WATCH: Sign in support of Don Cherry confiscated by NHL
During an NHL game in Vancouver, a fan’s homemade sign which read “Support Don Cherry” was confiscated by the arena’s security, according to Rebel News.
Meghan Markle made an appearance at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre to discuss women’s issues according to Global News.
A Facebook post complete with pictures read, “Look who we had tea with today! The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community,”
Queen Elizabeth confirmed that Markle and Prince Harry would be splitting their time between the U.K. and Canada last week and the two wasted no time settling in.
The move to Canada comes after the royal’s decision to step away from their official duties and take a more relaxed role in the royal family. The couple claiming that they want to be “financially independent” and hope to create a more “progressive new role” within the royal family.
The Queen gave her thoughts as well as her blessings about the decision to move. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spent a lot of time on the west coast since their sojourn began, although they have yet to confirm exactly where they will call home within Canada. However, the couple did choose to spend Christmas with their son, Archie Harrison on Vancouver Island.
Many people in Vancouver were impressed with Markle’s attempt to integrate herself into the Vancouver community.
“What an awesome place for her to come and discuss these kinds of issues. She is so lucky to be speaking to the passionate women of the DTESWC,” one user said.
“Well if this is where the exited royals are going to be maybe having them around will be a wonderful thing. No bling in sight. I bet her mother-in-law would have been happy to see this. Raising awareness where it is needed is always a good thing,” another user wrote on Facebook.
Don Cherry’s name has been taken off of the Western Hockey League’s “Suits up” fundraising project. On Friday night the Edmonton Oil Kings held an event that has previously been advertised with his name.
For the two previous seasons, the event was called “Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation.”
CTV News reported that this year they have changed the name to “Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation.” This will be the wording for the game between the Oil Kings and the Prince Albert Raiders on January 17
For the promotion, the players trade their regular jerseys for suit-themed ones that resemble the suits Don Cherry is famous for wearing during Hockey Night in Canada.
Cherry was recently fired from the program for his controversial comments regarding people not wearing poppies.
He said, “You people … that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”
Cherry also made an announcement letting people know that he will not be coaching the Canadian Hockey League prospects game. The game is an annual event that Cherry has been involved in since 1996 along with his good friend and hockey legend—Bobby Orr.
The WHL has 17 “Suits up” games being played from January to March. The games help fund the Kidney Foundation of Canada. In the first two years of the events, they have raised close to $500,000 for the charity.
Good news, Vancouverites!
The average price of a home in the Greater Vancouver Area has fallen yet again in December of 2019, as the latest housing figures show prices dropped 4.8 percent year-over-year, meaning homes in Vancouver are now, on average, $1.1 million dollars.
That decrease came after a hefty 5.2 percent drop in last year’s third quarter, compared in 2018’s figures at that same time, according to Royal LePage.
Price drops were experienced across numerous types of housing; the median price for a two-storey Greater Vancouver home dropped by 4.7 percent to 1.4 million, with bungalow housing prices falling 6.7 percent to $1.1 million. Condo prices also fell to $645,607.
Prices in the Greater Toronto Area have continued to dip as well, with prices dropping in value roughly 5.3 percent compared to last month to the average number of $854,000, according to The GTA’s home price index.
In comparison, November 2019 saw average home prices in Calgary down 2.3 percent, compared to the previous year.
Below is a map that outlines the average housing prices, provincially.
Team Canada trailed for much of the finals of the World Junior gold medal match against Russia on Sunday, but the managed to come back from a two-goal deficit in the third and win in a dramatic finish with a final score of 4 to 3.
Russia opened the scoring midway through the second period on the power-play with a tipped puck by Nikita Alexandrov.
But Russia got into penalty trouble later in the second with two players getting called on penalties. Team Canada managed to score with the two-man advantage.
The tie didn’t last long, though. Russia scored again before the end of the second period.
At the end of the second, right at the buzzer, Russian player Yegor Zamula took a penalty against Canada’s captain.
In the third Russia would briefly take a two-goal lead before Canada’s Connor McMichael would score to get within one again, after failing to score on a breakaway attempt earlier in the last period.
Team Canada’s captain came through with less than nine minutes of play, scoring a goal at the start of a powerplay.
And with four minutes left Team Canada finally took the lead for the first time in the game, and then never looked back.
Near the end of the game both teams took penalties and it was 4-on-4 play, resulting in a nail-biter finish and Team Canada just holding on to its lead.
Team Canada only won two championships at the World Juniors in the last decade compared to five back-to-back championships in the 2000s, but they start this new decade with gold again.