Monday, October 15, 2007

Schedule Changes and a Weddings

Schedule ChangesFirst, from CBC there is no corrie on Tuesday, but double episodes on Friday.

The THRONE SPEECH will be airing Tuesday, October 16 , 2007 from 6:30 pm
ET - 8:00 pm ET

Corrie is pre-empted on Tuesday. There will be double episodes airing
on Friday October 19 2007 (7:00 and 7:30 pm / 7:30 and 8:00 pm in

An Audience With Coronation Street will air Manitoba/West *only* at 7:00
pm local time (20:00 - 21:00 ET Manitoba, 21:00 - 22:00 ET in
Sask/Alta/MTN and 22:00 - 23:00 ET in BC/PTN).

Kate Ford Weds!

Kate Ford (Tracey Barlow) married her film director Jon Connerty (29) on Saturday

Corrie stars Samia Smith (Maria), Julia Haworth (Haley) and Shbna Gulati (Sunita) were in attendance.

Thanks to Corrie Canuck Pauline for that heads up.


Anonymous said...

Is the Throne Speech as majestic as it sounds?

Or is it political posturing like the State of the Union Address?


Jacqueline said...

It's when the Queen announces how many bottles of maple syrup and how many blankets Canada owes her this year, who's up for beheading, and how many new worlds have been claimed for the crown.

Anonymous said...


Traditionally, the Speech from the Throne sets out the agenda the governing Conservative Party wishes to implement over the next year.

This one is kind of important and like all speeches from the thron, is subject to approval by the House of Commons. We're in a minority government situation so if the opposition parties, whose members outnumber those of the Conservatives, in the House vote down the speech, it counts as a non-confidence vote against the government. That means the government cannot stand and we go to another election.

The last time this happened was November 28, 2005 when we went from a Liberal minority government to a Conservative minority government.

If you glean from this that Canadians are sick to death of politicians and elections, you would not be incorrect.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Jacqueline's response was the correct one.

Jacqueline said...

Except I forgot the bit about the current exchange rate for british pound sterling/beaver pelt.

Anonymous said...

But, more importantly, since maple syrup is also made in the US, does that create a softwood lumber type international incident?

Yeah, I have gathered from other Canadians I know (do you feel cheated on?) that there is a certain amount of irritation at the antics in Ottawa.

I don't understand why you are annoyed - I am LOVING the nearly constant prattle about our election, which is 13 MONTHS AWAY.


There oughtta be a law that they cannot freaking discuss the presidential election until Labor Day 2008 for the November 2008 election.

It's kind of like the CBC Olympics commercials...


Anonymous said...

MF - I think the fact that no party is holding any kind of clear lead in the polls says voters are just tired of the process. On one hand, we have a prime minister who's secretive and dismissive of ordinary citizens. But on the other hand, the normal alernative to him is a guy whose own party has given up on him.

I feel for you in your system because your election dates are set in stone so it can maddening to hear about the race when Hilary hasn't even won her first primary yet (oh, it'll be Hilary...). With us, there is some reason to talk politics because an election could happen at any time. Yikes.

Rob Swizzle said...

John and Jacqueline, you've me fall in love with this arcane country all over again.

I love minority governments! They are like making the politicians play musical chairs. Except politicians cry more than four-year olds when they lose their seats.

Debbie said...

My favourite political happening in Canada is when a major party leader doesn't win their own riding (like Conservative John Tory in Ontario the Provincial election last week - MORON) or when they have to move ridings because they are way to unpopular in their hometown (ie Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He's from Toronto but no one wants to admit it. He's our dirty little secret).

The Speech from the throne will be supported. No party is poised for an election and the Conservatives will probably end up leading a minority government again.

p.s. whenever I hear "sheech from the throne" I imagine the PM sitting on the toilet with his pants down and those sock suspenders.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, St├ęphane "Celine" Dion appears to be moving toward supporting the speech, even if the Bloc and NDP won't. He knows he can't win an election and needs to buy time to gather more support from voters as well as his own party.

I swear the Liberals are the only party in history who openly campaign to have their leader replaced five minutes after he's elected at the convention.

Debbie said...

Not true. Remember when Peter McKay campaigned for the PC leadership saying we would not unite with the Alliance. Then about 3 hours after he won he moved to unite the parties. Then there was the questionable vote to unite the parties. Some people got one vote, some got three. Then came the contest to see who would lead the new united party. They basically picked moron after moron and settled on a robot. But until they found said robot, it was like watching a bunch of fat kids fighting over a pie in a sandbox.

Anonymous said...

But is that a function of normal Conservative Party leadership politics or is it just Peter MacKay being a lying scumball?

After all, Brian Mulroney would never have gone after Joe Clark in a such a blatant manner-

Oh, right.

Rob Swizzle said...

>watching a bunch of fat kids fighting over a pie in a sandbox.

Great image, Debbie!
I think that should have been an option in the Ontario election reform referendum.

Anonymous said...


Yeah - we've been hearing about the election for MONTHS already. I am honestly sick of it, and it's not even the election year yet.

Of course, I'm in a bad mood anyway, because I figured out their game, so it's all such a lot of smoke and mirrors anyway.

I think it'll be Hillary, with Obama as VP. Republicans are a little trickier - probably Guiliani, but VP is anyone's guess at this point (I tend to think Romney, but I'm not sure why I think that.)

Plus Ralph Nader will run again, and some Libertarian noone's ever heard of. But they won't win, because... "It's a 2 party system!"

I do follow Canadian politics somewhat, because (a) I have friends there, (b) I watch a lot of CBC and (c) it's different from American politics, plus it doesn't affect me personally (usually) so I can watch it without getting PO'd.



Anonymous said...

Of course, I'm in an especially bad mood today, because I read an article that said that the various candidates are expected to spend $3 Billion on campaign commercials.

Because, you know, if your commercial is on enough, people will know 2 things:

They need that scrip for Viagra
YOU should be the next president

I mean, there's nothing else we could be spending that $3 Billion on, is there?

As I type this, I am saying "$3 Billion" in a Dr. Evil voice, which makes it slightly less egregious.

But only slightly.


Anonymous said...

If you go to Corrie Blog, you can see Kate Ford in her wedding dress...very pretty!
Sorry to digress from the political chattering...I am tired of ours over here already!


Jacqueline said...

Just a word of warning when looking at Tracey's wedding dress, you may hit some spoilers about the outcome of her arrest.

Anonymous said...

I've been watching Corrie for a few months now and I can't believe how often the show is rescheduled because of some news or sporting event. I really do hope that an election is not called anytime soon. We just had one here in Ontario and if I have to watch any more political commercials I will scream. On a side note, I really like the American system where elections are held every 4 years and a leader can only serve 2 terms. It so much less complicated.

Anonymous said...

I think CBC knows that even if they schedule Corrie to start at 3:17 a.m. every second Tuesday, we will find it and watch.

Hence, they move it all over the schedule with glee. Olympic tiddlywinks? Chuck Corrie.


Rob Swizzle said...

>On a side note, I really like the American system >where elections are held every 4 years and a leader >can only serve 2 terms. It so much less complicated.

I think the air of uncertainty makes for a better democracy. With guaranteed term times, the parties stop legislating and start campaigning about two years before the election.
Besides. U.S. elections are every two years, since there's midterms between every presidential election.

karen said...

I loved Kate Ford's wedding dress.

Whitehorse Fan said...

That's interesting. But what about the fact that the government can call an election when it is politically expedient, and not necessarily when it is for the good for the citizens (one example is David Peterson).

And given that really, we don't have as much money to throw around on campaigning, a 2 year campaign would be unlikely here.

I'm not taking any position, just interested.

Rob Swizzle said...

Whitehorse Fan:
I'm not familiar with the David Peterson situation, though I see your point.

Part of me just likes the idea that there could be a solution to a political morass at any time, if things became ugly enough. Everyone could cross the floor and force an election.

Plus I like a little unpredictabilty in life, truth be told.

Whitehorse Fan said...

David Peterson, the Premier of Ontario, called an election 3 years into his term based only on the incredible popularity he was enjoying. He was defeated by the NDP.

It is true that the unpredictability is kind of exciting. Despite myself, I am a bit of a political junkie, so I found myself repulsed/fascinated by the possibility of yet another election.

Rob Swizzle said...

When I lived in B.C., I was a political junkie, but that's a wild province for politics. Ontario seems gentile by comparison!

I love how all the Web's best media and politics discussions seem to be place as Corrie Canuck tangents.

Anonymous said...

I'm intrigued by Jacqueline's comment that viewing Kate Ford's wedding dress will act as a spoiler on her current story line!!! Does the dress have horizontal stripes?