Maxime Bernier

The new face of Canadian populism

The Vue convention centre is not in Georgia or Tennessee. It’s in Etobicoke, and the politician the crowd of 900 was coming to support was Maxime Bernier, the founder and leader of the People’s Party of Canada.

GTA family fights rising costs of minor hockey

Every autumn, the Elbe family of Etobicoke goes hunting for deals on hockey equipment. The Elbes’ main stop is the “Big 60” event at National Sports Centre. It’s a 60-hour sale every November. The family never misses it. Brian and Lucy Elbe wade through the aisles with their two sons: Gabriel, 12, and Matthew, 9. Gabriel grabs a shiny green hockey stick off the shelf. “I want this one,” he says. “I like the colour!” His father checks the price tag: $299.99. “Me too!” Matthew shouts, unknowingly asking his father for an additional $300. “You guys aren’t getting those,” Brian Elbe says, handing the boys two other sticks to try. They grudgingly accept and it’s on to the next item. “You try and spend reasonably. … For an 11-year-old or 9-year-old, the top brand or the middle, it makes no difference.”

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Hockey dad wants parents shut out of kids’ locker room

Syd Oliveira is a father and minor hockey league coach. These days, neither is an easy job. Oliveira recalls one incident in which a parent didn’t like the fact that he (Oliveira) had benched his son for playing to aggressively. “In one game, he yelled at me (using a) racial slur; it was very disturbing,” Oliveira said. “He was removed from the association and minor hockey for two years.”

Doug Ford launches mayoral campaign

Doug Ford kicked off his mayoral campaign by going door to door on Saturday. The current city councillor officially began his mayoral race by canvassing at his home ward of Etobicoke North three days after his brother Rob Ford was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.