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Satire: Text messages from a jealous fridge

A thermostat that knows your schedule. A text message to your dishwasher. It may sound like science fiction but companies are already designing this kind...

Comment: Bell gets personal with your information

NSA, CSEC, Facebook...Surveillance is top of mind lately and now Bell wants to get in on the action. Starting next month, the company will track...

Should I read it? Eleanor Catton's "The Luminaries" + giveaway

On Tuesday, Eleanor Catton was announced as the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize for her novel "The Luminaries". At 28, Catton is the...

Should you read Dan Brown's "Inferno"?

Dan Brown is back with a new thriller that's the odds-on favourite for beach book of the summer. "Inferno" features the return of Robert Langdon...

COMMENT: Rename Victoria Day for a Canadian Icon

Victoria Day is a time many take to open summer cottages, rebuild the garden, enjoy the outdoors, and perhaps drink a few too many to...

An open letter to Justin Trudeau from Jim Armour

If the polls are right, Justin Trudeau is a shoo-in for the job when the Liberals announce their new leader this Sunday. Day 6 contributor...

Aaron Hagey-MacKay and Simon Pond on the Conservative Budget

Finance Minster Jim Flaherty unveiled the federal government's latest budget on Thursday. Flaherty says this budget will help the government fulfill its commitment to...

COMMENT: Alex Molotkow on Celebrity Creative Directors

Budwiser has just launched a new version of its Bud Light brand, called Bud Lite Platinum. To ensure the success of the product, they've hired...

COMMENT: Kathleen Phillips on the Windsor hum

You might have heard about the mysterious hum that has been driving people in Windsor, Ontario a little batty (there's a video about it below)....

Comment: Chris Hedges on The Fiscal Cliff

As 2012 turned to 2013 this week, Republicans and Democrats stopped just short of pulling a Thelma and Louise off the Fiscal Cliff. The compromises...

Aaron Hagey-MacKay Goes Off The Fiscal Cliff

With the election behind him, Barack Obama now faces the challenge of the fiscal cliff, a series of spending cuts and tax increases that...

The Romney-Biden Ticket: A Buddy Movie Trailer

Check out this scenario: if neither Romney nor Obama earns a majority of the electoral votes, state delegations of the GOP-run Congress could end up...

Comment: DeVito DiVorce DePression

Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman are splitting up.  For Day 6 contributor Alex Molotkow, it's pretty much the worst news ever.  Well, from Hollywood anyway. ...

Should You Read J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy?

J.K. Rowling, author of the uber-successful Harry Potter series, has fans flocking to buy her new book The Casual Vacancy this week. It's her first book...

Comment: Aidan Flax-Clark on Sharing Embassies

The federal government announced this week that Canada would be sharing space with the United Kingdom in embassies in Haiti and Burma and possibly elsewhere...

Comment: NHL Lockout and Hockey Withdrawal

NHL lockouts do not spell happy times for hockey fans across the country. Here are Day 6 contributors Simon Pond and Aaron Hagey-Mackay with their...

Comment: Andy Zaltzman on Obama and Romney

It's only September, but you're forgiven if you're already getting tired of the North American media's wall-to-wall coverage of the US Presidential campaign. For an...

Critch and Majumder on the Iranian Embassy Closure

Iran shut down its embassy in Ottawa and left the country on Wednesday, after Foreign Affairs minister John Baird gave the diplomats the heave-ho last...

Comment - Kathleen Phillips Celebrates Her 9/11 Birthday

Too soon? Day 6 contributor Kathleen Phillips makes an impassioned plea to be allowed to have fun on her birthday this September 11th....

Zadie Smith's NW: Should I Read It? + Book Giveaway

She's been compared to Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens. The incomplete manuscript of her first novel earned her a paycheck of a quarter of a...

Comment: Atlas Shrugged 2

Much has been made of American VP candidate Paul Ryan and his on-again, off-again infatuation with the novels of objectivist author Ayn Rand. And Ryan...

Movies And Kids Crying: Comment

The Odd Life of Timothy Green hit theatres last week. And from the trailer, it looks like a feel-good film of a quirky, oddball kid... but a viral video...

Back to the Olympics' Future: Comment

The Games have, of course, changed a lot over the decades and centuries.So, here are Day 6 contributors Simon Pond and Aaron Hagey-Mackay with a...

Ten pointlessly fabricated quotations

Writer Jonah Lehrer resigned from the New Yorker this week, after admitting had he not only re-used his own writing (or self-plagiarized), but he made...

Bye-bye, Zellers

If you haven't paid a final visit to your local Zellers there's still time... but not much. The remaining 64 Zellers stores in Canada will...

Hemingway and Company, Multiple Endings for Famous Books: Comment

A new edition of Hemingway's Farewell to Arms will be published that includes 47 different alternative endings the author wrote for his novel. In a...

Coming Out, Frank Ocean and Anderson Cooper: Comment

Although it didn't catch a lot of people by surprise, CNN correspondent and anchor Anderson Cooper's public acknowledgement that he's gay is important for people...

John A. Macdonald: Sasquatch Hunter

In honour of Canada Day, Day 6 contributors Scott Montgomery and Carman Melville tell a little-known tale about one of our founding fathers, John A....

Comment: Heather Cleland's Copyfree Wedding

Marriage, parades, conventions and karaoke just got more expensive. The Copyright Board of Canada approved new tariffs on playing music at these events.An honour system...

Comment: Carman Melvile Reality Checks War of 1812

Commemorations are already underway to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812.That war is a defining moment in Canadian history, and a time when...

Comment: Kathleen Phillips on China's Dog of Determination

A group of cyclists on a 1700 km journey from South Western China to Tibet met a little dog along the way.  After one of...

Comment: Aidan Flax-Clark on Mugabe and Tourism

As far as reputations go, Robert Mugabe's could use a little work. The leader of Zimbabwe is accused of human rights abuses and is blamed...

Comment: Alex Molotkow on Flaherty and Jobs

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced this week that "there is no bad job" which came on the heels of the government's plans to reform employment...

Comment: Save our SINs

This week the federal government announced it was going to phase out the SIN card, a fixture of wallets across the country. They say...

Scott Faulconbridge On House Hunting

Buying a house can be stressful enough, but according to the latest numbers home prices across Canada are still about 6 per cent higher than they...

Comment: Octomom Reconsidered

Nadya Suleman, AKA Octomom, has filed for bankruptcy.  The mother of 14 children, eight of which she carried at once thanks to fertility treatments, has struggled...

Comment: IKEA Town

The ubiquitous Swedish furniture maker IKEA plans to turn an unused industrial area in East London into a community that the company will own and...

Comment: S**T Girls Say Book Deal

The S**t Girls Say meme just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard, creators of the viral videos, can now add book...

COMMENT: Pippa Middleton & Gungate

They're calling it "Gungate" -- although "Toy Gungate" might be more accurate. But that just doesn't have the same ring...Pippa Middleton's now infamous Parisian ride...

COMMENT: Volkswagen and the Touareg

It's been about a month now since the government of Mali was overturned in a military coup. Which is a problem for the former government...

Pete Zedlacher on The Maple Leafs Apology

Hockey teams can be as distinct as the cities they represent. And this week, Toronto Maple Leafs owner Larry Tanenbaum made a distinct move by...

Andy Zaltzman On Rick Santorum

This past Tuesday, U.S Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum dropped out of the leadership race, making Mitt Romney a shoe-in to win his party's nomination....

Aaron Hagey-MacKay and Simon Pond on Tornado Warnings

Multiple tornadoes hit North Texas last week, leaving huge damage but thankfully not a single fatality. The same week, the US National Weather Service began experimenting...

REPOST: Mad Men's Jessica Paré On Day 6

Everybody's talking about the Mad Men premiere last night - and whether you love or hate the character of Don Draper's new bride, Megan,...

Aidan Flax-Clark on The Return of Mad Men

Day 6 contributor Aidan Flax-Clark can't wait for the return of Mad Men this Sunday. He also wonders if maybe the Mad Men world is less a historical...

Kathleen Phillips: The Tourist Guide To Rioting

(A lone rioter stands is silhouetted by a fire as he prepares to throw a glass bottle at police during a riot on London,...

COMMENT: Cheney Cancels Canada

We're not sure how Dick Cheney broke the news to his promoter, Spectre Live, that he was cancelling his Toronto gig.But one of our...

COMMENT: Homeless Hotspots

Controversy erupted this week at the annual indie festival SXSW (South by South West).Marketing firm BBH Labs paid homeless people to walk around Austin,...

Robobullies

While the investigation into who's behind the controversial robocalls continues, Day 6 contributor Michael Balazo has his own thoughts on who's behind them, and shares...

Kathleen Phillips on Dogs Against Romney

While well-bred dogs were strutting their stuff at The Westminster Dog Show, an outraged group of puppy-lovers demonstrated outside against Mitt Romney.  Day 6...

Super Bowl XLVI: Angst vs Arrogance

Day 6 contributor Rodrigo Bascunan breaks down the long awaited Patriots vs. Giants Super Bowl re-match to its simplest form: What each team represents...

Julian Assange: Talk Show Host

It was announced this week that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will be hosting his own TV talkshow. But don't expect to see it on...

Scott Faulconbridge on The Wiki Blackout

On Wednesday, Wikipedia and other websites went black to protest the proposed copyright reform legislation, SOPA. Wikipedia's day-long black-out inconvenienced a lot of people this...

Pete Zedlacher on The Harper Vs. Putin Match & What Might Have Been

The Toronto Star reported earlier this week that  Stephen Harper was set to play hockey against Vladimir Putin. Full teams - Canada vs Russia -...

Kathleen Phillips Vs. Technology

The Consumer Electronics Show - the 800 pound gorilla of technology conventions has wrapped for another year. And as usual the CES featured a glimpse...

Mike Balazo on The Taliban Office

Reports this week suggest that the Taliban may be opening an office in Qatar. It's an unprecedented development and the idea is that it could...

EXCLUSIVE: Jack Layton's Letter in Song

Day 6 listeners voted Jack Layton as the 2011 Heartbreak Story of The Year in our end of year Big 6 special.  We focused on...

Was Ryan Gosling Winning in 2011?

Vote now in this week's Big 6 categories - Over Hyped and Winning. In the Winning category, we want to know who had the most...

Pete Zedlacher on Performing in Afghanistan

Pete Zedlacher was the first and last comic to perform for Canada's combat troops in Kandahar. He made his first trip in 2002, and returned...

Kathleen Philips on Las Vegas

Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis will be ending its Vegas run early due to lapsed ticket sales. Day 6 contributor Kathleen Philips can't help but wonder...

COMMENT: The Sad November Santa

Day 6 Contributor Sara Hennessey is not at all ready for the Christmas decorations.  She'll forgive the malls, mostly, for all the garish decorations going...

PR Advice for Ogopogo & The Yeti

Video has surfaced allegedly capturing the legendary creature known as Ogopogo, a creature something like the Loch Ness Monster who is said to dwell in...

Comment: Kathleen Phillips on The Forgotten Wonders of The World

An online poll has selected the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World.  Despite a big push by New Brunswick and Nova Scotia,the Bay of Fundy...

Comment: The FBI vs. Juggalos

Juggalos are to Insane Clown Posse what Deadheads were to the Grateful Dead. But in the wake of some high-profile crimes, the FBI has included the face-painted fanatics on...

EXCLUSIVE: Gadhafi's Speech - in Song

We turned Colonel Gadhafi into a songwriter.  He may be dead, but his disturbing speeches will live on.  Gadhafi fancied himself a poet and...

The Marriage Plot: Should I Read It?

The Marriage Plot is Jeffrey Eugenides' highly anticipated third novel. Nearly a decade after the release of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex, the hype surrounding his latest offering is...

The don't call it the Great Depression for nothing!

Were you watching the markets this week? Brutal. In Europe its even worse, everybodys waiting for the next domino to fall. The Canadian dollar...

Dick Cheney Heads North

Calgary will receive a very special visitor on Tuesday, when former Vice-President  Dick Cheney drops in for a speaking engagement. Day 6 contributor Alan...

Greenpeace at 40: What's Next?

Greenpeace turned 40 years old this week - a real milestone. is the international environmental activist group just getting started, or already over the hill?...

Memo To George Lucas: Stop "Improving" Star Wars

This week, "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" was released on Blu-Ray - and it seems George Lucas has yet again made some "alterations" to the...

Kathleen Phillips Vs. The Cinema

Much to the rest of the country's annoyance or indifference, Hogtown was throbbing with glamour this week for the Toronto International films festival. And as usual,...

Scared Straight with Conrad Black

Conrad Black returned to prison in Florida this week, so we asked Mark Critch of This Hour Has 22 Minutes to channel his spirit for...

Comment: Phony Lesbian Bloggers

Twice this week "lesbian" bloggers were revealed to be straight white men. The story of A Gay Girl In Damascus and LezGetReal is a bizarre...

Flavour Flav For Finance Minister

Here's something that probably won't surprise you. Flavour Flav the rapper, formerly of the group Public Enemy, has spent a lot of money, on drugs. ...

Kathleen Phillips on Teenagers & The Recession

Charles Schwab released their 2011 Teens & Money Survey this week.  Ninety percent of the teens surveyed say they were affected by the recession.  Kids...

The Osama Diaries - Moving Day And More...

Among the intelligence gathered by U.S. forces at Osama bin Laden's compound was a handwritten journal kept by the Al Qaeda leader. Here's Michael Balazo...

The Donald, The Birthers and The Birth Certificate

This week the "birthers" managed to harangue The President into releasing his birth certificate. And lately the loudest voice in that chorus has been Donald...

Malcolm X and Gandhi: Homosexual Dalliances?

Depending on your point of view two new biographies are either providing new insight or slinging a little mud at the substantial characters of Malcolm...

Comment: Philips on The Hunt For Mona Lisa

An Italian researcher and broadcaster has decided to try and solve the mystery of the Mona Lisa.  Later this month, Silvano Vinceti will dig up...

COMMENT: Rupinder Gill on Men, Women and Getting Old

According to the results of a survey published this week, women feel past their prime at the age of 29, while most men don't consider...

Mad Men's Jessica Paré & Her Real BFF

If you listen to this show you'll know one of our regular contributors Claire Brosseau. We have her on the show every few weeks. Claire...

Comment: Science Continues To Rub It In

A couple of pieces about America exporting its body weight issues and the proclivity for good looking people to be rich and happy have Day...

Comment: Balazo on Ghostface's Intern Search

The rapper Ghostface Killah is a real pioneer of '90s rap. And to this day he continues to be a  force in the game. This...

Comment: Kathryn Borel on Why Tears Aren't Sexy

The week of March 7th was another banner week for science stories... and their astonishing ability to simultaneously enlighten and depress. And in honour of...

Pop stars and Gadhafi: the key to a dictator's demise?

Nelly Furtado took a million bucks from the Gadhafis for a performance, and this week she said she's going to donate the money to charity....

Comment: Mike Balazo on the Wainwright Cohen Baby

Well talk about musical lineage. This week Montreal singer Rufus Wainwright announced that he is the proud father of a baby girl, Viva Katherine Wainwright...

Inside Gaga's Egg

Lady Gaga made her way down the red carpet at The Grammys in a giant egg. She later told Ryan Seacrest that she had spent...

COMMENT: Beware the Popular Bully

(photo credit: Thomas Ricker)When Day 6 contributor Kathleen Phillips found out that, off all the kids in school, it's the more popular ones most likely...

Comment: Claire Brosseau on Dating Sites Getting Hacked

Last week the online dating site Plenty of Fish got hacked. Plenty of Fish is pretty big. About 28-million people have logged onto the Vancouver...

COMMENT: The Lesbian Bechdel Test

Day 6 took last week's Best Picture nomiations for the Academy Award and put them through the Bechdel Test. Heard of it? The Bechdel Test...

Comment: Is Arnie's advice worth its weight?

Let's face it. The end of January isn't exactly the most pleasant time to visit Canada. But when you're Arnold Schwarzenegger, you can take the...

Zoe Whittall on Baby Boomers

2011 marks the year baby boomers begin to turn 65 and hit retirement age. This is the first wave of the demographic tsunami people and Day 6...

Comment: Michael Balazo on the End of MySpace

Want to have a really weird web experience?  Go look at your MySpace page.  It's mindblowing. The last comment on mine was made 5 years...

Contributor: Dead Birdpocalypse

So there are dead birds everywhere. 5000 blackbirds in Arkansas. 500 in Louisiana. 100 in Sweden. And so on! And then there's the fish. Millions...

COMMENT: Why I'm Seeing Tron

Tron: Legacy was #1 at the box office this weekend.  It pulled in $43.6 million bucks.  No surprise. The marketing was unavoidable, including an...

Canadian Culture: Not Intangible Enough For UNESCO?

UNESCO updated its list of intangible cultural traditions that need safeguarding. And while falconry, Flamenco, and the Mediterranean diet made the list - not...

Letter to a Whiny Young Democrat

Mark Morford is a freelance columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle.  His response to the US midterm election results spare few feelings for one group in...

Comment: Ezra Levant on Frenemies at the UN

So Canada lost out to Germany and Portugal for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. And ever since we pulled out of the...

Sophie Kohn: Disliking Slacktivism

The other morning, I opened my inbox to find identical messages from three different Facebook friends. Each explained to me, using a truly unnecessary number...

Rachel Giese: Lindsay Lohan Reconsidered

Lindsay Lohan's week built towards a sad and somewhat predictable finish. She'd been warned about screwing up the conditions of her bail before. So it...

Max Valiquette: A Movie About A Website

On the show this week one of our contributors indulged in a little thought experiment. Max Valiquette wondered if Hollywood can make a movie about...

FINAL: Doc in Pakistan

(Dr. Wasel Kabir spent a week in Pakistan providing medical aid to thousands of Pakistanis displaced by the floods.  This is his final blog post...

Commentary: Ezra Levant on Ethical Oil

Ezra Levant is pretty well known for staking controversial opinions. And he certainly did that on our show this week. He wrote and delivered an...

Jason Sweeney: Looks into the future, sees Oprah

Day 6 contributor Jason Sweeney known to his Twitter followers as @sween  has been thinking of Oprah's next move. Just because her sydicated talk show is...

BLOG 7: Doc in Pakistan

(Dr. Wasel Kabir is a Canadian physician who is volunteering to help Pakistanis affected by the floods. It is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan....

BLOG 6: Doc in Pakistan

(Dr. Wasel Kabir is a Canadian physician who is volunteering to help Pakistanis affected by the floods. It is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan....

Blog 5: Doc in Pakistan

(Dr. Wasel Kabir is a Canadian physician who is volunteering to help Pakistanis affected by the floods. It is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan....

BLOG 4: Doc in Pakistan

(Dr. Wasel Kabir is a Canadian physician who is volunteering to help Pakistanis affected by the floods. It is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan....

BLOG 3: Doc in Pakistan

(Dr. Wasel Kabir is a Canadian physician who is volunteering to help Pakistanis affected by the floods.  It is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. ...

BLOG 2: Doc in Pakistan

(Dr. Wasel Kabir is a Canadian physician who is volunteering to help Pakistanis affected by the floods.  It is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. ...

Blog 1: Canadian Doc in Pakistan

A Pakistani man carries a crate of mangos across a flooded area in Khan Garh, Muzzafargarh district, Punjab province, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) There are...

COMMENT: Hawking's No Pro

Earlier in August, the well-known brainiac - sorry, physicist - Stephen Hawking made a prediction:  we're killing the planet, and if we want to survive...

COMMENT: The McNugget in Us

It was early dawn and the lady at the drive-thru window just couldn't quite understand - or accept - why McDonald's couldn't serve her an...

COMMENT: A Sorry Search for a Slogan

Calgary is one of a handful of cities in Canada on the hunt for a new slogan. This is a great opportunity for marketing...