1. Junos Honour Simple Plan: After getting fan mail from troubled youth who found optimism in their music, Montreal’s Simple Plan created the Simple Plan Foundation six years ago to help young people with social and mental-health problems. At the Junos this weekend in Ottawa, they’ll be recognized with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. Kudos.
2. Spread the Net: Historic downtown Peterborough, Ont., arts high school PCVS will be featured on CBC’s Rick Mercer Report Tuesday for winning the “Spread the Net” fundraising student challenge, used to purchase mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of malaria in African countries. The win is bittersweet, as the local school board has decided to close the school. Learn more at peterboroughneedspcvs.com.
3. Queen Wedding Crasher: The Queen and Prince Philip stunned newlyweds John and Frances Canning, showing up unannounced just after their wedding in Manchester to congratulate them. This was fantastic PR for Buckingham Palace and the Queen. Also, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, you have been replaced if there is ever a Wedding Crashers sequel.
4. Band Wagon: A new Canadian YouTube series, Band Wagon, features up-and-coming musicians and bands like The Reason, The Balconies, Union City and Monster Truck driving around in a car singing songs. Great concept, perfect bandwagon to jump on.
5. James Cameron: The acclaimed director tweeted @JimCameron on Sunday that he “Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you @DeepChallenge” – a new deep-sea documentary based on his adventures in his one-man sub. Cameron reaches the world’s deepest point? I’m still trying to reach the deep end of my pool.
6. Quebec Nordiques: Quebec City is starting construction on an NHL-style arena this fall, paving the way for them to get an NHL team. The arena should be done by 2015. There’s no guarantee they’ll get a team again but, fingers crossed, we’ll see a Nordiques team skating there soon. The Winnipeg Jets are back, why not the Nordiques? And then the Cleveland Barons.
7. Jian Ghomeshi: The host of CBC’s radio show Q said in a personal finance Q & A that the best money-saving advice came from his parents: “Be patient. Try to avoid spending money in spontaneous ways.” If only that simple advice was given to kids by every parent, we wouldn’t have quite as many Canadians in debt.
8. Pizza Fan Applause: Things are so bad on the Toronto sports scene that the loudest applause is when the Raptors score 100 points at home games, as everyone gets a free slice of pizza. “It’s tough when your fans get more excited about a slice of pizza than us winning,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. Reality bites.
9. April Fool’s Day: Sunday is April 1. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. In other words, give’r, pranksters.