Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jul 2012 07:16 UTC
Legal "While the court referral has attracted the lion share of attention, my weekly technology law column reports that there is an alternate secret strategy in which Canada plays a key role. According to recently leaked documents, the EU plans to use the Canada - EU Trade Agreement, which is nearing its final stages of negotiation, as a backdoor mechanism to implement the ACTA provisions. The CETA IP chapter has already attracted attention due to EU pharmaceutical patent demands that could add billions to provincial health care costs, but the bigger story may be that the same chapter features a near word-for-word replica of ACTA." Democracy? Bah humbug!
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RE[5]: You need help!
by StephenBeDoper on Sun 15th Jul 2012 22:19 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: You need help!"
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Sooo...on which Canadian TV shows (or films) would you judge it? :> (judging not just the intelligence, but the whole "body of work")


I don't know that any TV series (or popular entertainment in general) would be a good basis for that judgement... but if I were to pick something that was truly a Canadian production (as opposed to a US production that was just filmed here for cost reasons), and was fairly popular in Canada, it would probably have to be something like Corner Gas, or Little Mosque on the Prairie, or Trailer Park Boys. Not that I'm really a fan of any of those series (though TPB had its moments).

The "most Canadian" cinematographic motifs instilled in my mind seem to be La Femme Nikita, eXistenZ, Screamers, Canadian redshirt in Chicago, the old hippie from That '70s Show, Cube, and the Canadians in various Stargate shows ...though those might be not entirely representative, I guess? ;)


Most of those, AFAIK, are technically US productions that happen to be shot in Canada for cost reasons - or co-productions, where a Canadian production company handles the on-location work for an American film studio/filmmaker. That seems to be the case for most film production in Canada, at least in English the only prominent Canadian filmmaker I can think of would be Atom Egoyan.

(and yet, still, I sometimes wonder if Canada could be a nice place to live out your days


I'd say it depends on the part of Canada, it's a big country (in terms of area, IIRC Canada is about the same size as all of Europe). I'm personally a fan of low population density, so I'd recommend just about any place east of Quebec City.

hm, now I wonder if that agreement will make population movements easier)


It's a possibility... my understanding is that it's generally easier to immigrate to Canada than to the US, and I know several people who lived & worked here for decades without having to apply for Canadian citizenship.

PS. Recently I was reminded about one (~"teen adventure"?) TV series, probably Canadian considering the ~fjord (or fjord-like lake), ~northern, forested environment, the overall progressiveness of the depicted ~family, and that, IIRC, they had a de Havilland Canada Beaver or Otter with floats at their disposal (also a mini-sub that was sabotaged and almost couldn't surface, in one ep). Does that sound familiar / any idea what it was?


Hmmm... from the 80s? That sounds a bit like Danger Bay ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_bay ). IIRC, the guy who starred in that (played the father) also played the cranky, chain-smoking doctor in Battlestar Galatica.

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RE[6]: You need help!
by zima on Tue 17th Jul 2012 23:59 in reply to "RE[5]: You need help!"
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Thank you very much, that is the series I had in mind! ;) (it also has a PL Wiki art there, among the very few, so maybe I'm not the only one feeling nostalgic - mostly for early 90s in my case, IIRC ...but you know, to me then, the world depicted in the series still seemed a bit like from the future, I think ;/ )

Weird thing that, while remembering the father from Danger Bay, I didn't connect him with BSG doc. Perhaps just how the time isn't kind on us, wasn't kind on him.


Thanks for those 3 suggestions, I might check them out ;p ...and I also stumbled on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_Canadian_television_series and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Canada#Notable_films - that might keep me busy.

And overall, I do think that places are partly reflected in the media they produce. Of course that's certainly not the case with all the titles I mentioned - with 70s it was just about the hippy (which I know was played by a Canadian ...though, Wisconsin isn't that far geographically, perhaps it blends over both ways? ;p), similar with Stargates (even if they sometimes alluded to the connection), or the redshirt in Chicago (just that, nothing more - BTW, IIRC, it had a hilarious twist with how it was usually produced in Toronto except for the episodes with action in... Toronto - those were filmed in... Chicago ;) )

But... the Nikita series from a decade+ ago seemed quite distinct from the usual US-made (or ~ordered) series - and it definitely differs from the present Nikita series, which seems "very US" indeed (even if it's also being shot in Canada, I think...). eXistenZ and Cube, also seem outside the usual US influence (not sure about Screamers - but, Roy Dupuis made it "very Canadian" either way ;p )

I'd say it depends on the part of Canada, it's a big country (in terms of area, IIRC Canada is about the same size as all of Europe). I'm personally a fan of low population density, so I'd recommend just about any place east of Quebec City.

Or North of the populated ~belt near US border? (seems we're getting back to northern truckers after all)

my understanding is that it's generally easier to immigrate to Canada than to the US

And you know, many would prefer Canada...

Edited 2012-07-18 00:19 UTC

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