Conservative leadership debate, rising eating disorders among young people: In the news May 5

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Pieces of that story could be on display during tonight’s debate, as the race has already seen accusations fly over whether some candidates are truly ‘conservative’.

On stage will be present Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Scott Aitchison and Jean Charest.

Patrick Brown is not in attendance as his campaign says he is busy selling memberships ahead of the June 3 deadline, when supporters must be members in order to vote in the contest.

Next week, the six candidates are due to participate in the first of two official debates organized by the party.

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New data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows an increase in the rate of young people hospitalized for eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Figures show that the rate of hospitalizations for eating disorders in Canada was 15 per 100,000 in the two years before the start of the pandemic, and has risen to 20 per 100,000 in 2020-2021 .

CIHI reports that girls aged 10 to 17 with eating disorders were hospitalized almost 60% more after the start of the pandemic.

The rate fell from 52 hospitalizations per 100,000 population in 2019-2020 to 82 hospitalizations per 100,000 population in 2020-21.

Data were drawn from the Discharge Abstract Database and the Ontario Mental Health Reporting System.

Dr. Leanna Isserlin, Psychiatric Director of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program at CHEO, says the number of hospitalizations is just the “tip of the iceberg” because there is so much more of patients who do not have access to care.

She says she has seen the spike come to fruition in her practice over the past two years.

“We had to redistribute our staff, we had to pull staff from other parts of the mental health care programs, which usually dealt with things like depression and anxiety or other psychiatric disorders that came to help in our unit “, she said.

What we’re watching in the US…

LAS VEGAS, NM _ Firefighters slowed the progress of America’s largest wildfire as high winds eased on Wednesday, while US President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration that brings new financial resources to remote areas of New Mexico devastated by fire since early April.

U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez announced the presidential disaster declaration during an evening briefing by the U.S. Forest Service on efforts to contain the sprawling wildfire in northeastern New Mexico, which has spread over 647 square kilometers of high alpine forest and grassland at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains.

“It will help us do this rebuilding and it will help us deal with the expenses and the hardships that people are facing right now,” the MP said. “We are happy that it happened so quickly.”

Fire chiefs said they were taking advantage of an interlude of relatively calm and cool weather to keep the fire from moving closer to the small town of Las Vegas in New Mexico and other villages scattered along the shifting fronts of the fire. Planes and helicopters dropped red fire retardant slurry from the sky, while ground crews cleared wood and brush to starve the fire along crucial fronts.

For days, bulldozers scraped fire lines on the outskirts of Las Vegas, a population of 13,000, while crews carried out burns to clear adjacent vegetation. Planes dropped more fire retardants as a second line of defense along a ridge just west of the town in anticipation of the intense winds expected over the weekend.

An estimated 15,500 homes in outlying areas and in the valleys of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that border Las Vegas have been affected by mandatory evacuations. The number of homes destroyed by the fire stands at around 170.

President’s disaster declaration frees up emergency funds for recovery efforts in three northeastern New Mexico counties where fires are still raging, as well as parts of southern New Mexico where fires started by the wind killed two people and destroyed more than 200 homes in mid-April.

The aid includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other relief programs for individuals and businesses, according to a White House statement.

What we watch in the rest of the world…

LVIV, Ukraine _ Ukrainian forces said on Thursday they had repelled Russian attacks in the east and retaken some territory, even as Moscow tried to impede the flow of Western weapons to Ukraine by bombing train stations and other sourcing targets across the country.

Heavy fighting also raged at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, which represented the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in the ruined southern port city, the Ukrainian military reported. A Russian official earlier denied that troops were storming the factory, but the commander of the main Ukrainian unit inside said Russian soldiers had entered the territory of the factory.

“With the support of planes, the enemy resumed the offensive in order to take control of the factory,” the general staff in kyiv said, adding that the Russians were “trying to destroy Ukrainian units” .

West of Mariupol, Ukrainian forces made some gains on the border of the southern regions of Kherson and Mykolaiv, where Russian troops reportedly attempted to launch a counteroffensive, and repelled 11 Russian attacks in the Donetsk regions and Luhansk, the army said.

Five people have been killed and at least 25 others injured in the shelling of several eastern towns over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian officials said.

On Wednesday, the Russian military said it used sea-launched and air-launched missiles to destroy electrical installations at five train stations across Ukraine. Artillery and aircraft also hit troop strongholds and fuel and ammunition depots. Videos on social media suggest a bridge was attacked.

Responding to the strikes in his nightly video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “All these crimes will be answered, legally and practically _ on the battlefield.”

The wave of attacks comes as Russia prepares to celebrate Victory Day on May 9, marking the Soviet Union’s defeat by Nazi Germany. The world is watching whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will use the opportunity to declare victory in Ukraine or expand what he calls “the special military operation.” A declaration of total war would allow Putin to introduce martial law and mobilize reservists to compensate for the heavy troop losses.

On this day in 1788…

Vancouver Island was claimed for Spain by Captain Esteban Martinez.

In entertainment…

Jurors are set to begin hearing evidence today in the sexual assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard.

The first witness is due to appear after prosecutors present an outline of their case this morning.

Hoggard, the frontman of rock band Hedley, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one of sexual interference, a charge that refers to sexual touching of a person under the age of 16.

He was arrested and charged in 2018 and a preliminary hearing was held the following year.

Hoggard was originally scheduled to stand trial in January 2021, but the case has been repeatedly postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen new jury trials suspended for months.

The case involves two plaintiffs, neither of whom can be identified under a publication ban. The identities of several witnesses are also protected by the ban.

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OTTAWA _ Much has been said about the political legacy that Justin Trudeau must assume by following in the footsteps of his father, a former prime minister.

On Wednesday, he invoked one of Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s most memorable jokes when asked if he had spoken unparliamentary language.

“What is the nature of your thoughts, gentlemen, when you move your lips in a certain way?” the current prime minister told reporters as he left the House of Commons.

It dates back to 1971, when Pierre Trudeau was accused of “uttering a four-letter obscenity” from the opposition benches.

The elder Trudeau had denied saying anything. Pressed by reporters, he replied, “What is the nature of your thoughts, gentlemen, when you say fuddle-duddle or something like that?”

On Wednesday, his son had the reference ready.

The Tories had accused him of ‘dropping an F-bomb’, with MP John Barlow telling the House ‘it wasn’t a fuddle-duddle’.

The remark was not picked up by the microphone during the live broadcast of the proceedings. Vice President Chris d’Entremont said he did not hear what was said.

Even the Conservatives have yet to be clear on what they have heard, although Opposition House Leader John Brassard says about a dozen of his colleagues have heard it. They formally asked the Speaker to review Hansard and determine if unparliamentary language was used.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 5, 2022.

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