en-US Notley sounds alarm as rural Alberta municipalities fear massive tax revenue cut M.D. of Taber Reeve Merril Harris says his municipality could lose about 25 per cent of its budget if the proposed changes are passed. Wed, 07 2020 03:34:57 GMT Blaine Lake RCMP warn thieves that eating stolen steaks could prove deadly Blaine Lake RCMP say thieves made off with several steaks after a break-and-enter. What the thieves didn't know is that the cuts were poisoned for animal control use. Sat, 03 2020 23:20:33 GMT Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis imperils quick Supreme Court confirmation timeline The latest outbreak has raised the possibility that Republicans could lose their slim majority in the Judiciary Committee or on the Senate floor. Sat, 03 2020 11:46:57 GMT You#039;re Not Alone. Where Canadians Can Get Support After Pregnancy Or Infant Loss Chrissy Teigen and John Legend announced their devastating pregnancy loss on Thursday on social media. They were expecting their third child, a boy, whom they’d named Jack. “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough,” wrote Teigen on Instagram. View this post on InstagramWe are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough. . . We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital.  But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack.  So he will always be Jack to us.  Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever. . . To our Jack - I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive.  We will always love you. . . Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers.  We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. . . We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience.  But everyday can’t be full of sunshine.  On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Sep 30, 2020 at 8:58pm PDTAn estimated one in four pregnancies ends in loss, yet there is still a taboo around talking about the death of a baby. As a society, we lack rituals and outlets for grieving pregnancy and infant loss ― while Teigen and Legend received thousands of messages of support in response to their post, they were also shamed for sharing images of their grief and announcing their loss on social media.Many people struggle to understand the depth of grief bereaved parents experience. It’s common not to know what to say and do to support them: Even loved ones may avoid mentioning the baby, which can create a tremendous sense of isolation for the parents and other family members affected by the loss.Often, the partner who was not carrying the baby feels tremendous pressure to be supportive and stoic, at the expense of processing their own grief. Siblings of the baby may need support too ― they may not know how to cope with their feelings, especially when they see their parents are already in distress.There are many organizations out there for grieving parents (and their loved ones) to find community and access peer and professional support, as well as a place to share their story and commemorate their baby. Below are some groups that Canadians can turn to for support through pregnancy and infant loss.Unspoken GriefThis is a website where people affected by pregnancy or infant loss can share their stories. Reading about the experiences and emotional responses of others can be a comfort to people going through this and make them feel less alone. Readers are encouraged to respond to posts using “Like,” “Me Too,” or “Hug” buttons in solidarity. This resource is for grieving parents as well as other loved ones indirectly affected by the loss. It also has a resources page and articles to help people navigate challenges such as trying to get pregnant again or making sure fathers are supported through their grief after loss.  View this post on InstagramWill you share their name? . . . #unspokengrief #grief #perinatalgrief #quotes #miscarriage #supportA post shared by UnspokenGrief (@unspokengrief) on Aug 11, 2018 at 6:43am PDTMothering Your HeartCreated by a former doula and midwife on the West Coast of Canada, this website is a place where people who need a roadmap to navigate their grief after pregnancy, infant or child loss can find community and healing. The Mothering Your Heart program is designed to help grieving parents create space for their emotions and make sure they are well supported and taking care of themselves. Subscribers receive monthly packages by email to provide them with advice and guidelines on topics such as meditation, journalling and creating a support network.Faces of Loss, Faces of HopeAn international resource, this website is a place where parents grieving pregnancy or infant loss are encouraged to share their stories and faces, so they feel less alone and break the taboos around discussing the miscarriage and the death of a baby. People share their stories in written, visual and video forms, and the site has an excellent search function that allows visitors to easily find relatable stories that will bring comfort.  View this post on Instagram"Grief is a manifestation of love. After experiencing loss, we do not move on or forget. We are never really #39;done#39; grieving. Instead, we eventually become able to carry the pain with us, and find meaning and connection in the world we are still a part of. We grow more resilient. To become more whole again, we need people around us who acknowledge the grief and the suffering, the enormity of it all. October is designated Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This is important – it is an opportunity to open our hearts to bereaved parents, and recognize their profound loss and all the emotions that accompany it, from anger to anxiety to guilt to hope. Just as grief is a manifestation of love, being willing to sit with another person in their experience of grief is also a manifestation of love. Psychotherapy is one such space where mothers and fathers who have experienced perinatal loss can feel heard and seen, and find a way to cope and carry the pain at their own pace. At Wildflower, we are honored to be a part of this profound and difficult journey of healing." - Aga Grabowski, LCSW, PMH-C,CST Read more about Pregnancy and Infant Loss in our recent webzine article here: - - - #knowourbabies #pregnancyandinfantlossawareness #PAILAwareness #perinatalloss #pregnancyloss #miscarriage #stillbirth #childloss #SIDS #infantloss #bereavedparentparents #parentingafterlossA post shared by Wildflower Center (@wildflower_emotional_health) on Oct 2, 2020 at 6:48am PDTBaby StepsThis not-for-profit organization offers support to parents in the form of Bereavement Sharing Rooms, where parents, and also grandparents and children, in the case of infant or child loss, can share their feelings and memories. Baby Steps also has a ProfessionalShare Room, where experts share essays and articles that could be helpful. The online resource also has a place where family members can create and visit memorials, dedicated to their child. And in their Resource Rooms, there are do’s and don’ts for people supporting loved ones after pregnancy, infant or child loss, as well as book recommendations for people of all ages and links to more bereavement organizations geared towards this community.PROVINCIAL RESOURCESPregnancy and Infant Loss Network (PAIL) Run out of Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Centre, PAIL provides peer support, either one-on-one or in a group format, and holds meetings in communities across Ontario. (During COVID times, offerings may not be in person, but there are online support groups too). Phone counselling is available, and the organization serves both bereaved parents and other adults affected by the loss. PAIL also provides support through post-loss pregnancies, and they hold Family Picnic events. The organization has created a variety of free booklets, available in multiple languages, to help parents with their grief.Pregnancy and Infant Loss Newfoundland and LabradorThis closed Facebook group provides community and peer support for people who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of an infant. It is moderated and has community guidelines to ensure it is a compassionate space for parents who want to “talk, share and heal together.” RELATED STORIES Burying My Unborn Son Was A Heart-Wrenching Experience Older Siblings Need Support After Pregnancy Loss, Too, Doctors Urge B.C. Mom On Infertility: ‘Harmless Questions Become Shots To Your Heart’ Angel Whispers This Alberta community offers a variety of support groups, healing workshops and retreats (some of which are currently affected by COVID restrictions), for parents who have experienced pregnancy loss or still birth or the loss of a child under the age of 24 months. It provides a place online to memorialize children and sends out quarterly newsletters to subscribers. The resources section is extensive.Parents OrphelinsAcross Quebec, parents grieving pregnancy or infant loss find community through this bilingual organization. As well as supporting grieving parents, they provide resources for loved ones and healthcare professionals. In-person and online peer support breaks parents’ isolation, and an annual Candle Walk provides a space and time for families to commemorate their babies together.  View this post on Instagram Fri, 02 2020 19:24:35 GMT Lizzo Stole The Show At Rihanna’s Body-Inclusive Savage x Fenty Lingerie Bash Let’s get one thing straight: Lizzo is having a moment. I mean, she’s been having a “moment” for what seems like quite a long time now, to the point that it no longer feels appropriate to call it that. Really, she’s just on fire. And it isn’t a flame that seems in danger of being extinguished anytime soon.Fresh off the heels of gracing the cover of Vogue’s October issue, the Grammy award winner made a literal show-stopping appearance in one of this season’s most anticipated fashion events: Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show. Rihanna designed multiple sets — “Garden of Eden,” “Dear Diary” — to keep all her models safe and comfortable, so they could show off the garments while safely distanced from each other.  It was a star-studded lineup, with a list of names that easily might have been misinterpreted as a list of performers for some buzzy music festival: Miguel, Travis Scott, Ella Mai, Bad Bunny, Normani. When Lizzo makes her cameo, she turns out to steal the show. Styled in a monochromatic royal blue getup — lace blue gloves, blue acrylic nails, a blue bra and underwear set, blue fishnet tights — the singer appears and dances some sexy choreography to D’Angelo’s soulful classic, “Brown Sugar.” Two backup dancers, wearing matching blue sets, help support the moment.  “Just when you thought I couldn’t love myself any more,” Lizzo wrote in a post after the show. View this post on InstagramJust when you thought I couldn’t love myself any more. TONIGHT. @savagexfenty.A post shared by Lizzo (@lizzobeeating) on Oct 1, 2020 at 2:58pm PDT“I love Lizzo. She’s so badass,” Rihanna told ET Canada last year, admitting her dream of working with the singer some day. “She is everything that Savage stands for: a confident woman, no matter what size, colour, shape.”The “Savage x Fenty Vol. 2” Fall collection was a logical and exciting continuation of Rihanna’s inclusive vision. When the line first debuted in September 2018, the world seemed to respond well to the brand’s celebration of “fearlessness, confidence and inclusivity.” It blew the airbrushed, narrowly imagined Victoria’s Secret fantasy right out of the water.  View this post on InstagramLook out! @palomija is a WHOLE smoke show Fri, 02 2020 17:38:54 GMT Cold Lake motorcyclist dead after crash A 35-year-old Cold Lake man was killed in a motorcycle crash on Tuesday, RCMP said. Thu, 01 2020 04:28:27 GMT Coronavirus: Bubble won’t be back for 2020-21 NHL season The NHL and Players' Association will meet within the next two weeks to discuss the many possibilities of what the 2020-21 season could look like, but there's no desire to stage it entirely within quarantined bubbles. Mon, 28 2020 15:15:55 GMT Report looks into what the Halifax tourism sector could look like in summer 2021 "We identified some early strategic responses the sector could adopt in these highly fluid and uncertain circumstances in order to better prepare for next year." Fri, 25 2020 19:39:04 GMT Ex-Liberal finance minister John Manley urges spending restraint as Trudeau readies #039;ambitious#039; throne speech OTTAWA — On Feb. 27, 1995, a sleep-deprived John Manley arrived in London, England with an unenviable task: trying to convince major investment houses to buy Canadian bonds, which had been nearing junk status as Canada’s fiscal credibility spiralled down the drain. The banks and private equity funds were hardly receptive. Ottawa had just slashed spending by the most since the Second World War in a bid to lower its towering debt servicing costs, which soaked up 37 cents for every dollar spent. Weeks earlier, the Wall Street Journal ran the headline, “Canada Bankrupt?” “I remember very vividly one of them saying to me, ‘You guys are always promising to bring your deficit down, and you never do it. Why should we believe you this time?’” recalls Manley, who was serving as the Liberal industry minister at the time. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau readies his speech from the throne on Wednesday, Manley has joined a chorus of other voices saying the current government is again left with little fiscal room as COVID-19 emergency spending continues to mount. Their concerns come after Trudeau has signalled a desire for “ambitious” new social and environmental spending programs, raising concerns among some observers that the country could lock itself into a structural deficit. A report by the C.D. Howe Institute on Tuesday, headed by Manley and Janice MacKinnon, former minister of finance of Saskatchewan, warns that there is “negligible fiscal room for major post-crisis federal initiatives without further raising taxes.” If Ottawa were to increase permanent spending by just $30 billion per year above pre-crisis levels, the report says, recurring deficits over the next 10 years would reach $75 billion — a decision that “leaves the country vulnerable to adverse shocks.” Manley, who went on to become Liberal finance minister from 2002 to 2003, is in agreement with the vast majority of economists who say the current fiscal situation is not nearly as dire as the mid-1990s. Interest rates are near record lows, and are likely to remain that way in coming years as the economic downturn from COVID-19 lockdowns linger on. The most popular idea that won't be in Wednesday's throne speech? A four day work week Jack M. Mintz: The throne speech you'll never hear in new tab But concerns remain over Ottawa’s longer-term fiscal position, particularly after Ottawa abandoned its fiscal anchor and has declined to provide a plan to return to budgetary balance. Agencies have downgraded Canada’s credit rating in recent months as spending climbs. The COVID-19 pandemic has further muddied its longer-term fiscal plans, after Ottawa funnelled vast amounts of cash to businesses and people to keep them afloat during economic restrictions. It is now projected to run a $343 billion deficit next year. “I think we have at a minimum given up enormous flexibility in our options,” Manley said in an interview. “We’ve done the right thing by protecting people’s incomes and keeping businesses alive. But it’s not without cost,” he said. Higher spending and economic lockdowns caused Ottawa’s net debt as a percentage of GDP to balloon, from 30 per cent to around 49 per cent today. It was around 66 per cent in the 90s. The C.D. Howe report on Tuesday said that reducing Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio by just one per cent per year would require Ottawa to trim spending by five per cent annually, beginning in 2022. Adding to Ottawa’s fiscal woes are demographic challenges: Canada’s aging population is expected to put strain on the healthcare system in coming years, raising expenditures. Elderly benefits, which already make up Ottawa’s single-largest expense, are expected to nearly double to $99 billion by 2030, according to a report by Royal Bank of Canada earlier this year. In a separate report Tuesday, the Fraser Institute estimates that elderly benefits transfers and other seniors costs could inflate the federal debt-to-GDP ratio to as high as 69.6 per cent by 2050, if spending elsewhere is not curbed. “Any significant deterioration of federal finances will bring with it serious consequences for the Canadian economy, including the risk of repeating the mistakes of the 1960s to 1990s,” the report said. Some economists suggest Ottawa can easily absorb its current spending plans if it would focus more on growing the economy, especially at a time when spending cuts remain politically unpopular. The C.D. Howe report on Tuesday suggested there was “little appetite in the population for the spending restraint that would be needed to shrink the debt-to-GDP ratio immediately.” Public funds should instead be spent in a way that “promotes growth and incentivizes a return to work more broadly,” it said. That could include spending on daycare to help women return to work, or investing heavily in infrastructure to boost productivity. The federal government, at least in its rhetoric, has so far focussed more on public safety and on the redistribution of wealth. “They have not articulated the growth agenda, and that’s important,” Manley said. Manley can easily recall the severe cuts he had to absorb as industry minister in the mid-1990s. Programs under the industry portfolio were whittled down from 54 to just nine. He doesn’t see deep cuts as the correct course of action today. But without robust economic expansion, the current fiscal trajectory is likely unsustainable, he said. “Where’s the growth going to come from?” • Email: | Twitter: jesse_snyder You might also be interested in… Jordan Peterson’s year of ‘absolute hell’: Professor forced to retreat from public life because of addiction If North Korea’s Kim Jong Un dies, who will be his successor? ‘Everybody will love it’: A four-day work week could help rebuild Canada’s economy post-COVID-19, experts say Wed, 23 2020 11:00:53 GMT The most popular idea that won#039;t be in Wednesday#039;s throne speech? A four day work week It’s a wildly popular idea that enjoys bipartisan support across Canada. It might be the only policy supported by both the right-leaning Fraser Institute and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The four-day work week is enjoying a moment in the sun as the COVID-19 pandemic forces people around the world to consider how they work and spend leisure time. But don’t expect to see it in Wednesday’s Speech from the Throne. Asked about the idea in June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t exactly give it an enthusiastic endorsement. “I think there are a lot of people thinking creatively about what the post-COVID world could look like. And I look forward to hearing a wide range of suggestions,” said Trudeau said. “But right now, we’re very much focused on getting through this particular crisis.” The Fraser Institute says with increased productivity, Canadians could easily maintain or increase their quality of life while working fewer days. “A four-day work week, which produces the same or higher material living standard for Canadians, simply requires a return to an annual rate of labour productivity growth that, until fairly recently, was more the norm than an exception,” the Fraser Institute reported . “Canadian workers in 2030 could work a four-day work week year-round while enjoying a higher material standard of living than they enjoyed in 2018,” the report reads. Sanders, the democratic socialist, agreed. “Shortening the workweek is certainly one idea that we have got to look at,” he said. A four-day work week in Canada is viable by increasing productivity, report says 'Everybody will love it': A four-day work week could help rebuild Canada's economy post-COVID-19, experts say Will Justin Trudeau unveil a four-day work week in Canada? The idea for a four-day work week gained steam earlier in the year, when New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as a mechanism to give workers more flexibility in their lives and boost the country’s productivity. But as Ardern and many experts have noted, it’s an idea that would likely have to be worked out between employees and employers and not necessarily something the government would legislate. An opinion poll conducted in June by the Angus Reid Institute soon found that Canadians are increasingly supportive of the move, though. Two years ago, 47 per cent said they supported a four-day work week compared to 53 per cent this year. Only 22 per cent of Canadians said they disapproved of the idea, with 25 per cent saying they weren’t sure about it. Support is highest among women aged 18 to 34, with 65 per cent saying it is a good idea. Men aged 55 and older are the least likely to say it is a good idea, with only 39 per cent approving of it. The report by the Angus Reid Institute noted that support for the idea spiked eight percentage points among people who had received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also a litany of research backing up the idea that reducing the work week boosts productivity. Microsoft experimented last year with a pilot project in Japan that allowed workers an extra day off each week and found that productivity jumped 40 per cent. The company closed its offices on Fridays and gave its employees paid leave for the day. In further morale-boosting efforts, the company also imposed a strict 30-minute time limit on meetings. Research has also shown that people who work longer hours tend to perform poorly. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that working more than 55 hours was correlated with lower scores in vocabulary and reasoning tests, compared to people who worked 40 hours. A recent report on leisure time showed the United States and Canada lagging behind other wealthy nations in how much time off its workers enjoy. Among OECD nations, Canadians work the fourth most hours without seeing any real productivity gains compared to countries like Germany, where the average person works hundreds fewer hours each year. The demand for a four day work week is turning into a global movement. A global study of eight countries found 54 per cent support for a shorter work week and only 28 per cent of people expressing satisfaction with the status quo. • Email: | Twitter: stuartxthomson You might also be interested in… Jordan Peterson’s year of ‘absolute hell’: Professor forced to retreat from public life because of addiction If North Korea’s Kim Jong Un dies, who will be his successor? ‘Everybody will love it’: A four-day work week could help rebuild Canada’s economy post-COVID-19, experts say Tue, 22 2020 22:39:44 GMT