Monday, September 12, 2011

History of ...

David Cronenberg

 ... the Toronto International Film Festival:
You’ll probably run into Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and TV personality of four decades, at least once in the next 10 days, as he swoops in from his native Chicago to attend the Toronto International Film Festival. 
You know, I probably won't -- and I live in Toronto and frequently work within blocks of the Lightbox, the marvellous theatre that is home territory of the Festival.  But even someone as smart and independent about film as Johanna Schneller is, gets drawn into the festival's gravity well.

... The Macdonald-Laurier Institute:

Janet charges that the new institute with the bold historical allusion in its name may be "selling Canada out."

... Treaty Seven:

At the Canadian Encyclopedia website, editor James Marsh has a thoughtful analysis of the negotiation of Treaty Seven between Canada and the Blackfoot Nation, whose deliberations began on September 12, 1877

... September 11, 2001:

What struck me most in the coverage this year was the number of responses that, with the perspective of ten years, found themselves reflecting on two disasters:  the great disaster that happened that day, and the decade-long disaster stemming from the fact that George Bush and his clique were in power at the time.The second now shadows and influences many efforts to contemplate the first.
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