Post Tagged with: "Toronto"

DeMar-DeRozan. Image: US Mission Canada

Raptors Headed To Playoffs

Canada’s only basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Toronto Raptors, are generating some excitement.

For the first time in six long years they have made the playoffs.

Of the 30 teams in the NBA, only 16 make it to the playoffs. There will be eight teams from the Eastern Conference and eight teams from the Western Conference. The Raptors play in the East.

In the playoffs, each team competes in a best-of-seven series. The first team to win four games moves on to the next round. A team has to win three rounds to make it to the finals. Then, the lone surviving team from the East plays the lone surviving team from the West.

by · April 11, 2014 · Sports
An photograph of the inside of a TTC bus. Image: 분당선M

Helpers Ride The Bus For Free In Toronto

A program introduced by Toronto’s Transit Commission this year is helping disabled people travel more easily.

The new program allows disabled people to have a support person ride with them on transit for free.

by · April 1, 2014 · News
Joe Oliver. Image: Rocco Rossi

Canada Gets A New Finance Minister

In February, Jim Flaherty, Canada’s Minister of Finance, announced that the country’s finances were in good shape when he gave the 2014 budget.

by · March 24, 2014 · News, Politics
The chandelier that was created out of the Maple Tree Forever Project. Image: BROTHERS DRESSLER

This Famous Maple Tree Will Live… Forever

In 1867 when Canada was created, a towering Silver Maple tree standing in front of Alexander Muir’s house in Toronto gave him an idea.

He would write a poem and a song about the majestic tree, so common in Canada and so symbolic, to celebrate Canada’s confederation.

His song was called The Maple Leaf Forever and it has been the unofficial Canadian anthem to this day.

by · March 18, 2014 · Arts, Environment, News
This figure is a central character in the window called "Art of the Deal." Image: John Kernaghan.

Empty Storefronts Now Showcase Art

There is a strip of vacant stores along Eglinton Ave. W. in Toronto.

The street in front of the stores is under construction.

The stores are vacant (there is no one using them) partly because of the construction, which makes it hard for people to visit the stores to shop. And if there are no shoppers, there’s no point in opening a store.

But Toronto businessman John Kernaghan looked at the vacant storefronts and saw possibilities.

by · February 13, 2014 · Arts, News
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Extreme Weather In Many Cities Over The Holidays

Many cities in North America experienced extreme weather during the 2013 holiday season.

On Dec. 22, Toronto was struck by an ice storm which caused trees to become covered with large amounts of ice.

Although it was often beautiful, it was also destructive.

Many of the trees couldn’t support the weight of the ice and branches came crashing down.

Some of the branches took out power lines, so hundreds of thousands of people in the city were without power for hours or days.

by · January 6, 2014 · News
Canada Post To Phase Out Home Delivery In Cities

Canada Post To Phase Out Home Delivery In Cities

Canada Post is phasing out home delivery.

People, particularly those living in urban areas, won’t have their mail delivered directly to their home.

They’ll have to do what most people in rural areas already do—get their mail from a “community mailbox.”

Canada Post says about two-thirds of people in Canada already get their mail this way.

It will be about five years before home delivery is completely phased out.

The elimination of home delivery service is one of a number of things Canada Post is doing to save money.

by · December 12, 2013 · News
Roy Halladay pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009. Image:  Keith Allison

Pitcher Roy Halladay: One Final Day As A Blue Jay

One of the finest baseball pitchers in the history of the sport retired yesterday.

And he went out as a Blue Jay.

Roy Halladay had a distinguished career as a pitcher, with a record of 203 wins and just 105 losses.

He spent 12 years wearing a Blue Jays uniform; the last four years of his career he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies.

On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history. Then, he threw a no-hitter on Oct. 6—only the second no-hitter in MLB post-season history.

He won the Cy Young Award twice and was selected eight times to play in special All-Star games.

In addition to his impressive baseball skill, Halladay is also known as an upstanding person who gave generously to people in need.

Although at the end of his career Halladay played for the Phillies, he wanted to finish his career as a Toronto Blue Jay.

by · December 9, 2013 · News, Sports
New Ripleys Aquarium In Toronto

New Ripleys Aquarium In Toronto

Toronto has a new landmark–an aquarium.

Nestled in beside the Rogers Centre at the base of the CN Tower, the new Ripleys Aquarium opened last week.

It’s home to more than 16,000 marine animals and 450 species.

There are lots of interactive displays to let kids see and experience the fish.

In the “dangerous lagoon,” visitors board a moving sidewalk which takes them on a slow ride through a 97-metre see-through tunnel filled with 17 sharks and thousands of marine animals. Sea turtles and saw fish swim overhead as visitors file past.

“Touch pools” feature horseshoe crabs, stingrays and bamboo sharks. The pools are shallow, so people can reach in and gently pet the animals.

An exhibit called Planet Jellies houses many different species of colourful jellyfish.

by · October 31, 2013 · Animals, News
Raptor Mascot Out For The Season

Raptor Mascot Out For The Season

One of the most important members of the Toronto Raptors basketball team is injured and won’t be participating this season.

It’s the “Raptor,” the team’s mascot.

Many people think the Raptor–with his athletic moves, edgy attitude and fun-loving spirit–is one of the best mascots in the NBA. Perhaps even professional sports.

He tore his Achilles tendon during a school visit in Halifax before the basketball season started.

People have an emotional reaction to the Raptor mascot–whoever he/she is.

The coach’s daughter cried when she heard the news of his/her injury.

by · October 30, 2013 · News, Sports