TOKYO – Minutes after giving everything to add another Olympic medal to her collection, Kylie Masse was still trying to catch her breath.
The 25-year-old Ontarian won silver in the 200-meter backstroke on Saturday at the Tokyo Aquatics Center, four days after also winning silver in the 100-meter.
Masse was a two-time world champion in the 100m, her specialty. The 200 was a project she had been working on for several years.
“It’s fun and it’s painful. It’s a lot more painful than the 100-meter, said Masse between deep breaths. It hurts, but you have to keep pushing and be confident that the hard work in training will pay off. ”
Saturday’s race was similar to the 100m final. Masse set the pace early in the race, but she was barely edged out by Australia’s Kaylee McKeown at the very end.
Masse improved his own Canadian record with a time of two minutes 5.42 seconds. McKeown crossed the distance in 2: 04.68. Australian Emily Seebohm completed the podium with a time of 2: 06.17.
“I know I have high expectations of myself, but I’m very happy to be on the podium for the second time at the Olympics,” Masse said.
“I knew it was all going to be in the last leg,” said the swimmer from LaSalle, Ont. From what I felt, my swimming pace slowed down at the end. ”
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The imposition of the vaccine passport is not considered by the universities of Quebec
The imposition of the vaccine passport is not considered by the universities of Quebec Unlike the University of Ottawa, the Quebec universities do not intend to require the vaccine passport for the start of the school year in September. Last week, the University of Ottawa announced that vaccination would be mandatory to live in its residences in the fall, unless there are reasons related to the state of health of the person or to “other reasons protected by the Ontario Code of Rights ”. Asked last Thursday at a press conference to find out if he intended to require vaccination in Canadian universities, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, replied that it was under “provincial jurisdiction”. For his part, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, has not closed the door to this possibility. “In Quebec, our first choice is to have collective immunity that allows us to have no requirements in our CEGEPs and universities,” replied the Prime Minister. “But – and here we are not there – if and only if we did not achieve collective immunity, there could be the presence of a vaccination passport. But we think we will achieve collective immunity by the end of August, ”he added. The Université de Montréal, Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke and McGill University have all said it was not in their plans for now, including legal issues. “The University of Montreal does not plan to ask for a vaccination passport from tenants of its residences,” replied Julie Gazaille, from the establishment’s communications office. To do this, the legislative framework would have to allow it, which is not the case. ” At Laval University, we respond that the idea of requiring proof of vaccination to attend campus “is not on the radar right now.” At McGill University, we encourage people to get vaccinated, but we remind you that it is not possible for the moment to require it to attend campus. According to lawyer Julius Gray, if Quebec universities decided to impose vaccination, the issue could end up in court, as was the case in the United States.
Home internet will cost more from next month
Home Internet will cost more from next month Beating the global trend, the Internet will cost more in Canada in the coming months. Internet access plans will increase from $ 10 to $ 20 across Canada from next month, independent providers who have to absorb a significant increase in wholesale rates have been told in recent days at Le Devoir. At the end of May, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) overturned its previous ruling which imposed reduced rates on companies that own their own infrastructure to access their bandwidth. The federal body allows these companies to revert to the higher prices dating from before 2019 so that they can continue to invest in their networks. The CRTC is on the wrong track, believes Marc-André Campagna, CEO and co-founder of Oxio, based on what he has observed for several years in several other countries. This decision is taken to the detriment of regional or even virtual suppliers and their many customers. Above all, it slows down innovation in an industry that is in great need of it, according to him. The CEO believes there is a simple solution to getting the Canadian telecoms industry out of the current stalemate: infrastructure owners should focus on reselling to virtual operators who, in turn, deal with the public. Large Canadian providers have tried for at least two decades to avoid becoming simple infrastructure operators. The most recent decisions of the CRTC go in this direction, even if it is completely against the current world trend. Oxio therefore intends to devote part of the money collected in its first major cycle of investment in innovative services in order to prove to the CRTC that it would benefit from making more room for virtual and independent providers. More importantly, they would allow large national companies to lessen the expected shock between their networks and those of foreign providers who plan to use satellite networks to provide Canada-wide access to the Internet very affordable.
The private sector as reinforcement to reduce waiting times in radiology
The private sector to help reduce waiting times in radiology Nearly 160,000 Quebecers are on a waiting list to undergo a computed tomography (a “scan”) or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination. To reduce delays, the Legault government has given the green light to the conclusion of ten contracts between health establishments and private medical imaging laboratories. Amount of the bill: nearly $ 9.6 million, at most, assures Quebec. “Le Devoir” has obtained five contracts concluded between health establishments and medical imaging laboratories (LIM, in the jargon), thanks to the Law on access to documents held by public bodies. All were redacted, except the agreement between the CIUSSS de la Mauricie – Center-du-Québec and IRM Trois-Rivières. We learn that the amount obtained by the medical imaging laboratory for the performance of an MRI is $ 543. In the agreement signed on April 26, 2021, it is written that IRM Trois-Rivières undertakes to “guarantee a minimum service capacity of at least 190 MRI examinations per period of 28 days, for an approximate total of $ 103,170 (or $ 543 per MRI, including taxes) ”. This amount of $ 543 excludes the professional fees of radiologists, which must be billed to the Régie de l’assurance-maladie du Québec. The contract between the CISSS de la Mauricie – Center-du-Québec and IRM Trois-Rivières will end on March 31, 2022, or before if the amount of services offered reaches the maximum limit set at $ 1,143,083, can we read in the document. The other medical imaging laboratories that have entered into agreements – Imagix, Réso-Médic Laval, Imagerie Medvue, among others – also benefit from the price of $ 543 per MRI, confirmed the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). The MSSS indicates that the price set for MRI is $ 543.60, the same as that agreed by the Commission des normes, de l’énergie, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) with the LIMs . But how much does an MRI cost in the public network? According to the MSSS, the fee per exam is $ 137.44. However, this does not include the cost of the device and administrative costs. It is therefore impossible to compare this amount to that of $ 543.60. Radiology waiting lists have grown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Magalie Dubé, president of the Association des radiologistes du Québec, salutes “the gesture of the LIMs”, who have agreed to lend a hand to help.
Her medal was the fifth for the Canadian women’s swim team in Tokyo.
Maggie Mac Neil won gold in the 100m butterfly, the 4x100m freestyle relay took silver and Penny Oleksiak took bronze in the 200m freestyle.
“I don’t think we’re going to fully realize what we’ve accomplished until we get home and can take a step back,” Masse said.
With two medals each, Masse, Mac Neil and Oleksiak will have the opportunity to add another to their harvest on Sunday with the presentation of the mixed medley relay.
A sixth medal would match the Canadian team’s performance at the pool at the Rio Games in 2016.
Masse had won bronze in the 100m backstroke in Rio, but did not qualify for the 200m at the Canadian trials.
Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, BC, was sixth in the 200 backstroke on Saturday in what was her last career Olympic race.
When the University of Toronto closed its swimming pool due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Masse joined Ruck’s training group at the Pan Am Sports Center in Toronto.
“She pushed me every day in training and she definitely contributed to my success,” Masse said.
Brent Hayden of Mission, BC, tied for ninth in the men’s 50 freestyle and did not advance to the final.
The 37-year-old swimmer had come out of retirement to compete in the Tokyo Games, after winning bronze in the 100m freestyle in 2012 in London.
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press