Cornerback Delvin Breaux ready to roar in B.C. Lions debut

For Delvin Breaux, strapping on the pads for his first game as a B.C. Lion is no big deal.

The 32-year-old American cornerback was B.C.’s biggest acquisition in free agency, but an elbow injury kept him out of the team’s first game of the season earlier this month.

A bye in Week 2 helped Breaux get back to full health, and now he’s looking forward to making his debut in black and orange when the Lions host the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday.

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“It’s like riding a bike for me, just getting the reps in practice is all I need,” he said. “Game time, I have experience there. So I’m just going to treat it like a normal football game, prepare the same. I can’t wait.”

B.C.’s defensive group has already grown tight-knit, Breaux said, a relationship that pays off in how they communicate and interact on the field.

The Louisiana State University product said it’s one of the best defensive groups he’s ever been a part of.

“These guys, they just want to win,” Breaux said. “That’s the biggest thing. They want to win.”

A strong defensive performance will be key if the Lions are going to collect a win over the Argos on Saturday.

During his four seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto is a team Breaux got used to facing.

“They have great guys. They put their guys in the right places, like Speedy B (Brandon Banks). They put him in certain places to get him the ball,” he said.

“So we have to focus on keys and understanding where they like their money guys at, just understanding the down and distance and what they like to do. And we’ll be prepared.”

B.C. (1-0) came prepared for its first game of the 2022 campaign.

Newly minted starting quarterback Nathan Rourke tossed for 282 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more as the Lions torched the visiting Edmonton Elks 59-15.

The Lions can’t assume they’ll cruise to another victory this week, Rourke said.

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“We definitely have to put (Week 1) in our rear-view mirror and realize that that performance can be replicated, but it doesn’t have anything to do with this week,” he said.

“We really have to move on and show up in a big way this week against the Argos. New team, different team.”

The Argos (1-0) come to Vancouver having edged the Montreal Alouettes 20-19 in Week 2 action.

While a win is a win, the Argos know they’ll need to field a tighter performance in order to get a result on Saturday, said head coach Ryan Dinwiddie.

“Our guys are sharp,” he said. “They understand we weren’t our best last week. We showed flashes but we were nowhere near where we need to be.”

Toronto knows, too, that B.C. was able to hold back some weapons against Edmonton. The Argos have been readying themselves for what the Lions could still have in store, said quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

“Obviously they didn’t bring their whole package (in Week 1) because they didn’t have to,” he said. “So we know that they have more in their tool belt. We’ve been preparing for the extra stuff, for sure.”

TORONTO ARGONAUTS (1-0) at B.C. LIONS (1-0)

Saturday, B.C. Place, 7 p.m., PT

HOT STARTS: Both sides are looking to start their season 2-0. It’s a feat Toronto hasn’t accomplished since 2015 and has only managed twice since 1997. The last time B.C. started the season with a pair of wins was 2016.

LAST TIME OUT: The Argos took a 21-29 overtime win in their lone meeting with the Lions last season.

CENTURY MARK: Saturday will mark the 100th regular-season meeting between the two clubs. B.C. holds the all-time edge in the series with 59 wins, 38 losses and two ties.

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Missing 84-year-old woman in Surrey; RCMP requesting public help

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 84-year old woman.

Yun Di Zhu was last seen on June 24 around 10:30 a.m. near 80th avenue and 158-A street.

Zhu is described as 4 foot nine inches, 80 pounds with short black hair.

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She was last seen wearing a grey fleece zip-up jacket.

The police and her family are concerned for her health and well being.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Surrey RCMP.

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Motorcycle rider dies in Etobicoke crash: police

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A motorcycle rider died after a collision in Toronto Friday night.

In a tweet, Toronto police said a crash took place in the area of Albion Road and Westmore Drive at around 10:12 p.m.

Police said there were reports a biker had been struck by a vehicle. The driver remained on scene, police said.

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In an update, police said the motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police are appealing to anyone with information, including those with dashcam footage, to come forward and assist their their investigation.

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Plouffe sisters help Canada advance to women's 3x3 basketball semifinal

Quinn Phillips tells us about Kaylee Plouffe, a talented volleyball player who also has the genes and talent to excel in another sport as well.

The Canadian women’s 3×3 basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup 2022 after back-to-back wins on Saturday.

Canada defeated top-seeded Germany 22-13 and then topped the United States 14-10 to move on to the tournament’s next round.

The semifinal and final will both be on Sunday.

“I am just super proud of our team,” Michelle Plouffe said after the second win of the day.

“We came in here, and to us, we thought we could get to the podium, but I think to other people we were an underdog, so I’m just so proud of how we fought through each match.”

Edmonton’s Michelle Plouffe finished with nine points and three key assists against Germany, shooting 4-for-5 from one-point range and 2-for-3 from long range.

Twin sister Katherine Plouffe and Paige Crozon each scored five points while Kacie Bosch had a game-high five rebounds.

“Germany is a great team, they have a lot of chemistry, they’ve played together for a while,” Crozon said after beating Germany.

“We played them in the women’s series final last year and lost so we know they’re a really great team and really had to prepare coming into this game.”

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The U.S. was undefeated heading into Saturday’s quarter-final.

In the final minute of play, Katherine Plouffe found a cutting Bosch who was fouled under the rim and went to the line to make a free throw to give Canada a 13-10 advantage.

A jumper from Katherine Plouffe extended Canada’s lead to 14-10 make the semifinals.

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Abortion rights advocates and opponents seeks next step after Roe v. Wade overturn

Global News Morning speaks with Oxfam Canada Executive Director Lauren Ravon about the U.S. decision to end constitutional rights to abortion access.

Americans were taking stock a day after the Supreme Court overturned a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, as states began implementing bans and supporters and foes of abortion rights mapped out their next moves.

The depth of emotion unleashed by Friday’s decision led to protests and prayer vigils across the country, with Arizona lawmakers even hiding in a basement for a time while police fired tear gas into a crowd.

In Charleston, West Virginia, at least 200 abortion supporters gathered Friday night for a candlelight vigil in front of the federal courthouse after the state’s last abortion clinic was forced to cancel all of its appointments.

Katie Quinonez, executive director of Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, told the crowd she threw threw her phone against the wall of her office when she learned that Roe v. Wade had been overturned after almost 50 years. Her staff called 70 patients scheduled over the next month “to tell them that their abortion was cancelled and we would have to send them out of state, and that was it.”

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Quinonez vowed that the fight for abortion rights will continue: “This is not the end whatsoever… Tonight we mourn, we rage. Tomorrow we get to work.”

In Arizona, thousands of demonstrators — split between those who support and oppose abortion rights —gathered outside the state Capitol on Friday night. Police fired tear gas to disperse anti-abortion demonstrators who banged on the glass doors of the Senate building, and lawmakers, rushing to complete their 2022 session, huddled briefly in a basement.

Clinics in Arizona stopped performing abortions after the decision, as did those in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Women considering abortions already had been dealing with a near-complete ban in Oklahoma and a prohibition after roughly six weeks in Texas.

In Ohio, a ban on most abortions from the first detectable fetal heartbeat became law when a federal judge dissolved an injunction that had kept the measure on hold for nearly three years. Another law with narrow exceptions was was triggered by the ruling in Utah and went into effect.

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, which was at the center of the case before the Supreme Court, continued to see patients Friday. Outside, men used a bullhorn to tell people inside that they would burn in hell. Clinic escorts wearing colorful vests used large speakers to blast Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” at the protesters.

The ruling is likely to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, and people on both sides of the issue predicted the fight would continue.

In Minnesota, where abortion remains legal, Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order to help shield people seeking or providing abortions in his state from facing legal consequences in other states. In neighboring South and North Dakota, the Supreme Court ruling triggered, respectively, an immediate abortion ban and one that takes effect in 30 days.

Walz also has vowed to reject requests to extradite anyone accused of committing acts related to reproductive health care that are not criminal offenses in Minnesota.

“My office has been and will continue to be a firewall against legislation that would reverse reproductive freedom,” he said.

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In Fargo, North Dakota, the the state’s sole abortion provider plans to move across the river to Minnesota. Red River Women’s Clinic owner Tammi Kromenaker said Saturday that she has secured a location in Moorhead but gave no further details.

Thirteen states, mainly in the South and Midwest, already had laws to ban abortion in the event Roe was overturned. Another half-dozen states have near-total bans or prohibitions after 6 weeks, before many women know they are pregnant.

In roughly a half-dozen other states, including West Virginia and Wisconsin, the fight will be over dormant abortion bans that were enacted before Roe was decided in 1973 or new proposals to sharply limit when abortions can be performed.

Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers told The Associated Press on Saturday that he will support legal action to overturn a 173-year-old state abortion ban. He also said he would not appoint district attorneys who would enforce the law, and would commute prison sentences for anyone convicted under it.

“We’re looking at everything,” he said.

Four years after winning election by a narrow margin, Evers said he believes this issue will energize independents and he hopes to translate anger over Roe’s demise into votes this fall.

“Any time you take half the people in Wisconsin and make them second-class citizens, I have to believe there’s going to be a reaction to that,” Evers said.

Bauer reported from Madison, Wisconsin. Associate Press reporters Dave Kolpack in Minneapolis and Tammy Webber in Fenton, Michigan, contributed to this story.

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OPP identify pedestrian killed in Walpole Island, Ont. fatal crash

OPP have identified the pedestrian who was killed in a crash earlier this week on Walpole Island.

Police say emergency crews responded to the collision on Chief’s Road around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

A pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle, police say. They were rushed to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

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The deceased has been identified as Clifton Tooshkenig of Walpole Island First Nation. OPP did not release their age.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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GTA, much of southern Ontario placed under special air quality statement

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Much of the Greater Toronto Area and other places in southern Ontario have been placed under a special air quality statement by Environment Canada as blistering temperatures continue.

In a statement, the agency said that hot and humid weather conditions are creating “elevated pollution levels.”

The statement was issued at 11:23 a.m. Saturday for Toronto, Vaughan, Uxbridge, Peel Region, Newmarket and Georgina within the GTA.

Environment Canada also issued a heat warning for the City of Toronto just after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, saying a heat event is expected to hit the city this weekend.

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The agency said maximum temperatures are expected to reach the low 30s on Saturday and Sunday.

“Humidex values are expected to be in the mid to high thirties,” the warning said.

Guelph, Kitchener, Windsor, Sarnia and Burlington were also included in the special air quality statement.

“Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations in the area,” the statement said.

“Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.”

— with files from Global News’ Hannah Jackson

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Hearts in the Air: Lorenzo Insigne gets warm welcome from Toronto FC faithful

TORONTO — Hundreds of pairs of hands came together to form hearts as Toronto FC fans sang and cheered for Lorenzo Insigne.

A visibly touched Insigne made the loving gesture right back.

Insigne was formally introduced to Toronto FC fans Friday night, a celebration nearly seven months in the making after the Italian international signed with the Major League Soccer club Jan. 8.

“Thank you everybody for coming,” said Insigne through a translator. “I just hope that during the game I can contribute and bring Toronto to victory.”

Insigne then closed out his brief appearance on stage by switching to English and shouting “all for one!” into the microphone, with fans cheering his use of Toronto FC’s motto.

His arrival may breathe hope into TFC’s season as Toronto sits 12th in MLS’s 14-team Eastern Conference with a 4-3-8 record.

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The 31-year-old native of Naples, Italy, has 132 goals in 416 club appearances, mainly for Serie A club Napoli.

Insigne (pronounced In-SEEN-ya) signed a four-year contract with the Reds and enters MLS as its highest-paid player.

He overtakes Chicago’s Xherdan Shaqiri who currently tops the league’s salary list at US$8.153 million.

Insigne said Friday he was up for the challenge.

“(TFC president Bill Manning) did a great job. He really sold me on the project and the project is amazing,” said Insigne, who makes the heart gesture as a tribute to his wife.

“I know it’s going to be difficult because it’s the first time I’m going to be away from Napoli but for me and my family it’s going to be great.”

He’s expected to play his first game July 9, two days after the MLS secondary transfer window opens, at home against the San Jose Earthquakes.

TFC will have played 18 of its 34 regular-season games by then.

Help may be on the way for Insigne as veteran left back Domenico Criscito has reportedly agreed to sign with Toronto FC.

The 35-year-old defender has played for Genoa since 2018.

Hundreds waited for Insigne on a side street in downtown Toronto’s Little Italy for several hours.

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A small stage was set up beside the popular Cafe Diplomatico restaurant, with a DJ pumping dance music as MCs Maria Papadakis and Rick Campanelli kept the crowd entertained with giveaways and competitions.

Kamil Kartel, a fan who took the stage to see how long he could shout “goal” like an Italian soccer broadcaster, said he loved to see Toronto FC fans gathered together.

“It’s great to see so many familiar faces around,” said Kartel, gesturing to the crowd. “I love when we have big signings like this. I love when the community comes together ”

About 20 members of Napoli Club Toronto were on hand, wearing Insigne jerseys and holding up scarves and banners emblazoned with the team’s logo.

As Insigne arrived on the scene with a police escort, members of the supporters’ club led Napoli chants to welcome Insigne.

“He’s kind of like our generation’s Diego Maradona,” said Luca Lombardi, referring to the co-winner of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century Award who also played for Napoli from 1984-1991.

“Maradona was a hero for all the Neapolitan people back when he was playing for them in the 1980s and 1990s.

“Now for us in the 2000s, 2010s, 2020s, Insigne is our hero. This means the most to us.”

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Mother of missing B.C. Indigenous woman pleads for help; VPD releases new information

Police in Vancouver are asking for the public's help in locating Tatyanna Harrison, who has been missing for more than seven weeks.

The Vancouver Police Department and the mother of a missing woman have released a new video documenting the last known whereabouts of Tatyanna Harrison.

Harrison has been missing for more than seven weeks and was last seen in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

“Each day that passes without finding Tatyanna increases our concern for her well-being,” Const. Tania Visintin said.

“Tatyanna’s family, friends, and the community have been instrumental in helping establish a timeline of her last whereabouts. The VPD and Tatyanna’s family want to ensure that the entire community remains engaged in the ongoing search for Tatyanna. We are asking everyone to share this video so we can find Tatyanna.”

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According to police, Tatyanna had been in regular contact with her family until the end of March, when she last texted her mother from a new phone number from somewhere in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Six weeks later, Tatyanna was reported missing on May 3. Despite an investigation by police, there are no solid leads on her whereabouts, according to the VPD.

“Tatyanna is a very strong and beautiful girl that’s a voice for people who suffer, or people who don’t have one,” said Natasha Harrison, Tatyanna’s mother.

“She’s articulate, she’s smart, she’s an avid reader, she’s fearless. I’m putting out a plea to the public to help find my daughter. She’s 20 years old and she was last seen on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.”

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Tatyanna had been staying in Surrey until about Feb. 3, when she spoke with Surrey RCMP officers in the area of King George Boulevard and Bolivar Road, telling them she had nowhere to stay.

From Feb. 9 to 22, Tatyanna stayed at a shelter at 875 Terminal Ave., in Vancouver, where she was often seen in the company of a companion, according to police.

On March 23, Tatyanna visited an RBC bank at Main and East Hastings to report a lost bank card.

She got a new card, withdrew cash and was recorded on video with a man who has not yet been identified, VPD said.

The next day, Tatyanna sent her mother a text message from a new phone number.

VPD is looking for a man who was seen with Harrison before her disappearance.

VPD is looking for a man who was seen with Harrison before her disappearance.

VPD

“Investigators believe this man is a possible witness and not a suspect,” Const. Visintin said. “They believe he was last seen with Tatyanna on March 23. We need him, or anyone who knows him, to call police.”

The man is described as 30 to 40-years-old, with a slim build, a moustache, and stubble on his face. He was last seen wearing a two-toned dark grey or dark blue and white jacket, a dark hooded sweater, and a dark-colored toque.

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Although that was the last time she communicated with Natasha Harrison, there have been numerous sightings of Tatyanna in Vancouver, including on April 7 at Robson Park, and on April 22 at the Grand Union Pub near Abbott and West Hastings, according to police.

But Tatyanna never arrived to collect her social assistance cheque at the end of April, and her current whereabouts remain unknown.

“It is out of character for Tatyanna to have gone so long without speaking to her friends and family, who tell us her failure to reach out is an indication Tatyanna is in danger,” Const. Visintin said.

“That’s why we’re renewing our appeals for anyone who has information about Tatyanna’s current location or previous activities to come forward.”

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Tatyanna is a 20-year-old Indigenous woman, who stands 5-foot-1, has brown eyes, and a slim build.

When last seen, she had medium-length auburn hair, though her hairstyle and colour may have changed. She often wears prescription glasses and baggy clothes.

If you’ve seen Tatyanna, if you know where she is, or if you have any information that can help locate her, please call VPD’s dedicated tip line at 604-717-2530, email vpd.missing@vpd.ca, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Family conflict leaves father dead, son arrested: Montreal police

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Montreal police say a 62-year-old man died after being involved in a family dispute with his 21-year-old son on Friday.

Police say they received a call around 5:30 a.m. for a 62-year-old man who was stabbed in a residence in Montreal’s Ville Saint-Laurent district.

The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was taken to hospital where he later died of his wounds.

The victim’s 21-year-old son was arrested at the home and remains in police custody.

The SPVM says charges have not yet been laid as officers are still speaking with witnesses and investigating the circumstances around the incident.

This is Montreal’s 12th reported homicide of 2022.

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