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Physical activity increases life expectancy in cancer patients, study reveals

The study found that the risk of dying from cancer was 82 per cent higher compared to people who are less sedentary. Regular moderate physical activity can also cut your risk of other diseases in half

two young people jogging

Avoiding sedentary lifestyle is one of the most common recommendations of medical professionals. Recently a study revealed that life expectancy is reduced in cancer patients who did not have an active physical life. Continue reading

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Body Break

Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod hosted Body Break for more than 30 years. Johnson says the TV segment was inspired by his experiences with racism | Body Break

Hal Johnson, who co-hosted Body Break — the long-running, informative TV segments promoting health and fitness — with his wife Joanne McLeod, says it was racism, and not fitness, that inspired the idea. Johnson shared a four-minute video on the background of Body Break, which started when Johnson was hired in June, 1988 to be a sports reporter for TSN, a division of Bell Media and partly owned by ABC/Disney. But that offer was recanted because executives at the sports network did not want two Black reporters. Continue reading

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There will be no Vanier Cup this fall – and maybe no Canadian university sports at all

Calgary Dinos players hold up the Vanier Cup (Canadian Press)

Calgary Dinos celebrate winning Vanier Cup title in 2019 | Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press

U Sports, the national governing body for interuniversity athletics, announced today that it’s cancelling this year’s fall championships because of the pandemic. The most prominent event lost is football’s Vanier Cup, which has been around since 1965. The other sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country running, women’s rugby and women’s field hockey. Continue reading

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Once again, US excludes Cuba from the Caribbean Series

Attacks on Cuban baseball are nothing new, and it is not surprising that the Caribbean Confederation of Professional Baseball (CBPC) has decided to forego our participation in the next Caribbean Series, in Puerto Rico, referring to supposed difficulties caused by the limited time available to process U.S. visas needed to travel to that nation. Continue reading

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Toronto Wolfpack: Yet another sports franchise militarizes game, stadium

By TONY SEED

On August 31 the Toronto Wolfpack rugby franchise staged an inaugural “Forces and Families Day” at Lamport Stadium in parallel with the Canadian International Air Show being held over the Canadian National Exhibition (see below) to promote war and militarism in Canada. The event included a fly over featuring a CF-18 Hornet fighter jet, CH146 SAT Griffon helicopter and Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter – all aircraft which have been used by Canada to wage war on other nations; displays of Canadian Forces military equipment in the pre-game FanZone (a beer garden) as “family entertainment”; a half time contest with active military members; and free admission for hundreds of well-paid members of the Toronto Scottish Regiment and their families. Continue reading

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US Open: Game, set, match… sorry?

With a 6-3, 7-5 victory, Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian, captured her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows and denied Serena Williams her 24th. Her victory gave Canada its first Grand Slam singles title in a sport where Grand Slam tournament play began with Wimbledon in 1877.

In the raucous tournament she rode a wave of hostility, as the New York crowd applauded any of her unforced errors or missed shots. The boorishness was such that even the umpire had to caution the crowd, “please.” The chauvinist pressure of the massive crowd forced both Andrescu and Daniil Medvedev, the 23-year-old Russian finalist in the men’s side, to apologize. Continue reading

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The owners of the forest: how to determine the champion Russian lumberjacks

In August, the Russian championship amongst loggers was completed in the Arkhangelsk region. What tests did one have to pass in order to win it, and about the “towns” and “golf balls”

The Lumberjack of the 21st Century (12+) is a large-scale tournament in which workers of the largest logging companies participate. It was first held in Ustyany in 2015. Over the past five years, the tournament has grown significantly, and now, according to the organizers, it is the only professional competition in the world where participants compete with the latest models of equipment from all leading manufacturers. Continue reading

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A gold medal for peace

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XVIII Pan Am Games: A world away

By TONY SEED

Do you remember the Pan-American Games in 2015 in Toronto? It was a festival of sport and friendship of more than 6,000 young athletes from the Americas with venues throughout Southern Ontario. To raise the army of volunteers needed for various tasks, more than 60,000 people came forward to be selected, and of these only a third were chosen. Canada organized a delegation of its top athletes, who finished second in the medal standing. The Rogers Centre was packed for the closing ceremonies. The hosts built more than ten new facilities and 15 others were remodelled, to inspire the crowds that filled them. The privately-owned Hamilton Tiger Cats even finally walked away with a new stadium paid for by public tax dollars and renamed after some coffee chain owned in Brazil. Continue reading

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Risky play does not mean hazardous play

For educators and parents alike, it’s a natural compulsion to ensure the potential for all injuries on the playground is minimized. As adults, we often underestimate a child’s ability to independently govern risk. It’s not always easy for us to be hands-off and let children engage in risky play on the playground. But with that said, there’s an important distinction between risk—which is increasingly seen as a positive aspect of play—and a hazard. Continue reading

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