People would come up to me at the golf course in the spring and say, Geez, you guys really choked, eh? and Did you feel like backing out in the later ends? We curled like 88 per cent! We played well and lost to a great team! People would come up to my mother and say, I dont think your kids are cut out for this sport. Crazy, right?! Just to get to the Brier was a huge accomplishment. Anyway, the next year were back again, fresh off the loss in 86 with all these naysayers. Im in the final against the biggest legend in curling at the time, a guy by the name of Bernie Sparkes. He had been to the most Briers in the history of curling at the time. Were playing in Edmonton and hes from B.C., just down the road. He was the heavy favourite for a myriad of reasons: he was old; he was the sentimental favourite; he was the biggest name in the event; and if he wins the final hes representing Canada at the worlds in B.C., his home province. Anyway, the game went back and forth, all the way through. We were two up, playing in the ninth and they got three on us, which should never happen. So all of a sudden were in trouble. But then in the 10th end, somehow I had a wide-open hit for five to win the Brier.
Canada natives facing ‘crisis’: UN envoy
The railway says talks will resume on October 21 with government-appointed mediators, and union spokesman Roland Hackl, a member of the bargaining team, said the union hoped to reach a deal “without a labor disruption.” The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union said on Monday that talks had broken down, raising the possibility of a strike or lockout at the country’s largest railroad operator after a deadline expires at one minute after midnight on October 29. The union, which represents some 3,300 conductors, trainmen, yardmen and traffic coordinators, said CN rejected its offer to extend conciliation talks that ended on October 7. The union says talks stalled over CN demands for concessions that would force workers to work longer hours with less rest time between trips. Hackl told Reuters that the Montreal-based railway wants to increase the hours that some conductors can be required to work to 12 from 10 hours per tour, and wages and the retirement plan are not central issues. CN spokesman Mark Hallman said none its bargaining proposals would compromise the health and safety of union members. “CN remains optimistic that it can negotiate an amicable settlement …. to avoid labour disruption in Canada,” he said. Railways move crucial commodities across Canada, including potash, coal, oil and a 2014 Western Canadian grain crop that is expected to be one of the largest on record. “Minister Leitch encourages both parties to continue negotiating and reach a new collective agreement as soon as possible, as the best solution in any dispute is always the one that the parties reach themselves,” said the spokeswoman. “We are monitoring the situation closely.” The Canadian government has intervened several times in recent years to force striking unionized rail and airline workers back on the job. In May 2012 Ottawa passed legislation that ended a strike at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd , CN Rail’s main domestic rival. Leitch’s spokeswoman did not respond to a question about whether Ottawa would be prepared to intervene if CN Rail workers went on strike. (Reporting by David Ljunggren and Susan Taylor; Editing by Janet Guttsman, Andrew Hay and Cynthia Osterman) (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2013.
“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.
Canada monitors CN Rail labor dispute ahead of October 21 talks
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.