Tragically Hip fans across Canada are prepping for the Man Machine Poem tour finale in the band’s hometown of Kingston, Ont., tomorrow. Emotions have been high since the band revealed that frontman Gord Downie had been diagnosed with an aggressive, incurable form of brain cancer. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to attend what could be the band’s last show together.
The aunt of a Syrian toddler whose image lying lifeless on a beach shocked the world says a new photograph of a bloody boy pulled from a collapsed building in Aleppo is heartbreaking, but she fears these kinds of images thwart peace efforts by adding fuel to the fire of a years-long conflict. Tima Kurdi of Coquitlam, B.C., said Wednesday’s image of the child is being used in the West to garner further support for the rebels battling Syrian President Bashar Assad. Selective reporting will prolong the bloodshed and displacement, and instead of supporting either side world leaders need to focus on organizing peace talks that prioritize ending the conflict as soon as possible, she says.
Andre De Grasse took silver in the men’s 200-metre final on Thursday, for his second medal in his Olympic debut. The 21-year-old finished the race in 20.02 seconds, just behind Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who took gold for the third straight Olympics in 19.78. And he could add a third medal in the 4×100 relay final. Erica Wiebe won gold in 75-kilogram final of women’s wrestling, Damian Warner captured the bronze in the decathlon and a bronze went to diver Meaghan Benfeito in the women’s 10-metre platform final.