiola’s team.City is four points behind Chelsea having played one game fewer.Guardiola’s team selections continue to be a source of interest as he seeks to keep his big squad on its toes. Sterling made a strong return after being a substitute in the last two games, while Aymeric Laporte — supposedly a mainstay in central defence — missed out for the fourth straight game.Meanwhile, Guardiola didn’t make a single substitution, at a time when he is pushing the Premier League to increase the number of replacements from three to five for player-welfare reasons.CALVERT-LEWIN KEEPS GOINGDominic Calvert-Lewin is not slowing up this season.It’s now 11 goals in 11 games for the Everton striker after scoring the equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Burnley. He is the top scorer in the league, with two more than the next player in the scoring list — Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.Robbie Brady scored a third-minute opener for Burnley, which has just one win in 10 games so far and stayed in the bottom three.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Steve Douglas is at https://twitter.com/sdouglas80Steve Douglas, The Associated Press
WINNIPEG — A Manitoba judge rejected a church's request Saturday to hold drive-in services despite the province's COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings and in-person religious events."The onus that an applicant must meet to obtain a stay of legislation is extremely high," Chief Justice Glenn Joyal of the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench said in his rare weekend ruling."I do not believe that the applicants meet their burden of showing that (they) will suffer irreparable harm if the injunction is not granted."Joyal held a special Saturday court hearing in a case brought by Springs Church, which has faced more than $32,000 in fines for drive-in services in recent weeks and wanted a ruling before a planned service later in the day.The church argued the latest provincial public health order, which requires religious services to be only available online or via broadcasts, violates freedoms of religion and association under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The order also bans public gatherings of more than five people.Springs Church asked for a temporary stay of enforcement of the order so that drive-in services could continue until a full hearing on the Charter issue could be held. Its lawyer argued the drive-in services do not pose a threat to public health, since attendees are told to remain in the vehicles while a pastor speaks from the stage."They're not allowed to enter the church buildings or sanctuaries, even to use the washrooms," church lawyer Kevin Williams told court.Government lawyers argued the restrictions on in-person gatherings, both generally and for religious services, are needed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Manitoba has one of the highest per-capita rates of new infections among provinces. There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the church or its lawyer following Joyal's ruling, but a note posted on the church's website said there would be no drive-in services this weekend."It cannot be business as usual," government lawyer Heather Leonoff said, arguing there's no way to guarantee that congregants don't mingle while in the church parking lot.Joyal ruled the church failed to show evidence that being able to sit in a car while listening to a church service is a necessary alternative to sitting at home."I am in agreement with the submissions of the (government) that a remote service in your home is, at least, very similar to a remote service in your car," he said. Joyal also rejected other arguments made by the church, including a claim that a service of people attending in cars is not the same as a public gathering, which is limited to five people."It has persons. They are grouping. They are in general proximity to each other, and they have assembled for a common purpose or reason," Joyal said.A date has not been set for a full hearing on the church's Charter argument. Manitoba's current public health order is scheduled to expire on Friday, although Premier Brian Pallister has said some form of restrictions will have to be extended.Manitoba is not the only province facing a legal fight over its COVID-19 rules.The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms filed a challenge Friday with Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench on behalf of two churches and two individuals, alleging the province's public health orders infringe on charter freedoms and violate the Alberta Bill of Rights.The application challenging the public health orders will be heard Dec. 17 in Calgary."Measures imposed by the (chief medical officer of health) to lock down society and short-circuit the economy, both in the spring of 2020 and again now as the holiday season approaches, have imposed tragic levels of harm that dwarf the harm that unfortunately has and may continue to be caused by COVID-19," the group's court application stated. Health officials reported 354 new cases in Manitoba on Saturday and a record-high 19 deaths. The Canadian military, meanwhile, announced it would send reservists to the Shamattawa First Nation in northern Manitoba to assist the community with a COVID-19 outbreak the chief said has pushed it to "a breaking point."\-- with files from Rob Drinkwater in EdmontonThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2020Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
A petition from B.C. salmon anglers angry for being shut out of the public fishery was tabled today in the House of Commons, demanding the fisheries minister develop a comprehensive recovery strategy for Fraser River stocks of concern. The petition was initiated by Surrey’s Bill Braidwood and tabled by North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold. The Public Fishery Alliance, a loosely organized group of B.C. anglers, has championed the petition since its inception, garnering 2,654 signatures to date. It required only 500 to be tabled. “The Trudeau government’s promises of restoring our Pacific salmon stocks have failed while successive fisheries ministers have chosen to ignore viable and proven proposals for restoring and conserving populations that continue to decline,” Arnold said. “The support this petition received from coast-to-coast-to-coast demonstrates that our Pacific public fishery and salmon stocks are of national significance and that it is time for the federal government to pivot from their failed strategies and adopt proven solutions in a comprehensive recovery strategy to benefit salmon and fisheries.” Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan has 45 days to formally respond to the petition. This summer, acting on record-low returns, the government’s 2020 Fraser River Chinook salmon management measures expanded on sweeping closures and restrictions imposed last year. DFO said the they were necessary to protect 12 of 13 wild Fraser River Chinook runs assessed to be at-risk. The angling community and members of the Sport Fishing Advisory Boards (SFAB), among several groups consulted on management plans, railed against the measures for ignoring proposals they said were based on positive scientific findings that support a selective fishery on healthy runs, while avoiding stocks of concern. “We go to DFO, we meet with them, we give them science-based information showing we’re impacting the Fraser River stocks by less than one per cent … we’re not impacting these fish in any meaningful way, yet they shut us down. If this was for conservation I would understand, but we’re pawns for their political interests [with other fisheries].” The petition also calls on the minister to adjust Fraser River chinook salmon management measures to allow anglers to access marked hatchery chinook and other stocks of abundance. Quinn Bender, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Rupert Northern View
Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic struck for the Blues after Patrick Bamford’s early opener.
TCU quarterback Max Duggan threw a go-ahead, 71-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter and ran for two more scores as the Horned Frogs held off No. 19 Oklahoma State 29-22 on Saturday. Duggan threw for 265 yards and ran for 104 to lead the Horned Frogs (5-4, 5-4 Big 12). Derius Davis caught the long TD pass in stride near the 25 with 7:56 left to give the Horned Frogs the lead.
In power for a year in spite of his opponents' hold over parliament, Orban, 57, has said he would undo a 40% pension hike ordered by the leftist PSD, which economists say could bloat the deficit to 11% of GDP and push Romania's credit rating to junk. Orban has campaigned on a promise to bring the Black Sea state closer to the European mainstream following years of fiscal populism and political instability coupled with neglect of rundown infrastructure and public services. "There is a decisive choice to make on Dec. 6: We can become a top EU member or remain, again, a laggard," Orban told party members during the campaign.
Raised By Wolves review – staid, stale sci-fi from Ridley Scott. This 10-part series could have been the triumphant return of the Alien creator, but inconsistent world-building and a basic plot leave it unable to compete with the likes of Westworld
Giroud on target as Chelsea go top after coming from behind to beat Leeds
The Blue Raiders had three games canceled or postponed in 2020. The school said it felt it was time for players to go home to be with their families.
Gov. Brian Kemp rejected Trump's request to call a special legislative session to approve appointment of a pro-Trump slate to the Electoral College.
Cadiz have also sunk Real Madrid on their return to the top-flight.
A recovery team has found a capsule carrying the first large quantities of rock from an asteroid.
Their practice facility is still under construction. The players and staff are on the hunt for temporary housing in Tampa. As the NBA's only team playing outside of its market — and country — this season, the Toronto Raptors have numerous hurdles to clear. But team president Masai Ujiri said if there's a unique trait about Toronto, it's his roster's ability to come together in the face of big challenges. He expects nothing less in this bizarre campaign. "Listen, this is not an easy task here," Ujiri said on a Zoom video conference call Saturday. "There’s a lot of sacrifices to it. I know the whole world is sacrificing now and we are coming into a game and we’re working at a job that we love. "When we decide this is something that we are going to do, we all want to do it together. I’m proud of this organization, honestly, to make this jump." The Raptors begin team practices Sunday in Tampa, where they'll play their "home" games at Amalie Arena at least for part of the season due to Canada's travel restrictions around COVID-19. Ujiri spoke to the media for nearly 40 minutes Saturday, touching on everything from free agency and front-office contracts, to keeping the Black Lives Matter momentum going, and the 13th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death. The Raptors learned less than three weeks ago they wouldn't be permitted to play out of Scotiabank Arena. The last-minute location change has meant rushing to build a practice court in a hotel ballroom, and finding the players and staff housing. Replicating the comforts of Toronto's OVO Centre practice facility won't be easy, but Ujiri said if the team's reaction to the bubble's ballroom courts during the NBA's summer restart is any indication, the team will adapt. "I remember walking into the ballroom in the bubble almost the same time as Kyle (Lowry) and Fred (VanVleet). I’ll never forget that image in my head. Right away they dribbled the ball and just got to it," Ujiri said. "These guys are hoopers. There was no complaint, there was nothing, all they wanted to do was play. That’s how basketball players are, they see that hoop, they see that wooden floor and they just want to play." Ujiri, who is with the team in Florida and was also in the Walt Disney World "bubble" after the resumption of play, said priority No. 1 is supporting the players and staff in relocating. "As the leader of the organization you try as hard as you can to make your staff, your players, everybody feel as comfortable as you can," he said. "That’s why you always want to be in the environment that they are in too so that you are experiencing it with them." The global pandemic will determine whether the Raptors will be home before the end of the season. "Whether we are in Naples (Toronto's pre-bubble camp), whether we are in a bubble in Orlando, whether we’re here, whether we’re coming back, we play sports to win," he said. "You are going to have adversity ... wherever we end up, home in Toronto, we love you guys there and we will do everything for you guys." Whether fans will be allowed at Amalie Arena for the 18 home games scheduled so far — the league has released only the first half of the season schedule — is still a question mark. Florida had over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, and recently surpassed the one-million mark in total cases. "We’re in the process of working all these things (out), and I don't have definite answer for you, but the health and safety protocols are going to be important to us," said Ujiri, who thanked the Orlando Magic for allowing the Raptors to play within the same market. Uncertainty around where they'd play pushed the renegotiation of staff contracts to the back-burner, but Ujiri said GM Bobby Webster's new contract is virtually a done deal. There remains roster uncertainly around the future of Terence Davis, who faces seven charges, including assault and harassment after allegedly striking his girlfriend. Davis, who is with the team in Tampa, appears in court Dec. 11, a day before the Raptors tip off the pre-season at Charlotte. Ujiri said the team must respect the process of the players' association and the league's investigation. "We made a decision as an organization with all the information we had with us. I will say this: We don't condone anything that resembles what was alleged to have happened ... we’ve done as much due diligence in talking to Terence, in talking to our organization," Ujiri said. "We went as far as even talking to all the women in our organization and getting their point of view." The Raptors revamped their front court in free agency after losing Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol. With so much riding on the 2021 off-season and free agency, Ujiri said that limited "term and years" the Raptors could offer their former big men. "Marc and Serge were incredible for our organization, and all of us have the same exact feelings about them," he said. "Hard to see, but sometimes we have to move on from these things." The Raptors added Aron Baynes, a "guy that you don't like on the other team and you love on your team," Ujiri said, and Alex Len to fill the void. The NBA's developmental G League is also in limbo, and when — or if — it does tip off this season, Raptors 905, which runs out of Mississauga, Ont., faces the same travel restrictions as its parent club. That doesn't mean they won't figure out a way to play. "I will say this, whatever the G League is doing, the Toronto Raptors and 905 will participate," Ujiri said. A CBC "kid reporter" posed the Zoom call's final question to Ujiri, asking how young fans can follow the team while they're not playing at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena. "We're here! We're on TV! You can see us — we're not going anywhere," Ujiri said the young reporter. "We're right here with you guys. And we'll be back. We'll be back soon enough. We're going to give it our all, we're going to try and play our best ... this goes fast. A couple days ago we were in the bubble. We're right here now." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2020. Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press
Chelsea 3-1 Leeds: Olivier Giroud and Kurt zouma had earlier responded to Patrick Bamford’s opener
When foreign markets closed their doors to seafood imports during the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C. fisheries suffered huge losses this year. Some sympathetic consumers here at home abandoned the cheaper, farmed products from other countries to pay a little more for fresh, locally sourced wild catches, as suppliers and retailers identified new ways of getting that seafood on the shelf. By population alone, domestic appetites will never replace markets abroad, valued at $1.4 billion annually, but there’s hope the trend will continue post-pandemic as British Columbians come to appreciate the importance of food security and the economic wellbeing of coastal communities. But there are some more obscure fisheries that will never secure the support of mainstream seafoods like crab, prawns, or halibut. So while B.C.’s exotic catches normally end up abroad, it’s worth remembering the harvesters remain here at home — neighbours and friends, spokes in the local economy as important as any other to keep things spinning. Black Press Media invites you to explore local waters to support these men and women, while having a little fun in the process. In this two-part series we present five of B.C.’s top exotic exports you can try at home. Geoduck Clam What it lacks in good looks, it compensates with attitude. Pronounced GOOEY-duck, this is the world’s largest burrowing clam with an extraordinary lifespan of about 140 years (no, that’s not a typo). Native to the coasts of roughly Washington and B.C., the filter-feeder is distinguishable for its ability to far outgrow its puny shell, reach up to two pounds in weight and telescope its siphon more than one metre from the safety of its sandy burrow to feed off nutrients of the sea. Divers, with a surface air supply and 70 pounds of weights, walk around the ocean floor seeking out the siphon tip poking through the sand then use pressurized water to liquefy the surrounding area, allowing for easy extraction. Because every geoduck is harvested by hand, there is zero bycatch. More adventurous eaters can boil the stomach, but the siphon and belly is more commonly consumed in thin slices and eaten raw, maybe with a little lemon juice, olive oil and chives. With a texture sometimes compared to cartilage, geoduck has a crisp bite. It’s mildly salty with a savory-sweet depth and a familiar clam flavour. Other popular preparation methods include civici or stir fry. Lower Mainland chefs of Chinese cuisine have elevated geoduck to a respectable status, and are chiefly responsible for creating a demand in China that imports 90 per cent of B.C.’s geoduck, valued at about $50-million in 2019. Many recipes can be found on the Geoduck Harvesters Association of Canada’s website, along with a step-by-step guide to breaking down the parts. It is found widely in Chinese and Japanese restaurants, and at specialty retailers like T&T; Supermarket for about $20 to $30 per pound. Throw out your impressions of salmon eggs and even caviar. Herring roe, or kazunoko, is a delicacy in Japan prized for its colour, shape and unique crunch. Yes, crunch. Think of a bright yellow, wing-shaped morsel the size of a thumb with the texture of biscotti. B.C.’s cool northern waters are known for herring that produce some of the more perfectly shaped clusters of roe, loaded with protein, nutrients and omega fatty acids. Kazunoko has held a special status in Japan since at least the early 19th century as a symbol of prosperity and still today is a customary indulgence for New Year’s celebrations. Herring roe is best eaten raw with a little soy sauce. Increasingly so it’s also been seasoned with squid guts, chilies, or Japanese mayonnaise (much sweeter than the western version). Deep fried kazunoko is also finding a following. The taste is unpretentiously simple: salty and fishy. But it’s the crunch that defines a good grade of kazunoko, as emphasized in a jingle for the Yamaka brand, loosely translated as, “Eat kazunoko together! Crunchy, crunchy!” B.C.’s herring roe is sold almost exclusively to Japan, with a few very small markets at home and in China. Even in high-end Japanese restaurants, it’s hard to find on menus, but specialty retailers like Fujiya Stores sell it for about $33 per 470 grams. Long before the Japanese popularized herring roe, north coast First Nations have prized a more advanced stage of the egg commonly referred to as roe on kelp. K’aaw, as it’s called in Haida, is a traditional food that comes seasonally after the herring spawn in the kelp forests. (Today it is mostly cultivated through sustainable farming.) Once the eggs bind firmly to the plant they are harvested as one, in long thin sheets, and cut into bite-sized pieces. It’s commonly salted and either eaten raw or pan-fried. What’s gelatinous, tube-shaped and delicious? Part 2, tomorrow. Quinn Bender, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Rupert Northern View
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