Alberta Politics: O Canada? Sorry, no ad libbing, please! We’re Canadian!

PHOTOS: Don Cherry, Canada’s best-known right-wing weirdo, wearing a suit that ought to be illegal. (Toronto Star photo.) Below: Boston-born tenor Remigio Pereira, the man who fiddled with the words of O Canada, much to Mr. Cherry’s distress, and Bacchus, the god of grapes, wine, winemaking, fertility, theatre, and ritual madness, who figures in this ...

Montreal Simon: Don Cherry’s Outrageous Attack on Rob Ford’s Opponents

I knew Don Cherry was going to say something about his good buddy Rob Ford.For who can forget how that ghastly redneck hung the chain of office around Ford's neck?And used the occasion to attack the "left-wing pinkos."Which had to be one of the lowest moments in the history of Toronto.But while paying tribute to ...

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 5: Death and the supreme court; the comeback of measles.

The big story of the week was a Supreme Court decision allowing physician-assisted deaths in certain cases. Polls have shown Canadians solidly in favour of allowing Canadians to die with dignity when all hope is lost, but politicians have treated the issue the same way they’ve treated the abortion issue — by simply ignoring it. ...

Alberta Diary: Maybe fake soldier didn’t understand only Tory politicians and TV stars are allowed to play military dressup in Canada

Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans were outraged when this man allegedly passed himself off as a Forces member at the scene of a flood in Calgary, Alberta. As you can see, he seemed to have a couple of civilians fooled. However, his weird haircut gave him away to keen observers familiar with military regulations. ...

Montreal Simon: The Abominable Horror of Harper Night in Canada

I haven't been a regular viewer of Hockey Night in Canada for a long time. The thuggish goons, the concussion casualties, the grotesque Don Cherry, as well as the sad fact that a Canadian team hasn't won the Stanley Cup for more than twenty years, having gradually turned me off the game.So I didn't watch the ...

Trashy's World: If Peter Mansbridge or Jian Ghomeshi…

… were rabid cheerleader against the oil sands or any other conservative darling, you can bet that there asses would be on the line! But Rex Murphy can exult in the virtues of the massive western projects all he wants and with impertinence without fear of reprisal. He can take money from the oil sand ...

Montreal Simon: The CBC and the End of Don Cherry

It's not a good news hockey story. It's a huge blow to the CBC. For years, HNIC has been a cash cow that helped float many of CBC’s other news and original programming endeavours, with some estimating it was worth $200 million, and up to half of the TV network’s advertising revenue.And of course the ...

Zorg Report: Don Cherry Inaugurates Rob Ford in 2014

I jes wanna, jes wanna come down here and tell you kids, you kids out there, what a great guy Rob Ford is.  Now, now, maybe you’re sayin’ he’s a big crack smoker.  Maybe ok.  But I seen this guy smokin’ crack, and lord love ‘im, he smoked crack.  Heh, heh, I put him out ...

Zorg Report: Don Cherry Inaugurates Rob Ford in 2014

I jes wanna, jes wanna come down here and tell you kids, you kids out there, what a great guy Rob Ford is.  Now, now, maybe you’re sayin’ he’s a big crack smoker.  Maybe ok.  But I seen this guy smokin’ crack, and lord love ‘im, he smoked crack.  Heh, heh, I put him out ...

Alberta Diary: Sober second thought: A half-hearted defence of Don Cherry, Stephen Harper and Julian Fantino in military drag

Stephen Harper in his cool green Canadian Forces flight jacket. With him, Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, during last June’s flooding, both looking as if they wish they had cool military togs too. Below: Don Cherry in a tailored camo suit and Julian Fantino with a chest full of medals and ...

Alberta Diary: Hoist with their own petard, Harper Tories face veterans’ Remembrance Day protest

A typical Canadian Remembrance Day ceremony: the scene in St. Albert one year ago today. Below: B.C. Conservative MP Mark Strahl, on-air Conservative partisan Don Cherry, and NDP Veterans’ Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer. No Canadian government in living memory, and probably no Canadian government in history, has worked as hard as the Harper Conservatives to ...

Autonomy For All: The CBC’s Right Wing Personalities Have No Counterparts

For all of the various whining that the CBC is “statist” and left wing biased, I ask, where are the left wing CBC counterparts to these gems: Rex Murphy, seen here writing an absurd polemic attacking Rob Ford’s critics using a series of cliched strawman puerile caricatures of his opposition as just a bunch of ...

Autonomy For All: The CBC’s Right Wing Personalities Have No Counterparts

For all of the various whining that the CBC is “statist” and left wing biased, I ask, where are the left wing CBC counterparts to these gems: Rex Murphy, seen here writing an absurd polemic attacking Rob Ford’s critics using a series of cliched strawman puerile caricatures of his opposition as just a bunch of ...

Autonomy For All: The CBC’s Right Wing Personalities Have No Counterparts

For all of the various whining that the CBC is “statist” and left wing biased, I ask, where are the left wing CBC counterparts to these gems: Rex Murphy, seen here writing an absurd polemic attacking Rob Ford’s critics using a series of cliched strawman puerile caricatures of his opposition as just a bunch of ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians overwhelmingly reject Don Cherry’s sexist remarks

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  Canadians have strongly rejected react to Don Cherry’s suggestion that women aren’t equal with men and that female reporters should be barred from male dressing rooms. The… The post Canadians overwhelmingly reject Don Cherry’s sexist remarks appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Trashy's World: Canada’s number one buffoon…

… is angling for a Senate seat, it appears. Although I don’t think he has the intelligence to engage in such strategic thinking. Regardless of whether his views are on or off-base, he-of-no-taste should stick to hockey and should shut up about the country’s foreign aid policies. He knows next to nothing about this issue. ...

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Cherry Nation

Golly. How moving. I see that the old Con Don Cherry is standing by sticking to his fallen buddy Rob Ford.  “It’s unbelievable how they have nailed him to the cross and only because of who he is,” Cherry said. “I feel for him because I have been there.”And sharing his paranoia.Read more »

Politics, Re-Spun: Act of Valor, Redux

“Before my father died, he said the worst thing about growing old was that other men stop seeing you as dangerous….Dangerousness was sacred.” Last night I watched Act of Valor. I liveblogged it so you don’t have to watch it. You’re welcome. First there was The Lottery, a dystopic tale of social gruesomeness that I ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Tories train their intellectual big guns on Tom Mulcair: if Rex Murphy fails, there’s always Don Cherry!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper (clutching the balloon, centre) sets off his attack on Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair, who is illustrated standing in the background. Beep-beep! Actual federal politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Tory big guns Rex Murphy and Don Cherry, plus former Tory big gun Norman Spector, all of whom have appeared ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: America’s Team?

I don’t have much time for Don Cherry, Brian Burke or the Toronto Maple Leafs. I like even less Hockey Night in Canada whose warped coverage of hockey is not only bad TV but totally lacking in any real sense of perspective. Last night a panel of ‘experts’ reamed rookie Cody Hodgson over the coals ...

Trashy's World: I think as much of Don Cherry…

…as I do morons like Pierre Polievre, Vic Toews and Dean Del Mastro… but his rant on Brian Burke (GM of the Leafs for those of you not-so-enlightened) was dead on the mark. Leaf Nation has for a while bemoaned the lack of Canadian content on the team, and more specifically, Ontario talent. Now, I’m ...

Brian Burke has had it up to here with Don Cherry

Don Cherry loves the Leafs. He loves them almost as much as the Bruins. However, he does not love Leaf coach Ron Wilson. In fact, Cherry uses every little slip of Wilson’s (granted, there are a lot) to rail against Leaf management for not doing exactly what Mr. Cherry wants. And what Cherry wants is ...

Brock University prof: Stupid people attracted to conservative beliefs, prejudice.

No comment necessary. The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in ...

Bruin goon Brad Marchand given five games for "predatory" low hit on Sammy Salo

Does this look like ‘self defence’ to you?  Fueled by the rabid Boston press and the bigotry of media types like Don Cherry and Cathal Kelly, the Bruins have waged a PR war against the Vancouver Canucks with stunning success. Nobody talks about the Bruins’ ganging up or Boston crowds jeering an injured Canuck or ...

Montreal Simon: Don Cherry’s Horrible Year

Well as you no doubt know Don Cherry has probably had his worst year ever eh? All those NHL concussions, and all that terminal brain damage, have no doubt taken the shine off his rock’em sock’em videos. Now even Raffi is going after him for being such a bully. And I’m afraid it’s only going ...