The age of things

Two hundred kilometers north of Winnipeg is Nopiming Provincial Park, a place full of backwater camping and hiking trails, and, as it happens, precambrian rocks that are over two billion years old. The precambrian, the longest and oldest of the geological ages, spans from when the earth first formed, somewhere around 4.6 billion years ago, […]

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Who will rescue the rescuer?

For anyone who questions the inherent goodness at the core of the human spirit, the story of Faron Hall should quiet their doubts. This man, without a home, without a family, without a sense of belonging, has saved the lives of two people who would otherwise have drowned. This courageous man, however, is now in […]

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Freestyle spending

According to The Vancouver Poverty Olympics, a group of citizens who oppose the 2010 winter games, Vancouver’s lavish spending in order to host the Olympic Games could have been more justly spent. Hosting the Olympics resulted in a loss of some major cash that could have, in theory, alleviated local social disasters, such as the […]

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Letters to the Editor – Feb. 24, 2010

YOU STINK AND I’M GETTING SICK It just happened again. My attempt at being a good and successful student is being thwarted by the guy who took the cubicle across from me. The stink is killing me.. I can handle that he threw his bag down on the desk-top without regard for the noise it […]

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Animal rights activism gone awry

I had a laugh when a fictitious animal rights activist sprayed red paint all over Samantha’s crisp white fur coat in Sex and the City. But a whole other genre of hysteria overcame me as a real activist smacked Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea in the face with a pie. Granted, there’s nothing funny […]

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American intervention in Yemen

Following the failed terrorist bombing onboard a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day, the United States has seized the opportunity to further their destructive foreign policy in Yemen, all while advancing corporate interests in the security industry at the expense of civil liberties. Although the only man arrested, Umar Abdulmutallab, was a […]

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Why our generation must support Palestine

Last week, the Manitoban printed an article by Spencer Fernando titled “Why our generation must support Israel.” Amidst the various boilerplate Zionist arguments, Fernando calls for “set[ting] the record straight” and discussion to reach common ground. While discussion alone cannot end the conflict (only the dismantling of systems of Israeli oppression can), and anyone attempting […]

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Give Up Now

The only way to avoid the crushing moment-to-moment parade of utter hopelessness that is “life” is to give up now. Believe me, it is beautiful relief to lie prone, on the floor, detached and drooling, doing fuck-all, forever. It almost makes living bearable. In fact, I think of all the people out there who haven’t […]

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Just don’t call it “Alt-country”

“Yacht rock.” “No Wave.” “Late-Baroque contrapunctual Galante.” “Miami Booty Bass.” People – usually non-musicians – seem to possess a near-militant will to categorize music into genres. And while such labels might provide a touchstone things like “conversation” and/or “common understanding,” they are also – to paraphrase Joseph Conrad – “the great enemy of reality.” Take […]

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