Four day RNC more like ZZZ

I’ve seen Trump up close, on several occasions. He’s like Elvis in a suit, positively leeches attention. Just try not to stare at his lid. So, yes, I watched a lot of the Republican National Convention over the past week. Here are some observations: That it was held at the Quicken Loans Arena tells you… Read on


Canada: The Story of US to celebrate Canada 150

There was an invasion on the shores of Lake Ontario this week. Soldiers dressed in authentic, WWII-era moss-green uniforms dodged explosive charges as they ran up from the water. All this while cameras rolled on CBC’s upcoming 10-hour epic Canada: The Story of Us. The historical miniseries will bow next spring in time for the Canada… Read on


Happy 90th Norman

Can it really be Norman Jewison’s 90th birthday? The dean of Canadian-born directors is an ageless wonder who still looks only a crew away from directing his next feature film. Jewison was an honored guest at the Canadian Film Centre’s annual garden party last month in Toronto. He founded the place, so that seems about… Read on



This week: no sight, no problem for TARC team in Vietnam

Looking for a team to root for on The Amazing Race Canada? It’s hard not to cheer on Lowell and Julie Taylor from Lethbridge, Alta. The couple are in the back of the pack heading into Tuesday’s fourth episode, which finds the teams scrambling around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, As a guest of CTV, I… Read on


VIDEO: preview Tuesday’s TARC stop in Ho Chi Minh City

On Tuesday, The Amazing Race Canada heads to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. It was an eye opener for me to tour this booming metropolis last May while the racers were out dodging thousands of scooters on the streets. Ho Chi Minh is a city of contrasts with simple concrete stalls set… Read on


Bell beams up Star Trek with Space and Crave the final frontiers

Bell Media announced Monday they have exclusive rights to the new Star Trek series in Canada. The series–scheduled to premiere next January and begin production in September at Pinewood Studios in Toronto–was on every network short list in Canada. In America, it is the tentpole for the new CBS All Access digital service. Casting is underway but… Read on



Best Amazing Race Canada video ever

Frankie and Amy Gassler are a zany mother-daughter duo who have made it through to the fourth round on The Amazing Race Canada. These B.C.-based hairdressers are like The Gilmore Girls on peroxide. Frankie got pregnant with Amy  when she was 15, so no wonder the two look like sisters. I interviewed them in Vietnam and… Read on


The Amazing Race Canada hits the water in Vietnam

I get asked this all the time–have you ever interviewed any slime-y reptilian creatures? Aside from that one brush many years ago with Sam Neill (must have caught him on a bad day), that didn’t happen until May when I was in Cai Be, Vietnam, way down in the Mekong delta. That’s when I had… Read on