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At the most basic level, Moran hopes his role will inspire students to seek more knowledge about reconciliation and Indigenous history.

“It’s a magnification and an amplification of this long-standing effort to both teach and repair some of the terrible damage done by some absolutely terrible decisions made in this country,” he said.

Jonathan Bengston, a senior librarian at the university, said he believes Moran’s appointment is one step in helping academic institutions grow.

“We are that cultural memory,” he said of libraries. “The goal is to re-examine our systems and structures within the academic library and to open them to different ways of knowing and being in this world. Indigenous voices are hugely important in Canada.”

Bengston said he wants Moran’s new role to inspire others.

“This is the first position of its type at a major Canadian university,” he said. “I hope it shows a path for others to follow as well.”

Cassels said he believes Moran’s role as the reconciliation librarian will better the relationship with Indigenous Peoples.

“His work will foster mutual understanding and will greatly contribute to our university’s goal of advancing respect and reconciliation,” Cassels said in a statement.



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COVID-19: Warning issued as cases in U.S. states rise while tapering off in B.C.


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The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said there are 183 active cases of the disease, with 16 in hospital of whom four are in intensive care. Those numbers continue to fall.

There have been 2,659 cases reported since COVID-19 appeared in B.C. in late January, and 167 deaths.

The contacts of the people who most recently became ill have all been traced.

Henry said there have been no new outbreaks in health-care settings between noon Friday and noon Monday. There are four active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted living facilities.

She said health authorities are working on plans to allow families to start visiting relatives in long-term care homes and that would likely begin in the “coming weeks.”

The outbreaks at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry and Superior Poultry have ended.

Henry said summer travellers need to be respectful of any community they visit and to practise social distancing.

Dix said B.C. has received 4.8 million N95 respirators, two million sets of goggles and 30 million sets of gloves since the state of emergency was declared on March 18.

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#ICYMI: Heat wave, CHSLDs probe, day camps, more


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While the Quebec government recently announced day camps can open on June 22, soccer camps are still waiting to hear from public health officials on exactly how they’ll be allowed to proceed. Read more here.

Day camps say they need help

Day camps have been given the green light to open this summer, but many popular Montreal camps say they need government funding to cover increased salary costs. Read more here.

West Island day camps

What about day camps in the West Island? It’s a mixed bag of decisions. Read more here.

NHL unveils playoff plan

The National Hockey League will go straight into an expanded 24-team playoff format and all games will be held in two hub cities if action resumes this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Commissioner Gary Bettman said on Tuesday. Read more here.

Habs in playoffs without Romanov

Russian defenceman Alexander Romanov won’t be in the Canadiens’ lineup when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2020 NHL playoffs this summer. Read more here.

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Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely


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Some members of the Snowbirds team will call Kamloops home, remaining in the city to look after their CT-114 Tutor jets that remain grounded indefinitely on Fulton Field at Kamloops Airport.

On May 17, one of the jets crashed in Brocklehurst shortly after takeoff, claiming the life of Capt. Jennifer Casey and injuring Capt. Richard MacDougall who was piloting the plane. Both managed to eject from the plan before it crashed, but Casey succumbed to injuries suffered in the incident.

The Snowbirds were on a cross-Canada tour called Operation Inspiration, intended to salute frontline health-care workers and lift the spirits of the public amid the pandemic. The tour, which began on May 3 in Nova Scotia, has been suspended due to the tragedy.

Capt. Jenn Casey is seen in this undated handout photo from the Royal Canadian Air Force Twitter page. The family of Capt. Jenn Casey says the member of the Snowbirds aerobatic team died while supporting an important mission
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Lt. Alexandra Hejduk, public affairs officer for 19 Wing Comox, said most members of the Snowbirds have now departed the city for Moose Jaw — the Snowbirds’ home base — via a Hercules plane, but a small contingent is staying behind, acting as stewards of the jets for as long as they need to be.



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Projections show spike in COVID-19 deaths in Montreal if confinement lifted


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“It’s not a free-for-all at all at this point,” she said.

Hankins said it was too soon to say whether schools and non-essential stores should reopen in Montreal on May 25.

“It’s prudent to watch and see what happens,” she said.

“I know it’s unsettling not to have firm dates, but on the other hand we want wisdom to prevail here,” she added.

On Thursday, Premier François Legault again delayed the reopening of schools, daycares and non-essential retail outlets in the Montreal region.

Sixty-three per cent of Quebec’s 2,928 deaths from COVID-19 have occurred on the island of Montreal, as have 51 per cent of diagnosed cases of the disease, according to the latest statistics unveiled by the Quebec government on Sunday.



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Vancouver Weather: Blue skies and balmy


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VANCOUVER, B.C.: Friday, May 8.Today’s weather is expected to be sunny, with highs of 22 C and 27 C inland, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Watch again for the UV index, which is listed at 8, or very high. Overnight, it looks clear, with a low of 11 C. Then the temperature is expected to heat up on Saturday, with sunshine and highs of 22 C or 28 C inland. The agency says with the humidity it’s going to feel more like 30 C inland. Sunday looks like a scorcher too, with highs of 24 C and 29 C inland. Then, it looks like the weather begins to cool off after that. It’s a mix of sun and cloud for Monday, with highs of 21 C and 26 C inland, a slight chance of showers on Tuesday and 18 C, and then it looks like a good chance of rain on Wednesday.


Weather: Vancouver, B.C.

Today: Sunny. High 22 C except 27 C inland. Humidex 28 inland. UV index 8 or very high.

Tonight: Clear. Low 11 C.

Tomorrow: Sunny. High 22 C except 28 C inland. Humidex 30 inland. UV index 7 or high.

Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada


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COVID-19: Praise for pandemic health pros prompts patio dance party


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Each night at 7 p.m., Vancouverites collectively stand on their balconies, patios and yards to bang pots, pans and other cookware, as a way of applauding essential workers across the city who continue to step up in the face of COVID-19.

A few minutes after that is when the party gets started – that is, the Mount Pleasant patio dance party.

Harry Curtin, 28, is a teacher and has been working remotely from his condo near Main and 7th since health officials ordered schools and workplaces closed to curb the spread of the virus.

He and two roommates had been regularly participating in the nightly 7 p.m. cheer when, on a sunny Tuesday in early April, the trio decided to play some music over a speaker when the clanging and banging subsided.

“It just seemed like – we could all clearly see each other but we just kind of walked back into our apartment,” Curtin said of his neighbourhood, which consists of condominiums clustered around a Main Street intersection.



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COVID-19: Some positive news during pandemic


Plateau-Mont-Royal bike deliveries

The Plateau-Mont-Royal borough and Caisse Desjardins du Plateau-Mont-Royal announced a financial contribution of $50,000, through the COVID-19 Local Emergency Fund, to support the deployment of a free bicycle delivery system to encourage residents to shop locally.

This initiative is coordinated by the business development agencies representing St-Laurent Blvd., Mont-Royal Ave., St-Denis St. and Laurier West Ave., in collaboration with Jalon MTL and COOP Carbone. The aim is to help local shops in the Plateau area have their products delivered, even if they don’t have their own transactional website or delivery system set up.

For more information or to determine eligibility, Plateau businesses should contact their Sociétés de développement commercial de Montréal (SDC) or visit the Montreal city website.

Course scholarships available

Lighthouse Labs is offering a total of $500,000 in scholarships to help Canadians facing economic uncertainty as a result of the pandemic. The scholarships will give recipients access to a selection of Lighthouse Labs’ full-time or part-time coding and data courses.

“Because of COVID-19, many people are now facing unemployment. We feel we can make the greatest impact, both to our community and to the Canadian economy, by providing workers facing economic uncertainty with the skills and resources they need to pursue a career in a technical and remote world,” stated Jeremy Shaki, co-founder and CEO of Lighthouse Labs.

Applicants will have the option to apply for either a $5,000 scholarship for a full-time course, or a $750 scholarship for a part-time course, by visiting lighthouselabs.ca. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, all Lighthouse Labs courses are now available online through virtual streaming and online mentorship.

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COVID-19: Nanaimo, B.C., pulp mill boosts medical pulp production


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A B.C. pulp mill that makes a special recipe of pulp for surgical masks, gowns and other medical supplies has doubled up on its production for an American customer amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Harmac Pacific president Levi Sampson said their round-the-clock production at the mill near Nanaimo has been diverted to make the medical-grade pulp.

“We’ve never had a doubling for this grade of pulp, so you can tell that there’s some supply problems out there,” Sampson said.

There are more than 300 full-time workers at the mill and Sampson said the employees take pride in going to work because of the product they’re producing.

“Every day it seems to be more and more health-care professionals are talking about either lack of supplies or worried about it in future,” Sampson said.

Sampson said Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland called him Saturday wanting to know more about the business, where the company’s product goes and to congratulate Harmac employees “for continuing to run and be able to produce a product that will eventually make its way to the front lines.”



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Work on light rail network halted until April 13




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