Stephen Harper in HoC

International law? We don’t care about no stinking international law.

By Alison@Creekside The Con bench seals laugh and clap at Steve's joke blowing off the UN and international law because grade six. Harper went on to explain that Canada will be bombing Syria as … [Read More...]

Heather Reisman at Vancouver Chapter's

The book of Heather

By Rod Mickleburgh Like many Vancouverites, I presume, I have a love-hate relationship with the big box Chapters bookstore downtown at Robson and Howe. Stocking the main floor with almost … [Read More...]

Nuclear explosion

The Video: The Conservatives’ fave digital agency

From Is this the Conservatives' new youth strategy? "Go Newclear's principals include Brendan Jones, who according to their website was 'the creative force behind the television and digital … [Read More...]

Leafs sweater on the ice

This time it’s personal, Leafs

By Jim Henshaw The word Fan derives from fanatic. Because when you are a fan of a particular sports team, a true fan, you live and die with them, relish their victories and endure their … [Read More...]

NationBuilder ad

NationBuilder comes to Canada

By Alison@Creekside Ten years ago the Cons bought CIMS, their Constituent Information Management System, and began stuffing it with our phone numbers and adding smiley/frowny faces beside our names … [Read More...]

Suspect is led from plane to van by RCMP

Curiously convenient: Canada’s me-too bomb plot decoded

Last week, U.S. talk show host Jack Blood offered a dissection of a recent New York Times article about the arrest of two Canadian residents charged with plotting to attack a VIA Rail train. While we … [Read More...]

Jean-Pierre Blais

Dear CRTC: More Margaret Atwood won’t save Canadian TV

By Jim Henshaw A decade of boneheaded moves by Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, were the original inspiration for my  blog. And over its life I’ve repeatedly weighed in on just how … [Read More...]

Media

Jean-Pierre Blais

Dear CRTC: More Margaret Atwood won’t save Canadian TV

By Jim Henshaw A decade of boneheaded moves by Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, were the original inspiration for my  blog. And over its life I’ve repeatedly weighed in on just how dim-witted or out of touch our CRTC Commissioners have been with their decisions. The last was a couple of months ago with the first rulings based on last year’s marathon “Let’s Talk TV” gong show set of hearings. The basic premise being that our regulators remain so far behind the current realities of … [Read More...]

Politics

Quebec anti-austerity march, March 2015

The coming summer of protest

By Montreal Simon As you know I was so happy to see thousands of Canadians taking to the streets to let Stephen Harper and his foul Cons exactly what we think of them. Because I will never understand why we have remained so passive and so quiet for so many years, while Harper and his Cons raped our Canada and its values. Instead of protesting like they do in other countries. Not when his behaviour has been so brutish, not when he's … [Read More...]

Tech

NationBuilder ad

NationBuilder comes to Canada

By Alison@Creekside Ten years ago the Cons bought CIMS, their Constituent Information Management System, and began stuffing it with our phone numbers and adding smiley/frowny faces beside our names and whatever other info they could glean about us. The other parties had their own lesser versions. Most of us first took notice of CIMS when we learned it had been used to perpetrate election fiddling in the last election. Now all the parties, although perhaps not all the members, use the newer and snazzier US import NationBuilder instead. Touted as more peer-to-peer grassroots … [Read More...]

Arts & Books

Heather Reisman at Vancouver Chapter's

The book of Heather

By Rod Mickleburgh Like many Vancouverites, I presume, I have a love-hate relationship with the big box Chapters bookstore downtown at Robson and Howe. Stocking the main floor with almost everything BUT books, bringing in the flag-waving American Girl franchise to what is supposed to be a Canadian bookstore, and, worst of all, the shameful relegation of books by local and B.C. authors to a shelf way at the back on the third floor with a title “Local interest” do not exactly warm the cockles of my heart. On the other hand, it’s the only bookstore that isn’t a used bookstore in downtown Vancouver, it has lots of natural light, and I buy lots of books there. Plus, of course, so-called “bricks-and-mortar” stores fend off the increasingly worrisome dominance of the book trade by the new robber baron of our age, Amazon. So I was not a happy reader to discover that Chapters’ Robson store will be closing to the public at the end of May, driven out by sky-high rent brought on by Nordstrom’s coming mega-store across the street. The big bucks are in retail, not, alas, in books. Unless … [Read More...]

Arts

Food selfie

Mukbang: Eat, shoot, get rich

By Jim Henshaw We’ve all had the (pleasure?) of having someone use Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to send us an image of what they’re about to have for lunch. Or dinner. Or breakfast. Or at 3:00 am after their local has closed and kicked them into the street. It’s an affliction I’ve never quite understood. Not long ago, I had the real pleasure of dining in a Vegas eatery operated by a noted Food Network chef. It would never have crossed my mind to instant message anybody with where I was having dinner let alone what exactly was on my plate. Such was not the case for the party next to me, all four of whom were recording stills and video of what they’d been served, like some kind of Food Paparazzi, and feeding them to the Internet. Later, in meeting our chef and host, they gushed at how much they loved his TV show. Okay, so maybe this was all just another reflection of our celebrity culture –- or our obsession … [Read More...]

Politics

Media

Pens held aloft at Charlie Hebdo rally

Why I was Charlie Hebdo

By Mark Leiren-Young I’d just read the news about Charlie Hebdo when CBC Radio contacted me. They wanted me to come on the air the next morning and talk about what happened, share a satirist’s perspective. They did a pre-interview with me. I burst into tears. I’ve had people threaten to kill me for my […]

Arts

Alex and Rhoda Colville

Colville: Canada’s other great small town chronicler

By Rod Mickleburgh Like many, I knew the works of Alex Colville almost entirely from the ubiquitous reproductions of his most well-known paintings. The blonde woman on the PEI ferry staring out with her powerful binoculars at who-knows-what. The haunting image of a large horse galloping down the tracks towards an approaching train, its searchlight […]

The Video: The Conservatives’ fave digital agency