Monthly Archives: April 2013

‘You never know until you try’: Why Tim Tebow could end up in the CFL

National Post | Sports

As a test of strength, players would throw a football at the speakers suspended high above the field at McMahon Stadium, in Calgary. The precise measurements were never known, but they might as well have been throwing at a mountaintop. Success was rare.

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Michael Bishop, who once spent time ahead of Tom Brady on the New England Patriots’ depth chart, was playing for the Toronto Argonauts. Bishop had massive hands, thick and meaty palms, and arm strength that many suspected was of extraterrestrial origin.

He hit the speakers.

“Michael’s arm strength is comparable to very few who have ever played the game,” long-time Canadian Football League executive Eric Tillman told a reporter a few years ago. “John Elway and Brett Favre, in their prime, are the only two who come to mind.”

Only Bishop, even with all…

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Amanda Cupido: Female reporters absolutely belong in the male dressing room

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[np_storybar title=”Matt Gurney: Don Cherry’s discomfort is old fashioned, but not sexist” link=””]For a Leaf fan such as myself, Saturday night’s game between the Leafs and the Canadiens proved all kinds of disappointing. I almost welcomed the distraction provided by Don Cherry’s first-intermission Coach’s Corner segment, during which the old-school hockey guru told co-host Ron McLean that he didn’t believe that female reporters should go into the dressing room of male players.

“I don’t believe — and I really believe this — I don’t believe women should be allowed in the male dressing room,” Cherry said, to the comically evident discomfort of McLean. “I — now, wait a minute — I remember the first time it happened to me. Guys are walking around naked and I hear this woman’s voice and I turn around and there’s a woman, and she’s asking me about the power play, and I say let’s…

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Matt Gurney: Don Cherry’s discomfort is old fashioned, but not sexist

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[np_storybar title=”Amanda Cupido: Female reporters absolutely belong in the male dressing room” link=””]Hey, Don Cherry – thanks for your concern, but I’m actually doing just fine.

I’m a sports reporter for Newstalk 1010, a Toronto radio station that covers all of the local pro sports teams. I myself mainly cover the Leafs and Toronto FC. When I’m assigned to a home game, I’m often the only female reporter there. When the game is over, I head into the dressing room for the post-game interviews and reactions, just like all the other reporters.

And that is apparently a problem for Don Cherry. Last Saturday night, during the Coach’s Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada, he said, “I don’t believe women should be in the male dressing room.”


For a Leaf fan such as myself, Saturday night’s game between the Leafs and the Canadiens proved all kinds of disappointing. I…

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Jonathan Kay: China’s ruthless foreign policy is changing the world in dangerous ways

National Post | Full Comment

Are we witnessing the end of the “American age”? It depends whom you ask. But one thing is certain: Thanks to the near-bankruptcy of the American welfare state, Washington is losing both the means and desire to project power across the world. Inevitably, nations with deeper pockets — China, most notably — will fill the void.

This process already is underway in many parts of the world. That includes large swathes of Central Asia, where Beijing’s billions are beginning to revolutionize regional infrastructure and alliances — in dazzling but potentially dangerous ways.

Analyzing Beijing’s foreign policy is a relatively simple exercise. That’s because, unlike the United States and other Western nations, China doesn’t even pretend to operate on any other principle except naked self-interest.

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On one hand, China has courted Israel as a partner in developing Mediterranean gas fields — but it also has been happy to do…

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Matt Gurney: Latest home invasion case to test Canada’s self-defence laws

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Last week, in the Toronto suburb of Markham, an incident occurred that has left one man in hospital and two facing charges. Details are sparse, but it is reported that two brothers encountered three men trying to force their way into the garage of their home in the middle of the night. An altercation ensued, and two of the three would-be intruders fled. The other wound up in critical condition. Police arrested the brothers. Alexandru and Marius Truta, have been charged with aggravated assault. It is not clear at this time who phoned the police to alert them of the incident.

If the Truta brothers were indeed defending their home, however, it’s far from clear that such charges will stick. Indeed, using force to drive off intruders attempting to enter your home (or the home of someone you are helping to defend) is perfectly legal. The case will hinge on…

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Ontario Tories move non-confidence motion for minority Liberals over cancelled gas plants

National Post | News

TORONTO — Ontario’s Liberals “bought the last election,” the Progressive Conservatives charged Monday as they introduced a non-confidence motion for the minority government over cancelled gas plants, knowing it has little chance of coming to a vote.

It’s clear the Liberals knew they were in trouble before the 2011 election and decided that cancelling planned gas-fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga would help them stay in power, said PC house leader Jim Wilson.

“Since when is spending hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars to save the Liberal party of Ontario seats not a corrupt measure? Where I come from that’s called buying elections,” said Wilson.

“They bought the last election. They knew they were losing by a few seats so they bought a handful of seats. My constituents call that corruption.”

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The Tory non-confidence motion was, in part, aimed at embarrassing the New Democrats, who have…

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Ontario judge tosses gun charges against 13-year-old over improper strip search

National Post | News

A 13-year-old boy who allegedly brought a gun and ammunition to his Toronto elementary school won’t face a trial after a judge ruled he was improperly strip-searched at the police station.

Ontario Court Judge David Cole stayed the gun possession and assault charges against the boy because he found his charter rights were violated, but not without some stern words for both the boy and Toronto police.

There is a “decade-long history” of strip searches by Toronto Police Service officers sometimes being found unconstitutional, Judge Cole said, citing other decisions.

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“With all due respect to the TPS (and perhaps also to the Police Services Board), it seems to me clear that unless the admittedly rather draconian remedy of a stay of proceedings is not imposed, ‘state misconduct is likely…

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Andrew Coyne: CRTC regulators seem to be confused what century it is

National Post | Full Comment

The most talked about show on American television this year isn’t on television. House of Cards, a $100-million political thriller (based on the British show of the same name) does not appear in any network’s schedule, has never been broadcast, yet has been seen by millions of people — streamed over the Internet to Netflix’s 30 million U.S. subscribers, at any time and in any configuration (one, some, or all 13 episodes at once) that suits them.

Netflix is hardly alone in this space. Hulu, Amazon, AOL, Crackle, plus dozens of smaller startups are all busily ramping up the range and quality of online content they provide, hoping to emulate Netflix’s success. There is, indeed, something of a gold rush on for content online. Yahoo has just bought Saturday Night Live’s entire back catalogue. YouTube now offers full-length feature films alongside its traditional repertoire of skateboarding dogs.


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John Ivison: Trudeau’s Liberals will likely be unable to resist matching Tories income-splitting pledge

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A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul, remarked George Bernard Shaw.

Conversely, a government that lets Peter keep as much of his hard-earned cash as possible should be able to count on his vote.

That was Stephen Harper’s winning calculation in 2006 when he cut the GST and handed out a $1,200 a year childcare allowance.

And we already know that it will be central to his strategy in the 2015 general election, where all three major parties will be scrapping to win the support of the Dodge Caravan-driving Peters, Pengs and Paramvirs in the suburbs.

The Conservatives said in the last election that they would allow income splitting for families with children under 18, so that the income tax system recognizes total family household income, instead of a each individual’s income. The public gives politicians about five seconds before they’re…

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Agency withdraws casting call for CBC show that specified ‘any race except Caucasian’

National Post | News

A casting call to hire a new CBC host that specifically said white people need not apply has been withdrawn, with the casting agent offering apologies for the mistake.

The original ad for the host of a children’s show, posted on the casting agency’s website under a CBC logo and on Craigslist, said: “Please only submit [an audition tape] if you match the following criteria: Male between the ages of 23-35 years; Any race except Caucasian.”

A new version of the ad removes the race reference, but maintains the sex and age restrictions and that applicants “must be able to carry a tune,” “ability to dance or move well is a bonus,” and should be “not afraid to show a silly side,” among others.

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If you’re here to find instructions regarding a self tape audition submission for the male Kids’ CBC…

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