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  1. I fully support the decision she made to put her mental health first. I find it disheartening that there is so much "media" about taking care of one's mental health blah blah blah but when someone who is struggling actually tries to do that, the organization that should be front and centre in supporting that person (tennis federations) slams the person and calls them out for their actions. I'm sad that I haven't seen any of her peers visibly supporting her choices. I'm sure that many of them have felt similarly and if they banded together real change might occur. There was a Seahawk a few years ago that basically refused to take part in media interviews, his answer to every question was something like "I'm only here because I have to be". We've all watched endless examples of media interviews where the questions border on stupidity, could be considered bullying or hurtful and yet players are expected to subject themselves to that. At least in team sports the team has some control over how/who gets subjected to those interviews. In an individual sport it's the player against the world, not sure how much assistance an agent can provide. It is a shame to see a talent like her withdraw from competition to avoid the media circus. It would be a huge loss to the sport as she is such a strong player and an individual that is bringing some much needed attention to the sport.
  2. Wasn't a huge fan of Gaudette this season, seemed a bit like he was believing his own press clippings too much. I know athletes need to be confident, he seemed overly so to me with some of the SM stuff he posted. I can only imagine that it would be really hard to walk into the dressing room after you brought COVID to the whole team and coaching staff. Regardless of whether you did everything right or not, it would still be hard. We'll never know whether that factored into the trade issue or not. I do believe Benning when he says that the management thought they would seem him take a step forward this year and didn't believe they saw that. Was it because of his health issues? Was it because he thought he should be playing in the top 6? I didn't see him as a top 6 this year, but I'm not the best evaluator of talent. Looking forward to seeing what we have in Highmore, maybe he's a fit on our team, or he's a fit in Utica and one of our other youngsters gets more ice time. Makes some room for someone in the lineup, if not this season then next.
  3. Yikes, sounds like multiple players are now in COVID protocol. Jeesh, hoping the best for everyone and their families. No blame about who contracted it. how it was contracted just genuine best wishes for a healthy recovery for everyone. Hockey is just a game, this virus can affect lives.
  4. How sad is it that instead of being joyful that the kid was found safe, people jump immediately (with no evidence) to target blame to the family and make assertions about poor parenting. I thought this was such a great news story in amongst all the negativity about COVID we've had lately. I'm not a parent, but I know how fast kids can disappear. I've seen parents frantic in malls looking for kids, I can't imagine a more terrifying feeling. So glad it turned out well in this instance. For those of you rushing to blame - maybe find something else to focus your negativity on.
  5. There was a new health order issued on March 12 - reinforcing all the conditions around group settings. Changed how our golf leagues operate, pro shop can't organize anything for us. All they can do is provide a block of tee times, we have to put the draw together and then manage any cancellations.
  6. Where are your Grandma and GF's Grandma? Appointments seem to be available in Fraser Health for people in their 80's, my friend booked her Mom for 7:30 tonight (wanted to wait til after the Canuck game LOL). Her mom is early 80's. I hope your loved ones get their jab soon. I can understand why Pr Rupert is getting a community immunization, just as I can understand why Costco employees and the glass company employees are all getting vaccinated. It's an attempt to manage community spread.
  7. So excited for you, glad the update is positive. I've been checking in daily for an update from you, hoping for the best and holding my breath each time. I can't imagine how relieved you must be.
  8. I know 2 different families now that were infected, both early 50's, young adult kids brought it home. One mom was asthmatic and lots of allergies. Mild cases all round, one mom lost sense of taste and smell for about 9 days but other symptoms were much like a mild cold. Her husband got more flu like symptoms but all recovered quite quickly. Wonder when scientists will figure out what it is that causes the more severe infections and cytokine attacks so they can develop better treatments and reduce the risk. Right now it seems to be a bit like Russian Roulette.
  9. I'm surprised at what people take exception to. I wondered if it might be the idea of the "bingo card" perceived as making light of what is arguably a challenging time and not providing enough actual mental health supports?
  10. @bree So sorry to hear about your loved ones - I know there are no words that help but sending all the positive energy I have your way. Glad that you felt a strong enough connection with us that you shared your story with us. We're here for each other, it's a great community.
  11. I despised him long before he decided to enter politics, certainly nothing he's done since that decision has made me change my mind. I find it hilarious that he has so much disdain for what he views as "low class" people. I can't personally think of too many people I would consider "lower class" than he is. Guess it depends on what one's definition of "class" is.
  12. Favorite moment was this morning when he and his wife boarded the helicopter leaving the Whitehouse for the last time. Now I wait to see him and hopefully his moronic older sons and son in law end up in jail. Thankfully his youngest son has been kept out of the limelight, hopefully he hasn't been tainted by the Trump name but time will tell I suppose. By the time he's an adult, he may choose to change his name and make his own way in the world as the Trump name by then may be akin to Hitler or ????
  13. I think that we will be in a position sooner than September to be able to say that we have more than enough vaccine available in the pipeline to ensure everyone in Canada can get vaccinated. Not saying we will be close to having everyone vaccinated but I'm hopeful that by early summer we can start allocating some committed supply to other countries. Once some of the other manufacturers come online and we understand their production capacity we should be there. Part of our delay is the ability to keep it organized so we target the most vulnerable first then gradually move down the line. Also, right now our capability to administer the vaccine is limited somewhat by the requirements of storage etc. If we can improve that, we can increase who can give the shots, then speed up how fast we can roll it out. I'm proud of the fact that we over ordered specifically to be able to redirect supply to poorer countries. So very Canadian!
  14. In terms of donating excess vaccine to other countries, I think when we're at the point where product exceeds demand, we can then allocate the excess to other countries. We may not have completed our own vaccinations by that time, but as an example, if we have orders for 10M doses and we only require 5M to vaccinate our remaining population, then rather than wait for that 5 M to be administered, use the excess 5M for some other country, ideally one that aligns with our values. I expect with the volume that we have ordered and the numbers of manufacturers that we have ordered from we will be in the position sooner than later.
  15. Surprised to see this thread - holy crap, goaltending can only take us so far. If we take undisciplined penalties, PK that can't clear the puck, can't capitalize on PP, can't score 5v5 and can't keep the play in the offensive zone, I'm not sure what goalie is going to look good night after night. It's a team game, and our goalies are not sieves. They can only do so much. The rest of the team needs to get their act together in front of them. It will come, it's early in the season.
  16. LOL! Took the words right out of my mouth. NHL hockey is primarily white guys, some of whom go into broadcasting when they are done. So yeh, I think my comment stands. Sorry if I offended you, it's not meant to, but for women, people of colour it's tough to break into an industry when the history is caucasian males. That's why it was a cause for celebration when Hanamaryan Singh called his first game in english last week.
  17. To each their own I guess, I enjoy Campbell - like her analysis of the game and the plays as she identifies things that a lot of fans may not recognize in watching unless they have played the game at a very high level. Plus, she's a woman so I guess I'm cheering for her in this male dominated industry and recognizing how much harder her road is than the average white guy.
  18. Only caught the 3rd period, loved the announcers, lots of fun to listen to. Always liked Debrusk and the new guy, what a great thing for the South Asian community. He reminds me a bit of soccer announcers...so excited. Makes it fun. Understand Hughson will not travel so might only be doing Canucks home games? Probably the HNIC Saturday night ones? I didn't know he still lived in Van but saw that on Twitter this AM. I am guessing that John and John will still get some games but probably with the condensed schedule maybe only the weekday ones, and not sure about their travel either? This season is so weird.
  19. But shouldn't Dr. Henry be out in the street dragging people to testing centers? /s
  20. I don't see this as a lot different than any other business being open. They are being careful to not put the general public at risk, probably moreso than most retail/restaurant environments. They are providing employment for suppliers, sports broadcasters, providing entertainment for millions of fans across North America and beyond. I can think of other things that are open that probably provide a greater risk to the public.
  21. I tip my cap once again to GMJB and the Canucks management. It would appear that our team is stronger and more skilled than last season once again. I've seen growth and improvement year over year for a few seasons now. For all the angst, hand wringing and teeth knashing that occurs in the media, on CDC and probably anywhere more than one Canuck fan communicates, it would seem that they know what they are doing and they have a plan. Cap issues - appear to be dealt with. Defense - improved. Forwards - improved. Goaltending - maybe slight decline or holding steady. Should be an entertaining season - buckle up everyone!
  22. In fairness I think Vintage added more to the original post that not everyone may have seen before posting their reply.
  23. This made me snort my coffee! First level trolling!
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