Volume 64, Number 20

Published February 25, 2010

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  • Employing the homeless

    Do you think Winnipeg offers enough opportunities to employ the homeless?

  • Fashion Streeter

    My style is haphazard extravagant.
  • Awareness is in fashion

    Rock the Ribbon is a local fashion show benefitting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation–Prairies/NWT Region. Founders and event organizers Meryl De Leon and Shayna Wiwierski created the event to raise awareness about breast cancer while featuring local fashion name Nygard.

  • Making sure you get your chlorophyll

    We all know that we should include more greens in our meals, but sometimes it is hard to figure out exactly how to go about fitting in those extra, essential servings of green vegetables. If you don’t like the taste or if you’re just having difficulty trying to increase your servings, these ideas will motivate you to experiment in the kitchen once again.

  • Cougars make the personal political

    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately and I’ve come to two very earth-shattering conclusions.

  • Cry havok and release the dogs of war!

    For most of us, deciding what to put on our toast in the morning can be the most exciting part of the day. For others, coming face to face with an angry minotaur doesn’t even come close to how thrilling things can get.

  • Sin City is a safe bet

    Las Vegas is a shimmering, tempting paradise of party, especially to students looking to get away from a snowy winter. This past February, I counted myself as one of the many who succumbed to the lure.

  • This is how they roll

    Roller derby will be back in town for the first time in 30 years this weekend, showcasing the Murder City Maidens, Winnipeg’s finest women on wheels, full-speed, viciously hip-checking each other to the cold, hard floor.

  • The Caravan of Courage

    Not since Manitoba Theatre Centre’s legendary production in 1965 has Mother Courage and Her Children graced a Manitoba stage. For that show, MTC founder John Hirsch directed, Zoe Caldwell starred and people flocked from all around to Winnipeg to see it.

  • A dynamic mosaic of ideas and methods

    Displaying a dozen paintings created between 1977 and 2005, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s showcase of Tony Scherman’s artwork (titled Tony Scherman: A Major Acquisition) is an impressive collection of still-life images and pensive close-ups of the human face.

  • An Unexpected Break in the Weather

    An Unexpected Break in the Weather is the story of two women, Gertrude and Mildred, and the hardships and life-changing decisions that come with old age.

  • Public Enemy Number One

    Portions of the Pentagon Papers were first published in a New York Times exposé June 13, 1971. The series of monumentally important articles would lead to an increasing freedom of the press in the United States, a shattering of trust in public officials, the eventual end of the Vietnam War and the end of Richard Nixon’s presidency.

  • Wild Things makes these artists sing

    Following on the success of last year’s Songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, Jesse Krause and Darren Grunau of local orchestral funk six-piece Flying Fox and the Hunter/Gatherers are at it again.

  • TANYA PHILIPOVICH - Secret Fiction Romance

    Toronto’s Tanya Philipovich looks like a bleached-blonde Maggie Gyllenhaal in the ‘50s and sounds like a somber Lucinda Williams combined with that cute folk-girl you met in the park.

  • SEA WOLF - White Water, White Bloom

    Sea Wolf’s ambitious sophomore album revolves around nature and the loneliness of winter in an impressively sweeping musical collective.

  • STORY OF THE YEAR - The Constant

    Epitaph was always a label that you could count on for great punk rock of all styles and flavours.

  • MAGNUM K.I. - Magnum K.I.

    Magnum K.I. picks up where their 2008 Gunshy release left off: cultivating a West Indie vibe with subtle jazz touches over molasses-thick beats.

  • For your entertainment

    The two-man band isn’t all too common in the world of hard, dirty tubthumping beats. But it has proven to be effective if done right. The White Stripes, Death From Above 1979, er – The Carpenters?

  • Crazy trains and accordion choirs

    If you’re looking for interesting stories, Ingrid Gatin’s got a few.

    Whether it’s touring alone (like, really completely alone), singing for her transportation, or conducting an accordion circle, the Brandon-born songstress has an unusual resume.

  • Re: “Fashion Streeter” (Feb. 11, page 11)

    I don’t like when people only write when they have something bad to say, so I’m sorry. I’ll start by letting you know that I really enjoy reading The Uniter and I try to read it most weeks.

  • Re: “Free graffiti walls elaborate prank, city says” (Feb. 11, page 3)

    Pat Lazo’s comments are a clear indication that the only people who benefit from legal graffiti walls are the few and the proud who would actually use them.

  • Re: “Taking out the trash” (Feb. 4, page 12)

    Our government’s promises to reduce our city’s waste and make our planet greener are nice. However, they really need to re-evaluate their methods.

  • Canadians ‘get tough’ on crime for all the wrong reasons

    A new poll shows that Canadians are favouring harsher punishments for criminals than previously shown. The latest Angus Reid poll found that 62 per cent of respondents in Canada favour capital punishment for murderers and 31 per cent believed that rapists should be put to death.

  • The clarity of separating church and state

    Whenever I hear someone questioning the need for a separation between church and state, I shake my head. In response to Josh Bernier’s article “The ambiguity of separating church and state” in the Feb. 11 edition of The Uniter, I don’t understand how such a fundamental principle of a modern democratic society can be questioned or considered ambiguous.

  • The changing nature of ‘gay’

    When an out homosexual character on a prime-time sitcom exclaims, “Can you have him paint us something a little less gay?” it sounds like being gay isn’t entirely about sexual orientation.

  • Christianity in 2010: Who cares?

    Part 1 of a 3 part series: Christianity was in the news this month when it was reported that Youth for Christ, an evangelical social-service organization, plans to build a $11-million youth centre at the northwest corner of Main Street and Higgins Avenue.

  • It’s playoff time!

    Whether you’re a basketball or volleyball fan, you can look forward to some exciting playoff action from both Wesmen teams starting Thursday, Feb. 25. The Wesmen women’s basketball team and the Wesmen men’s volleyball team will be working hard in the next week at playoff games in B.C. to bring glory back to the prairies.

  • Students have the power

    Although university procedures are complex and at times difficult to understand, students are not powerless against the system. In fact, the right to make appeals is a right many students do not know they have.

  • Campus News Briefs

    Flash Mob at the Forks; Gender fair extravaganza; Math prodigies in Winnipeg?; Afghan humanitarian speaks at university; Filmmakers wanted

  • Prorogation back on national agenda

    The nationwide uproar may be over, but the Liberal Party of Canada, the NDP and several grassroots organizations are still lobbying the federal government to limit the prime minister’s power to prorogue Parliament.

  • International News Briefs

    Giving up iPods for Lent; Stranded snowboarder sets cash on fire to be spotted; Ants used to combat toads; Three women caned for transgressions

  • Aging demographic top concern for economic sustainability: report

    Move over, students and youth. Canada’s aging population is set to be the government’s top priority in the next few decades, according to a new report released by Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page.

  • Local News Briefs

    Winnipeg lawyer earns Nobel Peace Prize nomination; Local fight club broken up by mom; Youth for Christ faces political criticism; Pet owners push for outlawing no-pet rules in rentals; Using the web to find new home for strays

  • A new home for Harvest

    Winnipeg Harvest wishes it didn’t have to exist. But with 18 per cent more Manitobans using the food bank last year than in 2008, as reported in Food Banks Canada Hunger Count 2009, the organization is expanding.

  • Projector wants autonomy

    The Projector is seeking freedom. The Red River College Students’ Association (RRCSA) board of directors heard the Red River College campus newspaper’s bid for autonomy on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

  • Employing the unemployed

    Winnipeg’s downtown sidewalks may look a lot cleaner thanks to a program that employs the city’s homeless population with beautification projects – like picking up litter or removing snow – along the streets and sidewalks of the inner city. The Mission: Off the Streets (MOST) program was created in 2006 as a partnership between the Downtown Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) and Siloam Mission.