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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.



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.

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

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.

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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.”

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    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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    International surrogacy nightmare for BC couple


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

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.

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Women’s Marathon

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.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shooting into church van wounds 5 in Joplin, Missouri

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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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Calgary mother criticizes how security officials handled terror threat in Ontario

A Calgary mother is critical of the way security officials handled the terror threat that happened in Strathroy, Ontario.

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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.

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“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.

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Suspect sketch released after Imam, friend killed outside Mosque in New York

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Competitor with cerebral palsy tackles Calgary Spartan Race thanks to Shriners Hospital

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.

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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.

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.

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