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Algeria man, 26, dies in well after failed six-day rescue effort | News

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A man in northern Algeria has died after authorities spent nearly a week trying to rescue him from a 30-metre-deep well he had fallen into, civil defence officials said.

Ayache Mahdjoubi from the city of El Houamed in M’sila province – located about 250km south of the capital, Algiers – was pronounced dead on Sunday, ending a six-day ordeal.

It was unclear how the 26-year-old ended up in the well. 

Officials in the rural district said efforts to rescue Mahdjoubi, which involved digging around the narrow 36 centimetre-wide pipeline, were complicated by the overflow of groundwater around the structure. 

A number of Algerians however criticised the government over the pace with which authorities reacted to the incident, saying that Mahdjoubi could have been rescued if civil defence units were deployed in time. 

In a video, widely shared on social media, Mahdjoubi’s brother lamented that authorities had not done enough to save him.

“He had been suffering for three days and would call me … I found no one but the people and their [modest] means. My question for you [the government] is where were you,” he asked. 

Many others took to Twitter after the announcement of Mahdjoubi’s death, denouncing the governments efforts to rescue the victim. 

“Ayache carried out his duty toward the nation but it did not reciprocate,” one Twitter user said, blaming the government for Mahdjoubi’s death. 



Translation: During the rescue operation, remember that the equipment belongs to the people and that civil defence officers are also people and mere citizens, the solidarity is popular, the food is from the people. 



Translation: These people brought the equipment. It’s not the property of the state as was said by the civil defence chief.   



Translation: The government said it wouldn’t have a problem extracting shale gas while it’s incapable of rescuing a young man stuck in a well for six days. 

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Driver in satisfactory condition following head-on Gatineau collision

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One person was in hospital in satisfactory condition following a head-on collision between two vehicles in Gatineau on Saturday.

According to Gatineau police, the crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Montée Paiement, between Saint-Thomas and Saint-Columban roads.

Each of the vehicles had only one occupant at the time of the incident.

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Ottawa military family alleges bad faith eviction by Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat in Canada

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An Ottawa military family alleges their former landlord — Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat in Canada — acted in bad faith when he gave them a notice of eviction, claiming he intended to move into their Vanier rental home with his own family.

The home is now listed for sale for $950,000, two months after Vivian and Tim Funk moved out with their two young children.

In documents filed with the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Funks detailed how their landlord, Sulaiman AlAqeel, acted to end their tenancy by allegedly pretending he was moving in himself. This was preceded by an attempt to market the house to new tenants for significantly more money when the Funks had not given notice indicating they would be leaving, the documents alleged. “The landlord’s representative,” according to the documents, allegedly told the Funks they needed to accept a $500 monthly rent increase and a new lease if they wanted to continue living in the rental property, which wouldn’t be legal under the Residential Tenancies Act.

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Ottawa COVID-19 hospitalization data showing half of cases coming from community, not just long-term care

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With local data showing 50 per cent of COVID-19 hospitalizations coming from the community, long-term care residents aren’t the only one vulnerable to severe illness from the virus, Ottawa’s Board of Health reports.

Despite the majority of deaths having happened in older adult age groups in long-term care homes, residents shouldn’t think institutions are the only settings that are vulnerable to outbreaks that lead to serious illness from the virus.

“[Ottawa Public Health] continues to expand our understanding of the types of settings and situations that have the most impact on COVID-19 transmission in our community and is seeking academic partners to better explore exposure risks as well as a broader assessment of the harms from different public health measures,” OPH outlined in its document, to be present at the Board of Health on Monday.

At the same time, however, OPH says it is working closely with partners on “processes to strengthen and streamline responses.” This includes weekly meetings across agencies to address issues and concerns to ensure a strong collaboration, ongoing communications with facilities, preventative visits and phone calls to review infection prevention and control.

In situations where OPH identified failings at an LTCH or concerns of compliance have been raised, OPH has been quick to issue letters of expectation that outline the deficiencies and timelines fo compliance.

It is unclear how many letters have been issued through both waves of the virus.

And while outbreaks in LTCH during wave two have recorded a higher number of LTCH outbreaks than in wave one, the overall morbidity and mortality has been lower. This means fewer cases, fewer deaths and a lower average duration of outbreaks.

OPH contributed this to building on lessons learned from early COVID-19 outbreaks in LTCH in Ottawa.

https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/ottawa-covid-19-hospitalization-data-of-severe-illness-shows-half-of-cases-coming-from-community-not-just-long-term-care-homes-3136152

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