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Richard Anderson
The Imperial Capital
Socialists Be Not Proud
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Apparently we are not liked: When it comes to Canada-U.S. relations, Allan Gotlieb has a unique vantage point. It's not just that his tenure in Washington goes farther back than any other living U.S. ambassador. It's that his own time in D.C. straddled two distinct eras — the depth of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
That's just some people talking: Under Harper, our national public broadcaster has been under constant attack. Draconian budget cuts have weakened the CBC while Conservative Party donors who now dominate its Board are trying to bring our CBC to heel. Seeking even greater control, the Harper government has given itself... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
There's stupid and then there's official languages stupid: The commissioner of official languages says federal ministers must tweet in both English and French. A preliminary report from Graham Fraser concludes that former foreign affairs minister John Baird and Public Security Minister Steven Blaney violated the language laws with unilingual tweets.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
You may gloat: A shrinking CBC is looking to sell its outsized downtown flagship headquarters in order to cut costs. But it’s not totally jumping ship — the public broadcaster hopes to stay on as a tenant. Fred Mattocks, general manager for media operations and technology at CBC English services,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Baby on board: Erfolgswelle is firm devoted entirely to generating unique baby names. With 14 naming experts, four historians, and 12 translators on hand -- not to mention two trademark attorneys to ensure names don't conflict with companies and products -- the staff at Erfolgswelle will spend around 100 hours... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
The right word: The Government of Canada is providing multi-year funding of $60,000 over the next two years ($30,000 in 2015–2016 and $30,000 in 2016–2017) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund for the Chutzpah! Festival and its PLUS series. Wai Young, Member of Parliament (Vancouver South), announced this support today... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
NRO: Administration officials are basking in the falling unemployment rate, even as critics call the measure misleading or — in the words of Gallup CEO Jim Clifton — “a lie.” These critics are technically wrong but qualitatively correct: The unemployment rate misses the 92 million Americans who have given up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
One of the strangest aspects of the Age of Harper is that whenever the PM says something blindingly obvious, akin to it's cold in February, it makes headline news: Prime Minister Stephen Harper says "a lot" of Radio-Canada employees "hate" conservative values. Harper says those values that are loathed by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
A moment of chocolate flavoured silence for Michele Ferrero: Michele Ferrero, the world's richest candy maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazlenut spread helped raise generations of Europeans and defined Italian sweets, died on Valentine's Day, the company said. He was 89. [...] Michele Ferrero developed Kinder chocolates in 1968, Tic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Wow that was fast. On Friday the Sun News Network met its end. Over the long weekend some of its former employees began setting up their own online media projects. The first and so far the most elaborate, if I can use that term, is Ezra Levant's The Rebel. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
...but then again Kathleen Wynne is full of surprises: Ontario is preparing changes to the way alcoholic beverages are sold, but it will not permit beer sales in corner stores, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday. Former Liberal premier David Peterson first promised Ontarians in the 1980s that they'd be able... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Feel the excitement: Some south Etobicoke residents are already beaming with pride as they make plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag on Sunday. There will be free food, hot drinks and games at the Canada Flag Day Winter Carnival on Feb. 15, organizers promised. The party... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at The Gods of the Copybook Headings