By: Yasmine Laasraoui


Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris (right) is awarded a bronze medal in slopestyle on February 8.

Chicago Sun-Times / FlickrTeam Canada flies to its first medal in Sochi 

The first medal of 2014’s Winter Olympics in Sochi was won by Mark McMorris in a men’s snowboard slopestyle event. McMorris, a 20 year old Saskatchewan native, won a bronze medal for scoring an 88.75 on his second run despite fracturing a rib two weeks ago. Since McMorris’ bronze, Canada has won one gold and one silver medal in freestyle skiing and one silver in figure skating.



Ford Nation makes some dubious statements about gay rights 

In addition to proclaiming February 6 “Bob Marley Day,” Mayor Rob Ford made more questionable statements this week. On Friday, Ford ordered to have the Pride flag outside of Toronto City Hall removed. “This is about the Olympics. … This is not about somebody’s sexual preference,” he said. Mayor Ford brother Doug also acknowledged that the pair of them will not be attending Toronto’s Pride Parade in June, objecting to the parade’s nudity. This week, Torontonians will be able to get more of the Ford family by watching their new YouTube television series, Ford Nation.



Saks Fifth Avenue store coming to Canada

The owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, Hudson’s Bay Co., announced on Monday that it would be opening its first Canadian location. Initially planning to house the new store on Bloor Street, Saks is now planning to open within the 150 000 square foot Hudson’s Bay building at Queen St W and Yonge St. Saks is not the only high end department store moving into the city. Nordstrom will soon be replacing Sears at the Toronto Eaton Centre.



GO train fare increase impending 

As of February 8, GO train fares have been increased depending on distance traveled. Adult fares between $4.85 and $6.15 will pay an additional 35 cents; $6.16 and $7.89 45 cents; and fares more than $7.80, will be an extra 55 cents. The fare increase provides for a larger loyalty discount for those with Presto cards, which will move from 8.75 percent to 10 percent. Spokesperson for Metrolinx, the agency that manages GO, Marie Aikins said, “That’s just the beginning for 2014. We’ll be gradually introducing more new services.”

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