In Canada, this is what we call innovation. Boston Pizza is currently carrying out “Pizza Game Changers,” a spring promotion in which it comes up with new product ideas and asks the public to vote on which one it should make.
Somebody at Taco Bell Canada (probably stoned) must have remarked: “Canadians love fries with lots of stuff on top!” That is the only explanation for this only-in-Canada Taco Bell menu item, a bastardization of the least-Mexican Mexican food and an obvious stab at making “poutine,” fake-Mexican style. If you’re wondering when Canada will get the Taco Bell breakfast menu, the CEO has officially declared, “When you take Justin Bieber back.”
The CBC is Canada’s version of the British Broadcasting Corporation; it is Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster, a publicly-funded crown corporation. The CBC’s radio stations began in 1936, and TV stations in 1952. Unlike its British counterpart, it does run some advertising in order to pay for its budget. CBC News is the largest newsgathering service in Canada, and its five radio stations (three in English, two in French) are the largest broadcasters of made-in-Canada content in the country.
Popular radio shows include Definitely Not the Opera, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and As It Happens. Popular TV shows include George Stroumbouolopoulos Tonight (ending this year after a 10-year run) and Hockey Night in Canada. Like its American cousin NPR, the CBC has been accused by conservatives as having a liberal bias. This has led to a slow but steady chipping away at its budget by the Conservative Party of Canada, leading to layoffs and service reductions. Coupled with the recent loss of Hockey Night in Canada to Rogers, the CBC announced earlier today that it is laying off nearly 700 people to make up for its coming budget shortfall of over $100 million.
On the first Saturday of every April (that’s today!) people in 150 cities around the world come together to have massive pillow fights in public. This holiday was invented in Canada :) Here is a listing of the 7 pillow fights taking place across Canada today:
Calgary: 2pm @ Eau Claire Market. Facebook link.
Kitchener-Waterloo: 3pm @ Waterloo Public Square. Facebook link.
Montreal: 3pm @ Phillips Square.
Penetanguishene, ON: 11am @ Royal Canadian Branch 68. More info.
Quebec City: 3pm @ Place d’Youville. Facebook link.
Vancouver: 3pm @ Vancouver Art Gallery. More info.
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