Canadian Megapatch 2024

The Canadian Megapatch revamps the Canadian football pyramid in Football Manager 24, with a plethora of changes that improves the accuracy of the Canadian Premier League, the Voyageurs Cup, and relevant continental competitions. The goal is realism. Leagues belonging to League1 Canada (L1O Prem; L1O Champ; L1BC, L1AB Exhibition Series, L1Q) are also added as playable leagues, alongside journalists, coaches, USports/provincial league teams. Scroll down for an extended list of changes. Download file here -> LINK For support, come chat about the megapatch in the canpl discord #gaming channel -> https://discordapp.com/channels/350036389905039362 Fixes to Base Game:CanPL-Developmental contracts emulated through youth contracts limiting players to six matches (all players that had signed developmental contracts added to clubs)-As only Pacific, Cavalry, HFX, and York United have academies, other CanPL teams no longer have youth intakes and will have to rely on signing young players from L1O/L1BC/PLSQ/AMSL. The quality of newgens have also been improved for […]

Canadian Megapatch 2023

The Canadian Megapatch revamps the Canadian football pyramid in Football Manager 23, with a plethora of changes that improves the accuracy of the Canadian Premier League, the Voyageurs Cup, and relevant continental competitions. The goal is realism. Leagues belonging to League1 Canada are also added as playable leagues, alongside journalists, coaches, USports/provincial league teams. Scroll down for an extended list of changes. Download file here -> LINK For support, come chat about the megapatch in the canpl discord #gaming channel -> https://discordapp.com/channels/350036389905039362 Winter 2.0 Update:-New CanPL playoff format, game now starts in 2023 with FCE removed-Real fixtures for 2023 (though some may be moved due to V-Cup)-L1AB added, and changes to other L1C clubs Features:-Playable L1O Premiership, PLSQ, L1BC, and L1O Championship-Expansion Teams (Vancouver FC, Saskatoon, Kelowna, Windsor)-Canadian media sources and journalists-Teams from Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and USports-USport coaches-Salary cap for CanPL now increases steadily before being eliminated in 2033-CanPL finances tweaked […]

Canadian Megapatch 2022

The Canadian Megapatch revamps the Canadian football pyramid in Football Manager 22, with a plethora of changes that improves the accuracy of the Canadian Premier League, the Voyageurs Cup, and relevant continental competitions. The goal is realism. League 1 Ontario, Première Ligue de soccer du Québec, and the Alberta Major Soccer League are also added as playable leagues, alongside journalists, coaches, USports/provincial league teams. Scroll down for an extended list of changes.

Levelling the playing field

Published in Briarpatch Magazinehttps://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/levelling-the-playing-field When the Canadian Premier League (CanPL) first launched in 2019, it was met with excitement and acclaim. The start-up men’s professional soccer league was part of an unprecedented media deal worth $200 million over 10 years, saw promising match attendance in the debut season, and broadcast matches nationally through the CBC. In 2020, the league grew to eight teams and, despite the pandemic, successfully hosted a tournament in Charlottetown that was broadcast internationally. But beyond the glamour of the billboards and television broadcasts, CanPL’s players – the backbone of the whole league – have been struggling for respect and fair pay.

Canadian Megapatch 2021

The Canadian Megapatch revamps the Canadian football pyramid in Football Manager 21, with a plethora of changes that improves the accuracy of the Canadian Premier League and the Voyageurs Cup. League 1 Ontario, Première Ligue de soccer du Québec, and the Alberta Major Soccer League are also added as playable leagues, alongside journalists, coaches, USports/provincial league teams. Faces have also been added for every single CanPL/L1O/PLSQ player. Scroll down for an extended list of changes.

Mental health professionals are not the solution to racist police violence

Published in Briarpatch Magazine and Upping the Antihttps://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/mental-health-professionals-are-not-the-solution-to-racist-police-violence The recent uprising in response to the police murder of George Floyd has sparked widespread condemnation of anti-Black police violence and growing acceptance of radical alternatives to the police. On June 23 2020, the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) joined the chorus of condemnations after the murder of Ejaz Choudry by Peel Regional Police during a wellness check. In a statement, CAMH argued, “Police should not be the first responders […] people in crisis [should be] first met by mental health responders”. But this suggestion—to replace the figure of the police with that of the mental health worker, requires closer scrutiny. Missing in this analysis is recognition that the mental health field has an ongoing history as a major perpetrator of racial and colonial violence alongside the police.

Collective action is essential

Published in Briarpatch Magazinehttps://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/collective-action-is-essential Workers are finding ways to organize despite the fear and uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis. Through courageous public actions and less-visible organizing strategies, they are confronting the inhumane logic of racial capitalism that says our labour is essential but our lives are not. We know that employers won’t respect workers’ rights without a fight. Neither will governments that put profits before people and undermine already limited workplace protections. The only thing that we can rely on is the collective power we build by organizing together. Workers are demonstrating this by refusing to do unsafe work, exposing bad bosses, forming unions, engaging in mutual aid, and building coalitions to fight for a more egalitarian society. 

Fans should back the CPL Players Union

Published in Northern Starting XI
https://northernstartingeleven.com/opinion-cpl-players-union/

2020 is already a remarkable year for soccer players in North America. The Major League Soccer Players’ Association (MLSPA) won significant improvements to their collective agreement, including a higher wage budget, a share in media revenue, an increase in the minimum wage, and greater player mobility. The United Soccer League Players’ Association (USLPA) added USL League One players to its membership after voluntary recognition from the league, affording a collective voice to more players, many of whom suffer from well documented precarity and low wages. On the heels of these achievements, sources are indicating that Canadian Premier League (CanPL) players have begun organizing amongst themselves to form a union.

Sinophobia won’t save you from the coronavirus

Coauthored with Kate Shao and Kennes Lin for Aljazeera
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/sinophobia-won-save-coronavirus-200208165854849.html

Shortly after the first Canadian case of the new coronavirus was announced in January, David Shao, a healthcare worker from Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba province, was taunted by colleagues to go home and stop “spreading the virus”. He was not sick; he was, however, the only Chinese person in his workplace.

When a disease is racialized

Published in Briarpatch Magazine and Lausan
https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/when-a-disease-is-racialized-coronavirus-anti-chinese-racism

As someone who grew up in Hong Kong during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic, I have a deep familiarity with the trauma and distress associated with disease outbreaks. With school cancelled for almost a month, my eyes were glued to the daily death counts on the television. The fear and panic was palpable, with the city’s usually packed malls and restaurants emptied. But this legitimate fear of sickness or loss can also often entangle with deep-seated racism, where fear becomes a licence for xenophobia. This was certainly the case during the SARS outbreak in Canada – today, we are witnessing a rerun with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.