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...]

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...]

JP Sears

Gluten, and amusement, free

By Jim Henshaw I’m not sure if this was a good month or a bad one for the people who enjoy annoying other people. On one side, actress Ashley Judd, after being threatened with sexual violence by … [Read More...]

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 … [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...]

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 Back Kotter' -- a theme song from a 1970s sitcom -- and stated that Khadr … [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 fruit pedlar, led “the socialist hordes” inside … [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, … [Read More...]

Arts and 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, it seems, I was originally pretty dismissive of the whole Anne of Green Gables thing. Who cares about the adventures of some spunky 11-year old orphan girl in turn-of-the-20th century Prince Edward Island? She hates her red hair. Boo hoo. Bring on Anna Karenina. But my mind was changed when I went to what I had hoped would be a party at a friend’s house, only to discover all the women heading into the TV room to watch Anne of Green Gables. Thinking they couldn’t possibly be serious, I tried cracking a few jokes. They told me to be quiet. So I reluctantly sat down to watch, too. Of course, much to my surprise, once I parked my prejudices by the door, I was charmed. No violence, except for Anne smashing her slate over poor Gilbert’s head, no sex, no deafening … [Read More...]

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, this round of cuts, to newsrooms across the country, hit Alberta and BC disproportionately. Here's what they looked like: Newfoundland and Labrador: 7 Nova Scotia: 11 Prince Edward Island: 2 New Brunswick: 4 Quebec: 9 Ontario: 30 Manitoba: 3 Saskatchewan: 11 Alberta: 37 British Columbia: 25 Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut: 5 That's a lot of red stuff on the floor in the west, mostly in Calgary and Vancouver, and effectively puts an end to the notion of a decentralized CBC. It's an ironic turn of events, considering that it occurs under a federal government that once launched itself with the slogan "The West Wants In," but has now seen to it, with its cuts to the national broadcaster, that the west is out the back … [Read More...]

Living

JP Sears

Gluten, and amusement, free

By Jim Henshaw I’m not sure if this was a good month or a bad one for the people who enjoy annoying other people. On one side, actress Ashley Judd, after being threatened with sexual violence by Twitter trolls who didn’t like her playfully dissing their basketball team, sued her attackers. On the other, actress Eva […]

Politics

Crying girl

There, there, Stephen Harper’s granddaughter: It’ll be all right

By Frank Moher Ladies and gentlemen, the Canadian Minister of Finance: “TFSA changes a problem for ‘Stephen Harper’s granddaughter to solve,’ Joe Oliver says” When asked by Lang if the plan would saddle future governments with a revenue shortfall in the billions of dollars, Oliver replied, ‘I heard that by 2080 we may have a […]

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?”