Opinion

  • Living in the stone age

    This week’s cover feature, by comments editor Paul Carruthers, looks at Winnipeg’s overdose and drug-toxicity crisis. 

  • Honourable abuse

    No Canadian senator has even been stripped of their “honourable” title in history.

  • Gets her salad tossed

    In the shower, high on psilocybin, I ate ass for the first time.

  • More Uniter than you asked for

    It’s November. Winnipeg has a new mayor, the leaves (or what few are left) have a new colour, and, on Sunday, the clocks will wind back an hour as daylight savings time ends.

  • Schools aren’t safe

    Earlier this school year, West Kildonan Collegiate announced its “commitment to eliminate vaping and large groups gathering in the washrooms” on campus.

  • On the rise of online scams

    Pyramid schemes, grifting and scams have been ingrained into our economy, culture and social imaginary far longer than dial-up.

  • A burial ‘good enough for Jesus’

    Death is an uncomfortable topic, especially since everyone’s inevitable demise could harm the planet. It seems people can’t even die without adding to their carbon footprints.

  • The kids aren’t alright

    As I write this, the Winnipeg mayoral election day is officially afoot. By the time this is published, we’ll (likely) know our next mayor, city councilors and school trustees.

  • You’re banning the wrong books

    Every book has a lifespan, especially when it belongs to a public library.

  • HIV disclosure laws in Canada hurt more than they protect

    HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. If left untreated, HIV can develop into AIDS: acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

  • Two degrees of separation

    Nothing makes me feel more painstakingly folksy than being a Winnipegger in a large city.

  • ‘Made to feel complicit’

    In a boardroom of about 20 prospective interns, I learned the first rule of sports media: don’t look down in the locker room.

  • Privileged

    Nitumie ka-mia mbili,” Mom texts. I roll my eyes. But I send her the $200 immediately.

  • Bonus boosted

    I finally received my bivalent COVID booster shot this past weekend.

  • Police services aren’t corporations

    Recent inquiries into the actions of the RCMP in high-profile cases over the last few years, including the 2020 killing of 22 people in Nova Scotia and the multiple stabbing attacks in Saskatchewan in recent weeks, have put discussions regarding RCMP responses, and police reform and transparency, at the forefront of many Canadians’ minds.

  • Weathering the storm

    It’s an old cliché to complain about the weather in Winnipeg.

  • House of the Dragon’s Moralizing discourse

    Since its premier in August, House of the Dragon, HBO’s prequel series to its controversial fantasy blockbuster Game of Thrones, has already slotted itself into its predecessor’s position in the weekly thinkpiece factory.

  • Winnipeg’s Next Mayor

    Municipal elections may seem like small potatoes in the looming climate crisis, but their results significantly impact how people live day to day.

  • Diasporic rage

    On Tuesday of this week, Iranian students at the University of Manitoba (U of M) held a protest, a beautiful gesture of solidarity for Mahsa Amini.

  • ‘Just have a glass of wine’

    I made the appointment to talk about other kinds of pain.

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