A speech about homophobia and gay rights by Irish drag queen Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill) at Dublin's Abbey Theatre took went viral in February.
The passionate speech was a response to backlash to O'Neill's January 11 appearance on The Saturday Night show during which he called several Irish journalists homophobic. Those named threatened legal action for defamation. The state-owned broadcaster apologized and issued payments as settlement.
Remember that scene in Animal House where Kevin Bacon stands in the middle of a full-scale riot, informing the panicking locals “Remain calm! All is well!”?
If you do, the letter Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis sent to season’s tickets subscribers today might make you think of Bacon’s immortal Chip Diller.
(On a side note, if you are a Canucks fan, you might have more in common with Diller than you think. You might as well be Chip in that scene where he’s grabbing his ankles in a pair of tighty whiteys, getting hammered on the rear with a paddle while croaking “Thank you sir, may I have another.”)
The changes have officially started at Hockey Night in Canada, with ace interviewer George Stroumboulopoulos taking over from Ron McLean as the new face of the franchise.
Rogers Communications, which wrestled HNIC away from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation last November, announced its new host at a press conference in Toronto. The conference came with some friendly advice from McLean, who will see his role shift. After shaking hands with Stroumboulopoulos, McLean said: “George … don’t screw this up, it’s a big show.”
Whenever the B.C. government introduces a miscellaneous statutes bill, it's worth a look. Chances are that something interesting (or nefarious) is buried in the omnibus legislation.
Today's (March 10) news release announcing Bill 17 (Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014) mentions something curious. Apparently, in 2009, the B.C. Liberal government forgot to re-appoint the chair of the Employment Standards Tribunal for a two-and-a-half-year period. Five years later, the government is fixing the error.
The release states:
There’s been some pretty sweet concert Blu-rays released in the last little while. Hugely impressive was last week’s Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration–Deluxe Edition, from Legacy Recordings, the same folks who gave us recent killer boxed sets by Johnny Winter and Mike Bloomfield.
New Westminster's only vegan café has closed for good.
Late last week, Karmavore (610 Columbia Street) e-mailed an announcement to its customers. The message states:
We regret to inform that Karmavore Vegan Shop Inc. has closed down permanently due to a massive fire that resulted in the closure of our entire block and our premises for 2 months, from which we could not financially recover.
We would like to thank each and every one of our amazing customers and wonderful business partners who supported and worked with us over the years.
“After experiencing an enchanting trip to Seoul two years ago, I knew this compelling showcase of Korean culture would be a perfect fit for the Chan Centre,” Joyce Hinton, co-managing director of the Chan Centre, stated in a news release.
Tonight on Hockey Night in Canada, a national TV audience will be watching two of the more lacklustre teams in the Western Conference.
The Vancouver Canucks will suit up against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena in their first match since a notorious line brawl in January.
The fights broke out two seconds into the game after Flames head coach Bob Hartley sent fourth-line goons Brian McGrattan and Kevin Westgarth onto the ice.
Eight players, including Canucks defencemen Kevin Bieksa and Jason Garrison, received game misconducts.
Canucks head coach John Tortorella later received a six-game suspension for trying to charge into the Flames' dressing room after the first period.