Montreal – Images For Canada http://imagesforcanada.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 17:24:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://imagesforcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Montreal – Images For Canada http://imagesforcanada.com/ 32 32 Guns, drugs and $1.3 million in cash seized in Montreal area raids https://imagesforcanada.com/guns-drugs-and-1-3-million-in-cash-seized-in-montreal-area-raids/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 17:24:04 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/guns-drugs-and-1-3-million-in-cash-seized-in-montreal-area-raids/ Breadcrumb Links Local News Most of the items seized were obtained in Toronto and shipped to the Montreal area for distribution, police said. Publication date : June 28, 2022 • 42 minutes ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation Photo by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette Content of the article Montreal police dismantled a […]]]>

Most of the items seized were obtained in Toronto and shipped to the Montreal area for distribution, police said.

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Montreal police dismantled a gun and drug trafficking ring that was selling handguns and narcotics throughout the greater Montreal area.

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The gendarmerie’s anti-gang squad seized a large quantity of weapons and drugs during searches of residences and vehicles in Montreal, Laval, Mirabel and Brossard, police said in a statement.

Most of the items seized were obtained in Toronto and shipped to the Montreal area for distribution, the statement said.

During searches of seven residences and four vehicles, police discovered seven handguns, an AR-15 assault rifle, 54 kilograms of cocaine; 46 kg of crystal meth; 168,500 methamphetamine pills; 36 kg of cannabis, various amounts of additional drugs and approximately $1.3 million in cash.

Five suspects were arrested between May 26 and June 21. All are suspected of acting as suppliers to criminal street gangs.

Sami Hashemi and Rudy Louis Etienne were arrested after a court appearance. Three other suspects have been released pending trial.

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Fitness: Is Pickleball really a workout? https://imagesforcanada.com/fitness-is-pickleball-really-a-workout/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:02:36 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/fitness-is-pickleball-really-a-workout/ Breadcrumb Links Diet and fitness When fun and fitness take equal center stage, not only will participation increase, but membership will also increase. Susan Sowerby watches her teammate Debbie Lunan return the ball for his wife during a pickleball match at Heritage Park in Kirkland on May 7, 2021. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette […]]]>

When fun and fitness take equal center stage, not only will participation increase, but membership will also increase.

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Claiming to be the fastest growing sport in North America, pickleball outpaces most other sports.

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A 2022 survey by Pickleball Canada showed the number of players has tripled in two years, with 8% of Canadian households reporting that at least one household member plays pickleball once a month. This translates to approximately one million Canadians playing pickleball, 45% of whom play four or more times per month.

Baby boomers were among the early adopters of the sport, although the number of 18 to 34 year olds playing the game is steadily increasing. With fun and fitness often cited as the reason so many people bought a racquet, it’s worth knowing how hard you train during a game of pickleball.

A hybrid of tennis, badminton, and table tennis, pickleball is played on a 6.10 by 13.41 meter (20 by 44 ft) court, with the majority of recreational players preferring doubles to singles. It’s a smaller court than tennis so pickleball players don’t have as much ground to cover. This makes it a great game for people who have slowed down a step or two over time. But due to the newness of the sport, there are only a few studies that have investigated how pickleball contributes to overall fitness.

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A team of American researchers from Western State Colorado University equipped eight women and seven men aged 40 to 85 with wearable units designed to determine the amount of energy they expend during a game of pickleball. They also took a before-and-after snapshot of their cardiometabolic health to see if pickleball had a positive effect on their fitness and health after six weeks of regular play.

A group of researchers from Brigham Young University in Idaho looked at the physiological demands of the game, hoping to find out how 30 minutes of doubles pickleball compares to 30 minutes of walking. They gathered 25 pickleball players (15 men and 10 women) with an average age of 38 and fitted them with sensors to measure heart rate, step count and calories burned while walking and playing pickleball.

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Both studies confirmed that pickleball is a legitimate workout. The Picklers in the Western State Colorado study recorded an average heart rate of 108 beats per minute and burned 353.5 calories per game, which is considered moderate-intensity training.

“Regular participation in pickleball elicits cardiovascular and metabolic responses that meet exercise intensity guidelines for improving and maintaining cardiovascular fitness,” the researchers said.

The 15 men and women also improved in health and fitness during the study which required them to play one hour of pickleball a day (about four doubles matches).

“After six weeks of pickleball participation, there were significant improvements in the following outcomes: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and maximum oxygen,” the researchers said. .

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When it comes to the comparison between pickleball and walking, subjects in Brigham Young’s study recorded 14% higher heart rates and 36% higher calorie expenditure while playing pickleball than while walking. They said pickleball was more like training than walking.

“Playing pickleball doubles was perceived to be more strenuous than walking because median ratings of perceived exertion after pickleball doubles were almost 44% higher than median ratings of perceived exertion after walking,” the researchers said. by Brigham Young.

However, when it comes to step count, a 30-minute walk had 54% more steps than a doubles match. The smaller pitch, the proximity of teammates on the same side of the net, and much of the play taking place at the net means that fewer steps are accumulated during a match.

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Interesting as these statistics are, they come with a caveat: Researchers in the western state of Colorado noted considerable variability between subjects, with certain heart rates indicating that individuals perform well in the range of what is considered vigorous intensity training. It is also likely that some people play at the other end of the intensity range, with lower energy expenditure than the average pickleball player.

Subjects in Brigham Young’s study viewed pickleball as more fun than walking, a sentiment that was echoed by respondents to the Pickleball Canada survey. Sixty-two percent of respondents said the main reason they play pickleball is because it’s fun, a number that rose to 89% among baby boomers.

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This sense of fun is driving the increase in participation in pickleball leagues and on neighborhood courts across the country. When fun and fitness take equal center stage, not only will participation increase, but membership will also increase. People will come back more often to have fun than to exercise. The social aspect of the game is also important among Canadian picklers. Thirty-eight percent of survey respondents said this is what keeps them in the field.

All of this is good news for Canadian pickleballers spending their summers on the courts. They are having fun in the sun and getting in great shape.

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Why were 2 Montreal women denied toxicology testing after doping allegations? https://imagesforcanada.com/why-were-2-montreal-women-denied-toxicology-testing-after-doping-allegations/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/why-were-2-montreal-women-denied-toxicology-testing-after-doping-allegations/ On Friday June 17, Léa woke up alone in her bed, disoriented and terrified. The night before, she and two close friends had gone to a bar in the Pointe-Saint-Charles district of Montreal. She says her last memory was getting her third drink. After that, everything went black. She is grateful her friends got her […]]]>

On Friday June 17, Léa woke up alone in her bed, disoriented and terrified.

The night before, she and two close friends had gone to a bar in the Pointe-Saint-Charles district of Montreal. She says her last memory was getting her third drink. After that, everything went black.

She is grateful her friends got her home safely, but says she was distraught when she woke up, remembering little of the night before.

“I was upset. I was angry and wanted answers,” she said.

Léa is not her real name. CBC News is protecting its identity because it fears retaliation for speaking publicly. She is one of two women to go public with what happened to them, in hopes it will lead to systemic change.

Lea, 27, is convinced that she was drugged. She went to a hospital emergency room but left, realizing the wait would be so long that all the drugs could be flushed out of her system by the time she saw a doctor.

Testing for gamma hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, a drug commonly used in doping drinks, can be a race against time.

According to the Quebec Ministry of Health, GHB can only be detected in blood for six hours and in urine for up to 12 hours.

After leaving the emergency room, she went to an urgent care clinic, but was told she needed to make an appointment, and the first available appointment was at least a week later. late.

She called a friend familiar with the Quebec health system who told her to go to the CLSC Métro, one of the designated Quebec centers that offers medico-social interventions to victims of sexual assault.

Although she arrived within the 12-hour window required to be tested for GHB, at CLSC Métro, Léa says she was told she was not eligible for a toxicology exam because she had no been sexually assaulted.

“I was devastated. I wanted an answer, just to validate my experience,” she said.

“I was really upset that I couldn’t have this piece of evidence. And there was no way the perpetrator, whoever committed this crime, would ever be caught.”

On Monday, she filed a complaint with the Montreal police.

Not all hospitals can do tests

In a statement, Quebec’s health ministry said testing for GHB is difficult because of the narrow window and also because only specialized labs are able to process the tests.

Currently, not all hospitals can provide tests. Earlier this month, Quebec’s National Assembly passed a motion calling for the tests to be offered in all hospitals.

In a statement, the Department of Health said anyone who thinks they have ingested a fortified drink should be able to go to the emergency room and be tested. He said the government was working on a plan to ensure large-scale testing is available.

But a ministry spokesperson did not say whether current official protocol states that a victim must have been sexually assaulted before undergoing a toxicology test.

The provincial sexual assault response guide, shared with CBC News, mentions drug testing, but only in the context of sexual assault. It does not include a protocol for testing victims for potential drugs if they were not sexually assaulted.

“It is in the interest of the victim to have access to these tests if they wish, and it should not be a luxury to have them,” said Marie-Christine Villeneuve, spokesperson for the Centers d’aide. to victims of crime.

“We can see it’s a problem in certain areas, in certain places, and it shouldn’t be.”

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Lea is the second Montreal woman in a month to speak out publicly about being denied access to a drug test.

At the end of May, 31-year-old musician Ariane Brunet went to a concert with close friends. She says she had a beer, then a drink, with friends. She doesn’t remember what happened next.

She says her friends noticed she was behaving strangely. At one point, her friends told her, she was unable to get up from the floor.

Ariane Brunet, 31, said after fainting after consuming two drinks, she was taken to Verdun Hospital in Montreal, but was told no test confirming she had been drugged was not available there. (Dave St-Amant/CBC)

Her friend calls an ambulance which transports Brunet to the Verdun hospital. When she regained consciousness at 4:30 a.m., she requested a toxicology screening to determine if she had been drugged.

She said the doctor told her they didn’t offer the test and no other medical institution in Montreal would either. She is still haunted by not knowing for sure what happened.

“What happened to me? I just needed proof of what happened, just to recover,” said Brunet, who later filed a police report.

In a statement, the regional health authority that oversees Verdun Hospital said it was unable to comment on Brunet’s specific case and could not say why it had not been referred to another medical facility that offered toxicology testing.

Brunet shared her story on social media, which sparked public debate, leading to the National Assembly passing the motion to give all hospitals in Quebec testing capacity.

GHB in circulation

What is the prevalence of alcoholism in Quebec? It’s hard to measure, but there are indications that the practice could be on the rise.

In recent months, women in Trois-Rivières, Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Montreal and Rimouski have spoken in the media about experiences with doped drinks.

The Ministry of Health said it was working on a plan to make GHB testing available in all hospitals in Quebec. (Shutterstock/Oleksandra Naumenko)

In April, Montreal police seized 100 liters of GHB and arrested four people in connection with raids on clandestine laboratories. At the same time, police in Longueuil seized 375 liters of GHB, which police say amounted to approximately 75,000 doses.

GHB is a drug that can cause extreme drowsiness, impaired movement and speech, in addition to fainting and memory loss.

Drinks can be fortified with several different drugs: GHB, MDMA and ketamine. Experts also say that alcohol is still the most common substance used in drug-facilitated sexual assaults and that the phenomenon of alcohol abuse is vastly underreported.

Giving someone a drug without their consent is a crime, described in the Criminal Code as administering a noxious substance.

Lea wrote to her MP, Greg Kelley, saying her experience “reveals a huge public health and safety concern”, and calling for toxicology testing to be widely available.

Kelley spoke to Lea on Wednesday and said he planned to raise the issue with the regional health board and responsible ministers.

“I just want to see how I can help,” he told CBC News. “His experience is heartbreaking in so many ways.”

Last April in Quebec, just 18 people were charged with administering a noxious substance since 2010. However, a spokesperson for the province’s prosecution service said that sometimes the Crown will choose to charge those accused of alcoholism other crimes, such as assault.

In a statement, the Montreal police encourage all victims to come forward, even if they do not have definitive proof that they were drugged or do not know who is responsible.

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Biodiversity COP in Montreal must recognize the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to protect nature https://imagesforcanada.com/biodiversity-cop-in-montreal-must-recognize-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples-and-local-communities-to-protect-nature/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:14:07 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/biodiversity-cop-in-montreal-must-recognize-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples-and-local-communities-to-protect-nature/ Nairobi, Kenya – Now that the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15 has confirmed that the final talks will be held in December in Montreal, Canada, negotiators should take advantage of this week’s intersessional meetings in Nairobi to focus on the political issue key: the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples. Local peoples and […]]]>

Nairobi, Kenya – Now that the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15 has confirmed that the final talks will be held in December in Montreal, Canada, negotiators should take advantage of this week’s intersessional meetings in Nairobi to focus on the political issue key: the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples. Local peoples and communities and their key roles in protecting biodiversity.

Li Shuo, Greenpeace Senior Policy Advisor for East Asia, said:

“Governments have finally made a decision on the venue and date of the COP. This should now focus everyone’s attention on the quality of the transaction. This means ambitious targets to ensure appropriate levels of protection both on land and at sea with strong safeguards for the respect of the rights and roles of indigenous peoples and local communities and a strong set of implementation measures.

Irene Wabiwa, Greenpeace International Forestry Project Manager in the Congo Basin, said:

We come to Nairobi with a common objective of concrete and effective protection of biodiversity. Yet we insist that it must also be done ethically. CBD COP15 must recognize the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities by creating a “third category” for indigenous lands as conservation lands, and place them at the center of decision-making and funding. »

Greenpeace Africa Food For Life activist Claire Nasike said:

Indigenous farming communities are the custodians of indigenous seeds, which are essential for the conservation of agrobiodiversity. In Kenya, punitive seed laws seek to criminalize farmers for sharing and selling their own indigenous seeds. CBD COP15 must amplify the local voices and rights of these communities and protect them from corporate exploitation, dispossession and control of seed crops. All of this leads to a loss of biodiversity.

An Lambrechts, Senior Biodiversity Campaign Strategist at Greenpeace International, said:

“Parties need to make clear choices in Nairobi about the new global biodiversity framework they want to see. Along with the urgent need to bring Indigenous rights to the fore in relevant sections, this means looking carefully and honestly at the actual quality of protected areas in terms of effectively protecting biodiversity and habitat. There is a fundamental choice to be made between perpetuating the flaws of existing conservation models and genuinely accepting that quality is as important as quantity.

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The policy brief for a protection goal can be found here.

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Hellen Kahoso Dena, Greenpeace Africa, ([email protected])

Tal Harris, Greenpeace Africa, ([email protected])

August Rick, Greenpeace East Asia, Beijing, ([email protected])

Greenpeace International Press Office, [email protected]+31 20 718 2470 (24 hours)

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New F1 rear wing designs revealed in Montreal https://imagesforcanada.com/new-f1-rear-wing-designs-revealed-in-montreal/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 12:24:01 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/new-f1-rear-wing-designs-revealed-in-montreal/ Unsurprisingly, given the logistical challenges involved, there aren’t a huge amount of F1 upgrades on display this weekend. Mercedes sports the most significant set of parts, as it continues to research ways to alleviate the porpoising issues it currently faces. Ferrari, as we can see in the main image above, has focused its attention on […]]]>

Unsurprisingly, given the logistical challenges involved, there aren’t a huge amount of F1 upgrades on display this weekend.

Mercedes sports the most significant set of parts, as it continues to research ways to alleviate the porpoising issues it currently faces.

Ferrari, as we can see in the main image above, has focused its attention on aerodynamic efficiency, with changes made to the rear wing and wing upper elements so that they work together to reduce drag, without compromising downforce. .

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

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McLaren has also made changes to its rear wing assembly for Canada as it aims for efficiency gains that will also pay off when the wing is used at other race venues later in the season.

The new spec spoon-shaped rear wing can be seen (above) with flo-viz paint sprayed on it, to see if it performs as CFD and wind tunnel tools suggest.

After using additional metal support to combat ground flex since the Miami Grand Prix, McLaren have made further modifications in Canada to help improve reliability and stiffness. The bracket (below) is now mounted further inboard (old position, red arrow and inset) to adjust how the load pulls on the metal bracket.

Also note that there’s a lot of ironwork built into the edge of the ground surfaces, to help create more predictable conditions, which has become a common theme for McLaren in recent years.

McLaren MCL36 seat stay fitment comparison

McLaren MCL36 seat stay fitment comparison

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Alpine also made changes to the rear wing, returning to a higher downforce setup than the one raced in Azerbaijan. After also introducing the stacked beam wing configuration with this lower downforce spec wing, the team also switched to this configuration with their higher downforce configuration.

The solution (below), which closely resembles the one used by Red Bull since the start of the season, sees the elements angled upwards more sharply to match the downforce level of the wing.

Alpine A522 rear detail

Alpine A522 rear detail

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At Aston Martin, it’s much the same approach, as the AMR22 has received a new upper flap for its rear wing (below) to increase downforce without a significant drag penalty.

The flap is more steeply cambered in the center section of the wing, which makes the flap appear higher in this section than the outboard, but you can see the geometric adjustment on the center span of the sponsor of the rear wing.

Aston Martin AMR22 rear wing

Aston Martin AMR22 rear wing

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Aston Martin AMR22 rear wing side view

Aston Martin AMR22 rear wing side view

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Red Bull, AlphaTauri, Williams, Alfa Romeo and Haas all said they had no new aerodynamic components available to them this weekend when submitting updates for the car’s presentation document before the start. ‘event.

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2 Yayoi Kusama ‘Infinity Mirrored Rooms’ are coming to Montreal and admission is free https://imagesforcanada.com/2-yayoi-kusama-infinity-mirrored-rooms-are-coming-to-montreal-and-admission-is-free/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 21:36:24 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/2-yayoi-kusama-infinity-mirrored-rooms-are-coming-to-montreal-and-admission-is-free/ As of Wednesday, June 15, at 12 p.m., Montrealers will be able to reserve a place to visit the showcase of works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama from the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art. The exhibit, titled ‘DANCING LIGHTS SOARING TOWARDS THE UNIVERSE’, will include three of Kusama’s pumpkin carvings and two of his famous […]]]>

As of Wednesday, June 15, at 12 p.m., Montrealers will be able to reserve a place to visit the showcase of works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama from the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art. The exhibit, titled ‘DANCING LIGHTS SOARING TOWARDS THE UNIVERSE’, will include three of Kusama’s pumpkin carvings and two of his famous Infinity Mirrored Rooms.

One of the rooms is “filled with suspended glowing globes that alternate colors before abruptly darkening,” PHI explained in a press release. “The viewer is absorbed in darkness for a moment before the luminous spheres slowly re-ignite, again initiating a near cycle of life and rebirth.”

In addition to the rooms and sculptures, the PHI Foundation will have a reading room with “a historical timeline of the artist’s life and career.”

Tickets are free, but because the foundation expects huge public interest in the exhibit — Kusama’s first in Quebec — it requires potential attendees to register for timed reservations.

Don’t worry if the available time slots disappear quickly. More tickets will be available on the 15th of each month through January.

“DANCING LIGHTS WHEEL UP TO THE UNIVERSE” is on view at the PHI Foundation from July 6, 2022 to January 15, 2023.

Get the details and ticketing link below.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art in Montreal

Yayoi Kusama ‘Infinity Mirror Room.’

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Price: Free admission (reservation required)

Where: PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, 451 Saint-Jean Street, Montreal, QC

When: July 6, 2022 to January 15, 2023

Accessibility: Online, the PHI Foundation promises that its spaces are physically accessible.

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Thousands of sheep drown as overloaded livestock carriers melt into harbor https://imagesforcanada.com/thousands-of-sheep-drown-as-overloaded-livestock-carriers-melt-into-harbor/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:53:43 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/thousands-of-sheep-drown-as-overloaded-livestock-carriers-melt-into-harbor/ Breadcrumb Links World New The ship, Badr 1, was carrying 15,800 sheep, but was only supposed to carry 9,000 sheep Author of the article: Bloomberg News Mohamed Alamine A man hoists a sodden sheep to safety after it was rescued from the ship Badr 1, which sank in Sudan’s Red Sea port of Suakin, drowning […]]]>

The ship, Badr 1, was carrying 15,800 sheep, but was only supposed to carry 9,000 sheep

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About 16,000 sheep bound for Saudi Arabia drowned when an overloaded ship sank in Sudan’s Red Sea port of Suakin, the Sudanese exporters association said. All the crew survived.

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The ship sank on Saturday evening shortly after leaving the port in eastern Sudan, the head of the organization, Salih Salah, said by telephone.

The Sudan Tribune news site estimated the financial losses at $4 million.

The ship, Badr 1, was carrying 15,800 sheep, but had to transport only 9,000 sheep.

Men search the Badr 1 ship for livestock after it sank in Sudan's Red Sea port of Suakin, drowning most of the animals on board, June 12, 2022. AFP via Getty Images
Men search the Badr 1 ship for livestock after it sank in Sudan’s Red Sea port of Suakin, drowning most of the animals on board, June 12, 2022. AFP via Getty Images

Cattle owners only salvaged around 700 sheep “but they were found very sick and we don’t expect them to live long”.

Omar al-Khalifa, head of the national exporters association, said the ship took several hours to sink alongside – a window that meant the animals “could have been saved”.

Sudan, which is mired in economic crisis and suffered a coup in October, has one of the largest herds in Africa, with Egypt and the Gulf states being the main buyers.

Sudanese port authorities did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. Salah said the association would give a briefing on the incident later on Sunday.

Sheep taken from the ship Badr 1 are landed in Sudan's Red Sea port of Suakin on June 12, 2022. AFP via Getty Images
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Montreal high school evacuated after ‘bomb threat’ https://imagesforcanada.com/montreal-high-school-evacuated-after-bomb-threat/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 04:37:31 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/montreal-high-school-evacuated-after-bomb-threat/ A school in Verdun was evacuated on Tuesday morning after Montreal police were notified of a false bomb threat around 8:45 a.m. Students at Monseigneur-Richard High School were sent home after the start of the course, as a precaution. “We received a 911 call indicating that a young person had texted another at school, making […]]]>

A school in Verdun was evacuated on Tuesday morning after Montreal police were notified of a false bomb threat around 8:45 a.m. Students at Monseigneur-Richard High School were sent home after the start of the course, as a precaution.

“We received a 911 call indicating that a young person had texted another at school, making a bad joke. He wrote: ‘Do not come to school because there is going to be an explosive device .’ The recipient was scared and management was notified. It was taken very seriously, so they called 911,” said Montreal police spokeswoman Véronique Comtois.

“When the suspect, who is a minor, saw there was a response from the police, he went to the school staff to admit it was just a joke.”

The suspect was arrested and taken to the investigation center to meet with investigators. The Montreal police still imposed the evacuation as a preventive measure.

“We waited an hour outside before sending everyone home,” a teacher told Narcity Quebec.

Police conducted a search of the premises, both inside and out, to confirm that the threat was a hoax.

“They didn’t find anything. Everything was fine, but they still decided to keep the school closed considering the 911 call and the fact that people had already been evacuated,” Comtois said.

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Caroline St-Hilaire announced as CAQ candidate in Sherbrooke https://imagesforcanada.com/caroline-st-hilaire-announced-as-caq-candidate-in-sherbrooke/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 21:13:29 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/caroline-st-hilaire-announced-as-caq-candidate-in-sherbrooke/ Links to the breadcrumb Quebec New Local News The former mayor of Longueuil and Bloc Québécois deputy is the second sovereignist heavyweight that François Legault has recruited to run for the CAQ this fall. Author of the article: Marianne Scott • Montreal Gazette Publication date : June 05, 2022 • 52 minutes ago • 2 […]]]>

The former mayor of Longueuil and Bloc Québécois deputy is the second sovereignist heavyweight that François Legault has recruited to run for the CAQ this fall.

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The Coalition Avenir Québec formalized on Sunday that the former mayor of Longueuil Caroline St-Hilaire will be its candidate in Sherbrooke in the next provincial election.

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“I would like my experience to revitalize Sherbrooke, to benefit the people here,” she said during a press conference in the riding with Premier François Legault.

One of two sovereigntist heavyweights Legault recruited to run in the fall election, St-Hilaire noted that she moved to the area four years ago.

“This is where I chose to live. I deeply love this corner of Quebec,” she said.

St-Hilaire was the Bloc Québécois MP for Longueuil and Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher from 1997 to 2008 and maintained close ties with the Parti Québécois for many years. She is accompanied by former PQ minister Bernard Drainville, who will be a candidate for the CAQ in Lévis.

Drainville, who quit his job as a radio host on station 98.5 to return to politics, spearheaded the PQ’s proposed charter of values ​​in 2013, which called for a total ban on religious symbols in the public sector.

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Transport Minister François Bonnardel, cabinet member responsible for the Eastern Townships region, was also on hand to unveil the star candidate.

Sherbrooke is among the few ridings outside of Montreal that eluded the CAQ in 2018, when it won 74 of 125 seats provincially and four of five in the scenic region east of Montreal.

Christine Labrie of Québec solidaire made a breakthrough there with 34% of the vote, against 25% for the Liberals and 23% for the CAQ.

This time around, Labrie, who kicked off his campaign on Sunday, should face a tough challenge.

“In 2018, no one expected Quebec solidaire to win in Sherbrooke,” she said at a rally attended by a few hundred supporters.

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“I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished in four years,” she said, highlighting her record in fighting for social and community housing and securing funding for a mental health crisis center. .

Labrie called on Sherbrooke residents to grant her a second term “to continue the work and show everyone what you get from a member who is rooted in her community”.

Party co-spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said the CAQ’s priority was “immigration and religious symbols”, while QS focused on real needs like cost of living, l environment and housing.

Legault said he was delighted to have St-Hilaire on his list, adding that “we needed an exceptional candidate” in the riding.

“I need Caroline in Quebec,” he added.

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St-Hilaire vowed to fight for local citizens, saying his victory would give them a seat at the government decision-making table.

“Just think of the boost it would give Sherbrooke,” she said.

St-Hilaire was mayor of Longueuil from 2009 to 2017. After leaving municipal politics, she became a political analyst at the LCN news channel.

From 1998 to 2012, Sherbrooke was the stronghold of former Liberal Premier Jean Charest, now a candidate for the leadership of the federal Conservatives.

The Canadian Press contributed to this report

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Montreal Fringe Festival is officially launched | https://imagesforcanada.com/montreal-fringe-festival-is-officially-launched/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/montreal-fringe-festival-is-officially-launched/ The Festival St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe is officially launched. Artistic producer Kenny Streule and co-host Maryline Chery guided fans through the fast-paced Fringe-For-All preview party on Monday, May 30 at Club Soda, which featured 250 artists from this year’s festival offering their annual fix. theatre, dance, music, comedy, puppetry, storytelling, burlesque and more. “We are thrilled […]]]>

The Festival St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe is officially launched. Artistic producer Kenny Streule and co-host Maryline Chery guided fans through the fast-paced Fringe-For-All preview party on Monday, May 30 at Club Soda, which featured 250 artists from this year’s festival offering their annual fix. theatre, dance, music, comedy, puppetry, storytelling, burlesque and more.

“We are thrilled to welcome the public back to the Fringe with our special brand of ‘Radical Hospitality,'” said Amy Blackmore, Executive and Artistic Director. “The world needs the Fringe community more than ever right now. With the festival’s values ​​of diversity, accessibility and artistic freedom, Fringing makes the world a better place.

Blackmore added that the festival has gone green by banning flyers and ticketless and is staying safe by requiring all members of the public to wear masks inside venues.

Tickets and passes are on sale now, and newbies are recommended to purchase a pass for three shows – one sure bet, one recommended performance and one random show.

The Fringe is an open-access, uncensored event with affordable ticket prices for everyone. Artists keep 100% of their box office. Carte Blanche passes for three, six, ten shows and all access are available.

Festival Highlights

On June 9 at the Parc des Amériques, Fringe Park Opening-Night Concert with Socalled, who will be the headliner of the first big social event of the summer. Reconnect with the FringeMTL community and its artists by heading to Fringe Park. It’s the best way to meet people, sign up as a volunteer, read beer tent buzz/show reviews.

Fringe Park is THE central gathering point for FringeMTL. The lineup includes over 40 acts and activities including K-Man & The 45s, Frase & Fawna, Mini-Fringe and the famous Drag Races hosted by Mado Lamotte on Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m. All events are free.

From June 9 to 19, more than 500 performances by 250 artists in 11 venues begin June 9 at 5:30 p.m. Intimate venues average 100 seats or less, creating memorable experiences for performers and audiences.

  • Joséphine, burlesque cabaret dream play, winner of over 20 international awards and an off-Broadway hit.
  • The Family Crow: A Murder Mystery, just finished a sold-out run at the Orlando Fringe, winning a patron’s choice award.
  • Everything dances! Dance lovers will unite as it will be a very danceable edition of the festival with more than a dozen dance performances, including Everybody Knows, inspired by the music of Leonard Cohen.

From June 2-12, Parc Jeanne-Mance, The Night Sky Tour with Plateau Astro, is a one-hour tour of the night sky – hosted by Plateau Astro’s Trevor – where guests will learn how to use a telescope, use the free astronomy on smartphone apps and discover how to fully appreciate the sky. Audiences will also take home their own close-up photo of the Moon through the telescope with their phone. Maximum 12 people, from 12 years old, depending on the weather.

There’s also the Fringe at home with The Fringebuzz Lab podcast! All four episodes of Season 2 are now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

For more information, visit https://montrealfringe.ca/

— The Montreal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival

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