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Kahnawake and Kanesatake get set to reopen businesses, with caution



As businesses across Quebec have begun to open their doors with COVID-19 restrictions lightening, the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) communities of Kahnawake and Kanesatake are taking a more cautious approach.


The Kahnawake COVID-19 Task Force announced that businesses can reopen June 1, but much slower than other regions.

“We want to be very conservative in what we’re doing because what makes us very strong as a community also makes us vulnerable,” said Public Safety Unit director Lloyd Phillips.

The community is very tight knit, and Phillips said the task force is putting community health and safety before the economy.

Dustin’s Convenience typically sells take-out and dine in food from its kitchen. When the pandemic hit, the store went drive-thru only, and it will continue doing so.

“The June 1 opening is a bit fast for me, so that’s why I decided I’m still going to keep my doors closed, and keep with the drive-thru, as it’s doing good,” said owner Virginia Rice Standup.

The task force has done a health check on over 800 households on the territory and businesses must be inspected and certified for safety before opening their doors.

Contact tracing and isolation are also top priority.

“We are still continuing financial support to businesses as we reopen, which will facilitate employees staying home for 14 days if they’re sick rather than coming to work just because they have to get paid,” said Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre director Lisa Westaway.

Tekaronhiahkhwa Margaret Standup took business at Traditions Art Shop & Studio online when the pandemic hit, and hopes that those who come to visit Monday use caution.

“Patience,” she said. “Have patience and just really be respectful about our guidelines, our protocols. You know what we’re asking.”

She added that though the closure has been tough for small business owners, in Kahnawake the biggest concern with reopening to those off the territory is to keep families like hers out of harm’s way.

“Keeping them safe is my main priority,” she said.


Kahnawake’s northerly sister community Kanesatake will remove restrictions on local businesses that have been closed.

The community’s Kanesatake Emergency Response Unit issued a news release saying “businesses previously required to close will be permitted to reopen.”

Safety and sanitary measures will be in place and checkpoints in and around the community will come down, the release reads.

The ERU’s Access Control Team will continue to patrol the community ensuring non-residents do not have access to waterfront, parks or other public spaces, and checkpoints will remain on side roads.

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Powell River mayor provides update on mill, business and COVID-19




City of Powell River mayor Dave Formosa reported on a number of initiatives at the September 15 committee of the whole meeting.

Formosa told council he has been meeting with people from out of town looking to move to the Powell River area. He said some are interested in starting businesses, and there are groups looking at creating businesses within the community.

“We are getting a lot of publicity lately for our very active real estate market,” said Formosa. “That also brings entrepreneurs that find their way into city hall and into the mayor’s office.”

Formosa said he has been having conversations with Patrick Corriveau, vice-president of paper and packaging with Catalyst Paper Corporation, which is wholly owned by Paper Excellence. He said discussions have involved Catalyst’s plans for short-term back-to-work and long-term outlooks for the mill.

“I’ve had three meetings with him via telephone in the last little while,” said Formosa. “I’ve also been talking about taxes and tax revitalization issues.”

He said he had been receiving a fair number of calls from residents who are not happy with information coming out of city hall regarding the COVID-19 situation locally.

“They are seeing news reports from our friends in the Tla’amin Nation and the issues of the outbreak in their community, and the great job they are doing,” said Formosa. “Our citizenry is wondering what is going on here in Powell River.”

Formosa said residents were wondering if there were similar outbreaks in Powell River and that the city is working with Vancouver Coastal Health very closely. He added that leaders of the three governments – Tla’amin, qathet Regional District and City of Powell River, plus chief administrative officers of those three governments, the chair of the emergency operations centre and the chair of the regional hospital board – have been trying to get Vancouver Coastal Health to come up with some language that can be shared with the public.

“Folks are curious,” said Formosa. “They hear there are X-amount of cases and I don’t blame them. We’re hoping there will be some announcements coming out very soon, jointly, with the three levels of government, that can help our residents somewhat in regard to this COVID-19 situation that we are finding ourselves in here in our district.”

Formosa said a meeting was held with the city’s protective services group and that crime rates are on the downswing, “which makes us very happy.”

“We are hoping to continue this trend,” added Formosa, “with seeing our crime rate come down.”


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Paper towel in short supply as people stay home, clean more – Business News




First TP, now paper towels

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The head of Canada’s largest manufacturer of tissue products says he’s concerned about the industry’s supply of paper towel ahead of a potential second wave of COVID-19.

Kruger Products CEO Dino Bianco says demand for paper towel has soared as people stay at home and clean more frequently.

He says the industry is “very tight” on paper towel inventory across North America, despite efforts to build up supply.

Bianco says Kruger, which makes SpongeTowels paper towels, is pushing to open its new plant in Sherbrooke, Que., to add more capacity in Canada.

Although slated to open in February 2021, he said the company is trying to get the factory up and running faster. Some machines started over the summer, while more are set to come online in October.

Bianco said the plant will increase the company’s paper towel and toilet paper manufacturing capacity by 20 per cent.

Meanwhile, he says the company is also seeing a shortage of the recycled fibres used in about 25 per cent of its tissue products.

Bianco says Kruger recycles white paper used in offices, but that the market has dried up because people aren’t in offices printing.

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Markets Tumble as Surge in Virus Cases Imperils Recovery: Live Business Updates




Credit…Darren Staples/Reuters

European energy companies like BP, Royal Dutch Shell and others have lately been selling off oil fields and investing billions in renewable energy, a response to plunging oil prices and growing concerns about climate changes.

But the American oil giants Chevron and Exxon Mobil are going in a far different direction. They are doubling down on oil and natural gas and investing what amounts to pocket change in innovative climate-oriented efforts like small nuclear power plants and devices that suck carbon out of the air.

The disparity reflects the vast differences in how Europe and the United States are approaching climate change, a global threat that many scientists say is increasing the frequency and severity of disasters like wildfires and hurricanes. European leaders have made tackling climate change a top priority while President Trump has called it a “hoax” and has dismantled environmental regulations to encourage the exploitation of fossil fuels.

The big American and European oil and gas companies publicly agree that climate change is a threat and that they must play a role in the kind of energy transition the world last saw during the industrial revolution. But the urgency with which the companies are planning to transform their businesses could not be more different.

“Despite rising emissions and societal demand for climate action, U.S. oil majors are betting on a long-term future for oil and gas, while the European majors are gambling on a future as electricity providers,” said David Goldwyn, a top State Department energy official in the Obama administration. “The way the market reacts to their strategies and the 2020 election results will determine whether either strategy works.”

Credit…Felix Odell for The New York Times

As car sales collapsed in Europe because of the pandemic, one category grew rapidly: electric vehicles.

One reason is that purchase prices in Europe are coming tantalizingly close to the prices for cars with gasoline or diesel engines. For example:

  • An electric Volkswagen ID.3 for the same price as a Golf.

  • A Tesla Model 3 that costs as much as a BMW 3 Series.

  • A Renault Zoe electric subcompact whose monthly lease payment might equal a nice dinner for two in Paris.

This near parity is possible only with government subsidies that, depending on the country, can cut more than $10,000 from the final price. Carmakers are offering deals on electric cars to meet stricter European Union regulations on carbon dioxide emissions. Electric vehicles are not yet as popular in the United States, largely because government incentives are less generous.

As electric cars become more mainstream, the automobile industry is rapidly approaching the tipping point when, even without subsidies, it will be as cheap, and maybe cheaper, to own a plug-in vehicle than one that burns fossil fuels. The carmaker that reaches price parity first may be positioned to dominate the segment.

A few years ago, industry experts expected 2025 would be the turning point. But technology is advancing faster than expected, and could be poised for a quantum leap. Elon Musk is expected to announce a breakthrough at Tesla’s “Battery Day” event on Tuesday that would allow electric cars to travel significantly farther without adding weight.

The balance of power in the auto industry may depend on which carmaker, electronics company or start-up succeeds in squeezing the most power per pound into a battery, what’s known as energy density.

“We’re seeing energy density increase faster than ever before,” said Milan Thakore, a senior research analyst at Wood Mackenzie, an energy consultant which recently pushed its prediction of the tipping point ahead by a year, to 2024.

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