Canadian Charter with sections X'd out

They hate us for our Charter

By Alison@Creekside Uncanny resemblance, isn't it?  Your "values" aren't looking too good at the moment, Mr Blaney. Having rushed the 62-page omnibus anti-terrorism bill C-51 through Parliament, … [Read More...]

"The Grey Fox" poster and John Hunter

He wrote Canadian film into being

By Jim Henshaw While writer muses come and go at their will, each of us is granted a mentor. Very early on I was lucky enough to be taken under the wing of the best screenwriter Canada has … [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...]

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 … [Read More...]

Arts

"The Grey Fox" poster and John Hunter

He wrote Canadian film into being

By Jim Henshaw While writer muses come and go at their will, each of us is granted a mentor. Very early on I was lucky enough to be taken under the wing of the best screenwriter Canada has produced, John Hunter. I don’t remember how John and I first met. All I know is he was a produced writer and I wasn’t. But it was around the time that his first feature, The Hard Part Begins, went into production. I think what brings mentors and acolytes together is something each needs from the … [Read More...]

Politics

Jason Kenney and Scream guy

Terror from within

Alison@Creekside The Conservative Party of Canada faces a “high probability” of a jihadist attack from homegrown terrorists, Defence Minister Jason Kenney warned Thursday as he defended toughened security laws and hinted that Ottawa will extend its military mission in Iraq into the inevitable quagmire of jihadist reprisals. "The threat of terrorism has never been greater." In his first major address since taking over the defence … [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 … [Read More...]

Living

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 with basking in the warmth of a nearby celebrity body. Or maybe –- it was the glimmer of a new age where what we have normally accepted as … [Read More...]

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 probing the darkness. (I first saw that one on the cover of Bruce Cockburn’s wonderful album, Night Vision.) An early painting that perfectly captured the long march of worn-out Canadian infantry through the snowy, flooded flatlands of Holland. And a few other depictions of meticulous “frozen in time” moments that were Colville’s trademark. Frankly, I didn’t think that much of him as an artist, archly regarding him as someone having more of a shtick than touched by the sublime. Not for the first time, how wrong I was. The recently-concluded Colville show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, … [Read More...]

Politics

Young Conservatives

Is this the Conservatives’ new youth strategy? Part 2

Continued from Part 1: By Dave Hall First published on the Port Moody-Coquitlam Election 2015 blog The apparent promotion of these young candidates by party brass and sitting MPs (as noted previously), in addition to the involvement of a well-connected digital agency with clear and deep Conservative party ties, raises a number of questions. Were […]

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 […]

Culture

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 defeats. Yes, they often disappoint, even embarrass. But that’s the trade off that comes with the commitment. And in those […]

The Video: The Conservatives’ fave digital agency