The Malaysian World Junior

What? The coming of Monday Night Raw on August 22? That of Michael Buble in October? None of this, although these are not trivial subjects, let’s agree.

No, rather the lack of enthusiasm about the World Junior Hockey Championship taking place these days in the capital of Alberta after being canceled due to COVID-19 during the last holiday season.

Pushing it back to August may have seemed like a good idea last winter; it is a little less so now.

There is an unease in the air about the event. A backstory rarely mentioned, if only lip service. This results in a disaffection of amateurs. Canada attracts an average of 4,100 spectators per game, peaking at 5,200 against Finland on Thursday, far from the numbers expected when the tournament is presented in the west of the country in general.

The international federation does not specify the number of spectators for all the matches, and prefers to keep this information for itself when we can clearly see, by eye, that there are only a few hundred supporters scattered in the stands. .

The bars in the city center are not full, motivated supporters with their team bibs on their backs are rather rare. Hey, here’s one at the end of the street… Oh no, we confused it with a rugby shirt. Sorry to have disturbed you.

We stop in front of a well-looking estaminet to shout at this gentleman with an Expos cap. Inevitably, it must be a friendly boy.

He is from Kingston and bought his tickets a long time ago.

I am a fan of this tournamenthe says, admitting in the same breath that the atmosphere is gloomy.

It’s summeradvances his partner, the two having preferred to keep their names silent.

This is the often cited reason. People don’t mind hockey in August. Quite possible. This volunteer had told us as much the day before.

There was so much excitement during the holiday season, we were all ready. It’s not crowded, it’s true, but it’s so nice outsideshe said.

We look outside. Impossible to contradict her.

Now it’s Team Canada junior forward Nathan Gaucher’s turn.

It’s summer, it might be different. It’s still the world junior tournament, the fans are in it, you can see it in the stands. I couldn’t tell you it’s the same as Christmas, but I think it’s still pretty goodhe believes.

His remarks are reported to the two thirsty Expos fans, and they nod. About to take his leave, the Kingstonian adds: There is also a lot of noise around Hockey Canada.

This is the end of the sentence that often seems to be left hanging. As if no one wanted to touch it, although it is obvious that the scandals that have stained Hockey Canada for three months and which have only grown in magnitude do not leave many indifferent.

If you’re not an avid hockey fan like me, adds our man at the table, beer in hand, there may be some form of boycott.

For professional purposes, of course, we enter the establishment to meet the manager, Jordan Beatty, to whom we referred previously.

It’s definitely less busy than we expected. There was excitement in the air for the tournament before Christmas, it just didn’t materialize in the endhe explains.

Beatty counts on his fingers, he lists the causes, in his opinion, of this disengagement.

He talks about the weather, the month of August, the fact that only half of the tickets had been sold in December due to the reduced capacities at that time and that the campaign to sell the rest beat l wing a bit.

I will tell you the truthcontinues Beatty.

The scandal is a major reason for many people. You would have to be naive to think otherwise. This is the topic of the hour in town. People ask each other if they’re going to see games, and the answer is often, “I’m not going to support people who take money from families to settle cases of alleged abuse. sexual”he explains.

Inexhaustible, Beatty says that his establishment had organized an evening during which he gave away tickets if people signed up for a little fun competition completely free, and that he had struggled to find people simply to accept them.

I think Hockey Canada does not fully appreciate the seriousness of the situationhe argues.

Little sporting interest

Even National Hockey League (NHL) scouts are not rushing to the gate. From a pure sporting point of view, the caliber is very disparate between the national teams and even within each of them.

Summer is not a good period for evaluation, a recruiter whispered to us.

Players finished on June 25. Others have been in the gym for two months. They are all to different degreesobserves our man.

I can’t say that we attach great importance to the tournament in terms of player evaluation. »

A quote from A scout for an NHL team

This tournament is one of drafted players. Nevertheless, according to this scout, the teams usually pay more attention to it.

In December, we will take a closer look, because the players are in the middle of the season and the stakes are high too.he adds.

The fact that several talents have withdrawn in order to concentrate on the opening of the NHL camps in the coming weeks could have opened the door to more young people eligible for the next draft, which was not the event in the end.

Another scout let us know that his team only has five players in this tournament who are in the top four rounds of their preliminary standings for the 2023 draft.

There are games between two junior teams that bring together so many hopeshe specified.

No matter how you look at it, this tournament is largely under the radar these days.

The players of this edition, however, do not seem to suffer too much. After all, there is a gold medal on the line and a quarter-final game against Switzerland on Wednesday night.

Rescue in the Dominican Republic: miners rescued with the help of Abitibi drillers

Using its specialized equipment, an Abitibi-based drilling company helped extricate two workers trapped for 10 days in an underground mine in the Dominican Republic.

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“It’s quite rare that we are lucky enough to be able to save people with what we do. You just can’t refuse,” says Sylvain Desrosiers, general foreman at Machines Roger International.

Last week, he and his colleagues lent a hand in an operation to extricate two workers trapped for ten days in a copper and zinc mine in the Dominican Republic.

Gregores Mendez and Carlos Yepez Ospina had been cut off from all contact with the surface on July 31 after a landslide in this mine located about 80 km north of the capital Santo Domingo.

Shortly after the accident, a Canadian mining contractor working on the site contacted Machines Roger International, a Val-D’Or company specializing in drilling large diameter holes, to ask for help.

The company’s director of operations, Christian St-Amour, quickly accepted the request, even though it was a first for the company.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) were called upon, as they have the only planes capable of transporting their 27,000 kg equipment.

Photo from Anita Anand’s Twitter

Military aircraft were the only ones able to carry the 27,000 kg of equipment required.

“It’s not every day that you get the chance to board a CAF aircraft. It’s something grandiose,” recalls Mr. St-Amour.

Bypass

When the team arrived on the scene on August 7, workers were already busy digging a bypass tunnel to reach the two miners.

However, this technique poses significant health risks to those inside the mine, due to the gases that are released during the use of explosives.

The Quebec drillers therefore dug a vertical tunnel 33 meters above the two miners, using their machinery.

“Our hole was used to be able to send breathing apparatus and protective equipment to the two miners in order to protect them while the blasting took place,” explains Mr. St-Amour.

Photo courtesy, Machines Roger International

Their machinery made it possible to quickly dig a 33-meter vertical tunnel in order to transport equipment to the miners.

Alternate plan

If the foreground didn’t go as planned, the opening of the hole would have been widened enough to be able to extricate the workers from their precarious position.

“The ground conditions are quite extreme in this sector of the mine, it could be that they are unable to progress with the gallery”, illustrates Mr. St-Amour.

A hundred Dominican experts and technicians took part in the rescue.

The miners said in a video that they enjoyed good conditions underground.

“We slept comfortably, it made the stay less difficult [même si] the first days were complicated,” said Carlos Yepez Ospina.

– With AFP

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Radio Radio, Lydia Képinski and Tortoise at POP Montreal this fall

After unveiling some headliners in May, including Allison Russel, Tortoise and Lydia Képinski, the POP Montreal festival is adding Radio Radio, Sophia Bel, Robert Robert and Joe Rainey to its lineup, among others.

For its 21st year, the festival offers from September 28 to October 2 nearly 200 shows in some twenty venues in Montreal. A wide variety of artists will be featured, including Martha Wainwright, Julie Doiron, Jonathan Nobody and Born Ruffians.

POP Montreal will also feature Quebec artists Maky Lavender, Julie Doiron, Magi Merlin, Patrick Holland, Laroie and Élage Diouf. The lineup also includes 1970s British funk band Cymande, reggae singer Sister Nancy – hit song performer Bam Bam – and the Aboriginal musical ensemble Ombiigizi, nominated for the Polaris Prize.

In addition to musical performances, the festival offers conferences, exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings and literary encounters.

“The agricultural farm, in town, for everyone!” officially inaugurated |

This Tuesday, La Cuisine collective d’Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (La CCHM) officially inaugurated its agricultural farm on the “land” of the head office of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), located on rue Tellier, in Assomption Sud. –Longue Pointe (ASLP).

Subway visited the premises with the director general of the organization, Benoist de Peyrelongue, last May. The project was still at an embryonic stage this spring, with the 530 m² greenhouse not yet built.

Three months later, the CCHM can proudly declare: “mission accomplished”.

“It’s a great collective accomplishment and a huge amount of work by the team, which is really very committed, supports Benoist de Peyrelongue. It’s a dream come true,” he adds, rolling his eyes as he mentions that the sunny weather of the day is a reflection of what’s going on in their heads.

An ideal time therefore, for an ideal cause, according to the CEO, since this expansion of the urban farm will allow the organization to respond even more effectively to its mission oriented towards food security and social reintegration. The results have been so good so far that Benoist de Peyrelongue is convinced that the organization will reach its target of producing 10 to 15 tonnes of vegetables and fruit this year.

“A tiny bit of fruit,” he says. The large fruits, it will be necessary to establish the 70 trees here. There is another site that is emerging and where there will be about fifteen other fruit trees.

Benoist de Peyrelongue does not want to stop there and continues his research to find new cultivable land in the East, as well as new partners.

Benoist de Peyrelongue, CEO of La CCHM
Photo: Denis Germain, Metro media

Give back to the community

Several political and economic players were present at the event, including of course the general manager of the SAQ, Catherine Dagenais, the main partner of this new agricultural farm.

I am very proud of the partnership we have with La CCHM. Giving back to the community is what everyone should be doing.”

Catherine Dagenais, General Manager of the SAQ

The Liberal MNA for Hochelaga, Soraya Martinez Ferrada, for her part, underlines the evolution of the urban farm of La CCHM, whose facilities developed in 2021 around the real estate complex of commercial, industrial and office rental spaces Le 5600, rue Hochelaga.

“It’s a beautiful sequel to the vertical garden at 5600 that Benoist started with Jacques Dupras [gestionnaire du 5600]but it is above all a rooting of a solidarity urban agricultural farm, centered on the community, made by the community with the community.

Assumption South–Longue-Pointe

Also present, the mayor of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Pierre Lessard-Blais, and the councilor for the Maisonneuve–Longue-Pointe district, Alia Hassan-Cournol, underlined their pride that this project was carried out in their borough.

“La Cuisine collective is an excellent example of a community organization that is constantly innovating and adapting,” says the mayor of MHM.

We see that the needs are there, particularly with the increase in grocery prices.

Pierre Lessard-Blais, Mayor of MHM

The elected official also explains that the Borough has modified the regulations in ASLP to allow this kind of project, “a corner that needs love”, he concludes.

Alia Hassan-Cournol goes in the same direction, underlining the problems of cohabitation in ASLP between residential and industrial.

“It’s projects like that that we want to see multiply in the borough and it’s a way of fighting against food deserts and against heat islands,” says the councillor.

During the inauguration, the guests could taste the products of the agricultural farm.
Photo: Denis Germain, Metro Media

Various ways are possible to obtain the products of La CCHM, among other things by visiting the organization’s website to order your basket or by going to the market on Fridays and Saturdays at the Place des tisserandes on rue Ontario in in front of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church in Hochelaga.

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Lobster: fishing is not profitable this year, deplore fishermen

The atmosphere was not festive at the Cap-Pelé wharf on Tuesday afternoon. Fishermen have learned what price they will get for lobster this season: between $4.50 and $5 a pound. Last year at this time they were getting $7 a pound.

We have prices, but it’s not strong. They say it’s stuck everywhere that lobster don’t sell, that’s the reason explains Captain Guy Cormier. I take it one day at a time, we are not dead today.

At the Cap-Pelé wharf, fishermen are not satisfied with the price they receive for their catch.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Nicolas Steinbach

It’s annoying, but it’s no use crying about it. We’ll just know how much we made once we’re done with the season adds Captain Norbert Gaudet philosophically.

A fall in prices that hurts fishermen

At this price, captains are fishing at a loss according to the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (UPM).

The organization receives calls from fishermen, often new to the industry and who fear going bankrupt if prices do not go up.

Fishing companies may not arrive this year. At $4.50, $5, we are talking about a price that is below the break-even point for a fishing business explains Luc LeBlanc, Fisheries Advisor at theUPM.

Freshly caught lobster, at the wharf in Cap-Pelé, in southeastern New Brunswick.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Nicolas Steinbach

The Maritime Fishermen’s Union estimates that for their business to be profitable, fishermen must earn at least $6 a pound.

It takes at least $7 to running them rigs what we have there. Everything goes up, the fuel is more expensive, the bouette, the deckhands you have to pay for them too estimates for his part the captain Norbert Gaudet.

However, the industry is not prepared to guarantee this price.

Unfortunately, hope is not what makes a market. We have commercial realities with which we must deal. We all want it, I want fishermen to be able to earn a good living. But there’s no guarantee [que les prix vont augmenter] and we take it week by week explains Nat Richard, Executive Director of the Maritime Lobster Processors Association.

A return of the pendulum after a lucrative pandemic

Fishermen have had golden years during the pandemic, argues Nat Richard.

Last year we reached an unprecedented threshold of 3.2 billion exports. The entire industry, from the fisherman to the processor, has benefited from it, we have faced an absolutely incredible demand.

This year, the markets are in sharp decline.

Maritime Lobster Processors Association Executive Director Nat Richard.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Nicolas Steinbach

The economic context has changed a lot and has darkened a lot in recent months. We are constantly being told about the risk of recession, we know the impact Ukraine has had, we are making a slow exit from COVID. The market is losing momentum and weakening. So if the markets are weaker, the prices paid to fishermen will be lower. says Nat Richard.

Cold stores are full of unsold shellfish from previous seasons, the result of product dribbling away.

Pressure tactics?

L’UPM evokes possible means of pressure, if the situation does not evolve in favor of the fishermen during the next days or the next weeks.

Luc LeBlanc, fisheries advisor with the Maritime Fishermen’s Union.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Nicolas Steinbach

Fishermen could, for example, decide not to fish or to fish less. This would limit access to the resource for other players in the industry, such as processors, which would have a negative impact on their profits.

Keep an eye out in the next week there will be changes for sure because anglers will be forced to break even or at least cut their losses and essentially stop fishing says Luc LeBlanc, the theUPM.

The lobster season in Area 25, which spans southeastern New Brunswick and southwestern Prince Edward Island, ends Oct. 12.

Based on a report by Nicolas Steinbach.

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