One win. That’s all Alaska needs to turn things around in its 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup title joust with Magnolia, according to the Aces' Mike Harris. Alaska is down 2-0 in the season-ending, best-of-7 title series and Harris believes it’s time for his team to get down to work. "We can't get down on ourselves. I'm not down on myself. I've been in this before. I like the situation. This is a pressure situation," Harris said in an article posted on the PBA website. Harris has struggled against the Hotshots. Far from being the best import candidate, Harris has averaged 21.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 6.0 turnovers per game in the finals. READ: Magnolia rallies to edge Alaska, gain 2-0 lead in finals The whole team has been affected by the turnovers, too. The Aces averaged 25.5 turnovers in their first two games of the finals. "Getting 25, 26 turnovers, I think that's the prime story of the first two games of the series," Alaska coach Alex Compton said. "If … [Read more...] about News PBA: Can’t feel defeated, says Mike Harris as Alaska mired in 0-2 hole
MANILA, Philippines—Magnolia's Romeo Travis and Alaska's Mike Harris were quick to play down their individual matchup, as both teams gear up for their best-of-7 series in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Travis and Harris, both leading candidates for Best Import honors, are expected to lead their teams in the championship series. But both reinforcements immediately shot down the notion that their match-up will highlight the series, which marks the first time that the two franchises will face off for the title since 2010. Game 1 of the best-of-7 finals is on December 5 at Mall of Asia Arena. "To me, this isn't about Mike or Romeo," said Harris, who averaged 29.8 points and 21.7 rebounds per game in the elimination round in powering the Aces to an 8-3 win-loss record. "I know people always talk about that, they always talk about the Best Import and all that stuff, but no one person in this team is gonna be more valuable than the other." Travis, who played for Alaska … [Read more...] about News PBA: Romeo Travis, Mike Harris downplay personal matchup in finals
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Thu., Aug. 2, 2018 Premier Doug Ford is declaring war on the poor. This is not a new idea. The last Ontario premier to explicitly take this tack was Mike Harris. Harris’s welfare cuts may have been mean-spirited. But politically they were so successful that his Liberal successors were reluctant to reverse them. Ford’s cutbacks have started small. This week, Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod announced that the government is cutting a scheduled 3 per cent welfare rate increase in half. For those on basic welfare, known as Ontario Works, that translates into a maximum loss of about $11 a month. Those eligible for the province’s Ontario Disability Support Program will lose up to about $17 per month. In total, almost a million Ontarians are on the province’s welfare rolls. Article Continued Below The government is also putting on hold measures that would have allowed welfare recipients … [Read more...] about Doug Ford is channelling his inner Mike Harris
By Patrick Ho Toronto Star Thu., June 7, 2018 A look at high-profile winners and losers in the 2018 Ontario election: For up-to-the-minute results, visit the Star's Ontario election page WINNERS Christine Elliott (PC, Newmarket-Aurora) — The veteran politician who lost her bid for the PC party leadership to Doug Ford easily won in a battle with Liberal incumbent Chris Ballard, who was named environmental minister last year, and Melissa Williams (NDP). Mike Harris Jr. (PC, Kitchener-Conestoga) — The son of the former Ontario premier beat Kelly Dick (NDP) and Joe Gowing (Liberals) after a controversial start. The Ford campaign wanted to find a seat for Harris Jr., whose father’s fundraising efforts were critical for a party nearly broke after an expensive leadership campaign. Harris was appointed to be the PC candidate in Kitchener-Conestoga after sitting MPP Michael Harris (no relation) was dismissed over an alleged inappropriate text … [Read more...] about Major winners in Ontario election include Christine Elliott, Mike Harris Jr., Gurratan Singh
By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Fri., May 18, 2018 Former prime minister Stephen Harper is injecting himself into the Ontario election campaign, the Star has learned. Harper will speak on May 28 at a private $1,222-a-head Toronto fundraiser, hosted by former premier Mike Harris for his son Mike Harris, Jr., who is running for the Progressive Conservatives in Kitchener-Conestoga. The 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. event will be held at the exclusive Albany Club on King St. E. and the ticket price is the maximum annual provincial political contribution allowed. Harris, Jr., who was personally appointed as the Tory candidate by PC Leader Doug Ford on April 21, will not be in attendance because it is illegal under Ontario law for candidates to participate in fundraisers. Ford anointed him as a candidate, despite the fact the younger Harris lost a nomination battle to Dan Weber in the neighbouring riding of Waterloo just two weeks earlier. Article Continued Below … [Read more...] about Stephen Harper to speak at PC fundraiser for Mike Harris, Jr.