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Gormley, Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:30 – Where are we at with Serological testing in the province? We get an update from Dr. Jessica Minion, the Provincial Clinical Lead, Public Health - Laboratory Medicine, at the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory in Regina. LIVE: Dr. Jessica Minion, Provincial Clinical Lead, Public Health - Laboratory Medicine, at the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory. 9:00 - Bug's Day... The Hour of Rage! 10:00 – Bloc Qubcois Leader Yves-Franois Blanchet is vowing to seek a fall election unless Trudeau and Morneau resign. Toronto Sun’s Brian Lilley has been following the story very closely, and he joins Gormley to tell us about the latest developments. LIVE: Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun columnist. 11:00 – Saskatchewan Distance Learning Centre is experiencing a surge in demand. Sun West School Division anticipated an increase in demand for student online learning options this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but what they didn't know, was how huge that demand would be. We hear from Darren Gasper, Superintendent of Education with Sun West School Division about the demand for online learning this fall. LIVE: Darren Gasper, Superintendent of Education with Sun West School Division.

Supreme Court won’t review disclosure ruling in case of alleged defamation

12 hours 10 min ago
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will not review a judge's decision to grant author Steven Galloway access to emails between a woman who accused him of sexual assault and staff at the University of British Columbia. Galloway, former chair of the university's creative writing department, sued the woman and two dozen others in 2018, alleging he was defamed by false allegations of sexual and physical assaults made by the woman and repeated by others. The woman and two others applied to have the lawsuit thrown out under the province's Protection of Public Participation Act, which aims to protect critics on matters of public interest from lawsuits intended to silence or punish them. Meantime, Galloway requested access to documentation he argued he needed to defend his case against dismissal. A B.C. Supreme Court judge ordered the release of emails sent to the university's president and a professor, documentation the woman provided to back up her allegation and other records. In April, the B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed the woman's challenge of the ruling, prompting her application to the Supreme Court of Canada. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 13, 2020. The Canadian Press

Chicken, eggs both go first as feds roll out COVID-19 food surplus program

13 hours 1 min ago
OTTAWA - More than one million dozen eggs will be redistributed via an emergency federal program designed to help farmers faced with too much food and nowhere to sell it. The $50-million surplus food program was announced by the Liberal government earlier this year as one way to help the agriculture sector cope with some of the pressures created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The near shutdown of the hospitality industry has meant a sharp decline in the number of places to sell perishable foods, meaning hundreds of millions of kilograms of food are at risk of going to waste. At the same time, food banks are reporting a sharp increase in the number people seeking assistance, having lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Today, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is announcing the first round of funding under program will go to eight organizations to try and align their needs with what farmers and producers can supply. Altogether, approximately 12 million kilograms of everything from fish to fowl will be redistributed. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 13, 2020. The Canadian Press

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard upsets Zidansek, advances to quarterfinals

13 hours 7 min ago
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Canada's Eugenie Bouchard is off to the quarterfinals at the Prague Open. Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., beat Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 7-6 (2), 6-7 (2), 6-2 in the second round of the WTA Tour event on Thursday. Given a wild-card into the event, Bouchard, ranked 330th in the world, will next face No. 3 seed and world No. 23 Elise Mertens of Belgium. Bouchard exacted revenge on the 72nd-ranked Zidansek, who beat the Canadian in the first round of Wimbledon last year. Bouchard is playing in the official tournament for the first time since January when she suffered a wrist injury. Just over a month later, the WTA Tour suspended play because of COVID-19. This is the second week of play in the WTA Tour's restart. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 13, 2020.   The Canadian Press

Bob Woodward’s new Trump book, ‘Rage,’ due out next month

14 hours 2 min ago
WASHINGTON - Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward's new book about President Donald Trump is titled "Rage" and will be released Sept. 15, less than two months before Election Day, according to a listing on Publisher Simon & Schuster says the forthcoming book follows "Trump's moves as he faces a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest." It says Woodward conducted a series of exclusive interviews with the president. The Amazon listing also notes that Woodward obtained 25 personal letters between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including one in which Kim describes their bond as something out of a "fantasy film." Woodward's first book about the Trump presidency, "Fear," was published in 2018 and went to No. 1 on The New York Times' nonfiction bestseller list. Simon & Schuster was the publisher of two books this year that were harshly critical of Trump: "The Room Where It Happened," by former national security adviser John Bolton, and "Too Much and Never Enough," by Trump's niece Mary Trump. The Associated Press

Gun buyback plan and Sarah Cooper gets Netflix special: In The News for Aug. 13

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In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Aug. 13. What we are watching in Canada ... Bloc Quebecois Yves-Francois Blanchet said Wednesday his party will force a confidence vote against the Liberal government this fall unless Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his finance minister and his chief of staff resign. But the New Democrats don't seem ready to back the effort and with 24 MPs, they have enough seats in the House of Commons to be the deciding factor in whether Canada moves toward a fall election in the middle of a pandemic. Blanchet first made his threat Wednesday morning before a planned sitting of the hybrid House of Commons in Ottawa. He reiterated it later in the Commons, expressing disgust Trudeau hadn't even bothered to show up. Trudeau is on a two-week summer vacation with his family. Blanchet said in French that he had also been on vacation but chose to end it in time to be able to attend, and that Trudeau's absence sealed the deal on pushing for a fall election. "We have to ask, is this government still worthy of our confidence and they just gave us the answer," Blanchet said in French, before storming out of the chamber in a dramatic huff. He later returned for the rest of the question period. Blanchet earlier told reporters the revelations around the WE Charity controversy - as well as new details about a contract for the commercial rent-relief program that went to a company employing the husband of Katie Telford, who is Trudeau's chief of staff - prove the Liberal government is no longer trustworthy. --- Also this ... The federal government is turning to the private sector to design and possibly help 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 early 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. In announcing the ban, the government proposed 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. Sport shooters, firearm rights advocates and some Conservative MPs have questioned the value of the measures in fighting crime. --- ICYMI (in case you missed it) ... Sarah Cooper, whose lip-sync parodies of President Donald Trump are an online sensation, is coming to Netflix with a variety special. "Everything's Fine," starring the writer and comedian, will debut this fall, the streaming service said Wednesday. Cooper is working with heavyweight talent on the special: Maya Rudolph is the executive producer and Nastasha Lyonne ("Russian Doll") is directing. The show will include "vignettes dealing with issues of politics, race, gender, class, and other light subjects," Netflix said, with guest performers taking part in short interviews, sketches and "more shenanigans." In her early Trump satiric video, "How to Medical," an expressive Cooper silently mouthed along to the president's musings about the possibilities of sunlight and disinfectant as coronavirus antidotes. Cooper's comedic how-to books include "100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings" and "How to be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings." --- What we are watching in the U.S. ... Joe Biden and Kamala Harris delivered an aggressive one-two attack on the character and performance of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, as they made their election case for the first time as running mates. Biden, a 77-year-old white man, embraced the significance of naming the first Black woman to a major party's presidential ticket, but he also focused on other attributes Harris brings to the ticket. He hailed the California senator, the 55-year-old former prosecutor who a year ago excoriated Biden on a primary debate stage, as the right woman to help him defeat Trump and then lead a nation facing crises in triplicate: a pandemic, wounded economy and long-simmering reckoning with racism. Harris, Biden declared at a high school gymnasium in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, is "smart, she's tough, she's experienced, she's a proven fighter for the backbone of this country." "Kamala knows how to govern. She knows how to make the hard calls. She's ready to do this job on day one," he said. Reflecting the coronavirus pandemic, both candidates came onstage wearing protective masks in a high school gym with relatively few in attendance, not in a hall filled with cheering supporters as would normally be the case. Both spoke without masks but did not physically embrace. Biden praised her experience vigorously questioning Trump administration officials in the Senate, and highlighted the historic nature of her pick, noting she's the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica. --- What we are watching in the rest of the world ... Three people were killed and six others injured Wednesday when a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland after heavy rain and flooding hit the area. The train driver was believed to be among the dead, British Transport Police said. The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said that the train conductor was also believed killed. Formal identification has yet to take place. Six people were hospitalized, but their injuries are not considered serious. Images from the scene show that several cars of the four-carriage train had left the tracks and one had tumbled down an embankment. Smoke was seen billowing from the wreck. Air ambulances and coast guard helicopters came and went as the rescue operation unfolded. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a police investigation aims to find out what caused the derailment and ensure "nothing like this happens again." "As I understand there was about a month's worth of rainfall in a very short period which undoubtedly aggravated the problem there," he added. Torrential rain had caused flooding and travel disruptions in Scotland, and on Wednesday morning Network Rail Scotland tweeted warnings of a landslip affecting services in the area. --- Also this... Pakistan's information minister said Wednesday he hoped that five new bills passed in Parliament aimed at curbing terror financing and money laundering will lead to the country's removal from an international watch list. Shibli Faraz commented hours after the National Assembly, the powerful lower house of Parliament, passed bills to meet goals set by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force in February. The goals included targeting individuals linked to money laundering and terror financing. The Financial Action Task Force is a top anti-terrorism monitoring group. The task force said in February that Pakistan had fulfilled 14 of 27 steps to get off the watch list, but still needed to do more to track money transfers and investigate and prosecute terrorism-related financiers. Since then, Pakistan has detained and convicted several militants, including India's most wanted man, Hafiz Saeed, who is now serving a five-year prison term. Pakistan wants to get off the task force's "gray list," the colour code for countries that are only partially fulfilling international rules for fighting terrorism financing and money laundering. It was placed on the list by the task force n 2012 after concluding that Pakistan was not fully compliant with the standards for effectively combating money-laundering and terror financing. The group removed Pakistan from the gray list in 2015 because of its improvement in complying. However, it was added to the list again in 2018. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 13, 2020. The Canadian Press

Quebec farms facing lost profits and rotting harvests due to migrant worker shortage

18 hours 19 min ago
MONTREAL - Nineteen-year-old Florence Lachapelle was among hundreds of Quebecers who tried their hand at planting seeds and harvesting produce this summer, replacing migrant workers who were unable to leave their countries because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And while Lachapelle spent long days working the fields on Francois D'Aoust's farm in Havelock, Que., too few other Quebecers took up the call to help the province's struggling agricultural industry. Despite a recruiting drive by the provincial government in April, the lack of labour this season has forced farmers to cut production or leave food rotting in the fields. Unfortunately for Lachapelle, she fell ill with mononucleosis after two months and returned home to Montreal. She said the work was very demanding with so few migrant workers available. "They're professionals and we're simply not," Lachapelle said in a recent interview. D'Aoust said he hired a handful of people to work alongside Lachapelle, who were out of work in other sectors such as communications, film and the restaurant industry. But once their opportunities returned, he said, they left for their better-paying jobs. "Not a lot of people are used to (physical) work all day," D'Aoust said in a recent interview. "It's just not the kind of work that we do. It's rare that people are in shape and can (work) all day in the field. "People that are farmers, themselves, in their country, surely they are at an advantage." D'Aoust and his wife, Melina Plante, have hired the same four Guatemalan seasonal workers year after year. But this year the farmhands were stuck at home at the beginning of Quebec's farming season due to travel restrictions their country imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19. He said it takes inexperienced Quebecers up to three times as long to do farm work compared to a migrant worker. That meant he had to pay locals to do less work, eating into his profits. D'Aoust slashed production at his farm, Les Bontes de la Vallee, by 60 per cent this year because he and his wife figured they would only have migrant workers later in the harvest season. Two Guatemalan workers eventually made it on D'Aoust and Plante's farm - but the financial damage to the business was done. "What we hope is to pass through this difficult period without too much loss and start again next year," he said. "We just want to stay alive." For Michel Ricard, who owns 60 hectares of farmland in Saint-Alexis-de-Montcalm, about 60 kilometres north of Montreal, he said he's going to lose a lot money and food this year because migrant workers from Mexico and Guatemala haven't been able to arrive. By the end of August, Ricard said he expects to lose approximately $100,000 dollars worth of cucumbers because he has no one to pick them. Experienced foreign workers are "essential for the future, for me, and for the majority of growers of vegetables," he said in a recent interview. "The people from Guatemala are able to work from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's not a problem. Sometimes I need to stop them because they want to continue, but sometimes I say 'that's enough for today.'" Local workers haven't been much help to him, he said. Ricard had his daughter post a message on Facebook to reach out to prospective farmhands, but he said only eight came through for him. "It was impossible," Ricard said. The Union des producteurs agricoles, which represents about 42,000 Quebec farmers, says there are close to 2,000 fewer migrant workers on Quebec farms than usual. Despite the UPA's efforts to lure Quebec workers through a recruiting drive, just under 1,400 were assigned to Quebec farms this year. "It didn't replace, really, the foreign workers," UPA President Marcel Groleau said in a recent interview. "It helped on some issues ... but those workers are not trained and can't really replace the foreign workers that are trained and have experience on farms." Farmers such as D'Aoust and Ricard say migrant farmhands are willing to work longer hours, even for minimal pay. Groleau said the federal government's emergency response benefit, which offers up to $2,000 a month to many people who have lost jobs, has encouraged Quebecers to stay away from the gruelling field work. "When you can get two thousand dollars a month sitting at home," Groleau said, "it's not really interesting to go on a farm and work a little bit for minimum wage." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 13, 2020. Julian McKenzie, The Canadian Press

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Aug. 13

18 hours 19 min ago
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2020: There are 120,844 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 60,813 confirmed (including 5,709 deaths, 53,270 resolved) _ Ontario: 40,289 confirmed (including 2,787 deaths, 36,590 resolved) _ Alberta: 11,893 confirmed (including 217 deaths, 10,632 resolved) _ British Columbia: 4,196 confirmed (including 196 deaths, 3,469 resolved) _ Saskatchewan: 1,484 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 1,314 resolved) _ Nova Scotia: 1,071 confirmed (including 64 deaths, 1,007 resolved) _ Manitoba: 563 confirmed (including 8 deaths, 368 resolved), 15 presumptive _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 268 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 263 resolved) _ New Brunswick: 178 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 168 resolved) _ Prince Edward Island: 41 confirmed (including 36 resolved) _ Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved) _ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved) _ Nunavut: No confirmed cases _ Total: 120,844 (15 presumptive, 120,829 confirmed including 9,006 deaths, 107,148 resolved) This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 13, 2020. The Canadian Press

Wednesday’s Games

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 23:41
Wednesday's Games NHL Playoffs First Round At Toronto Boston 4 Carolina 3 (2OT) (Bruins lead series 1-0) N.Y. Islanders 4 Washington 2 (Islanders lead series 1-0) Philadelphia 2 Montreal 1 (Flyers lead series 1-0) At Edmonton Vancouver 4 St. Louis 2 (Canucks lead series 1-0) Colorado 3 Arizona 0 (Avalanche lead series 1-0) --- MLB American League Chicago White Sox 7 Detroit 5 Oakland 8 L.A. Angels 4 Tampa Bay 9 Boston 5 Texas 7 Seattle 4 National League Arizona 13 Colorado 7 N.Y. Mets 11 Washington 6 L.A. Dodgers 6 San Diego 0 Interleague Baltimore 5 Philadelphia 4 Houston 5 San Francisco 1 N.Y. Yankees 6 Atlanta 3 Miami 14 Toronto 11 (10 innings) Chicago Cubs 7 Cleveland 2 Minnesota 12 Milwaukee 2 Kansas City 5 Cincinnati 4 --- NBA Indiana 108 Houston 104 Toronto 125 Philadelphia 121 Oklahoma City 116 Miami 115 L.A. Clippers 124 Denver 111 --- MLS Nashville 1 Dallas 0 --- The Canadian Press

Bo Horvat scores twice as Canucks beat St. Louis 5-2 in NHL playoff opener

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 23:25
EDMONTON - Vancouver captain Bo Horvat twice as the Canucks defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues 5-2 Wednesday in their first-round opener. J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson and Troy Stecher also scored for Vancouver while David Perron and Jaden Schwartz replied for St. Louis. Vancouver has a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 2 is set for Friday night. Horvat now has four goals in return to play action while rookie teammate Quinn Hughes logged an assist to reach seven points (one goal, six helpers) in five games. Jacob Markstrom made 29 stops for the win. The Canucks were making their first playoff appearance since 2015, having defeated the Minnesota Wild in the qualifying round. They never trailed in the game. The teams swapped mirror-image power-play goals in the first period. Horvat opened the scoring about five minutes in when he one-timed a Hughes' feed from the top of the left face-off circle past St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington. St. Louis replied with under four minutes to go. Perron half-slapped a pass from Brayden Schenn from the top of the right circle high over the glove of Markstrom. Vancouver regained the lead on the power play midway through the second period. Pettersson whipped the puck under the bar off a goalmouth scramble for his second goal in return to play. The Blues tied it just over a minute later when Schwartz tipped the puck past pinching Canuck defenceman Chris Tanev at the Blues blue line, then barrelled in on a breakaway and beat Markstrom with a nifty backhander through the five hole. Vancouver took the lead for good almost six minutes into the third. Stecher raced down the right wing and wired a slapshot from the face-off circle under Binnington's arm for his first of the post-season. Then Horvat, entering the Blues zone with speed, turned Blues defenceman Vince Dunn inside out, raced in and fired a wrist shot past Binnington on the blocker side. Miller added the fifth goal on the power play with less than 40 seconds to play. The Canucks are winning with a mix of veterans and playoff newbies. Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Jake Virtanen, Tyler Motte, Hughes, Stecher, Zack MacEwen, and Markstrom were regulars playing in their first playoff game (although technically they have playoff experience as the qualifying round statistics will count as post-season ones). The loss continues the Blues' return-to-play downward spiral. St. Louis was the best in the Western Conference (42-19-10) and second overall in the league when the NHL suspended play March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But they were a hot mess in the return to play round-robin competition, blowing third-period leads in every game and scoring just six goals in three contests. History is on Vancouver's side. The teams have met three times in the playoffs (1995, 2003 and 2009). Each time the Canucks bounced the Blues out in the first round. The Western Conference games are being played at Rogers Place, with all players being kept in isolation to avoid contracting COVID-19. This report by The Canadian Press was first published August 12, 2020.   Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

US says Iran briefly seizes oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 22:32
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., a U.S. military official said Thursday. The U.S. military's Central Command published a black-and-white video showing what appeared to be special forces fast-roping down from a helicopter onto the MV Wila, whose last position appeared to be off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates near the city of Khorfakkan. The Iranian navy held the vessel for some five hours before releasing it Wednesday, said a U.S. military official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss details not yet made public. The Wila made no distress calls before, during and after the seizure, the official said. The Iranian helicopter involved appeared to be a Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King, which only Iran's navy operates. The Iranian navy also handles all operations in the Gulf of Oman on the eastern side of the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20% of all oil traded passes. The U.S. military officials did not offer any reason for Iran seizing the vessel. Iranian state media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the seizure or offer a reason for it. Officials in the UAE, a U.S.-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, did not respond to a request for comment. As tensions between Iran and the U.S. heated up last year over America's unilateral withdraw from its 2015 nuclear deal, tankers plying the waters of the Mideast became targets, particularly near the strait, the Persian Gulf's narrow mouth. Suspected limpet mine attacks the U.S. blamed on Iran targeted several tankers. Iran denied being involved, though it did seize several tankers. In July, a U.S.-sought oil tanker was "hijacked" off the coast of the United Arab Emirates after allegedly smuggling Iranian crude oil. The vessel later ended up back in Iranian waters, suggesting Iran itself seized the vessel. ___ Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press

Lives Lost: Woman who performanced Shakespeare on the street

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 22:28
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - She had all the makings of a rising star, someone who wrote, directed and acted in her own plays in her 20s and attended one of the country's top drama schools around the same time as Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver. But unlike those stars, Margaret Holloway never made it to Broadway or Hollywood. Instead, the 68-year-old's stage was the New Haven streets where she lived and became known as "The Shakespeare Lady" for her gritty, intense, colorful and sometimes over-the-top performances of the bard's "Macbeth" and "Hamlet." "It was absolutely electrifying," said Richard Dailey, a writer and filmmaker who lives in Paris and spent time with Holloway in the 1990s when he was filming a short documentary about her called "God Didn't Give Me a Week's Notice." "She became alive and was just transformed," he said of Holloway, who died of coronavirus in May. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of an ongoing series of stories remembering people who have died from the coronavirus around the world. ___ Often homeless and hobbled by drug addiction and mental illness, she spent decades on and off the streets. But her performances almost always left an impression, sometimes drawing the ire of merchants. Still, she befriended many residents, including a former mayor. She was estranged from her family, so she relied on friends and acquaintances to keep her company, give her money and supplies and occasionally arrange for meals at local restaurants. Needing to make a few extra bucks, she would stop passers-by outside Clark's restaurant, Willoughby's coffee shops or theatres at Yale and ask to perform a scene from Shakespeare. Holloway would then take a breath, steady herself and then begin reciting, her mouth quivering, eyes wide. Her delivery at times seemed as if she was singing. It was often Holloway and an audience of one. The performance lasted just a few minutes. "It was a way to maintain her dignity," said Joan Channick, who met Holloway in the early 1990s and remained a friend until her death. "She wasn't standing on the street corner panhandling or begging for money. She was offering something in return for a contribution," said the chair of Yale's theatre management department. The interactions could sometimes be friendly - she was known for her big smile and tendency to greet regulars by name - or a little intimidating if she was on drugs and looking gaunt and disheveled. Holloway's friend, Pete DiGennaro, a New Haven musician and human rights educator who saw her perform dozens of times, recalled how the uninitiated would quickly shift from treating her like a "weird eccentric homeless person" to someone who "embodies Shakespeare." "Her performance of Shakespeare was her holding onto her substance, that last vestige of a healthy self," DiGennaro said. Holloway's life early on seemed filled with promise. A Georgia native, she attended Bennington College in Vermont, where a classmate remembers a vivacious woman who loved soul music and the theatre. The tall, regal Holloway always seemed to draw a crowd. "Oh my God, she was fantastic. She was truly gifted," said Laura Spector, a friend from Bennington who would later reconnect with her in New Haven. "Seeing her standing on the steps of the Common, she was a magnet. She stood out." Spector still remembers Holloway's senior thesis, a play that told the harrowing story of a Black housekeeper working for a white family in the South. Holloway, who was Black, played all the parts. "It really shined a light on what it was like to be an impoverished Black person in the Deep South during that period of time," she said. Holloway went to Yale in the early 1970s for acting and told the Yale Daily News in a 2001 story that she left after encountering racism during casting for a student production. She returned to Bennington to get a masters degree in 1977 before returning to Yale to get a master of fine arts degree in 1980. She told the New Haven Register had hoped to direct avant garde theatre in New York. It is hard to know what happened next but, by her own account, Holloway was living on the streets by 1983 - often just blocks from Yale. Friends believe that is about the time she began to experience schizophrenia, telling Channick and others about hearing voices and feeling as if she was constantly being sexually assaulted. Addiction to crack cocaine soon followed. It was about this time Holloway embraced Shakespeare, possibly inspired by her days at Yale. Her performances turned her into a minor celebrity in New Haven and, to some degree, put a face on the city's homeless population. She was featured in several newspapers articles and was in at least two other documentaries, including one, "Remembering Shakespeare," where she became the unlikely star talking about the English playwright and performing several scenes for the camera. "I like the bloody gore ones. I know 'Romeo and Juliet' but I don't recite it on the street ... People's favourite, when I'm on the street and they stop by with their kids, they want to hear 'Hamlet' and 'Macbeth,'" she said in the documentary, sitting on the edge of stage, dressed in a sweater and brown pants. "It's their money so they get to hear what they want to hear." Her performances also got her in trouble. She was arrested several times in the early 2000s after conflicts with local businesses. Many complained she was driving off customers in the city's arts district, often entering coffee or pizza shops in search of an audience. Holloway insisted she had the right to perform Shakespeare. "She was a nice lady but at the same she was costing us because people would try to avoid her. They would leave and go across the street," said Nick Yorgakaros, who owns a pizzeria on the street where Holloway would often perform. Soon after her arrests, she got the help she needed, said Rosemarie Paine, a lawyer and friend who represented her for free. Holloway got into a facility offering treatment for substance abuse and got medication for her mental illness. She later moved into a nursing home. "She was able to come to terms with who she was and overcome a lot of her struggles with mental illness," Paine said. As word spread about Holloway's death, friends said they were amazed that she managed to make art amid her chaotic life. A New York playwright who worked with Holloway is hoping to stage a play about her. There is also talk of a movie. "It is entirely fitting with the tragic trajectory of Margaret's life that artistic recognition and interest come too late to do her any good," Dailey said. "But still, I'm sure she would be pleased." Michael Casey, The Associated Press

Marlins finally get to go home after beating Blue Jays 14-11

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 21:37
BUFFALO, N.Y. - If Magneuris Sierra and the Miami Marlins were looking for special souvenirs to bring home from their extra long road trip, they found them with a big extra-inning win and a hold on first place. Sierra hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and the Marlins overcame Toronto's seven home runs to outlast the Blue Jays 14-11 Wednesday night in the final game of their season-opening, three-week odyssey. "It seems like the perfect game to end this trip, a game out of the ordinary," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. After this detour to Sahlen Field, Miami finally gets to play its pandemic-delayed opener at Marlins Park. Miami has an off day before facing Atlanta for three games to start a seven-game homestand. The Marlins' grueling road swing began with a trip to Atlanta on July 21 for a pair of exhibition games and moved on to Philadelphia for a season-opening, three-game series. The Marlins, however, had their return home delayed when an outbreak of COVID-19 occurred, forcing seven games to be postponed and a quarantine in Philadeelphia. Despite the travel woes, the Marlins have had at least a share of first place in the NL East every day so far this season. "This trip had a little bit of everything, right? We've hung in there. We've played pretty good ball," Mattingly said. "We had a disaster at the beginning in Philly. I don't know how to describe it." "We had a fire alarm at the hotel last night at midnight. It just goes on and on, right? And then this game. It was a good trip from the standpoint of wins." Up 8-0 early, the Marlins watched Toronto rally to tie it. Marlins outfielder Jon Berti scored on Sierra's two-run single that made it 13-11. "It will be exciting to get home and play in Miami," Berti said. "What we went through is only going to make us stronger." Bo Bichette went 5 for 5 for the Blue Jays, a day after homering during a 10-inning win in their first game at their new Buffalo home. He connected again as Toronto became the fourth team in major league history to lose while slugging at least seven homers. The Marlins. meanwhile, are the first National League team to win a game while allowing seven home runs. Jesus Aguilar drove in four runs with three hits, including an RBI single in the 10th. Travis Shaw hit two homers for the Blue Jays, including the 100th of his career. Teoscar Hernandez, Rowdy Tellez and Danny Jansen each hit two-run homers while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bichette added solo shots. The last time a team lost while hitting at least seven homers came when the Chicago White Sox hit seven and fell to Toronto on June 25, 2016. According to Stats by STATS, the Blue Jays are the first team in MLB history to have at least 18 hits and seven home runs in a game and still lose. In addition, Bichette became the first shortstop in the modern era to reach base safely six times, hit a home run and steal two bases in the same game. "It was great to see us coming back, and knowing what we can do," Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. "We didn't make the plays and those guys have been playing good. They took advantage and we didn't make the plays or the big pitches after the errors. We paid the price." Toronto last hit at least seven homers when they struck for eight in a 17-11 win against Tampa Bay on Aug 7, 2010. Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer in the Miami first. The two games in Buffalo might suggest that there's a jetstream in the ballpark which, along with the win, could be enough to give the Marlins' plane home a good push forward after squandering a big lead. Bichette, who previously played at the field for Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, didn't agree. "We just hit the ball well tonight," Bichette said. "I don't think this park is doing us any favours, When I was here, it wasn't necessarily a hitters' park. I think every ball we hit (tonight) would have been out (of the park) anywhere." Brandon Kintzler (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings to earn the win. Josh Smith, the ninth pitcher utilized by the Marlins, worked the 10th and earned his first save. Bichette drew a walk in the 10th, giving the Blue Jays two on with no outs, but Smith escaped the jam. Bichette is 13 for 29 (.448) during a seven-game hitting streak. Rafael Doliz (0-1) took the loss. TRAINER'S ROOM Marlins: Some of the Marlins players who were placed on the injured list last week following a COVID-19 outbreak have applied for reinstatement. "How long that takes, I'm not sure," Mattingly said before the game. ... Reliever Mike Morin left the game after delivering only two pitches in the sixth inning. He retired Randal Grichuk on his first pitch and got a strike on Tellez, but arched his back with an apparent upper-body concern. UP NEXT Marlins: Friday's return home will feature right-hander Pablo Lopez (1-1, 1.80 ERA) taking on Braves righthander Kyle Wright (0-2, 6.75). Blue Jays: After an off day on Thursday, Toronto will host Tampa Bay for a three-game series, with righthander Tanner Roark (1-1, 5.63) facing starting against fellow righty Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 5.56) for the Rays. _____ More AP MLB: and Mike Haim, The Associated Press

Ball python that went missing in Victoria found hiding under vehicle

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 21:00
VICTORIA - Police say a large snake that went missing somewhere in a Victoria-area neighbourhood was found hiding under a vehicle. Victoria police issued a statement saying the nearly 1.4-metre-long ball python, which had been reported missing on Aug. 4, was found Wednesday just before 6 p.m. They say a patrol officer who is familiar with snakes took the animal into custody without incident. The snake has been transported to a veterinary hospital for assessment, but appears to be in good health. The reptile was reported missing not far from Victoria West Park and the Galloping Goose regional trail, a popular walking and cycling trail. Ball pythons are not venomous but police say a snake of that size could be a risk to pets or other smaller creatures. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020   The Canadian Press

Carter Hart, Flyers beat Canadiens 2-1 in Game 1

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 20:57
TORONTO - Carter Hart made 27 saves, Joel Farabee scored 16 seconds after Montreal tied the game, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Canadiens 2-1 in the opener of their first-round playoff series Wednesday. Ivan Provorov had the other goal for the Flyers, who will look to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven matchup Friday afternoon. Shea Weber replied for the Canadiens, while Carey Price stopped 29 shots in the loss. Montreal, the final club in the NHL's 24-team restart, stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins - who had the NHL's seventh-best record when the schedule was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic five months ago - 3-1 in the best-of-five qualifying round to book a place in the usual 16-slot playoff bracket. Philadelphia, meanwhile, sat fourth of four teams vying for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but beat the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning by a combined 11-3 scoreline in the round-robin tournament to grab top spot. Down 1-0 after a tentative first, the Canadiens showed more life and got even at 14:38 of the second when their power play, which came in a league-worst 0 for 12 in the post-season, finally connected. Hart stopped Weber's one-time blast, but the puck popped out of a crowd in front to the Montreal captain, who snapped home his third. The teams were even for exactly 16 seconds, however, as Farabee picked up his own rebound deflection on what looked like a nothing play to score his second. Montreal, which sat 18 points behind Philadelphia in the standings back in March, had some chances earlier in the period, with Arrturi Lehkonen coming close with the teams playing 4-on-4 before Flyers captain Claude Giroux hit the post off an offensive zone faceoff. Lehkonen then fell down on a potential 2-on-0 as Montreal didn't even get a shot off. That set the stage for an incredible sequence that could have ended in a Philadelphia goal - or a serious injury - at the other end. Scott Laughton, who entered with a team-leading five points, took a behind-the-back feed from Kevin Hayes with Price completely out of position. Canadiens rookie centre Nick Suzuki found himself in front the vacated net as Laughton wound up for a point-blank slapshot, but Montreal's goalie made a miraculous, desperation stick stop to save a goal, and potentially Suzuki from a trip to the dentist or doctor. Hart, who grew up idolizing Price, then made a good stop on Paul Byron on a 3-on-1 break before Weber and Farabee traded goals. Price made a big stop on Hayes early in the third, and then held the fort on a 4-on-3 power play that saw Sean Couturier come close from the doorstep.  Philadelphia got another power play with under nine minutes to go, but the best chance came after the penalty expired when former Canadiens centre Nate Thompson - dealt at the trade deadline with Montreal out having thrown in the towel on the season - somehow missed a tap-in from the lip of the crease.  Montreal had a chance with Price on the bench for an extra attacker, but Hart denied Phillip Danault in tight before Suzuki hit the crossbar with under 30 seconds to go. Philadelphia killed the game off from to grab a 1-0 lead in the series. Flyers winger Jakub Voracek returned to the lineup after missing his team's final two round-robin games, and made an immediate impact on a Philadelphia power play that entered 0 for 11 since the restart. Provorov's one-timer from the point tipped off Byron's stick up high and snuck its way through Price with Voracek providing a screen at 8:54. Hart didn't have a lot to do as the Flyers held an early 7-1 lead on the shot clock, but Lehkonen stole the puck and moved in alone before just sliding a backhand wide. The Canadiens got a scare later in the period when Derek Grant bowled Price over after getting shoved by Xavier Ouellet off the rush. The Montreal netminder, whose leg folded awkwardly underneath him for a split second, faked like he was going to give Grant a blocker to the face in retaliation - perhaps channelling former Flyers goalie and noted pugilist Ron Hextall - but held back before scrum ensued in the crease. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

Raptors rally past Sixers to give Griffin a coaching win

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:43
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Stanley Johnson scored the tiebreaking basket in the lane with 4.9 seconds remaining, giving the Toronto Raptors a 125-121 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday that made a winner of Adrian Griffin. Raptors coach Nick Nurse let his assistant coach run the team and they responded with a late run from the bottom of their bench, long after Philadelphia's Joel Embiid had ended his night, to improve to 6-1 in the restart. "Tomorrow back to reality, but it was an awesome feeling," Griffin said. Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher each scored 19 points for the Raptors. Norman Powell had 17 and Pascal Siakam finished with 15. Embiid played just the first half after missing a game with a left ankle injury. He also took a hit on the hand in this one and finished with five points in 14 minutes. Tobias Harris scored 22 points and Furkan Korkmaz had 21 for the 76ers, who became locked into the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference earlier Wednesday, securing a first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics. They've already lost All-Star Ben Simmons to knee surgery and hope Embiid will be at his best, but will have to be ready no matter who they have. "We've had different lineups from the start to now and if you were to look at our team, a big word for us would be just being able to adapt," Harris said. "To adapt to who's in, who's out, how we're going to play and what we're going to do moving forward." Griffin said Nurse approached him with the opportunity to coach and the Raptors pulled it out for him by rallying from 10 down midway through the fourth quarter, and six down with under 2 minutes to play. He got a chance to draw up a winning play after calling timeout with 18 seconds left. The 76ers blocked a shot but it came right back to Johnson, who softly put it in. The Sixers then threw away the ensuing inbounds pass. Lowry said the players forgot to give Griffin a game ball, but the Raptors expect he'll get a head coaching opportunity in the NBA soon and will get plenty of other chances. "We were really excited for him," Powell said. "We wanted to go out there and play hard and help him get his win as a head coach. I thought we did that throughout the game." The Raptors' first-round series against No. 7 Brooklyn had already been set. TIP-INS Raptors: Boucher had nine rebounds and four blocks. ... The Raptors went 3-1 against the 76ers, winning the series for the seventh straight season. 76ers: Philadelphia is 3-4 in the restart. ... Alec Burks, who scored a team-high 23 points in a loss to Phoenix in the last game, sat out with left foot soreness. COACH'S CHANCE Griffin praised Nurse for giving him an opportunity to get head coaching experience in a game. "I think Coach is an awesome human being. He understands a coach like me needs some reps," Griffin said. "Being a head coach, he knows my ambitions and he wants to see me grow as an individual on and off the court, so definitely just an awesome gesture by Coach." HISTORY LESSON 76ers coach Brett Brown said the shirt he wore before the game, featuring a white figure with his arm around a Black one, was designed by Spurs guard Patty Mills, an Australian. Brown explained that for those who didn't know Mills' Aboriginal history, his mother came from what was called the "stolen generation," which he said was "a cleansing of their version of Black children being brought into white suburban Adelaide." "And so this American thing that we're going through with George Floyd and the flash points that we've all experienced here in the United States, it's not unique to this nation," added Brown, who worked with Mills on the Spurs and Australia's national team. UP NEXT Raptors: Play Denver on Friday. 76ers: Play Houston on Friday. ___ More AP NBA: and The Associated Press

Manitoba RCMP laughing after suspect mistakes unmarked police car for taxi

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:28
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. - Manitoba RCMP are laughing after an intoxicated man jumped into the back seat of an unmarked police cruiser he mistook for a taxi. "Take me to 17th Street, bro," the would-be passenger told the Mountie behind the wheel early Sunday morning in Portage la Prairie. RCMP say it turned out the 19-year-old was a suspect in a report about a drunken man causing a disturbance. "I think at that time he knew he had made quite the mistake," Cpl. Julie Courchaine said Wednesday. "(Officers) just took him back to the detachment where he could have time to sober up." RCMP were posting messages about the case of mistaken police car identity on social media. "It is just kind of a funny situation that we wanted to share with the public," said Courchaine. "It's not always doom and gloom - there are some funny aspects of our job and sometimes it's nice to let the public know about those things." RCMP say the man was released without charges. (CTV Winnipeg)  This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 12, 2020 The Canadian Press

Bruins beat Hurricanes 4-3 in 2 OT in game delayed 15 hours

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:05
TORONTO - Patrice Bergeron scored early in the second ovetime and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Wednesday in Game 1 of their first-round series that was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start. The game scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday night started the next morning at 11 after the Columbus Blue Jackets-Tampa Bay Lightning series opener went five overtimes. Hurricanes-Bruins Game 1 wasn't quite the same marathon with Bergeron scoring 1:13 into the second extra period. But it had plenty of theatre from Carolina's surprise scratches to a controversial goal and video review. Joel Edmundson, who wasn't with the Hurricanes last year and joined them in a trade from the St. Louis Blues after winning the Stanley Cup, opened the scoring 13:02 into the first period. The way Boston tied it was plenty familiar, with its fearsome first line of Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak connecting. Bergeron won a faceoff to Marchand, who fed it to Pastrnak for the league-leading goal-scorer to finish it off at the 17:45 mark of the first. The Bruins took the lead when Charlie Coyle scored 4:38 into the second. But goaltender Petr Mrazek was livid, and coach Rod Brind'Amour challenged for what the Hurricanes thought was a missed hand pass by Boston's Brett Ritchie. Officials and the NHL's situation room ruled that Mrazek trying to cover the puck negated the hand pass. Brind'Amour was fined for his postgame comments. ISLANDERS 4, CAPITALS 2 Josh Bailey scored a shorthanded goal 6:52 into the third period and New York overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Washington in a hard-hitting opener to the first-round playoff series. Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee scored 1:54 apart spanning the second intermission. Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots and Anthony Beauvillier sealed it by scoring with 8:05 remaining in a game the Islanders overcame their own lack of discipline in allowing the Capitals seven power-play opportunities. T.J. Oshie scored on consecutive power-play opportunities five minutes apart in the second period for Washington. The Capitals finished the game without top-line forward Nicklas Backstrom. Lee set the physical tone of the game by knocking over Backstrom with a late hit in the opening minutes, which led to the Islanders captain fighting Washington defenceman John Carlson. The Capitals did not provide any details in announcing Backstrom would not return after playing seven shifts. AVALANCHE 3, COYOTES 0 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and Colorado opened the playoffs with a victory over Arizona. Colorado dominated the Coyotes through the first two periods, outshooting them 29-7, yet couldn't get anything past goalie Darcy Kuemper. Grubauer made the saves when he had to for his second career playoff shutout and Kadri broke a scoreless tie by punching in a rebound on a power play with 7 minutes left. The Avalanche broke it open from there. Compher scored on a backhanded rebound and Mikko Rantanen made it three goals in 1:23 to give Colorado the lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 2 on Friday. The Associated Press

School districts navigate back-to-school guidelines

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:29
The provincial government is leaving the bulk of back-to-school planning to the 27 individual school divisions. As of Tuesday, there are two levels of guidelines for divisions to work within. The Chinook School Division released its reopen plan on Aug. 4, following the provincial governments first level of regulations. It includes increased cleaning, a strict stay at home policy for staff and students feeling ill, voluntary mask use and avoiding shared equipment. Approximately 6,000 students attend the division’s 62 schools in the southwest. Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools in Melville, Theodore and Yorkton have released a 27-page document details its plans for back-to-school procedures. It outlines developing strategies for hygiene, physical contact, managing guests, and extra-curricular activities. The plan also includes what will happen if a student, parent or staff member becomes ill. The division is not making face masks mandatory, but says they should be used “when all other controls have been fully explored.” The Creighton School Division begins its reopen plan by highlighting that it will evolve as the COVID-19 pandemic does. In a document released on Aug. 1, the district is following similar conditions as aforementioned divisions regarding hygiene, what to do when a child or employee is ill and cohorting classes. It will also observe staggered start times and lunch breaks to avoid crowds. Masks are only required for staff in close contact with a sick student. In a tweet, the Good Spirit School Division, which oversees 26 schools in East-Central Saskatchewan, is revising its plan following the provincial government’s level two guidelines announced on Tuesday. Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division (RCSSD) will follow strict hygiene, cleaning and distancing guidelines in the fall semester. As is common among the divisions at this point masks are not required in most circumstances. Holy Trinity Catholic Schools says it will begin the year observing the province’s level two guidelines. Individual schools in the division will manage start times to minimize physical contact, according to the plan released Tuesday. As the board operates on level two masks will be mandatory for students in grade four to 12 in common areas. The Horizon School Division, based in Humboldt with 43 schools in east-central Saskatchewan, will minimize physical contact when available, encourage frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Masks for students are recommended but not required. In the Ile-a-la-Crosse School Division, field trips are cancelled for now. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms and will be assigned to a cohort. Masks and face shields will be available at the schools but not required. The Light of Christ RCSSD, based in the North Battleford area, will require schools to have more hand sanitizer and cleaning products. Students will only be allowed to bring backpacks, lunch kits, water bottles and outwear between home and school. Masks will only be required when staff members interact with a student showing symptoms. The Living Sky School Division plans to follow heightened cleaning and physical distancing rules when classes start in the fall. In an update posted on the division’s website on Aug. 7, it said it would review level two of the province’s guidelines and update its plan. The Lloydminster Catholic School Division has not released a plan for resuming classes in the fall but the public division has an outline. Public schools will have staggered start, recess and lunchtimes. Visitors to the school and students on buses will be required to wear masks. Staff and students will receive two reusable cloth masks when they arrive on Sept. 1. Classrooms for the around 5,000 students in the Northeast School Division will change from pre-pandemic setups to include more hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, distance markers on floors and seating plans. The Northern Lights School Division calls its return to school plan a living document. At this point, personal protective equipment (PPE) is not required unless caring for an ill student. Board members plan to collaborate with local health experts to keep the plan as up to date and safe as possible. The Northwest School Division will follow standard hygiene, cleaning and distancing rules. The only time masks will be required is when staff are in close contact with a sick student. The Prairie South School Division plans to stagger recess and snack breaks and reduce physical contact. Currently, people will only be able to access schools for essential purposes. Before and after school programs won’t start until Sept. 14 or later. The Prairie Spirit School Division is conducting a parent survey following the province’s level two guidelines. It closes at noon on Aug. 17. Before level two was announced the board, which educates more than 11,000 students, released a return to school format. The Prairie Valley School Division plans to begin the year at level two. Staff and students from grades four to 12 will be required to wear masks in high traffic areas and anywhere two-metre physical distancing can not be maintained. The division will provide one reusable mask to students when they return to class. Class resumes on Sept. 1 for students in Prince Albert Catholic Schools. Increased cleaning and handwashing measures will be in place along with changes to ensure safe distancing. The Regina Catholic School Division will require students from grades four to 12 and all staff to wear masks. In a statement, the division says it’s board of trustees made the decision last week and are pleased the province included the provision in Tuesday’s update. Regina Public Schools will be doing the same and requiring mask use. Children in kindergarten to grade three don’t need to wear masks but are encouraged to have non-medical masks at school. The board is currently finalizing its full formal return to school guidelines. Parents in the Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division will have to wait for a revised plan as well. The original plan included physical distancing guidelines, cleaning plans and other safety strategies. SRPSD School Re-Entry Plan Revised Students on buses to Saskatoon School Division schools will have to wear a face mask. Student between grades four and 12 must wear it for the remainder of the school day when they can’t keep their distance. Staff and visitors to public schools, including parents and caregivers, will be required to wear a mask. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools will resume in-class lessons on Sept. 1 for more than 19,000 students in the Bridge City and surrounding area. Assigned seating, signage and plexiglass barriers will be implemented in shared spaces. Children returning to class in the South East Cornerstone School Division will notice increased hygiene and physical distancing measures. Staff and students are welcome to wear masks but it is not mandatory at this time. Finally, the Sun West School Division’s re-entry plan was published on Aug. 1. It focuses on similar safety and hygiene requirements as students go back to class. Masks are only required when around a sick student or when distancing can’t be maintained. Masks and hand sanitizer will be delivered to schools prior for the first day of class.  

Avalanche score 3 third-period goals to beat Coyotes 3-0

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:21
EDMONTON - Colorado dominated well into the third period with nothing to show for it. All that firepower and the Avalanche could not solve Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper. Once they broke through, an avalanche of goals followed, giving Colorado a hard-earned win to open the Stanley Cup playoffs. Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and Colorado opened the best-of-seven playoffs with a 3-0 victory over the Coyotes on Wednesday. "It was an easy game for us to get frustrated in," Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson said. "We played well the majority of the game and they locked it down. We just stuck with it, knew it was going to come." Colorado dominated the Coyotes through the first two periods, outshooting them 29-7, yet couldn't get anything past Kuemper. Grubauer made the saves when he had to for his second career playoff shutout and Kadri broke a scoreless tie by punching in a rebound on a power play with 7 minutes left. The Avalanche broke it open from there. Compher scored on a backhanded rebound and Mikko Rantanen made it three goals in 1:23 to give Colorado the lead heading into Game 2 on Friday. "We weren't a real dangerous team, but we did capitalize on the chances we did get," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. Kuemper stopped 152 shots in four games against Nashville in the Stanley Cup qualifiers and was superb again, making several spectacular saves to keep the Coyotes in it. He finished with 37 saves. Arizona's offence didn't give him much help. The Coyotes are used to counterattacking, but 14 shots against a high-scoring team like Colorado isn't going to cut it. "Our group is comfortable playing in a game like that," Coyotes forward Derek Stepan said. "Although their shots were getting higher, we're fine with that. We just got to start generating more on the offensive side of things." Arizona benefited when when the NHL expanded the post-season bubbles to 12 teams per conference and took advantage, knocking off Nashville 3-1 in the Stanley Cup qualifiers. Kuemper was superb, stopping 152 shots, and the Coyotes had production throughout the lineup, with 16 players notching at least a point, 11 scoring a goal. The Avalanche presented a much bigger problem. The No. 2 seed in the West, Colorado is one of the NHL's most dynamic scoring teams, led by Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon, and has scoring depth across its lines. The Avalanche had the Coyotes on their heels in the first period, peppering Kuemper with 13 shots while Arizona managed just three. The Coyotes thrive in the rope-a-dope, though, and escaped the first period with a scoreless tie. Arizona had some better stretches in the second period, yet had to be bailed out by numerous difficult saves by Kuemper to keep it scoreless while being outshot 16-4. "It's Darcy, Darcy, Darcy and that's it," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. Colorado didn't get frustrated and finally wore down the Coyotes in the third period, turning a tight game into a runaway in a span of 83 seconds. Kadri got it started after Stepan was hit with an interference penalty on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on a call the Coyotes didn't agree with. "It's a tough job, but I really disagree with that call in the Stanley Cup playoffs," Stepan said. Compher scored on a rebound right after Kadri's goal and Rantanen put it out of reach, one-timing a cross-crease pass from MacKinnon. "We were talking in the intermission about patience," Rantanen said. "We were creating a lot of chances, but couldn't find of the net. We knew it was coming." Notes: Coyotes C Nick Schmaltz missed his fifth straight game with a head injury, but could return soon. ... Colorado went 1 for 2 on the power play, Arizona 0 for 2. ... Arizona G Antti Raanta missed his third straight game since suffering a pregame injury before Game 2 against Nashville. UP NEXT Game 2 is Friday in Edmonton. ___ More AP NHL: and The Associated Press