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A Ribfest in Every Town

Ontario has hit peak ribfest. This is a distinctly heartland phenomenon: More than two-million people will visit one of the province’s 65 ribfests this summer. (There are only three dedicated ribfests in British Columbia; Alberta has two.)
The surprising politics of Ontario's growing ribfest industry.
posted by parudox on Aug 1, 2015 - 9 comments

The Last Days of Oot and Aboot

Linguists are now finally alerting the Canadian and world public to the Great Canadian Vowel Shift which noone in general had really noticed before
posted by Bwithh on Aug 1, 2015 - 40 comments

“...the Canada you once knew and were so proud of, is no longer Canada.”

“My name is Donald Sutherland. My wife’s name is Francine Racette. We are Canadians....” [The Globe and Mail]
“Did you know that? If you don’t live here all the time you can’t vote. Americans who live abroad can vote. They can vote because they’re citizens! Citizens! But I can’t. Because why? Because I’m not a citizen? Because what happens to Canada doesn’t matter to me? Ask any journalist that’s ever interviewed me what nationality I proudly proclaim to have. Ask them. They’ll tell you. I am a Canadian. But I’m an expatriate and the Harper government won’t let expatriates participate in Canadian elections.”
[more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jul 29, 2015 - 133 comments

"Perhaps the most difficult part is keeping a group in harmony."

There are more than 285 competitive bagpipe bands in the United States, made up of thousands of pipers and drummers. Bands are divided into grades based on skill: Grade 5 is the lowest, akin to Little League; Grade 1 is the majors. In May 2014, the Massachusetts-based Stuart Highland Pipe Band was promoted to Grade 1, and next month they'll be facing off against other top-level bands in Glasgow at the annual World Pipe Band Championships. But first, the Stewies made their North American debut at the premier level at a competition in Ontario: Blowhards: On the road, down the bottle, and across the border with Boston’s greatest competitive bagpipe band. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 29, 2015 - 26 comments

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Man in Blue Suit Thanks Firefighters
For a second straight day, firefighting efforts at the Westside Road fire were the backdrop for political photo ops. Today, several federal politicians stood around waiting, occasionally wiping dirt from their clothing while sweaty, ash-covered, exhausted-looking firefighters surrounded them for the tightly controlled photo opportunity. Helicopters carrying empty buckets buzzed overhead and a steady stream of wildfire fighting aircraft circled prior to the event.
via: HuffPoCanada
posted by Fizz on Jul 27, 2015 - 39 comments

The truth of Klerksdorp Spheres, and the mystery of Costa Rican spheres

The Klerksdorp Spheres found near Ottosdal, South Africa, Moqui Marbles from Utah and Arizona, and the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast of New Zealand all have something in common: they aren't puzzling ancient artifacts or possibly proof of otherworldly connections, but rather concretions, naturally occurring geologic features that are created in the same fashion as pearls. Archaeology Fantasies debunks the myths of the Klerksdorp Spheres, and also details what is know of the giant stone balls of Costa Rica, which retain some mystery to their creation and purpose. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 21, 2015 - 12 comments

"25 years ago, shots rang out on the Mohawk territory of Kanehsatake..."

"...and Indigenous resistance in Canada would never be the same." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Jul 12, 2015 - 23 comments

Hongcouver

With Vancouver's average detached home price rising 28% to $1.12M (CAD), what the heck is going on? Canadaland's Jesse Brown interviews South China Morning Post columnist Ian Young, author of Hongcouver about wealth migration, racism, and immigration schemes. [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Jul 7, 2015 - 79 comments

Not due to legalization

While California's water shortage continues, Cascadia has been suffering its own drought conditions, to the extent that expanding wildfires have lent the skies of Vancouver, B.C. a Mars-like orange hue.
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jul 5, 2015 - 59 comments

They decorated the sky for Canada's birthday

Yesterday was July 1 and the 148th anniversary of the British North America Act, which combined the three British colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada (Upper and Lower Canada becoming Ontario and Quebec, respectively) into the dominion of Canada. The British North America Act also conferred a constitution onto the new nation, establishing the powers of the federal and provincial governments and creating a framework for how new territories might be admitted. The day is marked with celebrations across the country, culminating in fireworks displays. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Jul 2, 2015 - 48 comments

The king of all opiates, and a killer drug crisis

It’s stronger than heroin and more potent than OxyContin. It’s also cheap, ubiquitous, and incredibly deadly. Inside the rise of fentanyl. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 24, 2015 - 89 comments

When you play the World Cup, you win....or you go home.

16 teams remain in the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup as we enter the knockout stages. Let's review the 16 survivors, how they got there, and how far they might go. [more inside]
posted by eriko on Jun 20, 2015 - 843 comments

Canada 2020

Canada 2020, a progressive think tank, released a blueprint for policy change today: Setting the New Progressive Agenda [PDF].
posted by storybored on Jun 16, 2015 - 16 comments

Alanis in Chains

Ottawa, June 1990. Alanis, 16, licence in hand, car on the brain, has signed her first record deal. She is now using her MCA money to buy a white Volkswagen Cabriolet. There’s a catch, though. She can’t get the vanity plate she wants, her manager won’t let her. “Why not?” she whines. “First of all, you’re 16,” Klovan says, “and you’re Canada’s pop princess.” So when Alanis drives to the studio, her virgin-coloured “Barbie” car displays a generic mix of numbers and letters instead of singing out the one word she wants it to: RAUNCH.
--Alanis Morissette, before the making of Jagged Little Pill.
posted by almostmanda on Jun 12, 2015 - 172 comments

These are all of the potatoes in Canada

These are the potatoes you can have, in Canada. Everyone likes potatoes, and many people like Canada. Not everyone, but like, a decent amount of people. This ^^ is a list of the potatoes you can have in Canada. All of them. Fambo. Jemseg. Brise Du Nord.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood on Jun 7, 2015 - 37 comments

It's not like we don't fight any more - we just don't take it personally

"If you were to compile a list of the greatest sketch comedy shows of all time, there are a few obvious choices that you'd want to include. Naturally, Britain's influential Monty Python's Flying Circus would probably top the list, followed closely by the equally iconic Saturday Night Live and SCTV, with Mr. Show, In Living Color, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Chapelle's Show, and even modern-day favorites like Key & Peele somewhere in the mix.

"One entry you should definitely include, and probably would want to rank fairly high on said list, would be the Canadian-born sketch show The Kids in the Hall, which ran on television both in the Great White North and here in the states for six or seven seasons and had a definite influence on comedy in the late '80s and early '90s."
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 5, 2015 - 154 comments

The Cirque of the Unclimbables

"I need to tell you about the Cirque of the Unclimbables. Ever since I went there, I’ve tried to describe it to friends and family, tried to explain its power and its perfection. It is, I tell people, the best natural campsite I have ever visited. It’s also among the most beautiful eyefuls of landscape I’ve ever seen — its rock walls more overpowering than Zion’s, in Utah, its evening light more perfect than Hawaii’s, its peaks more menacing than Denali, and its stillness more complete than the deep rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula. It’s a place that forces me to reach for comparisons from fiction: It’s “Lord of the Rings,” I tell people. It’s Mordor crossed with the Shire."
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 4, 2015 - 8 comments

“...the darkest most troubling chapters in our collective history”

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. [Toronto Star] [Autoplay Video]
A heart-wrenching and damning report culminates a six-year examination of residential schools that oversaw the ill-treatment of aboriginal children for more than a century. It pieces together a horrifying history that has been repeatedly dismissed or ignored.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jun 2, 2015 - 25 comments

Bisexual people and their community talk support

A video from Rainbow Health Ontario interviews three bisexual people and their partners about support and identity within relationships. Part of a series including friends and parents. (Bi defined broadly in video.) Other links below the cut... [more inside]
posted by CBrachyrhynchos on Jun 1, 2015 - 24 comments

How Brown should a Brown person be?

Adnan Khan: ‘Our Brownness Does Not Belong Here’
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 28, 2015 - 58 comments

It happens every day and that day she didn't want to let it slide.

“It has nothing to do with you, it has everything to do with everyone else.” Canadian reporter Shauna Hunt confronts the young men who were vulgar and sexually harassing her as she tried to do her job. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on May 14, 2015 - 236 comments

"Zero tolerance"

Canadian government signals intent to use hate speech laws against Israel boycott. Canada is not alone. In France, "more than 20 have been convicted" of hate speech for boycott advocacy. This apparently reflects a diplomatic push from the Israeli government. In addition, last month, the Israeli high court upheld a law allowing businesses to sue boycott advocates for lost sales, on the grounds that boycotts may be "political terror."
posted by grobstein on May 11, 2015 - 405 comments

Looney Loonies

WHO CARES whose picture they put on the US$20 bill? (previously, currently) Because Canada is putting Bugs Bunny, Tweety & Sylvester, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote and even Marvin the Martian on coins!!!
also en Français, because Canada
posted by oneswellfoop on May 8, 2015 - 31 comments

Orange Crush: NDP victory in Alberta

"I think we might have made a little bit of history tonight." Alberta, Canada's most conservative province, the home of the oil/tar sands, and most of Canada's oil and gas industry, has elected a majority NDP government. And one run by a woman, at that. [more inside]
posted by jrochest on May 6, 2015 - 142 comments

An election about nothing...or maybe about everything

"In four short weeks, the sure-thing election about nothing has turned into an election about everything; a historic campaign that could spell the end of the 44-year Progressive Conservative political dynasty, or see them snatch another stunning victory from the jaws of defeat." Alberta goes to the polls May 5 in their 29th general election. It has turned out to be a far more interesting campaign than many thought at the outset. [more inside]
posted by nubs on May 3, 2015 - 219 comments

Begun, the syrup wars have

“I asked, ‘Why are you here?’ He said ‘pot.’ Later I saw him and asked, ‘What did you get?’ He said he got a $150 fine. And for selling maple syrup, I have a $424,000 fine. There is something wrong with this picture.”
posted by Chrysostom on Apr 29, 2015 - 43 comments

Can't stay for long, just turn around and I'm gone again

An oral history of The Littlest Hobo, Canada's greatest TV show.
"My second episode was a few years later, as a DEA agent who was tracking some drug smuggling that was going on in a movie unit. So I was undercover as a vampire in this movie. And the dog was helping me unearth the bad guys."

posted by frimble on Apr 25, 2015 - 42 comments

The Skin I'm In

"I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black." Desmond Cole writes in Toronto Life about his experiences with being carded and harassed by police.
posted by orange swan on Apr 21, 2015 - 82 comments

That time when Toronto had Johnny Cash machines

Retrontario remembers Johnny Cash advertising for Canada Trust, along with several other advertisements from the 80s.
posted by frimble on Apr 19, 2015 - 12 comments

This is a wound I shall bear forever.

"I am in the depths of despair." Jonathan Crombie, the raven-haired actor best known to a generation of literature lovers as Gilbert Blythe in the classic Anne of Green Gables miniseries(es), has died at age 48 of an apparent brain hemorrhage.

Bridge scene (ending) in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Apr 18, 2015 - 31 comments

The Local Eyes Project

The Local Eyes Project is an effort to explore the Americas through the eyes of 12 local residents in Canada, the United States, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, by sending them a disposable camera and asking them to take "travel photos." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 10, 2015 - 3 comments

Everything you need to know about Quebec’s latest student strike

What’s a student strike? Can the education minister cancel the semester? How many students are in the streets? Though it may have appeared spontaneous, the student strike of 2012 took a year and a half of preparation. Since last fall, Quebec students, along with other elements of civil society such as unions and NGOs, have been mobilizing against Liberal premier Philippe Couillard’s austerity policies, typified by deep cuts to public services. That mobilization led to this week’s strike. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus on Mar 29, 2015 - 13 comments

I wonder if he lives in a valley?

The new host of Q has been announced! It's Shad / Shadrach Kabango. Some coverage at the Globe and the Mothership. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Mar 10, 2015 - 27 comments

"My business is built on everlasting trust.”

The Pigeon King and the Ponzi Scheme that Shook Canada [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 7, 2015 - 22 comments

Did you like 'Starlost'?

Rocket Boy was a short-lived Canadian TV series. Starring Dave Thomas, Ron James, and an assortment of Thomas' SCTV comrades. Sadly, the series is not displayable on the internet. [more inside]
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon on Mar 7, 2015 - 9 comments

Canada announces new thalidomide compensation

Canada, long considered a "global outlier" on compensation for thalidomide survivors, has announced new lump sum compensation payments. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Mar 6, 2015 - 3 comments

The perception is that it’s just one disgruntled soldier

NYMag profiles American military deserters in Canada, Germany and the Netherlands.
Desertion is always a solitary choice, but it can be especially so for those who seek refuge in other countries. The deserter in exile is cut off from community, family, and country, knowing there may never be a safe way home. For the alienated troops who fled to Canada in the early years of the Iraq War, the decision seemed to offer solace. The northern border has always welcomed disaffected Americans, from the British Union Loyalists who opposed the Revolutionary War to the draft dodgers and deserters avoiding Vietnam. Between 1965 and 1975, roughly 50,000 U.S. citizens took shelter in Canada, where the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau quietly embraced them. In the first three years of the Iraq War, at least 200 new American troops joined them, believing they would find the same open arms. Most of the new deserters chose to live and work in cities like Toronto and Montreal without revealing their military past; only about two dozen stepped forward publicly to request political amnesty as “war resisters.”

posted by frimble on Feb 27, 2015 - 15 comments

Changes to sex ed curriculum in Ontario called "long overdue."

"We need to deal with the fact that our kids are starting to go through puberty much younger than they used to," said Sandals, Education Minister. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Feb 24, 2015 - 70 comments

Sweet

How to Make Handmade Candy (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Feb 22, 2015 - 18 comments

The Sun sets on "Fox News of the North."

As of 5 am last Friday morning, Sun News went off the air. Unable to find a buyer, the controversial news network is no more. Ratings were falling, Ezra Levant kept doing stupid things, and briefly, the network gave a show to the Ford brothers (but it didn't work out).
posted by Kitteh on Feb 20, 2015 - 55 comments

The Measure of a Person is What They Do With What They Have

Beginning in 1920, Robert J. Flaherty spent a year in the Canadian Arctic (Port Harrison in Northern Quebec) documenting the daily struggles of an Inuk man named Nanook. The resulting feature-length film, an American silent documentary with elements of docudrama, was the first of its kind, in a style that would eventually become known as "salvage ethnography." Nanook of the North: A Story Of Life and Love In the Actual Arctic (1922) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 17, 2015 - 10 comments

Happy Birthday, Maple Leaf!

Today is the fiftieth birthday of the Canadian flag. Questions have been raised, however, as to why the federal government has more or less ignored it. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Feb 14, 2015 - 71 comments

Tiny Sounds

Gone With A Trace (pop-up audio warning): a 20-min. audio documentary about photographer Richard Misrach (previously) and the objects he finds along the US/Mexico border, which are then turned into musical instruments by Guillermo Galindo. There's an accompanying photo slide on cbc's The Current site.
posted by mannequito on Feb 12, 2015 - 4 comments

Dying with dignity

In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that Canada's century-old legislation banning doctor-assisted suicide is unconstitutional. The decision is stayed for 12 months to allow for legal frameworks to be devised.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Feb 6, 2015 - 70 comments

Parsing reports on murdered and missing indigenous women

Parsing reports on murdered and missing indigenous women [via mefi projects]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Feb 3, 2015 - 20 comments

‘Yeah, I might die, but it’s a pretty nice way.’

How A Chicago Man Hampered His Own Rescue From The Columbia Icefield, And What Searchers Learned From Him.
When you ask members of the Jasper Parks Canada visitor safety team if they remember the search for George Joachim, a common response is a deep sigh, and something like: “Ah yes…George.” Four years later, the name still conjures head shaking and wary glances. ... Joachim unintentionally misled searchers by listing his destination incorrectly in the climber’s registry, and then behaved so unlike other people previously have in his circumstance that he was repeatedly missed in the search. Parks Canada’s search and rescue community considers his case a valuable learning experience and have since tweaked search protocols to account for other behavioral outliers.
via BLDGBLOG: Algorithms In The Wild
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 1, 2015 - 85 comments

Canada introduces new "anti-terrorism" powers

Canada's government on Friday introduced its new anti-terror legislation, a sweeping range of measures that would allow suspects to be detained based on less evidence and let CSIS actively interfere with suspects' travel plans and finances. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus on Jan 31, 2015 - 108 comments

“I can’t breathe,”

On Trial for Rape by Ann Brocklehurst [The Walrus Magazine]
"Late last year, in a Toronto courtroom, a young woman faced off against the university student whom she accused of raping her in a school parking lot. The media ignored the story. This is a series about a criminal rape trial that took place in Toronto late last year. The trial lasted eight days; the judge announced his verdict earlier this month." —Ann Brocklehurst
[more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jan 29, 2015 - 78 comments

And Canada's most racist city is....

Maclean's brings to the forefront the dark reality faced by the country's aboriginal population. Maclean's article on Winnipeg has generated a lot of buzz in the city and beyond, and a mixed reaction. What's more, the statistics speak to those still tempted to claim the problem isn't as bad as America's race issues.
posted by xm on Jan 25, 2015 - 23 comments

You’d think it was Dominion Day

A presentation about Ontario's lost villages, ten communities which were flooded as part of the creation of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1958.
posted by frimble on Jan 22, 2015 - 10 comments

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