OPP looking for trucker after $300,000 load disappears near Guelph

Wellington County OPP say they are looking for a trucker after a $300,000 load disappeared earlier this month.

Officers were called to a business on Speedvale Avenue just outside of Guelph last week for reports of the theft.

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In a news release on Wednesday, OPP said a truck driver using a fraudulent company and a stolen trailer showed up to the yard on Oct. 5 and loaded 11 Skyjack lifts and 25 red vinyl rolls.

The load was to be delivered to two separate locations in the United States but the items never arrived, police said.

Polcie say the fraudulent company name was listed under T.T. Transport out of Quebec and the stolen trailer had Elite Logix written on the side.

A photo of the driver and the truck has been released with the hopes of helping the investigation.

OPP are asking anyone with information to call investigators at 1-888-310-1122. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Food prices rose nearly 4% in September. These products saw the biggest jump

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The country’s annual rate of inflation reached its highest level since 2003 last month, Statistics Canada said Wednesday, amid ongoing supply chain disruptions in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency said its consumer price index was up 4.4 per cent in September compared with a 4.1 per cent year-over-year increase in August.

While the biggest driver for rising prices was gasoline, food prices weren’t left unscathed.

“Food was an important component of the September increase in inflation, and there were a number of factors that played a role,” Sri Thanabalasingam, senior economist at TD Bank told Global News.

“You had temporary factory closures. You had higher input costs as well as the general theme of supply chain disruptions. So all three factors contributed to pushing up food prices last month.”

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Overall, the cost of food rose 3.9 per cent year-over-year compared to 2.7 per cent in August. The biggest gains were in food purchased in store (4.2 per cent), followed by food in restaurants (3.1 per cent).

But are higher prices here to stay? Economists say the answer to that question will depend on how long supply chain disruptions last.

 

“It’s probably the million-dollar question over when these supply chain disruptions will start fading. From recent reports, it would suggest that maybe sometime in the second half of 2022,” Thanabalasingam said. “So until then, you could still see price gains come through as a result of supply issues.”

RSM Chief Economist Joe Willis expects inflation to peak sometime before the end of the year and then come down “considerably” after next spring.

“Things will look a lot better on the inflation front as people get back to work as supply chains get reconstituted,” he told Global News.

Food Inlfation

Some of the biggest price jumps in September when it came to food were seen in meat products, which rose 9.5 per cent overall, followed by seafood (6.2 per cent) and dairy products (5.1 per cent).

Prices for edible fats and oils rose 18.5 per cent, the largest annual increase since January 2009.

Bacon prices jumped a whopping 20 per cent — the largest annual gain since January 2015, which was partly driven by temporary closures of production facilities, according to StatCan.

Butter saw the highest price increase of all the dairy products (6.3 per cent) followed by cheese (4.6 per cent), and eggs (5.4 per cent).

One category that saw a decrease was fresh vegetables, where prices declined 3.2 per cent year-over-year, mostly due to tomato prices, which fell 26 per cent last month.

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This year, input costs for agricultural staples such as corn, wheat and soy have jumped which makes all kinds of food, including meat and packaged goods, cost more.

“So it’s expected that we would see some of that filtering to into food prices,” RBC Senior Economist Nathan Janzen told Global News.

But he noted the food production industry is a bit less exposed to global supply chain disruptions than other sectors because Canada is a global producer of food.

“Certainly something like dairy products, they’re tightly controlled and we don’t trade a lot with the rest of the world, but we have seen food prices rising, rising productivity cost. Pretty much every household obviously has to pay,” Janzen said.

Janet Music, who is the research program coordinator at Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab, pointed out climate change as having a role to play in rising food prices, too.

“Climate change has caused a lot of adverse weather effects, and so it’s been difficult harvests across the northern hemisphere,” she said. “Droughts in the West, wildfires in California, flooding in Europe … this will affect harvests, of course, also the transportation of different items.”

A recent report from Dalhousie’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab found Canadians are shifting their shopping behaviours to save money as a result of rising food costs.

Eighty-six per cent of Canadians surveyed believe food prices are higher than they were six months ago, according to the report published Sept. 29. As a result, two in five people said they have changed their behaviour at the market over the past year.

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem has said the central bank would act to rein in inflation if the current bout of price increases looks to become more than one-off pressure points.

However, the central bank, which is set to release its next interest decision next week, has stood firm in its stance that higher inflation is transitory.

“Something is transitory if it doesn’t change behaviour,” the Conference Board of Canada said in a report after the latest inflation reading Wednesday.

“But we are seeing businesses change behaviour, for example, when it comes to setting higher prices for their goods and services. The rise in prices is a more long-lasting phenomenon and should be treated as such.”

Brusuelas and Thanabalasingam and the Conference Board of Canada expect inflation to persist into spring of 2022 because of supply chain issues.

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And the consensus remains that the central bank will maintain its key interest rate at 0.25 per cent into the back half of next year.

“There is quite a bit of way to go for the economy to recover,” Thanabalasingam said. “You just look at the labour market and the fact that there are a large number of people that are still unemployed, sitting on the sidelines without a job. And so removing monetary stimulus or (doing so) too early could weaken that recovery.”

“But inflation is higher because of, again, these supply-side issues. So if they move to raise rates earlier than what they were thinking, this could weaken the economic recovery.”

The Conference Board of Canada warned, though, that if inflation figures remain hot, the central bank might be forced to hike interest rates earlier than the second half of next year.

“If the Bank hikes too early it risks stalling growth and harming its own credibility, and if it waits too long, it risks pushing prices even higher. It’s not easy being a central banker these days,” the think tank said in its report.

Thanabalasingam echoed this sentiment.

“Given the fact that inflation right now is being propelled by some of these supply-side factors, they may hang their hats on that story for a little while longer before shifting their communication.”

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Human remains found near items linked to Brian Laundrie, reports say

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Human remains have been found near items belonging to Brian Laundrie along a trail he frequented in the Florida wilderness, multiple media outlets confirm.

Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the killing of his fiancé Gabby Petito, who was reported missing Sept. 11 by her parents while the couple were on a cross-country trip in the western United States.

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A Sarasota County Medical Examiner has been called to the trail in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, Reuters and CNN reported on Wednesday.

The new evidence comes more than three weeks after Laundrie’s family reported him missing on Sept. 17, telling police they hadn’t seen him in three days.

More to come. 

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COVID-19: N.B. reporting 5 deaths, rapid outbreak management team at 23 sites

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Issac Bogoch makes sense of the latest COVID-19 headlines.

New Brunswick is reporting five deaths on Wednesday, bringing the province’s total number of COVID-19 -related deaths to 99.

The deaths involve a person 90 and over in Zone 1 (Moncton region). a person in their 80s in Zone 5 (Campbellton region) and three people in their 60s — one in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) and two in Zone 6 (Bathurst region).

Meanwhile, the number of active cases in the province is on the decline. Public Health is reporting 69 new cases and 77 recoveries, bringing the active case count to 761.

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Of the new cases, 35 are unvaccinated, four are partially vaccinated and 30 are fully vaccinated.

The province points out that the majority of cases in the ICU involve unvaccinated patients. There are 16 people in an intensive care unit — 14 of whom are unvaccinated.

Of the 55 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, 27 are unvaccinated, four are partially vaccinated and 24 are fully vaccinated.

The province notes that two people aged 19 and under are now in hospital.

The most recent data shows 82.9 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 91.8 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine.

Beginning next week, health-care personnel and residents of First Nations communities in the province will be ale to receive a mRNA COVID_19 booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose.

Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Team

The Provincial Rapid Management Team, which is led by Extra-Mural/Ambulance New Brunswick, is now activated at 23 locations.

The team provides “various levels of assistance depending on the requirements of each location.”

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An outbreak has been declared at 11 of those 23 sites, which includes nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and rooming houses.

The outbreaks are located at:

  • Drew Nursing Home in Sackville (Zone 1)
  • Woodstone Residence in Moncton (Zone 1)
  • House of Nazareth in Moncton (Zone 1)
  • Résidence du Marais in Dieppe (Zone 1)
  • Manoir Saint-Jean Baptiste in Bouctouche (Zone 1)
  • The Crossing in Saint John (Zone 2)
  • Maison du Bonheur in Edmundston (Zone 4)
  • Foyer la Renaissance in Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska (Zone 4)
  • Agence Résidentielle Restigouche in Campbellton (Zone 5)
  • Dalhousie Nursing Home (Villa Renaissance) in Dalhousie (Zone 5)
  • Losier Hall in Miramichi (Zone 7)

The other 12 activation sites are:

  • Southeast Regional Correctional Centre in Shediac (Zone 1)
  • Jordan Life Care Centre in Salisbury (Zone 1)
  • B&B Balanced Wellness Centre in Moncton (Zone 1)
  • T.J. Maillet Residences in Cocagne (Zone 1)
  • Community Residential Living Board in Woodstock (Zone 3)
  • Madawaska Regional Correctional Centre in Saint-Hilaire (Zone 4)
  • Villa Cayouette in Saint-Quentin (Zone 4)
  • Au petit domaine de L’Assomption in Saint-Quentin (Zone 4)
  • Foyer Ste-Élizabeth in Baker Brook (Zone 4)
  • Foyer Notre-Dame de Saint-Léonard in Saint-Léonard (Zone 4)
  • Résidence 4 Saisons in Balmoral (Zone 5)
  • Royal Residence in Bathurst (Zone 6)

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Variety Week on Global BC 2021 – Day 3

The sixth annual Variety Week continues Wednesday, highlighting stories from children and families around the province who have been helped by Variety – the Children’s Charity.

Viewers can donate to help kids in B.C. through Variety by calling 310-KIDS or donating online.

And thanks to partnerships with organizations and matching donors from across the province, viewers will have a chance to double their donations throughout the week.  They can also make an automatic $20 contribution by texting KIDS to 45678.

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Here are some of the stories we are sharing on the third day of Variety Week.

Grayson has a rare genetic condition and is fully dependent on others to meet all his personal needs. Grayson’s mother has health challenges of her own and is unable to transport her son independently. They just received a Sunshine Family Van, which will allow Grayson and his mom to go out together – just the two of them, for the first time!

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Alberta country music artists release song opposing coal mining in the Rockies

Alberta country singer Corb Lund has banded together with a few musical friends to re-release a 12-year-old song with a new focus on the possibility of open-pit coal mining in his beloved Rocky Mountains.

The song, This Is My Prairie, features Alberta country luminaries including Brett Kissel, Terri Clark and Paul Brandt and others in a new version that Lund hopes will become an anthem of opposition to the proposed developments.

Lund says the song was first written as a story about a rancher trying to preserve countryside.

He now says the lyrics match word for word with the fight many Alberta ranchers have launched against mining development.

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He says it was easy to convince other singers to join him in the release — the proceeds of which will be donated to local groups concerned about coal mining.

The Alberta government is currently waiting to hear recommendations from a panel that’s been canvassing Albertans to see how, or if, they want that type of development.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Jessica Simpson Says She’s ‘Already Hurting’ As She Gets Back In The Gym: ‘I Am Determined Not To Let Myself Down’

Jessica Simpson is back in the gym.

The star, who is mom to Maxwell Drew, 9, Ace Knute, 8, and Birdie Mae, 2, shared a snap of herself in her workout gear on a treadmill on Instagram.

She wrote in the caption that it was her “first day back at it” and that she was “already hurtin’ and feelin’ real dramatic about being sore.”

Simpson’s post included, “I have been craving this, but procrastinating. One workout and I am determined to not let myself down.”

She also said she’d be eating a brownie afterward “to give myself some points.”

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Simpson has been open about her health journey over the years, telling Hoda Kotb on “Today” back in April that she’d “tossed that scale out.”

“I have no idea how much I weigh. I just want to be able to feel good and zip my pants up. If I don’t, I have another size. I have every size.”

Though she’s been open about weight loss in the past, Simpson is determined to focus on her health rather than a number.

“I’ve really tried my hardest to not let that define me,” she added at the time.

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BCGEU workers at LifeLabs issue 72-hour strike notice

Members of the B.C. General Employees’ Union issued a 72-hour strike notice to LifeLabs on Tuesday night.

The union, which represents 1,550 LifeLabs workers, says the strike notice comes after several months of negotiations, 30 days at the bargaining table and eight days of mediation.

Wages remain the main point of contention, union president Stephanie Smith says.

“The bottom line is LifeLabs is another privately owned company trying to protect their profit margins at the expense of their workers, despite the fact that the pandemic has proven time and again that this approach literally puts lives at risk,” Smith said.

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“Poor wages and working conditions have created a staffing crisis at LifeLabs, forcing them to shut down facilities on Vancouver Island. Members are fighting for a fair deal that will stabilize staffing and ensure better service for patients.”

In a statement issued Wednesday, LifeLabs said it has “delivered multiple, competitive offers to the BCGEU and reached agreement on several specific proposals” prior to the current bargaining impasse.

Job action could begin as early as Friday at 7 p.m.

LifeLabs says essential service agreements ensure that most locations will remain open and labs will function as usual if there is job action, but some locations will be closed on a rotating basis starting on Monday.

Patients who need to have appointments rescheduled will be contacted by LifeLabs.

It is unclear what impact job action may have on COVID-19 testing in the province. The laboratory testing company conducts COVID-19 tests in B.C. and Ontario.

LifeLabs workers voted 98 per cent in favour of strike action in July and have been working without a contract since April 1, the union said.

 

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Tories decry COVID-19 vaccine mandate for MPs but likely out of luck on challenge: expert

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The federal Conservatives say “under no circumstances” will the party support virtual parliamentary proceedings when the House of Commons returns this fall, despite a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate set to take effect within weeks for members of Parliament and their staff.

Blake Richards, Conservative MP and the party’s whip, said the vaccine requirement announced on Tuesday is something the party will not agree to, and said the party believes all MPs should be able to enter the House of Commons.

“As we said during the election, workplace health and safety can be assured through vaccination or the demonstration of a recent negative rapid test result,” said Richards, who is one of two Conservative MPs on the powerful Board of Internal Economy that issued the ruling on Tuesday.

“While we encourage everyone who can be vaccinated to get vaccinated, we cannot agree to seven MPs, meeting in secret, deciding which of the 338 MPs, just elected by Canadians, can enter the House of Commons to represent their constituents.”

“Regarding the return of Parliament, Canadians deserve a government that is accountable to its constituents and that’s why under no circumstances will Conservatives support virtual Parliament,” he added.

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The Board of Internal Economy governs the House of Commons and is made up of MPs from all parties with official standing. It meets behind closed doors and makes decisions by majority, with the Liberals holding four seats, the Bloc Quebecois and Tories each with two, and the NDP with one.

The Speaker of the House of Commons serves as chair of the nine-person board, which “makes decisions and provides direction on financial and administrative matters of the House of Commons, specifically concerning its premises, its services, its staff and Members of the House of Commons.”

On Tuesday night, the Speaker of the House of Commons announced that the Board of Internal Economy had decided anyone entering the House of Commons precinct must be fully vaccinated.

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The precinct includes the House of Commons itself as well as MPs’ offices and Commons committee rooms in the surrounding buildings around Parliament Hill and the adjacent blocks.

That requirement will apply to members of Parliament, their staff, political research office employees, administration employees, journalists, parliamentary business visitors, contractors and consultants.

It’s a decision that parliamentary expert Philippe Lagassé said is within the bounds of the powers held by the House of Commons to set its own rules of operations.

Lagassé is an associate professor at Carleton University and specializes in the role of Parliament and the Westminster parliamentary system used by countries like Canada. He noted while MPs have parliamentary privilege to be able to fulfill their duties without undue obstruction or interference, those powers derive from the broader powers that the House of Commons has to set its own rules.

“Put differently, individual parliamentarians only have privileges because they are members of a House of Parliament,” he told Global News via email, noting this is the reason MPs can be expelled from the House of Commons or sanctioned for things like unparliamentary language.

“In this case, the collective privilege to determine who enters the Commons trumps the individual privilege to perform one’s parliamentary work without interference.”

Effectively, that suggests there will be few options for parties or MPs who want to challenge the requirement to be fully vaccinated, barring medical exemptions.

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Mark Holland, the Liberal whip who also serves on the Board of Internal Economy, billed the decision as one that will put many minds at ease. He added the use of a hybrid Parliament model, where members can participate either in-person or virtually, will ensure any unvaccinated MPs without a medical exemption are still able to carry out their duties.

“Knowing that all visitors, all MPs, all staff on-premise are going to be vaccinated is a huge sense of relief and I think entirely appropriate given the public health circumstances,” he said.

“I think the hybrid model worked exceptionally well and it allowed people from across the country to work well together. I think we can have more people in the chamber, but we don’t know where this pandemic is going. We obviously are going to need some flexibility.”

All candidates running for the Liberals, the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois were required during the election to be fully vaccinated unless they had a medical exemption.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has repeatedly refused to say how many of his MPs were vaccinated.

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The NHL is back and Peterborough is well represented

From Bob Gainey to Steve Larmer to Mike Fisher, just to name a few, Peterborough’s hockey history runs deep.

There’s certainly no shortage of players with ties to the Electric City to watch each National Hockey League season and this year is no exception.

Four players from Peterborough are currently on NHL rosters (bonus points if you can name them before scrolling). That’s not including a number of Peterborough Petes alumni who have graduated to the big leagues, including Zach Bogosian, Eric Staal and Nick Ritchie.

Below are just a few players with Peterborough roots to follow this upcoming season.

Mason McTavish

There weren’t a lot of scouts who had McTavish going as high as third overall in the 2021 NHL draft, but anyone who saw the then OHL rookie play at the Peterborough Memorial Centre wasn’t shocked to hear his name called so early.

The Petes would have loved to have the 18-year-old back. The maroon and white (and their fans) were robbed of the six-foot-two centreman’s talents by only getting him for the 57-game shortened and eventually cancelled 2019-20 season.

And it doesn’t appear McTavish will be returning to the Ontario Hockey League any time soon.

The Swiss-born forward wasted no time showing why he was taken third overall in the 2021 NHL draft. In his debut, McTavish became the youngest Ducks player to score a goal in franchise history.

But his perfect start has hit a bit of a road bump.

McTavish left Monday night’s contest against the Calgary Flames with a lower-body injury. It’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined.

If healthy, he’s a lock to play for Team Canada at the 2022 IIHF world junior championship.

Mason McTavish was taken third overall by the Anaheim Duck in the 2021 NHL draft. (Twitter/Anaheim Ducks)

Mason McTavish was taken third overall by the Anaheim Duck in the 2021 NHL draft. (Twitter/Anaheim Ducks)

Nick Robertson

McTavish’s former teammate and one of the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ top prospects can’t catch a break.

In just his second game of the season with the Toronto Marlies, the Leafs’ American Hockey League affiliate, Robertson suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula after taking an awkward hit. He’s expected to miss at least 10 weeks but does not need surgery.

It was a similar story last season. Robertson injured his knee in his NHL regular-season debut, landing him on long-term injured reserve.

It’s never been an issue of if Robertson will be a permanent member of the Leafs, but rather when. This injury could push back the timeline.

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Mitchell Stephens

The two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning is donning new colours this season.

Stephens was traded in July by the Lightning to the Detroit Red Wings for a sixth-round pick in 2022.

And while going from a Stanley Cup contender to a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in the last five seasons sounds like a bummer, it could be a good move for the 24-year-old.

Stephens appeared in just seven regular-season games with the Lightning last season and did not make a post-season appearance. It was difficult to carve out a spot on a club with so much depth and names like Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point in the mix.

But the Peterborough native has appeared in all three regular-season games with the Red Wings so far. He’s centreing the fourth line and getting time on the second penalty-kill unit.

Expectations still aren’t high for Motor City, but the team has gotten off to a 2-0-1 start. Their only loss? A 7-6 overtime heartbreaker against Stephens’ former team in their season opener.

It’s early, but it appears Stephens and the Red Wings shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Mitchell Stephens celebrates a goal against Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Mitchell Stephens celebrates a goal against Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Corey Perry

The Lightning may have lost one Peterborough native, but they’ve gained another in Corey Perry.

Perry signed a two-year, $2-million contract with the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions as a free agent.

The 36-year-old showed he still has plenty left to give during his stint with the Montreal Canadians last season. The six-foot-three forward helped the team to an unexpected Stanley Cup final, scoring four times during the surprising run.

The former Hart Trophy winner would be an asset to any team.

Vince Dunn

Dunn is from Lindsay, about 40 minutes west of Peterborough, but we’ll still include him on this list.

The 24-year-old defenceman was taken by the Seattle Kraken in the NHL expansion draft from the St. Louis Blues, where he won a Cup in 2019.

So far, he’s tallied two assists through three games and is averaging over 15 minutes of ice time. He’s also getting time on the power play.

He’ll be a fixture on the Kraken’s blue line this year.

The St. Louis Blues' Vince Dunn carries the Stanley Cup after the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The St. Louis Blues' Vince Dunn carries the Stanley Cup after the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Fast Facts

Former 10th-overall pick Owen Tippett is poised to have a standout sophomore season with the Florida Panthers. The 22-year-old from Peterborough has earned a top-six spot, playing on the second line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Sam Bennett.

Former world juniors hero Barrett Hayton is starting the season with the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners, the Arizona Coyotes affiliate. The 21-year-old has played 34 games with the ‘Yotes through the last two seasons and will surely be looking to make his way back to the top club.

If he does, he’ll be reunited with fellow Peterborough native Cory Stillman, who is behind the bench as an assistant coach with the Coyotes for a second season.

Hockey is a family affair for the Stillmans.

Cory’s son, Riley, was traded from the Florida Panthers to the Chicago Blackhawks last season. The 23-year-old defenceman has appeared in the Blackhawks’ first four games.

Younger brother Chase was taken 29th overall by the New Jersey Devils in this year’s draft. The forward is back with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves this season.

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