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Ottawa, Jun 16 (Canadian-Media): The federal government is open to the suggestion of the National Hockey League (NHL) operating a hub city in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said to reporters on June 16 in his daily briefings in Ottawa, subject to the approval of local health authorities, media reports said.
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"Three Canadian cities are asking for it," Trudeau said at his daily briefing. "Obviously the decision has to be made by the NHL and the cities and the provinces. Canada is open to it as long as it is OK'd by the local health authorities."
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The three potential city hubs are Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
The NHL is looking at a return to action from that would feature 24 teams operating out of two hubs. The league has narrowed down its potential sites to 10 cities, including Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.
However, the league has said it will not operate out of a Canadian city if players are subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine currently in effect at the national border.
Although Canada extended its border closure on Tuesday for non-essential travel through at least July 21, but the restriction has not applied to the NHL players and has not prevented them from traveling back and forth as they have returned to their teams recently for voluntary workouts in Phase 2 of the restart plan.
This implies that players can use team facilities to train in small groups.
The league hopes to progress to Phase 3, the opening of training camps, on July 10, with a return to competition later in the summer.
While the NHL tries to narrow down the list of hub cities from ten to two, namely Vancouver and Toronto CBC Sports' Rob Pizzo looks at the problems they face.
These problems include that the NHL players cannot chose a city where the number of COVID-19 infected people is high. He added if one of the players is tested positive any time, he would have to be isolated while the others would remain under strict monitoring procedures. Another thing is 14-day mandatory isolation of people upon entering the country.
Discussions between the provincial and city health authorities are still ongoing, Trudeau said during his daily briefings on Tuesday, and the decision has not yet been made because the safety of the players and the staff have to be kept in mind.
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Quebec, Jun 6 (Canadian-Media): The solidarity member of Sherbrooke and responsible for Sports and Leisure, Christine Labrie, requests the Legault government to present a support plan for sports organizations as soon as possible.
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Indeed, the drop in registrations, reimbursement requests, the cancellation of partnerships and the application of health measures threaten the financial survival of sports organizations so dear to Quebeckers of all ages.
“In the past few weeks, Minister Charest has shown creativity in allowing the resumption of certain sports activities. We thank her, but she must also act to ensure the financial survival of the sports organizations themselves, because we may find a way to comply with health rules by playing soccer, if the club puts the key in the door by lack of income, we will not be more advanced! The Minister knows to what extent the practice of a sport plays an important role in the lives of Quebeckers. If nothing is done, soccer, football or baseball clubs could close. These organizations are important in our communities, we cannot take this risk! "Says Christine Labrie .
"The situation is critical. Soccer Quebec, for example, deplores a drop in registrations of more than 50%. The soccer club in my riding, the Mistral, estimates that its losses are already in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. We cannot afford to lose these organizations, because otherwise we will end up with other public health problems! One million Quebeckers are members of sports organizations or get involved in it on a voluntary basis, it affects almost all families, ”she adds.
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The member for solidarity asked the government to improve the Support Program for Quebec Sports Federations (PSFSQ) to finance expenses related to the application of public health measures (purchase of equipment, hiring and training of personnel in new measures).
In addition, Christine Labrie calls for the creation of an emergency fund to allow organizations that have already incurred expenses that they cannot cancel to cover these expenses and reimburse families who unsubscribe, without jeopardizing their survival.