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Sudan War: Can We Be Everything to Everyone?

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Canada’s Liberal Administration is being accused of screwing up the evacuation of Canadians and others from Sudan at war. Don’t you think many of us direct our outrage at the mishap of a governmental action far too easily, often without thinking about the situation and stresses these governments face each day?

1. Canada is standing fast with Estonia and NATO Forces, embedding many of our troops and equipment.
2. We are at war with the aggressive Russian Empire. weaponizing Ukraine, but not declaring war yet.
3. Canada has other global deployments and security commitments to perform staff and equipment.
4. There are no Canadian Aircraft available to drop by Sudan for immediate evacuation and the availability of such aircraft to rent is also difficult to find.
5. Canadian diplomacy moves like a concerned and determined snail, forever careful not to step onto anyone’s feet or ego.
6. Getting any universal agreement in the Parliament can be most difficult even if it is for humanity’s situation.
7. Sudanese are from Africa.

Have you not noticed how quickly our legislature jumped up with enthusiasm to assist the Ukrainians, but how long it took Canada to assist Africans experiencing crises, like Rwanda’s Genocide, Congo’s Civil Disturbance, and now Sudan’s near Civil War? White is White, Black is Black, does our government show racial preferences? Is there more money and prestige to be made in Europe’s Ukraine than in Central Africa? Is it all about revenue, and photo ops?

Statistically Canadian Africans have voted primarily for The Liberal Brand these last decades. Fill Western Canada with Ukrainians who will be most appreciative of the administration that brought them to Canada, yup the Trudeau Liberals. Stat show that many Syrians brought to Canada this past decade are staunch Liberals. The method really works. (Statistics Canada).

Canadians are reminded that charity and humanitarianism show no preferred color, and are not racist in the least. HUMMMM.?

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

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From Mansion to Moat: Drake’s Million Dollar Home Gets Soaked

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Toronto residents woke up to a soggy Wednesday morning after the city was pummeled by record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday. The downpour caused widespread flooding across the city, and even the opulent mansion of rap superstar Drake wasn’t spared.

 

Drake’s “Embassy” Flooded

Drake shared a video on his Instagram story showing the extent of the water damage at his Toronto mansion, nicknamed “The Embassy.” The sprawling 50,000-square-foot estate boasts an NBA-regulation basketball court and an art-deco theme, but on Tuesday, it was battling ankle-deep murky water flooding its halls.

The video shows Drake himself, clad in shorts and holding a broom, wading through the water. Someone else can be seen desperately trying to hold a large glass door shut as water surges in, presumably from a flooded patio or balcony.  Drake captioned the video with a touch of humor: “This better be espresso martini.”

The extent of the damage to the mansion remains unclear at this time.

 

Historic Rainfall Causes Citywide Flooding

The flooding at Drake’s mansion was just one symptom of the unprecedented rainfall that lashed Toronto on Tuesday. The city saw over 100 millimeters of rain in a single day, easily surpassing the average rainfall for the entire month of July (71.6 mm). This deluge makes it the fifth-wettest day ever recorded in Toronto’s history.

The heavy downpour overwhelmed the city’s drainage systems, leading to widespread flooding across neighborhoods. Emergency services were inundated with over 700 calls reporting flooded basements.  A major artery, the Don Valley Parkway, became an impassable waterway, with cars submerged almost entirely and some drivers forced to wait for rescue on the roofs of their vehicles.

 

Toronto Cleans Up After the Storm

As of Wednesday morning, the city is in cleanup mode.  Emergency crews are working to clear debris and assess the damage caused by the floods.  The extent of the financial losses incurred by homeowners and businesses is still being determined.

While Drake’s mansion may have gotten an unwelcome soaking, the true story of this weather event lies in the impact it had on ordinary citizens across Toronto. The city is now focused on recovery efforts and ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents.

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Maier throws for three touchdowns, leads Stampeders to 25-24 win over Lions

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CALGARY – Clarke Barnes caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Maier in the fourth quarter and the Calgary Stampeders hung on for a 25-24 win over the B.C. Lions on Sunday at McMahon Stadium.

Maier also threw a pair of touchdown passes to Reggie Begelton and Jalen Philpot, while Rene Paredes kicked a field goal for the Stampeders (3-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak. The Stamps also scored two points on a safety.

Stanley Berryhill III and Justin McInnis caught TD passes from B.C. quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., while Sean Whyte kicked three field goals — including a 52-yarder — for the Lions (5-2), whose five-game winning streak came to an end.

Stefan Flintoft kicked an 84-yard single with 1:53 left in the game to pull the Lions within a point, but that was as close as they could get.

After the Lions failed to get anything going on their first two drives of the game, Adams engineered a seven-play, 83-yard drive that he finished off by tossing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Berryhill at 10:14 of the first quarter.

On the drive, Lions running back William Stanback had three carries for 33 yards, while Stampeders defensive back Tyler Richardson took a costly pass interference penalty that moved the Lions up to the Calgary 20-yard line.

Calgary’s Peyton Logan returned a punt 50 yards to the B.C. 30-yard line to start the second quarter. Three plays later, Maier threw a nine-yard TD pass to Begelton and after Paredes kicked the convert the Stamps tied the score at 7-7.

Later in the second quarter, Logan has another great runback of 31 yards to give the Stamps great field position, this time at the B.C. 34-yard line. Once again, it took Calgary just three plays to score as Philpot did a great job to haul in a 23-yard pass from Maier, while getting a foot down in the end zone to put Calgary up 14-7.

Whyte then booted an 18-yard field goal with 1:25 remaining in the first half to pull the Lions within four points.

Richardson atoned for his earlier penalty by picking off an errant pass by Adams to end a B.C. scoring threat with 24 seconds left on the clock before the intermission.

After Paredes kicked a 43-yard field goal early in the third quarter, Adams responded by putting together an impressive eight-play, 70-yard drive that McInnis finished off by hauling in a nine-yard TD pass to tie the score at 17-17.

Maier responded by leading the Stamps on an impressive drive of their own that came up short when B.C.’s T.J. Lee tackled Calgary receiver Marken Michel just short of the goal line for a turnover on downs as time expired in the third quarter.

On the first play of the fourth, Adams dropped back into his own end zone and attempted a pass to McInnis, but offensive lineman Tyler Packer was assessed a holding penalty which resulted in a safety for Calgary to give the Stamps a 19-17 lead.

Following a 23-yard field goal by Whyte to give the Lions their first lead of the game at 20-19, the Stamps answered right back as Barnes caught a five-yard TD pass from Maier to cap off a quick, three-play, 70-yard scoring drive. Calgary attempted a two-point convert, but Maier’s pass to Philpot in the end zone was incomplete.

After Whyte booted a 52-yard field to pull the Lions within two points, the Stamps went two-and-out on their next drive.

Calgary’s Kobe Williams then intercepted a pass thrown by Adams to end another scoring drive by the Lions.

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Lions: Have a bye week, then visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-5) on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Stampeders: Visit the Ottawa Redblacks (4-2) on Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 21, 2024.

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Talkative Giants manager Bob Melvin ejected before first pitch at Colorado

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DENVER (AP) — San Francisco Giants manager Bob Melvin wasn’t around for the finish Sunday as his team defeated the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

He didn’t even make it to the start, for that matter.

In an unusual scene, Melvin was ejected before the first pitch after he and bench coach Ryan Christensen delivered the lineup card to home plate umpire Alex MacKay.

“I just talked too much,” Melvin said following the Giants’ 3-2 victory. “Umpiring’s a hard job, I’m aware of that, just probably said too much. I didn’t plan that, it wasn’t choreographed. I probably went too far.”

San Francisco was coming off a 4-3 loss to the Rockies on Saturday night and a 7-3 loss on Friday.

Moments after Melvin was tossed, Jorge Soler led off Sunday’s game for the Giants with a 478-foot homer to centre field, the longest in the majors this season.

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