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January 11, 2019 4:55 PM ‘Smarter’ rules will ensure all digital players pay for CanCon, panel told

OTTAWA - Canada’s broadcast regulator, and its public broadcaster, want federal lawmakers to ensure Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime pay a share for producing Canadian content. In written submissions to a government panel this week, both the CRTC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation also call on Ottawa to create new rules that encourage news content 42

January 9, 2019 6:03 PM Heavyweight Ryan Reaves-Adam McQuaid scrap a microcosm of NHL fighting debate

According to statistics on hockeyfights.com, only 18.9 per cent of games this season have had a fighting major on the scoresheet. In 2017-18, 17.9 per cent of games had fights. Compare that to five seasons ago (2013-14) when 29.8 per cent of NHL games had fights, or 10 seasons ago (2008-09) when it was at 41.4 per cent. With the all-star break two weeks 22

January 8, 2019 11:10 PM Hey Vince Carter, nice to see you again. Welcome home

The last time Vince Carter was a Toronto Raptor YouTube hadn’t been invented yet, among other things, which is a little like Dorothy Parker existing before Twitter. On Tuesday, Vince returned to Toronto again, on a seventh different team since he left his greatest and only enduring NBA home. He is 41 years old, all of a sudden. Is this the last time he comes 32

December 31, 2018 2:22 AM Walk Off the Earth keyboardist Mike Taylor dies

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward also expressed her condolences on Twitter, calling Taylor’s death a “tragic loss.” “Our city’s condolences go out to the family, friends and bandmates of Mike. We are thinking of you,” Meed Ward tweeted. Walk off the Earth was founded in 2006 and shot to fame in 2012 when their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” went viral 21

December 28, 2018 8:41 PM Two Laurier professors sue former TA Lindsay Shepherd over recording of disciplinary meeting

At the heart of both suits is a 2017 meeting between the professors, a Laurier staff member and Shepherd, who was then a teaching assistant in Rambukkana’s communications class. According to Peterson’s unproven statement of claim, the disciplinary meeting was called after Shepherd showed students an excerpt of a TVOntario broadcast in which Peterson 22

December 18, 2018 11:07 PM Duke star Zion Williamson is stunning college basketball fans

At six-foot-seven and 285 pounds, he is not only Paul Bunyan-esque for the college ranks but also, the website FiveThirtyEight noted, heavier than all but one active NBA player. Williamson, however, is hardly earthbound. His 45-inch vertical leap is the highest since Duke started measuring its players, providing the foundation for his explosive moves 31

December 11, 2018 1:52 PM Briton arrested in Egypt on spying charges says he is free

CAIRO—A British-Libyan tourist says Egyptian authorities released him two weeks after he was arrested over a video he filmed on his cellphone that showed a military helicopter in the background. Muhammed Fathi AbulKasem announced his release in a one-minute audio message posted on YouTube on Dec. 8, thanking his family and supporters. “I’m not ready 24

December 5, 2018 6:18 PM Russell Peters reveals his girlfriend is pregnant with his second child

The Toronto-born Brampton-raised Peters, 48, has one previous child, a girl, Crystianna, born in 2010 to Monica Diaz, now his ex-wife. The comedian — who credits the early days of YouTube for his attainment of a vast international following — recently completed an arena tour in Canada, including a stop at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. A rap aficionado 40

November 28, 2018 9:49 AM He was the ‘world’s oldest rebel’: Anti-poverty activist Harry Leslie Smith dies in Belleville at 95

Harry Leslie Smith, a tireless advocate for the downtrodden who in his later years earned a legion of younger followers through his books, podcast and Twitter account, has died. The 95-year-old had been receiving treatment in an intensive care unit in Belleville, Ont., after his family said he suffered a fall. Smith, who split his time between England 54

November 25, 2018 12:21 AM Dwyane Wade farewell tour hits town with biggest fan wearing Raptors uniform

Many fans will lose their favourite active player when Dwyane Wade calls it a career at the end of this season, his 16th in the NBA. The Raptors’ backup point guard first met the three-time NBA champion and 12-time all-star around the age of 12, when his older brother Dorell was drafted by the Miami Heat out of high school. Wade’s sophomore season in Florida 41