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Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q I might have thumbed up a different upload in the past, but this is worth thumbing up again. It’s easy to mock Mr. Rogers, for his quiet delivery and strange intonation, but here he performs the Senatorial equivalent of singlehandedly taking down a street gang in an alley entirely through reasoned argument. I got […]

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Dazed and Confused (1993) – Memorable quotes

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106677/quotes A happy “glorious Fourth” to my American pals! I can’t think of the Fourth of July without flashing back to this terrific line from Dazed & Confused: Okay guys, one more thing, this summer when you’re being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth Of July brouhaha, don’t forget what you’re celebrating, and that’s […]

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Op-Ed Contributors – Our True North – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/opinion/01canadaday.html?_r=1 The NYTimes put together some thoughts on Canada from famous Canucks now resident in the US (though that last part is understood in the “famous Canucks”). Malcolm Gladwell comes up with what I think is the funniest, and most Canadian: In history class, in seventh grade (or as we like to say in Canada, […]

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Family, Valued – Torontoist

http://torontoist.com/2009/06/family_valued.php I’ve been playing co-host to an Australian tourist for the past few days, and it’s got me thinking a lot about my home and native land of Toronto. I make no bones about feeling like it’s a “home away from home” where Paris is concerned, but there are certain aspects of life here that […]

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NY Times Advertisement

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/20/us/20ventura.html?hpw In an era when most authors make their appearances at well-publicised book signings in big box stores, Ray Bradbury is reading to kids at the local library. A class act advocating for a cause I’m happy to support. Mr. Bradbury frequently speaks at libraries across the state, and on Saturday he will make his […]

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Walter Cronkite – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Cronkite Reports of Walter Cronkite’s poor health led me to think about how much he reminds me of David Attenborough: Both are national treasures in an avuncular mold – trustworthy and humane, but with a moral streak that they’re not afraid to show when someone needs a good talking to. And they’re both irreplaceable. The […]

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http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/05/09/article-1179926-04DFBB0C000005DC-319_468x479.jpg A cute and cuddly primate interacts with a lemur.

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Cathys EC Caf&

http://www.eccafe.org/sto/bcameron.html Bill Cameron’s last piece of journalism: An account of living with the cancer that eventually killed him. Fittingly, it won him a journalism award. RIP, Bill.

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http://www.rrj.ca/issue/2000/spring/314/ Getting nostalgic for a wonderful former CBC reporter leads me to the heartbreaking news that he died a few years ago. There was nobody on Canadian TV quite as witty, refined, and credible as Bill Cameron. Such a loss for his family, for the industry, and for the faltering CBC. Carolyn Jack, producer of […]

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http://www.rrj.ca/issue/2005/summer/549/ The Onion AV Club published a review recently of a Norm MacDonald film. I’m not a huge fan of Norm, but his brother Neil is another story. Believe it or not, one of America’s most gormless comic clowns is the brother of Canada’s hardest-ass newsman. Neil MacDonald has been reporting for CBC News for […]

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