Caitlin Laird

  • Greening the scene

    Musicians have always been mouthpieces for change. Sometimes the message is met with almost messianic fervour – like the quintessentially conscious Dylan or Lennon. And sometimes, it appears that preaching about social issues, such as climate change and the environment, is more about the artists keeping it cool than keeping it real.

  • Eating on Albert Street

    From the outside, The Albert Diner at 48 Albert St. – an encased glass outgrowth of the Royal Albert Arms – looks like an oversized terrarium.

  • Get out in the not-so-frigid world

    If there is a silver lining to global warming it is that those of us enduring another January here in Winnipeg can at last make the most of winter.

  • The Tamagotchi of technologies?

    Early last year Google came to town, driving up and down the streets of Winnipeg photographing neighbourhoods from one corner of the city to another.

  • An urban diner re-imagined from the ground floor up

    Formerly “Pastels,” the newly renovated Place Louis Riel, located at 190 Smith St. has given their self-confessed “way too ‘80s” restaurant an appealing overhaul.

  • Development along the Seine threatens old-growth forest

    Development in Waverley West along the banks of the Seine River may have encroached on city property and destroyed old-growth forest.

  • Addicted to the craft of crafts

    December may as well be designated craft-sale season. Every weekend from now until the big day, churches, community centres and even private parties will be inundated with homemade, handcrafted wares courtesy of avid local crafters.

  • Water fight reaches tipping point

    Devil’s Lake could overflow in as little as three years, Manitoba Liberal leader Jon Gerrard and representatives from North Dakota told the public on Monday, Nov. 16.

  • Will Prairie Fire go up in smoke?

    Changes made by the Harper government that affect which magazines qualify for arts funding have left some longstanding arts publications anxious about their future.

  • Is Buy Nothing Day just Do Nothing Day?

    Celebrated the Friday following American Thanksgiving – also known as “Black Friday”, one of the busiest shopping days of the year – Buy Nothing Day has gained international recognition.

  • There is nothing new under the sun

    Mad Men – the aesthetically-stunning examination of a Madison Avenue ad agency in the early ‘60s – has been credited as the catalyst for a ‘60s pop culture revival.

  • Is Manitoba the wrongful conviction capital of Canada?

    A string of high-profile overturned convictions in the province, including Thomas Sophonow and Kyle Unger, attributed to charismatic prosecutor George Dangerfield, prompted Maclean’s magazine to claim that Manitoba may become Canada’s wrongful conviction capital.

  • You have the right to remain silent, eh?

    Nothing makes the justice system look snazzier or brings the legal melodrama like Law and Order. Or remember the quirky – and at times agitating – Ally McBeal, whose lawyers could closing-argument their way out of anything while simultaneously engaging in endless interpersonal quadrangles in the firm’s unisex bathroom?

  • Justice in Winnipeg

    What does justice mean to you?

  • Wesmen head to Calgary for mixed results

    The Wesmen made their way to Calgary this weekend and faced the Calgary Dinos for some heated competition.

  • Filipino all-stars play Duckworth Centre

    International and local stars of Filipino basketball came out on Friday, Oct. 30, to play three exhibition games and scout talent for the Philippine Basketball Association.

  • Peak of potato monopoly

    Recent allegations by a local small-scale potato farmer that Peak of the Market tried to squeeze him out of business when he sold without permission to a national grocery chain has some wondering if Peak is playing by the rules.

  • Saving the world, one mouse-click at a time

    The easier something is, the more likely people are to participate in it. At least, this seems to be the underlying philosophy behind several Internet ventures designed to effect change and save the world, enabling people to make a difference without stepping out their front door.

  • Big classes versus small classes:  Large university classes cause students to suffer

    If you’re a first-year student at the University of Manitoba, you’ve probably been struck by the enormity of many of your classes. But if you’re a first-year student at the University of Winnipeg, you’ve likely noticed your class sizes differ little from high school.

  • Senseless violence continues

    Following a string of violent incidents linked to gang activity – such as the summer’s grisly wedding reception shooting and the more recent occurrence in Wolseley where a man was set on fire – pressure has been mounting on officials to respond in some way to the issue of Winnipeg’s gang problem and youth-related crime.

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