The Harvard School of Public Health is creating a course for C-suite executives to prepare them for the next pandemic. Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Michelle Williams joins the On the Move panel to discuss.
The Harvard School of Public Health is creating a course for C-suite executives to prepare them for the next pandemic. Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Michelle Williams joins the On the Move panel to discuss.
Thailand's duty-free privileges for some $817 million in exports to the United States will be revoked starting Dec. 30, U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday, citing a lack of progress in opening the Thai market to U.S. pork products. The suspension of the Generalized System of Preferences access follows a suspension earlier this year on about $1.3 billion worth imports from Thailand, which once had such privileges for about $4.4 billion in exports to the United States. The U.S. Trade Representative's office said the list https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/Thailand%20GSP%20Country%20Practice%20Review%20%20Product%20Removal%20List.pdf of products include auto parts, electrical products, dried produce, tools and aluminum kitchenware.
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Last Tuesday, two of Emma Cole’s children said goodbye to their teachers. Like many educators across the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, the teachers were being moved from the virtual Grade 4 and 8 classrooms they’d taught since September to new schools and grades as part of a major reshuffling. The kids understood why, but it was tough to see their teachers go. “They’d made really good connections with these teachers,” said Cole. “These were wonderful teachers. Great at communicating with the kids and really great at keeping the kids engaged with online learning. That’s not an easy thing to do.” Now, Cole’s kids will wait to be assigned new teachers, and perhaps new classrooms entirely. This year, thousands of students have been caught in the middle of a dramatic reorganization process that has closed and merged classrooms midway through the first semester. Board administrators say the process happens every fall, though it typically affects only a handful of students and teachers. This year is “unprecedented,” says HWDSB education director Manny Figueiredo. The reorganization has moved 400 educators around the board as 800 kids move from in-person to online classes and 500 move from online to in-person. The problem, a symptom of the pandemic, can be traced back to miscalculated enrolment projections and a substantial decrease in provincial funding. The process has sparked a swath of criticism from families concerned about the impact this will have on their children's education. Speaking in board meetings and a town hall this week, board administrators acknowledge the damage but say the process is unavoidable. “I wish we didn’t have to do this, but we do,” Figueiredo told The Spectator on Thursday. Financial constraints Every fall, the HWDSB compares its actual student enrolment numbers to the projections it made in the spring. This is for funding reasons. Ontario’s Ministry of Education funds school boards based on the number of students attending — more students means more funding. In a typical year, the board’s spring projections might miss the mark by a few hundred students at most, says Figueiredo. The province will fund accordingly. This year, however, the board’s projections were considerably larger than actual enrolment. The board predicted 37,000 students enrolling in September. When they counted again in the fall, they discovered the board was missing 1,756 students — many of whom are being home-schooled or may have moved to another board. The drop in students means the board will experience a significant drop in funding. At a finance committee last week, the board estimated it will lose approximately $15.2 million. The board is facing other funding crunches, too. Since schools aren’t renting out space due to pandemic restrictions, the board expects to lose roughly $700,000 in revenue. The decline has left the board scrambling to reduce a projected $10-million budget deficit by the end of the school year. At the finance committee, Stacey Zucker, associate director of support services, told trustees the board can find savings by reducing teaching staff, self-contained classes and more. The board should reduce teaching staff to the tune of $2.3 million, she said. Delayed start dates The repercussions of this year’s reorganization have been exacerbated by timing. One of the concerns families have raised with board administrators is that their children have developed relationships with teachers, who will hand off to someone new midway through the semester. The HWDSB has acknowledged this problem. In a town-hall meeting Thursday, chair Alex Johnstone said the board will avoid late-semester reorganizations in future years. “I think if we’re in the same position next September, a later reorganization would not be something we’d consider because of this year’s experience,” she said. “Administratively, though, it made a tremendous amount of sense to do it this way. We wanted parents to have a feel for both remote and in-person learning before having another decision to make as to whether or not they would transition out or into remote class.” Both in-person and remote classes started late this year. In September, the HWDSB announced it would stagger re-entry to schools so students could become acquainted with COVID-19 safety protocols. Students were placed in two groups to enter schools on alternating days for the first week. Classes began Sept. 16. For many virtual classrooms, the delay was even longer. The board initially prepared for 6,600 online students based on August registration, but early in September, a surge of 2,000 more students opted for online learning, forcing the board to find an additional 90 teachers to offer virtual schooling. The sudden increase resulted in enrolment delays; it was only midway through October that every online student was assigned a teacher. Typically, the board schedules its reorganization for early September, before students develop strong relationships with teachers. Due to the delays, however, the board opted to push back its registration. “We know this hasn’t been good for kids. But this is the ripple effect of honouring parent choice,” Figueiredo said. Shift from in-person to online Teachers are also being moved to accommodate a shift in students from in-person to online learning. The board allowed parents a late October deadline to move their children. Approximately 800 students opted to move online while 500 students opted to move in-person, representing a net total of 300 students moving online. The shift means teachers will now be reassigned to classrooms depending on where they’re needed. The shift will be completed by Nov. 3. Figueiredo has said the past months have been the most difficult of his career. “I know this is hard on the kids. But they’re resilient. And what I’m hearing loud and clear from parents that they want stability,” he said. “This is now the next big operational hurdle to get through. We will get through this, but I know how busy August was and how hard this can be on everyone involved, because it’s yet another change.” Jacob Lorinc, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
As a major reorganization relocated hundreds of students and educators to new classrooms and schools across the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, chair Alex Johnstone told families at a Hamilton town hall meeting that the board won’t initiate a late-semester reorganization in future years. “I think if we’re in the same position next September, a later reorganization won’t be something we’ll consider because of this year’s experience,” Johnstone said Thursday evening. In recent weeks, the board has initiated a process that’s forced 400 educators to move to new classrooms and schools, some switching from online to in-person teaching and vice versa, and students to expand their cohorts and lose the teachers who’ve been educating them since September. The reorganizations are a yearly process that typically begin near the end of September and affect a small number of students and teachers. This year, however, the process was magnified due to a major decrease in student enrolment and hundreds of students opting to switch between online and in-person classes. The process also began later in the semester due to the board’s staggered reopening process and difficulties opening virtual classrooms. Late in August, an additional surge of 2,000 students registered for online courses, forcing the board to find dozens of new educators to teach online classrooms at the last-minute. Only by early October did every student taking online classes have teachers. Due to the delays, the board decided to push back school reorganizations to give families an opportunity to decide if they would prefer online or in-person classes instead of the classes their children initially enrolled in. Johnstone, speaking at Thursday’s town hall meeting, said the delay caused difficulties for families whose children had become acquainted with their teachers. “Hindsight’s always 20-20, but administratively, it made a tremendous amount of sense to delay the reorganizations,” Johnstone said. “We wanted parents to have a feel for both remote and in-person learning before having another decision to make as to whether or not they would transition out or into remote class, but I think it was still very difficult.” The HWDSB has said that a net total of 300 students will move to remote learning and 400 educators will be reassigned to new classrooms and schools. A total of 800 students have moved to online class while 500 students have opted for in-person learning. On top of the switch, a recent board report revealed that there are 1,756 fewer students enrolled in the HWDSB than initially projected, meaning the board is not eligible for the provincial funding it had initially anticipated. According to board administrators, the board will not receive $15.2 million in funding due to the decline, which has resulted in a potential $10-million deficit by the end of the school year. A petition circulating online last week, calling for a stop to the reorganization, has received north of 2,000 signatures. “This has been an extremely difficult year in terms of reorganizations. I know a lot of families and staff were extremely disappointed with this news, and across the system it’s impacted many families,” Johnstone said.Jacob Lorinc, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
Shortly after classes resumed at Westdale Secondary School in September, teachers offering online classes began experiencing what at first seemed like a normal problem to have — they couldn’t connect to the school’s Wi-Fi. For weeks, Westdale’s teachers would tune in and out of classrooms intermittently, appearing in the virtual classrooms each afternoon briefly before disappearing altogether. The unusual technical difficulties, initially presumed to be a standard connectivity problem inside the school, proved to be something more sinister. Westdale’s network had been the target of a cyberattack, the school said last week. Nearly every weekday, beginning around noon, when high school students across Hamilton’s public board are expected to join online classes, Westdale’s Wi-Fi would suddenly disconnect — only to reconnect around 3 p.m., when classes are typically scheduled to end. The problem has been a major source of frustration for families at Westdale who say their children have missed out on weeks of important schooling due to the attacks. In an email to families last week, Westdale administrators apologized to parents who’d expressed frustration with the continued problems. “We have been experiencing malicious internet traffic that has resulted in outages daily,” the school wrote. The cyberattacks throw another wrench into the complex process of offering virtual education to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Already, parents across the board have voiced concerns about their children’s online learning due to technical difficulties in the classrooms and difficulty communicating with teachers remotely. Last week, the board announced that remote-learning classrooms will grow by an additional 300 students early in November. In an email to The Spectator, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board spokesperson Shawn McKillop said Westdale has now solved the Wi-Fi problems and located the source of the cyberattacks. The school has also received “additional protection” from its internet provider, Rogers Communications, McKillop said. Westdale is the only school in the HWDSB to have reported a cyberattack to date. The board has not revealed the source of the attacks. Jacob Lorinc, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
Caledonia residents who have been without power since Oct. 22 are still in the dark about when Hydro One will turn the lights on. “I haven’t had power since Thursday evening,” said Rose Marie Mueller, whose home on Sixth Line is between the street barricades set up by Six Nations land defenders that night. The barricades went up after OPP officers gathered near the back entrance to the McKenzie Meadows construction site, also known as 1492 Land Back Lane, which the group says is unceded Haudenosaunee territory. After police tried to arrest a member of their group, land defenders set fire to the hydro pole that powers Mueller’s home and three others within the barricades. A nearby farm has a generator running, but Mueller isn’t so lucky. Besides occasionally going to her car to charge her phone, she’s stuck inside, waiting for Hydro One to repair the pole. “They keep texting me that they have to wait for the police to say OK,” she said. “Every day they tell me ‘tomorrow at noon.’” To keep warm, Mueller runs a gas fireplace in her bedroom. Her water is turned off so she can’t cook, and pain in her lower back is making it difficult to walk. “I think I got too cold for a few days there, and now I have to pay for it,” she said. Hydro One said the pole fire knocked out power to 1,200 homes last Thursday, with most back on before midnight. The company said the roadblock across Argyle Street prevents workers from restoring power to the remaining homes. “For the four customers in the community that remain without power, we are concerned for their safety and well-being and our crews are on standby to make repairs once it is safe,” said Hydro One spokesperson Alicia Sayers. 1492 Land Back Lane spokesperson Skyler Williams said land defenders have been in talks with Hydro One and the OPP about having workers cross the barricade and repair the pole. “We’ve been working hard to tell them this isn’t hostile territory and this is something they can do,” Williams said. “We’ve said I, personally, will escort them in and make sure these people get power.” Williams said the OPP has told him they want officers to accompany the work crew to ensure their safety. “And we said we don’t allow guns here, regardless of who’s carrying them,” he said, stressing that the hydro employees would not be in any danger. “We are not terrorists. This (area) is not under terrorist control,” Williams said. “We are here for our land rights. Period. We’re not trying to evict people or hurt anybody.” An OPP spokesperson referred inquiries about the outage to Hydro One. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our employees and the general public,” Sayers said in response to a question about whether work crews could be sent in without a police escort. Mueller said someone from Land Back Lane visited her to explain the group’s efforts to get her power back on. That update left Mueller frustrated with the utility company. “These hydro people are just full of it,” she said. “Get it over with. I’m a senior citizen. I shouldn’t have to put up with this.” Sayers stressed the need for Hydro One to have unimpeded access to the damaged pole, as well as to a transmission station on Argyle that is beyond the barricade. “The security of Hydro One’s Caledonia Transmission Station has been compromised, posing a serious risk should a member of the public enter the station,” Sayers said. Late on Wednesday, the company shut down the Argyle Street station by rerouting power to another station outside the barricaded zone. The move caused what Sayers described as “a short emergency outage” for customers across Haldimand and Norfolk counties. Most of the 16,800 affected customers lost power for about 20 minutes at some point between 10:10 p.m. and 11:10 p.m., though it took until nearly 2 a.m. for 1,400 households in Norfolk to get their hydro back. “We appreciate our customers’ patience as crews completed the emergency work,” Sayers said. Switching stations did not help Mueller, who remains in the dark and says she no longer feels safe in her home. “Not really. Not since this started,” she said. “If I didn’t have cats, I would have left already.” Mueller said while she doesn’t condone the violence that has occurred near her doorstep, she is sympathetic to the land defenders’ cause. “I feel for the natives because it’s their right to do what they do, and it’s high time to do something,” she said. “The police have nothing to do with it, so it’s not the police they have to be angry at. It’s the federal government that’s supposed to be looking at this. Maybe I should tell the federal government about the hydro.”J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
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WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A 17-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been extradited to stand trial on homicide charges, with sheriff’s deputies in Illinois handing him over to their counterparts in Wisconsin shortly after a judge on Friday approved the contested extradition. In his afternoon ruling that rejected Kyle Rittenhouse’s bid to remain in Illinois, Judge Paul Novak noted that defence attorneys had characterized the Wisconsin charges as politically motivated. “This Illinois court shall not examine any potential political impact a Wisconsin District Attorney potentially considered in his charging decision,” Novak’s six-page ruling said. He added that it is not for an Illinois judge to “reevaluate probable cause determined by a Wisconsin court.” Immediately after Novak issued the ruling at the courthouse in Waukegan, Illinois, deputies with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office picked up Rittenhouse and drove him five miles (eight kilometres) to the Illinois-Wisconsin border, sheriff’s office spokesman Christopher Covelli told The Associated Press. Rittenhouse was then turned over to Kenosha County sheriff deputies at the state line at around 3:45 p.m., Covelli said. The ruling and speedy transfer came several hours after a hearing Friday morning in which Judge Novak heard arguments for and against extradition. The shootings happened Aug. 25, two days after a white police officer trying to arrest Jacob Blake shot the 29-year-old Black man seven times in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down. Video of the police shooting sparked outrage and helped spur on the protests. Rittenhouse’s case has become a rallying point for some conservatives who see him as a patriot who was exercising his right to bear arms during unrest. Others portray him as a domestic terrorist who incited protesters by showing up wielding a rifle. At Friday's hearing, Rittenhouse's lawyer said he had a change of heart since notifying the court that he planned to call witnesses, including Rittenhouse’s mother. Instead, John Pierce focused on what he called “fatal defects” in extradition papers. A local prosecutor said the law is unambiguous in requiring Rittenhouse’s extradition. “You can imagine the chaos if someone can commit a crime and step over the (state borderline) and get sanctuary,” Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Scheller told Novak. Rittenhouse sat at a defence table wearing a dress shirt and tie — mask across his face. At least once, he turned to look at his mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, on a spectactors’ bench. Later, as officers led him from the hearing room, she began to cry. In his ruling, Novak said an extradition to another state can be halted only under several clear conditions, including if the extradition papers aren’t in order, if a suspect hasn’t yet been charged or if the identity of the suspect is in doubt. He said none of those conditions applied. Without witnesses from either side, the part of Friday's hearing meant for evidence and testimony lasted less than 30 seconds, when Scheller handed the judge Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signed warrant calling for Rittenhouse’s extradition. Pierce told Novak that Wisconsin authorities were required by law to present charging documents to a magistrate judge and that their failure to do so rendered their extradition request invalid. Novak dismissed that argument, saying in his ruling that Rittenhouse’s lawyers offered no evidence that a magistrate judge did not review the charges. “Even if this court were to find the complaint (was) not made before a magistrate … Rittenhouse’s argument would still fail,” he wrote. The warrant signed by Pritzker, he said, “satisfies all the requirements." The most serious charge Rittenhouse faces in Wisconsin is first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a life prison sentence. He is also charged with attempted intentional homicide in the wounding of a third protester, as well as a misdemeanour charge of underage firearm possession. His lawyers have argued he was acting in self-defence. Rittenhouse and the man he allegedly injured are white, as were the two men who were killed. A day after the shooting, Rittenhouse surrendered to police in his Illinois hometown of Antioch, around 10 miles (16 kilometres) southwest of Kenosha. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing an arrest report it went to court to obtain after its public records request was denied, reported Friday that Rittenhouse turned himself in less than two hours after the shooting and told an officer he had “ended a man's life.” The report said firefighters were called when Rittenhouse — described as alternating between calm, fits of crying and vomiting — had trouble breathing at one point. The newspaper also said Rittenhouse told police the rifle used in the shooting was in the trunk of a friend's car. According to prosecutors and court documents, Rittenhouse killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, of Kenosha, after Rosenbaum threw a plastic bag at Rittenhouse, missing him, and tried to wrestle his rifle away. While trying to get away in the immediate aftermath, Rittenhouse was captured on cellphone video saying, “I just killed somebody.” According to a complaint filed by prosecutors, someone in the crowd said, “Beat him up!” and another yelled, “Get him! Get that dude!” Video shows that Rittenhouse tripped. As he was on the ground, 26-year-old Anthony Huber, of Silver Lake, hit him with a skateboard and tried to take his rifle. Rittenhouse opened fire, killing Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, of West Allis, who was holding a handgun. ___ Follow Michael Tarm on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mtarm Michael Tarm, The Associated Press
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“We know whose land this is,” Skyler Williams of Six Nations told officers from the Hamilton sheriff’s office who came to Caledonia on July 31 to serve a Superior Court injunction ordering land defenders off a construction site on McKenzie Road. But the ownership of the 25-acre plot of land that Foxgate Developments plans to turn into a subdivision is hotly debated. That question is at the heart of an occupation that has been going on since mid-July, with no end in sight. The Spectator looks at the key issues behind the dispute. What is McKenzie Meadows? McKenzie Meadows, also known as The McKenzie, is a planned subdivision on McKenzie Road in the south end of Caledonia. Foxgate Developments — a joint venture between Ballantry Homes and Losani Homes — plans to build 218 detached homes and townhouses on the site, which had previously been farmland. What lead to the current dispute? The McKenzie Meadows subdivision would be the first phase of a much larger housing development in the area that would extend to the border of Six Nations of the Grand River, the biggest First Nations reserve by population in Canada. To smooth the way for the project, the developers accommodated Six Nations elected council with $352,000 in cash and a donation of 42.3 acres of land. In exchange, elected council promised not to support any protests that might arise. The development did not receive much public support at meetings held on Six Nations prior to construction starting, and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council says it was not consulted. A group from Six Nations occupied the site on July 19, saying the land was unceded Haudenosaunee territory. They renamed it 1492 Land Back Lane, a reference to the year explorer Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas, ushering in the era of European colonization. Work to prepare the site for construction of the subdivision has been suspended ever since. The group now on the land has put up a building and other structures while camping out in tents. Who is occupying/defending this land? A group from Six Nations, along with allies from other First Nations and non-Indigenous supporters, is defending the land against what they see as illegal development. Land defenders say that despite Six Nations’ growing population, private housing developments encircling the reserve would make it impossible for their territory to grow in the same way that Caledonia and other municipalities are able to. In the eyes of the legal system, the land defenders are trespassing on private land and should be removed so that construction can restart. Who owns the land? That’s the multimillion-dollar question. Foxgate and Haldimand County say the issue of ownership was settled in 1853 when a group of Confederacy chiefs surrendered Haudenosaunee title to the land, which was subsequently sold privately through the years until it was purchased by the real estate consortium in 2015. The land defenders say the Haudenosaunee were defrauded of the McKenzie Road land and most of the original Haldimand Tract — 10 kilometres on either side of the full length of the Grand River, given to Six Nations by the British in 1784 in gratitude for their allegiance during the American Revolution — through unscrupulous sales, leases and surrenders. Is this land under claim? Depends who you ask. Foxgate and the county point out that while Six Nations elected council has an ongoing claim seeking an accounting of what happened to the Haldimand Tract land, no formal claim has ever been filed for the McKenzie lands specifically. The land defenders refute this, saying the Haudenosaunee Confederacy chiefs have claimed the land since the 19th century and that no development should be permitted while its ownership is in dispute. What has happened in court? Foxgate and Haldimand County have successfully petitioned Superior Court Justice R. John Harper to issue injunctions that ban anyone not authorized by the developers from being on the site, and forbid any barricades to be put up on Haldimand roadways. Those court orders were issued as temporary injunctions, extended, and finally made permanent on Oct. 22, which in effect means the court has ruled against the land defenders and in favour of the developers’ claim to the land. As the only named party to the injunctions, Skyler Williams — who the judge decreed to be the leader of 1492 Land Back Lane, while he calls himself the spokesperson — is on the hook for $20 million in damages, plus $144,000 in legal costs. Williams argued that a court located on the Haldimand Tract could not render an unbiased decision about the ownership of disputed lands, and that nation-to-nation negotiations with the Crown are the appropriate mechanism to resolve the dispute. He was eventually disqualified from participating in the legal process because he continued to disobey the judge’s order to leave the land. What are the police doing about it? Once the land defenders indicated they would not voluntarily leave the land regardless of the court order, it was up to the Ontario Provincial Police to enforce the injunction. The OPP operate under a framework for Indigenous policing that came out of the Ipperwash Inquiry. That framework includes the use of liaison officers to establish dialogue, as police did in this case. On Aug. 5, five days after the first injunction was served, the police moved in on the camp, clearing it by force and arresting nine land defenders. The site was reoccupied by nightfall, and in response to the police action, Land Back supporters lit tires on fire along Argyle Street in Caledonia and on the Highway 6 bypass, causing the OPP to close both roads. The CN rail line was also blocked. Looking to avoid another confrontation in Caledonia and potential uprisings across the country by Indigenous groups acting in solidarity with the Six Nations land defenders, the OPP began to enforce the injunctions by arresting people away from the site. How many people have been arrested? Who are they? The OPP have arrested almost three dozen people for allegedly disobeying the court order by being on the McKenzie Meadows land. Some of the accused have been musicians who have performed at music concerts held at the site, including Hamilton’s Tom Wilson. Others have been picked up for attending those concerts or dropping off food and other supplies. A pair of Indigenous journalists have been arrested. A senior OPP official told the court that the police service has a list of people still to arrest. There is an arrest warrant out for Skyler Williams, whose wife, Tahnee, has already been arrested for an alleged breach of the injunction. In most cases, those arrested are charged with disobeying a court order and mischief, which in this case refers to actions that prevent Foxgate from accessing its property. What do the developers say? Representatives from Foxgate say the company covered all its bases before proceeding with the build, including consulting with Six Nations and doing a provincial title search to ensure the land could be legally purchased. The company notes that it had no legal obligation to accommodate Six Nations elected council but did so in consideration of the history of land disputes in the area. This accommodation also won the council’s tacit support for the development. What are politicians saying? The occupation of McKenzie Meadows has drawn the ire of Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett and Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt, who say the builders are entitled to build on land that was legally surrendered years ago and is not part of any land claim proceedings. Hewitt shared his frustration at the slow pace of the land claims court process, as it leaves the community open to conflict in the meantime. The mayor has urged the OPP to enforce the injunction and has applauded the ongoing arrests. Haldimand’s police services board took a hard line against the occupation, likening the land defenders to domestic terrorists. Elected Six Nations Chief Mark Hill has backtracked somewhat on his council’s initial support, saying council would rethink such decisions in future. He decried the court decision to make the injunctions permanent as evidence of systemic racism in the legal system. The Confederacy has publicly endorsed the occupation, while Premier Doug Ford has condemned it, saying the occupiers are only frustrating the efforts of Six Nations elected leadership. Missing from the conversation thus far has been the federal government. Carolyn Bennett and Marc Miller, the federal ministers responsible for Indigenous affairs, have expressed a willingness to meet with stakeholders, but there has been no public progress toward such a meeting. Why don’t the land defenders leave the disputed land and let the legal process play out? Abandoning the site and allowing the development to proceed would effectively kill any hopes the land defenders have of adding this area and neighbouring territory to the reserve in the future, they say. While land owned by third parties is not under consideration as part of specific land claims — such as the one heading to court regarding the Haldimand Tract — there is precedent for the courts awarding First Nations cash to settle land claims. Band councils can use that money to buy Crown land and assimilate it into the reserve. In this case, if the government were to buy out Foxgate and assume ownership of the McKenzie land, Six Nations could conceivably one day buy it back. However, that would take time. Six Nations elected council filed its request for an accounting of the Haldimand Tract lands in 1995. The court hearings are scheduled to begin in November 2022, and with appeals the case could take years to resolve. In the meantime, the land defenders plan to hold their ground and prevent houses from being built. Why did the Land Back group rip up the roads? A few hours after the injunctions were made permanent on Oct. 22, OPP officers clashed with land defenders near the back entrance to the Land Back camp, located at Argyle Street and Sixth Line. Accounts of the sequence of events differ, but the skirmish resulted in police firing rubber bullets and deploying a Taser against the land defenders, who threw rocks and damaged police cruisers. In retaliation for what they described as police provocation, barricades went up on Argyle and Highway 6. The land defenders used heavy machinery to tear up a section of Argyle Street and dig a trench along McKenzie Road outside the front entrance of McKenzie Meadows. Police closed McKenzie, Argyle and Highway 6, and the CN Rail line running through the territory was also vandalized. What happens next? The land defenders have no plans to leave despite the court ordering them to do so, and there has been no movement on the political front. So what happens next is in large part up to the OPP, who remain tasked with enforcing the court orders. The police could mount a large-scale eviction of the land defenders, but top brass is wary of that option since it could spark violence at the site and disruptive retaliatory actions (such as blocked highways and rail lines) across the country. While they consider that option, the OPP are likely to continue arresting land defenders and their allies one at a time, away from the site. What happened in the past, with Douglas Creek Estates? History may offer a clue as to a potential outcome for this dispute. In 2006, land defenders took over the planned Douglas Creek Estates subdivision on Argyle Street in Caledonia, which borders the northern end of the McKenzie lands. After a fractious and sometimes violent occupation, the provincial government led by Premier Dalton McGuinty purchased the DCE land from the developers and essentially surrendered it to the group from Six Nations that still occupies it today. The development was scrapped and the territory became Crown land. While there is no indication that the Ford or Trudeau governments plan to buy out Foxgate and turn the wide swath of property along McKenzie into Crown land, it is one possible solution to this standoff.J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator
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Herb Adderley, the Hall of Fame cornerback who joined the NFL as a running back and became part of a record six championship teams with the Packers and Cowboys, has died. He was 81.His death was confirmed by the team Friday, with no details given. Nasir Adderley, a safety for the Los Angeles Chargers, tweeted that his cousin was a "unique soul who has had such an incredible influence on my life.”Herb Adderley played in four of the first six Super Bowls and won five NFL championships with Green Bay and one with Dallas during his 12-year career.But he was always a Packer at heart.“I’m the only man with a Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl ring who doesn’t wear it. I’m a Green Bay Packer,” Adderley said in the book “Distant Replay,” a memoir by former Packers teammate Jerry Kramer.Along with former teammates Fuzzy Thurston and Forrest Gregg, Adderley is one of four players in pro football history to play on six championship teams. Tom Brady is the other. Adderley was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.Bart Starr, the Hall of Fame quarterback and a former Packers teammate, once called Adderley the "greatest cornerback to ever play the game.”Born on June 8, 1939, in Philadelphia, Adderley was a three-sport star in high school. He excelled at running back at Michigan State and was the 12th pick overall of the 1961 draft. He came to training camp expecting to compete for a starting job against future Hall of Fame running backs Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung.Midway through the season, Packers coach Vince Lombardi switched Adderley to defence to replace injured starter Hank Gremminger.The move paid immediate dividends.Adderley’s speed and instincts made him a quick learner in his new position, which helped propel him into a stalwart of Green Bay’s secondary. Adderley intercepted 48 passes, returning them for 1,046 yards and seven touchdowns.“Herb Adderley simply wouldn’t let me get to the outside,” Hall of Fame receiver Tommy McDonald once said. “He’d just beat me up, force me to turn underneath routes all the time. ... Other guys tried the same tactic, but he was the only one tough enough and fast enough to get it done.”The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Adderley had a career-best seven interceptions in 1962. He also led the league in interceptions in 1965 and 1969. Adderley also returned kickoffs in all but the final year of his playing days with the Packers, averaging 25.7 yards per return.Packers President Mark Murphy called Adderley “one of the greatest defensive backs to ever play the game” and “instrumental in the great success of the Lombardi teams.”In the early days of football on television, Adderley made his appearances count and is most remembered for his post-season contributions.He was a member of all five of Lombardi’s NFL title teams and played in the first two Super Bowls. In the second Super Bowl in 1968, he returned an interception 60 yards for the clinching touchdown over the Raiders.“I was too stubborn to switch him to defence until I had to,” Lombardi said. “Now when I think of what Adderley means to our defence, it scares me to think of how I almost mishandled him.”Adderley played in two more Super Bowls with Dallas in 1971 and 1972, winning his sixth title with the Cowboys in his final season. Adderley was an All-Pro seven times from 1962-67 and again in 1969.“Herb Adderley was yet another dominant figure for us on the Packers,” former Packers teammate Bill Curry tweeted. “He was quiet, but when he did speak, everybody listened. When he performed, no one was better!”After his retirement, Adderley was a crusader for the rights of former players. In 2007, Adderley and two other retired players filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL Players Association, alleging nonpayment of licensing fees. He had received only $126.85 per month in pension from the NFL.He became the lead plaintiff in the case on behalf of more than 2,000 retired players who claimed the NFLPA breached licensing and marketing terms by using their images in video games, sports trading cards and other items. The case was settled for $26.25 million in 2009.The Associated Press
Inspire Brands, which owns Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings and Sonic Drive-In, said its all-cash deal to take the owner of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins chains private would value it at $106.50 a share. Sales at Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins have improved from their lockdown lows in recent weeks, boosted by strong demand for its curbside pickup, drive-thru and delivery options.