Articles by John Morta

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The 2016 World Cup of Hockey: From the fans’ point of view

The World Cup of Hockey 2016 tournament garnered mixed reviews and inconsistent attendance. Some fans enjoyed themselves at the free viewing parties outside the Air Canada Centre, while some within the hockey community, including amateur players who might be expected to feel a deeper connection to the event, were lukewarm.

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Chief Mark Saunders thanks Q&A participants

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders wants to have the “best police force in the world” and engaged the public on social media to help make it happen.

On Wednesday, Saunders hosted a live Q&A on Twitter from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and responded to 16 questions from Torontonians via video. Residents asked about police de-escalation training, officers carrying naloxone kits and community engagement.

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Toronto Police Chief to host first Twitter Q&A

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders is making history. At 4 p.m., he’s hosting a live Q&A session on Twitter in an effort to reach out to communities that feel like they don’t have a voice in the city. This marks the first time a Canadian police chief will partner with Twitter Canada for such an event.

New kid on the broadcasting block

Station manager Jacky Tuinstra Harrison and program director Elissa Matthews are programming CJRU accordingly, with shows like “Neighbourly News” — highlights from the pages of the East York Observer newspaper. That newscast airs for the final time this season on Wednesday morning, May 11, at 10:10. Students anchor the newscast, just like they prepare the stories and pages of the hard-copy edition of the newspaper. Although this Wednesday’s show is the season-ender, both it and the newsprint edition of the East York Observer will ramp up again in the fall, after the students’ summer vacation.

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Ford’s legacy

We perceived a change in Mr. Ford toward the end of his life. And it was hard for even those opposed to his mayoralty to not feel sadness at his passing last week. Losing someone to cancer, after all, is something that most of us can relate to. Maybe all of this helps to explain the suddenly soft tone of news media coverage toward Mr. Ford, and the outpouring of sympathy at what seems like a state funeral this week.