Bits and bobbies.
- Did I link to Alec Scott's "Flop Culture" article in Toronto Life? Here's the thrust: "The Factory, Tarragon and Passe Muraille once drew buzz, profits, even the police. Today, the work is marginal at best."
Well, Ken Gass, A-D at Factory, has responded in an interview with BlogTo: "Alec Scott (whoever he is, perhaps one of the dispirited, disgruntled people he alludes to with such authority) is so far off the mark, the article is really beneath contempt and beneath comment. In terms of the references to Factory, it is so egregiously erroneous and outrightly false, my first reaction was to launch a libel suit."
That prompted playwright/journo Alison Broverman to respond to Gass on her blog, and me to respond to her in the comments. Conversation!
- Helen Pidd in the Guardian reports on British bobbies moving to "the rather obscure Alberta": "A significant proportion of the new officers patrolling Calgary have British accents - of the 50 extra policemen and women the force was told to recruit last year, 48 came from the UK. When the 58-strong class of 2008 touch down later this year, nearly 10% of Calgary's entire force will be British."