Best Blog - Rolling Around in My Head



An Afternoon at the Movies: Expected Consequences

Part 4

I realize that I left you hanging, wondering what happened, by skipping a day from the sequence of the story of our trip to the movies in Richmond. I did this because I wanted to think a little more about what I wanted to write. I also wanted to be a bit calmer so I could be more thoughtful. I give thanks to the fact that I finally realized that what I thought when angry isn't necessary what I would think when calm.

Some of you may be waiting for an ultimate confrontation or resolution.

That didn't happen.

What I wanted to write about was an overheard conversation from two people who had been in the same movie theatre, watching the same movie, where the same events occurred. Where a woman with a disability had to repeatedly use sounds, like a low and then rising moan, to call her staff to her side. I was not concerned about the moans, they didn't bother me, I was bothered by the behaviour of the staff.

But the people whose conversation I overheard didn't notice the staff, didn't notice that the moans had meaning, they only noticed the noise.

One: "Those people shouldn't be allowed in movie theatres, it costs a lot of money to go to a movie and to have it ruined by that G*d damned noise is f*cking ridiculous."

Other: "I agree! They were better off when they were put away."

The conversation sickened me.

Clearly these are people who don't have a great degree of tolerance for people with disabilities. I'm betting if a child was in the movies they may complain that the child was noisy but they wouldn't suggest locking children away. The fact that the idea of institutionalization is still a quick option for those frustrated by the behaviour of someone with a disability tells me that community living and inclusion are still fragile social ideas.

What makes this horrific to me is that those staff, and their behaviour, their lack of support for a woman who didn't want to sit at the end of a row, alone, fuelled the latent bigotry and bias of members of the audience. These were two, were there more? Probably.

Our job isn't to just support people with disabilities as they live their lives in the community, our job is also to support the concept, the radical idea, that people with disabilities belong in the community. How we do our jobs publicly will either enhance the concept of civil liberties and freedoms for people with disabilities or it will detract from the idea that people with disabilities are a people deserving of civil liberties.

It's not fair.

But it's the way it is.

A poorly supported woman was blamed for her poor support.

And the suggestion that she be locked away, forever, is terrifying.

Damage was done.

Serious damage.

All because someone made a decision that a woman with a disability wasn't worth sitting with, sitting beside. All because someone valued her so little that her voice, yes she had a voice, wasn't worth listening to.

A message to all staff and support people, you are supporting people with disabilities in the community and therefore you are supporting the concept of community living - never forget that your job is bigger than you thought, you are serving and individual and the cause of freedom at the same time. 

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 11:50 am

Literature and Culture Blog - Perogies and Gyoza



The Cat at the Wall

The Cat at the Wall

Written by: Deborah Ellis

Published by: Groundwood Books

Published on: August 11, 2014

Ages: 10+












Clare is a regular girl at a regular school in Pennsylvania, but with a mean streak. Clare is also a cat in the West Bank of the Middle East, who finds a boy hiding from Israeli soldiers. How Clare became a cat and what Clare the cat decides to do about the boy are just two of the mysteries told in this middle grade novel.

Ellis has impecable nonfiction credentials (Looks Like Daylight, Kids of Kabul) and she combines her extensive knowledge of the Israeli-Palestine situation to illuminate an important theme- that we all have choices and we can improve or worsen other people's lives as a result of the path we choose.

The fantasy element was actually quite well-done, although different from what I expected from Ellis' work. The juxtaposition of a normal middle-class life in the US with the fear of an orphaned boy in one of the world's most conflicted areas is clever and the fantasy element makes it feel less like a moral tale.

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Posted on 3 January 2015 | 1:10 pm

Entertainment Blog - Mike's Bloggity Blog



Five Can’t Miss Festivals in BC and Alberta this Summer!

Presented by FestivalSeekers Summer is still officially a few weeks away, but thanks to balmy weather and a relatively quiet winter it feels like we’re in the beginnings of what could be the best summer ever! And if you’re like me ...
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Posted on 29 May 2015 | 6:26 pm

Humour Blog - XOXO Jes.....



NEW HERITAGE MINUTE: Nursing Sisters


Did you know that they still make Heritage Minutes? There have been five released since 2012, and they just released a sixth about nurses in WWI. As usual, it will make you feel very patriotic.

“Nursing Sisters” was produced by Historica Canada and Calgary-based Corkscrew Media and Stir Films. It stars Canadian actress Siobhán Williams (Hell on Wheels, Black Box, UnReal). The iconic end narration is provided by Molly Parker (House of Cards).

I am still going to say that the James Naismith basketball peach baskets and the "Dr. Penfield, I smell burnt toast." ones were my all time favorites. I mean, you just can't beat one of America's favorite past times and everyone thinking their having a stroke when they smell burnt toast.

XOXO
Jes...



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Posted on 18 May 2015 | 4:40 am

Journalist Blog - Commercial Space



Goodyear Announces $13.1Mln in New Funding; Moore to Announce More Canadians in Space

          By Henry Stewart

Two back to back announcements from Federal government ministers, the first one made on May 29th with a second one expected on June 2nd, seem to indicate that the Harper government is putting some real time and effort into clearing up any lingering doubts over its ability to support Canadian space activities.

CSA astronauts David Saint-Jacques (left) and Jeremy Hansen take part in an event at CSA HQ in July 2011. Both will go into space over the next decade. Photo c/o CSA.

The first was the May 29th announcement by Gary Goodyear, the Federal minister of state responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), that 21 Canadian companies will receive close to $13.1Mln CDN in total funding to research and develop 38 innovative technologies over the next two years.

But Goodyear's announcement is likely to be overshadowed by the expected Tuesday announcement from Industry Minister James Moore that Canadian astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques have finally been allocated flights to the International Space Station (ISS). Hansen will head into space no later than 2019 with Saint-Jacques to follow by 2024.

Minister Moore. Photo c/o CP/ Patrick Doyle.
As outlined in the June 1st, 2015 Global News article, "More Canadian astronauts heading to space," the spots for the Canadian astronauts "are opening up because Canada has agreed to make a new financial contribution to the International Space Station, the details of which are expected to be announced tomorrow."

An official announcement, hopefully clear of supposition and rumour, is expected on June 2nd.

As outlined in the June 1st, 2015 media advisory, "Canada's Future in Space," Minister Moore, astronauts Hansen and Saint-Jacques and retired astronaut Chris Hadfield will be on hand at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 2nd, for "an important announcement about Canada's commitment to space exploration."
EDITORS NOTE: As per the June 2nd, 2015 Canadian Space Agency (CSA) press release, "Canada to send two astronauts to space within the next decade," which was released as the press conference began, the public event confirmed that both Saint-Jacques and Hansen would be visiting the ISS sometime within the next ten years. 
The press release also indicated that the CSA will provide $10.5Mln CDN to Macdonald Dettwiler (MDA) in order to pay for ongoing technical support for the mobile servicing system, a Canadian made manipulator system on board the ISS. System components include the Canadarm2, (more formally known as the Space Station Remote Manipulator System), the Mobile Remote Servicer Base System (MBS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (DEXTRE).
Overview of May 29th, Goodyear announcement. Graphic c/o CSA.
As well, Canada will extend its collaboration with NASA to participate in the Mars Science Laboratory mission by two years and Canadian universities will perform four new Canadian science experiments aboard the ISS in the fall.
Given the glitz and glamour surrounding astronaut and exploration activities, it's hard to believe that Goodyear's announcement of modest new funding might end up being just as important to Canada over the long-term.

But it might.

As outlined in the May 29th, 2015 CSA press release, "Supporting Canadian Research and Innovation in Space Technology," the awards were intended to leverage "scientific and high-tech expertise while supporting jobs and growth."

Which is a nice way of saying that the CSA is looking to finally show it can come into compliance with Industry Canada priorities and road maps relating to innovation and commercialization of Canadian technologies developed through space agency activities.

Minister Goodyear. Photo c/o Wikipedia.
The funds, part of the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) Space Technology Development Program (STDP), were officially pitched as necessary in order to contribute to the future needs of the Canadian space program and international missions.

A complete listing of the Canadian firms selected to receive a contribution agreement under the current round of funding is available online as part of the May 29th, government of Canada backgrounder on the program. It's also worth noting that each company is also required to contribute a minimum of 25% of the total value of its project.

But the Federal government isn't quite done yet.

As outlined on the Federal government Buy and Sell procurement website under the title, "Technologies Development for potential Space Missions (9F063-140909/A)," another program announcement was made on May 26th, 2015 to fund up to 11 other priority technologies with a value of approximately $5Mln CDN in total.

If you're interested in applying, you have until July 22nd.

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 12:25 am

Religion Blog - Religion Dispatch



Why James H. Cone’s Liberation Theology Matters More Than Ever

Or, in twitterspeak, #jamesconewasright

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 11:01 pm

Art and Crafting Blog - Just a Smidgen



Of Peonies

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Posted on 1 June 2015 | 1:43 pm

Ecology and Social Justice - Facing Autism in New Brunswick



New Brunswick and Ontario Fail to Address Needs of Adults with Autism Disorders and their Families



Image from a CBC  British Columbia article in December 2014 Reporting on 
Ground Breaking of  Construction on the $28-million Pacific Autism Family Centre 
in Richmond, B.C..(Pacific Autism Family Centre)

British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick are 3 Canadian Provinces at different points on the adult autism care and treatment "spectrum".  British Columbia leads with the beginning of a center and network to provide adult autism resources for  BC autism adults and their families.  Ontario and New Brunswick, on the other hand, have no systemic, credible approach to the provision of adult autism treatment and residential care for the many with autism disorders who require treatment and permanent residential care.  

New Brunswick, which made substantial gains in early intervention and some gains in our schools, has spent money sending severely autistic adults out of province to Maine with some being housed permanently at the psychiatric hospital in Campbellton far from most families and some in general hospital wards.  In 2010 NB  Clinical Psychologist, Professor Emeritus and autism expert Paul McDonnell recommended a network system with a center to provide treatment for adults and permanent residential care for those with severe, 24/7 care requirements.  The center would provide professional expertise and oversight that could be accessed by autism facilities and assisted living arrangements in communities around the province. The McDonnell network was endorsed in the NDP platform in the 2014 election but has not gained ground in the consciousness of the NB government which continues to house autistic adults in hospitals in New Brunswick and ship our autistic adults elsewhere.

In Ontario CBC reports in  Autistic adult daughter leaves mom exhausted with nowhere to turn on the lack of support for an exhausted mother of an adult autistic daughter with nowhere to go when she soon ages out of the education system. Group homes have long waiting lists and services are prohibitively expensive.  The problem, as reported by CBC, is prevalent across Canada as governments have failed to address the consequences of the "close the institutions" movement that did result in closing institutions with no adequate replacements:


"Groups that advocate for the disabled said the entire country was unprepared for the increasing number of disabled adults needing community care, since institutions closed years ago.
They told Go Public that governments did not take into account the stress that closing institutions would create on working family members forced to take over.
"It's not sustainable. And so we need a new social contract on this. Already … 25 per cent of Canadians are now providing care to a family member or close friend," said Michael Bach, executive vice-president of the Canadian Association for Community Living, citing federal statistics."
In terms of actual gains New Brunswick, despite early autism success and the demonstrated need for autism services, has operated with a mess of arrangements justified under cliches of community and inclusion without exploring alternative, modern systemic answers that could provide decent treatment, care and lives for severely autistic NB adults.  The fundamental principles advanced by Paul McDonnell in 2010 are similar to what is beginning to happen in British Columbia as described on a CBC article: $28M autism centre supporting families breaks ground in Richmond, B.C.    The description on the CBC site indicates that the network would provide comprehensive support to children, adults and families affected by autism with a center and facilities around the province although it does not indicate that residential care for those with severe autism will be provided.

New Brunswick has made substantial gains in Early Intervention and significant though less comprehensive gains in our schools.  The biggest obstacle to development of a comprehensive adul autism care plan in NB has been the reliance on community and autism cliches and close ties between government and community charities which fight against any attempt to develop evidence based exceptions to their philosophical "community" and "inclusion" beliefs. 

In NB governments and "community" charities simply ignore and refuse to acknowledge the severely autistic adults living in the psychiatric hospital in Campbellton, general hospital wards or group homes lacking autism trained staff and professional oversight.  They refuse to acknowledge that the specialized care and treatment needed to address adult autism needs does not exist in the communities. They simply refuse to acknowledge that an expertise based center for adult autism treatment and for those most severely affected by autism disorder .. permanent residential care .. is needed. 

Autistic adults in NB, which now includes my son Conor, have been, and will be, harmed by the false belief that magical communities solve all problems. They don't and autistic adults pay the price in NB as they do in Ontario.

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Posted on 1 June 2015 | 12:25 pm

Ex-Pat Blog - The Blog Fodder



Ukraine update - the Russia Problem

Pretty much the same old same old again. Russian-backed militants continue to shell and attack Ukrainian positions along the front, using weapons that under Minsk II they were supposed to have pulled back 50 km from the line of engagement.  Two Russian servicemen have been captured; Moscow claims they were no longer service men at the time of capture which both men say is bull-tweetie.  Two

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Posted on 1 June 2015 | 3:50 pm

Gardening Blog - Canoe Corner



Canoe Cove Plant Sale

It's a sure sign of Spring.


The Plant Sale is coming..... and that means a raffle featuring a locally made birdhouse, canteen with fresh baked goodies, aged manure and compost, used garden books, a playground for the children.....

and PLANTS.  lots and lots and lots of PLANTS

This Anemone sylvestris will be available for sale
Sale begins at 9am on Saturday June 6, 2015 and ends at noon.  Rain or shine.  In the case of rain we hold the sale in the Park buildings.

This sale is held by the Canoe Cove Community Association in support of the old Canoe Cove Schoolhouse.

The schoolhouse lit up at Christmas
If you would like to donate plants or used garden books please feel free to drop them off at Canoe Cove Park on Friday, June 5, 2015 between 6 and 8 pm

To find the sale follow the map, there will be signs directing you once you get to Canoe Cove


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Posted on 30 May 2015 | 1:55 am

Lifetime Achievement Blog - Fit Cyclist



Just a Little While Longer

A Note About 2015 FatCyclist Gear Delivery: A few of you have sent me email, tweets, Facebook messages and Pinterests (OK, actually nothing from Pinterest) asking when you’ll be getting your 2015 FatCyclist gear. The answer is: it’s on its way from Italy now, and will arrive in the DNA warehouse at the end of [...]

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Posted on 1 June 2015 | 1:09 pm

Travel Blog - Local Traveller



The Salt Room – Halifax, NS

Cozy blankets, comfy chairs, relaxing music, and a room full of salt.

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Posted on 17 February 2015 | 2:10 pm

Group Blog - Urban Moms



How To Give Dad An Unforgettable Father’s Day Gift

I think there comes a point in a lot of people’s lives when they realize they just don’t need “stuff” anymore. It happens pretty soon after you have your second kid—I mean really, how many toys do they really need?—and […]

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 1:27 pm

Best New Blog - Frugal Mom Eh



Spinach & Feta Hand Pies

These Spinach & Feta Hand Pies make for not only an awesome appetizer but are great for a delicious lunch or dinner for the whole family.        These Spinach & Feta Hand Pies make for not only an awesome appetizer but are great for a delicious lunch or dinner for the whole family.   Spinach & Feta Hand Pies Ingredients: 2 packages of Pillsbury Crescent dough 8 oz package of frozen spinach, cooked according to package directions and drained  1/2 […]

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Posted on 3 June 2015 | 5:58 am

Personal Blog - Rolling Around in my Head



An Afternoon at the Movies: Expected Consequences

Part 4

I realize that I left you hanging, wondering what happened, by skipping a day from the sequence of the story of our trip to the movies in Richmond. I did this because I wanted to think a little more about what I wanted to write. I also wanted to be a bit calmer so I could be more thoughtful. I give thanks to the fact that I finally realized that what I thought when angry isn't necessary what I would think when calm.

Some of you may be waiting for an ultimate confrontation or resolution.

That didn't happen.

What I wanted to write about was an overheard conversation from two people who had been in the same movie theatre, watching the same movie, where the same events occurred. Where a woman with a disability had to repeatedly use sounds, like a low and then rising moan, to call her staff to her side. I was not concerned about the moans, they didn't bother me, I was bothered by the behaviour of the staff.

But the people whose conversation I overheard didn't notice the staff, didn't notice that the moans had meaning, they only noticed the noise.

One: "Those people shouldn't be allowed in movie theatres, it costs a lot of money to go to a movie and to have it ruined by that G*d damned noise is f*cking ridiculous."

Other: "I agree! They were better off when they were put away."

The conversation sickened me.

Clearly these are people who don't have a great degree of tolerance for people with disabilities. I'm betting if a child was in the movies they may complain that the child was noisy but they wouldn't suggest locking children away. The fact that the idea of institutionalization is still a quick option for those frustrated by the behaviour of someone with a disability tells me that community living and inclusion are still fragile social ideas.

What makes this horrific to me is that those staff, and their behaviour, their lack of support for a woman who didn't want to sit at the end of a row, alone, fuelled the latent bigotry and bias of members of the audience. These were two, were there more? Probably.

Our job isn't to just support people with disabilities as they live their lives in the community, our job is also to support the concept, the radical idea, that people with disabilities belong in the community. How we do our jobs publicly will either enhance the concept of civil liberties and freedoms for people with disabilities or it will detract from the idea that people with disabilities are a people deserving of civil liberties.

It's not fair.

But it's the way it is.

A poorly supported woman was blamed for her poor support.

And the suggestion that she be locked away, forever, is terrifying.

Damage was done.

Serious damage.

All because someone made a decision that a woman with a disability wasn't worth sitting with, sitting beside. All because someone valued her so little that her voice, yes she had a voice, wasn't worth listening to.

A message to all staff and support people, you are supporting people with disabilities in the community and therefore you are supporting the concept of community living - never forget that your job is bigger than you thought, you are serving and individual and the cause of freedom at the same time. 

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 11:50 am

Science / Tech Blog - Watts Up With that?



New climate stress index model challenges doomsday forecasts for world’s coral reefs

Believe it or not, that’s the actual headline from the Wildlife Conservation Society press release. This model they tout incorporates field data. – Anthony Complex model performs better than common temperature threshold predictions Recent forecasts on the impacts of climate change on the world’s coral reefs–especially ones generated from oceanic surface temperature data gathered by…

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 11:00 am

Sports Blog - Rod Pederson



THE TUESDAY MORNING GOALIE


TRAINING CAMP AND SPORTS NOTES:

- SASKATOON:  It was a wonderful day for football on Day 2 of 2015 Saskatchewan Roughriders training camp on Monday at Griffith's Stadium.  The sun was shining and the temperature hovered around 22 degrees Celsius with a light northwest wind at 16 km/h for both workouts.  There were about 60 Rider fans in attendance for the morning practice and about double that number in the afternoon.  Here are some observations:

- The Roughriders have staged four practices so far at Griffith's Stadium but have yet to wear pads.  One of those was a walk-through Sunday morning.  That's a far cry from what we're hearing out of B.C. where the Lions are banging in full pads and they're suffering some injuries.  While head coach Corey Chamblin's workouts have been intense, they've been easy on the body.

- That's a far cry from my first season as voice of the Roughriders in 1999 when head coach Cal Murphy had them crashing and pounding in full pads for all of their two-a-day workouts.  The team stumbled to a 3-15 record that year but it wasn't likely due to the physical training camp.  They just weren't very good.  However as Chamblin noted on Monday, the game has evolved.

- Quarterback Darian Durant continues to get the bulk of the reps with the first team offense as he gets acclimated to new offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine's new playbook.  Things were a lot sharper from Day 1 to Day 2, and the club appears to be on a good pace.  Chamblin stated between the workouts that "everyone knows you don't win a Grey Cup on Day 1."

- Third-year veteran quarterback Tino Sunseri appears upbeat and accepting of his role as the #3 quarterback.  He was sharp on Monday, throwing a 45-yard arc to Ryan Smith and following it up with a completion to Naaman Roosevelt in a tight window.  On the next play, he put the ball on the numbers of first round pick Nic Demski but he dropped it.  However Demski's talents and place on the roster continue to be unquestioned and he'll settle in before long.  Rookie jitters perhaps.

- The veteran receivers took turns making eye-popping plays including diving grabs by Taj Smith and Scott McHenry (the latter of which was noted as the Play of the Day by the Rider PR staff).  However Rob Bagg dropped the first pass of the morning skelly drill.

- Many are asking about the status of slotback Jamel Richardson as he continues to recover from a severe leg injury.  He seemed to be moving a lot better on Monday but still doesn't seem to trust the leg.  Coach Chamblin said between the workouts that J-Rich needs to get back into shape and that he doesn't want him to begin a coaching career just yet.

- Many have also asked about the battle at the centre position.  Veteran Dan Clark continues to work with the 1's and by all accounts, his play has been admirable.  However Corey Watman is nipping at his heels, but sailed a snap over Sunseri's head early on on Monday.  It was before stretching, so perhaps he wasn't warmed up sufficiently.

- Returnees Xavier Fulton and Levy Adcock are the American offensive tackles and continue to be in the first grouping.  However they're being pushed by rookie imports Randy Richards and Michael Phillip.  Richards in particular.

- Former B.C. Lions centre and two-time Grey Cup champion Angus Reid is a guest coach with the Roughriders in this training camp.  He hasn't been afraid to jump in and provide vocal support for new offensive line coach Dan Dorazio.  I asked him for an assessment of the Riders' O-line at this point.

"Everything looks good right now," Angus cautioned.  "The thing is you're going to see a different looking offensive line from a scheme perspective.  It's taking these guys a little longer to learn a new system, if you will, but what I will say is you got guys here who are willing to work their butt off and always try their best.  They're not questioning or fighting the system and that's what you need.  I think by the end of camp you'll see a well-oiled machine and I'm really excited to watch this group this year."

- I asked Angus how Lions GM Wally Buono would feel about him helping out with the rival Roughriders.  He quipped, "Hey, the Lions didn't call me!"

- Canadian running back Jerome Messam continues to work with the first team offense and makes for a tantalizing option as a ratio-buster.  However Corey Chamblin isn't prepared to annoint him just yet.

"I'll tell you what," the head coach said on Monday.  "We have enough guys with Canadian status that nobody gets a leg up there, and that's with all positions.  The best football player will play.  We can't play you because of where you're from.  We know there has to be a limit but we're going to play the best guys that fit.

"Jerome is a good football player but in the past I think that he's just been average with what he's done.  I've told him that and at this point I'm looking for a breakout year from Jerome Messam."

- 2015 draftee Melvin Abankwah and returnee Steven Miller got the primary work on punt return drills on Monday morning.  Will Abankwah carry a scarlet letter due to his positive PED test at the CFL Combine?  Not likely, at least by the Riders.  He appears to be getting every opportunity to make the team but the coaches are leaning on him.  Receivers coach Jermaine Copeland barked, "Melvin - you shoulda had that one!" during individual drills.

Nic Demski, left, warms up beside Abankwah
- Veteran defensive backs Paul Woldu and Weldon Brown have been solid in camp with more than their share of knockdowns.

- With the departure of cornerback Rod Williams to Montreal and the move of Weldon Brown to halfback, there appears to be two spots open in the linebacking core (one being due to the loss of Brian Peters).  CKRM football analyst Luc Mullinder feels rookies Telvion Clark and Jeff Knox are ahead there.

- Clark came up with the first interception of the morning, tipping a Darian Durant pass into the air and coming down with it.

- The first team on defense during one 12-on-12 session had, on the line, Alex Hall, Tearrius George, Rory Connop and John Chick.  At linebacker were Shea Emry, Telvion Clark and Marrio Norman.  In the secondary were Marshay Green, Weldon Brown, Keenan MacDougall, Macho Harris and Tristan Jackson.  MacDougall was getting reps at safety due to an injury to All-Star Tyron Brackenridge.

- Middle linebacker Shea Emry is a two-time Grey Cup champion with Montreal (both coming in Grey Cups against Saskatchewan) and he's skipping between drills with an ear-to-ear grin on his face.  The UBC product came over this winter from the Argos in a trade for Ricky Foley.  Emry truly seems to be enjoying himself and I asked him how he feels to finally be in the good books of the Rider Nation.

"You know when I got traded here I thought there was no better place to play," Emry said on Monday.  "As a defensive player, when we're at home and the crowd is able to go nuts, I'm just so stoked about that first moment when I'm out there and can feed off the energy.  Villain or not, I'm on your team now and I just can't wait."

- There were plenty of news stories generated on Monday about the tragic death in the family of Tyron Brackenridge.  Out of respect for the family, I'll leave it alone other than to offer our condolences and prayers.

- The frontrunner for the inaugural Terrance Nunn Award for training camp MVP appears to be punter Ray Early out of Furman.  He continues to boom 55-yard punts and is benefitted by the bullet snaps of Jorgen Hus.  But we can't have the camp MVP be a punter, can we?

- Terrance Nunn was a receiver out of Nebraska who spent quality time with the New England Patriots before landing in Saskatchewan as a CFL rookie in 2011.  In training camp in Regina, he looked like the second coming of Michael Irvin but once he got his chance in about Week 6, he couldn't tie his own shoelaces.  We're having some fun with this award on the SportsCage, and will keep a running tab on who the frontrunner is as camp goes along.

- From our vantage point in the press box, it was tough to see if the field goal attempts split the uprights but they were all close and had the distance.  The kickers appeared in this order: Chris Milo, Hugh O'Neill and Ray Early.  They attempted from 24, 32 and 37 yards and the holders, in order, were Weston Dressler, Rob Bagg and Alex Pierczalski.

- CFL referee Tim Kroeker came out for the afternoon session and lined up in various places on the field, calling penalties.  They were generally disregarded however, as the line of scrimmage never moved.  Still, he was communicating with coaches after the practice on what he saw and how the new rules will be implemented.  The new rule where the five interior linemen on punt cover can't move until the ball is kicked is barely noticeable partly because of Ray Early's towering punts, and also the speed of the men on the units.  They're downfield in a flash.

Tim Kroeker gets ready for the afternoon workout
- The Roughriders will be back on the field for a walk-through on Tuesday morning at 9:45.

- Over in Winnipeg, Blue Bombers' second round pick Addison Richards out of the University of Regina has missed the first two days of training camp with an undisclosed injury.

- Our spy at Calgary Stampeders training camp says the Red & White may be suffering from a Grey Cup hangover.  It will be interesting to see how they start the year.

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JUST NOTES:

1 - SASKATOON FINE DINING:  Anybody from Regina who makes a trip to Saskatoon just has to make a stop at Fuddrucker's World's Best Hamburgers and Luc Mullinder and I did just that on Monday evening.  The 2/3 lb bacon cheddar burger was just the perfect size but I probably could have stuffed down the one pounder.  However the girgling in my guts as I write this tells me otherwise.  We've got several spots on our last before training camp's over including Great Buffet of China, State & Main and the world's best Earl's.

2 - ACCOMMODATIONS:   On Jim Hopson's recommendation, Luc and I are shacked up at The Colonial on 8th Street (separate rooms!).  It's an older place and the people coming and going are certainly interesting but there's a Tim Hortons a block away so I'm happy.  The Colonial is a cozy place with a good working air conditioner and three restaurants on site.  Good call Hoppy!  It's been a good home away from home.

3 - THE NEST:  I was remiss in not mentioning in the MMG about the brand new piano bar on South Albert St. owned by my good friend Delbert Dunn.  It's called The Nest Piano Bar & Good Eats and they had their grand opening Saturday night.  It's a classy joint and the guy tickling the ivories is a retired Los Angeles cop who moved here because his lady friend is from Regina.  They've got everything you could imagine on their menu from chicken & ribs, to steak, to seafood, pasta and seafood.  It's definitely worthwhile to check out!  Some of the honoured guests on Saturday included Tom Robinson and Suzanne Siller, Ron Nugent, Gary Uhren, Bacardi Bob Reiger, Brian Melby, Steve Patrick and a host of others.

4 - #9:  Regina Pats and New York Islanders great Clark Gillies has long been an idol of mine and it was a treat to MC the Cougar Mens Hockey Alumni dinner featuring Clark and Bob Bourne last Thursday at the Travelodge.  We've heard Gillies' stories at least a thousand times but he threw a few new ones in there as well.  Regarding the NHL changing the format of the 1984 Stanley Cup final to a 2-3-2 format to favour the Edmonton Oilers (and hinder the Isles' chances of equalling Montreal's five straight Stanley Cups), Gillies said, "I'll refrain from punching former NHL President John Ziegler in the face.  He's 85 years old now!  But I'd still like to".  It will be interesting to see who the Cougar Alumni get as next year's speaker.  I'm betting on Marty McSorley.  We haven't had an Oilers great yet.

5 - MORE HOCKEY TALK:  Some of you will remember my friend John Meissner, the former broadcaster for the Portland Winterhawks and Tampa Bay Juniors.  I promised that I'd include in the column this morning that John has relocated to Wenatchee, Washington as the voice of the Wenatchee Wild who've been granted a franchise in the BCHL.  The move was announced Monday.  The Wild are the first American-based team in the BCHL since Bellingham in 1995.  Congratulations Johnny!

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FROM ROUGHRIDERS PR:

The following is the Day 2 report from the 2015 Roughrider Training Camp.

ROSTER MOVES 
N/A
         
INJURED/DID NOT PARTICIPATE:                                
International DB Terrell Maze (day-to-day)
International S Tyron Brackenridge (day-to-day)
International LB Phillip Steward (day-to-day)
National DL Levi Steinhauer (week-to-week)
National DL Brandon Tennant (week-to-week)          

OVERVIEW
It was the first full two practice day of this year’s training camp. The coaches ran the players through their paces for a two hour and 15 minute workout in the morning before running an hour and 15 minute afternoon practice.

The afternoon practice was played under 23-degree sunny skies with a 23 km/h northwest wind.

PLAY OF THE DAY
Veteran receiver and Saskatoon native, Scott McHenry made a diving catch across the middle on a pass from quarterback Kevin Glenn during the teams period.

Later, first year defensive back, Junior Mertile jumped in front of a pass for a would be interception return touchdown to respond for the defence.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Yesterday we had those two practices, a lot of guys were frustrated because they set the standard high, we want to win the Grey Cup, but what they have to understand is that you don’t win the Grey Cup on day one. There’s a process to get there and once the guys went back we got the frustration out and we learned from those mistakes. Either you have a good rep or you have a rep that you learn from.” Head Coach Corey Chamblin

FAN ACCESS
Select players will be available to fans for autographs along the west fence line following the afternoon practices throughout the week.

TUESDAY
Players and coaches will hit the practice field at Griffiths Stadium for Day 3 of training camp with two on field sessions. The first walk through session will take place at 9:45 am, while the afternoon practice will run from approximately 3:00-4:55 pm.


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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 7:00 am

Family Blog - Mom vs the Boys



Master Lock helps homeowners with 5 tips for safely moving and settling into a new residence

With the number of for sale signs sprouting up on lawns all over town, I would say that Spring is definitely the most popular to time to make a move. Houses that were on the market all winter are finally earning their sold signs and soon we will have lots of new neighbours up and [Read On]

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 6:46 pm

Professional Blog - Product Management



5 Reasons why you should regularly attend your product’s training classes

by Saeed Khan If you work on a product that requires a training class, your product is way too complex!!! OK, just kidding.   If you work in the B2B space, it’s almost guaranteed that there is a training requirement for your product. The training may be delivered face-to-face in a classroom setting, or over the […]

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Posted on 6 April 2015 | 4:39 am

Writing and Literature Blog - The Book Mine Set



The 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge - May Roundup (Sticky Post— Scroll down for most recent post)

document.write(''); How to add your link:
1. Click on the icon above
2. Add a link to your review. (Please link to your specific review, not an entire webpage.)
3. Add your name and in parentheses the title of the book, such as John Mutford (Anne of Avonlea)
4. In the comment section below, tell me your grand total so far. (ex. "This brings me up to 1/13")

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Posted on 1 June 2015 | 3:59 am

Popular Culture Blog - XOXO - Jes



1, 2, 3, 4, 5....6!!!

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BOOM! Bust out the fireworks, it's been six years since I carved out this little piece of the internet. Six years since I sat on my couch watching Friends re-runs wondering what I was going to do with all of my spare post-university time. Six years since I started writing stuff I thought no one would read except my Aunt who was always overly excited about the fact that I could string words together and occasionally make people laugh. Six years since I thought "I have no idea what I would name a blog...whatever, XOXO Jes works."

It worked. I guess. Ha.

Over the past year I have been working on carving out another piece of the internet. XOXO Jes was a fun time, a place 23 year old Jes had a lot of fun and did a bit of damage (as seen from the photos above and my inability to make stupid faces when looking into a camera). I thought about fixing it up, turning it from a red cup party house into a place with a wine rack and a gallery wall, but building a new place just seemed like a better plan.

So, if you'd like to find out what I have been doing, you can find my new project here.

XOXO
Jes...

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Posted on 30 May 2015 | 5:51 am

Place Blog - Kitsilano



Lady Gaga Worked Out at Ron Zalko Gym in Kitsilano during Vancouver Visit

Ron Zalko Fitness & Yoga in Kitsilano has hosted a more than their fair share  of celebrities over the years. It started with Jane Fonda in the 1980s. Since then, the facility has hosted Faye Dunaway, Ryan Reynolds, Zac Efron, Linda Carter (aka Wonder Woman), Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Biel, Seal,...
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Posted on 1 June 2015 | 9:16 pm

Best Written - Cheaty Monkey



To Blog or Tweet…or Instagram or Vine or—That is the Question.

Because of what I do for a living—Social Media Editor and resident celebrity parent blogger at Today’s Parent—I don’t get to write here at Cheaty Monkey much (you know, where it alllll started). But somehow, I do seem to make time to awkwardly but effectively type stuff on my iPhone. So, these days, I’m pretty much blogging on Twitter, […]

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Posted on 16 January 2015 | 1:10 am

Fashion and Style - Lou Lou's Views



Five Tips To Get Over A Bad Day

Right now, there are a lot of things that make me smile. After all, as long as my children are happy, I feel content. However, we all have bad days— those moments of doubt and insecurities and fear that can take over the mind and put you in a state of complete unhappiness.

I’m trying to enjoy every minute of this sunshine and warm weather. I love evening walks and basketball games with my boys after dinner, and love the fact that because I’m eating healthier, I’m feeling better, too. However, it doesn’t take much to turn a wonderful day into something… not so wonderful, despite the power of the sun and love from my children. It could be a sad news story I’ve read, a fight I’ve had with a friend or loved one, unpaid bills piling up, or worrying about what’s going to happen in the near (or far) future. And I do worry all the time, about everything. There are ways to stop the negative thoughts from forming into something larger, though, and these are the things I do to try to stay happy:

  1.  Perspective. This is a big one for me. I know I’m blessed and I’m extremely thankful for all that I have. I’m thankful to be living in a great city, thankful for the food on my plate, thankful for our health care system, and I’m thankful for my healthy children. The minor things that cause us irritation and sadness can be forgotten if we remember all the good we do have around us. If I start feeling down in the dumps about something, I try to remember this. It’s not that bad. And it will get better.
2.      Drive. I take the scenic route to work every day. My drive is beautiful, and gives me time to think, all by myself... of issues that are troubling me, of the things I have to check off my to-do list, and of the work that awaits me. Driving alone helps me clear my head and helps me prepare for the day. My drive into work gives me enough time to make sure I’m in the right state of mind to take on my day.

3.      Music. Music soothes the soul. I swear, there is no better (or cheaper) therapy then getting lost in your music and your favourite songs. There is a song to match my every mood, and depending on how I’m feeling, I know exactly what to play to help change my mood from sad to happy, or to hopeful, at least. Music can really soothe the soul. So listen to your favourite songs while driving or walking or running and you’ll see how quickly you start to feel better.

4.      Get out. What can cure a bad day in a heartbeat? A glass of wine and a night out with close friends. We are busy all the time, so planning a night out with friends you haven’t seen in a while can be a daunting task, but when you finally get together for some great conversations and laughs, you’ll feel uplifted and happy. After all, that’s what friends are for.

5.      Eat well and exercise. I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before, right? But it’s true. Keeping a regular exercise routine is important for your body and mind. Eat well, too—after a few weeks of choosing the salad over fries, you’ll notice a difference in not only in how you feel, but in your appearance, as well. And when it comes to working out, it is important to change things up sometimes, too, but if you’re satisfied with the workout routine you’ve got going on—stick with it. I love getting lost in my music when I’m at GoodLife Fitness, and not worrying about looking at the clock. It’s amazing how when I don’t think I can push myself any more, I end up doing a longer workout than I anticipated. Do things you love, and your body will thank you.

Try to stay positive about your situation and remember that it’s probably not as bad as you think. Remember all the times you’ve had issues that were resolved, and remember to put things in perspective.
 
Disclaimer: I am a Brand Ambassador for GoodLife Fitness. I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with GoodLife. All views and opinions are my own.

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Posted on 29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm

Feminist - Gender Focus



Round-Up: June 2, 2015

The head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a new estimate that up to 6,000 Aboriginal children may have died in residential schools (APTN). The CBC has crunched some more important and sobering numbers coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, and NDP MP Romeo Saganash, himself a survivor of the residential school […]

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 11:15 am

Fashion - Go Fug Yourself



CFDA Fug or Fab: Abigail Spencer in Novis

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It’s driving me bonkers*, trying to remember where I’ve seen this dress before: But regardless, I Have Thoughts: a) It has A LOT going on. b) Does it feel too informal for this event? c) Do I CARE? Because it’s also extremely charming and she wears it well. Maybe I don’t care. Maybe I like Read More ...

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 11:00 pm

Parenting - Snarky Mommy



Jack: Nine years

Dear Jack, You’re nine now. That’s halfway to 18. We’re making the turn and heading for the back nine, the final years of your childhood. It doesn’t seem possible that the baby I held in my arms just moments ago is now the boy running down the basketball court, the soccer field, the baseball diamond [...]

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Posted on 8 February 2015 | 5:45 pm

Gossip - TMZ



Caitlyn Jenner -- New Identity Creates Problems at the Golf Course

Caitlyn Jenner has some tricky day-to-day changes in store, including where she eats, drinks and changes clothes ... at the country club which has become her home away from home. Bruce Jenner became a member of Sherwood Country Club in Thousand…


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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 12:00 pm

Entertainment - i09



Don't Hold Your Breath For That William Shatner Cameo In Star Trek 3

Tobias Menzies talks Outlander’s season finale. Peter Capaldi wants Doctor Who’s oldest companion to return. Check out two clips from Terminator Genisys and our best look yet at Batman in Suicide Squad. Plus, Agents Of SHIELD promotes an Inhuman to series regular, and teasers for Penny Dreadful. Spoilers!

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 1:00 pm

Music - Indie Music Filter



Video: “Painted” by MS MR

Indie Music Filter

"Painted" from duo MS MR (Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow) off their highly anticipated forthcoming album How Does It Feel (out July 17 via Columbia Records).

Video: “Painted” by MS MR


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Posted on 28 May 2015 | 9:12 pm