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The key to better Canadian crime shows lies in our past

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Amid the current abundance of watchable, nay addictive, TV series, there's Mozart in the Jungle. Très, très amusant. It's about love, hate, humour, misery -- and music -- in a fictional New York symphony orchestra.

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The real strength of Canadian nationalism might be its relative weakness

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Rossif Sutherland on 'Hyena Road,' storytelling and staying in the moment

October 7, 2015
| Don't miss this interview as Rossif talks about his move into acting, why he's a storyteller at heart and why he feels "we're all in this together."
Length: 33:44 minutes (38.61 MB)
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Paul Gross on 'Hyena Road,' trust and modern warfare

October 7, 2015
| Listen in as Paul talks about the complexities of war, how the world is "not settling down" and about his encounter with absolutes.
Length: 22:13 minutes (25.43 MB)
Photo: flickr/ futureatlas.com
| August 17, 2015
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Celebrating the lyric craft of Newfoundland columnist Ray Guy

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I had the honour of participating last weekend in a tribute to Canada's greatest columnist, except he wasn't Canadian. He was Ray Guy and he was a Newfoundlander.

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| August 13, 2015
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Early Canadians shed light on barbaric cultural practices in the present

Photo: Yousuf Karsh/Library and Archives Canada/Wikimedia Commons

Consider this a pre-Canada Day column on pre-Canadians and what became of them. One effect of solemn national origin days is often to obscure any downsides that might've existed then or since. On the U.S.'s first Independence Day, only about a third of colonists were supportive. At Confederation, P.E.I. opted out and support elsewhere was shaky. A stark example is Palestine-Israel. On the Israeli side it's Independence Day; among Palestinians, Catastrophe Day.

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Photo: Crowd gathered outside old City Hall, during the Winnipeg General Strike.
| May 26, 2015
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Kathleen Wynne sells one public asset to create another

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"What does Kathleen Wynne think you do with a majority?" moped a friend. "What does she have a majority for? Harper knows what to do with one. He even knew what to do with a minority."

When she ran, Wynne seemed committed to new tolls or taxes -- to expand public transit. Then she backtracked, and decided to sell off parts of Hydro One instead. Why would it matter if you sell one public asset to create another? You're just robbing Peter to pay Paul. To understand why, stroll with me down to the newly "revitalized" Union Station on Front Street.

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