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Canada Letters to the editor: Andre De Grasse – 'Determination personified!"

02:11  07 august  2021
02:11  07 august  2021 Source:   nationalpost.com

Five things to watch at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, July 31

  Five things to watch at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, July 31 TOKYO — From Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse starting his quest to improve on the performances that made him a household name after the 2016 Olympics, to a middleweight rematch for a young boxer hoping to add another medal to her trophy case, here are five things to look for Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics. Andre De Grasse headlines strong Canadian track and field team Five years removed from becoming one of Canada’s breakout stars at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Andre De Grasse is back on the track looking for a fourth Olympic medal. The Canadian sprint star’s journey in Tokyo begins with the men’s 100-metre preliminary round.

a group of people on a court: Canada's Andre De Grasse runs to a gold medal finish in the men’s 200-metre final at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games on Aug. 4, 2021. © Provided by National Post Canada's Andre De Grasse runs to a gold medal finish in the men’s 200-metre final at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games on Aug. 4, 2021.

‘We are all so proud of you Andre’

Re: Andre De Grasse finally gets his Olympic gold: Canada’s first 200m victory at Games in 93 years, Scott Stinson, Aug. 4

Human determination personified! There is no better example than the camera side shot of Andre De Grasse summoning every joule of sprinting energy humanly possible to edge past the American leader to win the 200-metre Olympic race. Andre, we are all so proud of you!

Ted Lawrence, Calgary

‘Canada would benefit from more party leaders like Annamie Paul’

Re: Why is Annamie Paul still putting up with the Green party? Michael Taube, July 27; and My Worst Summer Job: Green Party leader Annamie Paul on telling fortunes at the Ex, Aug. 3

Canadian sprinter De Grasse cruises into 100 semifinal with season's best time

  Canadian sprinter De Grasse cruises into 100 semifinal with season's best time TOKYO — Running out of Lane 9, Andre De Grasse glanced to his left with 10 metres to go in Saturday night's 100-metre heats at the Tokyo Olympics. His final few strides through the finish line looked effortless. The Canadian sprint star cruised into the semifinals of the men's 100 metres by easily winning his heat. And while that feat was not a surprise, his fast time perhaps was. The three-time Olympic medallist ran 9.91 seconds despite easing up at the line -- just 0.01 seconds shy of his personal best set at the 2019 world championships in Doha, and the fastest time in the 26-man field. "Feeling pretty good. I didn't expect to go that fast.

I have nothing but admiration for Annamie Paul’s decision not to resign or desert the Green party over the despicable treatment she has received from anti-Semitic members of her party. Her balanced response to the conflict between Hamas and Israel, calling for “an immediate de-escalation in the violence and return to dialogue,” showed her wisdom in recognizing the complexity of the conflict and not buying in to the simple rhetoric that seems to be rampant in some media, academic institutions and among some other MPs today.

As the legitimately elected leader of her party, Paul shows strength, integrity and intelligence by not changing her statements to acquiesce to the unbalanced views recommended by her critics, in order to obtain their support. The Green party should be grateful for her commitment and leadership. Canada would benefit from more political party leaders like Annamie Paul.

While you were sleeping: How Canada performed at Tokyo Olympics Saturday, Sunday

  While you were sleeping: How Canada performed at Tokyo Olympics Saturday, Sunday Team Canada won its 14th medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Here's a summary of the results you may have missed. Read more: Olympics medal count: Here’s who won the most medals during the Tokyo Games Swimming It was another successful day in the pool for Canadian women. The 4x100-metre medley team captured the bronze medal. Penny Oleksiak, who anchored as freestyle in her leg, won the seventh Olympic medal of her career — historically marking the 21-year-old as Canada’s most decorated Olympian. Oleksiak, Sydney Pickrem, Maggie Mac Neil and Kylie Masse finished with a time of 3:52.

Rochelle Rabinovitz, Calgary

The Green party leader should look at her own palm to learn whether her future lies in continued leadership of this party in turmoil.

Also, she might save Canadians from an early federal election by offering to study Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s palm in order to foretell the outcome of his choice.

Derek Wilson, Port Moody, B.C.

‘We are spending more, accomplishing less’

Re: Ottawa to invest billions in Newfoundland’s troubled Muskrat Falls power project, July 28; NP View: Liberals ensure the Muskrat Falls boondoggle is everyone’s burden, Editorial, Aug. 1; Canada’s first ‘net-zero’ carbon fiasco, Terence Corcoran, Aug. 4

We cannot deliver on our promised optimistic future: Full stop.

We are not generating better public value through our projects. We are spending more, accomplishing less. Investments fail in grandiose and consequential ways.

While you were sleeping: How Canada performed at Tokyo Olympics Monday, Tuesday

  While you were sleeping: How Canada performed at Tokyo Olympics Monday, Tuesday Canadian athletes managed to qualify for further events in track and field at the Tokyo Olympics Tuesday, but missed out on medals in the day's canoe, kayak and sailing events. © Provided by Global News Andre De Grasse, of Canada, competes in a heat of the men's 200-meters at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) Here's what you may have missed from the day of competition.

Three hydro-electric projects — Manitoba Hydro’s Keeyask dam; BC Hydro’s Site C; and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Muskrat Falls — have overshot budgets and some in dubious ways.

The Big Reset, the report of the Newfoundland premier’s economic recovery team, states (pg. 76), “The end result of the Muskrat Falls project is potentially significant energy poverty.” It’s a multi-generational debt that parallels so many of our programs today. “The government … should never undertake, on its own or through one of its Crown corporations or agencies, the planning, approval or construction of any large project without external expert reviews, assessment, and analysis.”

The feds cannot claim immunity. Our ship-building strategy is a mess and we seem to have forgotten the Phoenix payroll system debacle. Rather than bunny-hopping the country with cheques to pay for these catastrophes or backstopping flawed business cases, the prime minister should have acted decisively.

The U.K. government has rethought and reconstituted project delivery through its globally recognized Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA). By adopting the same approach Canadians could establish the foundations for that promised future.

De Grasse, Brown provide hope for more medals

  De Grasse, Brown provide hope for more medals TOKYO — Canada threatened to add to its medal total Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics but, despite a few close calls, the nation was left without any hardware to celebrate for the second straight day. Once again, however, Canadian athletes set themselves up for success in the coming days. Sprinters Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown both won their semifinal heats in the men's 200 metres. De Grasse cruised into Wednesday's 200 final with aOnce again, however, Canadian athletes set themselves up for success in the coming days. Sprinters Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown both won their semifinal heats in the men's 200 metres.

Gordon Grant, Ottawa

Stephen Harper versus the woke folk

Re: ‘Its ethics are entirely nihilist’: Stephen Harper slams ‘woke’ left in rare interview, Tristin Hopper, July 30

Stephen Harper says the modern left seeks to “end the democratic system.” I disagree. The serious threat to the democratic system is not from the left but from the far-right. We see that in Russia, Belarus, Turkey, Hungary, Brazil and elsewhere, with a rise of neo-fascism, rampant anti-Semitism, xenophobia and the curtailment of human rights. We witnessed a threat to the democratic system from the far right in the United States when a mob of Donald Trump supporters attacked the Capitol building and where the Republican Party is now concocting rules to make voting more difficult for certain people.

Reiner Jaakson, Oakville, Ont.

This is smoke and mirrors from a right that has failed to produce a centre-right vision of Canada that would attract the majority of Canadian voters. Stephen Harper was able to do this; that’s why Canadians delivered him two minority governments, then a majority. Though my memory of him is that he became arrogant after winning a majority. Justin Trudeau is due to find out that Canadians do not do arrogant in politicians.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia is the type of federal Conservative party badly needed in Canada. Many Liberal voters are looking for an alternative to Trudeau but have given up on the CPC as a rational alternative (check out their platform on the CPC website — zero on climate change and not one specific, creative, economic initiative). This is a far more concerning problem for Canada than anything to do with wokeness. That’s just a distraction from what truly ails us.

De Grasse, Brown advance to 200-metre final

  De Grasse, Brown advance to 200-metre final TOKYO — Running blind out of Lane 9, Andre De Grasse saw nothing but wide-open red rubber track stretch out ahead of him on Wednesday night. The Canadian sprint star rounded the bend, then pulled away down the homestretch, then with 10 metres to go, he glanced to his left to make sure he was safely in the clear. Mission accomplished. Despite coasting over the final 10 metres, the 26-year-old from Markham, Ont., smashed his own Canadian record to win his 200-metre semifinal on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics.

Alison Dennis, Kingston, Ont.

‘Why is Health Canada pushing vapers back to smoking?’

Re: Don’t ban flavoured vapes, David Clement, June 30

Over half a million adult Canadians are using vaping as a treatment for the nicotine addiction they acquired by smoking cigarettes. Eighty-five per cent of them are using fruit and other non-tobacco flavours, as they hate tobacco and want to keep away from it.

Health Canada is planning to ban most flavours and sweeteners used in vape juice except tobacco, mint and menthol, which would have to be reformulated to remove any sweetness.

Health Canada admits that it does not know how adult vapers will react to this change. Some of the experts it consulted said that this would be detrimental to former smokers who had switched to the safer vaping.

Health Canada anticipates that retailers who sell both vape and tobacco will see an increase in tobacco sales, which will offset their loss of vape sales. A similar ban in San Francisco resulted in a 30 per cent increase in smoking by teens.

Why is Health Canada pushing vapers back to smoking?

Dr. John Oyston, University of Toronto

Remembering Andy Carswell

Re: Dead at 98: The decorated rescue pilot and Bomber Command veteran who brought safety to Canadian air travel (Andrew Carswell obituary), July 29

I read the obituary for Andy Carswell with both sadness and happiness in my heart. I was sad that a well-lived life had ended, but happy that he had lived to save lives.

Olympic viewing guide: Can Damian Warner follow in De Grasse's golden footsteps?

  Olympic viewing guide: Can Damian Warner follow in De Grasse's golden footsteps? Here's what to watch on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, including potential Canadian gold medals in decathlon and canoe.De Grasse's victory gave Canada its first Olympic gold on the track since Donovan Bailey won the 100m and anchored the 4x100m relay team to gold in Atlanta a quarter century ago. It's also Canada's first Olympic title in the 200 since Percy Williams in 1928.

In 2019 the Ottawa Citizen had an article about how Mr. Carswell had lent his name to a building that was being erected for veterans who had nowhere else to go. Veterans who had been living on the streets would now have a place to live out their lives. It is a measure of the man to have become aware of the project and to have wanted to help. Your readers can help this project by visiting multifaithhousing.ca/veterans-house . Thank you Mr. Carswell.

Robert Cleaver, Brockville, Ont.

a person standing in front of a plane:  Andy Carswell is photographed beside a Fleet Finch trainer in 1941 at #12 Elementary Flying School in Goderich, Ont. Carswell went on to pilot Lancaster bombers and at the age of 19, survived being shot down after a raid on Berlin in 1943, becoming a prisoner of war. © Provided by National Post Andy Carswell is photographed beside a Fleet Finch trainer in 1941 at #12 Elementary Flying School in Goderich, Ont. Carswell went on to pilot Lancaster bombers and at the age of 19, survived being shot down after a raid on Berlin in 1943, becoming a prisoner of war.

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Warner maintains strong lead in decathlon; De Grasse runs fast anchor relay leg .
TOKYO — Canada's Damian Warner is two events from capturing his first Olympic decathlon title. The 31-year-old from London, Ont., tied his personal best with 4.90 metres in the pole vault on Thursday afternoon, to maintain a commanding lead after eight events. The javelin and 1,500 metres are the final two disciplines of the gruelling two-day event that crowns the "world's greatest athlete." Warner had 7,490 points after pole vault, while Australian Ashley Moloney remained in second with 7,269 and Pierce LePage of Whitby, Ont., held onto the third spot, with 7,175 after clearing 5.0 metres in pole vault.

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