I hope you are well.
I have been thinking of Mary Pickford lately. I came up with a story idea, that someone steals an autographed Mary Pickford photograph from an Ottawa bar and our hero, the bartender, decides to go and retrieve it from the American black market.
Sort of an “Ode” to bringing back our Canadian actors. It would be nice if we could get our act together, sorry for the pun, and have a decent film industry. Apparently, our big problem is that we share the same language as our American friends, English. (Although, they have deviated to spelling words like “colour” without a “u”, which grieves me beyond words! Partially because it’s wrong, but also because there is a nice red squiggly line underneath the word, telling me I have misspelled it. I may need to figure out how to change my settings to British or Canadian English…)
Of course, one could easily argue that the state of things in Hollywood is such that they could heed the same advice. Indeed!
But, what is too be done.
Well, first of all, I think we need to get rid of the Conservative Party. Just do away with them for good, I say. (Just kidding!) I believe it was Harper’s government that removed funding from the Canadian Screen Training Centre, ensuring its demise – Here’s the official word:
“Canadian Screen Training Centre ‘Fades to Black’ and Closes After 30 years
Federal Funding Cut and Lack of Provincial Support Cited”
I know, there are more important things to spend money on – like jets to take you to where ever you want to go across Canada on a dime, and homes, and lovely cocktail parties.
So, many options of money mismanagement, one doesn’t know where to start…
I am not entirely sure I like the Liberals either though, and have no idea where the NDP would stand on the issue.
The Arts are an important part of any culture. Wasn’t this why the Nazis went crazy destroying art work? Why would they do that if art was just something trite and trivial?
I have no idea where the money would come from, but I think it’s time we started to re-evaluate.
Perhaps the closure of the Senate?
It costs us a whopping 13.86 million dollars a year, in basic salaries according to the Barrie Examiner, in an article entitled, Our Canadian Senate is a costly endeavour.
And, the monarchy costs us approximately 50 million a year.
For a grand total of 63.86 million dollars a year for Canada. And, 63.86 million dollars a year for our government to spend needlessly.
And, now for the negative:
The argument against abolishing the Senate is that it would cost us way too much to buy them all out. And, the Monarchists argue that a Republic would not necessarily save us money in the end.
Maybe we should just stay the course… It’s just I would so like to bring Mary Pickford home…