December 2, 2013 · Leave a Comment
By Montreal Simon It’s not a good news hockey story. It’s a huge blow to the CBC: “For years, HNIC has been a cash cow that helped float many of CBC’s other news and original programming endeavours, with some estimating it was worth $200 million, and up to half of the TV network’s advertising revenue.” And of course the CBC can’t count on any help from Stephen Harper: “The Prime Minister’s Office has slammed the door on any bailout for the CBC to make up for lost advertising revenue from hockey broadcasts. ‘CBC already receives significant taxpayer... [Read the full story]
November 18, 2013 · Leave a Comment
By Mark Leiren-Young “The Department of Fisheries had put knives on the front of their boats so they could ram these big sharks and kill them — and the sharks were harmless.” The first time I heard this I couldn’t wrap my head around it. I thought I’d misheard, misunderstood. I asked again. Then I asked for an explanation. I was talking to Murray Newman, founding curator of the Vancouver Museum. The now 91-year old Newman explained it again. Fisheries policy in 1950s Canada was pretty much set by fishermen. The basking sharks would get caught in gill-nets, ruining them. The fishermen... [Read the full story]
November 29, 2013 · 1 Comment
By Alison@Creekside Please welcome Senator Irving Gerstein, chief Con bagman and in-and-out election scheme perp, to Harper’s Parade of Perps with Perks for what the Mounties allege was his role in trying to kill off the Deloitte audit into the expenses of Mike Duffy. At a Con Party meet earlier this month, Gerstein announced to the party faithful: “’First, I made it absolutely clear to Nigel Wright that the CFC [Conservative Fund Canada] would not pay for Senator Mike Duffy’s disputed expenses,’ the Ontario senator said. “’And it never did.’” Having the Con... [Read the full story]
Arts and Books
November 18, 2013 · 1 Comment
By Frank Moher In the last episode of “Kelly and Me,” I wrote about an exchange via twitter with the Globe and Mail theater critic J. Kelly Nestruck, in which he expressed his disappointment in me for supposing that we might not have the full story of what happened on 9/11. That was over a month ago. I would have followed up sooner, but I felt I should pause to give Mr. Nestruck time to defend the orthodox position on the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. We conspiracy theorists are everywhere these days; a rational man’s work is never done. Perhaps J. Kelly will be glad... [Read the full story]
November 21, 2013 · Leave a Comment
By TJ Dawe “#RobFord is the perfect picture of our age: capitalism in its underpants, slouched drunk on the couch saying “what r going to do, leave me?” — Naomi Klein” A point that keeps coming up in the never-ending Rob Ford train wreck is that the man was elected. He wasn’t open about his crack use pre-election, nor had he referenced cunnilingus in a press conference. But he was recognizably the Rob Ford we’re seeing in all of this mess, even then. And a popular majority of Torontonians — one of the most cosmopolitan centres in the continent — put... [Read the full story]
November 29, 2013 · Leave a Comment
By Rachelle Stein-Wotten Cinema is in the middle of a pandemic. Every day of the year, a film festival is taking place somewhere, or somewheres, in theatres, lecture halls, community centres. Vancouver alone hosts at least a dozen. There’s the Queer one, the Asian one, the South African one, the Latin American one, the Polish one, and the Jewish one. There’s the European Union Film Festival, the International Women in Film Festival, one each for shorts and documentaries, and the biggie, the Vancouver International Film Festival. Toronto plays host to eight film festivals in just the month... [Read the full story]
By Rachelle Stein-Wotten Cinema is in the middle of a pandemic. Every day of the year, a film festival is taking place somewhere, or somewheres, in theatres, lecture halls, community centres. Vancouver alone hosts at least a dozen. There’s the Queer one, the Asian one, the South African one, the Latin American one,...[Continue reading: You call this festive?]
By TJ Dawe Hockey season is upon us. The tellers in my bank wear game day jerseys. People refer to their team in the possessive — “we” — despite the fact that the only contribution individuals make is to buy sufficient gear and tickets to enrich the owners sufficiently to pay the salaries of better...[Continue reading: Crowdsourcing hockey]
By Mark Leiren-Young “The Department of Fisheries had put knives on the front of their boats so they could ram these big sharks and kill them — and the sharks were harmless.” The first time I heard this I couldn’t wrap my head around it. I thought I’d misheard, misunderstood. I asked again. Then I asked for...[Continue reading: When sea monsters ruled]
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By Alison@Creekside Please welcome Senator Irving Gerstein, chief Con bagman and...
By Montreal Simon I’ve always thought it ironic that a man called Greg Horton...
So, the RCMP are calling the payment between Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy a “bribe”...
By Montreal Simon Well in case you thought that the Con regime was nickel and diming...
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Arts and Books
By Frank Moher In the last episode of “Kelly and Me,” I wrote about an...
By Montreal Simon There aren’t too many artists who can bridge the generational...
By Rod Mickleburgh I haven’t been to a world premiere since my hometown Newmarket...
By Frank Moher I had an interesting conversation with the critic J. Kelly Nestruck...
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In A Modest Opinion
By Nathaniel Moher There’s been a lot of talk about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as of late. Yes, he smokes crack. Yes, he gets so drunk sometimes he smokes crack. And yes, he’s got “enough to eat at home.” But I think the main point that everyone is missing, is how easy it apparently is to run the city of Toronto. As...[Continue reading: A Modest Opinion — Who knew being Mayor was so easy?]
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