Toronto – Images For Canada http://imagesforcanada.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 04:15:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://imagesforcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Toronto – Images For Canada http://imagesforcanada.com/ 32 32 ENLARGED | Top 10 Toronto FC games to watch in 2022 https://imagesforcanada.com/enlarged-top-10-toronto-fc-games-to-watch-in-2022/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 04:15:35 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/enlarged-top-10-toronto-fc-games-to-watch-in-2022/ With the start of the 2022 MLS regular season just six weeks away, it’s time to start preparing for the campaign ahead. Here, in chronological order, are ten of the most anticipated games on the Toronto FC schedule. The TFC will start the season at FC Dallas at the end of February. Bob Bradley’s first […]]]>

With the start of the 2022 MLS regular season just six weeks away, it’s time to start preparing for the campaign ahead.

Here, in chronological order, are ten of the most anticipated games on the Toronto FC schedule.

The TFC will start the season at FC Dallas at the end of February. Bob Bradley’s first game at the helm, opening day is always a special occasion after a long offseason.

Dallas missed the playoffs last season and replaced Luchi Gonzalez, who left in September, with Nico Estevez, an assistant to Gregg Berhalter on both the Columbus Crew and the United States men’s national team. The sale of Ricardo Pepi to German club FC Augsburg will see them short of their most obvious goal threat and it comes in handy to avoid one of the longest drives to the Western Conference while avoiding the summer heat from Texas.

March 5 vs. New York Red Bulls

It will likely be a bit cold on the shores of Lake Ontario, but returning to BMO Field to see the Reds return to the field after a few months away is sure to bring smiles.

It’s been a weird few seasons for TFC when it comes to playing at home.

In 2020, the club played one game before the world turned around and they were forced to end the season in East Hartford, Connecticut. 2021 has been a little better with TFC able to return to Toronto midway through the year after spending the first few months playing “home” in Orlando, Florida.

Hopefully this year the team can enjoy the comforts of home for the entire schedule.

Gerhard Struber’s side were knocked out of the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs in heartbreaking fashion, losing 1-0 in the dying moments of extra time against the Philadelphia Union. They added a few players with MLS experience via trade – Lewis Morgan from Inter Miami CF and Dylan Nealis from Nashville SC – but saw several departures, including captain Sean Davis who left as a free agent for the Tennessee.

April 2 against New York City FC

The first weeks of the season are all about leveling up. The schedule is designed for teams to play just one game a week and with a FIFA international break scheduled for the end of March, Toronto, like most teams, will have played just four games in the first month. of the season.

That changes in April. The visit of defending MLS Cup champions NYCFC marks the first of ten matches over the next two months.

Ronny Deila’s team achieved what so many entertaining teams failed to do before. Victories over Atlanta United, the New England Revolution (in a penalty shootout) and Philadelphia saw NYCFC go through the Eastern Conference class en route to the MLS Cup final. They scored first against Portland, only to be level with virtually the last kick of the game, but were clinical from the penalty spot, winning the shootout 4-2.

May 8 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Vancouver may be a continent and a conference away, but Canadian cousin games in MLS are always a measuring stick. Although games against the Whitecaps are rarer than those against CF Montreal, there is fierce competition whenever these two teams meet.

As interim manager, Vanni Sartini breathed new life into Vancouver at the end of the 2021 season by guiding them to a post-season spot and despite being knocked out by Sporting KC in the first round, he was rewarded with the full-time gig.

Brimming with good talent, both domestic and international youngsters, who have now had a season or two to sample MLS, Vancouver will be looking to take the next steps this season.

This match will be a good warm-up for the intensity TFC will face when they travel to Montreal on July 16 during Rivalry Week.

June 18 at the New York Red Bulls

Not so much for the game itself, this RBNY away game kicks off the meat of the 2022 season. More than half of the 34-game schedule will take place over a three-month period from this date. .

After two FIFA international breaks, Toronto will face the Red Bulls after a two-week break that will see the first four matches of the 2022-23 Concacaf Nations League. Tasty home matches against Atlanta and Columbus will close out the month and six matches in July and August will lead to three more matches in early September before that international window.

18 matches. 54 points. This is where positioning heading into the final playoff push will be won and lost.

July 2 vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Given the history between the two clubs, three MLS Cup final clashes, games against the Sounders always take on added significance.

Add to that this will be the first game that Lorenzo Insigne should be available for and this one is not to be missed.

Brian Schmetzer’s side continued their presence at the top of the Western Conference last season, finishing second, just one point behind the Colorado Rapids, but stumbled in the MLS Cup playoffs, losing a one-sided deal to a Real very defensive. Salt Lake in a shootout after a 0-0 draw.

They also made one of the biggest splashes of the offseason, signing Albert Rusnak from Salt Lake as a Designated Player.

The first-ever game against MLS’s new expansion team falls right in the middle of a busy time of year for the TFC.

Led by Spain head coach Miguel Angel Ramirez, Charlotte used all internal player acquisition mechanisms – trades, free agency and expansion draft – to enrich herself with a variety of MLS experiences like Harrison Afful (Columbus), Jaylin Lindsey (Kansas City), Anton Walkes (Atlanta), Christian Makoun (Miami), Yordy Reyna (DC) and Pablo Sisniega (LAFC) while looking to bolster this group with international signings from Europe and… South America, including Austrian defender Christian Fuchs of Leicester City and Brazilian teenager Vinicius Mello of SC International.

Expansion seasons are always a tough prospect and it remains to be seen how this diverse group will come together. Toronto will face CLTFC twice this year with the return game scheduled for Bank of America Stadium on August 27.

August 31 vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

Greg Vanney’s return to BMO Field, however he came, was always going to be a big moment.

Vanney, who first joined the club as academy manager, took over the managerial reins at the end of the 2014 season and in the seasons that followed helped the club to new heights record, including an MLS Cup victory, a Supporters’ Shield, three Eastern Conference Championships, the Concacaf Champions League final and three Voyageurs Cup titles before returning at the end of the 2020 season.

In his first year with the Galaxy, Vanney’s team narrowly missed out on a playoff berth, being beaten by Salt Lake in the tiebreaker. The departures of key pieces – Jonathan dos Santos and Sebastian Lletget – leave work to be done.

Vanney will bring with him former Red Raheem Edwards, who joined recently, but for now Victor Vazquez, who was so crucial to TFC’s success before joining Vanney in Los Angeles, has had his option turned down and hasn’t not re-signed yet.

September 4 c. CF Montreal

Wilfried Nancy’s side will make their only league visit to BMO Field in early September as the home stretch of the 2022 MLS Cup playoffs begins.

Having assumed the role of manager following the surprise departure of Thierry Henry, Nancy, a longtime assistant coach at Montreal, impressed in his first season, navigating the delicate task of overseeing a Florida-based team for the first half of the campaign. .

A slump in form at a crucial time at the end of the year doomed their hopes of a playoff berth – Montreal finished tenth, two points adrift – but in its second season, under more normal circumstances, Nancy and company will look to build on that momentum. .

And while the departure of Rudy Camacho has left a void in the defense and leadership squad, the acquisition of Canadian prop Alastair Johnston has been a big addition to the backline.

October 9 at the Philadelphia Union

While the goal is to have secured a playoff spot long before that point, this final weekend of the MLS regular season still provides entertainment.

Toronto will close out the season at Jim Curtin’s men in early October – the two will meet at BMO Field on April 16.

A top three team in the Eastern Conference for the past three years, including the 2020 Supporters Shield, Curtin has made the Union one of the most consistent teams in the league. An MLS Cup has proven elusive, but dramatic victories over the Red Bulls (Jacob Glesnes’ last-minute bombshell) and Nashville (in a shootout) saw them advance to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021 where they fell to eventual MLS Cup winners NYCFC.

A largely settled team, Philadelphia have only made one addition so far – Julian Carranza on loan from Inter Miami – although the departures of defender Alvas Powell, veteran presence Aurelien Collin and joker Ilsinho have left some gaps to fill.

A full season of MLS action awaits us and while these ten games have been circled on the schedule, in this league they are not easy games. It all starts at the end of February, leading up to the MLS Cup final set to be played earlier this season on November 5, with the FIFA World Cup starting later that month in Qatar.

The year is coming for Toronto FC and for soccer in Canada. Be excited.

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LILLEY: Quebec’s anti-vax tax should be rejected https://imagesforcanada.com/lilley-quebecs-anti-vax-tax-should-be-rejected/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 00:27:42 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/lilley-quebecs-anti-vax-tax-should-be-rejected/ Breadcrumb Links Columnists Canada Publication date : January 12, 2022 • 53 minutes ago • 3 minutes to read • 9 comments]]>

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Punitive: This was the blunt but precise description of Quebec’s proposal to tax the unvaccinated. The word was used by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Kieran Moore on Wednesday when he explained why he would not recommend Ontario follow Quebec’s lead.

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Ever since federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos proposed making vaccines mandatory last week, provinces have been asked if they would agree to take such a step. The premiers of New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have been open to the idea, but it was Quebec’s François Legault who announced a new policy on Tuesday.

Legault said he wanted a significant penalty for any unvaccinated adults with details to come later.

“Right now, these people represent a very significant burden for our health network. I think it’s normal for the majority of the population to demand that there be a consequence,” Legault said.

Notice his choice of words. For Legault, it’s about punishment, not public health.

“Do you think this is something Ontario should consider? And is there any public health value in a measure like that? a reporter asked Dr. Moore from Ontario to Toronto on Wednesday.

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His answer was clearly no.

“We have never made this recommendation to the government throughout this pandemic. It’s not the one we would suggest. It seems, in my mind, punitive,” Moore said.

He noted that the only public health advice on mandatory vaccines was for nursing homes.

“It was only in the most risky setting that we imposed it, and it was in long-term care facilities where we all realized that the increased mortality rate, the increased risk of ‘Severe outcomes had to be balanced by maximizing vaccination,’” Moore said.

The reason Moore’s rejection of the idea should carry weight is because he’s the medical expert. He was asked if this measure had a public health value and answered no. There are many legal, constitutional and even moral arguments against making vaccines mandatory, but this is one public health expert who says no. He fully supports the vaccination program, but he can see that it is not the way to go.

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Compare that to our prime minister, who repeatedly wavered when questioned before tacitly endorsing Legault’s plan.

“Different jurisdictions make different decisions about how to encourage people to get vaccinated, and as the federal government, we will continue to be there to support them in those decisions and to make sure everyone gets vaccinated. “, Justin Trudeau told a news. conference in Ottawa.

Constitutional experts such as attorney Julius Gray have pointed out that this idea could be a flagrant violation of the constitution. It could also be a violation of the Canada Health Act.

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Fortunately, Premiers Doug Ford in Ontario, Jason Kenney in Alberta and Scott Moe in Saskatchewan have all said no to this concept, which is more about punishment than public health. But the pressure on the provinces to adopt such measures will continue.

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One question that needs to be asked is why any province would follow Quebec’s lead on anything during this pandemic. Quebec has the worst record in the country, no matter how you slice it.

Their death rate per 100,000 population is 140, double that of Ontario, almost double that of Alberta and nearly triple that of British Columbia. The per capita infection rate in Quebec throughout the pandemic is also the highest.

It’s not just because of their horrible first wave. It’s the same now with higher case and death rates.

There are medical reasons for not introducing the anti-vax tax as well as legal and moral reasons. There is also the practical matter that Quebec’s draconian measures have produced the worst results.

The question should not be to follow Quebec. It should be: Why would anyone do it?

blilley@postmedia.com

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Shawn Mendes spotted filming in famous downtown Toronto park https://imagesforcanada.com/shawn-mendes-spotted-filming-in-famous-downtown-toronto-park/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 21:03:04 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/shawn-mendes-spotted-filming-in-famous-downtown-toronto-park/ Shawn Mendes was spotted filming something in a park in downtown Toronto, and fans believe it’s the music video for his new song It’ll Be Okay. Images taken by fans appear to show the idol pop star wandering in a bad mood through Berczy Park and the streets of Toronto while being sprayed with fake […]]]>

Shawn Mendes was spotted filming something in a park in downtown Toronto, and fans believe it’s the music video for his new song It’ll Be Okay.

Images taken by fans appear to show the idol pop star wandering in a bad mood through Berczy Park and the streets of Toronto while being sprayed with fake snow.

In a fan video, it’s clear the park is Berczy when you spot a recognizable mural nearby.

Mendes appears to be wearing a white shirt with dark shoes and a dark suit with a long dark coat over it for the wardrobe in the video.

Local businesses including Pravda Vodka Bar in Wellington can be seen in the background of fan footage.

While some footage was clearly shot during the day, it appears filming mostly took place at night.

Mendes released It’ll Be Okay as a single on December 1, 2021.

The lyrics of the ballad seem to reflect what at the time was the very recent breakup of the Ontario-born singer with his girlfriend Camila Cabello.

It seems likely that the shoot was for a music video for the single, as you can faintly hear the song playing in the background of some footage.

“I AM NOT READY,” someone commented on a music video. “So excited, can’t wait to see it,” another person commented.

One person simply replied to a video with the word “CRIS”.

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LILLEY: Mandatory vaccinations are an affront to Canadian ideals https://imagesforcanada.com/lilley-mandatory-vaccinations-are-an-affront-to-canadian-ideals/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 17:40:43 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/lilley-mandatory-vaccinations-are-an-affront-to-canadian-ideals/ Breadcrumb Links Ontario Chroniclers Canada To commit to a drastic measure such as compulsory vaccinations for a small group of people would be politically dangerous and practically difficult. Author of the article: Brian Lilley Release date : 08 Jan 2022 • 30 minutes ago • 3 minutes to read • 24 comments]]>

To commit to a drastic measure such as compulsory vaccinations for a small group of people would be politically dangerous and practically difficult.

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Since the start of the pandemic, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has gone from being a beloved document to an afterthought.

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Governments of all stripes and at all levels have ignored Charter guarantees for action to defeat COVID-19. And most Canadians have welcomed and embraced the measures.

Now we seem to be poised to do it again with the Trudeau Liberals pushing the provinces to adopt mandatory vaccination policies, not for certain specific jobs or activities, but for the general population.

“I see him coming personally,” Federal Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos said on Friday. “Not now. I don’t think we’re there yet.

It would be difficult for the federal government to impose such a mandate, so Duclos said the federal government wants the provinces and territories to do so.

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“This is a conversation that I believe the provinces and territories, in support of the federal government, will want to have over the next few weeks and months,” he said.

We want the provinces to do the dirty work for us. We want the provinces to violate the Charter guarantees regarding freedom of conscience and religion and the right to life, liberty and security of the person.

This is what a mandatory vaccination policy would do.

I may be triple vaxxed and encourage everyone to get vaccinated, but I don’t want to live in a country where governments can impose medical intervention on a citizen as a condition of life. So far, most terms have been limited to certain jobs or activities, a fact that would likely help them survive a Charter challenge.

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This idea, however, goes beyond saying that a doctor or nurse treating vulnerable people must be vaccinated, it goes beyond restricting movement, it goes far beyond school vaccination requirements, which allow parents to withdraw. It would go against what we have said we believe in as a country and make a mockery of the Charter that Trudeau and the Liberals are wrapping themselves in every moment.

Fines rather than forced inoculation would be the most likely way to achieve this. This is what some European countries are doing. Greece imposes a monthly fine of around $ 144 for people over 60 who are not vaccinated while Austria is considering a fine equivalent to $ 5,000 for people over 50 without a vaccine.

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Some provinces are already saying no.

“The Legislative Assembly of Alberta removed the power of mandatory vaccination from the Public Health Act last year and will not reconsider this decision, period,” Alberta Premier Jason said Friday. Kenney.

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Scott Moe of Saskatchewan also rejected the idea.

“While we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from serious illness, in Saskatchewan it is a personal choice, not a choice imposed by the government,” Moe said.

At this point, neither Ontarian Doug Ford nor Quebecer François Legault have commented on Duclos’ statement.

The idea flies in the face of what Trudeau himself repeatedly said just a few months ago when he promised vaccines to anyone who wanted one, but denied that any warrant would come.

“We are not a country that makes vaccination mandatory,” Trudeau said during an appearance on the Brandon Gonez Show in May 2021, citing people who might oppose it on health or religious grounds during this interview. .

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That was of course before his government did a poll that showed it could gain an advantage by politicizing this issue, channeling the anger of vaccinated Canadians against unvaccinated ones. That is what he did in the last federal election and that is what his government is still doing.

Trudeau tries to use anger and emotions rather than facts, science and data to drive his agenda.

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The truth is, about 90% of all adults in Canada are vaccinated – this is higher for the most-at-risk age groups and vaccine uptake among the least-at-risk age groups. continues to grow. There is also the fact that the hospital crush that is going on right now is mostly made up of vaccinated patients coming in sick and vaccinated staff calling in sick.

To commit to such a drastic measure as compulsory vaccinations for a small group of people would be politically dangerous and practically difficult.

If Canadians believe in the Charter that is meant to be dear to us, we should all reject it.

blilley@postmedia.com

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Toronto market wins as investors embrace energy stocks https://imagesforcanada.com/toronto-market-wins-as-investors-embrace-energy-stocks/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 21:37:00 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/toronto-market-wins-as-investors-embrace-energy-stocks/ The TSX ends up 32.54 points, or 0.15%, at 21,072.02 Energy climbs by 3%; oil settles 2.1% higher 0.8% financial advance Technology extends this week’s decline TORONTO, Jan.6 (Reuters) – The main Canadian stock index rose on Thursday, rebounding from its two-week low the day before, as optimism that the global economic recovery continued to […]]]>
  • The TSX ends up 32.54 points, or 0.15%, at 21,072.02
  • Energy climbs by 3%; oil settles 2.1% higher
  • 0.8% financial advance
  • Technology extends this week’s decline

TORONTO, Jan.6 (Reuters) – The main Canadian stock index rose on Thursday, rebounding from its two-week low the day before, as optimism that the global economic recovery continued to support the outlook for resources and other stocks cyclical.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S & P / TSX Composite Index (.GSPTSE) ended up 32.54 points, or 0.15%, at 21,072.02, after Wednesday’s close was the lowest since December 21.

The gain came as data showed Canadian exports were at an all-time high, helped by the seventh consecutive monthly increase in energy exports. Read more

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“I am optimistic about the resources … global growth is still strong,” said Steve Palmer, founding partner and chief investment officer at AlphaNorth Asset Management.

“If the resources are strong, it’s a good sign that the Canadian market will perform.

Energy, financials and other cyclical sectors, which tend to benefit particularly from a pickup in economic growth, account for over 70% of the Toronto market.

Energy advanced 3%, helped by higher oil prices, while financials finished up 0.8%.

U.S. crude oil futures were up 2.1% to $ 79.46 a barrel, but gold fell more than 1% after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday signaled the possibility of faster-than-expected US interest rate hikes.

The materials group, which includes precious and base metal mining companies and fertilizer companies, lost 2.7%, as technology extended this week’s decline, falling 1.2% .

Some of the tech equity sale this week could be tied for tax planning purposes.

“People waited until the capital gains deferred until 2022, so they refused to sell the winners,” Palmer said.

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University of Toronto students create Pokémon-style science cards – University Affairs https://imagesforcanada.com/university-of-toronto-students-create-pokemon-style-science-cards-university-affairs/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 14:27:57 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/university-of-toronto-students-create-pokemon-style-science-cards-university-affairs/ SciCards showcase unique and extraordinary animals, plants and even molecules. What do a pistol shrimp, a blue dragon sea slug, and a panther chameleon have in common? Each is now the star of its own “SciCard,” a set of science-based collectible cards created by a team of students from the University of Toronto’s Master of […]]]>

SciCards showcase unique and extraordinary animals, plants and even molecules.

What do a pistol shrimp, a blue dragon sea slug, and a panther chameleon have in common?

Each is now the star of its own “SciCard,” a set of science-based collectible cards created by a team of students from the University of Toronto’s Master of Science in Biomedical Communications (BMC) program.

Inspired by the Pokémon collectible cards they grew up with, BMC students Shehryar Saharan and Xingyu (Michie) Wu designed the unique science and art project during the first wave of the COVID-19 lockdown last year. It was a way to connect with peers and faculty, as well as a chance to take what they were learning in their program in an even more creative direction.

Photos provided by Shehryar Saharan and Xingyu (Michie) Wu.

“I have always loved science, and I have always loved art, and I have always hoped to find a career that is a mixture of the two,” says Ms. Wu. When she discovered BMC, it was a proverbial light bulb moment, although she almost literally fell on it in the health sciences complex on the University of Toronto‘s Mississauga campus, while studying for a Bachelor of Science degree.

“There was only one floor dedicated to the BMC program, and you walk in and see this amazing piece of scientific art on all the walls,” she said. “That’s how I found it out, and I was like, ‘Oh wow, this is what I have to do.'”

The idea was simple: Ms. Wu, Mr. Saharan, and seven other students each chose a different part of the natural world (an animal, a plant, or even a molecule) and decided what style they would use to illustrate it. Like Pokémon Cards, which feature stats about each Pokémon, including their unique abilities, SciCards highlight an extraordinary trait for each creature, explaining it in more detail on the reverse side.

Mr. Saharan chose a panther chameleon, which can change color by adjusting the spacing of the reflective crystals in his skin. He drew the chameleon in carbon dust and then inverted the image to create the appearance of night vision.

Meanwhile, Ms. Wu illustrated her sea slug in the style of official Pokémon art, making it a stylized cartoon representation of the animal in its murky underwater habitat.

And just like with Pokémon, each SciCard grants a certain amount of life to the creature. Saharan’s chameleon rolled a 48. Ms. Wu’s Blue Dragon Sea Slug came to 58, thanks to her special ability: He’s got poisoned fingers, “she said,” and if you touch him he’s actually injecting you with poison. “

Seven other students also contributed maps, ranging from pistol shrimp (which can shoot bubbles at high speed) to southern cassowary (a flightless bird with dagger-shaped claws and a dangerous kick).

Ms. Wu and Mr. Saharan plan to include the cards in welcome packages for incoming BMC students and hope they will inspire an annual tradition.

There might also be more practical uses. “We see something like this being really useful in high school or even elementary school classrooms,” Saharan said. “It would be really cool to swap them out, turn them into a game – an interactive way to introduce these concepts to students who are just starting to learn about the animal kingdom. “


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Great Gray Cup crowns exciting and eventful CFL comeback https://imagesforcanada.com/great-gray-cup-crowns-exciting-and-eventful-cfl-comeback/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 03:21:41 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/great-gray-cup-crowns-exciting-and-eventful-cfl-comeback/ Breadcrumb Links Sports Soccer LCF Author of the article: Tim baines • Postmedia Winnipeg Blue Bombers Jackson Jeffcoat, left, and Jermarcus Hardrick wave the Gray Cup in Hamilton. Photo file Content of the article It might have been a bumpy race at times – a season that ended with a thrilling 33-25 overtime win for […]]]>

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It might have been a bumpy race at times – a season that ended with a thrilling 33-25 overtime win for the back-to-back Winnipeg Blue Bombers champions over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats – but in the middle pandemic, the Canadian Football League was back with a bang.

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After a 2020 season that was never canceled after a failed deal to play a shortened season with all of Winnipeg’s teams, the CFL overcame an early-season COVID-19 outbreak in Edmonton and the 12 December was able to put over 26,000 fans in the stands at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons field for the Gray Cup. It was the biggest crowd of all time at the stadium. Remarkable, really.

How did they do it? Ultimately, the timing of the season was excellent – even with the game played three weeks later than originally scheduled due to a late start to the regular season, missing a wave of COVID cases in December, fueled by a new variant.

So let’s look back. Way back. During the extended offseason, there was talk of a twice failed CFL-XFL alliance co-owned by Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). After much speculation, the partnership talks collapsed in early July.

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“It didn’t seem like the right time at the time,” said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie. “They wanted to get into the business in 2023. We have a league that has a long and rich history and a great future ahead of us. We have decided to go our separate ways as friends.

With crowd restrictions in place, the East Division teams played the first two weeks of a season on the road. The schedule has been changed – teams played 12 games (over 14 weeks), instead of the usual 18. It started on August 5, with Hamilton’s visit to Winnipeg.

“Our big concern was whether we weren’t able to do it this year,” said Mark Goudie, president and CEO of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, owner of the Redblacks. “People understand the challenges. Football is tough. Big numbers, lots of trips, short season – it’s a hard thing to hit the road and figure out a bubble and things like that so I think people get the first year. But I was afraid of what would happen if we didn’t resume football this year. After our schedule was released, in less than 24 hours, a thousand people contacted us – people who didn’t have a subscription, looking for tickets. It tells me that there is a pent-up demand for what we have here.

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An August 26 game between Edmonton and Toronto has been postponed – it was played in mid-November – after 13 Elks tested positive for COVID-19 over a five-day period. As the season progressed and, with it, federal government rules that would have prevented players from traveling for meaningful games in December, more and more players got vaccinated. The teams have set a goal of 85 percent. Some teams have gone way above. If travel restrictions remain in place, you won’t see many, if any, unvaccinated players signed for the 2022 season.

There was a change of ownership in BC, with Amar Doman buying the team in mid-August. Doman, an entrepreneur from British Columbia bought the team from the estate of David Braley, who died at the end of 2020.

In a speech on the state of the league during Gray Cup Week, Ambrosie thanked players, organizations and fans.

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“We were in such a hodgepodge, but through it all our fans have stuck with us,” he said. “2021 is a triumph. If you were a cynic and tried to look at this season through the lens of a normal operating environment, you would have all kinds of observations to make on what it was or was not. (To prepare for a season) a lot of our players were stuck with not much more than the jungle gym their kids are playing on in their backyard. They weren’t in their gyms, they couldn’t train with their teammates. Yet our athletes showed up and prepared for a season. Our coaches have prepared our players to play in bizarre and completely abnormal circumstances. If you were a cynic you could say we haven’t had the same kind of season that we normally have. But if you look through the lens of what we’ve all been through and how much our own lives have changed over the past two years, it has been an incredible triumph. “

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The Blue Bombers have once again had a great year. During the regular season, they finished with a league-best record of 11-3. But in the West Division final against Saskatchewan, they were negligent offensively and it nearly cost them the game. They escaped with a 21-17 victory, despite six turnovers. On the east side, the Ticates, who finished second, knocked out the Alouettes in third place before defeating Toronto in first place in a divisional championship game that ended in league embarrassment, with the Argos players and vice-president of player personnel John Murphy were scuffling with fans moments after the end and videos of it circulated widely on social media. Murphy was fired the following week.

How will next year be different? The league has talked about making changes; everything seems to be on the table. There have been discussions about playing with the rules, maybe with the ratio that allows for a good base of Canadian talent. From an outsider’s perspective, it looks like the rules and content should be the least of the league’s worries. The CFL still hasn’t figured out how to market and attract bigger crowds in BC and Toronto. So yes, there is plenty to fix. But there is also a lot to like.

Remember the CFL slogan: Diversity is strength? Bring it back. The diversity. In the field. And with the fans the league is trying to attract.

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Gathering of high schools | Marlington wins at Toronto tournament https://imagesforcanada.com/gathering-of-high-schools-marlington-wins-at-toronto-tournament/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:24:05 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/gathering-of-high-schools-marlington-wins-at-toronto-tournament/ TORONTO – Marlington claimed their second victory in as many days, defeating Shenandoah 54-36 at the Todd Kalivoda Holiday Showcase at Toronto High School. Connor Evanich scored 22 points and picked up seven rebounds to lead Marlington (7-1), who beat Indian Valley 65-42 at the Showcase on Wednesday. Evanich has 40 points in the two […]]]>

TORONTO – Marlington claimed their second victory in as many days, defeating Shenandoah 54-36 at the Todd Kalivoda Holiday Showcase at Toronto High School.

Connor Evanich scored 22 points and picked up seven rebounds to lead Marlington (7-1), who beat Indian Valley 65-42 at the Showcase on Wednesday. Evanich has 40 points in the two wins. Tommy Skelding had nine points and 10 rebounds on Thursday, while Drew Denham added seven assists for the Dukes.

Canton Sud 50, Minerva 43

MINERVA – Cam Haut scored 13 points and Tyler Karovic added 11 as the Wildcats won on the road in the EBC game.

South (6-3, 2-1), who managed a three-game slide, took a 40-28 lead after three quarters.

Connor Shingleton led Minerva (2-5, 1-3) with 15 points. Brandon Davis scored 13.

Heartland Christian 55, Saint Thomas Aquinas 53

Deshaun Leishman scored 15 points and Moses O’Neal added 13 as the Knights suffered a narrow loss Thursday night. Jonathan Bertovich led Heartland with 19 points.

Girls

Saint Thomas Aquinas 57, Southington Chalker 31

SOUTHINGTON – Jo Smith recorded a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double as the Knights claimed a road victory.

Avery Bussey added 14 points and Paris Everett 12 for Aquinas (4-6). Leading 37-23 after three quarters, the Knights outscored Chalker 20-8 in the fourth quarter to win on the outside.

This article originally appeared on The Alliance Review: Boys and Girls Basketball Review of December 30


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Embiid scores 36 points as Philadelphia 76ers beat Toronto Raptors 114-109 https://imagesforcanada.com/embiid-scores-36-points-as-philadelphia-76ers-beat-toronto-raptors-114-109/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 04:41:15 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/embiid-scores-36-points-as-philadelphia-76ers-beat-toronto-raptors-114-109/ TORONTO – Before the understaffed Toronto Raptors spoke out against Philadelphia on Tuesday, coach Nick Nurse sat down with Chris Boucher. The nurse told Boucher about “giving a few pounds” to Sixers big man Joel Embiid. TORONTO – Before the understaffed Toronto Raptors spoke out against Philadelphia on Tuesday, coach Nick Nurse sat down with […]]]>

TORONTO – Before the understaffed Toronto Raptors spoke out against Philadelphia on Tuesday, coach Nick Nurse sat down with Chris Boucher. The nurse told Boucher about “giving a few pounds” to Sixers big man Joel Embiid.

TORONTO – Before the understaffed Toronto Raptors spoke out against Philadelphia on Tuesday, coach Nick Nurse sat down with Chris Boucher.

The nurse told Boucher about “giving a few pounds” to Sixers big man Joel Embiid. (At 200 pounds, Boucher weighs almost 80 pounds less than Embiid).

The nurse told him “do your best”.

The understaffed Raptors lost a 114-109 decision to the 76ers on Tuesday, and the loss marred a strong performance for Boucher, who had a season-high 28 points, including five from three points. and tied his career high with 19 rebounds.

“The most important thing was that he was up for the challenge,” Nurse said of the Montreal native. “He was ready to fight them and I thought he had hurt them.”

Joel Embiid had 36 points and 11 rebounds while Tobias Harris achieved his first career triple-double – 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists – for Philadelphia (18-16).

“Oh man, he’s a big guy, I’m not gonna lie,” Boucher said of defending Embiid. “But I think he improved me a lot today.”

Pascal Siakam had 28 points in his first game in two weeks, while Gary Trent Jr. finished with 19 points and Yuta Watanabe added 10 for Toronto (14-17).

The Raptors played with a patchwork lineup that included four hardship signers. One of them was DJ Wilson, who only cleared COVID-19 protocols in time to join the team at halftime.

“They fought, they fought really hard,” Nurse said.

Toronto trailed for most of the night, but never in double digits until the fourth quarter. Down 85-81 to start the fourth, the Raptors’ shot turned cold – they missed seven of their first nine shots – and Georges Niang’s three-point shot capped a 10-2 run that allowed the Sixers to take 11 points.

The Raptors rallied, and Boucher’s three-point shot brought Toronto down to three points with 3:42 left.

Trent followed a short jumper with a three-point pointer to give Toronto a 107-106 lead with 1:41 left to the delight of the 6,960 fans at Scotiabank Arena.

Embiid’s basket gave the Sixers a lead with 51 seconds left, and Harris made four free throws down the home stretch to seal the win for Philadelphia.

COVID-19 has hit the NBA in the past two weeks as cases climb amid the new Omicron variant, and the Raptors have been among the hardest hit.

Siakam, Trent and Malachi Flynn cleared protocols just in time to play on Tuesday after being among 10 players who missed Sunday’s 144-99 rout in Cleveland. Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Isaac Bonga and Justin Champagnie remain in health and safety protocols.

“It has been difficult,” Siakam said, during his second fight with COVID-19. “But this time it was a little lighter. This first time (last spring) was just a lot and I felt really sick and my body was losing a lot of weight, and just uncomfortable. This time around, j felt like I was cold, I was being honest. “

Precious Achiuwa and Khem Birch also crossed protocol but were suspended for a return to competitive conditioning, while Dalano Banton was sidelined with a bruised knee.

Nurse had said ahead of the game that he planned to monitor the minutes of his three returnees, saying the lone players couldn’t do much more than the Zoom workouts.

But Siakam and Trent both played almost 42 minutes each.

“I feel like I’m tired all the time,” Siakam said.

Nurse said the Raptors, who have seen three games postponed due to COVID-19, could finally train on Wednesday for the first time in more than a week.

“I guess we’re not going to get much out of these two guys in training, but it’ll be nice to probably have other guys in as well,” he said.

VanVleet is expected to be one of the out-of-protocol players on Wednesday.

The low-season crowd came after the Ontario government’s recent decision to cut licensed capacity to 50 percent for large events. Concessions have been closed and fans could be kicked out for not wearing their masks.

Siakam led the way with 14 points in a first quarter that saw the Raptors lead for much of the first five minutes before leading 27-24 to end the period.

A long jumper from Seth Curry gave the Sixers eight points at the end of the second quarter. He hit a three with 3.2 seconds left to send the 76ers to the halftime break with a 55-48 lead.

Svi Mykhailiuk’s three-point shot with 1:39 left in the third quarter capped a 13-2 run for the Raptors that put them ahead by two.

The match kicked off a four-game homestand. The Raptors host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 28, 2021.

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Kevin Love Darius Garland Cleveland Cavaliers rout Toronto Raptors https://imagesforcanada.com/kevin-love-darius-garland-cleveland-cavaliers-rout-toronto-raptors/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 01:48:21 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/kevin-love-darius-garland-cleveland-cavaliers-rout-toronto-raptors/ CLEVELAND (AP) – Kevin Love and Darius Garland scored 22 points each, and the Cleveland Cavaliers tied their franchise record with 46 points in the third quarter in a 144-99 rout against the COVID-19 exhausted Toronto Raptors Sunday night. Lauri Markkanen added 20 points and Garland had eight assists for Cleveland, who led by 47 […]]]>

CLEVELAND (AP) – Kevin Love and Darius Garland scored 22 points each, and the Cleveland Cavaliers tied their franchise record with 46 points in the third quarter in a 144-99 rout against the COVID-19 exhausted Toronto Raptors Sunday night.

Lauri Markkanen added 20 points and Garland had eight assists for Cleveland, who led by 47 points twice in the bottom of the fourth. The Cavaliers won their fifth in a row at home and made 22 3-pointers in a team-record 52 attempts.

Yuta Watanabe posted a career high of 26 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto, and Chris Boucher scored 21 points. The Raptors have 10 players in NBA health and safety protocols, including top scorer Fred VanVleet, rookie Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam.

The Raptors’ eight-player active roster – including four struggling signers – had never been together until they had a brief practice on the main court at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse before the game. DJ Wilson had 15 points and eight rebounds on his team debut.

Toronto’s previous two games were postponed when he couldn’t muster the required eight players. Boucher, Watanabe, Svi Mykhailiuk, and Dalano Banton were the only Raptors survivors on their team from before the outbreak.

It was Cleveland’s biggest margin of victory of the season and the first time Toronto has lost more than 17 points in 2021-22. The Cavaliers have collected 39 assists, two fewer than the NBA this season.

Denzel Valentine had 17 points and nine rebounds, Dean Wade had 17 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 points and six assists for Cleveland. Love caught nine boards and Tacko Fall scored three points and seven rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench.

Rookie Evan Mobley and center Jarrett Allen were among the Seven Cavaliers sidelined due to security protocols. Cleveland has the fifth-best Eastern Conference record at 20-13.

ADVICE

Raptors: G Gary Trent Jr., F Precious Achiuwa, F OG Anunoby, C Khem Birch, F Isaac Bonga, F Justin Champagnie and G Malachi Flynn are also in the health and safety protocols. … G Goran Dragic (personal reasons) and G David Johnson (left calf strain) were officially active, but unavailable. … F DJ Wilson, F Juwan Morgan, C Daniel Oturu and G Tremont Waters are on a 10 day contract via list exceptions.

Cavaliers: G Isaac Okoro missed his third straight game while working on his conditioning after being kicked out of safety protocols. … F Cedi Osman was added to the protocols earlier today, joining C Ed Davis, G RJ Nembhard, G Lamar Stevens and F Dylan Windler. … Cleveland leads the East and ranks third in the NBA with 15 double-digit wins. The Cavaliers’ last 11 victories have been at least 10 points.

CHRISTMAS GIFT

Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff, who was promoted to the position on February 19, 2020, signed a multi-year contract extension on Saturday morning. The son of longtime NBA coach and current Cleveland senior adviser Bernie Bickerstaff has taken over a team in disarray following John Beilein’s resignation. “If you look at our roster, we’ve got guys locked in here for a long time,” said Bickerstaff, who is 47-69 with the Cavaliers. “Now with this coaching team we are also locked in for a long time. “

FOLLOWING

Raptors: Host Philadelphia Tuesday night.

Cavaliers: Visit New Orleans Tuesday night.

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