Volume 69, Number 20

Published February 11, 2015

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  • Working Thesis

    A comic strip by Paul Hewak.

  • The Creeps

    A feel-good comic about two unnamed characters and their delightful journeys through universally hilarious themes like hatred, misery, uncontrollable rage, disease and rash, delusion, agoraphobia, paranoia, jealousy, greed, bitterness, binge eating, slothfulness, and death, lots and lots of death; also, deformity, flatulence, boogers, nosebleeds, bowel movements, and the eating of unappetizing things.

  • 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.

  • Policy changes can’t fix everything

    The Ontario government’s recent revision of policy regarding the treatment of transgender prisoners seems at first glance to be a step in the right direction. The biggest change to the policy means that prisoners will now be incarcerated based on their self-identified gender. In addition, trans women will now have the option to be strip-searched by women rather than men. Prisoners will be addressed by the gender and name with which they identify.

  • Imagine all the people (getting higher education for free)

    Well, the headline doesn’t quite fit the John Lennon song, but almost, right? President Barack Obama recently imagined something quite daring - at least in the American context. He proposed free community college for “everyone who’s willing to work for it.” He emphasized the proposal as being a cultural shift and an idea he would like to see spread all across America.

  • Canada’s Patriot Act

    Bill C-51, or The Anti-Terrorism Act as it’s more commonly known, is the newly revealed piece of legislation that the Prime Minister’s office claims will tighten Canada’s protections against acts of terrorism and improve communication amongst various departments and agencies.

  • Facebook comments bring unwanted attention

    Late in 2014, Kelvin High School teacher Brad Badiuk was found to have made offensive comments towards First Nations people on Facebook. His Facebook post referenced the book “The Comeback” by John Ralston Saul - a book explaining how mending the relationship between First Nations people and non-Indigenous Canadians was the key to a better country.

  • Yes, we are racist.

    As much of our city knows, Maclean’s recently released an article titled, “Welcome to Winnipeg: Where Canada’s Racism Problem is at its Worst.” Nancy Macdonald - the author of the article - triggered strong reactions across the city, forcing many Winnipeggers to look at ourselves in the mirror. We cannot pretend that racism doesn’t exist in Winnipeg.

  • Food for all

    Every week, nearly a thousand pounds of groceries pass through the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association food bank. Run in association with Winnipeg Harvest, the UWSA food bank has been providing food to both students and non-students for more than 15 years.

  • UWSA considering mandatory indigenous heritage courses

    The University of Winnipeg and its student body are taking a stand against racism in the city.

  • Fresh Pots!

    Bigger is not always better.

  • Dancing about the issues

    Social change isn’t always about pickets and petitions. 

  • On the Top Rope

    There’s a boom happening in Winnipeg right now. It’s a local scene experiencing the type of renaissance that one rarely sees in action. There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it, because it receives virtually no coverage from the local press. 

  • Breaching racist terrain with comedy

    Hari Kondabolu has often been witness to and on the receiving end of racist tendencies. Kondabolu, 32, uses his experience to bring new stature to the genre of observational comedy. With a stand-up show at The Park Theatre set for Feb. 19, Kondabolu is sure to leave the audience in a whirl of laughter and inquisitive thought.

  • Do not pass Gohe

    The West End and especially Sargent Ave., is home to many amazing restaurants best known to local residents and their friends. Gohe Ethiopian Restaurant is no exception.

  • Monsoon

    Monsoon is a visually stunning documentary about the struggle for life during monsoon season in India, a country whose economy hinges entirely on rainfall. Despite the sobering nature of the subject matter, one can’t help but marvel at the endlessly dazzling imagery. It’s the kind of film they might play on the display televisions at Best Buy to show off the lush picture quality, which is indicative of the film’s main problem.

  • Still Alice

    The success of a film like Still Alice lies solely on the shoulders of its lead performers. In that sense, it’s a triumph. Alice, played by the continually brilliant Julianne Moore (The Hours, Crazy Stupid Love), is a Columbia professor of linguistics who’s diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 50. Her contentment with life prior to the diagnosis makes the story even more tragic.

  • The Perfect Storm

    The act of writing can be tackled in at least two ways. First, there’s the option of sitting and letting the mind spin tales of wonder and far-off lands, yet only venturing as far as the kitchen to make a new pot of coffee. Or the writer can hurl themselves into a story regardless of where in the world it may take them, or how little logic the plan contains.

  • A personal Brood

    Instead of focusing on historic battles, Elliott BROOD decided that its latest record, Work and Love, would be more about the band members’ actual lives.

  • From Onanole, with love

    Solo artists Carly Dow and Logan McKillop have a lot in common: familial roots in Onanole, MB, an appreciation for the captivating beauty of Riding Mountain National Park, a comfortable niche in the local singer-songwriter scene and an intimate show set for Feb. 17 at the Times Changed High and Lonesome Club.

  • The Soapbox

    Okay guys, it’s time we have a chat. And let’s be clear, I don’t mean “guys” from the perspective of our language that often defaults to a masculine bias; I actually mean that right now, I need to talk to those who identify as men. Female or feminine identified folks, you can of course join in - some of you already have - but ultimately, this conversation is most needed between us guys.

  • Whose House? The Mariachi Ghost’s House

    If you’re looking for any of the members of the Mariachi Ghost on a Tuesday night, chances are you’ll find them jamming together in a basement.

  • The Uniter goes to Festival du Voyageur

    This week Aaron visits the Festival du Voyageur to find how what it takes to become a Voyageur!