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Sundin Definitely Staying Put
A recent post on Hockey Nation gives us the latest on the Mats Sundin trade issue. There has been a lot of speculation in the media, but it looks like Sundin is staying put. He spoke out on Sunday about “his status as a Maple Leaf and relocation will not be in his immediate future.” A statement was released by his agent, shedding some light on several of the issues Sundin has been pondering. “I have always believed I would finish my career as a Toronto Maple Leaf,” said Sundin, “I have spoken to my family and those closest to me about this issue… I cannot leave my team-mates and join another NHL club at this time.”
Sundin goes on to say that he “never believed in the concept of a rental player.” Yes, the Stanley Cup would be the ultimate achievement, but “in order to appreciate it you have to have been part of the entire journey and that means October through June.” Our blogger calls this “a bit old fashioned” in the post. Sundin is most definitely a “valuable commodity.” However, after fourteen years as a Leaf, “he says that it just wouldn’t be the same coming in as a rental player just to get his name on the Cup.”
Real Estate Outlook and Trends Forum Comes to Toronto
Real Estate Intelligence announces that Scotiabank “is presenting its Canadian Real Estate Outlook and Trends Forum 2008 on Tuesday, February 26 in Toronto.” The annual forum “provides insights into the residential real estate market, including the latest underlying economic factors.” Participants will benefit from an economic overview, “a review of specific economic issues influencing the real estate sector, and a discussion on social and demographic trends which will shape the markets during 2008.” The Keynote speaker, Phil Soper, President of Brookfield Real Estate Services, “will address the impact of women on the Canadian market.”
Other speakers include Aron Gampel, Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank, who will “provide an overview of Canadian prospects, and highlight key economic trends and the outlook for interest rates in 2008,” and Adrienne Warren, Senior Economist at Scotiabank, who will offer “a commercial and residential market outlook at the national, provincial and urban level.” More details on the forum are listed in the post.
Bargnani Leads Toronto in Win against Knicks
From NBA.com Raptors Talk a post game review of Toronto’s win over the New York Knicks (115-92) puts Andrea Bargnani in the spotlight, “with 25 points, including 10 in the first quarter, matching his career high “by going 5-for-10 from 3-point range.” This was a rebound for the Raptors, who lost to New York two days earlier. “I tried to be more aggressive from the beginning,” said Bargnani in the post. Bargnani said they were all “very angry” after their first loss.
Chris Bosh also played well with 17 points, “Anthony Parker added 16 points and T.J. Ford came off the bench to score 15 as Toronto gave coach Sam Mitchell a victory in his 300th game.” Mitchell praised Bargnani, “He played great, he was just so consistent shooting the basketball.” Bargnani caused the Knicks great difficulty. At 7-feet tall, he’s got a range that others his size don’t have. On “Bargani's outside prowess,” New York guard Jamal Crawford commented, “That's not something that you see… He got it going tonight and that set the tone for them.”
The Best Chocolate in Toronto Found at Soma
Jerrold at Blog TO reveals the “best chocolate in Toronto” as per a reader poll. He notes in his post, that Torontonians are “really fortunate to have some stellar chocolatiers that provide us with outstanding, melt-in-your-mouth, quality chocolate.” But one chocolatier was voted hands down the best in the city: Soma Chocolatemaker. Soma is located in the historic Distillery District. “Amongst many of their delectables, their Mayan Hot Chocolate (which is spiced with Australian ginger, Madagascar Vanilla, orange peel, chili and other special spices) is out of this world.”
Also praised in the poll was JS Bonbons. “Jenn Stone's handmade chocolates are available at this store at Dupont at Davenport, and upstairs you can take classes to learn the intricacies and fun of chocolate making.” Other runner-ups include Chocolate Addict, Stubbe Chocolate, Delight Chocolates, Kakayo Chocolate Company, and LeFeuvre’s Chocolatier. All of the shops host a variety of wares: truffles, cakes, bars, sauce, and more. Kakayo on Queen East specializes in “fair trade, handmade organic truffles.”
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