Volume 63, Number 16

Published January 15, 2009

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  • Housing program warms up homeowners

    Despite his busy holiday schedule, Larry Kinnear took some time this December to explain the inner workings of furnaces to a recently landed Vietnamese family.

  • The end of journalism as we know it

    In a time when the future of journalism is anything but certain, it strikes me as odd how many people actually want to get involved in journalism. We generally have two or more new contributors join The Uniter each week. Although many join just for the novelty of seeing their name in print, many still walk into our poorly ventilated basement office in hopes of changing the world.

  • U of W partners with human rights museum

    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights launched its first online exhibit at the University of Winnipeg last month, marking the beginning of a partnership between the museum and the university’s Global College.

  • Campus News Briefs

    Dining with the Ax ; Budget cutbacks hitting Canadian universities ; Professor booted for overly-generous grading ; Busted; Gaza protest commandeers university entrance

  • Forging friendships across the world

    The University of Winnipeg Womyn’s Centre is reaching out to a Lebanese refugee camp in the hopes of bringing solidarity and friendship to the lives of its displaced women.

  • Re: “Marijuana use debated,” Dec. 4 edition

    “All drugs are harmful.” Really? Science and history indicate that, even when smoked, the benefits of marijuana use far outweigh the so-called “dangers.”

  • Re: “Marijuana use debated,” Dec. 4 edition

    I strongly disagree with Harinder Aujila’s assertions that students are better off “reaching for the bottle” and “smoking marijuana is not as good as drinking.” There is absolutely no comparison, cannabis is by far safer than alcohol in every way. And “cannabis is no lighter drug than anything else” makes me question Aujila’s credentials.

  • U of W mourns death of president emeritus

    Not just a name on a building, Henry Edmison Duckworth was involved with the University of Winnipeg for 76 years. He died on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the age of 93.

  • Re: “The Tory tune out,” Nov. 27 edition

    In the article “Conservative convention draws critics from various groups, political movements,” the author mentioned “the mythical Security, Peace & Prosperity (SPP) partnership.” It is apparent that the writer has not done any research on the actual Security & Prosperity Partnership. It was signed by Paul Martin, Vicente Fox and George W. Bush in March 2005 to accelerate the vampirization of this planet and its most vulnerable inhabitants.

  • Arts Briefs

    Smith rules the big screen in 2008; She and a new Him to make sweet music together; Prince reveals majestic marketing strategy

  • Forgetting BJ at Christmas a big mistake

    Well, the holidays are over and it’s back to the grind for all us hard-working folk. I spent Christmas in Jamaica this year, which was a little surreal. Palm trees and curried goat took the place usually filled by snow and turkey, while the drinking I normally do at Christmas was replaced by drinking in a pool. All in all I had a great time.

  • Anarchism is never the answer

    When a machine or system gets more complicated it often develops more problems, more flaws and more inconvenient hiccups.

    As these problems develop, they often affect anybody attached to the machine in a variety of ways, and that is when the custodians of that machine need more training and education in order to address those problems. Currently, the most complicated system in existence is society.

  • Upwards and onwards

    In a time of economic loss and uncertainty around the world, a great deal of comfort has been taken here in Manitoba’s ostensibly stable economy. Owing to the province’s diverse set of natural resources and the nationalization of the largest of those – hydro-electricity – Manitoba has never really had one leading sector. Because of this, Manitoba has gone for years without experiencing sharp economic declines.

  • Lyle E Style - Cutting Room Floor

    When local country singer-songwriter Lyle E Style asked whether his musical heroes had any unrecorded songs, he got the answer he was hoping for: they did. And so Cutting Room Floor was born.

  • Billy Joe Green - First Law of the Land… If Broken, Return to Maker

    Billy Joe Green comes from a good lineage. Charlie Christian, the first great guitar soloist, said something to the effect that it was what you didn’t play that was important, that music had to breathe. Green, an aboriginal out of Northern Ontario, is the next great guitarist who follows the edict that Christian set.

  • The Olympic Symphonium - More In Sorrow Than In Anger

    More In Sorrow Than In Anger is a collection of 10 deceptively simple songs about relationships. The lyrics are simple—often almost to a fault—but contemplative and sincere. Themes of community and being together permeate the album, even going so far as to allude to the Christian sacrament of the eucharist, or communion (“I don’t intend to raise my glass alone/I don’t intend to break bread alone”), on the ultra-catchy standout track, “Intentions Alone.”

  • Full Of It

    There are some things that can really make me feel bohemian and rebellious. Listening to “Rent” when I am broke, hearing the song “I Want It All” by Queen, and eating hummus are a few. Reading Full Of It, author Tim Hall’s newest book, definitely falls in that group as well.

  • A new you in the new year

    If you made the same old resolutions this New Year - eat healthy, exercise and lose weight - a local entrepreneur wants to help you actually achieve those goals this year.

  • A project unlike anything else

    “We want to celebrate our achievement of publishing our 30th volume by doing something that, to the best of our knowledge, no other Canadian lit-mag has ever done.” That’s what Andris Taskans, the editor of Prairie Fire, had to say when asked about The Boreality Project and Prairie Fire’s first-ever writer-in-residence.

  • Combating the sameness

    Lyle E Style occupies that increasingly rare point on the country music continuum that’s far away from generic Top 40 pop country - and that’s exactly how he likes it.

  • Rockers just wanna have fun

    For Haunter, fun is the most important thing. “I don’t think we’ve ever taken ourselves too seriously,” Jory Hasselmann, guitarist for the quartet, said over beer at Carlos and Murphy’s.

  • Around the world in the red

    Kiera Vespims has a passion for traveling. The Hostelling International (HI) Winnipeg Downtowner waitress has traveled to Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia and Singapore, and she is only 21.

  • The ska(-mmunist) manifesto

    At a time when CDs are quickly becoming a thing of the past, local ska-rockers The Afterbeat decided to give the cyber world a try with the release of a free five-song EP.

  • Don’t call it a comeback

    Even though everything in Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson’s life is fake, the effects of his choices are killing him in a very real way.

  • Documentary about Canadian institutional survivors sure to impact viewers

    In 1967, a documentary concerning the patients of a state hospital for the criminally insane in Massachusetts and the inhuman treatment they received, entitled Titicut Follies, was banned in the United States. The film had a major impact on Milos Forman’s Oscar winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Both these films have stood as shameful reminders of how society has dealt with those with mental and intellectual disabilities in the past.

  • Fashion Streeter

    I like free and cheap clothing.
  • Slurpees, beer and installation art

    Walking into Jennifer Stillwell’s exhibition at Plug In ICA is like entering a construction zone gone haywire, where tofu spews out of vents and crunched up crackers cover logs of black asphalt-like material.

  • Sports Briefs

    Former Wesmen star signs with Harlem Ambassadors ; Why you should never mess with a golfer ; You’re fired! Just kidding! ; Ends of eras ; Race driver caught speeding

  • NFL Picks

    Welcome back! Our final installments of the NFL Picks will highlight the culmination of the NFL season as the post-season winds down. This week, we look over the AFC and NFC conference championships. The regular season doesn’t matter anymore. Every game could be the last. Check your insight against ours, including last year’s NFL Picks champ: Scott!

  • Save money by eating healthy

    Between the costs of tuition, bills and a fun social life, eating nutritiously can be the last thing on our minds. Compared to a Tim Hortons doughnut or a McDonald’s meal, fresh produce at first glance appears to be pricey. However, this assumption proves to be false when looking at the long-term.

  • The battle of Winnipeg

    Texas Tech vs. Texas. University of Miami vs. Florida State. ULCA vs. Southern California. University of Alberta vs. University of Calgary. These rivalries are some of the best college rivalries in sports today. Intense, close and passionate, they define what college sports can be at their best.

  • The Wesmen strike back

    Despite the disheartening loss in Brandon recently, the Wesmen men’s volleyball team came back strong on Saturday, Jan. 10.

  • Struggling to stay afloat in Canada

    Years of declining profits and the economic slowdown has lead Winnipeg’s manufacturing sector to shut the doors on many jobs.

  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights

    How do you feel about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights being built in Winnipeg, and what should it showcase?

  • Local News Briefs

    Churchill food shortages continue ; Winnipeg readies new 311 hotline ; Tusks advance climate change research ; Fighting for the Métis right to hunt ; Winnipeg trail beats own record

  • Surviving the draw of urban retail

    Retail superpower Ikea’s decision to set up on Kenaston Boulevard in Winnipeg is giving urban store owners one more reason to worry about suburbanites avoiding downtown as a shopping destination.

  • International News Briefs

    Life-saving phones ; Saving Taz ; When size does matter ; Fatness, pimples and acne form grounds for dismissal