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Brad Jacobs participates in Torch Run

Tuesday, May 20, 2014   by: Chris Dawson

Hundreds of North Bay Students, police officers, local celebrities and yes, an Olympic Gold Medallist, made the 3 kilometer trek from Police Headquarters on Princess Street down to the Waterfront Bandshell on a sunny Tuesday morning as part of the Special Olympic Torch run.   

Canadian Olympic Gold Medal Curler Brad Jacobs, who hails from Sault Ste. Marie, took part in the run and then signed autographs during a BBQ, hosted by Burgerworld, behind police headquarters after the run. 

Despite a whirlwind of events across the country, Jacobs says it was pretty easy to accept the invitation by a pair of Sault Ste. Marie officers to particpate in the Torch Run.  

“There are a lot of media obligations and appearance obligations, but the schedule is very well planned out right now and this fit in really nicely,” said Jacobs after signing a number of autographs for students at the Police BBQ.   

“It’s one of those things that is a part of post Olympic Games and coming off a gold medal and being successful, really it’s all very new to myself and our team, we are just taking it one day at a time, going with the flow and learning as much as we can," added Jacobs.    

"You know what it’s really nice to go out and see all the people because lots of people want to come up to us and congratulate us and tell us how proud they were and obviously see the gold medal.”  

Event organizer Merv Shantz was impressed, but not surprised at the large turnout for Tuesday's Torch Run.  

“Soon as they see gold medal that gets a lot of interest once we notified the schools many were on board to come,” said Shantz about the more than 200 students who attended the event.    

With the community hosting the 2015 Ontario Special Olympics, Shantz believes today's turnout and Golden guest, made for a perfect day. 

"As law enforcement officers we participate in the torch run every year and through that we promote awareness for Special Olympics in our local communities, but this year is a special year because we are getting the provincial winter games next January so it’s an even bigger and better year for us. “

Other celebrities who took part in the run were North Bay's Matt Marquardt, who finished a successful season with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers, and North Bay Mayor Al McDonald.

(Canadian Olympic Gold Medal Curler Brad Jacobs signs some autographs as part of events connected to Tuesday's Special Olympics Torch Run.  PHOTO BY CHRIS DAWSON.)

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JellyFisch 5/20/2014 8:28:41 PM Report

So... You didn't appreciate the rest of the article had had to point out something terrible that's also hypothetical if she was there? What kind of person are you? Where does this negativity belong in society? It doesn't in my opinion.
Killer_Spawn 5/20/2014 10:15:25 PM Report

@ asp and CB4

you guys need a life, we're all people here and everyone has their issues they have to deal with. Clearly by your comments you two aren't perfect either... you guys probably support the anti bullying movement, but yet here you are doing it, please grow up
littlejoe 5/20/2014 11:22:42 PM Report

My father always told me if you can't say something nice about somebody don't say nothing at all.

It takes a real person to apologize to Brad for those rude remarks.

You people should grow up and instead of
taking your dog to obedience school, go
there yourself.

TFinn 5/21/2014 8:41:55 AM Report

Nice to see that Sootoday are on their toes ...nasty comments from before are gone ..!
TFinn 5/21/2014 3:37:14 PM Report

asp 5/21/2014 12:06:06 PM

What ever happened, happened's over and done/dealt with. You can't be 100% certain if any other person would receive more or less of a sentence or punishment, However it has 0 to do with Brad and what he does, other than they are related. I'm sure that it must be a difficult thing to cope with, and people making rude comments on this site associating one with another doesn't change one thing..!
reeniegal 5/21/2014 6:38:05 PM Report

I think brad jacobs deserves a big high five to say the least. When the story of his thieving mother was printed we couldnt even comment.So thats what happens when one rotten egg does the wrong thing it follows your whole family and this woman shoild be behind bars with the rest of the thieves
TFinn 5/21/2014 11:10:22 PM Report

This is my very point happens want to be angry ..just read this ....unreal but it's true..!Shame on our system..!!

Man who killed daughter with slap gets 60 days in LONGUEUIL, Que.

The Canadian Pressat 19:19 on May 21, 2014, EDT.

. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Delphine Bergeron
LONGUEUIL, Que. - A Quebec man whose teenage daughter died after he slapped her because he wasn't happy with a chore she had done was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail.
Moussa Sidime, 74, will be incarcerated on 30 consecutive Mondays and Tuesdays.
He had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his 13-year-old daughter Noutene in October 2010.
The court heard Sidime struck her because he didn't like how she'd completed a chore and because she had been disrespectful.
It was Sidime who called 911 himself after finding the girl unconscious minutes later. She died after a few days in hospital.
The Crown had been seeking a prison sentence of two years less a day, while the defence had requested a suspended sentence.
"Violence is never an answer to a child's behaviour," Crown prosecutor Julie Laborde said Wednesday. "That's the message the judge and the court wanted to send."
In handing down his sentence, Judge Richard Marleau cited the fact Sidime had showed remorse and had no previous criminal record.
The accused was crying during his sentencing hearing in February.
His lawyer had argued for leniency, calling the death an exceptional case.
Members of Sidime's family who attended Wednesday's court proceedings in Longueuil, south of Montreal, expressed relief at the sentencing.
"There was no evidence of any brutality on her," said Aissatou Sidime-Blanton, the accused's eldest daughter.
"This was one of those freak accidents that, as he says, if he could take it back, he would take it back. We all would. And, moreover, it will be with him. Yes, he's praying, but he misses his daughter. He didn't even get to go to her funeral.
"For him it's been very hard and it will be. You lose a child, it stays with you."
Seka, one of Sidime's sons, said the tragedy will be with the family for the rest of their lives.
asp 5/21/2014 11:33:03 PM Report

I always thought this page was for people to make comments on different articles displayed, am I right or wrong ??? It's a free country and we are all allowed our own opions. I really don't care what anyone says, it's my opion SO GET OVER IT !!!
TFinn 5/22/2014 12:51:51 AM Report

comment as you wish ...however there are guide lines for posting, stay with in those mentioned in the terms of service, then there are no worries..!
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