Bodily functions have been taboo for a long time.
But at some point our attitude toward numbers one and two turned from a natural and biologically correct repulsion, to shame at our own bodies for creating waste in the first place.
Winnipeg, you have a cycling problem.
Wait, hear me out.
The war on drugs has failed.
It felt a little guilty to bid adieu to summer in a city not my own. But the promise of a fantastic music festival featuring some of my all time favourites was too much to resist. And so, just over a month ago, I said my goodbye to summer in Ottawa.
Because I am a writer, comedian, and an actor I am also (obviously) a waitress.
Seven years ago this month I quit drinking. Two years ago I wrote about it for a Uniter blog post, and the gist of it is that I didn’t quit because I was an alcoholic, simply because I didn’t like who I was when I drank. I put down a Lucky (ugh) at a party and said “I’m out” and that was it.
A few weeks ago, my partner and I went on a trip to Minneapolis to see a couple of concerts (the Replacements and the Dandy Warhols, and yes, at both shows we were among the youngest people there by 15 years). We do this trip once or twice a year to see bands that will never come here and purchase Jif peanut butter.
Summer makes Winnipeg worthwhile. We emerge from our homes, squinting, tentatively shedding layers. Never fully trusting Old Man Winter won’t come crawling back if we let our guard down.
I want to get in shape; I’m going to run a marathon.
I just graduated/got divorced/turned 30, 40, 50/ate a really good sandwich … I’m going to run a marathon.
I've been having the same conversation for what seems like forever, but it's only been five years at most.
“I had a whole bottle of Jack… lost my voice singing karaoke… ate three Big Macs… woke up on the deck… sprained my ankle… worked the next day… so crazy. Guys, it was so crazy.
When’s the last time you used your phone…as a phone?
If you’ve ever stressed about how much money to give for “presentation” at a wedding, you’re likely to receive this advice, with the certainty of a priest repeating a commandment: “Oh, you have to at least cover the cost of your meal.”
As almost any good Winnipegger knows, we live for the tiny window of months in the year that we can leave the house without a jacket or wear a dress without tights underneath.
It’s never been a better time to be a nerd. Nothing truly exemplifies this sentiment more than the proliferation of comic book to film adaptations of the past few years. Not only are these movies steadily increasing in quality, they’re also consistently making a killing at the box office, proving how worthy these stories are of admiration. Year after year, audiences show up in droves to see the latest installments of their favorite heroes gracing the big screen.
It’s well-documented that online spaces are often hostile for women – the more marginalized, the worse the online abuse often is. This past year has been a shitshow (for lack of a more accurate term) for women online. From Anita Sarkeesian’s death threats over her video game trope series to Hugo Schwyzer’s total attack on Flavia Dzodan and this week’s horrific demonstration of rape culture at the University of Ottawa, there have been too many high-profile incidents of harassment, threats of violence and attempted silencing of women on the Internet to count.
When I turned 18 I did the typical tour of Winnipeg’s cool places. The places I knew I should like, that came with high recommendations from older friends. Where you could see the best bands, get cheap beers, and finally see for yourself the places whose mythologies had become part of our city’s collective consciousness (“Did you hear they found a dead body in the walls at the Collective?”).
The Conservative government of Canada has decided that your vote is unwanted. Lots of people like to talk about low youth voter turnout and the importance of engaging us in the political process. No one who cares about democratic participation would claim that Canada is at risk of having too many people voting – during the last elections, 61 percent of eligible voters cast ballots across the country, and only 49 percent in Winnipeg Centre – making it that much stranger that the government tabled the Fair Elections Act on February 4.
From iconic science fiction novels like H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, to classic campy cartoons like The Jetsons, modern popular culture has been obsessed with the idea of the future for over a century.
Those iconic stripes seem to be everywhere recently, especially if you’re on Instagram. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see someone cozied up with their point blanket or the hashtag #stripespotting under a picture featuring one of the multitude of items bearing the yellow, red, green and blue. And there is a multitude of items comprising the ‘HBC Collection’: $125 flasks, $400 purses and $7,500 canoes among them.