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Canada’s new governor general: thinker, educator, rapper

Move over, Drake. There’s a new guy about to steal the gangsta spotlight in Canada, and he just happens to be our new governor general-in-waiting, David Johnston. Currently president of the University of Waterloo, Johnston declared last week that he’d be taking over from Michaëlle Jean, but we’re more excited to discover, via the National Post, this rap video where the in-coming GG makes a cameo appearance. Produced by Waterloo students, the video, which is a shout-out to the university’s debauchery and intellectual prowess, went viral around campus in 2008. We recommend that Waterloo forget high school recruitment visits, and just send around this video to attract applicants next year.

Canada, your new Governor General is a rapper [National Post]

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William Shatner was robbed: vanilla-boring PM appoints vanilla-boring GG

David Johnston: an old, white, straight man becomes Canada's Governor General (Image: Mohammad Jangda)

Well, our Governor General Guessing Game is over.

Shortly after his breakfast and, we presume, morning software update, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Canada’s next Governor General. Sixty-nine-year-old legal scholar David Johnston, most recently the president of the University of Waterloo, will be the nation’s next representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Johnston is a departure from the previous two vice-regents in that he has neither a uterus nor a staff key card to the CBC headquarters. He is instead a legal scholar with a long pedigree, having studied at Harvard and Cambridge, and taught at Queen’s.

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Dalai Lama rolls into Toronto this October

Toronto has two tidbits of news to celebrate for the Dalai Lama today: his 75th birthday and the announcement that he will be visiting in October. The fall visit will feature a series of speeches at the Rogers Centre, as well as a much-anticipated event at the grand opening of the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre on October 23. The last time the Dalai Lama was here was in 2007, after he became an honourary Canadian citizen.

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Canada has ardent monarchists? Yep, and they are helping the PM choose the GG

Through most of Canadian history, the Governor General has basically been a non-entity. That’s changed with the last two GGs, thanks to a series of minority governments and constitutional brinksmanship. So it’s no surprise that Stephen Harper is taking the search for Michäelle Jean’s replacement seriously. What is surprising is that so is the small coterie of ardent Canadian monarchists. Conservative sources say Ray Novak, the prime minister’s principal secretary, and Kevin MacLeod, Canadian secretary to the Queen, have been involved in the search. They say both men are strong supporters of Canada’s links to the monarchy. “Only a few people in government care about it, but they care about it fiercely,” one source told the CP.

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Michael Stadtländer and Jamie Kennedy walk away with new Governor General’s Cuisine Awards

Honourees Jamie Kennedy, Michael Stadtländer (Images: Edlynne, farmerchefconference)

The Governor General’s Awards, heretofore known for honouring the best in Canadian academics and arts, have added a new category to their ranks: cuisine. Yesterday, in an award ceremony at Rideau Hall, celebrity chefs Jamie Kennedy and Michael Stadtländer received a joint distinction for their role as culinary leaders by outgoing GG Michäelle Jean and her husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond (the new awards were apparently his idea).

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Ron MacLean joins ranks of Facebook-based GG nominees

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This summer, Canadians won’t be able to swing a cat without hitting a potential nominee for governor general. With the departure of Michaëlle Jean coming at the end of September, attention has already been paid to Don Cherry, Rick Hansen and, of course, William Shatner (who said he’d be happy to do it if it were a part-time gig). The latest prominent name to be floated is Ron MacLean, for his rescue of a man from the Delaware River. But does he stand a chance?

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William Shatner won’t be our next governor general, but he totally should be

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The Toronto Star devotes precious front-page inches to the kind of story that Canadians most yearn for: Will a Canadian-born celebrity please come home and make us all feel special? Where have you gone, William Shatner? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you: “Almost 12,000 people have signed on as fans on the [Facebook] page launched March 22 urging Capt. James T. Kirk to beam into Rideau Hall once Michaëlle Jean stands down.”

The Star is quick to point out that Shatner isn’t interested in the gig. Sure, they get a decent house and can decide the fate of a nation, but governors general spend a lot of time in front of a camera wearing odd costumes, so we can understand why this might be unappealing to William Shatner.

But before he or anyone else dismisses the idea completely, we offer six key attributes that would make a Shatner governorship a success.

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The GGGG: welcome to the Governor General Guessing Game

The Ottawa rumour mill is churning on one story these days: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apparent desire to replace Michaëlle Jean when her term is up this autumn. It’s a challenge for the Conservative leader, whose approval rating (29 per cent) is markedly lower than Jean’s (57 per cent—what the Star calls “the kind of approval numbers Harper—or any of his political opponents—can only dream of”). Shall it be a westerner? Someone bilingual? Another CBCer? We’ve read the stories and boiled the criteria down to these eight.

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G7 ministers will be exposed to seal pelts and meat when they come to Nunavut this week

Deal the seal: European countries are considering banning Canadian seal meat (Photo by Ville Miettinen)

When Governor General Michaëlle Jean tasted a bit of seal meat last May, she was pilloried by animal rights activists but praised by Rex Murphy for her “spectacle of empathy in action”  and “imagination.” This week, that same brand of imagination is leaking into the G7 meeting in Iqaluit. On the eve of a European ban on seal products, the Canadian government is welcoming European finance ministers into a Nunavut legislature adorned with sealskin chairs and handing them plenty of seal swag (vests and mittens, mostly). Servers will wear sealskin hairpins and, at Saturday’s dinner, will be serving portions of—what else?—seal.

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New Egyptian menu at Frank, more A la Cart troubles, seal meat now for sale on Parliament Hill

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Golden boy: hope you brought your appetite (Photo by Tarah)

• Anne Yarymowich, executive chef at the AGO’s Frank, has put together a series of Egyptian-inspired dishes to honour King Tut’s arrival at the gallery this month. “Abundance and an exotic feel will be part of the experience,” with Yarymowich featuring “medjool dates, figs, pomegranates, pomegranate molasses, oranges and lamb.”  Although Yarymowich will change the lunch and dinner prix fixe menus each day, Egyptian dukkah—a dry nut and spice mixture served with bread for dipping—will be served throughout Tut’s Toronto tenure. [Toronto Star]

• For four Wednesdays, the Globe’s Jacquie McNish joined a group of power women as they communed with their inner “Child” at a George Brown class called Cooking Like Julia. Clutching designer knives and coffee mugs slyly filled with wine, the women learned how to slice an onion, clean a stovetop (one student protested “But I have a lady who does that”), and most importantly, relax and trust that butter is their friend. [Globe and Mail]

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Seal meat on the rise, New Yorkers in the Junction, marriage linked to obesity

• Seal meat is the hot entrée at Montreal restaurants a month after the Governor General Michaëlle Jean horrified vegans by eating raw seal, proving that when it comes to good eating, diners are unmoved by cuteness. Perhaps PETA’s campaign to stop the consumption of fish—by renaming them “sea-kittens”—might actually backfire. [New York Times]

Corey Mintz strives to prove that there are good Mexican restaurants in Toronto. His weekend review of fancy Frida, mid-priced Milagro and straight-up Rebozos reveals that authentic Mexican can be found at every price point. But while he made us crave citrus ceviche, we’d like to point out that all the restaurants he visited are all north of St. Clair. Luckily, Milagro has a second location in the entertainment district. [Toronto Star]

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