Kelly Greig is a reporter, host and producer based in Montreal, QC. With over five years experience in media she is comfortable reporting, interviewing and self-producing pieces that range from formal reports to interactive personality pieces. She is now working with Sportsnet and City TV on the weekly sports magazine show Montreal Connected where she is a reporter and associate producer. Formerly she held positions with CBC Montreal, CBC London (UK), Discovery Channel Canada, Canadian Geographic, OpenFile Montreal, The Gazette and CJAD 800 AM. Shot by: Ian Graham Edited by: Samuel Saulnier
A little selection of some of my more… unique standups
MONTREAL — There was a “Christmas in July” celebration at Stade Saputo on Saturday, and Santa, with a little help from Didier Drogba, delivered plenty of gifts to the Montreal Impact fans.
Drogba netted the second MLS hat-trick of his career and his first multi-goal game of the season to lead the way in Montreal’s dominant 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
“It’s been a long time since we dominated the ball like that,” Drogba said. “I didn’t have to go to the [defensive] side of the field – today I was only focused on scoring.”
MONTREAL — The best part about this week for the Philadelphia Union? It’s finally over.
Playing their third game in seven days, the Union were dealt a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Montreal Impact as MLS All-Stars Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti torched them for a combined four goals and two assists.
“Tonight we were beat by stars,” head coach Jim Curtin said. “Drogba and Piatti were unstoppable tonight.”
It was Philly’s worst loss of the season and a demoralizing way to head into the All-Star break. At the same time, it’s a game they plan to quickly forget.
“We’ll just tear up the tape and move on,” Curtin said. “It’s disappointing.”
Many are calling for Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien’s head, but is he at fault for the Habs slide?
The Surete du Quebec says fatal accidents are up in 2015 compared to 2014- with one big statistic drawing attention.
Quebec’s controversial dying with dignity bill gets the go-ahead from the province’s top court.
Fan arrived early for an opening day Star Wars marathon
After a shooting in California put gun control in the spotlight, Quebec is tabling a gun control bill today in the National Assembly.
Highway 720 West access to the St Jacques exit reopened at 5 AM today. Kelly Greig is live on site.
The city is reversing it’s decision on what to do with the Brebeuf bike path.
For teachers in over 350 schools Thursday was a province-wide day of action over contract negotiations.
Thousands of teachers in the French school system took to the streets to protest contract negotiations with the government.
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“I’m totally a Brendan Gallagher,” she laughed. “We’re both tiny so we have to work that much harder and nothing comes easy.”
She takes inspiration from the gritty Habs winger, listed at a generous 5’9″ on theMontreal Canadiens roster. It plays into her style which emphasizes speed over size. “You have to be faster because no matter what your height you’re at an advantage if you get to the puck first,” she said. “That’s how you win battles in the corners.”
Bettez is no stranger to winning. Add her speed to a natural scoring touch, and Bettez has rocketed to the top of the stats lists. At McGill University she won three national championships. As a senior she claimed the Broderick Trophy as the country’s most outstanding university female athlete. In 2013, in her first year with the Stars, she was the team’s second-leading scorer and earned Rookie of the Year honours. A year later she took home the Angela James Bowl as the CWHL’s scoring champion with 16 goals and 24 assists in 23 games.
“It was thrilling at first because you have all the energy and excitement in the game and then you have to deal with the shock of losing” – Ann-Sophie Bettez
While her resume is enough to impress any general manager, there’s still one accolade that’s missing: she has yet to raise the Clarkson Cup. The memory of last year’s 3-2 overtime defeat against the Boston Blades is still fresh. “It’s our so it was really hard. It was thrilling at first because you have all the energy and excitement in the game and then you have to deal with the shock of losing,” she recalled.
While she may be used to winning, dealing with the loss came easily. “It was nice to have my teammates with me but the best thing was being with family,” she said. Between hockey and her day job as a financial advisor, she was so busy that she only got to see her niece Florence for the second time after dropping the final. This Christmas, Bettez says her niece can expect skating lessons and mini sticks, even though she’ll only be turning one in December.
Family has been an important factor in Bettez’s career. Her parents still come to see almost all of her games. Her older brother got her into the game. He ended up as a referee and officiated a few of her games when she was in PeeWee. Bettez recalls that her brother’s colleagues would tease him because she was a better skater than he was. “It’s true though,” she laughed. “He’s a doctor now so I’m pretty sure everything turned out fine for his career.”
Bettez is set to enter her third year sporting the Stars’ red, white and blue fresh off a season where she finished second on the team in both goals and points. At 27, she describes herself as “old” and says she has to work harder than ever in the gym and in training to maintain her blistering scoring pace. “I’ve been working out for over 10 years now. You have to find that passion to keep doing it. You can’t just sit on your chair and hope for the best,” she said.
Habs defenceman PK Subban is making headlines- but not on the ice. Kelly Greig has more.
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For a player who’s known for scoring clutch goals, Kim Deschênes is remarkably lighthearted before games. Normally she can be seen bouncing around the locker room singing at the top of her lungs.
“Last season my song was Ghost by Ella Henderson. It’s so catchy and just pumps you up. Some people need to be in their bubble. That’s definitely not me,” she laughed. “I think my teammates would describe me as a bit of a clown but I need to keep things light before a game. I can’t get too in my head.”
Deschênes made her mark as a big-game player as a member of the Université de Montréal Carabins. She scored two goals, including the game winner, as a senior at the 2013 CIS Championship. They were two of her three in the tournament, putting her at the top of the rankings in goals scored.
Now in her sophomore year with the Montreal Stars, Deschênes is looking to redefine herself.
“Every time you start with a new team you’re kind of at the bottom of the ladder. I think I’ve seized the opportunity to move up and make an impact.” -Kim Deschênes
“Lots of times I’ve been a game-changer, but everyone on this team has had that role in their university days as well,” she said.
On a Stars team loaded with talent, Deschênes is working hard to stand out. In her rookie year she netted eight goals and six assists, putting her at sixth on the scoring depth chart. “Every time you start with a new team you’re kind of at the bottom of the ladder. I think I’ve seized the opportunity to move up and make an impact.”
Deschênes has been a fixture at the rink since she was three years old. Her first memories of the game (which she called “wawa” as a child because she couldn’t pronounce “hockey”) were watching her parents on the ice. Her father played in a semi-pro league and. as it often is in the minors, the team’s equipment manager took on a few extra roles at the arena. In this case, he was her babysitter during practices and games. “Some of my first memories of hockey weren’t just watching my dad play or learning to skate,” she said, “it was in the equipment room with the guys who just lived the game.”
20 years later the woman from small-town Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick (population: 5000) made her first appearance at the Clarkson Cup.
“What I’m most proud of is the process it took to get there. [The championship] was bittersweet because we lost in the finals,” she recalled of the 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Blades last year.
“It takes a lot [out of you] to lose like that. In a way I think it was noble because we kept — and are keeping — our heads held high,” she said displaying her lighthearted attitude with a smile.
A collision between two cyclists left a woman in her 20s in hospital and killed a man in his 50s.
PIERREFONDS-ROXBORO – Call it a sit-in protest.
She said even though she was in the way, work wasn’t immediately halted.
“They went on so I said ‘could you stop?’ and they didn’t. So, I sat in,” said Gagnon.
That’s when workers called the police.
Gagnon said she was not inspired by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre‘s destruction of a mailbox stand.
She did leave the site though, saying she couldn’t afford to be charged with public mischief.
“I don’t have the same lawyers as Coderre to pay for that,” said Gagnon.
“I will have to pay myself and defend myself in court so I won’t take the chance.”
Coderre addressed the issue at Monday’s city council meeting.
He said his public display was a political move, and does not want to encourage people to destroy the boxes.
Gagnon’s neighbour Heather McLaughlin said Canada Post has been giving residents the run around for weeks.
She said she’s not surprised there’s such a strong reaction, adding the intersection is a busy one, the box is too close to the stop sign, it’s not very accessible and could be dangerous for children.
“There’s no sidewalk, there’s no lights and most people who pick up their mail, it’ll be on their way home at 5 p.m.,” McLaughlin told Global News.
“In the winter, it’s dark so they won’t be able to see. This is a blind corner when they turn around in the dark with snow banks and traffic. It’s going to be a problem.”
A water main break on City Councillors and De Maisonneuve forced a closure on the metro’s Green Line during rush hour.
LASALLE – Riverside Park in Lasalle is known for being a perfect place for athletes to train.
But lately it’s getting a different kind of track record – an ideal location for muggers looking for cell phones.
Global News can exclusively report that since June, there have been four reports of cell phone thefts in the borough.
One of the incidents was alleged to have taken place in the park.
According to a post on social media, a teenage boy was held up at gunpoint, dragged into the park, and mugged for his wallet and cell phone.
“There have been a couple of thefts in the Lasalle borough at night hours between at 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. in the morning,” said Laurent Gingras with Montreal police.
“That’s when the thefts happen.”
Acting borough mayor Laura Palenstini said LaSalle has increased security in their parks, which includes changing the lights from yellow to white and have officers-in-training on patrol.
“We have eight cadets that are financed by the borough, by this administration to ensure we have additional safety,” he told Global News.
Montreal police have given Global News a press release that will be distributed to the rest of the media on Thursday.
All the same, residents told Global News that they’ve heard about the incidents and are on high alert.
“My mum obviously yelled at me saying ‘Don’t go out at night, be careful, don’t take the bus home, avoid anything outdoors around here,’” said Sabrina Zoso, a Lasalle resident.
“I was kind of restricted.”
Police are encouraging anyone who has been a victim or who has information to call them.
CHAMBLY – George Grist has called the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 39 in Chambly home for 20 years.
He’s an army veteran of the Korean War and visits the Legion every Tuesday to play bingo.
On the wall near to where he sits hangs two rows of portraits- members of the Legion who are still here, and those who are not.
“It’s a good memory of those who are gone, it’s not so good a memory of those I know are going to go but we all are so it’s a good wall,” he said.
Just like the members, this branch too could soon be gone.
Paid membership has dropped from 120 to 76 in the past ten years, and only a handful of new members have joined.
“The legion have been in trouble for a long time. This is just one of the branches that is holding on by the skin of our teeth,” said Grist.
Legion president Roland Drouillard blames the decline not only on the ageing population- but on Quebec’s laws on smoking and driving under the influence.
Simply put, the bar isn’t the big draw any longer.
“People aren’t drinking any more because they don’t want to loose their license and they can’t smoke inside here any more either,” he said.
The news of the trouble shocked Chambly Mayor Denis Lavoie.
He met with Drouillard to discuss the Legion’s future Tuesday.
Lavoie proposed a new site for the space – shared with a yet-to-be built library, a project slated to be finished in 2017.
“It’s sure the city will be on the side of the legion,” he said.
With a potential new home two years away, this could be a legion without a local.
For now Grist’s Tuesday night tradition will continue.
POINT ST-CHARLES — Alice, Romeo and Bubbles are the lucky ones. They are rescues taken in by Christine Motte who is all too familiar with how cruel the streets of Montreal can be for cats.
Monday, she found an apparent case of abuse on social media that spurred her to action.
A friend found a cat severely wounded and left for dead in a box in Pointe Saint-Charles.
“She told me that the kitten was found in a shoebox with the lid on it and the cat was still alive,” said Motte. “When she told me that a red flag went up.
“Someone put her in that box, covered it, and left her there suffering. She was alive.”
“She couldn’t even cry out for help. It’s disgusting.”
The cat was taken to a veterinarian but the injuries were so serious she had to be put down.
Recently the SPCA has received numerous complaints regarding animal abuse – some so serious they’ve led to criminal investigations. In May, four kittens were found mutilated in Laval. The string of incidents led to a criminal inquiry.
“It seems like numerous people are intent on getting rid of cats by any means necessary, including illegal, unethical and cruel means,” said the SPCA’s Alanna Devine.
A bill tabled last month at the National Assembly proposed harsher penalties for those convicted of animal abuse. Fines would range from $250 to $250,000 and repeat offenders could see up to 18 months of jail time.
The SPCA asks anyone with information relating to this case or others like it to contact them by phone or on their website.
MONTREAL — The headlines in Huntingdon are disappearing.
The third-oldest weekly newspaper in Canada, The Gleaner, is facing some major changes.
Next week will be the paper’s last stand-alone edition. From then on it will be an insert in Valleyfield’s Le Journal Saint-François.
“For the Anglophone community, it’s just another strike,” said the Quebec Community Newspaper Association’s Richard Tardif.
“Yes, they say it’s going to be an insert but it’s going into a French paper.”
The weekly is owned by Transcontinental Media.
Benoit Caron is the Vice-President of Regional Operations and insisted this is actually good news for the paper because the circulation of the Journal Saint-François is ten times that of The Gleaner.
“It’s going to be covering Soulanges to Vaudreuil then Howick to Dundee,” he said.
Tardif pointed out that the people who will now receive the paper won’t even live in the area the Gleaner’s news covers.
“It’ll leave the mainstream,” he said.
“It’ll be archives and that’s where you’ll find issues of the Gleaner, so it’s not really moving,”
The news of the change came as a surprise to many residents.
James Dybka lives in Hichinbrooke and an avid Gleaner reader. He said he only learned of the news once a friend posted it on social media because the announcement was buried in the back pages.
“It’s very important, it’s a paper that’s been around for over 100 years, it’s part of our community especially the English community,” he said.
He too thinks that this is the beginning of the end of the 152-year-old weekly.
“I think it’ll eventually in a couple of months fade out,” he said.
“Even over the last year, the size of our paper has shrunk from what’s it’s been over the years. Slowly but surely.”
The last copy of The Gleaner will be available June 15, changes come into effect June 24.
Michael Sam was a sensation in the States when he became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL. Now he’s a a Montreal Alouette and looking make some news on the field.
The Lemay family takes the expression ‘like father, like son’ to the extreme.
Olympian Jennifer Abel’s career depends on mere moments. We capture those seconds in this profile.
The CONCACAF dream is over and the Impact are facing a harsh reality.
The Montreal Impact will have to put their Champions League loss behind them quickly and focus their attention on TFC, which is strangely the first step back to a CONCACAF berth.
Everything you need to know about the Impact’s Champions League final in less than one minute.
Think you’re rink is pretty cool? Check out this award-winning pond in St-Lazare.
Over 96 000 fans packed Olympic Stadium for the Jays-Reds games, but the memories of the Expos still linger.
The Montreal Stars and the Montreal Canadiens have joined forces to promote women’s hockey in Quebec.