Reforming concert etiquette

Rules render classical music concerts inaccessible

Concert etiquette can be a touchy subject, especially among classical musicians. While classical musicians maintain a certain pride in the unspoken rules surrounding concert, it’s possible that some of these rules have made the music inaccessible to those who are not familiar with them. A few good arguments are made by conductor Baldur Brönnimann in […]

Read more »

Graphic: Bram Keast

Why I no longer vote strategically

Electoral pragmatism sends politicians the wrong message

The day before the mayoral election my social media feed was flooded with pleas from political pragmatists. Supporters of Brian Bowman were trying to persuade Gord Steeves supporters to vote for Bowman, and Judy Wasylycia-Leis supporters were trying to convince supporters of Robert-Falcon Ouellette to vote for Wasylycia-Leis. The core of their message was: “Your […]

Read more »

University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg students voted in favour of having a universal transit pass (U-Pass) program this week through referendums held at both campuses. (Photo by: Carolyne Kroeker)

Voting on the U-Pass

A look at some of the issues regarding the U-Pass referendum

This week, UMSU members will vote on the issue of a proposed mandatory universal bus pass for students. UMGSA is also holding a similar referendum on whether to pursue the U-Pass. By the time this article hits newsstands, the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association will be finishing their referendum. With the date of the UMSU […]

Read more »

Graphic: Evan Tremblay

A musician’s worst nightmare

Airlines need to examine their policies on musical instruments

A very small controversy recently raged among musicians online due to Air Canada’s policy on musical instruments. As of Oct. 2, the policy on the airline’s website stated that while violins could be taken on planes as carry-on luggage, violas (which are only slightly larger and not significantly heavier) could not. Complaints were made, the […]

Read more »

Graphic: Scott Ford

The fallacy of the American dream

Poverty a feature, not a bug of modern capitalism

Recently a Chinese billionaire made a provocative and, at its core, American statement. In an article translated by the Cambridge Entrepreneur Academy, Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, said a great many things that the poster children of capitalism love to say. He told the story of how he started his own company […]

Read more »

Washington on the defense

The Daily Show panel highlights the need to stop trying to avoid blame and start making positive change

Recently, the Daily Show aired a segment pitting a panel of Native American activists who are pushing for a new name for a certain Washington-based football team against a panel of fans who are opposed to a name change. The segment is an amusing take on the sordid situation, but while it contrasts the views […]

Read more »

Photo Credit Matt Duboff. 
New mayor and new city management offer new hope on the horizon for Winnipeg.

Human rights and wrongs

Museum opening prompts questions about human rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), which is now open for business, has been controversial for a number of reasons, including the museum’s treatment of issues relating to First Nations people, the handling of archaeological digs at the site, the fact that many of the exhibits still have not opened, and the sheer cost […]

Read more »

Photo by Zach Fleisher

More than just academics

CFS-Manitoba’s role in building the student movement

As October rolls in, we see students are settling back into the regular grind of classes and part-time jobs. With all of this going on, it’s often tough to find a moment to look at the larger issues going on in Manitoba. All students at the University of Manitoba, through UMSU, hold a membership in […]

Read more »

ISIS and the contradictions of U.S. foreign policy

America harming its own long-term goals in Middle East

Kevin Linklater The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been covered a lot in the media, and some mention has even been made to how the 2003 U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq helped create this monstrous group. Little attention, however, has been paid to the power struggles and […]

Read more »

Graphic: Bram Keast

Issues to follow in the civic election

Crime, transit among important policies under contention this October

Zach Fleisher If you’re like most Winnipeggers, then you haven’t spent an outrageous amount of time following the #wpg14 hashtag, otherwise known as the lead-up to the 2014 City of Winnipeg election. Campaigns have been saturated with attacks emanating from hyper-partisan politicos, and a never-ending deluge of selfies and photographs from council candidates. There has […]

Read more »