24. 09. 2018
Politicians help recognize role of convenience stores in Halifax communities – Halifax

Politicians help recognize role of convenience stores in Halifax communities – Halifax

HALIFAX – It’s not every day politicians ring up your purchases at the local convenience store, but that was the scene in Halifax and other Maritimes regions on Wednesday.

Convenience Store Day it about people gaining a new perspective, says Mike Hammond, the president of the Atlantic Convenience Store Association.

“Today is the day where we get different personalities to come in and work behind the counter to get a sense of what it is that we do,” he said.

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Halifax city councillor Matt Whitman took part for the second year in a row.

“This small business is key to this neighbourhood, it’s probably the backbone,” he said. “A lot of things happen here. People meet people and it’s kind of this community, so we need to let these convenience stores and these communities know they’re important to us.”

Megan Leslie, an MP from Halifax, said convenience stores provide a familiar atmosphere.

“People who come in, it actually is the place where everybody knows your name, and that’s kind of nice,” she said.

She said a lot has changed since the last time she worked a cash register.

“Even just having a computerized cash register — I’m not that old, I don’t know when this happened.”

Donations were collected for the Children’s Wish Foundation. For every 20 minutes a politician worked, the store itself made a contribution.

Thursday was also a chance for politicians to hear about the issues small businesses face, like high credit card rates.

Jeff Lenard, who’s with the U.S. National Association of Convenience Stores, was on hand to see how things were going. He said his hope is that one day, American politicians can participate in a similar activities at their local convenience stores.

“Store operators [in the United States] are interested in today because its a model we can carry forward that they are doing very well here,” he said.

With 1,135 convenience stores in Nova Scotia, they make a substantial contribution to the economy.

Nova Scotia has 1,135 convenience stores and together they make a significant contribution to the economy, Hammond said.

“They are the staples of every rural and urban community across the province. Without them, there would be no communities I do believe,” he said.

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24. 09. 2018
Apple loses bid to block sales of Samsung phones

Apple loses bid to block sales of Samsung phones

SAN JOSE, Calif. – A federal judge has rejected Apple’s attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

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Wednesday’s rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung’s infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone. The amount was well below the $2.2 billion in damages that Apple had been seeking in the latest round of legal wrangling between the world’s two leading smartphone makers since the tussle began four years ago.

Apple wanted U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, to issue an order that would have prevented future U.S. sales of nine Samsung phone models that infringed on the iPhone technology.

READ MORE: Samsung, Apple agree to drop lawsuits outside US

Koh refused, saying Apple hadn’t adequately proven Samsung’s intellectual theft had hurt its sales or diminished its reputation for innovation. She noted that Apple had previously licensed some of the features that Samsung infringed upon to the makers of other smartphones that competed against the iPhone, too.

Apple, which is based in Cupertino, California, declined to comment on Koh’s decision.

Samsung welcomed the ruling in a statement. “We remain committed to providing American consumers with a wide choice of innovative products,” Samsung said.

In its arguments, the South Korean electronics maker had argued the damages awarded to Apple amounted to a royalty payment for its past and future infringements on the patents at issue.

The patents covered the auto-correction feature in the iPhone’s keyboard, the method to create links for email addresses and phone numbers appearing in text and the swiping gesture for unlocking the phone’s display screen.

In a reminder of technology’s relentless pace, Apple is expected to unveil the eighth generation of the iPhone early next month. The first model revolutionized the mobile computing market when it came out in 2007, prompting a frantic scramble among Samsung and other electronics makers to come up with competing products.

READ MORE: Apple v. Samsung, who is really winning the patent fight?

Apple had wanted to ban the U.S. sale of these Samsung models: the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, and Stratosphere. All of those devices are powered by Google’s free Android operating system, a piece of software that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had lambasted as a blatant rip-off of the iPhone before his death in October 2011.

After Jobs died, Apple escalated its attacks on Samsung and won $930 million in damages in a separate trial completed in 2012.

Samsung also has sued Apple, and prevailed in one of its patent claims in the most recent trial. The jury awarded Samsung just $158,400 for Apple’s infringement.

The two companies recently settled all their patent disputes outside the U.S., but are still bickering here. The verdicts from May and 2012 are still under appeal.

©2014The Canadian Press

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24. 09. 2018
Non-profit seeks to fit children with glasses before starting school – Toronto

Non-profit seeks to fit children with glasses before starting school – Toronto

TORONTO- Eye See…Eye Learn is a program designed to detect, diagnose and treat children with vision problems prior to starting junior kindergarten.

“About one-in-four, or twenty-five percent of kids under the age of five, have some sort of vision related problem,” said Dr. Brian Paul, chair of the program. “It’s a little bit concerning because, according to OHIP data, only ten percent of kids starting school have actually had a comprehensive eye exam.”

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Christina Fernandes is the superintendent of Early Learning with the TCDSB, and believes this program is an excellent way to ensure children are able to learn and be successful in school.

“Most parents are not aware that this exists, so we’re sending to all our junior kindergarten parents who are just starting out with us in September, some information of where they could obtain an eye exam,” said Fernandes.

The eye exam is covered by provincial health insurance and if a child requires glasses at the time of the examination, they will be prescribed and fit with a free pair.

Karen McGlashan, a mother and teacher, had positive things to say about the impact the free glasses had on her son.

“The speed in which he gets them is good, so that he has a chance to adjust before he starts school,” said McGlashan. “As a teacher, I know it’s really important that kids can see what they need to see. It ensures that they participate in the classroom, and that’s something I wanted to make sure my son had going into JK.”

For more information on where to find the nearest Eye See…Eye Learn optometrist, click here.

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24. 09. 2018
Ottawa Redblacks make offer to Weston Dressler

Ottawa Redblacks make offer to Weston Dressler

The Ottawa Redblacks are making a play for coveted slotback Weston Dressler.

Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins said Wednesday he has made a contract offer to the former Saskatchewan Roughriders star, who cleared NFL waivers Tuesday after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Desjardins added he hasn’t immediately heard back from Dressler’s camp and wasn’t sure when he would.

“We’ve made an offer and that’s pretty much where it’s at,” Desjardins said.

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Ottawa isn’t the only team to have made a pitch to Dressler. A CFL source requesting anonymity said Saskatchewan has also offered him a deal.

Justin Seurer, Dressler’s agent, did not immediately return telephone messages.

Desjardins wouldn’t divulge contract details but there are reports the Redblacks’ offer was worth $250,000 annually.

The Riders released Dressler, 29, in January – roughly two weeks before he was scheduled to become a CFL free agent – so he could explore his options south of the border. Shortly after working out for the Chiefs, Dressler signed with the NFL club and donned No. 13 in honour of Saskatchewan’s rabid football fans, affectionately dubbed the 13th Man.

The five-foot-eight, 179-pound native of Bismarck, N.D., spent his entire six-year CFL career with Saskatchewan, registering 442 catches for 6,531 yards and 43 TDs. He surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving plateau five times, including the last four years.

Dressler had five catches for a game-high 81 yards and a TD in Saskatchewan’s 45-23 Grey Cup victory over Hamilton last November at Regina’s Mosaic Stadium. A two-time all-star, Dressler was the CFL’s top rookie in 2008.

Dressler appeared in three exhibition games with Kansas City, recording a 19-yard kickoff return. Desjardins said Dressler would definitely improve the Redblacks offence – which is ranked second-last in scoring (15.8 points per game) and yards (291.8 per game) – while also helping the franchise in the community.

“He brings ability on the field, ability off the field in terms of leadership skills and the type of person he is and the character he has,” Desjardins said. “He’d be a tremendous asset to the Redblacks.

“The football side of it, I think, is pretty self explanatory but he’d bring us a true weapon.”

And the more weapons the better for Ottawa (1-7), which enters weekend action just four points behind the first-place Toronto Argonauts (3-6) in the East Division.

As an unrestricted free agent, Dressler is free to join ay CFL team and there are reports as many as five are interested in the veteran receiver. And with the league’s salary cap increasing to $5 million this year, that could give clubs more money to try and entice Dressler.

And Desjardins doesn’t think Dressler will wait long to decide his CFL future.

“My sense of it, based on what I talked to him about the other day was towards the end of the week,” Desjardins said. “But that was more a sense than him actually saying it.”

©2014The Canadian Press

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24. 09. 2018
Why is Aafia Siddiqui a terrorist bargaining chip? – National

Why is Aafia Siddiqui a terrorist bargaining chip? – National

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is sitting behind bars , serving an 86-year sentence in a Texas prison, but her reputation as both “Lady al-Qaeda” and a prisoner of faith has put her at the centre of at least three, high-profile American hostage takings.

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The Islamic State (IS) demanded her release, along with an exorbitant ransom and several other conditions, in exchange for setting free captive U.S. journalist James Foley.

None of their demands were met and the extremist group executed him sometime between Aug. 12 and Aug. 19 — the day Foley’s parents received a letter warning he would be executed and the day IS posted a video of the 40-year-old’s beheading online.

The jihadist group referred to her as a “sister” in the letter sent to Diane and John Foley.

READ MORE: Mother of U.S. journalist held by Islamic militants pleads for his release

IS also named Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who studied at M.I.T. and Brandeis University, in its demands for the release of a 26-year-old woman who was kidnapped while doing humanitarian work in Syria in 2013 — for whom the militants are also demanding a US $6.6-million ransom.

Before that, the Taliban wanted her freed in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl — the U.S. army sergeant who was held captive for five years, until the U.S. agreed to release five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in May.

Why do terrorist groups want Siddiqui freed?

Her arrest and conviction was widely criticized in Pakistan and she was seen as being wrongfully imprisoned.

“One explanation is that people from the Afghan-Pakistan theatre have transferred to Iraq and Syria and her cause is part of their baggage,” Taliban expert Michael Semple told the Telegraph last week.

“The strategic explanation is that it’s a good cause, she is a damsel in distress. [IS] is trying to mobilize people in righteous condemnation of [what they see as] oppression of the Muslim nation at the hands of the West,” he said.

Fauzia Siddiqui (C), younger sister of US-detained Pakistani woman Aafia Siddiqui takes part in a protest in her support in Islamabad on August 7, 2008.

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Foreign Policy referred to her as “Lady al-Qaeda,” referencing allegations she was a facilitator for the terrorist network’s activities and her ties to a 9-11 mastermind.

Siddiqui, now 42, was convicted in 2010 of the attempted murder of U.S. nationals serving in Afghanistan and their Afghan counterparts at a police detachment in Ghazni two years earlier.

She wasn’t tried or convicted for crimes related to terrorism, even though she had been detained when Afghan police discovered her, along with one of her three children, carrying plans for a “mass casualty attack” at U.S. sites, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. It’s also alleged she had documents related to using the Ebola virus as a weapon and instructions how to make chemical weapons.

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And she was reportedly carrying sodium cyanide when Afghan police arrested her in July 2008, Foreign Policy reported.

According to the Guardian, she had been on the FBI’s radar since 2002 — when agents questioned her and her then-husband, a man named Amjad Khan, about the online purchase of “about $10,000 worth of night-vision goggles, body armour and 45 military-style books.”

She disappeared in 2003 and didn’t resurface until her 2008 arrest,during which time she was listed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

Family’s fight for Siddiqui’s freedom

Family members and supporters believe she was actually taken prisoner by the U.S. and held for those five years at the Bagram Detention Centre, outside Kabul, alleging she had been tortured.

Her family is calling for her release, but they want nothing to do with the Taliban and IS calls for her freedom.

“While we deeply appreciate the sincere feelings of those who, like us, wish to see the freedom of our beloved Aafia, we cannot agree with a ‘by any means necessary’ approach to Aafia’s freedom. Nor can we accept that someone else’s daughter or sister suffer like Aafia is suffering,” a letter from Siddiqui’s family, published by ABC News, read.

Her family’s petition to the White House, demanding her repatriation to Pakistan, reached 100,000 signatures earlier this month —meaning the White House has to respond to petition.

“This petition will be presented to President Obama. He may choose to act on it immediately. He may decide to look more closely into the case. He may not choose to act at all. We are hoping and praying that his sense of compassion and justice will guide him and allow Aafia to come home,” a post on the Free Aafia website read.

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24. 09. 2018
WATCH: Cop’s body cam captures violent arrest in Texas – National

WATCH: Cop’s body cam captures violent arrest in Texas – National

The chief of police in a small Texas community says the decision to equip his officers with body cameras has been vindicated after one such device helped show a new side to a violent confrontation between an officer and suspect.

Celina, Texas Police Chief Mark Metdker says he thinks his force could be pointing the way to the future of police work in North America.

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“I think the future of policing is transparency,” Metdker, who is also doubles Celina’s Fire Chief, told KXAS news in Dallas. “Let’s be as transparent as possible. We have nothing to hide.”

Dash cam footage shows a Celina PD officer responding to a domestic disturbance this past Friday.

We can hear the officer ask the suspect to put his hands behind his back, before he suddenly leaps into view with the suspect beneath him, bringing him to the ground with a lunging takedown seemingly out of nowhere.

The two men wrestle on the ground, with the officer telling the suspect “You don’t want to do this!”

However, what could have turned into a case of excessive force by a police officer was given a new wrinkle when the Celina Police Department released the officer’s body camera footage.

The footage shows the same confrontation with one crucial detail revealed – the suspect throwing a punch at the officer out of sight of the dash camera, before being dragged to the ground.

Police say the man was under the influence of heroin at the time of the altercation.

The idea of equipping police officers with body cameras has been gaining traction in municipalities across the United States and Canada in recent years.

In the case of the Celina Police department, the officers have been equipped with body cameras for nine months, trained to activate them before responding to any call.

The Celina PD took the imitative even further, released the body camera footage on YouTube because, Chief Metdker argues, it is already a part of the public record.

“Our officers know that when they step out of the vehicle, everything they’re doing and saying is being documented,” Metdker said.

“It shows every angle and every aspect of what the officer sees.”

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24. 09. 2018
Saint Mary’s University changes frosh week, a year after ‘rape chant’

Saint Mary’s University changes frosh week, a year after ‘rape chant’

HALIFAX – Saint Mary’s University is making some key changes to its orientation week for first-year students, one year after video of a controversial chant condoning rape went viral.

The video shows student leaders leading a chant that makes reference to non-consensual sex with an underage girl.

Welcome Week leaders will now undergo two days of training and sign a ‘Charter of Reponsibility.’ The university has also created a full-time staff position to oversee orientation events throughout the year.

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Orientation activities will now be organized and vetted by a steering committee comprised of faculty, staff and students.

“Everything has built up to something that needed a huge change and it needed a change very quickly,” said student Rory Boutilier.

“I think going in this direction will be more tame. Yes, university’s supposed to be fun and it’s supposed to be enjoyable for everybody but it doesn’t have to be offensive.”

In the wake of the controversy, a council was created to make recommendations for change on campus. The panel charged with implementing those recommendations offered an update on Wednesday.

Panel member and dean of science, Steven Smith, said orientation events will be a better mix of academics and integrating students into campus life.

“I think something that I’ve wanted for some time as a dean has been to make sure that the academic elements are within orientation week,” Smith said.

“We wanted to make sure that what we were able to do was explain to the students what it means to be a student here […] in terms of how they’re going to be successful when they get to their classes on Wednesday.”

James Patriquin, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Student Relations with the student union, expects students will welcome the new changes.

“From what I’ve heard from new and returning students, they have a very positive outlook on this year,” he said.

He also said he has felt a sense of collaboration between students and administration in the year since the controversy.

“The experience I’ve had has been everyone wanting to cooperate to use what happened in September of last year as a learning experience and an opportunity for Saint Mary’s to display leadership,” he said.

As part of the recommendations, the university is also focusing on year-round education programs that deal with consent, sexual assault, as well as drug and alcohol use.

WATCH: Heightened attention on this year’s incoming freshman class following ‘rape chant’ controversy

In the early fall, the university will implement a University of New Hampshire program that will train student leaders, faculty and staff on their role as bystanders. The training focuses on understanding and preventing sexualized violence.

All this is welcome news for students and parents alike.

Janis Patrick, who was on campus with her son Richard as he prepared for the new school year, said last year’s chant was upsetting.

“As a mother, a woman, I certainly don’t want that,” she said. “I’m the mother of a son and I certainly don’t want him to treat women like that. I’ve raised him otherwise so I’m really glad the university has moved forward to change what they did and to make it better now.”

Her son also applauded the changes and said he hoped some good would come from the incident.

“I think there are a lot of issues like this that can happen at other campuses and I think in a sense, Saint Mary’s has dealt with this very well,” he said.

“The way they’ve dealt with it is such that maybe it has inspired other universities to take a look at their what they’re doing in their frosh weeks and try to move forward.”

Welcome Week events will begin this weekend as students move into residences, and classes are set to resume next Wednesday.

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24. 09. 2018
N.B. Election Notebook: Aug. 27 – New Brunswick

N.B. Election Notebook: Aug. 27 – New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, N.B. – As party leaders and candidates hit the road across New Brunswick campaigning for the upcoming provincial election, Global News will keep track of where they are and what they’re saying in our election notebook.

Read all 2014 New Brunswick election notebooks

Here’s what happened Wednesday, August 27.

Liberals: Tax cuts for small businesses

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Liberal Leader Brian Gallant was at Scholten’s Convenience Store in Fredericton, promising he would cut the tax rate for small businesses to 2.5 per cent. He says it would be the lowest rate east of Manitoba.

Gallant said he’d also protect retailers through better policing of contraband tobacco and alcohol and freeze their fees for four years.

Finally, Gallant pledged to review the New Brunswick Drug Plan to ensure small businesses can afford it. He says businesses with less than 50 employees would not be forced to pay for the drug coverage.

Conservatives: Protecting contractors

Progressive Conservative leader David Alward campaigned Wednesday in Moncton and promised legislation to protect subcontractors on government projects who wait too long to get paid.

The legislation would ensure those contractors got timely payment for their work. Alward said businesses shouldn’t have to go to court to get paid.

Alward also pledged to ensure small businesses were not burdened with the cost of the province’s drug plan.

NDP: Politics and roads

NDP leader Dominic Cardy was in Hanwell, N.B. where he continued to attack political patronage.

He said he wants to eliminate the influence politicians have in decided which roads are paved. Cardy says road construction will be decided after a ‘long-term road strategy’ is completed by experts.

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24. 09. 2018
Woman survives 8 days in Saskatchewan wilderness after deadly canoe accident

Woman survives 8 days in Saskatchewan wilderness after deadly canoe accident

PINEHOUSE, Sask. – A woman who was part of a missing canoe party in northern Saskatchewan has been found alive after surviving for eight days in the wilderness.

At the same time, her husband’s body was found in Kinosaskaw Lake, Saskatchewan.

The body was spotted by a Shellbrook float plane operator Tuesday morning after an overturned canoe was seen east of a set of rapids called Needle Falls.

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Pinehouse RCMP chartered a plane to investigate and was able to identify the body as that of a missing 66-year-old Prince Albert man. His name is not being released.

He had failed to report to his family with a “SPOT” satellite messenger tracker device eight days earlier.

Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) was called in to assist Mounties and arrived at the lake around 5:40 p.m.

They were able to locate the 62-year-old woman at the mouth of the rapids, where she had a fire burning and was waving at the aircraft.

CASARA was operating a fixed-wing, non-float aircraft and was unable to land but the crew circled above the woman for two hours while a float plane with two Mounties was dispatched.

The float place arrived around 7:30 p.m. and the CASARA crew directed the float plane to the woman’s location. She was taken to a hospital in La Ronge for treatment and later released in good health.

Police say she was able to survive for the eight days after the couple’s canoe had capsized on the rapids by relying on her outdoor experience and survival skills.

Woman found alive after surviving eight days in the wilderness; husband’s body located in Kinosaskaw Lake, Saskatchewan.

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24. 09. 2018
You choose: Who will be named top Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach ever? – Winnipeg

You choose: Who will be named top Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach ever? – Winnipeg

Last time, we had you decide who the top five Winnipeg Blue Bombers players of all-time are. Now, we want to know which head coach was the best in team history.

READ MORE: Fans have spoken: The top 5 Winnipeg Blue Bombers players ever are…

Doug Brown and Greg Mackling have narrowed the list down to seven and now you have the opportunity to vote on who belongs in the top three.

Here is the top seven list:

1. Bud Grant / 1957-1966

His statue is erected in front of Investors Group Field, and for good reason.

In 10 seasons with the blue and gold Bud Grant won four Grey Cups. He amassed a 102-56-2 regular season coaching record during his time in Winnipeg to go along with a 16-8-1 record in the playoffs. Grant was the CFL’s Coach of the Year in 1965. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Interestingly, Grant was just 29-years-old when the Blue Bombers hired him.

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2. Cal Murphy / 1983-1986, 1993-1996

Cal Murphy spent a total of 14 seasons in Winnipeg, including eight as a head coach.

In those eight seasons, he put together a regular season record of 86-51-1. That’s good for second all-time in wins behind Grant in franchise history. His lone Grey Cup championship as the head coach of the team came in 1984. The two-time CFL Coach of the Year is also a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

3. Mike Riley / 1987-1990

Mike Riley led the Blue Bombers to two Grey Cup championships (1988, 1990) in just four seasons as the head coach. Not bad.

His team lost in the East Final in the other two years. Riley was the CFL Coach of the Year in the two championship seasons. He holds a 40-32 regular season record as the head coach of the blue and gold.

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4. Dave Ritchie / 1999-2004

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In five full seasons in Winnipeg, Dave Ritchie led the Blue Bombers to four playoff appearances, including a Grey Cup appearance in 2001, when he was the CFL Coach of the Year after a 14-4 season.

Ritchie is the CFL’s seventh all-time winningest coach with 108 career wins during stints in B.C., Montreal and Winnipeg. He is third on the club’s all-time coaching wins list with 52 (52-44-1).

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5. Reg Threlfall / 1938-1941

The sixth head coach in team history, Reg Threlfall posted a 28-8 regular season record while guiding the Blue Bombers to four Grey Cup appearances, winning two titles (1939, 1941).

6. Bob Fritz / 1935-1937

The fifth head coach in team history, Bob Fritz led the Blue Bombers to a Grey Cup championship in his first season with the team. Oh, did we mention he also played quarterback in his three years with the blue and gold? The Blue Bombers went 12-6-1 during Fritz’s tenure.

7. Ray Jauch / 1978-1982

Let’s fast forward a few decades to round out the list. Ray Jauch spent five seasons in Winnipeg, winning 45 regular season games (45-35).

Jauch was the CFL Coach of the Year in 1980. He’s also sixth on the league’s all-time coaching wins list (127).

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Okay now it’s time to vote!

Among the carefully selected seven Blue Bomber head coaches below, which one do you think is the best?

We’ll tabulate the votes at the end the week and share which earn the most votes to be named the top three Bomber coaches ever.

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