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Noël sans mon père |





Leur vie a basculé le 19 mai dernier.

C’est comme si le temps s’était arrêté.

Éva Strady, fille de Véronique Mercier
Une jeune femme en entrevue à Radio-Canada. Elle a les cheveux blonds et des lunettes.Éva Strady n’est pas la fille biologique de Cédric Gouillart. Elle avait toutefois amorcé des procédures pour pouvoir porter le nom Gouillart. Photo : Radio-Canada / Frédéric Pépin

Cédric Gouillart est parti à pied de la résidence familiale et il n’est jamais revenu.

Au cours des jours et des semaines qui ont suivi, des recherches ont été menées dans le secteur Portage-des-Roches.

La Service de police de la Ville de Saguenay a déplacé son poste de commandement mobile.

Des bénévoles se sont mobilisés.

Les berges de la rivière Chicoutimi ont été arpentées.

Des chiens pisteurs ont été déployés, mais rien n’a permis de trouver la moindre trace du père de famille.

Portrait de l'homme disparu.Cédric Gouillart est porté disparu depuis le 19 mai. Photo : Sécurité publique de Saguenay

Pour moi, pour mes enfants, pour la police d’ailleurs, c’est quelqu’un qui est allé dans le bois pour poser un geste, mentionne la conjointe de Cédric Gouillart, Véronique Mercier.

Dans la maison de cette dernière, il n’y a pas de sapin cette année.

En fait, il n’y a pas de Noël.

Une maison avec deux voitures.Devant la maison de Véronique Mercier, il n’y a pas de décorations de Noël cette année. Photo : Radio-Canada / Frédéric Pépin

On n’est pas du tout dans l’ambiance de Noël. Ça ne nous traverse pas l’esprit. On n’en a pas envie en fait, mentionne Véronique Mercier.

Ça ne nous tente pas de décorer, ça ne nous tente pas de faire à manger, ça ne nous tente pas de faire de cadeaux. On fait quoi?

Éva Strady, fille de Véronique Mercier

Depuis le départ de Cédric, les trois femmes n’arrivent plus à s’asseoir à table au même moment.

Difficile d’imaginer un souper de Noël dans ces circonstances.

Souvent, on mange chacune notre tour pour ne pas se retrouver ensemble, pour éviter d’avoir cette chaise vide à côté de nous, illustre Véronique Mercier.

C’est comme s’il fallait qu’on réapprenne à être une famille, à trois, alors qu’on était quatre avant.

Éva Strady, fille de Véronique Mercier

Le 16 décembre, Lélia et Éva sont parties en France. Le voyage a été payé par leur grand-mère.

Lélia Gouillart souhaite que ce temps de répit lui permette de se changer les idées après des mois de bouleversements.

Une jeune femme en entrevue à Radio-Canada. Elle est sur son lit, devant un mur en bois.Lélia Gouillart, 16 ans, fille de Cédric Gouillart Photo : Radio-Canada / Frédéric Pépin

Tu sais, à chaque jour je suis ici, je viens, je pars le matin, je reviens le soir, je dors ici. C’est ici qu’on est le plus proche de là où papa est parti, affirme l’adolescente de 16 ans.

Pour sa part, Véronique Mercier a décidé de rester à la maison.

La conjointe du disparu est en train d’écrire un livre pour se raconter.

Elle ignore ce qu’elle fera le 24 décembre.

Ce sera un jour comme un autre.

Véronique Mercier, conjointe de Cédric Gouillart
Une femme dans la cinquantaine en entrevue. Elle a les cheveux noirs et un chandail de laine.En l’absence de son conjoint, Véronique Mercier doit faire face à de nombreuses complications d’ordre juridique. Photo : Radio-Canada / Frédéric Pépin

À l’aube d’une nouvelle année, les trois femmes font quelques souhaits pour 2019.

D’avancer, de continuer d’avancer, de cheminer.

Éva Strady, fille de Véronique Mercier

Des réponses. Des réponses sur papa, des réponses sur où est-ce qu’il est. Des réponses sur comment on va faire pour garder la maison.

Lélia Gouillart, fille de Cédric Gouillart

La meilleure des choses qui puisse nous arriver, c’est qu’on le retrouve, conclut Véronique Mercier.


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Chris Selley: The blinding incoherence of Ottawa’s hotel-quarantine theatre is becoming obvious





Canada’s new mandatory hotel quarantine system landed over the weekend like a wet, mildewy towel. You have to book by phone. No one answers. There are multiple reports of Canadian citizens being put on hold for three hours, then cut off seemingly automatically.

“Our trained and specialized travel counsellors are providing around-the-clock service to facilitate hotel bookings,” a spokesperson for American Express Global Business Travel told National Post.

The “regular hours of operation” listed are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Ottawa time.

Officials have blamed the call backlog on people calling too far in advance of travel. Would you wait until the recommended 48 hours before your flight? The online advice implies you need “proof of having reserved and pre-paid for (hotel) accommodation” even to get on the plane. In fact, help is available for those disembarking without reservations, a Public Health spokesman said.

That might be useful information to put on the internet. But then, so would a reservation system. All the participating hotels already have one of those.

For now, this all-too-predictable shambles isn’t a problem for the government. On social media, many are revelling in the misery and stress it’s causing, calling it travellers’ just deserts  — never mind if it’s an expat coming home to take a job, or a grieving family returning from a funeral, and not some fully vaccinated cartoon-villain snowbird. Former Ontario finance minister Rod Phillips and Canada’s other gallivanting politicos created a full-on moral panic overnight, and the feds, hitherto scornful of anyone who suggested international travel was worth worrying about, were happy to provide some red meat.

The populist glee will wear off, though, and the blinding incoherence of this policy will eventually dawn on people. There is evidence right here at home that may illustrate the problem.

Since November, travellers arriving at Calgary’s airport on international flights, or overland  into Alberta from Montana, could take a test upon arrival, and another a week later, and upon receipt of two negative results avoid the 14-days quarantine that has otherwise been demanded of “non-essential” humans entering the country for nearly a year. That “pilot project” was unceremoniously cancelled Sunday night.

At first, participants were allowed out and about, with a few restrictions, as soon as the test-on-arrival came back negative — usually within 48 hours. Upon receipt of the second negative result, they were subject to even fewer restrictions for the remainder of the two weeks. Later, travellers from the U.K. and South Africa were excluded; the federal rule requiring a negative test to board a flight to Canada kicked in; and on January 25, the rules changed such that pilot-project participants had to remain in quarantine until the second negative result after a week.

With the U.K. and South Africa excluded and a negative test required to board, the percentage of travellers testing positive on arrival dropped by half, from 1.47 to 0.75 per cent; the number testing positive a week later dropped by one-third, from 0.74 to 0.5 per cent.

It’s a small sample size. It doesn’t prove anything. But it’s intuitive: if you weed out high-risk travellers, and test before departure, you get fewer initial positives. This hints at one approach Canada could have taken but didn’t: focus more stringent measures on certain countries. Do we really need to treat arrivals from famously COVID-free countries like New Zealand (0.7 new daily cases per million population, on a two-week average), or Taiwan (0.03 cases), the same as those disembarking flights from Israel (384), the United Arab Emirates (296) or the United States (202)?

That one in 200 travellers were still testing positive after a week highlights the central flaw in the government’s plan, however. As I noted two weeks ago, research suggests the probability of a “false negative” PCR test only falls below 50 per cent on the fifth day after infection. If your goal is to prevent international travellers from transmitting COVID-19 to anyone in Canada, you can accomplish it vastly more effectively with a five- or seven-day quarantine, followed by another test, than with three days waiting for the result of a test conducted at the airport.

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Carleton Master’s Sociology Student to Receive Royal Ottawa Award for Mental Health Work





Charlotte Smith, a Carleton University master’s student in Sociology, has faced overwhelming challenges throughout her life: childhood sexual abuse, homelessness, incarceration, drug dependency.

Undaunted, she has channelled these experiences into her academic, advocacy and activist work, developing research projects to address youth homelessness, creating a bursary to help homeless youth attend Carleton, and delivering food, phones and other essential items to homeless and precariously housed youth who are struggling during the pandemic.

For these actions, and for sharing her story of recovery to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness, Smith will be awarded the Personal Leader for Mental Health award at the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health’s 2021 Inspiration Awards.

“It can be re-traumatizing, embarrassing and awkward talking so publicly about your mental health and substance use issues, so it’s comforting when someone tells you that you’re not just oversharing, you’re actually making a small difference in other people’s lives,” says Smith, who will be joined on the Inspiration Awards virtual podium by Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon, winner of the Royal’s Transformational Leader award.

“Getting an award like this is fantastic, but there are so many people doing so much important work on mental health and substance use,” says Smith, who last year won a Community Builder Award from the United Way East Ontario for her volunteer efforts in COVID times.

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Shopify Launches Offering of Class A Subordinate Voting Shares





OTTAWA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP) (“Shopify”) today announced that it has filed a preliminary prospectus supplement (the “Preliminary Supplement”) to its short form base shelf prospectus dated August 6, 2020 (the “Base Shelf Prospectus”). The Preliminary Supplement was filed in connection with a public offering of Shopify’s Class A subordinate voting shares (the “Offering”). The Preliminary Supplement has been filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Québec. The Preliminary Supplement has also been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as part of Shopify’s registration statement on Form F-10 (the “Registration Statement”) under the U.S./Canada Multijurisdictional Disclosure System.

A total of 1,180,000 Class A subordinate voting shares will be offered by Shopify for sale under the Offering, which will be led by Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC (the “Underwriters”).Shopify will grant the Underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the Class A subordinate voting shares to be sold pursuant to the Offering (the “Over-Allotment Option”). The Over-Allotment Option will be exercisable for a period of 30 days from the date of the final prospectus supplement relating to the Offering. Allen & Company LLC is acting as special advisor to the Company with respect to the Offering.

Shopify expects to use the net proceeds from the Offering to strengthen its balance sheet, providing flexibility to fund its growth strategies.

Closing of the Offering will be subject to a number of closing conditions, including the listing of the Class A subordinate voting shares to be issued under the Offering on the NYSE and the TSX.

No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved the contents of this news release. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any province, state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such province, state or jurisdiction. The Preliminary Supplement, the Base Shelf Prospectus and the Registration Statement contain important detailed information about the Offering. A copy of the Preliminary Supplement and Base Shelf Prospectus can be found on SEDAR at and EDGAR at, and a copy of the Registration Statement can be found on EDGAR at Copies of these documents may also be obtained from Citigroup, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Telephone: 1-800-831-9146; Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, Eleven Madison Avenue, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010, Telephone: 1-800-221-1037 or e-mail:; Credit Suisse Securities (Canada), Inc., Attention: Olivier Demet, 1 First Canadian Place, Suite 2900, Toronto, Ontario M5X 1C9, Telephone: 416-352-4749 or e-mail:; or Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, telephone: 866-471-2526, facsimile: 212-902-9316 or email: Prospective investors should read the Preliminary Supplement, the Base Shelf Prospectus and the Registration Statement before making an investment decision.

About Shopify

Shopify is a leading global commerce company, providing trusted tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business of any size. Shopify makes commerce better for everyone with a platform and services that are engineered for reliability, while delivering a better shopping experience for consumers everywhere. Shopify powers over 1.7 million businesses in more than 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Allbirds, Gymshark, Heinz, Staples Canada and many more.

We were proudly founded in Ottawa, Canada, but prefer to think of the company location as Internet, Everywhere. Shopify is a company of and by the internet, and we have physical outposts around the world. The archaic newswire system doesn’t allow us to acknowledge this fact, so we will henceforth keep this paragraph in our press releases until technology improves.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”) including statements regarding the proposed Offering, the terms of the Offering and the proposed use of proceeds. Words such as “expects”, “continue”, “will”, “plans”, “anticipates” and “intends” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are based on Shopify’s current expectations about future events and financial trends that management believes might affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs, and on certain assumptions and analysis made by Shopify in light of the experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors management believes are appropriate. These projections, expectations, assumptions and analyses are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, events and achievements to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Although Shopify believes that the assumptions underlying these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect, and readers cannot be assured that the Offering discussed above will be completed on the terms described above. Completion of the proposed Offering is subject to numerous factors, many of which are beyond Shopify’s control, including but not limited to, the failure of customary closing conditions and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in Shopify’s filings with the SEC and the securities commissions or similar securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces or territories of Canada. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent Shopify’s expectations as of the date of this news release, or as of the date they are otherwise stated to be made, and subsequent events may cause these expectations to change. Shopify undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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