Yes, a rare weekend post.
I wanted to get some of this out yesterday, but the day didn’t quite unfold as I was hoping it would, and you got the tale of Shityphus instead.
Worthwhile reading, I know.
Anyway, if I’d had time, I would have posted this instead.
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It’s hard to take pen – or keyboard – in hand in defence of any sort of celebrity nowadays. There’s the disgusting mess with Jian Ghomeshi, the dishnourable Lance Armstrong debacle, the emerging, ongoing Bill Cosby scandals – it’s just one disgraceful incident after another.
But when I heard about Linden MacIntyre and the CBC this week, I have to admit I felt sorry for him.
He plied his trade on The Fifth Estate for 24 years. He’s been a public broadcaster for 38 years. He’s published three solid novels, and he’s just released a new one I haven’t read yet.
But he gives one interview to the folks at the Globe and Mail – in which he warns against celebrity worship of any kind – and he’s barred from the CBC building by some members of Peter Mansbridge’s entourage.
Evidence in itself that celebrity can cause people to be bullied.
Okay, maybe he didn’t phrase his sentences in the interview as carefully as he could have, but you’d think that after all the years he’s worked there that somebody would be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
And who knows? One day we could find out that MacIntyre’s a creep too.
Anything can happen these days.
If you care, you can listen to his side of the story here.
But there’s some powerful irony in all of this, isn’t there? He was employed by the CBC as an investigative reporter for so long – paid to expose the truth as he found it – and then he’s banned from the place for doing exactly that.
I saw this poster in a few places on Twitter, and I’d like to believe it’s a tongue-in-cheek joke, but maybe it isn’t. I have no idea.
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You may remember the story of the young man from Oakville from last winter.
There’s a new chapter in it now.
He’s been traded from the Vancouver Canucks to the Edmonton Oilers.
I hope this means he’ll get some more NHL ice time.
Every Canadian has a soft spot for the Edmonton Oilers. All those Stanley Cups in the Gretzky era, and even one after it. Those were great days for Canadian hockey.
But the way the Oilers have been playing recently, it seems they can probably do with a few changes.
I’ll have my fingers crossed that calling him up is one of them.
He’s been playing for the Utica Comets in the AHL, and he’ll continue to patiently ply his trade for the Oklahoma City Barons.
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In a strange coincidence, my wife has also been hired to ply her trade for the Edmonton Oilers. She’s part of the team that’s been hired to build the new office for the Oilers Entertainment Group. It’ll be in a new building attached to the new arena.
I’m hoping that somehow translates into Leafs/Oilers tickets at the Air Canada Centre.
Fingers crossed for that too.