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Past articles by Simon:

Canada Soccer president resigns amid quarrel with national teams

Nick Bontis’s departure comes two weeks after the women’s national team threatened to boycott a high-profile tournament over what they described as biased treatment by the organization → Read More

Peter Herrndorf was ‘the godfather of Canadian arts’

Mr. Herrndorf died of cancer on Feb. 18, surrounded by his family at Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto. He was 82 years old → Read More

Dave Hodge’s favourite sport to watch might surprise you

Veteran broadcaster could envision himself as Dusty Baker, would like to have met Elvis and has a huge, if somewhat obsolete, music collection → Read More

The Canadian women’s soccer team labour dispute, explained

The women’s soccer team briefly went on strike over the weekend over funding issues they contend threaten their preparation for the World Cup this summer → Read More

Buck Martinez to return to Blue Jays broadcast booth after considering retirement

Martinez returning this season after pondering retirement following bout with cancer, but fellow Jays broadcaster Pat Tabler won’t return → Read More

P.K. Subban’s honest perspective on a life with zero regrets

Retired superstar P.K. Subban wants to make hockey more accessible, owns a Ford GT he never drives, wants to meet Michael Jordan and can’t get enough of nice clothes → Read More

Harold Ballard doc pulls back curtain on a raw, uncomfortable reality

To be sure, Ballard was an extreme and ugly example, operating in a far different time. He was intemperate, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, paranoid, and utterly lacking self-awareness → Read More

This marathoner made her kids part of her training – and her race to the finish line

Canadian runner Tifanne Thayme has unofficially set a world record pushing her two children in a double stroller in a 42.2-kilometre race that was also a journey through motherhood → Read More

John Shannon spills the beans on his new book

Shannon spoke with The Globe and Mail about his new book, Evolve Or Die: Hard-Won Lessons From a Hockey Life → Read More

Maple Leafs ticket prices aren't just out of reach; they're out of the universe

Prices charged by the Toronto Maple Leafs for the best seats have gone up between 2,900 per cent and 6,000 per cent since 1985 → Read More

Toronto-based sports-marketing agency finds opportunity in the fraught fields of Qatar

SDI Sports are helping the Qataris make the World Cup a success and leveraging it to expand their own prospects and reputation → Read More

Coach John Herdman knows Canada is the World Cup underdog. He wants you to root for them anyways

Herdman has imbued the Canadian team he will lead in Qatar with a sense of what he calls New Canada: a band of unselfish brothers who play for each other and country, put fear aside, are willing to take the game to their opponent → Read More

How Andre De Grasse is turning a 19.62-second sprint into a brand for the long run

But all the commercial activity by Andre De Grasse can sometimes strike fans as a little much → Read More

Sportsnet doesn’t air enough soccer to compete with OneSoccer, says Rogers following CRTC complaint

OneSoccer’s parent company alleged that Rogers was stifling competition by refusing to carry the streaming service on its cable systems → Read More

Literary festivals try to put lessons from the pandemic into practice while battling digital fatigue

As Canada’s literary festivals return to in-person events, organizers are looking to maintain connections with new audiences found as the pandemic forced pivot to virtual programming → Read More

Production firm behind Black Ice documentary calls for dismissal of $10-million lawsuit

Producers of Black Ice say a lawsuit launched by an aspiring film producer, who claims he had the exclusive rights to the story, has no merit and they will move to have it dismissed → Read More

Lisa LaFlamme’s dismissal highlights Canadian TV’s secretive nature

CTV National News pulled in more than one million viewers per night last winter, beyond that shred of information it’s difficult to figure out how viewing habits are changing in this country → Read More

OneSoccer alleges Rogers acting anti-competitively by refusing to carry the streaming service on cable

OneSoccer alleges Rogers is acting to prevent the soccer service from achieving ‘financial stability, which carriage on Rogers Cable would provide’ → Read More

Parents, minor-league associations question transparency of Hockey Canada’s equity fund

A recent Globe and Mail investigation revealed Hockey Canada put registration fees it collected from minor leagues into a multimillion-dollar fund to help pay for settlements of alleged sexual assault → Read More

TSN, RDS maintain Hockey Canada partnerships as sponsors pause support over settlement of sexual-assault allegations

TSN and RDS have not indicated any change in their plans to broadcast tournaments involving Hockey Canada, including August’s world junior men’s championship in Edmonton → Read More