Canadian flag with earphones

Sing it loud, Canada

By Rod Mickleburgh Well, hello there, Canada. Another birthday, eh? Dominion Day is my favourite holiday of the year, a time for us all to set aside those petty differences over just about … [Read More...]

The farming brothers standing in a cornfield

All singing, all blogging, all farming

By Jim Henshaw For a long time (and for all I know it’s still there) –- there was a lop-sided sign just off the highway as you headed north and left the urban comforts of Toronto for the … [Read More...]

Masked Scream character

Afraid of the scaremongers

By Frank Moher Now that the Conservatives' Bill C-51 is law, having been boosted over the wall by 44 compliant Senators, it's time for the RCMP to get to work and start arresting people. They can … [Read More...]

aboriginal children

Sophie chose

By Rod Mickleburgh One of the early things I did after ending my daily journalism career of 119 years, besides endless Googling of past Montreal Expo games, was take in the Vancouver public … [Read More...]

CBC At Issue panel

James Moore’s gatekeepers

By Frank Moher It is entirely likely that James Moore decided not to run for reelection this Fall in order to, as he told us, "pursue new opportunities and be closer to my young family.” It is … [Read More...]

Oil warning sign at English Bay

The Video: “The irony is the clean-up contractors are from Kinder Morgan”

From Vancouver spill: About that 2700 litres . . .: "Officials in charge of cleaning up a bunker fuel spill in Vancouver’s English Bay now say the estimate of what leaked from a grain carrier was a … [Read More...]

Media

CBC At Issue panel

James Moore’s gatekeepers

By Frank Moher It is entirely likely that James Moore decided not to run for reelection this Fall in order to, as he told us, "pursue new opportunities and be closer to my young family.” It is also entirely likely he did so because an Ottawa journalist revealed that he had been exchanging "sext" messages with a Conservative political aide -- messages that indicated the two were involved in a physical relationship as … [Read More...]

Culture

aboriginal children

Sophie chose

By Rod Mickleburgh One of the early things I did after ending my daily journalism career of 119 years, besides endless Googling of past Montreal Expo games, was take in the Vancouver public hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in September, 2013. The experience was overwhelming. It’s one thing to read about the unspeakable tragedy of what happened in … [Read More...]

Living

The farming brothers standing in a cornfield

All singing, all blogging, all farming

By Jim Henshaw For a long time (and for all I know it’s still there) –- there was a lop-sided sign just off the highway as you headed north and left the urban comforts of Toronto for the countryside. It was rough and hand-painted and said simply, “If you had something to eat today, thank a farmer." As a kid who grew up surrounded by farms and farmers, that sign was a constant reminder of how detached we’ve become from the land and the things our very lives depend on. I’d bet a lot of people who live in … [Read More...]

Politics

Masked Scream character

Afraid of the scaremongers

By Frank Moher Now that the Conservatives' Bill C-51 is law, having been boosted over the wall by 44 compliant Senators, it's time for the RCMP to get to work and start arresting people. They can begin with the Conservatives. Because if any organization has been instilling fear in Canadians lately, for blatantly political and ideological ends, it hasn't been ISIS, and it hasn't been those theoretical domestic terrorists the Prime Minister keeps warning us about. It's been our own federal government. I'm not speaking solely of the fallout effect from C-51, though that is significant. This graphic prepared by Michael Nabert of Hamilton neatly encapsulates much of the alarm currently floating about the country: Call it an overreaction if you like (I don't); that's beside the point. The point is -- to not coin a phrase -- "When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." I don't know who said it (apparently it … [Read More...]

Arts

Old ink drawing of two men sword fighting

The Canada Council changes: We have every right to freak out

Yesterday, we published a post titled The Canada Council's six not so scary ideas. Here, Stephanie Small of the publishing house The Porcupine's Quill responds: Changes are afoot, ladies and gents. As many of you may know, particularly if you follow the arts and culture scene — and even more particularly, if you are up on all the latest funding news — the Canada Council has announced some rather sweeping changes to the way in which they administer funding for artists and arts organizations. Yesterday, backofthebook.ca’s Frank Moher posted an editorial in support of the shake-up occasioned by the Canada Council’s New Funding Model. In it, I was tickled to note that they quoted a tweet of mine from last week, reacting to the news: Who else is freaking out about the @CanadaCouncil #newfundingmodel today? So many questions, like where do we fit in? http://t.co/SoMY14ezZf — Porcupine's Quill (@porcupinesquill) June 3, 2015 I feel special. I was not so tickled that they seemed … [Read More...]

Media

Harper and CBC logo in frying pan

Who really fired Evan Solomon?

By Montreal Simon When Evan Solomon was appointed host of the CBC program “Power and Politics,” I didn’t think he would be able to fill the very large shoes of the departing Don Newman. He was missing about 30 years of journalistic experience. And although I was right, he gradually began to win me over, in […]

Politics

Governor General David Johnstonshakes hands with Saudi official

$175,000 to shake hands with the terrorists

By Frank Moher You’re liable to hear quite a bit today and for the next few days about the Governor General’s $175,000 plane flight to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences on the death of King Abdullah. That’s because it’s the perfect story for an election year, along with the widening Senate scandal and Pierre Poilievere’s weekend […]

Living

Vintage photo of men taking selfie

Before the selfie was . . . the selfie

By Jim Henshaw Some social media memes utterly escape me. Taking pictures of your feet or whatever you’re about to eat are part of that list. But topping them is the Selfie. Surprising as it might be to Millennials and their overlapping generations, taking a picture of yourself with your own phone is not something […]

The Video: Vancouver oil spill: “Like, why are we here first?”