Justin Bieber faced a hostile homecoming at the 100th Grey Cup on Sunday, with the jeering capacity crowd at the raucous Rogers Centre providing the teen idol with a reception as unyieldingly cold as a long Canadian winter.
The 18-year-old grew up roughly 150 kilometres down the road in Stratford, Ont., but that didn't help his cause with the rowdy crowd on hand, who took aim at the ubiquitous pop star whenever possible.
They booed when his face popped up on the JumboTron. They booed when a host spoke his name at the onset of halftime. And they booed with extra glee as he took the stage and throughout his medley of the finger-snapping, chart-topping hit ``Boyfriend'' and the disco-inflected club come-on ``Beauty and a Beat.'' If Bieber was bothered by the boo-birds, it didn't show.
``It's an honour to be here at the Grey Cup in Canada,'' he said, ...
As Canadians we love our universal health care. The monarchy? Not so much.
A new national poll commissioned by Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies looked at the pride Canadians haven in more than a dozen symbols, achievements & traits.
The online survey of 2,200 respondents by Leger Marketing found universal health care was almost universally loved, with 94% calling it an important source of collective pride, including 74% who called it very important.
Canada's reputation in the world came 2nd, the Charter of Rights & Freedoms came 3rd, & Canada's economic performance pulled in 4th--all clocking 90% or better in terms of importance.
At the other end of the spectrum, just 39% of respondents felt the monarchy was a source of personal or collective pride, while 59% felt it wasn't very or not at all important.
(The Canadian Press)
CFL alumni, cheerleaders and fans are getting set to parade the Grey Cup through the streets of Toronto.
The march is just part of street parties and celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary edition of the championship football game, set to kickoff at 6pm
The Cup will travel east down Bloor to Yonge, south on Yonge to Yonge & Dundas Square. Next, it's west on Queen to Nathan Phillips Square, south on York to the Royal York before finally making its way to Front St.
The Calgary Stampeders are 2-point favourites over the host Toronto Argonauts.
With Black Friday over, bargain hunters are getting their index fingers ready for Cyber Monday.
That's the day of deep online discounts the Monday after the busiest shopping day of the year in the US.
For years, both events were largely American phenomena marking the start of the key holiday shopping season when retailers turn profits.
But the hype is spreading north of the border.
Experts say the weekend-long holiday sales event could soon surpass Boxing Day as the busiest shopping period of the year in Canada.
A recent American Express poll found 56% of Canadians plan to shop online for at least some of their gifts, up 5% from 2011.
(The Canadian Press)
It's Grey Cup Sunday in Toronto.
If you're heading downtown today, police advise you take transit.
The TTC is offering a commemorative Grey Cup day pass today for $10.50.
GO Transit is running extra trains today on each line before and after the game.
If you don't have tickets to the game but want to take in some of the excitement, there are several events that you can take part in:
Telus Street Festival
Front St, near John St
Live concerts, team parties, food, beer tents and overall revelry will be in full swing on Front St. from Simcoe to John and north to King St. With a mix of ticketed and free to the public events, fans old and new will indulge in an outdoor ribfest and the largest tailgate party, presented by Frank’s RedHot, ever to be staged!
Starting Point: Varsity Stadium
To celebrate the ...
The Ontario Liberals have tripled their number of members thanks to the race to replace their leader, Dalton McGuinty.
When the premier announced he is stepping down, the party had up to 15,000 members.
By Friday night, which was the cut-off for new memberships, the party reports the seven leadership candidates turned in more than 27,000 forms.
The Liberals now have 45,000 members.
The Toronto Star reports that MPP Kathleen Wynne sold the most memberships of the seven candidates - 8,000 of them at $10 each.
A man has turned himself in to the police after Friday’s hit-and-run that left a cyclist dead.
Police say the man showed up at 11 Division on Saturday night, and hit-and-run detectives were sent there to investigate.
22-year-old Miguel Oliveira has been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident, causing death. He is expected in court Sunday morning.
The victim was 35-year-old Tom Samson, a popular grade 2 teacher at Swansea Public School.
At 804-million views, Justin Bieber's "Baby" is no longer the most viewed video on YouTube.
It won't surprise you to learn which video surpassed that record on Saturday - PSY's Gangnam Style now has 814-million views.
The video also holds the Guinness World Record for the most "liked" song ever, with 5.4 million likes on YouTube.
And the song has been number one in 28 countries.