Hello fellow Canadian bloggers, I want to take a moment to introduce you to my new mobile app launching next month on iOS and Android. It’s called instanews, and it empowers everyone to be a reporter and makes it extremely easy to share photos, videos, and information with nearby people. You could essentially think of […]
Hello Canada. My name is Ben and Allan has kindly passed me the reins of BlogsCanada.ca – I have big plans for the website so please stay tuned. I’m still getting used to the back-end of the website so please bear with me for the next few weeks as I slowly figure everything out. Over […]
Dear Readers……., and friends! It has been an interesting time, as well as a time that saw major changes in my personal and working life, but now it is time to let others take on the responsibility of populating these pages with interesting and informative news and gossip. Ben Clarke is the new owner of […]
Dear Readers: There is a lot of confusion about whether Monty Python is really funny …………., or not! What I mean is that some sketches like “The dead Parrot” are among the funniest things I have ever seen, and some other stuff is just plain stupid. BUT. I have to admit that when they ARE funny, […]
Dear Readers: Hey kids, I ran across this article today and since Ontario Place opened when I was still quite young, (teens) and these photo’s and video’s brought back a whole bunch of memories! Any kid who spent time in Toronto during the 1970s, 80s and 90s surely fostered blissful, orange-soaked memories at Children’s Village […]
Dear Readers: The Washington Post hit the nail right on the head (Or did they just kick the cat?) when they published this article today! By Michelle Singletary How much is your cat’s life worth? Or your dog’s? Would you take out a credit card specifically to pay for veterinarian care for your cat? Would […]
2015 is shaping up to be a monumental year for the international climate movement, and Earth Day Canada wants to show the world that Canadians are supportive of meaningful climate action. As such, Earth Day Canada is creating a 2015 Earth Flag on which we will collect signatures from people across the country who are […]
Dear Readers: Aficionado’s of online medieval manuscripts—whoever you are—may be intrigued to know about a 14th-century image of Yoda, wide-spread ears and all, NPR reports. (That’s right kids, Yoda lived for over 900 years, so this was a drawing of him when he was middle-aged!) But is it really him? “I’d love to say that it really […]
Firefighters desperately trying to locate voices crying “Help” and “Fire” trapped in an inferno found the desperate pleas came from two parrots. Crews in Boise, Idaho were called to the blaze on Friday night. After arriving on the scene they heard cries of “Help” and “Fire” from inside leading them to believe several people were […]
The woman’s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she had stayed by his bedside every single day. One day, when he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer. As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, “You know what? You have been […]
Dear Readers: Lots of things confusing me today bunky, including a bit of confusion about how ya can get a free meal just for being old! There are many perks of growing old — seeing your kids have kids, wearing shirts that say “World’s Best Grandma,” calling rowdy youngsters “whippersnappers” and more — and getting discounts […]
Dear Readers: Today we have a couple of stories from opposite ends of the spectrum that show just how crazy things are getting in this world! The Meitiv family, who is once again battling CPS in Maryland over allowing their children to go to the playground unsupervised. (Photo: Facebook) The Maryland parents investigated by Child […]
Dear Readers: You usually forgiving reporter is slowly getting fed-up with individuals and special interest groups who hold society to ransom with whatever stupid bullshit they go on about! The latest case is about a certain Alain Simoneau of Saguenay Quebec who went to a local council meeting seven years ago and decided he didn’t like them saying […]
Dear Readers: Your ever faithful servant and reporter tries to keep up with all the latest news so that we can supply you with the latest poop on what’s going on in your world ………., and this one takes the cake! “Hey, wanna go see the body?” may seem like an odd thing to hear at […]
Dear Readers: Your long suffering reporter fervently believes in that old axiom, “The French are the best second raters in the world” and this article does nothing to dispel that belief! A Montreal man is criticizing Quebec language laws after a clerk at a local Toys “R” Us told him he was wasn’t allowed to purchase […]
O.K. folks, read the following article, and then remember ……., ya heard it here first! A survey by dating social network site Skout, cheese heads get more action. Skout surveyed a total of 4,600 people. Grilled cheese yields more sex, better people! Thirty-two percent of grilled cheese lovers reported having sex at least six times […]
The Ontario government tried to introduce a new sex education course to public school kids a few month ago and it included such things as discussions about masturbation, trans-gender issues, same sex couples and much more. Now I’m bringing this up for a couple of reasons kids. First of all, we’re not sure if some […]
A man turns to his wife in bed and whispers “Did you know it’s National Orgasm Day?” “Oh, what a pity,” she smiled, “Right in the middle of National Headache Week !!” ———————————— SENIOR TRYING TO SET PASSWORD WINDOWS: Please enter your new password: USER: cabbage WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must be more than 8 […]
Seems I don’t know who to believe anymore kids! The CBC is on a campaign to flog what they call the missing and/or murdered native women across Canada and it makes the news every night. You would think there is a vat network of guys like Robert Pickton who are abducting and killing girls left right […]
No name calling, no hatred, no political agenda. CANADIAN COMMENT APPEARS AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE AND IS MEANINGFUL. THERE IS ALSO SOME RECENTLY ADDED BRITISH COMMENT. This pilot hit the nail right on the head in his open letter. A newspaper stated that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling […]
Capitalism leads to actions only a self-destructive wastrel would want, but does so entirely rationally. Think of rationality as being of two types. Means-ends, and Internal-Coherent. In means ends rationality we say “I want to get to point A. How do I do that?” “I want to grow a garden so I can eat food. […]
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The other day I told you that the ultra secretive right-wing Civitas Society was holding a conference in Ottawa this weekend.
And how I was sure that Stephen Harper would attend because it’s the dank corner of the right-wing conspiracy where he feels most at home.
The place where he first revealed his sinister hidden agenda thirteen years ago.The place to where he returned after his election victory in 2006, to swagger around, and party like there was no tomorrow.
Well now Paul Wells has got hold of Civitas’ secret weekend program.
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No rap album release is complete without a wild party to match. On Friday night, Drake and his OVO crew took over Toronto nightclub La Vie Complex to celebrate the launch of VIEWS. From Drizzy’s impromptu performance to a surprise appearance by Justin Bieber, we were there to bring you the inside scoop from inside the exclusive VIP section.
10:00 p.m.: The doors at La Vie Complex on Richmond St. W. don’t open for another half-hour, but there’s already a crowd of eager Drake fans lined up on the street. The VIEWS album launch party was supposed to be top secret, but Toronto’s a big city with a small-town rumour mill, and word has obviously leaked out. The club’s bouncers look like they know it’s going to be a very long night.
10:30 p.m.: Club bouncers are usually an unpleasant bunch, but you can tell they’re especially high on power tonight. They get to dangle the keys to the hottest party in town over the masses’ heads. The line outside is practically down the block, and the only way to bypass it is to be very young and very beautiful. Or, for those of us over the age of 25, to slip them some cash.
11:00 p.m.: Inside, La Vie is split into two distinct environments, mirroring VIEWS. The first floor’s theme is winter, manifested by OVO owl ice sculpturesand snowflake decorations hanging from the ceiling. The VIP section is upstairs, where the theme is summer. You can’t set foot in the summer area without a special wristband (or, alternatively, a great set of fake breasts to smooth things over with security).
Event planner Catriona Smart of Coco & Cowe succeeded in making an otherwise cookie-cutter club look like a tropical tiki bar, complete with cocktails in VIEWS-branded coconuts and fruity popsicles.
Bottles of Rémy Martin 1738 (the booze maker sponsored this party) are danced to booths by parades of pretty bottle-service girls who wave sparklers and neon signs with the numbers 1, 7, 3 and 8 above their heads.
11:30 p.m.: The party is raging, but still no sign of Drizzy. This isn’t all too surprising, as he’s known to not showing up to clubs before 1 a.m. I can’t blame him. My feet hurt and I’ve had untold amounts of cognac spilled down my back.
Midnight: Drake’s mom is here. Bless her soul. She must really love her son to want to spend her Friday night in a club. If I were her, I’d be at home sleeping or watching Netflix.
12:17 a.m.: Drake is here! Earlier than expected, too. His crew reports that he’s in a particularly good mood. The entire VIP section loses its cool and dozens of phones appear in the air, desperate to capture the man of the hour. Drake’s personal security team indulges fans for a grand total of five minutes before shutting down anyone trying to take a photo. They aren’t kidding: they will escalate from purposely putting their hand in front of shots to physically pushing phones away in a matter of seconds.
1:00 a.m.: The VIP section still hasn’t regained its composure. Forget about Drake, the most entertaining part of the night is watching partiers try to convince his security team that they know the rapper and should be allowed into his booth. Very few people succeed. Behind a wall of bouncers, Drake sips Ace of Spades champagne straight from the bottle and pours Rémy Martin for friends.
2:15 a.m.: This is why you never leave a party early. Drake, champagne bottle still in hand, decides to perform on the main floor. Needless to say, the place goes wild. There’s screaming. There’s crying. There’s pushing and shoving. Drake raps for almost 30 minutes, including a performance of Meek Mill diss track “Back to Back,” as faux snow falls from the ceiling.
2:20 a.m.: Who’s that scrawny kid in the oversized white sweatshirt hugging Drake? It’s Justin Bieber sporting a newly shaved head (no more dreadlocks, thank God).
Drake tells the crowd to “make some noise for Bieber” and talks up his album. Bieber bows down to the screaming crowd a few times before making a quick exit to Drake’s booth in the VIP section. There he sits on top of a banquette, looking alternately completely out of it and lip-synching to his own songs. His eyes look glassy and I can’t help but feel bad for the guy. More than one person whispers that he doesn’t look well.
3:15 a.m.: Drake goes one way and Bieber goes the other. The crowd can’t decide who to follow and, before you know it, they’re both gone. All that’s left is the smell of cigarette smoke and pot. It’s time to go home.
I mean no disrespect when I say that Mike Brown is a man on the edge. In fact, it is one of the highest forms of praise I can imagine. Brown, an astronomer at Caltech, has been one of the most aggressive scientific explorers of the dark, outer boundari…
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.—If you are Brett Cecil, you don’t look at your stats line and you don’t want to check out social media.
After a disastrous ninth inning here Saturday night in which the Rays scored a walkoff 4-3 win, the Blue Jays’ beleaguered left-handed reliever may not have wanted to look.
The loss was Cecil’s fifth of the season; he leads the American League in that category.
This latest setback was as hard to swallow as any; it was completed by a Curt Casali walkoff single, and was started by Cecil’s failed coverage of first base on what turned out to be an infield single by pinch hitter Brad Miller.
Things are not falling into place for Cecil, who had a tough start to 2015, then never let another runner score from mid-June to the end of the season. He’s supposed to be a late-inning stopper in 2016, not a late-inning loser.
“I’m feeling good, and as long as I’m feeling good . . . what are you gonna do,” a frustrated Cecil said after the game, which the Jays had in hand 3-2 until Logan Forsythe homered in the seventh for a 3-3 tie.
Cecil’s other mantra right now is the one every reliever keeps in his back pocket: have a short memory. There was, however, too much that had gone wrong in that ninth for it to filter out of the memory that quickly.
Part of Cecil’s mechanics have him naturally falling off to the left side of the infield when he strides and lands on his front leg. Every time there is a ball hit to first — which should automatically trigger a pitcher running over to cover the bag — Cecil has a tougher time than most because he’s already fallen to the opposite side of the field in his delivery.
“As much as I fall to third, I have to get over there,” Cecil said, not making any excuses.
“I have to be able to make my pitches. I don’t want to change my mechanics to get over there. Hopefully I’ll get over there more times than not.”
Manager John Gibbons’ club has now lost four of its last five games to post an 11-14 record in April. Along with Cecil’s mounting losses, Gibbons’ bullpen has five blown saves — the second-highest total in the majors.
“We gotta get an out there, plain and simple,” Gibbons said of the failed coverage at first base, which also saw the usually defensively sound Justin Smoak get to the bag late after the cross-up with Cecil.
“Cecil falls off to the left, but still, you have to get there. Smoak had a shot too . . . it was a big play.
“You have to win some close games now for crying out loud,” added Gibbons, who is getting as ticked off at the one run losses as fans are. “Some teams do it.”
Gibbons wasn’t even buying the reaction defensively to Kevin Kiermaier’s double in the ninth, one that sent Miller to third, and set the stage for Casali’s heroics. Jays right fielder Jose Bautista changed his route to the ball, but it was hit hard enough to clear his attempt to catch it before bouncing off the right field wall.
“I didn’t like the pitch selection there,” Gibbons said in another turn of focus onto Cecil. “His (Cecil’s) bread and butter is the curve ball (Kiermaier hit a fastball), so don’t pin that on the outfielder (Bautista).”
J.A. Happ gave up a pair of homers to Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe but also battled gamely and deserved a better fate than an no-decision for his 6.2 innings of six-hit ball.
But Cecil’s first month after a stellar 2015 couldn’t have gone much worse.
“You feel great but they still hit the crap out of the ball and you keep getting these results,” Cecil said.
“I blew my first save, and I threw a temper tantrum in the clubhouse. The pitching coach (Pete Walker) came up to me and gave me the hour-long spiel about having a short memory. I got some saves then I blew another one . . . but I’m throwing the ball well now, I don’t want to lose my cool.”
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A Brampton couple have been found guilty in the bizarre family-entangled killing of their pregnant sister-in-law.
Jurors returned their verdicts Saturday afternoon. They began their deliberations Thursday morning.
They found Mandeep Punia, 39, not guilty of second-degree murder, but guilty of manslaughter in the death of her brother’s wife, Poonam Litt, 27, in the extended family’s Brampton home on Feb. 4, 2009.
They found Punia’s husband, Skinder, 45, guilty of being an accessory after the fact of manslaughter for dumping Litt’s body on a rural Caledon property, then returning to cut off her clothes and burn the body in an attempt to destroy evidence.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for May 27.
Litt disappeared when her husband, Manjinder Litt, was in India with his mother. He has been left to raise the couple’s young daughter, now 9, with the help of his mother. All three have since moved to Winnipeg where some of their relatives live.
Jurors heard of the torture Manjinder Litt went through as he tried for three years to get the truth from his sister, husband and father, Kulwant Litt, the only three adults in the house at the time his wife was reported missing.
Mandeep Punia told police and her brother that Poonam had handed their then 2-year-old daughter to her to look after when Poonam went to work at 9 a.m. on Feb. 5.
But in closing arguments, Punia’s lawyer, Bob Richardson, agreed that the evidence supported the Crown’s theory that Litt never left the house and was killed after she got home from work on Feb. 4. Her purse, keys, wallet, coat, hat and gloves were all found in the house.
But Richardson, and Skinder Punia’s lawyer Peter Copeland, argued there was no reliable evidence that Mandeep Punia killed Poonam.
They noted the only evidence heard by jurors during the lengthy trial came from Mandeep’s father, Kulwant Litt, 67, who began telling people his daughter stabbed Poonam in the neck with a box cutter during an argument about a pre-marital relationship Mandeep had had.
On the witness stand, he told jurors he made up the “story” and that nothing had happened to Poonam inside the house the night the Crown says she was killed.
Crown Kelly Slate said Kulwant Litt’s “story” was far too detailed to be a lie fabricated only so he could convince his son that Poonam was dead and he could remarry, and to reclaim his place as the head of the household.
A handful of weed dispensaries received tickets from the city as of Saturday afternoon. Some were told to expect another $250 ticket tomorrow.
The two Canadian teams never to pick first overall will have their own special lucky charms for the upcoming NHL draft lottery.
“We’re sending hopefully what will be a lucky Irishman,” Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said of team president Brian Burke. “We’re just banking on him.”
“Our lucky charm is Trevor,” Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning said of team president and former captain Trevor Linden. “We’re due for some good luck.”
Canadian teams have a 68.5 per cent chance of landing the top pick at Saturday’s lottery, led by the Toronto Maple Leafs at 20 per cent and Edmonton Oilers at 13.5 per cent.
Beyond the Oilers, who have secured the first overall pick four times in the past six years, Canadian NHL teams have rarely picked first historically.
The Flames and Canucks have never done so.
Calgary’s highest pick was fourth overall in 2014 (Sam Bennett) while Vancouver has picked as high as second, including in 1988 with the selection of Linden. Two other teams, the Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets (as the Jets and not the Atlanta Thrashers), have picked first only once in their respective histories, but neither in more than 30 years.
Montreal and Ottawa have owned the top selection multiple times, but not since 1980 for the Canadiens and 1996 for the Senators.
The two GMs of the clubs never to pick first are approaching the lottery well aware that the odds are stacked firmly against them. Vancouver has only an 11.5 per cent chance of landing the top spot, Calgary a touch below that at 8.5 per cent.
“That translates into a 91 per cent chance you’re not going to be there,” Treliving said in an interview. “And so I’ve tried to look at things in the realm of percentages and odds of things taking place. You’ve got to be prepared for the more likely scenario of not being there.”
Benning concurred, noting the possibility of the Canucks falling as low as the sixth overall pick and the preparation that comes with potentially picking lower.
The NHL will use the lottery system to draw the first three picks for the first time.
The Canucks GM has seen each of the top three projected prospects, Auston Matthews as well as Finnish wingers Patrick Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, eight to 10 times in person and has a good handle on what each might bring.
“I know those guys very well,” he said, describing each as an immediate NHL contributor.
Matthews, an American centre who played this past season in Switzerland, is generally thought to be a foregone conclusion at No. 1.
“Would it surprise me if Auston went first? No, it wouldn’t,” Treliving said with a touch of sarcasm. “He’s a wonderful player. He’s a talent. (But) he’s not the only talented player in this draft, there’s others. So we’ll see how it all plays out.”
“For us, he’s going to be a No. 1 centre-ice man going forward,” Benning said. “That’s an attractive thing to us.
“But some teams maybe that are set up the middle, maybe they like the wingers better as the No. 1 pick. Some teams like the best player, other teams will pick the guy that’s the best fit. Like if you look at the Edmonton Oilers (at) centre ice with (Connor) McDavid, (Ryan) Nugent-Hopkins, (Leon) Draisaitl, they’re pretty set up the middle so maybe another piece is what they value more (than Matthews) because it’s a better fit for their group.”
Prior to 1995, the draft order was determined by the standings with the worst team from the regular season picking first. Periodical expansion from the late 1960’s onward as well as the implementation of the lottery in ‘95 meant that Canadian teams, even if mediocre, often weren’t mediocre enough to draw the first pick.
As both Treliving and Benning acknowledge, success at the draft is about much more than just a first-round pick or even the first overall selection. Stanley Cup-winning outfits in Chicago and Los Angeles have shown that it’s nailing picks in deeper rounds that truly turns a team’s fortunes around.
The Flames, Treliving noted, have 10 picks for this year’s draft, including three in the second round. They’ll need to hit on a few to rise up after a disappointing 2015-16 season.
“This is just another chance to add one more piece to the puzzle,” Benning said of the No. 1 pick.
A mighty big piece though and a rare opportunity for most teams in Canada.
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A rare and finely preserved skull unearthed in Argentina belonged to a dinosaur with a drooping head, far bigger eyes and keener hearing than some of its more evolved relatives, providing new clues about this group of lumbering plant-eaters.
The discovery of the skull and part of the neck led paleontologists to announce on Tuesday in the journal PLOS One the naming of a new dinosaur, Sarmientosaurus musacchioi.
The fossil is from a dinosaur that was part of a group known as titanosaurs, and is considered modest in size, about 40 feet (12.2 metres) long and 10 tons in weight, in contrast to some others in that grouping. “About two elephants’ worth,” estimated Matthew C. Lamanna, an assistant curator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.
Titanosaurs were plant-eaters with long necks and long tails that could be as small as a cow or as big as a house. While much is known about them, researchers still do not know much about their brains because so few skulls have been found.
“This group, to me, they’re quite mysterious,” Lamanna said. “By combining data from these different discoveries, we’re gradually building up a picture as to what the biology of these animals was like. In other words, what makes the largest land animals of all time tick?”
Meanwhile, in a paper published last week in the journal Science, a second group of paleontologists described the remains of a baby titanosaur, noting its quick growth in a couple of months to the size of a large dog. Its bones had the same proportions of an adult, which suggests that young titanosaurs were quickly on their feet after hatching and fending for themselves.
For almost all known titanosaurs, paleontologists have fossils of parts of the body such as leg bones that are taller than a person, but no pieces of the skull, which consisted of bones that were thinner, more delicate, and less likely to fossilize.
For Sarmientosaurus, which lived about 95 million years ago, scientists have the opposite: almost all of the head, which was about a foot and a half long, and part of the neck, but nothing from the rest of the body. Paleontologists including Ruben D.F. Martinez of the National University of Patagonia in Argentina found the skull in 1997.
For a while, it was not clear what kind of dinosaur it was.
With CT scans, the scientists could study the skull in detail, including some defining characteristics seen in the few other titanosaur skulls that have been found. In other ways, Sarmientosaurus was unlike other titanosaurs, with a broad snout and fatter teeth.
It also had very large eye sockets, suggesting better-than-average eyesight, and an inner ear structure that appears tuned to low-frequency sounds. “Maybe to track predators,” said Lawrence M. Witmer, a professor of paleontology at Ohio University and another of the authors of the PLOS One paper. “Maybe to track the movement of its own herd.”
Curiously, from the scattered skull data, the more evolved titanosaurs appeared to have worse eyesight and hearing, Witmer said.
The orientation of the inner ear also suggests that Sarmientosaurus typically held its head pointing downward at a 45-degree angle. The scientists infer that it foraged on plants near the ground.
“The head of titanosaurs is totally key to understanding them as living animals.” Lamanna said.
Sarmientosaurus’ brain was the size of a plum or a lime. “It’s pretty small,” Witmer said. “You try not to judge him, but it’s a pretty small brain.”
On the other hand, perhaps brains are overrated. Titanosaurs survived for tens of millions of years and lived on every continent, thriving in particular in the Southern Hemisphere. “The lime-size brain of Sarmientosaurus was adequate,” Witmer said. “They were an extremely successful group.”
In the Science paper, Kristina A. Curry Rogers, a professor of geology and biology at Macalester College in Minnesota, and her colleagues describe 17 bones that were excavated in Madagascar in 1993. Curry Rogers came upon them in drawers at Stony Brook University in Long Island, where they had been misidentified as crocodiles.
Her doctoral thesis research had been describing a Madagascar titanosaur named Rapetosaurus — Rapeto is a mischievous giant in Madagascar folklore — and these bones looked like miniature versions of what she had worked with years earlier. “I just happened to be the right person to be looking at them,” she said.
Titanosaur embryos had previously been found at a nesting site, but baby dinosaurs are rare. “This is surely the smallest out-of-the-egg sauropod,” Curry Rogers said.
Closer study confirmed this was a young Rapetosaurus.
Slicing thin sections of the bones and looking at them under a microscope, the scientists could see lines that indicated how big the dinosaur was at hatching — about 7.5 pounds. When it died, 39 to 77 days later, it had grown to 14 inches tall and about 90 pounds, the scientists estimated.
Comparing the bones with fossils of other Rapetosauruses, the scientists found that baby Rapetosaurus looked like a miniature adult. That suggests that the baby dinosaurs were not being fed by the parents, but were already on their feet and foraging. The microscopic structures of the leg bones also indicated that they were already bearing weight, adding evidence to the argument.
With a robust skeleton, a baby Rapetosaurus might have been able to jump, trot and roll on the ground in ways that its parents would not have been able to. “They’re kind of overbuilt for life at small size,” Curry Rogers said.
The bone structure also hints at the baby’s demise — starvation in a region prone to droughts.
Kenneth J. Lacovara, a paleontologist at Rowan University in New Jersey who was not involved in either study, said the research highlighted how much modern technology like CT scans have added to the study of dinosaurs.
“Those are great examples of paleobiology,” said Lacovara, the discoverer of Dreadnoughtus, one of the leviathan titanosaurs. “Now I think we’re getting to the point where we’re functioning more like biologists than geologists.”
It’s a time-honoured tradition for politicians to deny any interest in the vice-presidency. But this year, with the possibility of Donald Trump as the http://www.thestar.com/news/world/uselection.html Republican nomineeEND, they really mean it.
“Never,” said Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who is still running against Trump. “No chance.”
“Hahahahahahahahaha,” wrote Sally Bradshaw, a senior adviser to Jeb Bush, when asked if he would consider it.
“Scott Walker has a visceral negative reaction to Trump’s character,” said Ed Goeas, a longtime adviser to the Wisconsin governor.
Or, as Sen. Lindsey Graham put it, “That’s like buying a ticket on the Titanic.”
A remarkable range of leading Republicans, including Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, have been emphatic publicly or with their advisers and allies that they do not want to be considered as Trump’s running mate. The recoiling amounts to a rare rebuke for a front-runner: Politicians usually signal that they are not interested politely through back channels, or submit to the selection process, if only to burnish their national profiles.
But Trump has a singular track record of picking fights with obvious potential running mates like Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who has indicated a lack of interest in the vice presidency generally and has yet to reconcile with Trump publicly. Haley and another potential pick, Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, have sharply criticized Trump at recent party gatherings and do not want to be associated with his sometimes-angry tone, according to advisers and close associates who have spoken with these Republicans.
Several Republican consultants said their clients were concerned that Trump’s unusually high unfavourable ratings with all voters and his unpopularity among women and Hispanics could doom him as a general election candidate and damage their own future political prospects if they were on his ticket.
Still, elected officials do have a way of coming around to the vice presidency, and Trump said in an interview Saturday that he was in the early stages of mending fences and building deeper relationships with leading Republicans. And in a sign of growing acceptance that Trump is their likely nominee, several Republicans made it clear that they would join him on the ticket because they think he can win, or because they regard the call to serve as their duty.
Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, as well as Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, said in interviews that they would consider joining the ticket if Trump offered. Two governors, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, have also told allies that they were open to being Trump’s running mate.
“If a potential president says I need you, it would be very hard for a patriotic citizen to say no,” Gingrich said. “People can criticize a nominee, but ultimately there are very few examples of people turning down the vice-presidency.”
Trump, who could well become the presumptive Republican nominee on Tuesday by winning the Indiana primary, is just starting to mull vice presidential prospects and has no favourite in mind, he said in the interview. Trump said he wanted someone with “a strong political background, who was well respected on the Hill, who can help me with legislation, and who could be a great president.”
He declined to discuss potential picks in any detail, but he briefly praised three governors as possible contenders — Kasich, Christie and Rick Scott of Florida — and said he would also consider candidates who were women, black or Hispanic. (A spokeswoman for Scott said he was focused on being governor.)
Asked if he was surprised about the array of Republicans who are uncomfortable being his running mate, Trump said: “I don’t care. Whether people support or endorse me or not, it makes zero influence on the voters. Historically, people don’t vote based on who is vice president. I want someone who can help me govern.”
A cross-section of leading Republicans agree that his most sensible choice would be an experienced female governor or senator, given that he would most likely face Hillary Clinton in November and need support from a majority of white women to offset her strong support among blacks and Hispanics. Yet Clinton is ahead of Trump with white women by double-digit percentages, according to a recent CBS poll.
The pool of Republican women in major offices is relatively small, and Trump has alienated some of them. Haley denounced him for not quickly disavowing support from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, and Martinez has criticized his remarks about Hispanics.
Both governors endorsed Rubio for president; a Martinez spokesman said she “isn’t interested in serving as vice president,” while a Haley spokesman declined to comment.
“There are some Republicans who would’ve said yes to running with Romney or McCain or Bush but would say no to Trump,” said Curt Anderson, a Republican strategist, referring to the party’s last three presidential nominees. “The issue is, no one knows what we’re dealing with here. Is it possible that Trump faces a historic landslide loss? Sure. Is it possible he beats the hell out of Clinton? Sure. No one knows — no one has predicted Trump right for a long time.”
Even Fallin of Oklahoma, who has not ruled out running with Trump, has expressed uncertainty about what he would be like as a leader, according to close associates who have spoken to her. Fallin, in a brief statement, would not discuss Trump, but said the nation’s challenges were too great for “business as usual” political solutions. “Any discussion of other service I might be asked to offer to my country is flattering but premature,” she said.
David Winston, a veteran Republican pollster, said Trump’s first challenge in finding a running mate was lowering his unfavourable ratings of 60 per cent or more, because prominent politicians would not want to join his ticket if he cannot turn those figures around. Winston dismissed the notion — put forward by some Trump advisers — that the candidate could improve his ratings by picking a woman, a Hispanic or other figure with demographic appeal.
“He simply won’t be able to convince any top-tier candidate to run with him if he can’t get those unfavourable numbers down,” Winston said.
Trump’s best hope may be Republican enmity for Clinton, some Republican strategists said. They predicted that Trump would ultimately have more options than his skeptics might assume because Republicans will ultimately unify in June and July with a deep and shared determination to beat her, and the traditional thrill of being considered for vice president could then kick in.
“I think he may have more choices than many people would suspect, because a lot of people will be flattered to be asked,” said Russ Schriefer, a Republican adviser to the Romney campaign in 2012 and to Christie during his 2016 presidential bid.
Schriefer emphasized that he had not talked to Christie about the vice presidency, but other Christie confidants said he supported Trump strongly and would be willing to consider the No. 2 spot. A Christie spokesman, asked about the governor’s willingness, pointed to Christie’s response about the vice presidency at a recent news conference, where he said he would evaluate the offer “for any position in government.”
As a political novice, Trump will be widely judged on whom he chooses — and how and why he chooses the person — because voters and other Republican leaders will look to his pick to evaluate his priorities for the kind of advisers he would want as president.
“This is a big deal because it’s the first major decision he’ll be making as the nominee, and it’s important that the American public see his decision-making process and how he goes through making such a big decision,” said Scott W. Reed, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s senior strategist.
Other than elected officials, Trump also said he was open to people with deep national security experience — which some Republicans think should be his top criterion.
“What Donald Trump needs is the most experienced, most qualified foreign policy mind in Washington, and somebody that would immediately bring calm to the choppy political waters that always seem to be around him,” said Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida who now hosts Morning Joe on MSNBC. He suggested Robert M. Gates, the former defence secretary, but was more circumspect when asked if he was willing to be Trump’s running mate himself.
“I definitely have a lot of strong opinions about who it should be. (Not me!!),” wrote Scarborough, who served on the House Armed Services Committee and who has a good relationship with Trump.
Other Republicans were more open about joining Trump on the ticket. Sessions, who is advising Trump on foreign policy, said he would send his personal tax information to the Trump campaign if it wanted to vet him. Carson, who was a Republican presidential candidate and battled with Trump before dropping out and endorsing him, said he would prefer to remain an outside adviser to Trump, but added that he was willing to join the ticket if he would “bring something that other people wouldn’t bring.”
For others, the singular experience of being vice president in a Trump administration is still hard to imagine. Buttonholed on Capitol Hill last week, two prominent Republican senators, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine, almost giggled when asked if they would be Trump’s running mate.
“I’m not waiting by my phone,” Collins said.
Scott, whose appeal as a black Republican could be an advantage for Trump, repeatedly sidestepped whether he would be willing to run with Trump. Finally, asked if he would not rule himself out, he replied, “I’m not ruling myself in.”
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There’s nothing quite like it — “our Super Bowl” is how Kyle Lowry described it, a matter of “survive or don’t survive” he said — and if anyone tells you they know how a Game 7 will play out they are either just hoping or blowing smoke.
It is a beast like no other, win-or-home, euphoria or despair, validation or condemnation, and a study in will and determination and heart like nothing else.
Through all sorts of wild swings — good games followed by terrible ones, brutal quarters preceded by great ones — the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers have arrived at the defining moment: The seventh and deciding game of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series.
What are they going to do? How are they going to react?
Everyone’s talking confidently and presenting an outwardly positive vibe, but the game isn’t until 8 p.m. Sunday and many demons can enter many minds in the meantime.
“Everyone was focused,” coach Dwane Casey said of the day-after mood for the Raptors following Friday’s late-game collapse in Indianapolis. “Nobody was dropping their heads, dropping their shoulders. No one is thinking negatively, saying ‘Ohhh no.’ I didn’t sense any of that in practicing, watching film.
“And I haven’t sensed any of that. Someone asked . . . can you predict how that will translate into the game? No, you can’t. But I have faith.”
That faith is borne of a long, wildly successful regular season rather than of the ups and downs of the six playoff games against the Pacers. And it is borne of the knowledge that the core group of this team — Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, Patrick Patterson and Terrence Ross — know Game 7 failure from two years ago when a group of relative upstarts came within one basket of beating the grizzled Brooklyn Nets.
“Two years ago we were playing against the most veteran team you could assemble versus a bunch of guys who never even tasted the playoffs,” DeRozan said. “And you know we grew a lot from then. And this time around the feelings are different. We’re in a different position. But it’s a new challenge for us.”
Strategically, the challenge is for the Raptors to find a way to coax more offence out of DeRozan and Lowry, but that’s really not the biggest or more important aspect of the evening. All the talk about setting screens differently and getting Lowry more shots when he’s not on the move and putting DeRozan into spots on the floor with the ball where he can’t be swarmed by Indiana defenders is, in many ways, noise.
Game 7s are not normal. They are crazily intense and hard-fought and it’s about will more than Xs and Os. The Raptors know it and so do the Pacers, as seasoned a group as Toronto is.
“It’s going to be physical, it’s going to be intense, it’s not going to be an ordinary game,” Lowry said. “We know the ferocity we’ve got to play with.”
They know, but can they do?
Been there, done that
A look at the four previous deciding games in Raptors franchise history:
May 4, 2001
Game 5, Madison Square Garden
Toronto 93, New York 89
Vince Carter, 27 points; Latrell Sprewell, 29 points
Still, all these years later, the most significant playoff win in franchise history, the only time the Raptors have won a series. Alvin Williams hit a huge shot in the final minute. How has the game changed . . . Toronto took only nine three-pointers — then a franchise single-game record — and made six. They were 9-for-26 in Friday’s Game 6 against Indiana.
May 20, 2001
Game 7, First Union Center
Philadelphia 88, Toronto 87
Antonio Davis, 23 points; Aaron McKie 22 points
Neither Vince Carter nor Allen Iverson led their teams in scoring but it was the culmination of an epic series between two superstars in their prime. Carter being inches long with a corner three-pointer at the buzzer will be an iconic franchise moment for all time and would have been a storybook ending to his university graduation day.
May 2, 2002
Game 5, Palace of Auburn Hills
Detroit 85, Toronto 82
Dell Curry, 17 points; Corliss Williamson, 23 points
Williamson, for whom the Raptors never could find a role, made a huge bucket on an inbounds play with two seconds on the shot clock for what turned out to be the last basket of the game. Oh, and Toronto’s Chris Childs mis-remembered the score and tried for a crazy four-point play at the buzzer when a three would have been good for a tie.
May 4, 2014
Game 7, Air Canada Centre
Brooklyn 104, Toronto 103
Kyle Lowry, 28 points; Joe Johnson, 26 points
The Raptors were the higher seed but by far the less-experienced team but still got within one Lowry shot of winning the series. His final attempt was blocked at the buzzer when the Raptors let a second defender get close enough to make the play. Much the same group says it’s learned hard lessons from what was a bitter defeat.
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BRANT COUNTY, ONT.—Police are investigating what they’re calling an act of vandalism — and what a farm spokesperson is calling an act of animal-rights extremism — after some 500 minks were set loose in southwestern Ontario overnight Friday.
Early Saturday morning, police were called to the Brant County, Ont., farm. It had been broken into — holes were cut into the walls, and the mink inside were set loose, investigators said.
“It seems like an organized attack by animal-rights extremists who have attacked many farms in southern Ontario in the last several years,” said Nancy Daigneault, vice-president of the International Fur Federation. “They break into a farm at night and they open all the cages to release the minks.”
Daigneault said that last year, a self-identified animal rights group made threats against the farm. She said the threats were reported to police.
But police wouldn’t say whether there’s anything that suggests activists were involved in this case.
The farm owner declined an interview, but said that Daigneault was his spokesperson.
The affected farm is one of about 300 fur farms in Canada, according to Statistics Canada, and mink is the most popular farmed fur.
Daigneault said most of the animals were recovered, but many of them had recently given birth. The newborns, called kits, were separated from their mothers, she said.
Const. Ken Johnston of the OPP said there’s no guarantee the babies would be able to find their way back to their mothers to nurse, and Daigneault added that even if they could, there’s no guarantee the babies could survive the trauma of separation.
“The farmer’s saying he thinks they may lose three-quarters of the babies,” Johnston said. “I think that whoever did this, that should weigh heavy on their conscience.”
Police are continuing their investigation, and they’re asking anyone with information to come forward.
More than 8,000 minks were released in two break-ins last summer in nearby Perth County.
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Contract talks between the Toronto Public Library Board and the union representing more than 2,000 employees are coming down to the wire with a looming strike or lockout deadline as of 12:01 a.m. Monday.
Maureen O’Reilly, president of CUPE Local 4948, said Saturday that city hall has told board negotiators to extract concessions from the union, with no understanding of the impact on the workplace.
“We don’t know why the city is taking such a hard line approach to this round of negotiations,” O’Reilly told supporters at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday afternoon.
“I ask the city of Toronto to support this round of bargaining, let’s get it negotiated so our libraries will be up and running again on Monday.”
A labour disruption would shut down all 100 branches across the city. Bookmobile and home library services would also be halted, as well as phone services, book drops and use of library meeting spaces.
Union negotiators say they will continue to meet past the deadline if there’s any progress. The main sticking points are the high rate of unstable, precarious jobs and employment security, O’Reilly said.
The union has a “very strong” strike mandate and staff aren’t afraid to hit the bricks to fight for what they deserve, she added.
“Library workers (are) not the typical militant group that you expect but they are very, very strong in their resolve to get these issues addressed.”
Library staff walked off the job for 11 days in 2012 to back contract demands for the first time in 35 years.
Vickery Bowles, Toronto’s chief librarian, said in a news release Friday the board is working “to reach a deal that is fair to both parties and Toronto residents, and will work to the strike deadline and beyond if necessary to reach an agreement.”
The city is offering a below-inflation pay hike of 5 per cent over four years and the phasing out of job security provisions except for full-time permanent staff who have 15 years’ seniority by 2019. The union says that would leave 57 per cent of staff vulnerable to layoffs if the city contracts out their work.
The union is asking for pay hikes of 2 per cent per year, noting that city council last year gave rank-and-file police officers raises totalling 8.64 per cent over four years.
Siri Agrell, a Tory spokeswoman, said in an email Friday: “Earlier this year, the city reached agreements with its inside and outside workers that were fair, respectful and sustainable. The mayor is confident an agreement can be reached with library employees that is consistent with this approach.”
Toronto police have arrested one man and identified the victim whose remains were found in a bag behind a butcher shop in the city’s east end earlier this month.
The bag was found on the morning of April 19 behind Charlie’s Meat and Seafood, near Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St. E. An employee called police after a torso and other remains were discovered in the bag.
Police say the torso belongs to 30-year-old Melissa Cooper of Toronto. She was reported missing several weeks ago.
Police also arrested a 38-year-old man in connection with the case Friday.
Albert Ian Ohab, of Toronto, is charged with one count of indignity to a dead body and appeared in court Saturday.
Investigators want anyone who made contact with Cooper or the suspect in the days before Apr. 19 to contact them at 416-808-7400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 (TIPS).
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Library and Archives Canada (LAC), along with the Toronto Public Library and TD Bank Group, is pleased to announce the winners of the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards for 2015 in the English category.
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