This year’s Grey Cup is the 101st staging of this annual event, but until 1948 it was not much more than a football game on a Saturday afternoon. Now, it’s our country’s biggest prime time party.
While some may feel sorry for the self-destructing Toronto mayor, most have sympathy for the parents and teachers trying to explain to young minds what a drunken stupor is, or a crack house.
As Canadians, we celebrate Thanksgiving in mid-October. Americans do it on the 4th Thursday in November. In between comes November 11th, the day we should say the biggest thank you of all.
With Grey Cup two weeks away, it’s time for that overused sports cliché: “Coaches are hired to be fired”. While Edmonton’s Kavis Reed has been sacked, Tim Burke’s fate still hangs in the balance.
While our athletes get to wear clothing made in Canada, all of the souvenir shirts, sweaters and hats that Canadians love to wear to show support for our competitors will be made overseas, mostly in China.
Many couch potatoes, including myself, have abandoned much of what is offered on conventional television, switching instead to the edgier shows that are offered from non-network sources like HBO and Netflix.
We have endless revelations about hacking and surveillance all over the world. We’re told not to expect that our phone calls or e-mails will be private. We also now know that Canada is part of the game.
As the two best teams in baseball battle in the World Series, one reflects on how this simple, beautiful game has become a big business of staggering proportions.
In Ottawa, as well as in many provinces — Saskatchewan being the latest — it seems far too easy for majority governments to say, “It’s our way, or the highway.“
The statute books in Canada are filled with laws that have rarely if ever been enforced. It looks very much as though the contents of Stephen Harper’s latest throne speech will soon be added to the pile.