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Liberals facing stiff challenges in two Toronto byelections

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OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are facing stiff byelection challenges in two Toronto seats normally considered safe for the governing party.

With just more than half of the polls reporting, Liberal Ya’ara Saks is leading in York Centre, but only 224 votes ahead of Conservative Julius Tiangson 

Broadcaster Marci Ien has a slightly more comfortable lead for the Liberals in Toronto Centre, but the Green party’s newly minted leader, Annamie Paul, is nipping at her heels.

Paul captured seven per cent of the vote in the riding during last fall’s general election, but is currently running second with about 32 per cent of the vote, about nine points behind Ien.

Toronto Centre was left vacant by former finance minister Bill Morneau’s abrupt resignation in August amid reports of tensions between him and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over massive spending on pandemic relief.

York Centre was left vacant last month by Liberal MP Michael Levitt’s resignation to become CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2020.

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Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.

The office of Argentina’s president will decree three days of national mourning because of Maradona’s death on Wednesday, and the Argentine soccer association expressed its sorrow on Twitter.

Maradona died two weeks after being released from a Buenos Aires hospital following brain surgery.

Famed for the “Hand of God” goal in which he punched the ball into England’s net during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, Maradona captivated fans over a two-decade career with a bewitching style of play that was all his own.

Although his reputation was tarnished by his addictions and an ill-fated spell in charge of the national team, he remained idolized in soccer-mad Argentina as the “Pibe de Oro” or “Golden Boy.”

The No. 10 he wore on his jersey became synonymous with him, as it also had with Pele, the Brazilian great with whom Maradona was regularly paired as the best of all time.

Debora Rey, The Associated Press

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CP NewsAlert: Sasakamoose, Indigenous NHLer, dies at 86 after presumed COVID-19 case

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Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous players in the NHL, has died after battling a presumed case of COVID-19.

He was 86.

Fred’s son, Neil, announced his death on Tuesday in a video posted on Facebook.

More coming.

The Canadian Press

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