COVID-19 Daily News Digest – July 5, 2020
Alberta First Nation monitors hundreds for COVID-19 as it announces curfew
Crowfoot said that as of Wednesday, 258 Siksika Nation members were under “active investigation and daily followup” by the community’s health services team — a number he said had quadrupled in only three days. “We realize you have freedom of choice but we don’t have freedom of consequence. If we choose not to follow these guidelines, the consequence may be that we contract the virus and spread the virus further through our community,” Crowfoot warned in a video message posted Thursday.
Green-Energy Companies Have a Human-Rights Problem
An inability to curtail human-rights abuses could dash those hopes. And that should serve as a warning for the entire industry, especially as calls for a “green” recovery from the Covid-19 recession intensify.
In Mexico City, the coronavirus is bringing back Aztec-era ‘floating gardens’
Xochimilco became one of the city’s main sources of food, but rapid urbanization in the 1900s meant less land available for farming. In 1985, when an earthquake struck Mexico City, many chinampas were abandoned as people who had lost their homes built shanty towns. Today, only an estimated 20 percent of the approximately 5,000 acres of chinampas are in use, and only 3 percent are used for farming.
But since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Mexico, interrupting the industrial food supply in important ways, small farmers have increased production and rehabilitated abandoned chinampas to fill the demand for fresh, local food.
Deek and his runners take this year’s Indigenous marathon project online
Not that it’s easy in the age of COVID-19: at this time of the year, Deek would usually be on the Gold Coast, training his 16-strong squad to compete in the New York marathon on the first Sunday in November.
“It’s been an opportunity for us to take our program virtual”, de Castella told Region Media. “We’ve got the squad doing their Certificate IV in business online, meeting up on Zoom and developing relationships and running in their own communities.”
TAYLOR: Canadian Rangers on front line in war against COVID-19
Today 5,000 men and women serve in five patrol groups across 200 communities, and Canada’s Armed Forces can’t do without them.
Rangers speak 26 languages and dialects, acting as the military’s eyes and ears in some of the most remote parts of our country.
Their responsibilities are many but it is their rescue and survival talents that are essential to the well-being of Canadians living in some of our cruelest environments.