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Thousands say goodbye to Beliveau at Montreal funeral

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Dec 10th, 2014

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A who’s who of the hockey and political worlds paid an emotional farewell on Wednesday to Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau, whose death last week unleashed a national outpouring of grief.

Dickie Moore remembered his longtime teammate as a “great man.”

“It is a tremendous honour to stand here for my teammate and friend Jean Beliveau,” said Moore, the first person to deliver an eulogy at the emotional funeral. “Everyone has said so many wonderful words about him, words like strength, dedication, devotion and elegance.

“I was lucky to have been with Jean for many glorious years with the Canadiens, lucky to share amazing moments together, lucky to have him as a friend.

“Would you rather be good or lucky? I was lucky. He was good,” he said to chuckles from the congregation.

Moore was followed to the podium at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral by Yvan Cournoyer, one of six pallbearers at the sombre event.

Cournoyer spoke about Beliveau, 83, in revered tones as his “captain” and described what he called almost a father-son relationship with the late icon.

“Oh captain, my captain, bon voyage,” Cournoyer said, his voice choking.

Other teammates who delivered eulogies were Serge Savard and Ken Dryden, who recalled being Beliveau’s roommate toward the end of the 1970-71 season as the goaltender was breaking into the league.

“He treated everyone with respect,” Dryden told the service. “He said the right things and in the right way, in French and in English, because that’s what he believed and that’s what he was.

“He made every occasion better. He made everyone who was there feel that their town, their organization, their province, their country, their event mattered. That they mattered.”

Canadiens owner Geoff Molson also addressed the service and spoke of Beliveau as an athlete, a friend, a champion and an example to follow.

“He was a special man, a Jean Beliveau like no other,” he said.

Beliveau’s casket was draped with the flag of the Canadiens, the team with which he won 10 Stanley Cups as a player and another seven as a team executive.

The other designated pallbearers were Savard and former Canadiens players Phil Goyette, Guy Lafleur, Robert Rousseau and Jean-Guy Talbot.

Those attending the funeral included Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Gov. Gen. David Johnston, former prime ministers Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and ex-Quebec premiers Jean Charest and Bernard Landry.

Former NHLers included Mario Lemieux and Luc Robitaille.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman also travelled to Montreal.

“He was just great to be around,” Bettman told reporters before the service. “And he’s going to be terribly missed.”

He was asked about suggestions that the Conn Smythe Trophy could eventually be named after Beliveau.

“We’ve been focused more on his passing and that loss and celebrating his life and I know at the appropriate time we’ll focus on what is a remembrance fitting for someone like Jean Beliveau,” Bettman said.

Harper described Beliveau as someone who transcended his sport.

“We’ve obviously lost a great citizen, somebody who was admired and respected by everybody everywhere in the country,” he said on his way into the service. “I certainly have admired Mr. Beliveau since I was a young boy.

“He was an individual who was great in his sport but ultimately even greater than his sport. He’s already part of the Hockey Hall of Fame and now he’s become part of the history of our country.”

A few hundred seats were reserved for fans on a first come, first served basis. Those who couldn’t get inside were able to watch the ceremony on giant screens nearby.

Montreal police, who have been wearing camouflage pants and red ballcaps in recent months to protest pension plan reforms, wore their regulation uniforms out of respect for Beliveau.

Beliveau entered the Hockey Hall of Fame the year after his retirement in 1971.

Thousands of people filed into the Bell Centre on Sunday and Monday to pay tribute to Beliveau and shake hands with his wife, Elise.

On Tuesday night, the Canadiens honoured him before their game against the Vancouver Canucks.

How to budget for the holidays

Bruce Sellery | posted Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014

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Dear Bruce

I overspend at Christmas every single year. How much should I budget for the holidays?
— Julia Graham, Burnaby, B.C.

Dear Julia,

Every family’s holiday budget is different. What you want to spend over the holidays, and what you have in terms of disposable income and pre-existing debt, are unique to you. I’ve found that the amount of your holiday budget matters less than just sticking to it — simply being conscious of your spending makes an enormous difference. That said, create a budget that’s as inclusive as possible: gifts, of course, plus food and liquor if you’re entertaining, gas if you’ll be driving to visit far-flung family members, donations to charity, tickets to holiday shows and maybe even some money to pay for a new outfit if you absolutely need one for the big holiday party. Total it, then decide what you could add or subtract to get to a number you’re comfortable with. Plan ahead to ensure you’ll have that amount in your bank account when the bills arrive in the new year. If you know you’ll be carrying debt, figure out how you’re going to pay it off well before the next holiday season rolls around. And, unless you put yourself on your gift-giving list, watch out for the “one for you, one for me” pitfall, no matter how tempting the sale is.

Dear Bruce

I backed our van into a lamp post a few months back and had to put $8,000 on my credit card for repairs. What is the best plan to pay off the debt quickly and avoid high-cost interest charges?
— Vivienne West, Calgary

Dear Vivienne,

Sorry about your van — but good for you for getting on top of this after a few months, instead of a few years. I would start with a reality check: Create a chart that lists each lender, outstanding amount, interest rate, due date and minimum payment for all your debts, then total it (see chart below). Next, choose a payment approach. Mathematically, your best option is to pay off the highest-rate card first, and pay just the minimum on the others. But some people choose the “debt snowball” method, which is to pay off the card with the lowest balance first to give them a feeling of accomplishment. Next, you need to devise a plan for how you will cut spending and/or increase income to eliminate the debt. Be specific: Are you going to transfer the balance to a lower-rate line of credit, cut eating out for three months or work extra shifts on weekends? Will those things do the trick by the deadline you set? Write the plan down on paper, then share it with at least one other person to give yourself some accountability. Best of luck.

Calculate your total debt

 

Dear Bruce

I want to switch my current no-frills credit card to one that rewards me with each purchase, especially since the holiday-spending season is here. I plan to pay off my purchases entirely each month. Which rewards card offers the best value?

— Anna Fraser, Halifax

Dear Anna,

My five-year-old, Abby, loves the bunny stamp she gets at gymnastics — a nice little reward for a great class. If you pay off your credit card in full every month, you deserve a reward too. MoneySense magazine has a simple online credit-card selector tool to help you find the one that’s best for you. First, the tool will ask you a few questions, like whether you would rather have cash back on your purchases, retail rewards at a particular chain or travel points. Then it’ll ask how much you spend every month on things like groceries, restaurants, clothing and gas. Finally, from your answers, it will generate a list of cards for you to choose from (based on an exhaustive analysis of each rewards program). Before you make a selection, do a gut check. For example, if you don’t fly the airline or shop at the store associated with the card, take it off the list. You will then be left with a curated list of cards best suited to your lifestyle. But remember, rewards credit cards, like gymnastics, can be dangerous, so take the proper precautions to reduce your risk of getting hurt.

WATCH: ‘Calgary’s Worst Driver’ caught on camera

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Dec 7th, 2014

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Police in Calgary are searching for the star of a new viral video, but for all the wrong reasons.

After seeing this surveillance video posted to YouTube — which as of Sunday morning had more than 861,000 views — officers have started a hit-and-run investigation, and are looking for the driver of a silver BMW involved in the following painful parking job:

So what do you think: Is this the worst driving you’ve ever seen? Share your worst driver stories or videos for your city in the comments below!

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Dec. 6

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Dec 6th, 2014

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Get ready for a busy day of hockey on Saturday.

The action kicks off this week with an early game before a impressive five-game lineup that will be shown across the country, including four Canadian teams.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 4 P.M. GAME:

Philadelphia Flyers at Los Angeles Kings (Sportsnet)

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Canucks, Leafs split their two regular season matchups last season…Vancouver has won 11 of 15 road games this season…Leafs forward Phil Kessel has eight points (five goals, three assists) in eight career games against Vancouver.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson
Game notes: The Stars are in last place in the Central Division with 23 points in 23 games…Jamie Benn has never registered an assist against the Canadiens in his career…Canadiens goalie Carey Price started Friday night so he isn’t expected to start Saturday.

Also on Rogers at 7 p.m.:
New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings (Sportsnet)
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (FX)

THE 10 P.M. GAME:

San Jose Sharks vs. Calgary Flames 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Greg Millen
Game notes: Flames have won eight of their last 10 games…Sharks forward Joe Thornton has 39 points (seven goals, 32 assists) in 44 career games against Calgary…Karri Ramo beat San Jose in his last matchup against Sharks, registering a 32-save shutout on Nov. 26.

Top 5 videos week of December 1 to 5, 2014

BT Montreal | posted Friday, Dec 5th, 2014

Here are your top 5 most popular videos of the week:

 

1. Karolina Jez brings us the best new spots for December:

 

2. Be fashionable at the office party:

 

3. New Canadiens anthem singer Briannah Donolo:

 

4. Easy, effective holiday workouts:

 

5. First female engineering graduate from Ecole Polytechnique, Michele Thibodeau-DeGuire:

 

The ultimate toy guide 2014: 19 toys for babies and toddlers

Today's Parent | posted Thursday, Dec 4th, 2014

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Best toys for babies and toddlers

Click here to read more.

A version of this article appeared in our November 2014 issue with the headline “The ultimate toy guide holiday 2014,” pp. 63-86.

Project 97: A conversation on sexual assault, abuse & harassment

Maclean's | posted Wednesday, Dec 3rd, 2014

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Take a quick glance at the data on sexual assault in Canada and you will find a disturbing set of numbers. Like 472,000: the number of Canadian women who reported being sexually assaulted in 2009, the last year Statistics Canada conducted a comprehensive survey. Or 1,680: the number of assault reports that ended with convictions in Canadian courts in 2011. Or 67: the percentage of Canadians who say they know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.

The vast majority of sexual assaults against women in this country — about 97 per cent — are never recorded as crimes by police. It is an outrageous statistic, and it’s the reason we have decided to launch a year-long project examining Canada’s staggering problems with sexual violence.

In most cases, police don’t investigate because assault victims haven’t come forward — though the 97 per cent figure also reflects the fact that some report but later withdraw their complaints. Women have plenty of reasons to want to avoid pressing charges: many find their encounters with the legal system, particularly the highly adversarial courtroom experience, as traumatizing as the original assault. They worry about how others will perceive them if they come forward as victims — particularly in the pile-on-and-think-later world of social media.

They may believe the justice system will be biased against them; they certainly know that once inside it, their own actions will be scrutinized. (Did they have a drink before the assault occurred? Perhaps they’d once dated their assailant?) In some cases, victims feel they are just too busy with careers, school and families to have the time to go back to the police station.

That 97 per cent must change — because in any just and civil society, victims of sexual assault shouldn’t be suffering in silence, feeling that they can’t speak up, believing that they have no chance of seeing justice.

The silence may be ending. At the very least, a new conversation could be beginning — one that Canadians have needed for years. The stunning criminal charges against former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi; the heart-wrenching accounts of the tortured final year of Nova Scotia teenager Rehtaeh Parsons; the allegations against comedian Bill Cosby of serial sexual assaults on a number of women — these cases have sparked fresh discussion about what needs to be done to change such appalling statistics.

“The best solution, if there is such a thing, is for people to know that it’s not going to be quiet anymore,” says Cheri DiNovo, a Toronto member of the Ontario legislature who shared her own story of rape by an ex-boyfriend for this project.”This is not going to be hush-hush.”

We want to keep that conversation going. Over the course of the next 12 months, Rogers Media — through its publishing and broadcasting outlets, including Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, Flare, Today’s Parent, Châtelaine, L’actualité and CityNews — will explore issues of sexual assault, abuse and harassment as it affects both women and men.

Watch for our journalism at www.project97.ca and on each publication’s website. We hope you’ll read these stories and share some of your own as we embark on this year-long exploration of what it’ll take to make that number, 97 per cent, a lot lower.

Rogers is the parent company of this station and website.

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