Volume 68, Number 23

Published March 12, 2014

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  • The importance of public health

    What does the term ‘public health’ mean to you? Most people probably have never put any serious consideration into the impact of this concept on our everyday lives, but Dr. Joel Kettner is looking to address this in his four-part lecture series, Public Health in the 21st Century.

  • A matter of conversion

    While the debate about the approval of TransCanada Corporation’s Keystone XL pipeline broils south of the border, Canada is dealing with its own pipeline questions. Not the least of these is the matter of TransCanada’s Energy East project, a plan to transport over a million barrels of oil each day from Hardisty, Alberta to refineries across the country in Atlantic Canada.

  • Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?

    Winnipeg’s winter season this year has been one we won’t forget anytime soon. Our city was colder than the North Pole and Mars for a day, and according to the Weather Network the Winnipeg area was the coldest place on earth this winter, with 54 days below normal temperatures.

  • Random Policy Idea: Why not more taxis?

    A few weeks ago, I read an article in the Winnipeg Free Press on the regulatory practices of the Taxicab Board (TCB). In “Cabbies, customers deserve better”, Graham Lane, a former chairman of the Public Utilities Board, argued that the TCB was unnecessarily limiting the number of taxi licenses granted, beholden to the interests of taxi company owners.

  • Why I didn’t vote in last week’s UWSA election

    For as long as I can remember, politics has been important to me. It has been my hobby, my educational path and my career up to this point. I long relished the opportunity to mark an X by someone’s name and believe I made a difference. I was once the Chair of the Board of Directors at the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA). I believed that a students’ association could make a significant difference at my university. I believed that my student leaders had my best interests at heart, and would act to change my campus for the better. 

  • Stop swimming against the stream

    I question some of my friends’ sanity when I hear they live in a crummy bachelor pad, infested with bedbugs and newly divorced husbands, but they’re still paying for cable.

  • Slip into something more comfortable

    After a long grueling winter, Winnipeggers are looking to let off some steam. What better way to get your blood pumping than a weekend full of naughty toys, adult film stars and sexy fashion? The 2014 Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show goes down March 21 to 23 at the RBC Convention Centre.

  • Breaking barriers

    You might remember Graham Hnatiuk from such sidewalk chalk art demonstrations at Old Market Square, Manitoba Hydro Place and Assiniboine Park, during the latter of which he narrowly escaped arrest.

  • Our fair city

    In the weeks following The Uniter’s critique of WindCity, the recently released web series that credits Winnipeg as a main character, many local filmmakers weighed in with their opinions. Though it is generally agreed upon that WindCity portrays an unfamiliar experience for most people in the arts scene, it has served to encourage those who have their own voice to add to the mix.

  • Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

    Pussy Riot hasn’t calmed down since its most prominent members were released from prison in December. Less than a month ago they protested the Olympic Games in Sochi, where they were viciously beaten by Cossacks and arrested for voicing their opinions. Just days ago, several members were assaulted with chemical weapons in Nizhny Novgorod. Now more than ever, I’d love to see a really great Pussy Riot documentary. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is certainly interesting and informative - but the great Pussy Riot doc, it is not.

  • All in the name of dialogue

    Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury, argues in his recent book, Faith in the Public Sphere, that secularism which confines religious discussions to the private sphere breeds spiritual curiosity and fundamentalism through a distrust of human experiences that cannot be categorized.

  • You can go home again

    Kalle Mattson decided to get personal on Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold. Released on Feb. 11 via Winnipeg/Edmonton label Parliament of Trees, the album sees the Ottawa-based singer-songwriter opening up about the death of his mother.

  • It just takes some time

    Shortly after guitarist Jordan Ngantian and drummer Jarrod Mikolajczyk’s last show with Winnipeg pop-punk band Kids & Heroes at the Park Theatre on Jan. 4, the duo started recording an EP for a brand new band called Bleed American, alongside vocalist/guitarist Jordan Voth and bassist/vocalist Matthew Voth.

  • The Famous Sandhogs

    Wordier than early Bright Eyes, more lo-fi than Sentridoh and catchier than any Katy Perry hit, the Famous Sandhogs is by far the most prolific underground project since Anton Newcombe’s epic string of mid-90s releases.

  • Glass Random

    Dave Shaw’s solo shoegaze/synth machine keeps kicking out the hits, and this four track offering is no exception.

  • Scott Malcolmson

    Not to be confused with South Park’s walking punchline Scott Malkinson, this former Winnipeg resident made this five song folk EP here last year with a handful of musical friends.

  • Critical Hit with Drew Nordman

    It’s never been a better time to be a nerd. Nothing truly exemplifies this sentiment more than the proliferation of comic book to film adaptations of the past few years. Not only are these movies steadily increasing in quality, they’re also consistently making a killing at the box office, proving how worthy these stories are of admiration. Year after year, audiences show up in droves to see the latest installments of their favorite heroes gracing the big screen.

  • Whose House? Rachel’s House.

    Printmaking, painting, collages, you name it, Rachel Boese does it. The Winnipeg artist’s passion lies in visual imagery, however she strives to better the craft education community.

  • Fashion Streeter

    The Uniter Fashion Streeter is an ongoing documentation of creative fashion in Winnipeg inspired by the Helsinki fashion blog www.hel-looks.com. Each issue will feature a new look from our city’s streets and bars in an attempt to encourage individual expression and celebrate that you are really, really good looking.

  • What do you think of student government?

    The UWSA recently had its election. What do you think of student government?