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GO fares expected to rise in new year, but Union-Pearson Express could go down

Charlene Close | posted Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015

The cost of riding GO Transit is expected to go up in the new year, but the price of the Union-Pearson Express may be coming down.

The Metrolinx board meets Thursday and according to a board report, it will likely approve an increase of about 5 per cent on all but the shortest GO rides effective February 1.

The provincial transit agency is also tweaking the cost of riding the Union-Pearson Express train over the next few weeks.

The changes include allowing children 12-and-under to ride free and reducing the return adult fare from $53 to $44.

It’s been nearly six months since it launched and the Union-Pearson Express is only carrying about 2,500 passengers a day, which is about half its first year goal.

Last week, it announced a buy one get one free promotion.

Toronto Maple Leafs Sparks’ NHL debut marked by history, tears and perfection

Damien Cox, Sportsnet | posted Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015

Unexpected and unscripted. It happened just that way. The best way.

Young goalie, chubby and seemingly exiled to the low minors less than a year ago, gets a chance out of the blue to start an NHL game for a very famous team fallen upon hard times. Few imagine this as a solution to anything.

Goalie’s parents sit in the stands watching. Goalie gets a shutout. Makes history.

Goalie cries when interviewed.

Rocky Balboa did something along those lines after being pummelled by Apollo Creed the first time, and I seem to remember Todd Gill weeping a bit after the Toronto Maple Leafs upset the Detroit Red Wings in the 1993 playoffs.

But this was just simple and perfect — certainly too perfect for Toronto’s rarely-anywhere-near-perfect NHL franchise.

On Monday night at the Air Canada Centre, 22-year-old Garret Sparks of Elmhurst, Illinois, the first American to start in goal for the Leafs since Scott Clemmensen, also became the first Leafs goalie to register a whitewash in his NHL debut since… since… nobody.

“They’ve been playing hockey for a long time around here,” said Sparks afterwards. “So that’s kinda cool.”

Kinda. By that point, Sparks was relatively composed after letting the tears flow in his post-game interview. He was as endearingly emotional as a hockey player can get on Nov. 30 of a six-month season that ends somewhere far down the road, undoubtedly remembering being an Orlando Solar Bear in the East Coast Hockey League with almost zero chance of ever being a Leaf not very long ago.

“I’m a little lost right now, sorry,” he said as he searched for answers to questions nobody imagined asking him just last week.

Amy Schumer nude photo a powerful statement about body image

News staff | posted Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015

Amy Schumer’s latest nude photo has taken the Internet by storm, and has become the latest statement in embracing a beautifully imperfect body image.

Schumer, who previously appeared nude in a controversial GQ spread that featured Star Wars characters, tweeted out a photo from the upcoming Pirelli calendar in which she wears only underwear and a pair of heels, slouching slightly on a stool.

“Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman,” Schumer captioned the image.

It has been retweeted almost 6,000 times, and favourite 19,000 times since being posted Monday morning.

The caption encapsulates the tension women persistently feel about their body image, a topic Schumer has tackled before, notably her parody of 12 Angry Men in which a jury of men debated whether Schumer was “hot enough to be on TV.”

In a video about the making of the calendar, Schumer said “I felt I looked more beautiful than I’ve ever felt in my life. And I felt like it looked like me.”

Photographer Annie Leibovitz shot all photos for the calendar, which features a number of other women in their raw, unretouched best, including Selena Williams, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono and Fran Lebowitz.

“The goal was to be very straightforward,” Leibovitz said at a press conference. “I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretense.”

Schumer’s statement urges women to embrace their bodies, to be honest about their insecurities and to be confident and proud of who they are.

And in so doing, she is championing those who can embrace who they are, flaws and all, in a realistic, emotionally healthy way.

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