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‘Surprising move’ to unite-the-right CONSERVATISM
Brian Jean throws hat in ever-evolving political ring Helen Pike
Metro | Calgary Saying he’s confident he can defeat the NDP in the next provincial election, Brian Jean announced Thursday he’s seeking a “clear mandate” from his party to throw open its doors and unite the right. The Wildrose leader said he’s willing to step down and join a leadership race should a new conservative party emerge from what would be the rubble of the PC and Wildrose. But Mount Royal University Political Science Professor Duane Bratt said the move means Alberta will see a united right-wing party by summer 2017 — led by Jason Kenney. He said Jean’s announcement is the leader facing the facts developing right of centre in Alberta. “It’s an acknowledgement that Jason Kenney is going to win the PC leader-
ship,” he said. “What does surprise me is that Jean is going to try and beat Kenney in the leadership of this new party — I think that’s going to be a tough task for him.” Jean said he is answering the Wildrose membership’s call to unite, and do it under the Wildrose’s grassroots mantra. “Let me be clear on this point — I plan to be Alberta’s next premier,” Jean said in his statement. “While I am confident that Wildrose would defeat (Premier Rachel Notley’s) NDP on our own in the next election, consolidating and uniting like-minded conservatives under a single banner is the best chance that we’ll be successful.” Bratt noted Kenney’s organizational fundraising skills have wiped out PC leadership opponents, and that in Stephen Harper’s government Jean was a backbencher while Kenney enjoyed a cabinet position. “Brian Jean, who went into a tough situation as a Wildrose leader ... ran a strong campaign, not spectacular, and yet since that moment has had problems with his own caucus,” Bratt said. “I think Kenney would defeat Brian Jean.”
SIGN LANGUAGE ‘Watch out for pedestrians’ signs an improvement, walking advocates say, but add we really need better streets
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Opening of schools delayed The Edmonton Public School Board is delaying the opening of two of 11 new schools slated to welcome students this fall. Kim Hung School, a K-7 school in the west end, and Shauna May Seneca School, a K-9 school in the southeast, will not open until Jan. 8, 2018 because of construction delays. Combined, the schools were projected to see about 1,150 students. Students that were to attend the two schools will join their teachers at temporary host schools in September until the new buildings are complete, officials said. “We’re all teachers, and we’re all parents, and we’re extremely empathetic and we’ll do everything we can to minimize disruption however we can,” said Chris Wright, managing director of infrastructure at Edmonton Public Schools. Wright said students and teachers of each delayed school will work together as a “school-within-a-school” while at their temporary home, just like they would in their own building. “Our top priority is to provide safe, high-quality schools for students, and this plan minimizes disruption while allowing Kim Hung and Shauna May Seneca Schools to build their own culture from the start of the school year,” Wright added in a release. METRO, WITH FILES FROM TIM QUERENGESSER
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Police partner with Food Bank to aid homeless Alex Boyd
Metro | Edmonton Police officers on the Whyte Avenue beat know the street the way club hoppers and boutique shoppers do, but they also see
the more desperate side. “We know the homeless population, and we know them by their first names, and they know ours,” said Sgt. Mike Elliot, who works out of Scona Station just south of Whyte. “You just get a personal connection with people.” That connection is why Elliot is part of a partnership with the Edmonton Food Bank, which sees officers stocking their cruisers with basic food hampers to offer people in need. A couple of weeks ago, Elliot
said he was at the Food Bank for a field trip with his kids when he got talking to the staff. They hooked him up with almost a dozen blue bags, filled with basics like stew, soup and a jar of peanut butter. He’s already handed out most of them, including to a man in the area who he’s known for about five years. “He’s someone who has a heart of gold and helps you out and talks to you,” he said, adding that he knows the man sometimes goes hungry.
“He was a little surprised and taken aback, but I think he was touched by it.” Edmonton Food Bank spokesperson Tamisan Bencz-Knight said the organization started partnering with officers in 2014 to make food available during the crucial weekend and evening periods when they’re closed. “Sometimes you just need to get food into peoples’ bellies,” she said. “Sometimes it’s a quick, easy way to help somebody.” Elliot said he’s calling on more of his fellow officers to partici-
pate. Not only does it help those who are hungry, but it gives the police more tools, he said. “If I can stop someone from committing theft and stealing food, then I’ve accomplished something other than writing ticket after ticket or doing arrest after arrest,” he said. “I think people think police are like robots and we just do a job, but we’re people… I know what it’s like to be down, but I have people who support me. I know people on the street don’t always have that support.”
Sgt. Mike Elliot has his police SUV stocked with bags of food to hand out to the city’s most vulnerable, and he hopes other officers will do the same. KEVIN TUONG/FOR METRO
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Councillor pushing for major transit hub transportation
Motion comes as Greyhound riders struggle to catch buses Jeremy Simes
Metro | Edmonton Coun. Andrew Knack says it’s time Edmonton start planning a major transportation hub. Think European transport stations where you can catch a train, LRT or bus — all in one. Knack presented a motion Wednesday to see how such a hub would work in Edmonton. “The idea is creating a central location where we can bring everyone together, particularly
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those who are visiting our city,” Knack said. “I had a chance to go to Paris last year and, when I came off the commuter rail from London, I was able to jump on public transit and all sorts of things.” His motion comes at a time when Greyhound passengers have been left nearly stranded — ever since the company moved its terminal from downtown to the edge of the suburbs. In fact, passengers have to walk one kilometre to the nearest bus stop — and there aren’t sidewalks for much of the trip — if they miss the twice-daily shuttles downtown. But Knack’s proposal wouldn’t just help Greyhound passengers — it could connect Edmontonains to the LRT, Red Arrow buses and — dare we say — any potential high-speed rail built to
Calgary. “You have to have it where we know LRT will be. You need LRT, you need buses,” he said. “It’s been talked about for years and years, but the province always likes to bring up high-speed rail, so it has to be a spot where you could tie that in.” He said the city tried to work with Greyhound to help the company find locations that are close to transit, but the company eventually went with its current location at the VIA Rail station at 12360 121 St. “I think if the city were to have its own hub, it’s going to make it that much easier for companies to say, ‘I want to be a part of
this,’” he said. “You could take the bus to the hub and, from the hub, get to wherever you want.” Greyhound has said it’s working with Edmonton Transit to possibly expand passenger dropoff and pick-up services via shuttles that could go to the Kingsway LRT station. On Thursday, company spokesperson Lanesha Gipson said Greyhound believes a transit hub in Edmonton would “greatly benefit customers and provide seamless connectivity with multiple modes of transportation.” Knack’s motion will get voted in two weeks and, if passed, would see more details come back in the beginning in May.
The idea is creating a central location where we can bring everyone together. Coun. Andrew Knack
Lobby group gives Alberta ‘F’ for red tape Kevin Maimann
Metro | Edmonton .com
A business lobby group says Alberta needs to slash some red tape. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) gave the province an “F” on its annual report card, which grades provinces and territories on their “commitment to red tape accountability” by looking
at political leadership, public measurement and constraints on regulations. The report card claims red tape reduction is not a priority for the Alberta government. The province was not ranked last year as the new NDP government was just settling in, but typically fares in the “D” range. Only Alberta and the Northwest Territories got failing grades this year, while British Columbia and Quebec both scored an “A.” “This year we have seen a
complete lack of momentum to take action on red tape,” said Amber Ruddy, CFIB’s director of provincial affairs for Alberta. The CFIB is advocating for greater transparency with regulations that businesses need to comply with, and for lifting “unnecessary” regulations to make life easier for business owners. Jean-Marc Prevost, press secretary to Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous, noted the province has taken recent actions to help businesses —
including new tax credits, restoration of training programs for new entrepreneurs, new programs to help businesses diversify and expand to new markets, and a 33 per cent reduction in small business taxes. “We want Alberta to continue to be the best place to do business and we are listening to small business owners,” Prevost said in an emailed statement. “If the CFIB has more ideas, we look forward to hearing them.”
City rolls out signs to reduce collisions vision zero
Infrastructure, visibility key to reduce deaths of pedestrians Jeremy Simes
Metro | Edmonton New signs that warn drivers about pedestrians in high collision areas are only the first step toward making walking safe in Edmonton, says a spokesperson for an advocacy group. Earlier this week, the city unveiled digital messages, like ‘Watch for pedestrians,’ on the black display boards usually used to divert vehicles during construction. Anna Ho with Paths for People said the signs are helpful, because they make drivers slow down, but not enough. “I think ultimately it’s changing infrastructure that really slows traffic down and provides good visibility that will help,” she said. Phrases on the boards include ‘Watch out for each other,’ ‘Increase the gap’ and ‘High ped collision area ahead.’ The messages are part of Edmonton’s Vision Zero
strategy, the city’s attempt to eventually reduce traffic fatalities and injuries to zero, said Ken Karunaratne, a technical specialist with road safety engineering with the city. Karunaratne said the city decided to roll out the message boards because warm winter temperatures saw more people walking outside. “Drivers, a lot of times, don’t expect pedestrians at some of those crossings,” he said. “The locations we’re putting them [in] are where we’ve seen a high number of collisions.” One is 84 Avenue and Gateway Boulevard, which saw a permanent board go up this week. A portable board has also been placed on Whyte Avenue. Karunaratne said the city plans to look at collision data after a year to see if the boards reduced collisions between people driving and people walking. But Ho said her group wants Edmonton to prioritize building pedestrian-oriented infrastructure, like raised sidewalks and narrower streets. “What we really need to focus on in Edmonton is infrastructure, which would be our preference [rather] than to see more signage,” she said.
If your streets aren’t designed to allow pedestrians and cyclists to walk or bike in a safe manner, then the signs will only go so far. Anna Ho, Paths for People
“If your streets aren’t designed to allow pedestrians and cyclists to walk or bike in a safe manner, then the signs will only go so far.”
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Anna Ho says better infrastructure in Edmonton would reduce pedestrian collisions. Kevin Tuong / For Metro
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Man charged after 4 moose killed on private land One man has been charged after four moose were shot and killed on private property in northeastern Alberta. Police say they got a call about shots fired around 4:40 p.m. on Monday in the municipal district of Bonnyville. When they arrived, they found four dead moose. RCMP say the property owner did not give anyone permission to hunt on his land. Dwayne Gerald Nest, 59,
Cold Lake First Nations has been charged with unauthorized use of a firearm. Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers investigated and no charges have been laid. “In order to proceed with charges related to hunting on occupied land without permission, officers need an official statement from the landowner saying that permission was not, in fact, granted. In this case, it was the landowner’s decision not
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to provide an official statement,” Brendan Cox, spokesman with Alberta Justice, said
in a statement. “There was no evidence of any other offences.” Cox says First Nations people with treaty status have a constitutionally protected right to hunt big game for food and are not subject to bag limits. He added the hunters in this case showed officers proof of their treaty status and the landowner granted the hunters access to retrieve the moose. the canadian press
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In a city where it seems like historic buildings are demolished more frequently than allowed to stand, it’s rare for a 100-year-old brick gem in a dense neighbourhood to hit the market, let alone survive. Which is why Chris Dulaba with Edmonton’s Beljan Development said his company snapped up the former West End Telephone Exchange at 102 Avenue and 121 Street when former owner Telus announced it was leaving. Telus was using the building as it had been used for 100 years — as a place for phone switches. “We felt a building like that, you could have said ‘Let’s build lofts,’ but we kind of felt there was something missing in the
Oliver area, a draw factor for a mix of uses,” Dulaba said of the two-storey brick building, built in 1913. Dulaba said the idea for the exchange is to build a ‘mercantile market,’ which in daily use would see small-scale companies, makers, manufacturers and retailers sharing a common space that has a market-like atmosphere and community. “That could be app developers, a small brewery,” he said. He said the location — one block from 124 Street, Jasper Avenue and only a bit further from the future LRT on 104 Avenue — means the building could form a bit of a neighbourhood “hub,” even though it’s eschewing the ethos of building commercial space along Jasper. “It’s kind of trying to encourage interaction among different users, allowing entrepreneurs to have a bricks-andmortar space without having to pay really high rents,” Dulaba said. The exchange will begin morphing around March, when Telus vacates, and Dulaba said a tentative opening date is later this fall.
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Changes in final draft met with some scepticism Jeremy Simes
Metro | Edmonton City officials are hoping new rules for infill, or skinny homes, proposed Thursday resolve some of the battles brewing in mature neighbourhoods. Infill, the development that replaces older bungalows, has been contentious since the getgo, when the city first set out rules in 2014. The issue pits long-time residents who argue skinny homes alter the character of their neighbourhoods against new residents who like modern homes close to downtown. But Colton Kirsop, a senior city planner, said the new potential regulations — which have yet to be approved by city council — strike a balance between those on either side of the debate by enabling development while pro-
Colton Kirsop, a senior planner with the city, says the new measures strikes a balance for developers and community members. jeremy simes/metro
tecting the vibe of older neighbourhoods. He said officials are listening to both residents and developers. “The revisions create pathways to better infill,” he said “They improve clarity and they support innovative and supportive housing.” Though not everybody is thrilled.
Randy Shuttleworth, a member of the planning and development committee with the Queen Mary Park Community League, has mixed feelings on some of the changes. He doesn’t like that the new rules would allow the height of buildings to increase slightly — something developers asked for — from 8.6 metres to 8.9 metres.
“Everybody is not happy with height,” said Shuttleworth. “People are able to sit on roof decks and look into the neighbouring properties.” But he likes that developers won’t be allowed to build driveways that cross the sidewalk — unless they’re granted a variance. “Front driveways definitely change the street,” he said. “We
want it to be walkable.“ The new rules also tackle ‘front set-backs,’ another contentious topic, meaning how far the home can be from the street. Currently, developers have to survey the entire block to see how close the home can come to the curb. The new recommendations, however, say developers just have to look at the two neighbouring properties to determine how far the infill home can be from the street. But the recommendations also say developers won’t have to consult properties in a 60-metre radius — including the community league — if they want to build things like a side-deck. Planner Kirsop says that change would make it easier for developers to move ahead. But Shuttleworth takes issue with that. “When you start to streamline, you start to take away consultation from the community,” he said. “We get that infill needs to be done, but we just want it done right.” Councillors will debate the regulations at the urban planning committee meeting Wednesday before they head to a public hearing in the spring.
Ikea Canada has signed a deal to buy an Alberta wind farm from TransAlta and Teck Resources for a total of $119.6 million. TransAlta said Thursday it will receive about $61 million for its 51 per cent interest in the 88-megawatt Wintering Hills wind farm near Drumheller, Alta. Teck said separately that it will receive $58.6 million for its 49 per cent stake. Ikea said the 55 turbines at Wintering Hills generate enough electricity to power 54 Ikea stores or nearly 26,000 Canadian households. It is the second Canadian wind farm for the furniture retailer which has 12 stores across the country. It already has a 46MW wind farm in Pincher Creek, Alta., that it acquired in 2013. Together, the two wind farms can produce more than four times the energy consumed by Ikea’s Canadian operations. The global furniture and furnishings company has set a goal of generating more renewable energy than it uses by 2020. the canadian press
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Indigenous festival aims to entertain and educate Kevin Maimann
Metro | Edmonton Indigenous art is experiencing a revival across Canada, and Alberta artists are playing a crucial role, according to the director of a festival kicking off next week in Edmonton. The eighth annual Rubaboo Festival, put on by Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts, will run Monday through Saturday at La Cite Francophone, with local and touring Indigenous artists showing off their work in numerous disciplines. “When Indigenous people practice art, we are redressing the human rights violations and the cultural deprivation that we’ve experienced through colonialism and oppression,” said Christine Frederick, the festival’s co-founder and artistic director. “What I’ve seen is … a bit of
a renaissance of Indigenous arts in this country.” Highlights will include dancecentred performance NeoIndigena, featuring Santee Smith — a piece that Frederick calls profoundly moving — and the festival’s signature Fusion Night, a sort of multidisciplinary free jam that will see Indigenous musicians, poets, visual artists improvise together. Frederick sees Rubaboo as a good chance not only to connect and grow the Indigenous arts scene, but to build understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. “I think the arts are absolutely a vital way to do that, both for us as Indigenous people but for Canadians in general, for all of us to get together and understand this huge puzzle piece that’s been missing from our collective identity as Canadians,” she said. “We want people to realize that we are more than the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we are more than the Indian Act. This is our human right to express our humanity. “I think most people will find it quite refreshing, quite beautiful, moving, and it will help them understand.”
Buellerrrr! Canadian films, pets and a Ferris Bueller dining experience will help you spend your days off. Ferris Bueller’s School of Rock The outlandish plot will see Ferris Bueller 30 years after his legendary day off, back in high school — this time as the teacher. WHEN: Friday and Sunday, then continuing through April 2. WHERE: Jubilations Dinner Theatre, West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 St. Phase 1 Upper Level Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival The Top 10 Canadian films of 2016, via the Toronto International Film Festival, will wrap up this weekend in Edmonton. WHERE: Metro Cinema at the Garneau, 8712 109 St. WHEN: Friday through Sunday.
Santee Smith will star in NeoIndigena as part of this year’s Rubaboo Festival. DAVID HOU/contributed
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less, but your actions bring you there. Either mental health, addiction — anything.” There were also a higher than expected number of “chronic” homeless who have been homeless for more than six months, many of whom don’t go to shelters and may be harder to reach through traditional support systems. Then there’s the so-called “hidden” homeless: people who don’t typically make use of available shelters or social services. The federal government will use the numbers as part of its effort to craft a national antipoverty strategy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says tens of billions in federal health transfer payments are there for the taking if the provinces want them. He also reiterated that Ottawa is offering an additional $5 billion in targeted funding over 10 years for mental-health care. “We’ve put forward significant amounts of money. It’s (up) to provinces whether they want that money or not,” Trudeau said before a town-hall meeting in Winnipeg. He did not answer a question about whether he would impose a deadline to reach a deal. The three territories, three Atlantic provinces and Saskatchewan have signed onto the federal government’s health-funding plan. Trudeau said he is looking forward to working with the hold-out provinces “to make sure we’re responding to the needs of Canadians. The federal government has been criticized for weeks over its plan to limit how quickly health transfers increase.
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Veterans comprised about five per cent, twice their proportion of the general population.
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per cent, twice their proportion of the general population. The count also found entire families of homeless — mostly single parents with children — and people aged 16 to almost 80. Recent immigrants and refugees accounted for four per cent of
those counted, with women and girls in that category more than twice as likely than non-immigrants to cite domestic abuse as a cause of their homelessness. While addiction and substance abuse was often cited as a cause for those under 65,
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‘President Trump’: The words still shock Even now, the concept of the Donald-in-chief retains its dystopian tinge
From the U.S. Each day, now, waking up and turning on the radio, two words float out: “President Trump.” They’re tossed in among the weather by a voice that sounds not at all surprised to utter the phrase. But I remain shocked. Not electric shocked: I’ve been awake these past months, after all. Normalization — the fear of the left — and the human urge to accept what you see has downgraded the feeling to a static jolt. A mere
flick to the brain. “Oh, right,” I think. “President Trump.” Then the newscast goes on, and a smorgasbord of campaign promises and knee-jerk presidential directives come tumbling out of the presenters’ measured voices. One day, Trump is picking a fight with the media over his lies about crowd sizes at his inauguration while simultaneously disrespecting murdered CIA agents, the next he’s cutting international and national funding for women’s health in a nod to anti-abortion extremists. Quietly, his administration
has wiped climate change from the White House website and muzzled Environmental Protection Agency and National Parks staff. He’s ordered the wall to be built, and a ban on Syrian refugees, among others, is in the works. He’s considering withholding funding from “sanctuary cities” which help illegal immigrants; he’s launching an investigation to baseless and disproven claims of massive voter fraud. He might even send federal law enforcement into Chicago to deal with gun crime. Meanwhile, GOP leadership is putting up
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wielded with the weight of the presidency. He was not playing the bombastic, feuding egomaniac for votes. The reality show is the morning news. When I hear “President Trump,” as I’m pouring my coffee, it retains its dystopian tinge. I wonder if this is how people felt in other times of upheaval, going about their morning routines, for example, while the world teetered on nuclear war. There is a dissonance between the normality of the life you’ve been living, and the political reality into which you’ve been plunged.
The steady voice of news anchors you know, the work of writers you’ve come to rely on offer some solace. People you trust are keeping track, countering lies, investigating, analysing. Even the civil service, unused to being exploited for such deeply personal and ideological ends, is acting out, leaking memos to the press and launching rogue Twitter accounts. It is a luxury, and a great one, that up until this week my mornings have been largely peaceful. I am a novice in fear, waking up to Trump.
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10-year-old’s unusual experience in Australia A 10-year-old surfer has had a close encounter with a photobombing shark that shared a wave with him off an Australian beach. Chris Hasson said Thursday that he was taking photos of his son Eden riding a wave off Samurai Beach at Port Stephens, 180 kilometres north of Sydney, on Tuesday when something unexpected and indistinct caught his eye. He discovered he had photographed the face of a twisting shark just below the surface with his son on an apparent collision course. “I saw the second photo and (thought) — no way,” Hasson said. “I quickly called him in and whistled.” “He (Eden) saw a shape in
the wave and thought it was seaweed and felt something as he went over the top — he got his leg rope caught on something — but he thought nothing of it until he saw the photo,” Hasson said. James Cook University shark researcher Andrew Chin said the photographed shark was possibly a small great white. “From the angle, it looks like the shark was spooked and is rolling away from the board to escape it,” Chin said. “There is no way that this is a hunting approach.” Port Stephens is on the northern coast of New South Wales state which has experienced an extraordinary increase in shark attacks since a Japanese tourist was killed by a great white in early 2015. Hasson said he was back in the surf with Eden and his siblings, aged 12 and 5, on Wednesday to enjoy the final week of the school summer vacation. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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What is making us fat? The reasons for the obesity epidemic are still a matter of debate, even among experts. It’s really hard to study the long-term effects of a given diet. Fat was once nutrition enemy number one, but now some critics are taking aim at sugar. Here are three different views.
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What’s insulin resistance? You can think of the hormone insulin as a key that unlocks fat and muscle cells. Your body converts food into simple sugars. When you eat, your blood sugar spikes, and your pancreas releases insulin. Insulin brings your blood sugar down by encouraging muscle cells to absorb sugar and use it for energy, and fat cells to absorb sugar and store it as fat. If you have insulin resistance, you’ve built up a bit of a tolerance to insulin. You need to secrete more of it in order to have the same effect of your cells, making it harder to keep your blood sugar under control. Some experts, not all, believe insulin resistance is a major factor driving many chronic diseases, including obesity.
A little bit of sugar is important. It makes food taste good. But there is no question, from dozens of studies in humans and animals, that sugar, and particularly fructose, causes insulin resistance. When you develop insulin resistance, it can turn into a number of chronic conditions, including obesity and Type II diabetes. Too much fructose also causes high blood pressure and fatty liver disease. And the effects tend to be worse if you’re also eating a lot of fat and other carbohydrates. Fructose and sugar are a problem not just because of all the calories they contain. If you compare them to calories from, say, fat, the fructose calories are much more harmful. Bottom Line: Along with lack of exercise and overeating, sugar, and especially fructose, is one of the main reasons for our obesity epidemic. Adults should cap fructose intake at 50 g per day.
For the past century or so, the worst we’ve said about sugar is that it’s empty calories. The idea was that you could exercise it away and balance it by eating less of other things. That is naïve. There’s a significant amount of evidence that sugar is a fundamental cause of the obesity and diabetes epidemics worldwide. Something in our diet and lifestyle is causing it, and sugar should be the prime suspect. We don’t say too much smoking causes lung cancer. We say smoking causes lung cancer. If I’m right, and I clearly think and hope I am, doctors are going to be telling you sugar is killing you, don’t eat it. Bottom line: Sugar kills; minimize your intake.
Gary Taubes’s ideas are oversimplified. I’ve been doing research on obesity for a long time, so I’m very familiar with the arguments about sugar and insulin resistance. We develop insulin resistance as we gain more body fat. That is the body’s natural defence mechanism to stop you from gaining more fat. It’s one reason we tend to stay at a constant weight. But you usually won’t become insulin resistant to the point that insulin doesn’t work, unless you are prone to developing Type 2 diabetes. Bottom line: The amounts of carbs, fat, or other major nutrients in your diet don’t matter as much as excess calories do. That’s what causes weight gain.
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seems to indicate the end is near. But just because the Resident Evil movies aren’t Shakespeare doesn’t mean we can’t learn something from them. Here’s what I took away from Jovovich and Company in the last thirteen years: 1. The undead have really, really bad aim.
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2. No matter what stunt she has just performed, whether it’s plummeting nineteen stories down an abandoned mine shaft, or battling legions of bad guys, Mila’s hair will, at most, only look slightly tousled, as if Vidal Sassoon had just finished running his magic fingers through her locks. 3. The amount of rainfall in the
future makes Vancouver look arid. 4. To act in one of these movies you must perfect one of two facial expressions: a. steely determination, or b. uncontrolled rage (which can be alternated with a sadistic smile if necessary). 5. Characters will say, “What the hell is going on here?” when it is quite clear what the heck is going on.
6. Most of the people to survive the deadly plague that destroyed most of humanity look like Abercrombie & Fitch pinups. 7. Why take the stairs when you can drive a Rolls Royce down an escalator? So there you have it — lessons learned. Despite legendary director Jean-Luc Godard’s claim that, “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl,” both of which are amply
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on display in the Resident Evil movies, they still feel more like a videogame projected on a big screen than a movie. But who cares what I or other film critics think? These movies have been phenomenally successful and for over a decade have proven to be critic-proof. Roger Ebert placed Resident Evil on his most hated films list in 2005 and called its sequel, “an utterly meaningless waste of time,” adding, “Parents: If you encounter teenagers who say they liked this movie, do not let them date your children.” Leonard Maltin added to the pile on calling Resident Evil: Apocalypse “tiresome” while Dark Horizons said the third movie, Afterlife was, “perhaps the first 3D motion picture to simulate the experience of watch-
ing paint dry,” and yet the splatter flick went on to gross $300 million dollars worldwide. Critics aside, others in the film biz love the movies. Avatar director James Cameron called Resident Evil his biggest guilty pleasure and the Ontario Media Development Corporation acknowledged the Toronto-shot Afterlife as the most successful production in Canadian feature film history. Bottom line is that in total, the series has grossed almost $1 billion — a feat recognized by the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition who called the Resident Evil films “the most successful movie series to be based on a video game,” awarding them with the record for Most Live-Action Film Adaptations of a Video Game.
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For Metro Canada Joyce A. Nashawati’s pre-apocalyptic film Blind Sun sets xenophobia and alienation against the sunny backdrop of Athens, Greece. Dearest Sister is Mattie Do’s story of Laotian lottery ghosts and communication with the dead. They’re two very different films but are bonded by the director’s shared love of the horror genre, their global outlook and the streaming source Shudder, which will feature both films exclusively in Canada. “I always adored genre films and watched them closely,” says Nashawati on the line from Tokyo where she is researching her second film. “Films that are not totally subjected to realism; that play
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with what cinema can do with the imaginary. Also, because they come from darkness, I think they play with the con-
science of the spectator. They give and take things, which is kind of playful.” Mattie Do, the first female
Laotian director to make a full-length feature, was born in Los Angeles, but now lives in a country that didn’t even have movie theatres when she moved there in 2010. She admits “our film growth is rocky,” but adds, “people outside may see it as challenging to work in a developing country with no infrastructure but at the same time no one here tells me what stories I have to make. When I walk into the Department of Cinema, they know who I am because we have so few filmmakers in the country but it is easy for us to sit down and have a very adult discussion. Whereas if I was facing down some board of directors I might not be able to have the creative control I do here.” A global perspective comes naturally to Nashawati who grew up between Beirut, Accra, Kuwait and Athens. “My past was very global without being a choice,” she says. “Blind Sun was made by someone who is Lebanese, with a French producer, you’re watching it in Canada and we’re now talking while I’m in Japan. This is the way things are today. It is exciting. It is interesting that it is (happening) when politics is going the opposite way and closing things.” The pair have very differ-
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ent styles — Do’s film is a slow burner, Nashawati’s a nightmarish thriller — but both agree modern technology has made it possible for them to turn their wild visions into movies. Nashawati thinks it has never been easier to make films, even if you’re “someone who is outside the circle of filmmaking or someone who isn’t from a bourgeois background.” “If you adore filmmaking today,” she says, “this a great time to know you can actually make a film and it can be shown.” Do says foreign directors are given a big leg up by streaming services like Shudder who
are able to take chances on offbeat films. “With Shudder I feel people can explore more different tastes and sub-genres of genres. If I described Dearest Sister, a Laos film about a lottery ghost and a girl who is going blind, would you pick up a ticket for that movie? Maybe not. But if you could sit in the comfort of your own home, pick up your remote or your computer and say, ‘Look at all these movies. That’s random, there’s a Laos movie. What’s Laos like?’ You can just click on it. It feels like a safe investment.“ Dearest Sister is streaming now. Blind Sun will be available Feb. 9.
People outside may see it as challenging to work in a developing country with no infrastructure, but at the same time no one here tells me what stories I have to make. When I walk into the Department of Cinema, they know who I am. Mattie Do, filmmaker
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This symbol-laden fable by DutchBritish writer/director Michael Dudok de Wit is nominated for an Oscar for best animated feature. He previously won an Academy Award in 2001 for the animated short, Father and Daughter. The stunning, pastel-shaded film is co-produced by Tokyo-based anime giant, Studio Ghibli.
Entirely wordless, yet saying so much, The Red Turtle begins as a familiar Robinson Crusoe adventure, about a shipwrecked man who washes up on a remote island. His only associates are the birds, crabs and turtles who already call the isle home. He encounters the title reptile while attempting to paddle away from the island.
He’s a resourceful sort, able to forage for food and to fashion rudimentary shelter out of the natural materials at hand — a task that risks death from accident, animal attack or the merciless force of wind and waves. The man also crafts a raft out of the bamboo he painstakingly collects from the island’s abundant forests.
The Reformation toppled the Renaissance but the decline of the McConaissance is harder to delineate. It was probably inevitable that Matthew McConaughey’s bold rebirth — that terrific run of True Detective, Magic Mike, The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar, Mud and Dallas Buyers Club — would dissipate. Could it have been those Lincoln ads that signalled the end to his grand second act?
In any case, the woefully misguided Gold confirms that the McConaissance, wonderful as it was, is over. The quality of the material isn’t holding up. Gold, directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), is a fictionalized account of the notorious Bre-X Minerals swindle of the 1990s. Gaghan and co-writers Patrick Massett and John Zinman have extrapolated the tale and, in doing so, distorted it beyond both recognition and
plausibility. McConaughey, however, is not one to ever look lost. He pours himself into Wells, a goodnatured, potbellied huckster with a receding hairline. But Gold proves that even for McConaughey, there are limits. So instead of seeing Gold, go back and watch his cocainesniffing, chest-thumping scene in The Wolf of Wall Street. Now that was pure 24-karat stuff. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Even a gaudy hairdo was fine for Bryce Dallas Howard Steve Gow
For Metro Canada It wasn’t until Bryce Dallas Howard saw herself in a crazy permed wig that she truly found her character for the new movie Gold. “You have to kind of see it to understand who that person is,” admitted the 35-yearold star about trying on gaudy hairdos to unearth her character. “It’s a little punny, but that’s when I got to try on different versions of her. Eventually we landed on curly-haired, big-boobed and clothes that were a size too tight for her.” Loosely paralleling the Canadian-based Bre-X scandal of the ’90s, Gold excavates the account of a flighty prospector (played by a balding, chubby Matthew McConaughey) whose incredible Indonesian gold strike dupes thousands of investors out of millions of dollars — until the fortune isn’t what it appears to be. Playing the obsessed tycoon’s whip-smart girlfriend, Howard was shocked to learn the incredible twists of the real swindle. “My character was invented so it wasn’t really
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MOVIES Netflix changing the game for entertainers “When I was younger, the gravy train of the movie business drove me bananas,” Bryce Dallas Howard said of the changing film scene. “There’s like a democratization of entertainment happening with Netflix and the cream rising to the top – it’s a great time to be a storyteller.”
something that was a big part of my preparation. Even now I’m learning more details,” laughed Howard, of the adaptation that relocates the action from Alberta to Reno, Nev. “It’s so bizarre to me that the story that it’s based on took place in Canada; it feels like such a specifically American story because this story represents the potentials and evils of capitalism.” Howard’s own tale is certainly one that has been nothing but blessed by potential. Having set out in Hollywood in 2004, the daughter of legendary filmmaker Ron Howard may have hit early pay dirt with hits like The Village and Spider-Man 3, but the real treasure has only now arrived by balancing big-budget blockbusters like Jurassic World and quiet personal downtime. “I’m more excited about stuff I’m getting to do than I’ve ever been,” said Howard, currently preparing for the forthcoming Jurassic World sequel. “But I’ve never lost my privacy, never had a massive change in lifestyle. I’ve been able to be home for long stretches of time with having kids (and) the fact that I’ve gotten to go back to working again is not something I take for granted.”
Sundance film examines Tokyo’s idol girl culture documentary
Canada, U.K. funding used to be ‘free of censorship’ “Yes, it’s creepy,” acknowledges writer-director Kyoko Miyake of the middle-aged men obsessively following anime-inspired J-pop female idols half their age — and younger — in her documentary Tokyo Idols. Shot in Japan, the Canada-U.K. produced film had its world premiere at Sundance last Friday and will eventually air on Canada’s Super Channel. Some 10,000 idols are part of a $1-billion annual industry in Japan, where looking “fresh” and “cute” is the goal. Usually under 20, the singer-dancers perform in fantasy costumes that echo schoolgirls, French maids and kittens. The idols are getting progressively younger. One male fan praises his pre-teen idol crush
for being “underdeveloped.” Another grey-haired man spends hours making glittery T-shirts to wear to shows by his favourite teen idol. What would sound alarm bells in the West appears widely accepted. Miyake follows 19-year-old Rio Hiiragi, who fears she’s coming close to her idol expiration date and campaigns relentlessly to stay on top. “I can’t do this forever,” she says. Her mostly male fans — who call themselves Rio’s brothers — are socially awkward types not comfortable spending time with women their own age. Among them is 43-year-old Koji Yoshida, who drops thousands of dollars a year on idol concert tickets and meet-andgreet “handshake events.” These carefully timed 60-second meetings with the idols include only one physical interaction: a handshake. An everyday act in many countries, it has sexual undercurrents in Japan, said Miyake. The fans say they feel more
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comfortable around the idols and are too shy to talk to grown women. “I think those men feel somehow threatened by women of their own age,” said Miyake, 40, a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker who left Japan at age 26 to study the history of English witchcraft at Oxford University. Miyake doesn’t pass judgment in Tokyo Idols about “this thing that’s taken over the cultural scene,” although she questions fans, idols and one performer’s mother about the appropriateness of middle-aged men mooning over very young girls. Miyake sought out Canadian and U.K. financing rather than Japanese money for the film, allowing her to make the movie her way and be “quite free of
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censorship” in exploring the idol phenomenon. While most men “play by the rules” when meeting idols, one of them 20-year-old Mayu Tomita, was stabbed repeatedly by a lovesick fan last May. “This is a business based on illusion and misunderstanding and these guys are obsessive types, so some do get it wrong and could turn aggressive,” Miyake said. She hopes Tokyo Idols can start a conversation about why some men feel they can only relate to young girls “because in Japan, we are not talking to each other.” Miyake also understands the pressure young girls are under in Japan, a society where gender roles tend to the traditional. “I grew up in Japan and I always felt awkward because I couldn’t be cute or act cute and I felt very judged,” Miyake said. “I also tried to be cute. It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t have to conform to this. It’s very difficult to undo this process; it’s very ingrained.”
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Tribal love tale is an Oscar hopeful interview
Filmmakers stunned by high calibre of amateur cast The premiere of Tanna, Australia’s first-ever Oscar nominee for a foreign language film, was as far from Hollywood glamour as one can get. The guests gathered not in an opulent theatre, but in a cyclone-flattened village on a remote island. And the film’s stars were hardly A-list actors; they had, in fact, never even acted before — or seen a movie. For Australian directors Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, their film’s evolution from a tiny production in the South Pacific to an Oscar contender for best foreign film is as thrilling as it is inconceivable. The tale of tribal love was shot on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, in the Indigenous Nauvhal language, with an amateur cast of villagers. “It was just fabulous news and a little bit hard to believe,” Dean said after receiving word of the film’s Oscar nod. “Given how it all started, I think it makes it a
bit more improbable.” The film’s roots began 10 years ago, when Butler sent Dean to Tanna to work on a documentary. Dean fell in love with Tanna’s lush landscape and rich culture and vowed to return. A few years ago, he and Butler decided to approach the people living in the tiny village of Yakel to see if they would be interested in collaborating on a feature film. The idea was certainly novel to the tribe, who had never even seen a film. Though aware of the outside world, the community chooses to live like their ancestors, hunting with bows and arrows and eschewing modern conveniences like electricity. The directors showed the villagers examples of movies on a laptop. The tribe loved the idea and quickly agreed to the project. Dean wanted the film to be a collaborative effort in which the Yakel people could tell their own story. In 2014, he moved to the community with his family and lived there for seven months, absorbing everything he could about their history and culture. The experience was particularly exciting for his kids, who learned to hunt with bows and arrows and got to run around the sur-
Marie Wawa and Mungau Dain in a scene from the film, Tanna, which was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film. Philippe Penel/Lightyear Entertainment via AP
rounding mountain valleys. The villagers told Dean the true story of two lovers who, years before, found themselves caught in a tribal war over a traditional arranged marriage that threatened to split them apart. That story became the plot for Tanna. The tribe speaks Nauvhal — a
language spoken by only a few thousand people worldwide. Luckily, a man from a neighbouring village who knew English agreed to serve as a translator. Though none of the villagers had ever acted before, they managed to turn out performances so genuine they stunned the filmmakers.
“Trained actors have said to us that they’re envious of the performances that they see,” Dean said. “They’re so truthful.” The directors promised the tribe they would be the first in the world to see the completed film. But shortly before the planned first screening, a cyclone tore across Vanuatu, flattening all
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the houses in Yakel and ruining the crops. The filmmakers suggested they postpone the premiere, but the villagers insisted they come anyway. And so Dean and Butler travelled back to Yakel, where the tribe had constructed a viewing screen by stringing a couple of sheets up to a giant banyan tree that had survived the storm. Dean set up a projector and everyone gathered to watch the story unfold. The villagers loved it so much, Dean said, the chiefs delivered a formal speech praising the film for reflecting the tribe’s truth. While the directors had come to them with the idea for the film, the chiefs said, the tribe now considered Tanna their own. And while the film’s Oscar nomination and other accolades are thrilling, the best part of the experience for Dean was the connection he and his family made to a culture so different from their own. “There’s a saying there — the chiefs — that when you connect with an outsider, you build a road between one another,” Dean said. “And there’s a definite road between us now that will go on indefinitely.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Crime’s a family affair in this drama on demand
Fassbender plays heir to criminal clan in new film As heir to a criminal clan in Trespass Against Us, Michael Fassbender faces a far tougher task than outrunning the law: attempting to break free from the vice-like grip of his controlling father. The two-time Oscar nominee stars Chad Cutler, an illiterate outlaw living a nomadic existence with his wife Kelly (Lyndsey Marshal) and their kids in a banged-up trailer in the British countryside. As Chad seeks to establish a life and sense of normalcy for his family beyond the encampment, his domineering dad Colby (Brendan Gleeson) wants to ensure his son doesn’t upset the established order. The fractious bond between the pair is symbolized onscreen with the matching gold keeper rings worn by Chad and Colby throughout the film. “In the travelling commun-
ity, that idea of family and blood — and that concept of blood is thicker than water — I mean, it’s multiplied by 100 to what it is in normal communities,” Fassbender said during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Family is everything, and the honour of the family, and the family staying together, so it’s a very tight grip on Chad. ... To break away from it is a big deal, and Colby is the king of the family in a way. Even though Chad is a strong and independently minded man himself, there is that sort of hold on him.” Colby enlists Chad to set out on a massive heist. The caper leads to a high-speed chase and manhunt which intensifies the law-enforcement spotlight on Chad, while he also faces mounting pressures and divided loyalties at home. “(Chad) has his own family, and his concerns at this point in his life is the future of his children and how they’re best going to be equipped to handle the world,” said Fassbender. “They need to go to school and integrate to a certain
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Archie, with real world problems interview
Riverdale puts darker, more adult spin on classic comic In the town of Riverdale, Archie Andrews is brawnier than Moose Mason. Jughead is a cynic. Veronica has lost all her money. And Betty has serious mental health issues. And yes, there is a dead body. This is not your father’s Archie Andrews. But the highly-anticipated CW series, which premieres on Netflix Canada Jan. 27, is a glimpse into an alternate Archie universe — a kind of Dawson’s Creek via Twin Peaks. And standing in for Riverdale is the town of Langley, B.C. Perhaps not surprisingly, the show is produced by Greg Berlanti, the showrunner of teen soap opera Dawson’s Creek, along with Roberto AguirreSacasa, Archie Entertainment’s chief creative officer. Riverdale stars New Zealander K.J. Apa as Archie, Cole Sprouse as Jughead, Camilla Mendes as Veronica Lodge and Luke Perry
Not everything is a sitcom and life certainly isn’t that way most of the time, especially for young adults and relationships between mother and daughter, or son and father. I automatically was drawn to the darkness of it, and the mystery and the murder, but also just the characters are so deep and have real world problems, you know like one of our characters deals with poverty, and you know having a deadbeat dad and kind of having to take care of himself.
as Archie’s father Fred Andrews. Cleveland, Ohio-born actress Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper, talks about the show. In the Archie Comics, Betty is typecast as the “good girl” who only has eyes for Archie. Your character is more nuanced than that. In my discussions with first getting the role, I wanted to make sure this girl wasn’t just the simple, sweet girl next door. There was so much more going on to her, we were just building these layers ... Betty struggles with mental health issues, with having anxiety and she actually goes through self-harm. She is a real person. There seems to be a palpable vulnerability in the way you’ve portrayed Betty. Yeah, I 100-per-cent resonate with that. I struggle . . . I’m very open with my relationship with depression and anxiety and I channel that into Betty. There’s so much pressure on young women these days and young men to perform a certain way, to know what you want to do after high school and to find
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a boyfriend, to have that first kiss, to have good grades, to have your s--- together basically and we show that Betty certainly doesn’t have herself put together on the inside.
What do you think the reaction is going to be to this Archie universe? You know what? Some people are like . . . “This is not Archie, this is not my Archie” and
we’re like OK, it’s not your Archie, great, this is our version and not everyone is going to love it and we’re totally aware, but not everyone has to love it.
What was it like shooting in the (executive producer) Greg Berlanti world that Vancouver has become? We film in Langley which is basically Riverdale. But it’s kind of far from Vancouver, so we have a bit of a drive. But, we’ve all kind of had to pick up and move to a different country ... It’s so nice that we all are such a close cast and I feel like we’re very lucky to have that so we all live very close to each other, we all hang out on the weekends, we all car pool to work, we’re like a little Archie family. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE
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essential experiences to have in ecuador With four distinct eco-systems, Ecuador is more than just a jumping-off point for the Galapagos. Exploring the interior delivers Andes mountain magic and Amazon jungle surprises. You can visit Ecuador all year round. January to May are the warmest months, but also the wettest. June to December tends to be cooler, and crowds are rare. DOUG WALLACE/FOR METRO
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Journey into the jungle for a night or three at one of the remote lodges in and around Yasuni National Park, accessible only by motorized canoe. You get the full rainforest effect communing with monkeys, fishing for piranha, scanning treetops for rare birds, and watching parrots play along the clay riverbanks. Local community visits yield eye-opening simplicity, a vibrant culture and warm hospitality.
Quito is a series of mini-neighbourhoods, each with a different essence and identity. Old Town brims with historic buildings, churches and museums. La Marsical comes alive at five, with young locals and tourists spilling out of the bars and restaurants near Plaza Foch. Head over to Calle de la Ronda for an authentic Ecuadorian snack and a happy-hour two-for-one. Cabs cost next to nothing, so you can skip the too-busy bus.
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Adventure sports abound in Baños in south-central Ecuador, a relaxing spa town best known for its paragliding, canyoneering and zip lining, as well as its picturesque parks, hilltop hikes and calming waters. Spring for a massage at one of the spas or pop into the local mineral baths for $2, and do the hot-andcold healing-water circuit.
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A trip up the winding highways to the highlands nets you volcanic vistas, indigenous realism and misty forest. The city of Otavalo, in a lake region known for its textiles, has the largest outdoor market in South America, with row after row of stalls selling crafts and souvenirs. Spend a night at 200-year-old Hacienda Pinsaqui nearby, and enjoy a canelazo in the legendary bar — a spiked cinnamon tea.
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Traditional Ecuadorian food is plentiful, reasonably priced and delicious, particularly the barbecue. Fresh fish, fried chicken and churrasco beef dishes are dolled up with a variety of homestyle hot sauces, patatas fritas, flavoured rice or deep-fried plantain. Steer clear of the street food, as your stomach may not react as positively as your eyes, but do step outside the taste-bud box and experience some of the authentic delicacies. Doug Wallace’s trip was sponsored by GAdventures.com, which did not approve or review this story.
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age is paid to the greatest holes found at the hallowed links that have hosted British Opens. A highlight is the recreation of Royal Troon’s famous par-three Postage Stamp, which at 123 yards is the shortest hole in the Open rotation. Other outstanding courses in or near Las Vegas include Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Cascata, TPC Las Vegas and Las Vegas National Golf Club, famous as the site of Tiger Woods’ first PGA Tour victory in 1996. And a popular new attraction for golfers, Topgolf Las Vegas, opened last May in the glittering heart of downtown. The latest in a growing U.S.-wide chain of deluxe driving ranges, Topgolf features four levels of hitting bays, hundreds of HDTVs, a stage for live concerts, swimming pools, private VIP rooms, and even a Callaway golf fitting centre. Golfers score points by hitting targets on the range. It’s all wonderfully entertain-
For Metro Canada Las Vegas offers temptations that would make Caligula blush. But Sin City is many things, not least an outstanding golf destination. On a recent visit, I played several exceptional courses, whacked balls at newly opened Topgolf Las Vegas — and between rounds dined like a sated emperor in dining rooms that included, most memorably, Nobu Restaurant in Caesars Palace. Part of the beauty of golf in Las Vegas is that several top courses are just a short cab ride from the Strip, eliminating the need for a rental car. Next door to the Mandalay Resort and Casino is Bali Hai Golf Club, a gorgeous SchmidtCurley design offering views of the towering casinos from tees
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and greens. Golf purists might prefer Desert Pines Golf Club, also in the heart of the city. This Carolina sand hills-style design by the great Pete Dye is lined with more than 4,000 pines. Another must-play course
right in town is Bear’s Best Las Vegas, featuring 18 reproductions of holes selected by Jack Nicklaus from the more than 270 courses he has designed around the world. Tribute courses like Bear’s Best
are a natural fit in a town where giant-sized knockoffs of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty loom over the throngs of funseekers wandering the Strip day and night. At Royal Links Golf Club hom-
ing. Indeed, my visit to Topgolf made me wonder if I was looking at the future of golf. Regional Topgolf champions recently competed in Las Vegas for a grand prize of $50,000 U.S. Pricing at Topgolf starts at $30 U.S. per hour for a group of up to six people, a bargain as Las Vegas entertainments go. But this is a city that almost demands at least one big splurge every visit. Mine was at Nobu Restaurant in Caesars Palace, part of a wildly acclaimed fine dining chain featuring the Asian fusion cuisine of Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa. Specialties include black cod miso (Robert De Niro’s favourite), rock shrimp tempura, and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and squid pasta. In all my golf travels, I’ve rarely — if ever — dined better. For more golf travel stories, visit Brian’s website at canadiangolftraveller.com
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30 Weekend, January 27-29, 2017 travel notes REEF, bourbon & FORD Ship doubles as artificial reef off of Texas coast
A 113-metre former cargo vessel named for a mythical sea monster has become an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says the Kraken was sunk 108 kilometres off Galveston. The ship is expected to become a home to fish, coral and other sea-life, plus a destination for divers. The project is part of the state’s Artificial Reef Program. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
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Kentucky bourbon tourism hits new milestone
Kentucky’s whiskey makers are toasting a new milestone in bourbon tourism. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association says more than one million guests visited distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour in 2016. KDA says the tourism attractions had double-digit attendance growth compared to 2015. Istock
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Henry Ford Museum changing name to reflect innovation focus
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The Henry Ford Museum in suburban Detroit has changed its name to better convey the museum’s collection and its core focus on innovation, officials announced Monday. The museum now will be known as the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. The museum was founded by auto pioneer Henry Ford and is part of The Henry Ford, a popular tourist destination in Dearborn, Mich. The associated press
Members of team Vive Montreal make their way across the ice on the St. Lawrence River during an ice canoeing practice in Montreal’s Old Port. Graham Hughes/The canadian press
Canoe believe it? Outdoors
Winter paddling is a growing sport in Quebec As the canoe slides into the freezing waters of the St. Lawrence River, the yells echo through the winter air as the hardy team members halfglide, half-scramble across the ice chunks to open water. The temperature is -2 C — relatively balmy for Montreal in January, though still not what many people would consider ideal for water sports. But between battling the ice, the current and the elements, ice canoers say they never get cold no matter how low the temperature dips. “Before I first tried I was like, ‘I can’t believe I’m going to put my leg in the water in half an hour, oh my God,”’ Montreal rower Mylene Paquette said at a recent practice in the city’s Old Port. “But once we row we warm up so fast we’re not cold any more.” Paquette, who is best known for rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 2013, is now the captain of Vive Montreal 375, a team formed in honour of the anniversary of the city’s founding in 1642. The team, which is sponsored by the city, is hoping to compete in the Montreal leg of the province’s racing circuit — and raise the sport’s profile while doing it. Ice canoeing, once a necessary means of transportation, has now become a fast-paced sport unique to Quebec. Five-person teams alternate between rowing and “scoot-
ering” — using one leg to push the canoe across iced-over portions of the river — as they compete with other teams around a course. Its roots go back to Quebec City more than 400 years ago, when canoes were the only way to transport people and goods when the weather was too warm for an ice bridge, but too treacherous for ships. Since being revived as a sport several decades ago, Quebec’s ice canoe racing circuit has grown to seven races and almost 60 active teams, according to Catherine Paquin, executive director of the province’s racing association. Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume even suggested ice canoeing as a possible Olympic demonstration sport last year as he mulled a now-abandoned bid to host the Games. The exact format and distance of the races varies by location. Montreal’s, for example, is 13 kilometres for elite women and the mixed “sport” class teams, and 17 kilometres for elite men. Weather, of course, is an ever-present factor, and difficult conditions easily turn a one-hour race into a threehour one, says Paquin, an elite woman racer herself. “It’s always a box of surprises in the winter and it’s
Some basic rules are: don’t let go of the canoe, don’t let go of the canoe, and don’t let go of the canoe. Felix Blanchet-Levesque
never the same route twice because your terrain — the ice — is always moving with the current,” she said. “You have to deal with the current, the wind, the snow... but that’s part of the beauty of the sport.” The sport will be on full display as some 40 teams, including Paquette’s, compete in Montreal’s ice canoe challenge on Feb 12 in the Old Port. The fifth edition of the race coincides with a larger winter festival put on as part of the city’s year-long 375th birthday celebrations. And, while the demands of racing are a perfect fit for a top athlete like Paquette, one Quebec City-based company is offering a scaled down version for tourists who want to — literally — get their feet wet. A three-hour session includes equipment, a safety lesson and about an hour on the water, complete with a stop on a mid-river ice bank to drink hot chocolate and pose for selfies with the ChateauFrontenac Hotel. Felix Blanchet-Levesque, owner of the company, says the activity is safe and doable for anyone who is in fairly good shape, from teenagers to senior citizens. “Some basic rules are: don’t let go of the canoe, don’t let go of the canoe, and don’t let go of the canoe,” he said in an interview. He says the St. Lawrence’s geography, currents and temperature create a unique opportunity to try an activity that barely exists anywhere else, if at all. “You’ll never feel so close to the river,” he said. “You hear the ice cracking under your feet, the river rushing by.” the canadian press
Bath time in Budapest Europe
Hungary’s hot springs in use since Roman times The buzz about Budapest has been steadily building since Hungary joined the European Union in 2004, but the former imperial capital owes at least some of its prosperity to centuries of experience with slowing down, taking a breath and sinking neckdeep into blissful relaxation. For the harried traveller an escape to one of the city’s seven public thermal baths provides a soothing glimpse into that history while being just a quick subway ride away from the city centre. The Romans were the first to harness the area’s hot springs, setting up a regional capital here partly because of the steamy mineral water burbling below ground. The ruins of those grand temples are still visible in the northern part of the city. More than 1,000 years
Visitors play chess in a pool of Szechenyi Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool.
later, the Ottomans established the city as a trading post during their 150-year rule and built two baths that still operate. The oldest, the Rudas Baths, features an octagonal room dating to 1550 with one main pool encircled by four smaller ones of varying temperatures. A nine-metre dome covers the stone echo chamber, where steam wafts up
through coloured beams of light coming from the platesized pieces of stained glass in the ceiling. The sulfuric water, which has supposed curative properties, can be so pungent that it stings the nose, and the smell lingers. So lather, rinse and definitely repeat. If you go to Rudas for the history, try the Szechenyi Baths for the grandeur. Built ON thE mENu
Asian dishes for Chinese New Year ...and for the morning after, too Panda Hut Express is wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year. While Jan. 28 ushers in the Year of the Rooster, Panda Hut owner Sunny Ng wants Edmontonians to think of a different animal when they get hungry while bringing in the New Year. “Every year a different animal is the symbol for the New Year — I don’t know why a panda isn’t included — but we invite everyone to celebrate the New Year with Panda Hut,” says owner Sunny Ng, adding the restaurant’s two Edmonton locations will be there the morning after New Year celebrations as well. “That’s one of the things that make us different than the other Chinese restaurants, they don’t deliver in the daytime,” he says, ex-
plaining Panda Hut’s chefs start at 9 a.m. every day. “We do catering at lunch time and we can deliver to your house in the morning time too — even a Saturday or Sunday morning after people may have had a party and maybe woke up with a hangover; we can be there.” From Chop Suey to Chow Mein, Panda Hut Express’ menu has all the Asian cuisine favourites, and both locations at 14204 118 Ave. and 10879 23 Ave. NW offer daily in-store daily specials including rice contributed and noodles for half price on Tuesdays and all menu items 20 per cent off for seniors on Wednesday. Go to pandahutexpress.net to see Panda Hut Express’ full menu and place an order.
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in stages in the early 1900s, the gilded neo-Baroque facility is one of the largest thermal spas in Europe. Ornate, blazing yellow buildings form a courtyard that encloses three huge naturally heated pools. Classical statues of reclined bathing nudes surround the pools, which are open year-round and simmer between 26 to 38 C. It’s like soaking in the world’s fanciest hot tub. Another 15 smaller pools indoors range from a chilly 18 C up to a skin-tingling 40 C. Also inside are saunas, steam rooms, silent relaxing areas and massage services. Be prepared to get a little frustrated with the lockers, since the electronic key, already confusing, was broken on several of them during one recent visit. Sections of both spas are available until 10 p.m., but for early birds, some parts open as early as 6 a.m. Fortunately, the water at Szechenyi smells much less than at Rudas, so a dip there before a breakfast meeting is that much easier.
The city of Budapest has centuries of experience with the art of relaxation, thanks to its public baths, where you can sink neck-deep in hot mineral waters. All photos zoltan Balogh/MTI VIA
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32 Weekend, January 27-29, 2017
Special report: chinese new year
Dressing up your home for celebrations
Yaz Maziar, centre, his wife, Heslie Chua, and their 4-year-old son, Cameron, celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional cuisine. Jon Nicholls
Chinese New Year, a union of traditions
Chinese new year
Multicultural families put a unique spin on festivities Tina Anson Mine More than one million Canadian residents identify themselves as being of Chinese heritage, according to Statistics Canada. Of the more than 350,000 couples in that group, nearly 20 per cent report being in cross-cultural unions, in which both partners are from different cultural or ethnic backgrounds. This means more and more multicultural families are celebrating Chinese New Year and putting their unique spin on the festivities. For Yaz Maziar and his wife, Heslie Chua, the holiday is all about gathering togeth-
er with their family over a good meal. Chua was born in Fujian (Fukien) province in China but grew up in Vancouver, and Chinese New Year has always been an important annual ritual. The couple sticks with traditional Chinese New Year foods but mixes up where they celebrate. Some years, they enjoy a Chinese buffet at a restaurant. This offers something delicious for everyone, including Maziar’s parents, who hail from Iran, and the couple’s 4-year-old son, Cameron. “We make it a point to go out to a Chinese restaurant so we’re in that environment,” Maziar says. “Our little guy gets to eat whatever he likes, and my parents love Chinese food.” This year, the couple has happily accepted an invitation from Chua’s aunt in Toronto, who will host a family meal that includes symbolic Chinese New Year dishes. To ensure long life, the family digs in to e-fu noodles (Cantonese-style
egg noodles) stir-fried with mushrooms and chives. For prosperity, they enjoy whole fish steamed with green onions, cilantro, ginger and soy sauce, and sweet rice cakes that have been dipped in an egg batter and pan-fried. “The food transcends everything and brings people together,” says Maziar. Meanwhile, Irene Fong; her husband, Sean Grattan; and their infant daughter, Penny, will be making the trek back to Ottawa, where Fong grew up. Fong’s parents, originally from Hong Kong, have close ties to their native culture. They celebrate the New Year with a variety foods — including roast pork, roast duck, steamed whole fish and brothstyle soup — many of which symbolize good health, wealth and happiness. Typically, Fong’s aunts and uncles host the feast. Fong, now a chef, remembers liking most everything as a child, including dishes that seemed
strange to her and her cousins, who were all born in Canada. “There were specific Chinese New Year foods that, to a kid, were kind-of yucky,” she says with a laugh. “And I was the only kid who liked them.” The family still tucks into traditional hair vegetable, a type of algae eaten for prosperity, and lotus root for abundance. She also looks forward to sea cucumber braised with black Chinese mushrooms in a thick, savoury sauce. Fong says the family’s menus have evolved to accommodate changing tastes and to welcome non-Chinese members of the family, such as Grattan. She remembers butter tarts showing up for dessert one year, and a simple noodle dish — representing long life — dressed up with kid-friendly beef and broccoli. “Chinese New Year is kind-of like Christmas in Canada,” she says. “Everyone celebrates their own way, and there are no hard-and-fast rules.”
Unlike traditional Western holidays such as Christmas or New Year’s — the go-big-or-go-home events with expensive gifts, giant inflatable snowmen and two months of holiday tunes — Chinese New Year is a much more focused affair. And the theme is always the same: family and prosperity. That may be why decorating for a Chinese New Year celebration is fairly simple, incorporating lucky colours (red and gold) and other small symbols of togetherness and wealth in all areas of life. “It’s symbolic that family comes together at the close of the year and that the family is together at the beginning of the year,” says Wendy Lee, lead planner and wedding designer at Asian Fusion Weddings. Getting the home ready for the 15-day celebration is fairly simple, she says. “Even though it’s a celebration, it’s not equated with a western New Year’s Eve. It’s more low-key because it’s about family,” Lee says. “If you do New Year’s Eve western-style, there’s a countdown at midnight. We never used to do a countdown at home.” Decor starts with red lanterns, and signs with Chinese calligraphy, both of which are easily found at Chinese department or grocery stores, according to Lee. The signs have words associated with welcoming the New Year, and wishing guests health and longevity, she says. These are placed above doors and in the windows. Other decor elements to consider when creating a traditional Chinese New Year atmosphere are kumquat and mandarin orange trees decorated with red “lucky money” envelopes
for wealth and good fortune, Lee says. The Tray of Togetherness It’s common for a family to put out what’s called a Tray of Togetherness a couple of days before Chinese New Year begins. It remains out until the end of the celebration, the 15th day. “The tray’s contents are based on the host family’s preferences, as well as what their guests might enjoy,” Lee says. The tray typically has six or eight compartments (the Chinese word for “six” sounds similar to the word for “luck” or “road,” while the word “eight” sounds similar to the word that means “prosperity” or “wealth,” Lee says). Small edible items that have special meaning for the family are then put in each compartment, and guests can enjoy them when they come over during the New Year period. Dinner time A dinner celebrating Chinese New Year is often at a round table and is served family- or buffet-style, according to Lee, with a turntable-like tray in the middle holding all the food. A traditional place setting will include a large plate with a small, empty rice bowl in the middle, a set of chopsticks to the right of the plate, a spoon and a small teacup. A large water or wine glass may also be included. For Lee’s part, she is trying to spread the notion of dressing up the dining room, or an event space for a larger crowd, with a bit more flair. “Even if your family is 30 or 40 people and you have a small room enclosed in a restaurant area, you can still bring some of these decorative elements in,” she says. “People can add their personal touches.” Andrea Janus
Traditional decor includes bright reds, magentas and golds, as seen here in this table setting. Pepper and Light
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Special report: chinese new year
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Think about tradition, symbolism and colour Liz Bruckner As any seasoned gift giver can vouch, when tradition is at stake, it can be daunting to bust outside the giving box and select an item that perfectly melds long-established, go-to favourites with current, must-have options. Fret not: These suggestions for the unexpected do just that. Clothing in Shades of Red and/or Gold According to Shirley Lum, a fourth-generation Canadianborn-Chinese and owner of A Taste of the World Tours, though clothing isn’t necessarily a typical gift given to celebrate the Lunar New Year, items in shades of red and/or gold would be a safe bet for kids and young, unmarried adults. “Each colour has its own significance — red represents the hope for good luck in the year to come, and gold or
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ROOSTER — 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933 Although this is your year, it usually means conflicts. Despite this, as long as you don’t gamble, your finances will be good. Your authority will improve, as will your romances. WORK: You favour businesses to do with authority and interpeople relations. You are good at sales and marketing. Other favourable sectors are politics, policing and the army. Spiritual endeavours such as religions and philosophy are also good. RELATIONS: You will have plenty of romances. If you are single, you should enjoy your relations. If you are married, beware of extramarital relations. You will have many friends, some of whom should help you succeed. DOG — 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934 You year is full of conflicts against people and in relationships. You should not consider marriage. But your finances are good. WORK: You favour businesses in which you have authority, but not public relations. Jobs such as the army, police, and politics may be good for you. Scientific research, creative arts or architecture are also favourable. RELATIONS: Your relationships are unstable. Couples tend to disagree and argue. You should take a step back and enjoy peace. PIG (BOAR) — 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935 This is a lucky year for you. Despite several undesirable events, you remain unscathed. With a strong travel sign, you will either move or take a trip. Beware of the health of elderly family members. WORK: You favour business in industries including mobility, logistics, transportation, travel, and automobiles. Trading, sales and marketing are also good choices. RELATIONS: You may suffer from loneliness. You tend to become more spiritual in your endeavours. RAT — 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936 This is a “breaking point” year for you. Work will take extra effort. Relations with people are weak. However, you’re learning sign is
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Serena, Venus in celebratory mood ahead of women’s finale Win or lose, Serena Williams sees another all-sister final at the Australian Open as cause for celebration. The 35-year-old Williams arrived in Australia bidding for a 23rd Grand Slam title, aiming to break the Open-era record she shares with Steffi Graf. By winning, she’d also regain the No. 1 ranking she lost after her U.S. Open semifinal exit. She doesn’t enjoy the suspense, or talk about the number. Her older sister, Venus, knows that better than anyone after their two decades of competing together in majors. Now the 36-year-old Venus is the potential roadblock, back in a major final for the first time since she lost the previous allWilliams Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2009. “I just feel like no matter what happens, we’ve won,” Serena
said. “A Williams is going to win oni 6-2, 6-1 of Croatia. this tournament.” By the time Roger Federer Venus hasn’t added to her beat fourth-seeded Stan Wawseven major titles since Wimble- rinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in an don in 2008, but is in her best all-Swiss night match to became form since being diagnosed with the oldest man to reach a Grand energy-sapping Sjogren’s syn- Slam final since Ken Rosewall drome in 2011. made the 1974 U.S. Open final In fact, she at 39, they were was the first calling it ThrowWilliams into back Thursday at the 2017 final, Melbourne Park. No matter what rallying to beat Three play25-year-old CoCo happens, we’ve ers who can combine for Vandeweghe — the only player won. A Williams is 46 Grand Slam in the women’s going to win this titles and 106 semifinals who years in age adtournament. was younger vanced to a final Serena Williams than 34 by a one after the score 6-7 (3), other. Federer, 6-2, 6-3. A jubilant Venus could returning from six months out barely contain her emotions after to rest his injured left knee, will clinching a spot in the final on next play Sunday against either her fourth match point, putting 14-time major champion Rafael her hands to her face, her jaw Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov. dropping, before she crossed her With the Williamses locked in arms over her heart and did a for Saturday night, expectations stylish pirouette. are rising for another vintage Feeling like “it was in my Roger-Rafa bout. hands to force this Williams “It’s going to be special either final” in the subsequent match, way — one is going to go for his six-time Australian Open cham- first slam or it’s the epic battle pion Serena overwhelmed with Rafa,” Federer said. “All 34-year-old Mirjana Lucic-Bar- I care about is that I can win.
Doesn’t matter who’s across the net, but I understand the magnitude of the match against Nadal.” The all-Williams final will be the first in Melbourne since 2003, when Serena won what Venus has described as a “battle royale.” Venus hasn’t returned to the Australian final since then. And when she walked out onto Rod Laver Arena, it will be as the oldest player in the Open era to contest an Australian Open women’s final. She’ll be the oldest finalist at any major since Martina Navratilova’s run to the Wimbledon final in 1994. Venus has lost six of her eight Grand Slam finals against her younger sister, and is 11-16 overall in their tour-level career matches. But Serena noted that nobody has beaten her more than her older sister — their sibling rivalry is friendly, but goes a long way back. “When I’m playing on the court with her, I think I’m playing, like, the best competitor in the game,” Venus said. “I don’t think I’m chump change, either. I can compete against any odds. No matter what.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Cyril Leeder said he had a sense his days leading the Ottawa Senators’ front office might be coming to a close. “In business you get good at reading signs, you need to be,” Leeder said Wednesday. “I would be disingenuous if I didn’t say I saw signs of this coming, but you’re never really prepared for that kind of news.” Leeder met with reporters a day after being replaced as president and chief executive officer of the Senators by Tom Anselmi. Owner Eugene Melnyk and alternate governor Sheldon Plenner informed Leeder of the change Tuesday morning during a meeting. “It was professional, it was a cordial meeting,” said Leeder. “There was nothing untoward; it was just a business meeting.” Leeder said he’s still trying to understand the need for the change, but said ultimately the decision was Melnyk’s to make. “In business sometimes you make a change, you don’t need
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a reason to make a change. It’s a cold, hard fact in business and people in the sports business should know better than anybody because we’ll change coaches just because we need to make a change. “I respect and understand that Eugene has the absolute right to make that change and he did and he doesn’t need to give me a reason for it so I’ve got no issues with that.” THE CANADIAN PRESS
IN BRIEF United into League Cup final Manchester United reached the English League Cup final despite surrendering its 17-match unbeaten record with a 2-1 loss to Hull in the second leg of their semifinal on Thursday. United, which won the first leg 2-0, advanced with a 3-2 win on aggregate and will play Southampton in the final at Wembley Stadium on Feb. 26. On-loan striker Oumar Niasse scored the winner with an 85th-minute tap-in after Paul Pogba’s equalizer. the associated press
Jackets’ Atkinson to take Malkin’s All-Star place Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson has been added to the Metropolitan Division roster for the this weekend’s NHL all-star event in Los Angeles. Atkinson leads Columbus and is tied for eighth in the league with 46 points in 47 games. His 24 goals are tied with the Kings’ Jeff Carter for second most in the NHL. He replaces Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, who is out with a lower-body injury. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Not everybody’s sold on bye week OBITUARIES Mike Smith felt weird. The All-Star goaltender for Phoenix knew other teams were playing while he and the rest of the Coyotes were enjoying a week off. He filled his time by sledding with his kids and not doing too much of anything. “It’s been great,” Smith said. “I’ve got to spend some quality time with my family, my kids. Nothing crazy, pretty chilled and pretty relaxed.” A five-day bye week for each team is a new wrinkle added to the NHL this season so players can get a breather during the second half of a grueling, 82game grind. The players’ union negotiated for it last year in exchange for agreeing to the 3-on-3 tournament that replaced the traditional All-Star Game. The NFL-style bye week will return next season or in 2018-19 — depending on whether NHL players go to the Pyeongchang Olympics — because that 3-on-3 All-Star format is in place Sunday in Los Angeles. Players are widely in favour of the extra time off, even though it compresses the schedule for the rest of the year, but it isn’t as popular among coaches and general managers. Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz is concerned about injuries when a team coming off a bye plays an opponent that has been in action. Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall isn’t a big fan of the concept in general. “I think it’s ridiculous,” Hextall said recently. “The most asinine thing I’ve ever seen.”
IN BRIEF Carter, Kevin reunite Duron Carter and Kevin Glenn are together again. The veteran receiver signed as a free agent Thursday with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The move comes two days after Glenn, who’s entering his 17th CFL season, joined the club after being released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Glenn and Carter were teammates in Montreal last season before Glenn was dealt to Winnipeg on Sept. 11. The Canadian Press
The Penguins topped the Lightning 6-2 in their first game after their bye week before losing three straight. Getty Images
Old-school hockey people are characteristically resistant to change, but current players love it. Players’ feedback from the 2014 Sochi Olympics was that the time off re-energized them for later in the season. As All-Stars gather in L.A. this weekend, a lot of players will go on vacation but they also believe the best in the NHL deserve a break, too. The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders were the first to go on their byes Jan. 1, and the Anaheim Ducks will be the last to come off theirs March 2. Trotz and the Capitals have been charting results coming out of the bye week in preparation for their break in mid-February. When the bye week idea came about, Trotz sent a proposal to the NHL to have groups of teams take bye weeks together so they’re in the same shape and timing and injuries don’t pile up. Even better, the intent in the future is to have half the league off the five days before All-Star Weekend and the other half the five days after to make it more even across the board. No matter the timing, bye weeks make for a difficult adjustment back to game shape. “These guys are used to playing the game every day and
touching the puck every day, and when you take them away from that, their timing, I think their game timing tends to establish a little bit of rust,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I think that’s what happens in professional sports when these athletes are used to honing their craft day in and day out.” Winger Carl Hagelin felt some of that rust in Pittsburgh’s first game back Jan. 8 with his stick handling and execution. But he also felt some extra energy in his legs. “It’s five full days off and you get to recover and heal some bumps and bruises,” Ottawa Senators centre Chris Kelly said. “But that being said, we played 17 in 30 days to start a season. That’s very unusual in the NHL, especially when you’re competing against baseball and the NFL. Most times when you’re playing 17, 18 a month, it’s March. That’s maybe the bit of the downside to it.” Even with that caveat, players will gladly take the extra rest that comes with the bye week. “Our schedules, you don’t really get to take vacations ever,” Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said. “It’s good for family life, and playing is better when family’s good.” The Associated PRess
Lowry in for all-star Kyle Lowry will once again join Indiana’s Paul George, Cleveteammate DeMar DeRozan as land’s Kevin Love, Atlanta’s Paul an all-star, this time in New Millsap, Boston’s Isaiah ThomOrleans. as, Washington’s John Wall The Raptors star point and Charlotte’s Kemba guard Lowry was among 14 Walker, who is going for the first time. reserves selected by the league’s coaches on Russell WestThursday night for brook, Klay Thompthe Feb. 19 game. son, Draymond Green, DeMarcus In a reverse from last year in Toronto, Cousins, Marc Gasol, DeRozan is in the startDeAndre Jordan and ing five while Lowry Gordon Hayward were will come off the bench. named the West reserves The other Eastern Getty Images Thursday. Conference reserves are Metro/The Associated Press
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