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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?


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

Hockey Night in Canada sans the #CBC

In Business, Canada, Customer Service, Have to Laugh, Hockey, Sports, The CBC, YouTube on May 29, 2012 at 16:24

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“Rogers Media is broadly hinting for the first time Tuesday that it would be keen to win the television rights that the CBC has held for six decades.

Broadcasters pay the National Hockey League for these lucrative rights, whose costs have been rising substantially.

In 2007, when HNIC’s rights were last on the auction block — the price the CBC paid was not revealed, but media reports suggested it ranged from $90 million to $100 million for the six-year contract, up $20 million from the previous deal.” via CBC

Loose our 2nd national anthem to TSN then loose the only reason to watch hockey in Canada to Sportsnet.  Thank goodness I’ve got CBCRadio3 (no pun)


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!



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



Canadian Music Matters for the Week of Feb 12th

In Canada, Montreal, Music, The CBC, YouTube on February 13, 2012 at 10:34

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I’m back!

In the news from the Grammy’s last night: With the somber cloud of Whitney Houston death, there was still time to celebrate some needed Canadian content.  28 year old singer Melanie Fiona won Grammys for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for her collaboration with Cee Lo Green, Fool For You.  “I want to thank so many people for helping me get here and being a part of this amazing record. Thank you so much to my parents, my family (and) my friends back home in Toronto, Canada.”

Toronto singer Melanie Fiona accepts the award for traditional R&B performance  in Los Angeles.

Fiona on Whitney,

“Whitney Houston is the first voice and memory I have of music.  My mom used to play her for me to fall asleep in the crib. Hers was the first song I ever sang. She has been an inspiration to me throughout my entire career, for her presence as an artist, her voice, and what she was able to do and the way she made people feel.  I would not be up here as a nominee or as a winner without her influence and presence in my life, so it’s very emotional for me.”

Other Canadian content included Montreal’s Caroline Robert who won for best recording package for her design of the deluxe re-release of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. Arcade Fire’s disc won album of the year at last year’s Grammys.

Montreal was also represented by a performance from DJ Deadmau5.


Beyond this years Grammy’s there was a couple of CBC commercials that popped up on the old tv screen.  CBC Music is the new home base for all things music in Canada.  It looks like CBC Radio3 is all grown up.

A bit sad, but getting more music out to more Canadians is never a bad thing.  You can read the full piece at but here’s a small piece from Steve Pratt

“Hi all, Steve Pratt here. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the director of CBC Radio 3 and CBC Digital Music. I’d like to welcome you to the latest incarnation of CBC Radio 3 and the all-new site for CBC Music.

In a nutshell, CBC Music provides CBC Radio 2, and 12 genres of music (ClassicalJazzSinger-Songwriter,WorldRockPopBluesR&B/SoulHip-HopAboriginal,Country and Electronic), the ability to make their own communities in the same way all of you have helped make Radio 3 such a wonderful experience for anyone who loves independent Canadian music. In fact, without you and everything you’ve done to help guide Radio 3, this new website and new communities would not have been possible.

Since its inception more than a decade ago, Radio 3 has served as a living laboratory, where we’ve been able to try out new ideas.  Our goal has been to do the best job we can for Canadian music and its creators. Until now, however, the R3 web experience has only been available to fans of independent Canadian music.

With the launch of CBC Music, fans of all genres can have an experience with the music they love”

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.


Geez even Ellen got to these guys…

Roller Derby comes to Canada

In Business, Canada, Entertainment, The World Comes To Toronto, Toronto, YouTube on December 2, 2011 at 23:47

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Starting on Thursday and continuing until Sunday, the Roller Derby World Cup is being held at Downsview Park in Toronto.

The National Post was nice enough to provide a graphical break down of what this is all about.



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



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.


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.”





Here’s Nickelback’s response on Funny or Die ~

Harper Hearts Asbestos?

In Business, Canada, Cancer, Loss of Life, Politico, YouTube on November 24, 2011 at 23:42

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Well maybe not love but he’s got to be kicking a screaming at the fact our two  largest Asbestos mines (Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos, Que. and Lac d’amiante du Canada in Thetford Mines, Que.) have shut down.  Dang it!

“Canada’s once-mighty asbestos sector has ground to a halt for the first time in 130 years, as production of the controversial fibre has stalled in both of the country’s mines.

A shutdown this month marked a historic milestone for the Canadian asbestos industry, which at one time dominated world production and led to the construction of entire towns in Canada.

Proponents of the industry insist it’s way too early write the obituary on Canadian asbestos; they’re hoping to start digging again as soon as the spring.”  Read the full article here




William Shatner’s Rescue 911 redux

In Canada, Customer Service, Entertainment, Gravy, Loss of Life, YouTube on November 18, 2011 at 13:42

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Only William Shatner can keep you safe from TURKEY FIRE!  Thanks State Farm