Volume 64, Number 14

Published December 3, 2009

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  • Would you use a midwife?

    If you were to have a child, would you use a midwife?

  • Fashion Streeter

    I am mostly OK with fur.
  • Holiday Gift Guide 101

    The holiday season is upon us and with that comes the stresses of preparing for functions and shopping for presents.

  • Fashion from the very beginning

    Based in Winnipeg, Spirocreations is an international clothing line of hand-stitched leather apparel including designs of footwear, leather necklaces, shawls, belts, cowls and earrings.

  • Eat, drink and be merry without adding notches to your belt

    Holidays signal a break from work, spending time with family and… food. What would the winter holidays be without bowls of butter-smothered vegetables, crispy turkey skin, creamy eggnog and decadently rich desserts?

  • Harry Potter and the Scourge of Douchiness

    For some reason, I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails recently, all asking me the same question.

  • Addicted to the craft of crafts

    December may as well be designated craft-sale season. Every weekend from now until the big day, churches, community centres and even private parties will be inundated with homemade, handcrafted wares courtesy of avid local crafters.

  • Pop musicians starting to pipe up

    In the First and Second World War, a massive regiment of bagpipers would play on the battlefields to rattle the enemy and advance military columns.

  • Arts Briefs

    Man’s Breast Friend; Now It’s Official; Bad Inventions; Watch Out, Manitoban

  • Drawing on the rules of the new age

    “With every meeting of cultures there is struggle,” reads Ted Barker’s artist statement for his new exhibition, New World Aristocracy, at the Semai Gallery.

  • All that you can’t leave behind

    Films centering around the war on terror aren’t exactly a new thing in Hollywood, and it’s fair to say that the horse is nearly dead by now.

  • The absurd and whimsical world of Helen Hill

    Potbellied pigs, teapots, eggs with wings and a love letter to Halifax’s little known bohemian underbelly: all are captured on 16mm in the absurd and whimsical animated works of Helen Hill.

  • ‘Merry Christmas, you wonderful,  old Building and Loan!’

    The first music video ever broadcast on MTV was for the song Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. It reflected a nostalgia felt for the passing genre of radio and the lost stars whose careers ended with its demise.

  • JASON GREELEY Jason Greeley

    Jason Greeley’s self-titled country album gives the impression that he tried to combine elements of rock in with his standard country sound to give himself more of an edge.


    Sole and the Skyrider Band’s latest album, Plastique, is an interesting experimental hip-hop album that is crippled by its own ambitions.

  • THE ALMOST Monster Monster

    Christian rockers The Almost have put together a consistent, radio-friendly album with Monster Monster.

  • THE ROWDYMEN Gas, Liquor and Fireworks

    “I went down to the High and Lonesome Club,” Ken McMahon sings on The Rowdymen’s latest CD, Gas, Liquor and Fireworks.

  • MATT EPP Safe or Free

    On Safe or Free, local troubadour Matt Epp’s fourth outing since 2005, he plays it free.

  • The long journey from anxiety to harmony

    Serena Postel is in a good place these days. The Winnipeg songstress has abandoned cigarettes, endured painful personal growth and started using her artistic abilities to help others. She is also working on a follow-up to her widely acclaimed 2006 debut Spare Change.

  • The legend, the legacy

    Winnipeg’s Hot Live Guys are breaking up after more than 10 years of writing and recording raucous rock ‘n’ roll, and playing live shows so intense they more than once left band members bleeding – but not before they release one more album.

  • Said the electro-pop band to the hipster boy: Do you hear what I hear?

    Do they know it’s Christmas? If you’re asking Winnipeg musicians, the answer is yes.

  • ’Tis the season for conspicuous consumption

    Last Christmas, I witnessed a random but inspiring political protest at the Polo Park mall. It happened on Dec. 23, the busiest shopping day of the year.

  • Corrupted Christmas

    I’m not sure about you, but I think it’s a little strange that most people, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof, have adopted Christmas as their own personal gift-giving holiday.

  • Disputing the legitimacy of ‘enhanced interrogation’

    Recently, The Uniter ran a comment article asserting that enhanced interrogation does not qualify as torture and should therefore be used as a legitimate method of forcing information from detainees. While it was not written by a student at the University of Winnipeg, I still felt compelled to write a response to such a downright ignorant assertion.

  • The state of philosophy at the U of W

    It is inevitable that, at some point, every philosophy student must answer this question: “Why study philosophy?” This is usually followed by a second common question: “What kind of job does that degree get you?”

  • The MTS Centre has not revitalized downtown

    You might have noticed a glossy brochure in the Winnipeg Free Press recently promoting the success of the MTS Centre during the five years it has been in operation.

  • U of W Collegiate girls volleyball team exits provincials early

    The University of Winnipeg Collegiate Wesmen girls’ volleyball team have finished their season after being knocked out early during the Nov. 27-28 provincial tournament at Balmoral Hall.

  • An uneven weekend for the Wesmen basketball teams

    It was two very different stories for the Wesmen men’s and women’s basketball teams Nov. 27-28.

  • Wesmen volleyball teams sweep Thompson Rivers

    The University of Winnipeg Wesmen volleyball teams swept their at-home series against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Nov. 28 and 29.

  • New librarian taking the books to where students live and work — and walk

    Libraries are changing faster than you can Google “e-book,” and the University of Winnipeg library is trying to keep up. Some school libraries have sold off their print collections in favour of online-libraries. The U of W library isn’t there yet, but new library dean Jane Duffy plans to shake up how students hit the books.

  • Campus News Briefs

    U of W and U of M co-ordinate homeless study; U of W receives Downtown BIZ award; U of M student awarded Rhodes Scholarship; Thirty-three U of W students receive Aboriginal Award; Asper School of Business launches 2010 Manitoba Venture Challenge

  • Student voices quiet at campus radio station

    The University of Winnipeg’s campus and community radio station CKUW is having trouble retaining its student volunteers.

  • Future of philosophy department uncertain

    Dean of Arts David Fitzpatrick says the proposed amalgamation of the classics, philosophy and religious studies departments at the University of Winnipeg is off the table. But this news does little to lift the department of philosophy’s suffering.

  • Big Canadian names accept dares for charity

    If double-dog dares were the bane of your childhood existence, it’s time to take them back – on your own terms. The Dare To Remember (DTR) campaign is an effort to raise funds for the issue of AIDS in Africa.

  • Military pensions not as sweet as most think, survey shows

    Many Canadians falsely believe that most Canadian Forces (CF) veterans retire with full pensions after 20 years of service, a new survey reveals. The survey was conducted by the Commissionaires, a non-profit organization that does some contracted security work for the government.

  • Local gay activist remembered as a ‘founding father’

    Local community organizer and gay activist Richard “Asher” Webb took his own life on Nov. 10, 2009. He was 49 years old.

  • Local News Briefs

    Mentors for homeless will connect street people with resources; Car thieves foiled by stick-shift; Fake cash circulating in Winnipeg; New gadget to make parking meters obsolete; A dramatic proposal

  • New programs bridge divide

    The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) recently announced two new programs to address the differences newcomers face and raise awareness through discussion.

  • Southern Manitoba to get midwifery program

    Southern Manitobans interested in becoming midwives will get a helping hand from the provincial government.