High school rugby cancelled across province due to safety, insurance concerns

Susan Bradley · CBC News 

He said the federation requested statistics covering the past five years about the number of injuries in different school sports. The specific statistics examined were total number of injuries and concussions or possible concussions.

For concussions or possible concussions, the numbers showed 149 in rugby, 33 in hockey, 32 in football and 26 in soccer.

“The data was quite eye-opening,” said Gallant.

For total number of injuries, the statistics showed 454 in rugby, 187 in hockey, 162 in football and 158 in soccer.

‘A difficult decision’

“It’s a significantly larger number than all the others,” said Gallant. “It’s unfortunate. It’s a difficult decision for the board and sometimes those hard decisions are. This has been in the making.”

The numbers provided don’t show how many athletes played the sports in the past five years.

Claire Avery, a rugby player at Charles P. Allen High School, said she and her teammates were shocked and devastated by the news.

She said the sport is welcoming to everybody.

“We do not make cuts in this sport for a reason — because it takes every body type, every type of person,” said Avery. “You need leaders, you need followers. Now that we are not getting to play, you have girls that are now sitting and not doing any activity.”

On Thursday afternoon, a petition titled “Bring Rugby back to NS schools” began to circulate. It has already generated more than 6,500 signatures.

Rugby Nova Scotia president Geno Carew said the group has asked to meet with the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation about the decision to cancel school rugby. (CBC)

Brooklyn Peyton, who plays rugby for Lockview High School in Fall River, hoped she would go to university on a rugby scholarship.

She said she’s blown away by the news of the cancellation.

‘I just love the team’

“I started with this team, it’s important to me, they are like family,” she said. My coach means a lot to me, he’s kind of like my second dad … I just love the team.”

She and other rugby players at Lockview plan to wear their jerseys to school Friday and play some informal games on the school field to show their support for the team.

Rugby players at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford, N.S. (Submitted by Claire Avery)

Her dad, Larry Peyton, said his daughter is passionate about rugby and gets up at 4:15 a.m. to train.

“That’s the commitment and dedication level that I’ve never seen her have with anything else,” he said. “This is a sport where I don’t ever have to look at her and say, ‘You need to practice.'”

He said he hopes the federation will listen to coaches, players and parents and reverse the decision.

‘We don’t want to wrap our kids in bubble wrap’

“You can have a chance for injury if you ride to school on a school bus, buses get into accidents,” said Larry Peyton. “We don’t want to wrap our kids in bubble wrap and put a fragile sticker on them. ”

Tony Lindley, the rugby coach at Eastern Shore High School, has been involved in the sport for the past 32 years as a player, referee and coach.

“I feel very sorry for the kids. The kids are just devastated by what I’ve heard from from our athletic director at the school,” he said.

“We just can’t believe the decision. I’m just speechless actually.”

Rugby Nova Scotia president Geno Carew said the organization has received “pretty much non-stop” texts, calls and emails since the news broke.

“They want to know what they can do to get the decision reversed,” he said.

Once the group has met with the school sports federation to find out more about the cancellation, he said Rugby Nova Scotia will formulate a response.

Suncor CEO: Alberta oil cuts, close the taps bill are unwelcome interventions

By Dan Healing

THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY _ The new CEO of Suncor Energy Inc. says he doesn’t want the Alberta government to carry through on its threat to cut off shipments of oil and refined products to B.C. if its western neighbour continues to interfere with pipeline growth.

Following the company’s annual meeting in Calgary on Thursday, Mark Little said any such action resulting from the proclamation of Bill 12 by the new United Conservative government this week would create a barrier between Suncor’s refinery assets in the Edmonton area and its customers in British Columbia.

He said Suncor is using the Trans Mountain pipeline to the West Coast now to bring gasoline and diesel to the B.C. market and it supports pipeline expansion so that it can grow that market.

“We’re hoping that through the government’s negotiations this can get sorted out, because the last thing we want to do is have an impediment in serving our customers,” he said.

He added he views the Alberta bill as  “a fairly significant intervention into a market to try to resolve a dispute.”

Earlier in the day, Little told analysts on a conference call that Suncor remains opposed to another Alberta market intervention, its oil production curtailments, in spite of their “slightly positive” impact on first-quarter financial results.

The results show the value of Suncor’s integrated business model and extensive pipeline contracts at a time of turmoil in the industry, he said.

“In the fourth quarter of 2018, there were low benchmark prices with wide heavy and light crude oil differentials. Whereas, in the first quarter of 2019, there were higher benchmark prices and narrow differentials,” Little said.

“Both quarters, we were able to generate significant funds from operations.”

Little officially took over as chief executive from Steve Williams at the annual meeting in downtown Calgary. Williams was given a standing ovation by shareholders after a speech about the company’s accomplishments during his seven years as CEO.

Alberta’s decision to impose quotas on its biggest oil producers was designed to free up pipeline space and draw down crude storage after price discounts on western Canadian oil spiked last autumn.

The move is supported by oilsands producers like Cenovus Energy Inc., whose CEO pointed out last week the resulting higher prices have helped boost royalties to Alberta’s treasury.

But it’s opposed by rivals such as Imperial Oil Ltd. and Husky Energy Inc. who note that crude-by-rail exports plunged to 131,000 barrels per day in February from an all-time high of 354,000 bpd in December which means oil export capacity was actually reduced.

Both points are accurate, said Little, but he added the confusion means Suncor and others are reluctant to spend money on new projects.

The UCP government has supported curtailments brought in by the NDP and favours gradually reducing the cuts over the coming year.

Suncor said its quota strategy involved maximizing highly profitable upgraded synthetic crude oil volumes, while throttling back lower-margin mined raw bitumen, a move that has temporarily increased its operating costs per barrel.

The company said average realized bitumen prices jumped to $62.92 per barrel at Fort Hills in the first quarter, up from $30.57 in the fourth quarter of 2018, as oil price discounts eased.

Its shares were down 1.4 per cent by 2:30 local time on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday despite good marks given by financial analysts on its results released late Wednesday.

The Calgary-based oilsands producer and refining giant reported net income for the first three months of the year that beat analyst expectations thanks to higher oil prices, record downstream results, growing oilsands production and a $264-million after-tax insurance gain on its assets in Libya.

Net earnings were $1.47 billion or 93 cents per share in the quarter, up from $789 million or 48 cents in the same period of 2018.

Its operating profit came to $1.2 billion, compared with $985 million in the first quarter of 2018.

It had total oilsands production of 657,000 barrels per day in the first quarter, compared with 572,000 bpd a year earlier, thanks to gains at the expanded Fort Hills oilsands mine and higher contributions from the Syncrude mine and upgrader, in which it has a 58.7 per cent stake.

The company says refining and marketing delivered record operating earnings of $1 billion, up from $789 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Suncor said production from its East Coast offshore Hebron project increased to 18,300 bpd (net to Suncor) and is continuing to grow following the completion of a fifth production well in the first quarter.

It said first oil was achieved ahead of schedule in the quarter at the Oda project offshore Norway, in which it has a 30 per cent stake.

20 Mother’s Day Quotes That Help Express Just How Much You Love Mom

20 Mother’s Day Quotes That Help Express Just How Much You Love Mom

Mother’s Day lands on Sunday, May 12 this year, and if you can’t seem to find the right words to express how much you love yours, we’ve got you covered. She’s on duty the other 364 days a year, so when that special Sunday rolls around, give Mom her due respect. These sweet Mother’s Day quotes and sayings celebrate her daily selfless acts, her always giving heart, and her superhuman feats that never cease to amaze you.

Amy Tan

A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.

Alicia Keys

My mom is definitely my rock.

Unknown

A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.

Unknown

Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.

Jessica Lange

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.

Robert Browning

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.

Rudyard Kipling

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.

Washington Irving

A mother’s love endures through all.

George Washington

All I am I owe to my mother.

Mitch Albom

When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find.

READ MORE HERE: 

20 Mother’s Day Quotes

Source: Good House Keeping

 

Canada Road Safety Week 2019

Canada Road Safety Week is an enforcement-driven initiative led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and more specifically by the CACP’s Traffic Safety Committee. It is designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures in order to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

This road safety awareness campaign is part of the broader Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which aims to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. To this end, the campaign is focused on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users most at risk:

  • Alcohol-impaired driving
  • Drug-impaired driving
  • Fatigue-impaired driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Not wearing a seatbelt

In 2019, Canada Road Safety Week will take place from Tuesday May 14th to Monday May20th. Each day of Canada Road Safety Week will be dedicated to a different road safety risk factor, with Saturday, May 18th being designated National Enforcement Day.

All enforcement agencies across the country are invited to actively participate in this campaign and to encourage citizens in their respective community to adopt safe driving practices.

Canada Road Safety Week Toolkit

  • Poster: Promoting the theme and focus for Canada Road Safety Week
  • Briefer: Key messages to facilitate media interviews
  • Fact sheet: A list of facts and stats pertaining to each of the various road safety issues being addressed during Canada Road Safety Week. These can be useful to support media relations or social media initiatives.
  • Media advisory template: An invitation to the local media to attend the local CRSW initiative(s) to be undertaken by an individual police service. (Coming soon)
  • News release template: An overview of the campaign and insight into the initiative(s) undertaken by an individual police service. (Coming soon)
  • Social media content: A list of proposed images and messages to be used on Twitter and/or Facebook during the week of the campaign.

 

Over lack of health insurance, resources female pro hockey players boycott all leagues

Reuters

More than 200 women‘s hockey players, including the game’s biggest names, said on Thursday they will not play in any North American league next season as part of a boycott they hope will bring about a more economically viable league.

The group, which includes Olympic gold medallists Marie-Philip Poulin of Canada and American Hilary Knight, said they cannot make a sustainable living playing in the women‘s professional game.

“Having no health insurance and making as low as two thousand dollars a season means players can’t adequately train and prepare to play at the highest level,” the players said in a statement released on their social media accounts.

“Because of that, together as players, we will not play in ANY professional leagues in North America this season until we get the resources that professional hockey demands and deserves.”

The decision comes a little over a month after the sudden demise of the six-team Canadian Women‘s Hockey League (CWHL) left the future of women‘s professional hockeyin disarray with many top players without a club team to play for.

The CWHL’s decision left the five-team National Women‘s Hockey League (NWHL), founded in 2015 and based exclusively in the United States, as the only professionalhockey option for women in North America.

The NWHL, which had an average attendance of 954 at its 46 games during the 2018-19 season, did not immediately respond when asked how the boycott could affect its operations.

While the possibility of not playing professionally in North America next season could soon become a reality the players feel the boycott is the best way to see the creation of a single, economically viable professional league.

“This is the moment we’ve been waiting for – our moment to come together and say we deserve more,” the players said.

“It’s time for a long-term viable professional league that will showcase the greatest product of women‘s professional hockey in the world.”

Players, and even the commissioners, from the NWHL and now-defunct CWHL have previously said a single women‘s professional league in North America would be best for the sport.

Many pundits have suggested the ideal outcome for women‘s hockey in North America would be if the National Hockey League, home to the top men’s players, provided its infrastructure, marketing and branding to unite the two leagues.

But the NHL, which has provided financial support to women‘s hockey, has previously said it was hesitant about assuming control over either league because it does not believe in their models.

In an emailed statement to Global News, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the hockey league needs more information.

“The NWHL is an existing league with an existing organization and business plan. We do not intend to interfere with their business or their objectives,” Daly said.

“At the same time, we continue to support the objective of allowing for the opportunity of the best women hockey players in the world to play the sport at the professional level.

“We will further explore the situation privately before taking any affirmative position on next steps.”

In an emailed statement on Thursday, the NWHL said it was offering higher salaries to players and was confident in a new season.

“We are offering increased salaries and a 50-50 revenue split from league-level sponsorship and media rights deals,” the NWHL said. “Coming off an incredible 2018-19, we are confident another fantastic season is ahead”

The group of women who have come together say they feel a sense of responsibility to leave the game in better shape than when they entered it.

“While we have all accomplished so much, there is no greater accomplishment than what we have the potential to do right here and right now – not just for this generation of players, but for the generations to come,” the players’ statement read.

“With that purpose, we are coming together, not just as individual players, but as one collective voice to help navigate the future and protect the players needs.”

Most flood victims will need to rely on gov’t compensation

CTV Montreal

Most flood victims will have to rely on the government for compensation and not their insurance companies, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Only 30% of Quebecers have the kind of flood insurance introduced in Quebec in 2017 that will qualify them for compensation – many didn’t qualify, didn’t think they’d need it, or decided the premiums were too hefty.

“If they were flooded and they don’t have the flood endorsement in their home policy then their option is to file a claim with the government for financial assistance,” said Pierre Babinsky of the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Flood victim Mark Zousmin has the insurance, and is dealing with his second flood in three years.

“Before the flood of 2017, I paid approximately $700 – 800 per year and after, they increased it to almost $1,500. I like this area but if they consider it in a flood zone and everybody is supposed to move, I will have no choice,” he said.

The provincial government said it’s working to improve the compensation process, announcing Wednesday a minister’s ‘action group,’ so flood victims get money faster and look toward the future.

“What’s been simplified is that people can know faster how much money they are entitled to receive and they can get this money faster,” said Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault.

Those going through it now say so far, it’s the same story as two years ago.

“The insurance companies say call the city, the city says call the government,” said flood victim Serge Lafleur. “In the end, it’s us that have to pay.”

The Insurance Bureau of Canada said it’s working with the federal government to create a funding program to help flood victims.

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