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...]

Roxy Theatre, Edmonton, burns

Edmonton’s Roxy is gone, but its spirits are safe

By Frank Moher The Roxy Theatre in Edmonton burned down in the night on Tuesday. I grew up a few blocks from the Roxy, so it was where I saw my first movies. That was early enough -- in the '50s … [Read More...]

Megan McKay in video applying makeup

The Video: Jian Ghomeshi Inspired Makeup Tutorial

". . . People love this shade, but if you use it too much it'll go to your head and make you think you can get away with anything, even a crime . . . The blush I'm using today has been misidentified … [Read More...]

cartoon: Harper sinking ship

Hey Boo-Boo, we’re in big trouble

 By Montreal Simon Well it must have been a grim scene in the PMO bunker this week. For years the Con propaganda machine has tried to brainwash Canadians into believing that Stephen Harper is a … [Read More...]

The author at rest

On the open road

By Rod Mickleburgh Last month, I walked 335 kilometers in 16 days, covering a good chunk of the historic, pilgrims’ trail that winds through France and eventually all the way to Santiago de … [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...]

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 comedy. I’ve also been accused of being a racist. So when I heard what happened in France, I didn’t hesitate to jump on the “Je Suis Charlie” Twitter train. I’m friends with several funny … [Read More...]

Politics

cartoon: Harper sinking ship

Hey Boo-Boo, we’re in big trouble

 By Montreal Simon Well it must have been a grim scene in the PMO bunker this week. For years the Con propaganda machine has tried to brainwash Canadians into believing that Stephen Harper is a Great Economist Leader. The steady hand on the wheel, steering us to prosperity, the only leader who knows ANYTHING about economics. Even as he put all our economic eggs into one oily basket, decimated our manufacturing sector, flooded the country … [Read More...]

Media

Stephen Harper and shot-up CBC logo

The CBC is not its board

By Montreal Simon Ever since the CBC was hit by the Ghomeshi scandal, and now the Amanda Lang Affair, the CBC haters in this country have been having a ball. Trying to use the scandals as just another excuse to kill the corporation. For those Cons hate it so much with a zealotry that borders on insanity. But what I find even more disturbing is that some progressive bloggers have been throwing up their hands and declaring that the CBC is beyond saving, and should … [Read More...]

Arts and Books

Roxy Theatre, Edmonton, burns

Edmonton’s Roxy is gone, but its spirits are safe

By Frank Moher The Roxy Theatre in Edmonton burned down in the night on Tuesday. I grew up a few blocks from the Roxy, so it was where I saw my first movies. That was early enough -- in the '50s and '60s -- that the movies were still preceded by black-and-white newsreels, or so my 59-year old memory thinks it remembers. It was a big deal the first time I was given a few coins and allowed to go to a Saturday matinee at the Roxy by myself. Well, not by myself -- with my friend Kevin McKenna. But the point is, without my Mom or Dad or an older sibling. Just me and Kevin. We survived. Movie theatres inspire these sorts of memories in us -- precious, glistening -- which is why we are so moved when they die, whether that death is by routine closure or, as in the case of the Roxy, conflagration. But for some of us, the loss of the Roxy is doubly grievous because we also created theatre there. One of the coolest days in my life was when the musical play I co-wrote with Edmonton performer Rhonda Trodd, Supreme Dream, was in rehearsals at the Roxy, which had by then become a live … [Read More...]

Media

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Unintelligence sources

By Frank Moher The Prime Minister, in his role as Chief Scarifier, performed as expected on Thursday, once again using an atrocity for political gain, and to serve his government's agenda to reduce Canadians' civil liberties. No surprise there. What was surprising -- or, if not surprising, then wall-to-wall evident in the 24 hour news coverage of the shootings in Paris -- was the media's obliviousness to the likelihood that some intelligence agency was involved in the attacks. Yes, "likelihood," unless you regard things like math and statistical probability as conspiracy theories. In the vast majority of such crazy-Muslim-guy (or guys) attacks in the past, they have eventually been shown to have been enabled by the likes of the FBI or CIA or RCMP. Of course, to believe such a thing, you must rely on suspect news sources like The New York Times. Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast. Thus began our current era of blame-the-Muslims in 1993. In this case, the FBI had recruited an informer, a former Egyptian army officer, and placed him in the midst of a bunch of … [Read More...]

Arts and Books

Stephen Harper at keyboard, singing

Run from him

By Frank Moher As we have remarked here before, Stephen Harper’s government has not been the complete disaster for Canadian artists that many expected it to be. For example, it has not cut funding to the Canada Council — in fact, it increased it and has held it steady at the new amount. And while […]

Living

Rehtaeh parsons

Rehtaeh: A father’s questions

By Glen Canning This morning I sat in a Halifax courtroom and listened as one of the young men involved with my daughter’s case changed his plea to guilty. He is guilty of producing child pornography. He is the person who clicked the button on that cellphone, and as simply as that, he ended her […]

Politics

Canadian flag smeared

Coup in Canada? Who’s asking?

By Alison@Creekside Ottawa Citizen: Some say PM could justifiably shut down Parliament in crisis: survey A small but growing minority of Canadians says the prime minister would be justified in closing down Parliament and the Supreme Court in the face of ‘very difficult times,’ according to a survey” What a fabulously leading survey question! Who wants […]

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