Nelly Furtado’s anthem rendition gets mixed reviews on social media

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The NBA All-Star Weekend festivities may be over but the country is still talking about Nelly Furtado’s version of the National anthem.

Furtado came out with flautist Tony Duncan before the All-Star game to perform an unusual version of “O Canada.”

Fans on social media slammed the performance, asking “what country’s anthem was it?”

Just listened to that national anthem Nelly Furtado sang last night. Very nice but what country’s anthem was it?

— Ron Holmes (@RonBHolmes2nd) February 15, 2016

Nelly Furtado was great but when is someone singing the Canadian National Anthem? #NBAAllStarTO

— Don Tapscott (@dtapscott) February 15, 2016

Others called it the worst play of the game.

On behalf of Canadians everywhere, we’d like to nominate Nelly Furtado’s version of our great anthem as the worst play of day @TSN_Sports

— Ian Esplen (@IanEsplen) February 15, 2016

Though some people praised the signer, the majority of reviews weren’t positive.

I love Nelly Furtado!! #NBAAllStarGame

— Ponder On That (@PonderOnThat) February 15, 2016

Listening to Nelly Furtado sing “Oh Canada” @ #NBAAllStarTO like: pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/NHsWyfREyw

— Dan Hanna (@UCDan) February 15, 2016

I missed Nelly Furtado singing the national anthem, but 广州蒲友’s play-by-play was more entertaining by the sounds of it haha #NBAAllStarTO

— Lauren O’Neil (@laurenonizzle) February 15, 2016

My girl Nelly Furtado just nailed the national anthem at the NBA Allstar game! #NBAAllStarTO

— Christopher Blair (@docchrisblair) February 15, 2016

Although Ne-Yo did great. Nelly Furtado was not.

— neil dijgrasse tyson (@dijalbert) February 15, 2016

Nelly Furtado should have her Canadian citizenship revoked for her rendition of the Canadian anthem #NBAAllStarTO

— Nick In ParkEx (@NickInParkEx) February 15, 2016

Here’s a look at some other anthem renditions that didn’t go as planned.

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Despite the frigid conditions, NBA All-Star Game a hit

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TORONTO – When the players cleared the court at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night, the NBA all-star fun continued.

Cheerleaders and just about anybody else with a pass that got them down there crowded onto the hardwood for photo ops or just to savour the moment.

All-star weekend is a party. The game is secondary. And like most good parties, nobody wants to leave.



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    For those keeping count, the West won 196-173 in a game that erased the existing all-star records for most points by one team (163) and total points by two teams (321). Defence had been left at the border.

    While Kobe Bryant waved goodbye, a new generation of NBA stars showed off their party tricks.

    West coach Gregg Popovich called the all-star experience “a joy.”

    “It’s the most fun I’ve ever had at an all-star game just because of the predominant group of the young talented kids coming up like the new stars and watching them interact with each other was a thrill for me,” said the veteran San Antonio Spurs coach.

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    “We had fun at practice the other day. They’re just a fun-loving group and they enjoy each other, as much as they enjoy the game. So it was a lot of fun for me. And dinner at night wasn’t bad either.”

    Watching the week, one had to marvel at the NBA which invaded the city like a horde of Visigoths. From charity functions to player appearances, the league pulled out all the stops.

    Sting did his part, delivering a solid halftime show, albeit one that might not hit the NBA’s younger fans.

    Despite the frigid weather, Toronto showed its heart when it comes to hoops.

    “I think everybody got the feel of the energy that we witness every single night when we play as Raptors players,” said Toronto forward DeMar DeRozan, who helped demonstrate that with several highlight-reel dunks. “I think all the guys really got insight on how in-tune the city of Toronto and all of Canada is to basketball.”

    Added teammate Kyle Lowry: “Toronto, I think we put ourselves on the map a little bit around the world.”

    Perhaps, but this weekend is unlikely to boost future travel to Toronto in February given the Ice Station Zebra conditions. Not that February was a high-volume month for tourists to start with.

    While the weather was a topic on everyone’s chapped lips, the all-star game produced plenty of other storylines.

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    There was Bryant’s all-star farewell, Russell Westbrook’s back-to-back MVPs after a 31-point outing and Paul George’s 41-point performance, one off Wilt Chamberlain’s league record. Given George’s long road back from a horrific leg injury, it was a pity he did not get the trophy.

    “It would have been a special moment to win it. But really, it was really just about coming here and just enjoying being with these guys, man, and having a good showing,” George said.

    Saturday night’s skills competition was a doozy with Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon raising the bar on big air and originality. Even the skills challenge was entertaining as the bigs took on the guards.

    Drake gave Torontonians a reason to puff out their chests.

    “This is the best game with the best players, finally in the best city in the world,” he said as he introduced the players.

    And there was validation from LeBron James.

    “Thanks for welcoming our league with open and warm arms,” he said of Toronto and Canada. “Even though the weather wasn’t as warm, the arms and the love from everyone here has been well-received.

    “Toronto did a hell of a job of putting on a show, and it was an honour,” he added.

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2 hospitals, school destroyed in ‘targeted’ airstrikes in Syria

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Airstrikes hit two hospitals and a school in northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens of people on Monday, according to opposition activists, who said the strikes were carried out by Russian warplanes supporting a major advance by government troops.


An airstrike in the province of Idlib destroyed a makeshift clinic supported by the international aid group Doctors Without Borders, while in the neighbouring Aleppo province, a missile struck a children’s hospital in the town of Azaz, killing at least five people and wounding dozens. A third air raid hit a school in a nearby village, killing seven and wounding others.

Doctors Without Borders – also known by its French acronym MSF – said in a statement that the hospital in the town of Maaret al-Numan was hit four times in at least two attacks that were minutes apart. It said at least seven people were killed and at least eight others were “missing, presumed dead.”

“This appears to be a deliberate attack on a health structure, and we condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms,” said Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF’s mission chief. “The destruction of the hospital leaves the local population of around 40,000 people without access to medical services in an active zone of conflict.”

The aid group said the hospital had 30 beds, 54 staff members, two operating theatres, an outpatients department and an emergency room. MSF has been supporting the hospital since September and covered all its needs, including providing medical supplies and running costs, it said.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian warplanes targeted the makeshift hospital, destroying it and killing nine people. The opposition group, which tracks both sides of the conflict through sources on the ground, said dozens were wounded in the attack.

Syrian troops have been advancing in the north under the cover of Russian airstrikes in recent weeks. The offensive has been focused on Aleppo province, where troops are trying to cut rebel supply lines to Turkey and surround rebel-held parts of Aleppo city, once Syria’s largest.

On Monday, Syrian state TV reported that pro-government gunmen have entered western parts of the northern town of Tel Rifaat, where they were fighting “fierce battles’ against insurgents. Tel Rifaat is a major stronghold of militants fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

Opposition activist Yahya al-Sobeih, speaking by phone from Maaret al-Numan, said “the entire building has collapsed on the ground. He said five people were killed near the MSF clinic and “all members of the medical team inside are believed to be dead.”

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Paramedics and volunteers were working on removing the rubble, he added. The four-story building was once a cement company, but had served as a makeshift clinic during the war, al-Sobeih said.

The missile attack in Azaz, near the Turkish border, killed five people at the hospital, including three children and a pregnant woman, and wounded more than 30, the Observatory said. Activist Bahaa al-Halaby, who is based in the northern city of Aleppo, said the hospital was struck by a missile, and that 10 people were killed.

Abdulrahman Al-Hassan, chief liaison officer at the Syrian Civil Defence, a group of first responders known as the “White Helmets,” said the women’s hospital in Azaz was hit by two surface-to-surface missiles. He added that some 10 people were killed and many were wounded.

“We think it is Russia because the photos of the missiles have Russian language (and) because we haven’t seen this kind (of missiles) before the Russian intervention,” he said.

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Russia has been a key ally of Assad throughout the five-year uprising and civil war, and began launching airstrikes to support his forces on Sept. 30.

In Turkey, the private Dogan news agency reported that more than 30 of those wounded in Russian airstrikes in Azaz, primarily children, were transferred to a hospital in southern Turkey. It showed footage of ambulances arriving at the Kilis State hospital, medics unloading children on stretchers and a girl wrapped in a blanket.

“They hit the school, they hit the school,” wailed a Syrian woman who was unloaded from an ambulance onto a wheelchair.

The Observatory and al-Halaby said an air raid struck a school in the village of Kaljibrin, near Azaz. Al-Halaby said the raid killed seven people and wounded others. The Observatory said five were killed.

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Meanwhile in Brussels, European Union officials on Monday called on Turkey to halt its military action in Syria after Turkish forces shelled positions held by a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia over the weekend.

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said that “only a few days ago, all of us including Turkey, sitting around the table, decided steps to de-escalate and have a cessation of hostilities.”

She said more fighting “is obviously not what we expect.”

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said “we have the plan for a cessation of hostilities and I think everybody has to abide by that.”

Syria’s main Kurdish faction, the People’s Protection Units or YPG, has been highly effective in combating the Islamic State group, but Turkey views it as a threat because of its ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency against Ankara.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday said the cross-border shelling has succeeded in halting a Kurdish advance on Azaz and vowed the “harshest reaction” if the YPG march on the town again.

Kurdish-led forces had recently gained ground along the border with Turkey at the expense of Syrian rebels, who have been struggling to hold ground amid the massive Russian-backed government offensive.

Also Monday, Syria’s pro-government Al-Ikhbariya TV said one of its correspondents was wounded in a missile attack in the coastal province of Latakia. It said journalist Mazem Mohammed was in stable conditions.



Associated Press writers Lorne Cook in Brussels and Dominique Soguel in Istanbul contributed to this report.

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UPDATE: Head on crash in Peachland kills Sicamous man

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UPDATE: One person is dead and another is in critical condition following a head-on collision on Highway 97 in Peachland.

The collision occurred at around 6 p.m. Monday near Brent Road where a white Pontiac SUV crossed the centre line and collided with an oncoming cube van.

The driver of the SUV, a 33-year-old Sicamous man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the cube van, an unidentified woman from Penticton, was rushed to hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition.


RCMP say poor weather may have been a factor leading up to the crash.

“It was raining heavily which also affected visibility,” says Cst. Steve Holmes of the Kelowna Municipal Traffic Services. “Though police are not yet able to confirm exactly what led to this tragic crash, the RCMP’s Traffic Analyst conducted a thorough scene investigation which may give us more insights once the analysis is complete.”

RCMP are looking for witnesses to the crash.

The name of the Sicamous man has not been released.

Original story

PEACHLAND, B.C. – A three vehicle accident shut down Highway 97 south of Peachland Monday at 6:15 p.m.

Emergency responders who arrived at the crash reported seeing a 5-tonne truck and two other vehicles involved in the collision.

An air ambulance was called to the scene above Brent Road. At least one victim was said to have life threatening injuries, with occupants of the truck looked to be trapped, according to emergency reports from the scene.

Traffic was stopped in both directions as emergency crews worked on clearing the accident.

A single-direction alternating detour on Brent Road helped clear traffic, but motorists were still backed up in both directions hours after the crash.

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City and RCMP to crack down on roadside panhandlers in Kelowna

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KELOWNA – They’re often standing on medians at busy intersections holding up signs and asking for money from motorists and the City of Kelowna says there has been an increase in the number of roadside panhandlers.

“I had asked one of them if they wanted to help out on my farm and offered him $10 an hour and he said that he makes more money doing this than I could pay him and I just don’t think that’s right,” says Winfield resident Trevor Elliott.


Elliott is so annoyed with the practice that he filed complaints with the RCMP and bylaws. Despite having sympathy for their plight of panhandlers, Elliott wishes motorists would refrain from giving them money.

“There are a lot of really good citizens in Kelowna that are kind-hearted and I’ve seen them hand money but they’re actually creating a bigger problem because the more you give, the more that come,” says Elliott.

While some motorists Global News spoke to believe desperate times call for desperate measures, others are tired of pulling up to a red light and being approached by a panhandler, citing safety concerns for both themselves and for the panhandler.

Kelowna RCMP along with the city are planning to step up enforcement.

“You’ll see officers and bylaw officers working together at the intersections and enforcing these bylaws and the motor vehicle act regulations jointly, so you’ll see them in marked police vehicles and out on foot,” says Kelowna RCMP Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey.

O’Donaghey says the BC Motor Vehicle Act prohibits soliciting vehicles roadside, as well as soliciting in an aggressive manner, which carries a minimum fine amount of $109. The Safe Streets Act prohibits soliciting a person in a vehicle, which carries a fine of $86.

As part of the enforcement campaign, the city and RCMP will be asking motorists not to give money to people soliciting roadside.

“We ask motorists to consider giving to other causes such as social service agencies here in the community that work to support those panhandlers,” says O’Donaghey.

While some panhandlers acknowledge the risk to their safety, the practice continues to be a popular way to increase their income.

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Bryant leaves an All-Star Game winner, West rolls 196-173

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TORONTO — Kobe Bryant said his NBA All-Star Game goodbye and the next generation of the West’s best sent him off a winner, rolling to a record-setting 196-173 victory over the East in Toronto on Sunday night.

The first All-Star Game outside the U.S. was the highest-scoring ever, with both teams scoring more than any team had ever managed. Bryant didn’t provide much of the offense but many of the memories.

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He finished with just 10 points, so few that he lost his career lead in All-Star Game scoring to LeBron James, even though James also had a quiet night.

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But Russell Westbrook scored 31 points in his second straight All-Star MVP performance, Stephen Curry added 26, Anthony Davis 24, and Kevin Durant 23.

Paul George finished with 41 for the East, tying Westbrook’s total from last year in New York that was one off Wilt Chamberlain’s record. John Wall added 22 points.

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James finished with 13 points, just enough to move ahead of Bryant for most ever in the All-Star Game. He has 291, while Bryant, who is retiring after this season, leaves with 290.

He checked out with 1:06 left to cheers and hugs from his fellow All-Stars who now put up points in bunches the way Bryant did for so long.

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Prime Minister Trudeau responds to racist, hateful graffiti sprayed on Calgary school

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CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded Monday to the latest round of racist, hateful graffiti sprayed in Calgary. This time, vandals targeted a junior high school in Queensland.

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Police said Tuesday they are investigating the incident as a hate crime—citing specific references to burning mosques—but provided no further details.

A Global News viewer spotted the hateful messages on Wilma Hansen School Sunday afternoon.

One message calls for violence against Syrians and mosques and reads: “Syrians go home and die.”

Another targets the Prime Minister: “Kill the traitor Trudeau.”

Trudeau responded via 广州蒲友 Monday, writing, “Canadians have shown the best of our country in welcoming refugees. That spirit won’t be diminished by fear and hate.”

Canadians have shown the best of our country in welcoming refugees. That spirit won’t be diminished by fear & hate.

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 15, 2016

The walls were cleaned up before classes resumed on Tuesday.

A request to the prime minister’s staff as to whether his security detail had been contacted was directed to the RCMP.

Racist hate graffiti sprayed on a Calgary school.

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Racist hate graffiti sprayed on a Calgary school.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published Feb. 14 but was updated Feb. 16 with new information from police.



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Button battery removed from Toronto-area girl’s throat after being lodged for 4 days

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Christina and Michael Smith are breathing a sigh of relief.

Their little two-year-old daughter is recovering at Sick Kids hospital, but the ordeal they had to go through over the last few days to find out what was wrong with their daughter was a complete nightmare.

A week ago, they noticed Katie was gagging. She had been eating crackers and her parents thought she may have one lodged in her throat. After about an hour, the Ajax couple took their daughter to their local hospital.


They tell Global News doctors checked her throat, airways, and ears, but found no signs of an infection.

However Katie’s symptoms persisted – she was not able to eat, could not swallow, had a distinctive odour to her breath, and was very lethargic. Her parents took her to a walk-in clinic where they were told she may have the flu.

But after a number of doctor visits and a great deal of persistence, an x-ray was finally performed. What it showed shocked Katie’s parents.

The toddler had swallowed a button battery the size of a nickel. It had been in her esophagus for four days. Katie was immediately rushed to Sick Kids hospital to have it removed.

Doctor’s there found the battery had burned through the outer lining of Katie’s esophagus.

“Batteries around any children are not safe, especially little toddlers, they are always putting things in their mouth. You cannot keep your eye on them 24/7 but if you know there is something wrong go with your gut instincts, your parental instincts. Do not let up until you get the answers that your need,” Christina Smith told Global News.

According to Health Canada, there are approximately 65 cases a year of children being rushed to the hospital because they have swallowed a button battery.

In as little as two hours, the alkaline from the battery can start to eat away at the esophagus or any part of the inner body it comes into contact with.

The burning can cause internal bleeding and can be fatal.

Health experts recommend if you think your child may have swallowed a battery to immediately take them to the hospital, do not let them eat or drink, and do not induce vomiting until they have received medical attention.

Button batteries can be found in certain children’s toys, remote controls, singing greeting cards and balloons, children’s books that make sounds, small electronics, and hearing aid devices.

Katie’s parents say they are not sure how she got hold of a button battery. Michael Smith, Katie’s father says he works with electronics and has some of these types of batteries in his garage, however, he does not bring them inside the house.

“As far as where she got it, we have not idea … but we are going to take stock of all the toys that she has, and go through anything and see if it came from one of them,” Michael said.

Katie is expected to make a full recovery.

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Sask. organ donor celebrates special Valentine’s Day

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SASKATOON – A Saskatchewan couple have found out they are quite the match for each other in more ways than one. They shared Valentine’s Day together after a successful set of surgeries.

“To be able to spend this Valentine’s Day together when you’ve been through something like that is life altering for both people. It’s just to me the greatest gift that anyone could have given me,” said Chris Willenborg.



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    Willenborg and his fiancée Errin Tollefson met in 2009 at an agricultural conference and have remains friends ever since. On their first couple dates, Willenborg learned that Tollefson was a dialysis patient.

    “I got to know more about it as I got to know more about her and really what it was that changed me was seeing Errin get an infection. People on dialysis are more prone to infections that can be actually quite life-threatening in some cases without medical intervention,” Willenborg said.

    “What it boils down to is, Errin was basically born with one kidney, essentially, that quit functioning when she came into her 20s.”

    Originally, Tollefson’s father was set to donate his kidney.

    “[Her father] did start the donation process but unfortunately in that process they did find that he had cancer and so despite doing everything he could to give the kidney, he was unable to do that and passed away shortly after,” Willenborg said.

    Willenborg says he got tested, found out he was a suitable match and everything just spiralled from there.

    “I was able to match and sort of pick up where [her father] left off,” Willenborg said.

    The surgery date was Feb. 4 and Tollefson was released from hospital on the Friday just before Valentine’s Day.

    “As far as we know, a complete success, they tell us that the kidney’s actually functioning in the 90th percentile of all the kidneys that they’ve transplanted in Saskatoon, which means that it’s doing extremely well,” Willenborg said.

    “Having her home and even just two days together, to be able to just hang out, you don’t have that sense of wondering ‘is she doing OK,’ … so for both of us those anxieties of how the other one is doing are almost completely alleviated when we’re together.”

    He proposed back in February 2015 and their wedding is set for this August.

    Besides his symbolic gesture of love to his fiancée, Valentine’s Day will also continue to a serve as a reminder of the importance of organ donation for Willenborg.

    “I really hope that when people hear this, they think about either signing their organ donor card or even consider living donation because I didn’t know anything about it a year ago and it so far has been by far the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Willenborg said.

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WATCH: Mike McEwen finally wins elusive Manitoba men’s curling championship

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SELKIRK – After the pain and agony of defeat in the final five times before Mike McEwen finally captured his first provincial men’s curling title. McEwen defeated Matt Dunstone 4-2 in Sunday’s Viterra Championship final at the Selkirk Recreation Centre.

McEwen was forced to make a clutch raise double takeout with his first shot of the 10th end in a 2-2 game. Then with the game hanging in the balance and the pressure on, McEwen made the tap back to score a deuce to win the title.


Strangely enough McEwen clinched his Brier berth earlier in the day when Dunstone defeated defending champion Reid Carruthers in the semifinal. Dunstone as the Canadian Junior Men’s Champion is already committed to the Worlds next month in Denmark and couldn’t have attended the Brier even if they won.

“It was such a strange feeling playing that final just because of the underlying story of already clinching a Brier berth.” McEwen said. “That was really strange, something I could have never foresaw or predicted. The shot at the end still felt the same though.”

McEwen avoids the distinction of becoming the first non-champion to represent Manitoba at the Brier.  After all their previous losses in the final, they didn’t want to enter the Brier through the back door.

“We didn’t want go in in 2nd place.” McEwen said. “I felt less pressure, yeah I did, until the last two shots.”

“Never once felt like that Brier berth was secure.” said second Matt Wozniak. “It felt the full pressure. We wanted to win this game. We’ve been here so many times. The relief is pretty great.”

“We weren’t the team that wanted to back into the Brier.” lead Denni Neufeld said. “We wanted to win our way into the Brier. Our goal today was to come out and perform well and hopefully we were going to be on the winning side and it happened.”

After nine seasons together as a team the McEwen foursome earned their first purple heart and avoided a sixth loss in a Manitoba men’s final.

“The more finals you lose, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get harder. I mean it never gets easier when you want it so bad.” said third B.J. Neufeld. “We’ve worked so hard for this and had so much hardship in previous years losing five finals  We’re just ecstatic that we were able to come up with our best game when it mattered most and win this thing.”

Dunstone and his team of 20-year-olds pushed McEwen right to the brink and will surely be a force to reckon with on the Manitoba curling scene for years to come.

“To get a taste at 20 years old of a men’s provincial final is unbelievable. It’s an experience that’s going to help us out later on.” Dunstone said. “We gave it all we had out there. They weren’t missing as you saw out there. I mean you couldn’t have asked for a better final. I mean both teams really wanted it. You could sure see it out there.”

“It’s shocking how good they are.” McEwen said. “They’re gonna make me retire early. I might not have many years left.”

WATCH: Reaction from members of Team McEwen and finalist Matt Dunstone following the final.

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