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We’re wrapping up our five days of plant week fun, with a key lesson in how to repot your plant babies now that they’re healthy, growing and thriving!
It’s a position that Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is, unfortunately, all too familiar with: Once again, the NBC musical dramedy is on the bubble, awaiting word on whether or not it will be renewed for a third season. “I’m feeling really good that we won that TVLine poll!” showrunner Austin Winsberg says of the series’ renewal […]
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Some homes and roads in Little Buffalo River, near Fort Resolution, N.W.T., were flooded Thursday, but by Thursday evening flood waters were already receding. The settlement of Little Buffalo River shares it's name with a nearby river. Todd Francis, the senior administrative officer with Fort Resolution, estimates at least a dozen homes may have been affected, though an official assessment of the damage is still needed. "There's a lot of … big chunks of ice up on the road and in people's yards," he said, adding "there's some damage to some people's property." Francis says the water levels have receded to lower than the levels seen Wednesday night. He did not have an estimate on how high water levels got. "I think the worst is over," he said. Francis says the high water levels Thursday morning may have come to a surprise to some residents. "I think everybody scrambled to try and save what they could but eventually got out," Francis said. "Forestry [staff] was out there this afternoon to try and help out. I sent some staff out there to assist where and when, you know, if possible to, help out but I mean, I think it's too early for that right now." Fort Resolution has not flooded, though it is still having some issues with the snow melt and trying to direct the water "in the right direction," he said. "I think we've done a pretty good job at managing that. We still have some trouble areas … and we've got a couple of areas there that have been washed out," Francis said. Homes in Little Buffalo River near Fort Resolution, N.W.T., seen on Thursday, May 13, 2021, engulfed in water.(Tom Unka) "But, I think once we see the water recedes back we should be able to go out there and repair some of the culverts and and put the roads back into good shape." He says there aren't any evacuees from Little Buffalo River at the moment but that Fort Resolution will likely be able to help accommodate them. "If we have to make arrangements here in town, you know, we do have some Airbnbs and some bed and breakfasts here that we can help where we can." Francis says he'll be bringing the matter of support to council likely next week to "see if there's something that they want to do to assist with at least their cleanup and any other things they may need to … get back to some type of normalcy." He's also waiting to hear back from the territorial government to "see what type of action plan we can put together."
VICTORIA — COVID-19 immunizations are starting to make a difference in British Columbia and a gradual loosening of restrictions is being considered as the summer months approach, health officials say. Government data is showing reduced community transmissions as more people receive their first doses of vaccine, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday. "We are in a place where we are in a good direction," she said at a news conference. "We need to keep it up until at least the end of the May long weekend. We can see a future where we don't have COVID-19 ruling our lives." But Henry said any movement to relax current health restrictions on large gatherings and other activities won't be under consideration until after the Victoria Day weekend and likely not until at least Canada Day. She said any reopening plan will be small and gradual, "not a flick of the switch." B.C. government restrictions on non-essential travel, group exercise and indoor dining are in place until May 24. "What we are doing in B.C. is working," said Henry. "We look to brighter days ahead." Henry discussed government data that tracked 79,480 positive COVID-19 cases and the impact of vaccines between Dec. 27, 2020, and May 1, 2021. More than 98 per cent, or 78,020 COVID-19 cases, were diagnosed in people who were not vaccinated or had received their first dose less than 21 days before testing positive. She said of those who had received a first vaccine dose and 21 days had elapsed, 1.7 per cent or 1,340 people tested positive for COVID-19. Of those who received a second vaccine dose and were tested after seven days, less than half of one per cent or 120 people tested positive for COVID-19, said Henry. "While there have been some infections among vaccinated people, anyone who has received a vaccine is lower risk than unvaccinated people," said a government briefing document released at the news conference. Health Minister Adrian Dix said more than 50 per cent of eligible people in B.C. have received their first vaccine dose, but he urged more people to register for their shot. "Let's face it, 500 to 600 cases a day is still way too high," he said. Henry reported 587 new infections Thursday and five deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,632 people. Henry also confirmed a second person in B.C., a male in his 40s in the Fraser Health region, suffered the rare blood-clotting disorder after receiving a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, but he's listed in stable condition in hospital. "We are following this carefully," she said. "It is rare but it is also serious." Henry said Wednesday B.C. is holding its remaining stock of AstraZeneca vaccine to use as second doses for residents. Canada's deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo said the country has recorded 18 cases of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT, in people who received their first AstraZeneca dose and 10 other cases are under investigation. Alberta, Quebec and New Brunswick have each reported a death after people received their first dose of AstraZeneca. More than two million people have already received the vaccine, said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer. She said the incidence of the rare blood-clotting cases range from one in 83,000 to one in 55,000, depending on the results of current investigations. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER — Leaders of the Chinese-Canadian community say the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes across Vancouver and North America suggests the population has not been accepted as a part of the wider society. The comments Thursday during a roundtable discussion on anti-Asian hate crimes hosted by the Vancouver Police Board. Carol Lee, chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, said people of Asian heritage are excluded from areas of power in the city. "The alarming rise of anti-Asian hate in Canada and south of the border shows Asians have not been fully accepted in North America, even if we have been here for generations," she said. "Anti-Asian racism has always been here." Lee said COVID-19 may have played a role in the rise of racist incidents, but added the tension has been around longer than the pandemic. Vancouver police reported a 717 per cent rise in anti-Asian hate crime in 2020 compared with 2019. The majority of incidents occurred last May. The city has recorded 15 such incidents since the start of this year. Deputy chief Howard Chow said he wants to reassure the larger Asian community that police are prioritizing investigating the incidents. He also urged citizens to intervene when they see racist incidents occurring. "Sometimes we as police leaders are reluctant to say this but intervene," he said. "If you think it's safe to do so, if you're comfortable with it, intervene." Police in B.C. do not have the ability to recommend hate crimes charges under the Criminal Code. It is a sentencing provision that is applied by the courts if a person is convicted of a Criminal Code offence. Supt. Howard Tran said the rise in hate crimes has led to his elderly parents being scared to leave their home. "They're less concerned about contracting COVID when they walk about than being assaulted," Tran said. "It's heartbreaking that my parents can't go out and walk without the fear of being assaulted." He said 13 of the 98 cases reported last year have resulted in criminal charges being forwarded to the Crown. Some of those who spoke during the panel discussion shared their belief that the number of hate crimes is much higher than figures show, with many incidents going unreported. Others spoke of their frustration that despite growing awareness, no discernible action has been taken. Mayor Kennedy Stewart said he would work to ensure the incidents are treated with the utmost priority moving forward. Queenie Choo, CEO of United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society, said there needs to be a long-term, sustainable funding approach for anti-racism initiatives. Choo, who was also one of the panellists on the police department's roundtable discussion Thursday, said recent international media reports dubbing Vancouver as the capital of anti-Asian hate crime in North America is "appalling." "We need to go further and look at tangible outcomes so we can see a change in our community," she said in an interview. More transparency is needed on how hate crimes are prosecuted as well as how many people are being sentenced for those crimes, Choo added. Without those measurements, it's hard to gauge whether anti-hate crime initiatives are a success, she said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. Nick Wells, The Canadian Press
Michael Jai White, whose work as an an actor, director and writer includes “Arrow,” “The Dark Knight,” “Spawn” and “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” announced the launch of Jaigantic Studios, which will be Connecticut’s first mini-major studio. White has long wanted to return to his home state to expand the industry with a studio that will provide […]
In the 24 hours since Wednesday’s real-time implosion of the Joe Budden Podcast, during which the host of the popular twice-weekly show fired his longtime cohosts Rory Farrell and Jamil ‘Mal’ Clay (or Rory and Mal, as they’re known colloquially) in the wake of a pay and “accounting” dispute, PTSD has subsided and it got […]
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An ice jam has caused widespread flooding in the community of Buckland, in northwest Alaska, officials said Thursday. “Even using hip waders, I can’t leave my house because the water is too deep,” said Nathan Hadley Jr., the vice mayor of Buckland. He called the flooding the worst he’s seen in two decades there. “Most of the town has been inundated, and the access road to the airport has been cut off by the floodwaters,” said Scott Berg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks. There are volunteers using boats to take people around town, to the store and to deliver people to the air strip or pick them up for one of the two daily flights into town, Hadley said. At least three families were evacuated overnight because of the raging water and ice, including one family because huge chunks were hitting the house on a street fronting the river, he said. The ice jam on the Buckland River is about a quarter-mile below the community. National Weather Service and local officials anticipate the water levels will stay high and fluctuate a little until the ice jam breaks, said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “The good news is that there’s not a lot of ice above the community, so it’s not anticipated that the jam will worsen, that water will just take some time to push that out into the ocean,” when it will allow the water level to drop, Zidek said. It’s difficult to predict when the ice jam could break, said Crane Johnson, a hydrologist with the weather service’s Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center. “It could be hours, could be a day or two,” he said. Hadley said they are expecting a surge of water from melting snow later Thursday because it has been a warm day. Homes in Buckland are built on stilts, and officials reported that water levels have come up to the bottom of homes, but have not gotten into anyone’s homes very much, Zidek said. Four-wheelers and snowmobiles in low-lying areas have been covered in water. Haldey believes there may be water damage to some homes. The three families in the community of about 500 people on the state’s northwest coast that evacuated have moved in with other family members or friends. There are two shelters ready to go, but so far no one has gone to them. One shelter is for people who have not been vaccinated and need to quarantine after returning to the village, and who are awaiting COVID-19 rapid test results, Hadley said. The other is in an old city building. If needed, the school could be used as another shelter. The community’s water plant and distribution system were operational, and water has not gone over the city’s protective dike. The city also continues to generate electricity. While there were reports of fuel tanks spilling over, Zidek said the main fuel storage facility remains functional. “Their critical infrastructure doesn’t seem to have any type of major damage,” he said. Town and tribal officials met Wednesday to formulate a plan for possible flooding when the water began to rise. No one expected it to happen that quickly or for the water to rise as fast as it did. Hadley was cooking a late dinner Wednesday night and watched huge chunks of ice moving pretty quickly on the river as he looked out his kitchen window. “I took my eyes off for a few minutes, and looked back out, and the water was rushing inland,” he said. He shut the cooker off, put on his hip waders and went out to move his two boys’ motorcycles, snowmobile and his truck. “My house is on a high ground, and within a half hour my whole area was under water,” he said. Buckland is an Inupiat Eskimo village about 475 miles (764 km) northwest of Anchorage. Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hip-hop music figure Jamal “Mally Mall” Rashid was sentenced Thursday in Las Vegas to 33 months in federal prison for owning and operating a prostitution business disguised as an escort enterprise, federal prosecutors and his defense attorneys said. Rashid, 45, sought leniency from U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro with an apology “to the court, the government and, most importantly, the women involved,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. He told the judge he quit criminal activity in 2014. But for 12 years before that, “Rashid operated a high-end prostitution business that transported victims across the United States, using various paid websites ... to advertise the victims for prostitution purposes,” U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou said in a statement. “Rashid exploited hundreds of victims” through manipulation, rules and threats, the top federal prosecutor in Nevada said, “encouraged victims to get tattoos of him to demonstrate their loyalty, and led many of them to believe he would advance their careers in show business.” Rashid’s attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, said he “accepted full responsibility for his conduct that occurred almost a decade ago.” “He will serve his sentence and looks forward to returning to the music industry,” the attorneys said in a statement. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Rashid worked with artists including Tyga, Justin Bieber, Usher and Sean Kingston. His 2013 collaboration with Tyga, “Molly,” reached No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He was featured as Mally Mall in the VH1 reality TV series “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood.” He pleaded guilty in October 2019 to using an interstate facility to aid unlawful activity, and faced prison time of at least one month but up to 33 months in a plea agreement that did not require him to register as a sex offender. His criminal case became public following a September 2014 FBI raid at his southeast Las Vegas mansion, ringed by security gates, cameras and walls, and a business he owned called Las Vegas Concierge VS1 near the Las Vegas Strip. A little more than two years later, in May 2016, a fire damaged the home and left an exotic pet wildcat called a caracal dead. The species is native to Africa, the Middle East and India, and can grow to about 40 pounds (18 kilograms). Chesnoff asked Navarro on Thursday to impose a two-year sentence and said Rashid worked as part of his rehabilitation helping the homeless and teenagers in crisis, the Review-Journal reported. Navarro told Rashid to stop working with vulnerable teenagers. In addition to the maximum, she said he'll serve three years of supervision after prison. “I hope you get this message,” the judge said according to the newspaper. “You’ve just been really lucky. You will spend the rest of your life in prison if you do this again.” Rashid has until Aug. 13 to surrender for prison, the Review-Journal said. Ken Ritter, The Associated Press
Two deputies fired for their inaction in a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead must be reinstated with back pay, a judge has ruled. Broward County deputies, Brian Miller and Joshua Stambaugh, were fired in the wake of the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Now Broward Circuit Judge Keathan Frink has decided that arbitrators last year were correct in ruling that the fired deputies should get their jobs back.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s largest fuel pipeline is flowing again after the company that runs it was hit by a gang of hackers. But long lines remain at gas stations throughout the Southeast. That's because drivers are buying more gasoline than they need, draining supplies at filling stations. Plus, there are logistical hurdles slowing fuel deliveries from the Colonial Pipeline. The incident was one of a series of wake-up calls about the growing threat hackers pose to the nation's critical infrastructure. Ransomware attacks, where hackers demand large sums of money to decrypt stolen data or to prevent it from being leaked online, have hit thousands of businesses and hundreds of health care centers in the U.S. in the past year. Questions remain about what steps companies or government officials should take to buttress defenses against cyberattacks. ___ WHEN WILL FUEL SUPPLIES GET BACK TO NORMAL? Colonial restarted its pipeline late Wednesday, which means fuel is now running between refineries in Houston and Southeast states. But it will take a few days or weeks for everything to get back to normal. Gas stations in the Southeast should be open for business and well supplied next week, but only if the pipeline operates as planned and consumers stop hoarding fuel, said Richard Joswick, global head of oil analytics at S&P Global Platts. When the panic passes, people will have full tanks and demand will drop, but “people have to be convinced that they don’t have to panic buy,” Joswick said. There's also the matter of getting fuel from the pipeline to the pumps. Different types of fuel — including gasoline, jet fuel and diesel — are moved through the pipeline system, and they can’t all be flowing through the same pipes at the same time. One of the main arteries from Houston to North Carolina moves different grades of gasoline, sending a batch of premium grade followed by regular, Joswick explained. Another artery transports diesel, jet and home-heating fuel. Then there's a labyrinth of storage tanks and smaller pipelines that are loaded and unloaded with different types of fuel. Trucks deliver fuel at different points along the way, but with a national trucker shortage, it isn’t easy for trucks to pick up all the slack. “The supplies themselves really aren’t the issue, it's more the transportation,” said Akshaya Jha, assistant professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. “It’s really going to be transportation bottleneck.” Prices for gasoline have spiked in some areas, and were already on the rise heading into the busy summer driving season, but those local price hikes are isolated and not likely to last, experts say. ___ WHAT HAPPENS NEXT TO COLONIAL PIPELINE? After the dust has settled, Congress is likely to call hearings to question Colonial Pipeline executives and cybersecurity experts to help figure out what went wrong and how events like this can be prevented in the future. An outside audit of Colonial's information management practices three years ago found glaring problems. The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Richard Glick, said the government should create and enforce mandatory pipeline-security standards similar to those that have been required of the electricity sector for more than a decade. And members of the House Energy Committee re-introduced bills this week aiming to strengthen the Department of Energy's ability to respond to cybersecurity threats and to encourage more coordination between the federal government and utilities. Some might want regulators to ease permitting procedures so that more pipelines can be built, to boost reliability of supply. But there may be reluctance to facilitate building alternate pipeline routes, since President Joe Biden has made it clear that he wants to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible, in favor of clean energy such as wind and solar. “There’s going to be that tradeoff between making the permitting process easier, on the one hand, in order to get these pipelines built and then, on the other hand, should we be building these pipelines at all if we want to move away from fossil fuels?” Jha said. When proposals are made on the state or federal level to combat cybersecurity threats, it's important to remember that one size does not fit all, said Drue Pearce, director of government affairs at Holland & Hart, and former deputy administrator of the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration at the Department of Transportation. What fits the bigger players doesn't necessarily work for smaller ones, so it's difficult to write policies that work for everyone, she said. Pipelines and other companies that transport hazardous materials "get an incredible number of hacking attempts on a daily basis, already," Pearce said. ”You don’t know which ones are ransomware, you don’t know which one is a 13-year-old sitting at home wondering if he can break into this thing." ___ WHAT IS THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION DOING? There’s been a lot of activity in the last month aimed at strengthening the country’s cyber-defenses, most notably an executive order signed by Biden on Wednesday that would require all federal agencies to use basic cybersecurity measures and mandate new security standards for software makers that contract with the federal government. The order also establishes a cybersecurity safety review board, creates a pilot program rating system to evaluate the security of software and establishes what officials say will be a standardized playbook for cyber responses. The executive order is meant to fix what a senior administration official on Wednesday described as a “laissez faire” approach to cybersecurity. It is also intended to address some of the vulnerabilities exposed by recent major breaches, including the SolarWinds intrusion in which Russian hackers compromised federal agencies by targeting the software supply chain. The Justice Department, meanwhile, has created a task force with the FBI to deal with ransomware, and the administration says it is taking steps to protect critical industries like the energy sector. ___ WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HACK? The FBI has linked the ransomware to a Russian-speaking criminal syndicate known as DarkSide that has been on investigators’ radar for months. Biden said Thursday said that the administration does not believe the Russian government was involved in the attack but that “we do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia. That’s where it came from.” He said the administration has been in touch with Moscow about the need to take action against ransomware operators. “And we’re also going to pursue a measure to disrupt their ability to operate,” he added. ___ Bussewitz reported from New York. Cathy Bussewitz And Eric Tucker, The Associated Press
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A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed antitrust claims against Alphabet Inc's Google brought by a group of advertisers, though offered them a chance to try again after addressing her "serious concerns." The ruling by District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California marks one of the first major decisions in a spate of antitrust cases filed against Google over the last two years by users and rivals as well as the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys generals.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated and having previously contracted the coronavirus during the offseason. Torres is among eight so-called breakthrough positives among the Yankees — people who tested positive despite being fully vaccinated. “Certainly unexpected,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Torres. “Obviously everyone, Major League Baseball, that's in charge of testing is looking into that. The variants that could be out there if that is the case." The Yankees said the team is undergoing additional testing and contact tracing, with the assistance of the baseball commissioner’s office and its medical experts. The New York State Department of Health is advising the team. New York general manager Brian Cashman said MLB was in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday about the Yankees situation. “With regard to the Yankees, we obviously need to learn more about that situation," CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. "My understanding is that six of the seven reports, six of the seven infections, were indeed asymptomatic infections." Also testing positive were pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and four traveling staff. “We are maybe a case study to some degree,” Cashman said. Torres played in Tuesday night's game at Tampa Bay and then was out of the lineup Wednesday night. “When you read the fine print, they tell you that you still could get the COVID and the vaccination is to protect you from the symptoms, either to eliminate them all together and protect you if not fully protection then the percentages,” Cashman said. “But the one thing I take from this I believe the vaccine is working. We've got eight positives, seven of the eight presented as without symptoms.” “Take great comfort, thankfully, that all were vaccination with the J&J provided from two different states,” Cashman added, referring to the Johnson & Johnson vaccination. “We believe it created the nice protection that we have to protect them from obviously something severe or something much more difficult to be handling than we currently are.” Cashman said Nevin had symptoms that are no longer present. “We’ve been rocked here the last several days,” Boone said. “I think it's stopped all of us a little bit in our tracks. We're dealing with a lot. Our heads are spinning trying to get our hands wrapped around everything." New York said all are under quarantine protocols in Tampa. Boone said all eight continue to test positive. He added that there were no new cases Thursday and that all other players were available to play against the Rays. “There is still concern," Boone said. "I think the one positive right now is that today was the first day of no new cases. All saliva tests from yesterday that have come back in today were all negative. I hope that is good news and hopefully means we’re moving in the right direction.” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said the Rays were comfortable with Thursday's game being played. Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow thought vaccinations played a key role in games not being postponed. “I think if this was last year, it would be like a canceled game without any questions,” Glasnow said. “I think they have a good grip on what’s going on. From what I know no one from our team has tested positive or anything, so there’s definitely like separation from their side.” The Yankees reached the 85% vaccination level on April 30, which allowed MLB protocols to be loosened. Among the changes, the requirement for masks in dugouts and bullpens was dropped. “I think when we got to that threshold, frankly I probably relaxed a little bit,” Boone said. “I just think for us it just kind of made us be probably a little more cautious.” Masking and social distancing are a focus with the Yankees. “I think that guys are trying to be as cautious and respectful to everybody as they can,” Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber said. “It’s obviously changing at certain points in time, things like that. So just trying to be on our toes and be willing to adjust if necessary.” The 24-year-old Torres was placed on the COVID-19 injured list before Thursday’s series finale at Tampa Bay. New York recalled infielder/outfielder Miguel Andújar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Andújar started at third, and Gio Urshela moved from third to shortstop. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports- The Associated Press
How do you restore a Second World War-era aircraft during a pandemic when restrictions prevent traditional group work? Jack McWilliam, project manager with the Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society, says it involves some creative workarounds — like working on parts ranging from wing flaps to mechanical components at home. McWilliam, a professional aircraft mechanic, has been working after hours at his workplace on the pilot seat of a historic de Havilland Mosquito aircraft owned by the City of Calgary. "We're learning as we go with this project," McWilliam said. "There's always bumps in the road. "The cards were dealt, so you play with what you got." Pandemic-related restrictions have changed plans for the society. Group work at their workshop in the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton has been put on hold. Calgary Mosquito Society president Richard de Boer says the pandemic has been challenging for many of the group's volunteers who use the work on the aircraft as their social get-together.(Dave Gilson/CBC) McWilliam said the volunteers with the society miss working together but are passionate and are finding ways to keep at it during the pandemic. But it has been difficult for many of the volunteers, who are retired and use the work on the aircraft as their social get-together. Society president Richard de Boer said the volunteer efforts have allowed the group to operate at around 20 per cent capacity. "We have enough guys and volunteers who have workshops at home, who have spaces where they can work," he said. "So we have been going down to the museum and instead of everybody going down there to work on the airplane, we're essentially bringing the airplane to our people." The pandemic's impact likely means the timeline for the project will be extended, de Boer said. For McWilliam, the goal remains the same. "I'm coming up on 50 years of fixing airplanes and I never leave an airplane behind," McWilliam said.