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 … [Read More...]

Megan Follows as Anne and Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert in "Anne of Green Gables"

How Anne wooed me

By Rod Mickleburgh Social media reaction to the unexpected death recently of Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, who so memorably played Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables, came almost entirely … [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...]

Pierre Poilievre with constituents in video

Pierre Poilievre and the nattering nabobs

By Frank Moher Sometimes, to my amazement, and certainly against my better judgement, I find myself sympathizing with our current federal government. These moments -- some might call them lapses -- … [Read More...]

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 … [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

Pierre Poilievre with constituents in video

Pierre Poilievre and the nattering nabobs

By Frank Moher Sometimes, to my amazement, and certainly against my better judgement, I find myself sympathizing with our current federal government. These moments -- some might call them lapses -- occur very occasionally. The last one, for example, was in June of last year, when the Cons reversed themselves on the idea of charging a fee to foreign musicians who wanted to play in Canada. The fee was a mistake, to be sure -- a misguided attempt to buttress Canadian musicians (and make some … [Read More...]

Politics

Omar Khadr

Don’t apologize, Ms. May

By Montreal Simon I'm very sorry to see that Elizabeth May is very sorry about livening up the deadly dull Press Gallery Dinner, with a choice comment about Stephen Harper and his cabinet. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she is 'very apologetic' about remarks she made on the weekend that included profanity and insulted the federal cabinet about how it has treated Omar Khadr. May played a recording of 'Welcome … [Read More...]

Politics

Dave Barrett striding into legislature

Notley and Barrett: The same, only different

By Rod Mickleburgh I wasn’t there, but I bet a lot of tears were shed by Alberta NDP oldtimers last night at the party’s giddy, raucous ‘n’ rollin’ victory celebration in Edmonton. That was certainly the order of the evening on a similar dragon-slaying night long ago, out here in British Columbia. On Aug. 30, 1972, Dave Barrett, the 41-year old son of an East Vancouver … [Read More...]

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 new. There are some who believe the first Selfie was taken by five New York photographers on the roof of the Marceau studio in 1920. And if they weren’t the first, my dad was sometime in the 1950’s. The last day of any family vacation was always marked by taking a photograph of all of us together. Whether we were camping, visiting some natural or historic site or simply hanging with relatives, the final day did not proceed until the photo had been taken. But first, like Sundays before church, we all had to get scrubbed and dressed in the best clothing we had with us. As if anybody believed my brothers and I went fishing in a jacket and tie. Then we’d find a location that had been selected as the high … [Read More...]

Politics

Rachel Notley victory speech

Alberta remembers itself

By Frank Moher We ought not to be gobsmacked by the results of the Alberta election, although, of course, we are. But this Alberta has always lived below its surface, and even emerged into the air sometimes, as it did last night. It is the Alberta of the United Farmers of Alberta, who took power in the province in 1921 -- progressive, but not crazy-eyed, idealistic, but not so ideological that they could not work with business and industry. It is the Alberta before oil came, and turned the province away from its collective roots, and towards something dirtier, and greedier. It is, in an odd way, the Alberta of the Social Credit, in the days when the distance between the Socreds and the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, the CCF, could be measured by a few fingers. Social Credit took hold in Alberta, the CCF in Saskatchewan, but they were united in their populism and their pursuit of a common good, which, they were agreed, had mostly to do with wresting the prairies from the grip of the eastern bankers. It is the Alberta of Peter Lougheed, although I realize some old-school … [Read More...]

Arts & Books

Megan Follows as Anne and Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert in "Anne of Green Gables"

How Anne wooed me

By Rod Mickleburgh Social media reaction to the unexpected death recently of Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, who so memorably played Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables, came almost entirely from the distaff side. Not too many guys were fans of the movie, I guess. Well, I’m a fan. A big one. Like many of my gender, […]

Media

CBC Newsworld Calgary launch, 1989

CBC’s diminished news world

By Frank Moher The CBC cut some more jobs last month. Where’s the news in that, you say? It was just 140 jobs, you say? Just a droplet in the bloodletting of 1500 jobs projected to be lost by 2020? Well sure, but besides the fact that another swack of people are out of work, […]

Arts

ginsberg-photographer

Allen Ginsberg, photographer

By Rod Mickleburgh I met William Burroughs once. It was during my magical year in Paris (sigh). I’d read in Libération that morning that the legendary icon of the Beats would be at the City of Light’s annual Salon du Livre at the Grand Palais. I thought ‘”What the hell,” and went down to catch […]

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