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Le monde se prépare à accueillir 2019

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Ce sont d’abord les îles du Pacifique-Sud et la Nouvelle-Zélande qui célébreront l’arrivée de la nouvelle année.

Ensuite, les yeux du monde se tourneront vers l’Australie et Sydney, qui annonce le plus grand feu d’artifice jamais tiré sur son emblématique baie.

Une quantité record d’engins pyrotechniques, ainsi que des couleurs et des effets inédits enflammeront pendant 12 minutes le ciel de l’agglomération pour le plus grand plaisir du million et demi de spectateurs attendus.

Les célébrations se poursuivront ensuite au fil des heures dans le monde entier.

À Hong Kong, 300 000 personnes sont attendues sur les berges du port Victoria afin d’assister à un feu d’artifice de 10 minutes qui sera alimenté à partir de cinq barges.

Du côté de Paris, les événements se dérouleront sous une forte présence policière, alors que les « gilets jaunes » promettent de faire un « acte 8 », un « événement festif et non violent », indique le groupe sur sa page Facebook.

Cela étant, les forces de l’ordre ont établi un périmètre de surveillance très élargi sur les Champs-Élysées, qui comprendra notamment des contrôles d’identité et des fouilles. Le périmètre sera en place à partir de 16 h, heure locale, jusqu’à 3 h le 1er janvier.

La circulation des voitures sera interdite dans cette zone, et restreinte dans plusieurs autres « aux abords des Champs-Élysées, de l’Arc-de-Triomphe, de la Tour Eiffel et du Champ-de-Mars », écrit la police parisienne.

L’année dernière, environ 400 000 personnes avaient participé aux célébrations du Nouvel An sur les Champs-Élysées.

Des travailleurs testent une boule lumineuse.Des travailleurs ont procédé à un test de la fameuse boule lumineuse de Times Square, à New York, le 30 décembre 2018. Photo : Associated Press / Julie Walker

La liberté d’expression et le journalisme honorés lors des célébrations à New York

Que serait le passage à la nouvelle année sans les célébrations sur Times Square, à New York? Plus d’un million de personnes devraient se rassembler pour voir descendre, à minuit, la fameuse boule lumineuse.

La sphère de 6 tonnes comprend 2688 triangles et 32 256 diodes électroluminescentes. Elle peut reproduire jusqu’à 16 millions de couleurs.

C’est un groupe de journalistes qui mèneront cette portion des célébrations, en reconnaissance du journalisme et de la liberté d’expression.

« Sur l’une des places publiques les plus célèbres du monde, il convient de célébrer la liberté de la presse et la liberté d’expression, tout en réfléchissant sur ce que nous avons vécu l’année dernière et sur ce que nous valorisons le plus en tant que société », a déclaré Tim Tompkins, président de Times Square Alliance, organisateur de l’événement.

D’ailleurs, le journaliste saoudien Jamal Khashoggi, tué le 2 octobre au consulat d’Arabie saoudite à Istanbul, a été désigné personnalité de l’année par le magazine américain Time, une distinction partagée avec plusieurs autres journalistes.

L’hebdomadaire a également mis à l’honneur la journaliste philippine Maria Ressa, les deux reporters birmans de l’agence Reuters Wa Lone et Kyaw Soe Oo, actuellement en prison, ainsi que la rédaction du journal local américain Capital Gazette, dont cinq membres ont péri lors d’une attaque perpétrée le 28 juin à Annapolis, dans l’État du Maryland.

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV

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A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence

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Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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