Volume 63, Number 25

Published March 26, 2009

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  • Biofuels

    Do you think biofuels are a good alternative to petroleum?

  • International News Briefs

    It’s all downhill after age 27; Keeping memories at your fingertips; A change of image; Iranian blogger dies in prison

  • Local News Briefs

    A criminal day off; Province in the clear; Better medicare, the grit way; Biodiesel? Not for Manitoba; Calling all Liberals

  • Arts Briefs

    The return of MacGyver; Virgin loses appeal; The show must go on for Steve Martin; Make your own magazine

  • Sports briefs

    A ‘hairy’ situation for Lance Armstrong; Rollercoaster week for Brodeur; Brother Midnight is back, baybeh!; Morgan State’s Ali flips out at Oklahoma’s Griffin; Obama shores up the football vote

  • Eric Nicholas - Words and Sounds

    Eric Nicholas’s first full-length solo album has the Winnipegger already sounding like a seasoned master. He makes straight up pop music, but Nicholas disguises it by adding just the right amount of extras to steer things from Dullsville.

  • The Minglers - Ca va bien, today?

    Ca va bien, today?, the long awaited third album from Winnipeg-based country-roots outfit The Minglers, has arrived with a twang, but I couldn’t help feeling a little confused.

  • Various Artists - War Child presents Heroes

    Compassion, guilt or publicity – it doesn’t matter why the artists on War Child’s Heroes album agreed to do a cover of one of their favourite songs.

  • Fully Loaded - Inside My Head

    I’ve accidentally stumbled across an answer to a question many are too frightened to even ask: What could be worse than Nickelback?

  • Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country

    Canada’s purveyor of sonic dreamscapes returns with his proper follow-up to 2006’s Harmony in Ultraviolet. On An Imaginary Country, dense layers of drones swirl amidst shimmering melodies and shifting tones.

  • Polish those clubs

    That white stuff outside is finally melting and the wonderful green grass below is slowly becoming more and more visible. This means that the time to play the most relaxing, yet most frustrating sport, is thankfully near.

  • Wesmen volleyball wrap-up

    The men’s and women’s Wesmen volleyball teams are perfect examples of the circle of life. All good things must come to an end, while new life brings exciting possibilities.

  • That’s two for Canada and maybe more

    Canada’s soccer image is about to expand.

    Alongside the fairly young Toronto FC, the Vancouver Whitecaps of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) will join the other 16 Major League Soccer (MLS) franchises in the expansion year of 2011.

  • Two-faced Harper can’t decide

    Stephen Harper does not seem himself lately. Gone are the days of the fiscally responsible hardliner, with his dogmatic adherence to the government bottom line. That persona seems to have died the day that the ill-begotten trio of opposition party leaders raised their collective voice in outrage at the timid Conservative government response to the country’s economic plummet.

  • The Internet and sports

    The Internet has become a bountiful source of riches for sports fans. However, recent Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearings on the potential regulation of new media, specifically for Canadian content on the Internet, may have effects for sport aficionados.

  • The hunt for Winnipeg’s best veggie burger

    Once a bland alternative to North America’s fast-food favourite, the veggie burger has become a well-loved meal in its own right.

  • Tacky, or just good old fashioned fun?

    Talk to anyone who hails from outside Manitoba and watch their brow wrinkle in confusion at the term “wedding social.” But while it’s a foreign idea to outsiders, we Manitobans are as familiar with wedding socials as we are with winter.

  • Exploring the unknown

    A local filmmaker’s latest project has been accepted to screen in competition at the prestigious Ann Arbor Film Festival.

  • Caught in a mosh

    Ten years ago, there were maybe seven metal bands in Winnipeg, and there were only two big metal shows a year, where a crowd of 30 would be a blessing. In 2001, Cory Thomas and Chris Leskiw wanted to change that.

  • Music for nothing and the hits for free

    Remember when we all thought Radiohead had the shittiest business model ever when they decided to sell In Rainbows for, well, whatever you were willing to pay for it? Proving a good many people wrong, In Rainbows was surprisingly successful and profitable.

  • A ridiculous, goofy time

    Whether breaking toilets in recording studios, being hassled by Czech Republic border guards or playing shows in a rat-infested squat house in the deep south, Under Pressure have always maintained an obsessive work ethic and genuine passion for hardcore punk rock.

  • Fashion Streeter

    I like to wear whatever is comfy.
  • A tough sell

    For a film, bleak is a tough sell. Bleak kills parties, rains on picnics and hangs out at nursing homes. It’s hard to convince people to go see bleak, especially when action, horror and comedy are playing next door.

  • Revive, archive and survive

    Upon entering Aceartinc, you hear a barrage of sounds coming from behind a black curtain. There is a steady bass sound accompanied by jumbled up voices and sounds that put you in a dreamland. As you walk across the gallery and walk into the dark area in the back, the video reel starts and the room comes alive, screaming at you.

  • Who says health food is healthy?

    As rates of illness and disease rise all over the country, the health of Canadians everywhere is an issue we must address. What we eat strongly influences our improving or deteriorating health, but with so many food products to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones are healthy.

  • Re: “The move from the West”

    First off, congrats on a great new site and bumping up your news content. It reminds me of the original Uptown many, many years ago.

  • Re: UWSA elections

    I would like to take this opportunity to share my opinion about the winning of the new UWSA President Jason…?

  • History marches on: an ode to Professor Keenan

    Come spring, the University of Winnipeg will bid farewell to yet another veteran professor. After 36 years of teaching, professor Brian Keenan will give his last lecture as a representative of the U of W. Dr. Keenan, who aptly holds the position of student/major advisor for the philosophy department, maintains an interesting and authentic rapport with his students.

  • There are no slumdog millionaires here

    KAMPALA, UGANDA – After spending the last two months working in one of Kampala’s largest and poorest slums I can’t say I’ve seen much I didn’t expect. It has been a personally rewarding, emotionally taxing and incredibly human experience – but that was anticipated.

  • Nowhere to stay

    Refugees living in Winnipeg face a huge obstacle to their settlement: a serious lack of adequate housing. The plight of new refugees and immigrants is hidden between the cracks of government bureaucracy, but cannot be ignored.

  • Growing up is tough, unless you’re a gynecologist

    Hi Gang. It’s me, J. Williamez. I’m back for yet another edition of my weekly column “Good and Evil with J. Williamez” (because there are clearly not enough people complaining about it to make the editors force me to stop).

  • No progress here

    Imagine a minister of justice who believed in stoning adulteresses or a minister of health who prescribed exorcism.

  • U of W seeks students

    Even though the University of Winnipeg’s enrolment growth has outpaced the national average in the past, the university’s administration still thinks there’s room for improvement.

  • Voter turnout way up in UWSA election

    Democracy is on a good path at the University of Winnipeg. This year’s University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) general election saw a six per cent hike in voter turnout from last year.

  • Visiting speaker accused of anti-Semitism

    A professor invited to speak at the University of Winnipeg earlier this month was accused of anti-Semitism after his lecture, sparking a debate on the limits of academic free speech.

  • Culture of fear

    A Winnipeg resident was recently reminded of the sensitivity to public safety when police raided his home in search of weapons – on account of a toy gun.

  • Biking for change

    University of Winnipeg urban and inner city studies student Andrea Derbecker spent last fall biking along Canada’s east coast, trying to teach the residents of small, backwater towns about fair trade coffee and water conservation.

  • Canadian newcomers have bleak pension prospects

    When Mary (not real name) moved here from El Salvador 11 years ago with her daughter, she did not know she would be eligible for Old Age Security (OAS).

  • Controlling the force

    Protestors took to Winnipeg’s streets to mark the 13th annual International Day Against Police Brutality recently.

  • Hydro dam has mixed benefits for community

    Residents of a northern Manitoba community are divided on the idea of Manitoba Hydro building a dam in their area.

  • Turning plant waste into fuel

    Amid growing concern with the feasibility of conventional ethanol, a new type of biofuel is emerging onto the Canadian scene – and sweeping prairie provinces by storm.