Volume 63, Number 21

Published February 26, 2009

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  • Like the naked lead the blind

    Danica Patrick has just become the first woman in history to win an IndyCar race. This could have been a moment to celebrate the success of a woman in an otherwise male competition. Instead, we heard this: “So here she is in a bikini!”

  • Sports Briefs

    Vancouver is gearing up ; Gretzky says no ; Good steroid news? ; Politics and sport still don’t mix ; Like father, like son

  • Tough love on skates

    Fighting is as important to the NHL as sex is to a honeymoon. Those that love fighting realize the importance of allowing the players to police themselves in ways that referees fail to do.

  • The power of aphrodisiacs

    What we eat affects all parts of our life; our ability to study, exercise, be in a good mood, and even to stimulate our senses.

  • You’ve got questions

    Ladies and gentlemen, straight from the mouth of Miss Lonelyhearts: “Don’t wait for someone to choose you! Choose who you want and go after them.” Sure that’s insightful advice, but what gives this Winnipeg Sun columnist license to dish out advice? The answer to that question is more than just degrees and licenses, but life experience and attentive listening.

  • The search for a way home

    “We love the place we hate, then hate the place we love. We leave the place we love then spend a lifetime trying to regain it.” With this invocation director Terence Davies begins Of Time and the City, his poetic, semi-biographical journey through the annals of Liverpool history.

  • The voice of a community

    For over a decade, Outwords magazine has been the go-to resource for Winnipeg’s queer community. Sipping coffee in a cozy Wolseley coffee shop, current editor Rachel Morgan described the periodical’s eclectic journey to present day.

  • Where have all the virgins gone?

    Thanks to media portrayals of young people as sex-crazed skanks, it’s common belief that all young people are having sex. The image of the virgin radiating with an aura of innocence and pale cheeks not yet tainted by afterglow seems to be disappearing. But since we can’t see into the heads and beds of today’s youth, is it safe to assume that virgins are a dying breed?

  • Cut from the same cloth

    Pop culture relationships can inspire us—to want to love as fiercely as Romeo and Juliet, for example—but they can also make us feel inadequate. Though it’s important to consider that we see these couples through an air brushed lens, the effect they have on our everyday lives is hard to ignore. Below are some of the well-known couples that we’ve laughed with and cried for throughout the years.

  • Activism without the austerity

    Naomi Klein calls them “the Jonathan Swift of the Jackass generation,” university activists may call them genius and big business has surely labeled them as muckraking scourges. Acclaimed political activist-pranksters The Yes Men will be rolling into the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) Tuesday, Mar. 3 to discuss their latest film The Yes Men Fix the World.

  • Arts Briefs

    2008’s international bestsellers; Grammy awards send M.I.A. into labour; Violin lessons turn violent

  • Lord Selkirk: A Life

    J.M. Bumstead’s scholarly look at Thomas Douglas’ life leading up to and including his position as the fifth Earl of Selkirk consists of a good body of information for those interested in his contribution to Canadian history. Bumstead’s work shows that he is a clearly educated man, perfectly capable of compiling an impressive body of research into a biography that expresses a great deal of knowledge.

  • Laughter as medicine

    There are many painful issues to be unravelled in the relationship between the two old coots, Wes and Don. Their weekend together at the fishing cabin they built during their youth may be the last opportunity to request and receive forgiveness from each other.

  • Fashion Streeter

    “I look at old grannies on the bus for inspiration.”
  • Love is all around

    What do Boyz II Men, Jann Arden and Bruce Springsteen have in common? They’re all part of local musician Don Amero’s list of all-time favourite love songs.

  • All choked up

    Fans of Edmonton punk four-piece Choke should be familiar with the names Clay Shea and Shawn Moncrieff. The two played in that band for 13 years, putting out six releases and garnering critical acclaim in the process.

  • Eric St. Laurent - Dimensions d’istanbul

    Eric St. Laurent knows how to handle a guitar. With sounds ranging from Ali Farka Toure through that of the African harp known as the balaphon to the electric frenzy of Hendrix, this 10-part suite will delight music fans and keep guitar aficionados guessing as to how St. Laurent managed to create such an incredibly rich tapestry.

  • Animal Collective - Merriweather Post-Pavillion

    Animal Collective’s eighth studio album, Merriweather Post-Pavillion, debuted in the Billboard Top 20 and was massively hyped even before leaks began to surface online a couple of months ago. While I personally enjoy AC’s experiments with atmosphere and expansiveness, there’s still plenty of oddness here to buffer the trio from unconditional praise and universal appeal.

  • Public - …And In The End, Release

    After the first two songs of Public’s EP, ...And In The End, Release, I thought I was listening to tracks that didn’t make the cut for a Strokes album. That’s because the best tracks are thrust to the beginning of the EP.

  • Kim Reimer - Not the First Girl

    Not the First Girl, the sophomore album Manitoba’s Kim Reimer will release this Saturday, Feb. 28 at Shannon’s, is a fitting title. Every facet of this middle of the road country album has been over explored.

  • The Furr - How Fortunate You Are

    Like their name, this band’s mix of musical influences is unusual, including Against Me!, the Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen and the Dixie Chicks. However, they actually mesh together quite well, and indeed their brand of indie rock far surpasses the sounds of those bands.

  • Babies making babies… and porn

    We are all sexual creatures. Really, at our most basic, all we have to do is make babies. But unlike other animals, we also play mating games.

  • Let’s make love

    Love. Love is a wonderful and powerful thing. One minute, it can make you think you can fly, another, it can make you feel completely invisible. Under love’s influence, people have done some pretty crazy things, and even forgotten who they are once in a while. Love can scare the shit out of you and it can make you forget your own name. Despite all of this, love is something that can really open your mind, and can change the way you look at everything in your life.

  • I am done with February

    Awww shit, it’s February. Seriously. Look outside. It’s February.In case you don’t understand the severity of the situation, let me break it down.

  • Just eat your food

    Over the past six years that I have worked in the restaurant industry, a large majority of my customers have been couples. I have always desired an opportunity to publicly address the etiquette of said couples when out dining among the masses.

  • Re: Failing UWSA needs its own Obama

    I thought Breanna Walls was a bit harsh on the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) (Feb. 5 edition). I’ve been to a board meeting and I was absolutely blown away by efficiency and professionalism of the Board of Directors. Having grown up in the land of too often corrupt, unaccountable, inept and/or ineffective elected leaders (an Indian Reserve), these passionate young adults helped me to develop an ideal of what I would like to see in my home community.

  • Get your babies here!

    There was a brief period of time when the world looked in awe upon Nadya Suleman, the California mother who successfully gave birth to healthy octuplets. But the awe quickly turned to dismay when it became known that Suleman already has six other children and was setting up a personal website asking the public for donations to keep her family fed and clothed.

  • Waiting for the verdict

    On Jan. 7, two prominent members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Winston Blackmore and James Oler, were charged with one count each of practising polygamy. The Bountiful, British Columbia church is a pseudo-religious sect of the Mormon Church which claims God’s word justifies the right of men to marry as many women as they wish. Blackmore is alleged to have somewhere around 20 wives, while Oler’s charges relate to his marriages to two women. Police have claimed that some of these wives may have been 15 at the time of their marriages to the two religious leaders.

  • The traditional family

    What does the term ‘traditional family’ mean to you? Is it something that’s still important?

  • Campus News Briefs

    U of W embraces Black History Month; Athabasca University teaching through play; Province commits money to train troubled northern workers; European process raises questions about Canadian universities; Faith to be rewarded

  • All eggs in one basket

    Communal child care is a new term for an old concept that is popping up around Winnipeg. In communal child care, parents organize themselves into a group and take turns supervising the children.

  • Jesus, Vishnu and Muhammad meeting at the altar

    Couples wanting to tie the knot have an overwhelming number of options at their fingertips, from choosing the band to choosing an exotic location. But when it comes to the ceremony, what kind of religious service suits the contemporary couple?

  • International News Briefs

    Abu Ghraib re-opens with greenhouses and sewing workshop; Snake charmers attempt to charm government ban ; No more playing doctor in China; 83-year-old thief has a hand in everything

  • Marrying a stranger

    Morad Nakhleh’s parents had a rough start when they were wed through an arranged marriage in the West Bank, their place of origin. “He didn’t like her at first. He wanted to run away to Beirut,” Nakhleh recalled of her father.

  • Love without escape

    While loving your significant other doesn’t mean you have to spend every moment of every day with them, sometimes there is no other choice. Trying to make love and relationships work under tight housing conditions can be a hurdle for some low-income earners.

  • Dating across genders

    Being transgender doesn’t make dating any harder—or easier—than it is for other people. Transgender people may not even consider it an issue.

  • The good life, alone

    It’s been a few years since Plato roamed the streets of Athens, preaching the timeless adage, ‘know thyself.’ Who knew he was talking about relationships?

  • Local News Briefs

    CanWest approaching bankruptcy; Canadians want to believe ; Property-tax freeze may not stay; Hometown Manitoba thinking green; Provincial by-election dates in place

  • Sexual education needs bigger reach

    Although sexual and reproductive health education is mandatory in all public schools in the city, Winnipeg, and especially the inner-city, still grapples with sexual illiteracy.

  • The pill — revealed

    Hearing the phrase ‘birth control,’ most people picture the pill—a cute pastel tablet that magically wards off babies besides other fun tricks like fighting acne.

  • The evolving Canadian family

    Kirstie Lindsay has been a single parent by choice to her daughter for 15 years. “I grew up in an absentee father household,” Lindsay said. With her father gone, Lindsay found it difficult to acknowledge her self-worth.