Two of Queen Elizabeth's sons are facing growing pressure


Where does the case go from here? We asked two respected lawyers in the field who aren’t involved in it: Amber Melville-Brown, head of the media and reputation practice at the international law firm Withers, and Nick Goldstone, head of dispute resolution at Ince.

This week, an English court agreed to serve the papers. Melville-Brown says, “it is a matter for the English court to determine the method of service when serving at the request of a foreign court” and that it can be via email, post or in person.

Once the papers are served, what happens?

Melville-Brown says Andrew would have four options: Ignore the claim; contest it; admit it; or, try to settle it. “None are particularly attractive,” she adds, “although he and his team may consider the first and the last may be the least of a bad lot.”

Goldstone adds it’s a “fairly binary decision” for Prince Andrew’s legal team: Either engage or evade.

Can he engage and defend his position?

Goldstone says Andrew could say to himself, “I’m not going to participate in this process, because it’s outrageous, and I have further nothing to say.” In effect, he would be refusing to submit to the jurisdiction of the court in this case.

“If he wants to engage and go through the process of civil trial,” says Goldstone, “the simplest thing for him to do is to put in an acknowledgement and say to the New York court: ‘Okay, I’m going to defend this, I’m going to fight this.’ But as I understand it, he is under no obligation to respond and sometimes people choose not to respond because of all sorts of different reasons.”

What if he does submit to the jurisdiction of a New York court?

“Then they are going to be fighting a case within the New York court procedural rules,” says Goldstone, “and that brings with it all sorts of consequences, which may be good or may be bad, depending upon the outcome of that procedure. If you win a case, it’s always a good decision. If you lose a case, it’s more often looked upon as a bad decision. If you choose not to engage and submit to the jurisdiction of the New York court, you’ve got to consider what will the New York court do in your absence? Will it proceed in your absence in a detailed way? Will it proceed in your absence in the summary or default way? And what would the consequences be of an outcome that presumably would be negative because you’re not there to defend yourself? And how enforceable would such a final outcome in a New York court be against you wherever? Obviously it will be enforceable in New York, but Prince Andrew isn’t in New York.”

What if he doesn’t submit to the court and the court finds him guilty?

“He could argue that this is not a judgment that should be enforceable against him,” Goldstone says, noting that Andrew has not participated in the New York court’s proceedings or recognized its jurisdiction to date. The prince may therefore argue that a ruling by the court “shouldn’t be enforced against him because it’s not a claim that could be advanced in England,” which doesn’t have an equivalent to New York’s Child Victims Act, says Goldstone. “And therefore, as a matter of public policy, English courts shouldn’t recognize a judgment that has been obtained in a foreign court.”

Will he be forced to appear in court?

Goldstone: “I believe if he chooses not to engage in, not to submit to the jurisdiction, there is no prospect of him being called to the US … or being deposed or providing evidence or witness testimony in proceedings that he’s not engaged in, that is not recognized. On the other hand, if he does engage, there’s every prospect.”

Prince Andrew has already spoken to the media about these allegations, and it famously backfired, resulting in his having to step back from royal duties. It’s hard to imagine him rushing to go back on the record, especially in court. The negative headlines will keep coming while the case is unresolved, and that must concern the palace communications teams responsible for managing the reputation of the wider monarchy — of which Prince Andrew is still part.

CHARLES’ CHARITY DRAMA

Prince Charles on a visit to Dumfries House in Cunnock, Scotland last week.
The chairman of Prince Charles’ charitable foundation has resigned, days after a Scottish regulator said it was probing fresh “cash for access” allegations reported by a UK newspaper. The Sunday Times reported that the heir to the throne wrote a thank you letter to Russian banker Dmitry Leus and offered to meet him in person after receiving a six-figure donation to The Prince’s Foundation in May 2020. Leus, who is reportedly seeking British citizenship, made his donation after a fixer promised a private meeting with Prince Charles at a Scottish castle, the Sunday Times reported. The newspaper said there was no evidence that Prince Charles was aware of any deception around the donation.

Foundation chair Douglas Connell said he was “shocked and dismayed by newspaper reports that rogue activity of various kinds may have taken place within and outside the Prince’s Foundation.” Explaining why he was choosing to relinquish his role, he continued: “My view is that the person chairing any organisation should take responsibility if it appears that serious misconduct may have taken place within it.” A Clarence House spokesperson told CNN that Charles “has no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities and fully supports the investigation now underway by The Prince’s Foundation.” The Prince’s Foundation is an umbrella organization for several of Charles’ charitable projects.

Connell’s departure comes a week after the head of The Prince’s Foundation temporarily stepped down amid claims of misconduct reported by the same newspaper. Michael Fawcett, Charles’ longest-serving and closest aide, was accused of using his position and influence to help a Saudi businessman obtain an honorary title in exchange for donations.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

William announces the finalists of his inaugural environment award.

The Duke of Cambridge spoke of his honor at introducing “the 15 innovators, leaders, and visionaries who are the first ever Finalists for The Earthshot Prize” on Friday. Whittled down from 750 nominations, the shortlist includes leaders, activists and even an entire country — check out the full list here. “They are working with the urgency required in this decisive decade for life on Earth and will inspire all of us with their optimism in our ability to rise to the greatest challenges in human history,” William said. The duke has also written about why he co-founded the environmental award last October in the introduction to a new book named “Earthshot: How to Save our Planet.” The prize “aims to inspire collective action around our unique ability to innovate, problem solve and ultimately repair our planet.” It is focused on five so-called Earthshots: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build a Waste-free World; and Fix our Climate. The five winners, who will each receive £1 million ($1.4 million) in prize money, will be announced on October 17 during an award ceremony broadcast on the BBC and Discovery.
William co-founded the prize last October.

UK police will not launch a probe into Martin Bashir’s 1995 Diana interview.

London’s Metropolitan Police Service will not be opening a criminal investigation into a former BBC journalist’s controversial interview with the late Princess of Wales, broadcast in 1995, it announced this week. The BBC was forced to issue an apology in May after an independent report conducted by retired High Court judge Lord Dyson found Martin Bashir used “deceitful” tactics to secure the landmark sit-down interview more than two decades ago. The force said in a statement sent to CNN on Thursday that it had “not identified evidence of activity that constituted a criminal offence and will therefore be taking no further action” after scrutinizing Dyson’s report. The Met said it had come to its decision after “specialist detectives assessed (the report’s) contents and looked carefully at the law — once again obtaining independent legal advice from Treasury Counsel as well as consulting the Crown Prosecution Service.”
Diana's landmark interview was a cultural phenomenon when it aired in 1995.

The Sussexes are cover stars.

Time magazine named Harry and Meghan “icons” in its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people, with the couple appearing on one of the multiple covers of Time’s annual special issue. In the magazine, José Andrés, a chef who founded a nonprofit that provides meals to those in need in the wake of natural disasters, described Harry and Meghan as having “compassion for the people they don’t know.” They “take risks to help communities in need” by “offering mental health support to Black women and girls in the US, and feeding those affected by natural disasters in India and the Caribbean,” he added. Read the full story here.

Harry joins first lady Jill Biden at a veterans’ event.

Prince Harry co-hosted a virtual event Monday in honor of athletes taking part in the Warrior Games, an annual event run by the US Department of Defense that “celebrates the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran U.S. military Service members.” Harry had planned to attend the 2021 Warrior Games in Orlando, Florida, but the event was canceled due to concerns over Covid-19. The event is closely linked to the Invictus Games, an international sporting event that Harry founded for service members and veterans.

Jill Biden and Prince Harry watch the wheelchair basketball final during the Invictus Games in 2017.

Philip’s will to remain secret for 90 years.

The will of Queen Elizabeth’s late husband, Prince Philip, will be sealed and remain private for at least 90 years to preserve the monarch’s dignity, Reuters reports, after a ruling at London’s High Court. “The degree of publicity that publication would be likely to attract would be very extensive and wholly contrary to the aim of maintaining the dignity of the Sovereign,” judge Andrew McFarlane said in a ruling published on Thursday, according to Reuters. Philip died in April aged 99.

FROM THE ROYAL VAULT

The Queen marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a heartfelt message to the victims of the terror attacks as well as to their families and the United States as a whole.

In a message to US President Joe Biden, the Queen said: “My thoughts and prayers — and those of my family and the entire nation — remain with the victims, survivors and families affected, as well as the first responders and rescue workers called to duty.”

The 95-year-old monarch recalled visiting the World Trade Center site in July 2010, saying the occasion “is held fast in my memory.”

“It reminds me that as we honour those from many nations, faiths and backgrounds who lost their lives, we also pay tribute to the resilience and determination of the communities who joined together to rebuild,” she added.

The Queen laid a wreath in remembrance at Ground Zero when she visited New York City in 2010.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Campbell called her new role a "privilege."

Naomi Campbell joins forces with Queen’s charity.

International supermodel Naomi Campbell was named as a global ambassador for the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) at an event in London on Thursday evening as it prepares to mark the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee next year. The charity — which was established in 2018 — supports young people who are bringing about sustainable change in their communities. It recently launched the QCT Platinum Jubilee Fund for Young Leaders, aimed at helping 18- to 35-year-old entrepreneurs across the Commonwealth. Prior to their departure as working royals, the Sussexes were heavily involved with the international development charity.

Campbell called her new role as a QCT Platinum Jubilee Global Ambassador a “privilege” in a speech Thursday and spoke of her decades-long passion for elevating future leaders. “Regardless of where you are from or where you are now, there are young leaders within your community doing amazing work. Sometimes they are not seen and some of them may not even see themselves as ‘leaders’ yet, but they all deserve our support, and access to education and resources,” the 51-year-old said. “I have been doing the work with empowering young people for over 25 years. This is something very close to my heart and I will continue to do everything I can to uplift the next generation, so they can create a better future for their communities.”

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Kate meets UK soldiers involved in evacuations from Kabul.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walks into the fuselage of an RAF C17 Globemaster as she meets individuals who supported the UK’s evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan at RAF Brize Norton in England on Wednesday. In a post on a joint Instagram account with husband William, the duchess wrote of the honor of speaking to personnel involved in “Operation Pitting,” whose stories she described as “inspiring, emotional, harrowing and powerful.” She added: “Flying out in excess of 15,000 people from Kabul was a truly collaborative operation across our Armed Services, local authorities and aid organisations in Afghanistan and the UK. You should all be proud of your work, often around the clock, to support the evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan.”

“As the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea celebrate their National Day, I send my good wishes for the future.”

Queen Elizabeth’s message to North Korea, according to state media.

Queen Elizabeth sent a message of congratulations to the people of North Korea on their national day, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told CNN Tuesday. The message was sent on behalf of the sovereign by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) “as has been done before,” the spokesperson said. The palace added that it is standard practice to send similar messages on other national days across the world.

North Korea celebrated its national day — to mark the 73rd anniversary of its founding — on September 9. The day began with a midnight military parade in Pyongyang. The hermit kingdom’s leader, Kim Jong Un, appeared on a platform in Kim Il Sung square and waved at the crowd.



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Uncontrollable vomiting due to marijuana use on rise, study finds


“They are writhing, holding their stomach, complaining of really bad abdominal pain and nausea,” said Dr. Sam Wang, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist and toxicologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, who treats adolescents with the condition.

“They vomit and then just continue to vomit whatever they have in their stomach, which can go on for hours,” said Wang. “They often say they took a scalding hot shower before they came to the ER but it didn’t help.

“That’s when we know we may have a case of cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS.”

Cannabis hyperemesis syndrome burst upon the medical scene in 2004, when a group of Australian researchers wrote about 19 chronic marijuana users who had repeated episodes of abdominal pain and retching. The researchers followed nine of the patients over time and found symptoms went away when cannabis use was stopped but returned when it was restarted.

Oddly, over half of the 19 reported using extremely hot baths or showers to self-treat their symptoms. As more and more cases of CHS began to appear, hot bathing as a home treatment became a recurring theme.

“Patients often say, ‘You know, it’s always in the evening when I get this nausea, vomiting,'” Wang said. “So they tell me, ‘I go take a hot shower, and it gets better, then it happens again the next night.’

Cannabis use may be linked with suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts in young adults, study finds

“It’s pretty universal for these patients to say they need a really, really hot shower, or a really hot bath, to improve their symptoms,” he said.

Why hot? “That’s not entirely clear,” said Wang, who is also an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive compound in weed, has access to the body’s pain receptors, so one theory is that the distracting sensation of the extreme heat interrupts the pain cycle, thus easing symptoms.

To compound the strangeness of the new disorder, THC and other cannabinoids in the marijuana plant have been used for pain relief — paradoxically relieving nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. However, despite the popularity of marijuana as a pain killer, study results on its effectiveness have been mixed.

Still, why would the same compound relieve and also cause pain? Among a myriad of possibilities: dosage levels. Wang points to the ever increasing potency of THC in today’s marijuana products.

“It’s been well documented that the amount of THC that now comes in cannabis is increasing substantially,” Wang said. “In the ’90s the average was like 4% or 5%. Now in Colorado, it’s anywhere from 15% to 20%.”

Another mystery: Not all heavy users of weed are affected by CHS.

“It’s not entirely clear who is predisposed to getting it,” Wang said. “Is it a certain frequency or duration of use? Is it a specific potency? Or is it a specific type of product? We don’t have that data.”

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To fully understand, treat and prevent the new disorder, researchers need to document cases and compare symptoms. But CHS is so new that it doesn’t have a medical diagnosis or insurance billing code, Wang said, making it “a moving target.”

To do research, scientists look at medical records for reported cases of repetitive vomiting and compare those to marijuana usage in an area. Wang and his colleagues did just that in Colorado, where recreational marijuana was legalized in 2014. The use of medical marijuana had been legal since 2009.

Wang’s analysis, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open, found over 800,000 cases of reported vomiting in Colorado between 2013 and 2018. That was an approximate 29% increase since marijuana was legalized in the state. The rate was highest in counties with no prior marijuana dispensaries.

More than a third of the vomiting cases were in people 25 years of age and younger.

“This is not a rare problem,” Wang said. “When an adolescent comes in with cyclical abdominal pain and vomiting, my colleagues know to ask about cannabis use. It’s a pretty common practice to see this and diagnose and treat it.”

Immediate treatment consists of anti-nausea medications and IV fluids to combat dehydration from the vomiting. But patients also undergo a battery of tests to rule out other causes: blood and urine tests, expensive CT scans, unpleasant upper GI endoscopy and gastric emptying tests, to name a few.

For some children, those tests could be repeated again and again.

“For some of our kids, this is their fifth ER visit in the past two months, with symptoms that they can’t control,” Wang said.

And if they wait too long to come in, CHS can be life-threatening.

“Regardless of whether it’s cannabis hyperemesis syndrome or another virus that makes you vomit a lot,” Wang said, “if you let it go too long, you can have electrolyte disturbances, go into shock and have organ failure. CHS is no different.”

Data show CHS is a national problem. Between 2005 and 2014 when only medical marijuana was legal in most states, a 2020 study found nearly one in five people hospitalized for cyclical vomiting in the US reported concurrent cannabis use.

A Pew survey found the majority of US adults (60%) say marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use. With support like that, it’s likely that even more states will legalize weed in the years to come.

When they do, Wang said he hopes people will also take into account the potential dangers of cannabis, especially for the young.

“In adolescents and young adults, that’s where there’s growing concern about habitual use and its effect on physical and mental health,” Wang said.



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Designer Yinka Ilori gives London streets a technicolor makeover


Written by Leah Dolan, CNNLondon

Yinka Ilori, a British Nigerian designer known for his exuberant technicolor murals, has transformed 11 pedestrian crossings in central London as part of a new public art project hoping to increase domestic tourism within the UK.

Beginning near Camden’s Percy Street, the crossings extend throughout Tottenham Court Road — a historic shopping destination with stores that date back to the early 19th century. Neon green, fuschia and electric blue road markings stretch across the tarmac in an interwoven geometric pattern that represents the city’s communal spirit, Ilori said.

“It was a work that was inspired by lockdown,” he told CNN. “I found lockdown tough, but I also found it quite celebratory. In an unusual way, I found love for the people in my community. These linear lines show the interlink between people and how we came together.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and artist Yinka Ilori stride across the new piece of public art.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and artist Yinka Ilori stride across the new piece of public art. Credit: Stephen Chung/PinPep

The new streetscape design at Tottenham Court Road, which will be in place for a year, is part of the Mayor of London’s Let’s Do London campaign to boost the city’s tourism industry. Ilori is set to debut six more crosswalks in the City of London; and from September 20, during the London Design Festival, members of the public are invited to help complete a similar project at the area’s Queen Street pedestrian plaza.

Ilori’s maximalist reimaginings of everyday spaces have made him a notable force in London’s design scene. This summer, the architect took over the courtyard of Somerset House to build a mini fairground complete with musical bumper cars. In 2019, he installed “Playland,” a color-blocked playground for adults at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Ilori's interwoven designs signify the community he discovered in lockdown.

Ilori’s interwoven designs signify the community he discovered in lockdown. Credit: Stephen Chung/PinPep

Unveiling a new public art installation is no easy feat, especially when the piece happens to be in the middle of a bustling London road. But Ilori insists on the significance of a pedestrian crossing: “You pass people, you’re sharing that experience together. You might link eyes with someone or smile, or maybe you brush shoulders.”

The designer hopes these dazzling traffic markers will encourage the city’s residents to explore areas they may previously have overlooked. “There’s always points in London where people meet,” said Ilori. “I think this could be a point for people. Hopefully (the artwork) will become a point of destination.”

Top image: A cyclist rides across Yinka Ilori’s installation on Tottenham Court Road.



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This boy is concerned about the vaccine. Dr. Gupta explains why it's important



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Canada's election is heating up. Some fear US-style political polarization will follow


“Every Canadian has met a Justin Trudeau in their lives — privileged, entitled and always looking out for number one. He was looking out for number one when he called this expensive and unnecessary election in the middle of a pandemic. That’s not leadership, that’s self-interest. And it’s Justin Trudeau through and through,” O’Toole said, as the child behind him bounced blithely away.

He went on for nearly 20 minutes, accusing the left-leaning Liberal Party leader of corruption, cover-ups, and of launching an “American-style” misinformation campaign against O’Toole himself and his party’s policies.

“I’d say he’s all talk and no action, but this is worse. A person so blinded by his own ambition, that he can’t see the rot in his own party. A man who’s not a feminist, not an environmentalist, not a public servant, a man who’s focused solely and squarely on himself,” said O’Toole.

Canada's conservative leader Erin O'Toole with his wife, Rebecca O'Toole at a campaign event in Carp, Ontario on Monday, September 13.

O’Toole’s attack was like a lightning strike disrupting a national election campaign already ugly and unsettled on many fronts. The pointed and very personal attack inevitably elicited a counterstrike from Trudeau a few hours later.

“I’m not impugning his character. I’m not saying he doesn’t love his kids. I’m saying he’s wrong about how to ensure jobs and prosperity and a protected country for people in the future. But that’s what Canadians get to choose. I’m going to let him and his proxies and the anti-vaxxer movement and the gun lobby and the anti-choice crowd continue to attack me, fine. I’m going to stay focused on Canadians,” said Trudeau during a press conference in Vancouver Monday.

Canada votes on Sept. 20

In a few short weeks, Canada’s snap election has turned from a cakewalk into a tightrope for Trudeau, giving his conservative opponent the opportunity to launch personal attacks in a blunt and sustained way rarely heard in the country’s political discourse.

The vote, set for September 20, includes six federal parties. While Trudeau and O’Toole are likely the only leaders capable of forming a government, given their national support, Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), polls well and could again hold the balance of power in any Canadian parliament.

The pandemic, climate change, housing affordability and gun control have all featured as major issues with voters.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau  and their children walk to the campaign bus on August 15, 2021 in Ottawa, Canada.

But Trudeau’s vulnerability is, in fact, the election itself, which he voluntarily triggered just as a bruising fourth wave of the pandemic took hold in Canada.

Trudeau called the snap election in mid-August, barely two years into his minority government, betting he could capitalize on his handling of the pandemic to win a majority in parliament. But once-favorable polls have quickly reversed course, with O’Toole and Trudeau now in a statistical tie, according to national tracking surveys over the past few days.

Justin Trudeau pelted with gravel by protesters at campaign stop

“On day two of the election the daily polls started coming out and we saw a daily slide of the Liberals and Justin Trudeau. It was daily, it was relentless, and it went down every day. Meanwhile the Conservatives, with their new leader Erin O’Toole, were climbing,” said Philippe J. Fournier, founder of the 338Canada Project, a statistical model of electoral projections that tracks polls, historical and demographic data.

Few Canadians see the need for this election, and Fournier adds that holding it in summer during a global pandemic has angered many voters who cannot identify a compelling “ballot box” issue to justify the undertaking.

Canadians are trying enjoy the last few days of summer, Fournier says, and many are annoyed with the political canvassing, the ads, the vitriol, all while trying to cope with the pandemic.

‘Wedge’ issues and Canadian conservatism

As much as candidates have tried to engage meaningfully on issues, a ripple of polarization among voters — one that seems to mirror the US experience — is emerging, especially on cultural or so-called “wedge” issues like abortion rights, gun control and climate change.

The pandemic in particular has ignited fury among a small but fierce minority that oppose some Covid protocols, especially vaccine and mask mandates. Earlier this month a protester threw gravel at Trudeau at a campaign event in Ontario, after the Canadian leader had been stalked by demonstrators angry with his pandemic policies.

The heated and visceral character of this campaign has some activists and educators worried that Canada’s increasingly polarized politics are following in the path of the United States.

“We like to the look at the US and say ‘not us,’ and I think we are now at a time where we have to say, ‘Yes, and us too,'” says Notisha Massaquoi, an assistant professor of health and society at the University of Toronto and a Black community activist.

“We’ve seen it, we know it can happen, we know that that a population can be ignited and can become powerful and can become leaders,” Massaquoi said, explaining she fears a future Canadian government could use wedge issues, like race, to mobilize its voter base in harmful ways.

Canada's Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole delivers a speech during a campaign stop on September 14, 2021 in Russell, Ontario, Canada.

Asked by CNN how his brand of conservatism is similar or different from that of the US Republicans, O’Toole, Trudeau’s main rival, is careful not to answer the question directly but explains his is a “big tent” party.

“I’m a new Conservative leader with a new style. I served in the military, in Canada’s armed forces, worked in the private sector, I worked my way up the ranks of politics. We need less of the politics of celebrity, less of the politics of division that we’ve seen under Mr. Trudeau, and more of a positive politics that the Conservative Party is bringing in Canada with our plan for Canada’s economic recovery,” he said.

O’Toole has had some success branding himself as a more progressive Conservative leader. He says he is pro-choice, has a climate plan and believes in gun control.

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Trudeau nevertheless has accused him of siding with “anti-vaxxer mobs” and of wanting to take the country “backwards” by endangering public policies many Canadians hold as sacred, like gun control and universal healthcare.

At nearly every campaign stop, O’Toole has underscored that he is pro-vaccine but does not believe vaccine mandates are effective or necessary. He has also denied that he would do anything to introduce private sector healthcare in Canada.

Meanwhile, as a former air navigator with 12 years of military service, O’Toole highlights another kind of difference between himself and the well-heeled Prime Minister: “When Mr. Trudeau was partying, and we’ve all seen the photos, I was doing search and rescue missions in the military,” says O’Toole.

An exhausted nation

The fourth wave of the pandemic has intensified during the past month of the campaign, with active cases of Covid-19 more than doubling throughout the summer.

Canada’s public health agency warns that “there is a risk that hospitalization rates could overwhelm capacity.” While more than 78 percent of eligible Canadians are now fully vaccinated, new cases of Covid-19 continue to strain hospitals, especially in western provinces.

It’s been relentless and exhausting, Massaquoi says, adding she personally has lost six relatives to Covid-19, with many Canadians of color suffering similar loss.

And yet the political debate in Canada has yet to meet the moment with engagement on policies from coalitions of voters and the leaders they support. Instead, the campaign seems ever more influenced by vocal advocates in political silos.

“We don’t have the energy to mobilize racialized communities for example, we don’t have the energy to mobilize indigenous communities during this election period because all of our resources have been depleted because of Covid-19. We’re in survival mode,” explain Massaquoi.

In the absence of that thoughtful engagement, Fournier says voter intentions remain “in flux.”

“Right now, in my model I count 61 out of 338 ridings that are toss ups,” he says. “That is a huge amount,” he continues, adding that it’s a nightmare for an election to have that many seats too close to call just days before the vote.

“We could have many surprises,” he says.



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This retiring Republican just handed more power to Donald Trump



“I don’t believe he can ever be president again,” Gonzalez told The New York Times of Trump. “Most of my political energy will be spent working on that exact goal.” Of the broader GOP, Gonzalez said. “politically the environment is so toxic, especially in our own party right now.”

Know what else is true? That Gonzalez, by retiring from Congress, hands Trump (and the Trump wing in Congress) yet another win, a further demonstration that crossing the former president always ends badly for those who do it.

Gonzalez, a former star wide receiver at Ohio State University, was widely seen as a rising star in the party — both in the state and nationally — when he was elected in 2018. But unlike the vast majority of his House Republican colleagues, Gonzalez never gave over to the utter fealty demanded by Trump. And in the wake of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who voted with Democrats to impeach the President.

That vote marked him. Trump helped recruit Max Miller, who worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign and in the White House, to take on Gonzalez. And Miller has cast himself as an unquestioning backer of the former president. At a rally in Cleveland in July, Miller said this: “There is no greater fighter that this country has ever had, and I have never had a greater role model than President Donald J. Trump, period. Bar none.”
While no one had written off Gonzalez’s chances of winning renomination next year, there was also no question that Miller, with the strong backing of Trump, represented a major threat to the incumbent. (In just the first six months of 2021, Miller raised more than $951,000.)

Gonzalez’s decision to walk away rather than fight back will be taken a win by Trump and his forces. In fact, the president was already busy taking a victory lap Friday morning.

“RINO Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, who has poorly represented his district in the Great State of Ohio, has decided to quit after enduring a tremendous loss of popularity, of which he had little, since his ill-informed and otherwise very stupid impeachment vote against the sitting President of the United States, me,” Trump said in a statement. “This is no loss for Ohio or our Country and, most importantly, we have a great candidate who was substantially leading Gonzalez in the polls, Max Miller, who I have given my Complete and Total Endorsement.”

So while Gonzalez’s retirement is being touted in some circles as an act of principle, the practical political effect of his decision is the opposite.

Rather than seeing Gonzalez as someone who stood up to Trump, the Trump base will cast him as a coward who ran away because he couldn’t win. A symbol of what happens when you cross the president. The latest in a long line of politicians, which began with then-Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake way back in 2017, who have learned that there is no future within the Republican Party for those who are willing to speak out against Trump.

“We’ve learned the wrong lesson as a party,” Gonzalez told the Times, “but beyond that, and more importantly, it’s horribly irresponsible and destructive for the country.”

His retirement empowers those irresponsible and destructive forces.



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Jane Powell, star of Hollywood Golden Age musicals, dead at 92


Powell died Thursday at her home in Wilton, Connecticut, her friend Susan Granger told CNN on Friday.

A megastar of musical films of the 1940s and ’50s, Powell’s hits included “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” opposite Howard Keel, and “Royal Wedding,” in which she starred alongside Fred Astaire.

Powell starred alongside Fred Astaire in the hit 1951 movie "Royal Wedding."

Powell was born in 1929 in Portland, Oregon and proved a gifted actor, singer and dancer from a very early age.

She appeared on the radio and in theaters from the age of 5, before making her screen debut at 15 in the 1944 movie “Song of the Open Road.”

Powell died of natural causes at the home that she had shared with her fifth husband, the late actor Dick Moore, Granger said.

Powell, pictured here in 2007, died at home on Thursday at the age of 92.

Granger and Powell became friends after meeting on the set of “Song of the Open Road,” which was directed by Granger’s father, S. Sylvan Simon.

“Jane was a loyal, lifelong friend. She’s was delightfully droll and candid. You never asked Jane a question you didn’t want answered with total honesty,” she told CNN in a statement.

Powell is survived by three children and two grandchildren.



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