Oilers fans keep tradition of watching playoffs in backyard alive

For a city that can sometimes feel like it’s under attack from winter for most of the year, an extended Edmonton Oilers playoff run can pose a cruel dilemma for hockey fans.

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After all, for many, cheering on their team is a way to get through the winter. But sitting inside to watch a hockey game when it’s sunny and over 15 C outside – as it was Wednesday when the puck dropped for Game 7 between the Oilers and Ducks – makes some wish you could do both. And so they do.

“We’re having a backyard party,” Terry Greanya said from his backyard Oilers party in the north Edmonton neighbourhood of Killarney Wednesday night. “(It’s) just like we had when we were kids – what my parents threw during the playoffs.

“It’s just friends, family, neighbours, whoever wants to join is more than welcome.”

It’s a fan tradition that’s been carried on by many in Alberta’s capital throughout the Oilers 2017 playoff run.

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And the enthusiasm for such get-togethers could be higher this year than in past as for more than a decade, Oilers fans haven’t been forced to consider how to cheer on their team amid balmy temperatures – the Oilers haven’t played in the NHL’s post-season since their Cinderella-like run to the Stanley Cup final in 2006.

Greanya said adding an outdoor fire to the mix makes it that much better.

“I just thought of that one night. ‘Why don’t we have a fire and a hockey game? We can’t have a fire in the house so let’s just take the TV outside.’”

“Let’s go Oilers,” a friend cheered while Greanya spoke.

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Greanya remembers watching the Oilers during their glory days in the 1980s, winning Stanley Cups with the like of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey and others. Now that the Oilers are once again in the playoffs, he and his brothers are hoping to recreate the special backyard party atmosphere for their children.

“It’s a great feeling – you get to show them what we remember as kids from the Oilers dynasty,” he said. “Just to show all the tradition the excitement, the ups and downs.

“It’s what hockey is about,” he added, as children and parents sat by the fire watching the game and others hit a soccer ball around the yard with hockey sticks.

-with files from Sarah Kraus


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“I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all,” he wrote.

“I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed.”

He went on to write that the American people “should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America.”

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Comey’s firing was announced in a news release on Tuesday.

In it, the White House said that U.S. President Donald Trump was acting on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The firing came days after Comey asked the Justice Department for resources to pursue an investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election, according to officials.

Rosenstein was one of the officials he met with to make the request, they said; the Justice Department denied that Comey had requested money from him to assist with the Russia investigation.

In this Wednesday, May 3, 2017, photo, then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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The New York Times reported Wednesday that Comey’s firing came amid simmering tensions between him and the president.

Comey reportedly told colleagues that Trump was “outside the realm of normal” or even “crazy” after he claimed that former president Barack Obama had wiretapped his election campaign.

Comey had said during a congressional hearing in March that he saw no evidence to support that claim.

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Trump came to believe that he couldn’t trust Comey while the FBI looked into suspected Russian interference in the election, the Times reported.

He had considered letting him go since the day of his election, the newspaper added.

The White House is seeking a new FBI director.

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B.C.’s southern Interior braces for nasty weather

VANCOUVER – Residents across central and southern British Columbia are being warned to watch for danger as another storm approaches the waterlogged region.

A special weather statement from Environment Canada remains in effect, warning that heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to blanket a large part of the southern Interior late Thursday.

The province has issued a statement saying the wet weather could trigger landslides and more flooding, and homeowners, farmers and business owners should take steps to protect their property.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says people should be prepared to either leave quickly or shelter in place for 72 hours.

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Flooding forced hundreds from their homes last weekend and the regional district placed nearly 600 more homes near Lake Country, north of Kelowna, on evacuation alert on Wednesday night.

Canada’s safety minister said Ottawa is watching the B.C. situation closely as more stormy weather approaches.

“Rising temperatures, snow melt and thunderstorms are actually expected to worsen the flooding situation over the period immediately ahead,” said Ralph Goodale.

“We’re watching B.C. and the central part of that province very carefully.”

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Alerts and evacuation orders remain in effect in other parts of the regional district as residents around Kelowna, Merritt, Cache Creek and many parts of the Shuswap are also dealing with flooding and washouts.

Scaled back searches continue for Cache Creek fire Chief Clayton Cassidy, who is believed to have been swept away last week while checking high water levels, and for 75-year-old Roy Sharp, who hasn’t been seen since a mudslide hit his house near Tappen, north of Vernon, on Saturday.

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B.C. election: Greens face stickhandling act, experts say

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s Green party has emerged from Tuesday’s election with a unique opportunity that could help decide the province’s political future but it comes with risks for the upstart political movement.

Political scientists say Green Leader Andrew Weaver must carefully stickhandle the power he has while not alienating his own supporters if the results of the election are confirmed in the coming weeks and no party has a majority in the legislature.

The Liberal party won 43 seats, leaving it one seat short of a majority. The NDP garnered 41 seats, and the Greens finished with three seats, leaving Weaver to determine whether to side with the Liberals or the New Democrats in a minority government situation.

Liberal Leader Christy Clark campaigned on her party’s record of a strong economy while NDP Leader John Horgan called for a change at the legislature after 16 years in Opposition.

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Prof. Richard Johnston of the University of British Columbia said that while the Greens share some common policies with the NDP on issues such as electoral reform, the party must evaluate whether it should back the party that didn’t get the most seats or votes.

“If it’s true that British Columbians voted for a change, that must mean, if you’re Andrew Weaver, ousting Christy Clark from government,” Johnston said Wednesday. “But that would also mean to do that he has to back the loser.”

Kathryn Harrison, also a political science professor at UBC, said the Greens must weigh the risks of either choice but the Liberals may wait to do any negotiating until the final ballot count is released, which must happen by May 24.

However, if the results are confirmed, Harrison said the Liberals and New Democrats may be forced to compromise with the Greens or face another election.

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“Voters really hate having the plug pulled very soon after an election and have to go back to the polls,” she said. “None of the leaders wants to be the one who causes an election.”

Weaver said it’s too early for him to say whether he would back the Liberals or New Democrats but he was willing to compromise and was scheduled to meet with both Clark and Horgan on Wednesday afternoon.

“B.C. Greens are committed to working with whichever party we end up working with,” he said.

“It’s public policy first. Partisan politics? We’re not interested.”

He said his party’s ban on corporate and union donations meant private contributions to his party “went through the roof” during the campaign and that the Greens did not go into debt.

Weaver said he and Horgan agree on some key issues, such as electoral reform and a ban on corporate and union donations.

Horgan’s post-election speech on Tuesday night hit on some of those issues as a potential signal to the Greens.

“British Columbians voted today to get big money out of politics,” he said. “British Columbians voted today for proportional representation.”

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However, the Greens’ and New Democrats’ stance on electoral reform may be a deal breaker with the Liberals, Harrison said.

“Small parties like the Greens are forever disadvantaged by a first-past-the post system. That would be the long-term win for them so maybe that’s one on which they would be willing to take that risk in supporting the NDP to achieve.”

The Green party needed four seats to get official party status in the legislature, which would mean more resources for the party and a greater role in the house.

Weaver said he wouldn’t demand official party status from the other parties to support a minority government, but there’s a chance the Greens could get recognized anyway.

“I suspect other parties would be crawling over themselves to actually offer us official party status in light of where we stand today.”

Sean Spicer mocked on Twitter after report emerges he hid in bushes to avoid press

Hours after Donald Trump fired James Comey on Tuesday, Sean Spicer was left hiding in the bushes on the White House Grounds, according to The Washington Post.

After Spicer conducted a TV interview on a set on the White House grounds, he reportedly wanted to return to his office but the path to his desk was blocked by reporters seeking answers over the bombshell announcement about the FBI director’s dismissal.

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So Spicer spent a few minutes camped out in the dark near some bushes before moving behind a tall hedge. When it became apparent he had little option but to talk to the media, a press office executive assistant emerged to let reporters know her boss would field questions off-camera.

Spicer then appeared, telling reporters, “Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off.

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“We’ll take care of this. … Can you just turn that light off?”

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Saturday Night Live issued a preview Wednesday of what to expect this weekend with McCarthy as the host.

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