Huricane Juan
Toronto Star
  • Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders win in New Hampshire primaries

    HOPKINTON, N.H. — The outrageous billionaire. The “democratic socialist” running a scorched-earth campaign against billionaires. Winners, both of them, in this most improbable of presidential elections.

    Flamboyant businessman Donald Trump won New Hampshire’s Republican primary on Tuesday night, solidifying his status as favourite for the party nomination. Left-wing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary in which he had once trailed her by 40 percentage points, establishing himself as a legitimate contender.

    The triumph of the insurgent outsiders, forecast by recent polls but unimaginable just a year ago, is a momentous affirmation of American anger at the political establishment. Both Trump and Sanders ran on positions far outside the consensus of their parties’ elites. Both have almost no history in the parties they are vying to lead. Both did nothing to conceal their rage.

    “We don’t want to be angry. But I said right now, I will agree, me personally and a lot of the people that are with me, we are angry,” Trump said at a New Hampshire rally on the eve of the vote.

    Trump’s loss to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses last week raised questions about the devotion of his supporters and the preparedness of his campaign team. New Hampshire provided a resounding answer: he is for real, and he will be hard to beat. He holds big leads in the upcoming primaries in South Carolina and Nevada.

    Sanders now confronts the challenge that could sink his campaign: earning support from people of colour, who overwhelmingly favour Clinton. The states voting in the coming weeks are far more diverse than lily-white New Hampshire and Iowa, where Sanders battled last week to a near-tie.

    Whatever happens next, New Hampshire proved that his message is far from the fringes. Sanders, a gruff 74-year-old facing a former secretary of state backed by almost the entire Democratic leadership, won a wide victory railing about the “rigged economy” and calling for a “political revolution.”

    “I’m just sick of the whole system. The whole thing is broken. The elections are fixed, and the American public is starting to catch on,” said Rick MacMillan, 60, a solar-power installer who voted for Sanders in the small town of Hopkinton.

    “It’s like: enough already with buying elections and the rich running the country. Enough already. And I think he’s saying that,” said retiree Mary Ann Byrne, 72.

    Trump made a few concessions to normalcy in response to his Iowa loss, scrambling to build a get-out-the-vote operation after months of neglect. But did not change his unorthodox style or an inflammatory message that includes open Islamophobia.

    “This country don’t need another lawyer,” said retired police officer Bob Arsenault, 64, after he voted for Trump in Hopkinton. “He tells you how he feels. I’m a good ol’ Frenchman. I’ll tell you how I feel.”

    “He’s the only guy that is going to be able to straighten anything out. All the rest of these people are a bunch of clowns. He’s a businessman,” said Kenneth Wilkens, 74, a retired corporate executive.

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich, running as a cheery compassionate conservative, was in second place in early returns, proving that there is still a substantial Republican constituency for civility and governing experience. But he will be hard-pressed to repeat his success elsewhere. While he held some 100 town hall meetings in New Hampshire, he invested only barely in other states.

    Cruz, a whose religious message proved ill-suited for secular New Hampshire, finished well back of Trump. The three candidates who fared worse — former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former HP chief executive Carly Fiorina and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — will face pressure to quit.

    If this was Christie’s last stand, it was consequential. His Saturday debate attack on Rubio as a speech-memorizing lightweight sent Rubio into a panicked recitation of a memorized speech, a comical gaffe that appeared to halt his momentum in the final days of the race.

    New Hampshire, a high-income state of 1.3 million, has always been a unique political environment, largely moderate but with a rebellious streak. More than 40 per cent of voters identify as independent, and they often decide at the final moment which party’s primary to join. On Tuesday, it was not hard to find voters who were choosing between Sanders and Trump.

    MacMillan’s wife, Patti, was torn between Sanders and Fiorina until the literal last minute. When she arrived at her polling place, a Hopkinton school, she flipped a dime. Heads. She voted for Fiorina.

  • Judge to allow fourth witness in Jian Ghomeshi trial

    Jian Ghomeshi’s trial for sexual assault and choking may end this week, as both the Crown and defence are expected to close their cases with little further evidence.

    The defence has proclaimed they are ready to proceed to closing arguments, meaning Ghomeshi will not be testifying.

    The presiding judge ruled Tuesday that the Crown could call its last witness, to rebut the defence claim that Lucy DeCoutere recently fabricated her allegations that Ghomeshi choked her and slapped her three times in 2003.

    However, due to a snowstorm in Halifax preventing the witness from travelling, the police statement given by the witness and messages between her and DeCoutere will be filed with the court instead of giving her testimony in person.

    Defence counsel Danielle Robitaille had argued against the Crown’s request to call the witness, a friend of DeCoutere’s, who the prosecution says was informed of Ghomeshi’s alleged assault on DeCoutere 10 years ago.

    Robitaille said the defence will not be arguing that DeCoutere recently fabricated the allegations, and the testimony of her friend won’t change the contradictions it has pointed out between her testimony and what she wrote in emails and letters around the time of the alleged assault.

    “It was a bald allegation of fabrication,” Robitaille said of the defence position. “The defence doesn’t know when it is Ms DeCoutere began making up these stories about Mr. Ghomeshi, and frankly we don’t care.”

    Robitaille also produced a Facebook conversation between DeCoutere and her friend from 11 days prior to the friend’s police statement that she says suggest the friend’s police statement “lacks hallmarks of independence.”

    DeCoutere says in the message: “Guess what, the Toronto cops want your number.”

    Friend: “Just to corroborate?”

    DeCoutere: “I told them that I told you what happened ages ago. It makes me look like I am not a copycat reporter.”

    Justice William Horkins said the safest course was to hear the witness’s evidence, then decide what potential “probative value” it had. He said that, while the defence’s position with DeCoutere is that the alleged sexual assault and choking did not occur, they also challenged her motivations for coming forward to police and media in 2014, suggesting she was seeking fame and attention.

    Crown prosecutor Michael Callaghan noted the defence spent several minutes in cross-examination accusing DeCoutere of “reveling in the attention,” with defence lawyer Marie Henein pointing out that DeCoutere’s Twitter followers “skyrocketed” after she shared her allegations with the media under her own name.

    Callaghan said the friend’s testimony could assist the judge in assessing DeCoutere’s credibility. It could also help the Crown challenge defence allegations of collusion stemming from messages between DeCoutere and the third complainant, whose name is under publication ban, he said.

    In his decision, Horkins said that he was aware of concerns of using this evidence improperly, noting that prior statements made by a complainant cannot be used to corroborate her allegations.

    RELATED:Jian Ghomeshi complainant spotted behaviour ‘pattern’

    Ghomeshi, 48, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault, and one count of overcome resistance by choking. He acknowledged in 2014 that he engaged in rough sex acts, but said it was consensual.

    The trial resumes Wednesday morning, with the Crown expecting to file an agreed statement of facts to the court. Closing statements are expected this week.

    With files from Kevin Donovan

  • Maple Leafs trade Dion Phaneuf to Senators in 9-player swap

    The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a trade many thought was unthinkable, shipping defenceman Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators in a nine-player deal Tuesday morning.

    The Leafs captain is on the way to Ottawa in exchange for Milan Michalek, Colin Greening, Tobias Lindberg, Jared Cowen and a second-round draft pick in 2017.

    Heading to Ottawa with Phaneuf are minor leaguers Cody Donaghey, Casey Bailey, Matt Frattin and Ryan Rupert.


    IN PHOTOS: Phaneuf’s time with the Leafs

    Leafs captains often had nasty departures

    Timeline of Dion Phaneuf’s career highs and lows

    Trading Dion Phaneuf to Sens is about more than Steven Stamkos: Arthur

    The Senators’ next game is Wednesday in Detroit. The Leafs play tonight against Calgary.

    The Sens’ first game in Toronto is Sat. March 5.

    The Ottawa Senators said no salary will be retained by either team.

    Phaneuf signed a seven-year, $49-million deal two seasons ago which many thought would scare away teams interested in a trade.

    All the new Leafs have contracts that expire after the 2016-17 season.

    Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello said on a teleconference call that Phaneuf will be missed but the trade had to be made.

    “The length of Dion’s contract and the amount of cap space that is there . . . this gives us the opportunity to do things,” Lamoriello said.

    Lamoriello said it wasn’t easy to trade the Leafs captain.

    “This is part of business,” he said. “You have to separate the person and the player when you make these types of decisions, and you have to make sure you separate your heart and your head.”

    The Leafs will have alternative captains through the rest of the season, Lamoriello said.

    Phaneuf, 30, played 423 games with the Maple Leafs through parts of seven seasons, with 196 points (45 goals and 151 assists) and 598 penalty minutes. He was named the 18th captain in Maple Leafs history on June 14, 2010.

    He was acquired by the Leafs from Calgary in a blockbuster, seven-player trade in 2010.

    Ottawa is four points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Toronto, which lost 6-1 to Ottawa on the weekend, is second-last in the conference.

    The Leafs acquired a veteran winger in Michalek, who has six goals and four assists in 32 games this season. The 31-year-old former first-round, sixth-overall pick of the San Jose Sharks missed just over a month with a broken finger he suffered in early December.

    Greening, 29, has spent almost all of his season in Binghamton with the AHL Senators. Greening played one game for Ottawa, but has 256 career NHL games.

    Cowen, 25, has four assists in 37 games with Ottawa so far this season, and was the Senators’ ninth overall selection in 2009.

    Lindberg, 20, is also playing in Binghamton, and was the Senators fourth-round selection in the 2013 draft.

    “We’re all professionals here,” Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson told a media scrum. “I hope he’s excited about coming here.”

    “For me, it’s another class player who’s going to step in right away and make an impact.”

    Karlsson told TSN 1200 radio station in Ottawa that he hopes Phaneuf brings “some of his leadership and experience.”

    “It’s tough making deals. Both organizations feel like they got the better of it. Right now I think it’s a fair trade.”

    Karlsson said he thinks the Senators will make the playoffs.

    “I think Dion will come in and give us a push.”

    Senators’ head coach Dave Cameron said he doesn’t know Phaneuf personally but he respects him professionally.

    “As a player, I know lots about him,” Cameron told the media scrum. “I’m real excited to have him … He’s going to play lots. He’s probably going to play with everybody at some point.”

    GM Bryan Murray told the same media scrum that he “shoots the puck a ton.”

    Murray said he hopes Phaneuf brings “a presence to this organization.”

    In his radio interview, Murray said he hopes that the trade “gives us a little more security on the back end.”

    “This will we believe be a good addition,” he said. “Its about getting an experienced leader, good person, hard working, competitive guy to add to the mix in the top four . . .

    “For me it was about hockey. I inquired of Lou (Lamoriello) about Dion Phaneuf some time ago. We kind of let it lay off. We talked over the weekend. Lou and I spent a fair amount of time over the phone. It had to work financially for us as well as Toronto. It gives them relief. It gives us some working pieces to go forward for the next couple of years.”

    Murray said Phaneuf was very happy when he heard the news.

    “Like a lot of players, you need to take a breath and take a new start,” Murray said. “Be a solid person, give a little experience in the back end. He shoots the puck a ton. He’ll play in the top four without a doubt, probably with Cody Ceci to start.”

    Phaneuf will be in the Senators lineup in Detroit.

    With files from Peter Edwards

Arts & Letters
Sunday, 12 August 2007