Category Archives: Canada

Gord Downie (1964-2017)

One of the Hip’s saddest songs, this was written after Downie’s young nephew died due to a heart ailment and famously not performed for fifteen years… Another heart-tugger, especially if you’re a parent, this one was written by Downie for his kids… The Tragically Hip song “Inevitability of Death” contains a reference to Terry Fox, […]

Friday Fun Link – Country Corner Donuts (and the Value of Immigrants) #yqr

I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a post by the good folks at Rebellion Brewing talking about a nearby donut shop which they frequent. (I love seeing locally owned businesses supporting each other like this!) That led me to a YouTube video of the donut shop’s owner which reinforced my strong belief that […]

Alex Ovechkin On Pace for 287 Goals, 0 Assists This Season

After a hat trick in his first game and four goals in his second game (two hat tricks in the first two games hasn’t been done in the NHL for 100 years!)… …Alexander Ovechkin is on pace to score 287 goals this season. (I hope I’ve got him in my hockey pool!)

The NHL Season Begins Tonight! (Moves Like Jagr)

He wasn’t in the lineup for the Flames opening night loss to the Oilers (well, to Connor McDavid who had a hat trick in a 3-0 victory).  But I’m pretty excited to see Jaromir Jagr in a Flames jersey! Watch this first if you don’t know why I’m excited… Then watch this to have a […]

10 Things That Excite Me About @thejagmeetsingh Winning #ndpldr (and 5 That Make Me Nervous)

If everything Jagmeet Singh’s team said about how many new members they’d signed up, how much support they were getting in vote rich Ontario and BC, how young people were rallying around their candidate, and their fundraising totals, turned out to be true, it seemed like Jagmeet Singh would have a really good chance at […]

Friday Fun Link – The Definitive Ranking of Every Tragically Hip Song

Lots to argue with here but points for even trying to make this list (the author strikes on an interesting conceit to make it work, grouping songs thematically to count them down.)

My #ndpldr Ballot (Along With Some Random Thoughts)

At different points in the NDP Leadership race, I’ve been able to see each of Charlie Angus, Guy Caron and Jagmeet Singh as my top choice based on their policies or other attributes. A lot of my Sask NDP friends (IRL and FB) are big supporters of Niki Ashton. But, though I do like what […]

Dates of When Various Countries Adopted Universal Healthcare and When They Gave It Up As A Total Disaster

Quick Thoughts on #ndpldr Candidates’ Strengths, Weaknesses and The Influence of Bernie Sanders On Each of Them

The Federal NDP is in the midst of a leadership race and there is a debate in Saskatoon tonight. I didn’t watch it. I haven’t been following the race super closely. I briefly thought about writing a post where I ranked the four candidates but instead, I thought I’d give a quick review from my […]

Music Monday – “It’s Canada Day up Canada way on the first day of July/And we’re shoutin’ “hooray” up Canada way, when the maple leaf flies high.”

Is there any musician that defines Canada more than Stompin’ Tom?  And is there a better song to post on this long weekend of Canada’s 150th Anniversary? “Canada Day Up Canada Way” – Stompin’ Tom Connors