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January 15, 2019 2:47 PM Tories rev up fundraising machine with big-ticket events featuring Premier Doug Ford, energy minister

Under Wynne’s restrictions, all MPPs, candidates, and staff were forbidden from attending any event where money was raised for political parties. But last November Finance Minister Vic Fedeli changed the law to enable politicians and their staff to go to fundraisers. That had been the case prior to Wynne’s reforms almost three years ago amid accusations 145

January 9, 2019 1:55 AM Chicago brewery offers ‘beer for a year’ 43-yard field goal challenge

CHICAGO—On Sunday, the Chicago Bears lost a heartbreaker of a playoff game, as kicker Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal attempt clanged off the goalposts — twice — to end what had been a promising season. On Monday, amid the social media fury of irate football fans, Goose Island Beer Co. had an idea: Let the fans kick out their disappointment. At first 29

January 2, 2019 7:51 PM Canadian speedskater Isabelle Weidemann catches up to world’s elite

CALGARY—Isabelle Weidemann has hit her stride, literally and figuratively, in long-track speedskating. Currently ranked No. 1 in the world in distance racing, the 23-year-old from Ottawa points to last February’s Winter Olympics as her defining moment of 2018. Weidemann placed sixth in the 5,000 metres and seventh in the 3,000 in her first Olympic Games 23

December 28, 2018 11:18 PM With Fry still on leave, Team Jacobs to solidify lineup plans in coming days

With the Canadian Open just over a week away, Team Brad Jacobs is planning to discuss lineup plans over the weekend before unveiling its foursome for the next stop on the Grand Slam of Curling circuit. Jacobs used substitute players for third Ryan Fry at two events earlier this month. Fry is on leave from the team and his return date is uncertain 34

December 27, 2018 10:16 PM What a difference a year made for Tiger Woods

So far only one Canadian has qualified to be in the Masters field. That’d be Mike Weir, the 2003 winner of the green jacket. But that’s hardly a bellwether for the health of Canadian golf. At October’s Safeway Open, the first tournament of what’s essentially the PGA Tour season that will conclude in 2019, there were eight Canadians in the field — a record 32

December 14, 2018 6:53 PM Fresh start for Warriors extends to roster as Richardson focuses on local talent

After a new ownership group moved and rebranded Vancouver’s National Lacrosse League franchise, new general manager Dan Richardson was given a mandate to remake the entire roster. Canucks Sports and Entertainment bought the NLL’s Stealth in the off-season, moved them from the Langley Events Centre to Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver and renamed them the Warriors 33

December 13, 2018 3:09 PM French police try to catch Christmas market attack suspect dead or alive

French authorities said that the suspect, born in Strasbourg, had run-ins with police starting at age 10 and his first conviction at age 13. Chekatt had been convicted 27 times, mostly in France but also in Switzerland and Germany, for crimes including armed robbery. He had been flagged for extremism and was on a watch list. French President Emmanuel 29

December 11, 2018 6:40 PM Mikael Kingsbury wins Lou Marsh trophy as Canada’s top athlete of 2018

The award, voted on by a panel of sports editors and broadcasters, is given annually to Canada’s outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star and named after the former sports editor. A spirited debate among the voting panel of sports media surrounded the inclusion of ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who captured their eighth national title at the Canadian 25

December 7, 2018 7:50 PM Surging Kevin Koe reels off fourth win in a row at Canada Cup

“I think we’re where we need to be,” Koe said. “I think we’re in a great spot so far; we’ve been in the playoffs in every event and fairly consistent. “We’ve won an event (the inaugural World Cup event in China), been in a couple other finals. Even if it was worse than that, I would still think we’re in a good spot. These events are a good challenge 39

December 3, 2018 2:21 PM Grammy nominations to be released Friday instead of Wednesday

It’s a busy week for the entertainment world: Nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes come out Thursday. Bush’s body arrived Monday in Washington for public viewing, which kicks off four days of events that will include a state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral on Wednesday and a private service at Bush’s longtime church in Houston on Thursday 40