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ParticipACTION + Coca Cola Canada…I’m confused

In Canada, Customer Service, From Coast to Coast to Coast, Government, Gravy, Media, Money, YouTube on June 20, 2012 at 09:59

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Listening to the Metro Morning before heading to work and I hear that ParticipACTION is back!  I’m thinking, pretty cool.  I so remember those old ads about getting up and getting fit.

Damn Swedes

Lazy Bones

Way To Go Canada!

Do It! Do It! Do It!

Raw Deal

Nice that the government is getting this program out to the people.  However it turns out that this is not completely a public funded initiative.  Turns out Coca Cola Canada, with their “Live Positively” social media effort is footing a large amount of cash for the programs relaunch.  Hmm Sugar Water and getting fit.  Probably not the best way to promote an active, healthy lifestyle.  Honourable Bal Gosal Minister of State (Sport) and Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health what is going on under your watch?

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I do love my Coke, but this is a stretch, do you think?

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IS the CBC worth saving…

In Customer Service, Government, Media, The CBC on June 7, 2012 at 10:45

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Beyond my love for the CBC, I just love my Toronto Public Library system.  Public access to public discussion.  After finding and posting Malcom Gladwell’s interviews I searched to see if this discussion was captured because I had missed getting out to see it live.  Happy it was.  Next, I’d like to see a discussion about the present and future of CBC Music.

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The Toronto Star Talks: Whither the CBC
On April 30, 2012 Torontonians discussed the future of CBC with former CBC Vice President Richard Stursberg, fifth estate host Linden MacIntyre, Ryerson University Journalism professor Suanne Kelman, and Air Farce writer/director Percy Rosemond. Moderated by Star’s Martin Knelman

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

 

Gay Marriage Canadian Style

In Canada, From Coast to Coast to Coast, Media on May 23, 2012 at 13:00

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“The first openly gay Marvel comic book character will marry his boyfriend in an upcoming issue of Astonishing X-Men. The character, Northstar, a Canadian superhero who first came out as gay in 1992, is set to propose in an issue of the comic that goes on sale today.”, via Globe and Mail

It’s not so much why.  It’s just that it’s about bloody time.  What took you guys so long.

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Section Fifteen of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Under the heading of “Equality Rights” this section states:

15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

(2) Subsection (1) does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

SOCAN has acquired the assets of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF)

In Canada, Celeb, Me Myself & I, Media, Music on February 13, 2012 at 22:35

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“The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is an important institution that celebrates the successes achieved by Canadian music creators,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “The Hall of Fame gives our legendary songwriters and composers the public recognition they deserve. Their creations form not only a cherished part of the fabric of Canadian culture, but also contribute to the economic success of the music industry.”
The objective of the CSHF is to honour, celebrate, and educate Canadians about the outstanding accomplishments of Canadian popular music songwriters and those who have contributed significantly to their legacy. “The Hall of Fame is a great fit for SOCAN as we continue to champion the work of our members coast to coast,” continued Baptiste.
The next step in the transition involves creating a new governance structure and establishing a new board of directors. While SOCAN will now operate the CHSF, its directors will include representatives from Canada’s music industry, including CSHF’s founding partners, the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and the Songwriter’s Association of Canada (SAC).
“SOCAN’s new commitment to CSHF recognises the important work CSHF has done, and has still to accomplish, in honouring Canadian songs and songwriters,” said Catharine Saxberg, Executive Director, CMPA. “As a proud founder, CMPA is very excited about the potential to make CSHF even stronger with the resources and talents that SOCAN will contribute under this new agreement.”
“As one of the founding partners, the Songwriters Association of Canada is very pleased to welcome SOCAN’s increased support and involvement in the CSHF,” said Eddie Schwartz, President, SAC. “SOCAN’s commitment ensures that the CSHF will be able to continue honouring the outstanding achievements of Francophone and Anglophone songwriters, and to celebrate this rich and unique musical heritage for many years to come.”

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Some good stuff from Burlington, Ontario

In Canada, Media, Music, YouTube on February 10, 2012 at 13:33

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I’ve been offline (music wise) for the last few months but here’s a band to get me back into the music thought process.  I’m pretty late to the band (Russel Crow and Alyssa Milano beat me to the punch).   The group is Walk off the Earth.  Formed in Burlington, ON, the band consists of Sarah Blackwood, Gianni Luminati, Ryan Marshall, Mike Taylor and Joel Cassady.

They’ve covered the likes of Adele’ Someone Like You

Rihanna’s Man Down

But the video above as of me writing this post is standing at 51+ million views.  I haven’t listened to Gotye, but I hope he’s sent them a thank you note.

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Geez even Ellen got to these guys…

STOP THE CBC SMACKDOWN

In Business, Canada, Celeb, Customer Service, From Coast to Coast to Coast, Government, Have to Laugh, Media, The CBC, YouTube on November 30, 2011 at 07:47

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The good people at Friends of Canadian Broadcasting have put out new ads to show a “worst-case scenario arising from the government’s hostile attitude toward the CBC.” Enjoy!

CBC’s The National Redone

CBC has been sold to a US Investor and Wrestler Promoter

CBC Radio Remix 666

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FRIENDS launch STOP THE CBC SMACKDOWN

Ottawa (29 November 2011) The Conservative Party is gaining the trust of voters when it comes to Canadian culture and the CBC, but that trust could quickly evaporate if forecast cuts to the national public broadcaster’s parliamentary allocation come to pass.

These findings emerge from a national opinion survey sponsored by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

If Stephen Harper’s criticism of Canadian culture during the 2008 election campaign that many observers believe cost the Conservative Party a majority government was the low point in the public’s estimation of Mr. Harper’s trustworthiness on cultural matters, this survey provides some good news for the Prime Minister.

The survey found that the Conservative Party leads the other two major parties as the most trusted to handle matters of national culture and identity (Conservative Party 27%; NDP 24%; and Liberal Party 14%). 

The Conservative Party is most trusted by 3 in 10 voters (29%) to protect the CBC, second behind the NDP, which enjoys the trust of almost half of voters (46%) and ahead of the Liberal Party (25%).

“The Conservatives promised time and again before and during the election campaign to maintain or increase CBC funding.[1] It would appear Canadians, who in overwhelming numbers support public broadcasting, are responding in a supportive way,” said Friends spokesperson Ian Morrison.

But, the survey also found that the government’s hostility toward the national public broadcaster and its cost-cutting agenda could put the Conservative Party off side with voters, a strong majority of whom want to see the CBC’s budget maintained or enhanced.

  • When asked what advice they would give their MP on how to vote in the House of Commons concerning funding for CBC, 46% would counsel maintaining CBC funding at current levels, while another 23% would advise their MP to vote in favour of an increase. Only 17% favour decreasing CBC funding.
  • 52% believe that Canada’s level of funding of its public broadcaster is insufficient to maintain a unique and vibrant Canadian identity and culture vs. 21% who disagree.

“A ten percent cut to the CBC’s budget, as the Conservatives are contemplating, would have devastating consequences that would be visible and of great concern to the vast majority of Canadians.  In addition, the steady attack on the CBC by various government MPs could change the direction of public support in on this issue,” Morrison said.

CBC budget cuts could undermine the Conservatives’ new-found trust on matters related to culture and put them at odds with a majority of their own base.  Among Conservative Party supporters:

  • 57% would advise their MP to maintain or increase funding for the CBC.
  • 63% think the CBC plays an important or very important role in protecting Canadian culture and identity.
  • 64% give the CBC high marks for meeting its mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain
  • 70% believe that the federal government should be somewhat or very responsible for ensuring that Canadian programming and content on television and radio is protected.

Voters who identify the Conservatives as their second choice also strongly support public broadcasting:

  • 81% would tell their MP to maintain or increase funding for the CBC.
  • 78% think the CBC plays an important or very important role in protecting Canadian culture and identity.
  • 84% give CBC high marks for meeting its mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain
  • 75% believe that the federal government should be somewhat or very responsible for ensuring that Canadian programming and content on television and radio is protected.

The survey found that Prime Minister Harper and his Conservative government carry a reputation for being hostile to Canadian culture and the CBC:

  • Half (52%) of Canadians think Canada’s level of public broadcaster funding is insufficient to maintain a unique and vibrant Canadian identity and culture, and 55% think Canada’s level of public broadcaster funding is indicative of the federal government’s treatment of the cultural sector overall.
  • Half (50%) think the Harper government is underfunding the CBC so that it can turn it into a private, commercial broadcaster. Only one in four agree that privatizing and commercializing the CBC is the right thing to do.

CBC remains extremely popular with Canadians, who by wide majorities give the CBC high marks for meeting its mandate to present programs that inform, enlighten and entertain (77%) as well as its mandate to serve the broadcasting needs of Canada’s regions (68%)

In defence of our national public broadcaster, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is launching STOP THE CBC SMACKDOWN, a satiricaonline campaign calling on the Conservative government to keep its election promise to maintain or increase CBC funding.

“This effort dramatizes what is perhaps our greatest fear – one that grows with each passing day’s events on Parliament Hill – that the Conservative government secretly intends to privatize some or all of our national public broadcaster, selling it to the highest bidder.  Two SMACKDOWN videos portray this worst-case scenario arising from the government’s hostile attitude toward the CBC,” says Friends’ spokesperson Ian Morrison.

The videos feature messages from the new CBC’s new owner, Lance Fury.

A personal friend of the Prime Minister and a former professional wrestling promoter from the US, Lance has purchased the CBC for an undisclosed amount.  In his video messages, the new owner-operator of the former public broadcaster outlines a radical overhaul of CBC News and his plans to introduce commercial advertising to CBC Radio.

Fury says, “Canadians are gonna love this.  I mean, let’s be honest.  They’re very unique in that they’re just like Americans, except for the Quebeckians, who are more like the Puerto Ricans.  But now that I’m here, there will be something for everyone.  But don’t worry Canada, I won’t be touchin’ your wheat.”

“As the survey demonstrates, the CBC continues to enjoy high levels of public esteem.  The video campaign is about lifting those numbers off the page to demonstrate that without great care and support for our national public broadcaster, the new found gains in public trust the Conservatives have achieved could be short lived,” Morrison said.

The online survey of 2022 adult Canadians conducted from November 4 to 10 has a margin of error of +/- 2.18%, 19 times out of 20.  The survey was designed and administered by political scientists, Daniel Rubenson, Associate Professor at Ryerson University and Peter Loewen, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.  The survey was fielded by the national polling firm Angus Reid/Vision Critical.

Don’t hate Nickelback

In Canada, Customer Service, Have to Laugh, Media, People that Matter, South of the boarder, Sports, YouTube on November 25, 2011 at 10:04

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It couldn’t have been easy for Chad and the boys.  Talk about a rough start.  The hard knocks band from Hanna, Alberta, released their third album Silver Side Up on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  But since that day, Nickelback has raked up 32 Awards from Billboard Music, AMA’s, MuchMusic Video, The Grammy’s and The Juno’s.  They’ve sold more than 50 Million records.  So why so much hate for this truly Canadian band?  The answer may never fully be understood.

“There’s almost something fun about disliking Nickelback,” says Sam Sutherland with Toronto-based AUX TV, which created the Nickelblock plug-in for Firefox and Google Chrome. “I think it bonds people.”

It’s a meme, a sort of pop cultural flu, says Robert Belton, a professor in the faculty of creative and critical studies at the University of British Columbia. “Someone somewhere said, ‘Nickelback stinks,’ and it was funny, so everybody else piled on, whether they actually think that or not.”

Well, not everyone has been piling on – the Canadian Football League petition only had 52 signatures as of Wednesday.”

Well here’s hoping the City of Detroit made it through their Thanksgiving Day game shedding more tear for the Lion’s 27 – 15 loss to the Green Bay Packers than to Nickelback’s halftime performance.

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The letter reads as follows:

“This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback? Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs. The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime.”

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Here’s Nickelback’s response on Funny or Die ~ http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5166240802/nickelback-responds-to-NFL-petition

125,000 songs… listen to CBC Radio 3… oh and read the LA Times!!

In Canada, From Coast to Coast to Coast, Me Myself & I, Media, Music, The CBC on November 22, 2011 at 14:34

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I know this infographic was a while ago but its one of the many reasons why I love the CBC, CBC Radio and CBC Radio3 in general.  Oh and the LA Times like them too.

“Reporting from Toronto — — It’s 1928, and the Canadian government is in a panic. It’s issued radio licenses to Canadian stations since 1922, but most Canadians are turning their dials to American programming. What to do? A royal commission on the future of broadcasting was convened, and eight years later, after a brief incarnation as a state-owned national broadcasting network, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. was born.

 Its mandate: to reflect Canada to Canadians.”
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Justin Bieber by the Numbers

In Business, Canada, Media, Music, People that Matter, YouTube on November 6, 2011 at 12:12

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Born in London, Ontario; raised in Stratford, ON; groomed on YouTube, our Canadian phenom is a bubble that just won’t pop.  Even with a tabloid sized story of Justin being a pint sized baby daddy, his numbers do not lie.  Bieber for Prime Minister? You never know.

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Happy Birthday CBC

In Canada, Happy Birthday, Me Myself & I, Media, The CBC on November 3, 2011 at 15:06

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Love them or hate them (SunTV), for 75 years the CBC has been Canada.  From me to you, Happy Birthday CBC!

I’ll add some sounds and sites of the CBC over the last 75 years.  Enjoy

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Map and CBC Logo