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Canadian sports fans have changed since the Blue Jays’ World Series wins

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TORONTO — After more than a quarter century since one of the country’s major pro sports teams took home a championship, Canadian sports fans will finally be able to celebrate on Monday with a parade and rally for the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors’ historic NBA championship win last week marked the first time a Canadian team has won one of the big four professional sports championships since the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series.

The parade will see the team travel the downtown route in open-air, double-decker buses, with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy beside them. It will culminate with a rally at Nathan Phillips Square outside Toronto City Hall.

The last time the city held such a momentous sports celebration was for the Jays in ’93. That parade saw fans climbing trees and statues on Toronto’s streets to get a look at their sports idols. Police took baseballs from fans to get them signed by team members as they passed. Thousands then packed the SkyDome, now known as the Rogers Centre, for a rally.

The Jays’ celebrations were also attended by then-Ontario premier Bob Rae, who wore a Blue Jays T-shirt and flashed a sign to the SkyDome crowd that read: ”No speech today — Hooray for the Jays.”

The Raptors celebrations will see current Premier Doug Ford watching from the sidelines. He will not march because “the parade is about the players and, more importantly, the fans,” according to Ford’s press secretary.

Bruce Kidd, a kinesiology and physical education professor at the University of Toronto who also specializes in Canadian sports history, said Raptors fandom has many similarities and differences to the Jays fandom of the early 90s.

Kidd said the Jays and Raptors are Toronto teams, but the entire country rallies behind them in a “religious-like” way where people from all over come together. He also recalls walking up Toronto’s Yonge Street with fans after the team won the World Series, in much the same way fans celebrated the Raptors’ victory on Thursday.

But Kidd said what has changed years later is that Canadian sports fans have become much more diverse, and the Raptors are much more representative of that population.

“The Raptors are representative of what Canada is and what’s it’s becoming,” said Kidd.

Kidd said the Jays also didn’t have a unifying and inclusive slogan like “We the North.”

Kidd also believes the “pan-Canadian” fandom has intensified because of social media, since fans have more ways to interact and share the historic moment together.

Cheri Bradish, a Ryerson University professor specializing in sports marketing, said social media has significantly changed the ways fans connect with sports teams. She said this made the Raptors’ win even more special, even though they won the game in Oakland, Calif. She said by the Raptors not winning in Toronto, it “democratized” the moment because Canadians all got to experience the win in the same way — by watching online and following the players’ social media.

“Instead of the exclusivity of people paying thousands of dollars for tickets to be in the stadium in Toronto and the diehard fans outside, Canadians got to experience the win in the same way,” she said. “We got to see the champagne.”

Monday’s parade will give Raptors fans another chance to come together for their team, and some have already taken the day off work to ensure their spot.

Diana Macecevic of Toronto said she asked her boss for the day off well in advance so she could attend the celebrations, and she said her boss was glad to let her go.

The 31-year-old, who works at TD Canada Trust, said the celebrations will be extra special for her as an all-around sports fan, because she remembers celebrating the Jays’ victory when she was a kid.

“This is a really exciting moment for Canada and the Raptors. They worked really hard for this,” she said. “I’ve been a Raptors fan since I was a kid, and to see this accomplishment and to be a part of the celebrations is really special.”

Alanna Rizza, The Canadian Press

Agriculture

151st Cowichan Exhibition includes new category: best home-grown pot

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VICTORIA — One of Canada’s oldest fall fairs is putting a new twist on its annual showcase of local livestock, produce and fruit by adding a new category for best home-grown marijuana.

The Cowichan Exhibition in Duncan, B.C., which dates back to 1868, has created a best cannabis category to embrace legalization and celebrate local pot growers, said exhibition vice-president Bud James.

The fair starts Friday and the cannabis entries will be on display in the main hall at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds along with the region’s top vegetables, fruits and baked goods. First prize is $5, second is $3 and third place gets a ribbon.

“We just decided this year, because it’s an agricultural product, and it’s been grown in the valley for years, and now that it’s finally legally grown, we would allow people to win a ribbon for the best,” said James.

He said fair officials believe the Cowichan cannabis category is the first of its kind in Canada.

An official at the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, a non-profit organization representing rural and urban fairs, said she had not heard of any other cannabis judging contests prior to the Cowichan Exhibition, but couldn’t confirm it was the first.

A fall fair in Grand Forks, B.C., is also judging local cannabis, but the event starts Saturday, one day after Cowichan’s fair. Those who enter the competition in Grand Forks can compete for best indoor- and outdoor-grown cannabis.

James said fair organizers contacted the local council and RCMP prior to adding the cannabis category. The mayor and council did not oppose the contest and the RCMP referred organizers to B.C.’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, the agency monitoring retail sales of non-medical cannabis, he said.

Organizers decided to go ahead with the event after its plans were not rejected, James said.

“Our interpretation of the rules are you can’t make it attractive to people under 19 years and we are not making it attractive,” he said.

James said the cannabis entries will be placed in a glass display case and the individual entries will be sealed in clear zip lock plastic bags.

“It’s being judged to the same standard of judging garden and field produce,” he said. “It’s done by uniformity. You want all three buds to be the same size, same shape, same colour. It’s also the dryness, texture and smell. It’s exactly the same way you would judge apples or carrots or hay bales. It’s all done the same way.”

James said the contest doesn’t involve sampling the product.

Bree Tweet, the manager of a medical cannabis dispensary in nearby Ladysmith, will judge the marijuana entries, said James.

The exhibition received 18 cannabis entries and James said the contest created a buzz at the fair.

“The enthusiasm of the entrants, the people bringing their entry forms, they are so enthusiastic it’s unbelievable,” he said. “They are so thrilled that it’s happening, that we’re doing it because they’ve been waiting for years for legalization and now, they finally got it and now they have a chance to show what they can do.”

James, who has entered his prized Dahlia flowers at past fairs, said the addition of the cannabis category has exceeded expectations with the 18 entries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

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School board defends book pictured on principal’s desk after online uproar

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A Toronto-area Catholic school board says an online firestorm that erupted after a book on how to teach black students was photographed on a principal’s desk stems from a misunderstanding over the book’s contents.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board says the book, titled “The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys,” has a provocative title but is actually a helpful resource on tackling racial and cultural oppression in education.

Michelle Coutinho, the board’s principal of equity and inclusive education, says such materials are a particularly useful reference given how diverse the student population is in the district and at that specific school.

The controversy emerged this week after a Brampton, Ont., high school, Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School, posted a photo of its new principal on Twitter.

The photo, which shows the book on her desk, set off heated debate, with some suggesting it was a sign of racism or incompetence, or a prop meant to bolster the school’s image.

The image was also shared on instagram by 6ixBuzzTV, a popular account with roughly 1.2 million followers.

“LOOOOL. No principal should make it this far while subsequently needing a book like this,” one person wrote on Twitter. “She a bad principal,” wrote another.

Some defended the book, however, and the principal’s efforts to educate herself. “She’s making an effort to connect with her students, it’s more than most principals do,” another tweet read.

The board said it was surprised by the uproar and hoped people would look up the book before jumping to conclusions based on its title.

The principal intends to address the photo in a public announcement and invite any students with lingering questions to see her, said Bruce Campbell, the board’s spokesman.

The book, written by three researchers and published in 2017, aims to improve outcomes for black students by helping teachers create learning environments in which they feel nurtured and engaged. The title references the fact that white women make up the bulk of the teaching force in the U.S.

Coutinho said the book asks educators to challenge the biases they may bring into the classroom.

“We know that we’re steeped in a colonized kind of world view and how do we break out of that in our everyday practices?” she said, noting it has been used in the board’s anti-oppression training in the past.

Cardinal Ambrozic’s new principal was involved in a book study at several schools that delved deeply into the text last year, Coutinho said.

“If we’re going to make any changes to the education system, we have to start talking about these things and talking about them openly and honestly without shame or blame.”

 

 

 

 

 

Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

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