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I'm originally from Winnipeg and I have Twitter. So, when I read the headline "Rob Lowe calls Winnipeg a Hellhole," I was a little upset. When I read that Lowe actually made the comment while he was in a bar and the local TV station -- which was actually from North Dakota -- cut to a civic election while the Thunder were whupping the Heat... well, when I read that, I just kind of laughed.
Canada is a hockey nation and always will be a hockey nation. But we are a big country with a lot more going on. While hockey is in the penalty box, perhaps it's time to embrace our winners already at the podium. As a country we punch way above our weight in the arts. This weekend the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards celebrates its 20th anniversary as the nation's highest honour for our most notable artists.
By so enthusiastically embracing this newfound ability to share everything, artists' work is being inherently devalued in the rush to simply "get it out there." Sure, you're anxious to share your passion with the world, but think about who is really benefiting from all your hard work before you click that submit button.
Just like your personal insurance, municipal insurance costs keep escalating, and it's you, the taxpayers, who pay these spiralling premiums. You're getting hit by a double whammy: home and town insurance.