Volume 63, Number 26

Published April 2, 2009

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  • Urban planning

    In your opinion, what is the most important urban planning issue facing Winnipeg?

  • Sports Briefs

    Steroid testing proving to be costly; Canadian basketball players face long, tough road; Arms and legs are overrated anyway; MMA fighter drinks his own pee; University of Winnipeg names new athletic director

  • A website to fit your lifestyle

    Living healthy is an ongoing process. Choosing between healthy and unhealthy habits are decisions we need to make again and again each day.

  • Out with the snow, in with the fun

    Although there is still snow on the ground, pretty soon Winnipeggers will be dusting off their bicycles, runners and softball bats in anticipation of outdoor playtime.

  • Passion of the streets

    Streetball is where it’s at. The feeling of simply playing a game can’t be matched by an organized league’s indoor gymnasium.

  • Raising the sports bar

    Looking for somewhere other than your basement to watch the game, eat unhealthy snacks and knock back a cold one or four? Look no further than downtown Winnipeg’s top three sports-themed watering holes.

  • Playgrounds are for big kids, too

    Remember being a kid and always looking forward to recess?
    You and your friends would spend time in the morning picking soccer teams, so when you got outside, not a second would be wasted.

  • Fashion Streeter

    I like plain things that I can dress up in my own way.
  • Evacuation plans for furry friends

    When making a checklist for a flood, you’re checking for the necessities. Excessive amounts of non-perishable food items and flashlights are littered across the house – but what about stuff for your pet?

  • Avoiding Ukrainian cops

    In the 1996 novel Fight Club, an anonymous protagonist escapes the monotony of a nine to five job by bare-knuckle fighting other men.

  • Brothers from another mother

    Forget about The Jonas Brothers’ July appearance at the MTS Centre, there’s only one set of musical siblings Winnipeggers should care about – The Other Brothers.

  • City of potential

    Winnipeg’s The Weakerthans may be busy playing sold-out venues all over Canada, in some cases having to add more shows to meet the high demand for tickets, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost touch with their hometown.

  • Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves - Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves

    Listening to Chris Wollard makes me want to take a permanent road trip.

  • Ultimate Power Duo - New Normal

    A misnomer, this ensemble is neither ultimate nor a duo. But, ‘killer power trio’ does indeed describe them well.

  • Romi Mayes - Achin’ in Yer Bones

    Local singer-songwriter Romi Mayes picks up where she left off on Achin’ in Yer Bones, the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed and award-winning 2006 disc Sweet Somethin’ Steady.

  • The Perms - Keeps You Up When You’re Down

    The Perms have really straightened out their sound with the release of their fourth full-length CD, Keeps You Up When You’re Down, which they release Friday, Apr. 3 at The Cavern.

  • Midnight Dawns - Beyond the Threshold

    Now that heavy metal has returned to the commercial mainstream (once again), the music scene becomes flooded with bands that try desperately to grab hold of the hottest sound and ride the lightning.

  • Yes we…could

    When it comes to the discourse of the city we call home, Winnipeggers are a paradoxical lot. For example, typically disparate social strata-like developers, business owners, activists and ordinary residents alike agree that something must be done about the malaise of our downtown, but most of the city still performs a mass exodus of the area every day at evening rush hour.

  • Don Amero - Deepening

    I’m torn. It’s hard to hate the soft, smooth voice of Don Amero, but it’s also kinda hard to love it. I think the problems stem from the inconsistencies of this 16 track acoustic-pop album.

  • Afflicted Faith - Afflicted Faith

    Afflicted Faith have two shows lined up for this month – Saturday, Apr. 11 at The Zoo and Tuesday, Apr. 21 at The Pyramid Cabaret.

  • Cale Sampson - Cale Sampson

    It’s really not fair to compare a rapper to Eminem just because he’s white, but this Toronto MC sure makes it hard to avoid the parallels.

  • Bring Me the Horizon - Suicide Season

    I’m sorry, but this band looks so contrived. In fairness, Suicide Season is jackhammer relentless and doesn’t let up.

  • The Shouting Ground - The Shouting Ground

    The Shouting Ground has produced a wicked first album. Their sound is funky with a hint of pop to it.

  • Paper Moon - Only During Thunderstorms

    Look out, Quinzy –  Paper Moon is back to challenge you for the title of Best Local Pop Band.

  • A great place to be a musician

    Whether it’s indie rock, pop, hip-hop or raging hardcore, Winnipeg musicians have seen a surprising amount of commercial success for a city of only 700,000 people.

  • There’s some powerful shit going down here

    When asked about slam poetry, local poet T’ai Pu’s response is simple: “People really need to know how exciting this shit can be.”

  • Slipping profits

    A new report from Statistics Canada may appear to spell trouble for non-profit theatre groups, but Manitoba remains relatively stable.

  • Top of the class

    From Blackboard Jungle to To Sir, With Love to Dangerous Minds to Freedom Writers the “idealistic teacher thrown into the inner-city classroom full of hardened sarcastic kids” story is probably one of the most overdone tales in cinematic history. So tired is this type of story that it seems only the French could redeem it.

  • The art of silent comedy

    Given that most of what passes for comedy these days is built around the repetition of the dirtiest lines Judd Apatow can concoct, it’s refreshing to see that some filmmakers have rediscovered the art of silent comedy.

  • Down(town) and out in Winnipeg

    Racist songs and severe beatings – both are a part of a new art exhibit that depicts the social life of, and sets the atmosphere for, a dejected bar crowd.

  • Winnipeg as we know it

    In honour of The Uniter’s Urban Issue, we spoke with some of Winnipeg’s most knowledgeable, including Robert Galston, author of local blog The Rise and Sprawl, about the decisions that have affected Winnipeg as
    we know it.

  • The many faces of dumpster diving

    Dumpster diving is for anyone. It’s not restricted to the homeless or the destitute. People do it for a wide variety of reasons. It could be a matter of desperation, or one of convenience. It can be a last resort, or a daily ritual.

  • Re: “The hunt for Winnipeg’s best veggie burger”

    Never having sampled a veggie burger from the Lo Pub I cannot comment on Jonathan Dyck’s remark about the “uninspiring rendition” of the veggie burger offered up to him (March 26 edition).

  • Capturing our potential

    In political campaigns and social movements in particular, it is important to inspire a groundswell of support. This support can be hinged on a volatile issue of values or founded on the basis of sustainability.

  • Urban or suburban? The final frontiers

    Point - counterpoint: Where we live says a lot about who we are. Though Winnipeg’s unicity planning has resulted in a variety of unique neighbourhoods, there is still a strong dichotomy between the downtown core and sprawling suburbs.

  • Looking back on our future

    By the 1960s the teeming optimism that permeated Winnipeg’s civic condition at the turn of the century had long since vanished. Never mind Chicago of the North, the city was poised to play second fiddle to Calgary and Edmonton. In the midst of the jet age, Winnipeg’s tallest office building was still an embarrassing 13 floors – the McArthur building at Portage and Main, a slender but tacky relic from 1910.

  • Just do it!

    Well, here we are Gang; it’s already the last issue of the school year. Pretty soon most of you will be done classes and up to your elbows in meth and hookers.

  • Are local charities compelling faith onto clients?

    Winnipeggers have a lot of choices when it comes to donating to an inner city charity – but not the clients, who often find themselves succumbing to the religious affiliations of charity organizations.
    Shelters and soup kitchens like Siloam Mission and Union Gospel Mission are non-denominational Christian organizations that work in Winnipeg’s inner city.

  • Local News Briefs

    Lights out for planet Earth; Province invests big in education; Manitoba wild lands receive protection; Google Maps invading privacy? ; NDP takes provincial elections with ease

  • Thunderbird House

    The circular building topped with the head and wings of a massive metal thunderbird situated at 715 Main Street causes many newcomers to Winnipeg to stare.

  • Paving the way for urban reserves

    While some Canadian cities’ urban reserves are major economic and residential developments, Winnipeg has only recently started taking steps in this direction.

  • An inaccessible city

    Stephen Ward counts himself lucky to be living in accessible housing in Winnipeg.

    Even though he’s lived at Riverside Lions Estates retirement home for seven years, it took him some time to move in.

  • International News Briefs

    Women boycott lingerie boutiques; Pilot’s prayer lands him in jail; Thai Spider-Man rescues boy from ledge; Chimps have a toolkit for getting honey

  • Campus News Briefs

    Security threat slated for April Fools’ Day; U-Pass back from the dead; Budget bad news for U of W; U of W prof helps spread the joy of math; Students quit meat for a week

  • Businesses prefer suburbia to city core

    When it comes to commercial development, it seems Winnipeg is constantly expanding outward – and some say the city is to blame for allowing developers to call all the shots and pull resources to the suburbs.

  • Have city, need vision

    City planning is taking a hit in this year’s city budget, with significant cuts in positions and funding that could have an effect on city development over the coming years.