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A Toronto man working on the opposition’s presidential election campaign in Kenya has been deported after being detained ahead of Tuesday’s contentious vote, his wife says.
“As far as we know he boarded the plane (in Nairobi),” Jennifer Mary Bell said of her husband, Andreas Katsouris.
“I’ve spoken to him twice today, both very, very briefly, like maybe 60 seconds at the most,” Bell said Saturday in an interview from the Netherlands, where he is expected join her after the flight to Germany.
“I spoke to him early this morning and he was on a monitored call, he couldn’t really talk. He sounded fine, he sounded very calm. He said they were treating them fine. And then I spoke to him just as he was getting on the plane a couple hours ago. He sounds upset.
“He’s been there since late June, they’ve been working their hearts out on this campaign and of course it’s really disappointing to have it end this way.”
Katsouris is senior vice-president of global services at Aristotle, Inc., a political consulting firm that provides various services to campaigns, including strategy and data analysis.
He and the company’s CEO, John Aristotle Phillips, an American, were detained Friday night in the capital, Nairobi, said Aristotle spokesperson Brandi Travis.
Travis said the two men were in Kenya assisting opposition candidate Raila Odinga, and had become involved in the election because they thought it had the potential for irregularities.
“I was originally just informed that they were missing and that they had been taken somewhere,” said Bell, who works in public health as an epidemiologist.
“That was last night. I got an urgent call to say that they had been apprehended and taken to some building, but nobody knew where.”
Bell said the men went out for dinner with a member of the campaign staff, but were apprehended. The campaign staff member was the one who sounded the alarm.
Bell said her husband was safe and had been well-treated, despite reports that Phillips had been assaulted and put in the trunk of a vehicle.
James Orengo, a senior member of the opposition National Super Alliance, told reporters that Phillips was “very adamant about his rights under the constitution, civic rights, was molested, thrown into the boot, and taken away with his colleague.”
Though Bell said she had a feeling Katsouris would be OK — going into potentially dangerous countries during elections is “kind of his thing” — she called her MP to make sure the incident was on the Canadian government’s radar.
But the incident does raise questions.
“To me the interesting question is why this happened, and why the (Kenyan) government would choose to do something so visible with an American and a Canadian,” she said. “It suggests a motive that isn’t necessarily pure.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta — the son of Kenya’s first president — will face longtime opposition leader Odinga, the son of the country’s first vice-president.
Odinga has run unsuccessfully for the top post in three previous contests.
Recent elections in Kenya, East Africa’s high-tech and commercial hub, have been hotly contested; more than 1,000 people were killed in post-election violence a decade ago. Kenyatta prevailed over Odinga in a 2013 vote that was mostly peaceful but tainted by opposition allegations of vote-rigging.
Travis said Katsouris and Phillips knew there were risks associated with working for the opposition in Kenya, but they thought Odinga’s cause was worth it.
“They do go into countries that aren’t always safe,” she said, “but they think it’s the right thing to do.”
James Orengo, a senior member of the opposition National Super Alliance, told The Associated Press that the detention of Katsouris and Phillips happened around the same time that armed and masked police raided an opposition vote-counting centre, intimidating workers and seizing equipment. He also said two Ghanaians working on the opposition campaign have been deported.
Kenyan police denied allegations that officers broke into political party offices on Friday, saying no report of a burglary has been made to any police station.
With files from Emily Fearon and The Associated Press
With files from Emily Fearon and The Associated Press
LONDON—It turned out to be one race too many for the world’s greatest sprinter, but the crowd that packed the stadium for Usain Bolt’s final 100 didn’t care: He was still the winner here.
American Justin Gatlin was booed for winning, and Bolt was cheered for coming in third.
Three-hundredths of a second was all that separated the medallists — 9.92, 9.94 and 9.95 seconds — in the 100-metre final at the world athletics championships, with young American Christian Coleman coming up the middle for silver.
“I lost the race to a great competitor, and I came third to a young kid that’s coming up. He’s talented and has a great future ahead of him, so no regrets,” Bolt said afterwards.
“I came out there and did my best. I was always going to end — win, lose or draw — and walk away because it doesn’t change anything in my career. I’ve done all I can do for the sport and for myself, so it’s time to go.”
Bolt has been such a star for so long that it’s hard to remember just how far he’s come from his start as a high school kid in the small town of Sherwood Content, an hour’s drive from Montego Bay on Jamaica’s northwest coast; a kid who loved cricket and soccer and, by all accounts, was only swayed to running by the prospect of winning.
And for a decade he’s been nearly unbeatable when it counts.
At 21, he set the world record with a 9.72-second run, but it would be his wins — and playful personality — at the 2008 Beijing Olympics two months later that really made him.
“(Bolt’s) a man who has taken the sport to a whole new level,” said the 21-year-old Coleman, who burst on to the sprinting scene with fast winning times at the NCAA championships, much as Canada’s Andre De Grasse did in 2015. “He’s been an icon of mine as I’ve grown up. It’s an honour to toe the line with him ... It’s an historic moment.”
But it’s hardly the one that the world of track and field wanted. A sport so intent on trying to clean up its public image when it comes to doping that it’s contemplating wiping out more than a decade of records now has a world champion with two doping suspensions in his past.
“It’s still Usain Bolt’s night,” said Gatlin, who knows well that the crowd of about 60,000 at London Stadium had hoped for a different outcome.
“He’s done so much for the sport. Win or lose, he’s the man and the first thing I did when I crossed the line and saw that I’d won, I paid homage to him because he deserves it,” the 35-year-old said.
“Bolt is an electrifying character who has run sizzling times, mind-blowing times and, throughout the years, he’s always kept it classy.”
That didn’t change, even on a night of great personal disappointment, and it was Bolt who stepped up to defend Gatlin’s right to be here and applauded the victory by a runner who was booed every time he stepped on the track.
“He’s done his time and he’s worked hard to get back to being one of the best athletes,” Bolt said.
Saturday night marked the first bronze medal that Bolt has ever won at the world championships. He started with two silvers — in the 200 and 4x100 relay — in 2007 when he was just 20 years old, and went on to win 11 gold medals.
Bolt said he believed he had one more victory in him, if only he could get a good start.
His start in the final was so bad that his famous ability to come from behind — at six-foot-five, he covers the 100 in fewer strides that his competitors — just couldn’t make up the difference.
For Canada’s De Grasse, knocked out with a hamstring injury this past week, this may well be remembered as the race that got away, with the eventual winning time seemingly within his range.
The crowd was on its feet from the moment Bolt took to the track for the final, and stayed there cheering for him long after the scoreboard showed him in an uncharacteristic spot.
It was a long stream of adulation for Bolt’s incredible, long-standing world-record times — 9.58 seconds in the 100, 19.19 in the 200 — along with his ability to rise above the endless doping scandals that have created cynicism around the sport and, perhaps most of all, his ability to enjoy every minute of it.
He looked like he was having fun racing when so many others made it look like a job or testosterone-fuelled showdown of big egos — his lightning-bolt pose, goofing around with mascots not just after races but before, including here with Hero the Hedgehog on his way to the call room for his final 100.
Bolt connected with fans in a way not many sprinters ever have.
That’s what brought Alex Archer, sporting his dual nationality with a Jamaican flag draped over his Canadian jacket, to London Stadium.
“He’s someone I can imagine would be really fun to hang out with,” Archer said. “It’s the end of an era, I remember watching him at the beginning when he first broke onto the scene.
“A win is a cherry on the top, but it’s not a deal breaker for me. I think he’s already proved what he needs to prove.”
That’s just what Bolt said.
“I’m done. I’ve proven to the world that I’m one of the greatest athletes and I don’t think tonight has changed anything,” he said.
“I’m unique. I do things different than everybody else. I don’t think there will be another me.”
When marijuana becomes legal in Canada next year, it will be mainly because Justin Trudeau had a change of mind in 2012.
Same-sex marriage and the right to physician-assisted death — they’re now the law of the land in Canada because politicians, judges and yes, citizens too, changed their minds.
But changes of mind get a bad rap in politics — they’re usually linked to promise-breaking, weakness of conviction or disloyalty to the cause or the team.
That’s even more true in this world of instant opinions, Twitter spats and polarized debates, when taking the time to reason through an issue seems like a quaint relic of another century, and the middle ground seems, well, boring.
You’re not likely to see people on a TV political panel in 2017 saying to each other: “You know, you’ve convinced me I’m wrong.” And it’s hard to gain clicks on social media with a measured, nuanced view from both sides of a debate.
Yet it can happen. People can move from one side of an issue to another. Voters do it all the time. How does it happen? Sometimes it’s a sudden conversion; sometimes the shifts in thinking emerge over time.
It’s commonly assumed that people get more conservative as they get older, that when they change their minds, it’s to shed their old, left-wing convictions. But that’s not always the case: changing of minds works both ways.
What follows here are a few stories of Canadians who did a 180-degree shift in recent years on some big political issues — proof that while polarization may be rampant south of the border, it is neither an inevitable nor a permanent condition in Canada. At least not yet.
Five short years ago, Trudeau was not a fan of legalized pot. As he wandered around the 2012 Liberal policy convention in Ottawa — the same one in which a majority of party members voted in favour of legalization — Trudeau was a dissenting voice.
He told one interviewer that marijuana “disconnects you a little bit from the world” and that it was “not good for your health.” For those reasons alone, Trudeau said he wasn’t in favour of any measures that could make pot use more widespread.
“I don’t know that it’s entirely consistent with the society we’re trying to build,” Trudeau said in an interview that still lives on YouTube, where it’s immediately clear he hasn’t had his run-for-leadership makeover: he still sports a moustache and the long, unruly hair.
By the end of 2012, a lot of things had changed for Trudeau — beyond his appearance. He had changed his mind about running for Liberal leader, officially launching his campaign in October, and he was also starting to see that legalization was better than the decriminalization option he’d long favoured.
Today, Trudeau and his advisers trace the shift to a meeting with two women in his office in November of that year, who armed him with some of the pro-legalization arguments that he’s still using today — now, as prime minister. The two women were Kelly Coulter and Andrea Matrosovs, then representing what was known as the women’s alliance of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Coulter, who now lives in Victoria, remembers the meeting well, and is heartened to hear that Trudeau traces his conversion to this encounter.
“I actually saw the ‘aha’ moment,” Coulter says. It had been an emotional meeting in Trudeau’s tiny Parliament Hill office; the three of them talked about their own personal experience with marijuana. Trudeau talked about his mother using pot, and his brother, Michel, who had been charged with possession not long before he died. (Trudeau has subsequently told the story publicly of how his father used connections to get the charges dropped so that his son didn’t have a criminal record.)
Coulter told Trudeau flatly that decriminalization would not keep gangs and organized crime out of the marijuana business. “Al Capone would have loved it if alcohol had only been decriminalized,” she said — a line she often used when talking to politicians.
“I saw the light go on in his eyes,” Coulter said. “He was seeing this as a politician, realizing ‘I can sell this,’ ” she recalled.
Trudeau could see how this argument would blunt Conservative attacks on him as being soft on crime; with legalization, he could simultaneously seem liberal about marijuana but conservative about gangs and criminals. It helped persuade Trudeau that legalization, would be the best way for the government to regulate its use and keep it safe, especially for kids.
Still, it would be a while before Trudeau would make that change of mind public. Throughout the Liberal leadership debates in the winter of 2013, it was candidate Joyce Murray who most strongly advocated for legalization. It wouldn’t be until July of 2013, when he was travelling through B.C. as the new Liberal leader, that Trudeau would announce he was in favour of legalization. Roughly four years since that declaration, the legislation is now moving through Parliament, and marijuana sales and consumption should be legal by next summer.
Cannabis legalization isn’t the only tough, polarizing issue that the Trudeau government has tackled. No sooner had the Trudeau government been sworn in when it was forced, thanks to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, to come up with a new law on medical assistance in dying. It meant that one of the hardest, most emotionally charged issues for families, physicians and caregivers got plunged into politics, where people are always looking for black-and-white distinctions.
Certainly many doctors felt they had to pick sides, and the law has been written to take account of doctors who refuse to help patients choose death. One physician who made the journey from “against” to “for” on assisted dying was James Downar, a critical care and palliative care expert with the University Health Network in Toronto.
Downar tells the story of his conversion quite publicly, to encourage physicians as they face what for many of them is an agonizing decision. Downar even wrote up a kind of guide for doctors thinking through their positions on medically assisted dying, which appeared in a 2014 issue of HealthCare Papers, a publication for people interested in medical and health issues.
Downar talks about how he came out of school — the “doctor factory,” as he calls it — with pretty standard opinions on whether he should be helping patients end their lives. “I was taught that it was immoral to end a life intentionally, because it was contrary to the healing culture of medicine and forbidden by the Hippocratic oath,” Downar writes.
But as he started practising his profession, he began to see the issue in not so simple, abstract terms. Downar saw patients suffering in their final hours — situations in which ending their lives seemed to be the greater mercy than keeping them alive and his convictions intact.
He also started to pore through medical research that also tested his opposition to physician-assisted dying. Gradually, Downar came to the conclusion that it was his duty to come to the “for” side of the debate.
“Medical school had taught me to be prepared to reconsider my diagnosis when things weren’t evolving the way I expected,” he wrote in HealthCare Papers.
The final step, the one that turned him into an advocate, was seeing the video that Donald Low, the microbiologist who headed up the fight against SARS, left behind when he died in 2013 of a brain tumour. Low, who had been a boss and a mentor to Downar, made the video eight days before he died — an impassioned call for assisted dying, literally made on a deathbed. After seeing the video, Downar signed on as a physician adviser for Dying with Dignity. His article in HealthCare Papers contains some useful tips for doctors thinking of changing sides — many revolving around respect, not just for facts, but for the emotion of the issue, too.
“Do not stoop to personal attacks, even when they are used against you. This issue is too important,” Downar writes. “Keep it logical… When new data arises, do not ignore or suppress it.”
Some of those tips could also be useful in other, polarized and emotional debates, too.
It’s often the political right that’s accused of ignoring science, of putting ideology ahead of evidence and ignoring inconvenient facts. But it can happen on the left side of the political spectrum, too, as Rachel Gouin discovered.
Gouin works in government relations in Ottawa these days, but she once worked for an anti-poverty organization that was fiercely opposed to genetically modified organisms — GMOs, as they’re called. (Because Gouin does not want to single out former colleagues or the organization for criticism, it remains unnamed in this article.)
Gouin hadn’t thought too much about GMOs before starting her job as a fundraiser with the organization, and simply adopted the company line. She was learning quickly on the job, though, and soon was organizing events around the idea of banning all genetically modified food. One fundraiser Gouin organized in Montreal still sticks in her mind.
“Having no scientific background, I was repeating key messages from the campaign and responding to questions with information I had gleaned from colleagues and materials circulated in the office,” Gouin said.
At the end of her presentation, she was approached by a scientist. He told her she was not giving the facts about the technology she’d mentioned in her remarks. “He was not angry, but wanted to express his disagreement with the organization’s position.”
Gouin and her colleagues dismissed his criticism, writing him off as “lacking in critical-thinking skills,” as they liked to say. But as time wore on, Gouin was increasingly bothered by the idea that she might be spreading misinformation. She started digging deeper into the organization’s anti-GMO research and found it lacking in rigour. Gouin realized that even though the cause was noble (protecting small farmers) the science was off.
She wouldn’t be the only one to make that call — Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” also did a major rethink of his opposition to GMOs and announced his 2016 that he couldn’t keep speaking out against them. Nye, who’s best known for his popular PBS show that teaches science to kids, said he was persuaded by the evidence, but also tipped over the edge by the unscientific, conspiratorial nature of the anti-GMO movement. Gouin felt much the same.
“The line for me was whether or not that meant denying what science was saying about GMOs,” Gouin said. She spoke up at work meetings a couple of times, but ultimately realized it was wiser to simply change jobs. The experience changed more than her mind about GMOs — it changed how she comes to other views, too.
“I do measure my opinions more. I want to hear the view of scientists,” Gouin says. “I no longer side with lone-voice contrarians and hold them up as courageous in the face of some kind of corporate and political conspiracy to silence their dissent.”
Changing her own mind made Gouin realize how hard it can be for others. “It really opened my eyes to the ways in which even smart, educated people can become so strongly attached to positions that they will not reconsider them in light of evidence to the contrary.”
Michael Coren may be one of Canada’s best-known mind-changers, who now writes frequently for this newspaper. Once a prominent voice in the right-wing, conservative commentariat, with multiple platforms in the Sun media network and The Catholic Register, Coren experienced a profound, life-changing reversal in his opposition to same-sex marriage.
It started in 2013, when he watched anti-gay zealots haranguing John Baird, then foreign affairs minister, for speaking out against Uganda’s proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Coren, who had been an ardent Roman Catholic since joining the church in the 1980s, realized he simply couldn’t reconcile his religious or spiritual beliefs with people who held such virulent views against other human beings.
By 2014, Coren was writing a column in the Toronto Sun, headlined “I was wrong,” about same-sex marriage. By 2015, he’d left the Roman Catholic church and converted to Anglicanism.
It was a costly shift of opinion — abandoning his views meant the loss of some of his columnist jobs and many lucrative speaking engagements. As Coren said in an interview, it was probably not all that timely a decision either — Donald Trump’s rise in the United States has injected some new energy, not to mention income, into right-wing commentary. Had he held on to his old views, Coren might be making a good deal of money right now.
“My timing in a way couldn’t be worse,” he laughs.
Coren wrote a book about his conversion, the reaction and what it all taught him about life, politics and changing one’s mind. It’s titled Epiphany: A Christian’s change of heart and mind over same-sex marriage.
In the process of changing his own mind, Coren has learned a little bit about how to go about changing others. It makes no sense, he says, to yell at people or call them names, or imply that their current view is stupid. Far too often these days, says Coren, that’s the style of political debate and probably the reason that things get polarized in the first place.
“You’ve got to be respectful and you don’t scream at people who disagree with you,” he says. “And if people are screaming at you, you don’t respond.” While changing one’s mind may be an intensely personal process, making arguments personal rarely works.
Coren laughs at suggestions that changes of mind are a sign of intellectual weakness or a lack of conviction. “There’s nothing flimsy or flabby about watching, listening and learning and changing because of that,” Coren says. “I could argue that not changing is rather strange.”
In fact, Coren has a bit of a warning for people who are considering changing their minds on one issue or another — switching sides is addictive. Once you start opening your views to new thinking, you may not be able to stop.
“I’ve changed my view on most moral and sexual issues, certainly on assisted dying,” Coren says. On abortion, an extremely polarizing issue for the church and politics, Coren has also switched his views. “You do develop a certain flexibility … If you make the leap of empathy on one issue, you do tend to empathize on others.”
Still, it’s rarely easy. Walking away from long-held views may mean losing old friends, colleagues, income or status. If you’re a politician, it could mean losing votes or elections and facing accusations of weakness and inconsistency.
That’s probably why we don’t hear stories that often of transformed views in politics, which is a shame — because anyone who wants to change the world for the better is going to have to change some minds, sometimes starting with their own mind.
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WASHINGTON—When U.S. President Donald Trump looks at America, he sees two very different worlds: He’s visited inner cites he declared to be “worse than almost any of the places in the Middle East,” he slammed New Hampshire as a “drug-infested den.” And he’s championed “beautiful” cities full of “massive crowds” and “true American patriots,” often in states that voted for him. Oh yeah, and he really hates regions where a personality or politician crossed him. Always, though, Trump uses some very vivid imagery to paint his black-and-white vision of America. Here it is:
LOVES TRUMP, OR TRUMP LOVES THEM
Kentucky — Abraham Lincoln was a “great president. Most people don’t even know he was a Republican.”
Maine —“What it does do is it gets you out to see states that you’ll never see otherwise. It’s very interesting. Like Maine. I went to Maine four times.” Trump, referring to the fact that Maine splits its electoral vote (one of only two states to do that) said, “I went to Maine 2 for one, because everybody was saying you can get to 269 but there is no path to 270.”
Massachusetts —“They have a hell of a team,” Trump has said of the Patriots, of which he’s a big fan. (He and Patriots owner Bob Kraft are close.)
Ohio —“Tonight I’m back in the centre of the American heartland, far away from the Washington swamp to spend time with thousands of true American patriots.”
Tennessee —“I know you people aren’t skeptical people, ’cause nobody would be that way in Tennessee. Nope, nobody. Not Tennessee.”
West Virginia — “The folks in West Virginia who were so nice to me.”
Wisconsin — Trump repeatedly refers to the fact that a Republican presidential candidate hadn’t won Wisconsin since the 1980s. He also references its large crowds. “We had tremendous crowds. And I’d leave these massive crowds, I’d say, ‘Why are we going to lose this state?’ ”
BAD POLITICIAN OR PERSONALITY RESIDES HERE
California — “Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving The Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show”
“The mayor of San Jose did a terrible job of ordering the protection of innocent people. The thugs were lucky supporters remained peaceful!”
D.C. — “We don’t need advice from the Washington swamp. We need to drain the swamp.”
Hawaii — Hours after a Hawaii judge blocked a revised version of his travel ban, Trump called it “an unprecedented judicial overreach.”
Illinois — “More than two homicide victims per day. What the hell is going on in Chicago? Better tell that mayor to get tough.”
Maryland —“I see where Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore is pushing Crooked (Hillary) hard. Look at the job she has done in Baltimore. She is a joke!”
Massachusetts — “Boston’s Mayor Walsh wasted a lot of time and money on going for the Olympics, and then he gave up. I don’t want him negotiating for me!”
New Mexico — “She’s (Susana Martinez) got to do a better job. OK? Your governor has got to do a better job.”
New York — Mayor Bill de Blasio is the “single worst mayor in the history of New York City.”
Pennsylvania — Former mayor Michael Nutter “is a crude dope!”
South Dakota — After Badlands National Park tweeted defiant climate-change messages, the Trump administration ordered a ban on all Interior Department employees using Twitter, which was lifted the next day.
Texas — Called Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban “dopey.”
Virginia — “(Republican Party of) Virginia has lost statewide seven times in a row. Will now not allow desperately needed new voters. Suicidal mistake. RNC MUST ACT NOW!”
Wyoming — “I don’t want to waste money going to Wyoming, sending crews for months and months knowing you’re not going to beat the bosses. I’ve beaten the bosses.”
FAILING, INFESTED OR OTHERWISE IN SHAMBLES
California — “Our airports are like from a Third World country,” Trump has said, singling out LAX, LaGuardia, Newark and Kennedy.
“California in many ways is out of control.”
Georgia — “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his (Atlanta) district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to . . . mention crime-infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!”
Illinois — “You go to some of these inner-city places and it’s so sad when you look at the crime. . . . They’re living in hell. You look at the numbers in Chicago. There are two Chicagos. There’s one Chicago that’s incredible, luxurious and all — and safe. There’s another Chicago that’s worse than almost any of the places in the Middle East that we talk about and you talk about every night on the newscasts. So we’re gonna do a lot of work on the inner cities.”
Iowa — “How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?”
Maryland — Repeatedly referred to Baltimore as an inner city.
Michigan —“You could go to war zones in countries that we’re fighting and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities that are run by the Democrats. It is a disaster the way African Americans are living in many cases, and in many cases the way Hispanics are living.”
New Hampshire —“I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.”
New York —“Our airports are like from a Third World country”
Pennsylvania — Repeatedly referred to Philadelphia as an inner city.
Trump said Harrisburg “looked like a war zone” from his plane.
Texas — “The drugs pouring through on the southern border are unbelievable. We’re becoming a drug culture, there’s so much. And most of it’s coming from the southern border.”
Hundreds of Drake fans filled an entire hallway of Yorkdale Mall on Saturday, forming a snaking line, all eagerly waiting to enter the rapper’s new flagship store.
The OVO store — which stands for October’s Very Own, Drake’s brand for everything from his record label to his music festival — sells apparel, including sweaters, shoes, hats, water bottles and lighters.
Some Drake fans channelled the rapper’s owl logo and camped out overnight to be the store’s first customers. By mid-afternoon, 600 people had entered the store, with hundreds more waiting.
“I didn’t sleep, we just messed around to kill time,” said Omar Hassan, who arrived at 6 p.m. Friday and got into the store at 11 a.m. Saturday. Hassan plans to resell some of the merchandise he bought.
Customers leaving the store described it as small; Hassan said its gold and white interior looked like a “rich person’s closet.”
“I came all the way from Louisiana for OVO Fest,” said rapper Jade Delvale, referring to the annual music festival Drake founded that will kick off on Monday. “I’m a big Drake head anyway, so seeing this line is not surprising.”
Keelie Belmonte waited in line with her son for nearly 10 hours to enter the store. Despite her sore legs, she was still upbeat.
“There’s a few collector items, so hopefully we’ll be successful in our quest,” she said. “(Drake’s) the man, Toronto represent.”
Security guards and police officers were on scene to monitor the crowd. Passersby squeezed by the hulking line, some taking pictures, others bewildered at what all the commotion was about.
Hours of waiting caused frustration for potential customers. One woman exited the line with her mother, saying that she “waited six hours for nothing.”
Rahim Jaffer, who entered the line at 8 a.m., said by mid-afternoon, the “vibe now seems more like frustration” than excitement.
Ryan Dillon was able to skip most of the line because of some connections. While he was happy with his purchases, he said the store was not worth the wait. Some customers spotted some VIP shoppers, part of Drake’s inner circle.
Security guards allowed 10-15 customers in the store at a time, with no time limit as to how long they could shop.
TORONTO—Air Canada says two airplanes clipped wings at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Saturday evening.
The airline says none of the 286 passengers on board the incoming Air Canada flight were injured.
It says the plane clipped wings with an aircraft operated by LOT Polish Airlines while pulling up to the gate.
It says the Air Canada flight had arrived from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and was parking when the incident occurred.
Air Canada says the matter is under investigation.
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OTTAWA—Rest and relaxation might top the agenda for most Canadians right now but newly-minted Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is going full-tilt on the barbecue circuit in a bid to introduce himself and boost his party’s prospects before 2019.
As part of his summer travels, Scheer spent a chunk of July in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador before moving on to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec.
“A big part of my tour was to introduce myself and make connections with people who maybe weren’t following the leadership race but are inclined to support the Conservative party,” he said in an interview.
Scheer, who is expected to tour western Canada this month, acknowledged his party will have to cultivate new support if it hopes to head back to 24 Sussex Dr., in addition to holding on to the 98 seats it has today.
Pollster David Coletto said it takes a long time to build up a party’s ground game ahead of an election and summer is a critical time for outreach, especially with a new leader.
“One of the interesting things about new Opposition leaders is nobody knows who you are,” said Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data.
“If you looked at the candidates who ran for the Conservative leadership, at least in the polling we did, he was probably one of the least well-known candidates in terms of just general name recognition and awareness.”
If Scheer wants to win a majority in the next election, Coletto said he’ll have to make inroads in Atlantic Canada, where the Liberals made a clean sweep in 2015. And on that score, he said Scheer has a long way to go.
“You look at the polling that’s been put out in the last few weeks, ours included, the Liberals are still doing very well in Atlantic Canada,” he said.
“The majority of the region would vote Liberal which is pretty much where they were at the last election so Atlantic Canada remains, I think, a fortress for the Liberals.”
Scheer, a Saskatchewan MP who took the helm in May after a marathon leadership race sparked by the departure of former prime minister Stephen Harper, said his party is in the midst of beginning a new chapter and rebuilding trust, including with voters who were wooed to the Liberals in the last election.
Conservative MPs are also preparing to hold their annual summer caucus retreat in Winnipeg on Sept. 7 and 8 — a key target area for growth.
“There are several seats in the area that we held for many years and that we lost in the last election,” Scheer said. “We want to get some colleagues back and show Manitobans and Winnipeggers that we want to be there, we want to be there to listen to what we need to do better.”
He also pointed to the electoral success of the province’s Progressive Conservative premier Brian Pallister, a former Conservative MP.
“We want to have the opportunity to make connections with our provincial counterparts there ... and start the groundwork to win some seats back that we should be able to win back in the next election,” Scheer said.
For his part, Trudeau has also made a number of stops across the country this summer including at the Canada Games in Winnipeg and at the Calgary Stampede.
Trudeau also held three fundraisers in July — an event in Mississauga, Ont. where tickets cost between $750 and $1,500, a donor appreciation event in Halifax and an event in Surrey, B.C. for $1,000 a person.
Cameron Ahmad, a spokesperson for the prime minister, said Trudeau’s summer travels were not conducted specifically with the 2019 election in mind.
“Obviously an Opposition leader would be spending more time targeting certain regions for political reasons, where I would say this wasn’t that kind of a tour,” he said.
“It wasn’t a campaign-style tour where we held rallies or anything. It was ... truly an opportunity to go to communities and meet people.”
Trudeau is now expected to move into vacation-mode of his own in British Columbia.
HOUSTON—Half an hour after the Blue Jays’ 7-6 loss at Minute Maid Park, closer Roberto Osuna told reporters the Houston Astros are just like any other team. That mindset helps Osuna do his job, which is to retire batters regardless of their pedigree or record.
Sunday afternoon, Osuna took the mound with his team ahead by three runs and within reach of a win that would have clinched the season series with the first-place Astros, sending a message that a wild-card berth is still plausible. But no other team has Jose Altuve, who singled to start the ninth-inning rally that ended with a Juan Centeno walk-off single to seal a four-run outburst.
Osuna, who had earned his 28th save in Saturday night’s 4-3 win, isn’t blaming the quick turnaround for Sunday afternoon’s hiccup. Instead, he says he’s working through a rough stretch dating back to a pair of blown saves in late July.
“Against Anaheim and the White Sox, I couldn’t explain it. And today my command wasn’t what I wanted,” Osuna said. “My velocity is down, and I’ve got to find the right path for my velocity to come back again.”
It didn’t help that he was facing an Astros club that leads the majors in hits (1,117), runs (649) and OPS (.856).
While Houston has won four of seven games against the Jays this year, they have outscored Toronto 63-34 in those contests — including a 19-1 throttling in July and a 16-7 win to open this weekend’s series.
Sunday’s loss drops Toronto to 52-59, and five games behind Tampa Bay in the race for the final wild-card spot.
But midway through the game, winning the season series against Houston didn’t seem too far-fetched an idea.
Jose Bautista’s two-run homer put the Jays ahead 2-0 in the third. After a three-run Houston rally in the fifth, former Astro Nori Aoki launched a two-run homer to reclaim the lead for Toronto in the seventh. That blast was Aoki’s third of the season and first ever at Minute Maid Park, where he played 32 games with Houston this year.
Justin Smoak’s two-run double put the Jays up 6-3 midway through the seventh.
While starting pitcher Marcus Stroman gave up 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings, limited the powerful Astros offence to that fifth-inning rally. He rebounded to strike out Altuve in a scoreless sixth, but left the game impressed with Houston’s depth and relentlessness.
“It’s an unbelievable lineup over there, one through nine,” said Stroman, whose 118 pitches marked his second-highest count of the season. “Altuve’s extremely special. They have some pretty big bats out (of the lineup), but those guys who stepped in and replaced those guys are unbelievable players as well. You have to really be on your game for a lineup like this.”
Houston won twice this weekend even though their lineup lacked two stars. Outfielder George Springer is out with a quadriceps injury, and shortstop Carlos Correa remains on the disabled list while rehabbing from thumb surgery.
But after going hitless Saturday, Altuve and Yulieski Gurriel rebounded Sunday to combine for five hits and three runs. After Alex Bregman’s ninth-inning triple tied the game, Centeno, called up to replace the injured Evan Gattis, singled to end the game.
“We liked our guy on the mound. He’s our closer (and) you don’t think they’re going to score three or four,” said manager John Gibbons. “But when things get rolling, they don’t let you up. It’s a deep lineup, right-handed (and) left-handed. They got caught up and then they got some big, big hits.”
Before Patti Elizabeth’s aunt passed away, she was paying $5,200 a month for five years to live in a single room with a shared kitchenette in her old-age home in Whitby, Ont.
Elizabeth, 58, fears she’ll never be able to afford to pay that much for a retirement home.
She says her generation, the baby boomers, are lucky because some of them have pensions. But she worries their kids won’t. Her kids won’t be able to afford to pay for her to be in a home, either.
“They don’t have the jobs; they don’t have that kind of money. I couldn’t possibly pay that, $5,000 is just an incredible amount of money,” she said. “Who has that?”
That’s why she finally decided to welcome another of her elderly aunts into her home. She’ll soon move in.
“I think that we need to be able to do that for everyone,” she said. “It just makes me crazy.”
As housing prices across Greater Toronto rise and supply falls, the same is true for retirement residences, forcing seniors to deplete their savings, move in with family or move out of the city towards relative affordability.
These homes — the all-inclusive kind you pay for, not the long-term care buildings you wait for if you’re extremely ill — can afford to name their price in a hot market.
This year, vacancy rates in Ontario old-age homes reached their lowest point since 2001, dipping to 10.4 per cent, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s latest seniors’ housing report.
While the total supply of seniors’ housing grew by 2.4 per cent to more than 57,000 spaces in 2017, Ontario’s 75-plus demographic grew by 2.9 per cent. That growth is expected to more than double to six per cent by 2022.
“Demand is increasing at a faster rate and that’s why we saw the vacancy rates drop in 2017,” said CMHC’s principal market analyst, Jean-Sebastien Michel.
In Toronto, where prices are highest, the report warns that seniors have “very low or even no new supply in the pipeline.”
And new units are now seldom offered at lower price points. In 2014, 9.3 per cent of all units in the GTA were for rent at a price point below $2,500. Today, only 5.7 per cent of all spaces are available in that price range.
Michel says new retirement residences are increasingly building two-bedroom units so that they can charge more, making it harder to find smaller spaces.
“(It’s) going to be a challenge for suppliers to get enough supply into the market,” he added. “In the next five years you will see a large increase in the number of 75-plus people seeking spaces.”
In the GTA, the majority of all rental spaces for seniors now cost more than $4,000 (54.1 per cent). The average monthly rent for a standard seniors’ living space in the GTA has risen to $4,159 in 2017, up from $3,825 in 2014.
In Toronto, Etobicoke and Scarborough, a one-bedroom unit runs an average monthly rent of $4,746.
Deb Hallet, who lives in Oshawa, says her 91-year-old father Syd was repeatedly sent home from the hospital while battling Alzheimer’s after he’d broken his hip when he couldn’t afford a retirement home in Scarborough — where her sisters lived — on two pensions.
“The cost was ridiculous,” Hallet said, adding that the options for home care were no less expensive.
As a result, regions such as Niagara, Windsor and Kingston have become destinations for Toronto’s elderly, according to Michel.
“Toronto actually has a fairly low capture rate in terms of the proportion of the 75-plus population that’s in a seniors’ home,” he said, as the elderly either go outside the city for retirement homes or stay longer with family to avoid the costs.
These decisions are usually made as a last resort, when seniors can no longer hang onto their independence or lose mobility, Michel says.
“People like to age in place. They like their home, they like their family being able to come visit them,” he added.
There are some options for seniors, though they’ve become increasingly limited.
Pat Irwin started ElderCareCanada to help advise the children of seniors on the various paths forward after her father felt abandoned with no choice in his residence in the late 1990s.
“I literally put my hand on his grave and said nobody else is going through this where you just don’t know what your options are,” she said.
Long-term care in nursing homes is subsidized by the province, but Irwin says they’re getting worse and waiting lists are growing while accepting only the severely ill.
But long-term homes can be the only options for in-limbo low-income seniors who don’t want to move to the “boonies,” according to Irwin.
Seniors can no longer say no to acceptance into a residence either, which prohibits them from cluttering up lists.
With nowhere to turn, many are forced to downsize from homes to apartments in order to hire round-the-clock care to the tune of what can be $600 a day, according to Irwin — who says less expensive bare bones residences are “few and far between.”
Maxime Camerlain, Chartwell’s vice president of real estate integration, says retirement residences must do more than build more units to bring prices down if they want to accommodate a baby boomer generation he thinks will redefine old age in other types of homes if they don’t.
“We’ve long realized that if we didn’t talk to them, they would turn around and build it themselves,” he said.
He says residences in Quebec have already successfully done that by offering more choice and low baseline prices with the opportunity to buy into other features, rather than the all-inclusive resort style they’ve tended to use in Ontario.
While good food and central locations are still major factors, Camerlain says affordability and choice are becoming more important to seniors.
He promises that Chartwell’s new ‘Sumach’ retirement residence, which is set to be completed in the Regent Park area by 2018, will offer some apartments in the low $2,000s.
And as life expectancy rises, baby boomers must now prepare to live to 100 instead of 85.
“You always say you’re going to save your money for a rainy day and I say ‘well it’s raining and is your nest egg enough?’ ” Irwin said.
“What you’ve got is the polarization that’s everywhere else in our society. You’ve got people with money who can basically do what they like, then you have the other side basically living on Canada pension and not much more.”
Toronto police are seeking the public's assistance with identifying a suspect in a road rage incident where a man hit a vehicle’s passenger-side mirror with a baseball bat.
Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said police obtained a video of the incident that occurred on August 4 at Strachan Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. W.
The two vehicles involved came to a red light at the intersection, when there was a verbal altercation. One man then exited his vehicle and struck the other car’s passenger mirror with a baseball bat. He then got back into this car, which is a white Acura, and drove northbound on Strachan Ave.
Police are asking anyone with information or who has video footage to contact them.
Far-right German activist and Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel has died at the age of 78, according to media reports.
CBC says Zundel died Sunday at home in Germany's Black Forest region after he was found unconscious by his sister Sigrid.
The cause of death was a heart attack, according to his wife, Ingrid.
Born in Germany in 1939, Zundel immigrated to Canada in 1958 and for decades promoted Nazi propaganda through pamphlets and a website devoted to denying the Holocaust.
While he was living in Toronto and Montreal, Canadian officials twice rejected Zundel's attempts to obtain Canadian citizenship, and he moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He was deported to Canada from the U.S. in 2003 for alleged immigration violations.
The literature he published was twice ruled as hateful and in 2005, Zundel was declared a national security threat by a Federal Court judge, clearing the way for his deportation to Germany that year.
In February 2007, Zundel was convicted in Germany for 14 counts of inciting hatred for years of anti-Semitic activities, including contributing to a website devoted to denying the Holocaust.
He spent an additional years behind bars on the German warrant after having been deported from the United States for alleged immigration violations.
He was released in 2010.
Zundel's supporters were known to argue that he was exercising his right to free speech.
Supporters outside the prison in Mannheim called Zundel “a brave man” and “a victim of justice,” while some maintained there still was no evidence that anyone was gassed to death at Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War.
In March, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's administrative appeals office, denied an application of E.C.Z., whose initials and supporting details led the Washington Post to conclude it was Zundel.
Zundel had applied for an immigrant visa to move to the United States with his wife of 16 years, a U.S. citizen. But he was classified as inadmissible because he has been convicted of foreign crimes for which the sentence was five years or more.
His controversial works continued to be felt even after his deportation. In March, Indigo Books & Music pulled two books from its online inventory that praise Hitler and question the Holocaust.
One of the books, The Hitler We Loved and Why, was co-written by Zundel under the pseudonym Christof Friedrich.
With files from The Associated Press
LONDON—A British broadcaster aired a salacious TV documentary today about Diana, the late Princess of Wales, on Sunday despite pleas from her family, friends and former courtiers to scuttle a program that includes clips of Diana discussing her sex life and unhappy marriage with Prince Charles.
The British broadcaster Channel 4 defended the use of the private musings of Diana as an important historical document and said the recordings offered unique insights into her life as the anniversary of her death approaches later this month.
Historic as the tapes may or may not be, the Daily Mail tabloid went with the headline: “Charles and Diana ‘didn’t have sex for seven years’: How Prince transformed from being ‘all over his wife like a bad rash’ before their love life ‘fizzled out entirely’ after Harry was born.”
Critics called the airing of the clips intrusive.
Dickie Arbiter, author of “On Duty with the Queen,” a book about his years as press secretary at Buckingham Palace, said airing the recordings was “exploitive.”
“We don’t need to know all these things. He was all over me like a rash? Keep private things private,” Arbiter told The Washington Post.
Regardless, Arbiter predicted that the show would prove irresistible for many who want to watch Diana face the camera and offer some of her most intimate observations.
One of Diana’s former body guards, who appeared on the program, said the princess would support the airing of the 25-year-old tapes.
“She would love it,” Ken Wharfe told the Associated Press.
“For the first time, she would say, ‘People are actually listening to and hearing what I am saying’,” said Wharfe, who served as Diana’s protection officer between 1986 and 1993.
The documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words, is timed to the 20th anniversary of her death in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.
The video clips were taped in 1992 and 1993 during sessions at Kensington Palace with a voice coach named Peter Settelen, who was working with the princess as she prepared to play a more public role, soon after she and Charles separated.
While excerpts of the recordings were previously broadcast in the United States as part of an NBC documentary in 2004, Britain’s Channel 4 served up never-before-seen footage.
According to the Guardian newspaper, Diana’s brother Earl Spencer pleaded with Channel 4 to shelve the program, reportedly fearing the broadcast could hurt Diana’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
“This doesn’t belong in the public domain,” Rosa Monckton, a longtime confidante of Diana, told the Guardian.
Monckton told the newspaper she believed that Diana treated the taped sessions with her voice coach as informal therapy sessions.
The princes and the palace have declined to comment.
According to press accounts in Britain and promotional materials by Channel 4, the program included a few new morsels about the private life of Diana.
On the tapes, the princess recalls that Charles was an ardent suitor. “He was all over me and I thought, you know, ‘ehh.’ Whereupon he leapt upon me and started kissing me and everything, and I thought, ‘What! This is not what people do.’”
She said, “He wasn’t consistent with his courting abilities.”
Diana revealed the couple spent time together on only 13 occasions before they were wed. She also confessed that she believed her bulimia was brought on by a bad match and the stress of isolation.
A statement from Channel 4 read: “We carefully considered all the material used in the documentary and, though the recordings were made in private, the subjects covered are a matter of public record and provide a unique insight into the preparations Diana undertook to gain a public voice and tell her own personal story. . . . This unique portrait of Diana gives her a voice and places it front and centre at a time when the nation will be reflecting on her life and death.”
MONTREAL—Several hundred people shouted “refugees welcome!” in Creole as they gathered outside Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday to show support for the waves of asylum-seekers crossing the border from the United States.
Members of the group stood on a hill near the entrance to the stadium, waving signs and balloons and chanting messages of welcome.
“We are here with them, to support them and to help them establish themselves,” organizer Serge Bouchereau told the crowd through a megaphone.
“This is a vast, rich country that can welcome many, many people who are in bad situations and can’t stay in their own countries.”
The Olympic Stadium is one of several venues that has been transformed into a temporary shelter to accommodate some of the refugee claimants, whose numbers have soared in recent weeks.
The City of Montreal says between 250 and 300 people are now crossing the Canada-U.S. border to seek asylum every day, up from 50 per day in the first half of July.
Many of those crossing the border, like 32-year-old Adline Tidas, are of Haitian descent.
In the United States, the Trump administration is considering ending a program that granted Haitians so-called “temporary protected status” following the massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.
Tidas said she had been living in Ft. Lauderdale since 2009 but left the United States last week because she feared being sent back to her home country.
“The government gave an extension of eight months, and I don’t want to go back to Haiti,” she said near the stadium.
She said conditions in the shelter were good and she was feeling optimistic about her future.
“(Canada) looks like a good place, I’m supposed to be here,” she said.
“Right now, anything I can do to work, I will do it. But my dream is, I want to be a nurse, to help people because people helped me.”
Several in the crowd said they had come to Canada as immigrants themselves and wanted to show their support for the newcomers.
“I have a standard of living that is very high because this country accepted me, and I wish it for others as well,” said 22-year-old Alexis Audoin, who was born in France.
The event was organized by Solidarité sans frontières and the Non-Status Action Committee, both of which are calling for open borders and the regularization of undocumented immigrants.
A separate counter-demonstration had been organized to protest against the arrival of the asylum seekers, but organizers announced on Saturday that it had been cancelled.
CHICAGO—After a cross-country manhunt, a Northwestern University professor and University of Oxford employee are in custody for the brutal stabbing death of a 26-year-old hair stylist in Chicago. The case has involved peculiar twists, including a cash donation by one of the two suspects in the victim’s name at a Wisconsin library and a videotaped confession sent to friends. The two men surrendered peacefully in California after eight days as fugitives.
Northwestern microbiologist Wyndham Lathem and Oxford financial officer, Andrew Warren, were wanted on first-degree murder charges for the death of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau. Lathem is due in court on Monday.
Here’s a closer look at the case:
The body of 26-year-old Cornell-Duranleau was found stabbed to death inside an apartment belonging to Lathem in an upscale neighbourhood near downtown Chicago. The July 27 attack was so violent the blade of the knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was broken, police said.
Authorities said the building’s front desk received an anonymous call that a crime had been committed in the 10th-floor apartment. When police opened the door, they found Cornell-Duranleau’s body. He had already been dead for at least 12 hours.
Police said the victim and Lathem had a personal relationship, but they have not elaborated or released a motive.
The authorities’ primary target in the investigation has been Lathem, who’s been on Northwestern’s faculty since 2007. The 42-year-old is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology, though university officials say he primarily worked in a research lab. Published in top scientific journals, Lathem was a sought-after speaker on pneumonic and bubonic plagues.
Over the years, he taught medical students or graduate students, though he was not teaching at the time of the crime, said officials with Northwestern, which has campuses in Chicago and suburban Evanston.
Investigators said Lathem sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in the crime, which he called the “biggest mistake of my life.” The video raised concern among investigators that Lathem might kill himself.
Lathem was under intensive observation over the weekend in jail, according to authorities.
Less is known about Warren, who’s British. Warren and Lathem were seen in surveillance video leaving Lathem’s high-rise apartment building the day of the stabbing, but it’s unclear what Warren’s relationship was to the other two men.
He is in charge of pensions and payroll at the University of Oxford’s Somerville College. Chicago police have said he’s 56 years old although California authorities booked him into jail at 49 years old.
Warren arrived in the U.S. three days before Cornell-Duranleau’s death and after being reported missing in Great Britain, Chicago police confirmed.
Cornell-Duranleau, a Michigan native who received a cosmetology licence, moved to Chicago last year. He lived in a neighbourhood just southwest of downtown.
Family members issued a statement asking for time to grieve before commenting further, saying they’re “deeply saddened” by the loss.
“It is our hope that the person or persons responsible for the death are brought to justice,” the statement read.
A funeral will be held Saturday in Lennon, Michigan.
ON THE RUN
The day the crime was committed, police say Lathem and Warren drove about 130 kilometres northwest of Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where one made a $1,000 cash donation to the local library in Cornell-Duranleau’s name. Lake Geneva authorities said the man making the donation didn’t give his name.
The two eluded police for eight days before their separate surrenders Friday evening in the Bay Area.
Lathem turned himself in at the Oakland federal building about the same time that Warren turned himself in to police in San Francisco, authorities said. A U.S. Marshals spokesman said surrender negotiations through an attorney began late Friday afternoon.
Warren is being held at the county jail in San Francisco. It was unclear if he had an attorney.
Lathem was being held without bail in Alameda County and faced a Monday court appearance.
One of Lathem’s attorneys, Barry Sheppard, in Chicago, said he helped facilitate the “peaceful and orderly” surrender and expects his client to waive extradition. He said his client is a distinguished scientist with a “fantastic record” of service.
“I hope that the public doesn’t engage in a rush to judgment against Mr. Lathem,” Sheppard said. “The details of the investigation, as they emerge, will hopefully clarify my client’s role in whatever did in fact occur.”
Yonge-Dundas Square buzzed with fantastic smells and sounds Sunday at Toronto’s first Indonesian Street Festival.
Long lines clamoured for beef skewers and spicy rendang, musicians played Indonesian gamelans, and vendors sold traditional garments and crafts.
There are about 3,000 people in Toronto’s Indonesian community, said Hadi Sapio Pambrastoro, Indonesia’s consul general, who hosted the festival as a way to promote Indonesia and introduce more Canadians to its culture.
With more than 17,000 islands and 700 dialects, Indonesia is an incredibly diverse and multicultural archipelago.
“We have a culture in every region, in every tribe,” Pambrastoro said, adding that every region has its own special cuisine.
Food was a key attraction in the square. Besides the beef skewers and rendang, food tents served up of skewers of chicken satay in peanut sauce, vegetable fritters, and chicken rissoles.
“When you’re cooking Indonesian, you’re using a lot of spices, fresh ingredients—sustainable,” said Indra Satria, as he tossed a piece of stuffed tofu. The battered and deep-fried snack is a popular Indonesian street food.
Now a chef in Toronto, Satria grew up cooking with his family in the capital city, Jakarta. There aren’t many Indonesian restaurants in Toronto right now, Satria said, but he wants more people in the city to experience the country’s delicious flavours.
“I’m sure we can compete with Thai food or Malaysian food,” said Satria, who recently helped open an Indonesian restaurant in Mississauga called Samara Kitchen.
“We’re using a lot of good spices, local produce . . . We always put a bold flavour on everything we cook.”
Around the square, vendors sold jewelry, crafts, and batik, the traditional Indonesian fabric.
Yatie Prasasto, a TTC bus driver, loves selling Indonesian scarves and batik whenever she can. She’s lived in Toronto for 32 years, but her home country is “in her blood.”
“I just love to show people, and introduce to people that Indonesia has good material, good batik,” said Prasasto, leafing through a rack of colourful, beautifully patterned garments.
“It is important to me … as an Indonesian Canadian, I like to introduce our heritage.”
On stage, musicians played traditional Indonesian instruments like the gamelan and the angklung. Some dancers travelled from Indonesia just for the festival.
Dancers Allegra Kartika and Patricia Litanidara, who performed a renggong manis, said they love dancing and practice at the Indonesian Embassy before special events.
“Dancing is how we keep the traditional culture from our country,” said Kartika, 20, who moved to Toronto when she was in high school. “It’s important because I don’t want to be not Indonesian, you know?”
Pambrastoro said he hopes the consulate can host an even bigger street festival next year.
A dinner outing turned into a scene from an action movie on Friday night when Toronto man Andreas Katsouris was swarmed in a Nairobi street by men who detained him, took his cell phones and demanded he take them to a colleague.
“I was on my way to dinner on Friday night when five or six tough looking guys wearing street clothes surrounded me, and then pretty soon there were a dozen of them,” Katsouris said.
“I saw one of their cell phones and there was a photo of me on it. They said they had been looking for me.”
The men, who identified themselves as police, asked Katsouris to bring them to his American co-worker, John Aristotle Phillips.
He was given only a few minutes to call his wife before his two phones and laptop were taken from him, he told the Star over the phone, from Delft, Netherlands where he has since been reunited with his wife and daughter.
When the officers arrived at Katsouris’ apartment, they asked him and Phillips to pack their bags. He said when they both protested the officers became aggressive and began pushing and shoving them.
Phillips was then handcuffed.
“One guy also grabbed the glasses off my face. I’m pretty much blind without my glasses, and then I was like ‘OK we don’t have to do things this way,’ and then he put them back on.”
The officers also denied Katsouris and Phillips the chance to contact lawyers or access to consular assistance, he said. Representatives for the Kenyan government did not immediately respond to Canadian Press requests for comment.
Katsouris, who had been working on the opposition campaign for Kenya’s presidential election when he was apprehended, packed his belongings and got into the officers’ vehicle. He said Phillips later told him he was put into the back of another car with a man holding a “large machine gun.” Phillips’s handcuffs were later removed.
The officers would not answer Katsouris’ questions about where they were going or why they were being held.
“I’m sitting in the car with four or five guys, and two of them are sitting on either side of me and it is pitch black outside. In terms of kidnapping and if I was going to be killed, it definitely crossed my mind,” he said.
After about a half an hour of driving, Katsouris said the tension eased. Five hours later he was at the airport, where he and Phillips were brought into a room and told they were being deported because of a violation of their visas.
Katsouris said officers produced no documentation to justify his detention.
He was put on a connecting flight to Toronto, which first stopped at Frankfurt Airport, where he then took a train to Delft.
“It was 23 hours of boredom and about an hour of fear,” he said.
Katsouris said he and Phillips both had tourist visas, which are not sufficient for their employment in Kenya, but he believes the deportation was political. Katsouris is senior vice-president of global services at Aristotle Inc., a political consulting firm that provides various services to campaigns, including strategy and data analysis. Phillips is the company’s CEO.
Katsouris said he saw multiple reports from Kenyan media that a polling station from his opposition campaign was vandalized while he was detained.
“I saw a smashed up office. And there were multiple eye-witnesses that said computers were broken and some of them stolen.”
James Orengo, a senior member of the opposition National Super Alliance, told The Associated Press that the detention of Katsouris and Phillips happened around the same time that armed and masked police raided an opposition vote-counting centre, intimidating workers and seizing equipment.
Kenyan police denied allegations that officers broke into political party offices on Friday, saying no report of a burglary has been made to any police station.
The lead-up to Tuesday’s election has been contentious.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s first president, is up against longtime opposition leader Odinga, the son of the country’s first vice-president.
Katsouris and Phillips have been in Nairobi since June assisting opposition candidate Odinga. They also became involved in the election because they believed it had the potential for irregularities.
Odinga has run unsuccessfully in three previous elections.
Katsouris said before he was deported his two phones, one Canadian and the other he got in Kenya, along with his company laptop, were taken by the officers. He said he saw them reading his messages and emails that were between other campaign employees.
The phones were given back to him, but the Kenyan phone was returned without a SIM card.
Kenyan officials also kept his company laptop, which contains emails and documents from the opposition campaign.
“It’s completely inappropriate for a supposed democratic election,” said Katsouris.
For now he will be spending time with his wife, Jennifer Mary Bell, and his 14-year-old daughter, who wasn’t aware of the situation until her father surprised her in Delft.
“I made the decision not to tell her even though she’s old enough to understand. But I didn’t want to tell her anything that I didn’t know for sure,” Bell said.
Bell said when she got the call from her husband she remained calm and tried to think rationally. “This kind of thing is always a possibility with his kind of work.”
She then contacted her MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and global affairs officials who assisted with the deportation process.
The family will be returning to their home in Toronto on Saturday.
With files from the Canadian Press and the Associated Press
With files from the Canadian Press and the Associated Press
CALGARY—From avoiding burned-out workers to ensuring washrooms have enough toilet paper, documents show how Parks Canada painstakingly prepared for a record number of visitors this year.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Ottawa has made admission to Canada’s national parks and historic sites free in 2017.
Presentations and memos obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act cite traffic snarls, run-ins with wildlife and visitor safety as some of the challenges officials flagged in the months leading up to a projected deluge.
“While many Parks Canada places have the capacity to comfortably host more visitors, some of the most popular places are already heavily patronized at peak times,” Parks Canada CEO Daniel Watson wrote in a November 2016 memo to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.
“The possibility of increases during peak visitation has the potential for congestion, visitor safety and ecological impact risks. Parks Canada is preparing plans and measures to manage these risks.”
The memo noted a potential increase in human-wildlife interactions, especially on roads and highways.
“Furthermore, increased visits by non-traditional audiences who may be less familiar with national parks may lead to entry through unauthorized points, use of unofficial trails or behaviours that may require safety interventions, such as visitors getting lost on trails.”
One strategy was to try to spread out the crowds by promoting some places with greater capacity more heavily while reducing the profile of others through the media.
“Situations where overloads are occurring or can be expected will be clearly communicated, complemented by suggestions of alternative destinations,” the memo said. “Shoulder season activities and events will be given greater priority.”
It said staffing and training would be increased, particularly among janitorial and front-line staff. Seasonal staff were to start their jobs earlier.
Parks attendance had already been rising by six to seven per cent annually in recent years, said Joel Reardon, a spokesman for the agency’s Canada 150 plans.
There were 23.2 million visitors in 2015 and 24.6 million in 2016.
As of July, Parks Canada was seeing a nine-per-cent increase from the same time last year across its network, Reardon said.
“Some places are busy without a doubt, but nothing out of the ordinary and everything is manageable at this point,” he said.
“I can tell you all of our planning going into this summer, going into 2017, is paying off.”
This year’s visitor increase to date isn’t far off from the 27.3 million Parks Canada was forecasting for 2017-18 in an undated draft report on how the free admission would be implemented.
“There is no precedent for free admission at Parks Canada, which creates unique challenges for forecasting 2017 visitation,” the agency said in the draft.
“While Parks Canada believes that visitation forecasts and planning ranges are reasonable, the agency is nonetheless preparing contingencies for exceptional levels of visitation in 2017.”
A chart accompanying the draft delved into how the agency would be affected if visitation exceeded estimates.
For instance, if there were to be 50 million visitors, it could result in “significant negative media coverage and reputational impacts, staff burnout, and radical measures to deliver services.” It also noted the possibility of “increased costs for facilities and all services.”
Public washrooms were an area of concern. At Lake Louise, the picturesque Rockies tourist hotspot, the report said there would need to be 25,000 additional industrial-sized toilet paper rolls — a 25-per-cent increase. It also mentioned a “new janitorial rapid response team” and a bolstered vacuum truck operations schedule.
A document outlining communications initiatives in 2017 touched on the well-being of Parks staffers.
“Information on employee support services would be frequently disseminated to assist employees dealing with added stress, longer hours and potentially challenging public interactions.”
Banff National Park, Canada’s busiest, had just over four million visitors in the 2016-17 fiscal year.
A slide show presentation on Banff’s preparations said the park was bracing for as much as a 25-per-cent increase in 2017-18.
But Greg Danchuk, the Banff field unit’s visitor experience manager, said as of the end of July, the park is seeing just a five-per-cent jump from the same a year ago — in line with the annual increases it’s seen in recent years.
Banff has been offering shuttles from Calgary and between various points within the park to deal with congestion, boosted its staffing levels and encouraged visitors to book campsites early.
“We’ll be able to ensure that people have a really safe experience, but an outstanding experience as well with lots of opportunities to enjoy this wonderful place.”
Canada’s literary community has lost one of its most influential champions: Jack Rabinovitch, the beloved Toronto businessman who founded the country’s pre-eminent literary award—the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize—has died at age 87.
Rabinovitch founded the Giller Prize in 1994, in honour of his late wife, Doris Giller, who was once a books editor at the Toronto Star. Giller had passed away from cancer the year before.
The prize honours excellence in Canadian fiction—only novels or short story collections are eligible—and has had an astonishing effect on Canada’s literary community, said Florence Richler, a longtime friend and wife of late author Mordecai Richler.
“It was really quite remarkable,” she said. “He appointed such fine judges, he took literature very seriously. It was very, very special indeed.”
Over the past two decades, the Giller Prize has boosted the careers and book sales of many Canadian fiction authors. The winner now takes home $100,000, making the Giller the most lucrative literary award in the country.
Past winners include Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Mordecai Richler and Margaret Atwood.
“Jack was a fine human being and it was a pleasure and an honour to have known him,” Atwood said in an email.
“The Giller Prize did what he hoped it would do: It shone a spotlight on fiction writing in Canada.”
Friends remember Rabinovitch for his “infectious personality,” wonderful stories, vast network of friendships and enduring sense of fun.
“He was someone who really connected with people, and I think the people who knew him just adored him,” said Bob Rae, a close friend of Rabinovitch and a former premier of Ontario. Rae was with Rabinovitch’s family during his friend’s final days.
Rabinovitch was a “gregarious” and loyal man, Rae said, with a great sense of humour and deep love for friends and family. He’d made an “enormous” contribution to Canadian literature, both publically and privately.
“He did a lot of things that people weren’t aware of,” Rae said. “He provided a lot of support for people, a lot of encouragement, a lot of help, anonymously and quietly to a lot of Canadian writers.
“He just loved books and he loved reading. He loved to encourage people to share in that joy.”
The idea for the Giller prize was conceived over drinks and lunches with Mordecai Richler after Doris Giller had died. “They had many hours together talking about what would have pleased Doris most of all, and it was Mordecai who suggested a fiction prize,” said Florence Richler.
“Jack was of course quite broken after Doris’s passing, and this was a wonderful thing to express his devotion and loyalty to her.”
M.G. Vassanji won the inaugural Giller Prize for The Book of Secrets in 1994, and Madeleine Thien won in 2016 for her novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing. The prize purse started at $25,000. In 2005, the award teamed up with Scotiabank. By 2014, the purse has increased to $140,000.
But speaking to the Star that year, Rabinovitch said that “at the heart of it has been the writing.”
“I’m here at McGill and when I graduated there wasn’t a single course in Canadian literature. Today, there are many,” he said. “I don’t know whether the prize itself contributed . . . but what I think happens is that you begin to have a national identity, and people feel that they can write about their own country and their own feelings as Canadians, and do it in a Canadian way and that there’s a market for it.”
The black-tie Giller gala, broadcast on CBC, is an annual highlight in Canada’s literary world. At the event, Rabinovitch’s signature line was always: “For the price of a dinner in this town you can buy all the nominated books. So, eat at home and buy the books.”
“His appetite for life was huge,” Florence Richler said. “And it was anything he did—the spirit was so effervescent and contagious.”
Rabinovitch is survived by his three daughters—Noni, Daphna and Elana—and three grandchildren, Jacob, Saffi and Luca.
He died Sunday at Sunnybrook Hospital, surrounded by family, friends and his partner, Judy Clarke. His death was the result of injuries suffered in a fall down stairs at home.
The funeral will be held Wednesday.
“Jack grew up as one of ‘St. Urbain’s Horsemen,’ and often joked that he learned his math skills selling newspapers with his father at the corner of Ontario and St. Lawrence streets in Montreal,” a statement on the Giller Prize website said, referring to Richler’s 1971 novel about the hardscrabble Jewish neighbourhood in Montreal where they grew up.
Rabinovitch was an adviser during the building of the new Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, which he helped bring in ahead of schedule and under budget, the family statement said. “He was an athlete and sports fan, a renowned storyteller, a lover of the arts, a dedicated traveller and dear friend and confidant to countless people who are now bereft but able to celebrate the life and memory of this wonderful man.”
On social media, politicians, writers and members of the literary community expressed their condolences on Sunday.
“We will miss him!!!” tweeted former governor general Adrienne Clarkson, who was on the Giller Prize jury in 2006.
John Tory called Rabinovitch’s death “a huge loss for us all.”
“Jack Rabinovitch — business leader, philanthropist, arts supporter extraordinaire, & gentleman. We will miss him,” he tweeted.
In a statement, Brad Martin, president and CEO of Penguin Random House Canada called the Giller “Canada’s preeminent literary prize.”
“Jack has been a great friend to authors and to everyone in the book industry, and he will be greatly missed,” Martin said.
“I think the first word that comes to mind is a gentleman. There was something very kind of chivalrous and old world about him,” said Irish novelist John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and a member of the 2015 Giller jury.
“He cared so much about books, about writers … That’s the kind of philanthropy and artistic philanthropy that you don’t really come across that often in the world.”
Born and raised in Montreal, Rabinovitch studied at McGill University where his love of literature blossomed. He graduated with a BA in honours English in 1952.
After working as a reporter and a speechwriter, he entered the worlds of food retailing and distribution, then building and real estate development.
He moved to Toronto from Montreal in the 1980s. In 1986, he became executive vice-president of property development company Trizec Corp. and joined the board of the Princess Margaret Hospital. He was also on the Board of the MaRS (Medical and Related Science) project.
Rabinovitch eventually became president of Nodel Investments Ltd., a real estate/venture capital firm. He became an officer of the Order of Canada in 2009.
“The only real major (literary) prize (back then) was the Governor General’s and most people just felt that it wasn’t right to just let the government handle the situation,” said Rabinovitch, who was named Maclean’s magazine “Man of the Year” in 1999.
According to the prize’s website, more than 2.5 million Giller-nominated books were sold in the first 10 years of the award, resulting in headlines about the so-called “Giller effect” on finalists.
With files from the Canadian Press
With files from the Canadian Press
WASHINGTON—After six months of infighting, investigations and legislative failures, U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to combat new signs of weakness in his Republican base and re-energize his staunchest supporters.
White House officials have been urging the president to refocus on immigration and other issues that resonate with the conservatives, evangelicals and working-class whites who propelled him to the Oval Office. The president has ramped up his media-bashing via Twitter, long a successful tactic for Trump, and staged rallies hoping to marshal his base to his defence.
The effort underscores Trump’s shaky political positioning not yet seven months into his presidency. Trump has remained deeply unpopular among Democrats, and there are signs that his support among Republicans may be softening. His advisers are aware that a serious slip in support among his core voters could jeopardize hopes for a major, early legislative accomplishment and would certainly increase Republicans’ worries about his re-election prospects.
White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway acknowledged the concerns Sunday on ABC, saying the president’s approval rating “among Republicans and conservatives and Trump voters is down slightly.”
“It needs to go up,” she said.
In a Monday morning tweet, Trump dismissed his adviser’s statement. “The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before,” he wrote on Twitter. He later insisted that his support “will never change!”
But polling doesn’t support Trump’s claim. A recent Quinnipiac University survey showed the president’s approval dipping into negative territory among whites without college degrees — a key group of supporters for the president. The percentage of Republicans who strongly approve of his performance also fell, with just over half of Republicans saying they strongly approved of Trump. That’s down from the two-thirds of Republicans who strongly approved of the president’s performance in June.
Just one-third of all Americans approved of his job performance, a new low in the poll.
The president’s struggles already have prompted public speculation about his political future. The White House pushed back angrily Sunday against a New York Times report about Republicans preparing for 2020 presidential race that may not include Trump. The report described Vice-President Mike Pence as laying groundwork in case Trump does not run. Pence called the report “disgraceful.”
The chatter has been fuelled by Trump’s unsuccessful attempt to shepherd health care legislation through Congress, the drip-drip of revelations about his associates’ ties to Russia and the churn of turnover and turmoil at the White House. The president’s advisers have tried to drown out the bad news by focusing on his agenda.
“They are telling him just enact your program,” Conway said of the president’s base. “Don’t worry about a Congress that isn’t supporting legislation to get big ticket items done. And don’t worry about all the distractions and diversions and discouragement that others, who are trying to throw logs in your path, are throwing your way.”
In a televised event at the White House last week, the president endorsed legislation that would dramatically reduce legal immigration to the United States. The bill is unlikely to ever become law, but that mattered little to Trump’s advisers. Their barometer for success was the reaction from conservatives like commentator Ann Coulter, who called the White House’s embrace of the controversial legislation “the best moment of the Trump presidency since the inauguration.”
Immigration is expected to continue being a focus for Trump in the coming weeks, including a push for the border wall. Officials also are weighing a more public role for White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, a favourite of Trump backers whose hard-line immigration policies irritate some congressional Republicans.
The appointment of White House chief of staff John Kelly also fits in to that effort. While Kelly was brought in primarily to bring much-needed discipline to the West Wing, officials note that he, too, is viewed favourably by some Trump loyalists for his early execution of the administration’s immigration policy as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Kelly’s appointment was particularly welcomed by senior strategist Steve Bannon, who has taken on the task of ensuring Trump doesn’t drift from the promises he made to his base during the campaign.
Several White House officials and Trump advisers insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the ways the administration is moving to shore up support for the president.
Like Trump’s embrace of the legislation curtailing legal immigration, some of what the president has to offer his core supporters is more show than substance. In late July, Trump announced on Twitter that he was banning transgender people serving in the military — a policy shift sought by social conservatives — despite the fact that the Pentagon had no plans in place to enact the change. The policy is now being crafted.
Alice Stewart, a conservative who worked for the presidential campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, said Trump is right to make overtures toward his coalition of loyal supporters, even if some of his moves are incomplete.
“I think people realize half a loaf is better than none,” Stewart said.
Mitch Harper, a former GOP state legislator and Republican activist in Indiana, said Trump will get credit from conservatives even for partial measures simply because he is “articulating things that they have not heard anyone articulate in a long time.”
And what about the results? Harper said Trump supporters “are willing to wait.”
Indeed, even some of Trump’s advisers still marvel at the loyalty of the president’s supporters. For now, conservatives are pinning the blame on Washington’s failure to get health care done not on Trump, but on the handful of Republican senators who blocked legislation aimed at overhauling “Obamacare.”
“I think on health care the president is viewed as someone who did everything they could,” said Matt Schlapp, who heads the American Conservative Union.
LONDON—For a couple of minutes Monday night, Aaron Brown believed perhaps Canada’s luck at the world track and field championships was turning.
He’d raced to a victory in his 200-metre heat in a season’s best time, three days after he’d been quarantined for the stomach virus that has slashed through the team.
Then the results flashed up on the scoreboard. Beside his name was the dreaded “DQ.” Brown was disqualified for a lane violation.
“I hope the tide’s turning,” Brown said, just a minute or two before hearing the bad news. “Brandon McBride made the final (in the men’s 800), we’ve got some other people waiting in the wings. Go Canada, we’re going to do this.”
Athletics Canada immediately appealed the disqualification, but after video review, the appeal was rejected. Runners are disqualified for stepping on the line.
Four days into the world championships, the Canadian team has lost stars Andre De Grasse and Derek Drouin to injury, and Eric Gillis dropped out 30 kilometres into the marathon, three days after he’d been ill with what is believed to be Norwalk.
The 25-year-old Brown, meanwhile, raced to a season’s best 20.08 seconds — what would have been the second fastest time on the night — and, yet to learn of his disqualification, was all smiles when he went through the media interview area.
Brown, who’d been disqualified for a false start in the 100 at last month’s Canadian championships, was happy he’d recovered from the bug that has flattened athletes from several teams staying at the same central London hotel.
“I was in my room the entire day in the dark like I was a vampire,” he said. “It hit at night, couldn’t sleep, aching stomach. Felt like the movie Alien , when they breed the alien and the thing’s running around inside. It felt like that. I was holding my stomach the entire night.”
Canadian team doctor Paddy McCluskey had said Sunday that seven Canadian team athletes and team members had been ill.
“There have been a number of cases of gastroenteritis reported by team members residing within one of the official team hotels,” the local organizing committee said in a statement Monday night. “Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff.”
Brown and De Grasse are the only two Canadian sprinters in history that have recorded both sub-10 second times in the 100 and sub-20 in the 200.
Brown said he’s drawn inspiration from his Canadian teammate, who was a medal threat in both the 100 and 200 in London before tearing his hamstring a week ago in training.
“Why not me? That’s been my slogan for the championship, ‘Why not me?’” Brown said. “I know I have the talent and the capabilities.”
He just needed some better luck.
Sage Watson fared better than Brown on Monday night, advancing to the semifinals in the women’s 400-metre hurdles. Watson was second in her heat in 55.06, the fifth fastest time of the night.
The 23-year-old from Medicine Hat, Alta., who won the NCAA title for the Arizona Wildcats, said there were some things she needs to clean up for the next round — she relaxed on the corner too much, and didn’t come off the hurdles as smooth as she would’ve liked over the final 100 metres.
A few small fixes, and she believes she’s “ready to do something special,” she said.
Special, she said, would be making the final and breaking the Canadian record of 54.39, set by Rosey Edeh (now a Canadian television personality) at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Watson’s best time is 54.52, set at the NCAA championships in June.
Canada has four athletes in finals on Tuesday night, including Shawn Barber, the defending champion in pole vault. McBride races the 800, Matt Hughes races the 3,000-metre steeplechase, and Liz Gleadle throws the javelin.