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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.
Initial reports on the driver of the transport involved with the tragic accident in which many members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team were killed indicate that he may have received “limited training,” especially on the rig in question.
Over the past several years, there have been an increasing number of road deaths along Highway 401 involving large transport vehicles. This raises a question about whether or not those driving large rigs are sufficiently trained.
Another question is whether transport vehicles are maintained to the highest standards to ensure safe operation.
Mayors along the 401, where so many accidents have happened, have been calling for urgent improvements, including widening the highway, and I hope Premier Doug Ford will take the action required.
(Whether Ford takes action or not, first and foremost all drivers — not just truckers — need to do everything they can to keep us all safe on the 401 and elsewhere.)
MALCOLM TELLS IT LIKE IT IS
Re: Real facts that matter on the gender pay gap, July 14
A “must read” by Candice Malcolm. Candice completely destroys the old myth that women earn less than men (for apparently doing the same job) and details why this is not the case.
I wrote letters to the editor a few years ago on this very subject, however Candice puts it much more eloquently and in more detail than I ever could.
This old chestnut that women earn less than men is nothing more than a rant by feeble-minded feminists. They should, instead, be concentrating and venting the fury of their wrath on the Papineau Groping Dictator. This is a story that they should be exploiting , however, their silence on this topic is deafening.
(Any story — pay equity or otherwise — should consider all the facts.)
SPEND IT IN THE ARCTIC
Since Canada has an obligation as a NATO member to spend two per cent of its GDP on defence and as there is also a dire need to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, the federal government should make up for this shortfall by investing substantially in military infrastructure to support Arctic sovereignty operations.
There are many other countries eyeing the Canadian Arctic for its potential energy and mineral wealth, but also as an expedient route to Europe, via the Northwest passage.
If Canada can’t make a credible claim of sovereignty in the Arctic, we will be unable to deter other countries from planting their flags and claiming Canadian soil as their own.
ALL QUIET ON THE DOG FRONT?
Re: Turn that !@*# down! July 14
One important life skill is having some idea when you’re being lied to.
I draw your attention to the 2017 noise complaint numbers released by the City of Ottawa and reported on in the Saturday, July 14 edition of the Ottawa Sun.
There is not a word about “dogs” or “barking” anywhere. I find it hard to believe that, in the whole of 2017, there was not one dog barking complaint in the entire city.
(Who let the dogs in?)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: TD Place
RADIO: TSN 1200, FM 104,7, Sirius XM 167 (English), 174 (French)
STREAM: TSN GO
TV: TSN, RDS, ESPN 3 (in the U.S.)
WEATHER: Clear skies, 28C, POP 10%, winds 10 km/h southeast
GAME LINE: Redblacks by 7
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. A Healthy Travis Lulay
The quarterback led the Lions past the Blue Bombers last week in his first start since last September when he had a season-ending ACL injury, throwing for 326 yards against Winnipeg. Ottawa is the only opponent he has never reached 300 yards passing against (his best was 254 in 2015).
2. Trevor Harris needs to be Trevor Harris
In his team’s two wins, Harris has averaged 343.5 passing yards; in its two defeats (both against Calgary), Harris has averaged 114.0 yards. Harris, who needs to move his feet around a bit to buy more time to find open receivers, says he has to be better, but the supporting cast needs to be better, too.
3. Ottawa’s offensive line has to get nastier
Too often in last week’s loss to Calgary, Ottawa’s offensive line was getting schooled. The Stampeders didn’t need to try any trickery, they were bullrushing over the Redblacks’ big boys who were trying to create a pocket for Harris and create running room for William Powell. They didn’t succeed on either front. Nolan MacMillan returns this week, but Evan Johnson is out.
4. Stepping up on special teams
A year ago, the Redblacks made special things happen on special teams. While they’ve been very steady, they haven’t been explosive yet in 2018. One thing to watch is the punting battle between former Lion Richie Leone (averaging 48.2 yards this year) and B.C.’s Ty Long (averaging 51.6 yards).
5. Winning the turnover battle
So far on the season, the Redblacks are minus-3 in turnovers. Coming into this season, one of the things on the To-Do list was limiting the number of times the ball was coughed up and creating more turnovers from the opposing team. Said Redblacks DB Antoine Pruneau: “I’m not thinking we’re not doing a good job. I know we can get those turnovers. B.C. looks like a team that loves to put the ball in the air, throw up the 50-50 balls, so we’ll have our opportunities this week.”
THE KEY MATCHUP
Redblacks WR Diontae Spencer vs. Lions DB Anthony Orange
The receiver/returner is dynamic when he gets the football in his hands, but other than a Game 1 matchup with Duron Carter when he had 82 yards in catches and a touchdown, Spencer has had games of 11, 29 and 26 yards receiving. The Redblacks need to get him the football in space. Anthony Orange? You may remember him as AJ Jefferson (he changed his name), who played two games for the Redblacks last season before being released.
INSIDE THE GAME
Ottawa won both games against the Lions in each of 2015 and 2017, but lost both games vs. the West Division opponent in each of 2014 and 2016 … The Lions overcame a 17-point deficit last week to beat Winnipeg 20-17, their largest comeback to win in any game since 2008 … Ottawa’s 150-yard offensive output vs. Calgary was the lowest in team history over 76 games since joining the league in 2014. The last time any Ottawa club was under 150 was the Renegades in their first year — 114 yards on July 17, 2002 … Ottawa running back William Powell had his rushing streak of 90-plus-yard games stopped last week. He had 55 carries for 355 yards in Games 1-3, but was held to 17 yards on eight rushes vs. the Stamps … Ottawa receiver Greg Ellingson extended his consecutive game streak with a reception last week — he’s now at 31 games.
Ottawa 33, B.C. 23
Well, a week ago, I predicted Calgary would score 26 points. Close enough, they got 27. Problem is I predicted the Redblacks would get 27. They got three. The lack of points is concerning, but look for Harris and his offensive weapons to get some momentum heading into big division matchups with Hamilton and Toronto.
Points For: 20.8 (6th)
Points Against: 27.3 (8th)
Rushing Yards: 104.3 (4th)
Passing Yards: 220.3 (7th)
Net Offence: 313.5 (6th)
Yards Against: 397.0 (7th)
Points For: 21.3 (5th)
Points Against: 21.5 (3rd)
Rushing Yards: 102.8 (6th)
Passing Yards: 249.3 (4th)
Net Offence: 338.8 (5th)
Yards Against: 340.5 (3rd)
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.
Monika Caryk wants to see the proof.
The fiancée of former Ottawa Senators winger Mike Hoffman swore an affidavit in support of an application in the Ontario Superior Court Thursday for a Norwich order “for the disclosure of knowledge and information related to allegations against me.”
Caryk claims in the document that “on or about March 19, 2018 I became aware that I was being accused of harassing and/or cyberbullying the Respondent, Ms. Melinda Karlsson, and others.”
In the document, which was first reported by ESPN late Thursday, Caryk denied the allegations, maintained her innocence and indicated she wanted to help the Karlsson family find out who actually did this so justice can be served.
“I did no such thing,” Caryk stated in the sworn affidavit signed July 12 in Toronto.
In the 75-page document filed by Toronto lawyer Sheila Block of Torys LLP, Caryk indicated she wanted to see why the wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson had come to this conclusion.
The court document also includes media coverage of the accusations that were first reported last month. Melinda Karlsson filed for an order of protection against Caryk because she felt she was responsible for continued harassment online that started in November.
Caryk outlines a timeline of what she knew and when she knew it.
She said she was first made aware of the allegations by Taylor Winnik, the wife of Minnesota winger Daniel Winnik in an email exchange not long after Melinda Karlsson gave birth to a still-born child in mid-March.
A copy of the email Caryk received from Winnik is included in the court filing.
In an interview with this newspaper last month, both Caryk and Hoffman denied the allegations. Hoffman has since been dealt to the Florida Panthers after originally being acquired by the San Jose Sharks and Karlsson’s future remains up in the air.
“We feel compassion and awful for what Erik and Melinda have had to deal with,” Hoffman said last month. “I don’t really think it’s correct to be blamed for something without having proof. In this world, you’re innocent until proven guilty.
“It hasn’t been easy. You don’t wish this upon anyone. The comments were, and have been horrendous, and we haven’t had a chance to defend ourselves until this point.”
The peace bond was sworn in an Ottawa court on May 4. It alleges that Caryk threatened Melinda and Erik, and says the harassment continued until the couple’s son died in March.
No charges have been filed against Caryk and none of these allegations have been proven in court. This newspaper has reported that the Ottawa police are investigating the matter.
Hoffman and Caryk told this newspaper last month they haven’t been contacted by the police and the Karlssons haven’t commented since the peace bond became public.
Caryk also claimed that their lawyer had reached out to Karlssons’ representative, Gil Zvulony, last month to get more information and that they had refused to give them any further details on the evidence that’s been compiled.
“Without this knowledge and information held by Ms. Karlsson, I have no way to clear my name,” Caryk said. “I cannot address the allegations made against me without knowing the basis of those allegations.”
In addition, Caryk says, “I am willing to hire an expert to try to track down the perpetrators, but I need to have the specific information that Ms. Karlsson bases her allegations on.
“Once I have this information, I will take action against the perpetrators or any other party as necessary and seek damages that I am owed.”
Caryk says the allegations have caused “severe” damage to both her well-being and reputation.
“Of course, this damage is not comparable to the hurt and suffering experienced by Ms. Karlsson, having lost her baby, and being made the subject of the harassment and cyberbullying,” Caryk said.
“However, without the knowledge and information held by Ms. Karlsson that has led her to believe I am the perpetrator of this harassment, I am unable to clear my name, and the damage will continue.”
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.
Another shot has been fired in the cyberbullying scandal involving Melinda Karlsson, the wife of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson.
This one is coming from the accused, Monika Caryk.
The fiancée of former Senators winger Mike Hoffman, Caryk has filed an application with the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice seeking disclosure of information in harassment allegations by the Karlssons, according to a story by ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.
In documents obtained by ESPN, Caryk filed the application, called a Norwich Order, on Thursday in an attempt to clear her name. The application states that Caryk wants to “expose the real perpetrators responsible for harassment and cyberbullying Ms. Karlsson, and demonstrate to Ms. Karlsson and the public that I have been wrongly accused.”
Melinda Karlsson filed for a peace bond, which is an order of protection, against Caryk on May 4, alleging she was responsible for vicious online harassment of the Karlssons under an assumed name. Both Caryk and Hoffman have denied the allegations, which Caryk, in the application, states “have caused severe damage to both my well-being and reputation.”
In Caryk’s court application, she said she has “never been served with the Peace Bond Application and have not been summoned before the Justice of the Peace for a hearing on whether a Peace Bond should be issued.” The document also said Caryk’s lawyer called Melinda Karlsson’s lawyer on June 21, asking him to provide or describe information the Karlssons had related to the allegations. The document says “he said he was instructed not to by his client.”
Calls Thursday night by this newspaper to Caryk’s lawyer, Sheila Block, were not answered.
The Champions were walk-off winners on Thursday night, edging the Trois-Rivieres Aigles 3-2 in thrilling fashion in Cam-League action at RCGT Park.
Jordan Caillouet supplied the heroics when he singled home Steve Brown for the decisive run in the bottom of the ninth.
Caillouet finished the night with two hits and two RBIs, while Brown drove in the other Ottawa run.
It was Ottawa’s third consecutive victory.
Starter Edilson Alvarez went six innings for the Champions, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two. Scott Maine pitched on inning and recorded the win in relief.
Game 2 of the four-game series goes Friday at 7:05 p.m. in Ottawa.
A year ago, Ottawa Redblacks rookie defensive back Sherrod Baltimore was one of the feel-good stories for the Ottawa Redblacks, playing 13 games, many of them as a starter, and making 47 tackles.
With the free-agent signings of veterans Loucheiz Purifoy and Rico Murray, Baltimore was pushed to the practice roster after training camp. He could have asked for his release, hoping another CFL team would pick him up, but the 25-year-old Baltimore’s heart is here — he wants to be part of something big as a Redblack.
On Friday, Baltimore is for the first time this season listed on the Redblacks’ roster — on the depth chart — for a home game against the B.C. Lions. Baltimore is listed as a backup, but it’s a chance to wear a helmet, shoulder pads and a uniform on game day. And that’s a step forward.
“It’s made me a better person,” said Baltimore on Thursday. “I’m definitely a team player. I don’t get into all that other stuff. My time will come. I just want to win. I don’t have too much to say, I’m just ready to work. I’m a playmaker, I’m a baller.”
Baltimore is a man of faith. When asked if it was tough being put on a practice roster and how he was affected by not being in the lineup for games, he said: “I’m a firm believer in God, I let him lead the way. Whatever happens is going to happen. I talked to God, I prayed on it.”
Asked for his feelings on Ottawa and the Redblacks, Baltimore said: “I love Ottawa. I love the fans. I love the city. I feel the team has love for me, too. If not, they would have just released me.
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Four games into their season, we have no idea whether the 2018 Redblacks are a good, bad or mediocre team.
Same as, one season and four games into his career as a starting CFL quarterback, we still really don’t know whether Trevor Harris will ever be anything more than average.
Unless he goes back to being a great backup, that is.
Inconsistency was the problem in both cases last year, when the Redblacks tried to defend their championship without Henry Burris as their No. 1 QB. By the time they/Harris figured out how to win games, it was too late.
It looks like an issue again, but clouding judgement this time around is the schedule.
The 2-2 record is okay, considering the losses were against the mighty Calgary Stampeders. But capable clubs are not held to a mere field goal through 60 minutes, especially at home.
And as good as the Stamps are, Hamilton quarterback Jeremiah Masoli moved the ball against them, completing 69.4 percent of his passes for 344 yards in a Week 1 loss.
Harris connected on 44.8 percent of his throws for 135 yards in Calgary, and while he did improve to 63.6 percent last week, his 14 completions covered just 93 yards. He also tossed two interceptions that turned into 10 Stampeders points before he was yanked from the 27-3 pounding.
The two games at TD Place have showcased Good Trevor, who was successful on 72.2 percent passes for 345 yards and a pair of majors against Saskatchewan, and Bad Trevor, who found the first down marker just once in the opening half against Calgary.
Wouldn’t the most recent dismal performance shake a guy’s confidence in his team, his line, himself?
“Aw, man, I mean, it bothers you,” Harris said at TD Place Thursday. “I’m not sure if it shakes your confidence. I guess it’d just be like if you wrote a paper and got a bad grade .. you’d just say, where can I improve and get better?
“I think it’s the same sort of mindset, that you kind of start at first, you’re like, man, what the heck? Where did we go wrong? Our preparation? Did I not study right? And then you kind of take a look at it and you say like, okay this is where it went wrong, this is where it went wrong, this is where it went wrong.
“It was much more simple than what we thought,” he added. “We’ve got to be efficient on first down. And then we’ve just got to move the chains and be smart.
“But I think it’s more just about being excellent this week.”
Harris defenders are quick to point that last week’s struggles weren’t all on No. 7. The offensive line was dominated by Calgary’s front seven. The Redblacks play calling was also suspect.
“We don’t really do the blame game stuff, man,” said veteran left tackle SirVincent Rogers. “If we’re not having success it’s all of our faults. That’s just the way we view it as an offence. We know we’ve got to do better as a group to get things going and get rolling.”
This is true, of course. And in the post-debacle dressing room, Harris admitted he has to be better.
“It’s not a game where you can point the finger at one guy, but if you need to, you can point it at me,” he said. “That’s what I want to do for my guys.”
He also said the line, running backs and receivers have to be better. Everybody knew that. But in the moments after such an embarrassing loss, a leader who has a bad game should take sole ownership.
Let the coach spread it around, which Rick Campbell did.
“Any quarterback will tell you that when they’ve had a great game or a great win, they’re going to thank their O-line, and the receivers, and everybody else. And rightfully so,” Campbell said Thursday. “The flip side is true when if things don’t go well, it’s a group effort. It’s the nature of the position, and that’s why quarterbacks have to be mentally strong. They’re going to be in the limelight a little more – get more credit and more blame. You’ve got to take it all and move on.”
After what happened last week, Harris and the Redblacks have to redeem themselves in front of their home fans Friday against the B.C. Lions. They know this, but don’t put it in those terms.
“It’s more just about starting this week and being great this week as opposed to kind of redeeming yourself,” said Harris. “Because I think that starts out on a negative mindset if we think that way.”
The Redblacks focus is on the Lions, and cutting down on turnovers. Entering Week 6, they lead the league with 11.
“We’re just going to come out and try and execute our game plan to the best of our ability,” said Harris. “Try to march the team down the field and make sure every drive ends in a kick or a touchdown. Whether it’s a punt, field goal or a touchdown, that’s really what we’re focused on. Moving the football, being efficient, going fast and giving them a bunch of different looks so we can go out there and be effective against their defence.”
The Lions are a mediocre team, at best, and they will be missing key players to injury – most notably all-star linebacker Solomon Elimimian. Beating them won’t prove a whole lot, but If Harris and the Redblacks don’t win this game, we will have a pretty good handle on their true identity.
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Not only is William Powell possibly the most dynamic running back in the Canadian Football League, turns out he’s also pretty good at one of his hobbies – playing Fortnite.
When he’s not running around opponents – the Ottawa Redblacks star has 372 rushing yards in four games (third-best in the CFL, behind Andrew Harris and Don Jackson), Powell figures he spends at least an hour each day on the popular multi-player online shooting game – where, like football, teamwork is a big asset.
“I’m pretty good, but I’m still working on it,” said Powell. “I wouldn’t say I’m the GOAT, but I’m pretty good.”
When he’s got a football in his hands, Powell is more than good. Last season, after being injured for chunks of the first half of the season, he finished with 1,026 yards rushing – in just 12 games. That was just nine yards behind the talented Harris, the league-leader who played eight more games than the Redblack.
“To me, I don’t know that it’s even close, I think he’s the best running back in the league,” said Redblacks coach Rick Campbell. “I don’t think it’s a secret – 12 games (in 2017) and he almost led the league in rushing. It’s pretty self-explanatory.”
The 30-year-old Powell, who spent four years in the National Football League (in 2012, he rushed for 217 yards with the Arizona Cardinals), is soft-spoken, respectful and a good teammate. He’s not one to pat himself on the back. But others will do it for him.
“He’s my teammate, I’m trying to be objective, but I think he’s the best,” said offensive lineman SirVincent Rogers. “He’s humble, he doesn’t brag about what he does, he comes to work every day with the same smile. He’s a bright personality who’s a ton of fun to be around.”
Asked about how good he can be and how he stacks up against the elite players of the league, Powell said: “I try not to buy into any (hype), but at the same time I’m a confident player – I feel like I can do big things for this team. I like watching the other running backs – players like Andrew Harris and CJ Gable, they’re great. I love watching those guys, but I’m confident I can hang with anyone. I just come into work every day and try to get better.”
What he does on a football field is special. With his offensive linemen creating holes, Powell is able to accelerate and dart in and out of traffic. He makes defenders miss, grabbing at air, while his feet are moving forward.
“You stop and watch him from behind, you watch guys break ankles trying to tackle him,” said offensive lineman Jason Lauzon-Seguin. “It’s fun to watch, sometimes we’re wrong and he makes us right.”
“Either you make your block and you look at what’s going on 30 yards down the field or you’re running downfield, trying to figure out where he’s going to go, hoping you don’t knock him down,” said Rogers. “You might feel like you’re in his way sometimes, other times you’re in awe of what he’s doing in the open field.”
Said Powell: “You have to be able to see it to get to it. What comes next is getting to the hole and exploding through it. You can see everything, it’s like poetry in motion – everything’s just happening simultaneously. The O-line is a big part of my success. They open up lanes and give me the space so I can operate and make guys miss. If they give me some space, I feel like I’m able to do some magic when I get 1-on-1 with defenders.
“I grew up in Dallas so I was a big Emmitt Smith fan. He was a guy who had great vision, I feel like I have that, too. I liked to watch Reggie Bush, he was so elusive. I’m capable of doing some of those things. But I feel like I’m my own guy. I feel like I can do a bit of everything.
“When I was growing up, I wanted to be able to catch, I wanted to have agility and power. We played backyard football, a game called Throwback Tackle. They used to throw the ball back, I’d catch it and everybody was a defender. I’d try to make everybody miss. They had to bring me to the ground, it wasn’t two-hand touch – it was full contact, no pads. We probably started playing that when I was maybe five or six – throwing the ball around and tackling and roughhousing each other. We played with older kids, that’s what made the younger kids better.”
Powell came out strongly in the first three games of the Redblacks’ season (two of them Ottawa wins) with 94, 123 and 138 yards rushing, but the Stampeders paid extra close attention to him in last week’s 27-3 loss to Calgary – Powell had just 17 yards on eight carries. The Redblacks will look to get the ball into Powell’s hands Friday night at home vs. B.C. And you can bet he’ll do something when the opportunities come.
If Powell can stay healthy, he’ll be a catalyst to any success the Redblacks have in 2018. Could he be a Most Outstanding Player candidate?
“If guys on your team are getting awards, it probably means the team is successful,” said Powell. “But you never want to put yourself in front of the team. The primary goal is to win a Grey Cup and the rest will take care of itself.”
THE COACH SAYS
Speaking about rebounding from last week’s home loss to Calgary, Campbell said: “It’s a big game. It’s a home game. As you can see, the way things are working this year in the CFL, everybody’s stacked together so you have to cash in and win games. I know our guys are looking forward to getting out here and playing, for sure.”
THE END AROUND
Offensive lineman Evan Johnson will sit out this week, placed on the one-game injured list. The Redblacks’ depth chart shows Jon Gott moving to left guard, with Nolan MacMillan at right guard and Jason Lauzon-Seguin at right tackle. Rookie Mark Korte will be a backup. It will be MacMillan’s first game of the season. DB Sherrod Baltimore returns for Ottawa, LB Mickael Cote is also in … For the Lions, former Redblacks RB Jeremiah Johnson is on the one-game injured list. B.C. suffered a big blow earlier this week when all-star LB Solomon Elimimian was placed on the six-game injured list … It was Redblacks DB Jonathan Rose’s 25th birthday Thursday – teammates soaked him with an icy bucket full of water following practice.
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