SUNDAY JUNE 25, 2017
 
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SIMON WHITFIELD / ANTHONY SEDLAK
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TORO has been covering the beautiful and talented women of the world for years. For all the guys who feel left out, we celebrate all that can be done by the stronger, dumber sex.

SIMON WHITFIELD, TRIATHLETE

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Even for non-sports fans it’s hard not to get a little choked up about the accomplishments of Canadian athletes. 



This week Kingston, Ontario triathlete and gold medallist (2000, Sydney) Simon Whitfield was named Canada’s Olympic flag-bearer for the 2012 London Games. It will be Whitfield’s fourth Olympic appearance. Further accomplishments include 14 World Cup races, seven world championships with top 10 finishes, 10 Canadian titles and a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2002. Upon hearing the news, Whitfield said: "It’s an honour to have the opportunity to carry our flag while representing the sport of triathlon, but more importantly it’s a privilege to be the one who will lead this amazing team of Canadian athletes who have dedicated their lives to achieving their Olympic dream and represent our nation on the world’s greatest sporting stage." He then went for a run to clear his head. Meanwhile, I bumped my knee like a week ago and it still hurts. [Via CBC News]

Stay tuned for TORO’s interview with Whitfield, coming next week!

ANTHONY SEDLAK, CULINARY ARTIST

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A young, very promising Canadian life was lost this past week. Chef and television host Anthony Sedlak was found dead July 6 in his British Columbia apartment from an undiagnosed medical condition. He was only 29.

Sedlak was one of the most promising up-and-coming “celebrity chefs” in Canada, best known for hosting the Food Network program The Main, a position he earned after winning the network’s Superstar Chef Challenge II at only 22. With his head start in the industry – he was promoted from a busboy to a production cook in his early teens – he seemed poised for a long and promising career, and played his part in promoting culinary arts for younger viewers.

Sedlak was a literal TORO Man: he submitted the excellent piece Anthony Sedlak’s Vancouver Restaurant Picks to us just last month, and we are deeply saddened his words have lost their voice.

CHRIS DOHERTY, FISCAL MAYOR

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Most of you know Scranton, Pennsylvania, as the nondescript setting of NBC’s The Office. The city really exists, and it’s broke. Well, not exactly - it has about $5,000.00 left in the public coffers. That new manhole cover will have to wait!

Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty is therefore in a financial position every man has had to deal with – he’s just got an extra few thousand creditors, so to speak, waiting for their due. In response Doherty hasn’t abandoned his post, flown to Mexico and started a new life as alcalde of some new town. Instead, he’s reduced every government worker’s pay, including his own, to the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Several hours after making the announcement, Scranton’s local McDonald’s received 1,483 simultaneous applications. Of course this hasn’t gone over well: a collective of injured police officers and firefighters has filed suit, citing cuts to their disability pay.

While his methods may be questionable, let’s pay some serious respect to the nerve and lack of political concern (good luck in the next election!) Doherty has shown in trying to save his town.

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