By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Tues., May 7, 2019 Several of the Little Thing because my mind is basically mush and it’s a bit easier this way. - For some reason, one of the screens where I was sitting yesterday afternoon had on the ceremony where Tiger Woods was presented with the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and I was kind of drawn to it. And really, truly, fully dismayed by it. Look, I don’t have any skin in the game and it’s not my country and I can’t remember the last Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient I gave a rat’s patoot about but for some reason this one caught my eye. Article Continued Below Look, I have no dispute about what Tiger Woods is as athlete. He is one of the greatest to ever play his sport. To recover from multiple back surgeries and rehabs and knee surgeries and win as he did in Augusta is one of the truly amazing stories of this year. Kudos to him for perseverance, for not letting the … [Read more...] about Is Woods an unworthy recipient of a great honour?
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By Merran Smith Opinion Dan Woynillowicz Thu., May 2, 2019 Electric cars will take over roads in Canada and around the world. This is not simply the opinion of environmentalists, but a reality echoed by most analysts and automakers. It’s why Volkswagen is betting everything on a fast-approaching electric future. It’s why Ford just dropped a cool $500 million into electric truck startup Rivian with an eye toward electrifying its F-series (the bestselling trucks in Canada). And it’s why there’s a combined US$300 billion being invested by 29 global automakers into electric vehicles. Here in Canada, sales of new electric vehicles nearly doubled last year. In Norway, there were more electric cars sold than gas ones last month. One of the more pessimistic outlooks for electric cars, courtesy of ExxonMobil, sees the number of electric cars growing from two million to around 160 million in just 20 years. But perhaps, more than any factoid, what … [Read more...] about Will Conservative climate plan embrace electric cars?
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Thu., May 2, 2019 Sometimes, the nonsense gets to be so much you’ve just got to say something. Happened yesterday with the latest on “There’s A Job Open, Masai Must Want It” front and some silly story/tweet about him and the Washington Wizards and, egads!, he might leave! I don’t know if it’s a lazy work or simple extrapolation or basic Toronto insecurity that creates this stuff and maybe yesterday was about the last straw but, please, stop with this senseless nonsense. And don’t worry. I know people who know people who know people and that may sound far removed but, trust me, it isn’t. Article Continued Below Masai’s not going anywhere. He’s got two years left – at least – on his deal, he loves Toronto, he’s got a great job in what he sees as a great organization and a ton of unfinished business here. This is the gist of the 15 minutes of actual … [Read more...] about Another day, another Masai thing to debunk
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?