Sports psychologists think youthful Oilers are ready for pressure of Game 7

The young Edmonton Oilers are gearing up for the biggest game of their season Wednesday night.

In Anaheim, the Oilers will battle with the Ducks in a do-or-die Game 7. The winner will move on to play the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference finals, while the loser will see their season end.

With those kinds of stakes, there will be immense pressure.

READ MORE: Edmonton Oilers to play first Game 7 in over a decade 

But don’t worry yet Oilers fans, the team has impressed two Edmonton area sports psychologists. Both think they have what it takes to get the job done, citing their mental toughness as a big factor.

“Their resiliency has been fantastic,” Nicolas Allen said.

“Being able to come back from some of those losses, and their ability to bounce back after a loss has actually been very impressive.”

Watch below: The series between the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks comes down to Game 7 on Wednesday night. Quinn Phillips is in Anaheim with a preview.

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Oilers versus Ducks: The countdown is on to puck drop


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Allen said ahead of the game, the team will surely be dealing with butterflies, but as long as they are embracing the pressure and not letting it affect them negatively, they can come out on top.

Allen also stressed that keeping the focus on things within their control will be important in a game of this magnitude.

READ MORE: Edmonton Oilers force Game 7 after devastating the Ducks in 7-1 win 

John Stevenson, a performance psychologist with Zone Performance Psychology, agrees.

“When they keep it to things that they can manage and things they can control, there’s a lot less pressure put on themselves.”

“You just keep playing one game at a time,” he added. “You go and do your job and your assignment and your roles.”

Both Allen and Stevenson agree a veteran like Milan Lucic is going to be a big resource for the young team.

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“Having someone this experienced, who’s gone through those situations before, can be incredibly valuable for a team, especially a young team like the Oilers,” Allen said.

Stevenson said having Lucic’s experience is invaluable.

The Oilers face the Ducks Wednesday night at 8 p.m. MST. You can listen to all the action live on 630 CHED, starting with the City Ford Face-Off Show at 6 p.m.

Kathleen Wynne is the least popular premier at home, and across Canada: poll

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has a public opinion problem at home, and elsewhere.

She scored the highest disapproval ratings among any Canadian premier in Ontario, and across Canada, in a Mainstreet Research/Postmedia poll that was released on Thursday.

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In Ontario, Wynne scored a 70 per cent disapproval rating and a 19 per cent approval rating.

Her disapproval rating was close to last year’s, when she scored 71 per cent in Ontario. Her approval rating in her home province was unchanged from 2016.

Wynne’s disapproval at home tied that of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball in his own province, but her approval rating was the lowest of any premier.

Wynne also scored the strongest disapproval rating nationally, hitting 48 per cent, which put her just above Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

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The pollster arrived at its results by calling a “random stratified sample” of 5,250 Canadians between June 12 and 15. The poll used both landlines and cellphones.

Responses were “weighted using demographic information to targets based on the 2016 Census.”

Nationally, the survey had a margin of error of +/- 1.35 per cent; the margin varied in the provinces.

The ‘unknown’ advantage

Meanwhile, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister scored the highest approval rating of any premier in their own province, hitting 53 per cent.

He also received the lowest disapproval rating of any premier in this category.

“Brian Pallister is still unknown on the national stage,” Mainstreet Research president Quito Maggi said in a news release.

Nationally, Pallister received the lowest disapproval rating of any premier, hitting 11 per cent, but he also tied for second-lowest national approval rating, hitting 22 per cent alongside New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant.

Here are Canadian premiers’ approval ratings in their home provinces, from lowest to highest:

10) Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne — 19 per cent

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, centre, is joined by Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, left, and Ontario Housing Minister Chris Ballard in Toronto on Thursday, April 20, 2017 to speak about Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan.

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9) Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball — 21 per cent

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball listens as Finance Minister Cathy Bennett presents the 2016 provincial budget at the House of Assembly in St.John’s, Thursday, April 14, 2016.

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8) Alberta Premier Rachel Notley — 33 per cent

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks about a new hospital that will be built in Edmonton Alta, on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.


7) New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant — 34 per cent

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant fields a question at a meeting of the Council of Atlantic Premiers in Annapolis Royal, N.S. on Monday, May 16, 2016.


6) British Columbia Premier Christy Clark — 37 per cent

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark addresses the media at her office in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, May 10, 2017.


5) Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard — 37 per cent

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard responds to Opposition questions over former premier Jean Charest and Marc Bibeau, during question period Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the legislature in Quebec City.

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4) Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall — 46 per cent

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaks during the closing press conference of the Meeting of First Ministers and National Indigenous Leaders in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.


3) Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan — 47 per cent

Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan.


2) Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil — 50 per cent

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil fields a question as he releases the Liberal platform during a campaign event in Halifax on May 17, 2017.


1) Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister — 53 per cent

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media before the provincial throne speech at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Monday, May 16, 2016.

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Ontario education minister responds after Durham teacher speaks out about classroom violence

Safety in the classroom has been an ongoing issue for educators in Durham Region with some feeling the situation has reached a breaking point, but Ontario’s education minister says that violence shouldn’t be tolerated.

“I was punched in the head multiple times in one week,” Jennifer, a front line teacher with the Durham District School Board, said, adding some of the children who initiated physical contact have been as young as seven or eight years old.

“It’s just not OK for anyone to hit, kick, spit, punch other kids, other adults in the building … teachers, EAs, principals.”

Global News agreed to withhold Jennifer’s real identity as she said she feels speaking out could mean losing her job.

WATCH: Durham Region teacher speaks out about safety in the classroom. Tom Hayes has more. (May 10)


Jennifer works in an integrated classroom where students with special needs and those without are in the same class.

She said she has heard similar stories from other Durham schools, where teachers and educational assistants have been issued Kevlar-like jackets and shin pads.

Jennifer said she hasn’t received training and hasn’t been told how to wear the protective equipment. She said she has accumulated several reports over a six-month period of incidents she has witnessed or experienced.

“I’m afraid to go into the classroom —; imagine what (the students) are feeling … It’s supposed to be the best time of their lives,” she said.

“They’re not safe, they’re not feeling safe.” she said.

The Durham District School Board issued a statement to Global News in response to the concerns raised.

“We value the ongoing input of all staff and we would continue to encourage any staff member to bring concerns to the attention of their school principal and or the superintendent of education,” the statement read in part.

“Our students with special needs have the same right to an education as all other students. Similar to other Ontario school boards, we strive to provide a balance between their needs and the safety of our students and staff. Our goal is to provide a safe, inclusive learning environment for everyone.”

WATCH: Parents say violent incidents in Oshawa elementary school classroom raise concerns. Tom Hayes reports. (May 2)

Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, who is a strong supporter of integrated classrooms, told Global News she’s aware of the concerns in Durham and that violence isn’t tolerated.

“No one should feel that their personal safety is at risk. I want our schools to be a place of safety, at the same time we want to ensure that we support students of all abilities in the classroom,” Hunter told Global News.

“No one should be getting hurt. That’s not accepted … We have to have a continuous process of reviewing safety plans. That’s something that I would expect. I’ve been in touch with this board – it’s an expectation.”

Meanwhile, psychologist Dr. Sam Klarreich said attacks in the classroom can send a negative message to other students.

“A lot of learning goes in in that classroom —; healthy learning as well as unhealthy learning, and it’s the unhealthy learning I’d be concerned about as a parent.”

Tom Hayes contributed to this report

Full statement from the Durham District School Board:

We encourage our staff to continue to bring concerns forward. Health and safety, as a standing agenda item at school staff meetings, is just one example of practices we have in place to foster an open dialogue regarding concerns. We place great emphasis on ensuring that our very capable principals and vice principals operationalize their role under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Our students with special needs have the same right to an education as all other students. Similar to other Ontario school boards, we strive to provide a balance between their needs and the safety of our students and staff. Our goal is to provide a safe, inclusive learning environment for everyone.

We value the ongoing input of all staff and we would continue to encourage any staff member to bring concerns to the attention of their school principal and or the Superintendent of Education.

There are many avenues available to support staff including their union representatives, their school administration, and board staff, who work collaboratively to resolve issues. Safety is a shared responsibility.

Sask. government to remove clause in Bill 64 preventing municipalities from suing over cuts

It appears that municipalities will have the option to take the province to court over cuts to the grants-in-lieu of property taxes program.

Government Relations Minister Donna Harpaurer said she wants to remove a clause in Bill 64 that would prevent municipalities from taking legal action against the province over the cuts.

“I don’t feel it necessary to have that clause, but it was initially written by Justice to have that caution in there,” Harpaurer told the Intergovernmental Affairs committee, Tuesday afternoon.


Harpauer further clarified the shift when speaking with reporters on Wednesday.

“I just didn’t feel that we are at risk. There was some concern of course because we hadn’t seen the contracts or read the contracts or even known how many contracts there were,” she explained.

“There were very few as a matter of fact and we’ve now had a chance to review those contracts and just didn’t feel the clause was necessary.”

Previously, Harpauer put forward a question asking if it made sense for two levels of government to spend money fighting each other in court.

Bill 64 is to finalize the end of the grants-in-lieu of property taxes for SaskPower and SaskEnergy in over 109 communities. The cut saves the province $33 million, but caused affected municipalities to reopen their budgets, often with property tax increases.

The Saskatchewan Association of Urban Municipalities (SUMA) is in the process of consulting with legal counsel to reassess their options on this matter, according to CEO Laurent Mougeot

READ MORE: SUMA wants to engage in ‘meaningful consultation’ with province on budget

Saskatoon city council considered taking the province to court over the cut.

In Regina, city council approved an additional 2.5 per cent mill rate increase last month. The mill rate already went up 3.99 per cent in February during the regular budget deliberations.

Mayor Michael Fougere said that removing this clause is a good symbolic gesture from the provincial government. He still disagrees with the province’s decision to cut grants-in-lieu, but said it’s time to move on.

“It’s time to build relationships. It’s time to go back, talk about what’s constructive,” Fougere said.

“What’s going to happen next year with grants-in-lieu, revenue sharing, alternative forms of revenue, are much more important than dealing with this issue now.”

Why do killers livestream their crimes?

Social media lets people broadcast their lives in real time – their kids’ first steps, their weddings… and even their crimes.

In April the internet witnessed, on multiple occasions, gruesome crime on full digital display. When the man now known as the Cleveland Killer used Facebook Live to stream himself shooting 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr., law enforcement said the video “should not have been shared.”

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Facebook itself vowed to better monitor the content being shared to its platform to ensure that the world’s most inhumane crimes aren’t viewed widely within its online community.

Despite the response on all fronts, similar crimes have taken place at least two more times.

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David Wilson, professor of criminology at Birmingham City University, says the only thing that’s new about this phenomenon is the livestreaming feature.

It’s always been common for violent criminals and killers to seek fame and recognition for their actions. In the past, Wilson explains, these figures have left calling cards behind or would even go so far as to tip off the press themselves.

“Some people in the past would write letters to newspapers, they would leave clues, they would play cat and mouse with police,” explains Wilson.

WATCH: Facebook killing ‘should not have been shared’: Cleveland police

A clear example of this behaviour can be observed in one of the most mysterious criminal cases of the past century; the so-called Zodiac Killer.

While no one was definitively identified as the perpetrator, the Zodiac Killer claims to have killed 37 people —; five of which have been confirmed —; between 1968 and 1969, in North Carolina.

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Beginning in 1969, the Zodiac Killer began sending letters to Bay Area Newspapers taking credit for the killings and threatening to continue to take lives. In a letter to the San Francisco Examiner in 1969, the murderer identified themself as Zodiac for the first time, accompanied by the symbol of a circle with a cross drawn through it. The apparent killer’s final letter to the paper said: “Me – 37 and [San Francisco Police Department] – 0.”

Even the internationally-known Jack the Ripper got the name through a calling card: victims were always found in the same state —; with organs missing and the dismembered appearance of having been operated on, almost as if a doctor had done a surgical procedure. Jack the Ripper killed female prostitutes in London between 1881 and 1891.

WATCH: Police in Cleveland searching for suspect after man broadcasts murder live on Facebook

Another example can be found in the early 70s, when Dennis Raider, or the BTK Murderer, killed 10 people in Wichita, Kansas. He sent letters directly to police taunting them under a name that stood for ‘Bind, Torture, Kill.”

In the case of crimes streamed on Facebook Live, the motivations are much the same.

“The idea of the livestream is very much about the performance,” Wilson explains.

“The killer is very much telling a story about themselves. It’s about narcissism; their need to be in control. Their need to be centre stage, to validate their life by taking another life.”

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The three well-known cases of violent crimes that were livestreamed on Facebook in April bear little resemblance to each other besides their distribution method. The first of these livestreams took place on April 17, when the man now known as the Cleveland Killer fatally shot Robert Godwin Sr., and then threatened to kill 15 others.

The second livestream took place on April 25 and depicts a Thai man hanging is 11-month-old daughter. The third stream, which is also a Canadian case, was posted on April 26, and shows a violent attack on 19-year-old Serena McKay.

Neil Boyd, director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, adds that the nature of social media also plays a factor in these cases. He explains that the “sharing” nature of social media has the potential to unearth individuals who don’t view their behaviour as abnormal.

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He explains that while committing a violent crime and livestreaming the act on social media seems like reprehensible behaviour to someone consuming this content, it may not seem so to someone posting it, who may not be in their right mind.

“I think it’s a reflection of social media,” said Boyd. “We know that people use Facebook to talk about themselves. This is a group of fairly anti-social people doing the same thing.”

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Boyd went on to explain that social media is about sharing your life with others, and garnering attention through the events that fill our days. It’s possible that this is what perpetrators who broadcast themselves are attempting to do, with less self-awareness than the average person.

“It’s abnormal in the sense that these people are engaging in acts that are pretty horrific, but they would be involved in this kind of act anyway,” said Boyd. “There’s probably an awareness that 95-99 per cent of the world doesn’t behave that way.”

WATCH: 911 call from Cleveland Facebook killing released

Whether in pursuit of fame or simply using social media to broadcast their lives, “they are trying to get attention,” says Boyd.

These events prompted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to pledge during the network’s F8 developer conference that his company would do everything in its power to prevent similar acts from being posted to the social network in the future.

At the time, the only mechanism Facebook had for discovering these posts was the goodwill of users who reported them. Many times in the past month, the violent posts remained online until enough people had reported them to Facebook moderators. In the case of the Cleveland Killer, it was a few hours. In the case of 11-month old Jullaus Suvannin, it was a full day.

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By sharing and spreading the content, even with the best of intentions, we only give the perpetrator of these acts exactly what they want, he says.

“Livestreaming seems to be a way they can demonstrate their power,” Wilson says about the perpetrators.

He goes on to explain that a billion-user platform such as Facebook should do more to prevent crimes like these from being broadcasted on its platform.

“I think social media outlets need to be far more aware of this. Too often, these images are allowed to circulate for far too long. It shouldn’t be up to the public to bring these to the outlet’s attention,” says Wilson.

WATCH: Man weeps, says he had just seen 74-year-old Facebook Live murder victim

In addition to preserving the integrity of the victims, Wilson says that reducing the circulation of these videos is crucial to prevent a horrific event that went viral from influencing another killer to use Facebook to copy this method.

Facebook acknowledged that the existing reporting mechanism wasn’t adequate when on May 3, the company announced that it would hire 3,000 workers to catch and remove streaming violence.

These events beg the public to consider not only the reasons behind why this content is being allowed to live on platforms for as long as it does, but why viewers sometimes share these posts rather than report them. Wilson says that the internet provides a new means for consuming these acts that may also desensitize viewers to their raw depravity.

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“The liv streaming engines are very much a pathological public space….As a culture, we seem to be drawn to trauma. The desire to consume these images seems to be something that is relatively recent,” says Wilson.

“When an audience viewed a public hanging, they saw up close and personal what death was actually like. When something is online, it’s a distance away. There’s a protective veil.”

He says that the distance the internet places between the viewer and the physical act is a new phenomenon. He also says however, that while posting crimes on social media has become more common, it’s still not relatively common in the grand scheme of homicide.

WATCH: Facebook hires 3,000 new staff to curb violent videos

In a study conducted by Wilson and his colleague Elizabeth Yardley in 2014, the two explored the phenomenon of the “Facebook crime.” The report, which was published in the Howard Journal, found that only 48 murder cases over the previous six years involved social media in some capacity. While that number may seem large, it’s put in perspective when compared to the almost 16,000 people that die by homicide in the United States every year.

“That’s why we have an opportunity now to take steps to prevent this from becoming more common,” Wilson says. How can we do this? By ensuring that videos featuring such content are taken down as soon as possible, experts say, and ideally not permitted to be shared in the first place.

Facebook hiring 3,000 workers to catch and remove streaming violence

The viewing public also has a role to play in reducing this phenomenon, by way of refusing to share this content. If the individuals committing these acts don’t see predecessors becoming famous on social media, explains Wilson, there’s a chance they may be deterred. He himself refers to the killers by name as little as possible when writing about them in his research. He does however, reference the victim by name. They’re the ones that should be remembered, he says.

“Don’t give [the perpetrators] what they want,” says Wilson. He explains that instead of remembering the killers and giving them a place in history, we should remember the names Robert Godwin Sr., Jullaus Suvannin and Serena McKay.