By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Tues., April 30, 2019 News flash: If the Raptors shoot 27 per cent from three-point range and 36.3 per cent overall from the field in the next game, they will lose it, too. Doesn’t matter who plays, who starts, who comes off the bench, who does what. That kind of shooting loses games. And it really was more about Toronto missing shots than any wondrous defensive effort by the Sixers. Sure, the matchup changes momentarily befuddled the Toronto offence but the number of open shots that just didn’t go in was the story of the night. So analyze all you want, they shoot like that, they won’t emerge victorious. Here’s the thing, though: I don’t imagine they will so channel that angst and anger you feel to something important, like the crappy weather or the number of high schools cancelling important classes because of reduced staffing levels. Article Continued Below But there were some things … [Read more...] about More a case of the Raptors losing Game 2 than the Sixers winning
By The Canadian Press Tues., April 30, 2019 HALIFAX—Canada’s new $10 bill featuring Nova Scotia human rights icon Viola Desmond has been named banknote of the year. The bill, which also features a map of Halifax’s historic north end as well as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, was honoured in a vote by the International Bank Note Society. The society says in a news release that the Desmond bill was a favourite of its voting membership right from the start. The purple polymer bill was the first vertically oriented banknote issued in Canada. Desmond is the first Black person — and the first non-royal woman — on a regularly circulating Canadian banknote. Article Continued Below The bill marks a growing recognition of Desmond’s refusal to leave the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre on Nov. 8, 1946 — nearly a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama … [Read more...] about Canada’s Viola Desmond $10 bill named international banknote of the year
By Perrin Grauer Star Vancouver Mon., April 29, 2019 VANCOUVER—Online hatred is fuelling a rise in anti-Semitism that saw a record-breaking number of Jewish Canadians harassed and assaulted in 2018, according to a new report from B’nai Brith Canada. Western Canada, in particular, saw anti-Semitic incidents skyrocket last year. The number of incidents in British Columbia more than doubled to 374 from 165 in 2017, just behind Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which together had a 142.6 per cent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2018 compared to 2017, to 131 from 54. “We are experiencing a disturbing new normal when it comes to anti-Semitism in this country, with expressions of anti-Jewish hatred surfacing in regions that are typically less prone to such prejudices,” said Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada. British Columbia had the third highest total number of anti-Semitic incidents behind Quebec, with 709, and … [Read more...] about Record number of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada fuelled by online hate: B’nai Brith
By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Mon., April 29, 2019 OTTAWA—How to visit a disaster zone without a creating a public relations disaster? It’s a question politicians juggle with each wildfire, flood and tornado strike. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was reminded of the perils of such visits Saturday when he visited an Ottawa neighbourhood hit by record floodwaters and got berated by one volunteer who accused him of tying up relief efforts. “You know how long you’ve held up people picking up bags?” the volunteer said to the prime minister. “While you’re here, no one can pick up sand. You held people up. All your RCMP and security held people up,” he said. Trudeau replied that he understood his frustrations with security, but said he was happy to speak with those on site and hopefully encourage others to volunteer. The prime minister had been briefed on emergency efforts to help homeowners and had spent time … [Read more...] about Did Trudeau help or hinder flood-relief efforts in an Ottawa neighbourhood?
WINNIPEG: An expanding list of Canadian farm exports is hitting obstacles at Chinese ports, leaving sellers of soybeans, peas and pork scrambling amid a bitter diplomatic dispute.China has already blocked Canadian canola from Richardson International and Viterra, two of Canada's biggest farm exporters, saying that shipments had pests. Other China-bound canola cargoes have been cancelled, forcing exporters to re-sell elsewhere at discount.Canadian politicians have said the concerns are baseless, and noted that China detained two Canadians after Canada arrested an executive of Chinese telecom company Huawei Technologies in December at the United States' request. China has used non-tariff barriers before during diplomatic tensions, most recently against Australian coal.Now traders say Canadian soybeans and peas face unusual obstacles. Ottawa also warned last week that China was holding up pork shipments over paperwork issues.Increasing tensions with China, a top buyer for most Canadian … [Read more...] about Canadian farm exports run into Chinese wall amid diplomatic dispute