‘Money’ marathon causes complaints
HALIFAX — A radio station in Halifax that defied a ruling against a Dire Straits hit by playing a Money for Nothing marathon says it’s heard from some listeners who’ve threatened to lodge complaints.
An unedited version of the song was played repeatedly on Q104 for an hour Friday in protest of a recent decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
The independent watchdog ruled the 25-year-old song was unfit for Canadian radio because of a gay slur in its lyrics after receiving a complaint from a listener of a station in St. John’s, N.L.
J.C. Douglas, program director at Q104, says a few listeners have sent emails since the marathon saying they have contacted the council and intend to file a complaint.
But Douglas says even more people have contacted the station in support of its decision to continue playing the tune.
He says the council, which was not immediately available for comment, has not contacted him regarding any complaints.
Bollywood star tours legislature
TORONTO — Ontario got a taste of Bollywood stardom today.
Bollywood film star Anil Kapoor visited the provincial legislature, receiving a personal tour from the premier.
Premier Dalton McGuinty appeared to be so excited to see the Slumdog Millionaire actor that he breezed past two cabinet ministers who joined the tour without saying hello.
The premier showed Kapoor the legislative chamber, then gave him an Ontario flag.
The two men hugged before going inside the premier’s office for a private chat.
Kapoor is in town to promote the International Indian Film Academy, which is holding its awards ceremony in Toronto in June.
It’s the first time the international celebration of Bollywood films will be held in North America.
Two Canadians on Gelber shortlist
TORONTO — Two Canadians have made the short list for this year’s $15,000 Lionel Gelber Prize, which celebrates books on global affairs.
Peterborough, Ont.-based author Shelagh D. Grant, an adjunct professor at Trent University, is nominated for Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America.
And London-based Canadian journalist Doug Saunders, winner of four National Newspaper Awards, is a finalist for Arrival City: The Final Migration and our Next World.
Grant and Saunders also made the short list for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for the same books.
The three other finalists are:
l Serhii M. Plokhy for Yalta: The Price of Peace.
l Ian Morris for Why the West Rules — for Now.
l Nick Cullather for The Hungry World: America’s Cold War Battle Against Poverty in Asia.
The prize is named for Lionel Gelber, a Canadian scholar, author, and diplomat.
The winner will be announced March 1.