I hope everyone enjoys the next ten shitty years

    Posted on: Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Danny’s resigning.

Say what you want about the guy, but he’s achieved more for this province than any other so-called leader we’ve had. Combined.

Danny was an anomaly in Newfoundland and Labrador politics. Someone who actually got things done, popularity be damned.

The best we can hope for now is some sort of Brian Peckford/Brian Tobin hybrid type creature that will use us as a stepping stone for its political career while erecting flubber factories throughout the province.

Oh saltwater fucking joy.

Missing person: Emmalee Ward

    Posted on: Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The RNC is seeking assistance in locating Emmalee Ward, who has been missing from her St. John’s residence since Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

Emmalee Ward is 15 years old, approximately 5′ 8″, 125 lbs, with black hair with purple highlights and blue eyes.

Emmalee was last seen wearing jeans and a black t-shirt.

If you have any information with regard to the whereabouts of Emmalee Ward, please contact the RNC at 729-8000.

Below is a photo of Emmalee Ward provided by the RNC.

Over 30 accidents yesterday

    Posted on: Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

This according to the RNC, who attributed the overwhelming majority of the smash up derby to the slippery conditions St. John’s woke up to yesterday morning.

Cripes, where are we, Toronto?

As a friend of mine quipped yesterday after making her 20km drive to work safely on balding tires:

“My tactic? Slow down.”

White away

    Posted on: Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Snow‘s gone! For now, anyway.

I much prefer this to the alternative.

What’s so fascinating about Pierre Trudeau, anyway?

    Posted on: Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Trudeau Stories, a one-woman show, written and performed by Brooke Johnson, is a kind of scrapbook performance animating the actor/playwright’s real-life relationship with Canada’s fifteenth Prime Minister. Through her charmingly candid stories, pulled from memories, journal entries, and letters, Johnson subtly and aptly explores themes of identity and relationships, and the manner in which the two shape one another.

Going into last night’s preview performance, an Igor fundraiser, at the LSPU Hall, I knew only the superficial details of Trudeau, being a child of the late eighties with a limited knowledge of Canadian politics. I had heard of his reputation as a charmer and flamboyant celebrity type, a playboy worthy of a Carly Simon song, so I was curious to learn more about this iconic Canadian figure.

Just what was it about him that was so fascinating, anyway?

An intimate atmosphere is conjured before the show even begins – warm lights illuminate a bare bones set (an armchair and a box on a piece of linoleum floor) and music with an air of nostalgia softly plays as I settle in for what promises to be a compelling look at Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

What takes me by surprise, though, is how intriguing and magnetic the character of Brooke Johnson proves to be. An impish figure, she pounces onstage in humble attire – worn jeans, a simple cardigan, and thick stockings with no shoes. With the weightless energy of a child, she starts, appropriately, at the beginning – her first encounter with Trudeau. Like her attire, her account is down-to-earth and honest as she describes an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during their first meeting.

Johnson maintains this magnetism and high energy as she bounces from Trudeau’s story to her own. She seamlessly shifts back and forth between naive acting student and worldly politician, somehow keeping a lightning-fast pace, while at the same time exposing all the little details that give this story its spice.

This play, which will have travelled to most of the country within in the next few months, should not be missed. Funny and poignant, light yet powerful, Trudeau Stories is definitely worth braving the cold for.

Directed by Allyson McMackon, Trudeau Stories continues at the LSPU Hall until Sunday, November 28. Showtimes are at 8 pm. More details on the poster, below.