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Canada’s unknown basketball ‘hotbed’

Imad Qahwash, camp director and founder of the Tri Cities Top 40 Camp, addresses his players last summer.

Posted: May 22 2015 | 11:05 pm
KITCHENER – If you wanted to put a top camp into one of the country’s best basketball markets, this one might not come to mind right away. Imad Qahwash’s unwavering belief in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge areas however has led him to create the Tri-Cities Top 40 Camp – an event specifically designed to […]


Basketball league of fierce competitors who remain friends

Posted: Apr 29 2015 | 4:06 pm
It’s 8 o’clock on a Sunday night. Two teams appear to be in mortal combat at a high school gym in Courtice, Ont. The teams are merely distinguished by their green or blue jerseys, but that doesn’t mean these men play lightly. The players scream at each other, as well as the referees. Every ref […]


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Canada’s unknown basketball ‘hotbed’

Imad Qahwash, camp director and founder of the Tri Cities Top 40 Camp, addresses his players last summer.

Posted: May 22 2015 | 11:05 pm
KITCHENER – If you wanted to put a top camp into one of the country’s best basketball markets, this one might not come to mind right away. Imad Qahwash’s unwavering belief in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge areas however has led him to create the Tri-Cities Top 40 Camp – an event specifically designed to […]


Pro lacrosse players not playing for big paycheques

Toronto Rock defender Rob Marshall

Posted: Apr 27 2015 | 3:51 pm
Rob Marshall slings his equipment bag into the back of his pickup truck. School and work are behind him. Marshall then picks up his good friend and teammate Kasey Beirnes. After a quick stop at a local Tim Hortons, the pair is back on the road to the Air Canada Centre, in Toronto. “If one of us has a long day at work we can catch a catnap on the way down,” Marshall said.


Hockey players who compete for fun of the game

Posted: Apr 27 2015 | 3:38 pm
he Kings trail 5-4 with just over four minutes to play, when two quick goals in two minutes gave them a 6-5 lead. With 25 seconds remaining in the third period, David Donnelly moves into the faceoff circle; he’s determined to maintain the lead. After a save by the Kings’ goaltender, Donnelly leads a three-on-two break and tucks away an insurance goal with seven seconds left. “It feels good when we work together as a team,” said Donnelly, 51, who has been named the captain of the team since being acquired by the Kings, last November.


Arts & Life

New babysitting app for parents

Posted: May 11 2015 | 3:33 pm
"DateNight connects parents with local babysitters. We have a process where babysitters register and they go through a screening process and if they get through the process, then they are added to our babysitting roster. And parents register with DateNight, looking for a babysitter."


Features

Leaside Garden Society welcomes native plant planter

Posted: May 11 2015 | 3:17 pm
There is no biodiversity without these plants. Insects need them to pollinate or they will disappear. And without insects, small critters such as birds and squirrels might start disappearing. So he strongly encourages planting native in your own garden to help mitigate the broad environmental damage that's already been done in the 21st century city.


Dog walking: Not as easy as it looks

Posted: Apr 29 2015 | 3:48 pm
Lindsay Warburton grasps seven leashes in her clenched fists. The dogs are pulling wildly, urging her to speed up. Suddenly, one dog stops abruptly to do his business on the city lawn. A man rushes out of his house and yells at her and the dog. “Sorry, I won’t come on your lawn again,” she says and pulls the dogs to continue their walk.


Special Reports

Bring on the Summer: Toronto’s Hottest Music Festivals

Bring on the Summer: Toronto’s Hottest Music Festivals

Posted: May 20 2015 | 4:49 pm
What event? Riot Fest When is it happening? September 19-20 Where is it? Downsview Park What’s it sound like? Punk, hardcore, metal and rock How much does it cost? Tickets are not currently up for sale. Early Bird tickets were available through the Riot Fest website. The two packages included the following: 2-day general admission as well as […]


No snow tires on TTC buses: Riders at risk?

Posted: Mar 2 2015 | 3:28 am
Imagine being on your way somewhere and the TTC bus you’re in is not moving, because it can’t get up the hill in the snow. That is exactly what happened to many passengers on Monday February 2, when at least one bus on York Mills Road east of Yonge Street was struggling to get up the hill, due to the 22 centimetres of snow that walloped Southern Ontario overnight Sunday and into the morning commute. The TTC buses do not use snow tires.


Opinion

Nothing flattering about this imitation

Posted: Apr 9 2015 | 12:21 pm
Now Ishika knew she couldn’t change her natural brown skin tone, or her dark eyes — and she was pretty sure that her mother would never let her dye her hair. So she decided to change her body. Not a good choice.


Change is brewing

Posted: Apr 9 2015 | 11:44 am
Some wineries already have kiosks in grocery stores that are able to sell bottles of their red and white, so why shouldn’t breweries get the benefit of a more liberalized environment?


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