"When the Day is Done"

“When the Day is Done” – we sue.

You know, nothing ticks me off more than when people refuse to take responsibility for their actions. And politicians are notoriously guilty of this sort of thing.

So, according to the Canadian Press, Premier Brad Wall is going to take a page from the playbook of PM Stephen Harper and sue the CP for defamation of character. The story, courtesy of NewsTalk650, reads as follows:

The latest twist in the 1991 videotape story has Brad Wall indicating his intention to sue a national news agency.

The Canadian Press says it’s been sent a letter by the premier regarding the headline of one of its stories on Thursday, the day the tape story broke. In the 16 year old tape the NDP says it found in opposition offices, current Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski made an offensive remark about homosexuals. Wall, then a party aide, is seen criticizing Roy Romanow in an eastern European accent.

According to CP, Wall says the headline that mentions him and Lukiwski together in connection with racist, sexist, and homophobic elements is defamatory, and could damage his reputation.

Canadian Press editor-in-chief Scott White says the agency accurately portrayed the NDP’s comments about Wall.

Well Mr. Wall, maybe you shouldn’t have been at that ‘party’ in the first place! It was your choice to be there. Nobody forced you to stay. You heard the comments made by Mr. Lukiwski and the sexist and racist comments made by those around you. You could have chosen to address them on the videotape, saying something simple, such as, “Okay guys, you’ve gone too far.” But you didn’t. You laughed along just like everyone else in the tape. And let’s not forget that you actually PARTICIPATED in the making of the tape. YOU WENT ON CAMERA, just like Mr. Lukiwski. So quit shedding the crocodile tears, put your tail between your legs and shut up. It’s you own fault that you’re in this mess. You obviously have no idea how to clean up after yourself; you ALWAYS check every drawer to make sure you don’t leave anything behind.

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I went to the opera yesterday – at the Galaxy!

I made that same statement last night to my friends and they all gave me a quizzical look. So let me explain.

The Metropolitan Opera in New York has started an HD-Live series where it broadcasts eight of its regular season Saturday matinees to movie theaters around the world. This past Saturday was a matinee of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme,’ starring Angela Gheorgiu as ‘Mimi’ and Ramon Vargas as ‘Rodolfo.’

IT WAS PHENOMENAL!!

The singing – stunning and affecting. I’ve heard Gheorgiu a number of times, but I’d never heard Vargas. W-O-W. Such a rich, smooth lyric tenor voice that melts your heart. He’s so expressive and a joy to watch. The supporting cast was also very strong.

Besides the actual opera, though, what was entertaining was watching the ‘behind the scenes’ action. They showed the actual set changes between acts, which was very interesting. And they also had interviews with the lead singers and the conductor, as well as with other important ‘behind the scenes’ Met people. It was fascinating.

I will definitely be returning to Galaxy to watch more Met performances. What a brilliant idea!

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