Pro-life float at Alberta town's Canada Day parade generates surprised reaction

Hundreds of people lined the streets in Olds, Alta., on Friday to watch the Canada Day parade, something they haven’t been able to do since before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

For the most part, they were treated to the usual parade fodder: fire trucks, Mounties and various entries by local sports teams and community groups.

But one float in particular caught some spectators by surprise.

The float displayed the message “let the beat go on” and was entered by Red Deer Pro-Life .

While it did carry a pro-life message, the float didn’t display any graphic images.

One resident, whom Global News has agreed not to name, questioned the appropriateness of the float — and the subject matter — at a family-friendly event.

Another resident spoke to Global News about the float as well. Jody Hegel has lived in Olds for the past five years and attended the parade with her husband and their four-year-old daughter. She said she was surprised to see the float in the parade.

“Just because of everything happening in the (United) States with Roe v. Wade, I was like, ‘Oh that’s interesting,'” Hagel said.

The Olds parade came after a float in Sundre was the centre of controversy last weekend. It was heavily criticized for its depiction — and disrespect of — the Sikh culture.

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Premier Jason Kenney was asked about parades becoming more political at a Canada Day celebration in Calgary.

“Well that’s up to the parade organizers to set the criteria,” he said. “I would say that obviously what happened last week was gross. It was mocking a particular faith community, and that doesn’t have a place in any kind of parade.”

Kenney went on to talk about the pro-life group’s float.

“I think that falls well within freedom of speech in a free society for people to express their deeply held views about the value of human life,” the premier said. “I don’t think that’s analogous at all to mocking people and expressing hatred for a particular religious community.

“I wouldn’t draw a connection between those two things.”

Hagel said while she was surprised by the float’s appearance, she also saw it as a freedom of speech issue.

“I feel like it’s a platform for people to share their opinions, and people can take it or leave it,” she said.

Global News reached out to the Town of Olds to ask about criteria for entries into the parade.

Red Deer Pro-Life was also contacted.

If the town or pro-life group respond, this article will be updated with comment from them.

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Costly fumble keeps Hamilton Tiger-Cats winless

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats fumbled away their first potential win of the 2022 CFL season in a sobering 29-25 loss against the previously winless Edmonton Elks 29-25 in a Canada Day clash at Tim Hortons Field.

Ticats quarterback Dane Evans fumbled at the Hamilton 14-yard-line and Edmonton’s Jalen Collins scooped up the football and took it back for the game-winning score as the Elks picked up their first win of the season.

The Elks scored 17 points off four Hamilton turnovers, including two interceptions of Evans who finished the game with 197 passing yards on 20-of-31 throws.

Edmonton rookie QB Tre Ford made his first career start and completed 15 of his 26 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also ran the ball six times for a game-high 61 yards.

Hamilton jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 2:31 into the contest when Edmonton punter Matt Mengel conceded a safety instead of kicking into the wind from the Elks end zone.

On the ensuing drive, Evans tossed a 21-yard touchdown to Steven Dunbar Jr. to increase Hamilton’s lead to 9-0 with 7:46 to play in the opening quarter.

Edmonton got on the board with 30 seconds left in the first quarter when Kai Locksley capped off a 13 play, 79-yard drive with a one yard touchdown run but kicker Sergio Castillo missed the extra point.

Hamilton’s Lawrence Woods took the ensuing kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown to put the Ticats up 16-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Michael Domagala made it 19-7 for the Ticats with 1:28 remaining in the second period when he booted a 25-yard field goal, but Hamilton conceded a safety on their next drive to make it 19-9 at halftime.

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After both teams traded field goals late in the third quarter, Elks linebacker Brady Shelton intercepted Evans at the Hamilton 40-yard-line which led to a Castillo field goal that cut the deficit to seven points.

Evans was picked off again at the start of the fourth quarter and five plays later rookie QB Tre Ford threw his first career touchdown, a 10-yard toss to Kenny Lawler, to even the game 22-22.

Domagala kicked a 33-yard field goal to put the Cats up 25-22 with just over three minutes left in the game before Collins’ scoop and score that gave the Elks the victory.

Hamilton is now on its first bye week of the season and next plays July 16 at home against the Ottawa Redblacks.

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At least 5 dead after magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocks southern Iran

At least five people were killed by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state media reported, with the area also hit by two later strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitude.

“Five people have died in the earthquake … and so far 12 are hospitalised,” Mehrdad Hassanzadeh, head of emergency management in Hormozgan Province on Iran’s Gulf coast, told state TV. “Rescue work has been carried out and we are now providing tents as emergency housing.”

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The state news agency IRNA said a magnitude 6.3 earthquake and a magnitude 6.1 quake followed the 6.1 quake that flattened the village of Sayeh Khosh near Iran’s Gulf coast. There were more than a dozen aftershocks.

“All of the victims died in the first earthquake and no-one was harmed in the next two severe quakes as people were already outside their homes,” said Foad Moradzadeh, governor of Bandar Lengeh country, quoted by the state news agency IRNA.

Major geological fault lines crisscross Iran, which has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom and Mrinmay Dey in Bengaluru; Editing by Chris Reese, Sandra Maler and Kenneth Maxwell)

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Tre Ford and Edmonton Elks win 29-25 over Tiger-Cats in Hamilton

Jalen Collins recovered a fumble and scored on a 14-yard return in the fourth quarter to give the Edmonton Elks their first win of the season with a 29-25 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday.

Hamilton Tiger Cats wide receiver Papi White (4) cannot catch Edmonton Elks defensive back Jalen Collins (33) who runs the ball into the end zone after recovering a fumble by Hamilton Tiger Cats quarterback Dane Evans (9) late in the fourth quarter of CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont., Friday, July 1, 2022.

Hamilton Tiger Cats wide receiver Papi White (4) cannot catch Edmonton Elks defensive back Jalen Collins (33) who runs the ball into the end zone after recovering a fumble by Hamilton Tiger Cats quarterback Dane Evans (9) late in the fourth quarter of CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont., Friday, July 1, 2022.


Elks defensive back Jeawon Taylor stripped Hamilton quarterback Dane Evans of the ball on a rush to the outside. Collins recovered for his game-winning score with one minute 38 seconds remaining in the game.

Hamilton’s offence then progressed to the Elks’ 30-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs.

Elks rookie quarterback Tre Ford of Niagara Falls, Ont., completed 15 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown in his first CFL  career start. Ford was intercepted once.

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Evans was 20-for-31 in passing for 197 yards and a touchdown throw. He was intercepted twice.

Edmonton improved to 1-3, while Hamilton has lost four in a row to start a season for the first time since going 0-8 in 2017.

Elks head coach Chris Jones has never begun a season with four consecutive losses.

Down 10 points to start the third quarter, the Elks yielded a 33-yard field goal to Hamilton before booting field goals of their own from 38 and 32 yards.

The Elks trailed 22-15 entering the final quarter.

Edmonton’s Matthew Thomas picked off Evans, his sixth interception of the season, to start the fourth quarter.

That set up Ford’s first career touchdown pass of 10 yards to Kenny Lawler to tie the game 22-22.

Edmonton Elks wide receiver Derel Walker (87) dives for yardage after being tackled by Hamilton Tiger Cats defensive back Richard Leonard (23) during first half CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont. on July 1, 2022.

Edmonton Elks wide receiver Derel Walker (87) dives for yardage after being tackled by Hamilton Tiger Cats defensive back Richard Leonard (23) during first half CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont. on July 1, 2022.


Hamilton pulled ahead on Michael Donagala’s 33-field goal with 3:11 remaining before Collins gave the visitors the lead.

The Ticats debuted an alternate steel grey uniform with yellow name plates and black numbers.

Hamilton led 16-6 after the first quarter. Hemmed near their goal line, the Elks conceded a safety after their opening drive.

The home side marched for an opening touchdown on its next possession.

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Evans threw for his fifth touchdown of the season, hitting receiver Steven Dunbar with a 21-yard strike and a 9-0 lead.

Ford appeared more relaxed on his second drive. He led the Elks down the field for a score in 13 plays, resulting in a one-yard scoring run by Kai Locksley on third-and-one.

Hamilton Tiger Cats defensive back Lawrence Woods (37) isn tackled by Edmonton Elks defensive back Mike Dubuisson (29)and Ante Milanovic-Litre (34) during first half CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont. on July 1, 2022.

Hamilton Tiger Cats defensive back Lawrence Woods (37) isn tackled by Edmonton Elks defensive back Mike Dubuisson (29)and Ante Milanovic-Litre (34) during first half CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont. on July 1, 2022.


Edmonton missed the extra point, but Lawrence Woods grabbed the ensuing kickoff for a 72-yard touchdown return. In an unproductive second quarter, the Elks scored a single off a 59-yard field goal attempt from Sergio Castillo.

A late 25-yard field goal from Domagala extended Hamilton’s lead, but the Ticats were forced to settle for a safety in the final minute.

Kameron Kelly intercepted a late first-half pass from Ford at Hamilton’s 15-yard line to preserve the 10-point advantage at halftime.

Edmonton Elks running back Sherman Badie (28) fends off Hamilton Tiger Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence (21) during first half CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont. on July 1, 2022.

Edmonton Elks running back Sherman Badie (28) fends off Hamilton Tiger Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence (21) during first half CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont. on July 1, 2022.


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FC Edmonton's 3-0 victory over York United FC gives team its 2nd win in 3 games

Despite the team’s difficult start to the Canadian Premier League season, FC Edmonton is starting to see more success on the pitch as of late.

The Eddies won 3-0 over York United FC while playing at home on Clarke Field on Friday. While the victory was just the team’s second win of the year, it’s also the Eddies’ second win in their past three games.

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While York United FC had the edge in possession in Friday’s match, FC Edmonton dominated in shots on goal, six to one.

Edmonton midfielder Bicou Bissainthe opened the scoring when he headed in a cross on a corner kick in the 24th minute of the match.

The Eddies’ Mamadi Camara scored the team’s second goal in the 57th minute. He broke away from several York defenders to accept a pass and score right in front of the Ontario team’s net.

Gabriel Bitar scored FC Edmonton’s third goal in the 59th minute.

Despite Friday’s win, FC Edmonton remains at the bottom of the CPL standings with two wins, four draws and eight losses on the season.

The Eddies’ next match is on Saturday, July 9 when they host Pacific FC at Clarke Field.

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Regina celebrates Canada Day at Wascana Park

Regina locals came together for the first time in three years to celebrate Canada Day in public.

Canada Day celebrations returned to Regina this year after a three year hiatus due to COVID-19.

It was a Canada Day full of fun, food, performances and a love for the country. Hundreds of people lined the areas by the legislative building in Wascana Park on Friday to take in the festivities.

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One of those attendees was Daniel Schmidt, who says he was having an incredible time.

“I’m hanging out, enjoying some sun, enjoying some festivities, this is a fantastic celebration,” Schmidt said.

The delay in public celebrations has made this year’s bash an above-and-beyond effort. Carrie Hackel, the director of marketing and communications for Regina’s Canada Day committee, says there were hurdles to bring this year’s celebration to life.

“Unfortunately, over the last couple of years we lost over half of our committee, so we’ve all had to do extra duties this year to pull things together,” Hackel said. “We’re just really happy that families can come out and just have a really enjoyable day.”

That happiness is echoed by Schmidt.

“It’s been crazy, but the nice thing about being out now for Canada Day is that we’re in public with everybody just enjoying Canada Day and celebrating, it feels fantastic…it almost feels like a new experience,” Schmidt said.

The day was packed with fun for the whole family. Attendees were treated to performances ranging from concerts, to dance performances to magic shows.

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The streets were also lined with many vendours and food trucks with a variety of different options, such as barbecue, hot dogs, ice cream and slushies.

But for some, Canada Day had a more important meaning than simply taking part in fun activities. On a day set aside for patriotism, it’s important to remember Canada’s Indigenous history and the reconciliation efforts being made.

Evan Whitestar, the Indigenous advocate from Mother Teresa Middle School, along with other Indigenous students from the school, were invited to Wascana Park to put on a First Nations drumming and dance performance as a part of the day’s festivities.

“We’re choosing not to celebrate Canada Day and recognize or acknowledge all the genocie it took, but we’re choosing to recognize our resilience as a First Nation community,” Whitestar said. “We found our education, along with our culture and identity through our hallways and we’re choosing to embody what we want to be.”


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B.C. Canada Day celebrations focus on reconciliation

Truth and reconciliation were central to many Canada Day celebrations across B.C. Kylie Stanton reports.

Thousands of British Columbians gathered on Canada Day around the province, however, celebrations had a different tone this year.

After the discovery of the unmarked graves across the country last summer, the City of Victoria decided it was time to do Canada Day a little differently.

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The city’s mayor crossed the inner harbour, before the opening of Victoria’s Canada Day celebrations, in a traditional Indigenous canoe. It was a new beginning for Canada Day in the capital.

“It really means a lot for the Lekwungen people to have that happen today,” Margaret Charlie said, a Songhees First Nation Elected Council member.

Along with the national anthem, traditional dancers took centre stage and a moment of silence was held – a stark contrast to typical fireworks.

“It’s about having western culture and in our case in these lands Lekwungen culture live side by side.  It’s not either or, it’s a both and I think that we’re really seeing that today,” Lisa Helps said, Victoria’s mayor.

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In other communities across the province, the theme of truth of reconciliation was at the forefront.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was at Canada Day festivities at Edmonds Park in Burnaby.

“We reflect on the injustice that the country has committed and commit to making sure we build a better country,” said Jameet Singh.

While there is still much work to be done according to the NDP leader,  this Canada Day marks another step on the path to reconciliation, setting a precedent for years to come.

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Funtastic Slo Pitch Tournament returns

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Funtastic Slo Pitch Tournament & Music Festival in Vernon is making a return.

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Funtastic Slo Pitch Tournament & Music Festival in Vernon is making a return.

From June 30 to July 3 there will be 112 teams from all over Canada and the U.S. competing in one of North America’s largest slo-pitch tournaments. Each team requires five men and five women on the field, and there are over 4,500 players registered.

According to the Funtastic Sports Society president, it took a valiant effort from everyone involved to ensure the tournament would play on.

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“There was a ton of work by our board, and you know I can’t say enough about the hard work that they put into this event, but this event would be nothing without our volunteers,” said Jamie Austin, Funtastic Sports Society president.

“I mean you look around here and all you see is yellow shirts everywhere and that’s 100 per cent volunteer hours. We could not have this event we could not make this event function without the volunteers.”

The tournament attracts a variety of different skill levels — from the more serious to those who just want to dress up and have fun. One man from Calgary playing in the competition for the first time says he couldn’t be happier about spending a weekend with friends out on the field.

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“Our teams been around for a little while. I’m the new one to the team but they’ve been waiting to get back to this tournament for a long time,” said Tristan Wright.

“They’ve been really excited to get out and play ball so it’s just a good time to vacation, get team bonding and stuff in and just have some fun trying to win some baseball games.”

Then there are others like Diana Kelly and her family who are playing for so much more than just wins. This is her 10th year playing in the tournament, and her and her team are dedicating this weekend to her late father.

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“He passed away this year from cancer, so I just wanted to have a little tribute this year to him, so we made these shirts for him, and he loved to come watch the family try their hand at ball, so it’s always been quite enjoyable for all of us,” described Kelly.

The tournament wraps up on Sunday with two teams from each division competing for a championship.

For a schedule of events, check out the Funtastic website.

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New York passes new limits on concealed gun permits after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

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New York lawmakers approved a sweeping overhaul Friday of the state’s handgun licensing rules, seeking to preserve some limits on firearms after the Supreme Court ruled that most people have a right to carry a handgun for personal protection.

The measure, signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul after passing both chambers by wide margins, is almost sure to draw more legal challenges from gun rights advocates who say the state is still putting too many restrictions on who can get guns and where they can carry them.

Hochul, a Democrat, called the Democrat-controlled Legislature back to Albany to work on the law after last week’s high-court ruling overturning the state’s long-standing licensing restrictions.

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Backers said the law, which takes effect Sept. 1, strikes the right balance between complying with the Supreme Court’s ruling and keeping weapons out of the hands of people likely to use them recklessly or with criminal intent.

But some Republican lawmakers, opposed to tighter restrictions, argued the law violated the constitutional right to bear arms. They predicted it too would end up being overturned.

Among other things, the state’s new rules will require people applying for a handgun license to turn over a list of their social media accounts so officials could verify their “character and conduct.”

Applicants will have to show they have “the essential character, temperament and judgment necessary to be entrusted with a weapon and to use it only in a manner that does not endanger oneself and others.”

As part of that assessment, applicants have to turn over a list of social media accounts they’ve maintained in the past three years.

“Sometimes, they’re telegraphing their intent to cause harm to others,” Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, said at a news conference.

Gun rights advocates and Republican leaders were incensed, saying the legislation not only violated the Second Amendment, but also privacy and free speech rights.

“New Yorkers’ constitutional freedoms were just trampled on,” state Republican Chair Nick Langworthy said.

The bill approved by lawmakers doesn’t specify whether applicants will be required to provide licensing officers with access to private social media accounts not visible to the general public.

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People applying for a license to carry a handgun will also have to provide four character references, take 16 hours of firearms safety training plus two hours of practice at a range, undergo periodic background checks and turn over contact information for their spouse, domestic partner or any other adults living in their household.

Hochul’s chief lawyer, Elizabeth Fine, insisted the state was setting out “a very clear set of eligibility criteria” and noted that the legislation includes an appeals process.

The measure signed into law Friday also fixes a recently passed law that barred sales of some types of bullet-resistant vests to the general public. The previous law inadvertently left out many types of body armor, including the type worn by a gunman who killed 10 Black people in a racist attack on a Buffalo supermarket.

The Supreme Court’s ruling last week struck down a 109-year-old state law that required people to demonstrate an unusual threat to their safety to qualify for a license to carry a handgun outside their homes. That restriction generally limited the licenses to people who had worked in law enforcement or had another special need that went beyond routine public safety concerns.

Under the new system, the state won’t authorize permits for people with criminal convictions within the past five years for driving while intoxicated, menacing or third-degree assault.

People also won’t be allowed to carry firearms at a long list of “sensitive places,” including New York City’s tourist-packed Times Square.

That list also includes schools, universities, government buildings, places where people have gathered for public protests, health care facilities, places of worship, libraries, public playgrounds and parks, day care centers, summer camps, addiction and mental health centers, shelters, public transit, bars, theaters, stadiums, museums, polling places and casinos.

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New York will also bar people from bringing guns into any business or workplace unless the owners put up signs saying guns are welcome. People who bring guns into places without such signs could be prosecuted on felony charges.

That’s a reverse approach from many other states where businesses that want to keep guns out are usually required to post signs indicating weapons aren’t allowed.

Gun advocates said the law infringes on rights upheld by the Supreme Court.

“Now we’re going to let the pizzeria owner decide whether or not I can express my constitutional right,” said Sen. Andrew Lanza, a Staten Island Republican. “This is a disgrace. See you in the courts.”

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Riders looking to rebound against Alouettes

Dealing with a nightmare defeat isn’t easy, but Cody Fajardo believes the Saskatchewan Roughriders are up to the task.

The Riders, coming off a short week, were trounced 37-13 by the Montreal Alouettes on June 23. It was a game that started badly for the Riders. Montreal’s Chandler Worthy took the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.

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Fajardo admitted the Riders, who will host the Als on Saturday in Regina, were a little overwhelmed by the start and couldn’t find a way to turn back the tide.

“They run back the opening kickoff and self-doubt starts to creep in,” said Fajardo. “You’re already down seven points. Then on our first play of the game we had some miscommunication and a missed assignment that almost was a pick-six. And then the next was a throw to Shaq (Evans) and he was probably a half of an inch out of bounds so we go two and out. Then they get a field goal and you’re looking at an early 10-0 deficit and we’d only had two plays. As an offence, it’s hard to overcome that.”

The offensive woes were compounded by an impressive performance by the Montreal defence, which recorded eight sacks and three interceptions.

It was the first game for the Riders without starting centre Dan Clark, who suffered a broken fibula on June 18 in a 26-16 victory over the Edmonton Elks. With Clark sidelined, rookie Logan Bandy stepped into the lineup against the Alouettes with just one practice to prepare for his first CFL start.

Bandy’s inexperience, combined with lack of practice time and the strength of the Montreal defence, resulted in a long evening for the Riders.

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Riders Head Coach Craig Dickenson feels the offensive line shouldn’t bear the brunt of the blame for the eight sacks.

“I think our offensive line played better than what the eight sacks would indicate,” said Dickenson. “I thought they competed hard and for the most part stayed in front of the defensive linemen, but that’s a good defensive front.

“They did a good job of disguising some things and forcing us to hang on to the ball a little longer than we wanted to. And yes, Bandy made a couple of mistakes so it was a perfect storm but it wasn’t all on the line. It wasn’t all on the quarterback. And it wasn’t all on the backs, they shared responsibility.

“Now we’ve had proper time to prepare things, get things cleaned up and we’re expecting to be a much better team and to play a lot better than we did.”

After not allowing a sack in Week 1, the Riders have given up 11 sacks in the last two games. That is the largest two-game total for the Riders since October 2016, when they gave up 12 sacks to B.C. and Montreal.

The Riders may have it a little easier on Saturday as Montreal will be without defensive lineman Almondo Sewell, who is unavailable due to a personal issue. The 35-year-old veteran is one of the top defensive players in the league and recorded two sacks in last week’s victory.

In addition to Clark’s injury, the Riders offence is also dealing with the absence of Evans, who suffered a fractured ankle in the first quarter of last week’s loss. This is the second straight season that Evans has been sidelined by a serious injury. He missed seven games in 2021 with a broken leg.

Evans is expected to miss six to eight weeks with the ankle injury and will be replaced this week by Regina’s Mitch Picton.


Saturday, Mosaic Stadium

ALS BY THE NUMBERS: Heading into Week 4, Montreal had the leading rusher, receiver and scorer. Jeshrun Antwi has 172 rushing yards, Eugene Lewis has 307 receiving yards and kicker David Cote has 40 points.

SACK ATTACK: Riders defensive end Pete Robertson leads the CFL with five sacks and has recorded a sack in all three games this season. In 11 games last season as a rookie, Robertson collected five sacks in a backup role.

SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST: The Riders have scored 69 points in three games this season with 39 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. They have scored 30 points in the other three quarters combined.

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