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Having already made a splash on the second day of the Canadian swimming trials, Kylie Masse will be looking to add a second gold on Saturday.
Aledmys Diaz singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays recovered after blowing a three-run lead in the ninth to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 on Friday night.
The expression "only at sevens" is often used as a catch-all response to the colourful, unusual and visually compelling experience at a rugby sevens tournament, but it's further amplified at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
BIGGER FISH TO FRY
Re: Alberta Liberals launch EMS hotline. So, with all of Alberta’s problems right now, all these two whining socialist goofs can do is open up a rat line to harm hard working EMTs and paramedics? Typical lefties!
(Pretty sure that’s not their intent but it is a tad odd.)
HELP OUT, GREENPEACE
With the millions that Greenpeace spends on so called fighting for action on climate change, why don’t they actually do something constructive, like actually going and cleaning up the plastic problem in the oceans. Oh right, would not serve their far left agenda.
(Not must drama in cleaning up.)
Apparently PM Justin Trudeau is contemplating subsidies to maintain Greyhound bus service in Western Canada. I have a solution for the three folks from some rural community needing bus services on occasion: buy a car or catch a ride from family or friends. Perhaps a Uber driver? Greyhound is pulling out because they’re losing money running empty buses. Subsidizing Greyhound would be an unmitigated financial disaster. Canada is in debt and running multi-billion deficits. Throwing money at a losing venture doesn’t seem particularly wise.
SUPPORT FOR PM
Re: Trudeau smears Conservatives, everywhere, July 18. Regarding Mr. Lorrie Goldstein’s article and coming straight to the point, Conservative voters are not of immediate concern to PM Justin Trudeau. We live in very dangerous times when children are separated from parents at the U.S./Mexico border in the name of conservatism, when Palestinian people are stripped of their rights as people in their own land in the name of conservatism and when, in the name of conservatism, the Premier of Ontario does not understand the difference between asylum seekers and legal immigrants. PM Trudeau has his hands absolutely full with the ultra conservative behemoth in the White House as we face a trade war. Mr. Goldstein should also be reminded that asylum seekers have no other hope of refuge but at unofficial border crossers; at official border crossings they would surely be turned away with nowhere to go. These are extraordinary times and I find this article sensational and tending toward scare mongering, something we can all do without.
(Such drama. The PM’s duty is to ALL Canadians. And illegal immigrants are fleeing the U.S., where they are not in danger.)
VOICE OF REASON?
With the likes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in charge, everyone, including “fear mongering conservatives” should be very, very afraid of what he’s going to do or say next to damage, distress and destroy the country. Who are these “strong, reassuring voices” that will “pull Canadians together” that he boasts about? If he’s referring to his own extremely awful government, it’s one of the most absurd, inept and preposterous remarks ever made — even by him!
JOANNE and WAYNE MORCOM
(Yeah, we, umm, are far, umm, from reassured, umm.)
Reid Coolsaet is feeling strong coming off his ninth-place finish at the Boston Marathon in April, which is not good news for the rest of the field at the inaugural Edmonton 10K on Sunday.
Coolsaet, 39, is one of the favourites to win the Canadian Running Series event, which will conclude at the Alberta Legislative grounds. The Hamilton, Ont., product won the Toronto Waterfront 10K in June with a time of 30 minutes, 13 seconds.
“After Boston, I took a little recovery time and started building back up and it was going well, my workouts were kind of clicking along, nothing too specific,” Coolsaet said. “Then after the last Canadian Running Series Lululemon race in Toronto, my workouts have really clicked. So I’ve started to get on the track once a week and I’ve started doing much faster-paced stuff then I had been in the previous six weeks.”
Coolsaet ran a 14:40, five-kilometre race last week, which is a good indicator of the speed he is bringing to the Edmonton event. The race will feature 5,000 runners and offers a $2,000 top prize to each the men’s and women’s winner. It will start on 106 St. between 96 and 97 Ave. at 7:30 a.m., work its way through the Legislative grounds, loop around the Windsor Park neighbourhood and down Saskatchewan Drive before crossing the High Level Bridge on its way back to the Legislature.
“The course looks like it’s flat, which is nice, we can run fast,” Coolsaet said. “Edmonton is a little bit higher in elevation than I’m used to, so that might slow it down a little bit more than I’m used to, but I don’t expect it will slow us down too much. And there is good competition with Evan Esselink, he’s the Canadian 10K road champ, and Trevor Hofbauer, who has also had some good results in the last couple of years. Those guys will be tough to beat.”
While the Edmonton 10K is a shorter race, Coolsaet anticipates some strategy to come into play involved against elite runners, the likes of Esselink and Hofbauer.
“If those guys were to go out really fast, faster than I think is sustainable, then I definitely would just run my own pace,” Coolsaet said. “I also don’t trust my final kick so much that I would want a slow pace. So if those guys were running slower than I wanted, then I would push the pace to go faster. Within a small window I’ll either run a tactical race or run my own race.”
Coolsaet is a two-time Olympian. He ran 2:14:58 in Rio in 2016, finishing 23rd and 2:16:29 in a 27th-place finish in London in 2012. After Edmonton, Coolsaet will begin training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct. 21.
On the women’s side, Dayna Pidhoresky is among the favourites coming off her win at the Vancouver Half Marathon four weeks ago. Pidhoresky, 31, won the Victoria 10K in April and finished fourth at the Toronto Waterfront 10K in June.
The Windsor, Ont., native, who now calls Vancouver home, represented Canada in the women’s marathon at the 2017 IAAF World Championship in London, England.
“Instead doing a spring marathon, I’ve sort of focused on some of the shorter races just to get some speed in the legs,” Pidhoresky said. “I did two marathons last year, and sometimes that slows you down a little bit. This year has been pretty good, I’ve definitely wanted to run a little faster in some of the half marathons that I targeted, but consistency-wise, I’m really pleased.”
Pidhoresky started the year winning the Stevenson Icebreaker 8K in Richmond, B.C., in a time of 28:34. She won a 30K in Hamilton in March and the One American Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis, Ind., in May.
Pidhoresky has been an elite runner for the better part of the past decade, manly at half-marathon distances or shorter. She completed her first marathon in October 2016, finishing as the third-fastest Canadian at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, which also served as the national championship.
The performance in Toronto earned Pidhoresky a spot on the national team for the world championships the following August, where she struggled, finishing 70th in a time of two hours, 56 minutes 15 seconds. Pidhoresky ran 2:40:38 in Toronto. She had run 2:36:08 and was the top Canadian in Ottawa two months before Worlds.
“The Worlds was sort of a disaster for me, but my goal was really just to get there,” Pidhoresky said. “So I sort of had to sacrifice a good performance there, because it was so close to the Ottawa marathon that I did. So this year, I wanted to like racing again because after Worlds I felt completely defeated. So I trained really hard in the winter and had a great base going into the spring and I’ve been trying to target some personal best in the 10K, which I’ve been able to get.”
On Twitter: @DerekVanDiest
Canada's women's and men's rugby sevens team were both knocked out of title contention on Friday night at the Rugby World Cup Sevens.
Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner are more than just housemates this week. They share the lead in the British Open.
Eugenie Bouchard enjoyed good news on and off the court on Friday. Minutes after beating Russian qualifier Veronika Kudermetova in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open tennis tournament, Tennis Canada announced that Bouchard will receive a wild card for the Rogers Cup next month in Montreal.
Brandon McBride set a Canadian record in the 800 metres, finishing second at a Diamond League event in Monaco on Friday in a time of one minute 43.20 seconds.
By NEIL WAUGH
The legendary Alberta cavalryman and cop, Sir Sam Steele, had a spiritual moment rolling down the grade from Lake Louise on a Canadian Pacific Railway train.
Over what country singer Corb Lund calls the Kicking Horse Line.
It was 1886 and Steele was returning from the coast with the first train-load of dignitaries riding the new road.
Where he reported in his compelling memoir, Forty Years in Canada, “the magnates of the railway were received with enthusiasm” by the Victoria honchos.
When the train emerged from the mountains and “the magnificent expanse of prairie” rolled out in front of them “pleasure beamed on every countenance.”
Because before them appeared “the beautiful, sparkling Bow meandering to the eastward,” Steele wrote.
He has a similar experience while on a stay-cation at the Glengarry Ranch in the Porcupine Hills. Where ranch manager Allan Macdonald “did his utmost to make our visit agreeable.
“By taking us for jaunts over the hills to the best fishing pools of the numerous pretty trout streams which meander through that favoured region.”
But that’s a whole other column.
Steele was given the tough task of bringing law and order to the chaos of the CPR railway construction camps which were “the ruination of the navvies.
“Large numbers of gamblers, whisky-men, in fact almost every description of criminal, plying their trade on the Northern Pacific Railway, were wending their way from Sand Point,” Steele warned.
It was Sam’s job — with a North West Mounted Police detachment for back-up — to corral them.
But in the spring of 1885 he hit the pause button to raise and lead the Steele Scouts, providing cavalry cover for General Thomas “Jingo” Strange’s Alberta Expeditionary Force in the Northwest Rebellion.
I was riding in longtime river guide Barry White’s ancient Suburban with his Lavro drift boat in tow rolling east on Hwy. 22X.
It’s Barry’s 43rd year in the rowing seat and his Lavro is already an artifact – having spent a few weeks on loan to the Glenbow Museum as the integral component of a Bow River exhibition.
At Indus we turned south through the lemony canola and at the brink of the valley, before the road switchbacked down to the McKinnon Flats put-in, there it was.
The “beautiful, sparkling Bow” meandering in a blue ribbon before us through its grand Paskapoo sandstone canyon.
From here to Legacy Island, it’s the stretch of the Bow Barry loves best.
Describing it in his successful new book, My Bow River – headed for a second printing, by the way – as “the most beautiful access site on the river.”
Here before his “inaugural float trip” Barry shared a cosmic evening with Bow River author Jim McLennan where “trout were rising throughout the pool.”
It was Calgary Stampede Week and Environment Canada had issued heat warnings.
Great if you’re at the grounds for the bulls and the chucks.
But not necessarily for river trout.
None were rising at the launch despite some caddis about with Yellow Sally stoneflies mixed in.
I rigged up my 8-weight streamer fly-rod with one of Barry’s signature Marilyn Monroe Woolly Buggers and the guide plucked a Whitlock’s Golden Stone from the band of his battered Hat Doctor hat, which I knotted below a strike indicator on my 5-weight nymph rod.
The weather dictated going subsurface.
At the bottom end of the first drift while Barry was pulling for Rumpel’s Run the indicator dipped.
We were caught mid-river in heavy current and after two jumps the rainbow was gone.
Trout Two hit the Golden Stone on the Upper Pesticide Pool and two runs and three aerials later it finally slid into Barry’s net. A credible 17-incher.
No. 3 hit a swinging Marilyn Monroe at the Sheep Shack and the last trout took the stonefly nymph at Pump House. And we were done.
Climbing the coulee at Legacy we paused at the top.
For one last look at Sir Sam’s beautiful, sparking Bow.
CBC Sports is providing a free live stream of the 11th stop of the IAAF Diamond league season in London, beginning on Saturday, July 21 at 9 a.m. ET.
The sales pitch normally comes before the deal, but Masai Ujiri is doing things differently with Kawhi Leonard as the Toronto Raptors president Ujiri spoke with media for the first time after Wednesday's blockbuster trade that sent fan favourite DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for the 2014 NBA finals MVP.
Considered one of the best 3x3 basketball players in the world, Michael Linklater knows how difficult it will be for Canada to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the Saskatoon native isn't intimidated by the qualifying process or the challenges it presents.
Canada's Sage Watson will return from a sprained right foot to compete in the women’s 400-metre hurdles at the Müller Anniversary Games in London, U.K., on Saturday (CBCSports.ca, 9 a.m. ET) in a tune-up for the upcoming NACAC championships in Toronto.
Kazakh media say a suspect has been detained in relation to the killing of Olympic figure skating medallist Denis Ten, and that another has been identified.
Christion Jones' 61-yard punt return TD highlighted an impressive second half as the Saskatchewan Roughriders rallied for a 31-20 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday night.
Penny Oleksiak took a step forward in the right direction at the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials on Thursday with a gold medal in the women's 100-metre freestyle race, even if she remains somewhat dissatisfied with her time of 54.75.
A.J. Armstrong refused to be headed.
Despite relentless and constant duress put on him by Calgary’s Jesse Galvon, St. Albert’s Armstrong led throughout the four days of the Sun Life Financial Alberta Men’s Amateur — posting a marvellous score of 19-under par — to eventually win by two strokes.
“Jesse got off to a crazy start,” said Armstrong, 21, who took a four-shot lead into Thursday’s final round at RedTail Landing but found that lead evaporated when Galvon birdied No. 7 from 20-feet while Armstrong bogeyed after his approach was a little left of the hole and spun back off the green.
“He birdied four of his first five holes and five of his first seven holes. He kept putting the pressure on me.”
But Armstrong kept digging in, finding every answer he needed including holing a slippery 20-foot downhill birdie putt on the final hole to take the prestigious tournament in style.
“I just kept trying to stay calm,” he said. “I kept trying to play the way I had been playing for the first three days: keep hitting fairways, keep hitting the greens.”
While Armstrong would birdie No. 8, a bogey on No. 9 left the two players tied again.
“To be honest, after nine holes, Jesse was playing better than me,” said Armstrong. “He had more birdies, he hit more greens and he made better putts.”
But once again, Armstrong, who opened the tournament with a course-record equalling 64 on Monday, found the response rolling off three birdies in a row on holes 11, 12 and 13 to again forge ahead by two shots — a lead he would never relinquish again.
“It was nice to go wire to wire,” said Armstrong, who is going into his last year at Washington State. “I played well all week. I knew I had to go low because you can make a lot of birdies at RedTail. You feel as if you are going backwards if you are just making pars.
“When I knocked in that last putt from about 25 feet on No. 18, it was a great feeling,” said Armstrong, a force on the Alberta Junior scene for years, who finished with rounds of 64-67-70-68.
“It was a shoot-out,” said Galvon, 30, who plays out of Calgary’s Cottonwood golf course. “At the beginning of the week, I thought 16-under would be good enough. I ended up shooting 17-under, so while it never feels good to finish second, at the end of the day how can I be disappointed?
“I kept trying to put the pressure on him and I did. But it wasn’t quite good enough.”
Then again, Galvon is happy just to be able to play golf again.
“I was in a horrible accident two years ago in San Francisco when a golf cart tipped over and rolled on my leg.
“I was in the hospital for two weeks. Blood kept pooling in my leg, and they were worried that they would have to undergo major surgery.
“Fortunately, that didn’t happen, but last year, I could still hardly walk. I probably shouldn’t even have been playing golf but I got medical exemption cards from Alberta Golf and Calgary Golf so that I could ride in a cart.
“I never got mad once all week. I kept thinking back to what happened to me and wondering if I would ever even be able to play golf again.”
Armstrong, meanwhile, is planning his future.
“I want to give professional golf a shot. I either want to play on the Canadian Tour or in Europe or Asia.”
Calgary Glencoe’s Patrick Murphy shot a final-round 68 to claim the third and final spot on the Alberta Willingdon Cup Team which will compete for national honours on Vancouver Island next month.
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Sun Life Financial Alberta Men’s Amateur Leaderboard
A.J. Armstrong Edmonton Windermere 64-67-70-68 – 269
Jesse Galvon Calgary Cottonwood 68-68-69-66 – 271
Patrick Murphy Calgary Glencoe 69-70-67-68 – 274
Jacob Thomas Edmonton Country Club 67-68-72-68 – 275
Carter Graf Red Deer Golf and Country Club 70-69-67-69 – 275
By LORNE GUNTER
On Wednesday, Kinder Morgan Canada had a conference call with investors. During the call, the company explained it had spent about $1.25 billion on its Trans Mountain Expansion project before the federal government bought the pipeline in late May.
And how much has been spent on the pipeline since the Liberal government took over? Just $41 million.
Something similar has been going on with construction permits.
In June, the federal government revealed about 1,100 permits would be needed during the construction phase. The number applied for before federal purchase: Just over 700. Number applied for since Trudeau Liberals bought Trans Mountain: One.
At the time of its taxpayer-funded buyout, the federal Liberal government insisted “the Government of Canada has reached an agreement with Kinder Morgan to immediately restart construction … (We) will guarantee financing for the 2018 summer construction season … This guarantee will ensure that construction work on the project is restarted without delay.”
The urgent goal was to take full advantage of this year’s weather-window and build, build, build.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau even promised construction was “going to start this week,” meaning the first week of June.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, one of the Trudeau government’s closest political allies, held a beaming news conference on the sunny plaza overlooking the Alberta Legislature. As her cabinet surrounded her clapping and bouncing for joy, Notley exclaimed, “The deal announced today puts people to work building this pipeline right away. We said we would get the pipeline built, and we are getting it built.”
In June, though, Ottawa began backing away from its promises.
Under questioning in the House of Commons, then-Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr admitted nothing much had been done. He was dodgy about when construction would start and how many people would be employed.
A little later that month, while attending the World Gas Conference in Washington, D.C., Carr told Reuters that construction would not begin until the federal government officially owned Trans Mountain, which probably wouldn’t be until “mid to late summer” once all the documents had been approved.
The 2018 summer construction season seemed in doubt.
Then, suddenly, after some negative stories about Liberal pipeline promises – voila! – Kinder Morgan produced a “construction schedule.” Except the schedule was practically free of any real construction.
There would be a lot of surveying. Maybe some trees and bushes on the Alberta side would be cut down. A temporary work camp or two would be constructed. Oh, yeah, and after the surveying a lot of stakes with little flags on them would be pounded into the ground.
Once again a gushing Rachel Notley, doing some of the Trudeau Liberals PR work them, giddily told a cabinet meeting during the Calgary Stampede that “shipments of pipe are arriving pretty much as we speak in Alberta … We’re on track and the pipeline is on track and we are going to get that construction underway and we’re going to get it done.”
OK. Except none of that stockpile of pipe is likely to be laid in a trench this construction season.
And laying pipe in the ground is the definition of building a pipeline – not merely hoping for or planning for one.
Now contrast all of this with the announcement, also on Wednesday, by Inter Pipeline that construction of its $3.5-billion Heartland Petrochemical Complex near Redwater really, truly is progressing well – actual construction, not political rhetoric.
The complex is not owned by a government. It will receive a $200-million royalty holiday once completed, but no tax-funded bailout. It is going ahead smoothly because the private oil business doesn’t truly need help.
Trans Mountain’s problems were never economic. They were and are political. And neither Ottawa nor Alberta has done anything to solve the political problems holding up pipeline construction.
It may be hard to summon widespread support for the safety of inmates in provincial remand centres and jails, especially when it comes to overdoses.
But after a weekend that saw eight ODs, one of them fatal, at the Edmonton Remand Centre, it’s hard not to suggest that it’s a problem.
While some provincial jails are housing people serving sentences, the ERC houses people in pre-trial custody. While they may be deemed unsuitable for release into the community, they’re not necessarily guilty of anything yet, so the idea that they could come to harm, even though addiction, is troubling.
The weekend overdoses come after reports of other recent deaths. Half of the deaths in provincial correctional facilities this year have been at the ERC, and the total deaths to date in 2018 are equal to the total for all of 2017.
When the shiny new, ERC opened five years ago, it was billed as being a state-of-the-art facility that would help increase safety and security.
Body scanners were added last year to help catch any inmates trying to smuggle drugs and other contraband into the facility.
Despite a secure new facility, and increased search measures, there still remains a drug issue at ERC.
This poses a safety risk, not just to inmates, but the correctional staff assigned to guard them.
Add to that he fact that guards at the Remand Centre have complained about safety, inmates say conditions aren’t what they should be, and that Alberta’s prison population has the highest proportion of people who are in pre-trial custody, and you have a powder-keg atmostphere.
In the final two months of 2018, there were more than two dozen assaults on staff.
The province needs to take a closer look at the facility, to see what can be done to improve safety, both of inmates and staff.
And when it comes to drugs, it may need to consider scanning visitors, staff and contractors as well, as just 5 per cent of inmate scans are turning up contraband.
Jail isn’t meant to be a walk in the park, but there needs to be a solution to these problems.