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Trump won’t declare national emergency over border ‘right now’ | USA News

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US President Donald Trump said on Friday that for now, he would not declare a national emergency as a way of securing funds for a border wall and ending a partial government shutdown, adding that he would rather see the US Congress act.

“We want Congress to do its job,” Trump said during a White House event on border security

“What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency,” the Republican president said.

Key parts of the US government shut down on December 22 after funding expired as Trump and congressional Democrats quarreled over the his demand for $5.7bn in funding to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Trump repeated his view that he had the right to declare a national emergency to divert funds appropriated for other purposes but said, “I’m not going to do it so fast.”

He also reiterated that he was open to considering a major immigration reform but that he would only do so after he obtained funding for the wall.

Democrats have refused to give into Trump’s proposed wall, and the shutdown – now in its 21st day – is expected to become the longest of its type in US history over the weekend. 

Democrats view the wall as ineffective, expensive and immoral. Instead, they have agreed to provide more than $1.3bn in federal funding for broader border security measures that do not include a wall. 

‘Fight about border security’ 

Pressure is mounting on politicians to find a way to re-open the government. Some 800,000 federal workers are affected with about half required to work without pay and the other half furloughed. Many received pay stubs with nothing but zeros on Friday, deepening anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills.

Congress has passed legislation that would would ensure all federal employees be paid retroactively after the shutdown ends. The bill awaits the president’s signature. 

On Thursday, federal workers, several Democratic lawmakers and unions gathered together in Washington, DC, for a rally against the shutdown. 

While addressing the crowd, US Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, chided Trump. 

“You want to fight about border security? We’ll have that discussion,” he said. “But do not hold 800,000 people’s lives as political pawns.”

On Wednesday, Trump reportedly stormed out of a meeting with leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer after they refused to approved funds for the wall in exchange for Trump’s ending the shutdown. 

When he left for McAllen, Texas, on Thursday morning, there were no further shutdown negotiations scheduled.

The Democrat-controlled House has passed several pieces of legislations that would open specific government departments, but Republican leaders in the Senate have refused to bring any bill that Trump won’t sign to a vote.  


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Driver in satisfactory condition following head-on Gatineau collision

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One person was in hospital in satisfactory condition following a head-on collision between two vehicles in Gatineau on Saturday.

According to Gatineau police, the crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Montée Paiement, between Saint-Thomas and Saint-Columban roads.

Each of the vehicles had only one occupant at the time of the incident.

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Ottawa military family alleges bad faith eviction by Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat in Canada

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An Ottawa military family alleges their former landlord — Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat in Canada — acted in bad faith when he gave them a notice of eviction, claiming he intended to move into their Vanier rental home with his own family.

The home is now listed for sale for $950,000, two months after Vivian and Tim Funk moved out with their two young children.

In documents filed with the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Funks detailed how their landlord, Sulaiman AlAqeel, acted to end their tenancy by allegedly pretending he was moving in himself. This was preceded by an attempt to market the house to new tenants for significantly more money when the Funks had not given notice indicating they would be leaving, the documents alleged. “The landlord’s representative,” according to the documents, allegedly told the Funks they needed to accept a $500 monthly rent increase and a new lease if they wanted to continue living in the rental property, which wouldn’t be legal under the Residential Tenancies Act.

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Ottawa COVID-19 hospitalization data showing half of cases coming from community, not just long-term care

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With local data showing 50 per cent of COVID-19 hospitalizations coming from the community, long-term care residents aren’t the only one vulnerable to severe illness from the virus, Ottawa’s Board of Health reports.

Despite the majority of deaths having happened in older adult age groups in long-term care homes, residents shouldn’t think institutions are the only settings that are vulnerable to outbreaks that lead to serious illness from the virus.

“[Ottawa Public Health] continues to expand our understanding of the types of settings and situations that have the most impact on COVID-19 transmission in our community and is seeking academic partners to better explore exposure risks as well as a broader assessment of the harms from different public health measures,” OPH outlined in its document, to be present at the Board of Health on Monday.

At the same time, however, OPH says it is working closely with partners on “processes to strengthen and streamline responses.” This includes weekly meetings across agencies to address issues and concerns to ensure a strong collaboration, ongoing communications with facilities, preventative visits and phone calls to review infection prevention and control.

In situations where OPH identified failings at an LTCH or concerns of compliance have been raised, OPH has been quick to issue letters of expectation that outline the deficiencies and timelines fo compliance.

It is unclear how many letters have been issued through both waves of the virus.

And while outbreaks in LTCH during wave two have recorded a higher number of LTCH outbreaks than in wave one, the overall morbidity and mortality has been lower. This means fewer cases, fewer deaths and a lower average duration of outbreaks.

OPH contributed this to building on lessons learned from early COVID-19 outbreaks in LTCH in Ottawa.

https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/ottawa-covid-19-hospitalization-data-of-severe-illness-shows-half-of-cases-coming-from-community-not-just-long-term-care-homes-3136152

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