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‘Alaskan Nets’ Wins Santa Barbara Film Festival Audience Award
Alaskan Nets, a documentary executive produced by Chris Pratt that centers on confluence of high school boys basketball and the culture of fishing on a native reserve in remote Southeast Alaska, has won the audience award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The 36th annual festival, which ran a hybrid in-person/virtual event that began March 31, wraps today with the unveiling of its juried awards. Alaskan Nets, directed by Jeff Harasimowicz, won the Audience Choice Award among a total of 11 categories that were represented.
Establishing national standards forcare homes across the country remains a "huge priority," for the federal government, Canada's Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs says.
In an interview withs Abigail Bimman, said an independent group of experts -- the National Standards Council -- is currently preparing a list of best practices, standards and benchmarks.
"Those standards are being worked on," he said. "And we have a number of provinces that are telling us they're more than happy to collaborate with us and to see federal investments go to improve those standards in their provinces."
Toni Braxton Unveils Fit Physique in Red Bikini
Enjoying a "red hot Sunday," the Grammy winner showed off a red suit.
While long-term care falls under provincial and territorial jurisdiction, after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic devastated long-term care facility residents and workers, the federal government promised it would create national standards to ensure those within the facilities are protected.
Apublished by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that between March 1, 2020, and February 15, 2021, more than 2,500 care homes across the country experienced a COVID-19 outbreak, resulting in the deaths of more than 14,000 residents and close to 30 staff.
'SNL': Cast Members Celebrate Mother's Day With Their Real Moms (Video)
They were serenaded by Mylie Cyrus during the cold open On the Mother's Day episode of "Saturday Night Live," the cast kicked off the show by (as is traditional) ditching the normal kind of cold open sketch for a tribute to the cast members' moms. This time, musical guest Miley Cyrus sang a song while the cast members did some fun jokes with their IRL moms and yes, it was absolutely adorable. Some of the jokes were just fun, like when Aidy Bryant's mom promoted Bryant's Hulu series, "Shrill.
, those aged 80 and up account for 66.9 per cent of Canada's total COVID-19-related deaths, while those aged 70 to 79 accounted for 19.8 per cent of the country's total coronavirus-related fatalities.
In the 2020 speech from the throne, then-Governor General Julie Payette said the federal government would work to set "new, national standards" for long-term care, so that seniors "get the best support possible."
She said the government would also work on amending the Criminal Code to "explicitly penalize those who neglect seniors under their care, putting them in danger."
Further, in the 2021 federal budget released last month, the government pledged $3 billion over the next five years to help the provinces implement these new standards.
Speaking in the House of Commons in April, Finance Minister Chrysyia Freeland said the funds will begin flowing next year after the standards are put into place.
1 out of 3 women discriminated by employers after becoming a mother, report finds
A new report found that the majority of new mothers felt that their employers had done a poor job in helping transition them back to their careers. Read more: Childcare, second wave of pandemic key concerns among moms returning to work after maternity leave The report, published by advocacy group Moms at Work, found that 95 per cent of mothers did not receive any formal support from their workplace during their leave, while 40 per cent of women even considered quitting during the return-to-work process due to a lack of support.
LeBlanc did not specify a timeline for when these standards could be ready for implementation, saying only that work is underway.
He said these standards "shouldn't be developed by politicians" but "by experts in infection prevention, infection control and caring for persons that are elderly or that are vulnerable."
He added, though, that in the last week he spoke with three premiers regarding the long-term care facilities.
"My conversation with at least three premiers in the last week tells me that they're ready to announce joint efforts with us very soon on how we can collaborate to set those national standards," he said.
"We're going to proceed, Abigail, with jurisdictions that want to join us."
LeBlanc was also asked about federal government support for Alberta, which has been especially hard-hit by the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province added 1,980 new cases of the virus on Friday alone, and health officials confirmed four more people had died.
LeBlanc said the federal government is "obviously very concerned" with the COVID-19 cases in Alberta.
"The provinces are very aware of the suite of measures that we have to support them into a system," he said. "And obviously, if the government of Alberta asks for any assistance, we'll do whatever it takes to support them and to support the people of Alberta."
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told reporters on Friday that he would be pressing the federal government to do what it can to acquire surplus COVID-19 vaccines from the United States.
--With files from The Canadian Press
Dance Moms Alum Zackery Torres Announces They're Transitioning: 'Life Update' .
Zackery Torres made history on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition as the show's first male-born contestant.The transgender dancer and Dance Moms alum — who uses they/them and she/her pronouns — made the announcement on Sunday, in a spirited TikTok titled "Life Update.