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Regan Wolfrom: Life as a Smug Canadian: Winter Olympics Edition

So it’s really hard to resist feeling good about being Canadian.

Especially when as of this post, Canadians are second in gold medals at Sochi. But you know what makes me even happier? Knowing that these great results are due to the success of Canadian women, who happen to also be my favouritest people. Fun fact: did you know I’ve been involved pretty much exclusively in romantic relationships with Canadian women? And now they’re best in the world in the winter Olympics? So that probably means that, by relation, I must be best in the world in something.

But Canada (Read more…)

Yappa Ding Ding: Another Olympics, Another Scandal

So Canada is the alleged victim in another Olympic figure skating scandal, this time in ice dance. There are the usual calls for ending all judged sports at the Olympics, as if questions about fairness arise only in judged sports. (I guess these people haven’t heard about questionable calls by referees in team sports.) Every sport is plagued by allegations of unfairness, and there is rarely much recourse: the decisions of officials are almost always final.

In this case, rumors of dirty dealing started early. During the team event at the beginning of the Games, Canadian skaters were apparently (Read more…)

Yappa Ding Ding: Olympic Update

CBC coverage of the Olympics has been fantastic. I don’t have TV reception in my home so have been watching events via olympics.cbc.ca. CBC shows live events, webcasts of the entire event (including qualifying), highlights of individual performances, and editorials. Commentators are former competitors and do an excellent job.

I have a quibble though: coverage of women’s curling assumes that the audience is knowledgeable. I have curled, but I’m baffled. Most galling is when they make comments about the ignorance of the Russian crowd cheering for the wrong things – but don’t explain why the audience is wrong, (Read more…)

Left Over: Canadian Athletes: Smart Like Tractor, eh, Putin?

Vladimir Putin and the Horror at Canada House

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/

Why are you even surprised, Simon? The fact that they are involved in the ‘owe-limp-icks’ tells you everything you need to know..they probably shop at MalWarts, and accept endorsement money from any PR hack from any company (can you say ‘Nike?) that gets waved in their faces..These people aren’t about making a statement re homophobia, dictatorships or anything else..the last time the Olympics showed any class at all was Berlin, 1936…since then it’s been nothing but a money-pit for taxpayers. Every time someone is shilling (Read more…)

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Here’s a tribute to the Sochi Olympics from The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion: * Not to be outdone, the Norwegians have come out with a response to the anti-gay laws passed in Russia prior to the Olympics: I may be biased, but I prefer the Canadian one.

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s Job Market: Slower, Lower, Weaker

The following commentary on yesterday’s job numbers is quoted in today’s National Post (page FP4):

The Olympic motto may be “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” but Canada’s employment growth is slower, lower and weaker going into the winter games.

Of the 29,000 Canadians who supposedly gained employment in January, 28,000 reported being self-employed. Only 1,000 found jobs paid by an employer.

While self-employment includes some high-income professionals and entrepreneurs, the jump in self-employment in the context of a poor job market suggests that many Canadians are trying to eke out income through contract work because employers are not offering paid (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta cities, province fly the Rainbow Flag for Sochi Olympics

TweetDefying the stereotypes of Alberta as a conservative backwater, Rainbow Pride Flag are flying outside of city halls in Edmonton, Calgary and St. Albert and the Alberta Legislature today in solidarity with the LGBTQ community in Russia. The a small but powerful gesture is a sign of support for a community that has become the target […]

Melissa Fong: Ignorance VS Hatefulness: How to talk about explain gay-bashing in Sochi

I’m kind of tired of people describing some racists, misogynists and homophobes as “ignorance”. ’Ignorance’ means that they just don’t know better, they are missing information and they just need […]

Dead Wild Roses: The Olympics Suck.

The very notion that we are spending money on an assortment of rubber disk chasers, gravity assisted sled-fanatics and dancers-on-frozen water angers me. What infuriates me is the notion that throwing money at this motley crew will somehow enhance Canada’s standing as a nation and that “owning the podium” will bring us international regard.

What a pile of feel good nationalistic hoo-haa.

Canada should be spending its money on improving the living conditions of its people. When our First Nations have a safe and clean water supply our international standing will grow. When our homeless do (Read more…)

The Political Road Map: Why Sochi 2014 is My Generations 1972 Summit Series

I was not around in 1972 to experience the dramatic and intense summit series between Canada and the Soviet Union, however I have read a lot about the event and heard many stories from hockey fanatics who had the pleasure of experiencing it live.

The Summit Series was an immensely important event in both sports history as well as political history, as Canada had it’s chance to shine on the international scene and take the place of defender of freedom from the United States for the first time. Our battle was not won with weapons or mass propaganda, but with (Read more…)

Trashy's World: The Cons have no shame

They are actually high jacking the announcement of the Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team and are making it a political moment. Un-freaking believable. Is there no depth that they won’t sink to? Gag. (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Disaffected Lib: Because in Vlad Putin’s Russia, This is Piracy

A few inflatable boats delivering a handful of protesters to a massive Russian oil rig in the Arctic and, according to Vlad Putin, that’s piracy for which they could be slammed up in some dingy Russian prison for up to 15-years.

In the non-totalitarian world, piracy has always had an element of robbery or violence at its core.   But this is the totalitarian world, Vlad Putin’s Russia, and he decides what’s a crime and what’s not.

Apparently handing out information pamphlets is also subterfuge, a crime against the Russian state.

Can someone remind me why we’re taking part in (Read more…)

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Dead Wild Roses: Russia: The Westboro Baptist of Nations

Ms.Betty Bowers thoughts on the 2014 Olympics.

Filed under: Ethics, Gender Issues, International Affairs Tagged: bigotry, discrimination, Olympics, Russia

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Should we boycott the Olympics in Russia?

Absolutely! I think it’s disgraceful the way that Russia treats its gay and lesbian citizens. On top of that, I don’t think the Ruskies have any idea how many figure skaters their laws would disqualify, and let’s face it, a … Continue reading →

The Disaffected Lib: Wrestling is Out?

Wrestling is being scrubbed from the Olympics.   Apparently it’s a victim of dwindling popularity.   Being considered to replace wrestling are sport climbing, wake boarding, roller sports and – wait for it – wushu.   In case you’re wondering, here is Jet Li’s championship wushu performance from 1978.

If the ancient Greeks did it, up on mount Olympus, shouldn’t wrestling be kept on the roster if only for old times sake?

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the War Olympics

Well the Olympic Games are finally over, and I must say I enjoyed the show, from the stunning beginning to the wild and wonderful end.

I thought the Brits did an amazing job, I was proud of all our athletes, whether they won a medal or not.

And the only thing that almost ruined the games for me was having to watch so many Con TV ads. Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan’s Emily Zurrer Cheered Her Teamates On to An Olympic Bronze!

The Olympics produce Gold Medals, exhiliration and heartbreak. Cowichan News Leader’s Don Bodger brings us the heartwarming story of Emily Zurrer, her injuries and the class that she maintained as Canada went on to win a Bronze Medal.

Champions rise to the occasion. Clearly Emily Zurrer is a ‘Cowichan Champion.’

Canadian Progressive World: Christine Sinclair For Canada’s Flagbearer For London Olympics Closing Ceremony

Christine Sinclair, the captain of the bronze-winning Canadian women’s Olympics soccer team, is our choice to carry the flag during the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. That’s the word from Canadians. See the Twitter hashtag #SinclairForFlagBearer. I approve.

By making Sinclair flag-bearer, Canada would honour both our gallant women’s soccer team and her personal achievements at the London Olympics and beyond. Soccer isn’t just about teamwork. It’s also about individuals: the coach, the team captain, and the individual player who brings something special to the team. Soccer is also leadership.

Sinclair captained the team into the history books.

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Regan Wolfrom: It’s Time for Winnipeg to Finally Honour Clara Hughes

Clara has just finished her Olympic career with a great performance in London, finishing fifth. She and Cindy Klassen, another Winnipegger, are tied for the most Olympic medals by any Canadian, at six each. Clara is also the only Canadian to have won medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and the only Olympian in the world to have won multiple medals in both the summer and winter games.

So that makes Clara one of the most successful Olympic Athletes EVER.

And it’s time Winnipeg finally recognized one of its most famous daughters.

Luckily for us, there is a (Read more…)

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Globe and Mail: False Flags and True Principles

On the injustice of Tiffany Foster’s disqualification from the London 2012 Olympics. This is more than a fight over the treatment of a single athlete. This is more than a struggle for the future of equestrian sport. This is a battle for the values, the honour, and the very soul of our country’s national sporting system

Trashy's World: Drunken ref not working any more…

Yup. She just wasn’t chosen. I’m sure that this has nothing to do with her being drunk during the Canada/US match. No siree… nothing at all… (3) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: Way to go, Canada! U rock!

You won that match. Hold your heads high. Your country is damned proud. A comment on the cbc.ca site says it all: Great effort ladies. The only thing missing from that game was a trained referee. Yup. I coulda done better. Might have exploded my heart trying to keep up with your pace, but, meh. [...]

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Jonathan Chait points out how the gap between the citizens hardest hit by a weak economy and a political class which faces virtually none of its effects explains the lack of urgency in dealing with mass unemployment: The political scientist Larry Bartels has found (and measured) that members of Congress respond much more strongly to the preferences of their affluent constituents than their poor ones. And for affluent people, there is essentially no recession. Unemployment for workers with a bachelors degree is 4 percent — boom times. Unemployment is also unusually low in

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Rob Maguire: An Olympic lesson on how to botch a mobile marketing campaign

I’m no fan of Coca-Cola. That said, their television ad running throughout the Olympics is quite clever. It features British DJ, producer and musician Mark Ronson, who sampled sounds produced by five Olympics athletes doing their thing. There’s the thud of a taekwondo competitor kicking her opponent, the thwack of a table tennis paddle connecting with the ball, the throaty breath of a track star exhaling.

These and other sporty sounds are weaved into a percussive dance beat, some vocals are tossed into the mix, and the end result is Coca-Cola’s “anthem” for this year’s Olympics games. While the (Read more…)

wRanter.com: Why seek validation from the IOC? Instead, flip it the bird

Share this: I love the Olympics, but not for the reasons you might think. It can be truly inspiring to watch the best athletes in the world – and the best Canada has to offer – compete against one another at the highest levels of sport. And I’m proud when Canadians do well. I was elated [...]