Celebrants in front of Supreme Court

Gay allies: Are you really on side?

By Dave Brindle We're in the middle of Pride season. The biggest of the top 10 festivals – Toronto, New York and San Francisco – are over now, but that leaves Montreal and Vancouver still to come … [Read More...]

The farming brothers standing in a cornfield

All singing, all blogging, all farming

By Jim Henshaw For a long time (and for all I know it’s still there) –- there was a lop-sided sign just off the highway as you headed north and left the urban comforts of Toronto for the … [Read More...]

Masked Scream character

Afraid of the scaremongers

By Frank Moher Now that the Conservatives' Bill C-51 is law, having been boosted over the wall by 44 compliant Senators, it's time for the RCMP to get to work and start arresting people. They can … [Read More...]

Canadian flag with earphones

Sing it loud, Canada

By Rod Mickleburgh Well, hello there, Canada. Another birthday, eh? Dominion Day is my favourite holiday of the year, a time for us all to set aside those petty differences over just about … [Read More...]

CBC At Issue panel

James Moore’s gatekeepers

By Frank Moher It is entirely likely that James Moore decided not to run for reelection this Fall in order to, as he told us, "pursue new opportunities and be closer to my young family.” It is … [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

CBC At Issue panel

James Moore’s gatekeepers

By Frank Moher It is entirely likely that James Moore decided not to run for reelection this Fall in order to, as he told us, "pursue new opportunities and be closer to my young family.” It is also entirely likely he did so because an Ottawa journalist revealed that he had been exchanging "sext" messages with a Conservative political aide -- messages that indicated the two were involved in a physical relationship as … [Read More...]

Politics

Masked Scream character

Afraid of the scaremongers

By Frank Moher Now that the Conservatives' Bill C-51 is law, having been boosted over the wall by 44 compliant Senators, it's time for the RCMP to get to work and start arresting people. They can begin with the Conservatives. Because if any organization has been instilling fear in Canadians lately, for blatantly political and ideological ends, it hasn't been ISIS, … [Read More...]

Living

The farming brothers standing in a cornfield

All singing, all blogging, all farming

By Jim Henshaw For a long time (and for all I know it’s still there) –- there was a lop-sided sign just off the highway as you headed north and left the urban comforts of Toronto for the countryside. It was rough and hand-painted and said simply, “If you had something to eat today, thank a farmer." As a kid who grew up surrounded by farms and farmers, that sign was a constant reminder of how detached we’ve become from the land and the things our very lives depend on. I’d bet a lot of people who live in … [Read More...]

Arts

Canadian flag with earphones

Sing it loud, Canada

By Rod Mickleburgh Well, hello there, Canada. Another birthday, eh? Dominion Day is my favourite holiday of the year, a time for us all to set aside those petty differences over just about everything the you-know-who gang does in Ottawa, and celebrate being Canadian. My Canada includes a Prime Minister who loves hockey and gets excited about finding Franklin’s ships up north. It doesn’t include an ugly monument to “victims of communism” beside the Supreme Court of Canada, nor a massive Mother Canada statue scarring Cape Breton’s beautiful Highlands National Park, nor…(fill in 50 blanks here)….but never mind. Happy Dominion Day! What’s that? It’s now called Canada Day, you say? Pity! I usually celebrate Canada Day with a list of good old songs that best exemplify the spirit, history, beauty and character of this grand land of ours. The usual suspects are always at the top: "The Great Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "Northwest Passage,"  "Four Strong Winds," "Sudbury Saturday Night," … [Read More...]

Arts

Old ink drawing of two men sword fighting

The Canada Council changes: We have every right to freak out

Yesterday, we published a post titled The Canada Council's six not so scary ideas. Here, Stephanie Small of the publishing house The Porcupine's Quill responds: Changes are afoot, ladies and gents. As many of you may know, particularly if you follow the arts and culture scene — and even more particularly, if you are up on all the latest funding news — the Canada Council has announced some rather sweeping changes to the way in which they administer funding for artists and arts organizations. Yesterday, backofthebook.ca’s Frank Moher posted an editorial in support of the shake-up occasioned by the Canada Council’s New Funding Model. In it, I was tickled to note that they quoted a tweet of mine from last week, reacting to the news: Who else is freaking out about the @CanadaCouncil #newfundingmodel today? So many questions, like where do we fit in? http://t.co/SoMY14ezZf — Porcupine's Quill (@porcupinesquill) June 3, 2015 I feel special. I was not so tickled that they seemed … [Read More...]

Media

Harper and CBC logo in frying pan

Who really fired Evan Solomon?

By Montreal Simon When Evan Solomon was appointed host of the CBC program “Power and Politics,” I didn’t think he would be able to fill the very large shoes of the departing Don Newman. He was missing about 30 years of journalistic experience. And although I was right, he gradually began to win me over, in […]

Politics

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 Abdullah. That’s because it’s the perfect story for an election year, along with the widening Senate scandal and Pierre Poilievere’s weekend […]

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 […]

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