Rising global temperatures could cause the vast Amazonian rainforest — sometimes viewed as the lungs of the Earth — to give off significant carbon dioxide, worsening the climate-changing problem of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, Deborah Clark, an authority on tropical forests, told the group gathered for the Sixth Annual Harvard Plant Biology Symposium on April 29.The event, “Trees and the Global Environment,” was hosted by the Plant Biology Initiative and organized by Harvard’s Noel Michele Holbrook, the Bullard Professor of Forestry, and Stuart Davies, director of Asian programs at the Arnold Arboretum.Clark, a researcher at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said temperature observations have shown a quarter-degree Celsius rise in tropical temperatures for each of the last three decades. Most worrisome, however, is that the photosynthetic process that drives the consumption of carbon dioxide by trees begins to decline when temperatures get too high. In that case, the trees’ respiration — in which carbon dioxide is emitted — becomes greater than the carbon dioxide uptake in photosynthesis.“Tropical climate has already started changing, quite strongly and quite rapidly,” Clark said. “Conditions for tropical forests into the future are going to become more stressful.”“There’s a recognition — certainly at the Arboretum — that understanding the whole spectrum of how forests and trees interact with the environment hasn’t been addressed so well,” Davies said.The two-day event, held at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Mass., brought together researchers with a wide range of expertise, including computer modeling of how trees fit into the global environment, tree physiology, population biology, and community scale interactions.Clark said that people tend to discount the importance of trees and plants and their role as the foundation of the ecosystem. Tropical forests alone, for example, hold 25 percent of the carbon in the terrestrial biosphere and process enormous quantities of carbon daily. Further, the natural world, mainly through plants and the ocean, has been humanity’s ally in the fight against climate change, storing away about half of the carbon dioxide humanity has emitted, said Clark.Clark said she is most concerned about the effect of climate change on lowland tropical forests, which grow in places that already have high temperatures. A continued increase in temperatures could push these trees past the tipping point where the carbon dioxide taken in through photosynthesis drops below that lost in respiration, making them net carbon dioxide emitters. One study showed that tipping point to be about 28 degrees Celsius, or 82 Fahrenheit. Another study showed that the average temperature in the Costa Rican rainforest she studies reaching that point by 2020, meaning much higher temperatures in the daytime, as well as higher nighttime temperatures.Hand in hand with higher temperatures comes the fear of increased drought. Though the trees are adapted to periodic such conditions, severe droughts can reduce leaf area and kill off trees, Clark said.“We’re quite concerned about … how warming is going to impinge on these forests,” Clark said.One caveat on those fears, Clark said, is the possibility that higher CO2 levels will have a fertilizing effect on the trees, allowing them to withstand less favorable conditions. Though there is hope of a fertilizer effect, her studies haven’t detected one.“I’d say there’s no evidence of a CO2 fertilization effect coming to the rescue,” Clark said.One potential area of positive news could be nearby, in the Harvard Forest. Steven Wofsy, the Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, discussed results of his own studies at the forest in Petersham, as well as in the Amazon.Wofsy said the Harvard Forest, which has been studied for decades, continues to grow, taking up carbon dioxide as it does. Like much of the forest covering New England, the original forest was cleared for farmland in earlier centuries and is growing back. Harvard Forest is a transitional forest, affected by a variety of factors, some climactic, some not.The forest, he said, was pasture in the mid-1800s, then abandoned between 1830 and 1890. Even as it has grown, the forest has experienced many shocks, each of which can open the area to tree regrowth. Gypsy moth infestations and ice storms have killed trees, opening the canopy for new trees. The legacy of past pollution like acid rain and the land’s farming history are likely also at play as the forest continues to mature and deadfall accumulates, holding carbon until it decomposes.Another possible factor, Wofsy said, is that the forests’ growing season has increased since he began studying it in 1990, rising from between 100 and 135 days to closer to 145 to 150 days.“That’s a big impact,” Wofsy said.Wofsy said forest growth in April is vigorous enough that it takes up carbon dioxide overall, something it didn’t do years ago. With warmer temperatures, the evergreen white pines in the forest can kick right into action, while the deciduous trees are still putting out their leaves.Temperatures have climbed about three-fourths of a degree Celsius, something else that would affect the trees.Wofsy’s Amazonian studies haven’t provided answers as dramatic. His measurements indicate hopes that the Amazonian forest would be a sink of carbon dioxide, removing excess from the atmosphere to sequester in tree trunks, roots, and leaves, do not bear fruit. Instead, he said, they show a near carbon balance.“You hardly ever see anything where the Amazon is sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere. It just doesn’t do that,” Wofsy said.Wofsy said the future carbon dioxide uptake of the Amazonian and New England forests can’t be predicted at this point.“I really think nobody knows what a forest like Harvard Forest can be under current conditions,” Wofsy said.
This past fall, Harvard President Drew Faust convened a University-wide task force to examine ways to help Harvard thrive as a place where all members of its increasingly diverse community feel that they truly belong. The task force is co-chaired by James Bryant Conant University Professor Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; Harvard Kennedy School Academic Dean Archon Fung, the Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship; and Vice President for Campus Services Meredith Weenick.Last month, the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging hosted a campus-wide event, the Afternoon of Engagement, for which capacity crowds filled Sanders Theatre and the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in Longwood. An audience of staff, students, and academic personnel engaged in a program of storytelling and small group participatory reflection. A report titled “What We Learned from the Afternoon of Engagement” was released earlier this month. The task force’s co-chairs recently sat down with the Harvard Gazette to discuss this report, their first year, and what’s next for this important work. GAZETTE: What are some of the most important lessons learned from the Afternoon of Engagement?DANIELLE ALLEN: Often when universities tackle the issues of diversity, inclusion, and belonging they focus exclusively on students and academic personnel and don’t bring the staff perspective into the conversation. Staff turned out in high numbers for the Afternoon of Engagement and provided powerful insights about how we might do better at on-boarding and mentoring all members of our community, regardless of their role. The conversations also shined a light on Harvard’s very hierarchical culture and surfaced good ideas for fostering stronger norms of hospitality in Schools, academic departments, and business units.GAZETTE: It seems like feedback fell across the spectrum of ideas. Is there a theme that you see running through the points raised?ARCHON FUNG: We were delighted to receive so many suggestions from so many different perspectives. Though we are still processing the information, several themes struck me. Many people talked about the “impostor syndrome.” Many people — including many staff, academic personnel, and students — have a deep sense that they do not belong at Harvard because in some way they aren’t smart enough or accomplished enough. Stephanie Khurana, chair of the Outreach subcommittee and faculty dean of Cabot House, is leading many listening sessions and workshops across the University, and one key word that people associate with Harvard is “elite.” Perhaps “impostor” is a psychological flip side of this “elite” institution. Another theme is the relational nature of Harvard and the difficulty that creates for newcomers and outsiders; it is difficult to break into these webs of relationships and to decode the tacit knowledge of the organization. Many people also discussed the importance of lowering the “walls” that separate the different Schools from one another and of building more respectful relationships between academic personnel, staff, and students.GAZETTE: Were there opinions or thoughts expressed that were unexpected?MEREDITH WEENICK: We are grateful that participants published so many stories of their personal experiences, which resulted in a wide spectrum of perspectives on University culture. One theme we heard was how important first experiences are — for staff, academic personnel, and students. The “welcome” period can really define the experience of studying and working at Harvard for years afterward. I was also surprised to hear the deep interest in getting to know aspects of the University beyond the boundaries of an individual’s School or unit. It appears that Harvard’s breadth and depth are essentially mysteries to many members of our community, and while there is curiosity to learn more, it’s hard for people to access other parts of the University or they feel they must be invited in.HMS students Folarera Tasawe (left) and Jane Riccardi during “A Celebration of Inclusion and Belonging” held in April at Sanders Theatre. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: Did different Harvard constituencies or Schools/units express different concerns? How do you balance School-/unit-specific or even constituent-specific input with the broader mission of the task force?WEENICK: The experience of being part of the Harvard community is grounded in individuals’ experiences in their Schools and units, so it’s not surprising that many people shared stories specific to their daily life at the University. It is important for us to distinguish the role of the task force as focusing on University-level efforts to advance the goals of inclusion and belonging. School- and unit-based efforts are vital to our collective progress, and the task force wants to draw on local successes to elevate best practices and key learnings that may be more broadly or systematically shared. The vast array of systems and structures across the University is not suited for a one-size-fits-all strategy to address any challenge, and the task force hopes to develop ideas that both respect that variety and enable progress. GAZETTE: How can the community continue to engage in this work?FUNG: Continued community engagement is the most important component of successfully addressing the challenges of inclusion and belonging. Most immediately, we’d love for people to contribute their ideas to the Solution Space portal that we’ve created. People should also read the report that summarizes the Afternoon of Engagement to learn how some in our community view the challenges and what might be done about it. Many participants made individual commitments to act in ways that foster inclusion and belonging in their offices, labs, and classrooms. Ask yourself what you might start doing today to make your corner of Harvard more inclusive. Who can you help to feel that they belong here? We’ve asked for lots of people from around the University to engage with us during the discovery phase, and we are grateful to the many people who did so. As the task force moves forward, we hope that people from all across the University will continue to work together to increase inclusion and belonging at Harvard.GAZETTE: Where does the task force go from here?ALLEN: The task force has learned so much from listening sessions and research over the course of this academic year. We have now begun mapping out the solution space, starting from an effort to articulate shared aspirational standards across domains such as values, symbolic repertoires, and physical spaces; recruitment and retention; organizational structures; and academic, social, and professional integration, to name a few topic areas. Importantly, in this context, the term “integration” refers to the question of whether each person in our community is successfully connected to an academic program or professional context that richly supports his or her growth and whether each person is also connected in a personally meaningful social context that supports well-being. On this definition, the opposites of integration are alienation or isolation. We’ll be working to build out a broad set of possible recommendations over the summer, and we will dig into the work of prioritizing, vetting, and refining ideas with the community in the fall.The full report “What We Learned from the Afternoon of Engagement” is available here.
Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that Verizon Wireless recently activated a new cell site in Warren that expands wireless voice and 3G data coverage at Sugarbush Resort and the town of Warren, as well as the surrounding areas. The company invested in Washington County to continue to stay ahead of increasing demand for reliable voice and mobile Internet access, moving the state closer to the Governor’s goal of statewide service by the end of 2013. ‘The expansion and improvement of cellular service throughout Vermont is paramount for industry, tourism, safety and our citizens. With the investment in and installation of a new tower to support mobile voice and data, Verizon Wireless has demonstrated the important part that our cellular carriers play in achieving our goals,’ said Gov. Shumlin. ‘This tower is critical to all three- it supports our ski industry and the people who work here; it delivers better service to tourists who travel from around the world to ski at our resorts and expect world class communications, and will help keep our citizens safe throughout the mad river valley.’ Verizon Wireless has invested more than more than $3 billion in its New England network since its inception in 2000, to increase coverage and capacity on behalf of customers. Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network, a company spokeswoman said. ‘We’re appreciative of Governor Shumlin’s recognition of this private investment,’ said Christine Berberich, president of the New England Region for Verizon Wireless. ‘Today people across Vermont are increasingly relying on wireless tablets, smartphones and apps to stay organized and connected. Our investment in Washington County – and across New England – has kept us ahead of these consumer trends and underscored our belief that any mobile device is only as reliable as the network it runs on.’ Advantages of Expanded 3G Service at Sugarbush ResortVerizon Wireless’ recently expanded 3G data coverage at Sugarbush Resort empowers more customers using tablets, notebook computers or smartphones to:· Find and download useful apps ‘ like GPS-enabled maps with turn-by-turn directions· Surf the Web to check favorite blogs and read breaking news· Harness weather and snow report apps and download trail maps· Share photos and videos, staying connected with family and friends through social networking, from the slopes· Work on-the-go with fast file sharing “Visitors to Vermont’s mountains are among the savviest of technophiles,” said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle. “While they choose our resorts to ‘unplug’ from work and the bustle of their respective cities, they still desire immediate access to media and communications that have become a part of our day to day lives.”Verizon Wireless and Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) recently announced that Verizon Wireless is now the official wireless partner of Ski Vermont. Among other activities, Ski Vermont and Verizon Wireless will coordinate certain Internet, digital and social marketing efforts, work collaboratively to generate earned media, cross promote in printed material, organize events at ski areas and Verizon Wireless’ retail stores, and share access to consumer events and trade shows throughout the Northeast.Source: Governor’s office, 12.9.2011
Boom in Illinois around corporate and utility-scale solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Chicago Tribune:State lawmakers are backing a proposal called Path to 100, which would provide increased funding for the future and which is sure to be subject to debate in Springfield this year and next. A proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act would also expand solar — and both would cost consumers on their electric bills.For now, advocates say the solar industry is seeing a boom in Illinois. Big-box retailers are among those jumping on the solar bandwagon. Target announced plans for rooftop solar panels at 500 locations nationally by 2020 and for a wind farm in downstate Illinois.Last year, Walmart announced plans to install solar systems at 21 sites in Illinois. But this week, the retailer also filed suit against Tesla Inc., claiming its negligence installing solar panels on store rooftops nationwide caused seven fires in recent years, forcing the retailer to disconnect 244 solar systems.Under the state’s program, the biggest plans call for building utility-grade solar farms, many of them downstate. One farm in Marengo would cover 235 acres, cost up to $30 million to build and generate 40 megawatts.In Illinois, solar power produces less than in most states, but the average household uses less electricity than in most other states, so that 40-megawatt plant would power about 6,000 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.Much of the state’s money will go to community solar projects — typically large fields of solar panels built by a private developer, which then recruits homeowners and businesses to subscribe. Those customers will in turn get credits from the state to reduce their electric bills. This allows people who live far from the solar farm — for instance, someone in a condominium in Chicago — to help pay for and benefit from solar power.More: Solar power popularity growing in Illinois, despite obstacles
The Mountain Operations Brigade is providing security, logistical support, and facilities to U.S. personnel, who are administering medical and dental services to thousands of Guatemalans via three Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETEs). The Guatemalan Military is also serving as the liaison to San Marcos’s residents throughout Beyond the Horizon 2016 , which will benefit 100,000 people in the Central American country. The MEDRETEs are providing free medical exams, which include pediatric, optometry, dermatology, gynecology, and cardiovascular services to patients in Aldea Villa Hermosa, Esquipulas Palo Gordo, San Pablo, La Blanca, and San Marcos. Doctors are aided by a clinical analysis laboratory. Guatemala’s Armed Forces and the United States also cooperate to fight organized crime by conducting joint training operations and maritime interdiction missions. The Guatemalan government, which views international cooperation as a key component of its national security strategy, is working with member countries of the Central American Armed Forces Conference, the Inter-American Defense Board, and the Organization of American States. “For these communities, poppy production represents their livelihood,” Maj. Gen. Bor stated. “As the state, we have to go in, attack the activity properly, and bring other satisfactory ways for them to be able to survive. It’s not an easy task.” Security and logistics Beyond the Horizon is also educational for Guatemala’s Armed Forces. “We are learning much as well. SOUTHCOM’s help allows us to take stock of what the communities’ needs are,” Maj. Gen. Bor said. “Reducing conflict and curbing illegal activity are essential to be able to satisfy the needs that these communities have. Education, health, and safety are equal to development.” History of cooperation By Dialogo May 16, 2016 “Brazil has Military personnel working in our country on education issues,” Maj. Gen. Bor explained. “A team of Colombian Military personnel deployed in Guatemala deals with questions of how to fight drug trafficking. Our allies are ready to cooperate.” Five hundred members from the Guatemalan Army’s Mountain Operations Brigade, which is based in San Marcos, joined 400 U.S. Military members from all branches of the Armed Forces for the exercise that will run from February 24th-July 3rd. The U.S. contingent is relieved every 22 days “as a display of support and commitment to our country,” the Mountain Operations Brigade’s Commander, Major General Byron René Bor Illescas, told Diálogo. This exercise gives U.S. Troops valuable training to hone the skills they rely on during combat. Troops receive training in engineering, medicine, and logistics by working on construction projects that include building community centers, schools, health clinics, and water wells in underdeveloped communities, Diálogo reported in March. The civilian population has a high level of trust in the Armed Forces. “ The presence of the Army in the fields of public safety, humanitarian relief, and many other fields is accepted and appreciated by the civilian population,” Maj. Gen. Bor said. “Fortunately, we have 85 percent acceptance of Guatemalans.” Guatemala’s Armed Forces and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) are working together to provide free health services to residents in the department of San Marcos through the humanitarian exercise “Beyond the Horizon 2016 . The joint exercise is part of SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) program, an annual initiative that provides medical, dental, and engineering services in Central and South American and Caribbean countries that need social and economic development. Guatemala has a close and ongoing cooperative relationship with the United States. “Relations are at the highest point in their history,” Maj. Gen. Bor stated. “We have open cooperation. It’s the best thing that could be happening to Guatemala through the modernization processes that has been implemented ever since the signing of the peace accords. Our action plan is focused mainly on respecting human rights.” Guatemala’s ministries of Education and Social Assistance, non-governmental organizations, and private organizations are also participating in the initiative. However, the Armed Forces of Colombia, Chile, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago are participating as observers so they can all broaden their experience with these types of humanitarian relief missions. Guatemala’s Armed Forces and the United States have been cooperating on humanitarian operations since 1993. Beyond the Horizon was held in the departments of Jutiapa in 2001; San Marcos in 2007 and 2012; Puerto Barrios in 2010; Petén in 2010; Cobán in 2012; and Zacapa in 2014. The initiative has also been held in other countries, such as El Salvador. Fighting poppy production San Marcos borders Chiapas, Mexico, and its highland region, known as the “Golden Poppy Triangle,” is home to most of the poppy fields that are cultivated for the production of heroin. The drug has a value of about $30,000 per kilogram at the Guatemalan border with Mexico, El Universal reported on February 16, 2015. The U.S. government is also bolstering education in the Central American country by supporting the construction of two schools: one in Caserío Nueva Florida, in the town of Catarina, and another in the town of San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta. In addition, U.S. Troops are also constructing medical clinics in three villages and towns within the department of San Marcos. “Personnel have been participating during these medical campaigns and have been providing excellent Military-quality service,” Maj. Gen. Bor said. “The final objective is to provide humanitarian relief to people and give them the perspective that we as the Military are at their service. Guatemalan doctors are providing free external consultations in all specialties, including surgeries.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 90-year-old man was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver in the victim’s hometown of Jamesport on Tuesday night, Riverhead Town Police said.Diane O’Neill, 65, of Farmingville, was driving her Mercedes on Main Road when she allegedly hit a pedestrian, George Kurovics, shortly after 7 p.m., police said.Kurovics was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found O’Neill to be intoxicated and placed her under arrest, police said.O’Neill was charged with driving while intoxicated. She will be arraigned at Riverhead Town Justice Court.The case was referred to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine if additional charges will be filed, police said.
Diego Maradona will undergo surgery for a subdural hematoma on Tuesday evening in Buenos Aires, the Argentina legend’s doctor has confirmed.Maradona had been hospitalised since Monday night for anaemia and dehydration, though the 60-year-old’s condition had been improving, his personal doctor had said earlier on Tuesday.- Advertisement – 5:20 Image:Maradona coaches local club Gimnasia y Esgrima Maradona had initially self-isolated after one of his bodyguards displayed symptoms of coronavirus, the country’s state-run news agency Telam reported last Tuesday.He last appeared in public on his 60th birthday last Friday before his side’s league match against Patronato.He was gifted a plaque and a cake to celebrate the occasion but he did not stay to watch the game and witnesses said he looked unwell and weak. Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, coaches local club Gimnasia y Esgrima.Dozens of the club’s fans have converged on the hospital since Monday evening, waving flags and holding posters with messages of support as they waited for news of Maradona’s health.“What we want the most is for Diego to get out of all this. He can, he is the greatest, the greatest in the world,” said Diego Bermudez, 41, a Maradona fan waiting outside the hospital.- Advertisement – The operation was expected to begin around 8pm local time to address the condition, which is a pool of blood, often caused by a head injury, that can put pressure on the brain.Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s personal physician, said the procedure was a “routine surgery”. The former Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors player has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to the extravagant lifestyle that accompanied and followed his playing career.The former Napoli striker was also admitted to hospital in January 2019 with internal bleeding in the stomach.He also fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box at the Argentina-Nigeria game.Maradona was taken into hospital in 2004 with severe heart and respiratory problems linked to cocaine use. He later underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before a stomach-stapling operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.In 2007, he checked himself into a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him overcome alcohol abuse problems. Mauricio Pochettino reminisces on sharing a room with Diego Maradona and how his charismatic personality reminds him of former PSG teammate Ronaldinho. – Advertisement – “We are going to operate today. He is lucid, he understands, he agrees with the intervention,” Luque said.- Advertisement –
Prosecutors can act with impunity because they incur no penalties for misconduct in their official duties. New York has commissions to discipline wayward judges and lawyers, but nothing exists to rein in rogue prosecutors.However, bills poised to pass the Legislature this year — Senate bill 2412-D and Assembly bill 5285-C — would establish an independent Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct to impose discipline on prosecutors who break the rules. Sadly, no prosecutor has endorsed the legislation.Ask your legislators and friends to support these bills.We are each only an arrest away from experiencing prosecutorial abuse.Frank DoneganSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion New York’s prosecutors are the loose cannons of our legal system. Some prosecutors regularly use false confessions and coerce guilty pleas; they hide evidence favorable to the defendant and improperly influence witnesses’ testimony; they lie to juries in order to win convictions at any cost.Consequently, innocent people often spend years in jail for crimes they didn’t commit. New York is second only to Texas in the number of wrongful convictions every year.
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Canadian deaths edged up eight to 8,798 according to government data late Tuesday, while the total number of cases grew by 331, to 108,486. By contrast, the United States recently set a one-day record in new cases with 60,500 as the national death toll rose to more than 135,000.But health experts and politicians fret the sacrifices Canadians made could be imperiled as the economy moves to a full reopening including schools, especially in heavily populated central Canada, and as US authorities struggle to contain the spread south of the border.”Everyone is preparing for a potential spike in cases … I think that’s inevitable,” said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital.”Opening up the economy is not a linear path. There will be setbacks (and) we will very likely have to reimpose public health restrictions in certain areas because of an unacceptable number of new cases.” Canada’s efforts to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases have put the country on the cusp of zero deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since March, but officials see worrying signs of a new spike as provinces lift restrictions.For months, Canadians followed strict public health rules on social movement as the 10 provinces quickly shut down large parts of the economy, ramped up testing and boosted space in intensive care units.Some provinces curbed internal journeys while Ottawa barred international visitors, closed the land border to non-essential travel with the United States, which has become a global pandemic epicenter, and deployed military staff to hard-hit nursing homes. Quebec’s coronavirus cases are starting to rise and public health officials have tracked outbreaks to house parties and a suburban Montreal bar. In Ontario, an outbreak at a nail salon forced hundreds into quarantine while British Columbia, which has reported few new deaths in recent weeks, is seeing an uptick in cases as people expand their social circles.”We did so much work to keep the number of cases down,” said Alex Magdzinski, a Montreal nurse who treated COVID patients at a nursing home. “All healthcare workers are asking (people) is to put in a minimal effort.”Magdzinski said he is seeing repeated cases of people in Canada’s second largest city abandoning social distancing measures.Quebec has made wearing masks mandatory in indoor public spaces while other Canadian cities have enacted similar bylaws.”We need only look south of the border to see how bad things could be,” said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on Monday, as he urged residents to “remain vigilant and disciplined” after large crowds gathered in parks and at a popular lake over the weekend.Canadian provinces, most of them with right-leaning governments that normally oppose Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have been working closely with Ottawa, in a coordinated approach to the outbreak.In the US, the response has been politicized with Republican President US Donald Trump attacking opponents at the state and city level. Critics also complained the White House did a poor job of helping distribute crucial equipment.”They’ve been reckless. They moved forward too quickly,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford told reporters on Tuesday as the province gears up for its third and final stage of reopening .The two nations have banned non-essential land travel since mid-March but pressure is building on Trudeau from Canadian business leaders and US lawmakers to loosen restrictions. Polls show a large majority of Canadians, and provincial leaders, want the border to remain closed.This month, at least five incoming flights from cities in Florida, Texas and North Carolina had passengers with confirmed coronavirus cases aboard, according to Canadian government data.”Don’t get me wrong,” said Ford. “I love the Americans. I don’t want them up here right now.” Topics :