Volume 63, Number 27

Published May 20, 2009

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  • Complaining about those who complain about marijuana, which doesn’t need to be complained about

    So another Winnipeg winter has come and gone, and spring is finally here. We as Winnipeggers now find ourselves in limbo between the two main complaining seasons. Spring and autumn can be very trying times for all of us in this fair city as it can sometime be unclear exactly what we should be complaining about.

  • Painting the city

    It’s not easy being Jett Hansell these days. The 20-year-old is currently facing 75 charges of mischief under $5,000 for her role in a rash of graffiti incidents in Osborne Village last year and has a nightly curfew of 10 p.m.

  • From Winnipeg to Montreal – and back again

    In the eyes of a Winnipeg hipster, Montreal has got it goin’ on. From its eclectic art and music scene to its bitchin’ loft parties and superior Quebecois coffee, the hipster appeal of the culturally diverse Canadian city is colossal.

  • Fashion Streeter

    Fashions fade and style is eternal, you need to find what works for you.
  • The Literazzi: Stalking literature and pop culture

    Millions of people are kept glued to the small screen every night as of late thanks to the end-of-season television sweeps. Audiences everywhere are on the edge of their seats, anxious to learn the fate of their favourite small-screen characters.

  • West End relaunches following renos

    In the wake of its recent $4 million facelift, the West End Cultural Centre is set to relaunch May 25. But although many a Winnipegger is thrilled to have the iconic music venue open once again, one has to wonder what will happen to the smaller venues that picked up the slack while the WECC’s renos dragged on.

  • Labour’s impact on art, all grown up

    Upon entering Bringing Home the Bacon at Aceartinc, your eyes are immediately drawn to the mannequin directly to your right. She is revolving on a runway with ultra bright light bulbs that draw even more attention to her. The mannequin sports a sequin dress, her face is dolled up and her limbs are contorted into undesirable positions.

  • Baseball before all the bull

    Baseball has always been an interesting sport, and even though the recent taint of steroids has pushed it to the back of many minds (including my own), there will always be those who play the game for what it is: a great game to play.

  • Noise display: the artistry of sound

    Our days are perpetually scored by noise. This reality is one we are so accustomed to, we only take notice of the ubiquity of sound when it becomes ear-splitting or so negligible that we are forced to hear every solitary note, such as the metronome-like drip of a leaky tap.

  • Keeping up their end of the deal

    “It’s a pretty captivating piece of rock.”  Sights & Sounds bass player Matt Howes is talking about the gargoyle-esque Indonesian statue pictured on the cover of Monolith, the band’s first full-length CD, but he might as well be describing the music itself.

  • Sometimes quicker is better

    Plenty of musicians from Winnipeg’s roots community have made their way to Texas to perform and record. Hell, Twilight Hotel is moving there.

  • On the bottled water ban

    On the whole, the banning of water bottles on campus is misguided.

  • Re: “An inaccessible city”

    A number of us who have worked in this field have been trying to get people to take notice of inaccessibility issues for a long time. Dan Huyghebaert’s article, “An inaccessible city,” (issue 26 of The Uniter) highlights many of the issues.

  • Lost Winnipeg

    South Point Douglas, that narrow peninsular neighborhood east of Main Street and south of the CP Railway, experienced a 35 per cent population increase between 2001 and 2006, the 2006 Census revealed. And while that might sound impressive in a city that had an overall increase of just over two per cent in the same period, the boom only brought South Point Douglas’ population to 230, up from 170 persons.

  • The real peril of H1N1

    Well, it had to happen eventually. Despite all of the gaudy comparisons to the Great Depression, the news story candle that is the ‘global recession’ had to burn itself out of fashion sooner or later.

  • Province’s art scene continues to decline

    Winnipeg is a city of festivals.
    The year begins with the New Music Festival hosted by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. This is immediately followed by the Master Playwright Festival. Things settle down for awhile – but then summer arrives and all hell breaks loose.

  • Conservatives plagued by semblance of unification

    We live in a culture where uniformed punditry is considered a virtue. The mass media grant many individuals the implicit expertise required to opine the daily news and their “informed” opinions are often merely speculations about the partisan and ideological elements of governance. The modern Canadian columnist is, more often than not, uninterested in policy.

  • The tuition thaw

    Full-time University of Winnipeg students can expect to pay either five per cent or $150 more in tuition next year as the university prepares to increase tuition fees on the recommendations of Dr. Ben Levin.

  • Colleges to offer degrees

    Colleges in Manitoba might soon be able to offer four-year baccalaureate degree programs thanks to proposed amendments introduced to the Colleges Act and the College universitaire de Saint Boniface Act.

  • Student residence to benefit community, U of W says

    With just over three months to go before its official opening, McFeetors Hall is finally taking shape.

  • Concerns over kids’ camp

    Environmentalists’ claims that the provincial government bulldozed a road into a hike-in area of Whiteshell Provincial Park without public consultation have sparked criticism of Manitoba Conservation’s environmental policies and lack of transparency.

  • The green dream

    While the reality of attaining a nearby lot for urban green space continues to slip away for Gordon Bell High School, other downtown agencies are having more luck in attaining land. Some fear this is sending mixed messages to downtown residents about the importance of healthy living.

  • Online housing network not ‘magic bullet’

    A recently launched online resource known as the Winnipeg Rental Network is addressing inadequate levels of housing information for those seeking low-income rental units in the city.

  • The apartment recycling challenge

    Despite the urban push for sustainability, some downtown Winnipeg apartment blocks still lack recycling bins, leading green-minded residents to search for alternatives in other neighbours’ yards.

  • The garbage myth

    Litter in congested areas of the city can give the impression that garbage pickup is lacking there – but city authorities deny any privileging.