The B.C. Liberal government has hired Santa’s elves to write recycling propaganda. Let's hope they at least got minimum wage.
What the elves—I suppose that's what they're calling the Ministry of Environment's spin doctors these days—have done is take "’Twas the Night Before Christmas" and turn it into a poem about holiday recycling.
Here's an excerpt of "A Recycling Story":
T'was the night before Christmas and all through the city,
Broken toys were scattered about - oh such a pity....
While Filipinas are busy challenging workplace sexism in the Philippines with ad campaign, German male celebrities are kissing off homophobia with a sexy new campaign.
Thirteen straight male German celebrities have joined GQ Germany's Gentlemen Against Homophobia campaign in a series of photos called #Mundpropaganda (which is a play on the German terms for "word of mouth" and "kissing propaganda"). It's in response, in part, to Russia's antigay legislation.
The photos will be published in public advertising spaces, such as on transit and billboards, in Germany.
Not quite in the holiday spirit yet? Here's a bunch of Christmas tunes to get you in the mood for baking, shopping, decorating, and the inevitable yelling at your relatives.
First up is 16-year-old David Thibault, who sounds so much like Elvis that it's scary.
Second up to bat, an ode to our favourite Canadian, Santa Claus.
And, of course, no holiday would be complete without Shirley Gnome sounding off about what she really wants this season.
What's your favourite holiday tune, folks? Post a link in the comments below!
Hand-drawn Doctors and Norwegian synth-pop? Yes, please!
Made for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary (and originally set to some seriously dramatic tunes), Richard Swarbrick and Eva Wagner's animation has now been combined with the strains of Norwegian '80s band a-ha's hit "Take on Me".
I'll include that below because, to be honest, there's never an occasion when I won't watch it.
It's not every day you see a commercial tackle discrimination. But an ad from Pantene Philippines has done just that.
The 60-second TV advertisement, as part of the female empowerment #WhipIt campaign, deftly exposes the double-standards of the gender divide in the workplace. It points out how the same qualities are deemed positive for men but negative for women.
Check out the Pinay power ad below.
The company also teamed up with the Rappler website for a series of essays and discussions on the gender bias.
This week, however, it took a far more sombre approach in this five-minute fictitious look at what's in store for Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
It sends a message that what's happening in Canada's biggest city isn't nearly as funny as U.S. late-night TV comedians sometimes suggest.
The Vancouver Cantata Singers presents A Christmas Reprise on Saturday (December 21) at 2 p.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral (646 Richards Street).
The 11th-annual holiday concert evokes a warm festive feeling with traditional and contemporary Christmas repertoire. This year’s program will end with Franz Biehl’s arrangement of Ave Maria.
The Vancouver Cantata Singers perform under the direction of Paula Kremer.
Tickets to A Christmas Reprise are $18 and can be purchased online in advance, by phone at 604-730-8856, and at the door if available.
Tomorrow night (December 12), Fairchild Television will sponsor the annual Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The event has been running since 1995 and generates a great deal of attention in Chinese-language media outlets in Vancouver.
You can learn more about this year's finalists below.
This video hasn't gone viral yet.
When it arrived in my in-box, it had only been seen by 59 viewers on YouTube.
But I'm betting the numbers will increase over the next two weeks as the marketing shopathon known as Christmas comes barrelling at us.
The Santa in this video is in cahoots with the corporate sector to steal childhood innocence and crush the environmental movement.
"Oh there are a few people who know what's going on, like that pain in the ass Bill Rees," Santa says. "But their voices are weak and ours are strong. And we're everywhere."