We have to move forward Humboldt station hires new playbyplay voice

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – A plan to bring hockey broadcasters in from across the country to call Humboldt Broncos games this season will not go ahead.Instead, local radio station CHBO Bolt FM has hired an up-and-coming Winnipeg broadcaster to take over for Tyler Bieber, its play-by-play voice who was killed along with 15 others in last April’s Broncos bus crash.Rory McGouran, 27, said he knew after the crash that he wanted to be part of the radio station’s team.“People ask me on how you fill Tyler’s shoes. You can’t. No one can,” McGouran said. “I’m not Tyler, no one can wear those shoes.”Bieber, 29, was in his first year calling games for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Broncos. He also coached high school football and basketball in the small Saskatchewan city.After the crash, Saskatoon radio broadcaster and voice of the Western Hockey League Saskatoon Blades Les Lazaruk suggested online that other broadcasters step up and call games this season.Soon he had around 300 people reach out to offer their services for the Broncos’ 58 games, including Sportsnet’s Rob Faulds and TSN’s Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert. Cuthbert, who got his start in the SJHL calling Yorkton Terriers games, called the Broncos season opener on TV for TSN.But Bolt FM program director Sarah Miller said the logistics of the pledge were too difficult.“Everyone has their heart in the right place and that’s fantastic, but at the same time, we have to move forward,” Miller said. “We have to let that one person have the opportunity to grow and help the team grow.”McGouran spent the last few years calling hockey games for the Manitoba Sports Network and producing Winnipeg Jets home games for TSN 1290. His father, Tom, hosts a morning radio show in Winnipeg.Miller said McGouran’s eagerness and skill level, along with his youthfulness, caught her attention.McGouran said the best way to honour those who died in the crash is to do his best.“I know what I have to do to honour the 29 that were on the bus and I also know what I have to do to focus on this year’s team and to help the community move forward,” he said.Miller said she isn’t looking at McGouran as a replacement for Bieber.“Tyler will always be a part of the team,” she said. “This is his family. But that doesn’t mean there’s not room for somebody else.”— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Saskatchewan Ontario premiers say fight against carbon tax building steam

first_imgSASKATOON – The premiers of Saskatchewan and Ontario welcomed another province into their anti-carbon-tax tent on Thursday and said the fight against Ottawa’s plan to put a price on pollution is gaining momentum.Ontario’s Doug Ford and Scott Moe from Saskatchewan said they were pleased at Manitoba’s about-face on its intention to bring in a carbon levy.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced on Wednesday that his province will not be going ahead with a $25-a-tonne levy that was to come into effect in December. He said the province was pulling out because Ottawa has not backed down from its intention to bring in its own higher rate.“We have common ground in our opposition to the federal government’s attempted imposition of a carbon tax,” Moe said after a meeting with Ford in Saskatoon.“It’s clear that opposition to this ill-advised, destructive policy is growing across the nation.”The federal Conservatives couldn’t contain their delight either at Pallister’s move.MP James Bezan tweeted congratulations for joining “the anti-carbon tax team!”His fellow Manitoba MP, Candice Bergen, said her party had not pressured the province’s Progressive Conservative premier to change his mind but was “pleasantly surprised” when he did so.Moe and Ford met Thursday to talk about their economic ties as well as what Ford called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s job-killing and “nasty, nasty tax.”The two conservative leaders said they will continue to fight the tax together and, to that end, Moe announced Saskatchewan will file for intervener status in Ontario’s court challenge of the federal government’s carbon-pricing plan.Ontario had already pledged to support Saskatchewan’s challenge when the premiers met in New Brunswick in July. Moe’s government has asked Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal plan is constitutional.“Saskatchewan and Ontario will continue to be strong allies in the fight against a destructive, made-in-Ottawa carbon tax that does nothing for our environment and is a direct cost to businesses, jobs and to families,” Moe said.Ford also spoke in glowing terms of Jason Kenney, “our friend in Alberta,” who he said has been fighting carbon pricing since his days as a federal Conservative cabinet minister. Ford is to speak Friday at a “Scrap The Carbon Tax Rally” in Calgary at the invitation of Kenney, who is leader of Alberta’s Opposition United Conservatives.Kenney has promised to repeal Alberta’s carbon tax if his party wins next spring’s provincial election.— By Sylvia Strojek in Edmonton. With files from Mia Rabson in Ottawalast_img read more

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