Dr. Deena Hinshaw clarifies the rules surrounding isolation for parents as a child gets tested for COVID-19 in Alberta.
Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a Tuesday homicide, involving a man who was pushed or fell from a car at the intersection of Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.The names of the suspects will be released if charges are formally laid, police said.As of 6 p.m. Thursday, police were executing a search warrant in the 2600 block of 17 Street S.W., following up after initially seeking a vehicle with the licence plate CHG-6058 and a distinctive "Jesus" bumper sticker.Police said a vehicle of interest believed to be connected to this incident had been located and seized.The victim has been identified as David Bawden, 59, of Calgary.Police are investigating the homicide as a possible random attack. It is believed the victim was walking east in the curb lane of eastbound Memorial Drive, between the Bridgeland and Zoo LRT stations, when at 8:37 a.m., a Volkswagen Jetta pulled over. The victim got inside the vehicle, police said in a release.The victim was pushed or fell from the vehicle about 4.4 kilometres later, at Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.Police and EMS were called to the scene around 8:50 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Police are now asking anyone who was travelling on Memorial Drive between Edmonton Trail and 36th Street N.E. at that time, and who may have dashcam footage, to come forward.No other information will be released at this time, police said, as the investigation is ongoing.This is Calgary's 27th homicide of the year. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1235, the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
Some Canadians are moving back to Atlantic Canada to ride out COVID-19.The Atlantic Bubble — which includes Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick — has among the lowest number of COVID-19 cases in North America."We just thought ... we don't need to fight this fight anymore," said Amy Reitsma, who along with her Australian husband, Aneurin Pascoe, recently moved to Seabright, N.S., from the United Kingdom."We love London," she said. "But we got to a point where we were thinking there's got to be a better way."Reitsma, who has roots in Halifax, found out she was pregnant in February. Discovering she and Pascoe were expecting a child led them to make the journey back home to Nova Scotia."We just kind of watched the U.K. government make mistake after mistake after mistake in terms of managing the pandemic," said Reitsma."It was just such a glaring difference in how the governments were kind of wrapping their heads around this situation."Reitsma said she's confident in their decision."What the Maritimes have been able to do is really unique and it's very, very worth protecting."'Every story was the same'Like Reitsma and Pasco, Ian Yule made the decision to move home to Nova Scotia from California because of COVID-19."They're still getting thousands of cases in California a day," he said. Knowing the numbers are smaller in Nova Scotia, Yule said he "would just generally feel safer, not as paranoid all the time."He also wants to be closer to family and his job allows him to work from home in Canada.When he arrived in Canada, he overheard several fellow travellers telling customs agents they were coming from L.A. and moving home. "It seemed like every story was the same," he said.The Canada Border Services Agency doesn't track the number of people crossing the border to move home, because Canadians have an inherent right to do so. 'A huge draw'But there is evidence more Canadians are relocating — in some cases, moving to the Atlantic region from other parts of the country.Megan Holwell, a realtor with Royal LePage Atlantic, said she's seen growing interest from outside the region."Mainly what's making me so busy is I have several out-of-province buyers that are looking to relocate because of COVID," she said. "That was a huge draw for them."With people increasingly working from home, Holwell said buyers are more flexible with where they can live."It's kind of created opportunity for a lot of people there as well," she said.Howell said some of her clients are finding it difficult to view homes in person because of the 14-day quarantine rule, which she said is both a huge time and money commitment. As a result, she ends up showing homes via video conference calls.She said most of her clients who are looking to relocate are coming from Ontario, but she's also getting clients from Alberta and the U.S."I actually showed someone from California a house in Halibut Bay recently," she said.MORE TOP STORIES
Government crackdowns on social gatherings in parts of Quebec, Canada's epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, could drag on longer in hotspots like bars and restaurants, public health experts warned, as COVID-19 hospitalizations have kept rising. The province reported 1,078 new cases on Thursday, accounting for about 60% of Canada's daily tally, and Quebec Premier Francois Legault urged Quebecers to stay home this long weekend when Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving holiday on Monday. "I will not go to see my mother this weekend," Legault told reporters in Quebec City.
Recent developments:What's the latest?As of midnight, Ottawa is returning to a modified version of Stage 2 pandemic restrictions along with Ontario's other COVID-19 hot spots, Toronto and Peel region.That means dine-in bars and restaurants, gyms, movie theatres and casinos must close their doors once again. Schools will stay open.The premier is expected to speak at 2:30 p.m. ET.WATCH LIVE | Ontario's news conference:Ontario has set a new high with 939 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Ottawa has 126 of those cases.The federal government is announcing renewed support for businesses as the coronavirus spreads, including direct rent support for business owners. Previously, the government offered subsidies to commercial landlords, but not all took advantage of the program.WATCH LIVE | Prime minister makes COVID-19 announcement :How many cases are there?As of the most recent Ottawa Public Health (OPH) update on Friday, 5,279 Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19.That includes 875 known active cases, 4,108 resolved cases and 296 deaths.Overall, public health officials have reported more than 7,900 cases of COVID-19 across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with nearly 6,300 of those cases considered resolved.COVID-19 has killed 104 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 people have died in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 34 in the Outaouais and 18 in other parts of eastern Ontario. What can I do?Ontario is telling people to limit close contact only to those they live with or one other home if people live alone.In general, occasionally seeing a small number of other people at a time they don't live with outdoors and more than two metres apart carries a lower risk of transmission.Involving food is riskier and OPH has asked residents not to go to a restaurant with people they don't have as a close contact.In Ottawa, the second wave is being driven by people ignoring health rules.Ottawa's medical officer of health has said the entire health-care system is on the verge of collapse and is advising people to celebrate Thanksgiving only with members of their immediate household.Ottawans are now being told not to have a Halloween party and consider alternatives to trick-or-treating and usual late-December gathering plans.Other health units with different COVID-19 situations may have slightly different Thanksgiving advice.Western Quebec's health authority says residents need to stop seeing all people they don't live with, even outdoors, until the end of October.The region is currently on orange alert, which means private and organized gathering limits, earlier closing hours for restaurants and recommendations against travelling to other regions.WATCH | Post-secondary students weigh going home for Thanksgiving:What about schools?There have been more than 160 schools in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region with a confirmed case of COVID-19:Few have had outbreaks, which are declared by a health unit in Ontario when there's a reasonable chance someone who has tested positive caught COVID-19 during a school activity.Ontario updated its COVID-19 school symptom rules last week.Distancing and isolatingThe novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes or speaks onto someone or something.People can be contagious without symptoms.This means people should take precautions like staying home when sick, keeping hands and frequently touched surfaces clean, socializing outdoors as much as possible and maintaining distance from anyone you don't live with — even when you have a mask on.Masks are mandatory in indoor public settings in Ontario and Quebec and recommended outdoors when people can't stay the proper distance from others.Ottawa will start fining people who don't wear a mask on OC Transpo without a valid reason on Oct. 22.WATCH | At Issue on the COVID-19 Thanksgiving:Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate, so should anyone told to by a public health unit. If Ottawans don't, they face a fine of up to $5,000 per day in court.Kingston's medical officer of health said people living with someone waiting for a test result now do not need to self-isolate and someone with COVID-19 now has to isolate for at least 10 days from the day they first experience symptoms.Most people with a confirmed COVID-19 case in Quebec can end their self-isolation after 10 days under certain conditions.Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions and/or weakened immune systems stay home as much as possible. Anyone who has travelled recently outside Canada must go straight home and stay there for 14 days.What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pink eye. Children can develop a rash.Getting tested any sooner than five days after potential exposure may not be useful since the virus may not yet be detectable, says OPH.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic and resources are available to help.Where to get testedIn eastern Ontario:Ontario recommends only getting tested if you have symptoms, or if you've been told to by your health unit or the province.Anyone seeking a test should now book an appointment. Different sites in the area have different ways to book, including over the phone or going in person to get a time slot.People without symptoms, but who are part of the province's targeted testing strategy, can make an appointment at select Ottawa pharmacies.Most of Ottawa's testing happens at four permanent sites, with additional mobile sites wherever demand is particularly high.There is limited walk-up capacity and telephone booking for some sites for people without internet access and priority groups such as health-care workers.Its Coventry Road clinic will be closed on Monday.In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the Limoges drive-thru centre is now taking appointments.The health unit also has sites in Alexandria, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Rockland and Winchester. All are closed on Monday.In Kingston, the test site is at the Beechgrove Complex and online booking isn't available yet. For now, people are asked to go to the complex to make an appointment.Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call ahead.People can arrange a test in Bancroft and Picton by calling the centre or Belleville and Trenton online.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark health unit has permanent sites in Almonte, Brockville, Kemptville and Smiths Falls.Renfrew County residents should call their family doctor or 1-844-727-6404 for a test or with COVID-19-related or not. Test clinic locations are posted weekly.In western Quebec:Outaouais residents can make an appointment in Gatineau seven days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond or 617 avenue Buckingham.They can now check the approximate wait time for the Saint-Raymond site.There are recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.Call 1-877-644-4545 with questions, including if walk-in testing is available nearby.Tests are strongly recommended for people with symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with symptoms. People without symptoms can also get a test.First Nations, Inuit and Métis:Akwesasne has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only.Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 160 kilometres away — or visited Montreal — for non-essential reasons is asked to self-isolate for 14 days.Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.People in Pikwakanagan can book a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259. Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603.For more information
REGINA — A northern Saskatchewan First Nation has been locked down and its schools closed over concerns of COVID-19 transmission following a series of religious services where participants were unmasked. Those gatherings resulted in six COVID-19 cases and at least another five linked to that investigation, said the province's chief medical officer of health Dr. Saqid Shahab. "We expect those case numbers to go up," he said. The Saskatchewan Health Authority said Wednesday it was investigating a community transmitted COVID-19 outbreak linked to a series of Full Gospel Outreach events in Prince Albert from Sept. 14 to last Sunday. The investigation involves contact tracing more than 100 people, including a small number from Alberta and Manitoba, Shahab said. "I did alert my counterparts last night," Shahab said. On Thursday, the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation shuttered its three communities of Southend, Sturgeon Landing and an urban reserve in the city of Prince Albert. "All vehicles entering the communities will be searched," said a notice from Chief Peter Beatty. "Absolutely no parties will be allowed." Roadblocks have been erected and non-members and visitors are not allowed into the communities, which are home to about 2,400 people. Only essential services staff may enter. Residents may leave and return for grocery shopping and medical appointments. The band has also closed its two schools until at least Oct. 19 because of possible staff exposure to the virus "that may have occurred at a recent funeral and church service," said a Facebook posting from band education co-ordinator Greg Seib. "This school closure will provide time to thoroughly clean and sanitize the schools and the school buses," Seib's posting said. Currently in the middle of an election campaign, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said people need to stay virus-vigilant. "Let's not let our guard down in adhering to the public health recommendations, including wearing a mask if you should be singing in your place of worship," he said Thursday. Pictures on social media of the worship gathering showed a crowded room with few wearing masks. Shahab urged people to return to the urgency of the early days of the pandemic and resume following health guidelines. "We have noticed that in workplaces and other settings, best practices for mask use are not being observed," he said. "We must now return to the behaviours we demonstrated so diligently in March and April." Shahab said Thanksgiving should be celebrated only among immediate family members. Generally, worship services have not been a problem, Shahab said. "Places of worship have been open since March. We have not seen problems." The province reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total to 2,012 reported cases. Public health orders in the province state that indoor and outdoor gatherings may have up to 30 people, as long as there is enough space to maintain social distance between those who aren't in the same household. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020 The Canadian Press
Health Minister Christian Dubé announced Thursday that nearly every municipality between the Montreal region and the Quebec City area along the St. Lawrence river are now considered red zones.New, stricter measures will soon be enacted, along with police checkpoints to protect other zones, such as Lac Saint-Jean.Restaurants, bars and other restricted businesses will close on Saturday while masks will be required at all times in high schools starting Wednesday of next week.New red zones include Bécancour, Nicolet-Yamaska, Drummond, Portneuf as well as the city of Trois-Rivières."Our role is to stay ahead of the wave as much as we can," Dubé said. "That's why we are making these difficult decisions."The health minister is encouraging all Quebecers to do their part to "break the wave" this weekend. Quebec's director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, said people should stay home this weekend and for the rest of the month."If all Quebecers decrease their social contacts over the next 14 days, we will see a decrease in the number of new infections, guaranteed," he said.For a complete list of which areas are now in the red zone, Quebec provides a website.
A Nanaimo RCMP officer has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm in connection with the arrest and detention of a person for public intoxication on Dec. 2, 2018.Const. Tim Mason is scheduled to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court Dec. 8.In announcing the charge, the B.C. Prosecution Service said it was approved by a Crown lawyer who had no prior or current connection to the officer. No additional details were released about the case.
Quebec Premier François Legault has chosen a former high-ranking Montreal police officer to take over as Indigenous affairs minister in the wake of the death of an Atikamekw woman last week.Ian Lafrenière replaces Sylvie D'Amours, who had come under fire for the province's inaction in addressing discrimination facing Indigenous people.Legault said he chose Lafrenière, in part, because he's a former police officer. "I think one of the main challenges is to rebuild trust between Indigenous nations and police officers, and who better than a police officer, who understands that problem, to solve it?" he said Friday."I'm convinced that Ian will succeed in developing good relations with the Indigenous nations."Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old mother of seven, died last Monday in a Joliette, Que., hospital, after a video captured staff making derogatory remarks about her.Legault said he will ensure Lafrenière takes concrete and immediate action in response to the final report by the Viens Commission, which was released a year ago.The report documented the discrimination Indigenous people face when receiving public services. It laid out 142 recommendations, including several to address problems in access to health-care services. The commission was launched in 2016, following a Radio-Canada investigation into allegations of police misconduct against Indigenous women in Val-d'Or, Que.The province has so far failed to act on the bulk of the recommendations. D'Amours said earlier this month she had a plan in place to address 51 of them.Lafrenière promises swift actionLafrenière, who was elected in 2018, is the former head of communications at Montreal police, an organization that has had its own problems with racial profiling and discrimination. A report from three independent researchers released last year found systemic bias in street checks done by Montreal police. According to that report, Indigenous women were over-represented and 11 times more likely to be stopped by police than white women.But Lafrenière said he is dedicated to working with Indigenous communities and will begin reaching out to chiefs as soon as possible."I'm going to talk to them. This is the first priority," he said.Lafrenière refused to give any examples of concrete actions he will take, saying he would like to hear from Indigenous communities first. Chance for new start, First Nations Assembly saysIn a release Friday, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec and Labrador said it was pleased with the announcement, as it will allow for new relationships between the Quebec government and Indigenous leaders. But the assembly said it will be keeping a close eye on Legault's actions in the coming months. "There are many issues, including several emergencies, that require his immediate attention. I am making myself available right now for a meeting," said Ghislain Picard, regional chief for Quebec and Labrador. Before the official announcement was made, Nakuset, executive director of the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal, said she would have preferred to see someone who had been advocating for Indigenous rights take on the role, rather than someone who routinely defended the actions of police."He was the face of the SPVM," she said, referring to Montreal police. "It's disheartening." Calls to recognize systemic racismEchaquan's death has renewed calls for Legault's government to acknowledge systemic racism exists in the province. But both Legault and Lafrenière said Friday the government's position remains unchanged."I recognize that there is racism and profiling and discrimination. I also recognize that currently the term of systemic racism is not accepted unanimously and instead of fighting over this, I think that what people want is action, concrete action," Lafrenière said. Constant Awashish, grand chief of the Atikamekw Nation, said that while he believes Lafrenière will be a good fit for the job, acknowledging systemic racism is an important step in gaining people's trust. "It doesn't [mean] all Quebecers are racist. We've been saying that from the beginning," said Awashish. An open letter, made public Friday and signed by more than 470 university professors and health professors, called on Legault to recognize systemic racism.WATCH | Joyce Echaquan's husband pleads for justice:
Pixar animated movie "Soul" which had been set to hit theaters in November, will instead debut on the Disney+ streaming service on Christmas Day, Walt Disney Co said on Thursday. "Soul" will play in cinemas only in markets where Disney+ is not currently available, or will not be soon, the company said in a statement. Disney is testing new ways to release first-run movies while the coronavirus pandemic limits attendance at theaters, particularly in the United States.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister promised Thursday to open more COVID-19 testing sites and train more staff in an attempt to cut long waiting lines that have left many people frustrated or simply turned away. "I have never found it difficult to admit my own failures when it comes to sports, business or political life and I am perfectly willing to take charge of my own improvement," Pallister said. "I have to now tell you that I believe Manitobans deserve to get an improved system with better testing, shorter lineups (and) faster response times." The government will open a new test site in Winnipeg next week and another the following week, Pallister said, along with more sites in Brandon, Winkler and other communities. The government is also in discussion with doctors to have access to their offices after hours for testing. And a new course will be up and running at Red River College in the coming weeks to train workers to perform swabs and other duties, the premier added. COVID-19 numbers have been spiking in recent weeks, especially in Winnipeg. Health officials reported 67 new cases across the province Thursday, 57 of which were in Winnipeg. The number of active cases in Manitoba reached a record-high 863. The Opposition New Democrats accused the government of being slow to react. Case numbers started climbing in the latter part of summer. Demand for tests skyrocketed in Winnipeg more than a month ago as kids returned to school. "There are serious questions about why the government is only making these moves at this late date," NDP Leader Wab Kinew said. Pallister said the health system did not anticipate the late summer surge in demand for testing. "We had anticipated that demand would come a little later than this," Pallister said. "This (pandemic) is an unprecedented thing." The government is also looking to set up separate areas for seniors and other higher-risk people to get tested. The province may rent space in large venues such as convention centres, Pallister said. "Some of those arrangements have already been made, but … the detail and the materials and the staffing all have to be ironed out yet," This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020. Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Hospitals in Ontario are in talks with the government on ways to increase capacity as the province battles a second wave of COVID-19, while they continue to press for stricter measures to curb the spread of the virus. The president of the Ontario Hospital Association said some of the options being considered include setting up field hospitals, using hotel rooms for patients and taking over space in long-term care homes. Anthony Dale said hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have been creeping up and the government needs to take preventative action. Hospitals are anchoring Ontario's pandemic response, he said, from running assessment centres, processing tests and helping manage some long-term care homes while meeting their own obligations, he added. "In a surge of any significance, it's very difficult to see how hospitals are able to perform all those duties," Dale said. "And that's at the heart of the risk." Early last week, the OHA asked the government to move COVID-19 hot spots back to Stage Two of the province’s pandemic response, which saw restrictions on non-essential businesses like restaurants, gyms, and movie theatres. Dale said many of the ongoing conversations with the government revolve around the need to take further public health measures to prevent increasing case rates that could overwhelm hospital capacity. "At the heart of these discussions are ... preventing community spread with new public health measures and making sure as a contingency that there's flexibility in the event of a surge," he said. Dale said Ontario's hospitals are efficient facilities and have much less capacity than their counterparts in the United States and many other countries. That means provincial hospitals, which are already at or nearing capacity in some of regions, are especially susceptible to being overwhelmed, he added. "We're in a tense situation right now," he said. Ontario reported 797 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, most of them reported in the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa. Dr. David Williams, the province's chief medical officer of health, said 206 hospitalizations were reported Thursday, up from 162 last week. "Some will say those are still small numbers. It's just the start of the curve rising up," said Williams. "The alarm bells are ringing louder and louder." Premier Doug Ford has been reluctant to impose more restrictive measures that he fears would devastate the impacted businesses. But Health Minister Christine Elliott says the government is discussing hospital capacity challenges with the association and hasn't ruled out taking additional action, including targeted shutdowns. "We're looking at the entire picture," Elliott said. "We know they're concerned and so we are looking at expanding the capacity." Elliott said the government has already committed $283 million to help hospitals clear a backlog of surgeries that built up during the first wave of the pandemic and further action is being contemplated. "We're going to be ready for a worst case scenario because we have to prepare for that," she said. "But we also need to take every precaution that we can so that that doesn't happen." Canada's chief public health officer said Thursday she too was concerned about hospital capacity in Ontario. Dr. Theresa Tam said the second wave of COVID-19 was showing up in Canada as a series of regional epidemics and that Ontario and Quebec accounted for 80 per cent of recent new cases. Williams said additional public health measures have been recommended to the government but would not say what they were or when they would be announced. Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the province isn't doing enough to ensure hospitals won't be overrun if COVID-19 cases continue to increase. While the targeted shutdowns are required in hot spots, so are supports for the affected businesses. "But the fact that the government's not even prepared to look at that as a way to take the pressure off of the hospital sector is terrifying." Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said if the government isn't willing to take preventative action now it could lead to problems for the entire province in the future. "I think the targeted restrictions and closures in hot spots should happen now in order to avoid additional lockdowns," he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020. Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenceman Erik Gudbranson from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2021 NHL draft. Gudbranson, an Ottawa native, registered nine points (four goals, five assists) and 95 penalty minutes over 51 games with Pittsburgh and Anaheim in 2019-20. The well-travelled 28-year-old was selected third overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL draft.
A chronic fraudster labelled "Queen of Cons" by one of her victims was sentenced to time served Thursday in a Calgary court. Jane Moore earlier pleaded guilty to a single charge of fraud over $5,000 in a scam that involved telling people she was about to inherit more than $38 million. Court heard the 45-year-old defrauded Strathmore-area victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars over an 18-month period in 2016 and 2017.
Health Canada is in talks with all of the vaccine developers that signed supply deals with the federal government to kick-start the approval process and get COVID-19 vaccines to Canadians as soon as possible. In the last two months, Public Services and Procurement Canada has signed deals with the makers of six COVID-19 vaccines, that will see Canada spend more than $1 billion to get guaranteed access to between 20 million and 76 million doses of each one if they are approved. All have to complete clinical trials and be deemed both safe and effective at preventing or lessening the effect of COVID-19, but before they can be used here, Health Canada also has to decide they meet its standards as well.
The Calgary Flames have announced their players will be switching back, full-time, to the "retro" jerseys of the 1980s.The organization unveiled the new look this week in a video that featured Flames team captain Mark Giordano modelling the iconic red, yellow and white jersey.The Flames organization says this is what the fans want.Chris Creamer, author of Fabric of the Game: The Stories behind the NHL's Names, Logos and Uniforms, agrees that the return of the retro jersey reminds fans of the glory days."For the last 11 years, after they reintroduced this uniform as sort of a throwback jersey. The fans have made it quite clear that this is what they want, this is what they love," Creamer told the Calgary Eyeopener."When you think about that jersey, as I just did, the first thing you think about is Lanny McDonald, that big bushy mustache with the cup far above his head at the Montreal Forum back in 1989. You can't help but have great feelings and great memories about that." The retro home-game jersey is bright red, with yellow and white stripes around the waist and a white flaming "C." The white away-game jersey features red shoulders and a red flaming "C." Creamer says there is a trend across not just the league, but the entire sports landscape, to go retro."You think of baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays threw back about 10 years ago," he said. "In hockey, just in the last couple of months, we saw the Buffalo Sabres, they're going back to their original uniforms. The Ottawa Senators, they're going to introduce new uniforms [Tuesday] which are the same as they were back in the '90s."Creamer says teams have been getting away from the more muted colours of the past 20 years — the Edmonton Oilers also switched from royal blue and bright orange to their navy blue and copper tones."And that sort of happened across the whole sports landscape," Creamer said. "And after about 10 years of that, people get bored of seeing the darker, dull colours. They want that bright colour, they want to be punched in the face with it again. And you want your team to stand out against the sports world."And then there's the nostalgia factor."People miss what they grew up watching," Creamer said. "People miss what they sort of, you know, fell in love with the game [seeing]. And they want to see it back."The team captain participated in the jersey unveil."My teammates and I love them," Giordano said in a release. "The first thing that comes to mind is that these were the jerseys worn when they won the cup back in 1989. There is a certain amount of pride for the current players knowing that we carry on a legacy and tradition. They look great and feel even better on. I think they are the coolest jerseys in the league."The Flames will be wearing the "new" retro jerseys to start the next season. The current jersey with its flaming black "C" will become the alternate jersey.Creamer, who is also the founder of sportslogos.net, has made a study of sports jerseys. He says that for the past couple of years, he has been tracking baseball performance based on what jersey the players are wearing — "just for fun."Creamer says he has found that there are a few teams that play really well when they wear one jersey and really terrible when they wear the other. "It could be a matter of superstition. It could be a matter that whoever is the starting pitcher that day is just not very good, and they keep picking the same jersey," he said."I have heard some studies out there that in sports where there are referees and judges, they tend to favour teams that wear red because it's more of a powerful, aggressive colour, and just subconsciously the official leans toward that."Creamer stops short of predicting a Stanley Cup win for the Flames in the retro jerseys."It would just look so beautiful, skating around the Saddledome or wherever they're playing at the time, with that old uniform," he said."I fell in love with that uniform because, like, even though I live in Toronto, the first NHL game I remember watching is the '89 Stanley Cup finals against the Canadiens. So that uniform is sort of stuck in my mind as associated with a very happy, positive feeling of light.""So I love seeing the Flames wearing these uniforms again."With files from the Calgary Eyeopener.
Einstein is perched on a kitchen drawer that is provided just for him. He starts to hum a tune, starts to dance, and tells his owner to "Shake your butt! Shake, rattle, roll!" Einstein, I bet you're fun at a party! Einstein the Talking Texan Parrot is a silly, smart, and popular parrot who loves to talk and entertain! He knows the names of several animals and likes to make their sounds. In addition to his silly vocalizations, he likes to have conversations with his owners, talking, doing animal sound imitations, and acting silly. He also enjoys singing and dancing in some of his video compilations. With his amazing talking abilities and funny antics, Einstein the talking parrot’s videos will keep you entertained for hours! Einstein parrot is also famous for some of his silly quotes and sayings. Online, Einstein, the talking parrot is popular across many social media platforms. Einstein’s favorite places to talk at home is perched on the shower wall, in the kitchen on his drawer, and on his screened-in back porch. As stated on his website, Einstein’s mission statement: “To entertain and bring joy, to foster the human-parrot bond, and to convey that parrots are deserving of immeasurable amounts of patience, nurturing, and companionship.” Einstein’s website, einsteinparrot.com is designed to inform you about the care of parrots and also entertain you. As previously mentioned, Einstein is popular on many social media sites such as YouTube @einsteinparrot, Instagram @einsteinparrot, Twitter @einsteinparrot, and Facebook @einsteintexanparrot. Living with a parrot is a big commitment. Parrots live a very long time. A parrot such as Einstein can live to be 50 or 60 years old. Many larger parrots like Macaws can live to be 100 years old. They all require a lot of care, proper nutrition, training, time, and patience. Parrots need a lot of attention and lots of toys and activities to keep from being bored. Parrots are also expensive, a large cage is an investment, and plenty of play perches to spend out of cage time. Specialized veterinarian care is also required. Most of all they require your companionship and a forever home. Many people decide after the first few years of parrot ownership that the responsibility is too great and the parrots become neglected and sometimes abandoned. When that happens they are sent to parrot rescue facilities to be adopted by a new family or some spend their lives in sanctuaries. It is often said, “Having a parrot is much like raising a raising a 2 to a 3-year-old child for the rest of your life!”
Curling Canada will likely have to follow the lead of hockey and basketball by using a fan-less hub city approach in order to salvage showcase events like the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier this season. Original plans to hold the Scotties in Thunder Bay in February and the Brier in Kelowna in March have been all but officially dashed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Curling Canada high-performance director Gerry Peckham says the federation is quote -- "definitely getting into the deep end of the pool" regarding the possibility of a hub city concept.
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