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June 24, 2010

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Blog Guy, I really envy you working journalists. I just saw a picture of the view from the press center at that G20 Summit up in Toronto, and it’s gorgeous! A waterfall and a lake? How do you get any work done?

G20/Well first, I don’t ever get much work done. And second, if you take a look at a wider angle you’ll see that this is just a still photo projected on a big-screen television at the press center. The “lake” is a shallow indoor pool surrounded by canoes and Adirondack chairs.

That’s ridiculous! Just cheap parlor tricks!

No, not cheap. The Canadian government spent nearly $60,000 on it, to help project a good image and get more coverage of Canada.

Will that work? Will there be more coverage?

G20/You bet. Everybody is now doing extra stories about the stupid “fake lake.” Besides, the big television screen will come in handy when they finish some of that Canadian pornography I blogged about recently.

Why don’t they just show the real Canada?

Have you ever been there? The “real Canada” is just a scattered collection of big television screens showing pictures of beautiful scenery, mostly taken in Connecticut.

But you’re actually there covering the story, right?

Put it this way. I’m as close to the Summit as that waterfall is. Oops, it’s noon, time for my poutine break!

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Empty Adirondack deck chairs await members of the international media in front of an artificial lake in the G8 / G20 Summit press center in Toronto, June 23, 2010. The lake, criticized by opposition legislators, is supposed to be a copy of those in the picturesque Huntsville region north of the city where leaders are set to meet for the upcoming G8 summit. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that construction of the lake cost C$57,000 of the total of C$2-million spent on an “Enterprise Canada” marketing pavilion within the summit International Media Center.  REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Television cameramen shoot video of the artificial lake. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

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Ah nature, so sterile err serene…

Posted by MamaC326 | Report as abusive

Hey, Big Guy! Let’s have some fun and toss a few fish in that lake, eh? And for more realism, how about a couple of racoons and a jar of mosquitos. They’re just itchin’ for coverage.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Canada: Fakes a waterfall and lake.

America: Fakes moon landing.


Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Normally I’d be worried about that,but I happen to know Egeria is going to be out of touch for several days – some kind of secret government mission for Ireland – so she won’t even see what I said about Canada…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

RB, I believe that you’ve forgotten about E’s army of faithful minions, that live to report things like this back to her…

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

It’s humor. E will get it. And give upon return! Oh, and I am from MI and can be her minion. That’s a little onion, right?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I have to correct you there, One. A minion is a cut of beef, as in Filet Minion.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Or a couple of hamsters, as is the case with Professor Chaos.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Leave it to a couple of HAMSters to ferret out the truth. Have not had Hamster Filet. Think it tastes like chicken. Only furrier.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

@Ifly: yeah disgusting… :-|

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

One! That almost made me puke on my chicken sandwich!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Remove the feathers and the chicken will go down more easily. Sorry…

Must have more coffee.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

@fwd..what’s disgusting? Did no one get the South Park reference?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I had a horse, a philly, when I was kid. I should have named it mignon.

Having been raised on a farm with lots and lots of chickens, I would rather eat a hamster than a chicken. Maybe the lads will catch one of the squirrels. Squirrel kebabs! I’m heating up the barbie tonight. Who wants to come over?

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Dr. Is that where you got your Philly Steak sandwiches from? Does it taste like chicken as well?

Now, if you had named him migno, you could have had a Philly Mignon Steak sandwich! Wow!! I’m hungry now

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

@Doc: Was she a filly from Philly about to be a filet?

CHICKENS! Cute little balls of yellow fluff tha quickly morph into the sulky, molting equivalent of a pouty teenager. They leave cleaning their mess to someone else, too.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

as usual typical uneducation americans making stupid comments.

The reason for the “fake lake” is cause the big time politcations cant go outside casue of the protests. Trust me toronto/canada looks alot better in person.

Posted by mich83 | Report as abusive

Can I have a go at mich83? Please…lemme just have a quick word before shra comes in with the taser!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

You’d better be fast if you want to beat Shra…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive


@mich83.. you ponce, don’t you read? News, but not the serious kind! We bloody well know the reason for the fake lake and we sure as hell don’t care. And you should know that a lot of commenters are not American so you basically insulted them also by making an assumption like that. You would do well to mind your manners here. Now take yourself away and pretend to be important somewhere else.

The nerve of some people.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Mr.Pilot…. I will give you exactly… 10 seconds…. counting now!
After that he is all mine…. mwah ha ha ha ha!!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Oh I am good now Shra, it’s your go.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Sure Unca… do you want him raw or fried?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Just a fillet or two, I would think.

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive