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  1. January 1: vote Quinn Hughes into the All Star Game, ringing in 2020 in the hospital
  2. Report: Police investigating Gritty for allegedly punching 13-year-old Looks innocent to me
  3. IIHF president Rene Fasel has set a deadline for the NHL to decide whether or not the league will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Speaking at the closing press conference at the world juniors Sunday, Fasel said he needs a decision from commissioner Gary Bettman by the end of August, according to The Canadian Press. "We would like to have a decision as early as possible if they're coming to Beijing - 'Yes' or 'No,"' Fasel said. "In Pyeongchang, there was a late 'No.' Especially the North American teams, U.S. and Canada, had some problems to find the players and to build up a good team." The NHL informed the IIHF that it wouldn't be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang 10 months prior to the event. It marked the first time since 1998 that the league didn't send its players to the Winter Games. In November, Bettman remained resistant to the idea of sending players to the Olympics, saying participation is "incredibly disruptive" to the NHL season. However, Fasel believes there's no greater stage for the game of hockey. "The first mission is to promote the game of ice hockey," Fasel said. "The Olympic Games is the unique platform we can use, especially in Asia, with the best on best. Asia is two-thirds of the population. I consider Gary a smart person. "He's smart. At the end, he will come ... I hope." There hasn't been a best-on-best international hockey tournament since the World Cup in 2016. The NHL said in December that a proposed World Cup in 2021 won't work, but the league is aiming to hold one in 2024.
  5. Kind of interesting insight into the financial woes of professional sports players. Not sure who is playing the innocent one here, but I naturally assume the financial advisor..
  7. Now Cmon, this could happen in hockey on a weekly basis.. But BaseBall gets front page news?? 90 mph fastball to face. Might happen once every 5 years. Braves player Charlie Culberson was hit in the face with a 90 mph fastball
  8. Shekky

    Vancouver Titans

    I Follow Overwatch League and am super stoked for the upcoming season how many of you follow the Overwatch League? I am really happy they secured the best team outside of Overwatch league Another Overwatch League has unveiled its new branding and colors. Vancouver Titans is the official name for the Canadian Overwatch League team, the organization announced today. Owned by Aquilini Group, the ownership group for the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Titans is the second Canadian team in the league. Roster details were announced during the second intermission of Vancouver Canucks’ NHL match against Dallas Stars. Kim “Haksal” Hyo-jong, Lee “Hooreg” Dong-eun, Lee “Stitch” Choong-hui, Park “Bumper” Sang-beom, Choi “JJANU” Hyeon-woo, Lee “Twilight” Ju-seok, Kim “SLIME” Sung-jun, and Seo Min-soo all joined Vancouver Titans from Overwatch Contenders Korea team RunAway. Former Element Mystic flex support Kim “Rapel” Jung rounds out the roster at nine players. Screengrab via Vancouver Titans will share colors with the Canucks, wearing the iconic blue and green color scheme. The logo draws inspiration from the Pacific Northwest’s mythic monster, Bigfoot. Former San Francisco Shock analyst Harsha Bandi will also join Vancouver Titans for the Overwatch League’s 2019 season. The former RunAway roster earned first place in Overwatch Contenders Korea’s second 2018 season and placed second twice in OGN Overwatch Apex in 2017. The players in Vancouver’s Overwatch League expansion team are widely considered some of the best in Overwatch right now. Eight new expansion teams will join the Overwatch League when it begins on Feb. 14. Other expansion team branding already revealed includes Atlanta Reign, Toronto Defiant, Paris Eternal, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, and Chengdu Hunters. One team remains unannounced, though logos and team names were leaked in a Nov. 7 Reddit post. Washington, D.C. is the last team needed to reveal its branding. The eight new teams will join the 12 founding teams from the 2018 season.
  9. Doug Maclean @DougMaclean · 7m After covering the greatest game in the world for the past 10 years I won’t be returning to Sportsnet . Thanks to all hockey fans for your great support . To my colleagues, especially @RealKyper thanks for the help and friendships. #pei#florida#golf#book
  10. Nick Foligno is disappointed so many of his now-former teammates chose to sign elsewhere this offseason. The Columbus Blue Jackets captain expressed regret after the club's high-profile free agents - particularly Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky - both opted to leave the organization this summer. "We did everything we possibly could to show them we're a legit team," Foligno told The Canadian Press. "In a way it was a surprise (they left), but it was their right. My thing is, you don't leave a good team to try to find another one. What we're building in Columbus, everyone is excited to be part of it. You want guys fully on board." Panarin and Bobrovsky both signed elsewhere as unrestricted free agents on July 1. The dynamic winger inked a reported seven-year, $81.5-million contract with the New York Rangers, while the veteran goaltender joined the Florida Panthers on a seven-year pact reportedly worth $70 million. Trade acquisition Matt Duchenealso left Columbus, agreeing to a seven-year, $56-million deal with the Nashville Predators. Foligno credited the trio's efforts with the Blue Jackets but still lamented their respective departures. "Had they dogged it or caused problems or not given it their best, then you have issues," he said. "But between Bob and (Panarin) and Matt, they all worked extremely hard. It's their choice to go. You don't agree with it, but you want guys that want to play in Columbus." Foligno has spent the last seven of his 12 NHL seasons with the Blue Jackets, who made the playoffs this past spring after adding pending UFAs Duchene and Ryan Dzingel before the trade deadline while keeping Panarin and Bobrovsky. Dzingel ultimately departed as well, signing a two-year, $6.75-million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 12. Columbus pulled off a stunning first-round sweep of the heavily favored Tampa Bay Lightning before the Boston Bruins eliminated them in six games.
  11. Lots of things changing in the KHL.. first a 900m rubles salary cap (13.8m usd). In the meantime, the size of the box on the Barys Arena is changing from “European” to “Canadian”. That is, from 60x30 to 60x26
  12. July 1: Canucks sign free agents Tyler Myers, Jordie Benn, and Oscar Fantenberg
  13. Heard a little about this last week... thought I’d share this.. my apologies if it’s posted elsewhere..
  14. Finally as a non-western Canadian type, I may understand a bit better why some in BC continually criticize Alberta's oil industry yet those in Alberta call those people hypocrites. Hypocrisy knows no bounds in climate change circles CHRIS NELSON, FOR THE CALGARY HERALD Updated: July 4, 2019 Port Metro Vancouver is the largest coal shipper in North America. Columnist Chris Nelson ponders whether India could charge the B.C. city for its environmental impact. POSTMEDIA SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT Wonder if I can pick up a fat finder’s fee from some on-the-ball environmental law firm based in Mumbai, looking to pull in a cool billion bucks from the deep pockets of Vancouver city council? One per cent seems fair. Because that same B.C. outfit just voted to go after various oil companies — mostly based in Alberta, of course — for a hefty share of expected costs due to predicted climate change. They reckon a billion dollars would be reasonable compensation for future damages. So they can’t complain when cities across India return that favour and request similar big payouts, considering Vancouver is North America’s largest coal exporting port and the latest lucrative market for that environmentally nasty black stuff is — yep, you guessed it — India. Is it any wonder the saintly David Suzuki feels so at home in B.C., with his handful of fancy homes? That province ranks first, second and third in the hypocrisy Olympics, combining an endless bleating about the dangers of oil pipelines with a grubby cash grab from exporting coal. Because Vancouver didn’t get atop the exporting coal heap simply by flogging the megatonnes mined in B.C. and Alberta. Oh no, that wasn’t enough for them. Instead, they’re merrily, if somewhat sheepishly, importing massive amounts of this major carbon-emitting fuel from the United States. It seems mines in landlocked Montana and Wyoming have similar issues to Alberta in getting their product to overseas markets: they need co-operation from the two neighbouring states that have coastlines. But the environmental lobby in Oregon and Washington has blocked that route to potential Asian riches, thereby providing a golden opportunity for the Port of Vancouver to step in and offer a suitable export solution, one to be rewarded with sizable moolah. The nerve of these folk is absolutely stunning. It would make Justin Trudeau’s eyes water if they weren’t already in a state of perpetual liquidity. Vancouver was already exporting 36 million tonnes of coal a year — both the metallurgic and thermal kind — with China the major market. But they’ve landed India as well because the Aussies, once a major supplier, have reliability supply issues. So while we are intent on destroying our own energy industry in a move that won’t matter a jot to the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, we’ll simultaneously provide the coking coal allowing India to double its current steel production to 300 million tonnes by 2030. Imagine the extra global emissions arising from that. Oh, and how does this coal get to India? Is some Lotusland version of Star Trek’s Scotty beaming it there? Nope, it will go by big tanker ship — strange, as an increase in that type of vessel when carrying oil is deemed a destructive noise threat to the region’s orcas. Heck, I knew orcas were smart critters but never imagined they could see through tanker hulls so to reassure their collective pods there’s no need to worry about any racket from that one over there. No, kiddy killer whales, that ship’s only carrying coal. Anyhow the good people of India have every right to clean air and a stable climate as us lot so it seems only fair Vancouver shell out big time for sending dirty coal — both the Yanks’ and ours — enabling the subcontinent’s future CO2 emissions to explode. And India’s a big country with many cities. Maybe I’ll retire in style on all those future legal finders’ fees. Heck, with the proceeds, I could buy four luxury homes next door to David Suzuki’s various abodes. Nah, I prefer the clean smell of an 1,100-square-foot Calgary bungalow and the knowledge our household’s carbon footprint is tiny. Actions rather than words — wasn’t there once a popular saying along those lines? Maybe it never made it across the Rockies.
  15. Gerald Butts - are you happy? Corbella: Krause questions why Trudeau changed charity laws for activists LICIA CORBELLA Updated: July 4, 2019 Vivian Krause speaks to media following a lunch hour event at a Chamber of Commerce event at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary on Wednesday.JIM WELLS / POSTMEDIA SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT Why did Prime Minister Justin Trudeau order his revenue minister to stop the Canada Revenue Agency from auditing politically active charities? Was it to protect his best friend and former principal secretary, Gerald Butts? Those are just two of the many questions asked by Vivian Krause during a sold out Calgary Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel and during a scrum with reporters afterwards. Krause, the Vancouver-based researcher who has single-handedly exposed the foreign-funded campaign to “land-lock Alberta crude” — which Alberta Premier Jason Kenney vows to hold a public inquiry into — pointed out that her popular blog and Twitter account are called Fair Questions,because she doesn’t claim to have all of the answers. Toward the end of her more than one-hour discussion — complete with numerous slides showing the paper trail behind $600 million of American money from U.S. foundations to Canadian environmental groups to “demarket” Canadian oil and gas — Krause turned her attention to how questions surrounding CRA audits of political charities in Canada “go right to the office of our prime minister.” “When the current government came to office, the prime minister characterized these audits as ‘political harassment’ in his mandate letter to the national revenue minister, and the finalization of the political activity audits was suspended (by the CRA),” she told the attentive crowd of 170 chamber members and their guests. Vivian Krause speaks during the lunch hour at a Chamber of Commerce event at the Palliser Hotel. JIM WELLS/ POSTMEDIA Krause testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance about changes made by the Trudeau government to the income tax act with regard to charities. The main changes to the legislation are the removal of restrictions on the extent to which charities are allowed to engage in political activity — something that was not historically allowed except by registered political parties. Suspiciously, seven days after she testified, the CRA eliminated the online access to more than one million tax returns, says Krause. “Every single tax return for every single registered charity for 14 years. All that historical data, gone,” she said, saying that only the five most recent years remain online. A spokesperson for the CRA, reached past business hours in Ottawa on Wednesday, was unable to find out why those documents were removed from public view but is attempting to obtain that information. “This fall we’ve got an election coming up and a lot of this goes right to the prime minister’s office,” said Krause. “The fact that he suspended all the political activity audits for four years, then changed the law retroactively and then finalized the audits, I think it’s something we need to talk about but it’s going to be very difficult unless those tax returns are restored.” Krause called on chambers of commerce groups across the country to write letters to the CRA and to politicians to put the data back online. “In practice, what this means is that some of the charities that would have had their status revoked will be off the hook because the law was changed retroactively,” she told the Commons committee. Krause said one of the findings the CRA reported was “‘serious noncompliance’ unrelated to political activity, including an ‘undue benefit’. This was done as part of the campaign to land-lock our crude. “From the way these audits were handled, some charities and individuals may have benefited. Some of these charities and individuals have very close involvement with the Office of the Prime Minister and his former principal secretary. Therefore, I believe the handling of these audits raises serious questions that merit answers,” she told the committee. Krause also points out that the same U.S. foundations that have spent hundreds of millions of dollars successfully blocking Canadian energy pipelines to tidewater also funded groups that helped Trudeau win the 2015 election. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference about the government’s decision on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 18, 2019. CHRIS WATTIE / REUTERS Krause showed slides that prove that foreign money “moved the needle” in the 2015 federal election campaign, with groups claiming credit for defeating 26 Conservative incumbents. These foreign funded groups, such as OPEN and Leadnow, pumped millions of dollars into Canada’s federal election, a dangerous loophole in Canadian law that the Trudeau government refuses — perhaps not surprisingly — to close. Leadnow admitted that it received foreign funding before the 2015 election but claims that money was not used in its Vote Together campaign to defeat the Harper Conservative government. “They didn’t do this because of how we treat refugees or immigrants, or First Nations people or anyone else,” Krause told the crowd. “This was done as part of the campaign to land-lock our crude. To defeat the one political party (the Conservatives) that was committed to breaking the American monopoly that’s keeping our country over a barrel,” she said. Krause then showed a slide with a massive tangle of red lines representing pipelines and dots representing tankers on our coasts, which wasn’t lost on the oil-friendly group to reflect on the recent passing of Bill C-48, the tanker ban, and Bill C-69, which has been dubbed the “no more pipelines” law. “The only ones against which there is a multimillion-dollar, decade-long campaign are the pipelines that would take your oil to overseas markets. No campaign against Texas,” she states. “Why us?” she asks. “Why not Texas?” Fair questions. We need some answers. Perhaps Butts can help.
  16. June 2: Summer Summit with the Sedins on same evening as Botchford Tribute Event
  17. As we all know, Matt Murray considers Brock Boeser incredibly "lucky". However, perhaps it is Matt that finally got lucky? Only other question, was Brock invited along with the two dogs? He could go all the way...... Murray's big dogs serve as groomsmen as he elopes with fiancee Penguins goalie married in small ceremony attended by furry friends by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer Matt Murray didn't exactly have a Best Man at his wedding, he opted for Man's Best Friend. The Pittsburgh Penguins goalie eloped with fiancee Christina last week, flanked by their two Newfoundland dogs, Beckham and Leo. The groomsmen, well groomsdogs, wore leafy green necklaces as the two-time Stanley Cup champion and his bride were married in a small ceremony with a forest backdrop. The Murrays shared a few photos and a video of the ceremony on Instagram. Beckham and Leo are not only quite large, literally, but they are also big on social media. Their Instagram account has over 14,000 followers.
  18. Nice to see Marcus Pettersson get some recognition for his solid debut for the Penguins.
  19. This scientist proved climate change isn’t causing extreme weather — so politicians attacked And so, many scientists who have the facts and know the truth remain silent Hurricanes have not been proven to be more frequent or more dangerous than in the past.NOAA / AFP / Getty Images This week in Vancouver, Prime Minister Trudeau said the federal carbon tax, a key pillar in his government’s climate policy, will help protect Canadians from extreme weather. “Extreme weather events are extraordinarily expensive for Canadians, our communities and our economy,” he said, citing the recent tornadoes in Ottawa and wildfires in Western Canada. “That’s why we need to act.” While members of the media may nod along to such claims, the evidence paints a different story. Roger Pielke Jr. is a scientist at University of Colorado in Boulder who, up until a few years ago, did world-leading research on climate change and extreme weather. He found convincing evidence that climate change was not leading to higher rates of weather-related damages worldwide, once you correct for increasing population and wealth. He also helped convene major academic panels to survey the evidence and communicate the near-unanimous scientific consensus on this topic to policymakers. For his efforts, Pielke was subjected to a vicious, well-funded smear campaign backed by, among others, the Obama White House and leading Democratic congressmen, culminating in his decision in 2015 to quit the field. A year ago, Pielke told the story to an audience at the University of Minnesota. His presentation was recently circulated on Twitter. With so much misinformation nowadays about supposed climate emergencies, it’s worth reviewing carefully. Pielke’s public presentation begins with a recounting of his rise and fall in the field. As a young researcher in tropical storms and climate-related damages, he reached the pinnacle of the academic community and helped organize the so-called Hohenkammer Consensus Statement, named after the German town where 32 of the leading scientists in the field gathered in 2006 to sort out the evidence. They concluded that trends toward rising climate damages were mainly due to increased population and economic activity in the path of storms, that it was not currently possible to determine the portion of damages attributable to greenhouse gases, and that they didn’t expect that situation to change in the near future. Shortly thereafter, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 2007 report, largely agreeing with the Hohenkammer Consensus, while cherry-picking one unpublished study (and highlighting it in the Summary for Policymakers) that suggested a link between greenhouse gases and storm-related damages. But the author of that study — who just happened to be the same IPCC lead author who injected it into the report — later admitted his claim was incorrect, and when the study was finally published, denied the connection. In 2012, the IPCC Special Report on Extreme Weather came out and echoed the Hohenkammer Consensus, concluding that once you adjust for population growth and economic changes, there is no statistical connection between climate change and measures of weather-related damages. In 2013 Pielke testified to the United States Congress and relayed the IPCC findings. Shortly thereafter, Obama’s science advisor John Holdren accused him of misleading Congress and launched a lengthy but ill-informed attack on Pielke, which prompted congressional Democrats to open an investigation into Pielke’s sources of funding (which quickly fizzled amid benign conclusions). Meanwhile heavily funded left-wing groups succeeded in getting him fired from a popular internet news platform. In 2015 Pielke quit the climate field. So where did the science end up? In the second half of his talk, Pielke reviews the science as found in the most recent (2013) IPCC Assessment Report, the 2018 U.S. National Climate Assessment, and the most up-to-date scientific data and literature. Nothing substantial has changed. Globally there’s no clear evidence of trends and patterns in extreme events such as droughts, hurricanes and floods. Some regions experience more, some less and some no trend. Limitations of data and inconsistencies in patterns prevent confident claims about global trends one way or another. There’s no trend in U.S. hurricane landfall frequency or intensity. If anything, the past 50 years has been relatively quiet. There’s no trend in hurricane-related flooding in the U.S. Nor is there evidence of an increase in floods globally. Since 1965, more parts of the U.S. have seen a decrease in flooding than have seen an increase. And from 1940 to today, flood damage as a percentage of GDP has fallen to less than 0.05 per cent per year from about 0.2 per cent. And on it goes. There’s no trend in U.S. tornado damage (in fact, 2012 to 2017 was below average). There’s no trend in global droughts. Cold snaps in the U.S. are down but, unexpectedly, so are heatwaves. The bottom line is there’s no solid connection between climate change and the major indicators of extreme weather, despite Trudeau’s claims to the contrary. The continual claim of such a link is misinformation employed for political and rhetorical purposes. Powerful people get away with it because so few people know what the numbers show. Many scientists who know better remain silent. And the few who push back against the propaganda, such as Roger Pielke Jr., find themselves on the receiving end of abuse and career-threatening attacks, even though they have all the science in their corner. Something has gotten scary and extreme, but it isn’t the weather. • Ross McKitrick is a professor of economics at the University of Guelph
  20. Norman only delayed the largess Also nice election goody held out as an carrot to Quebec. Forget about fired women, falsely accused Vice-Admirals, political donations from SNC, political interference in justice - let's instead have Canadians happy that Trudeau will be writing cheques up until the election. Be a Liberal friend, get rewarded! From the outside, is a big "wow" I hope you in Canada are smarter than this. Canada to spend $15.7B on new coast guard ships, Trudeau says Peter Zimonjic, Andrew Davidson · CBC News · Posted: May 22, 2019 12:59 PM ET | Last Updated: 16 minutes ago Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with members of the Canadian Coast Guard in Vancouver after announcing that his government will spend $15.7 billion renewing Canada's Coast Guard fleet with 18 new ships. (Ben Nelms/CBC) Canada plans to build up to 18 new coast guard ships at a cost of $15.7 billion in an effort to renew Canada's Coast Guard fleet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday. U p to 16 of the ships will be constructed in a fleet renewal project anchored in Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyards. Two others — Arctic patrol ships that will be modified for the Canadian Coast Guard — will be built at Irving Shipyards in Nova Scotia. "Canadians deserve better than to have this fleet rust out," Trudeau said during his visit to Vancouver. "This fleet renewal is going to create jobs in everything from ship design and engineering to construction, welding and inspection while strengthening this world class Canadian industry." Trudeau also announced the government is launching a competitive process for the design of a new class of smaller ships. The mid-shore multi-mission ship will work with the large fleet in shallow areas and perform some science activities. A plan to refit and extend the life of existing vessels at shipyards across the country will cost up to $2 billion. Aside from the shipbuilding plan, the federal government is providing an additional $351.3 million to enhance capacity of the coast guard, strengthen management and oversight and promote a greener way of doing business. Coast guard struggling to help with rescues, Arctic resupply due to old fleet After years of missteps, Canadian military officials hope procurement now on track According to a government statement, the $15.7 billion figure is an "early estimate" of the cost for construction, support, infrastructure, project management and cost overruns, or contingency funding. The costs of each ship will be announced, the government said, after contract negotiations have been completed. The 16 multi-purpose vessels will be used for light icebreaking, environmental response and search and rescue while the two new Arctic and offshore patrol ships will perform duties further offshore. The federal government is also launching a competitive process to add a third Canadian shipyard as a partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Davie as the third shipyard? Because of the renewal of the coast guard and new navy investments, Trudeau said Canada will need more that two shipyards to get the job done. Trudeau said the bidding process for the new yard will be open, although he and one of his one of his ministers seemed to suggest that the Davie shipyard in Quebec has an opportunity to win the contract. CBC News Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Davie becoming the third shipyard. WATCH 00:00 00:47 'We recognize that it’s an opportunity for Davie to apply to become that third shipbuilding facility because there will be a tremendous amount of work in the coming years,' Trudeau said. 0:47 "We recognize that it's an opportunity for Davie to apply to become that third shipbuilding facility because there will be a tremendous amount of work in the coming years for workers in our shipbuilding industry right across the country from coast, to coast, to coast," Trudeau said. Quebec MP Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister of families, children and social development, echoed Trudeau's announcement in Quai de la Reine, Que., on Wednesday. He said Quebec-based shipbuilder Chantier Davie Canada Inc. "will have the opportunity to demonstrate its competitive advantages in terms of talent and ambition" for the third shipyard bid. "This is a great news for all of Quebec, for our region, for our workers and for the entire Quebec shipbuilding industry," Duclos said in a campaign-style appearance with coast guard personnel. "I am very confident with Joel Lightbound [the MP for Louis-Hebert] that Davie will be able to get the status of third partner." CBC News Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer on Liberal shipbuilding plan WATCH 00:00 00:33 'This government has shown time and time again that it is just completely incapable of managing our procurement system for our forces.' 0:33 Asked about the shipbuilding announcement, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told reporters that the Liberal government has a track record of failing when it comes to procurement and he has little faith this renewal would be any different. "One thing is clear to Canadians that this government does not have the capability to manage a procurement system in Canada for our armed forces," Scheer said.