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Rio 2016: Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche says he got bacterial pneumonia at Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche says he developed a serious case of bacterial pneumonia while in Brazil to compete in the Olympic road race and will be forced to miss the Vuelta a Espana.

Roche suggested on 桑拿会所 that he may have gotten sick from a “bad aircon in Rio,” though he did not say how he knew that it was caused by air conditioning, nor did he specify whether it was from a unit in the Olympic village.

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“Riding the Vuelta was a big target for me this year and I was looking forward to being part of the team,” Roche said. “The illness couldn’t have come at a worse time, really, and after speaking to the medical staff, it’s pretty clear that I’m not going to be ready in time.”

Roche competed in the road race in support of countryman Dan Martin on the first full day of competition at the Rio Games. He finished 29th after dropping a chain on the base of the final climb.

His trade team, Team Sky, confirmed Roche will miss the Vuelta a Espana due to the illness.

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The potential for illness has been a major concern in Rio, though mostly because of the Zika virus and issues with water quality.

The Vuelta a Espana is the third of cycling’s three Grand Tours, following the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. And it was the one Roche has been targeting most of the season, building toward not only the Olympics but also the mountainous race in Spain.

Roche said he was “gutted” to miss the race, which begins with a team time trial Aug. 20. Doctors have prescribed eight full days of rest before Roche can get back on a bike.

He hopes to be able to compete again before the end of the season.

“Obviously it’s a big disappointment. The Vuelta is a race I really enjoy and one where I have had success before,” he said. “I’ll be focusing on my recovery and getting back as soon as I can.”

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Montreal Pride parade celebrating 10 years of diversity

Montreal’s annual Pride parade, caps off a week of musical performances, sporting events and a slew of other activities in what is billed as the largest LGBTQ festival in the francophone world.

The parade kicked-off at 1 p.m. Sunday at the corner of St-Mathieu Street and travelled east on René-Lévesque Boulevard, ending on Sanguinet Street in the Village.

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Attendees, mostly dressed in green, march in annual Pride parade in Montreal. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

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Thousands attend annual Pride parade in Montreal. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

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Annual Pride parade underway in Montreal. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

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Montreal’s annual Pride parade makes its way along René Levesque Boulevard. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

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Revellers were then invited to dance the afternoon away at the traditional Mega T-Dance Party at Parc Emilie-Gamelin.

A sea of green flooded the streets, as hundreds of floats, representing this year’s theme, “Our Flag, Our Nature: GREEN,” made their way along the designated route.

The colour green, represents not only the environment but the rich and diverse nature of LGBTQ individuals.

Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec premier, Philippe Couillard were among the dignitaries in attendance, with Trudeau sporting a green shirt at a press conference held ahead of the celebrations.

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Trudeau wasn’t the only celebrity in attendance though.

Raven-Symone, a multi-talented American entertainer, was a Grand Marshall at this year’s event.

The African Rainbow, a local group supporting LGBTQ people from the Caribbean and African communities, led this year’s parade.

A moment of silence to remember those who died of AIDS-related illness and homophobia was held at 2:30 p.m., with the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting top of mind.

Parade comes to a standstill as participants observe moment of silence in honour of the Orlando shooting victims. Montreal, Aug. 14, 2016.

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Despite the recent tragedy, the celebrations surrounding Pride, are meant not only to highlight the struggles of the community but also its victories.

Organizers pointed to Quebec’s transgender bill, tabled earlier this year, as a case in point and a reason to remain optimistic.

WATCH BELOW: Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée unveils Quebec’s proposed transgender rights bill, just after the federal government tabled its piece of legislation, Bill C-16.

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2 dead, including attacker, following Swiss train attack; no indication of terrorism, police say

BERLIN (AP) — The man who attacked passengers on a crowded Swiss train with a knife and burning liquid died of his wounds Sunday, as did one of his victims, a 34-year-old woman, Swiss police said. Three others remain hospitalized with serious wounds.

Police are still searching for a motive but said there’s no indication the suspect, identified only as a 27-year-old Swiss man from a neighboring region, had ties to extremist groups.

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A 43-year-old woman, a 6-year-old girl and 17-year-old girl remained hospitalized Sunday with serious injuries, one in critical condition, St. Gallen canton (state) police spokesman Hans-Peter Kruesi told The Associated Press. A 17-year-old youth and 50-year-old man wounded in the attack have been treated and released, he said.

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Kruesi said all the victims lived in the St. Gallen canton.

Swiss police searched the suspect’s home after the Saturday afternoon attack on the train as it neared the station in Salez, close to the Liechtenstein border. Kruesi would not comment on what evidence was seized at the home, but said “so far there are no indications this was a terrorist or politically motivated crime.”

Police were not able to question the suspect before he died, Kruesi said, adding that the man had no criminal record and was not previously known to police.

According to a video of the attack evaluated by police, the assailant acted alone, attacking passengers on the train between Buchs and Sennwald with a knife and then burning liquid, which is now being analyzed by a police forensics team.

The train driver was being credited with quick thinking, continuing into the Salez station before stopping, a move that allowed police and rescue crews to get on board easier.

Five passengers on the train were wounded in the attack and a sixth person on the train platform, the 50-year-old man, was wounded as he pulled the burning suspect off the train, police said. The 50-year-old was treated for smoke inhalation and burns, Kruesi said.

The Swiss train attack again illustrates how difficult it is for authorities to protect the continent’s labyrinthine transport system, particularly against individuals wielding unsophisticated weapons.

Last month in neighboring Germany, a 17-year-old refugee from Afghanistan used an ax and a knife to wound four tourists on a train, and stabbed a woman as he fled. The attacker was shot and killed by police. All his victims survived.

In May at a train station in the German state of Bavaria, a 27-year-old German man who had been in psychiatric care stabbed commuters, killing one and wounding three others before being apprehended by police.

Last year, a heavily armed gunman opened fire on a high-speed Amsterdam to Paris train but was overpowered by two young American servicemen and their companion.

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Canadian drone racer chases the future

VICTORIA – Andrew Meyer says he’s chasing the future as he travels the world competing in drone racing events in what is one of the world’s newest competitions.

The 26-year-old university student from Port Alberni, B.C., is known in drone flying circles as Andrew “MayMayDay” Meyer.

He’s essentially grounded his education to fly drones at races in Canada, the United States, Dubai and South Korea, he said via Facebook on Friday from a highway rest stop near Seoul.

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Meyer was one of 15 international drone racers invited to South Korea’s Chuncheon Drone Race World Cup last weekend. About 100 South Koreans also entered in the event at the 20,000-seat Chuncheon city stadium.

He recently placed 10th at the 2016 U.S. National Drone Racing Championships in New York City and is entered in the Drone World Championship in Hawaii in October. He was a top competitor at Canada’s Drone Nationals last year at Collingwood, Ont.

“I love trying new things,” said Meyer who has done his share of bungee jumps and sky dives in the past. “The freedom of flight has always been interesting to me.”

Drone racing started about four years ago, but it’s only been in recent months where it’s started to rise to prominence globally, with U.S. sports channel ESPN livestreaming the American nationals earlier this month and the World Drone Prix in Dubai offering $1 million in prizes.

It’s all part of the fast-growing world of drone racing, where participants don goggles that are linked to the drone’s camera, giving them a live, first-person view as they weave their small aircraft around a race course at top speeds.

“Anyone can put on goggles and feel exactly what the pilot’s feeling,” said Meyer. “You and thousands of people can be racing around the course through your drone. I think of drone racing as the better version of Formula One car racing.”

Meyer envisions a future drone-racing circuit similar to Grand Prix auto racing.

He said racing drones takes more control skills than the everyday drones people use to explore their surroundings. Race drones are operated by successfully manipulating two joysticks that control speed and direction.

Most races involve about 10 drones that whiz through on-the-ground obstacle courses of sorts at speeds of more than 100 kilometres an hour. The winners are usually either the pilots who complete the most laps in a set time or the ones with the fastest three consecutive laps.

Meyer said he’s hooked on drone racing and at the moment his quest for his master’s degree in biomedical engineering is running a distance second in his life.

“When I started my master’s at the University of British Columbia the drone racing was only starting to get big,” he said. “It was just a hobby for me. It’s a fine balance now between my master’s and the drone world. Fortunately, my professor is very understanding of what I’m doing with drones.”

Meyer said his university studies involve working with robotics to improve the accuracy of mobile X-ray machines used in orthopedic surgery.

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Milwaukee officials call for calm after unrest over police shooting

MILWAUKEE – Simmering anger over the fatal shooting of a man by police erupted in violence on Milwaukee’s north side, with protesters skirmishing with officers over several hours and setting fire to at least four businesses in an outburst the mayor says was fed by social media.

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The uprising that broke out Saturday evening didn’t subside until after midnight, after Mayor Tom Barrett and other city leaders appeared at a news conference to plead for calm. Police said three people were arrested, and one officer was hurt by a brick thrown into a squad car.

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The triggering event came Saturday afternoon, when a man fleeing police after a traffic stop was shot and killed. Police said the man was armed, but it wasn’t clear whether he was pointing the gun or aiming it at officers. Barrett said the man was hit twice, in the chest and arm. Neither his race nor the officer’s was immediately released, nor were they identified.

The shooting was being investigated by the state. The officer was wearing a body camera, Barrett said.

The mayor said the uprising was driven by social media messages instructing people to congregate in the area.

“We have to have calm,” Barrett said at the news conference. “There are a lot of really good people who live in this neighbourhood.”

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Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton echoed Barrett’s plea for help restoring order.

“We understand the frustration people feel with the police community nationally. … We have to go through the process of finding justice, but we have to be able to restore order to these neighbourhoods,” Hamilton said. “Please participate in restoring order to these neighbourhoods.”

Alderman Khalif Rainey, who represents the district where the violence occurred, said the city’s black residents are “tired of living under this oppression.” He said he didn’t justify the violence “but nobody can deny that there are racial problems here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that have to be rectified.”

WATCH: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett discusses a police involved shooting and violence that took place afterward as a gas station was set on fire along with several police vehicles. 

Barrett said the 23-year-old man who died was stopped by police for “suspicious activity.” Police said earlier that he was carrying a gun that had been stolen in a March burglary in suburban Waukesha.

“This stop took place because two officers … saw suspicious activity,” the mayor said. “There were 23 rounds in that gun that that officer was staring at. I want to make sure we don’t lose any police officers in this community, either.”

As many as 100 protesters massed at 44th Street and Auer Avenue between 8 and 9 p.m., surging against a line of 20 to 30 officers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that officers got in their cars to leave at one point and some in the crowd started smashing a squad car’s windows. Another police car was set on fire. The newspaper reported that one of its reporters was shoved to the ground and punched.

Around 11 p.m., police with shields and helmets moved slowly into the intersection, telling a crowd of about 50 people to disperse. Some threw rocks and other debris at police, who held up their shields. People in the crowd also threw objects at a business a half-block from the intersection. A nearby traffic light was bent over and bus shelters overturned.

The businesses that burned included a BMO Harris bank branch, a BP gas station, an O’Reilly Auto Parts store and a beauty supply store. Firefighters held back from the gas station blaze because of gunshots.

Police said the man who was shot had an arrest record. The 24-year-old officer who shot the man has been placed on administrative duty. The officer has been with the Milwaukee department six years, three as an officer.

The shooting occurred just a few blocks from two fatal shootings Friday and Saturday, part of a violent stretch in the city in which five people died in shootings during a nine-hour stretch. Assistant Chief Bill Jessup alluded to the violence in discussing the fatal shooting.

“As everyone knows, this was a very, very violent 24 hours in the city of Milwaukee,” Jessup told the Journal Sentinel. “Our officers are out here taking risks on behalf of the community and making split-second decisions.”

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Rio 2016: What to watch in week 2 of the Olympics

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.

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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.

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Athletics

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.

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Soccer

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.

READ MORE: Canadian women one win from Olympic soccer medal

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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Golf

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.

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Boxing

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.

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Wrestling

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.

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Beach volleyball

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.

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Kayak

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.

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BMX

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.

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Cycling

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.

READ MORE: Team Canada cyclists win bronze in women’s team pursuit

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10-year-old girl mauled by bear in Port Coquitlam

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.

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“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.

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Rio 2016: Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton wins bronze in women’s heptathlon

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.

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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.

READ MORE: Rio 2016: What’s on tap for Canada on Day 9 at the Rio Games

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.

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Surrogacy in Canada: What you need to know

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.

    Breaking the stigma surrounding infertility

    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.

    WATCH: Why one woman’s best friend became her surrogate

    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.”

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Paredes, Calgary Stampeders beat Saskatchewan Roughriders 19-10

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.

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