Red Deer excited as 2019 Canada Winter Games begin


The mood around Red Deer is electric as the community gets set for day one of competition at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, according to the event’s lead official.

“We had just an unbelievable opening ceremonies last night to a full house and an excited group of athletes from across the country,” Scott Robinson, the CEO of the Games, said in an interview Saturday on Global News Morning.

“We’re ready to get going.”

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The Games kicked off Saturday morning with a slate of table tennis matches at Westerner Park. The last competition is scheduled to be held on March 2, with the closing ceremonies taking place the next day.

More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will take part in the 17-day event, according to organizers. The young athletes will face off in 19 different sports.

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Robinson said that the event helps develop youth athletes in Canada because the competition is set up similar to the Olympic Games.

“They stay in an athlete’s village, they’re all competing in their various sports, but they’re also part of a bigger team with the other sports in their province,” Robinson said.

“They really get a taste of what the next level looks like.”

However, athletics aren’t the only part of the event, according to Robinson. He pointed out that there is a major arts and cultural festival going on throughout the Games in downtown Red Deer.

“We’ve actually built a beautiful celebration plaza that was part of our capital projects to create a celebration space in downtown Red Deer,” Robinson said.

“We’ve got some major entertainment acts coming here over the next two weeks to entertain the people from Red Deer and of course from across Canada that are here to celebrate these Games.”

The downtown plaza is one of a number of projects and renovations that was made in preparation for the Games. The event also spurred the construction of the $88-million Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

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The last Canada Games were held in Winnipeg, Man., while the 2021 edition of the event will be held in Ontario’s Niagara region.

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Red Wine and Soy–Braised Short Ribs Recipe


Add onion, garlic, and ginger to same pot and cook, stirring often, until softened and lightly browned, 6–8 minutes. Add wine; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half, 8–10 minutes. Add mirin, soy sauce, brown sugar, and 2 cups water. Return ribs to pot and bring liquid to a simmer. Partially cover pot and cook, reducing heat to maintain a very gentle simmer and adding splashes of water and skimming as needed, until ribs are very tender (they should shred easily) and stew is saucy, 3–3½ hours. Add radish about 1 hour before ribs are done. Remove from heat.


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Kingston couple sift through red tape in search of family doctor – Kingston


Kingston’s Griete Wemekamp, 67, and her husband Bernd Rummel, 72, are on the hunt for a new primary health-care provider.

“It’s really scary and this in a province, in a country — that prides itself on its medicare system. It’s clearly broken.”

On Friday, Jan. 25, the couple received a letter stating their family physician was leaving Meadowbrook Family Medicine in Kingston at the end of April.

“A doctor, obviously a young doctor in particular, has the right to pursue their career, and to do different things — like the rest of us,” said Wemekamp. “However, I think there is a professional responsibility on the part of doctor and clinic in which they work, working together, to ensure that patients are not left holding the bag.”

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Rummel has several chronic medical conditions that require constant monitoring from a physician and they are bracing for a gap in care.

“There was no indication that there would be a transitional arrangement at the Meadowbrook clinic,” Wemekamp said. “Instead, we were told to go and find another doctor as soon as possible, and to also call this Health Care Connect line.”

Health Care Connect is a government agency meant to assist Ontario residents in finding a family doctor.

In order for Wemekamp and her husband to get onto the waitlist, though, the couple would first have to ‘de-register’ with their current doctor. To do that the couple were directed to call Service Ontario and confirmation on being de-registered could take up to 10 days and will arrive by mail.

“Now that I find very strange,” Wemekamp said. “It’s 2019. Ontario doesn’t have a computer system that allows input from one person to be seen by another person for 10 days? I don’t understand that part of it. In any case, we sit here waiting.”

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A spokesperson for Meadowbrook Family Medicine told Global News they are in desperate search to find a new physician and said that the current payment model — fee for service — is not helping to attract and retain young doctors.

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Lamb Meatballs, Red Curry, and Everything Else I’m Cooking This Week | Healthyish


Every week, Healthyish editor Amanda Shapiro talks about what she’s seeing, eating, watching, and reading in the wellness world and beyond. Pro tip: If you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll get the scoop before everyone else.

Healthyish friends,

It’s almost the end of January. It’s only the end of January. Since I got back from the desert, I’ve continued to hibernate in my kitchen. Friday was for lamb meatballs, my ride-or-die. Saturday, I pulled together a vegetarian red curry loosely inspired by this one, and on Sunday I made those incredible soy-braised short ribs from the first episode of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Meanwhile my partner(?!) descended further into the carb-filled black hole of bread-baking, emerging with a loaf of sourdough and some pizza dough too.

It really set us up for the week. We had a lot of extra rice from the curry and the short ribs, so on Monday we fried it in leftover lamb fat with ginger, scallions, soy sauce, and some giant handfuls of spinach for health. Tuesday was pizza night, using the homemade dough and Joe Beddia‘s sauce recipe. Tonight I’m toasting the only-slightly-stale sourdough and sautéing leeks for a stripped-down version of these caramelized leeks on toast. I have a pint of dashi leftover from the short ribs, so maybe Thursday I’ll use it to steam some salmon and broccolini, a combo I’ve been crushing on since Chris Morocco‘s crowd-pleasing Feel Good Food Plan recipe. And Friday, well, I’m going out.

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This is a yogurt moat. Isn’t it pretty?

My personal Cooking Season is definitely weather-related, but I’ve also been drawing inspiration from our amazing Healthyish columnists like our friends at Botanica, whose latest column is about how a yogurt moat (yes, I said « yogurt moat ») can turn any side dish into a meal. At the restaurant, they use a fancy local sheep’s yogurt, but you can use any full-fat variety you like, just be sure to season liberally with salt and whatever herbs, spices, citrus, etc., you like.

If yogurt’s not your thing, our brand-new columnist Sarah Jampel makes a good case for marinating lentils, especially if you’re a protein-starved vegetarian like her. They’re a great meal-prep component, but they come together so quickly you can make them as an emergency dinner any night of the week. I’ll be putting them on sweet potatoes with feta, tossing them into salads, and maybe working them into a pasta with garlic and olives.

And, reporting from Joshua Tree, Alison Carroll closes out her column with about a million ideas for how to cook with olive oil when it’s at its freshest, most nutritious best. Yes, olive oil has a season, and that season is now! Once I get my Wonder Valley shipment, I’ll be following Carroll’s lead and streaming it into pesto and over soft cheese—and if there’s another loaf of sourdough in my future, which I’m almost certain there is, you can bet I’ll be dunking that too.

Until next week,

Amanda Shapiro
Healthyish editor


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New Brunswick flooding has Red Cross looking for more volunteers – New Brunswick


After one of its busiest years, the Red Cross is asking for more volunteers to help out in New Brunswick.

Red Cross volunteers assisted 64 people following last week’s stormy weather that caused flooding across the province.

But in the Sussex region, the Red Cross faced its own challenges, as it had no volunteers to respond from that community.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have any in Sussex,” said Allie Murchison, who is an emergency management coordinator.

“That was really one of our disadvantages this weekend. We had amazing volunteers from Saint John, Quispamsis and Rothesay make the trip to Sussex.”

READ MORE: Sussex residents forced from homes following flash flood

Houses stand among flood waters on Golden Grove Road in Saint John on January 25, 2019.

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The Red Cross provided emergency assistance for 2,600 residents in New Brunswick after 150 events in the past year.

“This year has been the busiest it’s been in New Brunswick in decades,” she said.

She says the call for volunteers isn’t directed at one specific population or group, saying disasters can happen at any time.

“We’re just looking for anybody who is willing to give back and who wants to help out in their community,” Murchison said.

The mandate of the Red Cross is to provide emergency assistance for 72 hours, but they help longer when they can.

Fifteen people are still being assisted following last week’s storm and flooding.

WATCH: Water recedes in Sussex after flash flood forces residents from their homes

In situations of need following a disaster is when the Red Cross gets the call.

“You’re trying to get your life back in order, we’ll help people put a roof over your head, food in your belly,” Murchison said. “That’s not something you have to worry about, so you can focus on getting your life back on track.”

Steve Wilson, who has been volunteering with the Red Cross for three years, says it’s a rewarding opportunity.

“It gives you the sense that you’re giving back to the community,” he said. “And again, if you’re retired it gives you something to do.”

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Deputy OPP commissioner who raised red flags over Taverner appointment has been interviewed in ethics probe


The deputy OPP commissioner who raised red flags over the appointment of Premier Doug Ford’s close friend Ron Taverner as head of the provincial police force has been interviewed in the ethics probe into the controversial hiring.

Brad Blair was interim commissioner until being demoted for publicly complaining that Taverner’s appointment put the independence of the country’s second-largest police force in jeopardy.

Deputy OPP commissioner Brad Blair, left and Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner. Blair has publicly complained about Taverner’s appointment as OPP commissioner. Taverner has asked his posting be put on hold until a probe into his appointment is complete.
Deputy OPP commissioner Brad Blair, left and Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner. Blair has publicly complained about Taverner’s appointment as OPP commissioner. Taverner has asked his posting be put on hold until a probe into his appointment is complete.  (Emaan)

The interview is significant because of the details Blair revealed in a nine-page letter to the provincial ombudsman Dec. 11, including the claim Ford’s team requested the OPP buy a “large camper-type vehicle” that could be modified and the request be “kept off the books.” Ford’s office denies such a request was made.

Provincial integrity commissioner J. David Wake is now investigating whether there was any political interference in the hiring of Taverner, 72, a Toronto police superintendent who has asked his posting be put on hold until the probe is complete.

The integrity commissioner’s office reached out to Blair for more information as part of the probe.

“He received a summons and participated,” Blair’s lawyer, Julian Falconer, said on Friday.

“The process is confidential, therefore I will not be able to discuss the contents of the examination,” Falconer added, declining further comment.

The integrity commissioner’s probe was prompted by a complaint from New Democrat MPP Kevin Yarde (Brampton North) that Ford may have violated the Members’ Integrity Act when his “long-time friend and ally” was approved as head of the OPP.

Ford has denied any involvement in the Nov. 29 appointment, insisted there is “no better choice” for the job than Taverner, called the concerns raised by Blair “sour grapes” and told a TV news anchor “if I wanted to, I could appoint you OPP commissioner. It’s a political appointment.”

The premier’s office did not reply to a request for comment Friday on whether Ford or his chief of staff Dean French have been interviewed in the integrity commissioner’s investigation.

Blair, who was a runner-up for the commissioner’s post, sounded the alarm a week before Taverner was to be sworn in to the $275,00-a-year job, with his letter asking provincial Ombudsman Paul Dube to probe any “potential political interference” in the hiring process.

Dube declined, saying the matter is outside his jurisdiction, and Blair is mounting a court case aimed at forcing the ombudsman to proceed.

Taverner’s appointment and the van procurement request raises “a legitimate question as to whether the OPP’s integrity has been compromised and whether the public can have confidence in and respect for the OPP going forward,” Blair’s letter stated.

Blair also claimed the decision to name Taverner commissioner was made before a late November cabinet meeting where the decision was said to have been made and that the job posting was changed “without convincing justification,” that the hiring panel had “questionable authority” and that its members changed at the last minute.

In reference to the camper van, the request to keep the modification costs “hidden from the public record” is, at a minimum, a violation of government financial policies, Blair added.

His lawyer, Falconer, has warned the OPP will operate under a cloud of suspicion unless the ombudsman reviews the complaint. It’s not unusual for the OPP to investigate government.

Most recently, the provincial force investigated concerns raised by the Progressive Conservatives about a previous Liberal government deleting documents related to the closure of gas-fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga before the 2011 election. A top Liberal political aide was convicted on a criminal charge and served a jail term last year.

Rob Ferguson is a Toronto-based reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robferguson1


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Car collides with snow-clearing truck in Anjou after running red: police – Montreal


A car slammed into a snow-clearing truck early Monday morning around 1 a.m. in the borough of Anjou, in Montreal’s east end, according to police.

Police say the collision happened after the car travelling north on Louis-H.La Fontaine Boulevard ran a red light, colliding with a snow grinder travelling on Larrey Street.

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The driver of the car was later taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, the driver of the snow-clearing truck was not injured.

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Police are investigating to look into the cause of the crash, but it is suspected the driver did not stop at the red light.

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Red Chile Chicken Recipe | Bon Appetit


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high until shimmering. Cook garlic and half of onion, stirring occasionally, until tender and beginning to brown, 6–8 minutes. Stir in achiote paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until brick red, about 1 minute. Add ancho chiles, chipotle chile, stock, cumin, and 2 tsp. salt and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit until chiles are very soft, about 30 minutes.


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Call of the Wilde: Montreal Canadiens top the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 – Montreal


The Montreal Canadiens were trying to put the brakes on a two-game losing skid Tuesday night.

The issue for the first time this season, really, is goals. The Canadiens have only scored once in the last two losses at home to the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild. Sometimes you feel more free on the road, though, and that’s what the Habs coaching staff was hoping for in Detroit, Michigan.

With a 3-2 squeaker of a win over Detroit, those hopes seem to have panned out.

READ MORE: Call of the Wilde — Minnesota Wild shut out Montreal Canadiens

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It was one of those lead by example nights for Brendan Gallagher, and it’s not the goal that is setting the example. It was a night where the work ethic was a sight to behold.

It’s difficult to keep being amazed by the same thing. Our minds don’t work that way. We normalize things and they lose their lustre. It’s too bad, because one should be marvelling at the work ethic of Gallagher all the time. What he achieves with his size is one of the most impressive hockey events in the last decade in Montreal.

His goal is a perfect example. He is being mauled but still manages to get a shot away to open the scoring. That Gallagher is even in front of the net in that dirty area is a sight in itself. He shouldn’t be there so much; it is painful and punishing. Gallagher in a bigger man would be something to watch, wouldn’t it? It would seem that desire and heart in a large, unmovable player would be the best player in all of hockey. Sixteen goals on the season.

It’s hard to come up with the words to show the appreciation everyone should have for the desire of this man. He’s on pace for a 30-goal season. It won’t be easy to hit the mark again. Anyone on NHL ice knows he deserves it, even those who begrudgingly have to admit it because Gallagher has driven them crazy time and time again.

READ MORE: Call of the Wilde  Montreal Canadiens shut out the Vancouver Canucks

Jordie Benn is still not faltering. It’s been two to three weeks now that Benn has been a much better player than he had been in the first 30 games of the season. The difference is that Shea Weber is back, so Benn can handle his third pairing responsibilities. He plays his 15 minutes instead of 25, and he’s comfortable. The lack of fatigue makes him a much quicker player, obviously, but it also makes him a much smarter player.

Benn is making the right decision and head-manning the puck better than ever in a Montreal uniform. The Benn and Brett Kulak partnership doesn’t seem to have any real ups and downs right now. They are steady every night — not offering anything amazing, but not getting exposed, either.

READ MORE: Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price to skip NHL All-Star Game due to injury

Jesperi Kotkaniemi seemed to be getting the nod more in this one, and he was ready for it.

Kotkaniemi found himself on different lines at times and he responded with one of his most engaged games of the season. He even threw his weight around at times — all 87 pounds of it. He had a couple of shots that he wasn’t able to convert as he continues to be so close to scoring, yet finds the actual completion of the act just beyond his reach.

It’s obvious the goals are going to come soon. The beauty is that while they continue to elude him, the overall play is strong. He rarely costs his team in the defensive zone. He’s an NHLer already at 18. At 22, he’s going to be the number one centre of the Habs, for sure.

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It’s been interesting to watch the partnership of Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi in the past couple of weeks. While it’s clear that the two are in an offensive funk right now, one of the two continues to work hard and drive the play, and the other continues to avoid a hit and wait for the play to happen around him.

Domi has an engine. He refuses to let the offensive struggles impact his overall contribution, while Drouin has not been able to keep from feeling down about the more difficult events transpiring. It’s not always going to be an easy path to goals, assists and points, but you have to keep finding ways to help your team. Domi is doing that. Drouin still has to learn to stay in the game, even when the offence dries up — as it inevitably does in a long season.

READ MORE: Call of the Wilde — Montreal Canadiens defeat Dallas Stars 3-2

It was a night for people with Detroit connections to shine.

The home state of Jeff Petry is Michigan and he scored a crucial goal to put the Habs up 3-1. It was also sweet for Petry to respond after the mistake on Monday night that was so crucial leading to the game’s only goal for the Wild to win it. Petry was also especially happy to score in front of his former major league pitching father Dan Petry, who played for the Detroit Tigers.

The assist on the key goal went to Tomas Tatar. It was his second helper of the night as he, too, wanted to perform well against this former team. Everyone expects Tatar to slow down, but it isn’t happening so far. The superb season for the former Wing and former Golden Knight, who was basically a throw-in in the Max Pacioretty deal, continues.

In the best season of his career, Tatar counted 56 points. He is on pace for 62 points this season.

READ MORE: Call of the Wilde — Montreal Canadiens edge the Arizona Coyotes 2-1

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The Red Wings were hungry in this contest. Detroit had lively legs and were ready to take on a team that got in at 4 a.m. from Montreal. The Habs worked hard to win this one. They went five minutes without a whistle in the final six minutes, and the Habs looked gassed but they gave it all they could to stay one goal up.

Everyone stood up. Even Victor Mete was on the ice for the final seconds of the game, as the coaching staff included everyone to get it done. They did just that. It takes a lot of character to win this one. There are no goats when there’s a lot against you, including your back-up goalie in the net, and including your captain with a visor on because he took a shot to the face the night before. There are no goats when you win one, seemingly against the odds.

WATCH: Call of the Wilde: Wins and Losses

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Marc Bergevin sure has been changing his mind about his personnel through the course of this season.

It’s a view into the new philosophy of the Habs’ GM. He signed Karl Alzner knowing what style of defender he was, and this season he sent him to the waiver wire. He signed David Schlemko knowing what style of defender he was, and he sent him to Laval on Tuesday after he too cleared the waiver wire. So it’s apparent that Bergevin is finally favouring the puck moving-defenders like Mike Reilly, and even Brett Kulak. It took a while, but the Habs are embracing the 200-foot game for everyone as strongly as any team in the league.

Bergevin is showing as well that he isn’t afraid to give up on a high draft pick, if that pick isn’t panning out fast enough. Nikita Scherbak was the surprise demotion here, considering he was a force in the AHL last season and a first-round pick. The only move you don’t want to make is watching a player finally find his upside and making you look foolish while he scores goal after goal, but so far, it seems Scherbak is stuck in quicksand. Scherbak cleared the waiver wire in Los Angeles as well after a short stint of not playing effectively. Bergevin also gave up on Jacob De La Rose, deciding that his defensive awareness was never going to be met with any offensive acumen to match it.

Though the danger remains on the Scherbak decision, however unlikely, Bergevin is batting 1,000 on his roster decisions. The truth is Bergevin has had a reawakening that has proved fruitful since last season. He’s made effective trades like acquiring Max Domi, and Tomas Tatar, and he has allowed Trevor Timmins to draft well.

The future of the Habs probably looks better right now than it has in three or four years. The roster has already got some strong players on it with a lot of strength in the pipeline as well.


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Manitoba’s Red River Jeep Club rings in the new year, helps community – Winnipeg


A hour north east of Winnipeg, near Seddons Corner, is where you’ll find Manitoba’s steep, rocky terrain.

Most people wouldn’t even consider barreling down these hills in their vehicles, but this is where The Red River Jeep Club thrives.

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“We’re just like-minded individuals that like driving on snow. We’ll do stuff in the winter, the summer, we’ll go to beaches, we’ll do trail runs and overnight camping runs,” says the club’s president, Trevor Schellenberg.

Jocelyn Diamond has been a member for years.

Jocelyn Diamond and her nephew going down a steep hill in her yellow jeep.

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She sees the club as a chance to make friends and spend some quality time with her nephew.

“I’ve always loved jeeps and when I was finally able to get into one, I discovered a whole new world of people who are jeep enthusiasts,” said Diamond.

The drivers meeting prior to hitting the rough terrain near Seddons Corner, Man.

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The club is very active in the community, having just wrapped up a toy drive for the Christmas Cheer Board, and they have more community work planned for 2019.

“Anything that hits close to home, we’ll have a member nominate something and everyone gets behind them very quickly,” Schellenberg says.

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The club continues to grow. Organizers are always looking for new members who want to have fun in their vehicles, and meet new people.

Those interested in getting involved with the club can direct message their Facebook page.

WATCH: New Brunswick Jeep Club helps out those stranded by the storm (2015)


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