Money talks, bullshit walks in Alberta’s tar sands

Canada’s dirty laundry was displayed to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently. Pelosi was in Ottawa last week, where she met first with Environment Minister Jim Prentice, Alberta Premier Ed Stalmach and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. Subsequently, she met with Quebec Premier Jean Charest, environmental groups and First Nations to discuss U.S. energy imports and […]

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Just don’t look

For several weeks now the world has waited, with baited breath, for information on what Terry Jones would do. Is Jones a world leader, a sports figure or an actor? No. In fact, you and I could have gone our entire lives without hearing his name and would probably have been better off for it. […]

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The Cordoba House clash

In the immediate wake of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, as black smoke still consumed and choked the skies above Manhattan Island, Rudolph Giuliani, then-mayor of New York, issued an emboldened response to those behind the gruesome acts of terror: [“We will rebuild. We’re going to come out of this […]

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Letters to the Editor – September 15, 2010

In the last issue of the Manitoban, two letters to the editor appeared which contained false and defamatory statements against me. For space considerations, I will only address the parts of these letters which contain these personal accusations. The first, by Rev. Rudy Fidel, claimed that I “would like to make Israel Free of Jews […]

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Hermit slab

Robert Duvall has played every species of Southern-fried kook, crank, and coot that a screenwriter ever dreamed up, and many more that were just hauled out of the attic and given a light dusting. But one thing he can’t play is weak. He’s oaken, stiff, craggy, indomitable and kind of eternal. Remember the second Lord […]

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CD Review: Soulfly, Omen

Soulfly’s main composer and front man Max Cavalera has been brutally consistent with his brand of metal over the course of seven studio albums. Fans will be relieved that the same head-banging quality is there, but as a reviewer one does not simply want to say “more of the same” and move on, for that […]

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CD Review: Chemical Brothers, Further

Ever danceable, the Chemical Brothers continue to sound as if they are viscously wailing away at their instruments, as synthetic as said instruments may actually be. The initial three tracks use more shrill distortion than thundering beats, which truly tests the listener’s ability to “get into” the rhythms — or lack thereof. In fact, opener […]

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Hostile and heartwarming

Montreal-based artists Elisabeth Belliveau and Jessica MacCormack have created a world that is both hostile and heartwarming in their new exhibit Natural Disasters, Pets and Other Stories. The show, hosted at aceartinc. in the heart of the Exchange District, is a collection of pieces in different media including stop-motion animation films, sketches, paintings, collages and […]

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Essentially A Playlist – September 8, 2010

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Didn’t I just read a whole whack of articles about road trips in the last issue of the Manitoban?” and you’re right, you did. Fools think alike and great minds seldom differ, or words to that effect. It just so happens that I’m about to head south for a little […]

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