Is Don Cherry not suit-able for CBC anymore? As the network prepares to negotiate a new contract with the National Hockey League, there are reports that league officials are putting significant pressure on the network to overhaul Hockey Night in Canada and muzzle the colourful commentator.
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A Vancouver-based group is challenging Don Cherry to a debate on Coach’s Corner to offset criticism that the fiery commentator is using Hockey Night in Canada to promote militarism and the war in Afghanistan. Hockey Fans for Peace plans to rally outside the HNIC broadcast of Saturday night’s Vancouver Canucks game against the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena in Vancouver to make the point that hockey fans have the democratic right to speak out against the war in Afghanistan.
Like it or not, Don Cherry emerges as ‘political force’: While the sight of that trademark flashy sports jacket and high-collared shirt in Toronto city hall council chambers struck some as inappropriate, academics who have studied Cherry say it represents a logical progression. “He’s a political force, he’s got political views. Some people find those views amusing or appealing, and some people find him insulting.” See all of Gary Clement’s cartoons.