Torrey Craig (Phoenix Suns) with a dunk vs the Boston Celtics, 04/22/2021
Torrey Craig (Phoenix Suns) with a dunk vs the Boston Celtics, 04/22/2021
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While many will spend the special day physically distanced from loved ones for a second year, Sunday will be a special Mother's Day for some families and their moms in Ontario long-term care homes. For months, Frank DeBlasio could only see his 91-year-old mother Guiseppa DeBlasio through the window of Chartwell's Wenleigh Long Term Care Residence in Mississauga. "It was really, really frustrating because she was also recovering from a stroke," said DeBlasio, 62. "It is very heartbreaking when you can just see someone through a window and you can't really interact and touch the person." Now, his mom has had two shots of the Moderna vaccine, and DeBlasio and his wife have both had two doses of Pfizer vaccine. Guiseppa DeBlasio, 91, has been a resident at Chartwell’s Wenleigh Long Term Care Residence in Mississauga for about a decade.(supplied) "It's going to be amazing. Very special. One of us will go in at a time and be with her while the rest of us are outside watching from the window. Luckily, she's on the first floor," DeBlasio told CBC News. As vaccination rates rise, Ontario says it is loosening pandemic restrictions placed on long-term care homes, so communal dining, indoor events and gatherings can resume. Also, residents and their caregivers who are fully immunized may have physical contact, even hugs. Visitors must still take precautions Lisa Levin is the CEO of AdvantAge Ontario, the association that advocates for not-for-profit long-term care, housing, and services for seniors in the province. "This Mother's Day, if you have been fully vaccinated, meaning you've received both doses of a vaccine, you can now hug your loved one. And that's something that we haven't been able to say in a really long time," she said. "We know that a lot of people haven't had their second dose yet, so that is frustrating, but we're getting there." Frank DeBlasio, 62, plans a special Mother's Day with his mom Sunday. She has been fully vaccinated and so has he. That means they are allowed to hug for the first time in 14 months.(CBC) Still, Levin adds, visitors must take precautions. They must still wear masks and eye protection, and those visitors must be designated as the residents' essential caregivers. In addition, residents still won't be allowed to leave for non-medical reasons. "People will not be going for high tea this Mother's Day, but they will be able to continue to see their essential caregivers and hugs are getting very close," Levin said. Last year, Mother's Day gatherings that happened despite physical distancing rules were blamed for a spike in Ontario's COVID-19 cases. Lisa Levin, the CEO of AdvantAge Ontario, the association advocates for not-for-profit long term care, housing, and services for seniors, says she's glad restriction have lifted for fully vaccinated residents and their caregivers in time for Mother's Day. (CBC) And Levin says there are still concerns about opening up too quickly. "Well, it's kind of scary to loosen the restrictions, but it's something that the time has come and it's something that we really need to do in our homes." With approximately 94 per cent of long-term care residents fully vaccinated and 84 percent of staff having received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 shot, new cases and deaths are drastically down in these settings, says Sinai Health geriatrician Dr. Nathan Stall. Stall says the situation now is in stark contrast to what happened last year in Ontario when COVID-19 killed thousands of patients in long-term care. "It seems unbelievable that these words are coming out of my mouth, but one of the safest places to be during the third way is inside a long term care home," he said. He says the return of congregate dining, indoor group social activities and hugs with fully vaccinated caregivers will help ease the social isolation for residents, which could improve their health. Dr. Nathan Stall, a geriatrician at Sinai Health, says lifting restrictions on long-term care operators is long overdue.(David Common/CBC) "Hopefully, when the stay at home order lifts in a couple weeks, the province will rapidly move towards allowing these people freedoms I think they should have probably had a month ago, but it is a step in the right direction." While DeBlasio is happy he gets to hug his mom this Mother's Day, he says distancing protocols in the dining room and for social activities haven't been lifted at her residence, because not enough staff have been fully vaccinated. The Ontario government states that 85 per cent of residents and 70 per cent of staff need to be fully vaccinated for those restrictions to be lifted. "This is an example of the inconsistency of long-term care," DeBlasio said..
Flower snips in hand, Shelli Kiselycia expertly trimmed an orange rose and placed it carefully into a small glass vase at her shop in Maple Ridge, B.C. "I always put roses in because it's a little special," she said, surveying a row of 50 bouquets all carefully lined up on a table. This isn't just the usual Mother's Day rush at Kiselycia's shop. She's volunteering her time and supplying the flowers at cost as part of an initiative to brighten up the day for isolated seniors and people in palliative care. It's a relatively new and quickly expanding venture that now sees weekly deliveries of up to 50 bouquets to long-term care homes, seniors living on their own and people in hospices "Kindness spreads kindness, and it's had a snowball effect, of people doing good for each other in this crazy, crazy time," she said. Each bouquet has a handwritten note tucked into the glass vase, with words of encouragement, such as: "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." Florist Shelli Kiselycia who volunteers her time and supplies flowers at cost for the program.(Dillon Hodgin/CBC) Delivery day On a recent delivery day, the bouquets were boxed by a well-practiced crew and carefully packed into a volunteer's truck. Treena Innes started the endeavour, which she dubbed Bouquets for Baba, a Ukranian term of endearment for a grandmother. The first stop was outside the home of Giselle O'Bryne, a senior living on her own. "Do you know any babas?" Innes asked as she presented the flowers. "I'm one," O'Bryne laughed. She beamed at the arrangement, saying over and over how beautiful the simple bouquet was, and how grateful she was to receive it. WATCH | Seniors react to the unexpected delivery: Innes told her how people donated time and money to make the initiative happen. "This all comes from people donating in the community who want to show they care about you and respect you," she told O'Byrne. 'You're not alone' One of O'Bryne's caregivers, Sandi Temple, was on hand for the delivery. She said she has seen an amazing impact on other seniors who have received the bouquets in recent weeks. "So many of the seniors are isolated right now and this just says we know you're here, we care, and you're not alone," she said. "I love them! I love them!" O'Bryne exclaimed before going back to her apartment. "I keep them 'til the last one is gone!" The project started in March, when Innes anonymously dropped off a bouquet at a care home. Since then, fundraising with friends turned into a social media campaign that's raised thousands of dollars, that she says has taken over her life, "but in a good way." The volunteers are now delivering about 100 bouquets a month. Innes is encouraging others to set up similar programs across the country. "What we've learned during COVID is that we all need to be kind, and we need to show people that we care," she said. "COVID aside, they don't have a lot of visitors and we need to say thank you to them and there are people out here caring and respecting them." She was soon back on the road, with the next stop at a Maple Ridge retirement home. Senior Laurette Fortier said she loves being surrounded by flowers. They remind her of her late husband, who died eight years ago.(Greg Rasmussen/CBC ) "Oh, the colours there are beautiful!" said the next recipient, Laurette Fortier. She said the bouquet brought back memories. "My husband used to have flowers all over the place, and I really miss that." Morale booster Fortier talks by phone almost daily with her children, who live out of the province, but hasn't been able to see them in person for more than a year. "I am very lonely. I have to admit, I miss my family so much. We were very close," she said. "My husband's been gone now for eight years now, so it's a little hard." Recipients aren't just women either. One elderly man who received a cheerful bouquet said little but inhaled deeply, smelling the pink roses in the vase placed in his hands. The flowers bring smiles to whoever receives them. (Greg Rasmussen/CBC ) Niki Tupper, manages the care home, said these flower deliveries are a morale booster. "It's a heartening thing, to have people that they don't know, people come together to say, 'Hey, we care about you, we're thinking about you, we want to brighten your day,'" she said. "I think that's huge for people who've given so much over their lifetime." Treena Innes started Bouquets for Baba. 'What we've learned during COVID is that we all need to be kind, and we need to show people that we care,' she said.(Dillon Hodgin/CBC)
Refunds for cancelled trips. Vacations for half price. Pay just $50 down. These are just some of the deals travel companies are offering Canadians to entice them to book now for a future trip — once it's deemed safe to travel. But some travel experts recommend Canadians refrain from making reservations now because the COVID-19 pandemic remains in full force and could still wreak havoc on upcoming vacation plans. "My advice is to hold off for a little bit longer," said Walter Rodrigues with Bestway Travel Agency in Winnipeg. He points to Alberta's recent surge in COVID-19 infections as a sign the pandemic is far from over. "Look at what's happening in Alberta. It's just getting worse and worse." Even so, several travel providers are encouraging Canadians to seal the deal now with the added protection of flexible change and cancellation policies. The online travel booking site redtag.ca urges travellers to seal the deal and book now for an upcoming vacation. (redtag.ca) People who book a Sunwing or Air Transat vacation package this month for travel during a limited period will get what Air Transat calls "early bird perks." They include a deposit payment of $100 (down from $250), free trip changes and a refund if they cancel at least 25 days before departure. Air Canada Vacations is offering similar deals, including a trip deposit of just $50 and a full refund if the airline cancels your flight because of COVID-19. Plus, customers can get up to 50 per cent off select destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S. this summer — if they book by May 24. "Tomorrow will be made of vacations!" Air Canada Vacations declares on its website. 'We need people to get travelling' Tour companies are also trying to entice Canadians to get on board. G Adventures, a small-group tour operator based in Toronto, is offering 15 per cent off select tours with booking dates as early as this summer. "We need people to get travelling again, so we're going to incentivize people through their pocketbooks," said G-Adventures owner Bruce Poon Tip. He said his tours include a flexible change policy should customers need to rearrange their plans. "Travel's eventually coming back, but it's a very fluid situation." Bruce Poon Tip is owner of G Adventures, a small-group tour operator based in Toronto. The company is offering 15 per cent off select tours with booking dates as early as this summer. (Craig Chivers/CBC) Currently, the federal government advises against non-essential travel abroad because of the ongoing pandemic. On top of that, Ottawa has given no indication when it will end its requirement that travellers entering Canada take multiple COVID-19 tests and quarantine for 14 days — a portion of which must be spent in a designated hotel if you're an air passenger. However, there are signs of hope on the travel horizon. After attending a G7 transport ministers' virtual meeting on Wednesday, Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said he and his counterparts are committed to working together on eventually resuming travel — with tools such as a vaccine passport. "At the centre of this effort must be a co-ordinated approach for testing and a common platform for recognizing the vaccinated status of travellers," said Alghabra in a statement. 'My name is on that date' Rebecca Priestley of Hubbards, N.S., is counting on international travel taking off by January. That's because she has already booked a 28-day tour of South Africa that month with G Adventures. Priestley was set to go on a tour with the company last year, but it was cancelled because of the pandemic. Although the pandemic hasn't ended, the travel enthusiast decided to take a chance and rebook her trip. "If people do start getting desperate to travel again, at least my name is on that date," she said. "I've got something planned — even if the plans fall apart again." Rebecca Priestley of Hubbards, N.S., is counting on international travel taking off by January because she has booked a 28-day tour of South Africa for that month. (Submitted by Rebecca Priestley) But many Canadians aren't ready to take the plunge. CBC News spoke with several travel agents who said few clients at this point have booked a vacation for the coming months. Travel consultant Rodrigues said he has no bookings, only inquiries, and that he's advising clients to hold off until the pandemic subsides. "You want to go to your destination and come home and I can't guarantee that." Rodrigues said that flexible change and cancellation policies won't protect travellers if they're already at their destination and a sudden resurgance of COVID-19 cases sparks a lockdown and cancelled flights. "You'll have [a] hard time getting back," said Rodrigues. "Like everything else, buyer beware." What about travel insurance? There's also the question of travel insurance. Many travel insurance providers have reinstated medical coverage for COVID-19-related illnesses. But travel insurance broker Martin Firestone said it's currently impossible to get full COVID-19-related cancellation coverage because COVID-19 is now a known problem. If travellers "choose to cancel because a [no-travel] advisory comes into place, or a country bars all visiting because of an outbreak, none of that will be covered at this point," said Firestone with Travel Secure in Toronto. WATCH: Vaccine passports may be needed to travel abroad, prime minister says: Firestone acknowledges some airlines are offering flexible cancellation policies, but said that deal may not apply to all of a traveller's bookings, such as their accommodation or tours. "It's not going to get you back the $6,000 of monthly rental costs of a condo and it's not going to get you back the $20,000 bike trip [in] Italy." As for Priestley, she's holding out hope that, come January, she'll finally be able to take her trip. "If it goes ahead, great. If it doesn't, well, it'll get cancelled again and I'll go somewhere when I can."
VANCOUVER — A little yellow bird's rescue from the brink of extinction in British Columbia hinges on an oft-overlooked wild flower in the province's Okanagan region, according to one Canadian government researcher. The importance of local wild roses emerged over a nearly 20-year experiment concentrating on the yellow-breasted chat, a tiny bird whose characteristics and precarious status have preoccupied scientists for decades. At the beginning of the 21st century, the population at one breeding site on the grounds of the Okanagan Valley's En'owkin Centre stood at just one pair. Today it's grown to roughly 22 pairs, a phenomenon Environment and Climate Change Canada researcher Christine Bishop largely attributes to the rejuvenation of wild roses in the area. Bishop said human appetite for shoreline development, combined with livestock grazing, led to the depletion of the prickly wild rose bushes she described as providing the birds' ideal nesting conditions. "They nest in forests along shorelines. And that's one of the key reasons why population declined," she said. "Everybody wants to develop or live near waterfront. ... It's definitely a habitat that's under threat continually." Bishop said yellow chat populations exist beyond the borders of the En'owkin centre, but have been all but eradicated in Ontario and go largely unmonitored in the Prairies. Bishop estimated B.C.'s total yellow chat population at about 250 pairs. Environment Canada teamed up with the En'owkin Centre — an Indigenous post-secondary institution — and the Nature Trust of B.C. to try and revitalize chat populations in the southern Okanagan Valley. They fenced off about 70 kilometres along a stream, resulting in 455 protected hectares. The results allowed previously trampled wild rose plants to regrow, Bishop said, linking their regeneration to the spike in local yellow chat pairs. "This is a success story," she said. Bishop said the birds' preferred habitat in B.C. is wild rose bushes along shorelines with willow and cottonwood forests. Sometimes they nest in habitats with poison ivy as long as it is intermingled in a thicket of wild rose, she added, noting humans don't often recognize such environments for the vital wildlife habitats they are. "A lot of times people see these sites with a young willow, cottonwood, and a thicket of rose and other shrubs and they just don't think of it as a forest because they don't see it as big huge ponderosa pines and so on," she said. "And they don't understand that this type of thicket ... is not only used by chats, but many other birds as well as wildlife as cover and food sources." Bishop said chats have provided no end of scientific puzzles over the years, a fact even reflected in the species name. Chats produce about 40 distinctive sounds, including imitations of other bird calls and sounds Bishop likens to car horns, but can't be classified as songbirds because they don't sing. She said their vibrant yellow hue prompted researchers to categorize them as warblers for decades, but that classification was undercut by their roughly 25-gram weight, more than twice the size of an average bird of that type. "In 2017, they actually created its own family. And it's the only species in that family, because it cannot be classified," she said. Chats also boast ultraviolet tints in their plumage, which are invisible to the human eye but can help male birds attract mates. The males are also known to put on a distinctive display when allowed to enjoy their preferred shoreline forest habitats, she said. "They dangle their feet and then they make this sort of honking sound," Bishop said with a laugh. "And they're flapping slowly ... dangling their feet and the females down below are watching this and judging his performance." Researchers are also concerned about the effects of climate change on the chat's habitat. The watercourses will change into grasslands if it gets too dry in the Okanagan, making it unsuitable for these birds, Bishop said. They might move to higher elevations if it gets too hot in the valley but that might not be the right habitat for them, she noted. "So even though we see it as a great success story in terms of expansion of the population so far, the next 20 years will tell us whether or not the population will be able to survive." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Hina Alam, The Canadian Press
There's no denying how familial ties can influence the things we are drawn to. For these Canadians, watching their mothers' passion for the arts inspired them to follow a similar path. For many of them, heading in the same trajectory as their mothers felt natural, but for others, it was a more winding journey that ultimately brought them even closer to their mothers. CBC News spoke to six women inspired by their mothers to pursue the same artistic discipline. WATCH | 6 artists on following in their mothers' footsteps: A family of dancers Heather Lewis, left, has been teaching dance since she was 18 years old. Hailey Lewis, right, says her mother's career in dance has given them a special bond because they are able to bounce choreography ideas off each other.(Submitted by Hailey Lewis) Hailey Lewis shares a strong bond with her mother, Heather, who has been teaching dance at the Burlington Dance Company (BDC) in Burlington, Ont., for more than two decades. Lewis said her mother is the reason she pursued a career in dance. "I loved watching her teach because she was always encouraging, and the students left on a high. I wanted to be a part of that feeling of euphoria and a feeling of togetherness and accomplishment and sometimes challenge." Lewis recently finished her first term as a dance instructor at Sheridan College's music theatre program in Oakville, Ont. She says sharing a passion for dance with her mom has given her the freedom to make it her own. Kari Bodrug says her community, family and support system have been centred around her family’s business, the Burlington Dance Company.(Kari Bodrug) Kari Bodrug currently runs the BDC. Her mom, Cheryle Bodrug, started the studio 30 years ago with the hope of bringing the Burlington community together. She says she picked up a lot from being around her mother so much at work. "I run the business very similar to the way that she did," Bodrug said. Bodrug has been the BDC's artistic director for more than a decade, and prior to that she was a performer. "When I circled back to the business, it was about honouring [her work], but on some level putting my own stamp on it, bringing the two ideas together of what she created and what I experienced." As Bodrug continues to run her family's business, her mom remains a trusted adviser to the studio. Learning how to paint Magdalene Johnson sees painting as a gift from her mother. She also views it as a therapeutic release.(Magdalene Johnson) Magdalene Johnson grew up watching her mother, Jola (Maria) Misiak, paint. Today, she is a fine arts painter on Vancouver Island, having recently taken up the craft during the pandemic. Johnson says painting and creating a business around it has strengthened her bond with her mom. "My mom's work [was] all over the walls. I remember coming home and there'd be a brand new painting on the wall." Johnson recalled that although she grew up surrounded by her mom's paintings, she resisted following the same artistic path and initially went into teaching instead. "I think she's always seen this creative side of me and that I never really realized in myself. She would probably cry knowing that she's finally been able to bring something out of me that is very much like her." Although the two of them continue to share a common pleasure in painting, Johnson said her mom prefers to keep her paintings private. The mother-daughter publishers Layla Ahmad, left, said she grew up going to book readings and book launches with her mother, Farida Zaman, right. (Layla Ahmad) Children's author Layla Ahmad grew up in a house that also had her mother's illustration studio. Ahmad said this compelled her to follow suit within the book publishing industry. "It was something I always really wanted and we ended up being in complementary areas," Ahmad said. Earlier this year, the mother-daughter duo published a book together titled When Mom's Away. Ahmad said working and debuting her first book with her mom was a great mark of respect. "There's a whole thing where I want to work on more books with my mom, but I also want to be my own person as well." A family of music lovers Zamani Millar hopes her music will take her around the world, just like her mother's music did for her. She also plans to make time for her other creative outlets, design and architecture.(Supplied by Zamani) Zamani Millar is a 20-year-old singer, songwriter and producer in Halifax who was born into a family of music lovers. The singer said she modelled parts of her musical style after her mother's, who was in the a cappella quartet Four the Moment. Delvina Bernard was the principle founder and musical director of the feminist group that performed across Canada and beyond for more than two decades. "She was in a group, whereas I'm doing this solo and it's different because the pressure is all on me," Zamani said. From left to right, Anne Marie Woods, Delvina Bernard, Kim Bernard, Andrea Currie were the a cappella group Four the Moment. The group officially ended its musical career in 2001 but has made numerous appearances since, most recently appearing with civil rights activist and former Black Panther member Angela Davis in 2018.(Peter Marsman) Zamani says she would like to see herself maintain a life outside of music, in the same way her mom did by forging her career as an educator in Halifax. In Zamani's case, it would be a career in community space development. Acting Tess Benger, left, says her acting career overlaps with that of her mother, Nicky Guadagni, right, but they have yet to perform together. (Tess Benger) Nicky Guadagni's dedication to acting inspired her daughter, Tess Benger, to pursue a career in musical theatre herself. "It was a funny transition going into audition rooms with people who knew me since I was born," said Benger, who is based in Toronto. "The thing I've inherited from [her] is in the rehearsal room, where my mom really liked taking care of people if they were sick or injured." Benger said she has leaned into that sense of community she saw surrounding her mother.
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VANCOUVER — Demand for jade has sparked both a reality TV series set in the remote northwestern corner of British Columbia and opposition from an Indigenous nation over its lack of consent to jade mining in its territory. The Tahltan Nation has strong ties to the mining and mineral exploration sector, but the extraction of nephrite jade is "a very problematic industry for us," said Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan Central Government. B.C.'s consultation with the nation over jade mining permit applications has been "minimal," Day said in an interview, and in recent years the nation has expressed opposition to new permits and the industry overall. Abandoned machinery, shipping containers and jade boulders, cut open and discarded because they're too low in quality, are scattered across areas where caribou roam and Tahltan people hunt and go snowmobiling, he said. Day said he's also concerned that unlike major mines, smaller-scale jade extraction doesn't always require archeological assessment before work starts. Any discoveries are important evidence of Tahltan rights and title to the nation's territory that comprises 11 per cent of the province, he said. B.C.'s Mines Act requires operators to prepare a plan to protect cultural heritage resources and to stop work in the event of a potential finding. Jade is mined from mountainsides or through placer mining, a smaller-scale excavation ranging from old-style gold panning to digging in and around riverbeds for deposits of minerals washed away over time. The Mines Ministry said it has been working with the industry and Indigenous nations to develop recommendations for higher operational and reclamation standards for the sector. The B.C. government paused decisions on new placer jade permits in Tahltan territory for two years as it works to "establish a long-term economic, reconciliation, wildlife and land-use partnership" with the nation, Mines Minister Bruce Ralston said in a recent statement. Ten jade mining permits remain active in Tahltan territory, the ministry said, while 34 are inactive after operating between 2015 and 2019. Another seven permits are not being used because the operators' certificates are suspended, it said. The ministry said it takes issues of non-compliance seriously and uses enforcement tools, such as monetary penalties, as a deterrent. There is no index for the price of jade, which refers to two different stones: nephrite and jadeite. The finest jadeite can be valued at a higher price than the same weight in gold, while the jade mined in B.C. is mainly nephrite. Its value is determined by different factors including its colour and clarity. While the Tahltan have signed engagement agreements with many mineral exploration companies, along with impact benefit agreements for three major mines, there are no such agreements with jade operators, said Day. "Is there any revenue sharing? Are there jobs? Are there contracts? Is there equity ownership? Where are the benefits?" he asked. "There's nothing." Day and other Tahltan leaders visited jade and placer mining operations by helicopter in 2019 to deliver letters expressing their lack of consent. Among those who received a letter were the Bunces, a mining family featured on the reality TV show "Jade Fever." The seventh season is set to launch Monday on Discovery Canada, which is owned by Bell Media. Concerns over the jade industry have "been on the radar of more and more Tahltan people because of Jade Fever," Day said. The show follows the Bunces' mining operation as they search for "million-dollar boulders of jade," according to promotional materials posted online. It's a small-scale, family-run operation with an exploration permit to work on one claim, which is not a placer claim, Claudia Bunce said in an email. The permit limits their land disturbance to 2.5 hectares over five years and it required a financial surety to ensure remediation of the land, she said. Every permit under the Mines Act includes a bond that's held until reclamation is finished, or the money may be seized, the Mines Ministry said. The B.C. government has improved environmental regulations for jade mining in recent years, said Bunce, adding she fully supports those measures and any additional recommendations the Tahltan have. Their target is to extract about 50 tonnes of jade each year, said Bunce, enough to fashion jewelry and other products sold at the family's store in Jade City, a tiny community between Dease Lake and the Yukon boundary. Revenue from the store funds their next mining season, she said. Bunce said she's had to fight for a voice in a male-dominated industry and she respects others' right to do the same, including the Tahltan. After receiving the letter from Tahltan leaders, Bunce said she immediately called the Mines Ministry to confirm their jade operation was lawful. "I was told by (the ministry) that my permit goes through a consultation process before being approved, with three Indigenous groups in the area, the Tahltan, the Tse'Khene, and Kaska Nation," she said. Tahltan consent is not required, but that's set to change as the B.C. government implements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which it adopted through legislation in late 2019. The declaration requires governments to obtain free, prior and informed consent before taking actions that affect Indigenous Peoples and territories. Bunce said it's up to the B.C. government, not individual mining operations, to implement the UN declaration and she hopes the Tahltan can reach an agreement with the province that addresses their concerns. "I will abide by whatever agreement they make," she added. Jade Fever's producers at Vancouver-based Omnifilm Entertainment were aware of the Tahltan letter delivered to the Bunces, they said in a statement. At the time, they contacted the province and confirmed the Bunces have a work permit that provided for Indigenous consultation, they said. "As a documentary series, we are on site to follow the real-life story of a family run jade operation. We do not participate in the mining or intervene in the business side of their operation as that is handled by the family." A statement from a Bell Media spokesperson said the company had not been aware of the concerns over jade mining raised by the Tahltan Nation. "We take this matter seriously and are investigating further," it said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press
Small-and-medium-sized businesses in Ottawa will soon get access to thousands of rapid COVID-19 tests intended to better track asymptomatic cases. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has partnered with both the federal and provincial governments to provide 700,000 rapid tests to businesses in Ontario. In the nation's capital, the Ottawa Board of Trade is preparing to hand out the first shipment of 50,000 tests for free during the last week of May. "One-third of infections are asymptomatic and 55 per cent of all confirmed cases have caught it from an asymptomatic carrier," said Sueling Ching, the board's president and CEO. "So our goal is to find the asymptomatic carriers as much as possible. And this test is designed to add an additional layer of protection among the other protocols that businesses are already employing." The program is being administered through boards of trade and business chambers throughout Ontario. It's aimed at businesses with 150 employees or less, as larger businesses can order tests directly from the government. While all eligible businesses are welcome to a test kit, Ching said the program is targeting those that are essential or have "high-touch" areas. "Really, all businesses are essential to the rebound of our economy," Ching said. "And so we're hoping all businesses will participate." Ivan Gedz, co-owner of Union Local 613, says he's open to the idea but wonders about the timing.(Matthew Kupfer/CBC) Questions from businesses Ivan Gedz, owner of Ottawa restaurant Union Local 613, said he's open to the idea — but he does have some concerns. "I think one of the difficulties with regards to these rapid tests is their efficacy…that they are not as accurate as regular testing mechanisms," he said. The timing is also questionable, Gedz said, given that indoor dining in Ontario is currently off-limits until at least May 20. He predicts it won't be until mid-June that bars and restaurants will welcome patrons again, and then only on patios. By that point, many people will have had at least one vaccine dose, Gedz said. "I just don't know how much of an uptake there would be for something like that, given what the situation is going to look like at that time," Still, Gedz said he would be willing to accept the free rapid tests if his staff were also on board. As for why the tests weren't offered earlier in the pandemic, Ching said she believes the various levels of governments involved had the supply but not a way to distribute them.