Tory leadership poll; how families cope with inflation: in the news, August 10

In The News is a roundup of articles from The Canadian Press designed to start your day. Here’s what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of August 10…

What we are watching in Canada…

Ontario MP Pierre Poilievre remains the big favorite to be the next leader of the Conservative Party, but he is trailing behind his opponent Jean Charest to win the support of all Canadians.

A new Léger poll conducted in conjunction with the Association for Canadian Studies suggests that 44% of Conservative voters believe Poilievre would be the best party leader. His main rival, former Quebec premier Jean Charest, is backed by 17%.

Twenty-two percent of Tories said they didn’t know which of the five candidates would make the best leader, while eight percent said none of them would.

Among the remaining candidates, Ontario MP Leslyn Lewis was supported at 6%, Ontario MP Scott Aitchison at 2% and former Ontario provincial politician Roman Baber at 1%.

This is the first poll on the race conducted by Leger since Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown was kicked out of the contest by the management’s organizing committee last month over allegations he broke party rules. and possibly violated federal election laws.

In a June Leger poll, Poilievre also had 44% support among the Conservatives, Charest had 14% support and Brown 4%. The August poll pushed Charest’s numbers up three points, while Poilievre’s were unchanged.

The poll suggests that Charest is seen as the best option for the Conservative leader job by 22% of all Canadians, while Poilievre is supported by 16%.

About one in seven Canadians surveyed said a Poilievre victory would make them more likely to vote Conservative in the next election, with only a small fraction more saying the same of a Charest victory.

However, more than one in four respondents said a Poilievre victory would make them less likely to vote Conservative, compared to one in five who said that of Charest.

Also this…

Canadian families are grappling with the highest inflation on record in nearly 40 years.

While rising costs are hitting low-income Canadians the hardest, experts say it’s becoming increasingly difficult to support a larger household as costs rise.

Myron Genyk, 43, father of three, didn’t think much about the price of food a year ago.

But he says he is now suffering from sticker shock at the grocery store.

“No. 1 is the increase in food,” said Genyk, an entrepreneur from Mississauga, Ont. “My kids are getting older, so they’re eating more, but food prices have also gone up.”

Genyk says he’s spending more money than ever on basics.

He says rising costs have a direct impact on how much he can save for retirement.

Experts say some families are also supporting aging parents in addition to children, putting more strain on finances.

What we’re watching in the US…

The ambush of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico shook the community but inspired a flood of information, including one that led to the arrest of a local Muslim from Afghanistan who knew the victims, authorities said.

Muhammad Syed, 51, was arrested Monday after a traffic stop more than 100 miles from his home in Albuquerque. He has been charged with killing two victims and has been identified as the prime suspect in the other two killings, authorities said Tuesday.

The Muslim community breathes “an incredible sigh of relief,” said Ahmad Assed, president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico. “Lives have been turned upside down.”

The first murder last November was followed by three more between July 26 and August 5.

Police Chief Harold Medina said it was not yet clear whether the deaths should be classified as hate crimes or serial murders or both.

Syed was from Afghanistan and had lived in the United States for about five years, police said.

‘The offender knew the victims to some degree, and an interpersonal conflict may have led to the shooting,’ a police statement said, although investigators are still working to identify how they crossed paths. .

Prosecutors plan to file murder charges in state court and are considering adding a federal case, authorities said.

What we watch in the rest of the world…

BEIJING — China on Wednesday reaffirmed its threat to use military force to bring self-governing Taiwan under its control, amid threatening Chinese military exercises that have raised tensions between the sides to their highest level in years.

The statement released by the Cabinet’s Office of Taiwan Affairs and its press office follows nearly a week of missile strikes and incursions into Taiwanese waters and airspace by warships and warplanes. the Chinese Air Force.

The actions have disrupted flights and shipping in a region crucial to global supply chains, drawing strong condemnation from the United States, Japan and others.

An English version of the Chinese statement said Beijing would “work with utmost sincerity and make every effort to achieve peaceful reunification.”

“But we will not renounce the use of force and we reserve the possibility of taking all necessary measures. This is to guard against outside interference and all separatist activities,” the statement said.

“We will always be ready to respond with the use of force or other necessary means to the interference of external forces or the radical action of separatist elements. Our ultimate goal is to secure China’s peaceful reunification prospects and push this process forward,” he said.

China says the threatening measures were prompted by a visit to Taiwan last week by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but Taiwan says such visits are routine and China has only used this only as a pretext to reinforce his threats.

In a further response to Pelosi’s visit, China said it was cutting off dialogue on issues ranging from maritime security to climate change with the United States, Taiwan’s main military and political backer.

Taiwan’s foreign minister warned on Tuesday that China’s military exercises reflected an ambition to control large swaths of the Western Pacific, while Taipei was conducting its own drills to underscore its willingness to defend itself.

On this day in 1876…

Alexander Graham Bell made the first long distance call, from his residence in Brantford to his assistant in Paris, Ontario, 13 kilometers away. The call had been preceded seven days earlier by the first building-to-building phone call between Bell and his uncle. The world’s first definitive tests of the phone were one-way transmissions. Bell, who was born in Scotland but lived much of his life in Canada, is considered one of the greatest inventors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Bell also worked on the photocell, the iron lung, the desalination of seawater, the phonograph, and attempted to raise a super breed of sheep in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.

In entertainment…

LOS ANGELES _ Anne Heche remained hospitalized on an artificial respirator to help her breathe and underwent surgery on Tuesday, four days after the actor was injured in a violent car accident.

“Shortly after the accident, Anne lost consciousness, fell into a coma and is in critical condition,” spokeswoman Heather Duffy Boylston said in an email. “She has a significant lung injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns requiring surgery.”

Pulmonary means having to do with the lungs. No further details were provided by Duffy Boylston, who is Heche’s friend and podcast partner.

On August 5, Heche’s car crashed into a house in the Mar Vista neighborhood, west of Los Angeles. Flames erupted and Heche, who was alone in the car, was pulled by firefighters from the vehicle embedded in the house. It took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to douse the flames, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

A native of Ohio, Heche first rose to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award.

His film career took off in the late 1990s, with Heche starring alongside stars such as Johnny Depp (“Donnie Brasco”) and Harrison Ford (“Six Days, Seven Nights”).

In a 2001 memoir, “Call Me Crazy,” Heche opened up about her lifelong struggles with mental health and a childhood of abuse.

She was married to cameraman Coleman Laffoon from 2001 to 2009. The two had a son together. She had another son during a relationship with actor James Tupper, her co-star in the television series “Men In Trees”.

Heche has worked steadily in smaller films, on Broadway, and in television shows over the past two decades. She recently had recurring roles on the network series “Chicago PD” and “All Rise,” and in 2020 she took part in “Dancing With the Stars.”

Have you seen this?

A woman accused of faking her own death and that of her son says she left Saskatoon because she feared for their safety.

Dawn Marie Walker, 48, is being held at Multnomah County Detention Center in Oregon.

She was arrested in Oregon City on Friday by the US Department of Homeland Security and charged with two offenses for allegedly using false identities to enter the country with her seven-year-old son. The boy has since been returned to Canada.

“So many women and children before us had to run for their lives to protect their children,” Walker said in a statement provided to The Canadian Press.

In the statement, Walker said she was thrown out of the Saskatchewan court system because “nothing was done” after she reported domestic abuse to police and child protection authorities.

She said she witnessed something with her son that scared her to the core and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. She said more information will come out in time.

“I apologize to everyone I hurt,” Walker said. “I had no choice. Nobody heard me. I loved my son…a lot. He’s my only child and I would do absolutely anything for him.

For two weeks prior, the RCMP and Saskatoon police investigated the disappearance as a missing person case. Walker’s van was found in a park south of Saskatoon, along with some of his belongings, and some people feared Walker and his son had drowned in the South Saskatchewan River.

On Monday, Saskatoon police announced they were working to extradite Walker to Canada where she faces charges of public mischief and child abduction in violation of a custody order. Deputy Chief Randy Huisman said the domestic violence allegations may or may not play a role in their investigation of Walker.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 10, 2022.

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