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Music Matters ~ Music Mondays for the week of March 11th

In Canada, Music, The CBC, Women, YouTube on March 12, 2012 at 10:13

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Though International Women Day was last week (March 8th), my music pick this week is all about women.  Grant Lawrence plotted together a podcast on CBC Radio 3 of the top 10 Canadian Female Singers which you can listen to here.

I’ve plotted each of their video blow for your viewing pleasure.  Canadian Women rock everyday!

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Emily Haines from Metric ~ Dead Disco

Tegan & Sara ~ Take Me Anywhere

Amy Millan from Stars ~ Ageless Beauty

Jenn Grant ~ Dreamer

Coeur De Pirate aka Béatrice Martin ~ Danse Et Danse

Alana Stuart from Bonjay ~ Gimmie Gimmie

Niko Case & Sarah Harmer ~ Silverado

Tanya Davis ~ Tra-La-La

Kathleen Edwards ~ I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory

Louise Burns ~ Island Vacation

 

 

The Winner of Scotiabank Giller Prize is…

In Canada, Women, Writers on November 9, 2011 at 10:20

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Congrats to Victoria-based author Esi Edugyan.  She has won the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her sophomore novel, Half-Blood Blues.

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This year, 17 Canadian authors made it to the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the country’s richest literary award for fiction. To get some further insight into their work and their inspirations, CBC Books asked the longlisted authors a series of questions. As the prize jury debates which books will be named to the shortlist, we’ll be posting our Q&As for you to enjoy.

Here we have Esi Edugyan, author of Half-Blood Blues.

Q: Pitch Canada your novel in three lines or less.

Esi Edugyan: Jazz. Nazis. Betrayal.

Q: Which Giller-longlisted book (other than your own!) would you like to see take home the prize?

EE: There are so many wonderful books I couldn’t begin to narrow it down. I feel sorry for the jury!

Q: What’s your favourite bookish place in Canada?

EE: Russell Books in Victoria is a great place to while away an afternoon.

Q: Which Canadian author (alive or dead) would you most like to meet? Why?

EE: Mordecai Richler. Wouldn’t be a dull evening.

Q: Who is your favourite fictional character and why? 

EE: Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch. She is wonderfully good without being sentimental or boring.

Q: What would you be if you weren’t a writer?

EE: An asbestos-cement pipe machine setter.

Q: What book has moved or affected you most in the past year?

EE: 2666 by Roberto Bolano affected me greatly. It’s edgy and breaks a lot of rules, while at the same time reminding me of the resonance and value of serious literature.

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Edugyan will join CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi (who also hosted the Giller gala) on Q this morning, and CBC Books will make the livestream broadcast available online tomorrow, too.

 

Canada’s Walk Fame, eh!

In Canada, Celeb, Entertainment, Movies, Music, People that Matter, Sports, The CBC, Women, YouTube on October 2, 2011 at 10:07

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Never a bad thing showing off our Canadian all stars.  This year a songwriter, an astronaut, a tennis player, and some brown guy that will “Put a hurt on you”.  The Toronto Star’s Bruce DeMara has a nice little write up below, but here’s some video of this year sidewalk winner.

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read the full article here http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/1063098–eclectic-mix-joins-walk-of-fame

Roberta Bondar

Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie

Best known for: Becoming the first Canadian woman in space and the world’s first neurologist in space when she travelled aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1992. More recently, she’s become known as a landscape photographer. She was named among North America’s best explorers by Time magazine in 2003.

Burton Cummings

Birthplace: Winnipeg

Best known for: Co-founding the Guess Who, and for writing or co-writing numerous Canadian and international hits, including “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “Undun,” “Hand Me Down World,” “Clap for the Wolfman” and, of course, “American Woman,” which was named the greatest Canadian single of all time in the book 100 Top Canadian Singles.

Daniel Nestor

Birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia and raised in Toronto

Best known for: Being the third most decorated doubles champion in tennis history. He won 73 ATP Tour doubles titles. He’s also the only player ever to win all four Grand Slams, all of the Masters Series events, the year-end Masters Cup and Olympic Gold (for Canada in Sydney) in doubles.

Sandra Oh

Birthplace: Ottawa

Best known for: Her role as the driven Dr. Cristina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy, for which she has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe and five Emmy nominations. She also had a significant part in the 2004 movie Sideways. She first came to prominence in Canada playing a teenage prostitute in The Diary of Evelyn Lau in 1997.

Russell Peters

Birthplace: Toronto

Best known for: His live comedy shows and YouTube clips, specializing in sometimes raunchy humour that skewers all ethnic groups, including his own Anglo-Indian background. He was on Forbes magazine’s list of top-earning comedians in 2009 and 2010. And his autobiography, Call Me Russell, was a bestseller.

Mordecai Richler

Birthplace: Montreal

Best known for: His novels, including The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, which became a 1974 movie starring Richard Dreyfuss; St. Urbain’s Horsemen, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award; and Barney’s Version, which won the Giller Prize for Fiction and became a Genie- and Golden Globe-winning movie (also nominated for one Oscar) starring Paul Giamatti.


 

Doug Ford and Margaret Atwood… together at last

In Authors, Government, Have to Laugh, Pictures, Toronto, Women, Writers on September 21, 2011 at 11:01

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Margaret Atwood and Doug Ford arm in arm farewell party for the mayor’s arts advisor Jeff Melanson.

@margaretatwood posted”

“T-pals, UnBLeevAbul! I just met D. Ford! At a NotTimmies Arts Party! (He knows what I look like now! :D) Sez #libraries will not be cut! :D”

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RIP Dale Anne Freed

In Celeb, Loss of Life, Me Myself & I, Media, Toronto, Women on July 24, 2010 at 10:47

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I meet Dale for the first time  in 2007 while taking a group of Second City actors to meet up with Dan Aykroyd for  Tony Rosato trial in Kingston.  She new an injustice had happened an intended to report about it until the wrong was righted.  I spoke to her occasionally after that first meeting and saw her again in May 2008 during the Second City’s Benefit of Laughter in Toronto.  She was a wonderful person to speak to and its my loss that I knew her for such a brief amount of time.   I’m sure she will be well missed by her readers, Toronto Star associates, friends and especially family.  Rest in Peace Dale.

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You can read Nicolaas van Rijn’s full article in The Toronto Star here

Dale Anne Freed, 61: Star reporter made a difference

“Dale Anne Freed was a Star reporter.

It gave her meaning, a sense of purpose, the opportunity to do good and go after the bad guys, and it turned her into an inveterate newshound, constantly on the lookout for a story…

…The best part of my job is when I’m interviewing someone and I know I’m just a heartbeat away from getting the key to the story,” she once told an interviewer. “I almost hold my breath at that moment.”

Freed, 61, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital after what her family termed “a ferocious but brief” struggle with a suspected cancer of the bile duct.

A veteran Star journalist — she joined the paper in 1986 — Freed started out writing about fashion and furniture, but she found her true love in the early 1990s as a city general assignment reporter, a hectic and deadline-oriented specialty that brought her into contact with the gritty side of the city….

…One example of the difference Freed could make was the compelling series of stories she wrote detailing the plight of former SCTV and Saturday Night Live actor Tony Rosato.

Her stories, which literally sprang Rosato from prison in March 2009 after he had spent four years in custody, covered the actor’s harrowing experience after developing Capgras syndrome, a rare mental disease in which the victim believes those close to him have been replaced by substitutes. “If the Star hadn’t got hold of the story, Tony would have spent months, perhaps years, more in jail,” his lawyer Daniel Brodsky said later…

…Born in Brampton and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Freed worked briefly as a freelance reporter before joining the Star.

She leaves her mother, Myrtle A. Freed, and sister Jane Freed, both of Brampton, and a sister Lynne Freed, her husband Richard McCorkindale, and their daughters Alexandria, 19, and Victoria, 16, all of Streetsville. She was predeceased by her father, Dr. Bruce D. Freed of Brampton.

A private family service is planned, followed by a public memorial.”

You can read Dale Anne Freed’s full article in The Toronto Star here

“…Three years ago tomorrow, the former SCTV and Saturday Night Live star was first incarcerated for his bizarre behaviour. On May 5, 2005, Rosato went to police in his wife’s hometown of Kingston to report, once again, that his wife and baby daughter had gone missing, replaced by impostors. Police charged him with criminal harassment and threw him in jail for almost 800 days, until his trial last summer, which had been expedited by intense media scrutiny.

At his sentencing in early September, a judge handed Rosato a conditional discharge (with no conviction) and a probation order under the Criminal Code requiring Rosato to “reside” at Kingston’s Providence Care Mental Health Services for a maximum of three years. He could leave if medical experts decided he was well.

But after eight months at the facility, Rosato still adamantly refuses any treatment. “It’s actually enforced confinement,” he said of his situation in January. “It’s clearly a Catch-22.” Rosato declined to speak to the Star again last week.

Rosato is widely seen as an egregious example of a mentally ill person who falls through the cracks…”

You can read Dale Anne Freed’s full article in The Toronto Star here

A legend returns from his long season in hell

“…He ended up spending almost four years in custody – more than twoof them in jail, followed by confinement in a psychiatric hospital as part of his probation.

Rosato pleaded not guilty at his trial in September 2007. Although a judge found him guilty of criminally harassing Leah, he was not convicted and was handed a conditional discharge. He’s now out of hospital but will continue to be on probation until next September.

And his demons appear to have been vanquished by anti-psychotic medication.

The 54-year-old actor is back in Toronto living with family, falling in love with his wife all over again, and taking steps to relaunch his career.

“I’m okay,” a low-key Rosato told the Star in a recent interview, his first since he was released from Kingston’s Providence psychiatric facility in March. “Everything is all right. There have been a lot of misunderstandings and they’ve been cleared up…”

Lilith Fair Sucks…not so fast MEDIA!

In Canada, Celeb, Media, Music, Women on July 8, 2010 at 09:26

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Terry McBride is mad.  No he’s pissed.  Was the media, the fans, the artists to quick to put Lilith Fair six feet under?  So Media, what do you have to say for yourselves?

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An Open Letter to Critics

Tue, Jun 29

I have been amazed at the feeding frenzy of negativity by the media and bloggers around Lilith Fair. Such attacks are normally seen in the theatre of partisan politics that have poisoned western society.

What drives the passion to write negative and speculative commentary on what is a socially positive and giving festival? Why this desire to hurt and demean the efforts of thousands of people whom simply want to give back and make our society a better place?

It’s amazing to me that I did not see one of these outspoken critics at the opening show. How can one accurately report on, or even understand what Lilith is, without experiencing it? It would have been great to see the critics experiencing the passion from the people at Oxfam, Warchild, Reverb, Better World Books, Alter Eco, To-Go Ware and our amazing charity, Grameen America. Then seeing how the Sponsors such as J&J were adding so much fun and value to the experience of the Lilith Village. Funny enough, the main complaint in Calgary was long line-ups to get in. Well, the venue cut back on staff thinking no one would show up. I’m not sure where they got that idea? The critics in Calgary criticize Lilith for a situation they created, which is ironic to say the least.

Lilith goes well beyond being a Music Festival with success measured by ticket sales; it’s a social and community Festival. I have seen little to no media on the Local Woman’s charities and how the community selected them. What’s with that??? Just saying they get a dollar per ticket is not enough, get in there and dig into what these charities are doing to make your city a much better place to live.

Here is a letter we received today from the Calgary Charity, this is the story that the media are missing, but reading this reminds me of why I love what we do:

Hi Seth and Monica,

I just wanted to thank you for all of your support and assistance yesterday at Lilith Fair in Calgary. You helped us immensely! As the local charity chosen for the city, the Women`s Centre of Calgary was able to reach out to a new demographic which is wonderful exposure and outreach for us. We talked to hundreds and hundreds of concert goers and no doubt many of them learned about us for the first time because you gave us this opportunity. The money from Lilith will go to essential programs for women and help with basic needs. I look forward to receiving it. Thank you once again!

I wish Lilith success through all the cities across the continent.
Take care,
Carrie

Carrie Blaug
Program Manager
Women’s Centre of Calgary

I have seen little to no media on I4C. Why is that? Do the media not want to support a concept that is ground breaking and could change the way we in the music business support our community?

There has been good media on the local talent search winners. I guess with over 7 million votes there is awareness of how exciting and special this is. Just talking to the artist that won in Calgary for me was so cool. Sierra Noble’s excitement and passion reminds me of what I love about music. Curious why no media has picked up the fact that Jennifer Nettles was a local talent winner in Atlanta 12 years ago and now is on the main-stage as the singer of Sugarland? This is mindboggling.

When you narrowly focus on Lilith’s ticket sales, you may see a cup half empty. Or, as Sarah succinctly put it in Calgary, it’s a cup half full, which is an amazing opportunity. If Lilith can help one person or 300,000 people, we will consider it a success.

On a closing note, yes Nashville was cancelled and contrary to media reports we issued a press release being very upfront about it just as we did with Phoenix. Our decisions were influenced by the extraordinary events in each city. I do not want to be competing against flood fundraisers in Nashville, nor could I stomach the chance that any fans could be arrested at our concert in Phoenix.

Yoga, yes yoga!! Everyone who reads Bob’s blogs seems to think that Yoga is all I do all day, which frankly is a bunch of BS and you know that, Bob. The great thing about my daily yoga practice is that I set an intention for my day. That intention, more times than not, is to reach out and do something nice for others. Think about that, try it and you will not only change the world around you, but you will change yourself. Music is my life and I love the power it has to make a positive difference in peoples lives, that is very yogic to me.

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You can read Jason Keller’s full article in NOW Magazine here

McBride Defends Limping Lilith Tour

…The Lilith Fair co-founder did a damage control interview with EW last week immediately after issuing a national press release stating that the beleaguered tour was forced to cancel 10 more dates, including a stop in Montreal.

McBride plays defensive throughout the Q&A, emphasizing slumping economic conditions that he believes are creating “one of the most challenging summer concert seasons.” But he also repeatedly blasts the media for negative coverage and journalists who were pre-maturely claiming shows to be cancelled when in fact, according to him, they weren’t.

“I have been amazed at the feeding frenzy of negativity by the media and bloggers around Lilith Fair,” McBride blogged on June 29.

Though it mostly sounds like sour grapes, the Nettwerk Records chief probably has a legitimate beef when it comes to the media giving this tour a bad buzz, and perhaps contributing partially to its already anemic ticket sales.

Ever since tour co-founder and headlining star Sarah McLachlan admitted to soft sales and ticket price complaints, Lilith has been on death watch in the media….

It’s just a Lilith Fairy Tail…with a Hammer

In Canada, Media, Music, The Environmental Session, Women, YouTube on June 28, 2010 at 07:47

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Remember the good old days? Before downloading, before YouTube. When seeing a cavalcade of world’s top female performers in the same venue was the norm. Was it ever the norm? No matter, because Lilith Fairs One and Two rocked the house. I had to work the weekend that number Three hit Toronto so I can’t speak to that concert year, but Lilith Fair in general from 1997 to 1999 grossed $52,937,965 and drew 1,616,500 people at 104 concerts.



On the flip side of Sarah McLachlan’s problems is Sarah Hammer fortune.   Music seems to have been a part time gig ever since Sarah Hammer co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land) in 2005.  This is an organization which campaigned to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed gravel development which would see some parts of wilderness near the escarpment removed.  I’ve been a fan of Ms. Hammer since her time with Weeping Tile back in the 90’s and listening to her new album Oh Little Fire was a treat.   She has a wonderful voice with strong and timely vocals.  This a great album and definitely worth the buy.  I’ve got a great interview with Jian Ghomeshi from Q below.

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You can read Marsha Lederman’s full article at the Globe and Mail here

Foul times for Lilith Fair

…Ticket sales for Lilith have fallen far short of expectations. Dates have been cancelled and some shows have been moved to smaller venues.

It’s a shocking, frustrating turn of events for the co-founders of what had been a groundbreaking festival. Tube tops and ta-tas aside, Lilith Fair marked a seminal moment for women in pop music: female stars and emerging artists, crossing genres and entertaining (and perhaps even empowering) the masses, female and male.

Famously born out of a gender imbalance on the concert scene, Lilith Fair was proof that women could be headliners and supporters on the same bill, and then some. From 1997 through 1999, it was one of the highest-grossing touring festivals in the world, with more than 1.5 million people attending…

…It appears the entire back end of the tour is being axed. While Terry McBride, Lilith’s co-founder and CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, would not confirm any of the unannounced cancellations, he did indicate earlier this week, after only the Phoenix cancellation had been announced, that more shows could be cut.

McBride says he is surprised by the tour’s struggles. “I think we have phenomenal talent. You don’t get this sort of talent all on the same bill [unless it’s] a Bonnaroo or something of that nature, but those are destination events. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in that city, it’s probably going to cost you $1,000 just to get there.”…

…McBride insists Lilith’s troubles are tied to the economy and a North America-wide downturn in concert sales. “This is not a Lilith phenomenon. This is a summer recession-finally-being-felt phenomenon.”

It’s clearly upsetting for the music-industry veteran, but he’s been around this block before. “In 1997, we honestly did not know what was going to happen. Did we think that we were gonna lose our shirts then? Probably not. But we knew that that was [a possibility]. Could we lose our shirts [now]? Yeah. Could we not? Yes. It’s always a chance. When you’re putting together something this big with that much talent, there’s definitely risk.”

If you’re interested in PERL you can read what they’re all about below and visit the website here

PERL Mission and Objectives

1.      To protect and enhance Burlington’s Niagara Escarpment and rural land in the Region of Halton by:

o       Preserving vital ecosystems and natural habitats

o       Protecting Endangered and Threatened animal and plant species

o       Safeguarding rural water tables, wells, Provincially and Regionally
Significant Wetlands and watercourses

o       Creating a Mount Nemo Natural Heritage System (NHS) and Cultural
Heritage Landform area to be permanently preserved

2.      To preserve and enhance quality of life in Ontario, with special
focus on the Niagara Escarpment area by:

o       Advocating for sustainable aggregate resource legislation for
Ontario

o       Advocating for Green Gravel Standards and Green Gravel Certification (GGC) using market initiatives to reduce our ecological footprint, and increase environmental sustainability

o       Assisting in the development of comprehensive Provincial and
Regional planning for aggregate extraction in Ontario using sustainability
principles, including the planning for appropriate siting of future
aggregate extraction/production sites

o      Supporting enforcement of aggregate production regulations, laws and
standards

o       Promoting construction material recycling, mandated use of Green
Gravel material and other conservation measures and technologies

3.      To prevent the licensing of a new quarry on the Niagara Escarpment
in Burlington Ontario.

4.      To ensure that the spirit of the continuous natural corridor is
upheld in the Niagara Escarpment’s UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
designation.

PERL OBJECTIVES:

1.     Help create an Ontario Sustainable Aggregate Resources Act to ensure
that quarrying provides the highest degree of environmental protection
possible and embraces the Ontario Environment Commissioner’s recommendations
for reform

2.     Help devise and implement Green Gravel Standards for aggregate
production, and implement in the Building Codes and Standards, Official
Plans, Provincial Policy Statement and all future urban and rural planning.
The standard will be based on the experience with lumbering standards i.e.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and should permeate development all the way
down to governmental, construction industry and retail procurement

3.     Advocate banning future and specific current aggregate operations in
the Natural Heritage System areas of the Ontario Greenbelt; and designating
areas of the Niagara Escarpment as Greenbelt NHS, through an updated Niagara
Escarpment Plan, and maps to appropriately identify significant
environmental features. Ensure emphasis on Source Water protection and
Species at Risk protection.

4.     Draft and implement a Mount Nemo Natural Heritage System and Cultural
Heritage Landform area to be permanently protected from un-sustainable human activity including future aggregate extraction / production as part of the Greenbelt NHS ban on aggregates.

5.     Continue to engage the Joint Agency Review Team (JART) and the ARA
processes; influence ministries, agencies and Councils; and work for denial
of the Nelson Aggregate permit for extraction

6. Spearhead the creation of a new vision for Mt Nemo – a 100 year plan for sustainability, quality of life, ecological and economic health

Nice Guys Do Finish Last

In Canada, Hockey, Saskatchewan, Sports, Women, Writers, YouTube on April 30, 2010 at 09:38

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Brooks Laich lost his chance to go to the Stanley Cup, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t able to help a family in need.  Apologies to Courtney Wagner for lifting this story in full, it was just too good to not show it in full.

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Saskatchewan’s Brooks Laich helps Capitals fans change flat tire

By COURTNEY WAGNER THU, APR 29 2010

BLEEDING GREEN ON THE EAST SIDE

This is a fantastic story about a Saskatchewan boy (Wawota to be exact) helping some fans in need.

Washington Capitals’ Brooks Laich stopped to help a woman and her daughter change a flat tire after the Caps lost Game 7 of their first round series against Montreal last night. Mary Ann Wangemann and her daughter were waiting on the side of the road for help from Triple A when Laich showed up.

Finally, an SUV slowed down ahead of them and pulled over. And then Brooks Laich got out and asked if he could help.  Since the Triple A folks were already on the way, Mary Ann asked Brooks — whom she immediately recognized — if he’d just wait with them by the side of the road. Instead, he asked whether they had a spare. Mary Ann said they did.   So he took off his jacket — he was still wearing his post-game suit — got out the tire, and started jacking up the car.

“He was like an angel, I’m telling you,” Mary Ann told (Dan Steinberg, who writes D.C. Sports Bog). “Can’t say enough nice things about him.”

The last thing most athletes would probably want to do after a major loss like the one the Caps suffered is talk to fans — but Laich went over and above that.

The whole thing lasted maybe 40 minutes. Laich got the tire changed, and cautioned Mary Ann to drive slowly on the way home, to listen closely for any rattling sounds. She agreed, and said she didn’t know how she could possibly thank him.

“I’m sure you’ll do something nice for someone in the future,” Laich responded. He hugged them and drove off.  I don’t know Laich but was lucky enough to meet him myself while down in Buffalo earlier this year, and just like the woman he changed the tire for I have nothing but nice things to say. I also briefly met Alex Ovechkin and I can tell you Laich was a lot more pleasant. Knowing Laich was from Saskatchewan, I called him over to get a photo. After I said I was from Regina he had a big smile and moved a gate I was behind to pose for a few pictures with me.

He may not have won the Stanley Cup this season, but he has a lot of fans cheering him on here and elsewhere because of the kind of person he is.

You can read Courtney Wagner full article and see her picture in the Leader-Post here

Ann Coulter’s Excellent Canadian Adventure & More {Updated May 2014}

In Canada, Government, Have to Laugh, Law & Order, Media, Politico, The Social, Them Kids, Women, YouTube on March 24, 2010 at 08:46

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AP ~ Protest Cancels Ann Coulter Speech in Ottawa

I’m kind of shocked about what happened in Ottawa.  With years and years of talking tours under her belt in the United States, never has Ann Coulter been stopped by a mob to speak her mind.   Real Time’s Bill Maher and Countdown’s Keith Olbermann should be taking notes on how to shut this lady down.    They’ve been trying for ever.    She accuses the University of Ottawa’s academic vice-president, Francois Houle, of “inspiring hatred” toward her.  That is rich.  Coulter is reportedly planning to file a Human Rights complaint.  She’ll be speaking next in Calgary.  Enjoy her mindless dribble below.

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(I need to stress that the original post was all about Ann Coulter’s trip to Canada back in March 2010..but she’s been so completely off the wall with her comments in general, I felt that using this forum to post her rants was the right thing to do.  So…)

Here is Ann Coulter’s address at the 2012 CPAC

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Original stuff below

You Can read Julian Beltrame’s full article at The Toronto Star.com

‘Safety’ fear shuts Ann Coulter speech

Darling of the U.S. right a no-show amid protests

OTTAWA–Hundreds of screaming students succeeded in what few thought possible Tuesday night – silencing incendiary right-winger Ann Coulter.

Organizers for the American’s tour of Canada scrubbed her much-anticipated speech at the University of Ottawa when students crowded the entrance before her arrival.

A spokesman for the organizers said about 2,000 “threatening” students posed a security threat to the darling of the American right, and she was advised against appearing.

“It would be physically dangerous for Ann Coulter to proceed with this event,” said conservative political activist Ezra Levant.

Protest organizer Mike Fancie was happy the speech was halted.

“What Ann Coulter is practising is not free speech, it’s hate speech,” he said. “She’s targeted the Jews, she’s targeted the Muslims, she’s targeted Canadians, homosexuals, women, almost everybody you could imagine.”

This video segment shows the entire question of the muslim young lady and Ann’s entire answer. In the press coverage of this event, this segment contains the most quoted line of Ann’s presentation

Part 1 Tom Clark Vs Ann

Part 2 Tom Clark Vs Ann

Part 3 Tom Clark Vs Ann

Michael Coren with Ann

On Fox News

Bill O’Reilly loves Ann 1

Bill O’Reilly loves Ann 2

The Other Bill Vs Ann

Joy Behar so so with Ann

Keith Vs Ann

CBC Vs Ann

Full CBC episode

What Can I Say…hail Ann Coulter

The Real Ann…No way!!

Rex Murphy gets the last word on freedom of speech in Canada

History For Morons (Ann Coulter Edition) – Canada and the Vietnam War

Words of wisdom from Ann to Canada ~

Below are excerpts from Coulter’s and Carlson’s Canada-bashing.

From the November 30 edition of FOX News’ Hannity & Colmes:

COULTER: Conservatives, as a general matter, take the position that you should not punish your friends and reward your enemies. And Canada has become trouble recently.

It’s — I suppose it’s always, I might add, the worst Americans who end up going there. The Tories after the Revolutionary War, the Vietnam draft dodgers after Vietnam. And now after this election, you have the blue-state people moving up there.

[…]

COULTER: There is also something called, when you’re allowed to exist on the same continent of the United States of America, protecting you with a nuclear shield around you, you’re polite and you support us when we’ve been attacked on our own soil. They [Canada] violated that protocol.

[…]

COULTER: They better hope the United States doesn’t roll over one night and crush them. They are lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent.

[…]

COULTER: We could have taken them [Canada] over so easily.

[ALAN] COLMES: We could have taken them over? Is that what you want?

COULTER: Yes, but no. All I want is the western portion, the ski areas, the cowboys, and the right-wingers.

[…]

COULTER: They don’t even need to have an army, because they are protected, because they’re on the same continent with the United States of America. If we were not the United States of America, Canada — I mean, we’re their trading partner. We keep their economy afloat.

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ELLIS HENICAN [Newsday columnist]: We share a lot of culture and a lot of interests. Why do we want to have to ridicule them and be deeply offended if they disagree with us?

COULTER: Because they speak French.

COLMES: There’s something else I want to point out about the French. Is it’s fashionable again on your side to denounce the French.

COULTER: We like the English-speaking Canadians.

From the November 30 edition of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Reports:

CARLSON: Without the U.S., Canada is essentially Honduras, but colder and much less interesting.

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CARLSON: We exploit your [addressing Canadian Member of Parliament Carolyn Parrish] natural resources, that’s true. But in the end, Canadians with ambition move to the United States. That has been sort of the trend for decades. It says something not very good about Canada. And I think it makes Canadians feel bad about themselves and I understand that.

[…]

CARLSON: Canada needs the United States. The United States does not need Canada.

[…]

CARLSON: I think if Canada were responsible for its own security — you would be invaded by Norway if it weren’t for the United States.

[…]

CARLSON: [A]bsolutely the countries will remain allies and there will always be politicians who see it to their benefit to stomp on Bush dolls [referring to action taken by Parrish]. But no, I don’t think the average Canadian feels — the average Canadian is busy dogsledding.

[…]

PARRISH: No, there’s not a lot of dogsledding. There’s a lot of dog walking, my friend. Not a lot of dogsledding.

CARLSON: Welcome to our century.

From the November 30 edition of CNN’s Crossfire:

CARLSON: Canada’s essentially — essentially a made-in-Taiwan version of the United States.

[…]

CARLSON: I’m surprised there was anybody left in Canada to attend the protests. I noticed that most sort of vigorous, ambitious Canadians, at least almost all comedians in Canada, come to the United States in the end. Doesn’t that tell you something about the sort of limpid, flaccid nature of Canadian society, that people with ambition come here? What does that tell you about Canada?

 

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So this has nothing to do with Canada per se but it just seemed like a nice addition to this loons past talking points

I’ll let the fine people a Gawker explain, (full context herehttp://gawker.com/here-is-a-collection-of-twitter-trolls-teaching-photosh-1575074274)

“Ann Coulter’s bullshit conservative troll game is slipping. In her zeal to land a jab against… Twitter? Michelle Obama? Nigerian schoolgirls?… she opened a door for her detractors, and they jumped through it with a two-leg flying kick of Photoshop fury.

The way Coulter’s game is supposed to work is 1) she says something bigoted or just plain dumb and trollish, 2) outraged critics say something she can twist as sexist, 3) she positions herself as the victim, 4) she wins. But if she looks like a fucking tone-deaf joke of a demagogue instead of a victim, it doesn’t really work.

That’s where Twitter comes in. Here’s the backstory: Michelle Obama, among others, made the hashtag #bringbackourgirls trend, a viral if superficial way to draw mainstream attention to the plight of the 234 Nigerian teen girls kidnapped by an Islamist militant group called Boko Haram. Never mind that anti-Islam conservatives were the first folks to scream for media attention to this story; the nascent right-wing meme is now that Michelle Obama trivialized the story by hashtagging it. So Ann Coulter responded thusly on Twitter yesterday:”

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So social media got even with good old Ann

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Good Bless our American Cousins.

International Women’s Day

In Business, Canada, Government, It's About School People, Me Myself & I, Money, Women on March 8, 2010 at 13:57

Just a tad…

I am surrounded by Strong Women in my life.  Today’s acknowledgement of International Women’s Day, is unfortunately not so much of where women stand now, but how far they still need to go for equality between the sexes.

OCC

You can find the full text at Status of Women Canada website here.

To find out more about International Women’s Day you follow this link to their website.

Strong Women. Strong Canada. Strong World.


In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day.

Each year at this time, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on the challenges and barriers that remain, and consider future steps to achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives.

Over time, International Women’s Day has grown into a week-long series of commemorative events and activities across the country. International Women’s Week 2010 begins on Sunday, March 7 and wraps up on Saturday, March 13.

We encourage all Canadians – women and men, girls and boys – to promote International Women’s Day / International Women’s Week. Better yet, why not organize your own IWD/IWW event in your community, organization, workplace or school?

THEME

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD), the highlight of International Women’s Week (IWW). Each year at this time, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on current challenges and consider future steps in achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives.

International Women’s Week 2010 begins on Sunday, March 7, and wraps up on Saturday, March 13. The Government of Canada’s theme for 2010 is Strong Women. Strong Canada. Strong World.

This theme reflects the government’s action to encourage more women and girls to participate in leadership roles, thereby helping them thrive, reach their full potential, fulfill their dreams and build a more prosperous Canada.

For Canadians, equality means women and men sharing in the responsibilities and obligations, as well as in the opportunities and rewards, of life and work. In Canada, leadership is key across society – from the private sector to governments to the general public. Leadership is important, so that people of all origins, generations and backgrounds can participate fully in our country’s economic, social and democratic life, and ultimately, in improving the state of the world.

FACT SHEET

  • In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day.
  • International Women’s Week 2010 takes place from Sunday, March 7, through to Saturday, March 13.
  • This year, the theme is Strong Women. Strong Canada. Strong World., reflecting the Government’s firm belief that increasing women’s participation, and access to leadership roles and opportunities will help women and girls reach their full potential and help build a more prosperous Canada.
  • Canadian women have made enormous strides. The current Government has the highest percentage of women in Cabinet in Canadian history. The House of Commons currently has 67 women.
  • Women are also increasing their participation in other aspects of Canadian life. Currently, women make up the majority of full-time students in most university faculties.
  • The labour force participation rate for working-age women (15-64 years) has risen from 68.2 per cent to 74.3 per cent over the past decade (1997-2008). In 2007, women made up 35 per cent of all self-employed individuals.
  • There has also been a long-term increase in the share of women who are working in managerial positions.  In 2007, 35% of those employed in managerial positions were women.