"International fast food behemoth Burger King Worldwide Inc. confirmed Tuesday that it will pay about $11 billion to buy Canadian chain Tim Hortons Inc.
, which sells coffee, donuts, and other breakfast food fare. The deal would merge America's second-largest burger chain, which is valued at nearly $10 billion, with the Canadian equivalent to Dunkin' Donuts, which is valued at more than $8 billion. It would also move the new company's headquarters to Canada, where corporate taxes are significantly lower." [more inside]
Knowlton Nash, former long-time host of CBC's flagship news program The National
yesterday, aged 86. [more inside]
In a deal worth $5.2-billion
, Canadian media conglomerate Rogers
has obtained broadcasting rights to NHL games across Canada for the next 12 years
. While the NHL
and its players
appear to come out winners, the deal
is a blow to Canada's other media conglomerate Bell
, whose sports network TSN
has lost all national NHL programming
just five years after winning the rights to the iconic Hockey Night in Canada theme song
from public broadcaster CBC, home to HNIC
for over 60 years
. As for the CBC
, they will retain rights to broadcast games for four years in what president Hubert Lacroix described
as a "partnership"
where they will pay nothing, make nothing, and have no control over content
. Considering HNIC is the only CBC English-language programming that consistently places in Canada's top 25 English TV shows
and allegedly brings in up to 50% of its ad revenue and 30% of its audience
, speculation regarding the future
of a hockey-free CBC
, last brought up during last year's NHL lock-up
, with many characterizing
it as a crisitunity
for a clueless
You've probably never heard anything quite like the musical documentary More About Henry
. Remixing interviews with musical interpretation, composer Adam Goddard
has woven a unique work of art from the stories of his grandfather, Henry Robert Tindale Haws, who spent a half-century farming in rural Ontario. More About Henry
first aired on CBC Radio's Ideas
. [more inside]
Are Social Impact Bonds a good way to invest in public services?
"Imagine a contract where private investors are paid by the government if there's a decrease in homelessness or convicts re-offending. It's a an idea that's taking shape in the UK and some US states. And now the Canadian government is considering piloting social impact bonds. Critics say it's a way of governments shirking their responsibilities." CBC's "The Current" reports. [more inside]
Due to budget cuts
, CBC's Radio Canada International
has ceased broadcasting on shortwave; it is now Internet-only and therefore blocked by authoritarian regimes around the world. Mark Montgomery is somewhat emotional
about being the last voice on the air
The Great Crepitation Contest of 1946
[mp3 at bottom] lingers on in the memories of record collectors
, radio historians
, and a generation of post-war vulgarians from Dr. Demento to Howard Stern
. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's vivid recording of the contest (conceived at a company stag party) inspired legions of LP cover artists: an early public airing was encased in a sleeve
designed by one of the earliest proponents
of the illustrated album cover. Later editions were adorned with shockingly detailed renditions of the Great Contest, created by a variety
of anonymous geniuses
. (Speaking of art, it was also a rumored favorite
of Salvador Dali). Though it has inspired various lurid myths
, we've learned a little bit about the deepest roots
of the contest right here on Metafilter
. [more inside]
This year the CBC Massey Lectures celebrates fifty years with bestselling author, essayist, cultural observer, and famed New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik.
His subject is winter - the season, the space, the cycle
. Gopnik takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists, and thinkers, who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter.
Listen to Winter: Five Windows on the Season Streaming files for this years lecture will be available until Friday, November 18. [more inside]
Book rescue turns nightmarish.
A Saskatchewan couple saved 350,000 books from being burned by a neighbor, but now the house they bought just to store the collection is collapsing from the weight. What to do?
The CBC Radio 3 Digital Magazine
ran from November 2002 until March 2005, garnering numerous accolades in Canada and abroad with its unique blend of music, journalism, literature and photography. Here is the complete archive of 105 issues. [more inside]
What does it mean to be Canadian? It isn't about an ethnicity, a religion, a language, or a shared heritage or history. From CBC's Ideas
comes the two-part radio documentary, Being Canadian
. "From east to west, public intellectuals and private citizens (both new and old Canadians), tell film-maker Sun-Kyung (Sunny) Yi about the concerns, the questions, and the challenges of living together in a multicultural and diverse society." It is also the story of how and why a Korean family became Canadian, first in the law, and then in their hearts.
"It would have been quite a news conference, and it very nearly happened.
Last fall, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, after months of intense, private talks, agreed to face the media together to declare their agreement that research shows the 'benefits' and 'positive impacts' of supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users
. For the RCMP, making such a statement would have been a turning point: the Mounties would have had to distance themselves from dubious studies
, commissioned by the force itself, that were critical of Insite
, Vancouver’s pioneering
But it didn't happen.
Out of Control
is a 45 minute documentary that was recently broadcast on The Fifth Estate
program on Canadian TV. It is the story of "Ashley Smith . . . a troubled 19-year-old [who] choked herself to death with a strip of cloth at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ontario." The documentary features video shot inside Ashley Smith’s cell. It is a sad and at times disturbing look at the difficulties of dealing with a prisoner with mental illness. [Language and some images are NSFW].
On December 24th
, 1979, radio personality Alan Maitland started a tradition on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
's program As It Happens
. That Christmas Eve, Maitland read a Frederick Forsyth story that featured the unlikely meeting of a Vampire
and a Mosquito
. His telling has been re-aired every year since. [more inside]
Something awful in a new CBC anthem.
The CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is one of the highest-rated programs on Canadian television. It's something of a national shrine to our beloved sport. For the past 40-odd years, it's had a distinctive theme which most Canadians could hum. After something of a fiasco
, the CBC lost the rights to the theme. They're running a contest to replace the venerated theme. A Something Awful forum
user composed a truly dreadful entry
("mostly comprised of cat and sheep sounds, baby cries, and gunshots/explosions"), and got the community to 'vote it up' on the Anthem contest site. You really need to hear the awfulness to truly appreciate it. [more inside]
Little Mosque on the Prairie
is a new Canadian sitcom that premiers January 9th at 8:30 PM EST on the CBC
. To promote the series, 135 kilograms of shawarma was served up
(embedded Flash video) Thursday on a downtown Toronto street, with a flock of camels on hand to spread the halal-arity
. Considerable buzz is being generated, with American talking heads discussing
the effect this show may have, and why it would never have been created in the US. Says series creator Zarqa Nawaz
: "North America should be the first place where a comedy like this would come about, where Muslims can be comfortable in their own skin."
Hydrogen fuel has been discussed
many times on MeFi, but I wasn't able to find a previous link to this video clip
(Google Video warning) showing Jack Nicholson, circa 1978
, showing off his hydrogen powered car. The accents of the broadcasters, in case you're wondering, are east coast Canadian, possibly Newfoundland
is a CBC radio program about the things you can't say
. Stream it live
Tuesday mornings at 9:30 or Wednesday nights. Past topics include feminism, peace keeping, hip-hop and (caution: irony) copyright reform
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is pumping out a pile of podcasts
that have covered the importance of offensive comics to Art Spiegelman
, 600 bands over 54 shows
, Captain America versus the American government
, Amy Sedaris and geekdom
, the journey of young immigrants
, French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut and Harper's publisher John MacArthur discussing Europe and America perspectives since 9/11
, the after life
, sex with monkeys
, what radio producers do
, the french word "corps"
, Bonnie Fuller's "The Joys of Much Too Much: Go For the Big Life — The Great Career, The Perfect Guy, and Everything Else You've Ever Wanted (Even If You're Afraid You Don't Have What It Takes)"
, Veteran Washington reporter Helen Thomas
and some other bits & bobs [Breakdown inside]
The octopi are back and they're pissed
-- or, the continuing misadventures of the one-eyed suitor.
First World AIDS Day: CBC archive
A short clip from December 1st, 1988, the first World AIDS Day (with a Canadian focus). Also of interest from the CBC archives are two pages
of radio and video clips (21 in all) on the early years of the disease.
(Source: CBC) is having a tough time keeping up with all the bloggers "publishing partisan messages during the current election campaign.
". Under current law they are asking all bloggers to register as advertisers, while also going on record as being open to changing the law.
Once upon a time, in the early eighties, one of the northern CBC Radio stations
was vacated due to a strike. Vacated, except for one Inuit janitor and his friends
Learning English with the CBC.
Learn about Canadian history and improve your English skills with a series of audio and video clips, as well as quizzes and exercises. Topics include Terry Fox: A Marathon of Hope
, Arctic Winter Games: The Olympics of the North
, and Maple Syrup: A Taste of Canada
, among others.
It's been nearly 20 years since Air India Flight 182
crashed into the ocean off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 people aboard, after a bomb went off in the luggage compartment. Today, the two main suspects in the case were acquitted. Families of the victims are upset
. Of the 329 victims
, 82 of them were under the age of 12. Let's take a moment to remember them; victims of one of the worst terrorist acts prior to September 11th, 2001.
No Sunday shopping
in Nova Scotia (apparently some were for
Screw The Vote!
The CBC is taking an unusual approach to the looming Canadian election. Follow host Jian Ghomeshi as he travels around the country encouraging not to vote, in a fascinating attempt at reverse psychology.
Comes with its very own propaganda kit
, too! [more inside]
Halifax under curfew.
The Globe and Mail and the CBC
are reporting that the Province of Nova Scotia has placed Halifax, Canada, under a curfew tonight. The city has taken this unprecedented peacetime action to allow the snow plows to deal with the 100cm (~50 inches) of snow that has fallen in the last 24 hours. Anyone caught on the streets between 11pm and 7am faces a CDN$1000 fine.
"It was really a tragedy waiting to happen...It might have been more appropriate to scoop and run to the emergency department. Orthopedic surgeons would have perhaps have had a better chance of putting Humpty Dumpty back together again." - Sarah M. Giles
, co-author of Head injuries in nursery rhymes: evidence of a dangerous subtext in children's literature
(appears in the latest Canadian Medical Association Journal
Since today marks Canada's
great Prime Minister swap
, here are numerous letters to Jean Chrétien
written by Chris Lloyd
Roots Music Canada (warnings: music, mucho flash)
gives you access to independent Canadian folk/country/world/etc music for free. It's fairly new, so there's not a ton of stuff there yet, but Canadians are free to submit their music (it's run by the CBC). A good application of publicly-owned media, no? (Eh, and for the more electronically-minded, there's also a New Music Canada.)
"You'd better listen to what you've been told / You better listen to the radio."
Just when you thought Internet radio was dead
, Canada's national radio broadcaster is providing an alternative: an Internet Radio Magazine
. Their weekly cultural offering presents arts, entertainment, and news -- complete with an eclectic, ear-pleasing soundtrack. You'll come for the clever use of the medium and good content, but you'll stay because there's nowhere else on the Web where you'll find the Joel Plaskett Emergency and the Weakerthans in regular rotation. This isn't your father's public broadcaster
The Massey Lectures
are the CBC's annual effort to give exposure to eminent minds working on 'big ideas' in the realm of social criticism. This year's lecturer, Margaret Visser, undertakes a very engaging attempt to explain and undermine fatalism. The site links to transcripts and audio files of some past lectures. Some Canadian book-learnin' for those of you who aren't sleepily digesting your Thanksgiving turkey!
"May the spirit of peace, and the love of human beings for each other, be shown in our sympathy."
More than 75,000 people streamed onto Canada's Parliament Hill in Ottawa today for a special service to remember the victims of Tuesday's attack in the U.S.
"A pizza is something, a traditional thing. I am a pizza lover. And I like to eat a real pizza." As It Happens
, everybody's (second) favorite CBC
show is playing classic bits from 5, 15 and 25 years and letting listeners vote on which ones get rebroadcast. In this 1996 excerpt (.ra), Michael Enright interviews Eugenio Ghezzi about pizza. Gradevole!
Quintessential Italian charm; you can't help but love him.
Public Broadcasting Gets Funky
The CBC (sort of like NPR, but Canadian, federally-funded and with TV too) has a stealth project, 120seconds. They are planning to embrace new media in a big way and this is their start: stories, music, film, experiments. Not bad.