By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., March 3, 2019 All right, folks. You more than made up for a less-than-stellar turnout a week ago to fill this mailbag to almost capacity. A nice variety of Raptors-specific questions with other sports and other issues and I quite like that so thank you. It’s long but it’s a 6 p.m. game tonight so you’ve got all day to digest; there’ll be a cutdown version in the pages of Mother Star tomorrow and a couple added to the end of the Monday newsletter so it really is a triple threat you’ve contributed to. And when you’re reading, think of me loafing for most of the afternoon before I conjure up the homemade lasagna that’s gonna carry me through the game and likely tomorrow’s dinner, too. Article Continued Below - Q: Doug, We all know about Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s potential, particularly as a hitter. However, the huge elephant-in-the-room question when talking about him is … [Read more...] about A jam-packed mailbag with all kinds of goodies in it
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Fri., March 1, 2019 Political Blind Date’s second season kicked off Feb. 14 on TVO. In the latest episode, P.E.I. Liberal MP Wayne Easter (Malpeque) and deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt (MP for Milton) went back and forth over federal tax policies. Here’s the dating debrief: What was your first impression of your date? Wayne Easter: I first didn’t really have a clue what I was getting into but thought it might be fun because Lisa and I can have some great political fights but respect each other. Lisa Raitt: I’ve known Wayne for years but have never spent time with him. I was glad we were meeting in such a friendly place. Article Continued Below Was there a moment when you thought, what have I got myself into? W.E.: Yes. When they wired up my truck and I thought I will have to be careful not to swear. L.R.: Yes, when I learned that Wayne would be driving us around in his truck. What facts or viewpoints had you not considered/heard … [Read more...] about On their ‘blind date,’ a Liberal and a Conservative took on taxes — and things got fiscal
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 The Auston Matthews contract should have been cause for a celebration. Instead it was a rare misstep by GM Kyle Dubas and president Brendan Shanahan. Not because it was a bad deal. To me, it’s a great deal. A terrific, cap-friendly number that gives the Leafs cost-certainty on one of their two most important players and gives Matthews a shot at free agency at age 26. Totally fair. The Leafs have five years to win the Cup with this core. If they haven’t, by then maybe it would be time for everyone – Dubas included — to move on. Don’t let them get old together without a championship. No, it was a mis-step because Mitch Marner wasn’t there beside Matthews. Signing the two at the same time should have been a gimme. Didn’t happen. So When Matthews signed, the story changed instantly to: “What about Marner?” It’s hard to imagine this team — and its … [Read more...] about MAILBAG: Matthews signed, now it’s ‘What about Marner?’
By Natalie Paddon The Hamilton Spectator Thu., Jan. 24, 2019 She can't stop fidgeting, strapped into the airplane seat. At 26, she does her best to look composed, despite the sweat on her brow. She's smiling, talking, shifting back and forth to get comfortable. Maybe she'll order a sandwich. Normally, she'd be drunk by now, but it was early this morning when they checked out of the resort — too early to pound back 10 drinks as usual — and she wants to be sober to face what's about to happen. Article Continued Below The tension is unbearable. This flight from St. Lucia feels so long — even worse than when she travelled to Indonesia a few years ago for a eight-week internship after she graduated university. All she wants to do is get off the aircraft in Toronto and get this over with. The Jig is Up It's 9:40 p.m. on July 4, 2015. She feels so obvious. Her eyes dart back and forth as she shuffles through Pearson airport and pulls down … [Read more...] about A Hamilton woman’s journey from St. Lucia to prison
By Steve Johnson Chicago Tribune Thu., Jan. 17, 2019 CHICAGO—For almost two decades, allegations of sexual abuse of women and girls by singer R. Kelly have been part of the public record. So why did it take a TV show, this month’s Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, to finally draw widespread public attention to the behaviour of the fading R&B superstar? “Time’s up for R. Kelly,” says the R&B star John Legend in the film, pointedly using the name of the powerful anti-sexual harassment movement. Lady Gaga, Céline Dion and Chance the Rapper have joined recently in the condemnation and ended access to tunes recorded with Kelly. Referring to 2015’s “Somewhere in Paradise,” Chance says in the series — some of which will be re-airing this weekend on Slice — that “making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake.” But celebrity shunning is the least of the problems for Kelly, the … [Read more...] about Why did it take TV to turn the tide against R. Kelly?