Dreading more rain in B.C. and Black Friday arrives: In The News for Nov. 26

In The News is a roundup of tales from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Nov. 26… What we’re watching in Canada …

In The News is a roundup of tales from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Nov. 26…

What we’re watching in Canada …

VICTORIA — Rainstorms of accelerating depth are forecast to hit British Columbia over the approaching days, prompting warnings for individuals to be ready to evacuate floodwaters if obligatory.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says the largest rainstorm is predicted to reach on Tuesday and individuals residing in areas vulnerable to flooding needs to be on alert.

He urges individuals to have meals, water, blankets, and flashlights prepared in case of rising waters in their communities.

Floods and mudslides final week broken and closed some main provincial highways, compelled the evacuation of the City of Merritt and precipitated historic flood injury in the Abbotsford-Chilliwack space of the Fraser Valley, devastating properties, farms and livestock.

Six individuals have been confirmed killed or lacking in the floods and slides.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to be in B.C. in the present day to go to areas affected by the flooding and meet with provincial, municipal, and First Nation leaders.

Trudeau’s schedule says he can be in the Abbotsford space and will even meet with members of the army, first responders and volunteers.

He is to be in Victoria later in the day to fulfill with Premier John Horgan.

Farnworth says officers can be intently watching the approaching storms for growing flood and slide threats.

But regardless of the climate warnings, the federal government says progress is being made in re-establishing very important freeway hyperlinks and interrupted provide chains.

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UNDATED — Black Friday has arrived with much less fanfare than standard as retailers unfold out gross sales and customers scoop up offers early amid ongoing provide chain issues.

Stores have been rolling out reductions for weeks, encouraging customers to purchase early to keep away from potential product shortages.

The state of affairs has solid a pall over Black Friday itself, initially a one-day occasion that signalled the unofficial begin of the vacation buying season.

Anwar White with McGill University’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management says Black Friday has been increasing for years as retailers attempt to maximize gross sales by pushing reductions earlier into the autumn.

But he says the pandemic has accelerated that development as uncertainty and provide chain issues have pushed offers even earlier. 

Yet whereas Black Friday will not be as huge because it was earlier than the pandemic, White says Canadians can be heading to malls and huge field shops in the present day in search of each reductions and vacation spirit. 

“There is still something special about Black Friday and there are still people that are going to be actually going out,” he stated. “But it won’t be hugely driven by the sales. When you shop on Black Friday there is an energy that is unmatched and it really does and say ‘OK, now it’s Christmastime.'”

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OTTAWA — Members of Parliament are in a position to earn a living from home once more after passing a movement Thursday to renew hybrid sittings of the House of Commons.

Liberals and New Democrats joined forces to move the movement over the objections of Conservative and Bloc Quebecois MPs who had needed to totally return to regular, in-person operations.

The movement provides MPs the choice of taking part just about in proceedings, together with votes and debates in the Commons and its committees, beginning Friday and persevering with till the House breaks for the summer time in June.

It handed late Thursday by a vote of 180-140 after the NDP supported the Liberals in placing an finish to 2 days of debate on the matter.

MPs first adopted the hybrid format a 12 months in the past, geared toward limiting the variety of members in the Commons to keep away from spreading COVID-19. But the all-party settlement to permit that format expired final June.

Since Parliament resumed Monday after a five-month hiatus, all however one of many nation’s 338 MPs have been in the Commons as a result of there was no unanimous settlement to return to hybrid sittings.

The lacking MP — Conservative Richard Lehoux — examined constructive for COVID-19 on Saturday, two days after attending an in-person Tory caucus retreat.

What we’re watching in the U.S. …

NANTUCKET — U.S. President Joe Biden is wishing Americans a cheerful and closer-to-normal Thanksgiving. 

It was the second Thanksgiving celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The president and first woman Jill Biden visited a Coast Guard station on Nantucket Island to increase Thanksgiving greetings just about to service members world wide and chat with Coast Guard personnel. 

They additionally launched a vacation greeting to Americans in a video recorded earlier than their journey to Nantucket for the vacation. 

The Bidens additionally known as in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which resumed in fu—ll.

What we’re watching in the remainder of the world …

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s govt says it desires to cease air journey from southern Africa to counter the unfold of a brand new COVID-19 variant. 

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated in a press release that she “proposes, in close coordination with the member states, to activate the emergency brake to stop air travel from the southern African region.” 

A brand new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a priority due to its excessive variety of mutations and speedy unfold amongst younger individuals in Gauteng, the nation’s most populous province.


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MOSCOW — Russian officers say 52 miners and rescuers have died after a devastating blast in a Siberian coal mine about 250 meters underground. 

Hours after a methane fuel explosion and hearth crammed the mine with poisonous fumes, rescuers discovered 14 our bodies however then had been compelled to halt the search for 38 others due to a buildup of methane and a excessive focus of carbon monoxide fuel. 

The state Tass and RIA-Novosti information companies cited emergency officers as saying that there was no likelihood of discovering any more survivors. 

The Interfax information company cited a consultant of the regional administration who additionally put the loss of life toll from Thursday’s hearth at 52, whereas 239 had been rescued.

On today in 1917 …

The National Hockey League was based in Montreal with Frank Calder as president. The NHL changed the National Hockey Association. Its first groups had been the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators and Quebec Bulldogs.

In leisure …

MILAN — Bryan Adams examined constructive for COVID-19 upon arrival at Milan’s Malpensa Airport on Thursday, forward of the revealing of the 2022 Pirelli calendar that he photographed.

The Canadian rocker disclosed the constructive check in an Instagram put up that included {a photograph} of him in a room after being examined and then sitting in an ambulance, being taken for a more dependable PCR check. He was seated usually, carrying a surgical masks.

“Here I am, just arrived in Milano, and I’ve tested positive for the second time in a month for COVID,’’ Adams said in the post. “So it’s off to the hospital for me.” He thanked followers for his assist.

Adams, who additionally enjoys a profession as a photographer, has shot the 2022 Pirelli calendar, after initially being engaged to shoot the 2021 model that was canceled because of the pandemic. Adams was anticipated to seem at in-person press occasions selling the calendar Sunday and Monday, however that was now unsure.

Normally the revealing of the Pirelli calendar is a gala occasion attended by those that seem and different VIPS, however this 12 months was already a scaled-back affair because of the ongoing pandemic, with a good visitor checklist for a night cocktail.

Adams selected as his topics for the calendar known as “On the road,” different musical abilities, together with Iggy Pop, Cher, Jennifer Hudson, Saweetie and St. Vincent.


UNDATED — Environmentalist David Suzuki has apologized for feedback he made about pipelines being blown up if authorities leaders do not urgently deal with local weather change.

In a press release on Thursday, Suzuki says his feedback to CHEK News on Saturday had been a results of his frustration at authorities inaction as local weather change will get worse.

Suzuki was requested in a media interview what he thinks could occur if authorities leaders don’t urgently deal with local weather change after a protest was held in Victoria on Saturday.

He says the suggestion about violence was flawed.  

Suzuki says a approach have to be discovered to cease the environmental injury that’s being achieved to the planet and “we must do so in a non-violent manner.”

The apology was issued on the David Suzuki Foundation web site.

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them,” it says. “Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately needed solution to the climate crisis. My words were spoken out of extreme frustration and I apologize.”

On Saturday, the assertion says he instructed the TV station in response to the query: “We’re in deep, deep doo doo. And the leading experts have been telling us for over 40 years. This is what we’ve come to. The next stage after this, there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.”

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TORONTO — Canadian writer Margaret Atwood says changing into the face of a brand new stamp has made her the envy of all of her buddies, despite the fact that some could also be dismayed that she’s alive to simply accept the honour.

Canada Post launched a commemorative stamp celebrating the literary legend at a Toronto occasion on Thursday, which included speeches by filmmaker Sarah Polley and activist Ceta Ramkhalawansingh.

The stamp encompasses a black-and-white picture of Atwood resting a hand on her face, together with her well-known line “a word after a word after a word is power” repeated in the background.

Canada Post’s “Official First Day Cover” for the stamp is emblazoned with a 1975 sketch by Atwood titled “Neither fish nor flesh,” in addition to the silhouette of a raven in a nod to her ardour for birds.

“Being on a stamp is an unexpected honour, so unexpected that it has already caused a rash of stamp envy in my peer group,” Atwood, 82, instructed the gang on the Toronto Reference Library.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 26, 2021


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