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Cartoon Correspondent: A Hockey Game in Ottawa

Cartoonist Marquil invaded the Canadian capital to incite a sports-based border conflict on the occasion of the US-Canada Men's Hockey game. In this sketchbook, the wisely pseudonymous artist takes scurrilous aim at Canadian manhood, womanhood, culture and cuisine from the corner table of a sports bar.

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Last weekend, we visited a foreign capital: a lovely, old world-type city where Buffalo New York's dreams of hockey glory are buried. Four or five times a season.




Skating is second-nature to the citizenry that glides for many months of the year along the canal that runs right up to the foot of the Parliament building. . .




where the national sculpture garden includes a grouping of enormous bronze statues depictinga tea party of early 20th Century suffragists.




At night we shared the national pastime: watching men's hockey in a bar.




We had poutine and beer, the national cuisine.




Many of the guys there were like gold. Shiny. Malleable.




Some of the women there looked like this. . .




Others like this.




Not too many people paid attention between periods when a hometown speedskater was awarded a silver medal in the Women's 5000 K.




The next morning, mere hours after the big game, we noticed that the new, testosterone-laced national slogan, "Own the Podium!" had been replaced by the old stand-by.

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