Canada monitors CN Rail labor dispute ahead of Oct. 21 talks
Take a look back at the best fights from the 2012-13 season . In the first of six exhibition meetings between the two rivals ahead of Februarys Sochi Olympics on Saturday, a hit on Canada goalie Shannon Szabados late in the third period sparked a full-on line brawl Saturday in Burlington, Vt. University of North Dakota product Jocelyne Lamoureux delivered the blow, prompting ex-University of New Hampshire Wildcat Courtney Birchard to accost her in the corner. Fighting in hockey is a rare sight on the international stage (especially in the womens game), but according to Team Canada captain Hayley Wickenheiser, this isnt the first dustup the two world powers have been involved in. We had a similar scrap in 2010, so I guess we have one every Olympic cycle to get it out of our system, Wickenheiser told reporters after the game, via Canoe.ca . It was kind of fun to see, and it brought a lot of intensity to another dog fight with these guys. There are few, if any, blowouts in this series. Canada, the defending Olympic champion, took home a 3-2 win in Game 1. Check out the brawl in the video below, with a stick tap to The Big Lead : Some of the highlights: 0:09 One of the announcers repeatedly says “Oh yeah!” as the brawl begins. 0:35 A true logistical challenge of brawling with cages over your face becomes all too apparent. 0:44 US goalie Brianne McLaughlin is not impressed. 0:55 The camera operator loses focus. 1:03 Everyone is pretty well spent.
“We played probably 18 minutes of really hard-nosed USA hockey, so we’ve got a ways to go,” Stone said after Canada built a 3-0 lead and absorbed the USA’s late two-goal counterattack. “We kind of floundered a little bit early on but we’ll get there,” Stone said. “The good news is we came on as the game went on. We scored two goals, we put a ton of pressure on them at the end We need to start faster.” Canada had the edge in offensive zone time in a scoreless first period, netted two goals in the second and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third. The USA broke through with a two-player advantage power play goal at mid-third, cut the deficit to one with 5:31 remaining and drove hard to the finish. Those final minutes included not only several good USA chances but a skirmish that earned two players on each team five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said longtime Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control. The USA’s game was disjointed but the Americans’ speed still led to a couple of quality chances that Szabados (15 saves) rejected. Ouellette sent Canada into a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the second, converting Jayna Hefford’s cross-slot power play pass. Only 1:21 later, Bailey Bram knocked in Canada’s second goal during a goal-mouth scrum. MORE: Men’s Olympic hockey tracker Meanwhile, the Canadian team defense ramped up its play, effectively blunting any USA attack by hindering breakouts, smothering rushes and blocking shots. Until a late power play, the U.S. put one shot on goal during an earlier player-advantage.
Canada natives facing ‘crisis’: UN envoy
View gallery United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya, speaks at a press conference on June 18, 2010, in Guatemala City (AFP Photo/Johan Ordonez) Ottawa (AFP) – Canada faces “a crisis” when it comes to the plight of aboriginals, despite strides made recently in trying to improve their lot, a UN envoy said Tuesday. United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya, at the end of a nine-day tour of Canadian aboriginal communities, said steps taken to right historical wrongs, and help lift aboriginals out of severe poverty have been “insufficient.” “Despite positive steps, daunting challenges remain,” he told a press conference in Ottawa. “From all I have learned, I can only conclude that Canada faces a crisis when it comes to the situation of indigenous peoples of the country.” He noted that the “wellbeing gap” between Canadian aboriginals and non-aboriginals has not narrowed over the last several years. He pointed, for example, to overcrowded, mouldy homes “in need of serious repair,” high suicide rates, and lack of educational and work opportunities in many aboriginal communities. “Overall there appear to be high levels of distrust among aboriginal peoples toward government(s),” he added. Anaya visited several aboriginal communities, and spoke with government officials over the past nine days. In his preliminary observations, he urged Ottawa to consult more with aboriginals on proposed education legislation, hold a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, and prolong an ongoing Truth and Reconciliation Commission probing abuses at government-funded, church-run residential schools. “If that doesn’t happen, the path forward will be a rocky one,” he warned. The government has recently said no to all three. Anaya will soon present a more detailed report on the plight of Canadian natives, with recommendations, to the United Nations Human Rights Council. In it he is expected to also praise Canada for its process of settling land claims, remedying gender disparities in laws specific to natives, and “adopting the goal of reconciliation, to repair the legacy of past injustices” since Anaya’s predecessor last visited Canada in 2003. Conflicts with aboriginals arising over Canada’s burgeoning resource industry may also be featured in the report. Several tribes are protesting against new mines, pipelines and other resource projects in their traditional territories, either over environmental concerns or demands for a slice of royalties.
US, Canada in women’s hockey brawl
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