FREDERICTON - A law firm representing the estate of Chantel Moore has filed a pair of complaints with the New Brunswick Police Commission in connection with her death. One complaint targets the Edmundston police officer directly involved in the shooting of 26-year-old Moore, an Indigenous woman killed during a wellness check June 4. The other is against a senior Edmundston police officer regarding comments made on live television in the hours following the shooting. Lawyer T.J. Burke said Wednesday he filed the complaints under the provincial Police Act at the direction of his clients. Moore was fatally shot after she allegedly lunged at an officer with a knife. Quebec's independent police watchdog is investigating because New Brunswick does not have its own police oversight agency. "We wanted to bring these up right away because we don't trust (that) the New Brunswick Police Commission is going to file a complaint ... and we don't think the chief of police in Edmundston will do it," Burke said in an interview. "As civilians, lawyers, we did it on behalf of the estate of Chantel Moore." The commission is an independent board of citizens that oversees complaints involving seven municipal police services and two regional police forces in the province. New Brunswick's Police Act generally provides one year for complaints to be filed. "New Brunswick police officers are subjected to civil proceedings where they can be disciplined by an oversight commission," Burke said. In the case of the police officer directly involved in the shooting, Burke said the complaint requests he be sanctioned and removed from his job. If criminal charges result from the watchdog's probe into Moore's killing, however, the case would delay any hearing into the complaint. Moore's family wants the complaint against a high-ranking Edmundston police officer pursued immediately, Burke said. That officer offered a public apology for laughing when asked a question during a CTV News interview in the aftermath of Moore's shooting. Burke said that considering no criminal charges will result from that incident, the complaint should be pursued by the commission right now. "We believe the laughter was injurious to not only to the family, to New Brunswickers, but to Canadians all alike and believe that it falls well below the standards a high-ranking officer should hold in office," Burke said, adding the family didn't accept the apology. Edmundston Police Chief Alain Lang said in an email Wednesday, "The entire matter is presently under investigation and we have no further comments to make." Moore's killing was the first of two deaths involving Indigenous people in the span of about one week in the province. Rodney Levi, 48, was killed by the RCMP near the Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation, on June 12. The Mounties have said a suspect carrying knives was jolted with a stun gun, but that failed to subdue him. He was shot when he charged at officers, police said. Levi's death is also under investigation by the Quebec watchdog. New Brunswick has announced a coroner will hold separate inquests into both deaths. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 12, 2020. The Canadian Press
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NORDEGG, Alta. - Three people are dead after they went swimming at a waterfall in west-central Alberta. RCMP say it appears that three adults from a family were swimming at the bottom of Crescent Falls on Tuesday west of the hamlet of Nordegg. Police say one of the adults was swept under the falls and the two others tried to help but were also drawn into the torrent of water. Three children, ages 10, six and three, remained on the bank of the Bighorn River and yelled for assistance. Police say people who were nearby recovered two of the bodies and a third was recovered Wednesday. The three children have since been put in the care of relatives. "We offer our heartfelt condolences to everyone affected by and involved in this tragic incident," RCMP Cpl. Ryan Hack said in a release Wednesday. "We also offer our thanks to the citizens, and partner agencies, who immediately jumped into action to provide assistance in the face of these powerful falls." RCMP, Clearwater Regional Fire Services, Rocky Mountain House Search and Rescue, Alberta Parks and Ahlstrom Air responded to the call. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 12, 2020 The Canadian Press
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TORONTO - One by one, the Maple Leafs sat down in front of their laptops, iPads and smart phones to face the music - from a distance via video conferencing, of course - following another season that started with big dreams and ended with a resounding thud. Long faces and monotone responses greeted reporters' questions about how a team with so much skill could once again fall flat when it mattered most. There were no excuses, but rather a feeling that Toronto remains on the right path with a young, talented core still only scratching the surface. There's more ownership from the roster's highly-paid, 20-something stars when things go wrong, a better understanding of what it takes to win, improved commitment to each other, and growth across the board, the Leafs insisted. There certainly was a lot of talk Wednesday. Team president Brendan Shanahan, however, summed things up best. "Words aren't going to fix this," he said. "The things that we say aren't what's going to get this done. It's going to be the work that we do." That's already started following Toronto's five-game loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the qualifying round of the NHL's restart to its pandemic-hit campaign. The high-powered Leafs, defensively deficient much of a season that was halted in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, were better in their own end. The problem was they didn't offer much offensively throughout the best-of-five series with Columbus, and especially in an elimination game for the second straight year with Toronto falling 3-0 in Sunday's finale at Scotiabank Arena. "We can let this discourage us," Shanahan said. "Or we can allow this to make our players and our entire staff more determined and more mentally tough to take a bad situation and grow from it. "Right now the focus is on how we get better and what changes we have to make." That task falls to general manager Kyle Dubas, who replaced Lou Lamoriello in 2018 and then gave massive contracts to Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner and William Nylander. With north of US$40 million committed to Toronto's Big 4 forwards annually through 2023-24, there appears to be little wiggle room to improve the shaky blue line or add depth unless big moves are made, especially with the $81.5-million salary cap staying flat for the foreseeable future. And it didn't sound like anything earth-shattering will be in the cards ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, whenever it begins. The Leafs have fallen short in their attempt to out-skill tougher, more physical opponents the last three years, losing a pair of seven-game, first-round series to the Boston Bruins before the latest setback against Columbus, which technically means Toronto missed the playoffs for the first time since 2016. "Having a good regular season really isn't cutting it anymore," said Matthews, who scored a career-high 47 goals. "We've got to figure out the playoffs and get out of this first round. Four years in a row is pretty frustrating and a little bit embarrassing." Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin - often the team's conscience in difficult moments - said getting past that hurdle and beyond comes down to will and desire. "If we're not learning from this, then we're really losing," said Muzzin, who suffered a series-ending injury in Game 2. "I hope guys understand that we've got to dig into the next level and that'll bring this team further along." Dubas, rightly or wrongly, has been painted as an analytics-driven executive intent on remaking how a team can succeed in the NHL, but he pushed back when asked if his vision for the Leafs has to change. "I don't find myself transfixed on one thing," said Dubas, who added toughness in Muzzin and bruising winger Kyle Clifford the last two seasons. "(The media) thinks I have one way of going about things and that it's never changing. "The vision for me always has to be changing." He also gave an impassioned response, perhaps the most direct of his time with the Leafs, in defence of Marner following the loss to the Blue Jackets. "I don't get the criticism of Mitch Marner one bit," said Dubas, who also offered a simple "No" when asked if he misread the potential of Toronto's core. "He's a guy that plays his ass off every night, has got tremendous skill, tremendous intensity, plays every situation for us ... and everything that he does wrong, people jump all over him. "It's among the most idiotic things that I see done here." The Leafs have gone home early every year since Shanahan - and his so-called "Shanaplan" - was hired in 2014. And while not his fault, Toronto hasn't won a series in 16 years and has a Stanley Cup drought at 53 years and counting. "No one's feeling sorry for ourselves," Shanahan said. "It's really about finding solutions, so that we get over that hump. We really do believe in this group. "We understand why Toronto fans are frustrated. They're entitled to be. They should be." Leafs winger Zach Hyman, who grew up in the city, agreed the anger is justified. "I get it," he said. "It sucks. We're building towards being in a position where it's going to stop sucking and we're going to be able to win rounds and be able to put ourselves in a position to make a run. "But in the short term, it sucks. And it's gonna suck for a long time." The Leafs have regressed in the standings since topping out at 105 points under head coach Mike Babcock in 2017-18. Toronto got to 100 points last season, and was on pace for 95 in 2019-20 before the pandemic. Dubas used one of the bullets in his chamber when he fired Babcock in November, replacing him with the like-minded Sheldon Keefe, whom he's worked with since junior. The hope is with a full training camp and regular season, the Leafs will be better prepared when the chips are down. "I would love for the progress to be linear," Dubas said. "There are lots of teams that go through significant ups and downs on their way to getting to where they all want to go." Fans and local media have heavily criticized the Leafs since the loss to Columbus. The perception is Toronto isn't tough enough, doesn't care enough and doesn't have the mental fortitude to deal with the pressure of big moments. "We don't really care what other people think or how far away other people think we are or the articles that they're gonna write about all the things that we need," Matthews said. "We believe in our management and in our staff and the players on this team and in this organization that we're going to power through this adversity and we'll break through eventually." But Muzzin, who won the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2014, said the formula isn't easy. "This group needs to dig in more," Muzzin said. "We have lots of skill and talent and speed, but when it comes to playoff hockey ... the will to win has to burn a little hotter. "Once we find that, then we'll be dangerous." The question is: who's on board, and how long will that take? This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press
Both Saskatoon’s public and catholic school divisions are mandating masks in grades 4 to 12 in situations where physical distancing isn’t possible. Some private schools are following suit.
Taylor Pendrith is ready to showcase his game on the biggest stage in golf. The product of Richmond Hill, Ont., earned his way into the second major of the season on Sunday when he qualified for the U.S. Open as one of the top five players in the Korn Ferry Tour rankings. It's been a long road for the 29-year-old Pendrith, who's battled back from injuries and other setbacks to become one of the hottest players not yet on the PGA Tour. "It hasn't really sunk in yet, I guess, a whole lot," said Pendrith shortly after his entry into the U.S. Open became official as the No. 4 player on the Korn Ferry Tour. "Obviously I'm super excited to play. It'll be my first major and I get to play against the best players in the world and it will be super fun." Pendrith's only appearance on the PGA Tour so far was at the 2014 RBC Canadian Open when he was still an amateur playing at Kent State University in Ohio. He tied for 43rd at Royal Montreal Golf Club that year and was the tournament's low amateur. He turned pro in 2015 and earned his way up to what was then called the Web.com Tour (now the Korn Ferry Tour). However, after two injury-plagued seasons Pendrith just missed out on earning a card for the second-tier circuit for the 2019 season. Pendrith didn't lose heart, instead focusing on getting himself healthy and then tearing it up on Canada's Mackenzie Tour, finishing in the top 10 nine times to finish second overall, just behind France's Paul Barjon for first in the rankings. That earned him a promotion to the Korn Ferry Tour this year. He's stayed hot this season, with four consecutive top-three results through the month of July to rocket up the Korn Ferry Tour's rankings. A tie for 22nd in the Portland Open on Sunday kept him in the tour's top five (he's currently fourth) and qualified him for the U.S. Open. The top 25 in the rankings next fall earn PGA Tour cards for 2021-22. "I've always been kind of a late bloomer, I'd say," said Pendrith, noting he picked up golf later than most pros. "Didn't really have any college offers, didn't win my first college event until my third year. "Each person has their different path and mine's taken a little longer but it would be awesome to get out (to the PGA Tour) full time." He'll fit right in when the U.S. Open tees off on Sept. 17 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Not just because fellow Canadians Adam Hadwin, Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes have already qualified for the event, but because Pendrith's massive drives are PGA calibre. So far this season he's averaging 323.8 yards per drive, good for eighth on the Korn Ferry Tour. If he were on the PGA Tour, he would be second for longest average drive behind Bryson DeChambeau by just 0.1 yards. Pendrith - who played for Kent State with Conners and Hughes - has already earned a reputation as an exciting, dynamic player. When Royal Montreal was named the host of the 2024 Presidents Cup on Monday, Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., was asked about the possibility of several Canadians making the International team. Pendrith was among the names the 2013 International team member mentioned as someone who could make the squad in four years' time. "I look at the potential for Canadians to be on that roster, and obviously (Adam Hadwin) has been playing some great golf, (Nick Taylor) and (Mackenzie Hughes), Taylor Pendrith is coming off the Korn Ferry Tour next year, I think you've got to watch out for him," said DeLaet. "Obviously Corey Conners is everything, as well." Hours later, Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum mentioned that Pendrith is likely your favourite golfer's favourite golfer. "He's the guy that all of our current PGA Tour pros like Mac and Corey and Nick they all say 'this guy is going to be with us sooner than you know,'" said Applebaum. "I just think he's such a great kid, such a good attitude, he's a lot of fun." Until the U.S. Open, Pendrith will continue to play on the Korn Ferry Tour, including this week's Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club in Idaho. He'll be joined by fellow Canadians Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., and Vancouver's Stuart Macdonald. PGA TOUR - Conners, from Listowel, Ont., is the top-ranked Canadian playing in this week's Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., are also in the field. EUROPEAN TOUR - Aaron Cockerill of Stony Mountain, Man., is in the field at this week's Celtic Classic at The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales. MACKENZIE TOUR - Calgary's Evan Holmes was the leader heading into Wednesday's final round of the Canada Life Series on Bear Mountain's Mountain Course. The three-round tournament was the first event in the four-stop mini-tour. LPGA TOUR - Hamilton's Alena Sharp is the only Canadian in the field at this week's Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. Sharp is ranked 31st on the LPGA Tour after tying for 25th at last week's Marathon LPGA Classic. SYMETRA TOUR - Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., is the highest ranked Canadian heading into the Founders Tribute at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday. Szeryk is 18th in the standings. Josee Doyon of St-Georges, Que., Calgary's Jaclyn Lee and Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., are also in the field. Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., had to withdraw from the event after cutting her hand. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020. ___ John Chidley Hill's weekly golf notebook is published on Wednesdays. Follow @jchidleyhill on Twitter John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press
A former classmate and friend of Kamala Harris from her years in Montreal says he hopes the California senator and newly minted U.S. vice-presidential candidate can serve as a role-model for his daughters. Trevor Williams knew Harris and her younger sister Maya when all three attended Westmount High School. It was clear the two sisters had a bright future ahead of them, he said Wednesday, a day after the former prosecutor was named as Joe Biden's running mate on the Democratic ticket. "At the time, you take things for granted, but now when you look back, you can definitely see a shining star on Kamala Harris, on Maya Harris. They were so extremely bright and intelligent people, they were just so smart," he said. Though he hasn't spoken to Harris since their school years, Williams remembers her as firm and persistent, and said her bid for the vice-presidency is "great for women of colour." It's also a "tangible" example for his daughters, aged six and 11, to look up to, said Williams, who runs a foundation and camp for Montreal youth and coaches women's basketball at Dawson College. "I'm going to be going home and telling my daughters that I went to school with this woman and anything is possible. If she can do it, you can do it," he said. Harris, the first Black woman to appear on a major party's presidential ticket, moved to Montreal as a teen so her mother Shyamala Gopalan, a breast-cancer researcher, could work at McGill University. She enrolled at Westmount after an initial stint at a French-language school. The school rallied behind its graduate last year when Harris launched her presidential campaign, and publicly renewed its support this week as her new role was announced. "We couldn't be more proud of WHS graduate Kamala Harris - future Vice President of the United States!" the school tweeted Tuesday. Some teachers there said Harris's nomination could provide crucial inspiration to students as they face a new school year restricted by measures meant to contain the novel coronavirus. Sabrina Jafralie, who teaches ethics and religious culture at the school, said she hoped Harris would reach out to her alma mater as classes resume. "We don't know what's going to happen this year in school, we don't know how much changes are happening in education, but we get to start it off with a good boost of Kamala Harris, and I think that would be inspirational to our students," she said. Harris is someone who "speaks for the people," and it's possible her time at Westmount "played a part in helping her find her voice," Jafralie said. "I don't know how much Canada, or her experience in Canada, helped her shape her politics or her mind, but I like to think that there's a little bit of maple leaf running through her blood, and maybe we'll see it in her politics," she said. Another teacher, Robert Green, noted former students have expressed their pride at the connection on social media, and said he believes current students will also find it "very meaningful." "Particularly for the Black population at Westmount High and for the girls who are aspiring to be involved in politics," he said. "Regardless of what you might think of Kamala Harris's politics I think the fact that a Black woman is there running to be vice-president, this is something that's going to be really inspiring for our students." Green said he usually teaches an advanced placement government and politics course at the school, and students in that class were amazed when Harris launched her presidential bid last year. While COVID-19 restrictions mean the school no longer has the capacity to offer the course, the U.S. election - and Harris's role in it - will be discussed in a class that serves as an introduction to politics, he said. Harris has staked out relatively moderate stances over the course of her career on issues such as health care and law enforcement, but has faced criticism for her actions as a California district attorney and later as the state's attorney general. Critics have said she frequently opposed or ignored criminal justice reform measures aimed at levelling a playing field they say is unfairly tilted against Black defendants. -with files from The Associated Press This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 12, 2020. Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
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HALIFAX - A senior RCMP officer in Nova Scotia who obtained search warrants for the investigation into the mass shooting in April was grilled in court today about why most of those documents remain heavily redacted. Search warrants are supposed to be made public after they have been executed, with some exceptions, but in this case the Crown has produced heavily redacted versions that are now the subject of a court challenge by media outlets, including The Canadian Press. RCMP Sgt. Angela Hawryluk was cross-examined by media lawyer David Coles, who repeatedly asked the officer to justify why large sections of the warrants remain blacked out and beyond public scrutiny. Hawryluk said the release of key information could jeopardize the RCMP's ongoing investigation of Gabriel Wortman's murderous rampage on April 18-19, which claimed the lives of 22 victims over a 13-hour span. As well, Crown lawyers argued that certain names in the documents had to remain confidential because these people and at least one business have been deemed "innocent third parties" whose identities must be protected. Provincial court Judge Laurel Halfpenny-MacQuarrie signed an order Wednesday to release some previously redacted content, though none of that information shed any new light on the case. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020. The Canadian Press
RED DEER, Alta. - A man accused of killing a family doctor at a walk-in clinic in central Alberta appeared confused at his first court appearance Wednesday, telling a judge that he doesn’t remember and is sick. Deng Mabiour of Red Deer, Alta., is charged with first-degree murder in Monday’s death of 45-year-old Dr. Walter Reynolds, as well as other offences. The 54-year-old Mabiour appeared via a video link but wasn’t able to tell the judge if he understood the charges laid against him. “Listen to me. I don’t remember anything because I’m sick. I want a doctor,” Mabiour, with a heavy accent, told provincial court Judge Bert Skinner. “I’m telling you I didn’t remember anything because I am sick.” Skinner ordered the duty counsel to speak with Mabiour by phone. The charges were then read a second time. “Did you understand the charges?” asked the judge. “No, I didn’t understand,” Mabiour replied. “Because I am sick. I lost memory. Listen to me, I don’t remember. I want a doctor.” Mabiour continued talking as the judge and lawyers spoke. Skinner said a first-degree murder charge that goes to trial is automatically put before a jury. The case was put over to Sept. 9. RCMP have said the attack was not random and the two men knew each other through the clinic. They have not said if Mabiour was a patient, citing confidentiality. Officers received a 911 call reporting an assault in progress at the Village Mall Walk-in Clinic just after 11 a.m. Monday. Mounties arrived within minutes. One witness told media that she heard cries for help and a man in the clinic had a hammer and a machete. Mabiour was arrested at the scene. Reynolds was rushed to hospital, where he died. “In 27 years of policing, I’ve never seen a doctor attacked like that,” RCMP Supt. Gerald Grobmeier said at a news conference Tuesday. Dr. Peter Bouch works at a different Red Deer clinic but said that both he and Reynolds had moved to Canada from South Africa. He said the death is a shock to many in the medical community. A vigil for Reynolds has been planned for Friday night at city hall. Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
Massage therapists working on a conveyor belt of sore groins, hips and backs was the aftermath of the NHL's marathon between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning. Game 1 of their first-round playoff series required quintuple overtime Tuesday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Six hours and 13 minutes after the puck dropped at 3:09 p.m. ET, the Lightning's Brayden Point scored at 10:27 of the fifth OT to end the fourth-longest game in NHL history. Point's goal capped the longest game either franchise had ever played. "Our training staff, today is going to be kind of their eight-period game," Lightning defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk said Wednesday during a video conference call with media. "They're going to be working all day on us." Neither team skated Wednesday, but the players didn't let their bodies shut down completely. "You have to get all that lactic acid build-up out of your system," Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson said. "The worst thing you can do is lay around and do nothing." A walk, a light spin on the bike, wearing compression boots and doses of pickle juice to restore sodium levels were all options. "And I hate pickles," Johnson declared. Players pushed themselves into the red the previous day, led by Blue Jackets defenceman Seth Jones and his NHL-record 65 minutes six seconds of ice time. Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo's 85 saves were the most in a single game since 1955-56. Lightning counterpart Andrei Vasilevskiy's 61 stops set a franchise record. Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said skating Wednesday wasn't an option. "You'd like to move the blood a little bit before you play another game, but we cancelled that," he said. "We'll have our two o'clock meeting. "We have some (video) and our medical people have been taking care of them all day long here and getting them ready for tomorrow." Thursday's Game 2 is another 3 p.m. puck drop, so the recovery race was on. "Same kind of recovery, just more," Blue Jackets centre Boone Jenner said. "Your body went through a little bit more. "Making sure you're drinking and eating enough and getting your rest. There could be overtime games back-to-back, whatever. "So you've just got to be ready for it that way and try to get ahead of that." Shattenkirk estimates he sheds two kilograms of water weight in a regular three-period game. Cramping was a real danger as Tuesday's game wore on. "I found personally as we started to get into later overtimes, it was almost worse coming into the locker room and sitting down and not being active and kind of seizing up a little bit," the defenceman explained. "A lot of electrolytes were consumed, a lot of fluids and liquids and whatever sort of food you could get into you." With each passing overtime period, the stakes rose in terms of the enormous physical price a team would pay to fall behind in the best-of-seven series. "It's high stakes no matter if it's a 60-minute game or whatever we played last night," Tortorella said. "What it does is it puts a tick in the win column for them and it puts a tick in the lose column for us. You know when you put that much time into it, you're trying to get in the right column. We didn't. They did." Johnson recalled the Lightning were somewhat giddy in the dressing room between overtimes. "I'll always remember in the intermissions guys laughing, joking around and having fun," he said. "I don't know if it's just because we were so exhausted. "Seth Jones just broke the record for playing the most minutes in game, so that's pretty remarkable. "I'm proud to be a part of it, but at the same time, I don't know if I ever want to do it again." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020. Follow @DLSpencer10 on Twitter Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The Baseball Hall of Fame's class of 2020 has to wait a year to get inducted because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the careers of Derek Jeter, Ted Simmons, Larry Walker, and Marvin Miller are already being celebrated at the shrine. The museum's Inductees Exhibit is now open. It features one artifact for each honoree and includes: the Yankees helmet Jeter wore when he recorded his 3,000th career hit on July 9, 2011; Simmons' AL championship ring won with the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers; a Rockies jersey worn by Walker in 1998 when he led the National League with a .363 batting average; and a timeline of Miller's career as executive director of the players' union. The exhibit will remain on display through next year and the Hall of Fame says additional artifacts may be added. The class of 2020 and anybody elected next year will be inducted next July 25 in Cooperstown. This year's July induction was cancelled in late April because of concerns about COVID-19. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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OTTAWA - The federal government is turning to the private sector to design and run a massive buyback of newly prohibited firearms. Public Safety Canada has invited 15 consulting firms to come up with a "range of options and approaches" for the planned program to compensate gun owners. The Liberals outlawed a wide range of firearms in May, saying the guns were designed for the battlefield, not hunting or sport shooting. The ban covers some 1,500 models and variants of what the government considers assault-style weapons, meaning they can no longer be legally used, sold or imported. The government proposes a program that would allow current owners to receive compensation for turning in the designated firearms or keep them through an exemption process yet to be worked out. The first phase of the tender would require the successful bidder to come up with a compensation plan for each affected firearm. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020. The Canadian Press
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With Major League Soccer having successfully concluded its MLS is Back Tournament, now it's the Canadian Premier League's turn. The Island Games kick off Thursday in Charlottetown with a rematch of last year's inaugural final between defending champion Forge FC and Calgary's Cavalry FC. Like their MLS counterparts, the eight CPL teams enter their tournament with limited preparation. But unlike MLS, which was two weeks into its season when the pandemic forced a halt March 12, the CPL sides have had no games in advance of the tournament. Still, hopes run high. "On the first day everyone starts with zero (points), everyone's excited. Everyone believes that they can be the champion for 2020," said Bobby Smyrniotis, technical director and head coach for Hamilton-based Forge FC. "And especially in a shortened season like this, everyone believes a lot more. This isn't a season where we're building over 30 matches. It's literally what you do in your first four (matches) will dictate a lot of things that go forward." The teams will play each other to start, with the top four advancing to the second round. The top two clubs will then meet in the championship game. It means there's not much room for error. "It's a sprint," said Valour FC coach Rob Gale, a former Canadian international youth coach. "I've been there before with national teams and you need a little bit of luck. You need to try and keep as many of your key members injury-free as possible for as long as possible." Cavalry FC coach and GM Tommy Wheeldon Jr. predicts it might come down to organization - and some key moments. "I think it will be about a bit of magic. I think it will be about mistakes. And some type of maverick on a set play," he said. The 276-member CPL bubble is based around the Delta Hotels Prince Edward and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Alumni Field, where all 35 matches will be held. "I've got no complaints, to be honest," said Wheeldon. "It's as good as it can be under the current circumstances." Unlike Florida, which produced some worrying COVID-19 numbers during the MLS tournament, P.E.I. offers a more benign embrace. As of Tuesday, the province had recorded a total of 36 cases of COVID-19 with no deaths. Florida's total through Wednesday read 550,000-plus cases and some 8,900 deaths. Players, staff and officials went through quarantine and testing before the tournament with more testing throughout the competition. Smyrniotis likes what he sees of the CPL plan. "We all want to play. We all want to get on the field and do what we love to do. But at the end of the day, we've got to make sure it's safe for everyone and I think the league's done a good job of organizing thing," he said. FC Edmonton head coach Jeff Paulus acknowledged he lost sleep thinking about the tournament and safety when it was first suggested. "But I'm satisfied (now)," he said. The question-marks will likely be on the field, with expansion Atletico Ottawa presenting "a lot of unknown," according to Smyrniotis. Teams like Valour FC, York 9 FC, Pacific FC and HFX Wanderers FC have also made extensive changes. "How quickly can you jell?" mused Gale. "Because we haven't had an exhibition game ... We've got to hit the ground running." Tournament football is different, he added. "It's not always the favourites right out of the gate. It's the team who can blend together the quickest, hopefully get the train on track and keep those wheels turning as the tournament progresses." While full-contact training sessions have been limited until recently due to local restrictions, Gale believes his revamped Winnipeg team has come together nicely. "There's a great spirit and camaraderie that's been built in the group - a real good togetherness that really the pandemic has helped with because we've all gone through it together, from self-isolation and quarantine to Zoom practices to fitness sessions. Everything from yoga and karaoke sessions virtually, we've done it all together. "And I think in a strange way that's really helped the group and also given us some time together to work things individually and maybe some of the tactical stuff that you wouldn't normally get in a season because you don't have that time." Paulus also had his players analyse opponents, among other video homework. "It definitely kept us on our toes, kept us engaged. With everything that was going on, it would have been easy enough for us as players just to put football to the back of our mind and focus on other things - or lose focus," said Edmonton captain Tomi Ameobi. "But I think the coaching staff did a good job of keeping us engaged throughout that time. But I tell you it was a relief when we were able to come back in and train in smaller groups ... rather than speaking to someone through a screen." The pandemic-caused delay to the season may have helped Ottawa, given it had to build a team from scratch on short notice. But it has made life difficult for other teams, some of whom have seen import players unable to get into the country. Cavalry FC midfielder Jose Escalante and midfelder Richard Luca, for example, couldn't make the journey from Honduras and Brazil, respectively. Others like 2019 league MVP Tristan Borges have moved on. The stylish Forge FC attacking midfielder was sold to Belgium's Oud-Heverlee Leuven. Teams are playing for the North Star Shield, the trophy awarded to Forge FC last November. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press