New Lethbridge city council officially sworn in: 'We're going to have respect for one another'

Lethbridge’s 26th mayor and its latest crop of city councillors have been officially sworn in. The nine members of city council took their oaths of office as part of a special ceremony at the Yates Theatre this afternoon and as Erik Bay reports, they’re now ready to shift their focus from the campaign trail to the business of city hall.

Nine members of Lethbridge city council can now drop elect from their titles after officially being sworn into office on Monday.

“It’s done, and we’re ready to roll here,” new Mayor Blaine Hyggen said.

It will be a new look for council compared to the previous four years, with a new mayor, three first-time councillors, one councillor with past council experience and four incumbents.

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It’s a council that feels it will draw on its individual experiences to make the best choices going forward.

“We may differ on a few things, but… together, we’re going to have respect for one another. I truly believe that,” Hyggen said.

“We’re going to have a very successful four years.”

Rookie Coun. Jenn Schmidt-Rempel says the past week has been a whirlwind since being elected, and she’s ready to begin work.

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“I’m really excited to get to work with fellow colleagues on city council, seeing what we can achieve together for our city.”

Council will start its orientation process before the first official meeting of this term on Nov. 16.

The plan is to spend the next few days discussing key issues facing the city and hit the ground running.

“I’ll be sitting down with council this coming week, and we’ll be going over some of those things,” Hyggen said. “That’s something I definitely have to sit down and see what others have heard on the campaign trail (that) we need to address.”

“I really want to make sure that we, as a council, set the tone for our city as a group that can work together,” Schmidt-Rempel said. “Having been through the campaign trail with this group of people, I do believe that we will do that.”

Two things Hyggen says he wants to address right away are community safety and recent bussing concerns within the city.

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Andersen stops former team as Hurricanes top Leafs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frederik Andersen made 24 saves against his former team and the unbeaten Carolina Hurricanes matched the best five-game start in franchise history by defeating the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Monday night.

Sebastian Aho, Steven Lorentz and Nino Niederreiter scored second-period goals for the Hurricanes. Andrei Svechnikov added an empty-netter and Jaccob Slavin had two assists.

Carolina also was 5-0-0 in 2019-20.

Jack Campbell stopped 31 shots for Toronto, which is 0-3-1 in its past four games and has managed just one goal in three of them.

Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs with his first goal of the season. His wraparound came 3:25 in.

With the Hurricanes failing to score in the first period, it meant they trailed entering the second for the first time this season.

Aho and Lorentz scored less than 2 1/2 minutes apart in the second. Aho has a point in every Carolina game this season, while Lorentz got his first goal of the season.


Matthews was the NHL leader in goals with 41 last season, so getting him in the scoring column was key. He was without an assist across his first three games as well.


Slavin, a defenseman, was called for a second-period tripping penalty. That was his first penalty in more than 1,074 minutes of ice time dating to last March. The stretch included the 2021 playoffs and covered parts of 45 games.


David Ayres, who made history in February 2020 by becoming the only emergency backup goalie to get an NHL victory when he rescued the Hurricanes against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, was honored again in Raleigh. This time, he handled the pregame siren ringing to welcome the Hurricanes to the ice.

A bit later, Petr Mrazek, who was Carolina’s top goalie for parts of the past three seasons but is out of the Toronto lineup because of an injury, received a big ovation when introduced during the first period. He acknowledged the crowd from an upper-arena box.


Maple Leafs: Finish a three-game road trip Wednesday night at Chicago.

Hurricanes: Host the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the opening part of their first back-to-back of the season.


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DeRozan powers Bulls past Raptors 111-108

TORONTO – DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points to lead his Chicago Bulls past the Toronto Raptors 111-108 on Monday in a return to Scotiabank Arena against his former team.

DeRozan had three late field goals to help Chicago (4-0) remain undefeated. Bulls guard Zach LaVine added 22 points.

DeRozan played the first nine seasons of his NBA career in Toronto before getting traded to the San Antonio Spurs in 2018. He was traded to Chicago this past off-season.

OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. led the Raptors (1-3) offensively with 22 and 18 points, respectively.

Toronto is winless in three starts at home this season.

After DeRozan pushed the Bulls to a 108-102 lead with just over a minute remaining, Raptors guard Fred VanVleet hit an inside shot to pull Toronto to within four.

The Raptors had the ball back with 40 seconds remaining, but VanVleet’s pass was picked off by Chicago guard Alex Caruso.

A Bulls miscue on an inbounds pass led to an easy layup for Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes and a two-point deficit with 14 seconds left. But Chicago hung on with a late free throw from Nikola Vucevic and a game-ending three-point miss from VanVleet.

The Bulls led by 10 at the half and swiftly expanded that margin to 20 points at 73-53 before the third quarter was three minutes old. Chicago enjoyed a 92-80 advantage at the end of three quarters.

The Raptors closed to within two points when Anunoby hit a three-pointer with 5:09 remaining and then hit a layup for a 97-95 deficit.

DeRozan then went to work, hitting a pair of crucial mid-range jumpers.

It was DeRozan’s seventh game against the Raptors since he was traded to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green on July 18, 2018.

DeRozan split the previous six games with three wins and three losses.

He enjoyed a solid start with 11 points in the first quarter that ended 24-24.

After trading field goals early in the second quarter, Lonzo Ball and Caruso drained back-to-back three-pointers to provide Chicago with a six-point advantage.

That lead swelled to 61-51 by halftime. Ball led the way for Chicago with four three-point jumpers for 12 points.

Trent scored a dozen for Toronto, including a pair of three-pointers, in the first two quarters.

The Raptors were sloppy offensively with 10 turnovers to Chicago’s three in the first half. Anunoby was also beset with early foul trouble for the second game in a row, picking up his third midway through the second quarter.

VanVleet checked in with 15 points, but he dished out 17 assists.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 25, 2021.

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Ontario announces funding for rural high-speed internet at Rideau Lakes

Rural broadband received a funding boost from the provincial government Monday, as politicians gathered for the announcement in Newboro, Ont.

Ontario’s Infrastructure Minister, Kinga Surma, was joined by MPP Steve Clark and Mayor of Rideau Lakes Township Arie Hoogenboom to announce funding for two projects for the area.

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“We want to make sure that people can be safe working from home, provide for their families and educate their children and access all of those things,” says Surma. “This is very, very important to our government.”

The minister announced that the province will be contributing almost $98,000 to allow over 500 people to get high-speed internet access.

Funding for the two projects in Rideau Lakes Township is to increase broadband access as part of a $4 billion commitment to rural broadband.

“Our project consists of two towers,” says Hoogenboom. “One is going to go up outside of Elgin and one is just going to go north of here, and the main spread of these towers is to service some of our lake-front properties.”

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This funding announcement comes as part of the Ontario government’s investment of nearly $1.5 million through the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program, set to provide high-speed internet access to over 900 homes and businesses.

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Coleman helps lead Flames to 5-1 win over Rangers

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Andrew Mangiapane scored twice and the Calgary Flames beat the New York Rangers 5-1 on Monday night for their third-straight win.

Blake Coleman and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist, and Christopher Tanev also scored for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau got his seventh assist of the season and Jacob Markstrom stopped 28 shots.

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Dryden Hunt scored for the Rangers, who had won four straight — all on the road. Igor Shesterkin, making his fifth start, finished with 32 saves.

Trailing 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Rangers got on the scoreboard early in the third period. Markstrom stopped the initial shot by Jacob Trouba, but Hunt corralled a rebound in front and put it past the goalie for his first of the season at 5:25.

Coleman restored Calgary’s two-goal lead less than three minutes later as he backhanded the rebound of his own shot past Shesterkin for his second.

Calgary Flames center Blake Coleman (20) drives the puck past New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in New York.

Calgary Flames center Blake Coleman (20) drives the puck past New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in New York.

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Backlund made it 4-1 with 8 1/2 minutes left as he scored into the top left corner from the right circle for his first.

Mangiapane got his second of the night, scoring on a rebound on the power play from the right side with just over five seconds remaining. It was his fifth of the season and 10th in his last nine games, dating to last season.

Leading 1-0 after one period, the Flames doubled their lead early in the second. Mangiapane intercepted a pass by Patrik Nemeth from behind the Rangers net and beat Shesterkin from the right side at 2:09.

Mika Zibanejad had a chance to get the Rangers on the scoreboard after a Flames turnover as he skated up the ice with Alexis Lafreniere, but was denied by Markstorm with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the middle period. Shesterkin made a nice glove stop on a slap shot by Tyler Pitlick about 40 seconds later.

Markstrom stopped a wraparound try by Trouba with just more than two minutes to go, and then denied his backhand follow.

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Calgary outshot New York 15-7 in the first period. Shesterkin’s best save of the period came on an attempt by Sean Monahan in front with 3:15 remaining after a giveaway by the goalie.

Tanev got the Flames on the scoreboard on a rush with 1:10 left in the opening period as he got a pass from Gaudreau and beat Shesterkin from the right circle on the glove side for his first of the season. Elias Lindholm got his first assist and seventh point on the play.

The Rangers were down two players for much of the first. Rugged forward Ryan Reaves went to the dressing room early in the period after an apparent injury to his left leg, and defenseman Ryan Lindgren joined him by the midpoint after blocking a shot with his foot. Lindgren was back on the bench late in the period, and returned to the ice in the second. Reaves was also on the bench at the start of the second, but did not play again.

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Stanley Park Christmas train, VanDusen festival set to return for 2021

Christmas is coming early for fans of two of Metro Vancouver’s favourite holiday events.

The Vancouver Park Board announced Monday that both the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park and the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens will be back starting on Nov. 26.

Both events shifted to virtual tours last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will reopen to in-person visits with safety measures in place.

Ticket sales for both are online. In the case of the Christmas train, customers will purchase for a specified time due to capacity restrictions. Patrons are asked to arrive no sooner than 30 minutes before their scheduled train ride.

VanDusen will require proof of vaccination for patrons aged 12 and older. Masks are mandatory indoors for anyone aged five and older.

The train, which is outdoors, will not require proof of vaccination, but masks are recommended.

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Crown seeks 2.5 year sentence for Hamilton paramedics convicted in Yosif Al-Hasnawi's death

A sentencing hearing is underway for two former Hamilton paramedics found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life when they responded to the shooting of 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi.

The crown is seeking a sentence of two and a half years in prison for Christopher Marchant and Steven Snively, who were both convicted by a Superior Court judge in June.

The pair responded to a 911 call near Al-Hasnawi’s mosque near Main and Sanford on Dec. 2, 2017, after he was shot while coming to the aid of an older man who was being accosted by two younger men.

In his decision, Justice Harrison Arrell said the paramedics showed a “departure” from care standards by not taking Al-Hasnawi’s injury seriously and delaying in taking him to hospital.

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He also said Marchant and Snively made “a conscious decision to ignore the obvious evidence before them” by taking him to St. Joseph’s Hospital rather than Hamilton General Hospital — the city’s lead trauma hospital.

During Monday’s sentencing hearing, crown attorney Linda Shin read victim impact statements from Al-Hasnawi’s mother, father and younger brother, as well as a community impact statement from the Al-Moustafa Islamic Centre.

Amal Alzurufi, Yosif’s mother, wrote that she isolates herself from her other children so they won’t see her crying, and described how it feels to lose a child.

“It feels like someone has ripped your heart out of your chest,” she wrote. “I’m always crying, I’m constantly in pain. My heart breaks.”

She called the actions of the paramedics that night “unprofessional,” and said while she doesn’t hate them, she’s angry about what happened.

“I loved my son, and I wish that here was here, and none of this happened.”

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Ahmed Al-Hasnawi, who witnessed his older brother’s death at the age of 13, wrote that his life has been “completely turned upside-down” as a result of Yosif’s death.

“Quite honestly, I can’t remember being happy ever since he’s been gone.”

The maximum prison sentence for failing to provide the necessaries of life is five years.

Shin argued that Snively and Marchant should each be sentenced to two and a half years, citing their position as medical authorities that had the training and standards of care that set out what they were supposed to do.

“The required steps were simple, in this case — treat the injury as serious, depart immediately, take the patient to a trauma centre. That’s it.”

She added that paramedics are granted a “great deal of trust by the community” to care for citizens in times of need, and said the pair broke that public trust.

“They robbed Yosif of his only chance of survival and caused his death.”

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Defense for Snively and Marchant are asking for a conditional sentence of six to nine months, followed by a period of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Michael DelGobbo, counsel for Snively, provided character testimony about the elder paramedic during the latter portion of Monday’s hearing.

He described Snively as a devoted family man and a hardworking and passionate paramedic since he began his career in 2005, with his wife referring to him as “a person who is addicted to his job and never expected any of this to happen.”

The hearing will continue on Tuesday and will hear from Marchant’s lawyer.

Justice Arrell has indicated he will reserve his decision until a later date.

The gunman who shot Al-Hasnawi was found not guilty of second-degree murder by a jury in Nov. 2019, but the crown is appealing that verdict.

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Crews battling blaze at Nairn Avenue home

Winnipeg fire crews battled a blaze at a Nairn Avenue home Monday night.

Winnipeg fire crews are battling a blaze at a home on Nairn Avenue.

The fire broke out just before 7 p.m. at a vacant one-and-a-half storey home in the 400 block.

Crews arrived and determined it was unsafe to enter the home and moved into a defensive attack, battling it with an aerial ladder and handlines.

Both neighbouring homes have been temporarily evacuated as a precaution.

There is no report of any injuries.

Nairn is closed between Allan Street and Watt Street and crews are expected to be on scene for several hours.

Drivers are being asked to take alternate routes and avoid the area.

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Edmonton Elks lose veteran defensive back Mincy to practice injury

The Edmonton Elks practised on Monday and unfortunately it didn’t go very well for veteran defensive back Jonathon Mincy. The Elks starting short-side corner left practice on a cart after suffering an apparent left leg injury.

Head coach Jamie Elizondo says it’s early to speculate on the severity of the injury but there is plenty of concern.

“I didn’t see what happened on the field, as the action was away from Mincy,” Elizondo said. “I don’t have anything to say other than obviously if he’s down — he’s been such a great individual and leader for us, so we will see where he’s at.”

In nine games this season, Mincy has recorded 19 defensive tackles and two pass knockdowns.


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The Elks also placed defensive lineman Jake Ceresna on the one-game injured list. Ceresna has returned home because his mother passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. Ceresna has 23 defensive tackles this season and three quarterback sacks.

U of A Golden Bears product and the Elks first round pick in this year’s CFL Draft Cole Nelson has been added to the team’s active roster. The Elks also released defensive lineman Rossini Sandjong, the team’s eighth round pick from the 2020 CFL Draft.

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The Elks will host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium looking to break a five-game losing streak and keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Kick-off will be at 7:45 p.m., 630 CHED will have live coverage starting with Countdown to Kick-off starting at 6 p.m.

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Hockey legend Mark Messier offers his views on leadership, success in new memoir

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Mark Messier calls No One Wins Alone his memoir. But it’s really the hockey icon’s recipe for success, on and off the ice.

And given Messier’s resume, it’s no surprise he wrote the book on winning.

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Known as the Moose, Messier won six Stanley Cups as well as the Hart Memorial Trophy (twice), Ted Lindsay Award (twice), Lester Patrick Trophy and the Conn Smythe Trophy in a glittering pro career that stretched from 1978 to 2004.

Edmonton Oilers' captain Mark Messier, center, along with his teammates holds the Stanley Cup above his head in voctory after the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-1, to win the Stanley Cup series in Boston May 1990.

Edmonton Oilers' captain Mark Messier, center, along with his teammates holds the Stanley Cup above his head in voctory after the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-1, to win the Stanley Cup series in Boston May 1990.


He captained the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks, finishing his NHL career with 694 goals, 1,193 assists and 1,887 points in 1,756 games to rank third on the all-time scoring list behind former teammate Wayne Gretzky (2,857) and Jaromir Jagr (1,921).

“Like Gordie Howe, Messier is credited with being the most complete player of his generation,” reads his Hockey Hall of Fame biography.

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The book focuses on Messier’s hockey career and not much more. That was a conscious effort with Messier acknowledging he saw books like Pat Riley’s The Winner Within: A Life Plan for Team Players and Phil Jackson’s Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success as models that “many different people could read it and take something out of it.”

Mark Messier skates during pre-game warm up at GM Place prior to his first game back in Vancouver as a New York Ranger Friday Nov. 17, 2000.

Mark Messier skates during pre-game warm up at GM Place prior to his first game back in Vancouver as a New York Ranger Friday Nov. 17, 2000.

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“I was fortunate enough to play on some great teams with some great people,” he said.

“One of the last things we that came up with was the name (of the book),” he added. “And I didn’t want to settle for any name. I wanted the name to really represent what the book was about. I think No One Wins Alone really kind of says it all. it’s all about the people.

“I thought I played hockey for 26 years and what I realized when I retired is I wasn’t in the hockey business, I was in the people business.”

While Messier opens up on his interest in Indigenous cultures, spirituality, travel and even an unintentional experiment with magic mushrooms, he offers little on his private life — although there is a brief reference to his much-ballyhooed time with Madonna. “Interesting woman, but we went out only once,” he writes

“I don’t know if my personal life was that interesting,” he said with a chuckle in an interview.

But he is far more forthcoming on his hockey relationships, from teammates to coaches — on what worked and why.

“I didn’t want to be critical of anyone or anything,” he explained. “I wanted it to be a positive read about teamwork and leadership. And so trying to thread that needle and hopefully write it so it’s entertaining and a wide group of people could enjoy it, was what I was concerned about.”

Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier left, gives Calgary Flames Bobby Dollas (4) his patented stare after they collided during the first period of NHL action in Vancouver Wednesday Feb. 9, 2000.

Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier left, gives Calgary Flames Bobby Dollas (4) his patented stare after they collided during the first period of NHL action in Vancouver Wednesday Feb. 9, 2000.

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For the most part, he delivers. It’s an easy read that will be of interest to both the hockey and corporate world.

“I think the beautiful thing about sport in general is it does give you life lessons that you can take with the rest of your life — no matter what level, any kind of team sport — the commitment, the
accountability, the work ethic, the discipline, put-your-head-down-and-get-it-done grind mentality can serve anybody well post-retirement or in business or whatever,” he said.

Messier attributes his work ethic to his family, noting his father Doug combined hockey, university and a teaching job after a stint playing for the Nottingham Panthers in England. That kind of drive did not go unnoticed.

“It was hard to make excuses about not having enough time to get things done to a man whose days seemed to be 25 hours long.” Messier writes.

He also points to childhood family trips from Edmonton to a holiday home in Oregon, with seven family members and 80-pound sheepdog Tootie packed into an Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon. Lessons learned on such trip stayed with Messier.

“As a leader, you learn to accept and appreciate that each of your teammates might react differently to the same situation,” he writes. “With that knowledge, you can resolve any conflicts that arise from a place of understanding.”

He also differentiates between inspiration and motivation, saying “If you create a great place to work where people are inspired by a shared purpose and goal, they will motivate themselves.”

He preaches respect, for teammates, coaches, doctors and trainers and others in the organization.

“What you do off the ice is all about respect, and it helps build a team,” he writes. “You have tor recognize that you’re all one entity, pulling on the same oar to get to the goal of winning.”

Messier says he was always curious about ways to improve mind and body and willing to ask questions when he failed, seeing it as an “opportunity to get to know yourself.”

“And of course I was playing with great players,” he said. “I played with the greatest player of all time for 12 years. Watching him prepare and the amount of time that he spent in the game, away from the game concentrating on the game, preparing for the game, focusing on the game, was enlightening to me. And then I just had to find my own path and what worked for me the best.”

Now 60, Messier is a studio analyst for ESPN’s hockey coverage. He has also campaigned long and hard for the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, to occupy the Kingsbridge Armory space in the Bronx, in a bid to offer New Yorkers more ice surfaces.

“The same things apply,” he said. “You’ve got to find a way to work with people and maximize the potential.”

No One Wins Alone comes out Tuesday.

Messier will appear on 630 CHED’s CHED Mornings with Daryl McIntyre on Thursday Oct. 28 at 7:05 a.m.

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