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Death toll from Saturday's storm hits 10 across Ontario and Quebec

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The death toll related to the powerful storm that swept Ontario and Quebec on Saturday has reached 10.

At least nine people in Ontario and one in Quebec have died either as a direct result of the storm or due to its aftermath, with most victims being killed by falling trees.

The latest victim was confirmed Monday by Peterborough Police, who say a 61-year-old Lakefield man died during the storm from a falling tree.

Police reports on the various deaths suggest victims were doing everything from camping to playing golf to taking weekend strolls when they were killed.

The storm tore across southern Ontario and Quebec in a matter of hours, breaking hydro poles and toppling towers, uprooting trees and ripping shingles and siding off houses.

Hydro utilities say hundreds of thousands are still without power and warn that it could take days to fully restore service because of the extend of the damage. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2022.

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Canadian swimmer says she was drugged at world championships

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Canadian swimmer Mary-Sophie Harvey says she was drugged on the final day of the world aquatics championships and suffered a rib sprain and a concussion.

Harvey said in an Instagram post that there is a four-to-six hour window where she has no recollection of what happened, and that she remembers waking up with the Canadian team manager and doctor by her bedside.

She also posted photos of bruises on her body.

Montreal’s Harvey competed in the women’s 200-metre individual medley at the world championships in Budapest, Hungary, finishing eighth. She also earned a bronze medal in the women 4×200-metre freestyle relay after swimming in the preliminaries.

“We are aware there was an incident the night before departure from Budapest,” Swimming Canada spokesman Nathan White said in an email to The Canadian Press. “As soon as team staff became aware, Mary received excellent medical treatment from our team physician on site, and was cleared to travel home.

“Staff have been in contact with Mary since her return and we are offering her support. We continue to gather information on the situation, and the file has been forwarded to our independent Safe Sport officer.”

Harvey said she debated on whether to write her post, but said “these situations sadly happen too many times for me to stay silent.”

“I’m still scared to think about the unknowns of that night,” she wrote. “I’m still in a way, ashamed of what happened, and I think I always will be. … But I won’t let this event define me.”

The 22-year-old Harvey competed for Canada in last year’s Tokyo Olympics. She’s scheduled to swim in this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 6, 2022.

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CP NewsAlert: Montreal Alouettes fire head coach, defensive co-ordinator

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MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes have fired head coach Khari Jones and defensive co-ordinator Barron Miles.

General manager Danny Maciocia will take over as head coach while Noel Thorpe will return to the franchise as defensive co-ordinator.

More coming.

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