Consider this a delayed obituary for McClelland & Stewart, "The Canadian Publishers," which effectively expired this month after a lengthy decline in the care of several owners.
Stephen Harper first became Prime Minister in 2006 and has already dramatically transformed the old Canada. But with no election due for four more years, we ain't seen nothing yet.
Watching a hockey game on TV, even though you know it's happening right now, has a predetermined feel. You can't do anything to affect it, but it affects you.
Since the 9/11 terror attacks and particularly the advent of the Harper government, there has been a conscious effort to militarize Canada's culture.
Trial balloons are the stuff of politics. And Stephen Harper's government floated a pretty big one in recent days -- that the government is contemplating a 10 per cent budget cut to the CBC.
As part of its 75th anniversary, the CBC is showing an hour this Sunday of old Wayne and Shuster comedy material. They appeared for almost 50 years, first on radio; then they made the leap to TV.
Our table is set for multiplicity by our past experience. And it's made inevitable by our present reality: globalization, immigration, birth rate, underpopulation.
What's the cultural opposite of ambition? Modesty. That could be our cultural keyword. For a great example, go to the National Film Board of Canada website and check out 'Welcome to Pine Point.'
A post-Olympic hatchet job to arts funding by B.C.'s Liberal government has many organizations on the brink of collapse.