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Tory leadership debate, youth eating disorder on the rise: in the news for May 5

The organization promotes conservative views and was founded by Preston Manning, former leader of the Canadian Reform Party – the forerunner of the Canadian Coalition, which merged with the Progressive Conservative Party to form the current Conservative Party.

Pieces of that history may be on display during tonight’s debate, as allegations have already been made in the race about whether some candidates are, in fact, “conservative.”

Appearing on stage will be Pierre Poiliver, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Babar, Scott Aitchison and Jean Charest.

Patrick Brown is not participating, as his campaign says he is busy selling memberships before the June 3 deadline, when supporters must be members to vote in the contest.

Next week all six candidates must participate in the first of two official debates organized by the party.


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New data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that the rate of youth hospitalized for eating disorders has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The numbers show that the hospitalization rate for eating disorders in Canada was 15 per 100,000 in the two years leading up to the start of the pandemic, and reached 20 per 100,000 in 2020-21.

CIHI says girls aged 10 to 17 were hospitalized with an eating disorder by nearly 60 percent more since the start of the pandemic.

The rate of 52 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in 2019-20 was 82 hospitalizations per 100,000 in 2020-21.

Data were taken from the Discharge Abstracts Database and the Ontario Mental Health Reporting System.

Psychiatric director of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program at CHEO, Dr. Lena Iserlin says the number of hospitalizations is just “the tip of the iceberg” because there are so many patients who do not have access to care.

She says she has seen Spike Bear in her practice over the past two years.

“We had to redistribute our workforce, we had to pull employees from other parts of mental health care programs, which would typically treat things like depression and anxiety or other psychiatric disorders that came to our unit to help, ” He said .


What we are seeing in America…

LAS VEGAS, NM _ Firefighters slow the progress of the largest wildfire in the US as heavy winds hit Wednesday, while US President Joe Biden approves a disaster declaration that has ravaged New Mexico since early April Brings new financial resources to remote parts of the

US Representative Teresa Léger Fernandez announced a presidential disaster declaration during an evening briefing by the US Forest Service about efforts to stop wildfires spreading to northeastern New Mexico, which hit 647 square kilometers of alpine forest and grass at the southern tip. The fields have been spread. of Rocky Mountains.

“It will help us rebuild that and it will help us with the expenses and hardship that people are facing right now,” said the Congresswoman. “We’re glad it happened quickly.”

The fire’s owners said they were trying to catch the fire in the midst of relatively calm and cold weather to prevent the fire from being pushed in any way to the small New Mexico city of Las Vegas and other villages scattered along the fire’s relocation fronts. . Airplanes and helicopters dropped a red fire retardant solution from the skies as ground personnel cleared wood and brush to douse fires on critical fronts.

For days, bulldozers have been scouring fire lines on the outskirts of Las Vegas, a population of 13,000, while workers are burning to clear nearby vegetation. The aircraft dropped more fire retardant as a second line of defense along a ridge to the west of the city in preparation for the stronger winds expected over the weekend.

An estimated 15,500 homes in the valleys and outskirts of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains bordering Las Vegas have been affected by the mandatory evacuation. The number of houses destroyed by the fire is about 170.

The president’s disaster declaration released emergency funds for recovery efforts in three counties in northeastern New Mexico where fires are still raging, as well as parts of southern New Mexico where wind-driven blazes killed two. and more than 200 homes were destroyed in mid-April.

A White House statement said the aid includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property damage, and other relief programs for individuals and businesses.


What we are seeing in the rest of the world…

LVIV, Ukraine _ The Ukrainian military said on Thursday that they repulsed Russian attacks in the east and recaptured some areas, even as Moscow bombed rail stations and other supply-line targets across the country. to block the flow of Western weapons into Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military reported that heavy fighting also took place at the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol, which represented the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in the ruined southern port city. A Russian official previously denied that the military was attacking the plant, but the commander of the main Ukrainian unit said Russian troops had pushed into the area of ​​the mill.

“With the support of the aircraft, the enemy resumed the offensive to take control of the plant,” the General Staff in Kyiv said, adding that the Russians were “trying to destroy the Ukrainian units.”

West of Mariupol, Ukrainian forces made some gains on the border of the southern regions of Kherson and Mykolaiv, where Russian troops reportedly tried to launch a counteroffensive, and repelled 11 Russian attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Said the army.

Ukrainian officials said five people were killed and at least 25 wounded in shelling in several eastern cities in the past 24 hours.

The Russian military said on Wednesday it used sea and air missiles to destroy power facilities at five railway stations in Ukraine. Artillery and aircraft also attacked army strongholds and fuel and ammunition depots. Videos on social media suggested that a bridge there had been attacked.

Responding to the attacks in his nightly video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “All these crimes will be answered legally and practically on the battlefield.”

A flurry of attacks ensues as Russia prepares to celebrate May 9 as Victory Day, marking the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany. The world is watching whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will use the occasion to declare victory in Ukraine or expand what he calls a “special military operation”. A declaration of all-out war would allow Putin to enforce martial law and mobilize reparations for the military’s significant losses.


On this day in 1788…

Vancouver Island was claimed for Spain by Captain Esteban Martinez.


In entertainment…

Juries in the sexual assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard can begin hearing evidence today.

The first witness is scheduled to take the stand after prosecutors presented an overview of their case this morning.

Rock band Headley frontman Hoggard pleaded not guilty on Wednesday of two counts of sexual assault that caused bodily harm and one sexual interference, a charge that refers to sexual touching of someone under the age of 16. .

He was arrested and charged in 2018 and a preliminary hearing was held the following year.

Hoggard was originally set to face trial in January 2021, but the case has been postponed on several occasions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with new jury trials put on hold for months.

The case involves two complainants, neither of whom can be identified under the publication ban. The identities of many witnesses are also protected under the ban.


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OTTAWA _ Much has been built from the political legacy Justin Trudeau has to live by following in the footsteps of his father, a former prime minister.

On Wednesday, he invoked one of Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s most memorable jokes when asked if he uttered unparliamentary language.

“Gentlemen, when you move your lips in a particular way, what is the nature of your thoughts?” The current Prime Minister told reporters while leaving the House of Commons.

It was 1971, when Pierre Trudeau was accused of “spreading obscenity in four letters” on opposition benches.

The elder Trudeau refused to say anything. When pressed by reporters, he replied: “Gentlemen, what is the nature of your thoughts, when you say thunder or something like that?”

On Wednesday, his son had prepared the reference.

The Conservatives accused him of “dropping an F-bomb”, with MP John Barlow telling the House that “it was not a mess.”

Comment was not picked up by the microphone on the livestream of the proceedings. Deputy Speaker Chris D’Entremont said he did not hear what was said.

Even the Tories are yet to clarify what they heard, although opposition House Leader John Brassard said about a dozen of his aides heard it. He has formally asked the speaker to review Hansard and determine whether unparliamentary language was used.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 5, 2022.

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