CTV Inc. confirmed today that the Barenaked Ladies rendition of the iconic "The Hockey Theme" will debut on NHL ON TSN on New Year's Eve Dec. 31. A special high definition video of the band performing the Delores Claman classic will air during the first intermission of the "Battle of Alberta" with the Edmonton Oilers taking on the Calgary Flames at 10pm ET on TSN.
The Juno Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Barenaked Ladies recorded their own bluegrass version of "The Hockey Theme" last month giving the song lyrics for the first time.
"FP [City Hall Reporter Bartley Kives]: Do you think the Riverside Park Management issue changed Winnipeggers' opinions of you?
Katz: No, I don't think that issue did. I think the way the media might have represented it did, but as you know, I can't control that. If (only) everybody had just looked at the facts and if the media had reported the facts (of) what this issue was all about, which was an improper assessment. Even the department came forward and said that.
But as you know, it's nice to get headlines. That wasn't the way it was written. That wasn't the way the majority of people really got the impression. But if you looked at the facts, this was a real simple scenario, and it should have been that way.
FP: With all due respect, when I moved beyond the assessment issue and tried to talk about the relationship (of) the Winnipeg Goldeyes and Riverside Park, you didn't want to talk about it.
Katz: As I've said before, there is no (relationship). When you're talking about one entity versus another, we all know, quite often, you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story, and that's exactly what I believe happened there. I also believe there were innuendoes made which were totally inaccurate, yours included, where you implied that directors of Riverside were getting paid, which was absolutely untrue as well.
FP: I didn't imply that.
Katz: The way people read it, that's what they interpreted from the story that was written, even though they had been on the record before saying there was no truth to that. But you know, another story, another year. Who knows what next year will bring."
"[Winnipeg Free Press]: What would you consider your biggest failure this year?
[Winnipeg Mayor Sam] Katz: Off the top of my head, I can't think of a specific failure, per se. If there's one that you have in mind, please let me know."
Enjoy your holidays everyone.
Over at Full Comment, Michael Taube lists the top 15 political blogs in Canada. For the most part I agree with the list (and not just because I'm included) although I'd [also] tip my hat to the Manitoba-centric Hacks and Wonks and the inconsistently updated Countering the Nanny State, although I'm not sure who I would remove to make room for them.
The board members are Kerry Hawkins, Art Mauro, Maureen Prendiville, David Fung, Chris Lorenc, Gord Peters, Joan Hardy, Don Streuber, Bob Silver, Tom Payne, Barry Rempel, Robert Ziegler, Eugene Kostyra and Ryan Craig.
From the official press release comes this line:
The following organizations had the opportunity to nominate one person to the board: Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Manitoba Trucking Association, Business Council of Manitoba, Winnipeg Airports Authority, Manitoba Federation of Labour, City of Winnipeg, Rural Municipality of Rosser, Destination Winnipeg, Government of Manitoba and Government of Canada.
So, let’s all get together and connect names to organizations!
A few are obvious: Kosterya (Province), Craig (City), Rempel (Airport), Peters (Manitoba Chambers), Ziegler (MFL), Silver (Destination Winnipeg) and Streuber or Payne (Trucking Association).
Fung's got a credentialed (but mostly non-Manitoban) resume, so pencil him in as the federal appointee.
That leaves the Winnipeg Chamber, the Business Council and the RM of Rosser. People like Hawkins and Prendiville could legitimately fit with a few.
"Unlike the $17.4-billion package announced by President Bush, the Canadian plan, roughly $3.3-billion, is remarkably short on detail, at least publicly. An official who spoke on the condition he not be identified, following Canadian custom, said many of the terms were still being negotiated with the automakers."
(As a total aside, the line from the Times story that "an official who spoke on the condition he not be identified, following Canadian custom" is the best piece of unintentional comedy I have read in months. Some countries have customary foods, other nations customary dances. In Canada, we have that long, historic custom of using anonymous sources for no good reason. Could somebody dedicate a national day to celebrate this Canadian custom? Please?)
Gary Doer has appointed 20 provincial court judges (possibly 21... there was an appointment made right around the transition between Filmon/Doer). 6 out of 20 are men. So, 30%. You have to be a lawyer a minimum of 5 years to be appointed, in continuous practice. If you looked at the roster of the Law Society for lawyers with 5+ years experience... let's just say it would be about 60% male. Overall bench is 39 judges, 18 of whom are men, three of whom are easily past 65 years old.Less than half the bench is men... there is actually a gender imbalance on the provincial court but the other way around. There is a vacancy out of Brandon. I'm curious if they'll put a man in. I personally suspect the appointment will be Annette Horst, a Legal Aid lawyer up in The Pas, active in the Bar Association, recently a mom (ie. probably wouldn't mind the steadier hours).Just something that came to mind today.
OTTAWA -- The federal government is expected to post at least four years of budget deficits even before Ottawa spends a dime on stimulating the economy, suggests papers released by the Finance Department.
Ottawa is officially projecting deficits of about $5 billion next year and $5.5 billion in the 2010-11 fiscal period.
But applying the methodology used by the department beyond the next two fiscal years yields further shortfalls of $4 billion and $1 billion the following years.
And the document warns that the economic situation has deteriorated even more since the numbers were tabulated earlier this month, meaning both revenues and the deficit picture could be worse.
`In the department's view, there is a risk that nominal GDP (the value of what the country produces) could be weaker than suggested by the most recent private sector survey and that the corresponding fiscal outcome would be more in line with the low scenario in the statement," says the document, prepared for the meeting of federal and provincial finance ministers earlier this week.
If that were to occur, the deficit next year could approach $9 billion and be more than $10 billion the following year.
I didn't hear the evidence that the judge did, so I hesitate to question his guilty verdict.
But common sense would suggest that a drug dealer hiding in a bathroom would have to be an imbecile to open fire on a team of armed police officers.
Premier Dalton McGuinty says Ontario will be getting 21 additional seats in the House of Commons, 11 more than were promised last year.
McGuinty says he and Prime Minister Stephen Harper resolved their disagreement over the Conservative government's plans to redistribute seats in Parliament when they met last Friday.
Does the Winnipeg Citizens Coalition endorse?
If they are smart, no.I never did get around to a proper review of their AGM, but I didn't get the sense that the organizational power is there just yet and the only people in the room were the usual bunch of suspects who fight for leftist causes. (Think unions, activists like the Alternative Policy people and students union leadership)
If the WCC can't bring a wider swath of membership to the cause, they aren't going to have any greater political strength than they normally have when the same people fight on the same teams anyhow.River Heights is also not the correct ward to claim as the first WCC battle. Not only is it the Mayor's backyard, but it is also not going to be a likely victory for Paul Hesse. He has a shot, but the WCC cannot afford to have a by-election defeat as their first "presence" on the local political scene. Even a "nominal" endorsement - symbolic but empty of support - will mean a series of "...In their first election, the WCC endorsed and supported defeated candidate..." if Hesse does win. To beat Katz in the next election, the WCC needs as much mystique as it can get going in. The fact the founding meeting was attended by around 200, but the AGM only 50ish, remains telling methinks.
No, they are best to keep their powder dry, continue building the organization and membership rolls first and aim for 2010.
I honestly believe Harper is better at the arts of political communication than the first-mandate Chrétien Liberals were. Or rather, he would be if he bothered to try. I can't decide whether that shows a lack of faith in Canadians, or in his own ideas.
Come on Dan. I know you've read the Crocus Report too.
At first, Dale Tallon was so stunned he thought he was back in Chicago instead of at his father's wake.
Walking into the hall that Sunday evening were many of Tallon's co-workers from the Chicago Blackhawks, the coaching staff, trainers and equipment handlers. Then came the players – Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews – all of them getting off a bus in tiny Gravenhurst, Ont., instead of being home in Chicago.
Without warning or fanfare, the Blackhawks had chosen to forgo their chartered flight the night before so they could take a four-hour, round-trip bus ride north of Toronto to honour Tallon, their general manager, and his family.
Early last season, I started telling people that I had switched my Western Conference alligience from the Colorado Avalanche to the Chicago Blackhawks "...because I want to beat the bandwagon rush."
I stand by my decision.
I did not believe a man could raise denial to a more elevated level than Paul Martin and Joe Clark did. But Dion stands, permanently, as the most appalling example of failure of introspection I have ever seen in a political leader. He has wiped out most of the considerable admiration I ever had for him. [Hack Note: Which was a lot!] I think it is time, for instance, to shift much of the credit for the Chretien-era national unity strategy away from Dion and back to his cabinet predecessors, Alan Rock and Marcel Masse (I do wish I could do accents on this borrowed computer), and to the boss, Jean Chretien. As for more recent events, I simply don’t know whether Dion is capable of measuring his own role in the consummate debacle that was his career as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. His capacity for blaming others is jaw-dropping. Not that any of this matters any more, but it all still leaves me breathless.
Only a full-blown public inquiry would help improve relations between aboriginals and police, said Shannacappo, who once called police the "No. 1 gang in the city."
"I'm hoping what would come out of it would be to have that directive to the police force to engage in good cultural awareness, to understand us, that we are not a bad people. "Our people went through a lot."
Dumas was walking in north Winnipeg in January 2005 when he was stopped for questioning by police who were responding to a reported robbery. The inquest heard Dumas apparently shoved one of the officers to the ground and ran away. He was chased and got into a confrontation with another officer.
When Dumas came at the officer with a screwdriver, he was pepper-sprayed and warned to drop his weapon. As Dumas got within two metres of the constable, the officer pulled the trigger.
Inquest Judge Mary Curtis concluded Dumas died as a result of his own actions and not because of racism on the part of police.
It's understandable that the family are still holding out hope that their boy wasn't responsible for his own death, but the leadership of Manitoba's aboriginals should know better by now. By churning up outrage and unfair racial fear-mongering, all they do is send the wrong messages of disrespect and mistrust to their youth.
That only fosters an environment that leads to more attacks on police when approached.
And that only leads to more dead kids.
Most cities are clamouring for rental accommodation. Most cities go out of their way to try to accommodate," Shafran said in a phone interview.
"What's going to happen in the next 10 years? There's going to be no housing built. What's everyone going to do in Winnipeg? Move to Saskatchewan or Alberta?"
Devonshire has apartment expansions planned for existing properties in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver and had no trouble receiving approval from the latter two cities, Shafran said.
The apartment vacancy rate in Winnipeg has dropped again. It was down to a meager 1 percent last October, compared to 1.5 percent in October 2007.There were only 500 apartments available this past October, out of roughly 52-thousand.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Senior Analyst Jeff Powell says the growing number of people from foreign countries arriving in Manitoba has boosted the demand.
There's more, including, "...Fatah said 'a victim of an honour killing is always left in an unmarked grave.'" Be sure to click through and give it a read. People need to know that this is happening. There's been stories out of BC. Even one from Quebec in 2007 if I am remembering correctly.
Number 774. One year to the day Aqsa Parvez was stolen from this world -- allegedly by two members of her family -- that is all there is at her gravesite to show she even existed.
Section 17, plot number 774, in the Meadowvale Cemetery in Brampton, to be precise. No name, no date of birth, no date of death. No nothing.
But resting here is a girl who dared to be Canadian.
She was strangled Dec. 10, 2007 inside her family's Longhorn Trail home.
Her father and brother will be in court next week to answer to charges of first-degree murder.
At Parvez' gravesite, one would never know the 16-year-old Grade 11 Applewood Heights Secondary School student was buried here. You would never know anybody was buried here.
"If not for a couple of her girlfriends, who put some flowers there, there would be nothing," said a disgusted Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and author of Chasing a Mirage, The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State. "It's disgraceful."
"That girl was not a number," adds Imam Syed Soharwardy, of the Al-Mamadinah Islamic Centre in Calgary and national president of Islamic Supreme Council of Canada. "She had a name and a life. It makes me sick."
Her friends describe Pakistan-born Aqsa as a happy teen who loved photography and loved to dance. Who knows where she would be if she had not, one year ago this morning, gone back to the family home from which she was estranged?
Her friends expected her at school. Instead, a call was made to police saying she had been killed.
With the preliminary hearing for her father Muhammad Parvez, 58, and brother Waqas, 27, to begin Dec. 17, evidence is expected to show family disagreements over cultural issues, including the wearing of the traditional hijab.
"A planned and deliberate act" is how Peel Regional Police's head of homicide, Insp. Norm English, was last year describing this murder. Recently, he refused an interview request saying "two people are charged with first-degree murder and we have not said very much because they are entitled to their day in court where we will present a very strong case."
It will be a packed courtroom and time will tell how this will turn out legally.
It's not known whether Aqsa's killing was an honour killing. The honour killing tag is given to those victims who were killed as an illustration to peers that their shamed family has washed their hands of the embarrassment to their radical form of Islam with their disgraced family member's blood. It's a barbaric act, sometimes with agreement of other family members, that sadly occurs in some Muslim countries.
"What's interesting about Larissa MacFarquhar's article is that it leaves no doubt that Klein is basically a bored, restless adolescent who lacks the attention span to formulate a coherent political philosophy and has succeeded mostly by conveying to a young generation of wannabe radicals (whose record of political accomplishment, compiled and added up, wouldn't outweigh a single one of Milton Friedman's sentences against military conscription) that lack of rigour isn't anything to be ashamed of in the groovy 21st century."
Mr. Harper, as usual, is being criticized most for not appearing contrite and conciliatory, especially because in his televised speech, he actually suggested that a "coalition with the separatists cannot help Canada" and that, particularly at a time of global instability, Canada's government "must stand unequivocally for keeping Canada together." He was promptly accused of endangering national unity.
[Maddin's] latest dispatch from inside his imagination is a "history" of his home town, which becomes a mixture of the very slightly plausible, the convincing but unlikely, the fantastical, the fevered, the absurd, the preposterous, and the nostalgic. Oddly enough, when it's over, you have a deeper and, in a crazy way, more "real" portrait of Winnipeg than a conventional doc might have provided--and certainly a far more entertaining one. Will be at Ebertfest 2009.
The Bloc Québécois, in a strictly partisan sense, emerged as the clear and only winner from the political gamesmanship in Ottawa, a temporary halt to which came yesterday with Prime Minister Stephen Harper's purchase of time through prorogation.Canada, however, lost, as did the three federalist parties, each in different ways and for different reasons.[snip]Once consummated, the marriage deal left the Bloc in a win-win-win position, regardless of what happened or happens. If the Bloc finds itself in such a position, by definition, Canada must be the loser.
A week before the October election I interviewed Stephane Dion on board his campaign plane as it flew west from Saskatoon. He was in that euphoric can't-lose mood that lasted, by all accounts, until four days after he lost the election. But I already had a hunch that any slim shot at real victory was behind him, so near the end of the interview I tested another hypothesis. What if the Liberals didn't beat the Conservatives but Liberals-plus-NDP might? Would he consider throwing in his lot with Jack Layton?
Dion looked as though he had bitten something sour and explained, wearily, that Layton could have been a moderate, third-way social democrat like good old Tony Blair, but that he had chosen old-style socialist policies that were "bad for the economy." No, Dion said, the only way to get a Liberal prime minister was to vote Liberal.
Dion's press secretary cut me off and he apologetically offered to take more questions. No, I said; all I felt like doing was asking the last question a few more times. "The answer would be the same," he said, smiling.
All righty then. If the consent of the governed means anything, then according to the answer Dion gave me and a half-dozen other reporters in the campaign's last several days, he would never propose the coalition that has become his last political act. I mean, not if his word had any value, he wouldn't.
By now, sophisticated readers will be chuckling at my puritanism. C'mon, Paul, everyone knows you can't talk about a coalition before the election. Everyone knows there's no honour among thieves. You're not going to call that a lie, just because he behaved differently before an election and after it?
But I'm a simple fellow, and I used to believe Stephane Dion was too, and he looked me in the eye and told me one thing and then he did another. Does that disqualify him from being prime minister? Not in itself, although a whole bunch of other things do. But from a distance (I'm on assignment, not vacation) I've been reading the comment boards here, and the work of some of my colleagues, as they diligently chronicle Stephen Harper's assorted half-truths, quarter-truths and other outrages. And I wonder who, precisely, they think is covered in glory by this whole incredibly sordid business.
Which brings me to the new Ekos poll, and the conspirators' come-uppance.
Shorter Ekos: Canadians prefer to give Stephen Harper time to govern. If forced into an election they would give the Conservatives a thumping majority and reduce the Liberals to radioactive dust. Whether this is justice or outrage depends on your perspective, but the armies of comment-board combattants here may not be the best judges, because most Canadians aren't combattants in political wars. They're spectators. They judge from events, not first principles or partisan affiliation. They're not going to disqualify a guy based on a lie because they've noticed all politicians lie sometimes. Every lie disappoints, every promise gives a little hope, they judge the whole and not each part, it's complex, they're distracted, that's life. So they've watched the gaudy spectacle of the last 10 days and a very large number of them have decided that, given a choice between the government they have and the alternative on offer, they'll stick with Harper, thank you very much.
Canadians are legitimists. They get, or can grasp once reminded, the idea that governments are creatures of Parliaments, not directly of elections. I believe a coalition alternative to Harper would have broad appeal, and would be accepted by voters even without an election, if it met a few criteria — if, at a glance, it looked better than the one Harper leads.
So if the Liberals had nearly as many seats as the Conservatives; or if Liberals-plus-NDP outnumbered the Conservatives; or, again, if Liberals-plus-NDP were close to the number of Conservatives, so that only a few Bloc MPs (ideally lured into quitting the Bloc for one of the other parties) were needed to make a majority, the coalition would be a lot more persuasive. As it is, Harper's crew would still outnumber Dion's and Layton's put together, and nearly all of Duceppe's would be needed to tilt the balance, so that Liberals would not only be a minority in the House but in their own government. Does that ruin the project's credibility? Perhaps for some, and for the rest, there's more.
If the putative replacement prime minister looked and acted prime ministerial, if his judgement was sound, perhaps we'd be off to the races. The one on offer vanished for six days after the election; failed to produce a useable video of himself in a timely manner for a crucial address to the nation; and this morning was, by more than an hour, the last leader in Parliament to comment on the prorogation of that parliament. He is — this is seriously not trivial, folks — an opponent of Quebec separatists of 20 years' standing who could not govern without the support of separatists in confidence votes.
How would a Prime Minister Stephane Dion react if an Opposition Leader Stephen Harper challenged him with a coalition that depended on the entire Bloc caucus for its viability? Do you doubt for two seconds he'd scream blue murder? Would Dion's defenders on this website rush to Harper's defence then? Yes, yes, the Bloc has been here forever and we can't shoo it away and they've earned their pension cheques and blah blah blah, but let's just say it out loud: A coalition government that depends on Bloc support at every confidence vote is a really crappy coalition. It is fair to wish for a better one, or to discard the idea altogether.
I could go on. Michael Ignatieff is sending out fundraising emails tonight that neglect to mention the coalition altogether. If he doesn't take it seriously, why should you? Liz May is atwitter at the thought of a Senate seat. If she can't keep her eye on the economic crisis that's supposed to be this project's raison d'etre, why believe the rest of the Rebel Alliance will?
It is constitutionally legitimate to say, "This government has lost the confidence of the House and we propose a better one to replace it." It is even legitimate to say, "This government has lost the confidence of the House and we hope you'll buy the risible claptrap we have come up with instead." But nobody should expect the latter pitch to find many buyers.
I hope I have made it clear since the summer that I have come to believe Stephen Harper is turning into a really bad prime minister. He is incoherent, vicious and unserious. His fall update was idiocy on stilts, and when he sent his transport minister out two days later to disown the work of his finance minister, nobody in the country blinked because nobody in the country takes what this government does as a government seriously.
All the opposition had to do was come up with a better alternative. They have failed. This is a depressing moment in our nation's politics.
Not looking for anything specific per se...Just a general comment on the state of things.
I've been kinda fixated on Quebec politics since the election and I keep being told two things:
1) Quebecois will never feel like they are a part of Canada and that's just how it is, so I might as well accept it - by extension, their continued voting for a regional party;
2) The Rest of Canada has to be careful they don't provoke the Quebecois, for fear of stirring up separatists.
Those two things don't sit well with me. I'm looking for something to hang a little hope on. I'm not seeing it.
Someone last night was saying about how this might affect the Quebec election on Monday. My response: "Unless there's a referendum taking place, it's impossible to notice a difference."
Shouldn't that be a problem? Especially when the Quebec Liberals are led by "the most federalist Premier in a generation" as Charest's often called?
Many Conservatives and even some grassroots conservatives seem to think that Stephen Harper is toast. I say its too early to tell and that he has been written off before, but let's jump ahead nonetheless. Who replaces Harper if he is forced out or quits?
Jim Prentice and John Baird are often mentioned but they are social liberals and thus unlikely to win the leadership or unite conservatives in the event that they become leader. Stockwell Day and Jason Kenney have the social conservative 'baggage' that prevents them from uniting the party if they find the numbers to become leader. Ontario Tories still like to mention Mike Harris but my impression is that he is done with elected politics and doesn't ever want to shake a voter's hand again.
Who has the profile and network, is broadly conservative and able to bring together a right-leaning coalition, and has the desire to run? Preston Manning.
I'm not saying I'm for the idea, I just think it makes a lot of sense. He has never lost the desire to be prime minister and is just conservative enough to unite the right under his leadership. His new-found statesman status might allow him to reach out to independent voters and protect him from (some) media assaults. He is an ideas guy and has become interested in the issue that we are repeatedly told will define politics in the future (the environment).
Again, this is not an endorsement. But remember you read it here first that he would be a formidable (leadership) candidate and is probably thinking about it.