Watch above: For the second year in a row, a Canadian was the number one draft pick in the NBA. Eric Sorensen has the story.
TORONTO – Andrew Wiggins’ swagger and confidence was apparent the moment he donned the much-talked-about black floral print suit and walked on stage to accept his throne as the 2014 No. 1 NBA draft pick.
“We just wanted to do something different, really stand out, try to win it on both ends, the stylish points and to come No. 1,” Wiggins said after shaking NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s hand Thursday night in Brooklyn.
The 19-year-old baller from Vaughan, Ont. was chosen first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers a year after the club selected fellow Canadian Anthony Bennett at the same top spot.
Thankful for this opportunity that the @cavs have given me. Being the #1 pick has been my dream since a kid ! #canadastandup #vaughancity
— andrew wiggins (@22wiggins) June 27, 2014
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Wiggins makes it four Canadians playing in Cleveland with forward Tristan Thompson of Brampton, Ont. picked fourth overall in 2011.
Power forward Dwight Powell, a native of Toronto who played four years in Stanford and was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets with the 45th pick, was traded to the Cavaliers along with veteran center Brendan Haywood in return for small forward Alonzo Gee.
READ MORE: Cavaliers win No. 1 lottery pick for second straight year
“I played with Tristan for a summer of AAU, and I played with Anthony for a while on the AAU circuit and on the national level too, so I’m just excited,” Wiggins said. “The chemistry is already there with those guys because I played with them already. I think big things are to come.”
Wiggins declared his eligibility for the NBA draft after spending just one year at the University of Kansas where some critics say he had an inconsistent season.
With the 1st pick in the 2014 #NBADraft, the @cavs select, Andrew Wiggins of The University of Kansas. #kubball pic.twitter杭州夜网/UJhl6ycfdA
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) June 26, 2014
Regardless, many scouts believe his elite physical attributes and work ethic may just make him the best player Canada has ever produced.
“Going to high school and college, the opportunity and possibility of going No. 1 came into talk. And now I accomplished that, so it’s just a crazy feeling right now,” said Wiggins.
The six-foot-eight guard is genetically gifted with his father being a former NBA player and mother an Olympic sprinter.
Dad Mitchell and mom Marita were both on hand at the Barclays Center for their son’s shining moment.
“Especially because my parents were pro athletes before, now they can kind of live the dream again through me, and just watch their youngest son do something special with his life, and play at the highest level of basketball,” Wiggins said. “We cherish moments like this. It’s great, great for us.”
Family photo of @22wiggins with his mom & dad at #NBADraft pic.twitter杭州夜网/z9wEI4j8k8
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) June 27, 2014
Wiggins joins a Maple-Leaf-clad 2014 class along with Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ont., who went eighth to the Sacramento Kings and Tyler Ennis of Brampton, Ont., selected 18th by the Phoenix Suns.
“It opens doors for all the youth in Canada, it gives them hope,” Wiggins said. “Coming up when I was in Canada, I wasn’t ranked, I wasn’t known. I didn’t really have any offers or anything like that. I just kept my head straight, kept working on my game, and look where I am today.
“I just think it gives everyone in Canada hope that they can do the same thing and accomplish whatever I do. Because it’s possible if they work hard.”
With files from The Canadian Press
For 29-year-old Daniel Pillai it has been a long journey finding his identity as a gay man.
He grew up surrounded by South Asian culture and tradition – things he followed and respected – but still felt something was missing.
“Somewhere around grade 11 I realized they were South Indians from the Fiji Islands and then later in my life I realized I was gay. So I was having an identity crisis,” he said.
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“I didn’t look at my identity separate from my parents and culture. There really wasn’t anybody I could have a conversation with in my family.”
Pillai said he knew he was different from the rest of his family as an early age. He often tried to explore his identity through dance and dressing up in his mother’s clothes.
“Whether it was dressing up in my mom’s clothes and dancing to Madhuri Dixit songs or dancing at a wedding or a party, [my father] was very embarrassed,” Pillai said.
Pillai said being different certainly made him stand out, both at home and in the school yard.
“They surrounded me in the soccer field during recess. They bullied me and eventually these four girls got the entire school, they just kind of surrounded me and I was alone in the centre being humiliated,” Pillai said. There was a lot of bullying in my own family when it came to my sexuality. We know who you are without me knowing who I actually was.”
Not understanding his own identity led Pilliai down a road of inner exploration. He needed to know what was right for him, rather than what was right for his family.
“It was an evolution. I woke up one day and I said I am gay and I’m going to tell my mom,” he said.
“She said I will always love you, but cried herself to sleep that night, not because I was gay, but she had no idea what was happening.”
His mother wasn’t upset he was gay, Pillai said. Instead she was concerned about what her family might say.
“’My son is telling me he is gay. I know that is not accepted in society. What will my brothers and sisters think?’ She was clouded by a lot of fear,” Pillai said. “My dad, he didn’t really listen. We haven’t really spoken about it.”
Pillai was 25-years-old when he told his family he was gay. He is happy now, with a budding career as an entertainment journalist and a new love for life.
“The last four years have been very freeing. I was a prisoner in my own world. Really coming out was my own choice. When you learn to accept yourself first, that love just radiates and you attract like minded people,” he said.
Pillai said he is proud to celebrate with WorldPride in Toronto, not just with the LGBT community but everyone.
“That rainbow flag is not just representing the different sexuality – it celebrates diversity,” Pillai said. “When I told my parents I was gay… it was an absolute and it would not change our relationship.”
WATCH ABOVE: Fans gather outside hospital in flash mob for Gino Odjick
VANCOUVER – Hundreds of fans showed up at Vancouver General Hospital this afternoon to offer cheers of support for former Vancouver Canucks player Gino Odjick, who is fighting a rare terminal heart disease.
The 43-year-old former Canuck was wheeled outside to greet the crowd as they chanted “GINO, GINO, GINO!”
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On Thursday night the Vancouver Canucks posted a letter from Gino to his fans saying he is in the biggest fight of his life.
Just two months ago, he was diagnosed with AL amyloidosis, a condition that causes abnormal protein to be produced and deposited on the heart. It is hardening his heart and doctors have told him he may only have months or even weeks to live.
“In my heart, I will always be a Canuck and I have always had a special relationship here with the fans. Your “Gino, Gino” cheers were my favourite. I wish I could hear them again. You have been amazing,” wrote Gino in the letter.
Now fans have decided he will hear those cheers again while he is battling the disease from his hospital bed.
WATCH: Close to 300 people turn up to VGH to offer support.
Another event has also been planned for Sunday, July 13, at 11 a.m. also at Vancouver General Hospital.
“I am inviting all Canucks fans to join me in a rally outside Vancouver General Hospital where Gino is being treated right now for a “Gino!” chant,” wrote the organizer.
WATCH: Odjick fondly remembered in Vancouver
Thoughts and prayers have been pouring in on social media for the fan favourite.
Thoughts and prayers to Gino Odjick and his family as he deals with this recent health challenge #GINOGINOGINO
— FIN (@CanucksFIN) June 27, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to Gino Odjick and the @VanCanucks #onehockeyfamily
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 27, 2014
Keep former #Isles forward Gino Odjick in your prayers. MT: @VanCanucks: A letter from Gino Odjick: 杭州桑拿按摩论坛t.co/dKGD6wJsBU
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) June 27, 2014
The Vancouver Canucks have also released a tribute video to Gino:
There are three ways that you can help and send your support to Gino as well.
Send your Wishes to Gino on a special website set up for him.Donate to support the “Gino Strong Fund” which supports travel costs for Gino’s kids and members of the Odjick family to travel to Vancouver to be with GinoDonations to support aboriginal youth education and wellness initiatives can also be made through the Canucks for Kids Fund
Do you know of any other events going on for Gino? Let us know in the comments.
OTTAWA – The Canadian Forces have made great strides in dealing with combat injuries, but must do more to help soldiers and their families deal with mental health issues, a Commons committee reported Friday.
The all-party defence committee said the military should conduct rigorous mental health screening of recruits and train soldiers to assess their own mental health.
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It also said more should be done to educate military families about mental health issues before soldiers deploy, and should get more training about so-called operational stress injuries before they are sent into the field.
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“Although resiliency and readiness training may not prevent every member from developing an OSI, the committee believes the programs are of benefit particularly in de-stigmatizing the subject of mental health and encouraging members needing treatment to self-identify and seek treatment early,” the report said.
Military medicine deals well with combat injuries, witnesses told the committee. In Afghanistan, a wounded soldier who still had vital signs on arrival at the multinational hospital in Kandahar had a 97 per cent chance of survival.
READ MORE: Veteran’s wife makes impassioned plea for increased help from feds
Hans Jung, a former surgeon-general to the Canadian Forces, told the committee it’s the highest survival rate in the history of warfare.
However, more emphasis must be placed on mental health, and more should be done to help ex-soldiers make the shift to civilian life, said the report, which includes 32 recommendations.
And it said the government should fund research into military medical issues, including the handling of brain injuries.
READ MORE: ‘More than 200′ military members share stories of mental illness: DND
The report noted that progress has been made in recent years, but some soldiers who served in the past missed out on those benefits.
“The committee acknowledges that the CAF has come a long way over the last decade with regard to resiliency training and mental readiness. It was, however, distressing to hear from family members that their loved ones serving in uniform may not have had access to such training given that it was unavailable until a few years ago.
“There are, no doubt, many others who are also victims of timing and past insufficiencies.”
©2014The Canadian Press
TORONTO – As we celebrate Canada’s 147 birthday, Global News takes a look at the Top 10 reasons why our country is so awesome (not that you needed a list).
We suggest you stand up, remove your hat and hum the national anthem while reading this post.
10. Our balls are bigger
Football in Canada is much different than any other country. Our field is longer and wider than American football fields. We play with a larger ball. Fewer downs to try to score. Oh, and we also use our hands, unlike the European version of football where players kick a round ball down a grass field.
9. We invented basketball
Thanks to James Naismith, a McGill University phys-ed teacher, Canada can lay claim to inventing the sport of basketball. Naismith invented the sport in 1891 while working at a U.S. college. Although Canada is best known for producing some of the world’s best hockey players, our country has been showcasing our home-grown talent in the NBA. For the second consecutive year, a Canadian was selected first overall in the NBA draft — Anthony Bennett in 2013 and Andrew Wiggins in 2014.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Andrew Wiggins who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. AP Photo/Jason DeCrow
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Andrew Wiggins who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York.
AP Photo/Jason DeCrow
8. We legalized same-sex marriage ages ago
Canada legalized same-sex marriage almost nine years ago while many countries were still debating the issue. The Canadian government legalized same-sex marriage on July 20, 2005, becoming the fourth country to do so.
Jen Chang, left, and Inae Lee pose for photos before joining over 100 gay couples in a mass wedding during World Pride 2014 at Casa Loma in Toronto, on Thursday, June 26, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Jen Chang, left, and Inae Lee pose for photos before joining over 100 gay couples in a mass wedding during World Pride 2014 at Casa Loma in Toronto, on Thursday, June 26, 2014.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Many Canadians enjoy the savoury taste of French fries, gravy and cheese curds all piled together in a heaping platter of goodness. Enough said.
Bourbon Street Baron of Beef Poutine. Supplied, K-Days
Bourbon Street Baron of Beef Poutine.
6. We are patriotic
From sewing flags on our backpacks and putting a beaver on our nickels to belting out the national anthem for a free beer, we Canadians are very patriotic. According to a 2008 survey, Canada is the sixth most patriotic country in the world.
5. We are funny!
Canada has produced some very well-known comedians: Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Seth Rogan and Will Arnett. Just to name a few.
4. Canada is big and beautiful
All 9.98 million square kilometres of it. As the second largest country in the world, Canada boasts endless lakes and rivers. We have access to three oceans, and we boast one of the few places in the world you can ski and surf (outside) in the same day.
Banff, Alberta, Canada THE CANADIAN PRESS
Banff, Alberta, Canada
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Canadians make music that’s heard all over the world. From Paul Anka to Justin Bieber, this country knows how to make music that sells. We’re well represented by such diverse artists as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, David Foster, Bryan Adams, Deadmau5, Michael Buble, k.d. lang, Gordon Lightfoot, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Drake and Anne Murray.
Canadian singer and host of the 2013 Juno Awards Michael Buble speaks to the media before the 2013 Juno Awards in Regina on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press
Canadian singer and host of the 2013 Juno Awards Michael Buble speaks to the media before the 2013 Juno Awards in Regina on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press
2. Attractive cities
In a recent survey Toronto was named the fourth most attractive city in the world. It was the only Canadian city to make the list. The annual survey from PwC ranked 30 destinations worldwide for several factors including education and technology, quality of life, ease of doing business, health and safety, economic clout, and transport. Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Quebec City and Montreal have consistently ranked high in past world surveys.
1. There’s no one reason why Canada is awesome
But this pretty much sums it up.
Happy birthday, Canada!
-with files from John R. Kennedy and Irene Ogrodnik
MONTREAL – The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Walmart violated Quebec’s labour code when it closed a store in Jonquiere, Quebec after workers tried to unionize it.
A decision that some experts believe could have ramifications for the rest of the country.
“Walmart may be able to close stores again but they will have to pay (we will see by how much) and this may have a positive impact on unionizing,” Robert Hebdon told Global News.
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Hebdon is a professor in McGill University’s Faculty of Management and specializes in organizational behaviour and industrial relations. He said the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision could have implications for all of Canada.
“All Canadian labour laws have a provision that provides for a freeze on conditions during a union recognition drive, thus I think this decision does have implications for the rest of Canada,” he said.
“Closure should be intrepreted as a change in conditions and thus contrary to all Canadian labour laws.”
In August 2004, the Quebec store was the first Walmart to unionize in North America.
When the collective bargaining dispute was ordered to arbitration, Walmart announced that it would close the store, citing financial reasons.
Quebec employees, represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada, said that the retailer made the decision after they exercised their right to organize, and demanded to be reinstated.
In 2009, Canada’s top court defended the company’s right to close the store, and refused an appeal by Walmart employees.
The company now owes compensation to the workers, which has not yet been determined.
However, Hebdon suggested it could be considerable.
“I would not be surprised if was quite large taking into account retroactivity and interest costs.”
ABOVE: Watch Hunter Hayes appear on Global’s The Morning Show.
TORONTO — Country star Hunter Hayes ended his week-long visit to Canada on Friday by singing the praises of homegrown crooner Michael Bublé.
“I’m a huge fan,” said Hayes, who was invited to hang out backstage with Bublé in Edmonton.
“I was so excited because I’ve always wanted to meet him.”
During an appearance on Global’s The Morning Show, Hayes said he has seen Bublé perform several times.
“He’s a cool guy on stage and you assume that that’s who he really is because he’s funny, he’s just cool and goofy — and he was even cooler,” Hayes said. “He was so cool, like so chill. I had to tell him, ‘dude you have no idea how nervous I am.’”
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Hayes is a Louisiana native who blasted onto the music scene in 2011 with a hit self-titled debut album — that came after five independent releases — and singles like “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak.” He earned three Grammy nominations and an opening slot on Carrie Underwood’s tour.
His sophomore release, Storyline, includes the hit “Invisible” which has resonated with everyone from bullying victims to gay teens.
Hayes said the song is based on personal experience.
“I’m a music geek, self-proclaimed. I always have been, I always will be,” he explained. “That’s kind of my place but it took me awhile to figure out that that was OK. For a long time … I was an outcast and I didn’t really have a place to fit in.”
Hunter Hayes appears on ‘The Morning Show’ on June 27, 2014. John R. Kennedy / Global News
Hunter Hayes appears on ‘The Morning Show’ on June 27, 2014.
John R. Kennedy / Global News
The singer said he found his place thanks to his fans.
“I can be myself and feel like myself and share what it is that I’m passionate about,” said Hayes. “I want to share that story, from seeing that thing that makes you different from a bad thing to a good thing.
“I want to share that with anybody who’s maybe been through something similar or going through something now.”
Hayes is only just getting started.
“This is my world,” he said. “This is all I ever dreamed about.”
EDMONTON – No more pencils. No more books. Tens of thousands of Edmonton students are now on summer break. That means drivers are being cautioned to pay more attention, especially near playgrounds, parks and residential areas.
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“These little guys, they don’t think when they are playing,” said Cst. Tedd Benesch, a traffic enforcement officer with the Edmonton Police Service. “The ball goes out on the road – they’re going after it. If mom calls them across the street – they don’t think to look both ways before they go. It’s up to us to be more vigilant as parents and drivers, and watch for them.”
Police say pedestrian and cyclist injury collisions go up in the summer.
“Nine out of the 23 traffic fatalities in Edmonton last year were vulnerable road users,” said Gerry Shimko, executive director with the City of Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety.
Speeding and careless driving in neighbourhoods is a top concern for Edmontonians, according to an EPS survey. “We’ve ticketed someone doing 135 km/h in a park in a 50 zone, and another doing 87 km/h the other day, so they’re not getting the message,” Cst. Benesch said.
Speed isn’t the only infraction officers are watching for. Distracted driving tickets are handed out on a regular basis.
“It’s amazing how many we write in a day, and we’re not even touching how many are actually out there,” said Cst. Benesch.
“We need to get that message out there: that split-second that you look down is all it could take. It could mean the difference between being able to stop and striking somebody because you didn’t see them.”
EPS Tips for Drivers:
Watch out for children – If children are playing near or on the street, please use caution, reduce speed, and be prepared to stop quickly. Be alert while driving in residential areas, near park spaces or sports fields.Lookout for pedestrians – Use caution when approaching and traveling through intersections, and don’t count on pedestrians to obey traffic signals or use crosswalks. Always double check before turning or reversing. Be careful when driving near people wearing earphones or older adults who may not see or hear a vehicle approaching.Use caution around bicyclists – Children and inexperienced riders can be unpredictable while riding, so give them adequate space in traffic. When passing cyclists, slow down, give them space, and do a shoulder check to ensure that it is safe to move back into the lane.Obey the speed limit and other posted signs – Drive the speed limit and for the road conditions. As a vehicle’s speed increases, so does the distance needed to stop.Be a role model – Teach your children to follow the rules of the road, such as using a crosswalk safely at an intersection, and only crossing after making eye contact with drivers. Set a good example by driving responsibly, minimizing distractions from electronic devices or phones, and not drinking and driving.
Watch above: The world’s biggest aircraft is at the Edmonton International Airport tonight. Vinesh Pratap gives us a closer look.
EDMONTON – It can carry 45 African elephants. Or seven humpback whales. Or more than the equivalent of three fully-loaded 737s.
The Antonov An-225 is the longest, heaviest airplane in the world – and is the only one of its kind.
Built in Ukraine in the 1980s, the An-225 was originally designed to carry the Soviet Union’s space shuttle, but now charters oversized cargo across the globe.
On Friday morning the plane landed at the Edmonton International Airport, to deliver a new waste heat boiler for Agrium’s nitrogen fertilizer operation near Redwater, AB.
WATCH: The An-225 lands at the Edmonton International Airport, live on the Morning News.
The boiler was made in Berlin, Germany. It was then transported by barge, truck and then flown by the An-225 across the Atlantic to Edmonton. Logistics company DB Schenker of Canada organized the international move.
This is not the first time the An-225 has touched down in Edmonton. In March of 2010, the plane was chartered by the U.S. military to bring supplies from Edmonton-based Canadian Helicopters to Afghanistan. It picked up 50 tonnes of supplies, including three helicopters. In November of 2007, the plane delivered three armoured vehicles for military training.
BELOW: Photos of the plane’s arrival
WATCH: On Saturday, it could be seen taking off from the Edmonton International Airport.
Some interesting facts:
Powered by six turbofan enginesMax speed: 850 km/hLength: 84 m (275 ft.)Wingspan: 88 m (290 ft.)Empty weight: 285 tonnesMax. takeoff weight: 640 tonnesCrew: six peopleCost to build another An-225 (est. in 2011): Over $300 million, and would take three years
More to come…
The Morning News team will be up and working hard on the Monday before Canada Day – delivering your news headlines and weather details. Our reporter Julia Wong will also be here with a round-up of some Canada Day events happening in our wonderful city on Tuesday. We’ll also have the following entertaining and informative segments:
At 6:45 we’ll have an encore presentation of Crystal Garrett’s story looking at the life and career ofMary Mohammed, founder of Mary’s Bread Basket, reflects back on her life in Halifax.
There’s a core team of health professionals ready to help Nova Scotia get healthier by getting active. Dr. Nicholas Giacomantonio and Brett Barro will visit at 7:15 to promote Heartland Tour 2014. It’s a chance for Nova Scotians of all ages to ride, walk and learn – and even get tested for some common heart health risks.
It’s the day Golf fans in this province have been waiting for! GOLFest NS tees off at New Ashburn Golf Course with the RBC Canada Cup. Nova Scotian Crystal is behind the creation of the trophy for the event and at 7:45 we’ll get a sneak peek at the bling before it makes its way into the hands of a PGA golfer!
As summer starts to warm up, you may find yourself looking for a good book or two to help beat the heat. At 8:15 we’ll get some tips on some good reads for the summer from the Atlantic Publisher’s Carolyn Guy and Freelance publisher Kathy Chapman.
Just as the weather heats so might the housing market in Halifax? We’ll find out when Realtor and TV personality Vanessa Roman drops by at 8:45 with the latest and greatest on Real Estate in our city.