April 4, 2011
1. For Michael Ignatieff, the title of Prime Minister of Canada pads his curriculum vitae. He’s a brilliant man with a long list of professional and academic accomplishments. Feats of public service? Not so much. Even he agrees.
“I was teaching people from 80 countries to go into public service. The Kennedy School’s mission is to train people for public service,” he said recently, citing his tenure as a Harvard professor and his decision in 2005 to move to Toronto. “At a certain point, when somebody says to you, ‘Come back to your country and do public service,’ you think, ‘Let’s walk the walk.’ Darnit, this is my home. I can’t do public service in any other country, only Canada.”
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April 1, 2011
Free drink on me if you can name this guitar player from a Canadian band.
Thank you for reading — and for contributing! Here are some of your responses to articles about the best Canadian songs that reference the country’s landmarks, as well as a prediction on the 2011 Canadian federal election and some words on the issue of foreign-trained doctors seeking certification in Ontario.
Keep responding with your thoughts and suggestions for coverage.
From James Crandell on the Top 40 Canadian Songs about Canada:
A great travel Canadian travel song is ‘Canadian Road Trip’ by Kenny Butterill. It is about travelling across the country coast to coast. Butterill is a Canadian songwriter/producer living in Santa Cruz, California who spends about half the year at his Balsam Lake cottage north of Toronto. The ‘Canadian Road Trip’ tune is a JJ Cale/Dire Straits-like shuffle tune that features two Juno award winners — the late great Willie P. Bennett and Ray Bonneville. Butterill’s music is featured on CBC radio — so to listen (for free) to the Canadian Road Trip song. Do a Goggle of ‘Butterill CBC’ which takes you to the CBC radio website. Then click on the green button next to the tune to play it.”
Just listened to the tune. It’s a terrific one! Thanks for pointing it out, James. Here’s the link for everyone.
From Ray Chapeskie up in Eganville, a little town in Renfrew County that I remember from my long-ago days at the Pembroke Observer!
“Although written by an American, I think the classic Blue Canadian Rockies, recorded by countless Canadian and American singers, belongs on this list.”
According to the YouTube page, the song was written by Cindy Walker and first gained recognition when it was recorded by Jim Reeves.
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