Volume 64, Number 6

Published October 8, 2009

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  • Fashion Streeter

    My outlook on fashion lately is wearing what fits while promoting my individuality.
  • Family values

    Winnipeg-based clothing company Unorthodox Clothing mixes streetwear culture such as hip hop and skate style into a continually changing and evolving brand.
    Edward Generao, 22, initially brought up the idea of starting a clothing company and added Johann Generao, 28, Frendell Cano, 27, and Glenn Generao, 27, to take on different duties of the business based on their individual talents.

  • Thinning the herd: The real solution to population control

    Sometimes I get the feeling that we place too much importance on our own survival. I’m not speaking about the survival of our species here, just about the survival of individual members of our species.

  • No sugar tonight: There’s no “turn-off” switch in our brains when it comes to swee

    Conflicting advice regarding what we should and should not eat bombards us every day. Nicole Choptain, a certified holistic nutritionist (CHN) in Winnipeg, gives us the inside scoop.

  • Pale Blue Hope: Death and Life in Asian Peacekeeping

    Opening with the words “A prostitute with her legs spread wide” is an effective attention grab if nothing else.

  • Ode to a short-lived love affair

    Films centred on historical figures often tend to keep audiences at a distance, owing to the fact that the average filmgoer may not be familiar enough with the characters to care. This is not the case with the latest film from Jane Campion, the Academy Award-winning director of The Piano.

  • A mass of facts and myths

    Writer/actor Pierre Brault and director Brian Quirt are about to bring a legend back home with their highly acclaimed one-person play 5 O’Clock Bells.

  • Notes from the underground

    A local music magazine that was once a two-page insert in The Uniter is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend.

  • Arts Briefs

    Getting off when the stock market crashes; Manson contracts H1N1, continues to bore audiences; Fascism vs. Socialism: The Chess Game; Shlocky novel prized by readers in China; Fine art contraceptives

  • Skateboarding is not a crime

    Hundreds of people flooded the Forks in plus-30 degree weather late last month to participate in Skate 4 Cancer, an all-day skateboarding event aimed at raising awareness about the disease.

  • Shatter it and pick up the pieces

    When Edmonton-based musician Mark Templeton moved to Montreal for a year-and-a-half, he thought he would make a lot of music while living in the French city. He was wrong.

  • PINHEAD GUNPOWDER - Kick Over the Traces

    Chances are you have never even heard of Pinhead Gunpowder. Who can blame you? This retrospective is 23 tracks in 43 minutes. Raw pop-punk rock: snotty delivery, double-time jaunt and real melody.

  • WE ARE THE CITY - In a Quiet World

    “In a quiet world … I used to have my health but now I am ill,” Cayne McKenzie sings on Intro from this Kelowna trio’s debut long player.

  • CHAD VANGAALEN - Soft Airplane B-Sides

    It’s odd to attach a rating to a free, downloadable collection of b-sides.

  • THE DUST POETS - World at Large

    The Dust Poets’ fourth album is a masterful collection of folk and country songs commenting on such subject matter as homelessness (World at Large) and love and technology (Skeletons in Your Inbox).

  • THE PAPS - Not Looking for Romance

    The Paps are playing the Park Theatre this Saturday, Oct. 10. The four girls in the band, who formed under the ballsy moniker The Papsmears when they were in Grade 8, are now adults.

  • Stepping off the sidelines into the spotlight

    You may not be familiar with the name Julie Fader, but chances are you’re familiar with the bands she plays with.

  • New dogs, old tricks

    It’s often said you shouldn’t live in the past – but that old adage doesn’t hold true for Saskatchewan rock outfit The Sheepdogs.

  • Block rockin’ beats

    Public notice to all dance floor occupants: There’s a new beat in town.

  • Planting the seeds of victory

    Canada’s marijuana laws have long been controversial in Canadian politics. Due to the stigma of being labelled “pro pot,” politicians are often reluctant to advocate for the legalization of marijuana. Yet, the legalization of marijuana could be the issue to tip the scales for the Liberal party, should they advocate entrusting government with handling Canada’s marijuana market.

  • For those who hate taxes and love weed

    If the answer is marijuana, the unification of North America and good spelling, then the question is: What does the Peace Maker Society like, not like and not practice?

  • The original Gitmo

    As U.S. President Barack Obama begins the process of closing down the prison at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, in part due to allegations of the illegal torture and abuse of prisoners, it reminded me of a similar situation that involved Native American leaders during the 19th century.

  • Stephen Harper, denier of colonialism

    Stephen Harper has a nasty habit of hypocrisy. If his political career thus far can be typified by anything, it is his eagerness to surrender his values to the throne of power.

  • Campus News Briefs

    Attention winter wait listers!; Qualitative research group available; Gallery 1C03 hosts wind coil sound flow; U of M jazz student wins national award; Reappointment of CFS Local 8 representative

  • Security in numbers

    The UWSA SafeWalk program is gearing up for another year by recruiting volunteers to escort students, faculty and staff to their car, bus stop or residence at night. Six volunteers have been hired, with the hope of hiring one or two more.

  • When it’s more than just stress…

    Mental Health Awareness Week is Oct. 4-10 and students across Canada should pay attention.

  • No Duff

    Today, watching Wesmen volleyball star Justin Duff, it’s hard to believe that in Grade 9 he was cut from his junior varsity team. The six-foot-seven middle hit a growth spurt during Grade 9 and tried out again in Grade 10.

  • A tight squeeze

    A communal sigh of relief accompanied last Friday’s launch of the ninth edition of Juice, the University of Winnipeg’s student creative writing journal. This year, the journal, which in the past received the majority of its funding from the UWSA, scrambled to secure funds from other sources to cover publishing costs.

  • International News Briefs

    Lebanese clerics scuttle samba show; Ig Nobel Prizes for Irish police, Zimbabwe banker, Icelandic executives; Army commander caught drinking with the enemy; “Hitler” skull fragment belonged to woman

  • The multi-million dollar man

    Daren Jorgenson is the anti-egomaniac. His business interests read like a quilt: He owns the infamous Royal Albert Arms – which has been called the CBGB’s of the north – the award-winning and visually stunning hair salon Vault and Four Rivers Medical Clinic.

  • More corn in your car

    Manitoba will soon be the first province in Canada to have mandated the use of biodiesel. As of Nov. 1, all fuel sold in Manitoba will be required to contain two per cent biodiesel.

  • Our big, fat public sector

    A recent study from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy shows that Manitoba’s public sector is larger than other provinces and that we’re paying more for it than other provinces.

  • World heritage site in question after Doer announces 10-year delay

    The timeline for the establishment of a 4 million-hectare world heritage site (WHS) on the east side of Lake Winnipeg has been called into question and unresolved since mid-August, when Premier Gary Doer said it will take another 10 years for the WHS designation to be complete.

  • Is anybody here a doctor (or nurse)?

    The Manitoba government recently announced an investment of over $2.1 million to fund a large, multi-tiered strategy to recruit and retain Manitoba doctors. The investment has caused many to speculate whether there is a shortage of medical practitioners in Manitoba and whether the province is doing enough.

  • Local News Briefs

    RCMP stepping up seat belt enforcement; Churches ban handshakes; Doer to attend global climate summit; Manitoba population growth best in nearly 40 years; Welcome Place gets a new home

  • New deal for young New Democrats

    The youth faction of the Manitoba New Democratic Party is making headlines over a decision that has changed the group’s delegate selection process for the Oct. 16 convention.

  • One great city after all

    From tongue-in-cheek Simpsons references to The Weakerthans’ iconic proclamation, “I hate Winnipeg,” at times it feels as though the joke is perpetually on the residents of this city. Add this to the fact that Winnipeggers aren’t exactly quick to rush to the defence of the supposed “one great city.” Residents seem to have developed something of an inferiority complex for a place that is more akin to a prairie town than a bustling metropolis.

  • Senseless violence continues

    Following a string of violent incidents linked to gang activity – such as the summer’s grisly wedding reception shooting and the more recent occurrence in Wolseley where a man was set on fire – pressure has been mounting on officials to respond in some way to the issue of Winnipeg’s gang problem and youth-related crime.