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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: Hockey's Greatest Rivalries Collector's Edition

In this year's THN Collector's Edition, we look at the greatest rivalries in the history of hockey ? it's the unforgettable blood feuds, like the Bruins/Canadiens and Red Wings/Avalanche, that make the sport what it is



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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 4:06 pm

The Blair Necessities



This And That


--The weekly collection of thoughts running through my muddled mind


Its been quiet in Riderville over the last week as the team is on its second and final bye of the season, but make no doubt about it. I'm sure the coaching staff has been working hard all week getting this team ready for the final few games of the season.

I had this sent to me and I had to pass it along although many of you may have already seen it.  During the bye week, the team picture was taken. Here it is!



That's a little cold and to many of the players it may be a tad insulting to say the squad is a one man team, but one cannot argue this team's fortunes went south the moment Bryant Turner hit DD in the Banjo Bowl as what was a great season went down the toilet in rather quick fashion.  The injury to one player seemingly has sunk the season.  There is still a chance to revive that season, but I think its safe to say that will happen through the East again and while the East has not been strong this year, I don't like their chances, but they still have a chance and as long as they do, the Rider Nation will be behind them.

The two questions I have about the football team now as they limp to the finish line are this

1) Is Darian coming back and if so, what type of player will he be?

   --We were told Durant would dress for the regular season finale against Edmonton, but I'd be surprised if the Riders play him knowing where their fate lies. There is no reason to play number 4 unless its to shake some rust off and even if you do that, what happens if he should get hurt again. Is that a risk the team really wants to take?

    --When and if Darian comes back, it is unrealistic to start thinking he will be slinging the football around completing pass after pass, racking up yard after yard and leading the team down the field to touchdown after touchdown. The guy hasn't played in how long? He needs some time to get back into game shape!  While I and many others would love to see DD come back and throw for 350 and 3 TD's, I can't realistically see that happening. Many are putting the Saviour label on him if he returns and that may not be a fair position to put him in

2)  When do you head down East?

   --Considering the Riders got their doors blown off in visits to Montreal, Hamilton or Toronto. Would going out early change that? It was suggested on Thursday's Sportscage the team leave early and I agree with that, but would you leave 5 days early and do your entire practice routine in the city where you will play the Eastern semi-final. That would be a costly expenditure, but I think its one the Riders would take. Why not?

The first set of ballots have been sent out for CFL yearly awards. I used to hold a ballot, but I don't anymore so take these for what you will, but here are my Rider award winners.

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER --Tearrius George

  I found it interesting when doing a story for Riderville.com that there isn't much difference when it comes to grading out between TGeorge, John Chick and Ricky Foley. Chick had a monster first half and Foley has had a monster second half, but number 93 has just been consistent in getting the job done week after week registering a career high in sacks. That consistency and all-around good play gives him the nod to this blogger.

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER -- John Chick

  How can you give George MOP and Chick top defensive player? It happens a lot of times in sports and that's how close it is between the two Americans.  Chick deserves some form of recognition for his play this year and I am certainly not going to snub him twice. I could put him in MOP and George here, but the consistency argument comes up again and while he has been effective, he hasn't been the sack happy John Chick that he was in the first half. That's not a shot its just reality.  I think big 97 is better now than what he was when he left for the NFL and I think he will continue doing what he did this year in 2015 and beyond.

TOP CANADIAN --- Ricky Foley

   Is there any doubt here? In fact, I think Foley could win the league award. He is having his best ever season and he is finishing strong. Someone asked me the other day if Chick and Foley were a better combination than Chick and Stevie Baggs. Absolutely!! He's having a career year with 12 sacks and if he wasn't one of the league's top homegrown players before, he is now.

BEST OFFENSIVE LINEMAN ---  Ben Heenan

   This one is tough as well. The unit has been fantastic, but Brendon Labatte has missed time, I Chris Best has missed time as have Xavier Fulton and Dan Clark. Heenan had a couple of rough games, but he is one of the big reasons the Rider running game has been as good as it has been. He has helped open up some massive holes. Could Big Ben win the West nominee and perhaps do what Labatte did last year and win it all. I doubt it, but I think he has the ability to win the top lineman award very soon.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ---  Derek Walker

  Its a toss-up between Walker and Trevor Guyton, but I will go with Walker and his 5 sacks and give all four members of that D-Line some love. Guyton has had a good year too, but I've noticed Walker a lot more. He's the guy for me.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER  --- Tristan Jackson

  This might be the easiest one. Jackson leads the league in combined return yards and he has more often than not given the team good field position. Weston Dressler may have taken a couple of kicks back, but Weston also showed up midway through the season while TJack just kept returning kick after kick after kick.

Agree or disagree?

Other thoughts

  --Madison Bumgarner's 2014 playoffs and the World Series in particular has to be considered as one of the greatest of all-time. I thought we would see Bumgarner in Game 7, but I didn't think we would see him for five innings. To come back and do that on two days rest was simply amazing.

  --If you are a baseball fan, tell me your heart didn't go into your throat when Gregor Blanco had Alex Gordon's hit get by him and go all the way to the fence. The Giants just about Bucknered themselves.

  --Can we get "Chevyguy" to do all championship or all-star game MVP presentations?. That poor bastard had to have soiled himself. The funny thing is he is getting his 15 minutes of fame today as Chevrolet is backing him 100 percent as really they should.

  --Evgeni Malkin beat up Justin Williams??!! I wonder if Don Cherry will mention that on Saturday!

--Week 9 NFL Lock Of The Week---Kansas City over Jets
  Week 9 NFL Upset Of The Week ---Miami over San Diego

--Saturday will be the last home game and perhaps the last game period that Frank McCrystal coaches for the University of Regina Rams. I am guessing Rams alumni that can make it to the game will be there and that a good crowd will be on hand. I am hoping Regina's football community as a whole comes to the game and salutes a guy that has helped make that program great.  There is a chance the Rams could play the Huskies in a semi-final game and I think I speak for people in both cities when I say the Frank farewell tour needs to go through Saskatoon. Win or lose for the Rams. the atmosphere and energy for that game would be something else and I am guessing McCrystal would come up with a quote or two to sell a couple of extra tickets. Can you imagine the scene at the end of the game if Regina won? That walk off the field would be epic!  I will have the play by play of the Alberta-Rams game with the big man Chop Bresch Saturday at 2 on Access, but do yourselves a favour and go to the game yourself. Its supposed to be sunny and 11 so don't blame the weather.

 --It hasn't been a good year for the Durant boys on the gridiron. We all know about Darian and his brother Justin tore his biceps Monday against Washington and is done for the season.

 --Get well Gordie, a country and a sport has you in their heart!

 --Is it just me or are the entertainment reporters on ETalk and ET Canada, the most vacuous ditzes on television? GAHHHHH!!!

  --If its called a drive thru, why do you stop??

  --Have a good weekend!!! GO SEAHAWKS!!







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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 1:24 am

Metro



Daniel Sedin has OT winner for Canucks

VANCOUVER – Daniel and Henrik Sedin weren’t in top form on Thursday night, but the talented twins showed up when it mattered most. Daniel Sedin took a delicate feed from brother Henrik off the rush and roofed a shot past … Continue Reading

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 1:04 am

Yahoo Sports Blog



Front-nine blitz puts Hurley on top

PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship-Second RoundKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - American Billy Hurley III grabbed a two-shot halfway stage lead at the CIMB Classic after his front-nine birdie binge at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Friday. The former US Navy officer sunk six birdies for an outward 30 in his second successive round of 67 to go 10-under-par 134 in the tournament sanctioned by the PGA and Asian Tour. ...



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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 8:20 am

Canada.com



Saints seize first place in NFC South with 28-10 road win over Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Saints’ offence is potent enough with Drew Brees. But if they continue to get big games on the ground from Mark Ingram, they may just leave the rest of the weak NFC South in the dust. […]

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:38 pm

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



Red Sox, Uehara Agree On Two-Year Extension

The Red Sox and Koji Uehara have agreed on a two-year contract extension (2/18). The announcement came on the one-year anniversary of Uehara striking out Matt Carpenter for the final out of last season's World Series.

Ben Cherington:
So we had a chance to obviously examine Koji at the end of year and spend quite a bit of time talking to him and looking at what happened in late August and early September. After that, we really felt comfortable with where he was and where he will be going forward from a health and performance standpoint.
Also: Kevin Youkilis announced his retirement.

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:03 pm

The Blair Necessities



This And That


--The weekly collection of thoughts running through my muddled mind


Its been quiet in Riderville over the last week as the team is on its second and final bye of the season, but make no doubt about it. I'm sure the coaching staff has been working hard all week getting this team ready for the final few games of the season.

I had this sent to me and I had to pass it along although many of you may have already seen it.  During the bye week, the team picture was taken. Here it is!



That's a little cold and to many of the players it may be a tad insulting to say the squad is a one man team, but one cannot argue this team's fortunes went south the moment Bryant Turner hit DD in the Banjo Bowl as what was a great season went down the toilet in rather quick fashion.  The injury to one player seemingly has sunk the season.  There is still a chance to revive that season, but I think its safe to say that will happen through the East again and while the East has not been strong this year, I don't like their chances, but they still have a chance and as long as they do, the Rider Nation will be behind them.

The two questions I have about the football team now as they limp to the finish line are this

1) Is Darian coming back and if so, what type of player will he be?

   --We were told Durant would dress for the regular season finale against Edmonton, but I'd be surprised if the Riders play him knowing where their fate lies. There is no reason to play number 4 unless its to shake some rust off and even if you do that, what happens if he should get hurt again. Is that a risk the team really wants to take?

    --When and if Darian comes back, it is unrealistic to start thinking he will be slinging the football around completing pass after pass, racking up yard after yard and leading the team down the field to touchdown after touchdown. The guy hasn't played in how long? He needs some time to get back into game shape!  While I and many others would love to see DD come back and throw for 350 and 3 TD's, I can't realistically see that happening. Many are putting the Saviour label on him if he returns and that may not be a fair position to put him in

2)  When do you head down East?

   --Considering the Riders got their doors blown off in visits to Montreal, Hamilton or Toronto. Would going out early change that? It was suggested on Thursday's Sportscage the team leave early and I agree with that, but would you leave 5 days early and do your entire practice routine in the city where you will play the Eastern semi-final. That would be a costly expenditure, but I think its one the Riders would take. Why not?

The first set of ballots have been sent out for CFL yearly awards. I used to hold a ballot, but I don't anymore so take these for what you will, but here are my Rider award winners.

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER --Tearrius George

  I found it interesting when doing a story for Riderville.com that there isn't much difference when it comes to grading out between TGeorge, John Chick and Ricky Foley. Chick had a monster first half and Foley has had a monster second half, but number 93 has just been consistent in getting the job done week after week registering a career high in sacks. That consistency and all-around good play gives him the nod to this blogger.

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER -- John Chick

  How can you give George MOP and Chick top defensive player? It happens a lot of times in sports and that's how close it is between the two Americans.  Chick deserves some form of recognition for his play this year and I am certainly not going to snub him twice. I could put him in MOP and George here, but the consistency argument comes up again and while he has been effective, he hasn't been the sack happy John Chick that he was in the first half. That's not a shot its just reality.  I think big 97 is better now than what he was when he left for the NFL and I think he will continue doing what he did this year in 2015 and beyond.

TOP CANADIAN --- Ricky Foley

   Is there any doubt here? In fact, I think Foley could win the league award. He is having his best ever season and he is finishing strong. Someone asked me the other day if Chick and Foley were a better combination than Chick and Stevie Baggs. Absolutely!! He's having a career year with 12 sacks and if he wasn't one of the league's top homegrown players before, he is now.

BEST OFFENSIVE LINEMAN ---  Ben Heenan

   This one is tough as well. The unit has been fantastic, but Brendon Labatte has missed time, I Chris Best has missed time as have Xavier Fulton and Dan Clark. Heenan had a couple of rough games, but he is one of the big reasons the Rider running game has been as good as it has been. He has helped open up some massive holes. Could Big Ben win the West nominee and perhaps do what Labatte did last year and win it all. I doubt it, but I think he has the ability to win the top lineman award very soon.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ---  Derek Walker

  Its a toss-up between Walker and Trevor Guyton, but I will go with Walker and his 5 sacks and give all four members of that D-Line some love. Guyton has had a good year too, but I've noticed Walker a lot more. He's the guy for me.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER  --- Tristan Jackson

  This might be the easiest one. Jackson leads the league in combined return yards and he has more often than not given the team good field position. Weston Dressler may have taken a couple of kicks back, but Weston also showed up midway through the season while TJack just kept returning kick after kick after kick.

Agree or disagree?

Other thoughts

  --Madison Bumgarner's 2014 playoffs and the World Series in particular has to be considered as one of the greatest of all-time. I thought we would see Bumgarner in Game 7, but I didn't think we would see him for five innings. To come back and do that on two days rest was simply amazing.

  --If you are a baseball fan, tell me your heart didn't go into your throat when Gregor Blanco had Alex Gordon's hit get by him and go all the way to the fence. The Giants just about Bucknered themselves.

  --Can we get "Chevyguy" to do all championship or all-star game MVP presentations?. That poor bastard had to have soiled himself. The funny thing is he is getting his 15 minutes of fame today as Chevrolet is backing him 100 percent as really they should.

  --Evgeni Malkin beat up Justin Williams??!! I wonder if Don Cherry will mention that on Saturday!

--Week 9 NFL Lock Of The Week---Kansas City over Jets
  Week 9 NFL Upset Of The Week ---Miami over San Diego

--Saturday will be the last home game and perhaps the last game period that Frank McCrystal coaches for the University of Regina Rams. I am guessing Rams alumni that can make it to the game will be there and that a good crowd will be on hand. I am hoping Regina's football community as a whole comes to the game and salutes a guy that has helped make that program great.  There is a chance the Rams could play the Huskies in a semi-final game and I think I speak for people in both cities when I say the Frank farewell tour needs to go through Saskatoon. Win or lose for the Rams. the atmosphere and energy for that game would be something else and I am guessing McCrystal would come up with a quote or two to sell a couple of extra tickets. Can you imagine the scene at the end of the game if Regina won? That walk off the field would be epic!  I will have the play by play of the Alberta-Rams game with the big man Chop Bresch Saturday at 2 on Access, but do yourselves a favour and go to the game yourself. Its supposed to be sunny and 11 so don't blame the weather.

 --It hasn't been a good year for the Durant boys on the gridiron. We all know about Darian and his brother Justin tore his biceps Monday against Washington and is done for the season.

 --Get well Gordie, a country and a sport has you in their heart!

 --Is it just me or are the entertainment reporters on ETalk and ET Canada, the most vacuous ditzes on television? GAHHHHH!!!

  --If its called a drive thru, why do you stop??

  --Have a good weekend!!! GO SEAHAWKS!!







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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 1:24 am

Roto Rob



2014-15 RotoRob NBA Draft Kit: Shooting Guard Rankings

Thompson is due for an extension and if he continues his trajectory of improvement, it'll be a no brainer for the Warriors (even if they are going to be up against the cap for a while). Last season, Thompson became a more integral part of the offense, and while his FT shooting has slid the past couple of seasons, he did a better job on the offensive glass.

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 6:16 pm

Rider Prophet



Halloween Costumes For O-linemen




It’s Halloween so I decided to take a break from all the “serious” football talk and have some Halloween-themed fun. This has almost nothing to do with the fact that the Riders are on bye and I have nothing tangible to write about in terms of football matters. Just a very fortunate coincidence.

Halloween can be a time of great fun and joy… but not for everyone. Just imagine to struggles to larger gentlemen go through when trying to find a costume. Larger men such as our Rider O-linemen.

And so I’d like to take this opportunity to unveil my new line of Halloween costumes designed specifically for larger gentlemen. They are inspired by and named after offensive lineman.

The Brendan Labatte Man



The Dan Clark Kent



The Ben He-Man




The Dominic Captain Picard

The Chris Best Man



The Professor Xavier Fulton



Happy Halloween Everybody!

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:33 pm

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



Two Wild Card teams refuse to lose and meet in the World Series

The World Series is now front and center in the sports news and sports on the web. It will be the second time in MLB Playoffs history that the teams battling in the World Series are both wild card teams. The first was the Angels beating the Giants in the 2002 World Series. Taking the […]

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Posted on 19 October 2014 | 3:55 pm

Vancouver Sun



Lions Game Day: Jarious Jackson gets a big title — and a big job with Edmonton Eskimos

EDMONTON — Jarious Jackson’s new job title is almost as long as kicker Hugh O’Neill’s Duck Dynasty beard. Earlier this year, the former quarterback — and quarterbacks coach — of the Lions left the organization after seven seasons to sign on with B.C.’s West Division rival in Edmonton. Officially, Jackson is the Eskimos’ quarterbacks/passing game coordinator/player development coach, which sounds wordy but important.

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Posted on 1 November 2014 | 12:01 am

Rod Pederson



CKRM'S WEEK 19 CFL PICKS

SCHEDULE
Friday: Hamilton at Ottawa
Saturday: Winnipeg at Calgary
BC at Edmonton
Sunday: Toronto at Montreal

ANNCR/RECORD/PICKS
LUC (54-20): HAM - CGY - BC - MTL
CARM (53-21): TBD
REMPLE (53-21): HAM - CGY - BC - MTL
SHARKY (50-24): HAM - CGY - EDM - MTL
BALLSY (50-24): TBD
PHIL (50-24): HAM - CGY - BC - TOR
ABOU (49-25): TBD
SCHULTZ (48-26): HAM - CGY - EDM - MTL
SCRUFFY (48-26): HAM - CGY - EDM - MTL
R.P. (48-26): HAM - WPG - BC - MTL
SAM (47-27): HAM - CGY - EDM - TOR
LYNCH (45-29): TBD
COIN (44-30): OTT - CGY - BC - MTL

* Winner gets a $100 gift card to the Press Box Sports Bar!

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:01 pm

Yahoo Sports



Lucky bounces, breaks keep Seminoles and Jameis Winston on playoff path (Yahoo Sports)

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) gets off a pass despite the efforts of Louisville defensive end Delontrez Mount (48) in the second half of their NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Winston led No. 2 Florida State to a 42-31 come-from-behind victory over Louisville. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Wherever the blessings are coming from, FSU is receiving them in abundance. It has been good and it has been lucky on its path to the playoff.



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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 2:07 am

Toronto Sports Media



Seen & Heard – Weekend Edition

  by mike in boston / @mikeinboston / hatemailaccount at gmail   One of the first things I noticed when I moved to the States was how much I had taken CBC News for granted. In the U.S. news is a commodity and various stations […]

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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 10:36 am

Star Sports



Why do victims of sexual assault stay silent?


“Why didn’t you go to police?”

A simple question, but without a simple answer when it is posed to sexual assault victims.

Experts agree that the reasons why sexual assault victims are often reluctant to step forward are myriad.

Mabel Athena is all too aware of the complexity surrounding the issue.

She says a man she’d known for just a few hours raped her twice while she was touring a foreign country. She was in shock and faulted herself for trusting her attacker. She didn’t go to police.

Five years later, Athena feels it’s important to speak out on the issue.

“For the longest time I blamed myself for putting myself in that situation,” she said. “But not dealing with it and having bits and pieces come out and hijack the rest of my life for years — I don’t know if it would have been different if I just had the resources right away and been able to confront it right away.”

Crisis workers, lawyers and police agree there are many reasons a victim may not come forward — ranging from emotional trauma and fear of authority, to a lack of clarity over just what constitutes sexual assault.

Even for those who do come forward, taking action against an alleged assailant is not easy.

Elizabeth knows that only all too well.

The now 25-year-old — who did not want to give her last name — says a man she met at a bar took her to his home, bit her, choked her unconscious three times, threw her against a mirror so hard it broke, and sexually assaulted her four times, all while she tried to scramble away.

She went to police.

After an investigation that lasted over a year, she says police told her they didn’t have substantial evidence to press charges.

“I am glad I did it just on a personal level to know that I did the best that I could, but I would never judge someone for not going forward. It’s a horrible process. You have to share your story with so many strangers,” she said.

The question, “Why didn’t you go to police” has become part of the public conversation around allegations against former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, who has been accused of abusive behaviour by women who have gone to newspapers and broadcasters with their allegations and not police. One allegation dates back more than 10 years.

Ghomeshi says he plans to meet allegations against him head-on. He has said he has engaged in role play and rough sex, but that it was always consensual, and said he was fired from CBC because of the risk that his sex life would become public “as a result of a campaign of false allegations.” None of Ghomeshi’s accusers has so far reported going to police with their allegations.

Speaking generally, Amanda Dale, executive director of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic which supports women survivors of violence, says the criminal justice system is set up to protect the rights of the accused.

“It is a large behemoth that you face as one woman alone trying to report what is already a pretty intimate crime, if indeed it meets the threshold of being a crime at all,” said Dale. “There are lots of shades of humiliation and degradation and misogyny that don’t meet the definition of a crime.”

While she noted some positive legal changes in Canada, such as tighter restrictions on the records criminal lawyers can access about an alleged victim, she said avenues outside the legal system can sometimes yield more satisfying results.

“I’m not saying there have been no reforms or that more reforms aren’t possible,” she said. “I am saying that there are, from the victims’ perspective, often ameliorative or reparation kinds of schemes actually give more sense of justice than the criminal justice system.”

Those other avenues include going to a body like Ontario’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Board or similar entities in other provinces which provide financial compensation to victims without the need for a criminal charge if they decide the alleged assaults were a crime.

Victims also have the option of attempting to sue the perpetrator or any institutions involved — a step which isn’t right for everyone, but which can be just what some victims need, said Simona Jellinek, a lawyer who has represented victims of sexual assault in civil suits for 18 years.

“What suing does do is it generally helps people come forward and put the blame where the blame needs to be,” she said. “Sometimes going through that process is very cathartic and therapeutic in terms of standing up for yourself and taking back control.”

What helps many victims is just knowing what options they have available, she said.

Police work hard to emphasize those options as well, and say if women want to report an incident — but not pursue it any further — that’s fine with them.

“We recognize how much courage it takes for people to come forward but we also want them to know that we wouldn’t force them into doing something that they are not comfortable with,” said Sgt. Trish Ferguson of the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section of the Ottawa Police Service.

Police also work closely with community agencies and hospitals to encourage reporting of alleged assaults and do outreach work with some of the more vulnerable pockets of the city’s population, said Ferguson.

“I think people’s reasons for not coming forward are as diverse as the people themselves,” she said. “We want to make sure that victims are heard.”

It’s tough to find hard figures on sexual assaults in Canada though, particularly as the last national survey on violence against women was conducted by the federal government in 1993, said Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer, of Women Against Violence Against Women, a rape crisis centre in British Columbia.

Her organization conducted their own study, looking at 526 women who accessed their victim services, of which 62 per cent reported their alleged sexual assaults to police, with 11.8 per cent of cases resulting in charges and 4.6 per cent of cases result in a conviction.

“To get a conviction it really, really has to be egregious,” said Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer. “Women will say, how bad was my sexual assault, I wasn’t stabbed and left for dead, why should I go forward?”

Compounding the issue is the fact that women may have a relationship of some sort with their assailants.

Another barrier victims face is revictimization, as observers might raise questions about what they were wearing, how much they were drinking and how hard they tried to ward off sexual advances, said Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer.

Altering those biases will take a societal change as well as support from governments, she said, noting that the Ghomeshi case, while drawing a lot of attention, would likely not trigger significant change.

“If we’re waiting for (these women) to make the difference or any woman who shows up at a rape crisis centre or wherever she may be, that is not how we’re going to shift society. This is a collective issue.”


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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 8:08 am

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