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Canada

Bear Time

Canadian Mountie Delighted To Find Tumblr’s Cartoons of Her Stopping Crime With Bear Cub Partner

Two and a half years ago, Constable Suzanne Bourque was interviewing witnesses about the activity of a too-friendly-for-his-own-good bear cub who’d been pestering visitors at the Terra Nova National park in Newfoundland and Labrador when the bear cub himself showed up. The ensuing pictures were un-bear-ably adorable, but, in the way of things on the internet, ran under the radar for a while until they finally got their chance at becoming internet gold.

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Supergirly

Jeff Lemire to Create Superheroine Inspired by Real Teen Activist

When DC announced that the fallout from its Trinity War and Forever Evil story events would result in the Justice League of America moving to Canada (aside from some obvious jokes), Canadian comics creator jeff Lemire said that he’d be creating a brand new superhero for the team, one that “reflects a real part of our cultural identity, who could be a real Canadian teenager.”

CBC has the news that not only has Lemire decided to look to real Canadian teens for inspiration, he’s chosen one teen in particular: Shannen Koostachin, a teen activist of the Cree Nation who fought for the rights of First Nation children to be provided with safe and comfortable schools.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Wolverine’s Back In New Days of Future Past Set Photo

Tweeted by director Bryan Singer. What did you think I meant? (MTV)

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Braaaaiiiinnnnns

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Maintains He is Dead-icated to Preventing Zombie Invasion

Turn your volume up very high (not to let your neighbors know how hardcore you are but because this video is very quiet) and listen to Member of Canadian Parliment Pat Martin and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird assure the Canadian people that they will never have anything to fear from zombies. American zombies, anyway, who will be turned away politely at the border.

They don’t say anything about a locally created infestation, however…

(via I Heart Chaos.)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The First Picture From the Third Hobbit Movie (Seriously)

Featuring Legolas and Bard. I hope I don’t have to explain which one is which. The side effects of filming things simultaneously, ladies and gentlemen. (Blastr)

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No. No no no no no no no. no.

Dear CBC: Women Don’t Need a Dumbed Down Sports Show. Love, The Women

So, Canada’s CBC decided that with all the menfolk watching the sports on all the teevees, the women needed their own period-pillow-chocolate-gossip party to make up for it. So they started up a partnership with While the Men Watch, a sports commentary web series hosted by women who don’t know anything about sports, because women don’t know anything about sports! Isn’t that adorable? Yeah, as a girl who was indescribably excited to find out that George R. R. Martin was a NY Giants fan last week, I am not effing amused. And neither are the rest of us women who actually like sports and know how they work.

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A Series of Fallopian Tubes

Someone Is Putting Felt Vulvas on Statues, and We’re Not Going to Stop Them

Above is a statue of Edward Cornwallis, the British military officer who founded Halifax, Nova Scotia, where this handsome statue has stood since 1931. Cornwallis is best known for trying to make peace with native tribes while attempting to occupy the territory in 1749, and then failing miserably, engaging in a race war with the Mi’kmaq tribe and putting a bounty on the scalps of their men, women, and children. (To be fair, the tribes were also doing their own scalping.) He later became the governor of Gibralter, probably not by winning the Algonquin vote. Anyway, what you’ll see after the jump is a bigger picture of this glorious statue of Edward Cornwallis with a felt vulva.

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Essay

Is Manga Obscene? Canada and Amazon Seem to Think So


Things aren’t going so well for graphic novel and manga publishing. In March of 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund issued an advisory about transporting comics and graphic novels across international borders. Two months later a comics fan named Tom Neeley was detained at the Canadian border, and his copy of the comic anthology Black Eye confiscated by customs. CBR reported then that Canadian censorship seemed particularly aimed at Japanese comics and gay-themed material.

Last week Comics Alliance reported that criminal charges of child pornography possession had been dropped against U.S. citizen Ryan Matheson, who, in 2010, “entered Ottawa on vacation with a laptop that contained comics images that Matheson described as ‘anime illustrations from art books’ and ‘drawings of fictional anime and manga characters.’”

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Oh Really?

Toronto Politician Tells Margaret Atwood to Run for Office or Shut Up

Toronto Councillor Doug Ford wants to shut down libraries because he thinks there are too many of them and no one goes to them. Margaret Atwood — an internationally renowned, best-selling Canadian author and winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, as well as an appointee of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario (Ford’s province), and a member of the Royal Society of Canada — finds fault with Ford’s statement and started a petition in support of keeping libraries open. Doug Ford claims that he’s never heard of Atwood, wouldn’t know her if she walked by him on the street, and if she wants to make any sort of impact on the state of the libraries, she should “go run in the next election and get democratically elected.” So, not only does Doug Ford make a point of going out of his way to be a jerk to Margaret Atwood, but he plays the “I’ve never even heard of this world famous author, so I choose to ignore the impact she’s having on my policies” card? Lame, Doug Ford.

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Today in Depressing

Comic Book Defense League Forms Coalitions to Defend An American Comic Reader’s Struggle in Canada

Let’s tell the story of a young man, an American computer programmer with an enthusiasm for comic books, who decides to take a trip to Canada. Upon encountering Canadian Customs, an officer conducted a search of his belongings and discovered manga on his laptop. Believing it to be child pornography, the officer obtained a warrant for the seizure of the laptop, and the young man in question is now facing charges of possession of child pornography and its importation into Canada. He could face a minimum of one year in prison.

The Comic Book League Defence Fund–described on its website as a “nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community”– is taking on the case, forming a coalition to support the legal defense of the young man and the larger issues that have sprung up around the case.

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