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It was a successful Week 1 in Rio for Canada, with 12 medals won, including two golds. Canada will try to keep up their streak of winning at least one medal per day, as our athletes step out of the pool and onto the track field.
Canada is well on its way to reaching the Canadian Olympic Committee’s goal of a top-12 finish in the overall medal standings, while also hoping to collect 19 medals.
FULL COVERAGE: Rio 2016
While all our medals so far have been won by women, there are a few chances for some Canadian men to bring home some titles.
Here’s a few events to watch in the second week of the Olympics:
Canada\’s Andre De Grasse, left, and China\’s Su Bingtian compete in a men\’s 100-meter heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. AP Photo/David J. Phillip
Canada\’s Andre De Grasse, left, and China\’s Su Bingtian compete in a men\’s 100-meter heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016.
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Andre De Grasse will hopefully challenge world champion Usain Bolt in a major Olympics event: the men’s 100m dash. He’ll first have to get through the semifinals Sunday afternoon before facing both Jamaican Bolt and American Justin Gatlin.
He’ll also be competing in the 4x100m relay on Thursday.
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Decathlete Damien Warner will be one to watch as he’s been getting closer and closer to top of the podium. He came in fifth in London in 2012, picked up a bronze in the 2013 world championships and then grabbed silver in the 2015 world championships. Decathlon gets underway on Wednesday.
Melissa Bishop has a chance to medal in the women’s 800m event on Wednesday. She came in first in last year’s Pan Am games in Toronto, breaking a Canadian record.
Shawn Barber is a Canadian record holder and will have a chance at the podium in pole vault on Monday.
Derek Drouin came in third in London 2012, and is a contender for this year’s high jump medals on Tuesday if he qualifies today.
Christine Sinclair #12 of Canada celebrates their second goal during the match between Canada and Australia womens football for the summer olympics at Arena Corinthians on August 3, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images
Christine Sinclair #12 of Canada celebrates their second goal during the match between Canada and Australia womens football for the summer olympics at Arena Corinthians on August 3, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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The women’s team is one win away from a medal in Rio. Their semifinal match on Tuesday will determine whether they will play for the gold or the bronze medal.
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Brooke M. Henderson of Canada celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Cambia Portland Classic held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on July 3, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. Michael Cohen/Getty Images
Brooke M. Henderson of Canada celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Cambia Portland Classic held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on July 3, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.
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Brooke Henderson will start in the first round of women’s golf starting on Wednesday. The 18-year-old is currently ranked second in the world, and is expected to bring home a medal.
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Mandy Bujold of Canada reacts to her win on August 12 at the Olympic Games in Rio. Peter Cziborra / REUTERS
Mandy Bujold of Canada reacts to her win on August 12 at the Olympic Games in Rio.
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Mandy Bujold is currently in the quarterfinals in the women’s fly 51kg category. Her next match will be Tuesday.
Erica Wiebe of Canada celebrates winning gold in a bout against Jyoti of India in the Nordic System 75kg wrestling bout at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday July 29, 2014. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Erica Wiebe of Canada celebrates winning gold in a bout against Jyoti of India in the Nordic System 75kg wrestling bout at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday July 29, 2014.
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Erica Wiebe won the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will be fighting for her first Olympic medal on Thursday.
Canada’s Sarah Pavan competes in the women’s beach volleyball qualifying match between Canada and Germany at the Beach Volley Arena in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2016, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Canada’s Sarah Pavan competes in the women’s beach volleyball qualifying match between Canada and Germany at the Beach Volley Arena in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2016, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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Canada’s women Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan have moved on to the quarterfinals and will try for the semis on Sunday.
Adam van Koeverden, an Olympic gold, silver and bronze medallist, kayaking for Team Canada this year, told Global News the hype around Rio’s health safety has taken away from the Games and the hard work the athletes have poured into preparation. Instagram/Adam van Koeverden
Adam van Koeverden, an Olympic gold, silver and bronze medallist, kayaking for Team Canada this year, told Global News the hype around Rio’s health safety has taken away from the Games and the hard work the athletes have poured into preparation.
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Adam van Koeverden will compete in the men’s single 1000m on Monday, and Mark de Jonge will compete in the men’s single 200m on Friday. Both men medaled in London 2012, and are expected to be contenders in their respective races.
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Tony Nyhaug of the Canada rides to second place in the Men Elite competition at the BMX Supercross World Championships, Manchester, England, Friday, April 19, 2013. AP Photo/Jon Super
Tony Nyhaug of the Canada rides to second place in the Men Elite competition at the BMX Supercross World Championships, Manchester, England, Friday, April 19, 2013.
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Tony Nyhaug will be a contender at this year’s Olympics, after missing out on medalling in London 2012 because he ruptured his spleen 11 weeks before competing. He has previously won silver at the World Cup in 2014.
Emily Batty acknowledges the crowd before receiving her gold medal at the Hardwood Mountain Bike Park in Oro-Medonte, Ont., where she finished first in the women\’s mountain bike event at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games on Sunday, July 12, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill
Emily Batty acknowledges the crowd before receiving her gold medal at the Hardwood Mountain Bike Park in Oro-Medonte, Ont., where she finished first in the women\’s mountain bike event at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
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2011 and 2014 world champion Catherine Pendrel and her teammate Emily Batty will be racing in Saturday’s cross country mountain bike event and both are contenders.
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A 10-year-old girl is in hospital with serious injuries after being mauled by a bear in Port Coquitlam, Saturday.
It happened around 5 p.m. on a popular trail near Shaughnessy St. and Lincoln Ave by Coquitlam River Park.
Witnesses say a father was out walking with his young daughter when the little girl was attacked by a bear. Much to the horror of her father, the girl was dragged into some bushes where she was mauled. It was a terrifying scene for those out on an evening stroll.
“I heard shouting, yelling,” says one witness who jumped into action when he saw the bear dragging the young girl around.
Witnesses and the father frantically tried to save the child, fighting off the sow with sticks and rocks.
“They were yelling call 911. They dragged her out and the bear chased. So they turned around, yelled at the bear and it backed off for a bit,” says a witness.
Once the bear backed off, the girl’s father quickly grabbed his daughter and drove her to a local hospital himself. She is believed to be in stable condition.
By the time conservation officers arrived to the scene, the sow and her cub were still in the area.
Conservation officer Sgt. Todd Hunter says the female bear “was destroyed in a very quick, humane manner.”
Her eight month old cub has been brought to the Critter Care Wildlife shelter in Langley.
It’s not clear what may have prompted the attack, but it appears that the sow may have been protecting its cub. There have been previous bear and wildlife sightings in the area.
“There’s evidence of a garbage can being ransacked and scattered into the woods,” says Sgt. Hunter.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton roared back to win bronze in the women’s heptathlon at the Rio Olympics.
The two-time world silver medallist from Humboldt, Sask., was in sixth place after a rocky Day 1.
But solid long jump and javelin events allowed her to climb up to third spot going into the final event – the 800 metres.
Theisen-Eaton finished third in the final 800 heat to finish with 6,653 points.
Belgium’s Nafissatou won gold and 2012 champion Jessica Ennis-Hill took silver.
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The medal was Canada’s first in track and field at these Games, and matches the one medal – a bronze in high jump by Derek Drouin – at the 2012 London Olympics.
Earlier Saturday, star sprinter Andre De Grasse cruised to the semifinals of the men’s 100 metres.
The world bronze medallist from Markham, Ont., was slow out of the blocks but turned it on in the final 50 metres to finish first in his heat in a time of 10.04 seconds.
The semifinals and final are set for Sunday night.
Defending champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica ran 10.07 to win his heat.
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American Justin Gatlin had the fastest qualifying time at 10.01. De Grasse’s time was third-best overall.
De Grasse will be the lone Canadian in the semis after Toronto’s Aaron Brown (10.24) and Calgary’s Akeem Haynes (10.22) failed to advance.
Earlier, Genevieve Lalonde of Moncton, N.B., broke the Canadian record in women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase to qualify for the final, finishing in 9:30.24.
Heather Gunn has spent the majority of the past three years “chronically pregnant.”
This November the 29-year-old London, Ont. real estate agent will give birth for the sixth time since her son was born 12 years ago. But this baby won’t go home with her. Nor did the last two.
The single mother-of-three is a three-time surrogate. She says she was drawn to surrogacy after her nine-year-old twin girls were born.
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Even though she always knew she wanted to have three kids, she didn’t realize she’d have them all by the age of 20 through just two pregnancies.
“I thought, ‘I can’t believe this is it,’” she said.
She’d met people who struggled with fertility and felt fortunate that, despite the occasional bout of morning sickness, pregnancy was “really easy” for her.
“I started thinking, “Hmm, I wonder if this is something I can do to help somebody.”
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She was matched to a heterosexual couple in 2013 and is now carrying a second child for a gay couple.
She’s left six months of postpartums between the past three pregnancies.
Each baby has been larger than the last, and each labour lasts about six hours.
For the last one, she opted for her first epidural.
Both couples she’s carried for have been in the room during delivery. It’s an emotional moment for everyone, as the parents have the baby put into their arms.
“That’s what you do it for. It’s that moment.”
Surrogate Heather Gunn with the couple she carried a baby for twice.
“You just feel so proud…I cry tears of joy. Someone gets to meet their baby, in large part because of you.”
The birth certificate for a baby born through surrogacy in Canada can list either two men, two women or a single person as the parent. The exceptions are Quebec and New Brunswick, where the parents would have to adopt the child. As a result, people reportedly don’t really pursue surrogacy there.
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One in six couples in Canada struggles with fertility issues.
“And you never hear about it. It’s kind of that thing you’re not supposed to talk about – that you’re unable to have children,” said Breanne Willoughy-Brown of Canadian Fertility Consulting.
The Toronto-based agency, which matches parent-hopefuls with surrogates, wants to open up the conversation about surrogacy. The clinic is set to host information sessions in various cities across the country (in Calgary Aug. 19, then in Alberta again as well as B.C. in Oct., Nova Scotia in Nov.), where local surrogates will share their stories.
“It’s a lot more common than you would think,” Willoughy-Brown said, estimating more than 150 babies are born through their program each year.
The majority of the clients are from Ontario, but the agency also attracts surrogacy-seeking couples from western provinces.
“Because there is so much shame related to it, your neighbour could be a surrogate and you may not know.”
Gunn said she worried about people judging her. But the response has been “overwhelmingly positive.”
Sometimes when strangers ask her questions about the pregnancy, she might say, “Oh, this one’s not actually for me.” Or in the case of the gay partners, whose semen was used to fertilize two separate donor eggs,” she’d joke, “I don’t know who the father is.”
Surrogacy misconceptions and legality
The biggest misconception about surrogacy is the compensation.
“In the State of California, for example, a surrogate may receive anywhere between $30,000 and $50,000 in payment — plus other expenses. In Canada, they receive the ‘other expenses,’” explained Leia Swanberg, the CEO of Canadian Fertility Consulting.
“Our average surrogate would receive $20,000.”
But each case is different. A stay-at-home mom on bed rest, for example, would have different reimbursement needs than a nurse who needs full-time child care.
“[The financial help is] definitely not why you would do it,” Gunn stressed.
She said she gets a portion of her grocery bills paid back as long as she keeps the receipts.
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Payment was part of a high-profile legal case at Swanberg’s organization four years ago. She admits she compensated surrogates without receipts, which are now a strict requirement.
The surrogate’s expenses aren’t the only surrogacy cost to consider.
“Typically I say to people, they’re going to spend between $60,000 and $80,000 dollars,” Swanberg said.
That breaks down to roughly:
$10,000 for legal fees — including independent legal advice for both parties, and the creation of a legal contract (surrogacy contracts aren’t recognized in Quebec, and can be in somewhat of a grey zone in other provinces)average of $20,000 in surrogate expenses — this usually covers additional meals, childcare, any vitamins, health supplements or treatment (like acupuncture or reflexology)up to $25,000 in the fertility treatment process — surrogates get referred to a fertility clinic, where they get implanted with embryos created by the intended parents$5,000 in medication — hormone injections are required in the first term to sync a surrogate’s body with the egg donor to mimic and maintain a pregnancy
A surrogate’s medication can include large doses of estrogen and progesterone, which can sometimes leave her feeling moody and unwell.
Swanberg says there are no long-term studies to show any long-term links to health issues stemming from the drugs.
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While her agency works with gestational carriers (meaning the surrogate is not related to the child she’s carrying), some couples choose to find a friend or family member to carry their baby.
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Others may turn to online ads or international arrangements. While this may save costs it can increase risks. In one Canadian case, a New Brunswick surrogate found herself stuck with twins after a British couple broke the contract 27 weeks into the pregnancy because they broke up.
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Bill C-6, which covers surrogacy law in Canada covers, states it’s illegal to pay for surrogacy. It also requires surrogates to be a least 21 years old.
Contravening the law can lead to 10 years in jail or a half million dollar fine.
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Swanberg advises surrogates to have a will, as well as a life insurance policy and make sure there are no surrogacy exclusions — just in case there are any complications. She also requires surrogates to have carried at least one pregnancy to term and undergo a psychological assessment.
Surrogacy definitely isn’t for everyone. Some surrogates may have a hard time with the notion that you may not always have much contact with the parents or child post-birth.
It’s not an issue for Gunn, though.
She thinks the benefit of giving someone the gift of life outweighs any costs.
“It’s one of those gifts that you’re so uniquely able to provide as a younger woman,” she said. “And there’s a finite amount of time you can do it. So if it’s something that appeals to you and you think that it’s something you want, have those discussions and open your mind.
“It’s an amazing thing to do.”
Rene Paredes did his best to kick the Saskatchewan Roughriders while they were down.
The Calgary Stampeders kicker booted four field goals in a 19-10 victory and made sure the Riders’ woeful season continued on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at Mosaic Stadium.
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Calgary (5-1-1) has won eight straight games over their West Division rivals, including a 35-15 victory at McMahon Stadium the previous week, and occupy first place in the division.
“Maybe it’s time they (Roughriders) should move into the new stadium,” said Stampeders defensive end Charleston Hughes, who registered three sacks in Saturday’s game.
“It wasn’t pretty … the guys know we have to play better, but the good thing for us is that we won the game and that’s all that matters,” Paredes added.
It has been a tumultuous week in Saskatchewan. The team lost its third consecutive game to sit at 1-6 and in last place in the nine-team league.
The league also fined the Riders $60,000 on Thursday for roster violations, in addition to a $26,000 salary cap deduction. Though, players in the Roughriders locker room said that didn’t serve as a distraction.
“That didn’t factor into any of this, not even a little bit,” said Riders linebacker Greg Jones. “The guys in this locker room are still the guys who show up for work every day. No matter what happens during the week off of the field, we still have to show up and do our jobs. We still have to step up and play.”
Paredes kicked field goals from 46 yards, 40 yards and 25 yards, all in the first half, as Calgary built an early 9-0 lead. Paredes has converted 19 consecutive field goals this season.
The Riders finally provided an answer on the final play of the first half when backup quarterback Mitchell Gale plunged one yard for a touchdown.
Calgary led 9-7 at halftime and added to the lead on the first possession of the third quarter when Jerome Messam scored on a two-yard touchdown run.
A 54-yard field goal from Saskatchewan’s Quinn Van Gylswyk followed Calgary’s score, but it was the only scoring from the home team in the second half.
The Riders did penetrate the Calgary red zone late in the third quarter, but quarterback Darian Durant fumbled on the 20-yard line and the threat was washed out.
“We had our opportunities,” Durant said. “We just have to be better offensively and score more points. We can’t turn the ball over, can’t drop balls… just a lot of missed opportunities when we got in scoring range.”
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Van Gylswyk had an opportunity with two minutes remaining in the game to cut Calgary’s six-point lead in half when he lined up for a 40-yard field-goal attempt. His kick hit the post and bounced out.
Calgary immediately took advantage when Bo Levi Mitchell connected with Simon Charbonneau on a 63-yard passing play that took the ball to Saskatchewan’s 22-yard line.
Paredes then put Calgary’s win on ice with his fourth field goal, a 21-yard effort, late in the fourth quarter to give his team a nine-point advantage at 19-10.
“It doesn’t matter where or when I get my chances,” Paredes said. “When they call on me to kick, I go in there and do my job. I do like kicking here because it’s loud and the fans are always on you. It feel good when you make them.”
Mitchell’s streak of 21 straight games in which he has thrown a touchdown pass came to an end on Saturday, though he did pass for 298 yards. His favourite target was Marquay McDaniel, who had eight receptions for 110 yards.
Durant completed 24-of-37 pass attempts for 267 yards. He also rushed for a game-high 74 yards.
Both teams will hit the road next week. Saskatchewan, still searching for its first win on the road this season, will take the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Calgary will travel west to play the B.C. Lions.