In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadien Rick Green — along with host Adam Susser discuss how Geoff Molson dropped the ball by not addressing the Black Lives Matter movement in a meaningful way.
Jamie Redknapp admits Mason Mount made a ‘big mistake’ by ignoring Chelsea’s self-isolation guidelines but urged critics to forgive the midfielder after his ‘stupid’ error of judgment.
A member of the public spotted Mount having a casual kickabout with Declan Rice and others in Barnet on Sunday despite Chelsea’s strict instructions to avoid such activities after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the coronavirus.
The England international has since apologised to Frank Lampard for his behaviour over the phone and Chelsea’s squad have been reminded of their responsibilities amid the devastating health crisis.
Speaking about Mount’s lapse of judgement on Sky Sports’ The Debate, ex-Liverpool and England star Redknapp said: ‘He’s made a mistake. He’s a great kid, a really nice boy, well educated, he’s got a lovely family behind him.
‘He’s made a mistake, I remember making plenty of mistakes when I was his age and I’m sure with Frank and everybody at the club will stick by him.
‘We’ve all done stupid things in our time. He is a brilliant young man, that’s all I can say.’
Redknapp believes Mount will feel awful about his behaviour considering the seriousness of the current COVID-19 pandemic but hopes fans are able to forget the incident in time.
‘We all want to get back to watching football and not sit here talking about something that’s so serious but that’s life, we just have to get on with it,’ he added.
‘He loves the game and that’s the problem but as I say it was just the wrong time for him to do it.
‘Knowing him, I’ve met him a few times, he’ll feel so bad about what he’s done.
‘He’s made a big mistake but there will be people all around the world who should be self-isolating that are not so let’s just forget about it now, he’s made a mistake and everybody just moves on.’
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has called on the public to take care of one another amid the coronavirus crisis and reassured fans that Callum Hudson-Odoi was recovering well in self-isolation.
‘I’m happy to say that in Callum’s case, he has made great progress and almost feels his usual self, which is obviously the news we all want to hear,’ Lampard said.
‘I am of course aware that not everyone can or will recover from this virus, so I urge all of the football and sporting community to continue to act responsibly and look out for the health of others.
‘I want to make it clear that I am no medical expert when it comes to challenging times such as these but please do take the time to call older relatives and vulnerable people who might be alone, or offer to drop round shopping if they can’t get out. Let’s make sure we all take care of each other.
‘Social distancing can leave us feeling isolated, however we can continue to support each other even if that means doing it remotely.
‘Of course we still don’t know when competitive football will restart, but it isn’t worth worrying about that too much at the moment.
‘We all miss football, but right now it’s about acting responsibly and in the best interests of society. I am sure I wasn’t the only one who found myself in a strange place with no sport this weekend, but ultimately none of that matters when we consider the bigger picture.’
A whistleblower has written a damning email about a recent U.S. crackdown at the border. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer, who works on the front lines, wishes to remain anonymous for fear of being fired.
In the email sent to immigration lawyer Len Saunders, he wrote that recent immigration policy in the Seattle field office is “not in line with the INA (Immigration and Nationality Act) or past government practice.”
The insider explained what, he says, is behind the recent increase in the number of “expedited removals” – five-year bans from entering the United States – being issued at the border between British Columbia and Washington state.
The email comes two weeks after CTV News Vancouver learned through data obtained via a Freedom of information request that expedited removals at borders reporting to the Seattle Field office had tripled from 91 in 2018 to 309 in 2019.
The whistleblower says upper management is behind “the ER crusade” that has created a “hammer them all policy” rather than allowing travellers to withdraw their application to enter the United States. Instead of turning people around at the border who don’t have the proper documents, this whistleblower said CBP officers have been directed to ban travellers for five years.
“These are unjustified,” said Saunders, who has a record number of clients who were given five-year bans at B.C. borders since this summer. “It’s a change in their policies and that basically is management, upper management, that’s decided to do this change.”
A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection has told CTV News in the past that there has been no policy change, though they have acknowledged the increase in expedited removals. When questioned again Friday, the spokesperson responded that they stand by their previous statements.
But the insider who wrote the damning email said “this is not why I joined Customs,” adding that the entire process has “gotten way out of hand”.
He went on to say officers were directed to interrogate Iran-born travellers in early January. This includes American citizens, he said, “solely based on their national origin.” He went on to say that he himself interrogated some for up to ten hours in a full anti-terror investigation.
At the time, Negah Hekmati, who holds both American and Canadian passports, told reporters she and her family were held by U.S. authorities for five hours at the Peace Arch border crossing. She and her family were just some of the dozens who reported being held for hours.
When questioned, U.S. Customs and Border protection said reports of a top-down directive were false, and while it acknowledged “an enhanced posture” to safeguard national security, a spokesperson wrote, “CBP does not discriminate based on religion, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.” When asked again Friday, a spokesperson said they stand by their previous statements.
Saunders told CTV News he was at the Peace Arch border crossing when this happened, and “saw it with my own eyes.” He said one of his clients – who had just gotten her American citizenship in October – was stopped for about five hours.
“It’s profiling,” Saunders said. “And from my point of view, it’s unconstitutional.”
According to U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s civil rights office is investigating. In a tweet on Jan. 8, she called the investigation “an important step forward.”
Saunders said Thursday Jayapal’s office called him about the whistleblower that reached out, saying they too had an officer call them with concerns.
He wants to see a complete investigation into the Seattle field office, and a change in management.
“This can’t continue,” he said. “The laws haven’t changed. They’ve remained the same. The only thing which has changed is management at the Seattle Field Office.”