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Photos of a Grade 7 Lac La Biche class learning to butcher a deer have gone viral, with nearly four million people taking a peek as of Friday.

Aurora Middle School’s outdoor education program often brings game in for students to learn how to properly remove the meat. The lessons are led by Grade 7 teacher and hunter Pat Lyons, who says the goal of the program is to introduce students to something they wouldn’t normally get to do at home.

“For many students, it is their first time going camping or ice fishing or butchering a deer,” he said.

Photos of students working on the deer in late October received lots of attention on Facebook, with one photo getting as many as 140 shares and more than 860 reactions.

Only a handful of comments appeared negative, with most suggesting ways to improve the program such as making it as safe as possible. Nicole Garner, a spokeswoman for Northern Lights Public Schools, said in an email that millions have seen the posts, which have garnered nearly a million engagements.

Around 25 Aurora Middle School’s outdoor education program took part in butchering a deer in October. Photos posted online received a lot of attention with most feeling positive about what the students were learning. SUPPLIED / EDMONTON

Lyons said he was surprised the photos took off because this wasn’t the first time he and the students have done something like this. He said he was pleased to see so many people supported what he was doing.

“There are many lessons involved when we butcher the deer,” he said. “We discuss the ethics of hunting and responsibilities of hunters. The students also learn skills like knife sharpening and how to butcher in a manner that ensures as much of the animal is used as possible. We also use the meat to make burgers or sausage. The students have to follow a recipe and they practise math skills like fractions and weights.”

Before the deer ever makes it to the classroom, Lyons removals the internal organs, the hide, head and hooves. The students take care of removing the meat from the bones and remove any fat.

Around 25 students participated this time around.

Lyons said he started learning about hunting at a young age. He started by learning how to fillet fish and would later pay attention to the local butcher who would come to his family’s home to carve up a cow or pig they purchased from the nearby farm. He also learned a lot from his inlaws, who have a farm not too far from him.

Lyons said there’s also a cultural component to the program as the Elder in residence often takes part in the lessons and talks to students about transitions and practices.

“For some of our Indigenous students — at our school, approximately 55 per cent of students identify as Indigenous — this class has allowed them to connect with school,” he said. “They see their culture and traditions are a part of the school and they feel a greater sense of belonging.”

He explained that there haven’t been any issues with students not wanting to butcher an animal because that’s the program they signed up for. However, if a student doesn’t feel comfortable they have the choice of doing other tasks like sharpening knives, although they are encouraged to be in the room, he said.

Lyons hopes in the spring he can bring in a black bear for the students to butcher.

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CLEVELAND — The postseason awards keep rolling in for Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez.

Fresh off of winning his first Rawlings American League Gold Glove on Sunday, the 30-year-old Perez was honored as Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for all of Major League Baseball on Wednesday.

According to MLB.com, winners for the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year are determined using a formula that incorporates traditional and advanced defensive stats, plus scouting data from Inside Edge. Perez not only was the best at his position at catcher, but for all of the big leagues, with 29 defensive runs saved. He was also one of the best pitch framers, saving the Indians 12 Runs From Extra Strikes (Statcast’s framing metric), fourth best among catchers.

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Roberto Pérez has been named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year, a prestigious honor given to the top defensive player in baseball.

Bebo is just one of five first-time award winners of this year’s positional group.

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“It means a lot. I have a lot of pride being back there,” Pérez told MLB.com after being named Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. “To play defense behind an outstanding rotation — we’ve got a great pitching staff — it takes a lot of work and dedication. I put a lot of work in in the cages before the game. I have a great team. I have to give a lot of credit to Sandy Alomar, who has helped me a lot in my career. I’m just proud of myself.”

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Indians catcher Roberto Perez is named the overall Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for the 2019 season
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Perez received the first postseason honor of his career on Sunday when he won the Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award over Danny Jansen (Toronto Blue Jays) and Christian Vazquez (Boston Red Sox).

RELATED: Cleveland Indians SS Francisco Lindor, C Roberto Perez win AL Gold Glove Awards

Perez, 30, took over the starting catcher duties after 2018 AL All-Star Yan Gomes was traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for pitcher Jefry Rodriguez and minor-league outfielder Daniel Johnson last November.

Perez is the third catcher in Indians history to win a Gold Glove Award, following in the footsteps of Ray Fosse (1970-1971) and Sandy Alomar Jr. (1990), the latter of whom is an assistant coach on Cleveland’s staff.

Over 118 games, including 114 starts behind the plate, Perez logged 993.2 innings of work, nearly double his previous career high. In 1,137 chances, Perez registered 1,082 putouts, 52 assists, helped turn 12 double plays and committed only three errors.

In his first full year as an every-day catcher, Perez committed two less errors in 2019 than he did in 58 games played during the 2018 season (five).

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At halftime of a home football game against the rival Langley Saxons, McLean High School recently announced and recognized the 2019 inductees into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

There were eight new members: Tarek Ammoury, Jean Braunlich, Alex Brown, Sean Fitzgerald, Tom Herman, Meghan Hurlbut, Jon Hall and Josh Sborz.

Hurlbut (Class of 2003): Hurlbut was an all-time girls soccer great for McLean, as a four-year starter. She earned all-state and all-region honors. Hurlbut played girls basketball for McLean and was a two-time team MVP. She played soccer in college as captain at Columbia University, where she earned all-Ivy League honors.

Braunlich (Class of 1959): She was the first female multi-sport star athlete at the school, in basketball, field hockey and softball. She is a member of the Bridgewater College Hall of Fame and played in a women’s-basketball professional league.

Hall (Class of 1969): Was one of McLean’s best football runningbacks, leading the Highlanders to the 1967 Great Falls District championship and rushing for 2,777 yards while scoring 26 touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons. Hall was a basketball, baseball, track-and-field and wrestling standout as well for McLean. In college, Hall set six school football rushing records at the Citadel.

Fitzgerald (Class of 2010): Was one of the all-time dominant baseball players in school history as a four-year starter. His career included more than 20 wins (school record 28) as a pitcher and had more than 100 RBI and runs scored as a hitter. Fitzgerald threw 219 career innings with a 1.69 earned run average. Fitzgerald pitched in college at Notre Dame, then briefly played professional baseball.

Sborz (Class of 2012): Sborz also was a dominant pitcher for McLean, chosen as the Virginia Player of the Year in 2012. His career record was 20-6 with nine saves and 234 strikeouts in 151 innings. With the bat, Sborz belted 20 career home runs, a team record. He helped the University of Virginia to a College World Series title, then was a second-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015. He continues to play pro baseball.

Ammoury (Class of 2008): The four-year starter is the all-time leading boys-basketball scorer in McLean program history. He was a district and region Player of the Year during his time. In college, Ammoury played at Marymount University.

Brown (Class of 1997): Brown is the first boys lacrosse player inducted into the Hall of Fame. He scored 122 career goals and had 14 assists. Brown netted 60 goals as a senior and 50 goals as a junior. In college, Brown played at the Johns Hopkins University and appeared in the NCAA Final Four in 1999 and 2000.

Herman: Was an administrator and coach for more than 30 years at McLean. He coached boys basketball and tennis and eventually became the school’s director of student activities. The McLean tennis courts are named in his honor.

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In April 2018, I spoke to then-Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward about Kyle Farmer, who had just made his first Opening Day roster as a utility player. Farmer was putting in extra work with Woodward at third base. “I’m optimistic about guys like him who will their way onto a roster,” Woodward said. “He just does everything good. Does he do anything great? That remains to be seen.”

In a way, it had already been seen.

Farmer had three days and zero plate appearances of major league experience when he delivered his first career hit: an 11th-inning, game-winning RBI double against the San Francisco Giants on July 31, 2017. How special was that? The last Dodger to walk off an opponent with his first career hit was Darren Dreifort on May 27, 1994.

If that was the end, if Farmer never played another game as a Dodger, we would remember him as a cool story. We would think about his big hit and smile admiringly, the way we remember Chin-Hui Tsao hitting a double in 2015. Tsao didn’t make this list. Farmer did because he kept doing what makes him great: playing sparingly and delivering big RBIs in big moments.

In 2018, Farmer had nine RBIs all season. Four of them either won a game outright or gave the Dodgers the lead for good:

A ninth-inning double at Wrigley Field on June 19, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 win over the Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader.
A 10th-inning double at AT&T Park on April 8, turning a 1-1 tie into a 2-1 win over the Giants.
A sixth-inning sacrifice fly at Dodger Stadium on May 9, turning a 1-1 tie into an eventual 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
On May 3, Farmer batted with the bases loaded in a 2-2 game against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. He singled against Jorge De La Rosa, providing the final score in a 5-2 win. I couldn’t technically include this RBI in the above list, however. De La Rosa threw two wild pitches, each scoring a run, before Farmer got his hit.

Considering the Dodgers ended the season tied with the Rockies for first place, then needed a 163rd game to avoid a do-or-die wild card game, we must consider the consequences of Kyle Farmer. Where would the 2018 Dodgers have been without him?

Farmer made 102 plate appearances in two major league seasons as a Dodger. He batted .239 with no home runs. You wouldn’t bat an eyelid at those numbers, but that’s what makes Farmer special. He found a way to have a big impact on a good team in spite of, not because of, his talent.

The Dodgers traded Farmer to the Cincinnati Reds after the 2018 season in the package that included Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood. Even in a new city, Farmer displayed a knack for making the most of his 42 hits, collecting 27 RBIs. He finished the season tied for sixth in pinch hits. He slashed .230/.279/.410 overall.

Usually these descriptors conjure the image of a cagey veteran (think David Freese) or a pinch-hit specialist from an earlier era (John Vander Wal, Dave Hansen, Manny Mota) ― not a cherubic-faced extra in The Blind Side. In Farmer, the Dodgers were able to draft and develop a preternaturally gifted clutch hitter, then watch his debut unfold as a culmination of his past success and a premonition of things to come.

-J.P.

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Tiger Woods has reportedly jumped back into the dating pool and is seeing a 22-year-old student who looks just like his ex-wife Elin Nordegren.

But Alyse Lahti Johnston who is 13 years younger than the golfer also has a checkered past – she was arrested on suspicion of DUI last year.

The University student and budding golfer has been been spending a lot of time with Woods in recent weeks.

Johnston’s father is an executive at IMG which is the sports agency that represents Woods.

A source told TerezOwens, a leading sports blog, that the the two have been seeing each other for a few months now and have been spotted on Woods’ yacht.

They were apparently there with another couple and he is said to be smitten with her.

But it seems that Woods’ new girl is a class act like the stream of mistresses that came out of the woodwork two years ago leading to the implosion of his marriage.

A mug shot of Johnston stemming from her DUI arrest on October 9 last year by police in Orlando, Florida shows she looked a bit worse for wear on the date she was pulled over.

However, a lesser charge of Reckless Driving, a first degree misdemeanor, was brought against her on December 10. She was represented by a high-profile Florida attorney.

She pleaded no contest to the charge and an adjudication was pending until she met several condition.

Moved on: Tiger Woods’s reported new girlfriend Alyse Lahtin Johnston is a 22-year-old blonde beauty with more than a striking resemblance to his ex-wife
Moved on: Tiger Woods’s reported new girlfriend Alyse Lahtin Johnston is a 22-year-old blonde beauty with more than a striking resemblance to his ex-wife

Johnston was ordered to undertake a DUI Counter Attack Schoool and a Victims Awareness Program.

She was also obligated to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and report to probation.

Her final charge was Improper Change of Lane when she went back to court on January 21 and the case has now been closed.

The blonde beauty is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but is now living in Florida.

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Black ballplayers hit with bad retirement pitch

Eighty-two-year-old Don Dillard, of Greenwood, never made more than $9,500 a year playing the sport he loves. A fourth outfielder and pinch hitter extraordinaire who played for the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Braves for parts of six seasons, Dillard’s best campaigns while he was playing for The Tribe in 1961 and 1962, when he came up to bat a combined 318 times and hit 12 home runs.

All told, when Dillard’s career came to an end, he had played in 272 games, gotten 116 hits and wound up with a lifetime batting average of .244

But on April 22, 1974, Dillard, who resides On Orchard Park Drive, says he received a letter from Major League Baseball (MLB)’s retirement administrator indicating that, in spite of all the time he had, he was still 17 days shy of a pension.

“I never really started trying to get one until after I got that letter,” says Dillard, who is among the 600-plus retirees without pension benefits that MLB and the union representing current players, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association (MLBPA), refuses to go to bat for.
Though vesting changes that occurred during the 1980 Memorial Day Weekend dropped the days needed for a pension from four years to 43 game days, the MLBPA forgot – some cynics and jaded types would say refused – to retroactively include the men such as Dillard.

Technically, the league doesn’t have to negotiate about this issue unless the union broaches it first in collective bargaining negotiations. Despite the fact that the MLBPA’s pension and welfare benefits fund is valued at more than $3.5 billion, the union’s executive director, former Detroit Tigers All-Star Tony Clark, will not comment about this matter, though some of these retirees cannot afford health insurance, are defaulting on their mortgages and filing for Chapter 11.

As for MLB, few businesses understand the value of good publicity better – in 2008, acting on an idea of Hall of Famer Dave Winfield’s, 30 former Negro League veterans were matched with a league team that paid them $5,000 in what was the equivalent of draft signing bonuses. And in 2017, Commissioner Rob Manfred presented the National Baseball Hall of Fame a check for $10 million to help preserve its collection of 40,000 artifacts, including bats, balls, gloves, uniforms, trophies, 135,000 baseball cards, 14,000 hours of recorded media, 250,000 historic photos and 3 million pieces in its library.

Museum relics got $10 million from the league. But flesh and blood retirees get squat.

One year after the book I wrote on this injustice was published, in April 2011, the league and the union partially gave the men some relief. For every 43 game days of service they had accrued on an active MLB roster, each retiree received $625, up to a maximum of $10,000 per year. A drop in the bucket, considering that a vested retiree can earn up to $225,000 per year.

And when the man passes, the payment he gets passes with him. So Dillard’s 80-year-old wife, Elma, will get nothing when her spouse goes to that great baseball diamond in the sky.

Dillard says he was watching a game on television in 1977 when he spotted former MLB pitcher Al Cicotte on the bench. The great-nephew of hurler Eddie Cicotte, who was one of the eight “Black Sox” players permanently banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series, Cicotte had been a teammate of Dillard’s with the Tribe in 1959.
Cicotte’s last game had been 15 years earlier, in 1962, when he was a member of the expansion Houston Colt. 45s. But here he was on the bench of the Tigers, who had signed him for one month in order that he could become eligible for an MLB pension.

The Atlanta Braves had done the same thing for Hall of Famer Satchel Paige at the tail end of the 1968 season. Needing 158 days on a big-league payroll to qualify for a pension, Paige never pitched for the club but, instead, became a coach who stayed on through the following season.

If the suits who run our national pastime could help Cicotte and Paige, they can certainly help Don Dillard.

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With only 10% of a person’s health tied to what happens at the doctor’s office, the director of the Oregon Health Authority said everyone has to work together to improve community health and control rising health care costs.

“This whole system depends on partners,” OHA Director Patrick Allen said Wednesday during a Rogue Community Health luncheon in Medford attended by people involved in health care, public safety, politics, social services, business and other sectors.

Researchers say lifestyle decisions account for 53% of a person’s health, environment influences 21% and genetics play a role in 16%. Those factors total a 90% impact on health — much more than the 10% attributed to medical care.

“As we’ve seen, we can’t do this alone,” Allen said.

Allen said overall health care costs are projected to grow 4.7% — outpacing inflation and wage growth.

The Oregon Health Authority and coordinated care organizations that provide Oregon Health Plan benefits have a goal to hold cost growth to 3.4%. At the same time, they aim to improve the health of patients.

One-in-four Jackson County residents is on the Oregon Health Plan.

Since OHP eligibility was expanded, the number of adult Oregonians with some form of health insurance has grown from about 80% to 94%. The coverage rate is even better for kids, with 97% covered, Allen said.

Oregon is a pioneer in integrating physical, mental and dental health.

“The system focuses on health, not just health care,” Allen said.

The integrated system appears to be working.

In 2011, 59% of people who got OHP benefits through a coordinated care organization reported better health. By 2015, that number had grown to 72%, Allen said.

The coordinated care organizations are making progress on getting patients appropriate care in the appropriate setting, he said.

Avoidable emergency room visits fell 50% from 2011 to 2016, Allen noted.

“That’s a huge decrease in health care that is really expensive and not necessarily what people need,” he said.

Locally, the nonprofit health care provider Rogue Community Health has an innovative strategy to address issues that could be hurting the health of its patients.

The organization adapted a Head Start screening form to its own uses, and now asks patients whether they need assistance with issues such as housing, food, transportation, utilities, job training, mental health, parenting, legal aid or dealing with traumatic childhood experiences that can have long-lasting effects.

About 10% to 20% of patients indicate they do need help in at least one of those areas. Rogue Community Health then addresses their issues or refers them to other service providers who can help, said William North, chief executive officer of the organization.

Rogue Community Health is trying to break down barriers to care and help people navigate the complex system of services that’s available locally. The organization follows the motto that there is no wrong door to access essential services.

North said Rogue Community Health is on the cutting edge of integrating health care, social services and education.

Like Allen, North said the community has to work together to improve everyone’s overall health while curbing costs.

Also at the luncheon, Dr. Bill Southworth was given the 2019 Forsyth Community Health Award for his years of work in the community, including his volunteer service to Rogue Community Health.

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As the boys and girls of Carlmont’s cross country team walked through the entrance to the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course, uncertainty filled the air.

While the team swept both PAL Championship titles, Saturday’s race was uncertain for the girls as their top three runners were injured and could not compete.

For the boys, chances for qualifying for State were higher, but it would still take an immense effort from each runner for the team to secure a spot at State.

Down their top three runners, the girls fall short at CCS
Going into this season, the expectations were high for the Lady Scots. With a strong returning roster from last year, the team’s main goal was to qualify for State.

However, as top runners such as Allie Ayers and Kaimei Gescuk, seniors, and Sabrina Jackson, a junior, sustained injuries late in the season, the fate of the girls soon became one of uncertainty.

After this season’s first PAL race at Half Moon Bay, Ayers’ hip became progressively worse to point where she was no longer able to run.

“I’ve been biking and cross-training since then and I was expecting to run by the end of the season, but that just didn’t happen,” Ayers said.

Despite the challenge these injuries posed, the girls banded together and, through their hard work and perseverance, were able to win the league, securing the PAL Championship title for the second year in the row.

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Runners lengthen their strides seconds after the race starts as they descend down the steep dusty downhill path that wraps around a narrow loop.
“We had a goal of winning the league, which we did, and on the girls’ side, that was really an accomplishment,” said John Lilygren, the team’s head coach. “I’m particularly proud of the girls and the way they adjusted to the injuries of their teammates.”

With Ayers, Gescuk, and Jackson out of the race, Samantha Turtle took the lead for the Lady Scots placing 14th, breaking her personal record (PR) with a time of 19:25.

“Without our top three runners, we knew that we weren’t really going to have as much of a chance at qualifying for State so today we were mainly focusing on breaking PRs,” Turtle said.

However, her goal for Saturday was not easily met as she had to struggle through the immense pain that comes with the steep inclines and declines riddling the nearly three-mile course.

“I had seen them pass me beforehand and I was really upset when I was coming down the last 800m,” Turtle said. “I felt like I wanted to give up and I felt so much pain at the end, but you just gotta get rid of all those thoughts and just push through.”

Luckily for Turtle, her pain paid off as she set a new PR and regained her composure after reuniting with her fellow Scots.

“It’s just always really great to have your teammates there. I love how the whole team supports each other when they come through,” Turtle said.

Despite the disappointment of not being able to compete at CCS during their final season, Ayers and Gescuk were among the many Scots who cheered on the girls from the sidelines

“One thing that I really love about running is being able to cheer everyone on in their different races and of course, it’s sad because I didn’t get to run my senior season, but I’m just really glad I’ve been a part of the team for this many years,” Ayers said. “We’ve had some really fun memories and I’ll be back in the spring for track.”

According to Lilygren, the girls have an even greater potential for the coming season as Naomi Metzler, a freshman, and Bella Hopewell, a junior, are both strong runners that can help bring the girls to State.

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Colin Peattie, a junior at Bellarmine, sprints ahead of the crowd during the Division 1 boy’s race. Peattie cleared the finishing line with a 20-second lead, ending his 2.93 miles run with a time of 15:02.8 seconds.

While the Carlmont boys were unable to qualify for State as a team, two runners were able to push through, breaking PRs and securing their spots at the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championships.

Going into Saturday’s meet, Sam Jones, a junior, and Aidan Dimick, a sophomore, felt a combination of excitement and nerves as they lined up against the white starting marks.

“I definitely felt nervous because this could have been my last race of the season and I didn’t want it to be,” Dimick said. “I wanted to keep going.”

The two boys planned to stick with the same technique they used throughout the season.

“Sam and I have been running together the whole year so going into every race we wanted to stick together and work off each other so that’s what we did,” Dimick said.

Jones shared Dimick’s sentiments.

“By sticking together, we kinda used each other’s energy, like mental energy, to just keep going and that’s what got us through the finish line,” Jones added.

As the race progressed it became harder for Dimick to breathe; however, by sticking behind Jones and making sure no one got between them, the two boys were able to secure third and fourth place for the Scots.

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“The whole time I was really excited because when we were up there [in the lead] I was like, ‘If we finish well here then we’re going to make it to State,’” Jones said.

Jones took the lead for Carlmont, breaking his own PR with a time of 15:26, a shocking 36-second drop from his previous record.

Dimick soon followed, setting his own PR with a finishing time of 15:27.

“On the boys’ side, we were hoping to make State and we came up a little bit short, but Aidan Dimick and Sam Jones both qualified for State as individuals,” Lilygren said. “So that was the secondary goal: to at least have the individuals qualify.”

Jones and Dimick are already making plans to continue their training and Lilygren predicts the two will run around a 15:50 to 15:40 and hopefully set a new PR.

The two Scots will compete for CIF State Championships next week on Nov. 30 at Woodward Park, Fresno.

As far as next season goes, the Scots look particularly strong on the boy’s side. Despite losing seniors Caleb Metzler, Max Hariri Turner, and Aidan Truel, four out of the top seven runners will return next season.

Lilygren also notes that there are a number of underclassmen who will be moving up and have the potential to secure a spot at State next year.

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Houston — A broad stakeholder group is urging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to initiate a competitive process for securing renewable energy to power the city instead of signing a bi-lateral contract with Hydro Quebec.

A coalition of labor, business and environmental groups issued a statement Tuesday calling for a competitive request for proposals that would allow New York companies to supply the power needed to meet the mayor’s 100% clean energy goal.

“The groups’ call for an RFP comes in the wake of the Mayor’s announcement that the City would seek a contract for Canadian hydropower by the end of 2020 and, more recently, its interest in providing public financing to construct a new transmission line, the Champlain Hudson Power Express (“CHPE”) from Quebec to New York City,” the statement said.

Mayor de Blasio said in April that within the next five years, his office wants to convert all of the electricity that the city government uses to renewable sources, during an event where he announced New York City’s Green New Deal, which is a plan to address global warming.

One of the main Green New Deal components is a hydro-powered city government that will be underpinned by building a transmission line linking New York City to zero-emission Canadian hydropower, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

The plan hinges on the $2.2 billion, 1,000-MW Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line being pursued by Transmission Developers Inc. — owned by private equity firm Blackstone Group — that would transport power 330 miles from Quebec to New York City.

The mayor is also reportedly considering ways the city could help finance the project.

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However, opponents including the Sierra Club, New York Offshore Wind Alliance, Independent Power Producers of New York and the New York State Boilermakers argue the city’s current plan leaves them out.

Additionally, they point out that Canadian hydropower would not count toward meeting the city’s requirements under the Clean Energy Standard because large-scale hydropower is not categorized as a “Tier 1” renewable resource.

“You can’t be a leader on climate change if you are only focused on reducing emissions in your city,” IPPNY president and CEO Gavin Donohue said in an email late Tuesday.

“Building up New York’s own fleet of renewable resources is the best solution for cutting emissions and protecting consumers. CHPE just doesn’t make sense from an emissions reduction or economic standpoint,” Donohue said.

But the city argues that a variety of clean energy resources are needed and Canadian hydropower is an important piece of the puzzle.

“Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to treating global warming like the existential threat it is and reaching our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 requires pursuing every available source of clean, renewable energy for New York City,” a City Hall spokeswoman said in an email Wednesday. “We believe in a comprehensive renewables strategy, but ignoring the vast amount of zero-emission hydropower ready today would be a mistake.”

Hydro Quebec contends it has clean energy immediately available for delivery into New York and its resources are an ideal back-up for other renewables.

“We are currently facing a climate emergency and Hydro-Quebec has considerable clean energy surpluses that are available – today – to New York,” Gary Sutherland, HQ’s external affairs team leader, said in an email.

“Hydro-Quebec’s electricity is competitively priced in the market and low carbon; furthermore, because it can generate continuously, reservoir hydropower is the only renewable energy that can balance and back up an intermittent renewable source,” Sutherland said.

Transmission developer TDI also said New York will need a mixture of resources to meet its climate goals.

“Both New York City and the State of New York will need every available clean energy resource to meet aggressive new clean energy goals and there is enough room for every serious, competitively priced renewable resource to participate in solving the carbon crisis,” TDI spokeswoman Jennifer White said in an email Wednesday.

“CHPE is the only project ready to deliver power with the speed, resiliency, and potential upstate connections that will create jobs and provide low-cost power to New York. We look forward to delivering clean, carbon-free power to New York in the near future,” White said.

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Twenty-two years ago, the Red Sox were coming off a disappointing season where they were an AL East also-ran and big offseason moves were being contemplated for the franchise.

Sound familiar?

Only general manager Dan Duquette, whose team had finished 78-84 and in fourth place in the division, wasn’t looking to shed payroll, but add to either the bullpen or starting rotation.

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They chose to target the rotation and specifically, to go after the Montreal Expos’ Cy Young Award-winning, 26-year-old ace in a trade – rather than Marlins closer Robb Nen, who had just helped that franchise win its first World Series.

The result was a franchise-altering trade for Pedro Martinez, who tweeted his thanks for the move Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the deal – some would say “steal” – that brought him to Boston.

On this date 22 years ago I was traded from the @Montreal_Expos to the @RedSox. I am forever grateful that the Red Sox, and my long-time friend, Dan Duquette, believed in me as a player! #gosox #redsox #mlb #boston pic.twitter.com/HE5sTsEo23

— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) November 18, 2019
The Sox traded pitching prospect Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. to the Expos for Martinez, then signed him to a six-year, $75 million contract. Duquette had traded for Martinez once before, four years earlier, when, as GM of the Expos, he acquired Martinez from the Dodgers.

Martinez, of course, would go on to go 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA in seven seasons in Boston, some of which were the most dominant ever for a pitcher. His final season culminated with the first Red Sox World Series title since 1918.

So, all new Red Sox baseball boss Chaim Bloom has to do is pull off a deal like that. Simple, right?

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