Atlanta Falcons show they’re ready for football’s grandest stage with emphatic claim to NFC crown

They may not be quite ready to beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, but Sunday’s dominating win showed that the Falcons deserve to be taken seriously. “I told him ‘We want to play in the Super Bowl in 2019,’” Blank said on Sunday night. Even with a seriously injured toe, Julio Jones was a beast on Sunday, virtually unstoppable, though he was admittedly facing an average Packers defence. The Falcons defence still isn’t up to speed with the offence, but they’re catching up. The Falcons were the best team in the NFC, and now they’re not just Super Bowl participants.

January 23, 2017 23:18 UTC

Canadian golfer Adam Hadwin says shooting 59 a big confidence boost for rest of the PGA Tour season

All that stood between the Canadian golfer and a third-round score of 59 at the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge on Saturday was three-foot putt on the 18th hole. But couldn’t convert a birdie on the 18th as Hudson Swafford captured his first PGA Tour title. Hadwin knocked in a tricky shot for par to secure second place and his highest payday on Tour. Hadwin has been on the PGA Tour since 2015 after he won twice on the Tour circuit and earned full status thanks to his position on the money list. This week also marks the return of Tiger Woods to the PGA Tour for the first time since August 2015.

January 23, 2017 23:09 UTC

In a report card on Trudeau government’s first year, indigenous affairs work gets an ‘incomplete’

OTTAWA — The Privy Council Office has given the Trudeau government what amounts to an incomplete mark when it comes to meeting objectives the Liberals set for themselves on indigenous and northern affairs, the National Post has learned. The Post has spoken to Liberal political staffers from different departments over the past several weeks about the challenge of meeting the government’s commitments on the indigenous and northern affairs file. Many Conservative political staffers who had to work with that department over the past decade have often said the same thing. Even the auditor general, Michael Ferguson, in his most recent report to Parliament, complained specifically about a long history of inaction and indifference at the department of indigenous and northern affairs. Barber attended the past three cabinet retreats but he is not in Calgary this week, a spokesperson for Trudeau said.

January 23, 2017 23:09 UTC

John Ivison: Trump has ‘unusually positive view’ of Canada and things should ‘go well,’ top adviser says

The Trump administration has an “unusually positive view” of Canada and things should “go well” for this country, according to the new president’s chief economic adviser. It seems we will escape a new cross-border tax on exports and will not be targeted by other protectionist measures. And sources suggest the Trump administration has already made it clear that it is going to want a higher military contribution from Canada. It’s not clear yet whether this type of move would preclude the African mission, for which Trump is unlikely to have much sympathy. Senior figures like chief strategist Steve Bannon, a former U.S. Navy officer, know the Canadian military and believe spending as a ratio of GDP is not an adequate measure of contribution.

January 23, 2017 22:54 UTC

Who is Chris Hogan? How an overlooked wideout boosted the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl

His full-game total of 180 yards broke the Patriots’ single-game post-season record for receiving yards. The Buffalo Bills finally gave Hogan that big career break, signing him off the Dolphins’ practice squad in November 2012. Last July, on the first day of his first training camp with the Patriots, Hogan told Postmedia he wasn’t exactly heartbroken about his change of surroundings. Following Pittsburgh’s decisive 36-17 loss to the Patriots in New England, there weren’t many silver linings to point to for Big Ben. “That’s a good question … I know I did.” — John Kryk“It is what it is over there,” Hogan said of Buffalo.

January 23, 2017 22:30 UTC

Donald Trump is out to write the script for his new reality show: Editorial

No one seems more confused on this point than Donald Trump himself. It’s all a matter of scripting, crafting the appropriate plot twists to keep the audience enthralled and the critics happy. If the story line isn’t turning out quite right, then just rewrite the script. Perhaps because, for Trump, downplaying the turnout for his inauguration wasn’t just a debatable political point. The news media will have their hands full resisting Trump’s effort to erase the distinction between truth and fiction, between reality and reality show.

January 23, 2017 22:19 UTC

Miss Universe Canada Siera Bearchell using 'self-love' to fight Instagram body-shamers

For Miss Universe Canada Siera Bearchell, all you need is love. Her comments came after users questioned why she had apparently gained weight. Bearchell, who was crowned Miss Universe Canada last summer in Toronto, is a law school student at the University of Saskatchewan. She's an entrepreneur — having launched her clothing brand Watered Down Apparel — and is also a former Miss Saskatchewan. She is currently in the Philippines to compete in the Miss Universe 2016 pageant, which will be co-hosted by plus-sized model Ashley Graham and held on Jan. 30.

January 23, 2017 22:18 UTC

'America's worst mom' comes to B.C.

A woman who has been dubbed "America's worst mom" is in the B.C. Skenazy found herself being called "America's worst mom" as media outlets around the world quickly picked up her story. Lenore Skenazy is visitng Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Kamloops. Skenazy's is giving a talk in Kelowna on Tues. Jan. 24 in the UBC Okanagan ballroom at 7 p.m. On Wed. Jan. 25, Skenazy is in Salmon Arm for a free talk at 6:30 p.m. at Salmon Arm Secondary, Sullivan Campus.

January 23, 2017 22:14 UTC

Ontario should save kids from interminable bus commutes: Editorial

Parents in rural Ontario are struggling with the new reality that local schools are closing, forcing young children to spend two hours or longer on a daily bus commute. As the Star’s Kristin Rushowy reports, school boards across Ontario are struggling to deal with a declining student population. Many boards are targeting small rural schools for closure, even though their enrolment is often higher than schools in larger centres. It’s not just the long hours that are detrimental, says Elgar, but the total disconnect from local life. “If you take the kids and put them in a community they have no connection to, they won’t have the opportunity to get to know the community,” Elgar said.

January 23, 2017 22:09 UTC

Federal court dismisses First Nations' challenge of Site C dam

First Nations trying to prevent the Site C dam project from going ahead. Lawyers for the federal government and BC Hydro countered that decisions about treaty rights should be determined in court, not by cabinet. Prep work for construction of the Site C dam takes place along the Peace River in northeastern B.C. The Site C dam will flood approximately 5,550 hectares of land in northeast B.C. The Mikisew Cree First Nation in Alberta also fear Site C will dry out Wood Buffalo National Park - A UNESCO World Heritage site.

January 23, 2017 22:03 UTC

Pistol-whipped and pepper-sprayed: Owners of Toronto’s illegal pot shops not reporting robberies, police say

TORONTO — Police say marijuana dispensaries operating illegally in Toronto have been the target of violent, armed robberies but their business owners and employees often don’t report them to authorities. There have been 17 robberies of so-called pot shops since last June and eight of them were not reported to police, Supt. During some of those robberies, Evans said employees and customers in the stores were stabbed, pistol-whipped, pepper-sprayed and shot at. Last May, Toronto police began to crack down on the dozens of illegal marijuana shops that have popped up throughout the city. During that operation — dubbed Project Claudia — police raided 43 shops and arrested 90 business owners and employees.

January 23, 2017 21:41 UTC

Toronto Raptors lose hobbled DeMar DeRozan at brutal juncture in season: ‘When it rains, it pours sometimes’

The Raptors got a taste of life without DeMar DeRozan a couple of years ago and will have to go through that again over at least the next few days. “When it rains, it pours sometimes,” DeRozan said of having to sit out right when his team needs him most. Toronto has dropped three straight games and San Antonio and Memphis are both very good teams. You see that sense of urgency steps up a lot more because guys understand a lot needs to be filled,” DeRozan said. One more suited to withstand an absence, whether it’s a few games or a couple of weeks.

January 23, 2017 21:36 UTC

200,000 litres of oil spills onto First Nations land near Stoughton

About 200,000 litres of oil spilled near Stoughton, Sask., last week. Some 200,000 litres of oil has spilled near Stoughton, Sask., the provincial government said Monday. The oil did not enter any water sources but covered agricultural land, the email said. As of Monday, 170,000 litres of oil had been recovered, the email said. The spill comes seven months after a 225,000-litre Husky oil spill, in which some entered the North Saskatchewan River.

January 23, 2017 21:20 UTC

SNL writer Katie Rich suspended indefinitely after joke about Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son

U.S. President Donald Trump stands with his son Barron Trump inside of the inaugural parade reviewing stand in front of the White House on January 20. A 'Saturday Night Live' writer has been suspended indefinitely after a joke on Twitter about Barron. ( Mark Wilson / GETTY IMAGES )A Saturday Night Live writer has been suspended indefinitely after a joke on Twitter about U.S. President Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron. Barron Trump was widely seen at Friday’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid,” Chelsea wrote on Facebook, garnering over 100,000 reactions.

January 23, 2017 21:17 UTC

The path is there for Milos Raonic, but a resurgent Nadal is blocking it: Cox

It’s Raonic’s third straight visit to the quarters in Australia, and quite clearly his best chance yet to win the tournament. The question is whether his best might still be enough to outfox Raonic and to win this Aussie Open. “I think it’s going to be a fight between me and (Nadal),” said Raonic, dismissing the possibility Moya can pass on insider information to his opponent. “That’s sort of where it ends.”Interestingly, Federer has also added a former Raonic mentor, Ivan Ljubicic, to his team this season. But that just means he has to summon his very best tennis to prove he can win the big one.

January 23, 2017 21:16 UTC

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