The Hamilton Tiger-Cats returned to the field Saturday night for the first time since their gut wrenching overtime loss in last year’s Grey Cup. They beat the Montreal Alouettes 25-22 on a last second field goal from rookie Tadhg Leader.
The game at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton was the first preseason tilt for both CFL teams.
Leader hit a 35-yard kick as time expired, after Montreal had taken a one-point lead just seconds earlier when QB Davis Alexander ran for a one-yard touchdown with 25 seconds to play in the game, and then connected with Krishawn Hogan on a two-point convert.
Most of the Tiger-Cats’ starters played limited minutes, including quarterback Dane Evans, who completed four of his five pass attempts for 46 yards.
Montreal opened the scoring on a 79-yard drive that soaked up more than four minutes of playing time and culminated with QB Trevor Harris throwing a four-yard touchdown to receiver Reggie White Jr.
Hamilton’s Dylan Wynn blocked the convert attempt.
Alouettes kicker David Cote booted a 32-yard field goal with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter to extend Montreal’s lead to 9-0 before the Ticats answered with a touchdown of their own.
Aided by a pass interference penalty that placed the football on the Montreal one-yard line, backup quarterback Matt Shiltz ran for a touchdown on the next play to cut the Alouettes’ lead to 9-7.
The Tiger-Cats took a 10-9 lead early in the second quarter when rookie kicker Seth Small drilled a 39-yard field goal.
Small is competing against incumbent Michael Domagala and Leader, a Global rookie, for Hamilton’s kicking job.
Plus, A Vancouver-based Indigenous film producer says he was made to feel like a criminal after being turned away from the red carpet at the Cannes film festival despite being invited to walk it. His “crime” was wearing traditional moccasins with his tuxedo. Richard Zussman has more.
A Vancouver-based Indigenous film producer says he was treated like he was “trying to steal something” after being turned away from a red carpet event at the Cannes Film Festival because he was wearing a pair of traditional moccasins.
Kelvin Redvers, a member of the Dene Nation from the North West Territories, was at the festival with a group of six Indigenous filmmakers in a business program at Capilino University, with the backing of the Indigenous Screen Office and Telefilm.
On Sunday, he was invited Sunday to a red carpet screening of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Les Amandiers, where he planned to wear a formal black suit and bowtie, along with a pair of moccasins hand-made by his sister.
Redvers said that the team of mentors he was travelling with had explained that despite the festival’s ultra-strict dress code, there were allowances for cultural formalwear.
“I 100 per cent showed up expecting that this was within the realm of the things they (would) allow,” Redvers told Global News.
“As a Dene filmmaker, moccasins are a huge part of our culture. They’re ceremonial, they can be quite special, so if you are going to have a kilt allowed for someone who is Scottish, the equivalent would be a pair of moccasins for someone who is Dene.”
Redvers said he went through the first of several red carpet checkpoints wearing a pair of regular shoes, not wanting to damage the moccasins. But once he swapped them on, staff were quick to react.
“Almost instantly, someone comes and says, ‘No, no no.'” he said.
The issue was escalated to higher-level festival staff, with a French-speaking member of his producer group trying to explain the situation to no avail.
“Eventually there was one security guard there, who I guess just broke or snapped or whatever, and he is a large intimidating human. (He) turned on me and essentially demanded immediately that I leave,” he said.
“After being excited for weeks to bring my culture to this red carpet event and to be told ‘get out, this isn’t welcome here’, is something that stings, and it still stings.”
Redvers left the site, and after processing the incident changed back to his leather shoes and was allowed to enter the screening.
But he said his team stood up for him and pressed the issue with festival organizers. They listened and arranged a meeting the following day with the secretary general of the festival, one of the heads of the red carpet and representatives of the Indigenous Screen Office and Telefilm.
“He apologized for the way the security person had treated me and we had a discussion,” he said. “But even then, they were expressing hesitation about understanding this pair of moccasins, why it was formalwear.”
The Indigenous Screen Office offered to help educate festival organizers about the importance of cultural formalwear such as moccasins or ribbon skirts, he said.
As a result of the meeting, he was also invited to a red carpet screening of Canadian director David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future on Monday, this time, with the moccasins. At the checkpoint, he initially met resistance once again, which was overruled by a higher-level staffer, he said.
“That was my favourite part of the festival, to be able to go from, ‘No, no, no,’ to hey, ‘Yes, these are OK for this reason, here’s what they represent, here’s what they are to us and to our culture, so you may enter.'”
In a statement, Kerry Swanson, co-executive director of the Indigenous Screen Office said she was pleased festival organizers had been willing to listen.
“The Indigenous delegation had an incredibly positive experience at Cannes so it was disappointing to see a delegate turned away at a red carpet event,” she said.
“The Cannes leadership responded swiftly and we greatly appreciated the end result, and the opportunity to exchange dialogue and cultural understanding. We look forward to continuing our presence at the festival.”
Global News has requested comment from the Cannes Film Festival.
While the red carpet incident has generated international attention, Redvers said it overshadowed what was otherwise a very successful trip.
He said his six-member cohort was given a chance to “sit at the table” and meet with movers and shakers from the business side of the film world.
Redvers is currently working on financing his next feature film, described as an $8-million Indigenous rooftop hostage thriller, and said he was able to make connections and build momentum for the project.
“In addition to the festival, there’s a huge film market, so a ton of business happens…at Cannes when it comes to sales agents and distributors and that kind of thing,” he said.
The Okanagan Indian Band unveiled their newest gathering space in the community. While it was built and ready for use in 2020 it couldn't be opened until now, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Victoria Femia has more on the grand opening of the Cultural Arbor.
The Okanagan Indian Band held a grand opening ceremony for its newly constructed Cultural Arbor located at Vernon B.C’s Komasket Park in Syilx territory.
The celebration welcomed many people from the OKIB who came to see their community’s newest gathering space.
“It’s really important to our community because it’s one of those places where we have events, families come down and have some sort of family gathering. I mean, you’ll never find a nicer place anywhere in the Okanagan, when you look around,” said Chief Byron Louis of the Okanagan Indian Band.
The Arbor was built in the 1980s and decommissioned in 2018. The rebuild includes many pieces of the original Arbor and is expected to last in the community for decades to come.
“The other one was (started) in the 80s and since it was made of wood, there was a lot of rot in there, so we had to take everything down. But what you see is treated wood and so this one, I think, is going to last (longer),” said Louis.
The Arbor can accommodate approximately 300 people. It’s a circular open-air roofed building that features bleacher-style seating that flows around the inside of the structure in four tiers.
Many of the community members who came out to the event were grateful to have the Arbor back.
“This is how we bring our family and our people back together again, we need this for our interactions with the last two years of covid and the fires, this is so important for our people,” said OKIB community member Deb Nicholas.
The OKIB plans to hold more events at the Arbor as soon as possible since many were put on hold due to COVID-19.
The weekend will kick off with the Roughriders Lights Out Game on Friday, Sept. 16 against the Edmonton Elks. On Saturday the other Saskatchewan-based teams will square off.
The Saskatoon Hilltops junior football team will visit the Regina Thunder in the afternoon and the Huskies will play the Rams Saturday evening.
“It allows folks from Saskatoon, for instance, to come down and spend the whole weekend (in Regina),” said Roughriders President and CEO Craig Reynolds.
“Come to the Riders game (Friday) … and hopefully stay (on Saturday) and watch some great university and junior football.”
Jeff Yausie, executive director of Football Saskatchewan said the group knows how passionate Saskatchewan residents are about football.
“We wanted to give them a weekend full of the best football this province has to offer,” Yausie said.
“From our Green and White to our elite teams at the university and junior level, you won’t want to miss any of the action.”
Huskies head coach Scott Flory said a similar weekend was hosted when he played for the Montreal Alouettes.
“For 15 years (McGill football) sold out every game, that’s the atmosphere that you’re trying to create,” Flory added.
“I don’t think enough people have had the pleasure to see our games, to see university football, and I think the more people come out to it, the more they see it, the more they’ll fall in love with it,” Flory said,
Bundled ticket packages for all three games during Football Weekend in Saskatchewan will be made available to fans, with both adult and youth pricing.
Déjà Vu Café, a staple in the Moose Jaw, Sask., food scene and well known outside of the Friendly City, has been closed since May 16 after simply running out of chicken.
The restaurant, which has been featured on the Food Network because of its popularity, covered up their front windows and put up a sign explaining the situation during the temporary closure.
“Sometimes you hear people through the door, like, ‘No chicken’,” said owner Brandon Richardson.
The staff at Deja Vu Cafe — known for its chicken wings and milkshakes — are just as stunned as their customers about being closed due to a shortage of the item that makes up 95 per cent of their menu. In fact, the restaurant only has three main menu items that don’t involve chicken.
“I’ve been here 10 and a half years. We’ve ran out of stuff for a few hours, maybe a day but never like this,” said manager Kelly Tollefson.
Like many other businesses since the pandemic began, Deja Vu is at the mercy of the supply chain.
“Our supplier was down to the end of stock. We got the last of it and we ran with it until there was no more. Just waiting for new shipments,” said Richardson.
“It seems like that’s the reason for everything now days. I mean I never thought in a million years two years after it all started would be when we started seeing supply shortages,” said Tollefson.
Deja Vu is known for its variety of over 100 flavours of both milkshakes and chicken. But more importantly, the owners said, it’s recognized for its quality, which is why they weren’t willing to try a new supplier to avoid closing in the short term.
“It’s our brand. It’s our homemade chicken strips. It’s our chicken wings. We’ve used the same product since day 1 and I’m just totally against substitutions or changing the product,” emphasized Richardson.
Tollefson echoed the sentiment, saying, “Chicken is chicken, yes, but the quality we serve here is amazing. You can’t find it anywhere else so we’re not going to drop down and people get what they’re not expecting from us”.
The timing of the chicken shortage is not ideal but it could’ve been worse, Richardson said.
“Thankfully it did not happen in June, July, or August. Our busiest months here in Moose Jaw for tourism and everyone getting out,” pointed out Richardson.
“For us to have to close right before a basketball tournament for instance was in town. That’s 66 teams. Guaranteed we would’ve gotten some of those teams in and we couldn’t because unfortunately we had to close,” reminded Tollefson.
After all the closures and capacity limits seen in the last couple of years, this is yet another hurdle for Déjà Vu, who found success in takeout orders during the peak of the pandemic.
“This whole thing has been a new learning curve of how to operate a business, changes that you have to make throughout, and sometimes hard decisions. Mine was to temporarily close until our product comes in because I don’t want to jeopardize our product or the way we do things,” said Richardson.
The restaurant’s owner made the most of the time while they were closed, which customers will be able to see when they return for the popular chicken.
“We put new flooring throughout the building, we did some painting, we did some extra repairs. More and more cleaning which they do every day but we did more and more so we got a lot accomplished,” said Richardson.
Customers will be able to check out the renovations when the store reopens on June 1st. They are expecting a shipment of chicken early next week in preparation for a busy and exciting week.
“It’s so fun. Working in this restaurant for as long as I have you meet so many new people. It’s just a great environment,” said Tollefson.
The bylaw is expected to be voted on by council next month. If passed, it will come into effect August 1. Craig Momney reports.
Smoking and vaping within public parks and along pathways in Calgary may soon come to an end.
At Friday’s city council meeting, Ward 11 Coun. Kourtney Penner proposed a bylaw that would see a ban on smoking and vaping in these areas. Penner said this bylaw would help limit the exposure of these behaviours to children.
“We do know there’s increased research, especially around vaping and the harmful effects,” said Penner. “If we can curb activities and behaviours around smoking and vaping through bylaw then that’s something that is a benefit for some people.”
While festivals and events would still see designated smoking areas, Penner added the bylaw could also allow for similar designated spots in some public parks.
Some smokers, however, say the latest proposal is too much.
“We already face so many rules and regulations around smoking and vaping as it is,” Adam Demers, owner of Cheap Smokes & Cigars, said.
Demers added there are already enough restrictions on smokers — who he believes are a minority group within the city. He said rather than limiting the number of places a person can smoke, the city should instead provide more education while regulating the product.
“I believe it should be sold at 18 plus regulated stores only, and remove it from convenience stores and gas station chains,” he said. “That would definitely reduce the available consumption for youth and minors to get a hold of this product.”
The latest bylaw to be presented to council isn’t a new idea, at least not in Alberta.
Les Hagen, executive director of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), said the City of Red Deer adopted the idea 10 years ago.
Since then, 20 municipalities across the province have followed suit, including Okotoks, Strathmore and St. Albert. Edmonton has also banned smoking at two-thirds of its parks — which applies to parks with playgrounds.
“What we need to do is set the social standard and to de-normalize smoking in public places,” said Hagen.
What’s concerning to him, Hagen said, is the number of young children and young adults vaping.
“We know that the primary risk factor of vaping is identical to the primary risk factor of smoking, and that is nicotine addiction,” he said. “We also know that kids who vape are three times as likely to start smoking.”
The bylaw is expected to be voted on by council next month. If passed, it will come into effect August 1.
Supporters and family members of Chelsea Poorman rallied in Vancouver on Saturday, vowing to keep up the pressure for answers about her death.
Poorman, a 24-year-old member of the Kwacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan, was last seen on Sept. 6, 2020, in downtown Vancouver. Her remains were found 17 months later behind a vacant home in the upscale Shaughnessy neighbourhood.
“Right now, as it sits, our main focus is to get answers to what exactly happened to Chelsea. Like I said before, she didn’t just come here to lay down and die,” her mother Sheila said at a gathering outside the house where she was found.
Vancouver police have said Poorman’s cause of death may never be known because of how much her remains had decomposed by the time the were found. However, police say they found no evidence of foul play.
Poorman’s mother says she was told by the coroner that part of her daughter’s cranium and some of her fingers were missing when she was found.
“She was covered up with a blanket. Did an animal go under that blanket and take the part and then put the blanket back? That doesn’t seem right,” she said.
“Somebody obviously brought her here, somebody knew this place was empty.”
Sheila said police have since committed to searching a nearby park with a cadaver dog to see if they can find more of her daughter’s remains.
Along with the questions about how her daughter died and why it took so long for her remains to be found, Sheila remains focused on the Vancouver police response, which she said lacked urgency.
She said it took investigators 10 days to issue a missing persons bulletin for her daughter.
“For the police not to take this serious was the worst thing I had to go though, losing my daughter and them not taking me serious,” she said.
“I cried to them, I told them she was vulnerable. And they didn’t take me serious. One of the questions they did ask was what’s her nationality. They asked if she was Indigenous, and I said yes she is. I didn’t know what’s the point in that.”
Outside the vacant home, supporters made speeches and performed ceremony for Poorman.
Many carried red dresses, a symbol representing missing and murdered Indigenous women, or painted red hand prints across their mouths.
“We’re going to walk together to support this dear mother,” said Victoria Good, a member of the Nisga’a Nation. “Women have been taken from us — killed, murdered raped — such as this young lady, which is heartbreaking. It needs to stop, the awareness needs to be worldwide.”
Supporters then led a march down Granville Street to Granville and Davie, where Poorman was last seen.
While Vancouver police appeared to initially suggest Poorman’s case was closed, investigators have since said the file remains open and active.
Vancouver police have maintained that they took the case seriously from the beginning, and assigned significant resources including senior investigators from the homicide and major crimes units.
Sheila said police have since received a few tips, but nothing actionable. She urged anyone who has photos from the Granville Entertainment District taken on the day her daughter disappeared to go back and review them to see if Chelsea appears in the background.
“I am glad people are still calling and trying to help. Any little thing will help, I know that. Even if you think you saw her that night, just let us know,” she said.
In the meantime, Sheila Poorman is vowing to keep up pressure for answers in her daughter’s disappearance, and she had a direct message for anyone who may have accompanied Chelsea to the house where she was found.
“I ask you to come forward so we the family can have closure to what happened to Chelsea. Just please come forward. You can do it anonymously, you can reach out to me,” she said.
“I’m not going to stop fighting until I get answers to what happened behind this house, what happened with Chelsea. I want to change our relationship with the Vancouver City Police and First Nations,” she added.
The CLS describes itself as one of the largest science projects in Canada’s history, producing the brightest light in the country—millions of times brighter than even the sun. This national research facility, based at the University of Saskatoon, invites scientists from around the world to utilize it in their research.
With the help of the CLS, Cook’s research team discovered one area of protein that acts as a decoy to divert the immune system’s response to a false target, enabling HIV to infiltrate a person’s cells.
“We’ve now been able to determine the mechanism of, or I should say, it’s an additional mechanism, a new mechanism of HIV, immune evasion and we’ve been able to pinpoint it to a precise molecular shape that covers the virus itself,” said Cook.
“Viruses are very good about trying to disguise themselves so that the body can’t recognize them and in this case HIV is doing something very unique,” Dean Lang, CLS Associate Scientist.
Following several virtual convocations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, graduates are finally able to celebrate their educational achievements in person with faculty and friends. Erik Bay has more on one special convocation in Lethbridge.
The past two years haven’t gone as planned for Jayden Aldred.
The criminal justice-policing student arrived at Lethbridge College in January 2020, just months before COVID-19 forced the college to move classes to remote learning.
“My three months here were amazing and I loved it here. I got to participate in a bunch of events,” Aldred said. “But when I had to go back home, stuff changed going online.”
When in-person classes resumed last fall, Aldred remained online, finishing her education at home.
While not the experience she anticipated, she adjusted to her new learning situation.
“(The) biggest adaptation for me was finding my own way to learn and how to process the information in a way that would be meaningful, rather than just absorbing some information and spitting it back out,” Aldred said.
Aldred is one of roughly 1,000 Lethbridge College graduates who are receiving a diploma, degree or certificate this spring.
After downsizing convocation in the fall, the celebrations this past week are the first with both graduates and invited guests in attendance since 2019, something faculty are proud to see.
“It’s just so heartwarming and exciting to have everybody back,” said dean of student affairs Nancy Russell.
“I think it really helps to add that element of celebration. Doing it online of course was helpful, but this is just a much better way to celebrate.”
The weekend-long events include a Stone Pipe celebration, a full contest powwow and a ceremony honouring the college’s Indigenous graduates.
“Our ancestors always prayed for our children to get a good education, and it’s a blessing to see that now happening,” said Betty-Ann Little Wolf, a member of the college’s Indigenous services cultural support program. Little Wolf also received an honourary degree from the school on Friday.
For Aldred, attending the powwow marks a meaningful end to her post-secondary education and a transition to a promising future.
“When I heard about the powwow, I knew my grandfather would want me to join, so I chose to do it to honour him.”
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After experiencing indifference about her disappearance, Chelsea Poorman’s family, friends, and supporters rally for transparency and police accountability. Plus, a Vancouver Island hospital’s sudden ER shut down, and why it’s likely to happen again. And, red carpet rejection – the fallout after an Indigenous filmmaker is turned away for wearing moccasins.