National Newswatch

Fred VanVleet signs four-year, US$85-million deal with Toronto Raptors

Nov 21 2020 — — Fred VanVleet, one of the most coveted players in NBA free agency this year, is remaining a Toronto Raptor. A source close to the team confirmed a report Saturday that the Raptors had re-signed the 26-year-old to a four-year, US$85-million deal, keeping one of the best backcourts in the league intact. A spokesperson for the […]

Rogers axes Breakfast Television in Vancouver/Calgary and cuts radio jobs

Nov 18 2020 — — Rogers Sports & Media cut its Breakfast Television shows in Vancouver and Calgary on Tuesday — favouring a national version — and cut senior jobs in radio. According to Broadcast Dialogue, the Breakfast Television formats in Vancouver and Calgary have been shuttered, making way for a national BT show to start in early 2021. In […]

‘He was fascinating’: Lisa LaFlamme reflects on Alex Trebek’s legacy

Nov 9 2020 — — TORONTO — In the wake of broadcaster Alex Trebek’s death following a battle with pancreatic cancer, CTV News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme reflected on his life, calling him “someone very special.” “I’m so sad, I really am. I feel like we have really lost an icon, and I don’t use that word […]

Canadian hockey icon Howie Meeker dead at age 97

Nov 8 2020 — — Howie Meeker, who went from Stanley Cup-winner to Canadian hockey icon as a colourful TV hockey analyst who wore his heart on his sleeve, has died. He was 97. A spokesman for the Toronto Maple Leafs confirmed via email that Meeker died on Sunday. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

Sean Connery, the Original James Bond, Dies at 90

Oct 31 2020 — — Connery, Sir Sean Connery—the Oscar-winning Scottish screen icon who originated the role of James Bond in the long-running film franchise—has died about two months after celebrating his 90th birthday, his family told the BBC Saturday. Connery starred as Agent 007 in six official Bond films and one non-canon entry, the underrated Never Say Never Again, […]