In The News is a collection of Canadian Press articles designed to kickstart your day. On the morning of January 16th, here’s what the editors have their eye on…
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The new program aims to better train and prepare mental health professionals for the unique challenges and needs of Canadian veterans, first responders, and their families.
This program is offered by Wounded Warriors Canada in partnership with the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families and was developed by one of the country’s leading experts in veteran mental health.
Wounded Warriors executive director Scott Maxwell said the program was the result of complaints and concerns from veterans and first responders.
Many felt that mental health professionals didn’t understand what they needed or even how to talk to them.
Maxwell says he’s seen first-hand how it negatively impacts the care veterans and first responders receive, and some walk away and never ask for help again.
Nearly 800 healthcare professionals have attended the online training courses so far, and the Atlas Institute is looking to fund more spots.
Federal civil servants are beginning their transition back to the office today.
However, some say they are still waiting for instructions as to when they plan to return.
YuTaek Hwang is a civil servant in Ottawa who has been working remotely for nearly three years.
He says his department has not given him any new information about when he should return since the announcement.
He says it makes sense to go two or three times a week, but the lack of a face-to-face component to his job makes the two-hour public transit commute worthless every day.
In Ottawa, public transport was at the top of the agenda after the LRT system was recently partially shut down for six days due to weather.
But the city says it is ready to handle the influx of passengers.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Saskatoon today to visit the rare earth processing plant.
A group of 17 metals and minerals known as lithium, graphite, nickel, cobalt, copper and rare earth elements are being prioritized for exploration, production and processing investments as part of Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy. Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson made the announcement last month. .
Important minerals were among the issues discussed at a summit in Mexico last week by Prime Minister Trudeau, US President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador.
In 2020, the World Bank predicted that demand for critical minerals – dozens of metals and minerals such as lithium and copper used in batteries and clean energy generation – will surge 500% by 2050.
Although Canada is not a commercial producer of rare earth elements, it does have some of the largest known deposits.
Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark will accompany Prime Minister Trudeau on a tour of the processing plant, after which the Prime Minister will speak to the media.
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SELMA, Alabama — Pastor David Nichols, who was leading a Sunday service on the lawn outside the tornado-damaged Crosspoint Christian Church, said the congregation had much to be grateful for despite the destruction around them. told to
The tornado that hit Selma hit a church nursery. Much of the building was destroyed, with walls collapsing and some classrooms left with piles of rubble, but her 70 children and teachers who were huddled in the bathroom were unharmed.
“It was only by the grace of God that they got out of there,” said Nichols, looking at the building.
On Sunday after a tornado devastated much of Selma’s historic city, church congregations offered prayers of thanksgiving for lives saved and prayers of comfort for lives lost to the storm elsewhere. rice field.
The church supports many communities in this historic city. Black congregations also played an integral role in the civil rights movement. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who celebrates his birthday on Monday, led a voting rights march from his AME church in Brownchapel in 1965.
The storm system killed two people in Georgia and seven in rural Autauga County, Alabama, and created an estimated EF3 tornado. The Selma Twister, a high-end EF2 with an estimated wind speed of 130 mph, cut through large swaths of the city, knocking down buildings and snapping trees in half. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Sunday that President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for his two hard-hit counties in Alabama.
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POKHARA, NEPAL — A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder were recovered from the crash site of a passenger plane that crashed on approach to the newly opened airport in the tourist town of Pokhara. .
Jagannath Niraula said the box was found on Monday, the day after an ATR-72 plane crashed, killing 68 of the 72 people on board. He said they would be turned over to investigators.
Yeti Airlines spokesperson Pemba Sherpa also confirmed that both the flight data and the cockpit voice recorder were found.
Nepal began a day of mourning on Monday, with rescue workers rappelling down a 300-meter gorge to continue the search. Two more bodies were found Monday morning.
The cause of the crash, the Himalayan country’s deadliest plane crash in 30 years, remains unknown.
Witnesses who recorded footage of the plane’s descent from a balcony said they saw the plane flying low before it made a sudden left turn. “I was shocked to see it. After the crash, I thought it would all end here today and I would die too,” Diwas Bohola said. , Bohola said. I got scared when I saw that scene.”
Another witness said watching from the terrace of his home he saw the plane twist violently in the air as it began its descent to land. Finally, according to Gauraf Gurung, the plane fell nose-first to the left and crashed into a ravine.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said the plane last made contact with the airport near the Seti Valley at 10:50 am before crashing.
Twin-engined ATR 72 aircraft operated by Nepal’s Yeti Airways competed on a 27-minute flight from the capital Kathmandu to Pokhara, 200 kilometers west. The civil aviation authority of Nepal said the plane was carrying 68 passengers, including 15 foreigners, and four crew members. The foreigners included five Indians, four Russians, two Koreans, one of him each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France.
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Ottawa has announced plans to convert the country from imperial to metric. A special committee was appointed to oversee the introduction of the metric or international system of units.
New movies like Airplane and House Party didn’t match Avatar: Way of the Water or killer doll horror M3GAN at the box office this weekend. Two holdovers topped the charts again, according to the studio’s estimates on Sunday.
Reaching the top spot for the fifth week in a row is James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequel, which has added an estimated $31.1 million through Sunday. That total could balloon him to $38.5 million by the end of Martin Luther King’s holiday on Monday. As of Sunday, the film’s domestic gross is currently at $562.9 million (his 13th-highest of all time), and the overall worldwide gross is his $1.89 billion. It is currently the sixth highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.
“There was a lot of anticipation and a lot of naysayers in the opening weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.Boxoffice charts. I think he always knew this was going to be a $2 billion movie. ”
In second place was Universal and Blumhouse’s “M3GAN,” which added an estimated $21.2 million in its second weekend in theaters by Sunday, $17.9 million, including Monday. A modestly budgeted thriller that cost him a reported $12 million to produce, in North America he made $59.8 million. .
Horror movies usually see a big drop in ticket sales in the second weekend, but “M3GAN” dropped only 41%. Dergarabedian said it was almost unheard of for a horror film, demonstrating “world-class staying power”.
Universal also scored the #3 spot for Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Audiences continued to seek it out in theaters, even though it is now available for rent at home. The family-friendly animated film was fourth, adding his $13.4 million. Over the weekend, domestic totals brought him to $110.3 million.
Columbia Pictures’ “A Man Called Otto” expanded to 3,802 theaters this weekend, making $12.7 million through Sunday and an additional $15 million including Monday to take fourth place. Movies starring Tom Hanks have proven to be a rarity in the theater market as coming-of-age dramas.
Gerard Butler’s action movie Plane, which was acquired by Lionsgate for release in North America, made the top five by earning an unexpected $10 million in its first three days. In the film, Butler plays a pilot who crash-lands on an island where most of the passengers are taken hostage. I got
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MONTREAL — Members of a grieving community north of Montreal gathered at Mass on Sunday in solidarity with three families still missing after a fire and explosion at a propane distribution company last week. I was.
Hundreds were in the pews of the local church when the ceremony began shortly after 10:30 in Saint-Roch-de-Lachigan, Quebec, about 50 kilometers north of Montreal.
Two employees and a subcontractor are still missing as state police continue to search the site of Thursday’s blast with the help of police arson technicians and forensic experts.
As of Sunday, police had yet to confirm a death or release the victim’s name.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Sebastian Marcil said the small town was like a family and that since Thursday “some of its members are missing”.
He said that waiting for answers was “unbearable” for the loved ones of the missing.
“I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to have an explosion and know that someone you know is out there and still not receive news about your loved one for three days,” Marcil said.
The local fire department received a call Thursday morning about an explosion and fire at Propane Lafortune, but the danger of further explosions forced firefighters to retreat, leaving the blaze under control only in the evening.
Police say the winter weather and conditions at the scene, including the presence of various chemicals, made the search for victims difficult.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on January 16, 2023.