July 11, 2008 |
Although I am no more excited by the prospect of watching another police drama than I am by the prospect of writing about another police drama, there are things to like about "Flashpoint," a new, has-to-be-over-by-fall series from CBS. Its subject is a SWAT-style team called the Strategic Response Unit, based on Toronto's real-world Emergency Task Force. That the show -- a product of Canada to which CBS signed on during pre-production -- may owe its presence on American TV in part or whole to last winter's writers strike should not be held against it. (How you may feel about CBS cutting deals in Canada as an end run around an U.S. labor dispute is another matter entirely, although a network exec told Variety last January that "Flashpoint" was merely part of an already expanding international business plan.)
February 6, 2013 |
Winter in Vancouver , Canada , can be gray and dreary, but the Executive Hotel Le Soleil is offering a deal that promises to chase away the blues in that city in British Columbia. The “Discover Gastown” package invites guests to lace up their walking shoes and explore Gastown , Vancouver's oldest neighborhood and a national historic site. Nearly every building in Gastown boasts historic significance. The district is home to more than 180 shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.
January 28, 2014 |
See orcas up close and listen to them chatter underwater during a sea kayaking tour off the waters of Canada's Vancouver Island. The six-day trip to British Columbia is in part inspired by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which highlights the plight of orcas kept in captivity. ROW Sea Kayak Adventures based in Idaho invites kayakers on a guided "Blackfish" tour to the Johnstone Strait, Vancouver's inside passage and home to a sanctuary for the big black-and-white orcas, also known as killer whales.
February 5, 2013 |
Attention, TED obsessives. The conference that started out as a cult event but has exploded into a global phenomenon is relocating next year. After years of being held in Long Beach, the main TED conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada, in 2014. TED organizers announced the move in a blog post Tuesday. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 "We have absolutely loved the past five years there, but as TED has crossed major milestones - our billionth video view last fall and our 6,000th TEDx event last month - we feel ready for a new adventure.
December 20, 2012 |
Pack your parka and gloves plus your binoculars, camera and autograph book and head to Alberta at the end of January for some winter fun and celebrity-spotting in the Canadian Rockies. The Fairmont Banff Springs Sports Invitational will draw Hollywood A-listers, plus athletes and other celebs, to Banff National Park for four days of fun and fundraising Jan. 31-Feb. 3. Best of all, the masses can enjoy most of the activities for free. The 2012 gathering brought dozens of familiar faces to the snowy slopes to snowshoe, toboggan, ski, and toast s'mores.
July 5, 2013 |
I ask you: Is there anything nicer than a Canadian? A puppy? A nun? No, Canadians are definitely nicer than nuns. All cheekiness aside, even when you visit this country often, you can't help but be struck by the genuine character of the people - the friendly conversations at lunch, the attentiveness of the hotel front desk. So when recent floods ravaged Calgary, site of one of the world's great rodeos , it's probably no surprise that volunteers raced to the rescue. Not only did they show up by the thousands to help salvage the rodeo venues, but they also worked on the little places that were devastated by the high water, such as the southern Alberta town of, ironically enough, High River.
June 5, 2013 |
If you don't like a worm in your tequila, you probably won't like a human toe in your drink. Steer clear, then of the Sourtoe Cocktail at the Sourdough Saloon in Canada 's Dawson City, Yukon Territory, where a petrified human toe is part of the drink. Since 1973, more than 60,000 visitors have indulged in the libation. In that time, several big toes have startled, thrilled and grossed-out visitors. The toes do turn black over time, but they clearly are recognizable. “They've all been donated anonymously,” said manager Dick Van Nostrand.
January 27, 1987 |
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada will sign an agreement for a major electric power project to aid Botswana during an official visit starting today, the Canadian High Commission announced here Monday.
February 21, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Aw, Canada. It's hard to work up any sort of serious dislike for those quaint neighbors living in America's attic, but this hockey thing is getting ridiculous. Twice during a 24-hour period at the appropriately named Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Canadian Olympic team has danced all over the United States, first the women, then the men, causing one nation to joyously scream and the other one to, well, absently shrug. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi We just don't care about pucks as much, do we?
November 18, 2011 |
In Canada, you'll soon have two choices when paying for things: plastic or plastic. The country is planning on phasing out paper money and replacing it with all-plastic notes made out of a single thin sheet of polymer. This week the country introduced the first of the plastic notes — the $100 bill. In a statement, the Bank of Canada asserted that the new notes would last twice as long as the old paper bills, and that they're recyclable. But the real reason the country is switching to plastic?