Volume 63, Number 17

Published January 22, 2009

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  • The effects of sugar and artificial sweeteners

    Sugar is addictive. Recent studies conducted by Princeton University suggest that sugar can be just as dangerously addictive as any drug.

  • Dinos overpower Wesmen

    If anything, at least the Wesmen are tough, and that goes a long way. After losing 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-17) on Friday night to the Calgary Dinos (11-3), the Winnipeg Wesmen (1-13) put together a stronger effort on Saturday at the Duckworth Centre.

  • I want to ride my ice-cycle

    Most Winnipeggers love their automobiles while traveling in the harsh confines of Winterpeg, especially when it’s -30 C. But as automobiles have contributed to the devastating effects on our environment and our health, many people are taking up the challenge of winter cycling.

  • Sports Briefs

    Manchester City going coo-coo for Kaka ; How young is too young?  ; The church of the Habs ; Heart problems for Russians in hockey ; Un-retiring: a new trend

  • Awards for excellence and idiocy in sport

    While everyone has made their New Year’s resolutions for 2009 (and probably already broke them), we at The Uniter decided to look back at 2008, and found it was full of everything from dominant performances to hilarious parody.

  • The opposite of what’s expected

    The French New Wave was an undeniably important era in the history of filmmaking. Its influence can still be felt in the works of Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson or pretty much any other director who’s ever used a jump cut.

  • A lukewarm reception from the Breakfast Connoisseurs

    I feel confident in disputing Buccacino’s claim of being “Winnipeg’s best” breakfast buffet. After all, my group—the Breakfast Connoisseurs—has reviewed quite a few buffets.

  • Get juiced

    Writers, grab your pens—Juice, the University of Winnipeg’s creative writing journal, is still looking for submissions for its ninth issue.

  • Arts Briefs

    Beyonce: prophet for our times; Metallica, Run DMC honoured in hall of fame; A light goes out in Vegas

  • Films as conversation pieces

    Cinesanity, a free monthly film series that screens films portraying individuals living with mental illness or addictions, will kick off the new year with a screening of the film Heavy.

  • Connecting the everyday through art

    The latest exhibition at Cre8ery Gallery shows the uniqueness and connectedness of everyday objects, events and subject matter through photography, stained glass, paintings, and visual and mixed media.

  • Escape from Neverland

    Every new beginning comes from some beginning’s end. With the end of its days as an independent recording act and the beginning of its major label career, Florida rock quintet Anberlin has been given opportunities it never had before.

  • Fashion Streeter

    I just wear what I like.
  • Annabelle Chvostek - Resilience

    This CD has everything you look for in a great folk album: acoustic guitars, rich vocals and even the soothing twang of a mandolin. Resilience is a great example of how having all the right elements doesn’t necessarily equal excellence.

  • October Sky - Hell Isn’t My Home

    October Sky’s Hell Isn’t My Home is, in one word, awesome. With a sound that’s similar to Muse, the Montreal-based alternative rock quartet is easily going to become Canada’s next big thing.

  • Landshark (of the Forest) - Booze Your Delusion I & II

    If you like Evil Survives, City Champs, Hot Live Guys or Disastroids, then it’s a safe bet you’ll like Landshark (of the Forest). This 7” is their first album.

  • Aerocar Model Four - The Sweetest Lie

    Local heavy rock four-piece Aerocar Model Four take a few steps forward and a few steps back on The Sweetest Lie. As a cohesive collection of songs, it doesn’t work quite as well as their 2003 debut, Breaking Point.

  • The Jeff Presslaff Trio - Red Goddess

    The Jeff Presslaff Trio consists of Presslaff (piano), Julian Bradford (bass) and Scott Senior (drums). Senior is a familiar face around Winnipeg for his percussion with Papa Mambo and The Duhks. Although a little stiff on kit drum, Senior is nonetheless the powerhouse percussionist he always has been.

  • Classical guitar hero

    A Winnipeg-based classical guitarist is hoping his next performance will expose the audience not only to masterpieces of the guitar repertoire but to some lesser known works as well.

  • Justifying our love of ‘top 10s’

    They littered your favourite newspapers, magazines, and blogs last month—year-end “best music” lists.  No longer just for Rolling Stone and Spin, crafting a list of the year’s most loved albums has become an important activity for all self-respecting music lovers.

  • Honesty is always the best policy

    However cliché it may be, it’s rare to see musicians who stay true to themselves. Winnipeg rapper Wab Kinew makes it look easy and, most importantly, makes it sound refreshing, urgent and original.

  • A pinch of this and a dash of that

    Not many bands take hundreds of years of musical history from diverse genres and present it in a way that packs dance floors and makes any musician in the audience run back to their teacher in tears, but Winnipeg’s Flying Fox and the Hunter/Gatherers have proven to be such an act.

  • Re: “Anarchism is never the answer”

    Will Dumont is correct in stating that “capitalist society has led to unjust…dooming the majority of the human race to squalor…” and his comparison of society to a complicated machine is apt, but I would use the term civilization where he uses society (“Anarchism is never the answer,” Jan. 15 edition). Civilization means “organization of a high order,” (Webster’s) and implies hierarchical structures whereas society is about “community of related interdependent individuals,” (Webster’s). We have anarchist societies here in Winnipeg and a vibrant anarchist community.

  • Re: “Anarchism is never the answer”

    I strongly disagree with the commentary Will Dumont expressed on the topic of anarchism in Issue 16 of The Uniter (Anarchism is never the answer, Jan. 15 edition). It seems to me that Mr. Dumont’s research into this topic is limited to listening to a Sex Pistols album and not too much else. The idea that anarchists are wild-eyed bomb throwers prone to thoughtless violence is often propagated in the media and is a sad slander against what is, in reality, a beautiful and courageous idea rooted in principles of equality, freedom, community and mutual aid.

  • Warning! rampant Hippyism on the loose

    Do you make many of the important decisions in your life based on vibes and energies? Do you often go weeks without bathing or wearing socks?  Do you ever start emotional and politically driven speeches, but forget what you’re talking about after around 15 minutes of complete non-sequitur?

  • Do we need God?

    Since the 1940s Canada has witnessed a significant decline in the number of people who attend religious institutions. Specifically, it is young people who are pulling farther away from traditional religious behaviours. What has led us to question our faith? And should we be concerned by this disillusionment?

  • Change isn’t a one way street

    Touching down at San Salvador airport gives an amazing first impression. Immediately you feel the warm air hit you like a wall, the sounds of hundreds of palm trees rustling a hundred yards away mixed with the calls of various birds and animals tickle your ears. It’s beautiful.

  • Who to choose? Neil Young, Feist…

    By the time you read this, Barack Obama will have been inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America. After one of the most indelible political campaigns of all time he will find himself at the helm of the most influential political position in the world.

  • Campus News Briefs

    Green team opens doors ; Porn is a plague, says author ; Problems won’t be ignored at Sask. aboriginal university ; Tough economic times call for more students ; Profs postpone retirement

  • Transit riders given the cold shoulder

    Unheated shelters and bus delays have Winnipeg public transit riders opting for less sustainable transportation, as many find waiting for the bus in freezing temperatures just not worth the hassle.

  • My education is basically free?

    You may not know it looking at your university bill, but a new report suggests Manitobans pay effectively nothing to go to university in the province.

  • The importance of charity

    What do you give as charity? Do you think that charity is useful or important?

  • Cold weather freezes business traffic

    In Kamal Mehra’s 37 years of business, the owner of the East India Company restaurant on York Avenue has rarely seen a cold snap like the one we’ve recently experienced.

  • Going from blue to green, sans furnace

    Winter is the most tempting time to abandon ethics about sustainability: it’s easier to turn up the heat and drive to the supermarket than it is to find alternate sources. Yet some Winnipeggers claim there are ways to stay green in the cold.

  • International News Briefs

    140-year-old lobster will not be on the menu ; Art masterpieces now on Google Earth ; New banknote makes Zimbabweans trillionaires ; Recession? Time for a cooking class

  • Local News Briefs

    Winnipeg offers puppy to new president ; 311 line officially on air ; City arts community appeals for bailout ; Hotel security practice challenged ; Rehab house loses funding on suspicion of gang activity

  • Fear not, we have jobs… for now

    Manitoba is still the place to find work while other provinces are floundering, a recent report suggests.

  • Province to regulate payday loans

    The provincial government maneuvered its way out of a legal tug-of-war with payday money lenders recently by giving itself the official authority on capping loan interest rates.

  • Friendly (and generous) Manitoba

    Manitobans can, once again, pride themselves on being the most generous province in the country.  Manitobans have come on top in every report on Canadian charity done by the Fraser Institute, a right-wing think tank, since 1996.