TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard’s likeness looks down from some 10 storeys high over Yonge-Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto. Arms crossed. Serious face. The tagline reads: “Fun Guy.” Leonard looks anything but. And that’s the appeal.  Credit New Balance for capitalizing on what began as an inadvertently funny line from Leonard at his introductory news conference in Toronto, followed by his oddball laugh. […]

TORONTO — Gordon Lightfoot didn’t need much convincing when filmmakers approached him about a documentary on his prolific music career. The iconic Canadian folk singer-songwriter figured their timing probably couldn’t be any better. “I’m still walking around,” the 80-year-old performer says matter of factly, with a smirk, as he sits between the two documentarians in his Toronto living room. “So let’s […]

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says immigration is a significant reason why Canada’s technology sector has been thriving. The prime minister was the first keynote speaker at a technology conference in Toronto. This is the first time the event, called Collision, is being held in Canada and organizers are calling it North America’s fastest growing technology […]

TORONTO — The Blue Jays had little chance against the Boston Red Sox on Victoria Day, especially with the way the World Series champions have performed lately. Subtracting rookie sensation Vladimir Guerrero Jr., from Toronto’s lineup didn’t help either. Boston belted four home runs and 16 hits in a dominant 12-2 win at Rogers Centre on Monday […]

TORONTO — Pascal Siakam carefully stepped down off the press conference podium on Monday, resting a hand on a Raptors staff member for support. Kyle Lowry spoke to reporters with his injured left hand stuffed in his blue compression oven mitt glove. Kawhi Leonard wasn’t made available to the media at all. A day after they clawed out a 118-112 victory over Milwaukee in double […]

TORONTO — Marc Gasol threw himself on his sword after the Raptors’ lopsided Game 2 loss in Milwaukee, offering the kind of mea culpa that is all too rare today. “I played really bad and that set the tone,” he said. Game 3 proved to be redemption for the Spanish big man, helping the Raptors pull […]

OTTAWA — The Liberal government’s overhaul of the patronage system has led to gender parity in government appointments, but new figures show few of those women are in leadership posts and visible minorities are being left out. Documents from the Privy Council Office obtained through the access-to-information law, show that as of last year, 55.5 per […]

TORONTO — Veteran Atiba Hutchinson and teenager Alphonso Davies highlight Canada’s preliminary 40-man roster for this summer’s Gold Cup. CONCACAF, the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, released the extended rosters Monday for the 16-team continental championship that runs June 15 to July 7. The final 23-player squads will be announced the first […]

TORONTO — Boys in poor urban areas around the world are suffering even more than girls from violence, abuse and neglect, groundbreaking international research published on Monday suggests. The study in the Journal of Adolescent Health, along with similar new research, suggests an adequate focus on helping boys is critical to achieving gender equality in the […]

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canadian tariffs on U.S. bourbon, playing cards and licorice have officially been lifted. The tariffs targeting products to have political impact in the states of prominent Republican lawmakers were retaliation for the steel and aluminum tariffs President Donald Trump imposed on Canada almost a year ago. Canada and […]

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