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The 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge – December Roundup (Sticky Post— Scroll down for most recent post)

Posted December 31, 2014 by John Mutford




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Quantum physics theory is easier to understand than you think

Posted December 22, 2014 by Jon Fingas

Wrapping your head around quantum physics is tricky, no matter how well-educated you are — if it were easy, there wouldn’t be problems making quantum computers. However, researchers at the National University of Singapore believe they’ve found a way…

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Alberta

Reader’s Diary #1106- James Folk: Untitled

Posted December 22, 2014 by John Mutford

 Today’s short story comes from a writer’s group out of Red Deer, Alberta who, exactly four years ago, got together to socialize and spend ten minutes on writing a flash fiction story with the opening prompt, “The noise from above was quite irrita…

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North Korea threatens strikes against White House and ‘U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism’

Posted December 22, 2014 by The Province - News

North Korea warned that any U.S. punishment over the hacking attack on Sony would lead to damage ‘thousands of times greater,’ with targets including the Pentagon

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North Korea threatens strikes against White House and ‘U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism’

Posted December 22, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

North Korea warned that any U.S. punishment over the hacking attack on Sony would lead to damage ‘thousands of times greater,’ with targets including the Pentagon

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Russell Wilson leads Seahawks past Cardinals

Posted December 22, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

The Seattle Seahawks sure look like Super Bowl material again after dominating Arizona with a stifling defence and dynamic offence.

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Calgary

Alberta Diary: Never mind the Mudville Nine: Nothing has changed, nothing ever will, that is all!

Posted December 22, 2014 by David Climenhaga

“Your health. Our promise.” It’s March 1, 2013, and then-premier Alison Redford announces plans to build a new cancer treatment facility in Calgary to replace the grubby and overcrowded Tom Baker Cancer Centre. (Photo grabbed from Metro Newspapers.) But that was then. This is now. Below: Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel; the Tom Baker facility …Continue Reading…

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The Problem With Saying ‘We Don’t Care, As Long as Our Baby’s Healthy’

Posted December 22, 2014 by Anonymous

The message is loud and clear: When “health” is everything you allow yourself to care about, you might not find your child satisfactory if they were “unhealthy.” Come on, that’s messed up!

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Reader Tips

Posted December 22, 2014 by cittern9@gmail.com

Tonight, as if anyone needed the help, Eddie Lawrence puts us in That Holiday Spirit. The comments are open, as always, for your Reader Tips….

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Scariest thing about Kim Jong-un: North Korean leader is power-hungry — not crazy

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

For years, the world of showbiz has been playing North Korea, and the Kim dynasty, in particular, for laughs. Since the Sony hack, the Supreme Leader isn’t so funny

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Cowichan Conversations: Plummeting oil prices, petrol-state club. rapidly declining Canadian dollar, house sales could decline,

Posted December 21, 2014 by Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Well here we are just a few days from Christmas and as you may have noticed my time for writing has been curtailed. While this is good news on several fronts the events that affect us have not slowed as is demonstrated …

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Girl’s ‘surreal’ death by TTC bus stuns family

Posted December 21, 2014 by Anonymous

Family and friends of Scarborough teen Amaria Diljohn expressed disbelief at her death during a candlelight vigil Sunday evening, even as many questions about the fatal bus collision remain unanswered.

“This is surreal to me that somebody actually did this,” said Dominique Fraser, Amaria’s aunt, between sobs. “Her family loves her. We miss her dearly.”

Amaria, 14, was struck by a TTC bus on Dec. 19 while crossing the Neilson Rd. from east to west at around 5:40 p.m. Friday; the 133 Neilson bus had been driving northbound on Neilson Rd. at the time and was turning right onto Finch Ave. East.

Amaria died at the scene, just steps from her home, where she lived with her mother Crystal. At that same intersection on Sunday — bearing pink balloons, stuffed animals and candles lined up in the shape of a heart — around 200 people, including Amaria’s parents and classmates, gathered.

Amaria’s grandmother, Denise Thompson, said Saturday she was tormented by thoughts of her granddaughter’s final moments.

“Was she crying? Was she calling for help?” But she said the results of the investigation will do little to ease the family’s grief.

“If they charge whoever, if they don’t charge whoever, it’s still not going to bring her back. I would give anything to get her back.”

The incident is being investigated by Toronto police as a hit and run. As of Sunday, the bus driver, a 27-year-old male who turned himself in, had not been charged.

A number of questions remain, including the driver’s identity, why he didn’t stop, whether or not Amaria was a passenger on the bus, whether or not any witnesses saw the teen get hit and who reported the crash.

Speaking at the vigil, Amaria’s father Maurice Fraser said he was waiting on the investigation to provide answers.

“I know that the right things will be done,” he said, thanking the community for its support.

The crowd, which broke into a rendition of “Amazing Grace” followed by “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” recalled a bright, bubbly girl who made friends easily.

“She didn’t deserve this,” said Jolene Howell, 14, who says she cried for hours when she heard the news. “She was a good person.”

Howell and a number of other students from Woburn Collegiate Institute signed photographs of Amaria with messages of love. A freshman at Woburn, Amaria was trying her hand at many school activities, from band to sports.

Both the TTC and the transit union, Amalgamated Transit Workers, Local 113, have put out statements indicating their full cooperation with the investigation.

“The bus has been identified and video from the bus downloaded to aid the investigation,” said the TTC.

Ward 42 Coun. Raymond Cho told vigil attendees Amaria’s death was “unfair.”

“We don’t have enough vocabulary to express our sadness,” he said, also passing along Mayor John Tory’s condolences.

On Saturday, Amaria’s mother, Crystal, told the Star, she couldn’t comprehend why the bus driver didn’t stop.

“I don’t understand how you run over somebody and don’t feel that,” she said.

A Star report in July found that TTC vehicles have been involved in 18,000 collisions since 2009 — nearly 5,000 of them preventable, in the eyes of transit commission investigators.

With files from Peter Edwards

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‘It was a death we thought was unjust:’ Vigil commemorates man shot dead by Vancouver police

Posted December 21, 2014 by The Province - News

A man killed in a police-involved shooting in East Vancouver was remembered by friends and family at a vigil Sunday as “harmless” and a “nice guy.” About 80 people lit candles and held white carnations in honour of Phuong Na (Tony) Du, who was shot shortly before 5 p.m. on Nov. 22 after police received calls about a man waving a two-by-four near Knight Street and 41st Avenue.

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Crowd gathers at Vancouver intersection to remember man killed by police

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

Supporters gathered at the corner of Knight Street and East 41st Avenue late Sunday afternoon to remember Phuong Na (Tony) Du and bring attention to the circumstances of the 51-year-old man’s death a month ago.

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How would you change Acer’s Iconia W3 tablet?

Posted December 21, 2014 by Daniel Cooper

If you want to judge a gadget on its true strengths, stick several in a room full of Engadget editors and see which one they swarm around. For that alone, Acer’s Iconia W3 was a winner as soon as the eight-inch full-Windows tablet arrived in the offi…

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Grand theft baby: Thief unwittingly took running, unlocked SUV with infant inside

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

Man flags down a passerby to call 911 after dumping stolen vehicle with baby inside.

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A Puff of Absurdity: The Newsroom: On Journalism, the Environment, and Sexism

Posted December 21, 2014 by Marie Snyder

I just finished watching the final season of The Newsroom as it appears catching up on shows is becoming a personal tradition on the first day of any holiday.  It was a cringe-worthy six hours with a few redeeming story-lines.  Here be ton o’ SPOILERS including the fact that it ends with a wedding, a funeral, …Continue Reading…

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Team Canada downs Sweden in world junior tuneup

Posted December 21, 2014 by Anonymous

OTTAWA—Canada got goals from five different skaters en route to a 5-2 victory over Sweden in world junior hockey exhibition play on Sunday.

Max Domi, Josh Morrissey, Anthony Duclair, Shea Theodore and Sam Reinhart scored for Canada, while Eric Comrie made 17 saves.

Gustav Forsling and Leafs first-round pick William Nylander replied for Sweden, which got a 28-save performance from Samuel Ward.

This was Canada’s first game since finalizing its roster for the world junior championship. The tournament gets underway Dec. 26, with Canada taking on Slovakia in Montreal.

It was also Team Canada star Connor McDavid’s first game since he suffered a broken bone in his right hand on Nov. 11, and Curtis Lazar’s first game since being freed up by the Ottawa Senators.

The duo played with Nick Ritchie and while they didn’t score, they created a number of solid scoring chances.

The trio of Domi, Duclair and Reinhart continue to display chemistry and was once again dangerous around the net. They combined for six points, including three goals.

Leading 3-1 after two periods, Canada extended its lead on Theodore’s goal at the six-minute mark of the third. Theodore picked up his own rebound and beat Ward to the glove side.

Reinhart rounded out his line’s scoring as he picked up a power-play goal midway through the period, beating Ward to the short side under the arm.

Nylander, who plays in Sweden’s top league, made it 5-2 when he beat Comrie on a penalty shot late in the third period.

After a strong start, Canada didn’t have a great second period, registering just three shots on goal.

Sweden made it a 2-1 game early in the second on Forsling’s power-play goal, but Canada regained its two-goal lead on a marker by Duclair, on loan from the New York Rangers.

Canada opened the scoring with a power-play goal two minutes into the first period as Domi banged home a rebound at the side of the net. Morrissey made it 2-0 midway through the period with a shot from the point.

Canada plays its final exhibition game on Tuesday against Switzerland.

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Leafs blanked by Blackhawks in road trip opener

Posted December 21, 2014 by Kevin McGran - Sports reporter

CHICAGO—It was the winter solstice, the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere.

For the Maple Leafs, the darkness could last even longer.

The Blackhawks beat the Maple Leafs 4-0 on Sunday night, their third loss in a row in the opener of a seven-game road trip.

“Mentally, it weighs on you,” said Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul. “A loss doesn’t feel good. It’s going to be on your mind.”

They’ve been outscored 15-5 in the last three games, tied their longest losing streak of the season and look like a shadow of the team that was rolling just a week ago. There’s one game left before the Christmas break, in Dallas on Tuesday, to staunch the bleeding.

“There is going to be good runs and bad runs throughout the year,” said centre Tyler Bozak. “We’ve got a chance to stop this bad one before the Christmas break and set ourselves up to be in a good spot come Christmas.”

The best Leaf was James Reimer, making his third start and fourth appearance in seven games as Jonathan Bernier’s play has slipped. Reimer was on his game early, turning aside shots he had no business stopping. But a goalie can’t do it all himself and his teammates looked bewildered most of the night.

The Hawks, meanwhile, swarmed and were rewarded with goals by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the third period to put the game out of each.

“They’re a really good team, played together a long time,” Lupul said of the Blackhawks. “They’re a better team than us right now. We’re striving to get to their level. It’s a work in progress.

“They’re going to make good plays coming out of their zone. They’re going to execute. We’ve seen them do it for years in the playoffs. We can learn from playing teams like that when they’re on top of their game.”

Both the Leafs and Hawks were playing the second game of back-to-backs, with Chicago having dropped an overtime decision in Columbus on Saturday. The Blackhawks were on a 10-1-1 run — but playing with heavy hearts. Just before the game, it was announced that assistant equipment manager Clint Reif had died. The cause of death was not announced. A moment of silence was observed before the anthems.

“A lot of people — the guys in this locker or anyone else, other athletes — have lost someone close to them and have to find ways to get their minds together and go out there and play as a team,” said Toews. “ We’re definitely playing with heavy hearts out there. . . . The fact that we went out there and played the way we did, I think we dedicated that one to our good friend Clint.”

Once the puck was dropped, the Leafs look like a team in disarray. Leafs coach Randy Carlyle did some line juggling in search of some offensive magic, without success.

“When we’re winning, the lines usually stay the same,” said Bozak. “When we’re not playing our best, there is going to be changes. Try to find a spark in certain areas.”

Before the game, Carlyle talked about the Leafs’ woes, especially turnovers.

“We’re going to create an analytic stat that every time we turn the puck over at the offensive blueline, how much longer do we play in the defensive zone,” said Carlyle. “It’s an interesting stat. We’re going to be hard and fast with our players, to show them what’s happening when we do that.”

The second period was scoreless, but Jake Gardiner had the best scoring chance for Toronto, hitting the post.

It was the openers of a seven-game road trip, one the Leafs hope will bring them together.

“There is that element of it,” said Carlyle. “The holiday season poses another issue, when everyone else is out being merry in the Christmas season, being festive. We have to go to work. It’s natural for your mind to float into different areas, knowing there’s a three-day break coming, that you had to do your Christmas shopping. Those are little distractions you have to overcome this time of the season.

“That’s all part of life. We have to continue to focus on what’s important to us.”

Working in the Leafs’ favour perhaps is the fact that the three-day Christmas break is in the middle of the trip. After Tuesday’s game in Dallas, they’ll head home for the break.

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Calgary photographer captures apparent fireball over Mount Rundle

Posted December 21, 2014 by The Province - News

Calgary photographer Brett Abernethy captured what appears to be a brilliant fireball streaking across the night sky in Banff early Monday.

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Honey, I Finished The Internet

Posted December 21, 2014 by kate@smalldeadanimals.com

It came from the deep. The very, very deep….

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Series of strong earthquakes rattle B.C. and edges of the Pacific plate

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

A series of five strong earthquakes rattled coastal B.C. this weekend, starting just a few hours before five more — including a magnitude 6.6 quake — hit Indonesia. The B.C. quakes measured from 4.0 to 5.1 in magnitude and were centred offshore between Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island, about 200 kilometres southwest of Bella Bella, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Tsawwassen teen’s cancer fundraiser copied by online scammers

Posted December 21, 2014 by The Province - News

Police are warning the public that scammers are creating fake online fundraising sites claiming to raise money for a Tsawwassen teen suffering from cancer. A YouCaring fundraising page was created in November to raise $250,000 for an experimental treat…

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How Frank Dale, Peel Region’s new chair, voted himself into the job

Posted December 21, 2014 by Anonymous

The loser in the race for Peel Region chair is crying foul after the winner voted for himself, essentially breaking a tie.

“It is completely unfair,” said John Sanderson, who ran against Frank Dale for the region’s top job. “The vote was stacked against me. I could not cast a vote for myself, so why should he?”

In Peel Region, the new chair is selected by the 24 regional councillors. Anyone can run for the job but only councillors can vote. Sanderson couldn’t vote for himself because he is not a member of council. Now he argues Dale was in a conflict of interest because the Mississauga regional councillor voted to give himself the chair’s job which this year came with a salary of $184,898.

It’s an unusual occurrence, but the vote appears to be allowed by the provincial Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The act requires politicians to withdraw from a vote if he or she stands to benefit financially from the outcome, but it also leaves room for exceptions. Dale was allowed to vote under one such exception.

Now the Peel vote has some observers calling for changes to the provincial law. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is already working on a review of the act, following inquiries involving former mayors Hazel McCallion and Rob Ford that highlighted other flaws in the nearly 40-year-old legislation.

“The act is hard to understand,” says St. Catharines-based lawyer Monique Atherton, who specializes in municipal law. “It should be written in a way that’s easy to understand.”

For 23 years, until his retirement this year, Emil Kolb served as the regional chair in Peel, winning the post through a vote by regional councillors. But Kolb was never elected to council and so could never vote for himself.

Previous votes have used secret ballots, but this year a publicly recorded open vote was conducted.

Regional councillors met on Dec. 4 to decide on Kolb’s replacement, and Dale, who had just won his ninth term as a Mississauga city and regional councillor, was in the running for the job.

Through three rounds of balloting, Dale cast his vote for himself, with rivals eliminated after each round. In the fourth round, he tied with Sanderson — 12 votes each. If Dale had not voted for himself, he would have lost. Instead, he won in the fifth and final round, a tiebreaker, in which he again voted for himself.

Overall, the conflict of interest act denies a sitting politician the right to vote on an issue if the politician or a family member stands to benefit financially. But a clause within the act does allow council members to be eligible for election or appointment to fill positions in council, even if they have a pecuniary interest.

Despite what she calls a “clear pecuniary interest” in this case, Atherton believes it was OK for Dale to vote for himself: “I think there are arguments to be made on both sides, but as the act stands, I don’t see a violation.”

Curiously, before voting began, a conflict was declared by Mississauga Councillor Matt Mahoney, whose father Steve was seeking the chair’s position. Mahoney said he didn’t vote, on the advice of the region’s clerk.

“She said that I or the region could be open to backlash or recourse if I did not declare a conflict. So I declared a conflict, on her advice.”

Under the act, Mahoney would have been in a conflict because his father would benefit from his vote. There is no exception for this.

The region’s clerk, Kathryn Lockyer, stated through a spokesperson that information was provided to anyone who asked about possible conflicts relating to the vote for the regional chair.

Like Atherton, Lockyer said a clause in the conflict act allows council members to vote for themselves.

“She’s saying she told Mahoney not to vote because it was obvious there was a conflict,” Sanderson said of Lockyer. “Well, Frank had an even bigger conflict. I was dumbfounded when he voted for himself.”

In a statement emailed last Monday, Dale said the rules related to appointment of the regional chair are set by the province. “In regions where the appointment of the regional chair is made by members of the council, the practice has been, and continues to be one where members are permitted to cast a vote for any nominee including themselves.”

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing said the act states that “members of council are required to disclose, with some exceptions, pecuniary (financial) interests that they may have in matters that come before council at a meeting.”

The ministry statement said it was up to Dale to determine if he had a financial interest and remove himself from the vote. Anyone who feels he should not have voted would need to go to court to press the point, the statement said.

“If there was an application, it would be up to the courts to decide whether Mr. Dale had a pecuniary interest and whether he violated the act in voting on it,” the ministry stated.

Dale will make considerably more money as the regional chair than simply as a Mississauga councillor. According to the 2014 pay scale he will earn $184,898, including $14,528 that the chair gets for sitting on the Peel Police Services Board. As a Mississauga councillor, his pay in 2013 was $133,039, which included $51,425 for sitting on Peel Region Council.

On retirement, part of Dale’s eventual pension payments will also be based on his highest five years of salary from the region.

Meanwhile, his decision to take the chair’s seat will cost Mississauga taxpayers as much as $500,000 for a byelection to fill the vacated Ward 4 seat he won in October. Dale could also be eligible for up to 12 months’ severance pay from the City of Mississauga for his time on council.

Sanderson doesn’t see the logic of Dale being allowed to vote for himself, and he is considering his options. He does not want go to court and says he may instead first approach the region and council about a possible re-vote.

“This has nothing to do with Frank; he’s a good guy. It’s about accountability. Peel is trying to bring in better accountability,” Sanderson said. “It has to start with the top. You can’t have questions about how the head of the region got his job.”

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Bail date set for accused in elderly couple’s murder

Posted December 21, 2014 by Anonymous

Bail date set for accused in elderly couple’s murder

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Christie Blatchford: Magnotta jurors likely baffled by too much ‘expert’ testimony

Posted December 21, 2014 by Christie Blatchford

The jurors saw damning evidence, but heard from so many experts about how to interpret it they may have lost the ability to trust their own eyes

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NYPD officers turn their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying he has blood of two dead cops on his hands

Posted December 21, 2014 by The Province - News

The union’s disdain for the Mayor apparently stems from remarks he made about telling his son, Dante, who is black, to be careful dealing with police

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The Big Picture: Monitoring the brains of online game addicts

Posted December 21, 2014 by Jon Fingas

Online game addiction is a real problem, and some countries are willing to take drastic measures to get these players living a healthier lifestyle. Need proof? Just look up. Photographer Fernando Moleres recently visited an internet gaming rehab camp…

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Ismaaiyl Brinsley told two pedestrians ‘watch what I’m going to do’ before he shot two NYPD patrolmen

Posted December 21, 2014 by The Province - News

The New York Police Department says a gunman told two passers-by to “watch what I’m going to do” before he fatally shot two officers in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner

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New York gunman told two pedestrians ‘watch what I’m going to do’ before he shot two NYPD patrolmen

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

The New York Police Department says a gunman told two passers-by to “watch what I’m going to do” before he fatally shot two officers in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner

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‘Madame Butterfly’ displaced with removal of Vancouver bus shelter

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

To her Chinatown neighbours, the homeless woman was known as Madame Butterfly or cocoon. Her nicknames evolved because she never offered anyone her real one and referred to the elaborate structure she erected every evening in an old, wooden bus shelter…

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Knicks’ freefall wears down Jose Calderon

Posted December 21, 2014 by Doug Smith - Sports Reporter

The voice was quiet, the usual enthusiasm muted: no smiles, no laughs, nothing.

The consistent losing is beating Jose Calderon down.

“Nobody can be happy or feel comfortable in this situation,” Calderon said after his New York Knicks lost another one on Sunday, 118-108 to the Raptors.

“It is very frustrating.”

The Knicks are among the very worst teams in the NBA today, a dreadful 5-25 (the most losses of any team in the league), and there seems to be no brightness in the future.

Their best player, Carmelo Anthony, is playing through constant knee discomfort and who knows if he’ll have to shut himself down at some point.

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J.R. Smith and Amar’e Stoudemire are both hurt, Andrea Bargnani hasn’t played a second this season, and the rest of the roster is dotted with marginal talent.

A rookie head coach and a rookie general manager are trying to install an offence that relies on high basketball IQs and reading and reacting; it’s as if the Knicks, in that regard, are a bit illiterate and under sedation.

And watching Calderon — a master at running a high screen-and-roll offence — have to work with the likes of Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith, Sam Dalembert and Quincy Acy is to see a shell of the point guard who’s won world championships and Olympic medals. It’s eating at him. Hard.

Now in his 10th NBA season, he knows one of his roles has to be as a leader to a team that needs it, but he can’t do it alone.

“I can help, but at the end of the day we’ve got to help each other out there,” he said. “It’s not about just talking. It’s not about doing the stuff. It’s finishing games. It’s playing 48 (minutes).

“Yeah, we are playing against really good teams and we’re missing maybe four or five really important guys. but it’s no excuse. Other teams have got guys out, too.

“There is not a lot I can say. It’s out there.”

Sunday’s loss dampened any kind of enthusiasm Calderon may have had for a return to the scene of some of his top NBA moments. The Raptors decided as an organization not to pay any video tribute to him as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations — as they have with a handful of other ex-players — preferring to wait at least until the Knicks come back to Toronto in late March. Calderon was afforded a rousing ovation when he was introduced with the New York starters, but that was the highlight of his day.

He did finish with 15 points and 10 assists, but it was hardly an impactful performance. He left the game after committing a foul to stop the clock with about 90 seconds to go, to no discernible reaction.

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Delta police halt promotion of campaign supporting officer charged with murder

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

The Delta Police Department will end its online promotion of a bracelet campaign supporting an officer charged with murder, after questions were raised about possible bias. The department plans to immediately remove items on its website and social medi…

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Calgary photographer captures apparent fireball over Mount Rundle

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

Calgary photographer Brett Abernethy captured what appears to be a brilliant fireball streaking across the night sky in Banff early Monday.

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Surrey store staff, patrons come to aid of three-year-old boy struck in face and abandoned at bus stop

Posted December 21, 2014 by The Province - News

Police are crediting kind Surrey strangers for rescuing and attempting to identify a three-year-old boy who was struck in the face and then abandoned at a bus stop. RCMP said several people called 911 around 11 a.m. on Saturday to report they had seen …

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Earthquakes off B.C. coast likely not linked to tremors that hit Indonesia

Posted December 21, 2014 by The Province - News

A series of five strong earthquakes rattled coastal B.C. this weekend, starting just a few hours before five more, including a magnitude 6.6 quake, hit Indonesia. The B.C. quakes measured from 4.0 to 5.1 in magnitude and were centred offshore between H…

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Canucks’ Jannik Hansen OK after scare at bench; expected to play against Coyotes

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

After a frightening incident Saturday night, one in which Vancouver Canuck winger Jannik Hansen collapsed at the players’ bench unable to catch his breathe, all appeared well Sunday. The 28-year-old Dane spent the night in hospital, was checked for heart issues and released Sunday. He is expected to play Monday when the Canucks take on the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Arena.

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Happy Holidays

Posted December 21, 2014 by Scott Tribe

I thought we’d holiday up the page a bit for the.. uh.. holidays! Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas/Happy New Year to all of our affiliates and readers! Scott

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Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England on anniversary of civil partnership

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

LONDON – Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.

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Cam Cole: On second thought, curling got short shrift at Sochi Olympics

Posted December 21, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - News

No year of sports writing ever ends without regrets, and topping my 2014 list — even ahead of being elsewhere when GM Mike Gillis and coach John Tortorella were jettisoned by the Vancouver Canucks, and Jim Benning and Willie Desjardins hired to repla…

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