CRTC Issues Friendly Pick & Pay Reminder
The province is on our side! The CRTC issued a reminder bulletin that all television providers MUST begin promoting their pick and pay cable and satellite packages within the next two weeks.
Where are we at with that, by the way? Two of the five major Canadian TV providers have released the their options, including SHAW with their $25 limited package which comes with 40 channels, and Vmedia’s Skinny Package, which gives you 28 channels for $18.
Bell, Telus, and Rogers need to step up their game by the March 1st deadline.
More Wine & Cider Too in Ontario Grocery Stores
Another Ontario update here – the plan is to double the number of grocery stores that carry wine. By this fall, they are aiming to get wine in 70 locations. One little change here… there are already 150 Ontario grocery stores already selling wine, and you will eventually be able to checkout with a bottle inside the grocery store vs. just the wine shop.
I also read that Kathleen Wynne is expected to announce that cider can be sold in any grocery store that are already selling beer. Sweet! One-stop-shopping for our busy generation.
5 @ 5 Theme – KEYS PLEASE!
Get your requests in by 5pm, today I’m looking for any FM96 song that features some wicked piano or keyboard, anything with keys, please!
Tweet @FM96Rocks and hashtag #KeysPlease
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your fave!
New Western University Study Helps Goalie Mobility to Stop More Pucks!
I get excited when stuff like this coming out of our backyard!
Working with Reebok, Western Health Sciences PhD candidate Ryan Franye is studying goalie pad motion and hip kinematics of goaltenders. Originally, he set out to improve a goalie’s mobility during hockey but also throughout life, it can be tough to maintain and that can result in all sorts of injuries. Franye has developed these new goalie pads that actually help players stop more pucks – immediately order these for every goaltender on the Toronto Maple Leafs please…
HOW do they work? A game-changing digital tracking system that measures the hips, the knees, and the ankle joints during those butterfly movements you see goalie’s rockin’ on the ice, when a player drops their knees to the ice while flaring the legs outwards to block pucks.
Ryan discovered that goalies wearing specifically-designed pads could increase velocity (a combination of speed and direction of motion) by up to 7 per cent. Which can mean stopping the thickness of two pucks instead of one estimates this improvement equates to goalies being able to drop the thickness of an additional puck or even puck-and-a-half closer to the ice surface.
“A goaltender can now have the ice sealed, blocked and protected in a way for pucks to not go between their legs versus somebody else, in a different setup, who is still vulnerable to pucks going through their five hole,” says Frayne, who is also an amateur goaltender. “This 6.5 to 7 per cent, depending on how good you are, may improve your game.”
Frayne says sporting goods companies are always trying to come up with the next ‘best thing’ to improve goalie pads and the industry standard now is to reduce the weight and removing the leather straps in the back that secure the pads in place is an easy answer. But which ones do you remove?
“A lot of companies just removed all of the straps but we wanted to figure out if we could correlate which straps were the most pertinent to performance and in doing so, we found some redundancy in the top straps and the lower strap,” says Frayne. “With that quantified information, we made the educated decision to remove selected straps and keep the ones that were pertinent to performance so that you cut weight but do it in an intelligent manner.”