- Rio 2016: What’s on tap for Canada on Day 9 at the Rio Games
- Shooting into church van wounds 5 in Joplin, Missouri
- Calgary mother criticizes how security officials handled terror threat in Ontario
- Suspect sketch released after Imam, friend killed outside Mosque in New York
- Competitor with cerebral palsy tackles Calgary Spartan Race thanks to Shriners Hospital
Category Archives: 长沙夜生活
Following an eventful Day 8, Sunday features some of the Olympics most anticipated events. With 23 medals up for grabs, Canada will try and keep up the pace of at least a medal a day at Rio 2016.
Here are some events to watch in Day 9 at Rio 2016.
Sunday will see golf’s first Olympic medals in the sport since 1904. Canadians Graham DeLaet and David Hearn have both made it to the final round. (6:00 a.m. ET)
Graham DeLaet of Canada, hits up to the 10th green during the third round of the men’s golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. AP Photo/Alastair Grant
Graham DeLaet of Canada, hits up to the 10th green during the third round of the men’s golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016.
AP Photo/Alastair Grant
Canada hasn’t had a female marathon runner at the Olympics since 1996 but have two running at Rio 2016 —; Lanni Marchant from London, Ont. and Krista DuChene from Brantford, Ont. (8:30 a.m. ET)
Canada’s Lanni Marchant smiles after racing to a fourth place finish in the women’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, July 27, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Canada’s Lanni Marchant smiles after racing to a fourth place finish in the women’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, July 27, 2014.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
While Canada has been knocked out of the competition, tennis is still one of the Olympics’ marquee events. Britain’s Andy Murray will try and defend his 2012 Olympic gold medal against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the men’s single finals. Women’s double finals and mixed double finals will also be on tap. (11:00 a.m. ET)
Andy Murray plays against Kei Nishikori in Centre Court of Olympic Tennis Centre, Mens Singles Semifinal of Summer Olympic Games. Cristiano Andujar/AGIF
Andy Murray plays against Kei Nishikori in Centre Court of Olympic Tennis Centre, Mens Singles Semifinal of Summer Olympic Games.
Sunday will feature four gymnastics finals including the men’s pommel and floor exercise and the women’s uneven bars. Canada’s Shallon Olsen will also be competing in the women’s vault final at (1:47 p.m. ET)
Canada’s Shallon Olsen performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky
Canada’s Shallon Olsen performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016.
AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky
Canadians Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware both qualified for the 3m springboard final. They’ll both be diving for medals after failing to land on the podium in synchro pairs. (3:00 p.m. ET)
Canada’s Jennifer Abel throws her towel into the pool as she competes during the women’s 3-meter springboard diving semifinal in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. AP Photo/Wong Maye-E
Canada’s Jennifer Abel throws her towel into the pool as she competes during the women’s 3-meter springboard diving semifinal in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016.
AP Photo/Wong Maye-E
Track and Field
What some call the most exciting 10 seconds in sports, the men’s 100m finals goes off just before 10 p.m. Look for Markham, Ont. native Andre De Grasse to try and knock off Usain Bolt for the title of world’s fastest man. (8:00 p.m. ET)
Su Bingtian of China, Jimmy Vicaut of France and Andre De Grasse of Canada compete in the 100m semifinals. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Su Bingtian of China, Jimmy Vicaut of France and Andre De Grasse of Canada compete in the 100m semifinals.
JOPLIN, Mo. – A random shooting injured five people Saturday, including three members of a Joplin church who were starting a trip to St. Louis, police said.
A 26-year-old suspect was taken into custody and was being held but has not been formally charged, The Joplin Globe reported.
“This came out of the blue, and all of a sudden people were shot and going to the hospital,” said Jason Glaskey, director of Christian education at Immanuel Lutheran Church, where three of the injured people take part in the church’s Comfort Dog ministry. Glaskey said two dogs were in the van and injured, but that no one else in the van was injured.
Police Capt. Bob Higginbotham told AP Radio that there was no apparent motive for the shootings, which began after the suspect’s father called police to report the suspect was firing rounds at their home.
READ MORE: Imam, assistant fatally shot after leaving NYC mosque
Officers went to the home, and then began pursuing a suspect vehicle. Police said the driver of that vehicle fired shots at the church van, which was stopped at a traffic light. Two people in the van were taken to a hospital, with one in critical condition and the other in serious but stable condition. One was released.
Also, two comfort dogs, which provide assistance to people, were injured, Glaskey told the newspaper. One was released, and one was still getting medical care Saturday afternoon.
Police said the suspect then shot at a pickup truck, injuring two adults. The driver is hospitalized, and the passenger was released, according to police.
“As rounds were being fired, they (police) continued to stay with that suspect, continued to pursue that suspect even though they knew the suspect was actively firing his weapon,” Police Chief Matt Stewart said at a news conference.
The man surrendered and was arrested at 5:22 a.m., police said.
READ MORE: Police respond to reports of shots fired at North Carolina mall
“We are very grateful that these victims do not appear to have life-threatening wounds because of this act,” Mayor Mike Seibert said.
Glaskey said he did not think anyone at the church knew the suspect, adding: “It was random.”
Church member Vicki Eby was in the van with her husband, Kenneth, who was driving. She told KOAM-TV they heard “three pops go off.”
“It was so dark, we didn’t know what was happening,” she said.
One of the bullets hit her husband’s lung, she said, adding that he’s in critical condition.
“If they hadn’t of gotten him to the hospital when they did, he wouldn’t be here,” she said. “They said that his chances were very, very slim. I was in shock. I just asked if they were going to fix him.”
A Calgary mother is critical of the way security officials handled the terror threat that happened in Strathroy, Ontario.
Aaron Driver was killed during a confrontation with RCMP officers last week. Driver moved from Winnipeg to Strathroy as a condition of a peace bond which was applied last year after he was arrested after being accused of supporting ISIS.
The situation hits close to home for Christianne Boudreau because her son Damion Clairmont was killed fighting for the Islamic State in 2014.
Clairmont was being watched by Canadian intelligence for two-years.
Boudreau said she had no warning at the time and didn’t receive any help from the government.
Speaking from her home in Eymet, France Saturday afternoon, she says the fact that officials knew Driver was making threats and didn’t act to help him or his family is a failure.
“It’s devastating, absolutely devastating. The whole family wanted to help him but they were left on their own to do it. I don’t think that’s right, I don’t think that’s fair to try to handle something of this magnitude and understand it from the beginning. It’s so complex, and then for him to be left in their care without assistance or support – it just wasn’t fair for any of them,” Boudreau said.
READ MORE: Aaron Driver’s father remembers son’s grief-stricken childhood, says ‘worst fears’ came true
“It’s a struggle when you have an adult like that, how do you force them into counselling? You can’t.”
“With the peace bond they could’ve use that. They could’ve said, ‘you have to go through the steps or if you do not comply we will put you back in prison.’ But that was never the case, there was no follow-up and so he was left to his family who don’t necessarily understand the complexities, don’t necessarily have the qualifications to deal with it,” Boudreau said.
“So for anything to work, the government should put something in place.”
Boudreau doesn’t think anything is going to change or a solution will be made to prevent something like this from happening again.
“I watched everything that rolled out in October 2014. There was a lot of promises made back then, in both those instances. As soon as it came off the radar and the cameras were off, it went away and here we are again with another senseless loss of life. It’s not just this young man who lost his life, it’s the family who will live with this forever,” Boudreau said.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have released a sketch of the suspect they say fatally shot the leader of a mosque and a friend as they left afternoon prayers.
Police say witnesses described the shooter of 55-year-old Imam Maulama Akonjee and 64-year-old Thara Uddin as a man with a medium complexion, last seen wearing a dark shirt and blue shorts. Police released a sketch early Sunday of a dark-haired, bearded man wearing glasses.
READ MORE: Imam, assistant fatally shot after leaving NYC mosque
Authorities say the shooter approached them from behind as they left the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Queens shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday. Police say video surveillance showed the suspect then fled south on 79th Street with the gun still in his hand.
This undated sketch provided by the New York City Police Department on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, shows a suspect believed to have shot the leader of a mosque and a friend in New York. New York Police Department via AP
This undated sketch provided by the New York City Police Department on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, shows a suspect believed to have shot the leader of a mosque and a friend in New York.
New York Police Department via AP
Although police said no motive had been established for the killings Saturday afternoon near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque, community members worried the slayings could be rooted in intolerance.
“There’s nothing in the preliminary investigation to indicate that they were targeted because of their faith,” said Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner of the New York Police Department.
The imam’s daughter, Naima Akonjee, said her father — described by worshippers as a pious man who gave compelling readings from the Quran — didn’t “have any problems with anyone.”
She said the imam and Uddin were close friends who always walked together to the mosque from their homes on the same street.
READ MORE: Police respond to reports of shots fired at North Carolina mall
Police said the men were shot in the head as they left the mosque in the Ozone Park section of Queens shortly before 2 p.m. They later were pronounced dead.
Sautner said that video surveillance showed they were approached from behind by a man a man in a dark polo shirt and shorts who shot them and then fled south on 79th Street with the gun still in his hand.
Police released a sketch early Sunday of a dark-haired, bearded man wearing glasses. Police said witnesses described the shooter as a man with a medium complexion.
No arrests had been made by early Sunday.
Members of the Bangladeshi Muslim community served by the mosque said they want the shootings to be treated as a hate crime. More than 100 people attended a rally Saturday night and chanted “We want justice!”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group, held a news conference near the shooting scene, where Kobir Chowdhury, a leader at another local mosque, said, “Read my lips: This is a hate crime” directed at Islam. “We are peace-loving.”
Sandals lay on a street corner at the crime scene, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, not far from the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid Mosque in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, New York, where the leader of a New York City mosque has been fatally shot and an associate has been wounded in a brazen daylight attack. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Sandals lay on a street corner at the crime scene, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, not far from the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid Mosque in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, New York, where the leader of a New York City mosque has been fatally shot and an associate has been wounded in a brazen daylight attack.
AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Sarah Sayeed, a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s staff who serves as a liaison to Muslim communities, attended the rally. “I understand the fear because I feel it myself,” she said. “I understand the anger. But it’s very important to mount a thorough investigation.”
Letitia James, who as the city’s public advocate serves as a watchdog over city agencies, said in a statement, “This violence is as alarming as it is senseless.” She urged the police department to “vigorously” investigate the slayings.
WATCH: Muslim leaders blame Donald Trump’s ‘anti-Muslim rhetoric’ for shooting deaths outside mosque
Members of the community had felt animosity lately, with people cursing while passing the mosque, said worshipper Shahin Chowdhury. He said he had advised people to be careful walking around, especially when in traditional clothing.
He called the imam a “wonderful person” with a voice that made his Koran readings especially compelling.
Worshipper Millat Uddin said Akonjee had led the mosque for about two years and was a very pious man.
“The community’s heart is totally broken,” said Uddin, who is not related to Thara Uddin. “It’s a great misery. It’s a great loss to the community and it’s a great loss to the society.”
Naima Akonjee, 28, one of the imam’s seven children, said she rushed to her parents’ home after the shooting. She said her father was a caring man who would call her just to check up on whether she had eaten properly.
Neighbors also described Uddin as a pious and thoughtful man who prayed five times a day and went to the mosque. While at home, they said he would water his garden and one next door.
“A very honest, wise man … (And) a very helpful guy,” said neighbor Mohammed Uddin, who is not a relation of Thara Uddin’s.
The聽annual Spartan Sprint Race in Calgary brought more than 4,600 people on Saturday.
The event involves 23 obstacles over 5 kilometers at the Wild Rose MX Park in southeast Calgary.
The race is no walk in the park, unless your walk includes climbing ropes, slithering through mud under barbed wire and swimming through a soupy mess of brown water.
鈥淚t’s good, it’s tough. We made it a bit more challenging this year with a few more hills and a few more obstacles,鈥?Dean Stanton, the regional director for Spartan Race Canada, said.
The funds raised at the race go towards the Shriners Children鈥檚 Hospitals.
One of the people taking part is Phil Arsenault, who was born with cerebral palsy and once used a walker to get around.
鈥淭hey’ve helped me walk. They helped me learn how to walk from my first step – to running. I’ve had many surgeries and thanks to that, I’ve been able to walk and even do a Spartan race today,鈥?Arsenault, a Montreal native who is in Calgary this weekend for the race, said
Arsenault has had 6 surgeries at the Montreal Shiners Hospital to help loosen his cramped muscles.聽 He was thrilled to be able to finish the course with a personal best time, after competing in two other Spartan races this year.
鈥淢y legs right now are really sore, so I’m going to feel this for about a week but it’s worth it. I feel really good that I was able to finish the race and prove to other people that yes, I have cerebral palsy but I’m able to compete in not only one but three Spartan races this summer,鈥?Arsenault said, covered in mud at the finish line.
Getting muddy for Shiners hospitals for kids! Calgary Spartan [email protected] pic.twitter长沙桑拿/zS44MWcIPn
— Carolyn (@castillokury) August 13, 2016
The Shriners run 22 hospitals across North America. All of them are in the United States, except for one in Montreal and one in Mexico City, according to Bill Miller of Calgary who sits on their board of governors.
鈥淪hriners hospitals have been in existence for 90 some years and we’ve truly helped hundreds of thousands of youngsters that would have gone without medical care in most cases. So it’s been extremely important for Shriners to get involved and to help youngsters across North America,” Miller said.
“It’s really exciting when you see these youngsters come through our hospital and to see them get treated and be well enough to come out and compete in an event like this, it truly shows that anybody with disabilities can do anything that other people can,鈥?Miller said.
Miller said Shriners raises $850 million U.S. per year to operate their hospitals, but as the number of volunteers drop, getting that money is that much tougher.
鈥淚t’s becoming harder and harder to fund our operations every year,鈥?Miller said. 鈥淭he number of Shriners are decreasing in North America the same way as most service organizations are. So it’s becoming more difficult and we are relying more and more on corporate Canada and corporate North America.鈥?/p>
For Phil Arsenault, crossing the finish line in a race like this is something he never thought possible as a child.
鈥淚t’s a dream come true. If you would’ve asked me at the age of five if I would be able to do a race like this? No way. But thanks to all the Shriners that helped me and took the time, I’m able to do this and I’m able to do so many other things in life,鈥?Arsenault said.
Miller says about half of the young Calgary patients that use Shriners medical help go to the Spokane hospital.
The homeless in Kelowna have a safe outdoor space to enjoy but now staff at the Gospel Mission need help to ensure it can stay open.
The mission tore down its neighboring retail space to make way for a new courtyard.
“We are almost done construction and so we have a soft opening so people can come inside now,” said emergency service manager Phillip Whatman.
Staff at the mission believe the new courtyard will help provide a safe alternative for those who stay in places that put them at odds with the police, business owners and people who prey on the homeless.
WATCH BELOW: Gospel Mission’s new plan to get homeless off the street
But now that there’s been a soft opening, there’s one more step before the mission can keep the doors to the courtyard open: they need people to help run it.
“Depending on if we have staff or volunteers to man it, so we are just trying to get a lot of volunteers to join our project and just having a kind of sanctuary for those who don’t have a place to go,” Whatman said.
Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact the Gospel Mission for details.
~ With files from Angela Jung and Kelly Hayes
Union Gospel Mission says families using food banks on the rise
Kelowna Gospel Mission denied federal funding for outreach program
WATCH: Kelowna Gospel Mission shelter struggles to meet demand
Despite her star-making performance at the Rio Olympic Games, Canadian swimming phenom Penny Oleksiak is also a typical teenager who loves doughnuts, Drake and hanging out with friends.
Oleksiak’s family talked about how they are handling the 16-year-old’s sudden rise to the top of the athletic world on Saturday.
READ MORE: Penny Oleksiak makes history after winning gold in the 100-metre freestyle
“We’re still stunned,” said Penny’s mother, Alison. “We’re a little bit in awe of the baby of the family and what she’s achieved. I’m a little panicked on how to handle a teenager after that resume as well.”
That resume now includes an Olympic gold medal in the 100m freestyle, a silver in the 100m butterfly and two bronze, one in the 4x200m freestyle relay and another in the 4x100m freestyle relay. On Saturday night she looks to go for her fifth medal at the Rio Games, swimming in the 4×100 individual medley.
WATCH: Women dominating for Canada at Rio Olympics. Vassy Kapelos reports.
Despite her sudden success, the fact that Oleksiak is still a teenager was a point the family was keen to make during the press conference.
“You know, she’s got two more years of high school, to be frank,” said Alison.
“We’ve been very up front with any of the coaches she’s had over the past couple of years that she is a typical teenager,” Alison said. “There’s going to be points throughout the year where she’s going to want to go to prom, she wants to hang out with her friends and she’s going to want to eat a lot of doughnuts because she loves doughnuts.”
READ MORE: Canada’s newest swimming phenom Penny Oleksiak sets Canadian record at Rio
However, a bonus for being a “typical teenager” while simultaneously becoming one of Canada’s most decorated athletes, is the chance of connecting with your pop idols.
Penny got wind of the fact that Toronto rapper Drake began following her on Instagram. The news sent her to 桑拿会所.
This is literally amazing @Drake I’m crying 😂😂 #startedfromthebottom https://t.co/eoDWVzSWvR
— Penny Oleksiak (@OleksiakPenny) August 13, 2016
Drake then responded on Instagram with a post featuring a photo of the Olympian. Underneath the caption it said, “OVOPenny aka @typicalpen we are so proud of you!! Can’t wait to see you when you are back from Rio at a show!”
Despite all of the attention, even from world famous rappers, Oleksiak’s siblings said they are going to try and keep their sister’s head firmly planted on her shoulders.
“Giving her that normality that a lot of people won’t,” said Hayley, a rower at Northeastern University. “Not blowing smoke up her butt, I guess, and kind of keeping her humble and being the same way we were before.”
WATCH: Canada’s lucky Penny shines in the pool with gold medal win
Her brother Jamie, an NHL defenceman with the Dallas Stars, acknowledges all of the attention can be a lot to handle for someone so young.
“All the attention Penny’s been getting is a lot for anybody, let alone a 16-year-old,” Jamie said. “We’ve always kind of done a good job once we’re in the household, we’re just a regular family and she’s still our sister, just our sister with some Olympic medals.”
Connie Dobson isn’t your average Riders fan. The “Travelling Rider Fan” as she’s known, has driven from Edmonton to Regina for the past decade, attending every home game.
The season ticket holder’s passion for the game started at a young age, when she would attend Roughrider games with her dad.
“When I was a kid, we would spend 12 hours, coming here for quite a few games, not all but quite a few… Then it just never stopped,” Dobson explained.
“When I turned 18, I started getting my season tickets on my own and been in my section ever since.”
Dobson said she’s scheduled her days around Riders games, and the mileage on her cars is proof.
“My current car has 300,000 kilometres on it and it’s five years old,” she said.
“I’ve miled out three cars myself.”
Ever since she became a season ticket holder, it’s also been tradition to attend pre-Riders tailgate parties, where she’s made friends who she now calls family.
“It’s absolutely crazy. I don’t know how many cars she’s worn out but, it’s absolute dedication,” Rick Gallinger, host of the tailgate party said.
“Connie’s here all the time, she never misses.”
Norm Peel has also known Dobson for over a decade. He said her commitment to the sport is unparalleled.
“There’s people I know will drive from Kindersley, Prince Albert, Saskatoon but I don’t know anyone who drives from Edmonton for every game,” he laughed.
Dobson is celebrating her 30th birthday this year, and to ring in the milestone, she said she’s not just attending home games this season.
@CFL Every game from Edmonton to wherever the @sskroughriders are that’s where you find me #TravellingRiderFan pic.twitter长沙桑拿/o0uVconiLY
— Connie Dobson (@RiderChick15) August 8, 2016
In fact, she’s travelling to all 18 Riders games.
“East coast to west coast, every game, all games, all preseasons games. I just bought my grey cup tickets last week, so should be pretty good,” she said.
For someone who has driven over 60,000 kilometres, football is anything but just a sport.
“When tough times happen, I always have the Riders,” she said.
“Football season is always right around the corner. Nothing lasts forever, but this is something that’ll last forever…,” she emotionally explained.
The Perseid meteor shower was expected to put on a great show last night and, if you had clear skies, you likely weren’t disappointed.
READ MORE: How you can watch the Perseid meteor shower
People around the world were able to see meteors streaking across the sky, from dim ones to fireballs.
A green and red Perseid streaks across the sky near Regina, Saskatchewan, in the early morning of Aug. 12, 2016. Courtesy Notanee Bourassa A Perseid streaks across the sky with the Andromeda Galaxy (lower right) in Aven, Switzerland on Aug. 11, 2016. Newzulu all rights reserved
A green and red Perseid streaks across the sky near Regina, Saskatchewan, in the early morning of Aug. 12, 2016.
Courtesy Notanee Bourassa
A Perseid streaks across the sky with the Andromeda Galaxy (lower right) in Aven, Switzerland on Aug. 11, 2016.
Newzulu all rights reserved
Perseids meteors and star trails early Friday morning! https://t.co/B3EfgOxxUu—
Raul Roa (@raulroa) August 12, 2016
One of last night's Perseids from Sunset Crater—;smoke trail animation is going to be so cool #perseids2016 #perseids https://t.co/YfBghezj3U—
Jeremy Perez (@jperez1690) August 12, 2016
The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year and is best seen from North America where the constellation Perseus (the area from which the meteors appear to emerge, hence the name) rises high in the night sky.
On average, the Perseids have a maximum of around 100 meteors per hour in dark skies. This year’s activity was predicted to be double that, a result of Jupiter’s gravity having moved the stream closer to Earth’s orbit.
Perseids shower of stars 🌠🌌😏 https://t.co/SQOw4ZKuxr—
Bonnie 0125 (@Bonnie0125) August 12, 2016
Algunas #Perseidas bajo la #VíaLáctea, escapando de nubes e incendios de la zona de #Santiago #perseids #milkyway https://t.co/dks7rKUqe5—
(@aleixandrus) August 12, 2016
A meteor streaks across the sky in the early morning during the Perseid meteor shower in Ramon Crater near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel, August 12, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A meteor streaks across the sky in the early morning during the Perseid meteor shower in Ramon Crater near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel, August 12, 2016.
REUTERS/Amir Cohen TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
If you were clouded out, don’t fret: Earth is still in the stream of debris shed by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. As Earth passes through the stream left over from its earlier orbits, the dust grains burn up in our atmosphere, producing the meteors we see. And, though the Perseid shower runs from July 13 to Aug. 26 and peaked Thursday night into Friday morning, you will likely still be able to see meteors tonight and over the weekend.
El nostre company Josep Ma Petit n’ha caçat una en vídeo! #Perseidas2016 #astronomia #EstrellasFugaces #Perseids pic.twitter长沙桑拿/IbRto6rmqz
— AstroGirona (@astro_girona) August 12, 2016
A composite image of meteors (mostly #Perseids) from last night over East Devon. https://t.co/kNaDk0NFUf pic.twitter长沙桑拿/WVGmtvELB2
— Will Gater (@willgater) August 12, 2016
Bright #Perseids meteor recorded on AllSkyCam last night pic.twitter长沙桑拿/a2qxgHqieL
— Ron Baalke (@RonBaalke) August 12, 2016
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above Aven, Switzerland on August 11, 2016. Newzulu all rights reserved
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above Aven, Switzerland on August 11, 2016.
Newzulu all rights reserved
WATCH: What causes meteor showers?
TORONTO —; Some Ontario doctors are urging their colleagues to reject a new fee agreement with the government when they vote on the deal Sunday, even though they’ve been without a contract for two years.
The four-year deal would increase Ontario’s $11.5-billion physician services budget by 2.5 per cent a year, to $12.9 billion by 2020, and gives doctors the power to co-manage the system with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
It also provides one-time payments in each of the four years of $50 million, $100 million, $120 million and $100 million, which would be reduced if actual expenditures exceed the physician services budget.
READ MORE: Ontario doctors opposed to new fee agreement delay vote on tentative 4-year deal
The Liberal government last year unilaterally imposed fee cuts for some doctors’ services, but the new deal promises no more unilateral cuts over four years.
Doctors were scheduled to have a non-binding vote on the agreement between the Ontario Medical Association and the ministry, the results of which would have been “considered” by the 275-member OMA council as it decided on ratification.
But physicians unhappy with the deal, especially the fact they did not get binding arbitration, got enough signatures on a petition to force the OMA to hold a general meeting and give every doctor a binding vote.
“The vote that will occur as part of the general meeting will provide a binding decision by OMA members on the tentative PSA,” said OMA president Virginia Walley.
READ MORE: Ontario doctors’ group warns patient wait times will rise with new fee deal
Groups calling themselves Concerned Ontario Doctors and the Coalition of Ontario Doctors staged rallies and protest marches urging physicians to vote against the deal.
Dr. Keith Meloff, a neurologist, warns the provision for doctors to co-manage the health-care system could make lifer harder for physicians.
“We have to chose between saving money for the ministry – that is what this deal says – and saving a life, and I think that is an impossible choice,” said Meloff.
Dr. David Jacobs, a radiologist and chair of diagnostic imaging for the OMA, said doctors aren’t looking for more money for themselves, but worry the fee agreement could send wait times “through the roof,” even though they have more to do with hospital funding than physicians’ fees.
READ MORE: Ontario doctor group disappointed in deal between OMA and province
“No one is asking for a raise,” said Jacobs. “What we’re asking for is that the government fulfil its responsibility to fund health care at an adequate level, so that you and I and all the patients in Ontario can be cared for. That’s all.”
The OMA knows the deal “isn’t perfect,” said Walley, and that some doctors are angry, especially at what she called the “disrespect” shown them by the government.
“The instability, the unpredictability for their practices, I understand fully must be a dreadful experience for them,” Walley said. “And the government has made unilateral actions which in many cases have been very misguided.”
The government wouldn’t agree to binding arbitration, but both sides agreed the OMA can continue its charter challenge of the issue in court, whether or not the new agreement is ratified, added Walley.
READ MORE: Ontario reaches tentative agreement with Ontario Medical Association
She said the fee agreement “significantly improves on the problems with the government’s previous underfunding of growth” in the health-care system, and brings funding stability to doctors after two years of uncertainty.
“Once there was something that looked to our board of directors as potentially acceptable to members, we’ve taken it to members to get their opinions,” she said.
“Most of the people I speak with, that I hear from, are in fact supportive of the agreement and understand the stability it’s going to provide for the profession.”