Chamber Opens Door to 1st Avenue Foot Traffic

first_imgStory and Photos by Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce is now doing business at a new address, one which provides more visibility and easier access in the downtown.“The office we had was on the second floor,” said Cindy Fligor, the chamber president, recalling what had been the chamber office – above the Atlantic Cinema 5 at 82 First Ave. – until February.At that time, the chamber moved to a ground-floor location at 68 First Avenue, just two blocks away. “We moved to street level for easy visibility, access,” said chamber administrator Mary Thompson. “To be more neighborhood friendly,” added Fligor, president since January. “We have a lot of visitors from the harbor, transient boats.”Cindy Fligor, president of the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce, at the new chamber office, 68 First Ave.While the move was made in February, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held April 24.The office is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, the traditional beginning and end of the summer season, the office will be open Saturdays. Those hours are yet to be established.The chamber office has brochures, business cards, menus and business directories.  “We’re a font of information,” Thompson said.The chamber has access to a conference room and extra space provided by their landlords, Mickey and Fred Rast, owners of the Atlantic Cinema 5. The Rasts also were the landlords at the previous location.Work continues on the new chamber location. For example, an awning was to be added above the doorway.The chamber has about 150 members, representing such businesses as retail, eateries, real estate, financial, professional services and contracting.Fligor owns Salon at 68, a unisex salon next door to the chamber office, but at the same address. She replaced Chuck Lero, a mortgage officer who served as chamber president for five years. Fligor is married to Borough Councilman Lou Fligor.last_img read more

Leafs close to final product, conclude preseason Tuesday against Rebels

first_imgAsk any coach and the response will be they don’t care about preseason wins and losses. Which is somewhat of a lie as everyone likes to win — especially coaches. But everyone knows wins now mean nothing when Bill Ohlhausen and Company are adding up the wins and losses come February. Points from those wins begin accumulating Friday when the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks off the regular season on a host of fronts, including Nelson and Grand Forks in the hotly contested Murdoch Division. “I’m happy with training camp,” Leaf coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily on the eve final exhibition game Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. “I’m a little more in control than I was a year ago so it’s been good,” added Maida, who was unable to recruit his team last season after accepting the job during the summer following the departure of current skipper Chris Shaw. Nelson completed game three of the four-game exhibition set Sunday in Castlegar where the Leafs registered its second tie — 1-1— against the Rebels in an afternoon tilt. The game saw the Leaf coaching staff come a little bit closer to finalizing the starting roster but Maida has yet to dig out the B.C. Hockey cards. “We’re playing everybody so this is a great opportunity for the players prove themselves to us but we’re not ready just quite yet to make any final decisions,” Maida explained. Maida, confessed, the team has committed to a pair of 16 year olds for the upcoming season. Forward Colton McCarthy of Salmon Arm and Nelson’s own Cole Arcuri will be in the Green and White when the team opens the regular season Friday at the NDCC Arena against Castlegar. Maida and assistant coach Stu Linnen have been somewhat blessed with a core group of returning players from last year’s team, Back with the team are defencemen Blake Arcuri, J.J. Beitel and Andew Miller along with forwards Carsen Willans, Colton Schell, James Sorey and Matthew Naka. Nelson product Linden Horswill is also returning after being release by Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Currently Patrick Defoe, who proved more than a worth backup last season to Andrew Walton, is back to assume the starter’s role in goal while Cody Boeckman of Brooks, Alta., and former Kootenay Ice Major Midget backstop Brett Soles of Cranbrook battled it out for the back up position.CAMP NOTES: Maida said defencemen Blake Arcuri and Andy Miller probably will not play Tuesday as both rearguards are battling injuries. . . . Tuesday’s puck drop is 7 p.m. . . .Workers were in the NDCC Arena this week removing 65 seats from top row. The decision was made to give walkers and joggers that frequent the arena more room. The decision reduces the total number of seats in the NDCC to 1,335.last_img read more

Leafs snap two-game slide by thumping Grand Forks 7-2

first_imgBut a power play goal by Luke Jones followed by Hayden Pasacreta’s first goal of the season less than two minutes later tied the contest at 2-2.In the second the Leafs responded to a lively pep talk during the intermission to throw 23 shots at the Grand Forks net.The result saw Nelson score three times as Colton McCarthy, Cam Weir and Bryce Nielsen on the power play gave the hosts a 5-2 advantage after 40 minutes.In the third, Boyczuk and Colton Schell with one second remaining in the game concluded the Leafs scoring. Nelson finished the game out shooting the Bruins 50-21.Brett Soles had an easy time in the Nelson net to earn the win.Robert Dunsmuir started the game before being relieved by Dominic Stadnyk after injuring his hand.The win moved Nelson up the Murdoch standings to within two points of idle Castlegar Rebels.Castlegar hosts Sicamous Eagles Sunday in the Sunflower City.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs boarded a bus following Saturday’s game for Spokane in preparation for Sunday’s afternoon tilt . . .. The goal by Colton McCarthy is his team-leading 11th of the season. Only Brendan Burge of Fernie has scored more times — 12 . . ..Nelson defenceman Cole Arcuri missed the game due to an upper body injury. . . . North Okanagan Knight won its second game on the Murdoch road trip edging Beaver Valley Nitehawks 3-1. For the second consecutive game the Nelson Leafs struggled in the first period.But this was the Grand Forks Border Bruins Nelson was playing are not the North Okanagan Knights.The Leafs overcame the slow start, scoring five times in the final two frames to dump the lowly Bruins 7-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snaps a two-game slide for the Leafs.Nelson concludes the three-game weekend with a game Sunday afternoon in Spokane.“It was good but we struggled again in the first period,” said Leaf winger Jacob Boyczuk, named the game’s first star.“We got it going in the second but have to start better.”Matti Jmaeff and Seth Schmidt staked the Leafs to the 2-0 lead nine minutes through the opening period.last_img read more

Nelson Eagles fly high at Kelowna hoop tournament

first_imgThe Nelson Eagles finished 2-1 at the U17 KMBA Boys Basketball Tourney this past weekend in Kelowna.The Eagles, consisting of players mostly from L.V. Rogers High School and Castlegar, defeated KMBA Reps from Kelowna in the consolation final Sunday.“(We) caught the KMBA squad on the back end of a double-header and took full advantage, pushing the tempo and scoring easily in transition,” said Eagles coach Jeremy Phelan.“Eagles point guard Robby Dixon put on a show scoring from long range and in the paint and KMBA had no solutions to stopping him.”Phelan said new recruit Kai Shave also had a solid game along as well as Castlegar import players Ajeet Dhaliwal.Josh Matosevic and Vinnie Watson were among the Eagles top scorers. Nelson opened the tournament by outlasting CBA Viper of Calgary 45-43.Playing the tournament with a short bench, the Eagles managed game minutes very well in a contest Nelson shot the ball well and played great defence.The Eagles then met Foundations Youth Basketball (FYB) of Calgary.The shortage of players caught up to Nelson as FYB came away with a 62-38 win.In the other game of the round robin, CBA Viper rocked FYB 62-38 to set up a three-way tie for top spot in Pool A.The tiebreaker saw Eagles fall to third in the pool.Nelson returns to the court May 30-31 in Salmon Arm.The West Kootenay Bulls U15 Boy’s Basketball squad finished 2-1 at a tournament in Kelowna.The Bulls only loss came against Salmon Arm.Nelson’s Dyllan and Brock Dixon play for the Bulls, a team consisting mostly of players from Castlegar.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 2, 2016

first_imgRafael Bejarano29568583223%54%$3,210,966 Tiago Pereira119712106%24%$501,878 David Lopez17424152214%35%$753,801 Edwin Maldonado19441192021%41%$1,322,460 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Joseph Talamo24631272913%35%$2,056,423 Fernando Perez17919202311%35%$965,852 Gary Stevens6412111019%52%$1,595,898 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Kristin Mulhall52118321%42%$408,990 Doug O’Neill18730282616%45%$1,494,192 Drayden Van Dyke16917172610%36%$1,048,147 Kent Desormeaux13220252315%52%$1,643,269 Steven Miyadi7313141018%51%$405,782 Mario Gutierrez17621312412%43%$1,267,069 Agapito Delgadillo9914111014%35%$390,362 (Current Through Friday, April 1) ‘CANDY’ SWEET IN FINAL SANTA ANITA DERBY DRILLLONE PICK SIX WINNER REAPS $52,823 ON $32 TICKETCHAMPION STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR HER RETURNBALDWIN AVE. TRAFFIC TO BE DIVERTED SATURDAY JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Abel Lezcano817559%21%$539,769 Martin Pedroza1101413713%31%$398,690center_img DANZING CANDY IN ‘PERFECT’ BREEZE FOR SA DERBYSeveral of the West Coast’s leading Triple Crown aspirants got in their final major licks on a summer-like morning today for next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced the winner of the Kentucky Derby two of the last four years, I’ll Have Another (2012) and California Chrome (2014).San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy worked five furlongs under regular rider Mike Smith in company outside of Miraglo. Each was clocked in 1:00.60.“Perfect,” is how trainer Cliff Sise Jr. termed the move by the speedy Danzing Candy. “Even though it looks like a small field for the Santa Anita Derby, post positions will be important, especially with the speed in there now.“We don’t have to be in front, but I’ll pretty much leave it up to Mike. I’m sure if the other speed (Iron Rob, coming off a front-running win in the six furlong San Pedro Stakes March 20) knows that if I draw inside, I’m going to go, and he’ll sit off of us.“If he draws inside of me, it will be vice-versa.”Santa Anita clockers gave Danzing Candy fractional times of 24, 36.40 and 48.40, with a gallop out time of 1:14 for six furlongs.Exaggerator, second to unbeaten champion Nyquist in the Feb. 15 San Vicente and third behind Danzing Candy in the March 12 San Felipe, worked five furlongs for Keith Desormeaux with brother Kent aboard in 1:02.80.Exaggerator’s fractions were 25 flat and 50.80.“It was a little slower than he’s used to going,” Keith said, “but Kent said he was well in hand and galloped out strong.”Also working for the Santa Anita Derby were Iron Rob, six furlongs in 1:14.40 for George Papaprodromou; California-bred Smokey Image, six furlongs in 1:13.40 for Carla Gaines; and Uncle Lino, five furlongs in 1:02.40 for Gary Sherlock.Smokey Image had splits of 13.40, 36.60 and 48.80. Uncle Lino went a half in 50.40. BALDWIN AVE. CLOSED MORNING OF SANTA ANITA DERBYThose wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day next Saturday, April 9, are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3. Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE.FINISH LINES: Stellar Wind, champion Older Female of 2015, had her first work since running second in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last Oct. 30, going three furlongs Saturday for John Sadler in 37.40. “Very nice,” is how the trainer termed the move. Stellar Wind went the first quarter-mile in 25.20. Also working for Sadler was Santa Anita Handicap runner-up Hard Aces, four furlongs in 48.20, while Palos Verdes and San Carlos winner Kobe’s Back went four furlongs in 49.20 for Peter Eurton . . . Nyquist arch-rival Swipe worked six furlongs for Keith Desormeaux in 1:13 flat. The trainer has the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 as a long-range goal for 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red . . . Arcadia Stakes winner Bolo worked four furlongs for Carla Gaines in 48 flat, while La Canada winner Taris went the same distance in 49 flat for Simon Callaghan . . . San Pedro runner-up Denman’s Call worked a mile for Doug O’Neill in 1:43.20 . . . With two wins Friday, Phil D’Amato has opened a 32-30 lead over O’Neill in the battle for Winter Meet training honors. The jockeys’ race is a fait accompli, with perennial leader Rafael Bejarano holding a commanding 68-47 bulge over injured and idle Santiago Gonzalez, but third-place Flavien Prat could take advantage of Gonzalez’s down time and move into second. He sits third with 43 victories. . . Effective today, agent Mark North has taken the book of Stewart Elliott, while apprentice Brayan Pena and agent Vic Lipton have parted company . . . UBER, the official ride to Santa Anita, will continue to offer 50 percent discounts to and from the track (up to $20) through July 10, 2016. The promo code is SANTAANITA2016. Santa Anita employees are welcome to use the discount code. Alonso Quinonez9471067%24%$334,590 Richard Baltas12121201517%46%$1,343,919 WINNING PICK SIX PAYS $52,823 ON $32 TICKETPurchased at Fairplex Park for just $32, there was one winning Santa Anita Pick Six ticket on Friday, and it was worth $52,823.One of just two “live” horses in an eighth race field of 10 fillies and mares, favored Be Mine quickly erased any notion of a Pick Six carryover into Saturday with an emphatic 5 ¼  length win under Flavien Prat at odds of 2-1.There were 70 tickets with five winners, each worth $327.20. Mark Glatt991012910%31%$497,150 Tyler Baze27528444010%41%$1,504,991 Bob Baffert10421181720%54%$1,600,045 Martin Garcia13521141516%37%$1,188,531 Philip D’Amato14232222423%55%$1,648,005 Mike Smith961191811%40%$1,649,530 Peter Eurton9415221216%52%$1,057,037 Victor Espinoza891211813%35%$906,350 Flavien Prat25743464317%51%$2,680,306 Jerry Hollendorfer14424141717%38%$1,708,823 John Sadler861310915%37%$836,244 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller13516152112%39%$740,395 William Spawr42107424%50%$288,732last_img read more

MAN ADMITS SMASHING WAY INTO BAR TO STEAL BRANDY, VODKA AND WHISKEY

first_imgGARDAÍ identified a burglar who smashed his way into a pub to steal drink through CCTV installed on the premises, a local court has been told.Patrick Mongan, from 61 Cashel Park, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to burglary and possession of a steel bar for use in the course of the burglary.He smashed his way into Tinney’s Bar in Castlefin on October 30 last, Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court. The inspector said when the gardai examined the CCTV system in the pub, a black Renault Megane could be seen pulling up outside the bar. Two men got out of the car and one of them went to the boot to get a steel bar and handed it to the other man, Patrick Mongan.Mongan could be seen smashing a window to gain access to the bar where he stole a bottle of Brandy, a bottle of whiskey and a bottle of vodka with a total value of €90. Damage totalling €650 was done to the pub.“Mr Mongan was arrested and he did make admissions to breaking the window and entering the premises,” said Inspector Harrison.Mongan has 39 previous convictions relating to offences in Donegal and Monaghan.He also faced a charge of threatening and abusive behaviour at Cashel Park in December last year relating to another incident.It was alleged that Mongan had threatened gardai at his home in which he told a garda that he would smash his head off concrete and added: “You’ll be leaving here in a box.”Two other charges were also put involving thefts from Kelly’s Centra at Mountain Top and Sweeney’s at Ballyraine.The case was adjourned for a month, with Judge Paul Kelly granting Bail – 500 euro – sign on daily at Letterkenny garda station.MAN ADMITS SMASHING WAY INTO BAR TO STEAL BRANDY, VODKA AND WHISKEY was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:break-incastlefintinney’s barlast_img read more

How to Create Greater Value

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now If you want to move from transactional to consultative, here is where you start.Spend More Time in Discovery: Spend more time in discovery understanding your dream client’s real needs. You want to understand the needs that they know how to express, and you want to understand the real needs that they have not yet identified. You want to deal with the root cause, not the presenting problem. To create the most compelling, value creating opportunity, you need to work to understand what needs to change, why it needs to change, what that change needs to look like, and how you can help your dream client with their transformation. Most of the value you create as a salesperson happens early in the process.Go Deep and Wide: You can’t do real discovery work with a single contact in a complex sale. You need to meet with stakeholders throughout your dream client’s company. You need to work your way up to leadership to understand their strategic needs, and you need to work down to end users to capture their needs—and a lot of insight around the real obstacles you are likely to encounter. The consensus you need later is built on your having captured the organization’s needs—not just the CEO of the Problem.Be Bigger and Bolder: You need to present a differentiated, compelling level of value. You can’t sell what you believe is easy to sell (that makes you something less than a trusted advisor). You can’t sell what you believe is easy to sell, or what you believe you can sell fast. Both are transactional behaviors. You have to sell the greatest outcome you are capable of producing, even if it is a more difficult sale, and even if it takes more time.Don’t Sell Product: If you want to focus on value creation, then you can’t lead with product. The value you create cannot be in the product or service. It has to be greater than that. It has to be outcomes.Don’t Sell Price: If you lead with price, you aren’t selling the value you create. Price is the absence of value. Leading with price means you aren’t competing on the real value you create.Don’t Sell to Your Coach/Sponsor/Authority Alone: Selling greater value requires that you sell to the whole organization. Selling to only one person is transactional.The first three behaviors here allow you to create and develop compelling value. They move you from transactional to consultative. The last three behaviors subtract value and move you in the wrong direction.QuestionsHow do you create value early in the sales process?What do you do to create value in the discovery phase of the buying cycle?Where do you find your dream client’s real needs and real obstacles?Do you always present the best solution possible, even when it may cost you time?last_img read more

Vicente hopes for continuous volleyball program after Macandili plum

first_img“This is why we need to just trust on a continuous program for a national team,” said Vicente Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippines team for the AVC and the upcoming Southeast Asian Games was formed just few months before the grueling August stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVicente added that other positions could also win individual awards in international tournaments and not just the Best Libero plum.“Let’s be patient, let’s support the national team,” said Vicente. “For me we should all be united and stop the crab mentality that we drag other players down.” UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Filipino fans make Korea star Kim Yeon-koung feel at home Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ National team head coach Francis Vicente. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Philippine head coach Francis Vicente had a high vantage point as he watched his defensive ace Dawn Macandili claim the second Best Libero award in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.And as the national mentor looked on, he immediately knew a perpetual volleyball program for the country can produce more players like Dawn Macandili.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY!

first_imgNTL Officials are hoping the Coffs Harbour skies clear and sun comes out to play before Saturday’s kick-off of competition, after, well, they told the rain it didn’t have any other option but to stop. “The Coffs Harbour weather seems to do this to us quite often, but we’re expecting the next two days to fine up and the fields should dry out quite well. In the worst case scenario, we do have spare fields that can be used and there won’t be any problems for the tournament,” says tournament director Jon Pratt. Up to 2500 players, officials and referees from around Australia are expected to converge on the Coffs community over the next ten days, with no doubt just as many spectators, if not more, also planning a trip to Australia’s premier touch football event. Australia is the World’s number one touch football nation, having returned from the 2003 World Cup in Japan with all five titles. (Mens, Womens, Mixed Open titles, Mens 30’s and Men’s 35’s titles.) With almost all of these World Champion players representing their permits at this tournament, competition is expected to be closer than ever. Jon Pratt says he is excited about how things are looking for the nine days of competition. “With 118 teams nominated for the competition, (53 in the Open Competition and 65 in the Seniors Competition), we’re certainly in for a busy two weeks. The Coffs Harbour community always give us a lot of support and we’re proud to be showcasing not only the best touch football in Australia but some of the best in the world.” The Open Division and 20 years Division competition begins this Saturday at 9am with finals being played on Tuesday 16th from 9am-5pm. The Open Division includes: * Mens, Womens and Mixed Open age groups * Mens and Womens 20 years age groups The Seniors Competition will then commence on Thursday 18th with finals being played on Sunday 21st from 8am-5pm. The Seniors Division includes: * Mens 30’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s age groups * Womens 30’s, 35’s and 40’s groups Competition is expected to be fierce in all Senior divisions with positions on Australia’s Seniors Teams for a tour to South Africa, England and the Jersey, Channel Isles for the 2004 European Championships up for grabs. For the 20 years Divisions competition will also be incredibly fierce as this tournament is the beginning of a tough selection process leading up to the 2005 Youth World Cup to be held on the Gold Coast next January. For the Open Divisions selectors will be kept busy with the Talent Identification Program (TIP) and beginning selection of the National Training Squads (NTS). Chairman of Selectors Cathy Gray is excited about the depth of talent in Australian Touch Football. “This year’s NTL’s are going to be incredibly busy, but also very exciting for touch football in Australia. For every National Squad this tournament is important in selection for upcoming international teams and events.” media contact: Rachel Moyle, 042 223 3165last_img read more

SNC SLAPP fight in Ottawa Leader of the opposition dares PM to

first_img–With files from CityNews and 680 NEWS OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer is challenging Justin Trudeau to follow through on a threat to sue him over his assertion that the prime minister politically interfered with the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavlin.The Conservative leader revealed Sunday that he received a letter on March 31 from Trudeau’s lawyer, Julian Porter, threatening a libel suit.“If Mr. Trudeau believes he has a case against me, I urge him to follow through on his threat immediately,” Scheer said in a statement.“Canadians want this scandal to be investigated in a legal setting where Liberals do not control the proceedings.”Scheer said he looks forward to Trudeau testifying under oath in open court.He called the threatened lawsuit “an intimidation tactic” aimed at silencing the Conservatives, who have been demanding a thorough, independent investigation of the affair. It’s the same kind of tactic Trudeau has employed to silence former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, said Scheer.“This is what Justin Trudeau does when you stand up to him. He threatens you.”The back and forth is being described as a SLAPP fight — a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. The University of Toronto’s Jeff Dvorkin outlined the perceived strategy heading toward a fall election amid the controversy that has clouded the prime minister and his inner circle for the past few months.“Maybe for the prime minister to move the debate away from the SNC-Lavalin story into something a little more manageable, should we say,” he said.Dvorkin says he doesn’t believe this will end up in court, like it didn’t when there were legal threats between Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion, and Jean Chretien and Preston Manning.“This is just a little bit of schoolyard pushing and shoving,” he said.Conservatives ‘won’t back down’Like Wilson-Raybould, Scheer added: “We will not back down. We will continue to do our jobs, hold him to account and get to the bottom of this.”Wilson-Raybould maintains she was inappropriately pressured last fall by the Prime Minister’s Office to stop criminal proceedings against SNC-Lavalin on bribery charges related to contracts in Libya. She believes she was moved to Veterans Affairs in a mid-January cabinet shuffle as punishment for refusing to do so. She resigned from cabinet a month later.While she has called the pressure improper, Wilson-Raybould has said she doesn’t believe anything illegal occurred.Last week, Trudeau expelled both Wilson-Raybould and fellow former cabinet minister Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus. Philpott had resigned from cabinet in early March, citing a loss of confidence in the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin case.At issue in the threatened libel suit is a statement Scheer issued on March 29, in which he said documentation provided by Wilson-Raybould to the House of Commons justice committee — including a surreptitiously recorded phone conversation with the clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick —  is “concrete evidence that proves Justin Trudeau led a campaign to politically interfere with SNC-Lavalin’s criminal prosecution.”Porter called the statement “highly defamatory.”“The prime minister supports wide-ranging and vigorous political debate on matters of public policy,” he said in his letter to Scheer. “However, your statement, in its entirety, is beyond the pale of fair debate and is libellous of my client personally and in the way of his occupation as prime minister.”Porter said it’s “entirely false” to say Trudeau interfered in the SNC prosecution, which has not been halted, or that he personally directed Wilson-Raybould to “break the law” and “fired” her when she refused. It’s also entirely false to suggest Trudeau was aware of Wilson-Raybould’s concern that he was politically interfering in the SNC case but lied to Canadians about it, Porter said.Scheer’s statement that the affair amounts to “corruption on top of corruption on top of corruption” was meant to suggest that Trudeau “had engaged in dishonest and corrupt conduct that would contravene the Criminal Code,” a crime deserving of up to 14 years in prison, Porter said. That too was “entirely false.”In response, Scheer’s lawyer, Peter Downard, wrote back Sunday that Scheer “will not be intimidated” and is simply performing his “constitutional duty” to hold the government to account.If Trudeau is serious about suing, Downard said he must immediately take steps to preserve all relevant documents and to notify all members of his government, past and present, who’ve been involved in the SNC-Lavalin matter that they can expect to be called to testify.If Trudeau does not proceed with the threatened lawsuit, Downard said Scheer will conclude that Trudeau “has properly acknowledged that Mr. Scheer’s statements were appropriate and grounded in evidence before the Canadian people.”PMO respondsMeantime, the Prime Minister’s Office says both Scheer and the Conservatives have “repeatedly made false and defamatory statements.”In an email to CityNews, the PMO says it put the Opposition Leader on notice “that there are consequences for making completely false and libellous statements.”PMO responds in a statement to @CityNews that says, “We put [Scheer] on notice that there are consequences for making completely false and libellous statements.” pic.twitter.com/qdMhLQQ6xB— Caryn Ceolin (@carynceolin) April 7, 2019last_img read more