Greg Mercer


Where have all the baseball fans gone?

July 20, 2014
Where have all the baseball fans gone?

It’s a perfect summer night for baseball at Dominico Field in Christie Pits Park in Toronto. A few lazy clouds are hanging in the sky, it’s pleasant T-shirt weather, and the trees and sea of green grass make you forget you’re in the middle of the country’s largest concrete jungle. The Toronto Maple Leafs,...
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Glad to be back from the good old USA! USA! USA!

July 20, 2014
Glad to be back from the good old USA! USA! USA!

There’s nothing to make you appreciate where you’re from quite like taking a trip to the beating heart of the United States. This thought was driven home to me on a recent road trip to Cincinnati, where we had gone to cheer on Canada’s only Major League Baseball team. Five grown men piled into...
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Open tendering process needs review

May 20, 2014
Open tendering process needs review

If you hear the term “open tender,” most of you probably start to nod off. It’s a dull, often misunderstood area of government spending few of us ever pay attention to. But the tendering process matters. A lot. Municipal, provincial and federal governments spend untold millions on the things they buy through tenders every...
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Let’s finish what we started with track dream

April 26, 2014
Let’s finish what we started with track dream

Dave Scott-Thomas and his gang have a whole lot of faith in Guelph muscle and motivation. As the head coach of the Speed River Track and Field Club, the University of Guelph track and field team and a senior coach with Athletics Canada, he’s long been big on the idea that local athletes can...
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Uproar over school name is ridiculous

April 10, 2014
Uproar over school name is ridiculous

What’s in a name? For some people in Mount Albert, Ont., quite a lot, apparently. School officials in the Uxbridge-area community are dealing with a surprising pushback over plans for a new school, set to open next fall. The problem? The school’s name — Robert Munsch Public School. Munsch, the Guelph-based author of bestselling...
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Student newswire needs our help

March 24, 2014
Student newswire needs our help

It has launched the careers of countless young Canadian journalists, and now it’s facing a crisis it may not be able to crawl out of. The Canadian University Press, Canada’s oldest student journalism cooperative, is desperately seeking $50,000 so it can remain the newswire service for dozens of university and college newspapers across the...
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Rakkar targets history with Cubs

February 28, 2014
Rakkar targets history with Cubs

Sportsnet.ca picked up my piece on Canada’s Jasvir Rakkar, who hopes to make history with the Chicago Cubs. Here’s the story in full: BRAMPTON – When the Stony Brook Seawolves faced elimination on their historic run to the 2012 College World Series, they reached into their bullpen for a Canadian pitcher who knows a...
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Ambulance rides and false alarms

February 19, 2014
Ambulance rides and false alarms

I’d always kind of figured my death would come in more epic circumstances, like a fiery crash or some kind of tragedy at sea that would inspire folk songs for generations to come. So it seems, in hindsight, that I probably didn’t need to worry as they loaded me into the ambulance in the...
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