Canadian soldier killed in parachuting accident in Bulgaria

A Canadian soldier has been killed in a parachuting accident in Bulgaria. The Department of National Defence said Bombardier Patrick Labrie died while taking part in a training exercise known as Swift Response 19.The incident happened Monday evening and is under investigation by Canadian military police. Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19 is a multinational training exercise taking place from June 8 to 27 in various locations throughout Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan offered comfort to Labrie’s friends and family. “We want to pass on our deep condolences, not only to the family but also to all the members who have served with Bombardier Labrie,” Sajjan said. “As you know, any time there’s an accident like this, an investigation will be launched.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer extending his condolences to Labrie’s family on Twitter. Saddened to learn of the death of a Canadian Armed Forces member in Exercise Swift Response in Bulgaria. On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, Jill and I extend our condolences to their family and loved ones. To all members of the CAF, thank you for your service to Canada.— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) June 18, 2019Labrie was a member of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based at CFB Petawawa. read more

Brechting propels Oakland to 7769 win over James Madison

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Brad Brechting had 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals to propel Oakland to a 77-69 victory over James Madison on Friday.Brechting buried half of his 10 shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, for the Golden Grizzlies (3-3). Xavier Hill-Mais added 16 points and five boards, freshman Braden Norris contributed 12 points, five assists and three steals and Jordan Nobles pitched in with 10 points and five assists for Oakland, which picked up its second straight win after a three-game skid.Stuckey Mosley poured in 25 points for the Dukes (4-2) and Dwight Wilson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Zach Jacobs came off the bench to score 14 with eight rebounds for James Madison.Oakland worked its way to a 38-31 lead at halftime. Jacobs layup pulled the Dukes within 42-37 early in the second half, but Brechting sank a 3-pointer to cap a 17-11 run and the Golden Grizzlies lead stayed above seven points the rest of the way.The Associated Press read more