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  • Pyotr Verzilov, a critic of the Russian government and one of the people who founded the band Pussy Riot, was hospitalized after a suspected poisoning.
  • In the panel At Issue: It may not be until the demonstrators were handcuffed yesterday that the Ontarians realized they were dealing with a new era of politics.
  • From spacecraft to football stadiums, the market for naming rights is booming.
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Russia's passion for poison

It only took two hours Pyotr Zelilov, to go to the intensive care unit of a Moscow hospital last night from full health.

The 30-year-old The Russian-Canadian political activist first began to feel ill, lost sight, and then lost the ability to speak or leave before the ambulance arrived.

His Friends say that doctors do not yet have to make a medical diagnosis, but they believe that they know the cause – poison.

Activist Pyotr Zelilov was escorted to a courtroom by the Moscow police on 31 July. He was arrested after he and members of the Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot had disrupted the FIFA World Cup football final. (Alexander Zemlianichenko / Associated Press)Members of the band Pussy Riot – Part of the Art and Protest Collective that Verzilov founded a decade ago – Joined Twitter to announce her suspicions and find an expert in toxicology.

Today Verzilov is the publisher of Mediazona, an independent online news site that focuses on human rights issues in Russia and is often critical of Vladimir Putin.

He is also in a relationship with Veronika Nikulshina, a member of Pussy Riot, and was part of the group in the field protesting political repression during the final of the FIFA World Cup in Moscow in July.

The security officials pulled Verzilov from the field after storming the field and suspended the final of the World Cup between France and Croatia on July 15 at the Moscow Lushnani Stadium. (Martin Meissneré Associated Press)As a matter of factVerzilow's comrades have to say it How could he have been poisoned or with what? But it is not difficult to say who is behind the alleged attack – their enemies in the Kremlin.

Gift is already a long time preferred weapon of the Russian state and its intelligence services.

The Soviets founded theirs The first poison laboratory was set up in 1921 and made rapid progress in the development of a variety of hard-to-detect and deadly substances by testing them on political prisoners.

Sometimes the poison is delivered in spectacular fashion, such as the notorious assassination of the Bulgarian dissident in 1978 Georgi Markov, who was stung by an umbrella with Ricingicke when crossing the Waterloo Bridge in London.

An undated photo of the Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov, who died in September 1978, four days after he was stabbed in the thigh with a poisonous umbrella while waiting for a bus on Waterloo Bridge in London. (Dimitar Deinov / Associated Press)And in 1995, Moscow banker Ivan Kivelidi and his secretary both died after someone spread a military-grade poison on the mouthpieces of his office telephones.

Other times, The attacks were banal.

In 2004, Someone slipped TCCD, a substance that is 170,000 times more deadly than cyanide, into the soup of Viktor Yushchenko, then candidate for the President of Ukraine. He survived and went on to win the election, but the poison disfigured him.

Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko speaks during the 2015 Concordia Summit in New York City. (Leigh Bird / Getty Images)The same year, Anna Politkovskaya, an anti-Jewish anti-Putin journalist, received poisoned tea on an Aeroflot flight. She survived, but was later shot dead in front of her Moscow apartment.

In 2008, Karinna Moskalenko, a well-known human rights lawyer, found mercury scattered in her car. It was an attempt, she guessed, to keep her from trial against the men accused of killing her friend Politkovskaya.

The list goes on. Last year, The Buzzfeed website published a survey claiming that 14 Kremlin critics had died under mysterious circumstances in recent years.

A photo of the Russian human rights activist, journalist and author Anna Politkovskaya from March 2005 during the book fair in Leipzig, where she presented her book "In Putin's Russia". (Jens Schlüter / AFP / Getty Images)Putin critic Alexander Litvinenko died in 2006 in a London hospital after drinking tea that had been laced with the rare and radioactive Polonium-210.

Russian businessman Another British citizen, Alexander Perepilichny, died in jogging in 2012 after being served a soup with gelsemium, a poisonous plant found only in the Chinese wilderness.

Vladimir Kara-Mursa, One leader of the Open Russia Democracy Movement survived two poisonings before moving to the United States.

Why the Russians are so poisonous when there are so many others, killing less suspicious species is not so clear.

Maybe it's a feeling of Story. The Grand Duke of Moscow, Dmitry Shemyaka, was killed with arsenic in 1453 while eating chicken. Prince Mikhail Skopin-Shuisky, a rival of Tsar Vasili IV, was poisoned in 1610 by his wife – by royal order.

But part of the vocation is clearly the one The fear factor of possible death lurks in every appetizer, teapot, or spread over your front door.

Earlier today, the two men who have identified the British authorities as theirs Lead suspects in the Novichok poisoning of former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia interviewed Russian television.

In this handout photo of the Metropolitan Police, Salisbury Novichok poisoning suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are shown on CCTV in Salisbury on March 4, 2018. (Metropolitan Police via Getty Images)Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov admitted that they were actually in Salisbury the day before the March attack, but strictly as tourists.

"Our friends had long suggested that we visit this beautiful city," Petrov said.

"There is the famous Salisbury Cathedral, which is famous not only in Europe but around the world, and is famous for its 123 meter high spire, which is famous for its clock, one of the world's first that still works" Boshirov added and showed a Amazing amount of knowledge about Wiltshire attractions.

They said that their real goal had been Visit Stonehenge, 20 minutes out of town, but the weather was too cold.

A monumental explanation for what the authorities claim was a Kremlin hatched property.

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At issue

Rosemary Barton on what is coming This evening The National In the area of ​​issue:

Only when demonstrators were handcuffed did Ontario's residents realize that it was a new era of politics.

Those were the events of yesterday, when the public and the elected were thrown out of the legislature of Ontario for causing such a disruptionThey protested loudly against the reintroduction of a law halving the Toronto City Council.

That was the product of a government that has decided to realize its agenda and not to let anything get in the way. Not even the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The legislation, which was sentenced earlier this week by a judge to violate voters' right to freedom of expression, was filed a second time on Wednesday using the "unusual" clause so it would not be put down.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks on Wednesday during question time in Ontario, Toronto. (Chris Young / Canadian Press)And so Premier Doug Ford has already shaped the province, making it the first prime minister in Ontario to use this provision.

The problem, of course, is whether it was the right move or whether it was a cumbersome process, as some claim.

At Issue Panelist and Toronto Star National Affairs author Chantal Hébert suggests that this could mean that Quebec becomes the next province to use the clause. She reminds us in her Toronto Star column that "the clause" unofficially "is considered as a legitimate tool in Quebec than anywhere else in Canada, but it would be too easy to conclude that repeated use is the practice normalized. "

Commentator and PostMedia columnist Andrew Coyne also has a lot to say via his Twitter account:

Needless to say, At The Issue will spend some time tonight, plus Parliament will come back next week and the NDP and Liberals will hold pre-Caucus meetings.

Andrew, Chantal and HuffPost of Canada's Althia Raj accompany me to my favorite night of the week.

Until this evening.

– Rosie Barton

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A look at a shill

Room sold.

This was one of the first lessons of the rocket age, when NASA launched John Glenn in February 1962 and gave it orange-flavored crystals to hide the terrible taste of Mercury's capsule water system. Decades later, Tang sold successfully as the drink of astronauts.

Now comes the news that the US space agency is thinking of traveling to the very edge of marketing and auctioning off naming rights for their future spacecraft and rockets.

"Is it possible for NASA to offset part of its costs by selling the naming rights?" Jim BridenstineThe Chief of Space Agency asked himself at a forum earlier this month. The question is, is it possible, the answer is, I do not know, but we want someone to advise us if that is the case. "

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket with NASA's Parker Solar Probe on board at Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 11th. The NASA and mission logos on rockets could soon be complemented by corporate branding. (NASA / Reuters)There is certainly the potential to make money.

The Washington Post cites a recent study by the Institute for Science and Technology Policy that predicted that a profit-driven space station could earn between $ 455 million and $ 1.2 billion a year by hosting tourists and corporate events and itself as a film distributor issued sale of his naming rights.

After all, companies seem prepared to pay almost anything to put their names and logos on sports stadiums, arenas, theaters and other public buildings.

For example, Scotiabank has been paying $ 800 million over 20 years for the right to confuse hockey fans in Toronto looking for the former Air Canada Center.

In the United States, State Farm Insurance has just sprayed several hundred million for the naming rights into the arena where the NBA & # 39; s Atlanta Hawks, as well as the Glendale, Ariz., Stadium where the NFL Cardinals live.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were last finished in Dead NFC South last season with a 5 and 11 record, missing the playoffs for the 10th Just a year ago, just signed a decade-long agreement to include the name of a local hospital in the team's new practice facility. (Maybe it's the idea that doctors should revive the DOA football franchise.)

On the other side of the pond, a new advisory report has set the value of the stadium designation rights for the 20 English Premier League teams at a total of £ 135.6 million ($ 231 million) CDN.) one season, an 80 percent increase since 2013. The market price to attach your company name to Old TraffordManchester United's home ground is just over £ 26 million ($ 44 million) CDN.) a year, the survey suggests.

A glimpse into the Old Trafford Stadium of Manchester United. (Jason Cairnduff / Reuters)Of course there are cheaper alternatives. Notts County, the world's oldest professional football club – now working in the second league, the fourth league of English football – is considering selling name rights to its centuries-old grounds. On the condition that the deal creates a "delicate balance between maintaining our proud tradition and earning considerable revenue for the club".

Or there are out-the-box options. The subway system in Dubai sold the naming rights for its subway stops and named them to nearby shopping malls and banks, resulting in fees of $ 700 million over the past decade.

The Dubai Metro sells the naming rights for its subway stations. (Tom Dulat / Getty Images)And no place is out of bounds.

A high school in Pennsylvania sold the naming rights to its library for $ 2,500 a year to an insurance company. The students are surfing now Internet and serve the detention in the Tri-County General Insurance Library of Lackawanna Trail High School.

There is also a new brewery in Auburn, Maine, looking for a company that writes its name on their toilets. Price is negotiable.

The perfect opportunity to bravely go where many people were before.

A few words to …

Take your safety note from Company America.

Quote of the moment

"3,000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico … This was done by the Democrats to make me look as bad as possible when I successfully raised billions of dollars to rebuild Puerto Rico Died for some reason, like old age, just add them to the list Bad policy, I love Puerto Rico! "

American President Donald Trump turns into the center of the hurricane in a series of tweets this morning,

US President Donald Trump speaks during a Congress Medal of Honor Society reception at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

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Today in history

September 13, 1995: Michael Moore's northern affection

Michael Moore has always had a weakness for Canada. Maybe it's his education in Michigan. Or maybe it's the fact that his first documentary Roger & Me, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, won praise and the People's Choice Award. However, we would probably have renounced the tribute of Canadian Bacon, his only feature film. The political comedy of 1995 had a great cast, including John Candy, Alan Alda and Rip Torn. But it was painfully ignorant and made only $ 164,000 at the cash register.

Michael Moore talks about his Canada-inspired ideals and his new movie Canadian bacon, Canadian Bacon, produced by Dog Eat Dog Films, Gramercy Pictures, Maverick Picture Company, Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Propaganda Films. 26:06

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