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PARTY LIKE IT’S 1988 So many memories as we celebrate 25 years in Ottawa tim

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Get out the balloons, blow out the candles, pop the Baby Duck — the Ottawa Sun is 25 years old. So much has happened ... for the paper and for a journalist (me) whose resume included stops in Whitby, Orangeville, Timmins, Barrie and Toronto. Twenty-five years ... working in the Ottawa Sun sports

department, where do I start? I tried out for the Montreal Expos — and am still embarrassed that they timed my 40-yard dash with a sundial ... I vomited on the black dress shoes of a wonderfully understanding (though perhaps startled) co-worker, Rick Gibbons, who would a few years later become the publisher of this newspaper — my boss ... I b ro k e u p a f i s t f i g h t between two co-workers — one of who blew his stack because the other gave away the result of a taped Olympic figure skating result ... I interviewed boxer Floyd Mayweather, who wanted to fight me. After sizing him up, I thought to myself that to avoid a flurry of punches to my face, I would have to kick him in the gonads ...

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I once drove Dexter Manley home from football practice ... I sat in the south side of Lansdowne Park and got into goofy grin mode when Lonie Glieberman's boobs- forbeads Mardi Gras promotion got some traction ... I hired a Chicago private detective to find Horn Chen, who seemed to disappear from the planet after buying the Rough Riders ... I played rounds of golf with Jason Spezza, Claude Giroux and Alice Cooper. I am eternally grateful that Alice left his guillotine and snakes at home ... I played in a friendly golf tournament organized by former editor-in-chief Rick Van Sickle where we had a Closest to the Kim hole — the

idea was to hit your shot on the Par 3 near a cardboard cutout of former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, anchored in a bunker ... One day as I was sitting at my desk in an office at our old 380 Hunt Club Rd., location, directly across from the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, I was startled by a sharp crashing noise to my immediate left. I looked and saw a golfball-sized hole, with a ball coming to rest between the panes of glass. I hope the offender took his/her two-stroke penalty ...

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25 YEARS OFTHE OTTAWASUN

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“I’m innocent. “I never took any banned substances.” With those eight simple words, resolute, and at times tearful, Ben Johnson finally answered the question that more than 25 million Canadians have been dying to ask him. A tired-looking Johnson spoke those words during an exclusive four-hour interview in a rural Ontario farmhouse. Strippeds of his gold medal five days ago at the Seoul Olympics after a banned anabolic steroid was discovered in his urine, the sprinter was finally ready to

tell his side of the story. Despite being held a virtual prisoner in his Toronto home since returning from Korea Tuesday, he is painfully aware of the rumors that muscle-building steroids were responsible for his power and speed; that his perosnal physician, Dr. Mario (Jamie) Astaphan, was administering them; and that his coach, Charlie Francis, encouraged him to take them. Ben says that, to his knowledge, none of that is true. But we know how this story turned out.

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FiRST,THEREWAS SUNdAY Good morning and welcome to your first edition of the Ottawa Sunday Sun. Hold onto your hats folks, you’re in for the ride of your lives. This is the newest baby in the Sun family of colourful, bold, bright, opinionated newspapers. The fun has just begun. “We are delighted to be in the nation’s capital,” said Publisher Hartley Steward last night as the new Sun rolled off the pressed at Qualimax in Hull. “This is a fantastic city. We feel its citizens will embrace us very quickly.” Yesterday, the former Ottawa Herald offices on Catherine

St. Were ablaze with activity as reporters, editors and production staff raced to meet their first deadlines. Toronto Sun Publishing Corp. bought the Herald last month for just under $1 million with plans to take the new Ottawa Sunday Sun as soon as possible. The Sun will move in to its new headquarters on Hunt Club Rd. by mid-October. Staff has already doubled with all Herald staffers staying on to join the crusade to return our nation’s capital to a two-newspaper town. Our competition – The Ottawa Citizen – has had a monopoly since 1980 when the Ottawa Journal closed.

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25 YEARS OFTHE OTTAWASUN

BEN JOHNSON

CHiNAROARS

At least two Chinese diplomats in Ottawa – and as many as five others across the country – have asked for political asylum in Canada. External Affairs Minister Joe Clark and aides to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney refused to confirm or deny a Quebec radio radio yesterday that two officials defected from the Chinese embassy. But top sources told the Sun, without giving numbers, that Chinese diplomats asked for asylum because of Beijing’s violent crackdown on protesting students and workers.

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A Quebec radio network identified one of the embassy officials as a commercial attache whose son was killed when Red Army troops stormed Bejing’s Tianenmen Square. Asked about the report, Clark replied: “It’s a longstanding practice, and I think a wise one, that the Secretary of State for External Affairs does not comment on questions of that kind.” Twenty-five years later, China is still a mystery to many. Are they a friend eager for trade or a foe with spies across the country?

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Ben Johnson admitted his use of anabolic steroids in recordings secretly made by his personal physicial Dr. Jamie Astaphan prior to last year’s Seoul Olympics. In a stunning twist to the Dubin inquiry yesterday, it was revealed Astaphan taped telephone conversations he had with Johnson, sprinter Angella Issajenko, track coach Charlie Francis and Italian sprinter Pierfrancesco Pavoni on Jan. 27, 1988. In the recordings, all four admitted involvement in steroid programs. Since that time, Johnson and Pavoni have denied using anabolic steroids. Francis and Issajenko

testified those allegations to be true while under oath at the Dubin inquiry. Astaphan, who admitted overseeing the drug programs for Johnson and other members of the Mazda Optimists Track Club since 1983, testified he made the tapes to protect himself. The St. Kitts doctor said he had heasrd rumors that the Mazda athletes who were using drugs would leave him holding the bag if they ever tested positive. Johnson was found to have steroids in his system eight months later at the Seoul Olympics. He was stripped of his gold medal.

It’s the Market’s own variation of a fast-food drive-through. But the men who drive through are hungry for sex. And – just standing there on the corner – Susan Sherring finds herself on their menu. It’s the kind of assignment that’s tough to prepare for. She’s wearing basic makeup for an evening out and a simple navy dress she wears to the office – the kind your mother tells you to use to build up your wardrobe. Standing under a bright light on the corner of Guigues and Cumberland, she could be waiting for a ride. But within 90 minutes, more than a dozen men have let her know they have something else on their minds. Two men in a dirty white

automobile stop about a car’s length away from her, waiting for her to walk over. A heated conversation is going on. She wonders if they’re counting their change. Others cruise by time and again, just staring. The first one to stop has driven by several times already — a grubbylooking man, with his stomach protruding from a worn out blue T-shirt. He rolls down his window and mutters something. She asks him to repeat himself. He asks her if she has her own place. She says she doesn’t. “Do you want to just do it in the car?” he mumbles. *** Twenty-five years later, the oldest profession still takes place every night with no end.

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They shot. We scored. Ottawa made the major leagues yesterday in a big way when the long-shot Terrace Investments Ltd. Was awarded an NHL franchise. The stunning success marked the end of a two-year drive by a group of businessmen headed by Bruce Firestone, who cried like a child when he heard the news. Here at home, the victory was greeted with jubilation as word spread that major league hockey was coming in 1992 – and bringing along 5,000 jobs. *** The Senators will win their share of future glory – but no victory will match the sheer elation felt in Ottawa

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Invading Iraqi soldiers banned trade with Baghdad. quickly seized control of Israeli Defence Minister Kuwait yesterday, and Moshe Arens Iraq warned other compared Iraqi givernments President it will turn Saddam the oil-rich Hussein to state into a Adolf Hitler “graveyard” and said if they come he must be to its aid. stopped at Kuwaiti’s all costs. leader, emir The Soviet SADDAM HUSSEIN Union, Sheik Jaber Iraq’s al-Ahmed al-Sabah, biggest arms fled to neighboring Saudi supplier, announced a Arabia. suspension of shipments Iraqi forces occupied all to Iraq. governmental buildings The U.S. blocked most in the capital and were Iraqi imports, including its moving south toward oil most important revenue installations, officials said. source – oil. Felloe Arab Canada strongly nations failed to take any condemned the Iraqi action. invasion, and the U.S., The U.S. led coalition Britain, France and other made short work of the countries impounded Iraquis only to return a billions of dollars of Iraqi decade later to finish the and Kuwaiti assets and job of ousting Hussein.

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The threat, de Klerk said, comes from radical elements on both the right and left extremes in the political spectrum. The release “will bring us to the end of a long chapter,” de Klerk told a news conference. “There can no longer be any doubt about the government’s sincerity in seeking to create a just dispensation based on negotiations.” *** If you want to learn more about Mandela, there are several movies slated for release before Christmas. All honour the world’s greatest freedom fighter.

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U.S. President George Bush unleashed a massive air, land and sea offensive last night in what he termed “the final phase” of the liberation of Kuwait. Bush, who returned from Camp David to alert Americans to the latest strike, said he authorized the commander of Desert Storn to use all available force to drive the Iraqi army from Kuwait. The assault – the largest since WWII – came hours after Iraq snubbed Bush’s noon deadline for withdrawal from Kuwait. Columns of U.S. armor

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Chaos reigned yesterday as Ottawans rang in the new year – and cash registers started ringing up the GST. The New Year’s Day holiday was marked by frustration and frenzy as businesses scrambled to get computerized registers on line andstunned customers refused to pay up. Concerned and sometimes cranky Canadians jammed the government’s GST hotline, logging more than 3,200 calls between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., said spokesman Sylvia Coutu. At McDonalds on Bank St., near Hunt Club, astonished customers cried out in protest when the newlyadjusted cash registers accidentally began charging a whopping 74% tax – adding $7.40 to the cost of their $10 order. The programming

error, made when staff were increasing prices and adding the new GST calculator, was quickly corrected – but elsewhere, consumers were just as unhappy about the legitimate 7% hikes. A-1 Taxi driver Simon Hafez said he had to call the police to get a customer to pay the GST on his fare, which went into effect at the stroke of midnight. Since the GST doesn’t appear on the taxi metres, passengers feel they don’t have to pay, Hafez said, echoing complaints made by cabbies around the country. Since that year, we’ve grown to live with the tax, but that doesn’t mean we like it. The Conservatives did give us a little relief when they reduced the GST. If only it disappeared.

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Oka – Mohawk Warriors here expect to die today. Outmanned and outgunned at least 50-to-1 by the army, the young guns who comprise the majority of the paramilitary unit at Kahnesatake vowed yesterday to go out in a blaze of glory. “Indians don’t back up,” said one Warrior shortly before two CF-5 jet fighters screamed overhead. “They don’t walk backwards from war or anything.” Despite the brave faces, the Warriors were visually shaken after watching a detailed Canadian Armed Forces videotape broadcast on the national news. ***

Oka – Troops in armored personnel carriers, backed by helicopters finally swept into the Kahnesatake reserve at Oka yesterday. Army spokesmen say about 350 troops were ordered to attack the blockades after two Mohawk “moderates” were apparently beaten by radical Warriors. Late last night, the troops had about 30 armed and defiant Mohawk Warriors surrounded. The Warriors, who have held off police and then the army for 54 days, are now caged into an area about 200 metres by 100 metres with razor wire on three sides and a cliff and the Ottawa River on the fourth side.


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It’s hockey night in Ottawa! As the expansion Senators prepared for their season opener tonight, team brass and players couldn’t hide their excitement. “It feels great, I’ve never felt better,” said team CEO Randy Sexton at a Senators pep rally at the World Exchange Plaza yesterday. About 1,000 fans attended the event, billed as the official introduction of the Senators. “I’m excited, but I’m more excited for the fans,” said Sexton. “When people start to cheer our guys coming on the ice, that is going to be the all-time

high because it means now we’re a real team,” he said. “It’s a major-league team in a major-league city with majorleague fans.” Rod Bryden, then chairman of the team’s parent company Terrace Investments, said he’s looking forward to tonight’s game with the Montreal Canadiens. “I really am enthused to be part of something that impacts on Ottawa like this,” he said. “It’s great to be part of this.” Bryden has been replaced by Eugene Melnyk and since then the Sens have made the Stanley Cup Finals.

An armed mob stormed the Iranian embassy in Ottawa yesterday, looting files, smashing windows and injuring three staff - including the ambassador. It was one of a series of seemingly organized violent incidents at Iran’s embassies around the world - sparked by the bombing of Iranian rebels inside Iraq. About 40 people, armed with baseball bats, sticks and a sledgehammer, smashed the front door of the Metcalfe St. building at about noon. They ransacked the building — at one point

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25 YEARS OFTHE OTTAWASUN

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With one swing of the bat, Joe Carter wiped out the Philadelphia Phillies. A one-out three-run homer by Carter in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays their second straight World Series last night – a 4-2 series win. Carter’s one-out shot to left on 2-2 pitch from Mitch Williuams saved the night – and who knows what else? - for the Blue Jays, who had been stunned by a five-run Philadelphia seventh inning that gave the Phillies a 6-5 lead. Had the comeback never

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Prime Minister Jean Mulroney. Chretien yesterday killed Former Toronto mayor the $4.8-billion helicopter Art Eggleton, Chretien’s program after introducing a Treasury Board President, scaled-down cabinet heavy was put in charge of on experience and designing the $6-billion padded with longjobs program. time loyalists. Within hours And in the of holding his next breath first cabinet he put his meeting, $6-billion Chretien jobs plan in held a news place. conference He also to announce slashed $10 the death of the million from a EH101 at the JEAN CHRETIEN $200-million cost of at least parliamentary $440 million to budget by taxpayers. cutting political staff “We have cancelled the and designating eight helicopter program,” he other MPs as junior state said. secretaries. “It was a Cadillac-type Chretien cut cabinet to of helicopter that was not 23 ministers from 25 under needed because it’s not ousted prime minister Kim based on the new reality of Campbell and 35 under the Cold War being over.” her predecessor Brian

A married accountant is the prime suspect in the brutal, ritualistic sex slayings of schoolgirls Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy. Paul Bernardo, 28, of St. Catharines, was arrested by Toronto police and Green Ribbon Task Force detectives at 4 p.m. yesterday. He also faces 16 sex assault charges linked to the Scarborough Rapist. Neighbour Michelle Culp, 41, said the married, blondhaired man was led from his rented home in handcuffs by two men who “had their guns in their hands.” “He’s a boy-next-doortype,” said Toronto police Det. Bill Whiteside, adding Bernardo is a well-dressed, well-groomed, self-

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employed accountant. “I feel somewhat relieved for the families,” said Niagara police Insp. Vince Bevan. Police seek a second man. “We know who the person is,” Bevan said. French, 15, was abducted as she left Holy Cross Catholic School April 16 and witnesses said they saw two men in a cream-colored Camaro. The Grade 10 student was held captive for 13 days and sexually assaulted before she was asphyxiated. Her nude body – her hair cut short – was found in a ditch in Burlington, 30 minutes drive from St. Catharines. Bernardo is now spending the rest of his life in prison.

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services and others who make the Civic Centre run said they fear the dispute will run into overtime — and the big losers will be workers and fans. “I was really counting on that money,” said Carleton University student Tim Liepert, 23, a supervisor with United Parking. Like most of his 21 coworkers, Liepert said he’s bracing for the cancellation of the whole season. Did the NHL learn anything? No, fans endured another lockout and endure.s a while season without hockey.

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A Quebec-based religious department. cult ended in a horrific They were found among fiery mass suicide another 23 bodies yesterday in at a farm near Switzerland the village of with at least Cheiry, 70 km 1 Canadians northeast of among the Geneva. 48 dead. The victims Swiss ranged in age police found from 10 to 72 25 charred and included bodies in 12 women, 10 three chalets men and a boy. in the tiny The Quebec SolAR TEmplE lEADER, victims have mountain lUc JoURET village of been identified Granges. as Robert The bodies, Falardeau, including those of children, 47, Robert and Francoise were found lying next to Ostiguy, 50, and Jocelyne each other. Grand’maison, 44. At least four of the Quebec provincial police Canadians were Quebecers, have also linked the deaths including the mayor of of two people in Morin Richelieu and his wife, a Heights, 75 km north of reporter with the Journal de Montreal, to the cult known Quebec and a civil servant as the Order of the Solar in the province’s finance Temple.

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CHOH star gunned down EDITORS NOTE: Smith died of his injuries the next day Sportscaster Brian Smith was fighting for his life in hospital last night after being shot in the head by lone gunman in an attack outside CJOH studios. Smith underwent emergency surgery for massive head trauma and was in guarded condition, said Dr. Virginia Whalley of Ottawa Civic Hospital. “He had a bit of a rocky course in OR with a bit of bleeding,” she said.

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The at least controthe fall versial and hold Liberal its own gunhearings control on it. bill easily And passed Reform final Leader reading Preston in the Manning Commons vowed last night that if the - but nine gun lobby Grits fails to broke persuade ranks the Senate to vote to kill the against it. bill, his JEAN CHRETIEN “I’m very party will happy,” campaign Prime Minister in the next Jean Chretien said of the election on a promise to 185-63 vote as he passed repeal the law. reporters. “It will be a bad law - a But Bill C-38 is still a long blight on the legislative way from becoming law, as record of the government,” the Tory-controlled Senate he said. is expected to stall it until

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Good morning, Canada. In the narrowest of victories, Quebecers turned their backs on separation last night but re-opened the door to more constitutional wrangling. Turning out at the polls in record numbers, Quebecers voted 50.6%-49.4% in favour of remaining within the Canadian fold — 2,356,773 to 2,304,842. Prime Minister Jean Chretien asked Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau to work with him on the changes in Quebec. Speaking calmly, Chretien spoke both to Quebecers and other Canadians on the changes that need to

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be made to keep Quebec in Confederation. “Canadians inside Quebec and throughout the country stood up and proved what this country is all about,” Chretien said to about 1,000 people gathered on Parliament Hill. Quebec Liberal Leader Daniel Johnson extended an olive branch to the Yes side. Johnson said he understood their “sadness at losing the vote” and added “we have to be sensitive to that choice and respect it as well.” *** Twenty-five years later, the issue of separatism isn’t going away with Quebec set to hold another referendum.


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Canada’s expected “Super Saturday” became Atlanta’s horror show after a crude pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park downtown early yesterday morning. One person died as a direct result of the blast. Another, a Turkish cameraman, died of a heart attack as he rushed to the scene to film the blast site at the foot of a four-storey

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Prime Minister Jean Chretien wrangled with a protester who blocked his path at a Flag Day celebration in Hull yesterday. Chretien was walking through the crowd of mostly children after giving a speech at Jacques Cartier Park when he encountered protester Bill Clennet, who was blocking his way. Chretien grabbed Clennet by the neck and pushed him toward a group of cops. “He grabbed me. I was

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The Liberals squeaked in with slim majority last night, thanks to a sweep through the Ottawa region and the rest of seat-rich Ontario. In what is surely a humbling blow to Prime Minister Jean Chretien, the Liberal barely held on to their majority by winning all but four of the 103 seats in Ontario. The political landscape in Ottawa-Carleton remained solidly Liberal red, despite

projections that at least two or three upsets might be in the offing. On the national scene the Liberals are a much more regional party today, losing their stranglehold in the Maritimes and picking up a few additional seats in Quebec. *** Twenty-five years later, the Liberals are still seeking the key to return to power.

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diANAmOURNEd Diana, who had been striving to build a new public and private life after her turbulent divorce, died today from injuries in a crash that also killed her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed. The 36-year-old princess died at 4 a.m. local time after going into cardiac arrest, doctors told a hospital news conference. The crash happened shortly after midnight in a tunnel along the Seine River at the

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School’s out for Ontario’s 2.1 million students this morning after 11th hour talks to avert an illegal teachers strike failed last night. Some 112,000 teachers are expected to walk off the job today in the largest teachers strike ever in Canada - and what is shaping up to be a long, nasty labor protest. Ontario Teachers Federation president

Eileen Lennon confirmed the strike call last night, calling it the “most difficult announcement” she’s ever made in her career. “Parents should assume schools will be closed and plan accordingly,” she said. The five teachers union bosses and the government - bitterly divided over Bill 160 - had hoped to make some headway with the appointment of retired chief justice Charles Dubin.

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Debris, lights and an oil slick were spotted in the ocean early today where a SwissAir jet carrying 229 passengers and crew is believed to have crashed just off the southwest coast of Nova Scotia. There were also reports of survivors, although there was no word on their condition. Search and rescue spokesman Dan Bedell said the MD11 jet, en route from New York to Geneva, had been attempting an emergency landing at Halifax airport when it disappeared

from radar screens. “There have been lights spotted in the water, white lights, that could be from lifejackets. We’re not sure,” said Bedell. The pilot of SwissAir Flight 111 had reported smoke in the cockpit shortly before losing contact with the air traffic control tower in Moncton, N.B. The plane disappeared about 10:30 p.m. ADT yesterday. An airport worker said the pilot dumped 208 tonnes of fuel over nearby St. Margaret’s Bay.

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As an ice storm knocked out power in pockets of the region yesterday, some families resorted to old-fashioned living while others headed to hotels. “It looks like fun, but really it’s not,” said Pennie Eagen, who was trying to keep her four restless children occupied -- without electricity -- in their Glebe Ave. home last night. For one night, three fireplaces, extra blankets and lit candles were enough to see the family through. But if the power outage

continues today, Eagen plans to make arrangements to stay with relatives. Her daughter Allison, 13, felt a bit like she was going back in time as she leaned over a table doing homework by candlelight. “When I came home from school, the first thing I did was switch on the TV, but of course it wasn’t working,” she said. “So I’ve been listening to my Walkman, but it’s getting pretty boring.” Other families fled homes and headed for the warmth and light of tourist lodging.

The partial strike affecting more than 13,000 students in the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has ended. The board and its teachers reached a tentative interim agreement yesterday, which means after-school sports and extra help will return to both elementary and secondary schools today, said trustee Ronald Eamer. The board includes schools in Lanark-Leeds-

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A FORMER OC Transpo Lebrun, who was about 40 worker with a history of years old, was a bus driver mental illness calmly walked before moving to a job on the through the city’s main parts counter. He was fired garage, targeting parts from that position about 18 personnel, killing four and months ago for slugging a wounding two with a hunting mechanic who had teased him rifle. about his speech Transit workers impediment. at the sprawling The union garage fled for was able to get their lives as Pierre Lebrun’s job back Lebrun opened and soon after he fire on his former was transferred to co-workers before OC Transpo’s office. killing himself. He left that job a According to month ago. witnesses, the Police received a PIERRE LEBRUN Embrun resident 911 call at 2:39 p.m. delivered a chilling saying a gunman had manifesto before he opened opened fire in the garage. Two fire shortly after driving into workers, Rick Guertin and Joe the St. Laurent Blvd. garage. Casagrande suffered gunshot Lebrun yelled: “The OC wounds, and were saved by Transpo warranty is up you workers who hauled them out bunch of c---suckers.” of Lebrun’s range as he tried Then he began shooting. to unjam his .30-06 calibre “He had a speech problem hunting rifle. so a lot of people teased him The Remington pump action about it,” one friend said. “He gun carries four shells in the was hurt, I know.” clip and one in the chamber.

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With games, feasts, pride and hope, people across the eastern Arctic said goodbye to the Northwest Territories yesterday and took their place as residents of Nunavut, Canada’s newest territory. “Let the rest of the world know that we have our own culture, and they’re going to get to know us,” Sila Kelly said as the festivities began.

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The big blue machine steamrolled across the province again last night, sweeping Mike Harris back into the premier’s chair. It wasn’t without Tory casualties, of course. The biggest shocker of the evening was the defeat of Harris’s Education Minister Dave Johnson in Don Valley East. Culture Minister Isabel Bassett was knocked off by Liberal Michael Bryant in St. Paul’s, and Agriculture Minister Noble Villeneuve was also swept away by another incumbent, John Cleary in the newly merged riding of Stormont Dundas Charlottenburgh, in eastern

Ontario. It wasn’t quite the landslide pollsters called for, but a handy majority for the Tories. But the defeat of Johnson and Isabel Bassett -- both in ridings that should have been Tory serve as a slap on the wrist to the Tories. And after a campaign that has been notable for its name-calling, its noisy demonstrations and the campaigns by embittered unions, it would be wrong for the Tories to now see this vote as a mandate to forge full-steam ahead with further reforms. Now is the time for the premier to show leadership.

In Iqaluit, the Nunavut capital, about 150 people braved a windchill of -42C as they gathered for traditional Arctic games such as harpoon tossing. “It’ll build up their selfesteem,” Ruth Kadlutsiak said for the children of the new territory. “Everybody is so proud of what they’ve accomplished here.”

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ONTARIO voters swept the Liberals to a three-peat majority win last night as the Grits took 100 of the province’s 103 seats. With gains in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, Jean Chretien was already sure before the seats were counted out West of becoming the first prime minister since Mackenzie King to form three successive majority governments. And despite all the pre-vote talk of a minority government, he did it with his largest share of the poplar vote of all three victories — and with at least one seat in every province. Standings in the new House are: 172 Liberals, 67 Alliance, 37 Bloc Quebecois, 13 NDP and 12 Tories. “We have a mandate from all across Canada,” Chretien

crowed last night in his victory speech. But the country again remains divided, with the four opposition leaders all winning their seats and, barring any recount upsets, gaining official party status through regional strengths. And this comes after a very bitter, often personal election campaign that opened many wounds. Chretien, who was labelled a possible crook during the campaign, offered an olive branch to his opponents, asking them to put the bitterness of the campaign behind them. “We have to turn the page ... East or West, Quebec or Ontario, we are all members of one big family, the Canadian family,” Chretien said to his supporters.

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PIERRE Elliott Trudeau, one of Canada’s great men of the 20th century, died yesterday at his home in Montreal. He was 80. The former prime minister died of prostrate cancer just a few days short of his 81st birthday. Trudeau served longer than any other prime minister in Canadian history, save Mackenzie King and Sir John A. Macdonald, and is considered one of the most significant politicians in Canadian history. A statement on the death of the former prime minister was released yesterday by his sons. “Justin and Sacha Trudeau deeply regret to inform you that their father, the Right Honourable Pierre Elliott

Trudeau, passed away shortly after 3 p.m.,” it read. Margaret Trudeau, the former wife of the ex-PM, and Sacha were seen leaving Trudeau’s home yesterday evening, but they did not speak to reporters. STATE FUNERAL Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized but the Prime Minister’s Office said a state funeral would be appropriate. That will be up to the family. Prime Minister Jean Chretien was en route to Jamaica yesterday, where he was to meet with Caribbean leaders, when he heard the news and decided to return home immediately. Thousands lined up on the Hill to honour the former PM and sign the bookf of condolences.

Premier Mike Harris called a public inquiry yesterday into the Walkerton E. coli tragedy. The government will appoint a judge or retired judge to oversee a “full, open and public review of what went wrong and why,” Harris said. “The families of Walkerton demand answers, the Ontario public demands answers, I demand answers,” Harris said.

As the death toll from tainted water climbed, Harris relented to increasing pressure for a public inquiry — just hours after a morning media scrum where he resisted the call for a full inquiry. The OPP, the coroner’s office and the environment ministry are already investigating the contamination of Walkerton’s water to determine its source.

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In a horrific sequence of destruction, terrorists hijacked two airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center in a co-ordinated attack this morning that brought down the twin 110-storey towers, raising fears of thousands of casualties. “I have a sense it’s a horrendous number of lives lost,” Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said. “I don’t know yet. Right now we have to focus on saving as many lives as possible.” Authorities had been trying to evacuate the 50,000 people who work in the towers, but many were thought to have been trapped. Within an hour of the trade

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along the way, no doubt. But at least the new city of Ottawa has been launched on a solid, sensible footing. With the birth of the new city comes a new city council, only now officially taking the reins after the November municipal elections. We would urge each and every member of the new council to work cooperatively in the greater interests of all residents and not to adopt the parochialism of a bygone era of local municipal governance. For the new city to work, it will take creativity and vision. Although former municipalities like Nepean, Gloucester, Kanata and Vanier have been consigned to the history books, the communities themselves are as vibrant and unique as ever.

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parents’ hands cast their eyes across a picturesque landscape along the southern section. To encourage riders, the trains will be free until the end of the year. PROUD DAY The launch was a proud day for Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli, a longtime light rail booster. Acknowledging “the long, tough political battle” to get the project on the rails, Chiarelli dismissed critics who said the north-south line goes nowhere. “The new O-Train is indeed a train to somewhere,” said Chiarelli. “It is a train to the future.” “There’s tremendous public pressure now, not just only public support, to move forward as quickly as possible with light rail,” said Chiarelli.


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FOUR Canadian soldiers were killed and eight injured in a training accident near Kandahar, Afghanistan, yesterday. The soldiers were killed after an American fighter jet accidentally dropped one or two laser-guided 250-kg bombs on members of the Edmonton-based Princess Patricia’sCanadian Light Infantry. Of the eight wounded soldiers, two had lifethreatening injuries, one had very serious injuries and five had serious injuries, defence officials said. This is the first time Canadians have been killed in an offensive military

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operation since the Korean War. Prime Minister Jean Chretien released a statement late last night expressing “deep sadness” over the deaths, adding he hoped that the families of the dead could take some solace in the fact that their loved ones were “serving their country with valour and gallantry” when they were killed. U.S. President George W. Bush called Chretien last night to express his condolences and pledged full U.S. co-operation in a Canadian-led investigation of the accident, Chretien said.

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Premier Mike Harris publicly apologized here yesterday after a scathing inquiry report laid much of the blame for this town’s tragic E.coli outbreak at the government’s feet. “I deeply regret any factors leading to the events of May 2000 that were the responsibility of the government of Ontario, either prior to, or during, my tenure as premier,” Harris told a hotel meeting room packed with media, politicians and a handful of local residents. “I would also like to say to the people of Walkerton on behalf of the provincial government and the people of Ontario that I am truly sorry for the pain and suffering that you have experienced.” There was plenty of responsibility to spread around in Justice Dennis

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CIRCLE Friday, June 28 on your football calendar. That’s when the Ottawa Renegades officially kick off their existence — against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Frank Clair Stadium (7 p.m.). “I don’t know if it’s an easy start, but it’s a start,” said Renegades coach Joe Paopao, studying the final draft of the 2002 CFL schedule. “We’re going to play everybody, so it really doesn’t matter who we play first. And I’ve worked with (Roughriders coach) Danny Barrett, and they just got (QB) Nealon Greene, so you don’t look at Saskatchewan and say they’re an easy team. “Any time you take anybody for granted in this business, you’re in trouble. We’re just excited we have an opener.” The kickoff game for the expansion club follows two

of the pre-season variety -Thursday, June 13 in Hamilton, and Thursday, June 20 against Montreal at Frank Clair (7:30 p.m.). In all, the Renegades play 18 regular-season games, including nine games on home turf — three on each of Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The schedule sees the Renegades play the rival Alouettes three times during the regular season. They also play the other Eastern Conference teams, the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton TigerCats, three and two times respectively. The balance of their schedule is made up with two games against each of the five West Division clubs. Fourteen of the team’s games are televised -- 10 by TSN, and four by CBC.


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CHEO was closed to visitors yesterday as Ottawa residents cleared pharmacy shelves of protective face masks to shield against SARS. In the wake of a SARS outbreak in Toronto that’s killed three and prompted the unprecedented quarantine of thousands, provincial authorities ordered hospitals to close their doors to visitors. The only exceptions are people visiting the critically ill and parents visiting young children. “We will now be restricting access to the hospital through two doors — emergency and the main entrance,” said Carleen Ridley, CHEO’s operations director of emergency services. “I think given the severity of the illness it’s a minor inconvenience at present to maintain the safety of our patients, families and staff. It’s

In the wake of an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling granting same-sex couples the right to legally marry, openly gay Ottawa city Coun. Alex Munter says the city must now grant marriage licences to samesex couples. Munter said it’s time for all governments to grant basic civil rights to gay people and that means abiding by the law. “I never would have suggested we issue marriage licenses because the law didn’t permit it. Well, the law has now changed. City staff don’t have the latitude to pick and choose which laws they comply with,” Munter said. But while same-sex couples were obtaining marriage licences in Toronto yesterday, the City of Ottawa was still unsure if it would be issuing same-sex marriage

the old thing, ‘better safe than sorry. ‘ “ Ridley said security will be at both doors to answer questions. In the emergency department, signs are posted asking anyone who’s travelled to Asia and has a fever and cold symptoms to wear a mask while in the hospital. The warning has also been expanded to include those who’ve visited the Scarborough Grace Hospital since March 16. Last night, the Ottawa Hospital and QueenswayCarleton remained open to visitors. Ottawa Hospital spokesman Ron Vezina said it’s not clear if the closure instruction was specific to Toronto. “Meanwhile, we’ve checked with public health in Ottawa and they’re content with our current protocol,” he said.

licences. Spokesman Andrew Skaling said the city clerk department was reviewing the decision with the city lawyers yesterday. He said the city, as an agent to the province, was in discussions with the Ontario Registrar’s Office. “This decision from what I understand is Toronto specific but we want to make sure we understand how this impacts Ottawa,” Skaling said. However, an Ottawa lesbian couple isn’t wasting any time exercising their legal right to marry. Lisa Lachance and Heather Gass, both 30-yearold federal government employees, were beaming over the court’s decision. “I want to clearly, equivocally say, ‘Yes, I’m married and that marriage is recognized by the law.”

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A massive, cascading power failure rolled across most of Ontario and a large swath of the Northeastern United States late yesterday, plunging close to 50 million people, from Ottawa to Detroit, Boston and New York City, into the continent’s worst blackout in more than a quarter of a century. Shortly after 4 p.m., power flickered and simultaneously vanished from an area of more than 9,300 squarekilometres, clogging rush-hour traffic and forcing the delay or cancellation of commercial airline flights between cities in the affected area. First reports soon followed from the United States of an enormous power grid failure. Due to its scope, and early reports of a large fire

burning at a ConEdison generating station in upstate New York, the blackout prompted immediate concerns of a possible terrorist attack. As officials on both sides of the border scrambled to determine the cause, the Pentagon and U.S. Department of Homeland Security moved swiftly to allay fears, saying there was no reason to suspect terrorism in the power failure. Ontario Premier Ernie Eves, who was forced to cancel his scheduled nomination meeting in Orangeville, called his cabinet back to Toronto for an emergency meeting, and later declared a state of emergency in the province. Power slowly returned.

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The world’s most powerful earthquake in 40 years struck deep under the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra yesterday, triggering tidal waves up to six metres high that obliterated villages and seaside resorts in seven countries across southern Asia. At least 12,000 people were killed. Tourists, fishermen, homes and cars were swept away by walls of water that rolled across the Bay of Bengal, unleashed by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake. The tsunamiwaves barrelled nearly 5,000 km across the ocean to Africa, where at least nine people were killed in Somalia, witnesses said. At least 4,448 were killed in Indonesia, the country’s Health Ministry said. In Sri Lanka, 1,600 km west of the epicentre, more than 4,500 people died -- at least

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3,000 in areas controlled by the government and about 1,500 in regions controlled by Tamil rebels, who listed the death toll on their website. There was an unconfirmed report of 500 more deaths on another website that provided no details. Elsewhere, about 2,300 were reported dead along the southern coasts of India, at least 431 in Thailand, 42 in Malaysia and at least two in Bangladesh. But officials expected the death toll to rise, with hundreds reported missing and all communications cut off to towns in the Indonesian island of Sumatra that were closest to the epicentre. Hundreds of bodies were found on beaches along India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, and more were expected to be washed in by the sea, officials said.

The Corel Centre looked gloomy yesterday and so did the Senators brass. The club should have been excited about players reporting for medicals this morning. Instead, Senators GM John Muckler sat on a podium with close friend and team president Roy Mlakar at his side and described what he called a “sad day.” Muckler spoke about what he and his staff are going to do to keep themselves busy until there’s a new collective bargaining agreement in place. As much as Muckler would love to be watching his players on the ice at their first workout tomorrow, he says the NHL is going to have to suffer a little bit in order to readjust itself for the betterment of the game. “We know we have to go through this because there’s

got to be a new system in place. We can’t go on with the current collective bargaining agreement and we fully support the decision by the league (to lock the players out),” said Muckler. But this won’t be easy for the Senators. Every season is supposed to generate excitement and this one was going to be no different. After sacking coach Jacques Martin following another early playoff exit last year and replacing him with Shawville native Bryan Murray, the team was expected take a new direction in its style of play this season. The changes didn’t stop there. Goaltender Dominik Hasek, fully recovered from off-season groin surgery, was brought in to replace Patrick Lalime, who was shipped to the St. Louis Blues during the entry draft.

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PRIME MINISTER Paul Martin turned a blind eye to the squandering of taxpayers’ money in the $250-million sponsorship program while he was finance minister, opposition MPs charged yesterday. Martin denied knowing as finance minister that there was anything amiss with the sponsorship program, a stand quickly shot down by the opposition. “The prime minister has the audacity to say that he did not know. Was he incompetent? Was he in denial or was he in a trance?” said Conservative MP Peter MacKay in the Commons. “One week into this prime minister’s tenure and we have a scandal unheard of in Canadian history ... The

prime minister knew about the scandal and yet he said nothing, and he did nothing,” added Conservative party interim leader Grant Hill. “Why did he choose to be silent instead of speaking up?” Martin repeatedly claimed he didn’t sign the cheques as finance minister, and was unaware something foul was going on within the program. “I didn’t know anything about it,” Martin told reporters. “When funding is allocated, either in a budget or a special envelope, it is done so on the basis that very clearly established rules will be followed. The heart of the problem, as the auditor general has said, is that those rules were not followed.”

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Announcing itself with shrieking winds of 233 km/h, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast just outside New Orleans at daybreak yesterday, submerging entire neighbourhoods up to their roofs, swamping Mississippi’s beachfront casinos and killing at least 55 people. Jim Pollard, spokesman for the Harrison County emergency operations centre, said 50 people were killed by Katrina in his county, with the bulk of the deaths at an apartment complex in Biloxi. Three other people were killed by falling trees in Mississippi and two died in a traffic accident in Alabama, authorities said. For New Orleans — a dangerously vulnerable city because it sits mostly below sea level in a bowl-shaped

depression — it was not the apocalyptic storm forecasters had feared. But it was plenty bad. In New Orleans and elsewhere along the coast, scores of people had to be rescued from rooftops and attics as the floodwaters rose around them. An untold number of others were feared dead in flooded neighbourhoods, many of which could not be reached because of high water. “We pray that the loss of life is very limited, but we fear that is not the case,” Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. Katrina knocked out power to more than a million people from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, and authorities said it could be two months before electricity is restored to everyone. Ten major hospitals were running on emergency backup power.

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SAME-SEX marriage is officially the law of the land. As of today, gay couples in Alberta, P.E.I., Nunavut and the Northwest Territories will have the same marriage rights as people in Canada’s other jurisdictions, where lower courts have tossed out the heterosexual requirement. Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin signed off on the historic legislation late yesterday, giving royal assent on behalf of Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson, who is recovering from surgery. “I’m ecstatic,” said Gilles Marchildon, executive director of rights group Egale Canada. “This reinforces my pride in being Canadian. Canada is a wonderful country where all citizens are equal. This bill just speaks to that.” Canada becomes the

fourth country to legalize gay marriage, joining Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. Egale’s Alberta director, Stephen Lock, called it a “momentous” day and expects many gay and lesbian couples will now kick their tentative wedding plans into high gear. But there may not be an immediate rush to the altar. “Like any sort of wedding, these things take time to plan. Try finding a caterer in 24 hours,” he said. “My guess is that it might be a few weeks before we start seeing actual marriages occurring out here.” The federal law stemmed from a 2003 Ontario court ruling that declared denying gay couples the right to wed unconstitutional. The issue has divided Canadians.

AFTER A 301-day lockout, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman can’t wait to walk into the St. Petes Times Arena and present the Tampa Bay Lightning with its Stanley Cup banner from the 2003-04 season. While Bettman says he never wanted the fight that ended with a collapse by the NHL Players’ Association, he’s glad to have hockey back on the ice. With those thoughts in mind, here’s a one-on-one pre-season chat with Bettman, who had a tough time hiding his excitement about seeing the start of the new NHL. Here’s an edited transcript of the interview: SUN: How has the response been across North America to hockey coming back? BETTMAN: “Most of the fans missed our game terribly, but most people understood why

we were doing what we were doing and why it had to be done. Now the game is coming back and people understand how healthy the game is on, and off the ice, there’s a sense of renewal, optimism and excitement.” SUN: How have your sales been throughout the league? BETTMAN: “I’m told that season-ticket sales were 3% higher than they were at the start of the 2003-04 season and that individual sales are also up.” SUN: What does that show? BETTMAN: “It shows that there is great excitement about the return of the game and that there isn’t a concern or people standing back to the game. It’s to the contrary. The game is being embraced fully and with a great deal of excitement by the fans.

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Canadians declared an end to a 13-year Liberal reign last night, handing Stephen Harper’s Conservatives a measured grip on power. Harper claimed victory with a minority government and a historic breakthrough in Quebec, while voters downsized the Liberal seat count and knocked off a slate of key senior cabinet ministers. “Tonight, our great country has voted for change,” Harper told supporters in Calgary. “To Canadians, we will honour your trust, we will deliver on our commitments.” He credited his wife’s love and support for making him a success. Harper also remembered his opponent in his victory speech. “I’d like to thank Mr.

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Martin for his contribution to Canada.” In a concession speech to supporters in LasalleEmard, a gracious Prime Minister Paul Martin announced he would step down as leader of the Liberal Party but would stay on until a transition. “We should be proud of everything we’ve accomplished, proud of all we have done for Canada,” he said. “How we turned around the nation’s finances and restored confidence to a country whose spirit was nearly broken.” The PM phoned Harper last night to congratulate him and offer him best wishes.

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light rail. Capital Coun. Clive Doucet called the decision a “disaster for the city.” He recounted the fight that council had to get the O-Train pilot project up and running. “Now we’re fighting to keep it running,” he said, lauding the success of the project that takes riders from South Keys to Bayview. Doucet also said the city was “screwed” by the federal government. He was referring to Treasury Board president John Baird’s decision during the municipal election to hold back funding until a new council was elected. Although the province signed off on its $200-million contribution, the federal government still hadn’t given the go ahead for its portion.

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most attractive option, too, as 67’s owner Jeff Hunt had signed on to run the team. A few weeks later, the football franchise ownership desires of beverage entrepreneur Frank D’Angelo were essentially snubbed by the CFL, as the league stated it preferred to focus on negotiating with the Palmer group at that time. However, the door was not completely closed on D’Angelo either, and yesterday the colorful showman said he’d be interested in re-entering the picture -- if he was asked by the league. “They didn’t tell us to go jump in the lake,” said D’Angelo would bring pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman into a football venture with him as a partner. “But if girl doesn’t want to date you, why bug her? I’ve got a big ego,” he said. Prospective buyers can argue that it’s been decades (if ever) since a CFL team in Ottawa made a profit.

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From three, to two, to one .... now none? The dwindling list of known suitors for a CFL team in Ottawa appears to be blank with talk that a Bill Palmer-led group of American investors has withdrawn its interest. According to those in the know, Palmer has balked at the league’s franchise fee, which is believed to be $5 million. “It looks like it has died an unceremonious death,” an insider said yesterday of Palmer’s bid. “It is dead .... there is nothing ongoing.” Palmer, a former CFLer and father of QB Jesse Palmer, did not return a call by the Sun. The past few months have not been kind to those hoping for the resurrection of the Renegades, in some form or another. A bid by Golden Gate Capital Corp. was pulled back in October when main money man Ernest Anderson was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. Many viewed it as the

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Jason Spezza’s magic touch defied him at the worst possible time. In the biggest playoff series of them all. In the most crucial game. In the delicate moments. “Obviously, I wish I could have done more and been a better player than I was,” Spezza said after Ottawa’s 6-2 dream-ending loss to the Anaheim at the Honda Center last night. “I just couldn’t get it going in the finals.” The Senators centre, who was in a head-to-head battle with Dany Heatley for the playoff scoring lead after three rounds, had just two assists in the final. He should have had two goals in the first period last night. Nearing the midway mark

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of the period and with his team trailing 1-0, Spezza was set up with an open net by Antoine Vermette. As he shot, the puck hit the stick shaft of falling defenceman Francois Beauchemin and went wide. At the next whistle, Spezza appeared to have a smile of disbelief on his face as he skated to the bench. He had another open net staring him in the face, another glorious chance to tie the score about five minutes later. This time, the pass from Chris Neil was too hard for him to handle. “That’s just how it seemed to go for me in the finals,” Spezza said. “I knew if I didn’t play better, it would be tough for us to win.” Spezza’s and the team’s luck soured against the Ducks.

The Senators lack killer instinct? Tell that to the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose summer holiday began after a 3-0 loss to the Senators last night at Scotiabank Place. The Senators handily won the best-of-7 playoff series 4-1. The Senators, who got goals from Chris Kelly, Antoine Vermette and Dany Heatley, will advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs for the fifth time. “It seemed like when Heatley scored, the weight of the world came off our shoulders,” said Senators coach Bryan Murray. “We got it going from there. Our defensive game and responsible play were there.” Goalie Ray Emery, with his first career playoff shutout, was spectacular. “The way we won that

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It was incredibly easy to admire Marion Dewar. It was easier still to really like her. And yesterday, those who had met her, those who hadn’t but felt they had and the thousands who have been touched by some of the goodness of her many accomplishments, were left feeling an incredible sadness upon hearing of her sudden death. On Friday, while on a trip to Toronto for the film festival, Dewar, 80, had a serious fall. She died yesterday with her family by her side. Throughout her life, Dewar received the Order of Canada, governed the nation’s capital,

raised a family full of their own accomplishments, was a loving wife, a Member of Parliament, and reached out to Vietnamese refugees to save their lives. Her impact was felt not just locally, but nationally. Despite her life’s successes, she was somehow one of us, a woman who had no airs about her. “This is a real tragedy for our community. She was a gutsy lady. If there was a cause she believed in, she went for it. She’d called the prime minister in the morning, and then have funs with kids at Foster Farm in the afternoon,” said Marlete Catteral, who sat on council with Dewar.

A Canadian Football League franchise hinges on renovating Frank Clair Stadium. League commissioner Mark Cohon says the league has awarded four Ottawa businessmen a conditional franchise as long as they have access to a “stadium the CFL and fans deserve.” “Ottawa needs an adequate stadium,” said Cohon. “We hope it will bring a renaissance to Frank Clair Stadium.” Businessmen Bill Shenkman, Jeff Hunt, Roger Greenberg and John Ruddy said Frank Clair Stadium was the only place to have a professional football team play ball and want to restore the stadium to its glory days. Hunt, who has owned the Ottawa 67’s for the past 10 years, said there is no other place the group wants a football

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U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Parliament Hill began with a warm wave to an adoring crowd of thousands and ended with a sugary sweet BeaverTail in the Byward Market. As Obama’s motorcade left his working visit in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill shortly before 4 p.m., it made an unexpected pit stop in the Byward Market. Obama exited his limousine to shop, shake hands, and grab one of the iconic Ottawa fried pastries. The Secret Service asked a nervous Jessica Milien, 17, an employee at the BeaverTail kiosk, to bring the

president one of the savory treats. She served him the aptly named ObamaTail, created in honour of the president’s inauguration. “I am standing there shaking, my legs are shaking, and I kept thinking, ‘What am I going to say? I have to sound smart, this is the president we are talking about,’“ she said. “He was such a down-toearth guy, he wasn’t hard to talk to at all,” she said. Obama wandered through the Byward Market, shaking hands and leaving awestruck shoppers as he went. He bought a keychain for one of his daughters with a Canadian $5 bill at the Oxxo Market. Obama told shopkeeper Adnan Ustun that his daughter collects the trinkets.

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Hundreds of Kanata and Stittsville homeowners are dealing with the aftermath of flooded basements following torrential rain storms Friday and early yesterday. The city said by 12:30 p.m. yesterday it had received close to 200 complaints of backed up sewers and water in the basements of homes, particularly in the Glen Cairn area of Kanata. They expect there are many more who haven’t called. “I think it’s bad day for me but when I think of all these people it’s a bad day for them,” said Michel Chevalier, manager of the city’s wastewater and drainage operations. “Unfortunately, I’ve seen many (flooded basements). It’s tough.” Chevalier was busy yesterday monitoring the

sewer and pumping system and by noon said the water had begun to recede. But the systems remained full as of 4 p.m. “We are gaining ground,” he said. Forty millimetres of rain fell at the Ottawa airport, according to Environment Canada. Chevalier said he didn’t have the exact numbers for the west end, but said it’s fair to say there was more rain. “Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes,” he said. “We know it was worse in the west end.” Lisa D’Eon lives on Ballantrae Way in the Glen Cairn area. While she avoided a massive flood in her basement, that wasn’t the case outside her home. She took pictures of her son swimming in large ponds and, a neighbour paddling his kayak.

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Neighbours were curious Sunday when cops showed up at a Kanata home after five cyclists were mowed down by a minivan about 1 km from the neighbourhood. Along with cops came a tow truck, which hauled the beige minivan that residents on Flamborough Way said was parked halfway inside the house’s garage. It was a strange way for anyone to park a vehicle, but as it turns out, the garage momentarily concealed possible evidence of an early morning crash on March Rd., near Solandt Rd. The minivan’s front end was marred by a bent hood, broken windows and scratches. Before officers seized the

minivan, the alleged driver of the vehicle turned himself in as news quickly spread that investigators were hunting for a vehicle like his. Police kept the 45-year-old man in custody overnight and sent him to court yesterday morning to be booked on five criminal counts of failing to stop at a collision involving injuries. Sommit Luangpakham, dressed in blue jail garb, appeared composed at his bail hearing. At the Crown’s request, justice of the peace Terry Pasche adjourned the case, placing Luangpakham, who has a full-time job and no criminal record, behind bars for at least three more nights.

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Ottawa police have charged a man with the city’s sixth homicide of the year. And police believe Paula Leclair, 64, was killed because the accused, Camille Cleroux, 56, wanted her apartment. Over the past few days, residents of 2969 Fairlea Cres., many of them sick and old, have watched as police pieced together what has been called the “strangest” murder investigations in recent years. It began as a missing person case. The motive was clear, police said. The suspect wanted Leclair’s apartment. Leclair was a woman who liked to cook and play cards, and who kept photos of her grandchildren. Wednesday, police found a body less than half a kilometre from her

home in a wooded area south of Fairlea Cres. They believe it’s Leclair. Neighbour Patrick Duffy said she “was the sweetest woman. She would cook too much food and bring it down to me. “She didn’t deserve anything like that to happen to her.” Donald Backs, who lives two doors down from Leclair’s apartment, said Wednesday “everybody’s shocked.” He said Leclair was a happygo-lucky and caring woman. He echoed Duffy’s comments about how she made food -- including soup -- and delivered it to her neighbours. Leclair was reported missing Saturday when her son called police concerned that something had happened to her.

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The Ottawa woman had never been in trouble with the law. But in 2008, a sip of beer on a city sidewalk led to hours of violence and humiliation at the hands of several Ottawa cops after she was arrested and detained for public intoxication. “No criminal record. No priors and just minding my own business walking home after a Friday night of partying and this is what happens,” said the woman on Tuesday. A judge’s October ruling in the 27-year-old’s case is prompting an investigation into those who unlawfully arrested her, violated her Charter rights, violently attacked her and illegally strip searched her in front of three male officers, one of whom cut off her shirt and bra and left her in a

Lansdowne Park is another step closer to receiving an extreme makeover. With a vote of 15-9, city council decided Monday night to forge ahead and redevelop Lansdowne with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. It means the city will make a capital investment of $172 million to redesign the Lansdowne property and pave the way for the Canadian Football League’s return to Ottawa. The commitment will also have the city provide a grant to help Shenkman Corp. build a new trade show centre at the Ottawa

International Airport. Mayor Larry O’Brien said the process has been “something amazing to watch from the inside.” A marathon council meeting saw councillors grill staff and debate nearly 50 motions before reaching a final decision around 10 p.m. There were a few significant developments from the motions. Council voted to keep Sylvia Holden Park out of the redevelopment after the community successfully rallied against the plan. Not having to redevelop Sylvia Holden Park will save the city $7.6 million.

cold cell for three hours after she soiled herself. “That is an indignity towards a human being and should be denounced,” Judge Richard Lajoie said in the ruling, calling the Sept. 6, 2008, ordeal an “extremely serious breach” of her rights before he threw out charges against her for assaulting a peace officer. “It was just a horrifying night for her, a horrifying experience and unsurprisingly shaken her confidence in law enforcement,” her’ lawyer Matt Webber said Tuesday. “The facts of this case begin with the outrage and get just worse and worse as you make your way through the evidence.” Sgt. Steven Desjourdy was evetually charged with sexual assault but acquitted in 2013.

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It’s been a quarter century since the first copy of the Ottawa Sun rolled off the press. Serious trivia buffs will know the first Sunday edition was published on Sept. 4, 1988, followed on Nov, 7, 1988 by the first daily edition. But since its arrival, the Sun has been anything but trivial. To celebrate our Silver Anniversary, we’ve pulled together a quiz that will test your knowledge of the many events that have unfolded over the last 25 years since the Sun came to the nation’s capital.

1. Neil Brady scored the first goal when the Ottawa Senators returned to the NHL in the fall of 1992. What jersey number was he wearing? a) 3 b) 5 c) 12 d) 44 2. In the past 25 years Canada has had five prime ministers. Name them.

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3. After stepping down as mayor in 2000, what was Jim Watson's next job? a) President and Chief

Executive Officer of the Canadian Tourism Commission b) MPP for Ottawa WestNepean c) Chairman of the Ontario Municipal Board d) President of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley combined for nine points c) It was the first game in the newly named Scotiabank Place d) the Senators shutout Toronto 7-0 e) all of the above

4. On May 14, 1998, what popular TV comedy ended its nine-year run but still continues in reruns? a) Frasier b) Cheers c) Seinfeld d) Friends

7. Which one of the following celebrities did NOT die in 2009? a) Michael Jackson b) Patrick Swayze c) Ted Kennedy d) Charlton Heston

5. The largest mall in the world, the Mall of America, opened for business in 1992. What state is it in? a) Michigan b) Minnesota c) Missouri d) Mississippi 6. On Jan. 21, 2006, the Sens played their 1,000th regular season game. Other than reaching this milestone, what else was significant about the game? a) Dominic Hasek earned his 67th career shutout b) Ottawa's 'Pizza Line' of

8. This baseball team has been one of highest winning teams through the ‘90s, winning pennants and appearing in the World Series. But they won the championship only once, in 1995. Was it: a) Atlanta Braves b) New York Yankees c) Detroit Tigers d) San Francisco Giants 9. In 2009, which continent reached one billion in population? a) Europe b) Asia c) Africa

d) South America 10. Re-arrange the letters to form the name of Ottawa Stadium when it opened in 1993 to house the city’s Ottawa Lynx minor league baseball team. mjeoftr akrp 11. How many existing municipalities, including the former Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, amalgamated in 2001 to form the City of Ottawa? a) 13 b) 12 c) 15 d) 10 12. Match these cities with the mayors at the time of of amalgamation: a. Claudette Cain b. Merle Nicholds c. Mary Pitt d. Doug Thompson e. Kanata f. Osgoode g. Gloucester h. Nepean

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Grieving friends by the thousands remembered “good kid” Eric Leighton Thursday night after word spread the athletic young man had died in hospital from an explosion earlier that day at Mother Teresa Catholic HIgh School. Good friend Charlotte Ross started the R.I.P./Pray for Eric Leighton Facebook event page. It had more than 5,200 members by 10 p.m. Thursday — all mourning the popular young man. Ross, who had many mutual hockey friends, said a plan is in place for friends to wear blue on Friday in memory of the 18-year-old. “He definitely knew how to light up a room,” said Ross. “He always knew how to calm people down. It was kind of like if you were having a bad

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day, or had a lot on your mind, during the time you were with him it went away,” she told the Sun. Leighton’s favourite colour was blue, Ross said, and having all his friends wear blue to honour him will help them heal. The avid hockey and lacrosse player, at 5-foot-10 and 170 lbs., clung to life in hospital Thursday surrounded by family, but died later that night. “There was a text. We didn’t know if he was going to die or going to make it,” said a tearful Brenna Thompson, 17. She was dancing alongside Leighton and other friends last Friday at the prom. “He always cared about everyone else. If they were upset, he always wanted to help them,” she told the Sun.

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A sudden, violent storm that tore into Ottawa Sunday night levelled the main Bluesfest stage and caused extensive damage and power outages across the region. Paramedics say a 46-year-old man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries as a result of a punctured abdomen, a fractured leg and a fractured pelvis following the stage collapse. Two other men sustained minor injuries. The area was evacuated and the festival ended abruptly as waves of spectators flooded into the War Museum and

neighbouring streets. Hydro Ottawa reported that 40,000 customers were without power Sunday night, but that figure had dropped to 10,000 by about 9 a.m., on Monday. Ontario Hydro also has thousands remaining without power across the region Monday morning. Barry McIntyre was in the front row at Bluesfest watching Cheap Trick with his wife and three daughters, aged 10 to 17, “They had just finished I Want You to Want Me when the wind picked up and confetti on the ground began to fly through the air. And then the stage lost its sound — went down.”

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Continued from page 27 13. What significant transit event occurred in Ottawa in October, 2001? a) The O-Train was launched. b) The one billionth Transitway rider was greeted. c) OC Transpo replaced 80% of its bus fleet d) The exact fare system was introduced 14. Which two popular local festivals were founded in 1993? a) Ottawa Fringe Festival b) The Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival c) The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival d) Bluesfest 15. The Ottawa Renegades took to the field in the fall of 2002 as the city’s newest Canadian Football League franchise. How many years prior to that had the city been without a CFL team? a) 10 b) six c) three d) nine 16. Fill in the blank. Jan. 1,

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2000 was going to be the day that would change lives. All computers would stop working and we would be without electricity and water. It was known as the “ ___ scare.”

17. The following quotations describe which well-known Ottawa personality? "He is probably the most selfless individual I have ever met, always looking out for someone else." "He's been in the community forever, so caring ... he just has this unbelievable way of making you feel you're the only person in the world.” a) former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson b) retired CTV News anchor Max Keeping c) philanthropist Dave Smith d) former Ottawa 67’s coach and general manager Brian Kilrea 18. In 1992, riots erupted in this American city after the acquittal of four police officers who had beat suspect Rodney King. Where did the rioting take place? a) San Francisco

b) Los Angeles c) Miami d) Detroit

more people in Ontario were without power than any other province.

19. Since 2000, which one of the cities did NOT host the Olympic Games? a) Barcelona b) Athens c) Beijing d) London 20. In 1995, the Ottawa area had a record 23 of these crimes, roughly double the tally in 1996 and 1997. What kind of illegal events were they? a) sexual assaults b) home invasions c) armed robberies d) homicides 21. In the 2010 Municipal election, former Mayor Larry O’Brien placed second behind Jim Watson, Ottawa’s current mayor. Who came in third place? a) Andrew Haydon. b) Clive Doucet c) Peter Clark d) Terry Kilrea 22. True or false? In the Great Ice Storm of 1998,

23. Which of the following milestones did legendary Ottawa 67’s coach Brian Kilrea never reach? a) win more than 1,100 games, more than any other Canadian Hockey League coach b) be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame c) win a Stanley Cup d) win two Memorial Cups 24. What event did the following events happen in? a) Princess Diana dies in a car crash b) OJ Simpson found not guilty of murder c) JFK Jr. dies in plane accident d) Operation Desert Storm 25. In which National Capital Region landmark have Ottawans since 2011 admired “the Wall of Three Rivers?” a) The Canadian Museum of Nature b) the Canadian Museum of Civilization c) The Canadian Tire Centre

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1. c) 12. Goal was scored against the Habs, Oct. 8. 2. Stephen Harper, Paul Martin, Jean Chretien, Kim Campbell, Brian Mulroney 3. a) President and CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission. 4. c) Seinfeld bowed out with an episode appropriately called “The Finale.” 5. b) Minnesota. It covered 4.2 million sq.-ft. in the city of Bloomington. 6. e) all of the above 7. d) Heston, who died in 2008. 8. a) Atlanta Braves who defeated the Cleveland Indians. 9. c) Africa, where the population is expected to double before 2050. 10. Jetform Park 11. b) 12. All had been part of the regional government that was established in 1969. 12. a–g; b-e; c-h; d-f 13. a) The O-train was launched to transport riders between Bayview and

Greenboro stations. 14. b) and d). The Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival and Bluesfest. 15. b) six years. The Ottawa Rough Riders folded in 1996. 16. Y2K 17. Max Keeping, who left the CTV anchor’s job in March 2010. 18. b) Los Angeles, where 55 people were killed and 2,300 injured. 19.a) Barcelona hosted the 1992 Games. 20. d) homicides 21. b) Clive Doucet 22. False. About 900,000 households were without power in Quebec while 100,000 in Ontario had no electricity. 23. c) win a Stanley Cup. 24. a) 1991 b) 1999 c) 1997 d) 1995 25. d) in the Ottawa Convention Centre, which opened in April 2011. *** Randy Ray of Ottawa and Mark Kearney of London, Ont. are the authors of nine books about Canada.

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A porn actor linked to Karla Homolka and horrific online videos is a suspect in a grisly Montreal slaying, in which body parts were mailed to political addresses. Luka Magnotta, 29, is being sought on a Canadawide warrant after a dismembered torso was found in a suitcase in Montreal and body parts mailed to Ottawa. In a grisly twist to the case, a graphic video has emerged purporting to show the murder and dismemberment. A Montreal police source confirmed cops are in possession of a video, which also includes cannibalism, but would not say if it is the same video. The video shows a man being stabbed to death with an ice pick and then being cut into pieces. The video was

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shot inside an apartment that bears a close resemblance to the unit in west-end Montreal that is at the centre of the homicide investigation. Magnotta also goes by the names Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Radulov, Montreal police said. He is white, 5-feet-10 and weighs 135 pounds. He has blue eyes and black hair. A man by the name of Luka Magnotta is also shown in other disturbing videos and photos online feeding a kitten to a python, and drowning kittens in a bathtub. Magnotta has been linked in the past as having had a romantic involvement with schoolgirl sex killer Homolka. The self-described male model and adult film actor vehemently denied any links. er.

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The case of teen girls as pimps -- believed to be working by themselves -- is highly unusual, say experts, adding the youth sex trade is almost always linked to gangs. Police on Tuesday declined to elaborate on where they are with any johns in the disturbing case of two 15-year-old girls accused of forcing three young girls into the sex trade, which is believed to be the first teenage prostitution ring of its kind in the country. Investigating any parents of suspects is “not an avenue at this time,” said police, who are also hunting a third suspect -- a 17-yearold girl -- whose identity they know. “Usually, when women are pimps, they’re older and were hookers themselves,” said Laurence Fortin-

Pellerin, a University of Ottawa sociologist. “Pimps are mostly men and buyers are mostly men.” The human trafficking case, where the youngest of the victims is 13, has sent shock-waves through investigators and the community. Police said Tuesday they have nothing to suggest the case is gang-related, which experts also deem uncommon. Girls sometimes recruit other girls to avoid sexual exploitation themselves, say experts, and often in a role as part of a street gang. “They’re living in a different world. The values, what is good and bad, is not the same,” said Amelie Proulx, project manager of a Montreal documentary exploring gang recruitment of young girls for sexual exploitation. ot of times,

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Queen St. won’t look like a war zone and the city is protected from cost overruns in a recommended $2.13-billion light rail deal that would award construction of the newly dubbed Confederation Line to the Rideau Transit Group. “Welcome to our city’s future. All aboard, Ottawa,” Mayor Jim Watson said Wednesday on a stage in City Hall’s council chambers, flanked by screens showing eye-catching renderings of the 13 stations. Confederation Line, the working name during construction, will run 12.5 km between Tunney’s Pa sture and Blair Station, via a downtown tunnel. The bid price is actually $15 million more--less than 1% -than the estimated costs cited in the last pre-tender LRT report for council in July 2011. But the city still considers the

project on budget. The federal and provincial governments are each contributing $600 million. “I’m very confident that we’re going to stick to that budget,” Watson said. “I cannot, nor can any of my colleagues, give you an unequivocal answer that something might not happen in five years from now that would affect that, but at this stage with the fixed price, that’s the guarantee that we have to protect taxpayers that the price will not go up.” The three main partners of RTG are ACS Infrastructure Canada, EllisDon and SNCLavalin. Renowned Ottawa architect Ritchard Brisbin put the final touches on the station designs. RTG says it can get substantial work done by Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

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I played catch with MajorLeaguer Erik Bedard, Navan’s greatest export ... I had the privilege of working with Earl McRae, first a sports columnist before taking his considerable talents to the front of the newspaper. When on his game, he was a journalism giant — few could match his beautifully flowing words. The founder of the Elvis Sighting Society, he was a huge music fan. I remember him coming into my office and humming Canned Heat’s Going Up The Country, asking me if I knew the name of the song. When Earl died two years ago, he took a piece of this newspaper’s excellence with him ... The Rough Riders left, the Renegades came and went. The RedBlacks, we hope, are here to stay ... Then there’s the highlight of all highlights back in 1990 when the NHL announced Ottawa would get an expansion franchise for the 1992 season. It seemed improbable, but somehow, some way, it happened. The Senators have been our focal point

since. In 1988, as a twentysomething, I left the Toronto Sun to start working at this newspaper, the new kid on the block. Many big foreheads gave us no chance to survive. I knew better. There was talent all around me, superheroes with ideas ... and a tremendous work ethic that has survived. Everybody also had an abundance of the “P” words: Passion and pride. With talented Jane O’Hara as sports editor (I will always be grateful for the guidance and support she provided), I started as assistant sports editor, became associate sports editor, executive sports editor, sports editor, then a columnist 18 months or so ago. Readers of our fantasyland (sports) section have been treated to the writing of Chris Stevenson, Don Brennan and Bruce Garrioch. If they were The Three Stooges, Chris would be Moe, Don would be Curly and Bruce would be Larry. I’m not sure we have ever had a Shemp or Curly Joe. As talented colleagues left, there were others to keep the

flame burning. The torch has been passed over and over again. Many of those behind the success of this paper don’t get the credit they deserve. While they sold ads, beancounted, made sure the paper got into your hands every day or had to manage prima donnas like myself — they were equally as important as the headshots and bylines you see each day. I liken it to football. We’re a team. We’ve got people blocking, tackling, quarterbacking and carrying the ball. Here is the obligatory butt kissing. We’ve got folks like Day Oner Mike Therien, who keeps getting fancy new titles because of his unbelievable drive and vision (plus he can whack a golf ball pretty good), along with editor types Don Ermen and Michelle Walters who make sure the paper doesn’t lose sight of where we’ve been and where we’re going. We’ve got coaches and managers, cheerleaders ... there has never been an “I” in Sun. Life has changed since 1988, when Ben Johnson said he didn’t take any ster-

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Abdullah The Butcher puts the bite on (a younger) Tim Baines at a wrestling event in 2003.


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