View of Vancouver House

Nobody home

  Item: "Nearly a quarter of condos in Vancouver are empty or occupied by non-residents in some dense areas of downtown, a signal that investors play a significant role in the city’s housing … [Read More...]

Scene from Titanic

Who will tell the CRTC a good story?

By Jim Henshaw Last week, it appeared that CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais had found himself in a socially awkward position. The Writers Guild of Canada had presented their clear and cogent … [Read More...]

Rehtaeh parsons

A father’s questions

A court ban has forced us to redact the name of the young Nova Scotia woman whose father writes below. You may read more about the case, and the ban, on Slate. A facebook page in her memory is here. … [Read More...]

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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...]

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper, Canadian icon

By Frank Moher Did I miss the part where Alice Cooper became a Canadian? Because otherwise, HBO Canada's new doc Super Duper Alice Cooper appears to mark some strange turning point in Canadian film … [Read More...]

Srephen Harper addresses largely empty UN, 2014

War: Hey, it worked for Bush

By Alison@Creekside Last week at Goldman Sachs in New York in a Q&A with the WSJ editor, Harper seemed keen to give the impression that the US had taken the initiative and come to Canada cap in … [Read More...]

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Are Mealworms the New Maki?

By Drew McLachlan Chowing down on crickets or meal worms may conjure up old reality show episodes, or possibly your gag reflex, but a Toronto-based startup is banking on bugs becoming “the new … [Read More...]

Living

Rehtaeh parsons

A father’s questions

A court ban has forced us to redact the name of the young Nova Scotia woman whose father writes below. You may read more about the case, and the ban, on Slate. A facebook page in her memory is here. Back of the Book joins other Canadian publications in condemning the ban as callous and not in the public interest, or in the interest of the victim's family. 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 … [Read More...]

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Vancouver’s dark flaw

By Jim Henshaw I spent a couple of days in Vancouver this week and on a sunny day, it’s probably the most beautiful city in the world. It ain’t half bad looking on a rainy day either. And as the locals say, “Wait twenty minutes” and you can observe it either way. It’s hard not to like Vancouver. The setting is perfect. The architecture, even the pervasive condo towers, is impressive. There’s amazing food, designer beer, art and culture, social consciousness and environmental awareness. But take a drive a couple … [Read More...]

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Media

Scene from Titanic

Who will tell the CRTC a good story?

By Jim Henshaw Last week, it appeared that CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais had found himself in a socially awkward position. The Writers Guild of Canada had presented their clear and cogent argument on the quality and appeal of Canadian made television. It wasn’t anything Blais hadn’t heard before. And maybe he was tired or maybe had just heard too much irreconcilable difference from a week’s worth of self-serving interveners. But the man knew these people had put a lot of work into their … [Read More...]

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Politics

Srephen Harper addresses largely empty UN, 2014

War: Hey, it worked for Bush

By Alison@Creekside Last week at Goldman Sachs in New York in a Q&A with the WSJ editor, Harper seemed keen to give the impression that the US had taken the initiative and come to Canada cap in hand requesting further military contribution in the fight against ISIS in Iraq: Transcript excerpt : WSJ : "Would you rule out a military contribution to any effort?" Harper : "I haven't ruled out ... we haven't ruled out anything." WSJ : "Has the United States formally asked you to contribute?" Harper : "The United States just recently in the last couple of days has asked for some additional contribution and we're weighing our response to that." WSJ : "What are they looking for? More logistical support? More direct military support?" Harper : "Since they didn't release the letter publicly, I'm not going to do that. I'll just say the Government of Canada will make a decision on that very shortly." Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson also gave that impression in the … [Read More...]

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Arts and Books

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper, Canadian icon

By Frank Moher Did I miss the part where Alice Cooper became a Canadian? Because otherwise, HBO Canada's new doc Super Duper Alice Cooper appears to mark some strange turning point in Canadian film funding. And believe you me, this is a Canadian film -- at least if its list of financiers is anything to go by. According to the credits, it's "Filmed with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Fund [that's the money broadcasters are forced to put aside to create, um, "Canadian" content], the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Government of Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit, and the Canadian Media Fund." The latter is a creation of Canadian Heritage; nice to know it's doing its bit to preserve Alice Cooper's legacy. The film is a ho-hum fan flick about the Detroit pastor's son who in the 1970s combined horror movie theatrics with teen anthems and mild androgyny to create shock rock -- or, if you prefer, schlock rock. Despite its best intentions, Cooper comes across … [Read More...]

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Media

TV on a computer screen

Online, and off the radar

By Rachelle Stein-Wotten Watch much Canadian TV? Watch many web series? For most Canadians the answer to both of those questions is most likely, “Not a lot.” So naturally the best way to increase the viewership for both is to fuse them together into one super, unstoppable, non-watched force, right? Wait . . . that […]

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Science and Tech

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Net fatality

A BoB Short A recent U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) proposal that could have a significant impact on net neutrality in Canada as well as the United States has both users and big business up in arms. The proposal, slated for voting later this month, would bolster access to any website willing to pay the […]

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