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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: December 8, 2014

In the Dec. 8 edition of THN, it's our Fighting Issue, exploring hockey's most divisive debate from top to bottom by exploring the past, present and future of on-ice fisticuffs



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Posted on 18 November 2014 | 4:30 pm

The Blair Necessities



The Winners Are,....




B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian is the CFL’s outstanding player.

Elimimian was honoured Thursday at the CFL’s awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Elimimian becomes the first pure defensive player to capture the award in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
Quarterback Ricky Ray of the Toronto Argonauts was the finalist.
The six-foot, 227-pound Elimimian recorded 143 tackles this season and added five sacks.

Earlier, Elimimian was named the CFL’s top defensive player.

Cornish named top Canadian for third straight year
Running back Jon Cornish of the Calgary Stampeders is the CFL’s top Canadian.
The 30-year-old native of New Westminster, B.C., was honoured Thursday during the CFL’s awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Cornish claimed the award in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
The six-foot, 209-pound Cornish led the CFL in rushing with 1,082 yards and averaged 7.8 yards per carry despite only playing nine games due to injuries.
Defensive tackle Ted Laurent of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who recorded a career-best nine sacks, was the finalist.
Calgary and Hamilton will meet Sunday in the Grey Cup game.

Elimimian selected as CFL’s best defender
B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian is the CFL’s top defensive player.
Elimimian was honoured Thursday at the CFL’s awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Elimimian captured the honour in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
Elimimian had a season to remember, registering 143 defensive tackles and 151 total tackles — both CFL records — while adding five sacks for the Lions.
Linebacker Bear Woods of the Montreal Alouettes, the CFL’s second-leading tackler with 89, was the award finalist.

Jones named top lineman
Centre Brett Jones of the Calgary Stampeders is the CFL’s top lineman.
The Stampeders’ sophomore lineman was honoured during the CFL awards banquet Thursday from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Jones received the award in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
Jones was the CFL’s top rookie last year.
The six-foot-two, 318-pound Jones, a 23-year-old native of Weyburn, Sask., played all 18 regular-season games for the Stampeders and anchored an offensive line that allowed a league-low 26 sacks.
Calgary also led the CFL in rushing, averaging 144 yards per game.

Waters takes home special-teams player of the year
Swayze Waters of the Toronto Argonauts is the CFL’s top special-teams player.
The Argos punter/kicker was honoured Thursday during the CFL’s awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Waters was named the award winner in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
The 27-year-old Waters’s season began on a sombre note when his best friend, Tait Hendrix, died in a motorcyle accident during training camp.
Waters wore No. 34 this season — Hendrix’s high school number — and dedicated the ’14 season to his friend’s memory.
The six-foot, 180-pound Waters led the CFL in scoring (192 points), field goals tried (52), made (47), punting (47.7 yards) and kickoffs (65.2 yards).

McCoil wins rookie of the year
Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Dexter McCoil is the CFL’s top rookie.
The 23-year-old was honoured Thursday during the CFL’s awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
McCoil was rewarded in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.
The six-foot-four, 222-pound former Tulsa star scored three defensive touchdowns this season and also finished tied for the league lead in interceptions (six) while also posting a team-high 67 tackles.
Defensive lineman Tristan Okpalaugo, who had a team-high 12 sacks with the Toronto Argonauts, was the finalist.

(Canadian Press)

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 12:16 am

Metro



Sherman's big night leads Seattle past 49ers again

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Richard Sherman offered one final challenge to San Francisco: “I told their sideline if they threw it my way I’d end the game.” He did exactly that — just like last time. Sherman provided the moment … Continue Reading

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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 11:52 pm

Yahoo Sports Blog



McIlroy to cut out 'bad stuff' after rollercoaster round

Northern Ireland's McIlroy tees off from the 12th hole during the first round of the Australian Open golf tournament in SydneyBy Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy said all he needed to do was cut the "bad stuff" out of his game for a really low score at the Australian Open after managing to par only five holes in a rollercoaster second round on Friday. The Northern Irishman hit an eagle, six birdles and six bogeys for a second successive two-under-par 69 at The Australian Golf Course to finish the day a shot behind leader Greg Chalmers on four-under. ...



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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 2:21 am

Canada.com



Brazilian hospital says Pele’s condition continues to improve as he undergoes kidney treatment

SAO PAULO — Pele’s condition is improving as he undergoes temporary kidney treatment in an intensive care unit, a Brazilian hospital said Friday. The Albert Einstein hospital said the 74-year-old Pele is “lucid” and breathing normally without any support. The […]

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 10:36 am

T.S.N.



Kershaw pitches Dodgers to second straight NL West title

Go to TSN.ca for details. #TSN

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Posted on 25 September 2014 | 1:23 am

The Joy of Sox



Don't Let Us Win Tonight: Thanksgiving Outtake

In the early drafts of Don't Let Us Win Tonight, the quote from Curt Schilling talking about his November 2003 Thanksgiving meetings with Larry Lucchino, Theo Epstein, and Jed Hoyer was part of the off-season prologue in the front part of the book - and was much longer. It was eventually shortened and moved to before Game 1 of the 2004 ALCS.

On the two-year anniversary of those important meetings in Arizona - essential steps towards what happened 11 months later - I'm posting the longer quote:

Curt Schilling:
When I found out about the Diamondbacks wanting to trade me, there were only two places I had interest in going: Philadelphia and New York. I found out through the grapevine that Ruben Amaro, Sr., had no interest in bringing me back to Philly, so I figured if I was going to leave Arizona, it would be for New York and New York only. We were actually doing a charity event at my house in Arizona for the SHADE Foundation and Mr. Colangelo and Joe Garagiola, Jr., were both at the house. Sometime that day, I heard that Tito was interviewing in Boston. During the night, there was some small talk with Joe and I said, "Listen, I heard that Tito was interviewing in Boston. If that actually happens, I would probably be interested in the Red Sox as well." He left and went to talk to Mr. Colangelo and came back about ten minutes later and said, "Actually, we have a deal in principle with the Red Sox already. They're going to fly out and they'll be here on Wednesday to talk to you." I was like, ". . . OK." This was Monday or Tuesday; Thanksgiving was Thursday. It happened that fast. I told Shonda, "They're not kidding. Boston's a legitimate possibility." Then the whirlwind started.

Off the top of my head, I had pitched in Fenway before. After I'd become established I came there in interleague play one time. I don't remember the game. I threw like eight innings and gave up seven or eight runs one night and ended up getting the win. I remember the park feeling incredibly small. Being a fly-ball pitcher, that's generally not a good mix.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer came to the house the night before the meeting and dropped off a note from Bill James, with a statistical breakdown on how I would have fared in Fenway given my spray charts and hitting charts from the year before. And Fenway was actually better than Bank One. That was the first time that I realized that Bank One truly was a hitter's park. That was clearly part of the sales pitch.

We started off the discussions and it was Larry Lucchino, Jed, and Theo. That was Wednesday. We talked and made some overtures about potential salary and things like that. There was concern about salary and the fact that they weren't going to be able to pay me more than Pedro. I didn't care about that. I was going to be paid well no matter what. Larry actually made the first offer. I remember him pushing over a document and it said "Plan A" on it, or something like that. I looked at the numbers for about five seconds and I said, "Oh, that's nice. Can I see Plan B?"

Theo kind of chuckled and Larry looked at me like, "We really don't have . . ." and it was kind of awkward. We broke for a little while and we came back and they made another offer and it was not even remotely do-able. We talked, and kept talking, and talked into the evening. I remember calling Joe Garagiola that evening and saying, "I don't think this is going to work and I don't want you to be pissed if I end up coming back there to Arizona." He said, "If the worst case is that you're our #2 next year, I can deal with that." He was very cool. It made it very easy for me. He was awesome about it.

In the background, at the same time, I got a call from a person locally who was well-connected with the Yankees and that person informed me that Brian [Cashman] was going to be calling me in the near future and that they were interested. Very interested. I ended up having a couple of conversations along those lines, in which I was told if I let a certain window run out, I could basically fill out a blank check. Which was obviously interesting. That was a nice fallback, if it didn't work out with the Red Sox.

The problem was that at this point, I had sat with Theo and Jed long enough to really like both of them, and so I started to kind of want to go to Boston. Wednesday night, we were disappointed. My wife and I were talking and we really didn't think that this was going to work because they were nowhere near the number that we needed to be at.

Larry left. We talked to Theo and Jed that night and found out that they had nowhere to go for Thanksgiving, so we invited them over. They were adamantly trying to say "no" [to decline the invitation] and I said, "These contract discussions are completely off if you guys don't show up." So they came over. Jed was really sick that day and we spent most of the day watching football, talking. Not about baseball. Just talking. I really liked both of them and I could see that from an analytical standpoint Theo and I were birds of a feather. He believed in the things I believed in to be a good pitcher. We believed in data and stats the same way. There was a lot of common ground. We talked through the night. We parted ways on Thursday and felt this was not going to happen. That's when I talked to Joe [Garagiola] and said I don't see this as a possibility.

But then, as I understand it, Theo made a call to John [Henry] and Tom [Werner] and spoke to them about it. I think that I had given them a ballpark number that I was going to need. The big number for them was the AAV – the average annual value of the contract. They needed it to be under X and in my mind – given where I sat in the marketplace – I was already taking an under-market contract. Which was fine, again, but I wasn't going to take too under-market, just because I knew that I was going to have a lot of bearing on the free-agency that winter, on players that were out in the market. I had a number in mind, but they weren't anywhere near it.

Theo went home and got Mr. Henry to change his mind and then came back and asked if they could talk. At the same time, I was talking to the other party and we were setting up a potential Saturday get-together as soon as the Red Sox window of opportunity ran out.

They came back over and put an offer on the table and the one thing about Theo and Jed – I think from both ends – when it was Theo and Jed and I – there was no . . . we weren't negotiating to get to a better number. I told them, "This is my number. I'm not trying to milk any of this or any of that. This is my number. If this number isn't OK, then I understand, but it's just not going to happen." They came back and worked around it and that was when I asked about the incentives and the clause with the World Series bonus. I guess by the end of the day, I knew that was why they were there. They weren't there to trade for me to pitch and come in and help the team. They were there to trade for me to come in and help the team win a World Series.

It was a real unique moment, I think. They were sitting in the living room and – people think this was orchestrated, but it wasn't – we were in the room where my World Series trophy was sitting. It was actually sitting in the background between Larry and Theo, and I said, "Listen, I know for a fact that from a financial perspective, you guys can go wherever you need to go. I guess what you have to figure out is what kind of value you place on that" – and I pointed to the World Series trophy. "You're bringing me there to win one of those. And I've done it against the team you can't get past. I know there's some value there. You guys are going to have to decide if it's worth it." And ultimately they did.

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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 8:00 am

The Blair Necessities



The People's Grey Cup Ad





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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 5:18 pm

Roto Rob



Start ‘em, Sit ‘em: Julio Jones meet Patrick Peterson

If you fall in a rusty bucket you are bound to come out with an orange stain on you buttocks. Yet you are not made of metal, and neither is Lee. While the shiny rookie luster has been fingerprinted with injuries, he is finally healthy. Lee is still a bottom of the bucket option but the rest of Jags WR corps is now injured. He is facing the Giants, people. While we hesitate to suggest Lee will score multiple TDs, we still love his chances.

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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 10:22 pm

Rider Prophet



Friday Thoughts: Grey Cup 102

The holy grail of Canadian football will be handed out on Sunday... though given that they grey Cup is not a fictional item and has not had a hilarious Monty Python movie written about it, maybe holy grail isn't the best term. Anywho, Ticats play the Stamps on Sunday for the championship. I won't go into full detail on the game but given that I fancy myself a CFL blogger I suppose I should make some effort to comment on the biggest game of the year.

Predictably I am cheering for the Ticats. What can I say? I hate the Stamps. With Bo Levi Mitchell as their QB over Tate, they are slightly more likable but not enough to overcome the deeply engrained hatred. Plus as someone who cheers for a team that has put us fans through a lot of misery and hell, I feel compelled to root for the fan base that has paid more dues. Hamilton has gone 15 years since its last Grey Cup and its not like those years were roses and sunshine. They were god awful for a lot of those years. The endured 1 win seasons, the Jason Maas experiment, the Casey Printers experiment, the Burris experiment, one of the worst plans ever to build a new stadium. They've been through the ringer. By contrast, the Stamps last won the Cup in '08 and while their steady string of regular season dominance and post season futility since its not enough misery to earn the sympathy of this grizzled heart.

Now who I'm cheering for is a completely different matter than who expect to win. The Stamps are pretty good on both sides of the ball and have shown solid depth all year long. The TiCats are no slouches and bring a good D but I really don't think they have the offensive fire power that the Stamps have. Can't expect Brandon Banks to win the game for them two weeks in a row. The Ti-Cats have really good run D (best in the CFL) so I don't expect Cornish to run all over them as some do. But the Stamps have a lot of ways to beat you offensively. Collaros can certainly put up passing yards but their ground game is far from a sure thing and they have a lot of solid receivers but no real game breakers. Hamilton needs to keep it close to have any chance in this one.

I'm hoping for the Ticats but expecting the Stamps.

As you enjoy the game be sure to get your votes in for Fans' Choice Douchebag of the Year. We already have 4 write in votes for Jon Cornish so he is very much alive in the race to three-peat.

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 9:02 am

Buzzing the Net Junior Hockey



NHL draft finally here: the coast-to-coast

WHL

Leon Draisaitl to the Edmonton Oilers at No. 3 overall seems a lock, eh? (Edmonton Journal)

You wanted a comprehensive draft preview that would help kill two hours at work today? You got one! Thank you. (The Pipeline Show)

Guy Flaming has a mock draft that will knock your socks off. (Coming Down The Pipe!)

Philadelphia Flyers beat writer Frank Seravilli also has an extremely cromulent mock that projects Sam Reinhart to join the Calgary Flames. (Philly.com)

Ken Warren has a rundown on the top 10 available prospects. (Postmedia)

Moose Jaw Warriors beat reporter Katie Brickman explains why teams will look past centre Brayden Point's lack of size. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

Edmonton Oil Kings defender Dysin Mayo figures the long playoff run goosed his draft stock. Did it do the same for his teammate, left wing Brett Pollock? (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Tim Hunter is interviewing again about the Vancouver Giants coaching job, writes Steve Ewen. (Vancouver Province)

Comeback story for this season ahead: Kootenay's Tanner Faith coming back from shoulder surgery. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)

OHL

The Florida Panthers still have the No. 1 pick on the table, apparently. (USA Today)

Today's should-read: how Michael Dal Colle has come out stronger due to his family's challenges. (CBC Sports)

Josh Ho-Sang to the Habs? Why not? (A Winning Habit)

Bob Duff takes the long view, comparing Aaron Ekblad to another Windsor-area defenceman who went No. 1 overall 20 years ago, Ed Jovanoski. (Windsor Star)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a checkered draft history? That explains so, so much. (National Post)

Sam Bennett says people "don't know why" the draft class lacks a potential superstar. Far be it to suggest it has to do with who does the analysis. (Columbus Dispatch)

This is more like it: a mock draft with Peterborough's Nick Ritchie in the top five. (SBN College Hockey)

Sault Ste. Marie's intuitive defender, Kyle Jenkins, is an intriguing possibility as a Day 2 pick. (Sault Star)

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads GM Cam Russell predicts speedy striker Nikolaj Ehlers will go "very high" on Friday. Like No. 6 overall to Vancouver high? Who knows? How about No. 7 overall to Carolina? (Metro Halifax)

Damn right Charlottetown goalie Mason McDonald is stoked for the draft. (Charlottetown Guardian)

Cape Breton's Julien Pelletier should become the first player from Thurso, Que., to be drafted in 21 years. (Le Droit)

Quebec Remparts overage goalie François Brassard is working toward getting a free-agent shot after being put back in the draft pool by his hometown Ottawa Senators. (Le Soleil)

Feel-good story: Rimouski grad Jimmy Oligny, a rugged rearguard, has signed an AHL deal with the Milwaukee Admirals. (hockeyfights.com)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.


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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 11:06 am

Sports on the Web



Leaf Nation is in for a roller coaster ride of a season

Up here in Toronto this time of year has the Toronto Maple Leafs filling up the sports news and sports on the web. The NFL is starting to sort out the contenders from the pretenders. The Canadian Football League is into the Conference Finals with the winners going on to the Grey Cup. Yes there […]

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Posted on 22 November 2014 | 12:37 pm

Vancouver Sun



Canucks grab top spot in NHL West with 5-0 win over Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS — Look up, look way up and you'll see the Vancouver Canucks.

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 9:51 pm

Rod Pederson



HOPSON HONOURED AT GREY CUP




VANCOUVER - Saskatchewan Roughriders President and CEO Jim Hopson has been honoured with the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award for his contributions to the Canadian Football League, the game of football and Canada's sporting culture.
 

He was presented the award earlier tonight by CFL President and COO Michael Copeland at the CFL Awards Show in Vancouver, BC as part of the 102nd Grey Cup festivities. 
 

The former player turned executive has been at the helm of the Riders since 2005, leading them to four Grey Cup appearances and two Grey Cup Championships. Jim's leadership has helped turn the Roughriders into one of the CFL's model franchises, achieving record profits while continuing to be deeply rooted within its community.
 

"The Hugh Campbell Award is given to an individual that has strengthened our league and our game, and their place in Canada's sports culture and Jim has certainly accomplished that," said Copeland. "On behalf of our league and Board of Governors, congratulations and thank you for your efforts, passion and leadership."
 

Over the past few years, the organization has won Paragon Awards for both marketing and community involvement; been named as one of Saskatchewan's Top 100 companies: selected one of Saskatchewan's Top 20 Employers; a regional winner for Most Admired Corporate Culture; and an Honorary ABEX Award Winner. 
 

Personally, Jim has been named one of the Power 50 of Canadian Sports by the Globe and Mail; been recognized by Saskatchewan Business Magazine as one of the province's most influential men; inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame; and was awarded a 2011 International Communication and Leadership Award by Toastmasters International. Jim is also the official spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association's "Save Your Melon" campaign. This campaign has been recognized nationally for its impact on the prevention of brain injuries. Jim has been awarded both a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  
 

Earlier this year, the Roughriders announced that Hopson would be retiring from his current role in March, 2015. 
 

Past recipients of the award include Hugh Campbell, Bob Ackles, Stan Schwartz, Tony Proudfoot and Brian Williams.



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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 11:15 pm

Yahoo Sports



Dez says Eagles 'kinda cheap,' but Jerry Jones says Cowboys 'whipped' (Yahoo Sports)

Nov 27, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. The Eagles beat the Cowboys 33-10. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

There were different takes from the Dallas Cowboys of what exactly happened on Thanksgiving against the Philadelphia Eagles. Dez Bryant had a relatively quiet game in the 33-10 loss in terms of football production, but he was chirping with Eagles defensive backs — as well as some animated words for his teammates on his own sideline (see video above) — and got into a few scraps that earned him a busted lip. Bryant also said he was elbowed in the hip and said, via ESPN.com , that the Eagles did not handle themselves well in the game. [ Join FanDuel.com's $1.75M Week 13 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 14,530 teams paid ] "They were being kinda cheap; that's another story," Bryant said. "It is what it is; I'll get it cleaned up, and I'll be fine." They'll face again in two weeks in Philadelphia, and Bryant can't wait. "I'm really not mad at all," Bryant said. "They beat us, and I'm going to accept that, but [expletive] can't wait, but not looking past [the game against the] Chicago [Bears on Dec. 4], but I cannot wait to go up there and play [Philadelphia] again. Cannot wait." If the Cowboys are to improve in the rematch, they'll need to play better in the trenches. A Cowboys offensive line that has received praise by many this season didn't seem to impress Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan in the run-up to the game, as he said he didn't "see anything spectacular" in that group. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fired back on local radio before the game that Logan would "get his you know what knocked off,” but the Eagles backed up Logan's claim and Jones admitted as much. “Their defensive front was outstanding and really frustrated us and Romo,” Jones said after the game, per the Dallas Morning News . “I recognize both their fronts whipped our fronts.” Logan said after the game that he was just speaking his mind — not trying to fire a shot across the bow of the Cowboys. Not that it mattered, really. “I just said what I had to say earlier in the week,” Logan said Thursday. “I didn’t mean for it to blow up that big. “We got the W. That’s always a statement.” It was a statement — one that the Cowboys viewed in a few different ways, depending on who you asked. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm



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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 9:22 am

Toronto Sports Media



Do Americans Do Thanksgiving Better?

By TSM Having lived in both the USA and Canada for extended periods of time, I’m often asked to articulate the differences between life in both. I only know the way my friends and family celebrate Thanksgiving so I don’t mean to offend by painting […]

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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 11:59 pm

Star Sports



Jian Ghomeshi's other case: the union grievance


Now that Jian Ghomeshi is out on $100,000 bail, his path through the criminal justice system is well understood: pretrial and maybe trial, possibly a plea and, if not, a verdict.

No matter what happens in court, Ghomeshi will still have an opportunity to make the case that he was wrongfully dismissed by the CBC through a union grievance.

But it remains unclear whether the union will support his bid.

When Ghomeshi filed a $55-million lawsuit last month, several labour lawyers publicly pointed out that as an employee in a unionized workplace, he did not have the right to sue without first going through the grievance process.

Earlier this week, Ghomeshi dropped his lawsuit and his union confirmed that he had requested it grieve his firing.

“The grievance that was filed … will proceed through the usual process. This includes discussions with the CBC and the possibility of the case being decided by an arbitrator,” the Canadian Media Guild said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday, adding that because grievances are confidential, no further details would be provided.

The CMG did not return the Star’s calls for comment, but it appears that the grievance could be on hold.

“Often when there is a parallel criminal proceeding, the grievance and arbitration process is put on hold. Nothing, though, has been decided one way or the other at this point,” said Sean Fitzpatrick, a lawyer who acts for the CMG, in an email to the Star.

While the union waits to see what happens in the courtroom, it is probably looking at the specifics of Ghomeshi’s firing to determine whether his case is worth pursuing, said Stephen Shore, a labour and employment lawyer not involved in the case.

“It’s the union that will make decisions with respect to the grievance, not the individual,” Shore said. “So the union at some point could ultimately decide that it won’t pursue the grievance anymore, and they can do that without Ghomeshi consenting. They can unilaterally make that decision.”

In a statement posted online Thursday, CMG’s national president, Carmel Smyth, didn’t name Ghomeshi, but wrote about the grievance process in the light of the “very public airing of a dismissal.”

“In each case, when a member who has been fired asks us to file a grievance, we must be careful to do so in a timely manner, and then we will further investigate the circumstances before making a decision about whether the grievance is valid, supportable, or winnable,” wrote Smyth.

“Winnable” is an interesting choice of words here, said Shore, that may give the union a pretext to not back Ghomeshi. “As a result, Ghomeshi would be in the position where he can’t bring a court case and the union isn’t going to carry his grievance forward to challenge his termination.”

If the union decides not to pursue the grievance, Ghomeshi would have one last recourse. He could make a complaint to the Canada Industrial Relations Board that he wasn’t fairly represented by his union. Such complaints “aren’t rare, but they are rarely successful,” Shore said.

Employment lawyer Howard Levitt, who has had cases with the CMG and is familiar with its collective agreement, says the success rate for such appeals is less than 1 per cent. “The unions are allowed to be wrong, they’re just not allowed to act in bad faith,” Levitt said.

The CMG could choose not to pursue the case out of consideration for their female members, he said, or simply because they don’t want to spend the money to pursue it. “It would be a reasonable position for (the union) to say, ‘We’re not going to be involved in this cause,’ especially if they believed he did it.”

“I would be very surprised if the union took this case all the way to arbitration,” Levitt said. “I don’t think the criminal outcome is even material. Even if you disbelieve everything the women say, and you believe everything he says, it’s an unwinnable case because of what he admits to,” he said.

“It would damage the brand; it would upset listeners … who say, ‘I don’t believe in BDSM, especially when injuries and bruising are involved, and I’m not comfortable with that being the radio station I listen to with my morning coffee.”


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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 11:14 pm

Ottawa Citizen Sports



Fury FC scores four in first away win in its history

Ottawa Fury FC collected the first away win in its history Saturday night

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Posted on 20 May 2014 | 2:10 am