There has been much bristling over the Royal Bank of Canada's recent move to replace 50 Canadian employees with temporary foreign workers. Yes Canada’s largest bank, with profits in excess of $7 billion, was caught sending Canadian jobs overseas in order to save a few bucks.
But I for one will say that critics have rushed to judgment far too quickly. Their mistake? Forgetting that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program reaches back to the very roots of Canada -- to our national DNA if you will.
A proud part of our history
Last Friday I found myself in the audience of one of Toronto's many Upper Canadian quasi-intellectual gab fests, listening to some rather sharp, and sharp-tongued, satirists mull over the question of whether political satire actually matters. I count myself a professional in the world of satire, and therefore had more than a passing interest in what was being said.
The Spur Festival event, moderated by Leacock award-winning novelist Terry Fallis, brought together Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men, Todd Hanson of The Onion, and Robin Duke of both SNL and SCTV.
When it comes to muzzling scientists, Vito's on board. Who wants to hear from those nerds anyway?
An Espresso With Vito stars Canadian Comedy Award winner Marco Timpano as Vito Cazzolungo, an outlandish, outspoken character who dishes sardonic wisdom between sips from his espresso cup. In his bathrobe. In a park.
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Produced by the Liberal Party of Canada, this shoestring-budget documentary follows Justin Trudeau for ten days leading up to his biggest performance to date -- his keynote address at the Liberal Party of Canada Leadership Convention.
Promising to be a genuine look at the "true underdog story" of how the privileged son of a famous Prime Minister miraculously rose through the ranks of the Liberal Party, Never Say Never quickly spirals into an orgy of hollow Canadian truisms set against a backdrop of endless B-roll of Justin interacting with crowds of screaming young fans, most of whom appear to be below the voting age.