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Racial vote pandering sinks Liberal candidate in Burnaby byelection

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In the end, the only question was how long it would be before Karen Wang resigned. The Liberal candidate in the byelection for Burnaby-South sent out a message to Chinese voters on the Chinese social media platform WeChat noting that she was the only Chinese candidate in the race and that, well, Jagmeet Singh is not. Specifically, Wang pointed to the NDP leader’s ethnicity in an apparent bid to rally Chinese voters in the riding to her side on the basis of race. The StarMetro Vancouver bureau got hold of the message and translated it, sparking immediate calls for her to step down. (StarMetro Vancouver)

Here is what Wang wrote in her WeChat message: “If we can increase the voting rate, as the only Chinese candidate in this riding, if I can garner 16,000 votes I will easily win the byelection, control the election race and make history! My opponent in this byelection is the NDP candidate Singh of Indian descent!

And here’s what she said hours later when she dropped out of the race: “In trying to speak about my own story and the importance of people of all different backgrounds getting involved in this important byelection, I made comments online that also referenced Jagmeet Singh’s cultural background. My choice of words wasn’t well-considered and didn’t reflect my intent, and for that, I sincerely apologize to Mr. Singh. I have deep respect for him as the leader of his party and for his public service — and I would never want to diminish that in any way.” (Canadian Press)

The Liberals have until Feb. 4 to name a new candidate for the riding, with the vote to take place on Feb. 25.

The death sentence handed down to a Canadian citizen by a Chinese court was “politically motivated,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement, after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Between the death sentence and the arrests of two Canadians, moves widely seen as retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese telecom executive in Vancouver, Freeland described China’s behaviour as “a threat to all countries.”  (Canadian PressGlobe and Mail)

Meanwhile another Canadian, the daughter of a jailed Chinese pro-democracy activist, was temporarily detained at Beijing’s airport on her way from South Korea to Toronto. Ti-Anna Wang, her daughter and husband, were taken into custody for two hours. They were ultimately put back on a plane to South Korea, but Wang described the ordeal as “a shocking, terrifying and senseless ordeal with no purpose but to bully, punish and intimidate me and my family.” Her lawyer, Irwin Cotler (who served as Canada’s justice minister in the Martin government) called it yet another example of China’s “hostage diplomacy.” (Toronto Star)

Ahead of parliament resuming on Jan. 26, political staffers and other employees on the Hill gave the House of Commons’ new digs in the West Block a dry run on Wednesday. (Twitter)

Lastly, here’s a look at what it takes for the speaker of the House of Commons in Britain to keep things functioning through the Brexit turmoil: “OOORRRDDDEEERRR!!!” (Twitter)

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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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