Week 2 on the hustings and Afghan chaos: In The News for Aug. 23

In The News is a round-up of stories from The Canadian Press to get you started on your day. Here’s what our editors have on their radar for the morning of August 23rd … What we’re seeing in Canada …

In The News is a round-up of stories from The Canadian Press to get you started on your day. Here’s what our editors got on their radar on the morning of August 23rd …

What we observe in Canada …

UNDATED – The main federal party leaders are in central and eastern Canada as the election campaign enters its second full week.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau stays on the east coast today making an announcement in Halifax before heading to St. John’s, NL to meet with locals and supporters.

Meanwhile, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole returns to the Ottawa hotel where he spent the first days of the campaign.

He will make an announcement in the morning, followed by two of the “virtual telephone townhouses” that have become a hallmark of his election campaign later that day.

O’Toole has been criticized by his opponents for spending so much time on the fourth floor of the Westin, but he says he is simply a pandemic-era leader making safety-related decisions.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh plans to make a climate change announcement in Montreal, where he launched his campaign seeking to win back seats from the Liberals and the Quebecois bloc.

Also this …

UNDATED – Canada’s municipal leaders are calling on federal parties not only to build new affordable rental units, but also to pledge to protect those on the verge of disappearing.

As an election campaign rages across the country, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is looking for money to help cities and housing providers buy low-rent homes that could fetch far higher prices.

It often does this through the process of “renovation,” where a landlord removes a tenant, makes upgrades, and then lists the unit at a higher price.

The topic is one of several that the federal government has proposed to the parties as part of the billions in spending hoped to expand affordable housing.

Federation President Joanne Vanderheyden says there is a particular need to expand and protect rental options as apartment prices skyrocket in Canadian communities.

She says local leaders are looking for pledges to maintain and expand both market and non-market rental options.

With any party prioritizing affordable housing in the election campaign, Vanderheyden and her local colleagues are optimistic that they can get most, if not all, of what they ask for as they see residents of their cities disappear from the market .

“There’s nothing worse than answering the phone and having someone crying on the other line, being evacuated and having no place to go,” said Vanderheyden, Mayor of Strathroy-Caradoc Township, west of London, Ontario.

“People need a place to live. Everyone needs a safe and affordable place to live. So that’s the problem, that’s the base of the problem. So how do we get there? “

The association begins the path with $ 585 million to launch a low-rent apartment purchase program to save it from “renovations” or conversion to higher-priced units.

And the …

UNDATED – Cooler conditions have helped firefighters make some headway against the wildfire at White Rock Lake in inland British Columbia.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says although conditions have improved in the past two days, firefighters still have their hands full fighting the fire.

Cooler temperatures, calmer winds, and some light rain have allowed officials to downgrade several evacuation orders across the province, but the agency says conditions remain “very dry” near Kelowna, BC

Alex Van Bruksvoort, the North Westside Fire Rescue chief fire officer, says he and the service know residents want to return home but are asking them to wait until conditions are safer.

The BC Wildfire Service says there are still about 250 fires burning in the province.

Forest fires have burned nearly 8,600 square kilometers since the start of the fire season, and more than 3,600 firefighters are fighting fires across the province, according to the Ministry of Forestry.

The evacuation order for more than 1,300 properties and the alert for 850 properties remain in place for those affected by the White Rock Lake fire.

Meanwhile, the wildfire in Mount Law, including inland, continues to burn out of control.

What we observe in the USA …

WESTERLY, RI – The Henri Tropical Depression appears to exist in the northeast, increasing the prospect of prolonged rainfall and large inland flooding.

The National Weather Service says the system is expected to stall near the Connecticut-New York state line on Monday before moving east via New England.

The agency warned Henri could generate 5 to 15 centimeters of total precipitation in much of the northeast, which could lead to flash floods.

Henri was once a hurricane before it hit Rhode Island.

It was downgraded to a tropical storm and is now a depression.

Also this …

Waverly, Tennessee – A Tennessee sheriff says at least 22 people are dead, many missing, after record rainfall caused devastating floods that swept homes.

A Facebook page of officials in Waverly listed about 40 missing people on Sunday afternoon.

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis said many of the missing were from neighborhoods hardest hit by Saturday’s flash flood.

The ages of the dead ranged from young children to the elderly, including the foreman at country star Loretta Lynn’s ranch.

Rain fell as much as 17 inches in less than 24 hours, setting a new daily record for rainfall in Tennessee.

And the …

SINGAPORE – Vice President Kamala Harris says the US must continue to focus on evacuating Americans and vulnerable Afghans and not be distracted by questions about what went wrong in the chaotic US exit from Afghanistan.

Harris made the comment at a press conference in Singapore after meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss topics ranging from coronavirus response to cybersecurity.

But the press conference was dominated by Afghanistan after the untidy US withdrawal raised concerns about America’s obligations to its allies around the world.

Harris’ visit to Singapore and Vietnam this week is believed to be the first real test of the Biden government’s ability to convince key allies of its determination.

What we see in the rest of the world …

KABUL – The German military says that at least one Afghan soldier was killed in a firefight at one of the gates of Kabul International Airport.

The shooting earlier this morning was the latest chaos engulfing Western efforts to evacuate those fleeing the Taliban takeover.

The Taliban, meanwhile, dispatched fighters to the north of the capital to clear armed pockets of resistance against their lightning advance earlier this month.

The militants said they had recaptured three districts that had fallen the previous day and encircled Panjshir, the last province beyond their control.

Both sides in Panjshir have stated that they prefer a peaceful solution to the stalemate.

Also this …

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he would convene a meeting of the leaders of the Group of Seven Nations on Tuesday for “urgent talks on the situation in Afghanistan”.

Johnson revealed the plan in a statement posted on Twitter.

He says it is “important that the international community work together to ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis and help the Afghan people secure the gains made over the past 20 years.”

Great Britain holds the presidency of the G7 states this year, which also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USA.

There was no immediate news from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s camp as to whether he would take time from the campaign to attend the meeting.

Trudeau has been criticized in recent days for not acting fast enough to evacuate Afghans who were supporting Canada’s military and diplomatic efforts in the war-torn country.

So far, three Canadian planes have carried evacuees out of the chaotic Kabul airport.

ICYMI …

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Don Everly, half of the groundbreaking Everly Brothers, whose harmonizing country rock hits influenced a generation of rock ‘n’ roll music, has passed away. He was 84.

A family spokesman said Everly died Saturday at his Nashville, Tennessee home. His brother Phil Everly died in January 2014 at the age of 74.

In the late 1950s and 1960s, the duo Don and Phil reverted to their rural roots with their strumming guitars and high, wistful harmonies, while their poignant songs embodied youthful restlessness and energy. Her 19 top 40 hits included “Bye Bye Love”, “Let It Be Me”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, and featured artists from the Beatles to Simon & Garfunkel as key influences.

The two split in 1973 after 16 years of hits amid an argument and got back together in 1983 and “sealed it with a hug,” said Phil Everly.

Although their number of hit records declined in the late 1980s, they had successful concert tours in the United States and Europe.

They were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, the same year they released a hit pop country record called “Born Yesterday”. Two years earlier they had success with the up-tempo ballad “On the Wings of a Nightingale” by Paul McCartney.

Don Everly said in an Associated Press interview in 1986 that he and his brother succeeded because “we never followed trends. We did what we wanted and followed our instincts. “

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 23, 2021

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