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Canada tries one-upping "Minnesota nice"

Posted at 9:11 PM on May 16, 2006 by John Zech
Filed under: The blog

Thumper's mother said, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." That's what the National Arts Centre in Ottawa is saying to its employees. But they want to make it more than a code of conduct. They want it to be a law--for life--according to an article in the Ottawa Citizen Saturday.

You may recall that Pinchas Zukerman is the music director of the NAC orchestra. You may also recall Zukerman took a sudden sabbatical from the orchestra a few months ago, words were said, and now, just as suddenly...he's back. Of course, the NAC communications director piped up right away to say "It's not about Pinchas."

Yeah, right. And when they say it's not about the money, it's ALWAYS about the money.

They musician's union says they already have a code of conduct and they are protesting.