The Canadian angle lives on.
It’s been several months since I took to CBC’s The 180 to make that case that news organizations should quit making the smallest Canadian contribution to any given event to be the fulcrum upon which the news turns. And still, despite my best effort—in the form of three minutes of public-radio airtime—it has refused to die.
What am I prattling on about? What is this Canadian angle? Ah, glad you asked, mysterious other. Presuming you’ve simply just forgotten the pithy description from that radio spot, let me refresh your memory.
The Canadian angle is this unique look at the news you can find in our media where instead of the news being the y’know news, it is instead about whatever role Canada or a Canadian has played in the news. It’s the sort of thing you see in your community—Local Man Survives Indonesian Plane Crash—applied to the country as a whole—Canadian Actress Presents Oscar For Best Cinematography. (I shit you not.*)
I think it’s dumb, and distorts our view of the world. Any international story with Canada somehow at the centre of it belies more than a little self-delusion in our delicate national psyche.
But beyond that, I think it’s hilarious. The lengths we will go to twist and torque a story to make it about lil’ ol’ Canada are incredible, and perhaps a little sad. I mean, for fuck’s sake, the Canadarm isn’t that important.
So anyway, in the time since I did that short bit for The 180, many of you have taken it upon yourselves to send me examples of Canadian angle stories. For the sole purpose, I assume, of upsetting me.
It worked. Hoo boy, did it work.
But, rather than getting mad about it—well, more mad about it—I figured I should finally do something with all these Canadian angle stories. Because, holy shit, there are a lot of them.
So, I’m going to start collecting them on a semi-regular basis and maybe cracking a little wise about it, which is where you come in.
Send your favourite examples of the Canadian angle my way. Send me an email with “Canadian Angle” in the subject. Hit me up on Twitter, either with a reply or a message, my DMs are open! Or, I dunno, shove news printouts with your ominous scrawls under my door.
* Thanks to Nicki Doyle for pointing this one out.