Tonight at the RPL Film Theatre at 9 p.m. there’s a special screening of work by members of the Montreal-based collective Double Negative. The collective’s been around for nine years now, and they’ve been a major presence on the city’s experimental film scene. I went looking on YouTube but couldn’t find anything posted under Double Negative Collective. But I do know that the screening tonight is free. And here’s a link to a page on the Canadian Film Institute website that contains some more information on the collective.
1 SOME JOKE ABOUT PEAK HOUSING, SUMMITS, ET AL Mayor Michael Fougere took to the stage at this week’s housing summit to announce that he plans to establish some kind of special committee on housing, a development nobody could have predicted and which is sure to have a definite and immediate impact on the totally fucked housing and rental market in Regina right now. Plus apparently “[Fougere] also announced he will host another housing summit next year to revisit the rental housing issue.” Yaaay! Okay, sure: in his defence, Fougere has committed to bringing the vacancy rate from one percent up to three percent by 2017, and the committee will be charged with streamlining our bylaws so that it’s easier to build and rent housing, both of which are good things. Now they just have to come to pass.
2 MY AMBITION AS A HUCKSTER Speaking of conference summit networking whatevers: Brad Wall is in Pittsburgh right now, promoting Saskatchewan’s carbon capture technology. I wonder if he has the legal right to even bring it up. Ha ha, just jokes!
3 YOU GO, GIRL The Toronto Sun ran a transsexual Sunshine Girl for the first* time in its history and, in a refreshing turn from a Quebecor-affiliated outlet, the editor’s response was literally, “She’s cute and we ran her photo.” In other words: Whatever, who cares! It’s pretty cool how chill the paper’s being about it, and it’s also obviously really funny reading the comments from Sun readers experiencing serious inner turmoil over the whole thing. (*Note: Apparently editor-in-chief James Wallace claims the Sun has run transsexual Sunshine Girls before without anyone noticing, which, alright, cool, dude! But Bangladeshi immigrant Amelia Maltepe is the first one to be recognized as such and is so matter-of-fact about the whole thing that she deserves serious props. Go Amelia!)
4 FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff paid off the $90,000 in housing expenses of ambulatory thumb and terminal bootheel-licker of the powerful Mike Duffy, because of course he did. “Mr. Duffy agreed to repay the expenses because it was the right thing to do. However, Mr. Duffy was unable to make a timely repayment. Mr. [Nigel] Wright therefore wrote a cheque from his personal account for the full amount owing so that Mr.Duffy could repay the outstanding amount,” Harper’s spokesman Andrew MacDougall apparently had the balls to tell the press. I mean, I’ve got a bunch of questions, but my main question is how on earth Senator and former primetime TV host Mike Duffy didn’t have $90,000 to slap into his chequing account, but civil servant Nigel Wright did?
5 B.C ELECTIONS [RELEVANT CLIP] B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark is now the premier of a majority government in B.C., surprising the shit out of everyone, as the fact that she lost her own seat came as a given. For further analysis, check out the contrast between the URL and the headline on the National Post’s story, and also remember that “Oh yeah, the suburbs.”
6 AND NOW, 20 AMAZING QUOTES FROM GUY FIERI’S NEW MEMOIR “It was a lightning bolt of an idea in Flavortown that pranked the un-prankable mayor, Guy Fieri.”
With a truly appalling voter turnout (48 percent), British Columbians once again demanded the Liberal Party to form Provincial Government. A major coup, considering the NDP was twenty points ahead in the polls just a couple of weeks ago. Not only the BC Liberals won (51 candidates elected, against 32 NDPs, one independent and one Green), majority leader Christy Clark overcame massive discontent following the introduction (and quick disposal) of the Harmonizing Sales Tax.
The Liberal victory opens the door for the Northern Gateway Pipeline project, to which the NDP was staunchly opposed. If anybody knows of a nice, progressive province I could move to, let me know.
Aymar is a Canadian singer-songwriter in the folk country genre. A couple of years ago he had one of his songs covered by Canadian folk country legend Ian Tyson. Tonight he’s in town to play a show at the SCES Club that’s being presented by Grassroots Regina. The show gets going at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15.
To give you a taste of what Aymar is like here’s video of him performing the song “Passing Through” at a house concert in 2012:
Postmedia Inc. is extending a digital pay meter to its remaining properties on Tuesday, including The StarPhoenix.
The move means online readers of The StarPhoenix as well as the National Post, Financial Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Regina Leader-Post and Windsor Star will be asked to register for online accounts after reading 10 articles for free.
If you only read 10 articles from the Leader-Post, make this one of them. Actually, you’ve got the basics. I love how StarPhoenix gets a mention before the Leader-Post, like everyone just has to admit the Saskatoon daily deserves more attention.
It goes without saying that Prairie Dog sees the value of a daily in Regina, so best of luck to the Leader-Post in this. Personally, I might be saving my 10 articles for the letter pages.
If you’ve been by the old Plains Hotel site on the corner of Vic and Albert lately you’ve perhaps noticed some signs of life (besides weeds kicking into growth spurt mode, that is). According to a news release from the city today, SaskPower is preparing to relocate a concrete “duct bank” that houses the high voltage cables that supply downtown with electricity. Depending on weather and construction conditions, the presser noted, the job would take five months to do.
To accommodate the first phase, the west-bound lanes of Victoria will be closed with Victoria east-bound becoming two-way as per the above diagram on May 21. As well, traffic northbound on McIntyre will be reduced to one lane for a quarter of a block. Access to Victoria and Albert for cyclists and pedestrians is supposed to remain, although detours may perhaps be required. The work needs to be done before construction can begin on the long-delayed-bordering-on-being-declared-legally-dead Capitol Pointe project; plus I imagine its an infrastructure upgrade SaskPower needs to do to accommodate increased power demands in the downtown.
With all due respect to Saskboy, the result of the Labrador by-election wasn’t newsworthy in itself. Incumbent governments traditionally fare poorly in by-elections, and the riding in question is a traditional Liberal stronghold, going to the Conservatives twice – in 1968 and 2010. If the Liberals didn’t win a traditionally Liberal riding, that would have been news. So, I was about to say something along the lines of “… nice, kids, call me when a Liberal wins in Alberta,” when …
(Conservative incumbent Peter) Penashue said he is not sure which issues cost him the job, although he blamed CBC News reports on his spending for having “defined me very negatively.” He was referring to a series of CBC News reports on his campaign spending since last summer.
“I tried to change that but the damage had already been done. I could say, you know there was that issue, that issue. People make up their minds and people make up their choices.”
Gee, Peter, why single out the CBC when every other news organization in Newfoundland and Labrador was saying the same thing?
And here’s a head scratcher … the Liberals LOST the by-election, says Harper’s spokesperson.
“As we know, majority governments do not usually win byelections. In fact, Liberals have won the riding of Labrador in every election in history except for two, so we are not surprised with these results,” Fred DeLorey, the party’s director of communications said in a statement.
“What is surprising is the collapse of the Liberal support during this byelection. When this byelection was called the Liberals had a 43-point lead in the polls,” DeLory wrote.
“Since electing Justin Trudeau as leader and having him personally campaign there, they have dropped 20 points in Labrador. That’s a significant drop in only a few weeks,” he said.
“Labradorians were able to see firsthand how Justin Trudeau is in over his head.”
Christ on a crutch, Comical Ali’s got a job with Harper!
It’s not so much that the Cons lost the riding, but it’s their reaction to such a loss which indicates that Canada’s going to be in for at least two more ugly years of federal politics. Instead of learning anything from the loss, the Cons have doubled down on the stupid and mean, as if they have no other setting on the program which gives them the ability to impersonate human emotions.
Canada. Governed by 12-year-old schoolyard bullies who are in over their heads.
The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are upon us. Here’s a handy guide to the next bit of ice hockey watchingdom.
(This week’s Aw NHL Naw also includes a secret message that I’m sending out to my freemason masters. Can you crack the code? Put some Dover’s Powder in your gin and give it your best shot!)
Congrats are again in order to the creative team behind the action-horror pic WolfCop. From an initial list of 90 entrants they’ve now made it down to the final ten who are eligible for $1 million in funding to expand their creative concept (a story about a police officer who becomes a werewolf) into a full-length motion picture.
You can find out more about the top ten finalists in the CineCoup contest here. From studying the CineCoup guidelines it seems like the next round of fan voting to whittle the list of ten down to five will take place May 30-June 2. So good luck to all involved.
This Week At City Hall: Four Things I Wanted To See At Day One Of The Mayor’s Housing Summit [UPDATED]
Above is a pic of the lunch spread the Sask Hotel put on for attendees of the Mayor’s Housing Summit. It looked pretty awesome but I decided to bail on the lunch-hour keynote address and get street food instead.¹
I don’t think I missed much that’d interest me. Apart from the food.
The keynote was given by CBC’s Amanda Lang, one half of the Lang and O’Leary Exchange,² and was titled after her recently released book, The Power of Why. Sounds like one of those self-help books for business people. And it probably had less to do with housing in Saskatchewan than the standy-uppy thing in the Plaza at which I ate my hotdog.
So, yeah. Great looking lunch. Less-great looking keynote. A mixed bag, in other words. Kind of how I felt about the first day of the Housing Summit over all.
Of course my ambivalence might have been coloured by the fact that the day started out really, really well, and the second things started to drag a bit I snuck out. Maybe I’m putting too much weight on what inspired me to leave and not focusing enough on the stuff in the morning that I found inspiring.
From: Muriel Cross
Sent: May 14, 2013 7:09 AM
Subject: Real life “Mad Men” ad man is a closet conservative
Former ad man and closet conservative, Leften Wright, addresses a world revolving around welfare, recycling, affirmative action, gay marriage, global warming, education, mosques in the neighborhood, racism and environmentalism in his new novel, The Handbook for Closet Conservatives: How to Succeed in a Liberal World.
Using wit and humor, Wright encourages readers to not be afraid to say what they think in a liberal world and outlines how conservatives can speak to controversial issues without golfing alone or being left out of the really good parties.
Can I send a review copy or set up an interview with Leften?
Thanks for your time,
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During summer, a lot of performing arts type groups that host events indoors from fall through spring take a break to allow everyone to recharge their batteries and take advantage of whatever warm weather comes our way.
Combat Improv, which features an assortment of local improv artists, is no exception. On May 15-16 the group is hosting its double deluxe Season Finale at Artesian on 13th. Doors open at 7 p.m. both nights, and the first performers will hit the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.
1 HE’S BACK! Everyone’s favourite singing, dancing, pontificating astronaut (Chris Hadfield) has returned to our realm. But then, you’ve already heard all about it.
2 PITY POOR TORONTO It’s okay. They’re used to it.
3 LABRADOR VOTES LIBERAL Conservative MP, and former minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Peter Penashue has been given his walking papers.
4 BUYER BEEWARE A Utah couple found a huge bee hive behind a wall in their new home.
5 MARTIN SHORT TO WRITE MEMOIR FOR HARPER I totally misinterpreted this headline too, and was really disappointed when I figured it out.
6 SLEEP TIGHT A new virus is making a lot of people nervous.
From The StarPhoenix:
The contentious Bill 85 — the Saskatchewan Employment Act — has passed a third and final reading in the legislative assembly, overhauling and melding 12 pieces of legislation into one omnibus law.
Two components of Bill 85 have been the subject of court battles for the past few years, as unions questioned the legality of both essential services legislation and the Trade Union Amendment Act. Unions have said they may appeal a Saskatchewan Court of Appeal decision upholding those laws to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Unions have also criticized the speed with which Bill 85 has moved through the legislature, as well as the number and content of regulations yet to be written.
Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU) president Bob Bymoen has said the new legislation will make it more difficult for workers to form a union, and will erode weekends and standard hours of work.
“There is no substantial improvement for workers’ rights in this bill,” Bymoen has said.
Now, there’s going to be mountains upon mountains of nuances that will be fleshed out when the regulations are written and parts of it will be good, so let’s not go absolutely nuts quite yet. Having said that, it’s safe to say that Saskatchewan workers and organized labour are now weaker and managers and businesses are now stronger. And sadly, that may well be what most Sask voters–who, I suspect, are ironically mostly NOT employers–want.
Shortly before the legislation was passed, Simon Enoch of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives summed it up like this:
The government of Saskatchewan is currently undertaking a controversial overhaul of the province’s labour legislation into the mammoth omnibus Bill 85. But those that might be concerned about the rather rash decision to overturn 107 years of labour legislation in the period of a few months need not worry, because what the Saskatchewan government is actually doing is modernizing our labour laws. That’s a relief, “modernizing” has such a new shiny ring to it! Who could be against “modernizing” anything? This legislation must really be cutting edge stuff, thinking outside-the-box, labour legislation 2.0 and all that! So what innovative and pioneering changes are in this legal basket of advanced modernity?
Well the main change is that Bill 85 will reduce statutory protections for workers and undermine collective bargaining rights. That means that workers will have less protection in regards to work breaks, overtime, holidays, scheduling etc. In addition, given new employee categories contained in the legislation, many workers that were previously protected by a collective agreement may find that they no longer are.
Wait, this sounds very un-modern doesn’t it? When did workers in Saskatchewan last have the pleasure of not being protected by the eight-hour-day? That would be 1947, a time most people would agree is not exactly “modern” (rural electrification would wait until 1949).
More later, and in Thursday’s the print edition — including what I promise will be a more flattering photo of Labour Minister Don Morgan.
And if you want to be punched in the nose by the terrible truth about this spring, take a peek at the photo after the jump. It taken May 13, 2012.
No pick of the day today. Instead, here’s a heads up about a contemporary dance program that’s being held at Artesian on 13th on May 17-18. Both evenings, works choreographed by local dance artist Johanna Bundon will be presented. The first, Ru(Elles) will be performed by FadaDance (that’s a scene from the dance above). The second, Live Duet, will be performed by Bundon and co-creator Jayden Pfeifer. Both works explore the theme of relationships — romantic and otherwise.
Doors both nights are at 7 p.m., with the performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
While he was known for all the great monsters that he brought to life in such films as Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans when he was just starting out and in between jobs Harryhausen made five short animated films based on children’s fairy tales. The Storybook Review, The Story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, The Story of ‘Rapunzel’, The Story of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and The Story of King Midas. A sixth one was started but never completed because Harryhausen moved on to a couple of Hollywood movies. The Story of ‘The Tortoise & the Hare’ was finally completed in 2002, almost fifty years later by a couple of fans with the help of Harryhausen, who still had most of the sets and miniatures in storage.
These shorts helped Ray Harryhausen polish his craft but they’re not as cool as his monsters. Still he will be missed.
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