‘It still came as a real emotional punch’: What it’s like to lose an election

Part of an occasional seriesBy Ian HarrisonPeggy Nash is all too familiar with the pain of political defeat, having lost three of the five times she ran for the federal NDP in Toronto’s Parkdale-High Park riding.“Campaigns are very intense,” Nash said. “Then if you lose, it’s like you’re hitting a brick wall at 140 kilometres an hour. It’s bang, stop.”Her first loss, to Liberal...

‘Your routine is out the window’: What it’s like to get traded

By IAN HARRISONMarc Gasol was 16 when his family moved from Barcelona to Memphis, Tennessee. Basketball helped bridge the yawning cultural chasm between the cities. Gasol played for a local high school team and sat in the stands to watch older brother Pau star for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.After graduation, Gasol played professionally in Spain for three years. In 2008, he moved back to...