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Canada History: June 2, 1983 – A tragic blow to Canadian music

One of Canada’s best known singer-songwriters had just performed at music festival in the U.S. and was aboard an Air Canada flight home on this date. Mid-flight, at 7 p.m. smoke was detected in the washroom which the pilots initially »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Sports update: Several pro sports events slowly return, but without fans

With the coronavirus shutdown almost all sports, professional and otherwise, ground to a quick halt in early March. This has meant a huge loss to the industry and to national, regional and local economies in the billions of dollars as »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

Inuit tale wins at Canadian Screen Awards

Canada’ major film awards event, the Canadian Screen Awards, handed out its ‘Genie” awards for the best in cinema, television and digital media last week. A merger of the previous Gemini and Genie awards for TV and film respectively, this »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Society

Bombardier on its way up, no, the ‘other’ Bombardier

People seeking ways to de-stress while staying closer to home Bombardier, the once giant aerospace and railway giant, has fallen on hard times. Facing massive debts, the huge multinational has been forced to sell off almost all of its designs »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, International

Quebec government to help bail out Cirque du Soleil

The now world-famous but financially stressed Cirque du Soleil will get an injection of some US$200 million in public funds. Forced to shut down its shows around the world due to COVID-19, the already faltering Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group »

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Yet another huge annual tradition falls victim to COVID-19

Even though it’s held in the fall, another of Canada’s annual traditions has just been cancelled for this year. The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo was scheduled for October 14-17th at the Lindsay, Exhibition Grounds in the scenic Kawartha »

Arts & Entertainment, Internet, Science & Technology

Orchestre Métropolitain marks end of 2020 season with virtual concert

Defiant in the face of the pandemic that has shut down concert halls and silenced live performances around the world, Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain marked the end of its 2020 season with a special parting gift for music lovers in Canada »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Society

Virus takes down more retailers, big and small

With shopping prevented for weeks now in many retail outlets, business has been suffering enormously. Pier 1, which at its height had over 1,200 stores in the U.S and Canada had already sought bankruptcy protection due to slowing sales when »

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Celebrating  a centennial of radio May 20, 1920: Canada Post stamp

It was a marvelous and thrilling event in its time. Distinguished members of Canada’s Royal Society gathered at the equally prestigious Chateau Laurier Hotel in the national capital Ottawa for a unique event, possibly the world’s first such event. None »

Arts & Entertainment, International, Society

Monique Mercure who made a name at Cannes dies at 89

A force of nature known as Monique Mercure died on the weekend. Even though she would have turned 90 this November, it’s  difficult to fathom. For if anyone appeared indestructible, it was Monique Mercure. Likely speaking for everyone who ever »