A sea of green will wash over Mosaic Stadium next week. The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced their first game of the 2021 CFL season — a clash with the B.C. Lions on Aug. 6 — has officially been sold-out, meaning 33,356 fans will take in the action. It’s the first time the Riders will take to the field since the West Final against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Nov. 17, 2019 — a 20-13 loss for the Green and White. There will be no requirements or public health orders in effect for the game, meaning anyone can go — vaccinated or not. This has brought forward concerns from people, health experts and politicians on social media. Sask. NDP leader Ryan Meili said a couple days ago that if vaccines were required, the game would have sold-out already.
After 114 days, the Saskatoon Tribal Council’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic closed on Thursday.
TORONTO — In need of pitching as the trade deadline approached, the Toronto Blue Jays significantly upgraded their starting rotation by acquiring right-handed José Berríos from the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The two-time all-star has a 7-5 record with a 3.48 earned-run average and 126 strikeouts over 20 starts with the Twins this season. Berríos's services did not come cheap. Toronto parted with two top prospects -- infielder Austin Martin and right-handed Simeon Woods Richardson -- to land the 27-year-old. The six-foot, 205-pound Berríos was selected by Minnesota in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2012 first-year player draft. He was named an American League all-star in both 2018 and 2019. Berríos has a 55-43 record with a 4.08 ERA over six seasons. Martin, 22, was selected by the Blue Jays fifth overall in the 2020 first-year draft. He was ranked the No. 2 prospect in the Blue Jays organization behind pitcher Nate Pearson. Woods Richardson, 20, was 2-4 with a 5.76 ERA over 11 starts for Double-A New Hampshire this season. He was ranked the No. 4 prospect in Toronto's system. The trade was confirmed a couple of hours before baseball's Friday afternoon trade deadline, and on the same day the Blue Jays were set to play their first game at Rogers Centre in almost two years. The Jays had been based in the United States for the entire 2020 season and the first four months of the 2021 season due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. The Canadian Press
IQALUIT, Nunavut — Unvaccinated dependants travelling to Nunavut with their parents or guardians be allowed to complete their isolation in the territory starting Monday. Those who left Nunavut with their parents or guardians previously had to complete 14 days of isolation at a designated hotel in Southern Canada before they could return. Anyone who is fully vaccinated has been able to enter Nunavut without isolating since June. But unvaccinated travellers still need to quarantine. Nunavut's health department says parents and guardians will be responsible for their dependants' isolation. The department also says people who breach isolation can be fined $575. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. The Canadian Press
Rosetown RCMP have released more details about a fatal crash Thursday on Highway 7 west of Fiske.
Canada’s entire medal haul at the Olympics has been reeled in by women so far and that has a leader in Regina’s sporting community thrilled with what she’s seeing in Tokyo. Kaylan Berg is the CEO of Girls in the Game, a youth sport program that aims to build self-esteem in girls through athletics. Whether it has been on the field, the mat, or in the water, Canada’s women have shone brightly. Berg says they are setting a powerful example for youth and what they can achieve. “We always say at Girls in the Game, and in any in anything, you have to see it to be it,” Berg says. She points to the importance of girls having role models in sports. At Girls in the Game, the coaches and organizers are all current or former athletes. Without mentors, Berg says it can be intimidating to participate in physical activity, whether it’s gym class or tee ball. “Monkey see, monkey do. Whatever they’re seeing on TV or seeing in their communities, that’s what they know to be normal,” she says. The Olympics have thrust women’s sports into the spotlight for a change. At other times, Berg has found it difficult to find broadcasts of high-level women’s sports. If she wants to see Kia Nurse, regarded as Canada’s top women’s basketball player, she turns to YouTube, not the television. “Unless you’re actively searching out different teams that you’re maybe already a fan of, or looking for that, sometimes it can be hard,” she says. Much of Girls in the Game’s programming targets those between five and 10 years old. Berg says research has shown that is a critical age bracket that heavily influences a child’s life. “If a girl has not had positive sport experience by the time she’s 10 or around grade five, the chances of her going on to live a active lifestyle significantly decreases,” she says. Sports have given Berg a lot. She landed a volleyball scholarship in university. She has also travelled playing ultimate frisbee. Along the way, she built friendships, learned life skills and experienced a sense of belonging that she wants to pass on to others. “I feel like every success that I have, I can connect directly back to either family or sports,” she says. “Personally, I always feel like I’m at my best self when I’m really active, especially in sports.”
A public inquest into the death of Geoff Morris will be held Aug. 9-13, 2021, at the Atlas Hotel, 4177 Albert St., Regina.
Gator's Waterfest will have its first concert without any COVID-19 pandemic restrictions this upcoming August long weekend in Saskatchewan.
Lin-J Shell, who played seven CFL seasons with four teams, has died. He was 39. The cause of death was not immediately known. Shell was a defensive back with the Toronto Argonauts (2009-11), B.C. Lions (2012-13), Calgary Stampeders (2014) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2015). All four clubs, along with the CFL Alumni Association, took to social media to express their condolences to Shell's family and friends regarding his sudden passing Thursday. The five-foot-11, 180-pound Shell was Toronto's top rookie in 2009 and an East Division all-star in 2010-11. Shell earned a Grey Cup ring with Calgary in 2014 before finishing his CFL career with Winnipeg. Shell, a native of Orlando, Fla., had become a football coach at Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Fla. upon retiring as a player. In 2018, Shell was teaching physical education at Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville when he disarmed a woman who had retrieved a gun and was returning to a school gym where an altercation had ensued. A number of former CFL players took to social media to remember Shell. Many echoed the sentiments of former Argos running back Jeff Johnson. "This is heartbreaking," Johnston tweeted. "He impacted everyone on the field and off the field. "Lin-J was one of those guys going out of his way after practice/game to say hello, visit with kids/fans on the sidelines and share words of positivity. He impacted many. RIP bro." This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. The Canadian Press
A 37-year-old Quebec man is appearing in court Friday morning charged in a 2014 armed robbery of a Saskatoon jewellery store, police say.
CHISASIBI, Que. — Mandy Gull-Masty has become the first woman to be elected grand chief of Quebec's Cree Nation. Gull-Masty won 64 per cent of the vote in a run-off election held Thursday, defeating Pakesso Mukash, who received 34 per cent. Gull-Masty, who was elected deputy grand chief in 2017, had received 46.6 per cent of the vote in the first round of the election, held on July 14, ahead of incumbent Abel Bosum, who had 29.5 per cent. Bosum dropped out after the first round, leaving Gull-Masty to contest the run-off against Mukash, a musician and activist, who received 24 per cent of first-round votes. Gull-Masty campaigned on a platform of improving transparency and accountability and creating a strong financial plan for the Cree Nation, which represents a population of more than 18,000 people in northern Quebec. Her victory follows other firsts for woman Indigenous leaders this month, with RoseAnne Archibald elected national chief of the Assembly of First Nations and Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer becoming grand chief of the Kahnawake Mohawk community south of Montreal. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. ——— This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. The Canadian Press
Saskatoon police have charged a Quebec man in connection to a jewelry store heist in 2014. The charges stem from a February 2014 robbery at a jewelry store in the 100 block of 3rd Avenue South. Four men used crowbars to break into the store and caused plenty of damage before stealing “a large quantity of jewelry and fleeing,” according to a media release from police. Canada-wide warrants were issued and three men were previously arrested. Two of the men were sentenced while charges against a third were stayed. Earlier this week, Montreal police found the fourth wanted man and sent him to Saskatoon to face charges. Officers believe a fifth person was involved in the robbery but not have been able to identify anyone. Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Saskatoon Police Service or Crime Stoppers.
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A 37-year-old man from Quebec has been charged as the fourth suspect in a 2014 jewelry store armed robbery in Saskatoon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the 2020 election results “corrupt” in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation. The notes of the Dec. 27 call, released Friday by the House Oversight Committee, underscore the lengths to which Trump went to try to overturn the results of the election and to elicit the support of law enforcement officials and other government leaders in that effort. Emails released last month show that Trump and his allies in the last weeks of his presidency pressured the Justice Department to investigate unsubstantiated claims of widespread 2020 election fraud, and the department's inspector general is looking into whether department officials tried to subvert the results. “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen,” Trump said at one point to then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, according to notes taken by Richard Donoghue, a senior Justice Department official who was on the call. The pressure is all the more notable because just weeks earlier, Trump's own Attorney General William Barr, had declared that the department had found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results. The Dec. 27 call took place just days after Barr had resigned, leaving Rosen in charge of the department during a turbulent final weeks of the administration that also included the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in which pro-Trump loyalists stormed the building as Congress was certifying the election results. “These handwritten notes show that President Trump directly instructed our nation’s top law enforcement agency to take steps to overturn a free and fair election in the final days of his presidency,” committee chairman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, said in a statement. She said the committee had begun scheduling interviews with witnesses. The Justice Department earlier this week authorized six witnesses to appear before the panel, citing the public interest in the “extraordinary events” of those final weeks. _____ Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAP Eric Tucker, The Associated Press
Rugby Canada has condemned "inappropriate comments" aimed at the women's rugby sevens team after its disappointing performance at the Tokyo Olympics. The fact that some of the comments came from within has added to a year of turmoil for the governing body and the sevens team, which launched a formal complaint in January under Rugby Canada's bullying and harassment policy. In the wake of the complaint filed by 37 current and former team members, an independent review concluded that while the conduct described in the complaint reflected the experiences of the athletes, it did not fall within Rugby Canada's policy's definition of harassment or bullying. Head coach John Tait, while maintaining he had done nothing wrong, subsequently stepped down. A former Canadian international, Tait was one of Rugby Canada's most successful coaches, leading the sevens team to the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. The controversy has divided Rugby Canada, with most of Tait's staff leaving. And it appears some could not resist taking a shot at the women given their performance at the Olympics under interim coach Mick Byrne. "Karma is a bitch! #Survivorsmyass," read a since-deleted tweet from the account of Jamie Cudmore, a former star player who now serves as an assistant coach with the Canadian men's 15s team and runs Rugby Canada's national development academy. Rugby Canada confirmed the tweet came from Cudmore's account. Cudmore did not immediately respond to an interview request. "Rugby Canada stands with our women's 7s athletes," the governing body said in a social media post. "We support the team in their efforts both on and off the rugby pitch and are proud of the way they have represented our country. Rugby Canada is aware of recent social media comments made about the team and worked to ensure they were removed as quickly as possible. "Our organizational values include solidarity and respect, and everyone on our staff is expected to help create an inclusive environment for all. We condemn any inappropriate comments directed at the team and our leadership will be meeting to address this matter immediately." Several of Cudmore's deleted tweets were captured and posted by sevens player Charity Williams. "I wanted to take this moment to talk about our performance and how proud I am of this team beyond any result," Williams wrote on Instagram. "Because I am, and what we accomplished this year is far greater than one weekend. What this team stands for and who we have become means that young female athletes across Canada can play their sport and feel safe. I’m proud of that. "But instead I have to sit here once again and share what we’ve been going through as a team. The consistent hatred we have received from people in our own organization. I’m only sharing because this is what we have been dealing with for months. From private texts, to public stalking online and in person. The bullying and harassment that we have received for coming forward is outrageous and scary at times. This is the reason we called for an internal investigation because we haven’t been safe." In the wake of that probe, the players said they had been let down by Rugby Canada's harassment and bullying policy — which has since been updated and replaced. Captain Ghislaine Landry also took to social media from Tokyo. "We always knew this was about more than rugby, about more than one tournament, even if it’s the Olympics. We knew the last nine months might put our Olympic dream in jeopardy, we had that discussion as a group, and still the decision was clear. We were ready to put our dreams at risk for change. "This has not been a distraction but it has taken a toll on us. And so, while we are heartbroken not to have been able to play our best, we are proud and united." In a statement released April 28, the players said their complaint "explained the psychological abuse, harassment and/or bullying these athletes feel they were subjected to in the centralized training environment.'' Much had been expected of the Canadian women in Tokyo, given their performance in Rio and the fact they were tied with Australia on points for second in the World Rugby Sevens Series standings when the pandemic shut down the season last year. But the Canadian women were not at their best in Tokyo, losing to Fiji and France after beating Brazil to miss out on the quarterfinals. Their next game in Tokyo is for ninth place. Canada had hoped to qualify for the medal rounds after group play as one of the two best third-place finishers. But it was pipped by the Russian team by virtue of having scored two more points given the two sides had the same minus-12 point differential. It came down to the wire, with the Russians blanked 33-0 by New Zealand in their final pool came. Canada would have advanced if the Kiwis had scored one more point. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — The COVID-19 pandemic robbed the Montreal Alouettes of a 2020 season and co-owner Sidney Spiegel the chance to see his franchise play. Spiegel died Wednesday in Toronto. Both the Alouettes and CFL confirmed Siegel's passing in separate statements Friday. Spiegel's age wasn't divulged. But he was listed as being 89 when he and Gary Stern purchased the Alouettes from the CFL in January 2020. Stern was not only Spiegel's business partner but also his son-in-law. The CFL purchased the Alouettes in May 2019. The club had been previously owned by American businessman Robert Wetenhall from 1997 to the time of its sale to the league. Wetenhall was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2015. But Spiegel never had the chance to see his club play. The CFL cancelled the 2020 campaign due to the global pandemic and is scheduled to kick off a 14-game '21 regular season Aug. 5. Montreal will play its opening contest Aug. 14 in Edmonton. "It's unfortunate, it really is," Alouettes head coach Khari Jones told reporters during a video conference Friday. "I really feel for him and his family. "I'm really grateful they took this on with the challenge of owning a football team. It makes me want to work that much harder to make sure they see the fruits of their labour, they see this team do what they're supposed to do. I know his family will still be there and be watching along and I feel like he'll be watching as well." Stern had emerged as the face of the Alouettes franchise as Spiegel remained in the background. Spiegel began his company, Crawford Steel, in 1944 originally as a small scrap yard that dealt in discarded metal and other materials. The company website says Stern came aboard in 1977 and the operation now consists of one scrap yard and 17 distribution centres. "The Canadian Football League is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Montreal Alouettes co-owner Sid Spiegel," the league said in its statement. "Sid and his son-in-law Gary Stern made a strong commitment to one of our great franchises at an important time in its history and have tackled the challenge and opportunity before them with passion and enthusiasm. "We regret we did not have the time to know Sid better, this giant of a man and true entrepreneur who built a business empire with legendary drive and intelligence, and a family that now includes children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Our condolences go out to those who knew him best and loved him deeply, and to everyone positively touched by his remarkable life, which certainly includes all of us in the CFL family." Added the Alouettes: "He will be in our hearts every game." Jones guided Montreal to a 10-8 record in 2019, his first year as head coach. He said he had a closer association with Stern but always knew of Spiegel's presence within the organization. "I didn't have a major relationship with (Spiegel) but we always knew he was there, we always knew what his thoughts were through Gary," Jones said. Spiegel is survived by his wife, Naomi, four children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — A new study says lost and discarded fishing gear dumped off the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia — site of Canada's most lucrative lobster fishery — is trapping species at risk. Researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax also determined that the abandoned collection of traps, ropes, hooks and other equipment is costing the lobster industry plenty in lost catches. While the scourge of so-called ghost gear is a global problem, the study is described as the first of its kind to provide a preliminary assessment of its environmental and economic impacts. The findings are based on what researchers found when fishing boats were used to haul up more than seven tonnes of lost, discarded and abandoned gear from the ocean floor. Lobster traps made up the majority of the gear pulled to the surface, and the researchers calculated lost traps could be responsible for more than $175,000 in annual commercial losses. As well, those untended traps are continuing to capture other bottom-dwelling creatures, including groundfish that are considered species at risk. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. The Canadian Press
CALGARY — Canada’s top doctors say Alberta’s decision to end isolation requirements for those who test positive for COVID-19, or who have been in close contact with someone who has, could have ripple effects across the country. Chief public health officer Theresa Tam is urging people to continue isolating, get tested for COVID-19 and inform their close contacts even if it is no longer mandated. Alberta's case levels have been rising and the Delta variant is now dominant. Vaccination rates have also begun to lag with around 75 per cent of eligible Albertans getting at least one dose of vaccine and 64 per cent fully immunized. Tam says Alberta still has a long way to go to get enough people vaccinated to keep everyone safe. Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, adds that if Alberta sees more infections among its unvaccinated populations that could spread throughout Canada as people travel. The Canadian Paediatric Society has also written an open letter to Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, urging her to reconsider lifting isolation and testing requirements The society says the plan could jeopardize the province's recovery and enhance viral spread. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. The Canadian Press
Federal officials are warning that Canada could be on the brink of a fourth wave of COVID-19 driven by the highly contagious Delta variant if the country opens too fast before enough people have been vaccinated. Canada's chief public health officer says long-term forecasts indicate that a hasty approach to reopening could portend a sharp resurgence of the virus by the end of the summer. Dr. Theresa Tam says the new modelling underscores the need for caution in lifting public health measures as early signs of epidemic growth emerge in some areas. Tam says officials expect that the Delta variant could fuel the spread of the virus among younger unvaccinated people, leading to a serious rise of case counts and hospitalization rates this fall and winter. Tam says increasing vaccine acceptance among young adults aged 18 to 39 to 80 per cent from 72 per cent could cushion the fallout of a potential fourth wave. She says current COVID-19 case counts have plummeted by 93 per cent since the peak of the third wave, for an average of 640 new infections being reported daily over the past seven days. This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 30, 2021. Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press