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New Waterford basketball team slip makes America’s Funniest Home Videos final 3





They fall like dominoes.

One by one, all 12 players on the Breton Education Centre boys basketball team hit a wet patch in the corner of the gymnasium and slide to the floor, piling onto one another in a jumble of flailing limbs, before scrambling back to their feet to continue their pre-game lap of the court.

That’s the slapstick moment that Grade 9 student Aaron McMullin caught on video during this February’s New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic in Nova Scotia. The moment, beginning at 17 seconds into the video, became a highlight of the tournament, and one that few in the gym that day will soon forget — especially since it will soon be widely broadcast on television. 

“I think it was just the fact that nobody really expected it, but when the first three people went down, everybody knew something was up,” said McMullin.

Grade 10 student and BEC Bears shooting guard Aaron MacLean was the second-last player to hit the court.

It was his first Coal Bowl and he was excited to do the traditional run around the gym.

“I ran out high-fiving all the kids, then I saw 10 guys fall right before me, so I started kind of laughing,” he said. “So I tried to kind of run around them, and it was worse than ice. As soon as I touched it, I was one of the last ones, and I went flying.”

MacLean was among the last to fall. (Holly Conners/CBC)

Still a mystery

The culprit?

“They said some kids spilled pop or Gatorade on the floor,” said MacLean. “It didn’t feel like pop or Gatorade. It felt like ice.”

It’s just amazing that someone from small town New Waterford can go on something this big.– Aaron MacLean

MacLean said how all 12 players managed to go down is “a mystery.

“I still don’t know to this day how it all happened. At least we went down as a team.”

MacLean never learned who spilled the drink.

“I wish I kind of did, you know. It kind of made us famous.”

When McMullin got home after the game, he posted his video to Facebook.

“I got, I think, a thousand views the first night.”

After that, his mom suggested submitting it to America’s Funniest Home Videos.

It’s a hit

About three weeks later, he learned it had been accepted.

“I was in my room freaking out ’cause I got a phone call, and she was like, ‘Oh yeah, you’re coming down to L.A.'”

McMullin flew to California over March break for the show taping, where his video made it into the final three.

He can’t reveal the outcome of the show before it airs May 6, when it’s estimated as many as six million people will be watching, according to executive producer Michele Nasraway.

AFV receives between 4,500 and 5,000 video submissions each week, she said. 

Screeners look for clips that are funny or unusual.

McMullin went to Los Angeles in March for a taping of the show. (Holly Conners/CBC)

Tough field

“To see 12 basketball players come out, and slip and fall in quick succession was highly unusual, and it made us laugh,” said Nasraway.

McMullin’s pratfalling basketball players are up against some tough competition: a young girl and two toddlers.

“Kids and animals definitely seem to be preferred videos amongst voters,” said Nasraway.

The winning video takes home $10,000 US. Second place gets $3,000, and third place gets $2,000.

For MacLean, it’s an honour just being nominated.

“It’s just amazing that someone from small town New Waterford can go on something this big, ’cause I grew up watching AFV, and I just think it’s great.”

Regardless of whether the BEC Bears take the win on AFV, they had the satisfaction of regaining their composure after their group tumble and winning that Coal Bowl game.

“We came back and pulled out the win,” said MacLean. “Didn’t really mess with the corner though. We just let that corner be. It took the best of us.”


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Ottawa transit commission hopes to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for OC Transpo workers





Ottawa’s transit commission is pushing local and provincial health officials to recognize the role OC Transpo operators have played in keeping the city running during the COVID-19 pandemic, hoping to bump train and bus drivers in the vaccination queue amid a recent surge in coronavirus infections affecting transit workers.

More than 100 OC Transpo staff across the entire organization have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to an update at Wednesday morning’s transit commission meeting.

Of those cases, 26 employees are currently recovering from the disease in self-isolation.

OC Transpo has seen a recent jump in COVID-19 cases, with Ottawa city council receiving reports of eight operators testing positive for the virus over a recent eight-day period.

Transit commissioner Sarah Wright-Gilbert attempted to find out how many of the total cases are traced to workplace transmission, but OC Transpo boss John Manconi said he’s been advised by medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches that he can’t share that information for privacy reasons.

Transit operators are listed in the second priority group of essential workers as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine sequencing plans, but several commissioners speaking Wednesday wanted to get the city’s bus and train drivers bumped higher in the order.

Councillors Riley Brockington and Glen Gower both put forward motions looking to get front-line OC Transpo employees prioritization in vaccine sequencing, but others pointed out that the much-debated public health topic of who gets the vaccine and when is well beyond the scope of the transit commission.

“We are not in a position in transit commission to be decreeing, or making an edict, about what group of essential workers is more at risk than others and should be prioritized. That should be left up to public health experts,” Wright-Gilbert said.

Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli, who also chairs the Ottawa Board of Health, reflected on the board’s four-plus-hour meeting on Monday evening, during which vaccine sequencing and prioritizing essential workers dominated the conversation.

“Vaccine sequencing is obviously a very difficult maze to get through,” he said.

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COVID-19: Ottawa police announce end of 24-7 presence at Ontario-Quebec border





Less than two days after the Ontario government’s latest COVID-19 restrictions came into effect, calling for non-essential traffic to be stopped at the province’s borders with Quebec and Manitoba, the Ottawa Police Service has announced it is stopping its 24-hour checkpoints.

According to a statement issued by the service Tuesday evening, the around-the-clock border checkpoints were set to end as of 8 p.m. on Tuesday in favour of rotating checkpoints across the city throughout the day until Ontario’s temporary regulations end.

“Since the onset of the border operations, the OPS has been working closely with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) along with local stakeholders and interprovincial stakeholders (the City of Ottawa, the City of Gatineau, the Ontario Provincial Police etc.) to assess any local public health, traffic and safety impacts. The assessment resulted in today’s operational changes,” the statement said.

“The operational changes announced today are designed to better ensure the health and safety of all, to minimize delays and/or hazards for travellers and to ensure essential workers can get to their places of employment on time.”

The statement also said the police service, while working to comply with the provincial order, was focused on education and enforcement actions that “support improved public health outcomes and respect the concerns of our most marginalized and racialized communities”

Officers said they will be conducting daily assessments on border crossings and that there could be further changes.

In a statement to Global News, a spokesperson for Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said that the border closures are ultimately subject to the discretion of local police enforcing the regulations.

“Local police services are best positioned to determine the operational deployments necessary to ensure the continued safety of their communities,” the spokesperson said, noting that the order’s regulations still apply to individuals entering the province.

The temporary order restricts Quebec residents from entering Ontario. If prompted, individuals must stop when directed by an enforcement officials and provide their reason for entering the province.

The main exemptions to the restrictions include if the person’s main home is in the province, if they work in Ontario, if they’re transporting goods, if they’re exercising Indigenous or treaty rights, if they need health care or if there’s a basis on compassionate grounds.

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COVID-19 vaccines in Ottawa: Nearly half of all residents in their 60s have at least one dose





OTTAWA — Ottawa Public Health’s latest COVID-19 vaccination update shows that nearly half of all residents 60 to 69 years old have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, a figure that has all but doubled in the past week.

OPH’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard shows 58,000 residents 60 to 69 have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, accounting for 49.3 per cent of that age group’s population in Ottawa. Last Wednesday, OPH reported 30,000 residents 60 to 69 had had at least one dose, which was 25.4 per cent.

As age demographics get younger, the population grows larger and the coverage by percentage may appear to grow more slowly, even if clinics are vaccinating greater numbers of people. For example, the latest figures show that 83 per cent of people aged 70 to 79 have had at least one dose. By raw population that’s 60,000 people, only slightly higher than half of all people in their 60s.

Vaccinations are open through the Ontario portal to anyone 60 and older and, this week, the AstraZeneca vaccine was approved for administration at pharmacies and primary care clinics to anyone in Ontario 40 and older.

OPH reported a new shipment this week of 25,740 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. To date, Ottawa has received 305,130 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the provincial government.

The number of eligible residents (i.e. 16 and older) with at least one dose of a vaccine is now up to 28 per cent.

Tuesday was Ottawa’s second-busiest day for vaccinations overall, with the OPH reporting 9,729 shots administered. Last Friday saw 9,887 shots administered in a single day.


  • Ottawa residents with at least one dose: 248,668
  • Ottawa residents with two doses: 26,722
  • Percent of eligible population (residents 16 and older) with at least one dose: 28 per cent
  • Percent of eligible population (residents 16 and older) with two doses: 3 per cent
  • Percent of total population with at least one dose: 24 per cent
  • Percent of total population with two doses: 3 per cent


  • 10-19: 1.6 per cent (1,804 people)
  • 20-29: 8.3 per cent (13,452 people)
  • 30-39: 9.5 per cent (14,999 people)
  • 40-49: 12.9 per cent (17,350 people)
  • 50-59: 28.8 per cent (40,320 people)
  • 60-69: 49.3 per cent (58,627 people)
  • 70-79: 82.9 per cent (62,808 people)
  • 80-89: 87.5 per cent (29,358 people)
  • 90+: 89.2 per cent (7,893 people)
  • Unknown age: 2,057 people 

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