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Lisa LaFlamme, the CTV chief news anchor and senior editor since September 2011, did not have her contract renewed by the parent company Bell Media. LaFlamme, in a statement in the above video, said she was told this was a "business decision" on June 29. The time between then and yesterday was that she was asked to not talk about the decision until matters were settled. LaFlamme cited her 35 years of news experience with Bell Media, most of that time with CTV. She started on the national level as a weekend anchor/reporter in 1997 for CTV News Network. "At 58, I still thought I had a lot more time to tell more of the stories that impact our daily lives." LaFlamme said in the video. We would normally not give a person's age in a story. LaFlamme mentioned she is 58. The idea of a "business decision" will likely lead to a younger and cheaper replacement at a sacrifice to the news audience at CTV. The experience in covering elections is crucial. Bell Media was proud of LaFlamme earlier this year for winning her second straight Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National. Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Canadian Crossing
The 2022 Toronto International Film Festival does appear to be a return to normal in terms of staging and presentation. For those in Canada outside Toronto hoping to see films online, "We will only have a small sampling of films available in Canada for at-home viewing online. The festival is happening in-person, in theaters, and that’s where we want to see everyone," according to TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey. Here is a list of full-length Canadian films, including co-productions. All descriptions of films supplied by TIFF. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Canadian Crossing
Cracker Barrel decided to help those looking to eat less meat or no meat at all by serving "fake meat" options. The backlash from conservatives, who aren't known for their support of choice, was stupendous. I grew up loving Bill Knapp's, a regional family restaurant. The menu had tons of choices. People love the au gratin potatoes. I never ordered them. I would tell people that they were good based on other people's perceptions, not mine. Never got upset that this food item was on the same menu as whatever I ordered. Kind of sorry I didn't try them now that the chain no longer exists. The conservatives who love Cracker Barrel aren't literally upset about the "fake meat" options. This is a political firestorm of people who feel this is a conspiracy against them and their beliefs. Their beliefs: meaning going against "liberal food." Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Balance of Food
Montréal travels to Winnipeg to complete the home-and-home series, the revenge game. The Alouettes were close for 3 quarters at home but playing in Winnipeg is a different matter. The teams play on Thursday night once again. The southern Ontario battle gets a revenge game with the Toronto Argonauts in Hamilton for Friday Night Football. The BC Lions play in the late afternoon in Calgary on Saturday. This game was not originally on the ESPN schedule but replaced an earlier cancellation. ESPN2 will carry the TSN feed. Saskatchewan is at Edmonton to conclude the Saturday night doubleheader. This game was originally scheduled for Sunday. There will be a lot of green at Commonwealth Stadium. The Elks have an 11-game home losing streak, stretching back to 2019. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Canadian Crossing
Sorry for Your Loss presents a lot on the plate of Ken Wall (American actor Justin Bartha). His wife just gave birth recently. Ken wants to open a restaurant. His job isn't going too well. His estranged dad has just passed away. Ken isn't too eager to go to Winnipeg but his wife Lori (Israeli actor Inbar Lavi) encourages him to make the trip. Ken encounters Jeff Steadman (Bruce Greenwood) and Vince Kendall (Kevin McDonald). They tell Ken there is an inheritance with one catch. He has to throw the ashes onto the astroturf at Investors Group Field. This is the stadium for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the University of Manitoba. Jeff and Vince can't say how much the inheritance is, but Ken has 48 hours to accomplish the task. Writer/director Collin Friesen offers a mediocre script and an odd motivation for his protagonist. Bartha, as Ken, comes across as boring and cold in his performance. He doesn't seem excited about the inheritance, which would help him open his restaurant. He doesn't seem happy or excited or angry or even sad about any of these things. Jeff and Vince aren't given a consistent tone in setting up the odd requirements. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Canadian Crossing
Giant Little Ones and Closet Monster are both intriguing coming-of-age films for very different reasons. We have sung the praises of the former film. While the latter film is quieter, the film is worth watching if you don't feel like you fit in somewhere. Octavio Is Dead is a pretty good film. Sarah Gadon is mostly the reason to watch the film; still worth staying up to watch or running the PVR to watch on Sunday. Celebrating Pride with Canadian films and television Canadian film review: Giant Little Ones Monkey Beach is a film we discovered through the CBC Saturday night Canadian films lineup. A good film to watch with your teenagers. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
Winnipeg works its way east to Montréal to start the CFL week Thursday night. This is only the 3rd home game for the Alouettes with 5 road games. Calgary gets a break in not playing Winnipeg. The Stampeders are in Ottawa for Friday Night Football. The RedBlacks are on a 1-game winning streak. The southern Ontario battle gets a jump start with Hamilton at BMO Field in Toronto. Should have plenty of Tiger-Cats fans on hand in Toronto. The teams play each other 4 times in the next 5 weeks. The Edmonton-BC game has a lot of potential. The Elks play better on the road and the Lions are much better at home. ESPN2 carries both Saturday night games like a Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
We know there will be a Jackie Robinson Museum in Manhattan. We know the public opening will be soon. "Check back in September 2022 for updates on our public opening." There is a lot that goes into the life and legacy when you explore the museum's Web site. "The museum celebrates the enduring legacy of one of the most important Americans of the 20th century, chronicling his trailblazing achievements against the backdrop of United States history. Invoking Robinson's role as a champion for racial, social, and economic equality, the Museum's programming places an emphasis on dialogue around critical issues that continue to challenge our society." The life of Jackie Robinson has been covered in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) and 42 (2013). You would think you would have a really good idea about the story of Jackie Robinson. Yet both films have a missing chapter. Jackie Robinson's path to the Brooklyn Dodgers is guided in great part for the time Robinson spent with the 1946 Montréal Royals. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
We know 2020 wasn't a year with a huge number of Canadian films. On the surface, the idea of The Nest making the TIFF Top Ten Canadian films list, well, maybe there should have been 9 films instead of 10 films. That isn't a fair assessment without seeing the actual film. Rory (English actor Jude Law) is a commodities trader with a bit of ADD. His master plan is to go from New York back to London. Rory buys a farm in Surrey for his wife Allison (American actor Carrie Coon), who trains horses and gives lessons. The film addresses the contrast between the United States and the United Kingdom, both countries that are co-producers along with Canada. Rory wants to bring the American Dream to London. Sean Durkin, writer and director, thinks the film is building chemistry with the pitfalls of what happens to the family once they are in Surrey and London. Durkin is definitely mistaken about this. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
Andrew Harris is the first Canadian running back to hit the 10,000 yards mark. Harris needed 75 yards on the ground in Regina and ended up with 143 rushing yards. Mike Pringle (16,425) leads the way followed by George Reed (16,115), Damon Allen (11,920), Johnny Bright (10,909), and Charles Roberts (10,285). Roberts was someone Harris followed as a boy growing up in Winnipeg. The Damon Allen totals are remarkable since he was a quarterback (yes, Marcus Allen's brother). Seeing Harris in the double blue may be a bit odd after his time in Vancouver and Winnipeg but he hasn't lost a step. His yardage on the ground and through the air was crucial in the Argonauts win over Saskatchewan. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
You've likely asked the obvious question: "why are churches exempt from taxes." This could apply to mainstream churches as well as TV preachers and megachurches. The city of Iqaluit, the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, passed a bylaw that could require churches to begin paying property taxes. The idea is that churches would pay property taxes but then apply for relief from those taxes. Those applicants must meet a series of strict conditions; the total annual funding for all groups is capped at $300,000. The "intent of this bylaw is to provide a fair opportunity, to all community-based organizations, to apply for full or partial property tax relief." — in a statement from a spokesperson for the city of Iqaluit. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
"Is it an allergy?" I have what is likely a food sensitivity to mozzarella cheese. This keeps me away from most standard pizzas. I get asked whether that is an allergy, usually to all cheeses. I specifically say mozzarella cheese but most people who are verbal roll past that point. Food sensitivity seems to be the proper answer. EverlyWell has a way for those with food sensitivities to find out for themselves: "Learn How Your Body Responds to 96 Different Foods." Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2022 at Balance of Food
Heartbreaking. A very good film but so damn heartbreaking. There is also joy in Scarborough. The story centres around Bing (Liam Diaz), Sylvie (Mekiya Essence Fox) and Laura (Anna Claire Beitel), 3 children with very different family lives who meet in an after-school program. The individual stories are set up initially in the film before they ever meet. We learn about their family dynamics. Bing's mother Edna (Ellie Posadas) loves Bing and works hard literally to give him what he needs, a very supportive mom who has to do it all alone. Sylvie gets love from her mother Marie (Cherish Violet Blood) but is lost in the family shuffle. Her husband is on disability and she can't get a diagnosis for her son Johnny (Felix Jedi Ingram Isaac) who appears to be on the spectrum. This is champagne and caviar compared to Laura's parents (Kristen MacCulloch and Conor Casey), whose portrayal would be labeled as unrealistic, except we know this happens in real life. Ms. Hina (Aliya Kanani) is our hero, the person who runs the after school program. She is not getting much support from her mostly unseen boss. The e-mail content is infuriating and sadly all too realistic. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
Sometimes your favourite TV show gets cancelled for bad ratings or low viewership. Sometimes that show is done because the people who love are forced to flee the organisation. The Warner Bros. (TBS) and Discovery merger earlier this year is why TBS is getting rid of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee after 7 seasons. "As we continue to shape our new programming strategy, we've made some difficult, business-based decisions," TBS said in a statement. Translation: TBS new owner (Discovery) is getting rid of new programming on the channel. Other quick cancellations include The Last O.G. and Chad, the latter got axed the same day of its intended second season premiere. They paid to produce a show and that decided at the last minute not to air said show. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
The Toronto Blue Jays fired Charlie Montoyo with a 46-42 record, a mark that would have earned a playoff spot had the season ended at that point. John Schneider is now in charge on an interim basis for the rest of the season. The team has gone 4-1 since the move, all of those games at home. Too early to tell. The Blue Jays played significantly better baseball once back at Rogers Centre in 2021. Many think the team's best baseball is yet to come. Having Hyun Jin Ryu out for the year with elbow surgery has not helped. Pitching, starting and relieving, needs to be more steady. The offence is not offensive enough so far. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
The Edmonton Elks are stepping up and being the first CFL team to broadcast in an Indigenous language. Friday night's game with Winnipeg in Edmonton will be available in Cree on Windspeaker Media's CFWE (98.5 FM in Edmonton) and CJWE (88.1 FM in Calgary). Wayne Jackson, Darcy Houle, and Edwin Thomas will call the game. Edmonton Elks president and chief executive officer Victor Cui announced other related events for the game. The Canadian national anthem will be performed in both Cree and English. An Indigenous performance will be held at halftime. Grand Chief of Treaty 6 First Nations George Arcand Jr. will handle the pre-game coin toss. Given the previous nickname for the Edmonton franchise, this is an especially nice gesture. Hope some of those elements end up on TSN and ESPN2. Pope Francis I will have a papal mass at Commonwealth Stadium on Tuesday as part of his Canada trip. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
Pope Francis is coming to Canada next week. Not a vacation for the 85-year-old Catholic pontiff; definitely a business trip. The pope will visit Edmonton, Maskwacis and Lac Ste. Anne in Alberta, Quebec City in Quebec, and Iqaluit in Nunavut. The schedule includes 9 homilies and addresses and saying 2 Masses. The primary focus for Pope Francis is an expected apology for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. The pope will arrive in Edmonton on Sunday and be in the area July 24-27. He will be in Quebec City July 27-29. His stay in Iqaluit will be less than a day. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
The 2022 Toronto Blue Jays will have an extensive All-Star Game presence tonight at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for the 2022 version. Catcher Alejandro Kirk will start in his first All-Star Game while 1st baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. starts in his second straight All-Star Game for the American League. Pitcher Alek Manoah, 2nd baseman Santiago Espinal, and relief ace (and Canadian) Jordan Romano will attend their first All-Star Game. Romano and Los Angeles first baseman Freddie Freeman are the Canadian players on the National League and American League rosters. Centre fielder George Springer was added to the American League roster but had to withdraw due to an injury. Other Blue Jays did well in the voting process with Springer and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. finishing 4th and 5th among outfielders; Espinal finished second at 2nd base and Bo Bichette was the runner-up at shortstop. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
Wolfville was not Halifax; the CFL finally played a regular season game in Nova Scotia with Touchdown Atlantic 2022. The wind off the Atlantic Ocean played havoc with some of the kicks, not unlike the wind at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. The streets of Wolfville and Halifax were filled (mostly) with the green of the Saskatchewan Roughriders fans who made the trip. There were a number in double blue, rooting for the Toronto Argonauts. The Argos, a seafaring team based on the nickname, were victorious 30-24 at Raymond Field in Wolfville, home of Acadia University. Sure the cliche is true: everyone involved were winners on Saturday. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
We did feature the Canadian films that would run on CBC in early July. Wanting to continue the summertime tradition of sharing in advance the films schedule to run on CBC on Saturday nights. No Olympics or Paralympics to get in the way of Saturday nights in the summer to show Canadian films. Sports will get in the way in the sense that some nights only have a single feature. Other Saturday nights could have 2-3 films on the schedule. Some of these Canadian films may have been featured recently on CBC. The films should also be available on CBC Gem. All times are local, adding 30 minutes in Newfoundland. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
Touchdown Atlantic 2022 is unique because the game won't be in Moncton, NB. The game will finally be in Nova Scotia. Halifax? Nope. Wolfville. Just 90 km away from Halifax. The week actually starts with the Edmonton Elks in Montréal on Thursday night. ESPN2 will suppose to carry this game but switched out for a game in August. Calgary travels to Winnipeg for an outstanding showdown on Friday Night Football. This is the second straight week where Winnipeg is in a battle of undefeated teams. The times shifted for the Saturday doubleheader. The Touchdown Atlantic starts at 3 pm Atlantic time, 2 pm Eastern, and 11 am in Vancouver. This is a Toronto "home game" as Saskatchewan will bring fans even to Wolfville. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
The idea of Touchdown Atlantic has been to spark interest in a potential expansion franchise in the Atlantic Schooners. The team would be based in Halifax, the largest city in the region or possibly a split with Halifax and Moncton in New Brunswick. The first CFL game in Atlantic Canada was on June 11, 2005, a preseason game with Hamilton and Toronto that finished in a 16-16 tie. That game was played at Huskies Stadium at St. Mary's University just south of downtown Halifax. The game drew 11,148 with expanded seating. The CFL scheduled a 2006 preseason game on June 3 for that same stadium. That game was cancelled since the Ottawa Renegades, the host team against Montreal, folded. When the concept returned in 2010, the CFL focused on the regular season in Moncton since the city has an established stadium. Moncton Stadium, now known as Croix-Bleue Medavie Stadium, hosted regular season games in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2019. The attendance was around 20,000 for the first 2 games, falling to about 15,000 in 2013 and 10,000 in 2019. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
I feel certain I saw Grape-Nuts commercials featuring Euell Gibbons when I was a child. Maybe not. I remember watching Match Game episodes with questions featuring Euell Gibbons. The answers often went back to wild hickory nuts since Gibbons, in the Grape-Nuts commercials, said the cereal reminded him of "wild hickory nuts." Grape-Nuts was a healthy cereal in the 1970s, a time where more cereals were healthy. Cream of Wheat, old school oatmeal, Farina. Healthy cereals are less intense than the cereals of those times. The 1970s was the last pure decade of the U.S. food system with relatively healthy fast food, no high-fructose corn syrup, glyphosate did exist but not to the extent of today's dominance, and a less-greedy approach to processed foods. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Balance of Food
Wildhood is a coming of age film that explores how a young person does this when he doesn't know much of who he is. Lincoln (Phillip Lewitski) takes care of his half-brother Travis (Avery Winters-Anthony) trying to avoid his highly abusive father Arvin (Joel Thomas Hynes). Lincoln discovers happenstance that his mother is still alive. After a fight with his father, Lincoln takes off with Travis on a quest to find her. They come across openly two-spirit Pasmay (Joshua Odjick). Lincoln is also two-spirit but hasn't really explored any of this. Two-spirit deals with cultural, spiritual, sexual and gender identity within some Indigenous communities. Pasmay helps Lincoln on his quest as they also are tempted in exploring each other. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Canadian Crossing
CBC Radio One is going with a world traveling, CBC radio veteran to replace Carol Off on As It Happens. Nil Köksal, host of World Report, will take over As It Happens with co-host Chris Howden on September 5. Off had spent 16 years as the co-host of As It Happens. There will be a search to find a new anchor for World Report. Köksal has done a number of guest stints on the show since 2019. "I would always leave after my stints raving about the kind of culture and energy that is As It Happens," Köksal said in a news release. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2022 at Canadian Crossing