Archive for October, 2011

Muslim ball hockey bridges gap for youth minorities

Sticks are clashing, players are yelling, shots ring off the boards and the buzzer sounds. It looks and sounds like your typical hockey game at the local arena, except for one minor detail – no one is white.

Hockey, habitually known as Canada’s favourite sport, takes a spin on Saturdays as Muslim enthusiasts line the corridors at the Stephen Leacock Arena. Sixteen teams comprised entirely of Muslims embody the Madina Hockey League (MHL), a ball hockey league for those aged 15 and up.

But these aren’t just pickup games of shinny, they’re every bit as intense as one would expect a hockey game to be.

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The Roof is Open for the Future of Baseball in Toronto

Travis Logan winds up for a long distance throw at Wishing Well Park on Oct. 3.

It’s getting dark pretty early these days… guess the kids could turn the spot lights on. The infields are flooded, but I suppose Travis could practice in the outfield for now. Can’t get away with a t-shirt at night anymore, he might as well throw on a jacket.

The conditions of Wishing Well Park in Scarborough aren’t optimal in October, but it’s not enough to stop Travis Logan and his peers from practising as much as possible. Sure the season ended over a month ago, but there’s plenty of time in the winter for the young teenagers to hone their skills on their way to being a professional.

The road to professional baseball is a road seldom travelled by Torontonians, which is exactly why Colin Cummins created Red Eye Pro Baseball. The new training facility, which opened in Scarborough last year, was built for kids like Travis Logan.

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Voters Paint the Town Red

Photo credit: James Wattie

Voters painted Scarborough red again on Oct. 6, with all six ridings remaining in Liberal hands.

Scarborough-Guildwood was expected to be a tight race between MPP Maragrett Best and PC candidate Gary Elis, a former police superintendent in 42 and 43 Divisions. The results, though, told a different story.

Best won with nearly 50 per cent of the vote, comfortably retaining her seat at Queen’s Park for a second term.

Scarborough-Southwest PC candidate Mike Chopowick lost his bid, finishing third behind victorious incumbent Liberal Lorenzo Berardinetti and NDP candidate Bruce Budd. Berardinetti scooped 44 per cent of the vote while Chopowick received about 21 per cent. Second-place finisher Budd got just over 31 per cent of the vote.

Liberal incumbent Brad Duguid in Scarborough Centre won most comfortably in Scarborough, receiving more than 51 per cent of the vote, beating PC contender Carol Williams, who finished with about 24 per cent of ballots cast.

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