Decathlon medal in sight for Warner, senior services cut: In the news of August 5

In The News is a summary of articles from The Canadian Press designed to start your day off right. Here’s what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of August 5 … What we’re watching in Canada …

In The News is a summary of articles from The Canadian Press designed to start your day off right. Here’s what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of August 5 …

What we watch in Canada …

Canada’s Damian Warner is two steps away from winning his first Olympic decathlon title.

The 31-year-old from London, Ont., Tied his personal best with 4.90 meters in the pole vault Thursday afternoon, to maintain a sizable lead after eight events.

The javelin and the 1,500 meters are the last two disciplines of the grueling two-day event which crowns the “greatest athlete in the world”.

Warner had 7,490 points after the pole vault, while Australia’s Ashley Moloney remained second at 7,269 and Pierce LePage of Whitby, Ont., Retained third place at 7,175 after climbing 5.0 meters in the pole vault.

Warner started his day with an Olympic decathlon record of 13.46 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles in the first event of the day.

He greeted and greeted his partner Jen Cotten, their son Theo and his mother after crossing the finish line.

He followed with a solid third place on the discus, with a throw of 48.67 meters.

Warner has taken several milestones over the past two days in his quest for gold. He set the Olympic decathlon record in the long jump and tied his own best decathlon mark in the 100 meters on Day 1.

Warner is the reigning Olympic bronze medalist and also a world championship silver medalist, and he said watching Canada’s Andre De Grasse win 200-meter gold on Wednesday night was inspiring. Like Warner, De Grasse had won numerous silver and bronze medals on the world stage before taking gold.

Warner is coming out of an extraordinary winter that saw him training in an empty, unheated hockey arena that his coaches converted into a multi-event facility after COVID-19 closed the grounds of the University of Western Ontario. He and his coaches built a long jump pit, brought in a pole vault pit, built a throwing circle, and laid out a 40-meter section of track.

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New Democrats say they have been inundated with calls from seniors who suddenly find themselves deprived of monthly government payments because of emergency benefits they received last year.

In a letter sent to three Liberal ministers and obtained by The Canadian Press, NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says many low-income seniors who received the Canada Emergency Benefit of $ 2,000 per month after the pandemic of COVID-19 destroyed their jobs. are now ineligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement or face heavy deductions.

“They just won’t have enough income at the end of the month to pay their bills. And what we feared would happen last year will end up happening this year,” Blaikie said in an interview.

“It’s not fair of us to do this to Canada’s poorest seniors.”

Blaikie is calling for a quick fix and is hoping the government will change its approach to reducing the Guaranteed Income Supplement for Seniors based on benefits in the event of a pandemic.

Employment and Social Development Canada spokesperson Samuelle Carbonneau said the supplement, like EI, is income tested and emergency benefits count as taxable income that goes into the calculation. payments to the elderly.

But Chris Sherlock, a 65-year-old resident of British Columbia’s Cowichan Valley who relied on CERB last year, says he was never told his monthly income would drop by nearly $ 500 as a result. .

The former tree planter, who receives less than $ 800 a month from Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan payments, says he has earmarked emergency benefits for dental care, repairs to car and old bills, and now faces possible eviction.

“I have no money and I cannot pay my rent,” he said.

“It’s kind of like you see a little old dog on the street, give it a treat and then hit it on the head with a baseball bat for taking that treat.”

What we watch in the USA …

GREENVILLE, Calif. A rapid wildfire engulfed a northern California city, razing much of the downtown area and several homes.

The Dixie Fire ravaged Greenville on Wednesday night, destroying businesses and homes as the sky was plunged into an orange glow.

A photographer on assignment for the Associated Press described seeing a gas station, hotel and local bar set on fire in the city of 800 people.

“If you are still in the Greenville area you are in imminent danger and you MUST go now !!” the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook earlier Wednesday.

The three-week fire affected more than 1,108 square kilometers in Plumas and Butte counties.

The heat from the flames created a cloud of pyrocumulus, a huge column of smoke that rose more than 30,000 feet into the air, said Mike Wink, chief of the state’s fire operations section.

Dawn Garofalo watched as the cloud grew on the west side of the lake, where she fled with a dog and two horses, from a friend’s property near Greenville.

“There’s only one entrance and one exit. I didn’t want to be stuck up there if the fire went through,” Garofalo said.

From her camp on the lake bed, she watched the fire glow on the horizon before dawn. “The flames were huge. They must have been 500 feet high. Scary,” she said.

Similar risky weather conditions were expected in southern California, where advisories and heat warnings were issued for inland valleys, mountains and deserts for much of the week.

Heat waves and the historic drought associated with climate change have made wildfires more difficult to fight in the American West. Scientists say climate change has made the region much hotter and drier over the past 30 years and will continue to make weather conditions more extreme and forest fires more frequent and destructive.

More than 20,000 firefighters and support personnel were fighting 97 large active wildfires covering 7,560 square kilometers in 13 US states, the National Interagency Fire Center said.

What we watch in the rest of the world …

ANKARA, Turkey _ A forest fire that reached the compound of a coal-fired power plant in southwest Turkey and forced local residents to flee in boats and cars was brought under control on Thursday after rage for about 11 hours, officials and media said.

High winds pushed the blaze towards the Kemerkoy power station in Mugla province on Wednesday evening, prompting evacuations from the nearby resort of Oren. Navy ships were deployed to help evacuate residents, as cars formed long convoys on roads leading away from the area, Haberturk TV reported.

Turkey’s worst forest fires in decades raged for nine days amid scorching heat, low humidity and ever-changing strong winds.

The fires have so far killed eight people and countless animals.

In the coastal Mugla province, where Bodrum’s tourist hotspot is located, fires continued to burn in six areas on Thursday, officials said. Fires also raged in five districts in Antalya province, another tourist destination, where two neighborhoods were evacuated on Wednesday.

Precautions were taken before the flames reached the Kemerkoy power station. The plant’s hydrogen tanks were emptied and workers were evacuated. Flammable and explosive substances have also been removed, according to the public broadcaster TRT.

Turkish Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said an initial inspection of the plant showed that its main units had not suffered any serious damage. The private factory uses lignite to generate electricity, according to its website.

TV footage showed dozens of fire engines and tankers surrounding the main plant building, some spraying water as part of a cooling effort. The main building does not appear to have been affected.

Firefighters had been working for two days to protect the plant from the advancing flames. Videos from a nearby neighborhood of Milas showed charred and decimated trees.

On this day in 1986 …

Canada has become one of six Commonwealth countries to adopt economic sanctions against South Africa because of its apartheid policy. They included bans on air routes, new bank loans and government contracts with majority-owned South African companies.

In entertainment …

Airbnb says a “misunderstanding” led British actor John Cleese to find himself with no place to stay while working on a movie in Ontario’s cottage country.

On Monday, Cleese took to Twitter to ask residents of Huntsville, Ont., If they had a home he could stay in because the home he booked on Airbnb had been given to someone from other.

Airbnb said Wednesday that the Cleese team requested a reservation at a Huntsville home, but the host never actually accepted the request.

As a result, the hosting company claims that Cleese’s fees were automatically reimbursed.

Cleese tweeted later Monday thanking people for their accommodation suggestions, and noted that all local hotels appeared to be full.

Airbnb said they have been in contact with Cleese’s team and offered them a coupon for their next stay with the company.

“Wherever he stays, we hope Mr. Cleese and his team have an incredible experience in the beautiful Muskoka region,” a company statement read.


Dr Chika Stacy Oriuwa remembers dressing her Barbies as doctors, poets, and performers when she was a young girl, but none of the dolls really looked like the woman she aspired to be.

Today, the Canadian doctor, spoken word poet and lawyer not only lives her childhood dreams, she also has a Barbie in her image to show it.

Oriuwa says she hopes the launch of a doll celebrating her success as a black female doctor will show children that there are no limits to their play or potential.

The University of Toronto psychiatry resident is one of six women who inspired Mattel’s new line of Barbies in honor of health workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

The toy maker says Oriuwa is recognized as a “role model” for her advocacy against systemic racism in healthcare.

Oriuwa says she worked with Team Barbie to design a doll with her complexion, afro-textured hair, a white coat, and a stethoscope.

The 27-year-old says these authentic features help change “the narrative of what a doctor looks like.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 5, 2021

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