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24 straight wins in Olympic competition. Marie-Philip Poulin scoring the game-winning goal in 2 straight Olympics gold medal games. 4 gold medals in a row. Salt Lake City. Torino. Vancouver. Sochi. The Canada women's hockey team might find a silver medal a bitter taste. But this is a squad that should be highly proud of their efforts. Jocelyne Larocque got some grief on social media for not wearing her silver medal, choosing instead to hold her medal by her side. "I want to apologize," Larocque said in a statement. "In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me. I meant no disrespect. It has been an honor to represent my country and win a medal for Canada." In the 2018 World Juniors, Swedish captain Lias Andersson threw his silver medal into the crowd. Larocque made a statement without making an embarrassment. The 2018 gold medal game was ugly in so many ways. They can't all be like the majesty of the 2014 comeback. Let the United States savour this one. See them back in 2022. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Canadian Crossing
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Processed food can be considered a bogeyman of sorts. Dietitians tell us to eat around the outside edge of the grocery store. But what happens when a good dietitian asks us to rethink processed food in a positive way? Let's find out. "All foods (with a few exceptions) are processed. It’s simply not possible, convenient, or even healthy to avoid all processed foods." You could do rather well without processed foods. You would need tons of time and money. Fruits, vegetables, meat, fish in their natural state sound appealing. Milk and butter might fit her definition of processed food, but most people don't think of milk and butter as “processed food.” If you pick well, you could eat quite healthy without processed foods. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Balance of Food
NBCSN shifts from the 2018 Winter Olympics to show another Montréal Canadiens game, a home game with Philadelphia on Monday night. The NHL Network also has a Philadelphia Flyers game as the orange wearing sweaters come to Ottawa for a Saturday matinee. This is the final Saturday of the 2018 Olympics, so CBC is focused elsewhere. City TV has Tampa Bay stopping by to visit their old friend Jonathan Drouin in Montréal on Saturday. The Edmonton Oilers visit Hollywood to take on the Kings in the nightcap. The Rogers Sportsnet channels have the Boston Bruins in Toronto in the early Saturday game. Edmonton stays out west in Anaheim Sunday for Hometown Hockey from Belleville, ON. Wednesday Night Hockey has the Brooklynites in La Belle Province. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Canadian Crossing
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The Canadian women's hockey team had a bad change in the 3rd period to allow the tying goal. The team struggled to put together any decent offence setup in the 3rd period and overtime. And while the shootout might have been Canada's best hope, their effort wasn't enough. For the first time since 1998, Canada wins silver in women's hockey, not gold. The U.S. win was 3-2 in the shootout. That brings the Canada medal count to 22 medals: 9 gold, 6 silver, and 7 bronze. Cassie Sharpe won gold in the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Halfpipe with a best score of 95.80. Brady Leman took gold in the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Cross. Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George won bronze in the Women's Bobsleigh with a time of 3:22.89. The difference between 1st and 4th place was .52 seconds. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Canadian Crossing
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Buck Martinez and Dan Shulman will share the play-by-play duties with analysts Pat Tabler and Joe Siddall. Gregg Zaun is no longer on the Blue Jays telecasts after allegations of improper conduct in the workplace. One major component missing on the radio side is the sudden retirement of Jerry Howarth after a 36-year career calling Toronto Blue Jays on the radio. Recent health issues have been affecting his voice. Howarth has been the Jays lead announcer since 2005 with the retirement of Tom Cheek. Howarth was also the one who, inspired by a fan letter after the 1992 World Series championship win, decided not to use the nickname of any team (Cleveland, Atlanta) that uses the indigenous population as a mascot. For now, Mike Wilner share the radio play-by-play call with analyst Joe Siddall across the Sportsnet Radio Network, which consists of Sportsnet 590 The FAN (Toronto); Sportsnet 960 The FAN (Calgary); and Sportsnet 650 (Vancouver). Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Canadian Crossing
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The greatest hockey film of all time is considered to be Slap Shot, an American film. Les Boys has been introduced to me as a good hockey film in the spirit of Slap Shot. While there are similarities, Slap Shot is a great hockey film. But we do need good hockey films. Remy Girard, who you might remember as the lead in The Barbarian Invasions, plays a coach of an amateur men’s hockey team. The coach has a gambling debt with unsavoury people. This forces the team to play a game against a dark evil team. His players have connections to prominent French-Canadian hockey players. Patrick Huard plays Guy, who wears #10 for Guy Lafleur. A character named Marion wears #66 for Mario Lemieux. Another player wears #77 for Raymond Borque. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Canadian Crossing
Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir haven't won a new medal but broke their own world record in the short dance with a score of 83.67 points. The presentation was to the music of Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones, an acoustic version of Hotel California by The Eagles, and Oye Como Va by Santana. This was the same category where France's Gabriella Papadakis had a wardrobe malfunction where her left breast was exposed on international television. CBC did air the footage live in Canada. The free dance version runs Monday night in North America. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Canadian Crossing
Week 2 with the NHL sans CBC thanks to the 2018 Winter Olympics. The NHL Network takes the Rogers Sportsnet feed Saturday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs are in Pittsburgh. The channel airs a U.S. holiday matinee as the Calgary Flames host Boston on Monday. The channel also has a Wednesday night game as the Ottawa Senators are in Chicago, which likely won't be a Rogers Sportsnet pickup. City TV brings some French-Canadian flair to the Strip in the early contest on Saturday. The Calgary Flames host the team from Sunrise in the nightcap (also on SNW). Rogers Sportsnet follows along the Toronto Maple Leafs into the United States to meet up with Phil Kessel in Pittsburgh. Nightmares from the 2011 Stanley Cup finals is the theme in the late game from Vancouver. SNE, SNO, and SNP will have the late game. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
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In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, celebrating Canadian valentines the way we did in 2015 and 2016 may not fit in well. We did go out of our way to acknowledge the layers of beauty in Canadian women far beyond superficial looks. But you could look back at those features and wonder a bit. Here are a bunch of Canadian films that pass the Bechdel test Video review: Ginger Snaps Video review: Better Than Chocolate We do write non-Valentine stories that deal with feminist issues such as representation on and off the screen and even a fine feminist horror film. For Valentine's Day 2014, we celebrated Ellen Page coming out. For Valentine's Day 2017, we celebrated one of my favourite lesbian films of all time written, produced, and directed by women. We have a look back at some of the stories we've written in the last calendar year that has focused on celebrating women for their accomplishments. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
Canada is off to a rather good start at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The country ranks 4th with 7 medals and 2 gold medals, 4 silver, and 1 bronze. The big gold came in the team category on figure skating: Patrick Chan; Gabrielle Daleman, Meagan Duhamel, Scott Moir, Kaetlyn Osmond, Eric Radford, and Tessa Virtue. The Canadian performance was so dominant that Canada pretty much had the team win before Virtue and Moir took the ice for the final event. Canada won gold with 73 points compared to the Olympic Athletes from Russia (66) and the United States (62). Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
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With Fat Tuesday and Valentine's Day running on back-to-back days in 2018, you might be tempted to keep the indulgences going today. If you observe Ash Wednesday, then indulgences on Valentine's Day won't happen. Fat Tuesday in a parallel universe Ode to the man who brought us a fatter Fat Tuesday Regardless of religion, Valentine's Day is seen as an eating holiday, whether you are in love or waiting for that special someone to come into your life. Temptation of the Week: Be Good to Yourself Love shouldn't have to wait for someone. Love can be about yourself. Even some in love might have a more difficult Valentine's Day. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Balance of Food
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau started his brief U.S. tour with a lecture at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics in Hyde Park in Chicago. The talk could have been construed as a speech or even a TED talk, but Trudeau used that time to tell the “class” a bit about himself and how public service has influenced his life. Trudeau talked about his work as a teacher in his 20s in Vancouver. The future prime minister taught mostly French and math, though as he noted, teachers have to be prepared to teach a variety of subjects. He said teaching was about changing world views and empowering his students to have an agency, authority, and perspective all their own. Trudeau drew the analogy that politicians can empower citizens to create solutions to figure out their own path. Explaining the world to students is a lot easier when you have traveled the world. Trudeau told the audience he had been to 55 different countries before reaching the age of 13 and 30-35 more countries since then. Of course, Trudeau got to travel to those countries because his father was prime minister of Canada. Trudeau said people should define themselves by what they offer to the world. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
CBC will focus on the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. Since Gary Bettman picked greed over promoting the NHL around the world, Rogers and its properties will focus on the NHL on Saturday nights for the next 3 Saturdays. Without NBCSN, the NHL Network can actually breathe and carry games on its own. The channel will carry the City TV feed as it welcomes P.K. Subban back in Montréal on Saturday night. The NHL Network will show the Winnipeg Jets hosting the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon and a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs home games Monday against Tampa Bay and Wednesday versus Columbus. The latter could be a Rogers Sportsnet national pickup. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
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The ice dancing duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be the flag bearers for the Canadian flag during the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The opening ceremony airs live starting at 5:30 am Eastern Friday morning on CBC. The CBC coverage starts tonight at 6:30 pm Eastern and 7 pm Eastern Thursday with Mixed Doubles Curling and Team Figure Skating. Live coverage runs from 7 pm Eastern to 1 pm Eastern starting on Friday. Since the CBC has reacquired the Olympics coverage, TSN and Rogers Sportsnet carry some of the Olympics coverage. You can find the TSN schedule here. To see who will handle which duties for the CBC, click here. The men's hockey teams are filled with unknowns and relative unknowns since the NHL decided not to send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. If you've picked the men over the women in this sport, don't make that mistake again. The Canadian women's team have proven to be the best in the world in the Olympics. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
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Jean-Marc Vallée. Denis Villeneuve. Great Quebec filmmakers who are almost certain never to make a film in La Belle Province again. Filmmakers who used to write their own films but "just" direct. Philippe Falardeau might come back to Quebec but that is uncertain. We didn't necessarily think Xavier Dolan was going to to go down that road. His latest completed film It's Only the End of the World felt way more French than French-Canadian. The film did win the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and 6 Canadian Screen Awards, including best picture and best director. Dolan's soon-to-be-released film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan was shot in English in New York and London. His next film will be Matt & Max, a project Dolan plans to shoot in Quebec this fall. Matt & Max has been described as s story of people in their 20s, reportedly including Dolan's real friends. The core of the plot is about 2 friends who fall in love with each other, neither of whom was inclined to fall in love with a man. Dolan told The Hollywood Reporter that this film "would be a combination of Tom at the Farm, aesthetically, and Mommy in terms of energy and spirit." Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
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Goon in 2011 was a surprising film about an ordinary person who has the ability to throw a punch when needed in a hockey game. If you think there wasn't enough violence in the original, you'll love Goon: Last of the Enforcers. The premise is interesting: bring back a lot of the same characters and see what happens when the career of Doug "The Thug" Glatt has come to an end. A friend of mine noted on social media that he liked that there isn't as much Jay Baruchel in the sequel. There is a common theme to this film. A lot of the supporting characters take a back seat. Alison Pill, who was Baruchel's real-life fiancee at the time of the original film, plays the now wife of Glatt. Unlike most of the characters, she does get more screen time though mostly acting while pregnant. But a film such as Goon: Last of the Enforcers has less room for female characters than the original. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
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Super Bowl advertisers have certainly relied on Canadians to sell their products. So in the second year where Canadians can watch Super Bowl ads on their TVs, we only have a single Canadian as a spokesperson. Squarespace had Keanu Reeves as its 2018 spokesperson. Reeves uses Squarespace for his Arch Motorcycle company Web site. The company says Reeves did his own stunt on the motorcycle. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
Avocadoes from Mexico had a nice comeback from last year. The secret society concept was adjusted to have a self-contained universe where they had everything they needed, including avocadoes from Mexico. Someone discovers that the chips are not in the self-contained universe. Panic ensues. A woman at the buffet table points out that you don't need chips to enjoy avocadoes. This ad was reasonably clever, and light years ahead of last year's ad. This ad also told us something about the product, a trait rarely found in a Super Bowl ad. Since most of the play of these ads is well past the date of the Super Bowl, the 2018 ad should have a larger impression through February and March. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Balance of Food
The NHL Network gives us a day/night Saturday doubleheader. The channel starts out with the Ottawa Senators in Philadelphia in the afternoon. The NHL Network also carries the Hockey Night in Canada game with the CBC feed with the Original 6 matchup of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston for the early game. City TV will join along for the early game. The late CBC game has Tampa Bay going all the way out to Vancouver. Rogers Sportsnet has a natural doubleheader on Saturday with Colorado traveling to Winnipeg early and Calgary welcoming Chicago in the nightcap. Hometown Hockey has the Super Bowl matinee from Lacombe, AB with the traditional Montréal matinee as the Habs host Ottawa. Wednesday Night Hockey has P.K. Subban and his yellow-dressed crusaders coming to the Air Canada Centre. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
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Breakfast > no breakfast. Cold pizza for breakfast > no breakfast. Breakfast is important. Getting food and fuel into your system to start the day is vital to how you will eat for the rest of the day. The question from one dietitian has raised a poignant question in nutrition if your only breakfast options were cold pizza versus a bowl of cereal with milk. Choices are limited on some mornings and we often have to make a not-so-Sophie's choice. On a specific morning, you can weigh the advantages of cold pizza versus a bowl of cereal with milk. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Balance of Food
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"O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command." Soon the opening to O Canada will read "in all of us command." The Canadian House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member's bill from Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger in 2016. The extensive delay came from conservative senators who delayed the passing for some time. After 18 months languishing in the Canadian Senate, a motion was introduced to shut down debate to vote on the bill. The bill doesn't become law until Governor General Julie Payette gives the bill formal royal assent. O Canada became the country's national anthem in 1980. Some of the lyrics were changed by the government in the 1960s. The original version of O Canada is the French version with the English language version being a variation of the French version. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
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Rush has been a band since 1968, or for Neil Peart fans, July 1974 when he replaced original drummer John Rutsey. Other than bassist Jeff Jones who lasted one performance and overall less than a month, Rush has been Alex Lifeson on guitar; Geddy Lee on bass, keyboards, and vocals; and Peart on drums and lyricist. "It’s been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough." — Alex Lifeson Rock and roll bands quit all the time and a lot of them get back together (Eagles, the Who). But Rush has never been one of those bands. Health has been a concern with Peart's chronic tendinitis and Lifeson's psoriatic arthritis. The band is retiring in part because they don't want to sound less than their best. Can you name a favourite Rush song? For those who don't know the band well, you might name Tom Sawyer or Working Man. Subdivisions, even with the heavy synthesizer work from Lee, is a sentimental favourite. Limelight and Spirit of Radio are high on the list. 2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx off 2112 is a beautiful pairing. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
With the cancer treatments, NBCSN's primary lineup looked a bit different with Doc Emrick, Mike Milbury, and Ray Ferraro. Doc rarely does a Canadian team in the regular season, especially with his schedule. Milbury in for Ed Olczyk meant not having a Chicago analyst connection. And the presence of Ferraro in for Pierre McGuire meant not just a Canadian covering a Canadian team but one who actually calls some Maple Leafs games for TSN4. Ferraro and Milbury are fun together. Their rapport back and forth was interesting and relevant. They also had a bit of fun with the old Boston-Hartford rivalry when Ferraro played for the Hartford Whalers. Ferraro pointed out some of the Whalers alumni in the building, including Greg Millen, who was on ice level for the Rogers Sportsnet telecast. Emrick made a reference to Ferraro being a student of Mike Babcock. Ferraro does a number of Leafs games for TSN4. Ferraro's knowledge of the Leafs are highly valuable in a telecast that wouldn't have spent much time on the Leafs. Whatever you might think of McGuire, the current version can't come close to Ferraro's knowledge. NBCSN is getting closer to Olympics coverage that might explain the "Made in America" segment in the open. The idea was to point out Patrick Kane and Auston Matthews are being from the United States. This conveniently leaves out Hawks captain Jonathan Toews, who is Canadian. When NBCSN covers Toews, the telecast is quick to point out that he went to the University of North Dakota. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
Patrick Brown is out at PC leader in Ontario over 4 months before the provincial election scheduled for June 7. Brown gave a press conference denying the allegations that allegedly involve teens, then hurriedly running out of the room. For those who didn't see this press conference should click here. After that press conference, Brown's campaign manager, chief of staff, and deputy manager announced their resignations. Brown later resigned as leader. One of many unaddressed concerns was that the whispers had gone on for some time, but members of the Ontario PC Party insisted they only knew of the allegations as they came out in the press. Brown has said he will stay in the legislature as a MPP. Vic Fedeli, a MPP from the northeastern Ontario riding of Nipissing, will be the interim leader. The PCs will have a quick turnaround, voting on March 24 for a new leader for a June 7 election. Fedeli has said he will run for the post. Traditionally, interim leaders don't run but these are rather unusual circumstances. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
Daily Show fans might have wondered why P.K. Subban was on the program. There was no book or film or current project to promote. But the Daily Show with Trevor Noah was a good opportunity for the non-hockey world to see the kind of person Subban has been. Noah started with the $10 million donation to the Children's Hospital in Montréal. Subban mentioned Montréal specifically, Noah didn't. Noah asked Subban if he accidentally added an extra 0. Subban noted that the hospital people came down the 401 to his house and he had no hesitation in signing the papers. The rest of the interview on TV focused on the P.K.'s Blue Line Buddies program in Nashville matching underprivileged children and police officers in Nashville. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Canadian Crossing