Sports UpdateNHL, Canada reach cross-border travel deal

 

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The NHL has reached an agreement with the Canadian government to allow for cross-border travel beginning with the Stanley Cup semifinals, the league announced on Sunday.
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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While the Canadian government is allowing NHL teams to now cross the border, families have been separated from each other for 15 months and counting. Also many Americans own cottages and homes in Canada and can't get over to maintain or use them. A friend of mine has a summer cottage at Sherkston Beach, Ontario, and he can't go over there. They still make him pay taxes and fees though!

Time for Joe Biden to try to bring the Canadian Prime Minister to the table to get the border open ASAP.

https://buffalonews.com/news/local/families-separated-by-canadian-border-closure-beg-and-plead-for-reopening/article_30af3e36-c706-11eb-a30c-affbdbdcb5c2.html#tracking-source=home-trending

Families separated by Canadian border closure 'beg and plead' for reopening

By Caitlin Dewey
Buffalo News


April Parkhill had planned to get married more than a year ago. Instead, the 29-year-old Lewiston woman and her Canadian fiancé postponed their wedding three times in hopes the border would reopen.

On Sunday, Parkhill joined Rep. Chris Jacobs and other Western New Yorkers separated from Canadian relatives by the pandemic at a press conference and rally meant to signal that families are losing patience with the repeated border-closure extensions.

Standing in front of the near-empty Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Plaza, Jacobs called on politicians on both sides of the border to make accommodations for cross-national families and property owners. American relatives of Canadian citizens are allowed to Canada, but only if they provide extensive documentation and remain in the country for 15 days – a requirement many say is incompatible with work, school and child care schedules.

“Our lives are just in limbo,” Parkhill said. “We’re sitting around waiting and waiting for something to happen.”

Sunday’s rally came amidst growing pressure from border-state residents, politicians and business-owners to reopen travel between the U.S. and Canada. Both Democrat and Republican members of New York’s congressional delegation have called on the Biden administration to negotiate a plan for loosening border restrictions, at least among vaccinated travelers.

In May, retired Florida magazine publisher John Adams, who owns a home near Vancouver, began airing television spots in New York, Michigan and Washington – and later, in Ontario and British Columbia – urging both countries to immediately reopen the border.

He also partnered with organizers and members of the Facebook group Families Are Essential, including Western New Yorker Marcella Picone, who helped coordinate Sunday’s rally near the Peace Bridge and press conference at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge plaza.

In his remarks, Jacobs, whose mother-in-law is Canadian, stopped short of asking for the border to reopen to the general public. Instead, he said, American and Canadian officials should work together to carve out new, more relaxed travel regulations for both separated families and people who own property on the opposite side of the border. He also called on the Biden administration to release more information about its negotiations with Canadian officials, whom he accused of extending closures without clear “rationale or metrics.”

Rep. Brian Higgins and Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, all Democrats, have issued similar demands.

“We will not accept just another arbitrary extension with no metrics attached,” Jacobs said.


 
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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I watched some of the Montreal game last night. The empty stands looked ridiculous vis a vis games in the US.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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I read that there could possibly be a Bruins-Canadians SCF. That has never happened since the Original 6 and expansion, I think.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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Since they spent their time post 6 teams in the same Division, the road to the Cup for the Bs was through Montreal.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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I did some research. The last time the Canadiens and Bruins played against each other in the SCF was in 1978 the second year in a row they played for the Cup.
 
1978 Montreal Canadiens (Scotty Bowman) vs. Boston Bruins (Don Cherry 4-2)    
1977 Montreal Canadiens (Scotty Bowman) vs Boston Bruins (Don Cherry 4-0)  
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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One of those years, the Bruins had a late too many men on the ice call, and blew the game. They would of won the series..... grrrr
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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It looks like the Bruins and Isles are tied at 2-2  in the series right now. The next game is at 6:30 tonight.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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Yup. It could go 7 games. Both teams are equal. 
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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I watched some of that game last night. When I stopped watching it was Isles leading 5-3. See the Bs came back and made it a 1-goal game. Now the Isles are up 3-2 in the series.

See the Habs swept the Jets last night.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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Ya. Power plays really hurt the Bruins. They are in trouble now.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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The Bs now have to win the next 2.

I'd like to see the Habs make it to the finals. They were the last Canadian team to win the Cup, back in '93 I think.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61143.13 In reply to 61143.12 
The Habs looked pretty good in the games I saw. 
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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It looks like the Canadiens take on the Golden Knights next. Not sure which team I like better. Should be a great series.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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I will be rooting for the Knights. Hate the Canadiens..
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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It's kind of a toss-up for me, but I'll go with the American team. I'm wondering if the Seattle Kraken will follow in the path of the Knights and make the playoffs in their first season?
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61143.17 In reply to 61143.16 
Seattle Kraken? I honestly never heard of them.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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You will be hearing about the Kraken when they have the expansion draft after the playoffs. They're the newest NHL team that was granted a franchise. They got the #2 overall pick in the draft lotto.

https://www.nhl.com/kraken
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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61143.19 In reply to 61143.18 
Beware the Kraken. Now they might be worse than the Sabres. Hopefully!
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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61143.20 In reply to 61143.19 
The Golden Knights were great right out of the gate and made the SCF their first year. I made a tweet earlier this season that the NHL should have an expansion draft for the Sabres. At least they are getting the first overall draft choice. Let's see if they screw that up.
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