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CBC seeks the warmth of southern Florida where there will be many more Toronto Maple Leafs fans than home fans. The Philadelphia Flyers find themselves in Vancouver in the late game. Citytv will carry the CBC feed, a rare occurrence this season. Rogers Sportsnet has an all-Canadian game with Ottawa down the road in Montréal. Hometown Hockey is in Chatham-Kent, ON with Winnipeg hosting the other Florida team. Wednesday Night Hockey has the Habs in the high air in Denver. Rogers Sportsnet One steps in on Tuesday with the Edmonton Oilers hosting St. Louis. Vancouver dominates the ESPN+ lineup this week, including the HNIC late game. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Canadian Crossing
Canada and the United States have an extradition treaty agreement to honour each other's request for arrests. Unfortunately, Canada has been put in a really horrible situation with the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Like the Safe Third Country Agreement, Canada's willingness to go along with the United States on an agreement is biting them in the posterior. We have already seen the Chinese government confirm the detention of 2 Canadians: entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig on "endangering national security." This is on top of the threats that may lead to more negative consequences for Canada. The United States wants to extradite Meng from Canada to the United States for, well, unofficially over concern that Skycom, an alleged subsidiary company, violated U.S. trade sanctions with Iran. Meng was arrested December 1 in Vancouver as she was switching planes. Meng was released on $10 million CDN bail Tuesday. Her next court date is February 6. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Canadian Crossing
Glenn Gould is one of those Canadian figures who Canadians know but few outside Canada are familiar with his work. Yet Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould works well as a biography film because Gould's eccentricities are illuminated by the genius of Colm Feore (as Gould), director Francois Girard, and writer Don McKellar (with Girard). Glenn Gould was a renown piano genius most associated with his interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach's music. His idiosyncrasies such as shaking people's hands while wearing gloves adds to a character worth exploring. Gould only lived to be 50 (1932-1982). Gould was one of the finest concert pianists until he abruptly retired after playing on April 10, 1964 and never performed in public again. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Canadian Crossing
"If people aren't watching, then it doesn't matter." Tatiana Maslany finally got on The Daily Show well after her success on Orphan Black. Maslany was promoting her current work in the Broadway play Network based on the 1976 film written by Paddy Chayefsky. Maslany plays television executive Diana Christensen, the role Faye Dunaway had in the film. Bryan Cranston plays Howard Beale in the Broadway version. "It's about fake news. It's about the way entertainment and news have become fused and the line is blurry and the people that we let go on television and speak and let their beliefs be what we then ingest." Trevor Noah also referred back to her work and many accents on Orphan Black. Noah resorted to the stereotypical question about whether Maslany would be bored playing only one character. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Canadian Crossing
The Tyee is one of those small, independent Canadian journalism outfits. This column in the Tyee questions the wisdom of "throwing money at them (large newspaper companies) at this late date is pointless." Canadian journalism doesn't need more of the same. A lot of communities in Canada have little to no local news coverage. Even the ones that do have an outlet likely don't have a whole lot of substance. Some of these proposed solutions will have a minor impact. The fear is that good money will be thrown after bad money in a field desperate for help to uncover the truths in Canadian politics and society. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Canadian Crossing
The NHL Network has a full weekend with the Winnipeg Jets hosting St. Louis on Friday, the CBC feed with the Maple Leafs in Boston Saturday and the early Hometown Hockey game as the Habs are in Chicago. CBC has the Original 6 matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston. P.K. Subban and his squad visit Calgary in the nightcap. Citytv gets to showcase Sidney Crosby as the Pens are in the nation's capital. Rogers Sportsnet has a Hometown Hockey doubleheader from Aurora, ON with the Habs in Chicago followed by the Battle of Alberta in the provincial capital. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
The commercial would start out with a black-and-white version of the above photo with an announcer asking us, "Tired of throwing away romaine lettuce over possible e-coli." Then the commercial would be in color with the solution to help you rid you of e-coli to protect your romaine lettuce. There is no such product that can help with this sadly off-and-on food safety issue. While the latest outbreak hit Canada in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, that lettuce and the lettuce in the United States came from the United States. We're #1?? We can't blame Yuma, AZ in the latest outbreak. We have a vague direction of the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California. You can track a purchase from Amazon but not the origin of your lettuce. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at Balance of Food
"And so Congress will have a choice of the USMCA or pre-NAFTA, which worked very well." — Donald Trump Despite the lavish signing ceremony for the post-NAFTA agreement, the new trade agreement may run into a snag despite the Democratic leadership will be in charge of the U.S. House in January. The Dems might still pass the agreement somehow but only because they are in the habit of capitulation in the name of compromise. Countries can withdraw from NAFTA, which would kick in 6 months after the announcement. Trump has said he will withdraw from NAFTA but U.S. law isn't crystal clear as to whether Congress needs to approve that move. Canada is trying to remove the stigma of the ugly USMCA by renaming the deal CUSMA putting Canada first. The NAFTA name is starting to look better. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
Canada has 2 official languages: English and French. 8 of the 10 provinces conduct their government business only in English with Quebec (French) and New Brunswick (English and French) being the exception. Minority language rights are protected in the provinces as French-language communities are scattered throughout Canada. Most people in Ontario are familiar that there are francophone communities in the province. Doug Ford isn't one of them. In its fall economic statement, the Ontario premier's government eliminated the French language services commissioner position and shut down the planned French-language university in the greater Toronto area. As we noted on election night for the last Ontario election, Doug Ford was the only party leader who did not speak in French. The throne speech traditionally contains some French though Ford broke with the tradition and didn't include a single French sentence. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
NBCSN carries back-to-back games featuring Canadian teams. The U.S. channel starts out with the Toronto Maple Leafs shortest road trip to Buffalo on Tuesday. Wednesday Night Hockey showcases Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers in St. Louis. The NHL Network blows off Hockey Night in Canada for the second time in 3 weeks and picks up a different Sunday night game other than Hometown Hockey as the Calgary Flames are in Chicago. CBC starts out Saturday night with the Maple Leafs in the Twin Cities. Gary Bettman's dream desert team will be in Edmonton in the nightcap. Citytv is content to get the Winnipeg Jets in New Jersey. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
We are sorry if you came to this article looking for NBA basketball or if you were chasing an In-N-Out burger with 2 beef patties with 2 slices of cheese. This double double is about something truly Canadian. For those not familiar, a double double is a coffee with 2 creams and 2 sugars at Tim Hortons. The fun part is that they put in the cream and sugar so you get the drink without the extra work. During the 2018 Windsor International Film Festival, I decided to be a part of that Canadian experience. To give some perspective, I am not a coffee drinker. If you are looking for someone to tell how great anyone's coffee is, you are on the wrong blog post. I ordered the Simply Sausage biscuit, 2 chocolate Timbits, and a small double double. I did order the drink to get the hockey trading cards too. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
Hochelaga, Terre des âmes was not a white whale on the level of Goin' Down the Road. Waiting for the film to cross the border in some form had been frustrating but mostly to satisfy the streak of seeing the Best Foreign Language Film entry for the Oscars. After seeing the film and Chien de Garde, the streak goes back to 2005. The premise is that the history of Quebec is tied to a spot around the 30-yard line at Percival Molson Stadium, home for the McGill Redmen and CFL Montréal Alouettes. In a game with McGill hosting Bishop's Gaiters from nearby Sherbrooke, a massive sinkhole opens up and swallows the Redmen's kick returner. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
The Calgary Stampeders had made it to the last 3 Grey Cups and put together a complete game in winning the 106th Grey Cup 27-16 over the Ottawa RedBlacks. The Stampeders played in their 5th Grey Cup since 2012 and also won the Grey Cup in 2014. Bo Levi Mitchell became the 5th quarterback to win the MOP and Grey Cup MVP in the same season. Coach Dave Dickenson has now won the Grey Cup as a quarterback, offensive coordinator, and head coach. The Stampeders went 41-11-2 in the last 3 years. Terry Williams set a new Grey Cup record with a 97-yard punt return TD late in the first half. Ottawa had 6 turnovers with a Diontae Spencer fumble on a punt return early in the 4th quarter perhaps being the most crucial. Trevor Harris had more passing yards than Mitchell (288-253) but threw 3 interceptions. Mitchell had 2 interceptions. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
The NHL Network returns with the CBC feed for the Maple Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada. CBC starts out with the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting Philadelphia. The Canucks gravitate to the warm weather in Los Angeles in the Saturday nightcap. Citytv showcases the Winnipeg Jets in St. Louis on Saturday night. Rogers Sportsnet spends Saturday night with the Boston Bruins in Montréal. Hometown Hockey from Dieppe, New Brunswick gets an early start with the Grey Cup matinee as the Calgary Flames visit the neglected desert team. Wednesday Night Hockey has Toronto hosting Patrick Marleau's old team. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
The 106th Grey Cup will be a battle of black and red vs. red and black, a rematch of the 2016 Grey Cup. The division finals produced home wins for the Ottawa RedBlacks and Calgary Stampeders. Ottawa advanced with a convincing 46-27 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Calgary held off Winnipeg with a 22-14 victory. Ottawa's last Grey Cup win was in 2016; Calgary last won the Grey Cup in 2014. This is Calgary's 3rd straight Grey Cup and 5th Grey Cup appearance this decade. The Stampeders swept the season series. Calgary posted a 24-14 home win on June 28 and handled the RedBlacks 27-3 in the nation's capital on July 12. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
While Americans will have to wait until 2026 to have a woman of colour on currency, Canadians now have the new $10 bill with Viola Desmond on the Canadian note. The new $10 bill is the first to feature a Canadian woman; Queen Elizabeth II is on the $20 bill. The bill is also the first vertical bill in the history of Canadian currency. The Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg is on the back of the new bill. Wanda Robson (above), younger sister of Desmond, was the first person to make a purchase with the bill. On November 8, 1946, Viola Desmond bought a movie ticket after her car broke down in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. She wanted to sit in the main floor of the theatre, but the theatre would only sell Desmond a balcony ticket. Desmond sat on the main floor. She was forcibly removed from the theatre, arrested, and spent the night in jail. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
"I didn’t have the courage to do Cleopatra, so I did it in Canada." — a paraphrase of what Dame Maggie Smith said in Tea with the Dames (2018). Tea with the Dames is not a Canadian film but Smith's comedic timing made a Canadian audience laugh. That is a good way to start out our look at the Canadian films at the 2018 Windsor International Film Festival. Feature films Giant Little Ones is about 2 teenage boys — Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) — who are very tight. Both are key members of the school swim team. They have an unseen encounter after Frankie's birthday party. The next day, Ballas accuses Frankie of making a sexual move on him and ends the friendship. All the signs are there. Franky's best friend is a lesbian (Niamh Wilson) who is trying to come up with a replica phallus. He isn't aggressively into girls. And his dad (Kyle MacLachlan) left his mom (Maria Bello) to be with another man. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
NBCSN has the Edmonton Oilers in the spotlight Tuesday night in San Jose. There won't be an overrun since the Oilers game is the only game on the schedule. CBC won't carry the Toronto Maple Leafs for Hockey Night in Canada as the Habs travel to Vancouver for a late afternoon start local time. The Battle of Alberta in Calgary will be the late game. City TV welcomes Sidney Crosby and his Penguins to the Canadian capital to take on the Senators. Rogers Sportsnet has Hometown Hockey from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland as the new desert team will be in Edmonton. The regional channels have a pre-U.S. Thanksgiving doubleheader Wednesday with the Maple Leafs in Carolina and an all-Canadian matchup featuring the Winnipeg Jets in Calgary. Rogers Sportsnet One has its own Wednesday doubleheader with les Canadiens in New Jersey and Vancouver traveling to Anaheim. Rogers Sportsnet 360 doesn't feel left out on Wednesday with the Ottawa Senators in St. Paul. ESPN+ has the game that NBCSN and the NHL Network refuse to cover: the Battle of Alberta with the CBC feed Saturday night. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
Most cooking shows are about how to cook a specific recipe with a few tips along the way. Good Eats and the new Good Eats: Reloaded are grand exceptions though consumed a bit about the science of how cooking happens. Salt Fat Acid Heat is a 4-part series on Netflix from Samin Nosrat, author of the book that inspired the series. The series helps you to understand cooking breaking things down to the 4 core elements. The series takes us around the world as each episode is devoted to a region suited to the element: Salt Japan Fat Liguria, Italy Acid Yucatan, Mexico Heat Berkeley, CA Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Balance of Food
7 of the 9 CFL teams have won a Grey Cup since 2010. Hamilton and Winnipeg — the 2 teams that haven't won a Grey Cup in the 21st century — are half of the 4 teams remaining in the 2018 CFL playoffs. Hamilton dominated the BC Lions from the start in the 48-8 win, dashing hopes for a crossover team in the Grey Cup. The Winnipeg defence combined with Andrew Harris on the ground held off Saskatchewan 23-18. The Tiger-Cats advance to Ottawa, the team that dominated Hamilton in all 3 games this season. Calgary has a +5 point differential in its split with Winnipeg this season. The Stampeders won by 13 in Calgary on August 25 though the Blue Bombers won by 8 in Winnipeg on October 26. Winners advance to the 106th Grey Cup in Edmonton next Sunday. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
Calgary voters had their chances to register their thoughts on their city hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games. They said "no" with 56.4% of the vote, according to unofficial vote totals for the non-binding plebiscite. The plebiscite attracted 304,774 ballots from 767,734 eligible voters for a 40% turnout. If the vote had gone to the "yes" side, Calgary's chances of getting the 2026 Winter Olympics would have been very good. The other bids were from Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy and Stockholm, Sweden. After 3 straight Winter Olympics in Asia (the 2022 Winter Olympics will be in Beijing, China) or near-Asia (the debate over whether Sochi, Russia is in Europe or Asia), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would have welcomed a North American Olympics. The voters had concerns about the current economy, potential cost overruns, money going away from projects that would help everyday activities, and a bit of confusion over what was and wasn't in the Olympics bid. The Olympics bid didn't include a new arena or stadium but that is more about the nuances of pleasing the IOC, which discourages new buildings as part of the bidding process. The Calgary bid called for ski jumping to be held in Whistler. This was a money-saving point and that the Calgary’s ski jumps aren't up to IOC standards. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
There was very little proof after spending a week in Windsor that legal recreational marijuana exists in Canada. The sign above reminds us that you can't take marijuana across the border, but easier to do if there is marijuana in Canada. For now, the only legal options in Ontario are growing 4 or fewer plants in your own home or online via the Ontario Cannabis Store if the store is working as intended. A group set up a symbolic injection site tent in an abandoned section on Ouellette Avenue, the main north-south street in downtown Windsor. That was as close as I got to drugs on the trip. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
"This is The Filmmakers: the place to watch the best Canadian films and meet the people who make them. We pull back the curtain taking you behind the scenes with candid conversations. This season, we're shining the spotlight on female filmmakers." Johanna Schneller and Amanda Parris start out each episode of Season 2 of The Filmmakers on CBC with their own synopsis of the film before the director interview. Unlike in Season 1, 2 of the 3 segments are devoted to the director with only 1 for the panel. Each director interview gets a "surprise" early in the second segment where the show plays a video from someone involved in the production. At the end of each episode, the hosts offer up their take on a scene or element to watch for in the film. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
NHL Network carries the CBC feed for Hockey Night in Canada and the Rogers Sportsnet feed for Hometown Hockey. CBC features the Original 6 matchup of the Maple Leafs in Boston. The Calgary Flames put on their sunglasses for the bright lights of Los Angeles in the nightcap. City TV follows Ottawa's journey to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Rogers Sportsnet shows hockey day and night on Saturday with the Vancouver Canucks in Buffalo by day. The nightcap has Gary Bettman's new favourite desert team in Montréal, otherwise known as the Max Pacioretty bowl. Hometown Hockey from Glace Bay, NS has Winnipeg hosting New Jersey. Wednesday Night Hockey has what should have been the Stanley Cup final with Washington at Winnipeg. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Canadian Crossing
The CFL's greatest rivalry comes together in the 2018 CFL West semifinal as Winnipeg travels to Saskatchewan. The Roughriders took the Labour Day weekend game and the Banjo Bowl 31-23 in Regina and 32-27 in Winnipeg. Sure there was the 31-0 shutout for the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg on October 13. The teams haven't met in the playoffs since the 2007 Grey Cup when Saskatchewan edged out Winnipeg 23-19 at Rogers Centre. Winnipeg is 4-5 on the road this season while Saskatchewan is 6-3 at home and has had an extra week of rest. This will be the first home playoff game in Regina since 2013, which also means the first home playoff game in the new Mosaic Stadium. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Canadian Crossing