Sunday, July 10, 2016

Milos Raonic Is In His First Wimbledon Final As The First Canadian Man To Play In A Grand Slam Final

Raonic, ranked #6 in the world, is playing Scotland's Andy Murray, the #2 seed. The Canadian is making his bid to take the title after beating Roger Federer on Friday in five sets after dropping the second and third sets to the seven-time Wimbledon champ. Raonic is being coached by former champions Carlos Moya and John McEnroe.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Justin Trudeau Wants The World To Know Canada Is Ready For The Invictus Games

Founded by Prince Harry in London last year, the games will be held this month in Orlando. The event is for wounded soldiers and next year it will be held in Toronto.

Check out Trudeau, Prince Harry and The Obamas throwing down

Monday, April 4, 2016

If You Haven't Heard About The Dancing Starbucks Employee With Autism, See Him On Ellen

Sam Forbes, a 17-year-old Toronto teen, has become famous in the last few weeks after a video someone posted of him dancing at work went viral. Forbes's story is all the more unique because Forbes had been told he wasn't employable due to his disorder. However, the man who would become Forbes's boss, Chris Ali, met Forbes at a Camp Thrive, an event affiliated with Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ISAND).

During his interview, Forbes explained how incredibly meaningful Starbucks taking a chance on him was: "In that moment my life changed, my whole world changed."

Degeneres gave Forbes a custom tip jar and is sending him on a trip to Japan, making a lifelong dream come true for him.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Fun For Your Friday

If you're stuck in an office today or just have a case of the blahs, this Polar Bear cub from the Toronto Zoo frolicking in the snow for the first time will perk you right up with all the cuteness.

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Trudeaus Are Having A Very Big Week

This week the Primer Minister and his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, have been in Washington D.C. for a state dinner at the White House, the first time in 19 years that the honour has been bestowed upon a PM.

The Trudeaus have piqued media interest, from the humourous to the serious. The New Yorker has some fun with Justin Trudeau's position on immigration, and Katie Couric sits down with Madame Trudeau, who in Canada, is not referred to as the First Lady. There is no official title for the wife of the Prime Minister.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Comedian Mike Ward Is On Trial For A Joke And It Could Have Huge Repercussions For Comedians And Free Speech

In 2012, Ward made a joke about a 19-year-old Quebecois man, Jeremy Gabriel in his show Mike Ward's eXpose. Gabriel suffers from Treacher Collins syndrome, which causes facial disfigurement. He had the opportunity to sing for Pope Benedict when he was flown to Rome to perform in 2006.

In the joke Ward, who is also from Quebec, states that he thought it was great that Gabriel became famous after the visit. "But now," the bit continues, "five years later and he's still not dead...Me, I defended him, like an idiot, and he won't die."

Gabriel claimed he endured tremendous pain and suffering and now a human rights tribunal in Quebec is hearing the matter. The tribunal hearings investigate complaints of discriminatory practices and may order a respondent to the complaint to cease the practice and it may also carry out fines. The rulings are overseen by federal courts and can be subject to appeals to higher courts.

Ward testified last week and a decision is not expected before summer.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Milos Raonic Makes It To The Australian Semi-Finals But Falls To Andy Murray In Five Sets

In a first for Canada, a Canadian man made it to the second to last round of the Australian Grand Slam. Raonic, ranked #13, defeated three seeded players in a Major for the first time in his career including #4 seed Swiss Stan Wawrinka in five sets on Sunday before facing France's Gael Monfils and taking him out in four sets on Wednesday. Murray, the #2 seed, had a sluggish opening set, giving up two games off the bat to Raonic. The rest of the set followed suit, but after blazing through to win that one 6-4, the only other set Raonic managed to take was the third, in a tie break. It was only Raonic's second trip to a Grand Slam Semi-Final. He made it to that round at Wimbledon in 2014 losing to Roger Federer.

But Canada is still in the mix for the Men's Doubles final which will air tomorrow. Daniel Nestor and his Czech teammate, Radek Stepanek, will go up against Britain's Jamie Murray and Brazil's Bruno Soares. Nestor is seeking his second Australian Open title and his first since 2002. The 43-year-old just earned his 1,000 pro doubles victory and has won eight Grand Slam doubles championships.