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Link: The strangeness of Strange Empire is its brilliance

From John Doyle:

The thing about Strange Empire (CBC, 9 p.m.), which continues to blast along exultantly, is that it sets out to upend expectations and at the same time is soft-hearted and gee-whiz good-natured.

Tonight’s powerful episode (directed by Anne Wheeler, written by Jackie May) has several key scenes and twists that more or less justify the on-screen warning of adult scenes, violence and so forth. Last week’s episode and tonight’s contain serious shifts in the narrative. In the hallucinatory-strange western outpost where events unfold, in 1869 somewhere in Alberta near the border with Montana, a woman, Kat (Cara Gee), is now the sheriff. Last week the dangerous buffoon Sheriff Little decided that in wanting himself a whore, he could view all the women there as whores. Continue reading.

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Tonight: Heartland, Canada’s Smartest Person, Mohawk Girls

Heartland, CBC
A school project opens a door to Georgie’s past that could ultimately change her life at Heartland.

Canada’s Smartest Person season finale, CBC
Four participants are faced with challenges that redefine what it means to be smart. With special guests Measha Brueggergosman and Bob Rae.

Mohawk Girls, Omni1
Mohawk Girls centres around four twenty-something Mohawk women trying to find their place in the world. Torn between family pressure, tradition, obligation and the intoxicating freedom of the “outside world,” this fabulous foursome is on a mission to find happiness… and to find themselves. (Mohawk Girls airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on APTN)

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Tonight: We Day 2014

We Day 2014, CTV
Highlights from the We Day events in Toronto (Oct. 2) and Vancouver (Oct. 22), which brought together more than 40,000 students to celebrate their incentive to create change both locally and globally. Hosted by multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez, the special features performances by Jennifer Lopez, Kendrick Lamar, Nick Jonas, and Canadian chart-toppers Shawn Mendes, Hedley, Marianas Trench, and Lights.

Link: ‘Blackstone,’ ‘Mohawk Girls’ show reservation life

From Bill Brioux:

Two Canadian TV shows that are in many ways dissimilar — “Blackstone” and “Mohawk Girls” — have one key element in common: both attempt to show what life is like on a reservation.

Shot in Alberta, “Blackstone” is in its fourth season on APTN and airs Tuesdays in most of the country. Set in the fictional Blackstone First Nation territory, it offers a searing look at modern day life on a reserve rife with corruption and addiction. Continue reading.

Link: Hello Mohawk Girls, you rock and you’re funny

From John Doyle:

Well, say hello to a great, gutsy new Canadian series that is both hilarious and consequential. It’s about native women.

Mohawk Girls (Sunday, Omni, 9 p.m.; Tuesday, APTN, 9 p.m.) has been lazily connected to Sex and the City in order to define what it is. It isn’t that. It lacks the cynicism of that series, but it glories in a similar post-political-correctness attitude to single women, sex, men and power. At the same time, it’s laugh-out-loud funny. Continue reading.