Canadian politics

Would you like to see me just rant for three straight minutes about some of the things I hate about the Canadian political system?

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Milk in a bag

I am very proud of this video, which tackles one of my least favorite Canadian stereotypes.

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On editorial cartooning

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. I remember in the aftermath it became briefly fashionable to care about editorial cartooning. On the day of the massacre itself, I did about seven or eight interviews on as many different TV and radio stations across the country. A lot of columnists and pundits got really self-righteous about the importance of editorial cartooning, and how editorial cartoonists were heroic champions of free speech and critical dissent in a world that badly needed it.

A few months later, I lost my regular editorial cartooning job at Medium’s “The Nib,” and a few months after that The Nib’s editor, my pal Matt Bors, quit and the whole Nib thing shut down. The Nib had promise to be a 21st century frontier of editorial cartooning, but the people in charge ultimately concluded it just wasn’t worth it.

Over the last year I too have come to the conclusion that no one really likes editorial cartoons much on this continent, and that there exists no real demand for them emanating from readers or publishers. When I started drawing editorial cartoons about Canadian politics back in the early 2000s, I got a lot of attention and praise for being a young pioneer, but it never amounted to anything. My most lasting legacy was getting published in several editions of “Portfoolio,” the self-proclaimed yearly collection of “the best Canadian editorial cartoons.” It always sold poorly and is no longer published.

People might claim to like the idea of editorial cartoons in the abstract, but they’re not something anyone wants to spend any money or time supporting. That’s sad, but it’s also an inescapable reality of the modern world. Editorial cartoonists are being laid off left and right as unprofitable newspapers seek to “trim the fat.” I sympathize with the affected cartoonists, but I find it hard to blame editors for making logical decisions.

You’ll notice I don’t really draw editorial cartoons anymore and that’s just a deliberate decision to try to focus my creative energies on producing what people — and the marketplace — actually want, instead of what I think they should.

Years ago I was at a comic show in Massachusetts and this one cartoonist, an older guy, told me it was a bit like vaudeville. You could be the best vaudeville performer in the world, and people might be always telling you that you’re better than any other vaudeville performer they’ve ever seen, but you’re still ultimately tied to a dead and unpopular art form. So I’ve decided not to be.

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So long 2015

Here’s a new video about my favorite things from the past year:

And here’s an article about Prime Minister Trudeau and the politics of nice.

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California

I was away in California all last week. Here’s a video explaining what I got up to:

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Names and the monarchy

Here is a new video I made about stuff that is named after people who know one remembers.

And here is my this-week’s article for Loonie Politics, about my old favorite topic, the monarchy and Canada. Specifically, we look at how the media covered Prime Minister Trudeau’s fawning praise of the Queen during his recent trip to the UK.

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Symbols and Syrians

A video about weird symbols and where they came from:

And an article that looks at Prime Minister Trudeau’s Syrian refugee policy trainwreck.

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Rules of the Internet and aftermath of Paris

A new video about the laws that govern behavior on the internet:

And two columns about the aftermath of Paris:

Why is the Left trying to divert attention away from ISIS?

It takes more than hurt feelings to want to join ISIS

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Weekly content – Movember and refugees and more

I’m not big into “Movember.” Here’s why.

And here’s a column I wrote about Prime Minister Trudeau’s ambitious Syrian refugee plan, which I call a “reckless fantasy.”

I have also written a new entry for my “First and Last” series, this one is about Will & Grace.

I also made an appearance on a CTV political chat panel this week (as I do every week), but this one seems to have really been well received by a lot of people for some reason. You can see it here.

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This week’s updates

A new video about the swearing-in ceremony of our 28th prime minister.

And I wrote a controversial article about said ceremony as well, “So help me God” is helpful, for Loonie Politics.

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First and Last: condensed summaries of TV shows

Here’s something new. Every morning I am watching the first and last episodes of a television series I have never seen before. I am then summarizing the entire show based on what I have seen.

Here are the episodes I have done so far. Check back for updates!

Full House

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Gilmore Girls

Breaking Bad

Dawson’s Creek

Will and Grace

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