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Canadian decathlete Pierce LePage maintains lead with 2 events to go at world championships | CBC Sports

Canadian decathlete Pierce LePage maintains lead with 2 events to go at world championships | CBC Sports

With just two events remaining in the decathlon, Canada’s Pierce LePage is still leading the field at the World Athletics Championships. 

The javelin and 1,500-metre events are set for Sunday night in Eugene. Ore., and will determine the world champion. 

LePage is in first with 7,337 points after eight events.

American Zach Ziemek is in second with 7,256 points. World record holder Kevin Mayer has shot up to third place after a strong pole vault effort. He now has 7,251 points.

After three consecutive personal-best performances in the 400 metres, 110m hurdles and discus, LePage was able to maintain his lead while clearing 5.00 metres in pole vault — an event he enjoys. 

“You train all day, every day, all the time. Pole vault is my favourite event. It’s pretty rewarding to jump in the air.”

Earlier Sunday, LePage was brimming with confidence. 

He fired the discus a whopping 53.26 metres to rocket to the top of the leaderboard. It’s a full two metres farther than his previous best throw in the event.

WATCH | LePage takes lead with discus throw:

LePage’s personal best discus throw has him 2nd in decathlon

Canadian Pierce LePage posted a 53.26m throw in the discus to put him in second place at the World Athletics Championships.

Just before that, LePage clocked a personal-best time of 13.78 seconds in the 110-metre hurdles, the fastest time of all competitors, to pull within 108 points of second. 

Despite the strong run, LePage admits hurdles are a challenge for him. 

“I hate hurdles with a passion,” the six-foot-seven decathlete said. 

“People say to me all the time I’m so tall and it would be so easy to get over them. I’m too tall. I’m stutter-stepping. It’s frustrating.”

WATCH | LePage posts top time in hurdles:

Pierce LePage posts top time in decathlon hurdles

The Canadian sits in second place after six of ten decathlon events at the 2022 World Athletics Championships.

On Saturday night, LePage finished day one of competition with his best-ever performance in the 400-metre to go from fifth to second. 

LePage ran the 400m in a time of 46.84 to put himself within striking distance of gold going into the final day.

Olympic champ forced to withdraw

While the 26-year-old from Whitby, Ont., was speeding across the track on Saturday night, disaster struck for Olympic champion Damian Warner.

Shortly into the 400m, Warner grabbed his left hamstring, hobbled for a few steps and then fell to the Hayward Field track.

WATCH | Damian Warner suffers injury:

Warner out of men’s decathlon, LePage sits 2nd in Eugene

Olympic gold medallist Damian Warner pulled out of the men’s 400m heats due to an apparent injury on Saturday.

He laid on there for a number of minutes before being helped up. It was a gut-wrenching scene for the 32-year-old who was looking for his first worlds title. 

Warner’s competition is over.

“I’m not sure what happened. I felt my hamstring pull a couple of times. I was in lane one so it felt like it was pretty tight. I was trying to stay in my lane. I felt like something went wrong and I couldn’t continue,” he told CBC Sports.

WATCH | Damian Warner emotional after ‘disappointing’ end:

Warner emotional after ‘disappointing’ end to World Championships

CBC Sports’ Scott Russell catches up with Damian Warner after his heartbreaking finish in the men’s decathlon.

LePage has been Warner’s understudy for years, watching his every move at every meet and trying to keep up with the Olympic champion. 

“Damian is a great friend. A great competitor. Every meet I’ve gone to he’s been there. He’s the lead by example guy,” LePage said.

He recalls a story when they were in Tokyo preparing for the 400m. 

“He was having shots of balsamic vinegar. I was having mustard packets. We were looking at each other in disgust and bonding over that. Gotta keep that lactic acid down,” LePage said. 

“I ran a PB so there will be more mustard packets in my future. But I did take a balsamic shot with him. It might be the only time Damian takes shots.”

LePage, who finished fifth at the Tokyo Olympics, started the competition on Saturday by running the second-fastest 100m in a time of 10.39. He finished fifth as well at the last world championships in Doha three years ago.

WATCH l Warner, LePage 1-2 after 100m:

Canada’s Warner, LePage 1-2 after 100m in decathlon at worlds

Olympic champion Damian Warner leads the decathlon with a time of 10.27 in the 100m ahead of fellow Canadian Pierce LePage in 10.39 at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore.

LePage has been quiet about the fact that during the Olympics last summer he competed with a torn patella — he didn’t want it to be a distraction or a reason to not compete at his best. 

“I learned a lot of resilience. It was a pretty big tear,” he said. “I had a torn patella the entire meet. I don’t like having excuses. It was an experience I will never forget and I learned from it.”

LePage says he’s feeling great and is now fully recovered from the injury.

In the long jump event, LePage, who has a personal-best distance of 7.80m, posted a result of 7.54m. That was a season-best distance for LePage and gave him 945 points for a total of 1,946.

Despite struggling on his first two shot put attempts, LePage was able to find his form on his final throw.

His first two throws were 14.26m and 14.29m. But needing a strong finish, LePage was able to throw his last attempt 14.83m for 779 points. 

Season-best high jump

Then it was time for the high jump. 

LePage, who had dropped to fourth position after shot put, attempted his first jump at a height of 1.96m in the other group.

He failed to clear it to start but was able to soar easily over the bar on his second effort — that was a season-best jump by LePage. But he wasn’t done there.

LePage promptly cleared 1.99m on his first attempt, racking up valuable points in the standings. However, he was unable to clear 2.02m, having to settle for 794 points. That dropped LePage to fifth heading into the final event of day one. 

That’s when LePage was able to post a personal-best time of 46.84 in the 400m to close out day one and shoot him up the standings to second. 

Action from Day 2 of the event continues on Sunday evening. You can watch the finish of the decathlon on CBCSports.ca and CBC Gem.

For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.

(CBC)

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Toxic Drug Alert Issued for Terrace After Increase of Overdose Events

Toxic Drug Alert Issued for Terrace After Increase of Overdose Events

Northern Health has issued a toxic drug alert, covering the Terrace area, after an increase in overdose events in the community.

Being sold as down, in both powder and pebble form, the purple substance contains highly toxic levels of both fentanyl and benzodiazepines.

Users are urged not to use alone or mix with alcohol, know your tolerance, start low and go slow, and to make use of overdose prevention sites.

Terrace’s local overdose prevention site is operated by the Intensive Case Management Team, at 4450 Grieg Avenue, and is open from noon to 4:00 Monday to Friday, except holidays.

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VIDEO: Father’s Day event at Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley attracts double the average turnout – Langley Advance Times

Drummers performed at the Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Aldergrove’s Philip Jackman Park on Saturday, June 18. It was the first in-person version of the event since 2019. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
About 140 people, double the usual Sunday numbers, visited the Canadian Museum of Flight at the Langley Airport Father’s Day event on Sunday, June 19, when dads get in free. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)About 140 people, double the usual Sunday numbers, visited the Canadian Museum of Flight at the Langley Airport Father’s Day event on Sunday, June 19, when dads get in free. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A young visitor tries giving a propeller a spin at the Canadian Museum of Flight at the Langley Airport Father’s Day event on Sunday, June 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)A young visitor tries giving a propeller a spin at the Canadian Museum of Flight at the Langley Airport Father’s Day event on Sunday, June 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Canadian Museum of Flight president Bruce Friesen estimated about 140 people, double the usual Sunday numbers, visited the museum at the Langley Airport on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, when dads got in free. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Canadian Museum of Flight president Bruce Friesen estimated about 140 people, double the usual Sunday numbers, visited the museum at the Langley Airport on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, when dads got in free. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Living near the Langley airport, young Dhairya Agrawal has developed a powerful interest in aviation.

Mom Shubhangi says when her 19-month-old son hears an airplane passing overhead, he gets excited, which is only a problem when it’s nap time.

“He loves planes,” Shubangi said.

Dhairya Agrawal was delighted with the new kid sized plane at the Canadian Museum of Flight on Father’s Day. Mom Shubhangi said her 19-month-old son is a huge fan of airplanes. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Dhairya Agrawal was delighted with the new kid sized plane at the Canadian Museum of Flight on Father’s Day. Mom Shubhangi said her 19-month-old son is a huge fan of airplanes. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

On Sunday, June 19, Dhairya was in his element as the Canadian Museum of Flight at the Langley airport hosted its annual Father’s Day event, where dads get in free.

The beaming boy posed for a picture in one of the museum’s newest additions, a small green kid-sizes plane in the outdoor display area.

ALSO: Canadian Museum of Flight volunteer was there from the beginning

Canadian Museum of Flight president Bruce Friesen said there were 140 visitors during the five-hour event, “about double our typical Sunday.”

Elements of another in-progress museum attraction were on display as well.

“Canadian women in aviation” will feature photos and biographies of dozens of women, ranging from Roberta Bondar to Langley airport manager Carol Madill.

“People can come and enjoy stories of the women, past and present, who contributed to aviation in B.C. and Canada,” said Friesen.

READ ALSO: Langley flight museum pays tribute to Queen’s platinum jubilee

Canadian Museum of Flight is located at the airport in Hangar #3, at 5333 216th St.

It houses over 25 aircraft ranging from a WWII Handley Page Hampden to a T-33 Silver Star.

Flight-worthy aircraft include a Fleet Finch, Tiger Moth, SE5A replica, Waco AQC Cabin, Fleet Canuck and Harvard II.

Adult admission is $10 (seniors and youth pay $7), $25 for families.

Call 604-532-0035 to arrange a pre-booked time slot.


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May 21 storm sixth costliest weather event in Canadian history, Insurance Bureau of Canada says

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The storm that toppled trees and hydro poles in Ottawa caused more than $875 million in insured damage as it swept from southern Ontario into Quebec May 21, according to initial estimates.

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Damage is estimated at over $720 million in Ontario and $155 million in Quebec according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc., the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said in a release.

The bureau pointed to the widespread destruction, deaths — at least five in the Ottawa area and ten across Ontario —  and widespread power outages.

“The derecho event ranks as the sixth largest in terms of insured losses in Canadian history and is a sobering reminder of the increasing risk climate change poses to communities across Canada,” IBC said in the release.

“IBC continues to advocate for a National Adaptation Strategy that will result in tangible short-term measures that improve Canada’s climate defence. Governments at all levels must act with urgency to prioritize investments that reduce the impact of these severe weather events on families and communities.”

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Eight of the costliest disaster in Canadian history have happened since 2011.

Top 10 natural disasters in Canada by insurance payouts (2021 dollars)

  1. Fort McMurray wildfires, 2016, $4 billion
  2. Eastern ice storm, 1998, $2.3 billion
  3. Southern Alberta floods, 2013, $1.8 billion
  4. Alberta hailstorm, 2020, $1.2 billion
  5. Toronto flood, 2013, $1 billion
  6. Ontario-Quebec windstorm, 2022, $875 million
  7. Toronto flood, 2005, $780 million
  8. Ontario windstorm, 2018, $695 million
  9. British Columbia flood, 2021, $675 million
  10. Slave Lake fire, 2011, $600 million

Wind damage is usually covered by home, commercial property and auto insurance policies, IBC said.

The bureau was on the ground in Ottawa after the storm and said residents with insurance questions can reach them at 1-844-227-5422) or ConsumerCentre@ibc.ca and find more information about wind damage online.

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Witsuwit’en Language & Culture Society putting on event to celebrate dictionary release

Witsuwit’en Language & Culture Society putting on event to celebrate dictionary release

To celebrate the release of the Official Witsuwit’en-English Dictionary, the Witsuwit’en Language & Culture Society is going to be holding two events where copies of the dictionary will be handed out.

The first event will be held this Friday at the Witset First Nation Multiplex, located at 205 Beaver Rd, from 1 PM to 3 PM.

As of right now, the second event has neither a date or a venue scheduled.

The first event will see members of the Hagwilget and Witset First Nations allowed to attend and the second event will allow members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Ts’il Kaz Koh, Nee Tahi Buhn, and Skin Tyee to come.

For more information on these events, you can call 250 847 3166.

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Joly calls Canadian official’s attendance at Russian Embassy event ‘unacceptable’ | CBC News

Joly calls Canadian official's attendance at Russian Embassy event 'unacceptable' | CBC News

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says it was unacceptable for a Canadian official to have attended a reception hosted by the Russian Embassy and promised that no similar incidents would occur again.

The statement follows reporting by the Globe and Mail that Yasemin Heinbecker, the deputy chief of protocol at the Global Affairs department, attended a Russia Day celebration at the Russian Embassy in Ottawa Friday night. The holiday commemorates Russia’s constitutional reform at the end of the Soviet era.

Heinbecker’s attendance comes as Canada and its allies have pushed back against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation.”

“This is unacceptable. No Canadian representative should have attended the event hosted at the Russian Embassy [and] no Canadian representative will attend this kind of event again,” Joly wrote in a tweet Sunday night.

She reiterated that Canada continues to support Ukraine.

WATCH | ‘No Canadian representative will attend this kind of event again,’ Joly says:

Unacceptable’ that Canadian official attended Russian Embassy event: Joly

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said it was unacceptable for a Canadian official to have attended a reception hosted by the Russian Embassy, and promised it wouldn’t happen again.

A Global Affairs Canada spokesperson said the decision to send a protocol officer to the reception was made by the department. 

“No Canadian representative should have attended the event hosted at the Russian Embassy and no Canadian representative will attend this kind of event in the future,” said the GAC statement.

“Russian officials will not be invited to Canada Day events hosted by the department.”

Diplomats from other countries attended

Russian Ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov said he appreciated Heinbecker coming to the event.

“We believe diplomacy is an all-weather instrument and diplomatic protocol is an important part of upkeeping the bilateral communications. Diplomacy is about dialogue,” he said in a statement. 

“We don’t look at Canada through the adversarial optic and are ready to patiently wait when [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau’s cabinet or the next government come to understand that it’s in Canadian national interest to pursue good-neighbourly relations with Russia.”

The embassy said Joly was also invited to the reception and said diplomats from other countries attended.

Since the assault in Ukraine began in February, the Canadian government has imposed sanctions on individuals with ties to Russia and sent military supplies, including ammunition, to aid Ukrainian troops.

Last week, the RCMP disclosed that assets and transactions worth more than $400 million Cdn have been sanctioned as a result of Moscow’s war on Ukraine. 

Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen said the Liberal government should do more to isolate Vladimir Putin’s regime, including expelling Russian diplomats.

“Instead of endorsing the lavish, Kremlin-backed celebration at the Russian embassy, the Liberal government should be working with countries like Egypt, Pakistan and those in Africa to prevent Putin’s illegal war from causing a global food crisis which will hurt developing countries the most,” she said in a statement.

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Global BC Supports The Canadian Mental Health Association – GlobalNews Events

Global BC Supports The Canadian Mental Health Association - GlobalNews Events

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Through June

Through this pandemic, over a third of us say our mental health has declined. Together, we can help those who need it most.

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides mental health programs and services in your local community, and your gift makes it possible to support more people in need. Help give hope today at www.GiveHope.ca

Global BC is a proud sponsor.

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Teqball introduced at major Canadian football event in Ontario

Young football players were given the chance to play teqball at the showcase ©FITEQ

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