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Recent articles by Bruce:

Losing hurts, but the Leafs are closer to their goal. Run it back

You can pick apart tiny things in Game 7. But they played their butts off against the Lightning, and lost a great series. Which means you let the core try again. → Read More

You can be outraged at the group that accosted Jagmeet Singh this week. Just don’t be shocked they exist

Anti-vaccine activists, conspiracy theorists and extremists are all part of the inchoate anger of the age, Bruce Arthur writes, and ugly incidents such as the one in Peterborough will happen again. → Read More

Game 7 will be a referendum on the Maple Leafs, even if that isn’t fair

This is different from past first-round matchups that didn’t end well: the best Leafs team in the era by miles against the two-time defending champs. It was always going to be hard. → Read More

Pierre Poilievre will say just about anything — opening the door to anger, conspiracies and extremism

Poilievre has been pushing conspiratorial theories for much of the pandemic and he’s still doing it. But there seems to be a market for it. → Read More

Unless someone can stop Pierre Poilievre’s Conservative convoy, Canada might not like the mess it leaves

The first Conservative Party of Canada debate shows law and order, and public health measures to save lives during the pandemic, are on shaky ground. → Read More

Roe v. Wade’s undoing isn’t reason for Canadians to be smug. It’s reason for us to finally do better

The now-expected U.S. Supreme Court decision is a monstrous ruling that will result in monstrous policy. → Read More

The Raptors’ future is bright, but Masai Ujiri is relentlessly raising the bar for improvement

After a 48-win season, team president holds court on next moves and what the franchise needs to return to championship contention. → Read More

We’re sick of thinking about COVID. But here are the key questions we still need to answer

New variants, waning immunity, the prevalence of long COVID and people’s new habits will all factor into a future that is very uncertain. → Read More

Whatever Twitter contributes to freedom and democracy, Elon Musk — its biggest troll — is now the owner

Twitter is often awful but if you can’t imagine how Musk might make it worse you simply lack imagination. → Read More

Joel Embiid might be towering over the Raptors but he’s making them better, too

With their young core, the Raptors don’t have to dream about what free agent they might be able to land. → Read More

Canada keeps travel mask mandates as U.S. rules vanish into thin air (sometimes in mid-flight)

Ottawa is resisting the temptation to give in to bogus arguments on masking and vaccines, weaponized mainly by conservatives. → Read More

A COVID peak would be nice. But Ontario faces a winding, treacherous path back to health

“There will be more variants, there will be more waves, and we have to build resiliency.” → Read More

Dr. Kieran Moore steps out of the shadows

It seems that Ontario’s chief medical officer of health has a plan but he’s probably not allowed to do very much about it. → Read More

Ontario is losing its game of COVID make-believe. Masks are a step toward turning it around

No matter when sixth wave peaks, we should ask why Ontario and other jurisdictions supercharged it by eliminating mandatory masks, to little benefit. → Read More

COVID is running rampant. So where is Ontario’s chief medical officer of health?

Kieran Moore could come out, push masks and vaccines, and apprise people of the risk. But it appears we are at the point where Ontario does not much care. → Read More

Are the Raptors a championship team? No. But they’re proving to be a championship franchise

Nick Nurse and company are in the thick of the East contenders in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. → Read More

For better or worse, Eugene Melnyk will not be forgotten

The Ottawa Senators owner’s death is the end of a truly fascinating era in Canadian hockey, filled with farce and hope and villainy, writes Bruce Arthur. → Read More

New evidence that hospital pressured to axe doctor who criticized Ford government on pandemic

It sure looks like Brooks Fallis paid a price for advocacy in one grotty corner of this system. → Read More

Ontario is sprinting into a new wave while pretending COVID is over

This Omicron wave should be different, with hospitals not overwhelmed. But “we have no situational awareness, and the public’s fed up.” → Read More

Alex Ovechkin is on the wrong side of history. Every milestone goal is problematic

It’s all a shame. Jaromir Jagr is a reflection of his country’s past, and Ovechkin of his country’s present, and the Russian is going to leave the Czech behind and head for the greatest heights in hockey. → Read More