Two Mark Casse horses named early favourites for $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile


Casse has the top two early favourites in the eight-horse field. War of Will, the ’19 Preakness Stakes winner, is the 2-1 first choice with March to the Arch the 5-2 second pick.
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People who think it’s OK to hold parties; to carry on as if things are back to normal. They aren’t.”Saturday’s announcement of provincewide restrictions built on the regional measures the government introduced earlier this week in the three regions where the bulk of new cases have been identified.Ford said indoor gatherings must now be capped at 10 people across Ontario, down from 50 under relaxed measures that took effect under Stage 3 of the province’s pandemic recovery strategy. Outdoor gathering limits, previously at 100, are now set to 25.The government also set minimum fines of $10,000 for gathering organizers and $750 for those who attend.The tighter restrictions take effect across the province immediately and will be in place for at least the next 28 days, Ford said. They do not apply at staffed businesses, schools or places of worship.Ford imposed lower gathering limits on Toronto, Ottawa and peel Region on Thursday and had previously stated he intended to take a regional approach to pandemic-fighting efforts.But as case numbers surge, Ford said anxiety was mounting outside of the three primary hotspots.“Medical officers are out there, they’re concerned,” Ford said. “We follow the advice we’re getting off them.”Yaffe said the recent numbers are in keeping with some Health Canada projections about how an anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases could play out.She said the federal agency offered three prospective models — a large, sustained second wave of new cases; several smaller waves; or a steady but “slow burn.”Yaffe said it’s too soon to tell which of the first two models applies to Ontario, but said recent data suggests the third scenario is not in play.“I think when people hear ‘second wave,’ they assume we’re talking the big wave,” she said. “We’re hoping we’re not, but we are in a wave.” Saturday’s announcement came as Ontario processed a record-high number of COVID-19 tests, saying nearly 39,000 were processed in the past 24 hours.Ford said he hopes to involve the province’s pharmacies in testing of asymptomatic patients, possibly as soon as next week, but offered no other details. The plan has been met with concern from health-care unions who fear such a move would accelerate the spread of the virus.Ford also called on the federal government to make approving new testing methods a “number-one priority.”RELATED Ontario Tightens Gathering Limits In Toronto, Peel And Ottawa Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole Tests Positive For COVID-19 Guaranteed Basic Income Won’t Be Stealing Spotlight In Liberal Throne Speech Premiers Ask Feds For Billions In Additional Health-Care Funding Feds 'Urgently' Need To Make Private Nursing Homes Public After COVID-19 Outbreaks Meanwhile, word of the tightened social gathering limits drew praise from the mayor of a community bordering one of the major provincial hotspots.Markham, Ont., Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who oversees the city north of Toronto and not far from Peel Region, had been calling for stricter gathering limits as numbers began to climb.“This is welcome news after we asked the province to make this necessary change,” Scarpitti said in a statement. “Strict protocols have to remain in place to ensure the safety and protection of everyone. We all have a responsibility to do what is right and to avoid a false sense of security.”But New Democrat deputy leader Sarah Singh said Saturday’s announcement demonstrates poor planning from the government, saying officials should have had a more robust plan to cope with future waves of the virus.Singh also argued the lower social gathering limits should also be applied in the province’s recently reopened schools.“We need to see a provincewide rollback on class sizes,” she said in a statement. “How could Doug Ford believe it’s not safe to have more than 10 people in a gathering, but that it’s safe to have 30 kids in a classroom and 70 kids on a school bus?Ford said Saturday the province would keep a “sharp eye” on the situation in schools, where 72 cases of COVID-19 had surfaced in 60 facilities as of Friday.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2020.
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So that by the time he’s ready, the public may be tired of him.”His words were prophetic.Despite his missteps, Turner guided the Liberals through some of their darkest days in the 1980s. His right-of-centre contribution to party policy would help pave the way for fiscally conservative prime ministers Jean Chretien — his longtime rival — and Paul Martin.Turner’s journey began as a dashing young politician with the world at his feet and ended nearly 30 years later when he could no longer overcome his image as a relic of the past.There was a dichotomy to Turner’s life. He was a jock who studied at Oxford and the Sorbonne, a staunch Catholic who defended the decriminalization of abortion and homosexuality and a Bay Street lawyer who campaigned against free trade — describing it as the fight of his life.“There were two Turners. There was the thoughtful, intelligent John Turner who was kind of an intellectual,” former aide Ray Heard said in an interview several years ago.“But there was another side to him. ... There was John the jock, who used to love watching NFL football with us, who sometimes drank too much, who used to put on his red cardigan and sit in his office having a good time,” he said.“So there was these two Turners, and sometimes these two Turners were in conflict with each other.”Born in England, John Napier Wyndham Turner emigrated to Canada in 1932 after the premature death of his father Leonard.His young, well-educated and driven mother, Phyllis Gregory, moved the family to her hometown of Rossland, B.C., and then to Ottawa a year later, where she climbed to the top ranks of the civil service.She married wealthy businessman Frank Mackenzie Ross, who later was lieutenant-governor of British Columbia.An Olympic-calibre track star, Turner graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1949, winning the Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. After studying law, he went to Paris to work on a doctorate at the Sorbonne.The young lawyer caused a stir when he danced with Princess Margaret at a party in 1959, giving rise to speculation that the two would become a couple. Heard said the two remained friends for life.Turner moved to Montreal to practice law but was lured into politics by Liberal cabinet minister C.D. Howe, who asked him to help in an election campaign. Turner won a seat in 1962, representing the Quebec riding of St-Laurent-St-Georges.He would later hold seats in two other provinces, Ontario and British Columbia, a feat unmatched since William Lyon Mackenzie King.In 1965, he was named to cabinet by Lester Pearson, as a minister without portfolio. Two years later, Chretien and Pierre Trudeau joined cabinet, with Trudeau landing the plum post of attorney general and minister of justice. Turner toiled in the unglamorous job of registrar general, while Chretien languished with no portfolio. It foreshadowed a rivalry that would divide the men in the years to come.A few months later, Turner finally landed Consumer and Corporate Affairs, a ministry he convinced Pearson to create.He once compared his job to that of a hockey star.“Tonight you scored a goal and you’re a hero, tomorrow you let a goal in and you’re a bum,” he said in 1967. “And that’s politics.”But Turner was well-liked on Parliament Hill, playing squash with opposition members and once, walking across the House of Commons to comfort a New Democrat who had just confessed to having a serious criminal record.He saved then-Opposition leader John Diefenbaker from drowning while on vacation in Barbados, having unintentionally booked a stay at the same resort.He married Geills McCrae Kilgour, the great-niece of Col. John McCrae who wrote “In Flanders Fields” and the sister of longtime MP David Kilgour, in 1963.The two had a daughter, Elizabeth, and three sons, David, Michael and Andrew.Turner ran to succeed Pearson in 1968, but lost to Pierre Trudeau. Even when it was all but certain he would lose, Turner stubbornly stayed in the race until the fourth and final ballot.As justice minister in Trudeau’s cabinet between 1968 and 1972, Turner proposed a national legal aid system — an issue close to his heart — and created the Federal Court, among other reforms. But he was also put in difficult positions that sometimes challenged his personal beliefs.He defended martial law and the suspension of civil liberties during the October Crisis of 1970, as well as the decriminalization of homosexuality and abortion in the 1960s.  “Those of us who support the bill recognize that there are areas of private behaviour which, however repugnant, however immoral, if they do not directly involve public order, should not properly be within the criminal law of Canada,” he said at the time.He was named finance minister in 1972 and held the job for three turbulent years, marked by high unemployment and high rates of inflation. He left politics in 1975, which some believed was over his opposition to Trudeau’s decision to implement wage and price controls after the 1974 election.Return to politicsTurner spent nearly a decade as a corporate lawyer on Bay Street before returning to politics after Trudeau resigned.He won the 1984 Liberal leadership race, a divisive contest that pitted Turner against Chretien. The rift their rivalry created within the Liberal ranks plagued Turner for the rest of his career.“Chretien and his people launched, almost from Day 1, a war of attrition against John Turner,” said Heard.“Chretien’s people kept stabbing him in the back. They had coups and counter-coups going on. I spent more time dealing with caucus revolts inspired by the Chretien people than I spent opposing Brian Mulroney and his government. It was a ludicrous situation.”Turner triggered an election just nine days after being sworn into office, forgoing the chance — some say foolishly — to host a visit by the Queen and another by the Pope that would have given the new prime minister golden opportunities for glowing, wall-to-wall media coverage.The campaign was a disaster. The party wasn’t prepared to run a campaign and was mired in organizational problems. Chretien’s supporters were staging caucus revolts. And Trudeau’s parting gift — patronage appointments — would be Turner’s undoing.But his outdated sensibilities landed him in trouble too, when he was filmed patting the rear end of Liberal party president Iona Campagnolo, who patted his bottom right back.However, it made Turner look sexist and out of touch, and his unrepentant defence — calling himself a “tactile politician” and dismissing it as a joke — didn’t help matters.The breaking point came during the 1984 election debate, when Turner was forced to defend Trudeau’s appointments, saying he had no option but approve them.“You had an option, sir — to say no,” Mulroney said.Turner, an expert debater, never recovered.But he won a seat in Vancouver and led the Opposition Liberals for six more years.RELATED Aline Chretien, Wife Of Former PM Jean Chretien, Dead At 84 How Canada’s Job Market Has Performed Under 7 Prime Ministers Guaranteed Basic Income Won’t Be Stealing Spotlight In Liberal Throne Speech The 1988 election provided a rematch with Mulroney over the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement, which Turner vehemently opposed, later calling it the fight of his life. He triumphed in the debates, eloquently turning free trade into a referendum on Canadian sovereignty. But he faced mutiny from senior Liberals who wanted to dump him mid-campaign and choose another leader.Turner didn’t win, but the Liberals recovered, doubling their seats in the House of Commons. He resigned in 1990 and quit politics three years later, joining a Toronto law firm.Despite his declining health, he was a mainstay at many Liberal events. He gave speeches reminding the party of its golden years, sprinkled with wild stories about life on the political trail.Throughout his political career, he stuck to his convictions, took up unexpected causes — like legal aid and free trade — and kept the Liberals together during some of their darkest days.Bad timing stopped Turner from realizing his full potential as a great prime minister. In the end, the public tired of him before he reached the top.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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