Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

How to overreach in your Olympics writing

Gil LeBreton, you get my vote for most pinheaded commentator of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Mr. LeBreton wrote the following for McClatchy Newspapers: After a spirited torch relay ignited pride in every corner of the country, the Olympic Games began and quickly galvanized the nation. Flags were everywhere. The country’s national symbol hung from […]

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Mon, March 1 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on How to overreach in your Olympics writing

The Internet killing television? Hardly

For major events, the digitally adept are watching on TV and interacting using tools such as Twitter and Facebook.

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Thu, February 25 2010 » Main Page, Media » 2 Comments

Canada to own a good chunk of the podium

Nate Silver, the clever numerologist at FiveThirtyEight, predicts Canada will end up with 26 or 27 medals by the time the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics end on Sunday night: Canada was supposed to have 15-16 medals by this point, according to the consensus forecast, rather than 9; where have they underperformed? Actually, their problems have been somewhat across […]

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Mon, February 22 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Canada to own a good chunk of the podium

Canada’s loss to Team USA got you down?

Don’t fret (if you missed it, Canada lost 5-3 to Team USA. Here’s the Star’s story). Read Roy MacGregor’s CTVOlympics.ca column from Friday:  A loss to the US might not be a bad thing

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Sun, February 21 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Canada’s loss to Team USA got you down?

Whiny Brits, bitchy Canadians

Some British Olympics correspondents have already declared the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics to be the worst ever. A veteran Canadian journo who dates back to the 1988 Games in Calgary fires back — but two others think Vancouver’s detractors have a point.

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Wed, February 17 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Whiny Brits, bitchy Canadians

And the odd factoids about Canada just keep on coming

From the NYT: What is the difference between a Canadian and an American? The old question is coming up again here at the Olympics, with answers involving eagerness for war, ketchup, the pronunciation of toque or the ability to identify poutine and the Tragically Hip. But none may be so simple as how one holds […]

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Mon, February 15 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on And the odd factoids about Canada just keep on coming

Free Toronto Stars until March 1?

I walked into a convenience store in my nabe on Sunday, but the owner wouldn’t take my money for the Sunday Star. As some sort of customer loyalty recognition thingee, the paper is free (at certain stores?) from Feb. 13 until March 1 — a period that nicely overlaps with coverage of the Vancouver 2010 […]

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Mon, February 15 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Free Toronto Stars until March 1?

A concise guide to Canada

The NYT’s Bruce Headlam — who bills himself as a Canadian, although I’ve never met him — offers this guide to what he purports to be his home and native land.

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How the international news media is viewing Van

The Vancouver Sun had this roundup from Feb. 11. Bears and pot make for compelling story lines.

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Sat, February 13 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on How the international news media is viewing Van

Dear Olympians …

Welcome to Canada! Congratulations for all the hard work and sacrifice that got you this far. I hope you achieve a personal best in your given event over the next 16 days of competition at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Forgive me for hoping it turns out to be just slightly worse than that of […]

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