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Tillman enters not guilty plea The general manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault. Eric Tillman was not at the provincial courthouse in Regina yesterday, but his lawyer, Aaron Fox, entered the plea on his behalf. THE CANADIAN PRESS

From blocking back to environmentalist Former CFL fullback Julian Radlein spreads the word about the importance of conservation STEPHEN JOHNSON for Metro Canada

Julian Radlein is not a typical environmental activist. He is a six-foot-two, 245pound former fullback with the Hamilton TigerCats who was adept at crushing opposing linebackers. But he’s also one of Canada’s leading advocates for environmental awareness. Radlein enjoyed a fiveyear career with Hamilton from 2003 to 2007. During this time, he was active in the Hamilton environmental community. His involvement ranged from encouraging people to eat locally to performing an environ-

mental audit at Ivor Wynne stadium. Radlein credits his interest in the environment to early exposure. “My dad was a chemist, so I grew up with science and a respect for the environment. I studied ecology at UBC. I like to think of myself not as an environmental activist, but more as a survivalist. Clean air, water and soil are essential to sustaining life.” After retiring from the CFL last year, Radlein

On the web • For more on the GreenZone Sustainability Blitz, check it out online at greenzonechallenge.com.

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Go Green formed Evergreen Sports Programming with former Saskatchewan Roughrider Dustin Cherniawski. The company focuses on delivering an environmental message by using football players as their spokespersons. The keystone activity of their company is the GreenZone Sustainability Blitz — Speaker Series. “We focus on three pillars of sustainability: Reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Radlein. B.C. Lions linebacker Javier Glatt spent his off-sea-

son presenting the Sustainability Blitz program to schools across B.C. Glatt feels the high-energy activities of the program help to make it popular with children of different ages. “We always start with a pep rally where the whole school comes together. There are environmental games that have students competing against the athletes. We have a water relay, energy challenge and waste relay. It is funny how the students always seem to win.” Glatt tries to deliver his message in a language the students understand. “When I speak to schools in Vancouver, I always ask the students to imagine if they

Julian Radlein started Evergreen Sports Programming.

could not see the mountains due to smog. Also, I talk about the importance of clean air and fresh grass for things like recess. When you start talking

about recess being in jeopardy, all the students immediately listen.” The GreenZone Sustainability Blitz is currently being presented in B.C., Alberta and Ontario.

Canadian outdoor NHL game? Only in Alberta

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he word is out that the NHL’s next outdoor game will take place next season at Fenway Park in Boston. And with it, comes complaints from up here that the league is avoiding holding one in Canada. Yet the reason is simple. At this moment, there is only one outdoor stadium in this entire nation that seats more than 40,000 people — Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the very field that hosted the NHL’s first outdoor venture in 2003. While it might make you feel warm and fuzzy to imagine NHLers taking the ice at Montreal’s Percival Molson Stadium or Toronto’s BMO Field, these games aren’t staged to make the league feel warm and fuzzy. They are staged to maximize profit, and that (and that alone) is the only reason they are staged. When you sell 40,000 tickets to a hockey game, you double your gate in addition to swelling TV numbers. Aside from Commonwealth, McMahon Stadium in Calgary is the only current outdoor venue in the country worth doing it in. With 36,000 seats, it’s 17,000 more than the Pengrowth Saddledome (and only about 2,000 smaller than Fenway).

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BMO? Twenty thousand, or merely 2,000 more than the Air Canada Centre. Similar story with Molson Stadium and the Bell Centre. The Big Owe? Sorry, the roof’s screwed on tight now. The Rogers Centre? Sorry, no on-field drainage system. The retractableroofed version of Vancouver’s B.C. Place? Possible, but still unbuilt. Some corners have said the Ottawa Senators could play a game on the Rideau Canal. My advice to them would be to not smoke marijuana before making suggestions for where the Ottawa Senators play outdoor games. A frozen waterway with 40,000 temporary metal seats? That's even more temporary seating than most Grey Cup games. And anybody think about the luxury suites? It’s doubtful Eugene Melnyk or any other owner would look the other way on that sweet action. John Chick is Metro Canada’s sports editor. john.chick@metronews.ca

Sports in brief NFL Lions general manager

Martin Mayhew says the chances are very good Detroit will have a deal done with the No. 1 pick before the NFL draft begins Saturday. Mayhew declined to say much else during a news

conference yesterday. The Lions have taken great pride in staying quiet about their plans. “I hope nobody expects me to say anything earthshattering,” Mayhew said in his opening comments. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GO S AV E T HE PL ANE T Today is Earth Day. Feel proud for taking GO Transit and doing your part for the environment. By bus or by train, it’s good to GO. 416 869 3200 1 888 GE T ON GO (438 6646) TT Y 1 800 387 3652 gotransit.com Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez composer les numéros ci-dessus.

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