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Rebuilt Humboldt Broncos make SJHL playoffs after devastating bus crash

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  • HUMBOLDT, Sask. — The rebuilt Humboldt Broncos hockey team is heading to the playoffs.

    The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team was devastated after its bus and a transport truck collided at a rural intersection almost a year ago.

    Sixteen people — including 10 players — were killed and 13 players were injured.

    Two surviving players returned this season, but the rest of the team was essentially built from scratch after a May training camp.

    The final games of the league’s regular season were held on Tuesday night.

    The Broncos finished sixth out of 12 teams with 35 wins in 58 games and 74 points.

    The Broncos will play the Estevan Bruins in the first playoff round  starting on March 15.

    “It will be a tough series,” Scott Barney, interim head coach of the team, said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “They’ve got a great team down there. They’ve got a lot of older, veteran players who have a lot of experience.”

    He said he marvels at how quickly his rebuilt team has bonded over the season and how players have turned that bond into success on the ice.

    “The guys came together pretty quickly out of training camp,” said Barney, who was assistant coach for the first half of the season. “It seems like they are all playing for each other.”

    Alternate captain Michael Clarke, who joined the team this year, said the Broncos have surpassed everyone’s expectations.

    “I don’t think many of us knew what we were getting ourselves into coming into the year — just with what happened and with so many new players being on the same team and not playing together, it was a bit of a learning curve,” the centreman said.

    Fans have filled the Elgar Petersen Arena to watch the Broncos play and others have cheered the team from afar as it rebuilt.

    Clarke, who was the top scorer with 71 points, said he thinks they have handled the outside pressure well.

    “We tried to shut that out and keep motivated within the room.”

    Clarke wears the “A” along with fellow centres Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter, the two survivors of the bus crash who are back on the team.

    “It’s good in the sense that it helps us relate to what happened even more,” he said. “Seeing two guys, Brayden and Derek, to be able to play through something like that and come back this year.

    “They want to play the game they love — it motivates the rest of the guys.”

    Camrud overcame a severe concussion, loss of feeling in one of his arms and neck issues. He had 27 goals and 28 assists during the regular season.

    Patter, who still struggles with a leg injury, had 10 goals and 11 assists.

    Barney said the three alternate captains have brought the rest of the team together.

    “Having the older players that we do have in the room has really made a big difference with our team,” he said.

    The Broncos lost their coach, Darcy Haugan, in the crash. His replacement, Nathan Oystrick, parted ways with the team in late December.

    Barney took over as interim head coach for the rest of the season. He said the players have adjusted well to the changes.

    “They seemed to buy in right away,” he said. “It showed in our performance.

    “We obviously didn’t want to change too much, so we just got them all believing in each other again, which is the biggest thing when someone new takes over.”

    Barney, a former professional hockey player from Oshawa, Ont., said he has high hopes for the playoffs.

    “I’ve got to keep the guys focused on the task at hand and obviously make things fun, too.”— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton

    The Canadian Press


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    Cambridge University rescinds offer of fellowship for Jordan Peterson

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  • Cambridge University in Britain says it’s rescinded an offer of a visiting fellowship for controversial University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson.

    A Cambridge spokeswoman says Peterson requested a two-month fellowship at the school’s Faculty of Divinity, which had been slated to take place in October and November of this year.

    But she says the university opted to rescind the fellowship opportunity after a review of Peterson’s work.

    Peterson has earned a global following after becoming an outspoken critic of political correctness and advocate for free speech on post-secondary campuses.

    The best-selling author says Cambridge did not directly notify him of the fact that the fellowship he requested after a 2018 visit was rescinded, an allegation the university denies.

    In a blog post, Peterson called the school’s decision “a serious error of judgment” and wished the Faculty of Divinity “the continued decline in relevance that they…deserve.”

    The Canadian Press


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    B.C. legislation only applies to Trans Mountain, project proponent argues

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  • VANCOUVER — The proponent of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says legislation proposed by British Columbia is targeting the project and would significantly impact it.

    A lawyer for Trans Mountain ULC is asking the B.C. Court of Appeal to reject proposed amendments to the province’s Environmental Management Act that would create a permitting system for heavy oil transporters.

    Maureen Killoran says Trans Mountain, which has operated since 1953, is the only pipeline that transports liquid petroleum to the West Coast and the only pipeline to which the legislation would apply.

    She says the proposed law would present more risk than private-sector proponent Kinder Morgan was willing to accept and it sold the pipeline and related assets to Canada for $4.5 billion last year.

    Since the expansion project was first officially proposed in 2013, Killoran says it has been through the largest review in the National Energy Board’s history, a number of court challenges and faced protesters and blockades in B.C.

    She says the energy board ruled the expansion, which would triple the capacity of the pipeline, is in the Canadian public interest because the country cannot get all its available energy resources to Pacific markets including Asia.

    B.C. has argued the proposed rules are not intended to block the project but instead aim to protect its environment from spills and would require companies to pay for any damages, but Killoran disagreed.

    “Trans Mountain will be directly and significantly impacted by the proposed legislation. Indeed, we say it is the target of the proposed legislation,” she told a panel of five judges on Thursday.

    First Nations, the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, and environmental group Ecojustice have delivered arguments in support of B.C.’s proposed rules, in part because of concerns about the local impacts of possible spills.

    Killoran says the energy board recognized that there is a wealth of evidence about the fate and behaviour of diluted bitumen and there is further research underway.

    The board also disputed the views of project opponents including Vancouver that the company hadn’t provided enough information about disaster-response plans, and also recognized that spill prevention was a part of pipeline design, she says.

    The Appeal Court is hearing a reference case filed by B.C. that asks whether the province has the authority to enact the amendments. Canada opposes the amendments because it says Ottawa — not provinces — has exclusive jurisdiction over inter-provincial infrastructure.

    The Trans Mountain pipeline runs from the Edmonton area to Metro Vancouver and the expansion would increase the number of tankers in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.

    Laura Kane, The Canadian Press


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