EDMONTON – Meat lovers filled Clarke Stadium on Saturday as the third annual Porkapalooza got into full swing.
Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director for Alberta Pork, said approximately 70,000 people are expected to walk through the grounds during the three-day event.
Fitzgerald said he hopes the event gives attendees a greater appreciation for barbecue, such as pulled pork, brisket and pork and beef ribs.
“The intent really was to try and introduce Alberta and Edmontonians to more barbecue,” he said.
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“I think traditionally most people think of barbecue as grilling. You take the meat, you put it over a flame and you cook it really quickly. But barbecue is really about low and slow – low temperatures for a long time.”
The low and slow barbecue technique is something Myke Badry is familiar with. The Edmonton man is one of three men who make up MJM Competition BBQ.
The trio have barbecued together for about five years now but decided to enter the barbecue competition at Porkapalooza this year.
“It’s a popular thing throughout the U.S. We see it on TV all the time. We thought, why not , give it a shot,” Badry said.
So what is the key to good barbecue? Badry said the answer is actually quite simply.
“To have fun – I think it’s all about getting people together in the backyard making delicious meat.”
Attendees like Leon Cardinal have been coming to Porkapalooza ever since it started three years ago.
“It’s pretty laid back, just like barbecue, low and slow,” he said.
Cardinal said he finds himself drawn to pork ribs and beef ribs in particular.
This year was Margaret Duma and Scott Cameron’s first time at the event.
“We are both meat lovers,” she said with a laugh.
“We love to eat and being Father’s Day coming up, I figured I would bring Scott.”
“We’re looking at buying a smoker and thought we’d check out what these guys do,” Cameron said.
Porkapalooza includes a concert series and this year, Alberta Pork decided to donate 8,000 tickets as a way to say thank you to everyone who helped out with Fort McMurray fire relief.
“We looked at this and just thought Edmonton and Alberta and others just really opened their hearts, opened their doors and helped out the evacuees from Fort McMurray. We’ve seen so much giving, we just thought, why don’t we give too?” Fitzgerald said.
Concertgoer Breanna Duguay calls the idea “great.”
“It also gives people extra incentive to donate as well instead of just paying [the admission],” she said.
Fitzgerald said the donation is a big financial cost but he hopes people enjoy it.
“We hope people remember a good time and I hope people remember Alberta Pork helping out a great cause,” he said.
The Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation is also on-site at Porkapalooza to accept donations for the Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund.
It’s been exactly six months since Karanpal Bhangu was shot and killed while working at a Mill Woods Mac’s convenience store.
In the middle of the night on Dec. 18, 2015, three masked men allegedly burst into the store in an armed robbery.
Police say Bhangu cooperated, but the gunmen still shot him in the stomach. The 35-year-old died soon after.
The suspects then drove to another Mac’s store in Pleasantview. That’s where Ricky Cenabrae was working alone. He too was shot and killed.
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Bhangu’s widow, Kiranbir Bhangu, said she has not been able to move forward since her husband’s death.
“Karan was everything to me. He was my husband, he was my mentor, he was my guide, my everything,” she explained. “Love of my life.”
To help her cope, she’s spearheading the Karan Project, an initiative named in her husband’s honour, to improve the safety of overnight workers.
“The project is my way of saying thank you to the community and finding a purpose in my life.”
After more than five years of waiting to join his wife, Karanpal had just moved to Canada with the couple’s six-year-old son, Royce, in August 2015.
The 35-year-old had only started working at the convenience store one month before he was murdered.
“Kiranbir and her family came to Canada for the security and safety and that was robbed from them,” said Karan Project supporter Monica Lewicki.
“It was stolen from them. It’s heartbreaking.”
Kiranbir believes a few changes would go a long way in protecting workers like Karanpal.
“Night shift employees should be behind a secure barrier or a bulletproof countertop or shield,” she said.
She also wants to see them working in pairs.
“If somebody’s in the back room and they see there is something going on, they can jump in or they can call the police.”
Karanpal’s cousin, Navpreet Baath, agreed. He worked overnight at a Mac’s store for two years before quitting due to safety concerns.
“If there are two guys working, you can feel like you have someone backing you up. And if you’re behind the counter, you feel more safe. You have a little space that’s yours.”
One of the safety suggestions is to have two people working overnight. Another is to have bullet-proof glass. #yeg pic.twitter长沙桑拿/B4yQB2BoXX
— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) June 18, 2016
Kiran said on the night of the robbery, her husband activated the store’s emergency transponder – but the store owner told her that alarm company can’t see what the surveillance cameras do – that’s another company.
“They call the police and they call the dealer,” she said. “Then police call the store, three times, a minute apart, to make sure it’s not a false alarm. I think it’s too long.”
She’s worried those phone calls tip off the burglars that the employee has reached out for help.
“If you push it multiple times, in a panic, a patrolling officer should arrive there (without calling first),” she explained. “No wasting time.”
With help from her employer, the Progressive Academy, Kiranbir hosted a special brainstorming event for the Karan Project on Saturday.
She’s hoping to hear suggestions from others on how to ensure employees make it home from their shift.
The Karan Project aims to protect the lives of employees who work overnight shifts. Like Karan, killed at Macs. #yeg pic.twitter长沙桑拿/0IHOLCVMWS
— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) June 18, 2016
“I feel like night shift workers are at a high risk of violence. We need to get together to make our voices heard and get decision makers to have our voices heard.”
Labour Minister Christina Gray came to Progressive Academy to speak with Kiran. She sent this statement to media later in the day:
“My heart goes out to Kiran and all of Karan’s family. I was overwhelmed by today’s powerful show of support from the Edmonton community for Kiran following such a tragic loss. I was also touched to meet with her and hear from the Karan Project team about the ideas they have for improving the safety of workers in Alberta’s convenience stores and gas stations. These are tragic situations that should be preventable. Families need to know that when their loved ones go to work, they will come home safe at the end of the day.”
Gray also extended an invitation to Kiran to meet with her and her staff at the Legislature.
We sat down with Karan’s widow, Kiran, to talk about how the last 6 months have been for her and her son. #yeg pic.twitter长沙桑拿/0iD9ObOHk0
— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) June 18, 2016
“The darkness of night is so horrifying. I don’t want anybody else to go through this.”
Global News reached out to Mac’s Convenience stores, but has not yet received a response.
The provincial and federal government celebrated the official opening of 12 affordable rental housing units in Regina with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.
“This project is interesting, because it’s not all in one location. It’s at nine different locations throughout the city of Regina,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale explained.
The units are a mix of duplexes and two-storey family units. Most of the rentals are located in the North Central neighbourhood.
The federal and provincial government, through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporate (SHC) and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) jointly contributed $240,000.
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That money will go towards six of the 12 units over the course of ten years. The savings for low income families equate to $300 per month.
“This gives the individual or the family a really good running start to be able to make sure that they have some sort of help and assistance with their housing needs,” MLA Regina Rochdale Laura Ross said.
According to Avana Homes president Jennifer Denouden, the total affordable rental housing project costs $2.4 million.
“It’s very important to give back, and what better way to give back as a homebuilding company that to invest in affordable housing,” Denouden said.
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According to the latest “Housing Market Outlook” according to CMHC’s Spring 2016 forecast, rental vacancies across Regina are at an all time high.
Still, the federal government said investing in social infrastructure, and specifically social housing, will help boost the economy.
“We increased over the next two years, the federal investment (of Affordable Housing Agreement) by 1.5 billion dollars. That is part of the acceleration that we’re making in infrastructure across the country,” Goodale said.
The province acknowledges there is more social housing that needs to be addressed, but believes this is a start.
“We have more work to do, there’s just no doubt about that … We’re committed to helping ensure that families and individuals have good quality homes,” Ross explained.
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump suggested Sunday that the United States should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims inside the country as a terrorism-fighting tool, the latest example of the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting increasingly backing positions that could single out a group based on their religion.
“We really have to look at profiling,” Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” ”It’s not the worst thing to do.”
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee added that he “hate(s) the concept of profiling, but we have to use common sense.”
The statements are consistent with Trump’s other, long-expressed views on how to stop terrorism in the United States, including a temporary ban on foreign Muslims from entering the country until the U.S. can figure out “what is going on.”
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Trump on Sunday cast the use of profiling as a matter of “common sense” over “political correctness.”
Civil libertarians, Muslims and others have strongly disagreed, arguing that profiling is unconstitutional and discrimination based on race, religion and other factors.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Sunday said law enforcement should remain allied with groups that might have helpful information.
“It is very important for to us maintain our contacts within the Muslim community, because, often, individuals, if they’re from that community and they’re being radicalized, their friends and family members will see it first. They will see activity first. And we want that information to come to us,” Lynch said on CNN’s “State of Union.”
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Environment Canada is tracking a severe thunderstorm that has possibly produced a tornado in central Saskatchewan Sunday. The agency issued a tornado watch, saying this is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.
At last report, the tornado was northeast of Naicam, Sask., and moving northeast at 20 km/h.
Damaging winds, large hail and locally intense rainfall are also possible.
READ MORE: How you can stay safe and save lives this severe weather season
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Anyone who hears a roaring sound or observes a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground is advised to take shelter immediately. Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet.
As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.
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Some Cochrane residents had two surprise visitors this past weekend when they looked out their kitchen window in the Rolling Range Estates neighbourhood.
The Rieberer family spotted two grizzly bears roaming their backyard on Friday and Saturday. One bear chased Joanne Rieberer’s dogs up the stairs to the upper deck of her home.
“It was interesting. They were really cute at first, until they chased my dogs and me up the deck. I was a little frightened then. I was within 30 feet (of them),” Joanne Rieberer said. “The bear came around quite a few times throughout the day. So I spent the evening inside after he chased us up the deck.”
She said one bear went into their garage, pond and other neighbours’ yards, bird feeders, chicken coops and compost bins.“At first, when you’re watching him from afar you think wow, this is really majestic. He’s cute. But when he aggressively pursues those two big 100-pound dogs, that’s not so cute anymore. Now it’s kind of scary,” Rieberer said. “They got into our garbage. He was rolling the propane tanks around. They were drinking out of the dog dish and they got into this oil can. There are teeth marks in it.”Rieberer said one of the bears was trapped Friday by Fish and Wildlife and the other was still roaming at large as of Sunday morning.
Joanne’s husband, Will Rieberer, was watching when the animal was trapped Saturday.
He said the second one came to check out the one in the trap.
“It all started on Friday morning with one of my neighbours, he got into his chicken coop and that’s when Fish and wildlife and the peace officers were alerted. They got one of them on Friday night and they left it in the trap to try to attract the other one but he’s not going in, he’s too smart,” Will Rieberer said.
“So since Friday night, all day yesterday, he’s been in and out of our yard and around all of our neighbours’ tearing up compost in bird feeders, garbage at our place whatever he can get into.”
Fish and Wildlife officers set up snare in Cochrane after bear eats [email protected] pic.twitter长沙桑拿/SiccYoDdoU
— Carolyn (@castillokury) June 19, 2016
“The second bear, he’s a good size was probably about three or 400 pounds. He was on top of the bear trap where the other one was and you could hear the other one crying out. And the other one was up on top but he wasn’t going to go in,” Will Rieberer said.
Cochrane resident Darren Wilkinson said one of the bears ate two of his chickens. He says all the bear left behind were the feet.
“I saw a grizzly bear on top of my chicken coop. I walked down to put my chickens in last night just before dark, and I came around the corner and he was on top of my chicken coop bouncing up-and-down like a baby trying to get in,” Wilkinson said. “I panicked and ran back into the house as quickly as I could. I was about 20 feet away. It was scary. We could hear him on the back deck, we could hear him breaking into the chicken coop. It was a shock. At first I was looking at it and wondering if I was really seeing what I was seeing.”
Sunday, a forestry helicopter was circling overhead of the area and RCMP shut down a few roads in hopes of trapping the bear still at large.Dan Laville, spokesperson for Alberta’s Justice and Solicitor General, says although grizzlies are not common in the Cochrane area, they are known to frequent the are and it is not uncommon to see grizzlies south of Cochrane.“Two grizzlies were spotted in the Cochrane area on Friday, between the neighbourhood of Fireside and Cochrane proper,” Laville said. “Residents are reminded to stay away from bear traps and sightings can be reported to the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.”Laville offered the following helpful tips for bear safety;To help prevent bears from coming near your house, remove pet food and feeders at night. Consider electric fencing if your garden or stored produce attracts bears. Consider removing fruit trees and berry-producing bushes from your property. Remove bird feeders from your yard between April and October. Be sure to clean up any spilled bird feed off the ground. Keep your garbage in bear-resistant, airtight containers. Keep your compost indoors. Outdoor compost attracts bears. Look into using an indoor composter. Clean your barbecues. Scrub your barbecue clean after each use and store it in a bear-resistant building, such as the garage or shed. With files from Carolyn Kury de Castillo
RCMP and Fish and Wildlife search for second grizzly near Cochrane. @GlobalCalgary pic.twitter长沙桑拿/LQvQiNRjbj
— Carolyn (@castillokury) June 19, 2016
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OTTAWA – Health Canada makes some on-reserve patients jump through hoops or wait longer than non-indigenous Canadians to access prescription drugs their doctors believe they need to treat mental illnesses, a psychiatrist who has worked in First Nations communities says.
Dr. Cornelia Wieman, who spent eight years as a community-based psychiatrist at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, a reserve near Brantford, Ont., said some prescriptions used to treat severe mental illnesses are not covered by Health Canada unless the patient has tried other antipsychotic agents first and experienced no improvement or suffered adverse reactions.
“I would often have to try the older versions of medications that according to the clinical practice guidelines were out of date, and I would have to have a patient fail on those older medications before they received funding for newer medications that were available on the market,” Wieman, a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto, told the parliamentary committee studying the high suicide rate in indigenous communities.
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The issue is linked to Health Canada’s non-insured health benefits program which provides about $1 billion in annual coverage to eligible First Nations and Inuit people for a limited range of prescription drugs, dental care, vision care, medical supplies and equipment, medical transportation and mental health counselling not covered by private or provincial or territorial health insurance plans.
The drugs benefit list includes four antipsychotic drugs that can be used only under limited conditions and require pre-approval from Health Canada. All four of them, however, are covered under general benefits in the Ontario drug plan.
Wieman said when it comes to remote indigenous communities, their chances to see a psychiatrist are often few and far between.
“That may be the one and only time I am in contact with that patient for, say, the next six months or a year or even more,” she said in an interview.
That means it could take even longer for the patient to finally get approved for the medication the doctor wanted to prescribe in the first place.
“I think there is this extra layer that First Nations and Inuit people, who are funded under non-insured health benefits, may have to go through in order to get the treatment that they require that would be equivalent to the standard of care that we provide in urban settings and that’s an inequality,” said Wieman, the first indigenous woman to become a psychiatrist in Canada.
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Yvonne Jones, the parliamentary secretary to Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, told earlier this year that the Liberal government is aware of the issues with the non-insured health benefits program and is considering reform.
A spokesperson from Health Canada was unavailable for comment.
Another problem, said Dr. Alika Lafontaine, president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, is that it takes the decision-making power away from clinicians.
“Fiscal restraint should never be an excuse for non-patient-centred care,” said Lafontaine.
Wieman said as frustrating as the obstacles to prescription medication can be, she thinks the even bigger problem is how comparatively little money goes to counselling.
The 2014-2015 report on the non-insured health benefits program shows that 41 per cent of the $1 billion spent that year went to pharmacy claims, compared to just 1.5 per cent to mental health. The program covers up to 20 one-hour sessions, following an initial assessment.
In response to an order paper question, which is like an access-to-information request for MPs, Health Canada said that only two per cent of pharmacy claims are subject to pre-approval, meaning the department asks for “additional information to confirm that certain criteria are met before providing coverage.”
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Dr. Michael Kirlew, a family doctor who works in indigenous communities surrounding Sioux Lookout, Ont., pointed out that some of the drugs requiring prior approval are commonly used to treat things like asthma or heart disease and that patients and their pharmacists have to deal with paperwork – and delays – that non-indigenous Canadians do not.
“The standard of health care that people receive is far inferior to what other people get and this is just another example of that,” Kirlew said.
EDMONTON – Ernest Bothi admits he made the cutout of Rachel Notley’s head and used it as a golf target at the Big Country Oilmen’s Golf Tournament in Brooks Friday.
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“I apologize if I offended anybody in any way shape or form, it was meant to be a light-hearted attempt to make a few members laugh,” Bothi said. “It was a private function held by the Big Country Oilmen’s invitational. We were at the golf course for the day and at the last minute I decided to get a cardboard cutout of her and set it up on one of the holes just for humour. Everybody had a small chuckle.”
A passerby took a photo of the cutout, sharing it on 桑拿会所 Saturday. The tweet has since been deleted.
READ MORE: NDP say photo showing Rachel Notley’s head on golf target inappropriate
The image created a firestorm online.
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— Ricardo Miranda (@_RicardoYYC) June 18, 2016
Men using a picture of a woman in leadership as a target. In the wake of Jo Cox no less. This is appalling. #ableg https://t.co/WndNRH4LGu
— Stephanie McLean (@NDPStephanie) June 18, 2016
Days after female politician assassinated THIS happened in Alberta. The misogyny in #abpoli needs to stop #yeg #yyc https://t.co/pXenb4bg21
— Dr. Cristina Stasia (@CristinaStasia) June 18, 2016
The president of the Big Country Oilmen’s Association says he wasn’t aware of the recent murder of British MP Jo Cox and in light of her death regrets his decision greatly calling it “bad timing.”
“If I offended anybody I apologize, that was never my goal.”
Several 桑拿会所 users shared their disgust for the photo– calling on Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrant who was mentioned in the tweet to respond.
Fildebrant represents the Brooks area.
Late Saturday afternoon Fildebrant took to Facebook where he shared a lengthy response.
Bothi did go on to share his displeasure with some of the Premier’s recent decisions including the Carbon Tax.
“Ms. Notley, I’m sure is a wonderful person to drink coffee with but I wish she’d adjust some of her policies,” Bothi said. “In southern Alberta here we’re really having a tough go of it and our industry down here is doing horribly, a lot of people are losing their homes, a lot of people are wondering how they’re going to make their next mortgage payment or put food on the table. I just wish that Ms. Notley would actually start listening to us- granted we didn’t vote for her- but she still is the leader of our province and I wish she would start helping out and not just raising taxes or implementing new forms of taxation on us when we can ill afford it.”
Just days after a man died after being struck by a falling tree branch in Trinity Bellwoods Park, a Toronto arborist reflected on when he and his two-year-old son were almost hit by a large branch in the same park.
“Had we been four feet to the right, it might have landed on our heads and it was a pretty big piece of wood,” Andrew Baughn told Global News. “I was surprised was in the tree at all. It should have been cleaned up,”
“To hear that someone had died, a couple hundred yards from my front door in the park that I walk with my son everyday was heartbreaking,” he added.
Baughn said he has called City of Toronto’s 311 line to raise concerns about the upkeep of trees in the park.
“The city’s approach to tree care is reactive,” he said.
Baughn said he wants city staff to take a more aggressive approach to maintenance.
“Taking a proactive approach to tree care means annual inspections and regular pruning schedules, going around after a big storm and inspecting the trees,” he said. “[The city] has to be very strict about what trees they are leaving standing here and I don’t think a reactive approach is adequate.”
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When asked for comment on Sunday, the City of Toronto sent a statement to Global News saying city staff aim to proactively prune municipally-owned trees every seven to 10 years.
“The City of Toronto inspects over 150,000 trees a year and over the past 10 years Urban Forestry staff have responded to over 160 service requests, performed over 120 inspections and completed over 240 work orders relating to trees within Trinity Bellwoods Park,” the statement read in part, adding city staff are working to complete their investigation as soon as possible.
Matthew Cutler, a parks, forestry and recreation office spokesperson, said parks and forestry staff were on site Friday night and Saturday morning to assist with the investigation.
“The branch has been removed to one of our facilities for further inspection. Forestry staff inspected the tree Saturday morning and, finding it in good health, have reopened that area of the park to the public,” Cutler wrote.
“We will continue to search for an explanation for this tragic incident and send our condolences to the victim and their family.”
When the legendary head coach stepped aside after leading the B.C. Lions to the 2011 Grey Cup, citing fatigue and a desire to focus on his front office duties, he promised owner David Braley that if it ever really came down to it, he would return to the sidelines.
“I never thought I would have to,” said Buono.
But with the franchise dipping significantly on the field, in the standings and, perhaps most importantly, in the Vancouver sports landscape over the past four seasons, the 66-year-old will once again lead the Lions in 2016.
“We made a decision in early December what the next step was going to be,” said Buono. “I felt that if I was going to be involved, it would probably be best to be totally involved as both the GM and the head coach.”
Mike Benevides, Buono’s protege, took over in 2012 and guided B.C. to a 13-5 record before losing the West Division Final at home. The club went 11-7 the following year before a 9-9 showing in 2014 that culminated in a beating at the hands of the Montreal Alouettes in the crossover East semifinal that Buono said left him “devastated.”
Benevides was fired soon after, with the reins being handed to Jeff Tedford last season. But that experiment only lasted 11 months after the highly touted U.S. college coach, who hadn’t been involved in three-down football since the early 1990s, compiled a 7-12 record that included the franchise’s fourth straight one-and-done playoff.
“Last year was a tough year, but one we can learn from,” said linebacker Solomon Elimimian, who is healthy after rupturing his Achilles tendon last August. “I feel like we have the ingredients with Wally coming back. You can tell the mood is definitely different.”
Buono, who surpassed Don Matthews’ 232 victories in 2009 to become the league’s all-time leader in coaching wins, has a record of 254-139-3 over his 22 seasons on the sidelines. The CFL’s eight other head coaches, including two rookies set to make their debuts in 2016, have a combined mark of 150-148-0.
“When I came into the league we were the dominant team,” said Lions defensive back Ryan Phillips, set to enter his 12th season. “To see that plummet a little bit these last four years has been disappointing.
“It’s refreshing having Wally back. I feel like the best is still yet to come for us.”
For that to truly be the case, the Lions know their task is twofold — pick up some victories and look good doing it.
Apart from the mounting losses since capturing the franchise’s sixth title in 2011, the Lions have been criticized for not bringing enough excitement to B.C. Place Stadium.
“Winning is critical in sports,” said Buono. “But I think you also have to win with a little bit of pizzazz.”
The Lions attracted an average of just 21,290 fans to their home games in 2015, a drop of more than 9,000 per outing compared to 2012.
“If we just focus on doing our job the right way, that’s the most exciting football there is,” said quarterback Travis Lulay. “We don’t have to do extra stuff like jumping jacks and whirlybirds or whatever. If we’re throwing touchdowns and putting points on the board … that’s what’s exciting, that’s what people want to see.”
When the Lions host the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday to open their 2016 campaign, what B.C. fans will see is second-year QB Jonathon Jennings under centre, and not Lulay.
Jennings, 23, took advantage of his opportunity last September when veterans Lulay and backup John Beck both went down with injuries, playing well enough to earn a new contract and the No. 1 job.
Apart from a settled quarterback position — Jennings and Lulay have a great relationship on and off the field — the Lions feel like they upgraded the roster in a number of areas this off-season.
The offensive line looks stronger than it has in quite some time with the additions of veterans Tim O’Neill (trade) and Levy Adcock (free agency), as well as rookie Charles Vaillancourt (fifth overall draft pick).
“We’ve got a lot of size,” said Jennings. “It’s going to be nice to be protected by those guys.”
Running back Andrew Harris signed with his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers over the winter, but the Lions think veterans Jeremiah Johnson and Anthony Allen can more than pick up the slack.
Jennings also has a new target in wide receiver Nick Moore, who re-signed with B.C. after leaving for Winnipeg after the 2013 season.
Elimimian, the CFL’s most outstanding player in 2014, and fellow linebacker Adam Bighill remain the lynch pins on defence for a group that added physicality and skill to the secondary with free agents Brandon Stewart and Mike Edem.
“We want to be better than we’ve been the last couple years, there’s no question about it,” said Lulay. “We’ve under-performed our own expectations. For us this is a clean slate and it feels like a fresh start. The energy’s great around here, I think for good reason.
“I just don’t see a scenario where we’re not a better team than we were a year ago. We have to go earn wins and prove that right, but I feel really good about what we’ve got.”
VANCOUVER – Finance Minister Bill Morneau met his provincial and territorial counterparts in Vancouver on Monday and reached an agreement with most of them to expand the Canada Pension Plan. Here are five things to know about CPP and the proposed deal:
1) The system is designed so that each generation of workers pays for its own retirement. That makes it different from two other income replacement programs for seniors and retirees: old age security (OAS) and the guaranteed income supplement (GIS). Those measures are covered through general tax revenues, meaning that workers today pay taxes to raise the incomes of poorer seniors.
READ MORE: Feds, most provinces agree on CPP reform, but not Quebec or Manitoba
2) CPP premiums have only been raised once in the last 20 years. In 1997, finance ministers agreed to a phased-in increase in premiums to ensure one generation of workers wasn’t paying for another generation’s retirement. The argument today is that the CPP should pay more in benefits and help those who aren’t saving enough for retirement. The argument against raising premiums is that it would hit workers’ wallets at a time when governments keep saying the economy is fragile.
WATCH: Finance Minister Bill Morneau says CPP reform will be very gradual
3) Under Monday’s agreement, which would go into effect in 2019, an average Canadian worker earning about $55,000 will pay an additional $7 a month in 2019. That would increase to $34 a month by 2023. Once the plan is fully implemented, the maximum annual benefits will increase by about one-third to $17,478 from $13,110.
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4) Not every province has to have the CPP. Quebec has its own version. Saskatchewan has its own pension plan, but the payments are voluntary, acting more like a RRSP. Along with Quebec, Manitoba didn’t sign onto the deal on Monday.
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5) Ontario had planned to launch its own pension plan if changes weren’t made to CPP, but with Monday’s agreement-in-principle Canada’s most populous province said it will back away.
Saskatoon police are investigating the city’s eighth homicide of 2016.
Just after 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, patrol members responded to a report of a injured man in the 300-block of Avenue E South.
A 24-year-old man was located and rushed to Royal University Hospital. He later died from his injuries.
Police have not said how he was injured. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.
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Police say they have interviewed and released a possible suspect.
People in the area are being asked to step forward with any surveillance video at the time of the occurrence.
“This is a situation where this is a “who-done-it,” said Saskatoon police spokesperson Alyson Edwards.
“They don’t have a lot of information, there isn’t an obvious suspect and so they’re hoping that perhaps some video was captured, perhaps somebody out there knows something, heard something, saw something and comes forward to let us know.”
According to police, often times with violent crime investigations, a number of tips can help officers piece together what happened.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Saskatoon police at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
MONTREAL – Montrealers got a chance to walk with their favourite Montreal Impact player this Sunday to raise funds for the fight against prostate cancer.
Participants geared up atop of Mount-Royal on Sunday to walk the 5-kilometer PROCURE Walk of Courage.
All proceeds from the event go to PROCURE, a charitable organisation dedicated to the fight against prostate cancer through research, awareness, education and support programs for patients and their families.
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The event, which is on its 10th year, aims to educate and inform Montrealers about prostate cancer, which according to PROCURE, affects 12 men in Québec every day.
“That’s really been the reason for the walk: to educate people in the city, especially men, to go annually to a doctor to make sure that their PSA is not rising, and that with the physical exam, that they don’t have prostate cancer,” said Father John Walsh who co-founded the event.
The Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, attended the walk as its Honorary President.
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The Montreal Impact President Joey Saputo, as well as members of the Impact Academy, also joined representatives from the Montreal Alouettes as well as Canadiens alumnus Steve Bégin.
Since 2007, the Walk of Courage has raised more than $1 million for the organization.
According to PROCURE, this year, 4,600 Quebecers will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1 in 7 men will be affected during their lifetime.