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Ryder Hesjedal wins Giro d’Italia

In Bikes, Canada, From Coast to Coast to Coast, The CBC, West Coast on May 27, 2012 at 12:13

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“Hesjedal, who overcame a 31 second deficit on Sunday to win by 16, is now a star in the hugely difficult, too-often controversial world of professional cycling where for many years the winners were regularly determined by who had the best chemist…  But he represents a country that, but for the big cycling fans, finds itself asking “Who is this guy?”… Hesh-JAH-dall (keep practising)…” via CBC Sports

It really makes you wonder how Canadian athletes in general (beyond the major leagues) win without much of any backing from the Canadian government.  Tour du France is next, because Hesjedal will probably be over looked from the Canadian Olympic Team.




Victoria, BC is so forward thinking

In Canada, Government, Have to Laugh, Media, The Social, West Coast on June 30, 2010 at 06:39

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So you want your city to become the social media capital of Canada, what do you do?  Well the Mayor Dean Fortin has officially designated June 30th as Social Media Day.  You laugh, but it true.  A social guru named Paul Homes took his petition to city council and they approved it.

Try doing something like that in Toronto and see how far you get.  So congrats Victoria.  Hopefully Toronto will follow suite, in about 20 years.


You can connect with Paul Homes here and

You can learn more about Social Media Day at the Mashable Website here

Canadian Music has a new outlet. Meet the Wiki!

In Canada, East Coast, French Kiss, Me Myself & I, Music, The Social, West Coast, YouTube on June 17, 2010 at 09:13

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Surfing through the net on this morning, I came across a project that CBC Radio3 freelancer writer Amanda Ash helped create.  The beta version of the Canadian Music Wiki is up and is looking for contributors.

From the site…

“This project is dedicated to using collaborative and social media to enrich Canada’s music scene by creating a comprehensive guide to Canadian music. We welcome your contributions.

The Canadian Music Wiki is a wiki, meaning you can edit nearly any page at any time. This wiki strives to encourage artists, media and fans alike to contribute their knowledge to this digital resource. We hope it will serve as Canada’s hub for everything music-related.”

From Amanda…

“This wiki strives to encourage artists, media and fans alike to contribute their knowledge to this digital resource,”

I’ve signed myself up under “myonlinelifenow” at will adding reviews, pictures and additional information write ups to the site.  If you create, cover, enjoy or sell Canadian Music start plotting keystrokes to the Let us show why Canadian Music is so important to Canadians and the rest of the world.


Some highlights of what Canadian Music has to offer

Steve Nash for Governor General?

In Canada, Government, Me Myself & I, West Coast, YouTube on May 11, 2010 at 21:11

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Beyond almost loosing his eye last night in a kick ass, eye popping (sorry) series sweep of the Spurs,  Mr. Nash has been a voice against the new Arizona immigration laws put in place by Governor Jan Brewer.

With all the talk of who Harper is thinking of bringing on as the new GG, I just thought, hey Steve Nash is a pretty good guy, hasn’t worked for the CBC and is probably missing BC after spending years living in the states.

In 2006, he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

On December 28, 2007 it was announced that Nash would receive Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada

On June 3, 2008, it was announced that Nash would receive a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

On September 18, 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Victoria

oh yeah and he also won all of these awards and accolades too

2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2005–2006)
7× NBA All-Star (2002–2003, 2005–2008, 2010)
3× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2008, 2010)
2× All-NBA Third Team (2002–2003)
2× Skills Challenge Champion (2005, 2010)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2007)
Lou Marsh Trophy Winner (2005)
3× Lionel Conacher Award (2002, 2005–2006)

So if I had a say in who should take over for Michaëlle Jean, my vote is for Dirty Nash!


More blood spilled

You can read Cleve Dheenshaw’s full article in the Calgary Herald  here

Although he’s a Canadian, Steve Nash of Victoria has leaped sneakers first into the contentious immigration bill debate in Arizona.

The Phoenix Suns point-guard appeared on ESPN yesterday and lashed out at the new bill that would allow Arizona police to stop and question people on reasonable suspicion of being illegal immigrants into the United States.

“I’m against it,” Nash said on the ESPN show Pardon The Interruption.

“I think this is a bill that really damages our civil liberties. It represents our state poorly in the eyes of the world,” added the St. Michaels University School grad, one of four Canadian sporting legends picked to light the cauldron during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

“It opens up the potential for racial profiling and racism. It’s a poor example for young people and something we can do without.”

Nash’s stance doesn’t surprise those who knew him in Victoria and who saw his sense of social justice emerging in school.

“As good an athlete as he was, Steve would always be the guy who looked out for the smaller and slower guys in PE class,” said Mike Sheffer, who taught Nash in phys-ed and social studies and co-coached him in basketball for three years at Arbutus Junior High School.

“Steve would not tolerate anybody getting picked on. I think his stand on this issue is an extension of that.”

A single dream. A world of hope. This is Terry Fox

In Canada, East Coast, Loss of Life, Medical, Sports, The World, West Coast on April 12, 2010 at 13:58

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A man that truly brought life to word “Hope”.  Terrance Stanley “Terry” Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 28th, 1958.  After a car accident in 1976, Terry complained only of only a sore knee.  By 1977 that pain had intensified and after going to the hospital, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.  His leg was amputated soon after… and thats when Terry Fox’s live really got interested.  He was athlete before loosing his leg and after the amputation it didn’t seem to stop him.  Winning three national championships with Canada’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, Terry set his sites on competing in his first marathon in Prince George, BC.  Of course this was just his way of testing out his body and leg for his true aim.  To run across Canada and raise money for Cancer research.  Here was his letter to the Canadian Cancer Society

“My name is Terry Fox. I am 21 years old, and I am an amputee. I lost my right leg two-and-a-half years ago due to cancer. The night before my amputation, my former basketball coach brought me a magazine with an article on an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. It was then I decided to meet this new challenge head on and not only overcome my disability, but conquer it in such a way that I could never look back and say it disabled me.

But I soon realized that that would only be half my quest, for as I went through the 16 months of the physically and emotionally draining ordeal of chemotherapy, I was rudely awakened by the feelings that surrounded and coursed through the cancer clinic. There were faces with the brave smiles, and the ones who had given up smiling. There were feelings of hopeful denial, and the feelings of despair. My quest would not be a selfish one. I could not leave knowing these faces and feelings would still exist, even though I would be set free from mine. Somewhere the hurting must stop….and I was determined to take myself to the limit for this cause.

From the beginning the going was extremely difficult, and I was facing chronic ailments foreign to runners with two legs in addition to the common physical strains felt by all dedicated athletes.

But these problems are now behind me, as I have either out-persisted or learned to deal with them. I feel strong not only physically, but more important, emotionally. Soon I will be adding one full mile a week, and coupled with weight training I have been doing, by next April I will be ready to achieve something that for me was once only a distant dream reserved for the world of miracles – to run across Canada to raise money for the fight against cancer.

The running I can do, even if I have to crawl every last mile.

We need your help. The people in cancer clinics all over the world need people who believe in miracles.

I am not a dreamer, and I am not saying that this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer. But I believe in miracles. I have to.

Terry Fox, October 1979″

An amazing Canadian.  A truly inspiring human.  On this 30th Anniversary of  the launch of the Marathon of Hope please visit The Terry Fox Foundation’s web site for more information on how you can help.  A single dream.  A world of hope.


Advocate Sook-Yin Lee argues Terry Fox’s place as The Greatest Canadian You link to it here at the CBC

He didn’t need to see the finish line to win it all

In Canada, Olympics, Sports, West Coast on March 16, 2010 at 09:01

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After being left off the Canadian Olympic Team, Brian McKeever wins Gold with the Paralympic Team in the 20-kilometre cross-country ski race yesterday.  McKeever joined  Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska who Gold and Bronze respectively in women’s standing slalom.  Canada ranks 3rd with 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze.


You can read The Globe and Mail’s full article here

McKeever wins Canada’s first Paralympic gold at home

Brian McKeever is legally blind, but he knew exactly where he was going when he set out on a 20-kilometre race with his brother, Robin, as a guide.

His sights were set on finishing first. And less than one hour later, after setting a gruelling pace through the dark, foggy hills at the Whistler Paralympic Park that left their competitors trailing well behind, they, together, claimed the first gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Games.

“That was a lot of fun. It meant a lot. That was the one we were waiting to win and that’s the one we really wanted,” Brian McKeever said Monday, shortly after the race ended in front of a home crowd that tried – but couldn’t quite – hold back its cheers so the blind skier could hear instructions shouted by the guide.

The McKeever brothers, whose powerful, unflagging strides seem perfectly synchronized, said they didn’t mind that the crowd ignored organizers’ requests to wave their hands silently instead of cheering.

“It wasn’t a quiet stadium when we rolled through…[but] it doesn’t matter if it’s quiet or loud. I just follow Robin,” said Brian, who is almost sightless as a result of Stargardt’s disease.

“You feel quite confident to go into the next classic race, the 10 k. Brian is much stronger in classic than I am, so I think the issue will be the guiding there. We’re just looking forward to that 10 k, for sure. From there the biathlon is, you know, it’s hit and miss, and [then] we’ll see about the sprinting.”

And beyond that, they have their sights set on the next Olympic Games.

“I want another shot at the Olympics for sure and we’re already starting to plan to see how we can get there,” said Brian

You can read’s full article here
Woolstencroft gold, Wisniewska bronze in standing slalom

Canada’s Lauren Woolstencroft decimated the field in the women’s standing category slalom race to take Canada’s second gold medal of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games with a combined calculated time of one minute, 51.97 seconds.

Woolstencroft had built more than a two second lead after the first run, and attacked in the second run to open up the margin even further.

“I’ve had some experience being in that position, so you know, I kind of looked back on that,” she explained. “It was nice to have a couple of delays and get used to seeing the crowd. It’s crazy. I have so much family here. It’s nice to win on home soil. On my first run, I was pretty focused and I didn’t see the crowd. On my second run, I could hear it [the crowd] from the start gate. I just wanted to get to the finish line.”

Haiti’s struggle is K’naan musical mission

In Canada, East Coast, French Kiss, Loss of Life, Media, Money, Music, The Social, The World, Them Kids, West Coast on March 12, 2010 at 09:29

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K’naan keeps on waving.   A reworking of Wavin’ Flag was released this morning to support Haitian earthquake relief efforts.  You can purchase the song on iTunes here.  Free the Children, War Child Canada and World Vision will all benefit from the sales of this digital single.  Along with K’naan, 57 contributing artists lent their voices to this project.  They include
Avril Lavigne
Sam Roberts
Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan)
Tyler Connolly (Theory Of A Deadman)
Kardinal Offishall
Jully Black
Josh Ramsay (Marianas Trench)
Jay Malinowski (Bedouin Soundclash)
Chin Injeti
Jacob Hoggard (Hedley)
Red 1
Derek Whibley (Sum 41)
Serena Ryder
Emily Haines (Metric)
James Shaw (Metric)
Hawksley Workman
Pierre Lapointe
Corb Lund
Fefe Dobson
Jim Creegan (Barenaked Ladies)
Tom Cochrane
Kevin Parent
Lamar Ashe
Colin James
Nikki Yanofsky
Suzie McNeil
Stephan Moccio
Aoin Clarke
Kathleen Edwards
Jim Cuddy
Stacey McKitrick
Jessie Farrell
Colin MacDonald
Justin Nozuka
Hayley Sales
Matt Mays
City & Colour
Pat Kordyback (Stereos)
Dave Faber
Brandon Lehti
The Canadian Tenors
Justin Bieber
Torquil Campbell (Stars)
Broken Social Scene


You can make your donation through the Young Artists For Haiti Facebook Page.

1400+ days until the next Winter Olympics Games

In Canada, Media, Olympics, Them Kids, West Coast on March 7, 2010 at 11:06

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Yeah I’m not over it yet. It’s been a week since the ‘kid’ turned into a ‘Man’. The NHL is feeling tad boring right now. Not that any of the videos I’ve linked too will bring back that magic, it’s always nice to remember.

If you didn’t get to see this great commercial with Michael J. Fox, here’s you chance. Also some other

At 48 (that “61” on his sweater reps the year he was born), he’s been an American citizen for years. So really he’s the perfect guy to set all this up and also to remind us that which ever nation wins Sunday, it’s just a game. The victory for Fox is being able to lace up a pair of CCM Tacks, flip a puck on the ice and pick a corner, tremors be damned. Go Canada, and donate to Parkinson’s research at the Michael J. Fox Foundation here.

Just in case you don’t understand “The Beautiful Game” here’s Pat Kelly to give you the 411

“I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphys

I’m Sick…yeah right

Fate…was forced!

Just so you know…we take Hockey personally here in Canada


Four seconds: Sidney Crosby’s goal like you’ve never seen it
How a few minor mistakes, barely noticeable acts of brilliance and decades of preparation handed Sidney Crosby – and Canada – a golden moment
March 7, 2010 Mary Ormsby

The goal is just a week old but it has already achieved the historic heft only a hockey nation can bestow.

Paul Henderson, the shinny scales of importance have shifted. Sidney Crosby is Canada’s freshly minted ice icon.

Crosby’s quick draw on American goaltender Ryan Miller last Sunday clinched an Olympic title for Canada. After three full periods and seven minutes and 40 seconds of overtime, the goal came in a four-second crucible of action that Crosby both initiated and finished. That frantic fragment of time included at least two dozen vital on-ice decisions.

From deteriorating ice to an official’s skate, from an urgent cry to a hit from behind, from a lowered head to the tilt of a stick, the thrilling game-breaker was no simple lucky shot, as Crosby has modestly suggested.

How do we know? The Toronto Star deconstructed those final four seconds.

We spoke to key players on the ice, on the bench and in Vancouver’s GM Place. We interviewed veteran NHL referee Bill McCreary, who was officiating his third Olympic gold medal final. And yes – if you listen carefully to the video – you can actually hear No. 87 scream, “Iggy!” over the murmuring crowd to get the attention of Jarome Iginla.

What became clear was it took the uncommon skills – physical, intellectual and intuitive – of a once-in-a-generation player to grab gold in four seconds.

Crosby later described the golden grenade fired through Miller’s legs this way: “I just shot it, maybe it went five-hole.”

But Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke, who was Team USA’s GM in Vancouver, begs to differ. “He was gracious in his comments by saying, `I don’t remember what I did,'” Burke says of Crosby. “But that’s bullshit.”

You can and SHOULD follow this link to read and view the rest of the article Here

With Glowing Hearts The Paralympics Torch Run Begins

In Canada, Media, Olympics, Sports, The World, West Coast on March 4, 2010 at 21:23
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To the rest of the world… bring it.
Paralympic Games see sponsorship, expanded TV coverage as keys to growth

By Steve Mertl (CP) – 20 hours ago

VANCOUVER, B.C. — There’s no question the Vancouver Winter Paralympics are a more intimate affair than the big Olympic show that just folded its tent and left town.

There are five events instead of 15, and 1,350 disabled athletes compared with about 2,600 Olympic competitors.

The torch run that begins with the Paralympic flame being lit Wednesday in Ottawa hopscotches to Vancouver over 10 days, instead of the Olympics flame’s 106-day, 45,000-kilometre odyssey that started in Greece.

But the Paralympics are in growth mode and after five decades have evolved from an off-year adjunct to the Olympics into a fully-fledged partner staged in the same host city.

The Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee did not set up a separate group to plan the Paralympics, says Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee president.

“They’ve gone out right from the start with the intention for it to be one organizing committee and two connected Games in a great festival of sport, and I think it is fantastic,” he says.

Nowhere is the evolution more evident than with sponsorship, a key factor in expanding the Paralympics’ presence.

Korean electronics giant Samsung signed on last week as a worldwide partner for the Paralympics – a position it also holds with the Olympics – as well as an official sponsor of the Vancouver Paralympics.

“The Paralympic Games is part of the Olympic movement,” says Samsung vice-president Gyehyun Kwon, the company’s head of worldwide sports marketing. “It’s inseparable.”

Samsung joins Visa, tech company Atos Origin and Otto Bock, a German health-care company as an International Paralympic Committee global sponsor.

Craven says the addition of Samsung has helped open doors to approach other potential sponsors.

The head of the Canadian Paralympic Committee agrees. Carla Qualtrough says as awareness of Paralympic sport grows, sponsors will see the value of affiliating with the Games at different levels.

“I think the leaders, the forerunners, will be the ones who shine, who get the best deals, for lack of a less crass way of saying it, because the value of the movement will increase,” says Qualtrough, who swam for Canada at the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul.

The dollars, of course, are a fraction of the hundreds of millions in play for Olympic sponsorships.

For example, the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s budget for a Games year is about $3.5 million, roughly half of which has come from sponsorships.

Host-city organizers do their own fundraising. Vancouver’s organizing committee has not broken out how much it raised specifically from Paralympic sponsorships.

The pitch to potential sponsors is canny.

“You can get a lot more bang for your buck when you sponsor the Paralympic side,” says Qualtrough. “There’s not as many rules, there’s not as many conditions (as with Olympic sponsorship).”

A dearth of competition for sponsor slots allows companies to be more creative in their Paralympic programs, she says.

“You have access to people who as a matter of course think outside the box,” Qualtrough points out. “We do sport differently, we solve problems differently. We’re quite creative thinkers out of necessity.”

Shrewdly, the Canadian Paralympic Committee opted not to sell its team-sponsorship rights to Vancouver Games organizers with rights to Paralympic symbols. That leaves room for deals with firms that don’t have the budget for a full Games sponsorship.

“So we can go off and sell our teams and have been quite successful,” she says.

Qualtrough stops short of calling the Vancouver Paralympics a breakthrough. The 2008 Beijing Summer Games were seen as a significant advance. Vancouver moves the bar even further.

Her committee has a list of firsts, though: the first time the word Paralympic has been in the organizing committee’s name, the first time the Olympic and Paralympic flags have flown side by side at city hall, the first Paralympic countdown clock.

“So there’s that kind of symbolic first that people notice,” Qualtrough says.

She also acknowledges the role of former mayor Sam Sullivan, a quadriplegic since breaking his neck skiing as a teenager, in pushing to make Vancouver the most accessible Games ever.

Sullivan, an international celebrity since twirling the Olympic flag in his wheelchair at the 2006 Turin Games, has been named Canada’s ambassador for these Paralympics.

But the biggest advance has been in the Paralympics’ media footprint.

Craven notes the Games will get 150 hours of live and delayed TV coverage, more than Beijing.

In Canada, host broadcaster CTV is committed to 50 hours of coverage through its various channels.

“That is more cumulatively than has ever been broadcast of Canadian Paralympics in the history of the movement,” Qualtrough says.

The expansion of coverage is crucial to growing the Paralympic movement, she says.

“The more people become aware of Paralympic sports – whether it be sponsors or the public or some child with a disability sitting on his couch at home, or their parents – the more you’ll understand it, the more you’ll want to become involved in it.”

That kind of exposure inspired Jean Labonte, the 40-year-old captain of Canada’s sledge-hockey team. He lost a leg to cancer at age 17, ending his dream of an NHL career.

But he discovered sledge hockey watching the 1994 Lillehammer Games.

“Right there I thought I want to be part of that,” he says.

Labonte’s new goal was to be on the team for the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan. He achieved that and will be at his fourth Games in Vancouver.

How the musical part of the closing ceremonies should have gone

In Canada, Entertainment, Have to Laugh, Me Myself & I, Media, Music, Olympics, Pictures, The World, Them Kids, West Coast on March 3, 2010 at 15:33

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This goes out to everyone that watched the closing ceremonies of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics:  On behalf of the many Canadian Twitters that enjoy and love Canadian Music, we just want to say sorry for the lack luster effort we put out for you, the WOLRD to see.  After Neil Young’s Long May You Run this is who you should have seen and what you should have heard.  Again sorry.



after the comedy montage and Michael Buble’s Maple Leaf Forever

Neil Young’s Long May You Run

From Quebec

Céline Dion  – any song as long as she’s only on stage for about 1.45 seconds 🙂

Rufus Wainwright’s Slideshow

Arcade Fire’s Wake Up

Sam Roberts’ Them Kids

The Dears’ Lights Off

West Coast

Swollen Members’ Pressure

Matthew Good’s Load Me Up

Bif Naked’s Tango Shoes

Mother Mother’s O My Heart

Rascalz and Friends’ Northern Touch

Central Canada

Nickelback’s Photograph (They don’t even have to take the stage…just play a huge photo montage of the last 17 days of Canada’s Athletes)

Feist’s I Feel It All


Tragically Hip’s 50 Mission Cup

Metric’s Live It Out

Treble Chargers’ Hundred Million

Esthero’s Country Livin’ (The World I Know)

East Coast

Wintersleep’s Weighty Ghost

Great Big Sea’s When I’m Up (I can’t get down)

Joel Plaskett’s Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

Classifed’s Oh Canada

Get Everyone Back On Stage To Finish With This Song

K’naan’s Waving Flag

So of course I’m missing some epic Northern Canadian Music so if you have some ideas send them my way.