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Russie : quatre morts dans une explosion due au gaz dans un immeuble de l’Oural

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Quatre personnes sont mortes et quatre autres, dont deux enfants, ont été hospitalisées à la suite d’une explosion lundi matin dans un immeuble de la ville russe de Magnitogorsk, dans l’Oural.

Les services de sécurité russes, le FSB, ont confirmé que l’explosion était due au gaz et qu’une enquête criminelle a été ouverte.

Une importante partie de l’immeuble résidentiel d’une dizaine d’étages s’est effondrée après l’explosion, qui est survenue vers 6 h (heure locale). Les responsables craignent l’effondrement de deux autres sections du bâtiment.

Vingt-huit personnes ont été localisées, mais le sort de près de 70 autres reste inconnu. Une cinquantaine de personnes pourraient se trouver sous les décombres, selon la télévision nationale.

L’immeuble a été construit à l’époque soviétique, en 1973.

Les résidents qui ont échappé au drame ont été amenés dans une école à proximité. Les températures sont actuellement glaciales et pourraient tomber jusqu’à -23 degrés Celsius dans la nuit du Nouvel An.

Selon une habitante de la ville interrogée par la radio Echo de Moscou, l’explosion a fait voler en éclats les fenêtres des immeubles avoisinants.

Des images de la télévision nationale ont montré des centaines de secouristes s’activant au milieu des décombres.

L'immeuble endommagé par une explosion au gazLes dommages à l’immeuble résidentiel de Magnitogorsk, en Russie, sont importants. Photo : Reuters

Deux ministres dépêchés sur les lieux

Devant la gravité de l’accident, le président russe, Vladimir Poutine, « immédiatement averti », a demandé au ministre des Situations d’urgence, Evgueni Zinichev, et à la ministre de la Santé, Veronika Skvortsova, de se rendre sur les lieux pour coordonner personnellement les secours.

Selon les autorités locales, 110 personnes étaient enregistrées dans le secteur sinistré de l’immeuble.

Les explosions au gaz meurtrières sont relativement communes en Russie, car la plupart des infrastructures remontent à l’époque soviétique et les normes de sécurité sont souvent ignorées.

La région de l’Oural est riche en minerais. Magnitogorsk compte plus de 400 000 habitants et abrite l’une des principales aciéries du pays.

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV

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A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence

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Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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