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A sergeant in the Webster County Sheriff’s Office who has been its canine handler for 13 years has declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for sheriff.

”I’m one of the longest serving deputies with the department at this point,” said Tony Walter. ”Since 2004, I’ve watched the department growing. I’ve been able to see it advance and progress into the future of what I think law enforcement is heading towards. With that experience of watching it grow, it helps me to see where the department can go in the future and how we can keep progressing.

”Now’s a good time to step up and try to take on that leadership role and bring my leadership ideas to the sheriff’s office,” he added.

Walter is hoping to replace Democratic Sheriff Jim Stubbs, who will retire when his term expires on Jan. 4, 2021.

He said expanding the community outreach of the Sheriff’s Office will be one of his major goals if he is elected.

”I love going out there and dealing with the public,” he said.

He participates in the National Night Out and Santa Cops programs. He said he wants to push community outreach to include more interaction between deputies and residents, especially children. He said he would encourage deputies to stop and chat with kids they see out playing. And since the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t have designated school resource officers, he would urge deputies to spend time at schools, perhaps by eating lunch with the students.

Walter said that if elected, he would increase training for deputies by taking advantage of instructors already in the department, Iowa Central Community College and other local agencies. More training, he said, ”doesn’t have to break the bank.”

The candidate said that as sheriff he would address mental health by giving deputies more training to deal with mentally ill people, and also supporting the mental health of the deputies.

”This job is full of tragedy,” he said. ”If you’re in this job for very long, you’re going to see tragic events and horrible things.”

Walter said he believes addressing staffing issues at the Webster County Jail is a more immediate priority than building a new jail. He said the jail is often understaffed, and there is constant turnover in the ranks of the jailers.

”Before we go and spend tens of millions of dollars to build a new jail, we need to figure out these smaller issues,” he said. ”Why are we constantly understaffed? Why are we having so much turnover? Why is staff leaving? How can we retain that staff?

”There’s no sense in spending tens of millions of dollars on a new jail and filling it with 100 inmates if we can’t find the staff to handle that,” he added.

Walter grew up in Corning. He earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Iowa Central Community College.

He joined the Humboldt Police Department in 2002 and graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2003.

He became a Webster County deputy in 2004. Then in 2007, he became the office’s canine handler.

Walter is a member of the U.S. Police Canine Association. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, he and his canine partner won the association’s regional and national competitions for narcotics vehicle searches. In 2009, they were the association’s overall national champion.

He has completed training through the Federal Bureau of Investigation Leadership School and the Midwest Counter Drug Training Center. He has completed courses in drug interdiction in rural areas, interviews and interrogation, search and seizure and highway drug interdiction.

Walter was promoted to sergeant in 2016.

He and his wife have four children. Away from work, he plays volleyball, hunts and has served as an assistant softball coach.

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Students to get help from government, Trudeau says as slow summer job market looms




Not all out-of-work Canadians qualify for the new Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, and post-secondary students appear to be disproportionately likely to fall through the cracks of this new addition to Canada’s social safety net.

To be eligible to receive the benefit, applicants must have earned at least $5,000 in the past 12 months or in 2019 as a whole, and must be out of work for reasons directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While many Canadians who have lost their jobs in the last few weeks easily meet both criteria, that’s not necessarily the case for college and university students.

Some work only casual, part-time jobs that pay less than $5,000 over the course of a year. Others only work during summer, when classes are out – meaning they haven’t lost their job due to the pandemic, but it will be difficult for them to find work in a largely locked-down country once their summer begins.

Some schools have already moved toward offering financial assistance to students who are otherwise at risk of dropping out. Prime Minster Justin Trudeau suggested Sunday that some sort of government support will be made available as well.

“We know that we need to do more for young people as they come out of university and look for projects and ways of securing income this summer,” he said at a press briefing outside his home, where he remains in self-isolation.

“This is an issue that we are very, very aware of.”

Trudeau said the government “should have more to say in the coming days” about how it will help students and suggested that its aid could take the form of direct financial support or changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program, which helps Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 find seasonal work.

The prime minister also suggested that students might want to consider spending their summer working on a farm or in a fishery.

Asked about the challenges of bringing temporary foreign workers into the country to work in the agricultural industry and keeping the virus from spreading in their workplaces, Trudeau noted that migrant workers are subject to quarantine upon entering the country and have a long-standing role in the sector.

“At the same time, we see many, many Canadians who are out of work [and] wanting to help out – students who are looking at opportunities for summer jobs that they might not otherwise have,” he said.

“We know there are many people interested in helping out in terms of feeding the country.”

Trudeau says the government would also make announcements “in the coming days and weeks” about specific support for fishers and agricultural producers.

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Canada to recruit volunteers, offer jobs to reservists amid COVID-19: Trudeau – National




Canada has put a call out for volunteers to support frontline healthcare workers and is offering full-time jobs to Canadian Forces reservists, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during an update to the country’s coronavirus response on Sunday.

“For those of you with specialized skills looking to help our frontline workers, we do want to hear from you,” said Trudeau, who spoke to reporters from Rideau Cottage where he is self-isolating.

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According to the prime minister, Health Canada will be building “an inventory of specialized work volunteers” that provinces and territories can draw on, and that some of the work may include tracking COVID-19 cases and tracing contacts.

Trudeau also said that reservists in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) would also be offered full-time jobs over the coming months, with the same pay and benefits as regular enlisted members.

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“Bolstering the military’s ranks will help offset some of the economic consequences of COVID-19 and ensure that our communities are well-supported,” Trudeau said.

The CAF said Canada has 36,381 reservists‬, which includes reserve members and Rangers, as of March 30. An additional 67,492 members made up the rest of Canada’s military forces.

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Volunteer applications will be open until at least April 24, while reservists across the country are going to be contacted directly by the Canadian government.

Trudeau also announced details for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which offers Canadians who’ve lost their jobs over the COVID-19 pandemic cash payments of $2,000 a month.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Should the U.S. think twice about blocking order of medical masks to Canada?

Applications will be accepted starting Monday, and the money will take three to five days to arrive via direct deposit or 10 days by mail.

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Last week, the federal government announced that at least 2.1 million Canadians who have applied for employment insurance benefits since March 15 will be moved to the CERB, potentially increasing payouts for some EI recipients, or reducing it for those receiving the maximum insurance amount — $573 — to $500 weekly.

On Saturday, Trudeau announced “millions” of medical masks would be arriving in Canada from China within 48 hours.

Ottawa is expecting between seven and eight million surgical masks. Included in that order are supplies for hard-hit Quebec.

Canada has also leased a warehouse in China to collect and distribute additional supplies “as quickly as possible,” he said.

According to Trudeau, officials are working “day and night” to secure additional, desperately needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers.

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And, while Canada continues to source the PPE from international suppliers, Trudeau said the government is also working with domestic manufacturers.

The prime minister’s comments came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump asked Minnesota-based company 3M to stop exporting N95 masks to Canada.

Asked about the move, Trudeau said the dialogue was ongoing with U.S. officials, and that he planned to speak with Trump.

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Trudeau won’t retaliate over Trump’s order to ban N95 mask exports to Canada

Trudeau won’t retaliate over Trump’s order to ban N95 mask exports to Canada

“We are continuing to engage in constructive discussions with different levels within the administration to highlight that the U.S. will be hurting itself as much as Canada will be hurting if we see an interruption of essential goods and services flow back and forth across the border,” he said. “We continue to demonstrate that this is a good thing for both of our countries and we look to continue to ensure that essential supplies get across the border.”

Trudeau said, though, that Canada was not planning any retaliatory measures against the U.S.

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According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, by 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, more than 13,800 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Canada.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Canada’s chief medical officer, Dr. Theresa Tam said currently Canada’s healthcare system is not overwhelmed by serious cases of COVID-19, but cautioned that the situation could change at any time.

Tam urged Canadians to continue practising physical distancing, and to heed the advice of medical authorities.

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The jobs available at Manchester’s new G-MEX coronavirus field hospital




A field hospital for coronavirus patients at Manchester’s G-MEX conference centre is recruiting for workers.

Dubbed the ‘Nightingale of the North,’ the make-shift 750-bed hospital is due to open on April 12.

It will care for those who no longer need to be in critical care environment, linking community health and social care services across the North West.

The hospital joins other centres in London, Birmingham, Cardiff and now Bristol and Harrogate – which will create extra capacity to deal with the ongoing pandemic.

The government are recruiting for a number of roles at the G-MEX hospital, including doctors, physiotherapists and social workers.

Applicants have been warned that the work will be “highly challenging,” and “won’t be suitable for everyone.”

“We will support you to draw on your resilience and that of your colleagues too,” a spokesperson said.

“Looking after your health and well being is a top priority and has shaped how we built the site.”

The G-MEX hospital is currently accepting expressions of interest for the following staff groups:

  • Doctors (Tier 1, 2 and 3)
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered General Nurses
  • Healthcare Support Workers
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Ward Clerks & other administration roles
  • Social Workers

All staff will receive a full induction that has been created specifically for NHS Nightingale Hospital North West.

Workers will also be provided with hotel accommodation, subject to certain criteria, as well as parking and meal provision.

They will also be provided personal protective equipment, their own uniform and ID.

To apply, you must be able to commit to working at the hospital for a minimum of four weeks, and reside in the following regions:

  • Cheshire
  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Merseyside
  • South Cumbria

A government spokesperson said: “Located in the heart of Manchester, at the Manchester Central conference centre – also known as the G-MEX – the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West is a key facility in the region’s response to Covid-19.

“The new hospital is part of the huge NHS mobilisation plan to deal with the growing number of Covid-19 cases.

“At this brand new hospital, we have strong clinical leadership to support staff to do their job.

“It is really important to us that we look after the people that have put themselves forward to work in this hospital.

“We will provide all our team with the appropriate protective equipment and will also be operating staff testing to keep our people safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.”

You can register your interest here.

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