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We had enough tourism ads in the latest NHL Center Ice free preview to warrant its own column. The last few ads fit a different kind of tourism so follow along until the end. Prince Edward Island may not be a place where you want to spend all 12 months, but the summer months are absolutely beautiful. The food lovers element is a nice category: the food was very good there except for the overcooked burger thanks to stupid federal laws. Eat more Cows ice cream and take the tour in Charlottetown. Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Canadian Crossing
We've seen milk and sports in ads in the United States but they're usually pumping up chocolate milk, regardless of the sweetener. And quite frankly, most milk ads are lame or awful (such as TruMoo's "no junk food please" ad). The Dairy Farmers of Canada ran a pair of ads designed to promote milk drinking. They are clever, interesting, memorable, and not a single word about chocolate milk. The first ad mocks the standard beer commercial about which drink to turn to after the game. The outdoor hockey with men above the standard NHL age level adds a nice Canadian touch. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Balance of Food
We've seen milk and sports in ads in the United States but they're usually pumping up chocolate milk, regardless of the sweetener. And quite frankly, most milk ads are lame or awful (such as TruMoo's "no junk food please" ad). The Canadian dairy farmers ran a pair of ads designed to promote milk drinking. They are clever, interesting, memorable, and not a single word about chocolate milk. The first ad mocks the standard beer commercial about which drink to turn to after the game. The outdoor hockey with men above the standard NHL age level adds a nice Canadian touch. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Canadian Crossing
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Three women are sitting, commenting on the changes to their own breasts after having had babies. Their analysis is pretty thorough but overall positive in nature. Then we get the wide shot of the three women topless in a daycare setting with kids and their moms. No black bars, no pixellation. Three women with breasts and nipples and everything at 9:30 pm on a Tuesday night. The complaint about modern Canadian comedy is that it's too light, too subtle, and not enough belly laughs. Workin' Moms flips that on its side right from the start. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Canadian Crossing
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Come From Away is a play that told an amazing true-life story on the heels of the September 11, 2001 attacks that has largely been ignored or untold in the United States. 38 planes in the air that morning that were crossing the Atlantic Ocean had to land in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador since the United States had cut off air traffic to U.S. air space after the attacks. The people of Gander responded well with housing and feeding the stranded passengers. The influx nearly doubled the population of the town in northeastern Newfoundland. The play incorporates the stories of that moment in history, right down to the names of the residents and passengers. In real life and the play, Gander and the 38 planes represent several Canadian cities that housed passengers from 200 planes in the Maritimes. Halifax and St. John's were major cities that also housed a considerable number of passengers. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Canadian Crossing
The NHL Network has discovered the existence of the Ottawa Senators. The channel has added the Senators home game Thursday against Pittsburgh. That should mean a TSN5 simulcast. The NHL Network's only other telecast of the likely playoff-bound Sens was a road game on November 27. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be the Toronto St. Pats on Saturday night to honour their history and the Irish connection to St. Patrick's Day. CBC and City TV will carry the game as Chicago comes to the Air Canada Centre. Stunningly, the NHL Network turned down this Original 6 game with playoff implications. The Vancouver Canucks travel to Edmonton in the CBC nightcap. Fans of the Ottawa Senators and Montréal Canadiens should leave their TV sets on Rogers Sportsnet over the weekend. The teams play in the nation's capital Saturday night and in La Belle Province for Hometown Hockey Sunday night. The Hometown Hockey ceremony airs from the nation's capital in Ottawa. Folks in Denver and Chicago are scheduled to see this game. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Canadian Crossing
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We've gone 11 years since St. Patrick's Day on March 17 was on a Friday. If you aren't Catholic, specifically Irish Catholic, you might miss the significance of a Friday with St. Patrick's Day. The Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, as well as Ash Wednesday, are days where Catholics are supposed to abstain from meat. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional meal on St. Patrick's Day. The sacrifice of going without meat for 7 days in the springtime is not a terribly significant sacrifice. But if your desire for corned beef and Irish heritage is stronger than your faith, religion, or desire to sacrifice, then you have a dilemma. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Balance of Food
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The good news is that finally someone from the Donald Trump regime set foot in Canada. The bad news is that the new head of the Department of Homeland Security didn't seem to know what he was doing. "When someone is stopped at the border and questioned, or turned back, which is not very common, there's a reason why. What they say to the press is their business," John Kelly told Power & Politics on the CBC News Network. Canadians visiting U.S. do not need an immigrant visa On the heels of a case where a woman is told incorrectly she needed a immigrant visa and her friends weren't even questioned, that isn't a correct response. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Canadian Crossing
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The pool boy is at work. We see a young woman eyeing the pool boy. Then we see a young man doing the same thing. The siblings battle to see who could deliver a Coca-Cola bottle before the other one. The mother ends up getting to the pool boy with a sandwich and a Coke long before the siblings make it. The new ad is global. When the ad runs in the United States, the theme will be a new experience for Americans. Hinting at a gay theme in a commercial is something Americans are not used to seeing. This ad only shows that a man could be interested in another man. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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The pool boy is at work. We see a young woman eyeing the pool boy. Then we see a young man doing the same thing. The siblings battle to see who could deliver a Coca-Cola bottle before the other one. The mother ends up getting to the pool boy with a sandwich and a Coke long before the siblings make it. The new Coca-Cola is global and that includes the United States, a country that hasn't done a whole lot with gays and lesbians in advertising. When the ad runs in the United States, the theme will be a new experience for Americans. And let's be honest, the approach is relatively tame: this ad only shows that a man could be interested in another man. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Balance of Food
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Team Canada has never advanced out of the first round in the World Baseball Classic. But the 2017 team set new standards in futility and being anemic. The team had a single player hit above .222 in the 3 games. The team had 15 hits, drew 4 walks, and lost by a collective 21-3 score. Against the United States, Team Canada only got a single runner to second base and had 2 men on, both in the 8th inning. Justin Morneau, one of the few Canadian hitters with major league experience, went 0-for-11 with 5 Ks. Morneau drew 1 of the 4 walks and scored 1 of the 3 runs. Team Canada did have a 1-0 lead against Colombia until the 3rd inning. In that game, the team got 3 of the first 4 men on base. After Freddie Freeman was thrown out trying to steal second, Canada didn't reach base again until the 6th inning. Against the United States, the Americans had a 7-0 lead before Canada got its first hit. Team Canada will have to play in the qualifying round to see if there will be a Team Canada in the 2021 World Baseball Classic. And the team won't be able to use MLB players depending on when the qualifying happens. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Yes, Tatiana Maslany took home a Canadian Screen Award (Candy?) for best dramatic actress for Orphan Black. Maslany also won a Candy for best dramatic actress on film in The Other Half. The TV portion of the 5th Canadian Screen Awards aired last night on CBC and hosted by Howie Mandel. Film It's Only the End of the World walked away with the night's major awards including best picture, best director, and best adapted screenplay. The Xavier Dolan film won 6 Candys on the night: Vincent Cassel won for best supporting actor; the film also won best cinematography and makeup. Dolan did not attend the CSA ceremony last night. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
Betsy DeVos, who amazingly is the actual Secretary of Education in the United States, made a recent crack about "free lunch." Given the GOP speed at proposing to eliminate the gains in the school lunch in the Obama Administration and go beyond, the "free lunch" joke didn't go over well in the Twittersphere. By the same logic, the classrooms, teachers, library (if you have one), gymnasium, chalk, and desks are also "free." School programs are subsidized by taxpayer dollars. The government, in all forms, have worked really hard to make sure as little money is spent on those school lunches. Republicans and conservative Democratic politicians, in particular, have worked hard to make sure the food served is as non-nutritious as possible. The GOP is also looking into making qualification into the program more difficult and reducing nutrition standards. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Balance of Food
NBCSN has another Montréal Canadiens game as the Habs host Chicago Tuesday night. CBC has the Toronto Maple Leafs in a rare Saturday night road game in the U.S. at Carolina. Sidney Crosby brings the Pittsburgh Penguins to Vancouver in the nightcap. City TV takes the Ottawa Senators in a road game in Denver. Rogers Sportsnet has a pair of all-Canadian matchups over the weekend. Calgary travels to Winnipeg on Saturday night. Hometown Hockey will be in Lloydminster, SK/AB as the Edmonton Oilers welcome the Montréal Canadiens. Wednesday Night Hockey has the Calgary Flames hosting Boston. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Canada has some new neighbours in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The United States is always in the same pool but Colombia and the Dominican Republic are new. Canada may be just along for the ride, given only 2 teams advance from each pool. A miracle could happen. Joey Votto, Russell Martin, Brett Lawrie, Jameson Taillon, and Michael Saunders would be very useful on the World Baseball Classic squad for Canada, but those players are unavailable. But let's focus on who is there. Freddie Freeman is a huge addition, playing for Canada in honour of his mother. Freeman and Justin Morneau should make up the 1B/DH tandem. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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"Has the American Dream Moved to Canada?" Yes. A long time ago. The better questions to ask are "Do Canadians realize they are living the American Dream?" and "Will America do anything to get the American Dream back?" Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN explored the initial question on Sunday. Scott Gilmore has come up with an extensive bit of research to show Americans that Canadians are doing a better job at living the American Dream. Gilmore is a former Canadian diplomat and wrote "The American Dream has moved to Canada" in Maclean's. The traditional standards of college degrees, home ownership, and life expectancy are checks that go into the Canadian column. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Canadians planning to visit the United States are not required to have a visa. You might think that is one of the obvious sentences in this blog along with "Gary Bettman hates Canada" and "there are no polar bears in Windsor, Ontario." Manpreet Kooner is a Canadian citizen who was born in Canada with a Canadian passport. Kooner and her two white female friends were headed for a spa day in Vermont when they went through customs at Highgate Springs, VT. The other two women were reportedly not questioned by the border officers, but Kooner said she was kept for 6 hours before being denied entry. Kooner said a border agent told her: "I know you may feel like you've been Trumped." The incident happened before the new Donald Trump travel ban. Kooner's ancestry is Indian. Unlike the Moroccans who ran into trouble, religion wasn't a factor. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
Don't be startled but the Toronto Maple Leafs won't be on Hockey Night in Canada this week. 5 of the other 6 Canadian teams will be there so you should still watch. The NHL Network will pick up a CBC feed for the first time since December 10 as the CBC gravitates to the Montréal Canadiens trip to Madison Square Garden in the early game. Edmonton hosts Detroit in the nightcap, giving Red Wings fans on the Detroit side an alternative feed. The NHL Network finally snaps its 3-month strike of not carrying the Maple Leafs. The channel will show a home game Thursday against Philadelphia. Rogers Sportsnet Ontario has the Leafs that night. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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You might remember that the 2016 MLS season was rather successful for Canadian-based teams in the East. But you wouldn't know that from the U.S. TV schedule for the 2017 MLS season. Toronto FC narrowly lost the 2016 MLS Cup. The Reds had 5 appearances, one of those being a late-season addition with the game against Montréal. As a reward for making the MLS Cup and coming thisclose to winning it all, Toronto FC has 4 appearances, one against Montréal. Sad. Montréal Impact made the final 4 and might have been the most exciting team in the MLS playoffs. The Impact had 3 scheduled appearances. The team lost a telecast but gained one back against Toronto FC. As a reward for making the final 4, the Impact have 1 telecast in 2017 and that is against Toronto FC. Mindblowing. Vancouver Whitecaps finished 8th in the Western Conference, 7 points out of a playoff spot. Like the Impact, the Whitecaps went from 3 telecasts to 1. Univison and UniMas still has a national contract in Espanol but no Canadian teams are on their schedules. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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The Oscars encourage us to see the future films of Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning actors and directors. "Starring Oscar-winning......." or "directed by Oscar-nominated ......." Having the word Oscar, whether that is a nomination or win (ask La La Land), adds prestige to creative film people. We should also go back in a person's career to see if we can spot trends that led to the Oscar nomination or win. Denis Villeneuve is coming off an Oscar nomination for Arrival. Villeneuve did not win but his next film, Blade Runner 2049, will come with advertising that features an Oscar-nominated director and 2-time Oscar-nominated star, fellow Canadian Ryan Gosling Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole were lured away from TSN to jump start Fox Sports 1 in 2013. Fox Sports Live was going to be the kingpin of an attempt to compete with ESPN. Their contract with Fox Sports 1 was set to conclude at the end of March. Their last show aired last Wednesday. Fans of the duo would correctly argue that the beginning of the end came about a year ago. Fox Sports 1 retooled the show by removing the tools and ripping the heart of the show. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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"And Ryan Gosling. Thank you for making me laugh. And for always raising the bar. And for being the greatest partner on this crazy adventure." Emma Stone acknowledged her La La Land co-star Ryan Gosling. La La Land won Best Actress, Best Director, and even Best Picture for about 4 minutes, yet Gosling didn't win for Best Actor. This was Gosling's second Oscar nomination. Denis Villeneuve lost out on Best Director. The French-Canadian director had been nominated for Arrival. The film did win an Oscar for Sylvaine Bellmare for Sound Editing. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Sunday night, the Oscars might bring 2 more Canadians into a tiny list of Oscar winners from north of the 49th parallel. Ryan Gosling and Denis Villeneuve are up for major awards. The idea of having 2 nominations in the same year in the modern era is highly rare. 2009 was a banner year with 3 Canadian nominations. James Cameron (Avatar) and Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) were up for Best Director while Christopher Plummer was a Best Supporting Actor nominee for The Last Station. James Cameron (Titanic) beat out Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) for Best Director in 1997. Ellen Page and Jason Reitman was both nominated for Juno (2007). Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
The NHL Network will have the Edmonton Oilers in the U.S. capital Friday night. Hopefully, the channel will pick up the Rogers Sportsnet feed since the Washington feed has the worst announcers. CBC carries the classic Montréal-Toronto tilt from the Air Canada Centre; City TV will also carry the game. The NHL oddly scheduled the U.S. outdoor game on a Saturday night so the NBC insecurity kicks in with a 2-hour window where no other U.S. team can play until 10 pm Eastern. The CBC doubleheader concludes with San Jose in Vancouver. Rogers Sportsnet has Hometown Hockey in Nanaimo, BC with a doubleheader. First, the Edmonton Oilers are in Nashville. Then, the Ottawa Senators visit their snowbird fans in southern Florida. Thursday night hockey has P.K. Subban returning to Montréal. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Warm sunshine and the smell of leather gloves can ignite the passion of baseball, even after back-to-back frustrating ends of the season in the American League Championship Series. The 2017 Toronto Blue Jays have a new look with some loved veterans gone but a young, up and coming starting rotation. The Blue Jays play in the Grapefruit League in Dunedin, Florida. The March 7 game is an added bonus against the World Baseball Classic Canada team. Dalton Pompey ought to have some fun with that game as the Blue Jays outfielder will be on the WBC side. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Canadian Crossing