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COVID protocol-related absences: 04/27/21
Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is today’s list: Anaheim – Adam Henrique Calgary – Josh Leivo Montreal – TBA New Jersey – P.K.Anaheim – Adam Henrique
May 25 will mark the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and it’s now almost a year since the iconography in his honour became omnipresent across the world. Even here: from a mural on Montreal’s Villeneuve St. to an ice sculpture in Quebec City. These images have served as reminders of the battles that remain. But have they been enough to make us fully understand the ravages of exclusion and of homogeneity? We’ve had 12 months ofreports, and testimonials, breaking down all the ways the lack of representation is detrimental to us all. Almost 365 days later, do we finally really understand how?
Canadiens Game Day: Habs forced to juggle forward lines vs. Leafs
Forwards Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron and Tomas Tatar did not take part in the Canadiens’ morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre (8 p.m., SN, RDS2, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). The Canadiens announced Wednesday morning that Drouin had been placed on the long-term injured reserve list for personal reasons and will be absent indefinitely. The Canadiens asked that Drouin’s privacy be respected. Byron and Tatar have been dealing with lower-body injuries. Byron has missed the last two games with his injury — a 5-2 loss to the Flames last Saturday and a 2-1 win in Calgary on Monday.
What came after the death of a man that was witnessed by millions was a reckoning. In many instances, it led to real changes in corporations, governmental policies and homes. In others, it was performative and cosmetic. But makeup can’t hold up that long, and as we start taking stock, many entities’ true traits are surfacing again. After the virtue-signalling social media posts and tokenism, do they have real progress to show, a year later?
Osimhen continues his
festival © supplied by Sports.co.uk Victor Osimhen (Naples) When his body leaves him alone, Victor Osimhen can do very badly. The foreground of Naples, back to the competition since March 7, continues to default the opposing defenses. The former LOSC has further demonstrated Saturday on the plot of the Spezia, on the occasion of the 35th day of Serie A.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and its annual Golden Globe awards clearly don’t. Of its 86 members, none are Black. And that has, of course, a series of trickle-down effects. The organization was recently pressured into releasing a plan detailing how it would implement real change within its ranks and practices. It lacked teeth and satisfactory objectives. In response, such Hollywood heavy hitters as Netflix and Tom Cruise — who returned his three Golden Globes — dissociated themselves from the organization. The message and image were clear and unambiguous: The Globes had to shape up and end the smoke and mirrors.
Here in Quebec, we’ve collectively addressed the lack of representation in a timid and almost cryptic manner. The political leadership in power has minimized this plaguing ailment, unwilling to name it and kicking the can across the border. It’s an American issue, Premier François Legault once suggested in a press conference, ignoring all the data that prove that, in fact, it’s also very much a Quebec issue.
Sami Jo's Podcast: Episode 7 – Becky Kellar
Three-time Olympic Gold medalist Becky Kellar chats with Sami Jo Small about how to reinvent yourself to stay valuable and how to stay at the top of your game. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated Becky Kellar is a four-time Olympian medalist with Canada’s national team. She chats with host Becky Kellar about how to adapt and change to stay relevant at the highest level. Kellar also talks about coming back twice after the birth of her sons, how she helped make this process easier for other women, and how teammates and coaches made the journey more memorable.
With our government setting a tone that was out of tune, and with a certain level of public fatigue with diversity and inclusion-talk, what would it take to expose the problem in the clearest of ways?
In the case of Joyce Echaquan, we had a made-in-Quebec example of how lack of representation can be harmful. But as powerful as the video and other images of her were, they seemed to have left the Coalition Avenir Québec government unmoved, as it, about ensuring non-discriminatory health care for Indigenous people.
Sometimes, we need a different perspective to bring home a point.
Earlier this week, andin the team’s more than 100-year history, the Montreal Canadiens played a game without a single Quebec player on the ice. It hurt. Radio-Canada’s Martin Leclerc how that lack of representation in the Habs locker room came to be. It partly originates from the Quebec junior leagues’ pipelines. They are flawed and not well adjusted to the times. The problem is structural, systemic.
Stu Cowan: Canadiens didn't take Leafs lightly in 1979 series
One thing hasn’t changed in Canada since the Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs last met in a playoff series in 1979. There’s a Trudeau in the prime minister’s office. When the Canadiens swept the Maple Leafs in the first round in 1979 en route to their fourth straight Stanley Cup, Pierre Trudeau was prime minister. Now it’s his son, Justin, who is leading the country during this COVID-19 pandemic. In 1979, the president of the United States was Jimmy Carter. The Sugar Hill Gang released Rapper’s Delight, the first commercial rap-music hit, The Deer Hunter won Best Picture at the Academy Awards and Lou Grant was voted TV’s Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy Awards.
Does this mean the junior hockey coaches and staff are deficient? No. But it does signal that the hockey organizations they are part of need a reboot and better tools to deal with the realities of the junior hockey market.
Mayor Valérie Plante and opposition leaders at the National Assembly joined the provincial chorus wishing the sole Quebec NHL team had more Quebecers on its roster.: “I find it unfortunate that there are not more Quebec players with the Canadiens,” saying that more efforts could have been made at the last NHL draft. When suggesting a solution, Legault added: “I think things start at the top.”
He’s right. They do.
Martine St-Victor is a communications strategist and media commentator based in Montreal.and : martinemontreal
Martine St-Victor: Students shouldn't be expected to work for free .
As a kid, I received a weekly allowance from my parents. They, however, never paid me for household chores. That was quite a contrast with the experience of my friends, whose parents paid them to mow the lawn, clear the snow in the driveway and — gasp! — clean their bedroom. The bedroom — that was the kicker for me, the one that most made me question the economic model applied at my house. I stopped just short of starting a union with my brother, but questioned my parents about the discrepancy between us and our friends.