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Friday, Nov 30

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Generosity of all stripes helps Proudfoot Corner deliver

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Mike Duggan — “the oldest Level 5 referee in the country” — has been helping put smiles on kids’ faces at Christmas through the Star Santa Claus Fund for so long, he’s lost count.

Bruce Arthur: Reuben Foster claim par for discourse in Washington

Sure, Washington’s NFL team looks cynical, opportunistic and morally bankrupt for making the only claim after the 49ers released Foster, following a domestic-violence arrest. But when you spend a decade defending a racist name — and when…

Damien Cox: Grey Cup ratings nosedive isn’t CFL’s biggest problem

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Off the field, television aside, the challenges are complex and the main question remains: How can the CFL grow? Damien Cox lays out the situation.

51 pilot whales die in another mass stranding in New Zealand

The incident comes less than one week after two previous, unrelated strandings.

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Raptors’ imperfect storm all about balance

Head coach Nick Nurse doesn’t expect perfection, but “a little less bad play in the off moments” could go a long way.

Yiddish, the comforting language of heym

My parents had a natural ability with languages and slipped in and out of English and Yiddish to the extent that I always considered this perfectly normal.

Wild’s Matt Dumba off to sizzling start

Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba has 10 goals in his first 22 games, an exceptional pace for a rearguard in this day and age.

Braised pork good enough to write home about

This Ricardo-tested braised pork will keep you full during those long holiday shopping days.

Man sentenced to one year for role in ‘cowardly’ beating of autistic man at Square One

Ranjot Singh Dhami, 25, of Surrey, B.C., has been sentenced to serve jail time after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in Brampton court Wednesday in front of Justice Sandra Caponecchia. He was also ordered to provide a DNA sample…

Capitals’ Tom Wilson sees no need to show ‘remorse’

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Following his fourth head-checking suspension in little more than a year, part of Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has accepted his reputation and another part hopes people will be saying something else one day.

Brad Bradford heads to Toronto city council seeking ‘a better way to do it’

Urban planner says he offers an alternative to the “politics-as-a-career approach at city hall.”

Setting picturesque cottage country ablaze in new thriller

No Quarter is a solid read, particularly for those who enjoy their thrillers local

06

Game Centre: Raptors knock off Warriors in overtime despite Durant’s 51

The Raptors stretch their win streak to seven games in style at Scotiabank Arena. Kawhi Leonard leads with season-high 37 points, Pascal Siakam scores career-best 26 against two-time defending champions.

Edmonton man who met women on Tinder faces more sex assault charges

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Police say the new charges stem from alleged assaults that happened in Edmonton between December 2015 and April 2016.

05

Sheryl Sandberg is said to have asked Facebook staff to research George Soros

The email came within days of a blistering speech Soros delivered that month at the World Economic Forum, attacking Facebook and Google as a “menace” to society and calling for the companies to be regulated.

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Toronto police unit commander Ron Taverner to head OPP

Taverner served five decades with Toronto police in various divisions and units, including intelligence, organized crime enforcement, outlaw motorcycle gangs and community policing.

Five hurt after SUV crashes into CN train northeast of Regina

RCMP say one of the people that was in the SUV has serious injuries.

Mental health education recommended for RCMP members following inquest

The recommendations were made after an inquest into the role of RCMP media spokesman Pierre Lemaitre after the death of a man who was in a confrontation with police in 2007.

Call for withdrawal of ‘fundamentally flawed’ Quebec high school history texts

According to a report by the province’s largest English school board, the program “focuses narrowly on the experience of and events pertaining to the ethnic/linguistic/cultural group of French Quebecois from contact until present day.”

To avoid renoviction battles, Vancouver landlords are offering tenants money to move out

But advocates are urging renters to resist taking a buyout, because eviction isn't inevitable.

Military plane headed for Quebec island after storm cuts communications

Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault said the military plane will transport equipment and employees from the Departments of Health and Public Security and from Hydro-Quebec and Bell Canada.

03

Bruce Arthur: Golden opportunity within reach for Raptors

Thursday night’s overtime win over the mighty Warriors was more showcase than showdown. Still, every game is this season of optimism is a chance to show the Kevin Durants of the basketball universe why playing for a ring in Toronto is now…

Adonis (Superman) Stevenson ready to fly in title fight

WBC light heavyweight bout against Oleksandr Gvozdyk is scheduled for Saturday in Quebec City.

Kokoshov keeps listing, Phoenix Suns keep sinking

Igor Kokoskov, the first-year coach of the Phoenix Suns, has a near-impossible task of improving the NBA’s worst team.

Mariners in talks to send Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz to Mets

The Mariners, embarking on a rebuild that has already included a trade of left-hander James Paxton to the Yankees and catcher Mike Zunino to the Rays, are motivated to dump Cano’s contract

Some high-paid medical specialists vote to break away from OMA

Group that includes cardiologists, radiologists and ophthalmologists wants to negotiate their own fee contract with province. An outstanding question is will the province recognize and negotiate with the group.

Former Davenport MP Andrew Cash to run for his old seat

Cash, a musician and writer who co-founded the Urban Worker Project in 2016, is running to reclaim his old seat. He was defeated in 2015 by Liberal Julie Dzerowicz.

Buffalo Sabres winning over skeptical fans

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Buffalo sports fans who know from “the ultimate frustration” are enchanted with the talent of the Buffalo Sabres, who are on a 10-game win streak after years of futility.

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Listen in as we call a CRA scammer back — and he explains why he does it

After news broke of police busting call centres in India, StarMetro Vancouver received a call alleging we owed money to the CRA. We called back to see if one of the scam artists would tell their story. One did. Listen to the recorded…

New Brunswick legislators set to vote on partial lifting of fracking moratorium

The issue has been a contentious one, with much political jousting as the new Tory minority tries to lift the moratorium in the Sussex area, where Corridor Resources has been in gas production for 20 years.