Volume 63, Number 29

Published July 16, 2009

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  • Hot yoga heats up

    Hot yoga, traditionally known as Bikram yoga, is a series of postures and poses performed in a heated room; it doesn’t just have physical benefits, but emotional and spiritual ones as well.

  • Fat doesn’t have to be a bad word

    We know that fats are an essential part of a healthy diet. Fats act as an energy source and protect our organs from damage; dietary fats boost the immune system and are required for the absorption of certain nutrients.

  • A sunburn now can cause damage later

    When you think skin cancer, you should think of the ways you can protect yourself; one of the best ways is by wearing sunscreen. It is recommended that you wear an SPF of 30 or higher daily – not just when going to the beach.

  • Murderers in plain sight

    Hey everybody, I’m back again with some good and evil for you all. This week I want to talk about something very dangerous that affects us all, but that very few people actually know about.

  • Cache the wave

    Looking for a novel excuse to migrate to the outdoors and enjoy the sun this summer? One that doesn’t involve lethargy, a beach blanket and a bad book? You could always get out and go geocaching. That is, if you have any idea what it actually means to go geocaching.

  • Winnipeg Blogs

    In these changing times it’s hard to know exactly the role blogs play and the power they wield, but they surely do help combat the apathy that so often plagues society. Below, we analyze the power of blogs in Winnipeg and beyond, and list some of our favourites.

  • Fish Bones

    Gillian Sze’s debut book of poetry, Fish Bones, is anything but the cold fossil described in the title. Her poetry and imagination shimmer with life, vitality and peculiar beauty.

  • Punk’s powerful influence, from Canada to Indonesia and back again

    Douglas Crawford’s documentary The Punks Are Alright traces the influence of punk music around the world, from Ontario to Jakarta, Indonesia. The film opens with Hamilton’s Forgotten Rebels, part of punk’s original wave in the late 1970s, and brings us to unlikely places thousands of kilometers and decades away.

  • Not just fancy bronze cows

    Artist Joe Fafard has concurrent exhibitions in Winnipeg this month. The magnitude and scope of these two exhibits highlight his incredible eye for detail and establish him as one of Canada’s foremost sculptors and an expert in portraiture.
    The first exhibition, a traveling retrospective currently at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), will tour across Canada to seven different locations and includes over 70 sculptures. This exhibition is Fafard’s first major solo retrospective and contains work from the past 40 years. The second exhibition, at Mayberry Fine Art, showcases some of his newer work.

  • The young and the restless

    Elvis Costello and Arlo Guthrie may have been the big names that drew audiences to the 36th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival, but up-and-coming musicians you’ve never heard of were in the spotlight on the Shady Grove stage during the festival’s first full day

  • In and out with the F-Holes

    The F-Holes are a local band with unusual instrumentation: Five-string banjo, upright bass, trumpet, pedal steel, guitar, drums and mandolin are just some of the instruments the boys in the band change between. With such a variety of sounds, one wonders what their music sounds like.

  • Free to be different

    Ask Winnipeg musician Ryan Settee what inspires him to be different, and he’ll answer with one word: Kittens.

  • More accessible music for music’s sake

    Kangaroos, koalas, throwing another shrimp on the barby – it’s all in a day’s work for Mikey Bwickers.

  • Fashion Streeter

    Just cruisin’ around in my automobile.
  • U of W’s theatre department contributes to the Fringe’s success

    The Winnipeg Fringe Festival, conceived as an answer to the extremely popular Edinburgh Fringe Festival, has been around for just over 20 years. The festival has always served as an open and affordable opportunity to anyone interested in putting on a theatrical production. This, as you might imagine, is the ideal opportunity for University of Winnipeg students studying dramatic arts.

  • Liberals blowing their party to bits

    I can hear the fireworks. The sound is nearly rattling the walls of my little home in the federal riding of Winnipeg South Center. It is Canada Day, a day marking the confederation of this land into a united country. Celebration is abounding for a country that is, because of the freedom it grants and, ultimately, the stability and comfort it provides, the best place in the world. And yet I can’t help but notice my surroundings.

  • Ignatieff’s summertime blues

    Summer is a strange time for federal politics in Canada. Since Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff opted for the popular choice and refrained from forcing a summer election over a paltry disagreement with his Conservative counterparts over employment insurance legislation, Canadians will be without the sometimes-depraved and often hackneyed ruminations of the brutes from the House of Commons until the fall.

  • Killing women’s rights in 140 characters or less

    There are few things in the world funnier than hearing that yet another politician has been caught with their foot rammed squarely into their mouth. It’s not as if it is a rare feat anymore, either – it seems like almost every other week some elected official says something to land them in hot water.

  • Re: “Falling down doesn’t have to equal failure”

    “Falling down doesn’t have to equal failure” (June 18 edition of The Uniter). Right, it doesn’t.

  • The king of what? Pedophile jokes?

    Just in case you haven’t heard, a pretty famous celebrity died recently. Practically born into the spotlight, Michael Jackson was the good weird as he rose to fame. Different, talented, sexy and marketable, he declared himself the King of Pop to the world after the commercial ground making accomplishments of Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller.

  • Crying wolf over gentrification

    It’s a coup de grâce. The West End is finally and veritably improving and much, but very importantly not all, of the positive changes stem from various recent University of Winnipeg expansions. After years of planning and anticipation these positive changes are becoming reality, from the new Furby/Langside Campus to the recently announced board approval of the redevelopment of the former United Army Surplus and Greyhound bus depot sites (see page 3). Yet it is dishearteningly predictable that those who take the most ambiguous of stances on this issue are products of the university itself.

  • Lost Winnipeg

    Do you love learning about our city’s past as much as we do? As part of a four part summer series, Robert Galston, author of local blog The Rise and Sprawl, will examine neighbourhoods’ transitions over the past century, up until the most recent 2006 Census. In May he took a look at South Point Douglas, and in June he visited Roslyn Road and the beautiful homes which once lined the street. This month, we learn about Lord Selkirk Park, a neighbourhood in the North End.

  • University’s faculty chips in

    The economic situation is hitting the investments the University of Winnipeg relies on to fund scholarships and bursaries, but faculty is trying to turn the situation around.

  • Church might return to U of W

    A potential national headquarter move to the University of Winnipeg will be amongst the largest issues up for discussion at the United Church of Canada’s triennial national meeting from August 9 to 14 in Kelowna, B.C.

  • Big bookstore on the block

    Downtown Winnipeg is getting another facelift: soon it will be home to one of the largest bookstores in the area, a brand-spanking new art gallery and more classrooms.
    The bookstore –serving students, area residents and office workers – along with classrooms and other services will be in a newly-refurbished space in the Greyhound bus depot.

  • Bridging the Osborne gap

    After waiting more than 30 years for Rapid Transit here in Winnipeg, construction of Phase 1, the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor, has finally taken off. But already the project has hit a pothole.

  • Will it really be OurWinnipeg?

    Despite the city’s seemingly proactive approach to city planning as seen with the recent OurWinnipeg development plan and SpeakUpWinnipeg.com, some residents are worried their views won’t be translated into action.
    Lauren Lange, a city planning student and member of the Speak Up Squad, has heard such concerns firsthand.