Evening Update: Canadian Egyptian Mohamed el-Attar returns to Canada after nearly 15 years imprisoned in Egypt on spying charge

Evening Update: Canadian Egyptian Mohamed el-Attar returns to Canada after nearly 15 years imprisoned in Egypt on spying charge
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After spending nearly 15 years in an Egyptian prison for a crime he insists he did not commit, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Al-Attar has returned to Canada.

Mr. Attar, who now goes to Joseph Attar, was convicted of spying for Israel and sentenced to 15 years in prison. His conviction was mostly based on a confession he said he signed after being tortured with electric shocks and forced to drink his own urine.

Pushing his few belongings into an airport baggage cart to start his life from scratch in Canada, Mr. Attar said through his tears that he couldn’t believe he was finally free.

“I can’t believe I’m here after 15 years. I’m free, no more handcuffs, no more afraid of an officer. No more double-faced. No more hiding my faith,” he told The Globe early Friday morning at Toronto Pearson Airport. . He said he was innocent and wanted his name cleared.

Joseph Attar receives a hug from Reverend Maged El Shafei of One Free World International upon his arrival at Pearson Airport after being released after 15 years by the Egyptian government, in Toronto, Ontario. On January 14, 2022.JP MOCZULSKI / THE WORLD AND E-MAIL

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Warning to Ukraine of ‘Fear and Expect the Worst’ Pointing to Failure of Russia-NATO Talks

Mark McKinnon of The Globe writes that if the worst-case scenario materializes and Russia launches an invasion of Ukraine in the coming days and weeks, historians will likely view the past week as a major failure of diplomacy.

In what could represent the first phase of a new conflict, dozens of Ukrainian government websites were shut down on Friday in what appeared to be a massive and coordinated cyber attack. The websites of seven ministries as well as the Cabinet Office, the Treasury and other key government services pages have been removed and replaced with a letter – written in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish – stating that Ukrainian personal data has been leaked online. “Be afraid and expect the worst. This is for your past, present and future,” the letter was partially read.

Ukraine’s Information Ministry said “preliminary data” indicated that the attack was “carried out by the Russian Federation”. She said no personal data had been breached.

Read more:

Activists hold posters and national flags during the ‘Say No to Putin’ rally in Kiev, Ukraine, January 9, 2022.Ephrem Lukatsky/The Associated Press

Hospitalizations are expected to increase in Canada, PHAC modeling says, while cases of COVID-19 appear to have peaked

Canada’s chief medical officer said Friday that Canada may be approaching the peak of the Omicron wave of COVID-19 as the country’s most populous provinces begin to see the number of cases stabilizing, but Theresa Tam warned that hospitalizations continued to grow.

Tam, the chief public health official, said at a virtual news conference that the peak of the wave was imminent, but there was still a great deal of uncertainty when cases and hospitalizations would begin to decline.

“I think a number of counties, the largest, that especially saw the increase early on, are seeing some stabilization, at a very high level, but some stabilization in the daily case rates,” Tam said.

“I think this is the early indication that we may be approaching that peak.”

Mobile hospitals cost Ottawa $300 million in storage

Ottawa set aside $300 million at the start of the pandemic to build 15 mobile hospitals, but only four units with a capacity of 100 beds have been completed and they are sitting in storage despite the pressure on hospitals from Omicron across the country.

The federal government awarded a single-source contract of up to $150 million to a joint venture between SNC-Lavalin and Pacific Architects and Engineers (SNC-PAE) in April 2020, to build five mobile respiratory care hospitals that could even be built into existing structures such as convention centers and indoor skating rinks. .

So far, Weatherhaven has delivered three units and none are currently in use, according to the office of Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.

Read more:

Workers set up a field hospital in the parking lot of Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, on March 17, 2021.Christopher Katsarov/The Globe and Mail

Also on our radar

In Australia, the match between Djokovic, Cox and the Hardliners looks beautiful: On Friday, the Australian government revoked the visa of the world’s No. 1 tennis player for men, Novak Djokovic. His attorneys re-applied for legal aid. It will be re-listed in the closing of the hotel. The court hearings are likely to resume on Monday. Katal Kelly writes about potential outrage.

Alberta allocates $30 million to carbon sequestration projects, so the technology is ‘ready to go ahead’ before the federal tax credit: As Ottawa works on a carbon sequestration tax credit due this year, Alberta is increasing funding for technical and engineering knowledge to make sure as many projects as possible are ready to go when the federal plan is released.

Canada’s allies in Afghanistan stranded as they await evacuation: Volunteer organizations are desperately seeking support to keep safe houses open for families still trying to find a way out of this perilous country.

UN says Ethiopia air strikes killed 108 civilians in Tigray region: An accelerating wave of Ethiopian air strikes in the Tigray region have killed 108 civilians, jeopardizing fragile peace talks and further harming emergency relief efforts already on the verge of end due to obstruction of supplies.

One dead, five missing after an explosion in Ottawa: A man was killed and five are missing after an explosion at an Ottawa tanker truck factory Thursday.

Jordan Banks, president of Rogers Sports and Media, is leaving the company as the battle for control continues: Jordan Banks, president of Rogers Sports and Media, is leaving the company following a tumultuous battle for control of the Toronto-based communications and media giant, sources said.

Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies is out of action after discovering mild inflammation in the heart after a match with Covid-19: Alphonso Davies’ return from the COVID-19 bout has been put on hold, with Bayern Munich saying the Canadian star has shown signs of inflammation in the heart muscle.

Market Watch

The Dow closed lower with a significant decline in financial stocks as investors were disappointed by the fourth-quarter results of major US banks, which overshadowed the start of the earnings season.

But the TSX, Nasdaq and S&P 500 regained strength in afternoon trading to close higher. The energy sector has rebounded sharply again in Canada, while tech stocks are back with decent supply.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index of the Toronto Stock Exchange closed up 64.60 points, or 0.3 percent, at 21,357.56. Over the course of the week, the index rose 1.3 percent, cutting a two-week losing streak.

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talking points

Conservatives give Beijing a win by scrapping their China committee

If Beijing was behind a disinformation campaign targeting conservative candidates, leader Erin O’Toole has now given them the win. The propaganda worked: not only did it cost the Conservatives a few seats, it likely scared the party into abandoning its specially created commission to investigate these matters. If Beijing wasn’t behind the crackdown, well, the conservatives gave them a win anyway: the commission wouldn’t come back, one of the heat sources China shouldn’t have done.” — Robin Orbach

Parents are on fire. But many of us can’t afford the help we need

“For nearly two years now, parents across Canada have been parenting on the edge of our seats, raising our kids with the rise and fall of the pandemic. Two years of not knowing if our kids will ever go to school. Two years of social isolation. Two years of ‘good’ parenting Enough”—which for many means tossing Cheerios on our kids like pigeons in the garden while we try to get a few minutes of work done. I think I speak for all of us when I say: We can’t do that anymore. We need help.” – Annelies Luton

Tranquility: Quebec’s unprotected tax may be exaggerated, but it hardly claims an assault on freedom

The question to ask, when someone proposes that the tax on obesity be the following, is: Is obesity a highly contagious disease? This distinguishes the case of a tax on non-taxables from, for example, a tax on sugar. It’s not just for one’s health, or even the costs of the health care system: it’s to prevent that individual from infecting others.”— Andrew Quinn

Brexit didn’t end the European Union – it gave it a new sense of purpose

“Britain offers a useful lesson. The country is falling apart – not with laughter, but quite literally. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, both Brexit and the subsequent rise of Boris Johnson’s government have pushed new supporters into the arms of the separatists.” – John Rapley

live better

Flying south for the winter? Here are the restrictions you await at popular winter travel destinations for Canadians

The spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Canada and the rest of the world does not prevent Canadians from traveling this year.

Across the country, icy birds are preparing to fly. Global Affairs Canada has recommended that Canadians avoid non-essential travel outside the country, but international travel is still permitted. If you’re considering traveling south for the winter, here are the limitations that await you at some of the most popular holiday destinations for Canadians.

What helps in epidemiological hair system?

While previous waves of the pandemic have found that some of us are using extra hours at home to upgrade our skincare regimes, one new thing to consider as many hangouts this time around is the formalization of a haircare regimen. As creative director and owner of Curl Rituals Salon in Toronto, Tamara Theresa is a fervent proponent of hair health, something she says is best achieved with a thoughtful approach, similar to the way we take care of our skin.

“A regimen is definitely the best goal you should have because it keeps hair healthy and helps see results,” she says, explaining that a hair care regimen can include a specific plan of regular deep conditioning treatments, protecting your hair at night or using a scalp exfoliator. Head. To start, she says a regimen can be created with the help of a hair professional who will review your hair type and recommend the right products and frequency of use.

Long reading today

At the age of 400, French playwright Molière’s eye is as cynical as ever in the age of the Internet and Ivermectin.

Stephen Oumet as Argan/Molière and Brigit Wilson as Toinette in The Hypochondriac in 2016.David He / Stratford Festival

The two official languages ​​of Canada may be called, unofficially, the language of Shakespeare and the language of Lang de Molière.

But compared to the near-constant celebrations in this country tied to the former playwright’s 450th birthday (in 2014) and the 400th anniversary of his death (in 2016), the latter’s four-year anniversary certainly started out as a quieter affair.

Few in Canada have yet recorded that January 15th marks the 400th anniversary of the baptism of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, the 17th century French actor and playwright who later reformulated himself so as not to embarrass his father too much.

Certainly his comedic masterpieces in poetry and prose such as Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope, and Le malade imaginaire are no less important now than were Shakespeare’s works in the 2000s; Indeed, Molière’s sarcastic and humane images of delusional and obsessive men falling in love with hypocritical leaders, absurd ideologies and quack cures are almost too much. conscious In the age of the internet (and ivermectin).

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