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Historical win for Cardi B after she becomes first artist to win favourite in Hip Hop/Rap twice at American Music Awards

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“Ugh if I would have known all this was going down today I would of rescheduled my dentist appointment. Im so swollen. (sic)”

She also attached an audio message to the tweet, in which she said: “I wish I would’ve known that I was going to get an AMAs or something, I wouldn’t have went to the dentist and f**ked with my teeth.

“Now I’m all f**king talking all crazy. But I just wanted to say thank you everybody. I love you so much.”

Pop stars The Weeknd and Taylor Swift were also winners at the awards show on Sunday, with the latter snagging three awards for artist of the year, favourite female artist and favourite music video. South Korean boyband BTS beat out Maroon 5 and Jonas Brother for the title of favourite pop/rock duo.

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Atlantic bubble pops: Newfoundland, PEI pull out and set new quarantine restriction

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Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador are temporarily pulling out of the Atlantic bubble for atleast two weeks.

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey announced today that anyone coming into the province from the other Atlantic provinces must now self-isolate for 14 days, as other visitors are required to do.

“The Atlantic bubble has been a source of pride … but the situation has changed,” Furey said during a COVID-19 press briefing on Monday. “I have made the tough decision to make a circuit break.

Now travel to and from Newfoundland and Labrador will only be for essential reasons, he explained. But people entering Newfoundland and Labrador from elsewhere in Atlantic Canada will not have to file for a travel exemption and under certain circumstances, can apply for earlier COVID-19 testing to reduce the self-isolation period. He says the measure will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The restrictions for anyone entering the province from elsewhere in Canada will remain unchanged.

Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King announced today his province is suspending all non-essential travel to the Island for two weeks.

The provinces joined the Atlantic bubble in July, which allowed residents of the Atlantic provinces to travel freely between the provinces without self-isolating.

More coming…

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Chris Christie calls Trump’s legal team ‘national embarrassment,’ suggests he step aside

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Biden is due to take office on Jan. 20.

“Listen,” Christie said, CNN reported. “I have been a supporter of the president’s. I voted for him twice, but elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen.”

“The country is what has to matter the most. As much as I’m a strong Republican and I love my party, it’s the country that has to come first.”

As some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, like Christie, now break ranks, many, including the most senior ones in Congress, have not.

Adding to Christie’s words, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski tweeted on Sunday that “it is time to begin the full and formal transition process,” noting the courts had thus far found Trump’s legal claims without merit and that the pressure campaign on state legislators “is not only unprecedented but inconsistent with our democratic process.”

Chris Christie speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump(L) after he delivered remarks on combatting drug demand and the opioid crisis on October 26, 2017 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Critics have said Trump’s refusal to facilitate an orderly transition carries serious implications for national security and the fight against COVID-19. They have accused him of trying to undermine faith in the American electoral system and delegitimize Biden’s victory by promoting false claims of widespread voter fraud.

“Fight hard Republicans,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning as he pressed his unsubstantiated narrative of voter fraud before playing golf in Virginia for a second day in a row.

Attempts to thwart certification of vote tallies have failed thus far in courts in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Arizona. U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann, in dismissing the Pennsylvania lawsuit on Saturday, compared the Trump team’s arguments claiming voter fraud to a “Frankenstein’s Monster” that was “haphazardly stitched together” using meritless legal arguments and speculative accusations.

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Harvey Weinstein filmed 24 hours a day to prevent Jeffrey Epstein situation

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Harvey Weinstein is reportedly being filmed “non-stop” while in prison in a bid to prevent injury or death behind bars.

According to TMZ, the disgraced producer – who is currently serving his sentence in New York’s Wende Correctional Facility after being convicted of rape – is “having cameras record his every move”.

A source told the outlet that “a correctional officer is assigned to follow Weinstein anytime he’s on the move from within the state prison he’s currently serving his sentence at”, while “whichever guard is assigned to shadow him for the day has a camera on him at eye-level”.

Apparently, the filming is part of security measures to keep Weinstein safe while he’s in jail, following the death of financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars in August, 2019.

While Epstein was meant to have been monitored closely by guards on duty, he was found dead in his cell with injuries to his neck. The jury is still out on whether or not he’d committed suicide or been murdered.

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison term for forcibly performing oral sex on Miriam Haleyi and raping hairstylist Jessica Mann.

He still faces a string of other lawsuits from alleged victims, as well as additional criminal counts, including rape, in Los Angeles.

Weinstein, who is also appealing his Big Apple conviction, maintains all sexual encounters were consensual.

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Munk Debates: Protect the old, but let the young roam free?

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I think every politician should have to understand and demand from their advisors the three principles of public health: it’s not just short term, it’s long term; it’s not one disease COVID-19, it’s public health as a whole; and it’s not only the safety of professionals, it is the safety and well-being of the whole population including working class, inner cities and the poor around the world.

Martin Kulldorff is a professor of medicine at Harvard University. He is one of the authors of the recently released Great Barrington Declaration, which advocates an alternative, risk-based approach to combating the COVID-19 pandemic.


By Stephen Reicher

To believe that you can isolate and protect 30 per cent of the population and that we can send out the other 70 per cent of the population without there being massive damage is an illusion.

It is absolutely unethical, quite apart from ineffective, to think you can send out that many people in the middle of a pandemic without terrible consequences. We are talking about, probably in the United States, hundreds of thousands, if not more, of people actually dying.

I agree that certain groups — the young, the poor, ethnic minorities — have had a raw deal out of this pandemic and we need to do something about it. Secondly, the way we’re doing things, this cycle of restrictions and relaxations of second and possibly third and fourth lockdowns is not the right way to do things.

My concern is that the strategy, the Great Barrington Declaration strategy, will actually make things worse, not better. First, if we were to say that people over 65 should be locked away and sequestered, well, something like 20-25 per cent of the population is in that bracket. In the United States, it’s 54 million people; in Canada, seven million; in the United Kingdom, it’s 13 million. If you add people with comorbidities, you’re going even higher, to about 30 per cent. We cannot tear society apart and sequester those people away. It’s simply not possible.

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Senior Living: Centre plans video conference on COVID coping

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Because the conference will occur online, rather than at the seniors’ centre, organizers were able to research and line up speakers Feldman describes as “the very best people who could speak to these topics.”

The conference will begin with three lecturers — Stuart Himmelfarb, David Elcott and Rabbi Laura Geller — who are co-authors of After Corona: A Boomer Game Plan. Their topic, to launch the conference, is The New Reality.

That will be followed by workshops including:

The impact of isolation and counteracting loneliness, led by Dr. Sue Varma, a psychiatric and professor at New York University

Aging in Place: The Digital Future in which seniors will deal with new realities such as telemedicine and the technological advancements that help seniors maintain independence in their homes.

Dr. Daniel Levitan, an acclaimed neuroscientist and musician will speak on the benefits of music and arts for seniors.

Intergenerational Relationships will be presented by Sharon McKenzie, who has strived to bring youth and older adults together to create mutually beneficial activities.

Each workshop will include roundtable discussions, involving online participants who have registered for the conference. Organizers have also invited other Montreal cultural communities to participate in the conference.

Again, I’m not telling my fellow seniors how to spend 25 bucks. But this looks like a very worthwhile investment.

For more info and to register for the conference, email susan.rozansky@cummingscentre.org or phone 514-734-1820

— Mike Boone writes the Life in the 70s column. mchlboone@gmail.com

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Senior Living: A simple way to invest

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For those investors who took advantage of this accumulation strategy this year during the COVID pandemic, many will find that they have yielded a much higher average per unit cost and will therefore realize a greater return over the next few years.

Dollar cost averaging has been a proven strategy for decades, no matter what has happened in the market. Investors stand a much better chance of investing some of their money when the market is at its lowest point thereby increasing the growth, compounded interest and dividends, and ultimately making more on their overall portfolio. Talk to your adviser about dollar cost averaging for your retirement portfolio.

I have many clients using this strategy and can say with great confidence that this method really does work and many investors who use it, when asked, would never invest any other way.

— Christine Ibbotson is author of Don’t Panic: How to Manage Your Finances and Financial Anxieties During and After the Coronavirus and How To Retire Debt Free & Wealthy. She also writes the Moneylady column. askthemoneylady.ca

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Netflix should put warning on ‘The Crown’ after some viewers treat show as history lesson: critics

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Earl Spencer, the late Princess Diana’s brother, told Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh yesterday that he agreed with the calls to mark the show as fiction.

He said: “The Crown asked if they could film at Althorp, and I said obviously not. The worry for me is that people see a programme like that and they forget that it is fiction. They assume, especially foreigners. I find Americans tell me they have watched The Crown as if they have taken a history lesson. Well, they haven’t. There is a lot of conjecture and a lot of invention, isn’t there? You can hang it on fact but the bits in between are not fact.”

Julian Fellowes told The Mail on Sunday: “I don’t really understand why not because in many programmes based on truthful events there is a disclaimer at the beginning that says some events have been conflated and some characters have been invented for dramatic purposes. That’s very common – you see it at the front of many, many programmes.”

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said that the scene where the Queen allows Thatcher to be humiliated on a deer stalking mission, on which she wore a bright blue coat with matching handbag and scarf was unfair.

She said: “The Queen does not like humiliating people. It simply in a million years couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Peter Morgan, the creator of the show, has insisted that blending fact and fiction is essential for the drama show, but that the truth is never forgotten. He said: “We do our very, very best to get it right, but sometimes I have to conflate [incidents]… You sometimes have to forsake accuracy, but you must never forsake truth.”

Morgan has admitted that some scenes were dreamed up by show writers, including the one where Lord Mountbatten writes to Prince Charles of his “disappointment” in the young Royal, and beseeches him to marry Diana Spencer.

He said: “I made up in my head, whether it’s right or wrong, what we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, ‘Look, you know, enough already with playing the field. It’s time you got married and it’s time you provided an heir.’”

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Canada’s top public health officer urges COVID-19 caution as cases grow ahead of holiday season

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Canada’s top public health officer says the best way to ensure a safe holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic is to limit gatherings and only go out for essentials.

Dr Theresa Tam is urging Canadians to be cautious amid what she describes as rapid epidemic growth across the country.

Her advice comes as Quebec and Ontario, the provinces with the most cases and deaths to date, recorded 1,154 and 1,534 new COVID-19 cases, respectively, over the past 24 hours.

Atlantic Canada is also experiencing a recent increase in cases, while numbers continue to soar in Nunavut.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, which reported three new cases today, Memorial University is postponing plans to bring some staff back to work next week and the small town of Deer Lake is asking residents to stay home and businesses to close.

Numavut reported 18 new cases today, taking the territory’s total to 128 with the bulk concentrated in the community of Arviat.

In Ontario, new lockdown measures are coming into effect in Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region at midnight.