Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Deal appears unlikely between NDP, Grits

According to news reports, NDP Leader Jack Layton has given PM PM until Tuesday to decide whether to gas almost $5 billion in corporate tax cuts in exchange for NDP support on the federal budget. The two did have their meeting Sunday night. Nothing was resolved. But PM said while he's willing to discuss adding […]

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Why Canadians should admire Steve Nash

Yet another catch-up post. This was a column last week by the Toronto Star's Rick Westhead on Steve Nash, the superlative point guard for the NBA's Phoenix Suns. But that's not what make Nash, a Canadian, admirable to me. Read on: While many of his NBA peers favour the likes of Vibe magazine, Nash reportedly has read […]

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Creemore Springs absorbed by Molson-Coors

Sad news from Friday — Creemore Springs, one of my two favourite Ontario microbrews (the other being Steamwhistle), is now the property of Molson Canada. An excerpt from the Globe story: Molson Canada is buying Creemore Springs Brewing Co., a small Ontario microbrewery that makes what connoisseurs say is one of Canada's finest beers. The purchase […]

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The Simpsons at 350 (episodes)

This NYT piece talks to Simpsons creator Matt Groening, who insists his show has found a second wind. An excerpt: even though some of its most ferocious fans suggest that it ran out of gas some time ago, the show remains in high gear, with 20 writers working on next year's season, searching for yet […]

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Chubby is good; TV watching builds brain cells

The NYT's David Brooks looks at the news that being a little overweight is a good thing, longevity-wise, and why TV is more cognitively challenging than ever before. An excerpt from Brooks' column: I like to be reminded that the universe is basically crooked. This is what the zero-tolerance brigades and all the better living […]

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'Blogging with a boldface name'

This story could be seen as the beginning of the end of the golden age of blogging. Salon columnist Ariana Huffington wants to start a celebrity group blog. Some excerpts from the NYT story: OS ANGELES, April 23 – Get ready for the next level in the blogosphere. Arianna Huffington, the columnist and onetime candidate for […]

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And they're off!

If you saw the TV footage of Messrs. Harper, Martin and Layton at Khalsa Day celebrations, you would swear, swear the writ had been dropped! :) I was amused by this quote from Conservative Leader Stephen Harper: The Prime Minister's already campaigning so I have to catch up with him on the campaign he's not […]

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