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From world tours to Uber Eats: Winnipeg guitarist rides out pandemic as delivery driver

Fans of long-running Winnipeg hardcore band Comeback Kid might get a surprise next they order out for food.

Jeremy Hiebert, the band’s guitarist, told 680 CJOB the lack of opportunities for artists to perform and tour due to the pandemic means he’s had to take a job as a delivery driver to pay the bills.

“I’ve had a few moments where I’m pretty sure I’ve delivered to a fan, and it’s just… ‘yup, this is what I’m doing now’. It hurts the pride a little, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

Hiebert, who also occasionally delivers beer for local brewery Sookram’s, said this wasn’t quite the way he expected 2020 to play out.

At this time last year, Comeback Kid was wrapping up a New Year’s gig in Sydney, Australia, with plans to hit southeast Asia, Europe, the U.S., and finally a cross-Canada tour before 2020 wrapped up.

Of course, COVID-19 had other plans.

Hiebert, who also played in pioneering local hardcore outfit Figure Four, said music has been his primary income for the past 17 years as an artist.

“It’s weird… I’ll be 45 this coming year, and this is not at all where I thought I would be.”

Despite the wrench in the touring and recording plans, Hiebert said he’s happy to be at home in Canada, where access to CERB benefits has been a big help to his band and others like them.

“The CERB money definitely was a huge help — just to contrast us from my American friends, that was massive,” he said.

“I still have friends who are hurting in the States, really wondering how they’re gonna be making ends meet.”

Although there’s no definitive date for pandemic restrictions to change here in Manitoba, Hiebert said Comeback Kid is planning a return to the studio — hopefully sooner rather than later.

“That’s going to be a bit of a sigh of relief — even though we’re not playing shows, we feel like this isn’t done.”

Trump fights for a job that he’s not doing as coronavirus rages

When the history of the pandemic is written, one of the great mysteries will be what President Donald 珠海桑拿Trump was doing in the waning days of his presidency as the number of Covid-19 deaths in the US soared past 3,000 each day, the virus spread unchecked and Congress dithered over the details of an emergency relief package that could be the difference between people being able to eat and being forced to sleep on the streets this holiday season.

Trump ran for president pretending he was the consummate dealmaker, the chief executive who could make things happen with a snap of his fingers. He will go down in history as a president who worsened the grief and tragedy of the most consequential pandemic in 100 years by being contemptuous of masks and the safety precautions designed by his own administration — a man incapable of empathy, who chose to remain cocooned in his White House bubble at a time when leadership would have mattered.
For weeks now, Trump has spent most of his time plotting how to nullify the results of President-elect Joe Biden’s November victory as he has fleeced his supporters to pay for a string of ill-conceived lawsuits that were tossed out of court by some of his own judicial appointees. When those efforts failed, he began looking ahead to January 6 when a joint session of Congress meets to formally count the Electoral College results — seeing another opportunity to try and thwart the democratic process.
Trump remains silent as massive cyber hack poses ‘grave risk’ to government
In his comfort zone of the Twittersphere — where he’s put out countless false tweets claiming the election was “swindled” — Trump has been silent about the disturbing hacking campaign, suspected to be tied to Russia, that has endangered US national security. Despite being briefed on the massive data breach by top intelligence officials Thursday, he hasn’t said anything about risks to the federal government or how he planned to address it.
Sen. Mitt Romney, who has been a critic of the President, called the hacking “the modern equivalent of almost Russian bombers reportedly flying undetected over the entire country,” speaking to SiriusXM on Thursday. “And in this setting, not to have the White House aggressively speaking out and protesting and taking punitive action is really, really quite extraordinary.”
Biden, without mentioning Trump or his administration, tried to draw the contrast. “Our adversaries should know that, as President, I will not stand idly by in the face of cyber assaults on our nation,” he said in a statement Thursday.
Trump issued a sunny tweet glossing over that troubling news Thursday: “All-time Stock Market high. The Vaccine and the Vaccine rollout are getting the best of reviews. Moving along really well. Get those ‘shots’ everyone!” the President tweeted, ignoring the fact that scarce vaccine doses are only being allotted to front-line health workers, residents at long-term care facilities and some government officials. “Also, stimulus talks looking very good,” he added.

珠海桑拿网Condolences pour in following death of Canadian Senator Elaine McC

珠海桑拿网Born in Brandon, Man., McCoy passed away in Ottawa on Tuesday. She was 74.

McCoy attended the University of Alberta before pursuing a career in law. She was later elected MLA for Calgary-West from 1986 to 1993, during which time she served as minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Women’s Issues, Labour and Human Rights.

Read more: ‘A truly great Albertan’: Kenney offers condolences after Jeanne Lougheed dies

She styled herself a Progressive Conservative even though that party in 2003 merged with the Canadian Alliance to form the modern Conservative Party of Canada.

She wore the title as symbol of what she called her fiscal conservatism and more progressive social values.
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McCoy was appointed to the Senate of Canada by former prime minister Paul Martin on March 24, 2005. She was a founding member and first leader of the Independent Senators Group and later joined the Canadian Senators Group from its inception in 2019.

The ISG is now the largest caucus within the Senate.

珠海桑拿论坛“A respected member of the parliamentary community, Senator McCoy will be greatly missed by her colleagues in the Senate,” Senate Speaker George J. Furey said in a statement Tuesday.

“She will always be remembered as a proud Albertan, an ardent defender of fairness, and a tireless champion for the people she represented.”
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Premier Jason Kenney also shared a statement of condolence upon learning of her death.

“I particularly appreciated working with her as she took a leadership role in fighting recent legislation that undermined Alberta’s resource industries. Elaine was a persuasive and unapologetic advocate of Alberta workers, and the province’s role as a responsible energy producer,” Kenney said.

“In recent years, Senator McCoy faced significant health challenges, none of which stopped her from working hard to represent Albertans in the Parliament of Canada. For that, and for a lifetime of public service, I am deeply grateful.”

With files from The Canadian Press.

2020 through the eyes of Europe’s ‘unseen’ key workers

A farm worker in Britain

Ingrida Bernotiene lives 珠海夜网and works on a salad farm in Kent,southeast England.
The 33-year-old is originally from Lithuania and started working in agriculture aged 20, as a seasonal worker. She is now a production manager and helps oversee seasonal workers in the fields.
Bernotiene has worked throughout the pandemic, often spending whole days outside checking crops.
England entered its first national lockdown in March and a second one in November. The UK has been one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, with a tally of more than 71,000 deaths linked to Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. But farms have continued to operate, in a crucial effort to maintain food supply.
“We were working day by day, six days a week [in the summer],” Bernotiene told CNN, adding that her schedule had
Bernotiene said staff took precautions to socially distance and that during the summer the pandemic limited leisure opportunities.
“[There was] no traveling, no socializing, no pubs or restaurants,” she said.
“We work a lot, […] so usually in the summer anyway we have no proper life, so we [did not] miss … much.”
“That was the most difficult thing,” she told CNN.
“They couldn’t visit me [and] I couldn’t visit them. Usually we see each other maybe once or twice a year.”
Bernotiene will spend Christmas on the farm this year, where she and her boyfriend are planning to celebrate with a turkey for two.

Taxi drivers in Italy

He added: “There is just no request for mobility … the entire sector is at a standstill without any solutions ahead.”
Mancinelli’s comments were echoed by Andrea Carlieri, another of the city’s taxi drivers.
“Solidarity is talked about often, but in reality is a lot less.”
Carlieri added: “I have hope from the health care point of view even if I believe that economically, 2021 will still be very negative.”

A postal worker in France

Esther Benderradji has three small children and lives in the small town of Senones in eastern France.
The 39-year-old has worked as a postal worker for the past five years and occasionally uses a “staby,” a three-wheel electric scooter, to deliver the mail.
France imposed a stringent new lockdown in late October. Some of the restrictions were eased on December 15 but several remain in place. as the government grapples with a high Covid-19 case count.
“We are living in rural areas where the elderly are looking forward to seeing the postman, especially when they are cut off
“It has become even more important to go see them, to maintain the link.
“During the first lockdown, people left us little notes on the mailbox, saying ‘Thank you postman.’ It really warmed our hearts,” Benderradji added.
“But during the second lockdown, these little notes have disappeared, there are no more thank you notes, no more daily gratitude. Maybe people have got used to this. The postman has gone back to being the postman.”

A security officer in Britain

Fane MacDonald works in security at a major hospital in central London. The 26-year-old started the role during the pandemic. His job includes having to turn away distressed family members, who are barred from visiting relatives in hospital under strict Covid-19 restrictions.
“Traditionally most of our work is to ensure that no one is coming
On December 23, the country recorded 962 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest figure since the start of the pandemic, and five growing optimism across the continent that people will return to some semblance of normality within the next year.
But for many unseen workers, who carried on with their jobs during the lockdowns and crises of 2020, life will remain much the same.