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Redblacks Take One-Point Lead Over Eskimos into Grey Cup 4th Quarter

By The Canadian Press

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Edmonton Eskimos’ Akeem Shavers, right, celebrates his touchdown with teammate Justin Sorensen during the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

WINNIPEG – Chris Milo’s 33-yard field goal produced just the second lead change of the 103rd Grey Cup as the Ottawa Redblacks led the Edmonton Eskimos 19-18 after three quarters.

The three points capped off a seven-play, 75-yard drive by Henry Burris and the Redblacks.

The Eskimos had a chance to retake the lead on the final play of the quarter but Sean Whyte’s 35-yard field goal effort clanged off the upright, resulting in a dead ball and no points.

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Fans Bundle Up for Relatively Mild Grey Cup

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A pair of Edmonton Eskimos fans dress for the weather in Winnipeg on Sunday, November 29, 2015. (CHRISD.CA)
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Field level of Investors Group Field prior to kickoff on Sunday. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Footballs fans on Sunday weren’t leaving their comfort to chance when they ventured out to Investors Group Field for the 103rd Grey Cup.

Football revellers brought out the heavy winter wear, including long johns, fleece blankets and hand/foot warmers. For late November, the kickoff temperature of -5°C at around 5:38 p.m. is considered above normal. The slight wind of 15 km/h made it feel more like -10°C.

The coldest Grey Cup on record was in Winnipeg back in 1991 when the game-time temperature was -17°C.

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Fans Trash Talk, Soak Up Atmosphere as Excitement Builds for Grey Cup

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

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A football fan is seen prior to the 103rd Grey Cup between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Ottawa Redblacks, in Winnipeg, Man., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

WINNIPEG – Excitement for the Canadian football showdown of the year is nearing its peak in Winnipeg as Edmonton and Ottawa fans decked themselves out in team colours and engaged in a bit of friendly trash talk for the Grey Cup.

Fans gathered in downtown Winnipeg Sunday for a pre-game march, some dressed head-to-toe in red and black lumberjack shirts and others in green and yellow with faces to match. Ottawa Redblacks fans gathered for a photo, booing a heavily painted Edmonton Eskimos fan who photobombed the group.

Jay Ferguson, 28 from Edmonton, arrived in Winnipeg with two friends Thursday and has been living and breathing the Grey Cup ever since.

“Just passing the time before we win,” he said laughing. “It’s ours.”

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Grey Cup Kickers Happy to Be Back Playing After Being Cut by Other Teams

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Released by Saskatchewan in early July, kicker Chris Milo had to think of other ways to pay the bills.

“After two, three weeks I started wondering what I was going to do with my life,” he said Saturday. “You never know if that call (from another team) is going to come — ever.

“So you start thinking about things. I was actually working for Honda in Regina for about a week. And then Marcel (Ottawa GM Marcel Desjardins) rang the phone and I said ‘I’m coming.'”

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Best Time to Start for Rural Economic Diversification: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman


NEEPAWA, Man. — As rural communities look towards their futures, it’s clear that for many towns, the status quo hasn’t worked to keep communities vibrant and relevant to their citizens’ needs. No town is an island and every community will be impacted by factors beyond its control. For any community looking to ensure its economic viability, diversification is the key.

Whether we are talking about agriculture, manufacturing, retail or resources, all sectors are subject to business cycles, good years and bad years. In order to grow and prosper long-term, communities should be reliant on more than one cycle.

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Santa Claus and the Grey Cup Take Over Downtown Winnipeg

By Dave Baxter (@davebbbaxter)

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Santa Claus waves to kids on Saturday night during the Grey Cup Festival Santa Claus Parade. (DAVE BAXTER / CHRISD.CA)
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Kids lines the streets of Portage Avenue on Saturday night to get a glimpse of Santa Claus. (DAVE BAXTER / CHRISD.CA)

A huge crowd of people descended into downtown Winnipeg on Saturday night to see colourful floats, the Grey Cup and even Santa Claus himself.

This year the annual Santa Claus parade was combined with a Grey Cup parade to celebrate the start of the holiday season, as well as this Sunday’s CFL championship game.

The Grey Cup Festival Santa Claus Parade saw Winnipeggers young and old fill the streets, but a whole lot of out-of-towners here for Sunday’s big game also came downtown to check it out.

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Kickers Concerned About Grey Cup Balls, CFL Says Ball Protocol is Same as Ever

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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Edmonton Eskimos players warm up during a team practice in Winnipeg, Man. Wednesday, Nov.25, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

WINNIPEG – Kickers from Edmonton and Ottawa expressed concern Saturday about the ball they will be booting in the 103rd Grey Cup.

“I just heard this morning they’re trying new balls out for Grey Cup,” said Edmonton’s Sean Whyte, who handles the Eskimo kicking duties along with Grant Shaw. “And all the equipment guys are saying they are bad.

“The balls for the offence, they’re all the same. But they decided to change the kicking balls, I guess. They’re a little slick.”

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Grey Cup Set for Seasonal Conditions in Winnipeg: Cold But No Deep Freeze

By The Canadian Press

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A snow sculpture by David MacNair celebrating the 103rd Grey Cup is displayed at the Manitoba Legislative Building in this February 2015 file photo. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG – The forecast calls for minus-six celsius for kickoff of the 103rd Grey Cup.

That’s about average for Winnipeg in late November. It will be cold but not deep freeze cold.

The Weather Network says it will feel like minus-11 but there is only a 10 per cent chance of precipitation for the championship game between the Edmonton Eskimos and Ottawa Redblacks.

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Santa Harnesses the Power of Social Media to Help Write Back to Well Wisher

By The Canadian Press

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(Dear Santa image via Shutterstock)

A 10-year-old boy will hear back from Santa thanks to a plea on social media for his address.

Canada Post put out some online feelers after it received a letter from 10-year-old Michael Johnson, apparently from southwest Ontario.

The post office says the boy didn’t put a return address on his letter, which came with a package of hot chocolate.

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VIDEO: Polar Bears Predict Grey Cup Winner

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Storm the polar bear predicts the Edmonton Eskimos to win the 103rd Grey Cup during an event at Assiniboine Park Zoo on Saturday, November 28, 2015. (CHRISD.CA)

If you had the Ottawa Redblacks pegged to win Sunday’s Grey Cup, we hate to be the bearer of bad news.

Storm the polar bear at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo has predicted the Edmonton Eskimos to win the big game. And that’s as official as you can get.

A group of bears were released into an area near the Tundra Grill restaurant Saturday morning to choose the winner. The five-year-old bear approached a cutout of an Eskimos player first and made his determination.

The Redblacks’ cardboard figurine suffered a similar fate moments later, so it may be a toss up.

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