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Thumbs up to a publicly owned Quebec City arena

A media furore has irrupted in Canada outside Quebec (COQ). Strong local support for the return of a storied NHL franchise -- the beloved Nordiques -- to the provincial capital (disclosure: I spend part of the year here in Quebec City), linked to a request for federal financial support has emboldened editorial writers, columnists, cartoonists, and, undoubtedly, talk show hosts to vent their opposition.

Imagine, the Quebec government has pledged to invest $175-million (or 45 per cent of the costs) in a new public multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility in Quebec City. The Charest Liberals have decided it would be an important asset for the city where Aboriginals met Samuel Champlain in 1608, and most of the people in Quebec agree.

Coverage of the World Cup left out few African stereotypes

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa -- Cameroon vs Netherlands at Cape Town Stadium. Photo: Mikkelz/Flickr

On the weekend the 2010 FIFA World Cup ends here are a few reflections...

Four years ago, Canadian viewers of the Soccer World Cup were treated to colour commentary on how the Togolese might struggle with 26 Celsius heat of Northern Germany. Although sports commentary frequently has such inanities, coverage of this World Cup, in South Africa, has had more insidious issues particularly regarding the portrayal of African nations. Canadian media coverage is damaged by continued ignorance of Africa, stereotyping and double-standards which are at times dehumanizing.

The myth of one Africa


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Seven severe flops served up by the Sochi Olympics

Photo: flickr/Atos International

The 2014 Winter Olympics contained many warm fuzzy moments for Canadians: the Dufour-Lapointe sisters topping the women's moguls' podium, speedskater Gilmore Junio giving his spot to a teammate who went on to win silver, repeat gold medals for men's and women's hockey teams. But these glittering moments are powerful distractions, clouding issues from the Games. Before Sochi's Olympics fade into a shiny memory, let's round up some of the darker issues:



Success in sports isn't always the greatest metaphor for life

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I’ve been training for the Olympics coverage by reading former rower Silken Laumann’s autobiographyUnsinkable. It starts, like many such books, with her moment of triumph: on the podium at the 1992 Games less than three months after a vicious leg injury that would’ve stopped any other mortal.

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Mariano Rivera: Baseball's Jedi Knight leaves the stage

Photo: Samuel Globus/flickr

Mariano Rivera understood what Steve Jobs, Lao Tzu and Bruce Lee understood: that simplicity is an art and a strength, a source of joy and beauty and power.

- Michiko Kakutani

Russia, homophobia and the Olympics

Russia's anti-gays laws have sparked protests worldwide, like this one in New York City. (Photo: Bosc d'Anjou / flickr)

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This is about more than just Russia: Homophobia and the Olympics

In June Russia, host of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, passed a federal law which will seriously impact the rights of Russians, all Olympic athletes, staff, volunteers and foreigners who are LGTTBQ (Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, Two Spirited, Bisexual, Queer).

This has led to a call for a boycott of the Olympics. Calls for boycotts of the Olympics are not new tactics as a way to protest.


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