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The university of Winnipeg student weekly DEC 07, 2006 vol. 61
Issue 12
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Smear Campaign or Corruption?
Violence against Women Remembered
Local art for Christmas this year
National Student Union Struggles to clear its name
Womyn’s Centre commemorates Dec. 6 with blood art
aceartinc’s Winter Warmer has something for everyone
21 Making the Grade
wesmen interim review
December 7, 2006
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Ksenia Prints
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prestigious scholarship
Jenette Martens
ing for the Rhodes scholarship. She had a variety of
pride. She had recently become a yoga teacher and
Volunteer Staff
reasons not to. For one, she didn’t want to move to
found that the experience changed her perspective
England. At the urging of her grandparents and pro-
on her achievements. It was an activity done simply
fessors, however, she investigated the program and
for the joy of it. “I’m most proud of my achievement
realized its advantages.
of not thinking so much about my achievements,”
she joked.
able to Prairie students recently went to
To apply, she collected six reference letters and
the University of Winnipeg’s Alana Lejoie-
wrote a 900 word paper on her interests. She also re-
Lejoie-O’Malley’s achievements do not end
O’Malley. Next fall she will travel to Oxford University
ceived a letter of recommendation from the presi-
with SUNSET and yoga. Prior to the award, she had
to study physics and philosophy.
dent of the University, Lloyd Axworthy, and submit-
completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the U of
“I was excited, but it was still kind of like, ‘Gee,
ted a résumé. After attending several events with
W and only had a few more electives to finish before
how come me and not somebody else?’” said Lejoie-
other applicants, as well as taking part in interviews,
she graduated with a Bachelor of Science. She at-
Lejoie-O’Malley was told she had won.
tended the U of W collegiate, where she won many
To be a Rhodes scholar, one must show literary
A major factor in Lejoie-O’Malley’s success
awards and scholarships. She was also heavily in-
and scholastic achievement, energy to develop one’s
was her work with SUNSET (Sustainable University
volved in extracurricular activities. Lejoie-O’Malley
talents, devotion to duty, desire to protect the weak,
Now, Sustainable Earth Tomorrow) at the University
speaks both English and French fluently, and has
unselfishness, moral force of character, and the abil-
of Winnipeg. SUNSET works to make the University
worked as a tutor, researcher and teaching assistant.
ity to lead and take an interest in one’s fellow beings.
more socially and economically responsible. “I think
Asked if she would recommend that others
The scholarship is seen as one of the most prestigious
(my work with SUNSET) is basically why I’m going,
apply for the Rhodes scholarship, Alana cautioned
in the world. Past recipients include leaders from sev-
but there are so many other people who have done
students to remember that even though it is presti-
eral countries, for example, Bill Clinton, the former
amazing work in that area and aren’t getting any rec-
gious, it is still just a scholarship to study at a univer-
president of the United States. The cost of studying at
ognition,” said Lejoie-O’Malley.
sity. Students should research Oxford and decide for
Oxford is completely covered for two years, including
travel and living expenses.
Initially Lejoie-O’Malley didn’t consider apply-
Beat Reporter
Senior Reporter: Derek Leschasin
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U of W Student wins
ne of three Rhodes scholarships avail-
Mike Lewis [email protected]
News Editor: Richard Liebrecht
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Surprisingly, though Lejoie-O’Malley enjoyed
themselves if it has the programs that they want to
her work on environmental issues, her many achieve-
study, she said. For Lejoie-O’Malley, Oxford isn’t the
ments in that field were not her greatest source of
end of the road — she has a lot of studying ahead.
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Michelle Dobrovolny
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Sarah Sangster [email protected]
Family will remain in “benevolent
prison,” says Minister
this week’s contributors
est, are Canadian-born citizens. Hassan Raza,
Michael Banias, Sam McLean, Jenette Martens,
Cameron Maclean, Renee Lilley, Kelly Ross, Brooke Dmytriw,
Aaron Epp, Erin McIntyre, Matt Urban, Daniel Falloon,
Micheal Silicz , Josh Boulding
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the family’s father, fears what awaits the westernized children in a country they have never known.
“Maybe my problems can be solved… But my
daughter, she has a future here,” he says.
our months ago the Raza family arrived at the Crescent Fort Rouge United
Church (CFRUC) looking for sanctuary from deportation. On Nov. 26 the federal
Immigration Department denied their appeal
to leave sanctuary until the review of their refugee status applications. For now the family will
remain at CFRUC.
The appeal was based on an alleged failure to
account for the well being of the family’s children.
The six children, ages one to thirteen, were not all
born in Pakistan, and most do not speak Urdu, the
regional language. Sima and Massim, the young-
“[The appeal] was turned down, no reason
given,” says Rev. barb janes of the CFRUC, angered
by the decision. The Razas themselves are “very
upset” and disappointed, and state that returning to Pakistan is not an option. They escaped the
country in 1998, victims of sectorial violence.
While in sanctuary, the family is unable
to step beyond church boundaries. Volunteers
attend to their needs and the children are homeschooled, separated from any peer contact. “Being
in sanctuary, like this family, is basically like (being
in) a benevolent prison,” said Rev. janes in a previous Uniter interview.
The family now faces two options: await a
The Raza family children, living in sanctuary at Crescent
Fort Rouge United Church, are homeschooled.
decision on their humanitarian and compassionate application; or hope for a compassionate intervention by Monte Solberg, minister of citizenship
and immigration. “We continue to lobby Monte
Solberg. We have the postcard campaign, and we
continue to look for any other options available,”
says Rev. janes. The postcard campaign is a country-wide effort through the United Church’s website. People can purchase and send postcards to
(Photo: Natasha Peterson)
minister Solberg, urging him to take action on the
family’s situation.
“We’ve reassured [the Razas] that we’re not
giving up on them, we’re continuing to work as
hard as we can to let them stay in Canada,” says
Rev. janes. But the process could take several more
months — it doesn’t look like happy holidays are in
store for the Razas.
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December 7, 2006
EU barriers to GMOs lose strength
Canadian producers speculate trade changes
Cameron Maclean
Volunteer Staff
he European Union has opened the
door to genetically modified organisms. A World Trade Organization panel
ruled in favour of countries protesting the EUs
previously GMO-restricting import regulations,
and has ordered the EU to resume product approval proceedings. The EU has announced
that it will not appeal the decision.
Earlier this year, the WTO panel found
that the EU and its member states had effectively put a moratorium on GMOs and other
biotech products between Oct. 1998 and Aug.
29, 2003 (the date the panel was established).
During this time, the EU imposed strict regulations and standards on products approved for
sale, and approval proceedings often dragged
on for years. The Canadian government, as well
as the United States and Argentina, complained
that this amounted to an unjustified barrier to
trade, and violated international agreements
that require such procedures to be completed
without undue delay.
News of the panel’s decision was greeted
with enthusiasm by Canadian government officials. “This ruling is a big win for the Canadian
agriculture industry, and in particular the biotechnology sector,” Minister of Agriculture and
Agri-Food Chuck Strahl said in a media release Nov. 22. Minister of International Trade
David Emerson agreed. “This ruling will enable
Canadian producers to access European markets and effectively market their products,” he
Government officials in Manitoba are also
pleased with the WTO ruling. “I would see it as
a win,” said Minister of Agriculture, Food, and
Rural Initiatives Rosann Wowchuk. “(Farmers)
have been lobbying for a long time, indicating
that this was an unfair practice being put on by
the European Union and, of course, that was a
market that was cut off to our producers.”
The WTO ruling should come as especially
good news to canola producers in Manitoba.
According to Dr. Ryan Cardwell of the
Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural
Economics at the University of Manitoba,
almost all of the canola grown in Manitoba is
genetically modified and thus was affected by
the trade ban. The ruling from the WTO, however, has the potential to open up a huge new
market in genetically modified energy crops,
such as canola seeds, which are used in the production of ethanol and bio-diesel. “With the increase in bio-diesel production in Europe, they
do not produce enough oil seeds to meet their
bio-diesel demands, and that will open up a
new market for our canola seeds to go into the
EU market,” Wowchuk said.
However, the WTO ruling is not good news
for everyone. According to Janine Gibson of the
Organic Food Council of Manitoba, a chapter
of Canadian Organic Growers, there are about
240 certified organic producers in Manitoba.
They represent only about one percent of the
total agricultural production of the province,
but agricultural producers are working hard to
increase that number. Many organic producers
are concerned about their industry’s chances
of survival in a market which is increasingly
dominated by GMOs, where modified genes
may crossbreed with other non-modified crops
in the wild. What is more, according to Gibson,
there are serious concerns over the potential
environmental and health impacts of genetic
modification. “There has not been enough research done. There’s not a single study, not one
single peer-reviewed study, on the impacts,
say, of genetically modified wheat on human
health. So, in organics, we say, ‘Don’t use a
method until you know it’s safe.’”
In the end, however, the WTO ruling may
change very little. “All the WTO ruling did was
condemn the manner in which the EU was
going through the approval process for GM
products,” Dr. Cardwell said. “All they said was
the procedure you (the EU) used to regulate
them in the past took too long. They didn’t tell
the EU that they had to lift any existing bans or
that they’re not allowed to implement bans in
the future.”
Local rally protests violence
in Palestinian territories
Renee Lilley
he International Day of Action for
Gaza was held Dec. 2. Co-sponsored by local groups, a rally met at
the Manitoba Legislature in support of the
Emergency Resolution to Call for a Stop to
the Attacks on Gaza.
Approximately 50 people attended.
Coinciding with the Legislature’s annual
open house, their message was heard by
many Winnipegers.
Recently in the occupied Palestinian
territories, there have been numerous attacks on civilians, including a tank shelling
of the town Beit Hanoun. Eighteen people
were killed, eight of them sleeping children.
These attacks have prompted Israeli
human rights organizations to reach out
to the international community. The Peace
Alliance Winnipeg and the Canada Palestine
Support Network, with the Jews For Just
Peace Organization, gathered in solidarity to bring awareness of the Emergency
Resolution to government in hopes of peace
in the Middle East.
Howard Davidson, an associate professor at the U of M, spoke at the rally. He had
been in West Bank working with Palestinian,
Israeli and international educators in the
struggle against the occupation. He said the
real issues Israel must face are the Middle
East’s poverty, corruption, and racism.
Dr. Mark Etkin, a psychiatrist and
member of Jews for Just Peace, also spoke
on his travel experience. He said that he
witnessed the imprisonment of Palestinian
people, who hoped he would communicate
their situation to international communities. In North America we must decry the
violence, he said, and push the Emergency
Resolution towards government in order to
make change.
Palestinian-born peace activist Bassam
Hozaima spoke about the rights of his country’s people. Critical of Israel’s military, he
suggested that their policy appears to be
“when there is no force, use more force.” He
explained, “The more you push people, the
more they will push back.” The fact that the
Palestinians are still fighting back is a “testament of survival instincts, the strength of
conviction, and the love of the land.”
Asked if he thought Gaza will find relief
any time soon, Hozaima said, “Unless leadership changes, it will continue.”
Renee Lilley
Protestors against violence in Gaza rally at the Legislature on Dec. 2.
December 7, 2006
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CFS combats charges of corruption
& World
News BriefS
she says. “The national office was open and upfront. I think it was dealt with in an appropriate
Michelle Dobrovolny
Beat Reporter
of students. We all hold each other accountable,”
“That payment was to ensure that students
However, another issue raised in the Global
at Douglas Students’ Union wouldn’t get cut off
report was the integrity of the CFS executive
from their health plan,” says Azziz. “CFS-Services
board, particularly Link, who supposedly signed
had no choice but to cover the premiums.”
the $276,000 advance payment to Green Shield.
he Canadian Federation of Students is
But the Douglas Students’ Union has itself
Link’s checkered history includes two convictions
under fire following the broadcast of a
been accused of financial mismanagement.
on mischief charges in 1986 and 1989, as well as
TV news report that alleges the national
The Global TV report also questions a $20,000
an assault conviction in 1989. In 1997, he was
student advocacy group is corrupt and misman-
loan made to a Union board member, allegedly
again tried on assault charges, this time for alleg-
aging funds. The story, which aired Nov. 15 on
to make a down-payment on a new house. If
edly attacking a female CFS executive, though he
NEW DELHI—The Clinton Foundation
Global TV’s BC affiliate, charges that CFS-Services
the charges are true, then CFS-Services had no
was acquitted.
HIV/AIDS Initiative and two leading Indian pharma-
executive director Philip Link improperly loaned
choice but to cover the costs of a corrupt student
ceutical companies will cooperate to lower the prices
$276,000 to the Douglas Students’ Union in British
union board.
of antiretroviral drugs for children worldwide. The
Columbia. CFS denies all charges of wrongdoing.
In a statement released to media, CFS-
ment on Philip’s past,” she says. “Anyway, it’s irrel-
Clinton Foundation announced that the companies
“Global has a different version of events,”
Services claims that its health network broker will
evant because [the reporter] didn’t get the story
agreed to former US President Bill Clinton’s pro-
says CFS national chairperson Amanda Azziz.
reimburse money when and if it is recovered from
right and it has nothing to do with anything.”
posal to provide AIDS infected children with drugs
According to Azziz, CFS-Services made the pay-
the Douglas Students’ Union.
for a cost of 16 cents a day, working out to less than
ment to Green Shield Canada, not the Douglas
UWSA president Kate Sjoberg says she
fensive after what Azziz describes as a “vicious
$60 a year for treatment. The Associated Press re-
Students’ Union, to cover premiums owed for
doesn’t feel concerned that CFS or CFS-Services
attack” by the Global reporter. Manitoba’s na-
ported that the prices of nineteen formulas would
health coverage. CFS-Services is technically a CFS
is mishandling money, including funds gathered
tional CFS representative, Rachel Gotthilf, would
be cut by 45 per cent, helping millions of children
subsidiary, and oversees programs such as Travel
from member unions like the UWSA.
not comment on CFS’s response to the Global
in the developing world receive HIV/AIDS treatment
CUTS and students’ health insurance.
Compiled by Brooke Dmytriw
Azziz withheld comment on Link’s employment at CFS. “It’s not appropriate for me to com-
Nonetheless, the CFS is clearly on the de-
“It’s a bunch of students working for a bunch
news story.
as soon as the new year. Under the agreement,
Cipla Ltd. and Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., with financing from France, Brazil, Great Britain, Chile,
Norway and the Clinton Foundation, will supply
Craigslist scam reveals problems with privacy laws
“The culpability of a website like Craigslist is
drugs to 62 countries. Public health and preventa-
often minimal and we will not know for sure until it
tive programs will distribute the drugs. Earlier this
is brought to court.”
year Bill Clinton and several Indian firms collabo-
It is also important to note that a person is
rated on the price reduction of rapid HIV tests and
subject to the laws of the website’s country, added
antiretroviral drugs for adult treatment.
Status of Women
Craigslist officials did not reply to the Ubyssey’s
offices will be closed by early spring. The
request for an interview by press time.
Conservative government is trying to cut costs in
Gloria, a third-year arts student who requested
the agency, removing $5 million form the agen-
that her last name not be used, questioned the re-
cy’s $23 million annual budget. The agency, which
sponsibility a website like Craigslist might have in a
works to improve women’s economic and social
situation like this.
equality and combats violence again women, will
“It really opens your eyes to the holes in the
see the loss of funding over the next two years.
system, how helpless you are when it comes to pri-
The Canadian Press reported that Heritage Canada
vacy issues on the Internet and how [websites like
Minister Bev Oda announced that 12 of 16 national
Craigslist] can do little to truly protect you,” she said,
offices would be shut down. Ottawa, Edmonton,
adding that though she has never used online perCUP FILE
Montreal and Moncton will remain open. The
House of Commons Status of Women committee
will meet this month to discuss the closures and
their possible avoidance.
sonals, she has bought items through Craigslist’s
According to Ara Norenzayan, a UBC psychol-
When using the internet, is your personal information safe?
ogy professor, it is difficult to determine what moti-
LUANDA—Angola is making a bid to join
vates people to place fake ads.
OPEC. The sub-Saharan country will apply to join
The controversy has raised concerns over
the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries,
Victor Liang
of which it is currently an associate member. An-
The Ubyssey (University of British Columbia)
Internet privacy laws and safety.
Laws guarding privacy on the Internet are
“It could be a variety of motives, someone
could just be adventurous or have a grudge against
people . . . what he is definitely doing is hurting
gola has become Africa’s second largest oil pro-
either poorly defined or nonexistent and there is little
ducing country after Nigeria and its government is
legal recourse for victims in these cases, according to
Norenzayan added that online interaction is
Richard Rosenberg, a University of British Columbia
such a recent phenomenon that experts have had
computer science professor and privacy expert.
little time to study it properly.
pursuing full membership into OPEC because of its
VANCOUVER (CUP) – Internet privacy experts
growing role as China’s largest supplier. The ma-
are concerned after fake “casual encounters” ads
jority of Angola’s crude is produced from rigs off
have been posted on popular website Craigslist.
the coast. The country produces 1.4 million barrels
In early September it was reported that indi-
of oil a day and that number is expected to increase
viduals were placing ads with false identities and
to 2 million by April 2007, reported the Associated
posting the personal information of respondents on
Press. Gabon was the last African state to join the
public websites.
He said “you are taking your chances” with personal information supplied voluntarily to social network sites like Craigslist, MySpace or Facebook.
“The law is no factor there because once you
[have] posted information about yourself what pro-
people,” he said.
“Our knowledge of it is very much behind the
reality of it.”
Rosenberg warns that people need to be more
conscientious of the information they make available over the Internet.
monopoly in 1975 and later withdrew in the 1990s.
Seattle web designer Jason Fortuny received
tection you have depends on the terms of agree-
“There are no easy solutions with the interna-
Nigeria joined OPEC in 1971 and has remained the
over a hundred responses to his fake ad – which had
ment with the website on which you posted,” he
tional nature of the Internet,” he said. “People need
sole African member.
Fortuny posing as a women seeking “ruff” sex – in
said. “These websites have very loose control of how
to know it is a jungle out there. You need to know
VANCOUVER—A pay-as-you-go emer-
one day. Fortuny then revealed the identities of the
things are done because they want their clients to
that you are putting yourself out there and that pres-
gency clinic opened in Vancouver and may face
respondents – many of whom were married or in
interact, communicate and work out their relation-
ently there is very little protection for you once you
prosecution for violating the Canada Health
lifestyles that they intended to keep private.
ships on their own.”
do that.”
Act. The Urgent Care Centre opened its doors despite a flurry of controversy. B.C. Health Minister
George Abbott has been speaking out about the
clinic, and seeking advice from the province’s
Attorney-General. The provincial government man-
Who or what, in your opinion,
was the newsmaker of 2006?
aged to pass a cabinet order allowing provincial
auditors to enter the clinic and review its activities.
Under the Canada Health Act, private clinics and
doctors cannot charge patients for medical services that are deemed necessary and covered by
public health insurance. The centre is charging patients $199 for an evaluation, and additional tests
and treatments can run $20 for vaccinations, $70
for casts and $75 for x-rays, according to CanWest
News Service. The centre has 24 emergency doctors from greater Vancouver hospitals contributing
shifts at the clinic. It runs 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven
days a week, providing patients with four chairs
and ten beds.
Catherine Molina – Third year, Sociology — The big
issue for Canada was the war in Afghanistan and the fact
our soldiers are dying there. From what I understood in the
media — I’m not impressed with our Prime Minister. He
thinks that if we get involved with the American government
it will be a good thing. But it will be a bad thing because
then Canada is put in the line of fire from other countries.
Monica Hancharyk – Third year, Chemistry
The Dawson College shooting. I remember it
because my father was watching the news about
it on the French CBC and he wanted to know what
was happening. It was a shock. It was scary.
Lynnette Navarro – Third year, Arts — Saddam
Hussein being sentenced to hanging. I think he kind of
deserved it. A life sentence would be too easy…That’s
harsh, but it’s reality.
Nathan Sawatzky – Third year, IDS — The
Pope’s speech that outraged Muslims. It happened
when he was lecturing students at his alma mater
about a month and a half ago.
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December 7, 2006
“… and put up a parking lot.”
City Councillor opposes renovating
Winnipeg’s Heritage Sites
Kenton Smith
Staff Reporter
Campus &
plan to redevelop an historical local
property has enflamed debate at City
Hall over what the correct approach
should be in renovating Winnipeg’s heritage
“Let me give you the big picture,” says
Ken Zaifman, a Winnipeg lawyer who has
put forth a plan to redevelop the St. Charles
Hotel, which he owns. The hotel, he says,
was “pretty run down” when he first bought
it a little over a year ago, and his long-term
goal was originally to develop the hotel as a
youth hostel and student housing facility.
Zaifman’s plan now is to develop the
property as a boutique hotel along the lines
of the Drake Hotel in Toronto. In the short
term, he explains, he wants to upgrade the
property as a first step in redeveloping the
site. This would involve demolishing two
business fronts—adjoined as a single structure—located next to the St. Charles. The
purpose is to create space for a patio alongside the hotel—but also, and more controversially, to expand an existing parking lot
behind the neighbouring building, which
would involve a curb cut to allow for vehicular access off Albert Street.
Opposing this plan is Jenny Gerbasi,
Councillor for Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry
and chairperson of the Historical Buildings
Committee, who says that “it goes against
development principles in a heritage area to
allow a surface parking lot at all.”
In order to prevent Zaifman’s proposed
lot expansion, Gerbasi wants the business
block targeted for demolition—38-44 ½
Albert Street—to be placed on the Buildings
Conservation List as a Grade III Historical
Building. In support of this recommendation, Gerbasi cites historical research done
by the HBC that identifies portions of the
complex as part of a residential building
dating back to 1878, making it the second
oldest building in downtown Winnipeg after
Upper Fort Garry. The HBC’s research also
cites this structure as the sole surviving example from the period of residential housing along Albert Street.
Zaifman insists that there is absolutely
no way that his vision for the St. Charles can
be realized without the curb cut and proposed parking lot expansion. Gerbasi says
that Zaifman is attempting “to portray this
as all about trying to save the St. Charles
Hotel,” when in fact “a boutique hotel could
be developed without adding a surface parking lot.”
“Just because someone says they need
[a surface parking lot], it doesn’t mean they
need one,” Gerbasi argues. “It’s not like they
don’t have any other options.”
Zaifman says that he would like to know
just what “other options” Gerbasi is thinking
of. Gerbasi’s response is that “there are resources that the city has available for private
developers to utilize through CentreVenture
to develop a heritage property.” She also says
that there are reports that haven’t been made
public which explore other options.
Corporation is a City of Winnipeg agency
charged with facilitating economic, physical, and social development in the city’s
downtown area.
Zaifman says that there has been some
misunderstanding about just what it is that
he wants to demolish. As Gerbasi’s research
points out, the structure that makes up 3844 ½ Albert Street consists of two parts: the
nineteenth-century house, and a commercial addition constructed in the mid-1920s.
A bomb of an issue
The Manitoba Campaign to Ban Landmines is
calling for the Canadian government to move on the international push to legislate against cluster munitions.
Discussion of these air-dropped bombs, which release
anywhere from three to 2000 submuntions over a wide
area, took centre stage at the Third Review Conference
of the Convention on Conventional Weapons, held Nov.
6 to 17 in Geneva. Norway put a moratorium on cluster munition use and committed to beginning work on
Ken Zaifman would like to demolish parts of 38-44 ½ Albert Street as part of the
redevelopment of the St. Charles Hotel.
a treaty to ban them. Thirty other countries are coming
together on the issue, said Darryl Toews of the MBCBL,
but Canada is not one of them.
“The current government’s priorities are being es-
Zaifman says that it his intention only to demolish the later addition, which is situated
in front of the actual historic residence.
Gerbasi says she is unaware of this part
of Zaifman’s plan, but responds that the proposed curb cut would still mean that the integrity of the façade would be compromised,
and the continuity of the streetscape be destroyed. This, argues Gerbasi, would detract from the character of the Exchange and
damage the “visual expanse” that makes the
Our point of view is,
we’re trying to do what’s best
for the real estate.”
–Richard Morantz
Globe General Agencies
area attractive to prospective film productions.
“The surface parking lot and the curb
cut is the problem,” she says.
For his part, Zaifman characterizes the
proposed curb cut as “not drastic,” and “only
enough to get a car through.” As for preserving visual continuity, Zaifman says that he is
willing to address this in his redevelopment
“We’re not averse to saying, ‘We’ll recreate the façade in some way,’” Zaifman
says, explaining that the proposed courtyard would, in such a scenario, be located
behind the façade in a courtyard-type setting. He said that this option first came up in
discussions with Heritage Winnipeg and that
the organization is looking into whether this
scenario is feasible.
Gerbasi says that still would make a
gaping hole out of one third of the property
front, and maintains that the “whole business block” should be designated an historic
site. The HBC recommendation states that
the “designation of the Exchange District
by the Government of Canada as a National
Historic Site in 1996 places a responsibility
on the City to try to keep all significant and
contributing structures protected and intact
for all Canadians.”
“We’ve made a commitment to preserving the area,” Gerbasi says. She adds that
one of her major concerns is that, if success-
ful, Zaifman’s project could set a precedent
that would see further damage done to other
areas of the Exchange.
The existing parking lot in question, located behind 44 Albert Street, is managed by
Imperial Parking on behalf of the lot’s owner,
says Richard Wishnowski, City Manager of
Imperial Parking Winnipeg. Wishnowski says
that he is not at liberty to disclose the owner’s name, but did say that Imperial has been
consulting with Zaifman with regard to how
the lot could conceivably be redeveloped.
Wishnowski also says that Impark presently has no other kind of partnership with
Zaifman, but that the company will retain
management of the lot if Zaifman’s development plan is realized.
Richard Morantz of Globe General
Agencies, which represents the group that
actually owns 44 Albert Street, says that
his company also has no partnership with
Impark, but confirms that Globe has a “conditional arrangement” with Zaifman wherein
the company will go along with his plan if he
gets past city hall. As to who makes up the
ownership group behind 44 Albert Street,
Morantz says that he cannot comment.
At this point in time, Zaifman can boast
some success: the HBC’s recommendation,
as put forward by Gerbasi to the Lord SelkirkWest Kildonan Community Committee on
Nov. 21, was voted down by Councillors Mike
Pagtakhan and Harry Lazarenko. Councillor
Mike O’ Shaughnessy was the only one to
support the historical designation.
Pagtakhan’s position was that the property’s deteriorated state doesn’t warrant
an historical designation. Lazarenko could
not be reached for comment by the time of
Gerbasi may yet forestall the proposed
demolition, however; the Property and
Development Committee will consider the
issue at its Jan. 9th meeting at City Hall, and
a recommendation to save the Albert Street
property go from there to City Council. A
vote on any such recommendation could
result in a reconsideration of the earlier
Community Committee decision. Gerbasi
has strongly encouraged anyone with concerns about the Albert Street property to
contact the members of the committee,
Councillors Justin Swandel, Russ Wyatt, Dan
Vandal, and Scott Fielding.
For its part, Morantz says that Globe is
aware of the larger debate regarding heritage
buildings and that they are “willing to allow
that debate to take place” first.
“Our point of view is, we’re trying to do
what’s best for the real estate,” he says.
tablished and we’re trying to point out that this is not a
particular party’s issue, it’s a Canadian issue.”
Cluster munitions are targeted by activists
against landmines because of their similar impact on civilian populations. According to Handicap International,
98 percent of cluster munitions victims are civilians.
Dud submunitions become buried in fields where they
were dropped to create a minefield effect. Day to day activities like gardening, farming, and herding are made
dangerous, the remnants of war causing victims even
thirty years later.
Canadians have, in recent years, been prominent in international steps to eliminate use of landmines.
Although the cause has died down to some degree,
Toews believes it is still an issue Canadians identify with
and that the threat posed by cluster munitions should inspire similar activism. Some countries have suggested
creating weapons standards to improve the safety of
cluster munitions use. The US, for example, is working on a ‘smart-mine’ that self-destructs. But as Toews
points out, no mine is a safe mine. Duds are inevitable
and “once in the ground, it’s a dumb weapon.”
Dire states
Manitoba’s branch of the Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives released its 2006 State of the Inner
City Report on Nov. 30. The neighbourhoods of West
Broadway and North Point Douglas are its focus. Both,
according to the report, are facing concerns about gentrification, poverty, and rapid change. Both, however,
also have strengths.
“Most of those interviewed love the neighbourhood,” states the report on West Broadway. Residents
have seen a significant visual improvement due to housing initiatives.
In North Point Douglas a core group of people
are working for the betterment of the area. The report
points out the impact of groups such as the North Point
Douglas Women’s Centre, Resident’s Committee, and
the North End Housing Project.
Also featured in the report were the experiences
of inner city refugee women and the oft-felt divide between community and police. Refugee women were interviewed and their needs and difficulties in adapting to
Canadian lifestyles outlined. A common problem for
women refugees was interacting with social assistance
workers who are insensitive to the strain and isolation
of being in a foreign place. The first recommendation of
the report was for the province to develop a more holistic
service delivery model.
On policing, interviewees from Spence,
Centennial, and William Whyte neighbourhoods raised
community-building initiatives as important to promoting safety. The report suggested framing crime problems
in these areas by their “symptoms” — drugs, gangs,
and violence — and working towards deeper solutions
than “fighting crime.”
Finally, the report looked at the effectiveness of
community-based organizations. The full report can be
downloaded at
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Afghanistan service pays off students’ debt
Reservists say overseas tours stressful, challenging
Reservists at evening training, Ottawa.
Nadya Bell
sity and college administrators across Canada are
CUP Ottawa Bureau Chief
signing on to a declaration of support for their students and staff in the reserve forces.
The universities agree to defer exams that
OTTAWA (CUP) – Cpl. Anwar Massoud is a
conflict with the training schedules of student re-
film student, a reservist, and like a number of other
servists, and re-admit students to their programs if
young Canadians, has served overseas to pay off his
they take a year off to participate in overseas op-
student debt.
In his third year of studies, Massoud had a
$20,000 student loan. He left for a seven-month tour
Massoud said as an arts student it was not difficult to get time off school for his service.
of duty in Afghanistan, earning $6,000 a month.
But Lamy, currently taking a nursing program
“There was no way that I would be able to
at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., said sup-
pay for my debt without a grand sum of money like
port from her university will be important if she is
that,” Massoud, 25, said in an interview at Ottawa’s
to return to Afghanistan.
Carleton University. “In terms of career progres-
“Ever since I came back I’ve wanted to go back
sion, a tour is really inevitable, and I’m committed
to Afghanistan,” Lamy said. “I came back with a dif-
to the military.”
ferent perspective . . . not sweating the small stuff.”
Massoud did a tour of duty in Afghanistan
“Yes, there was a bit of anxiety on my part,
from February 2005 to August 2005, before the
but I felt confident with our training and our weap-
Canadian Forces moved from Kabul into the more
dangerous Kandahar area.
As a woman in the forces, one of Lamy’s
He was the orderly room clerk at the na-
duties was to search females at checkpoints.
tional command element – administration unit –
Understanding the cultural context was an impor-
in Kabul, working with the chief of command staff
tant part of the operations, she said.
and the brigadier-general.
“Because we are conscious of the Muslim re-
Although there were no casualties during
ligion, I would search women, but not the men, she
his service, Massoud said it was difficult and dirty
said. “The women are very psychologically strong,
work. He said life in the base was a constant state
even though they may not appear it.”
of alert, making it difficult to tell when the threat
was most dire.
Lamy said she found the tour was emotionally challenging.
“When you get there, hell, you really can’t call
it. We had drills all the time,” he said.
“Everyone knows what they’re in for – it’s not
hidden from you in basic training that you might
get killed.”
“One day I worked 21 hours on a convoy . . .
you do get homesick and you do miss your bed,”
she said.
“It can happen that if you’re in a convoy you
may run into a mine, but you know how to deal
Massoud said the four-month pre-deployment training included what happens if someone
with it. You’re anxious and you’re a bit scared, but
all that training helps prepare you.”
gets injured or killed in an attack
on a convoy, and helped prepare
him mentally for the mission.
“Yes, I feared for my own
safety, but I knew what I was getting into,” he said.
Lamy was in Afghanistan at the
same time as Massoud. She said
serving overseas was important
for her career, as well as a way to
pay off student loans.
Students make up 40 per
cent of Canada’s reserve forces.
are serving in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, including
300 reservists. Rotating troops
are overlapped, and the base
can have up to 4,000 people at
a time.
Reservists are regularly
asked to volunteer for Canada’s
overseas mission in Afghanistan,
but the service is not mandatory.
With the higher manpower
requirements for the Canadian
Forces in Afghanistan, univer-
Anwar Massoud finishes his evening shift at a reserve base in Ottawa.
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He won the race
iberal party members met appropriately in Montreal last weekend to
select their leader. Where else would
their leader come from? Nevertheless, Stephan
Dion, who won on the fourth ballot, is an interesting choice for the Liberal party. His biggest
task? Charming the pants off Canadians.
What does Dion’s Canada look like? On
the upside, he’s a devout environmentalist. The former environment minister promises to make sustainability a priority, a strong
and necessary move considering our rapidly
changing climate and our culture’s fascination
with earth politics. Another progressive position for Dion is his opposition to reopening the
debate on same sex marriage — an issue he’ll
have to fight the conservatives on right up until
election day.
But does Dion have what it takes to captivate the collective Canadian consciousness?
We are won over by politicians with strong per-
But Dion’s battle has just begun
President, UWSA
wanted to take some time to respond to
Jo Snyder’s editorial “A Speech to Set Your
Watch to” to clarify a couple of points about
the 60 per cent education tax rebate program
announced by the provincial government, and
make clear that we believe the program to be
flawed in both it’s approach and focus.
One in five Manitobans live in poverty,
which includes one in five children. Simply put,
Manitoba can’t afford to wait five years to start
lowering student debt loads. Manitoba’s youth
population is growing fastest in northern and
rural communities where many young people
don’t finish high school. Retaining youth in
Manitoba means giving young people the ability to access higher quality, better paying jobs,
which means making post-secondary education accessible to a much larger group of people.
With finances remaining the main barrier to accessing a university or college education, the
province needs to address the up-front needs of
disenfranchised young people.
The reality is that if you come from a marginalized background or minority community,
you are more likely, as a result of systemic discrimination to borrow significantly more than
your middle- and upper-class counterparts. Not
only are members of ethnic and cultural minorities, newcomers, women and other marginalized populations forced to work longer
and borrow more to finance their education,
but they also earn less after graduation. Lower
earnings means that those with the highest debt
levels pay back their loans over longer periods,
and thus pay more interest on their loans. In
effect, those who can least afford education pay
Shorts & Clichés
Documenting the Land of
Political Punditry
sonalities; there are those we love, like Pierre
Trudeau, and those we love to hate, like Ralph
Klein, and for some, Jean Chrétien. And, as a
former member of Chretien’s cabinet, Dion
will have plenty of hurdles to jump. Can he
avoid showing his sponsorship scandal scars?
(Though, truly, there’s nothing sexier than a
scar.) How will he reassure Canadians that the
Liberal party can once again run the country? There is little time for him to figure it out
as we anticipate a spring election. There’s no
doubt the integrity of the party will once again
be under attack during the election. It’s going
to get dirty. Putting a fresh face on the Liberal
Party wog n’t help Canadians to forget about its
rocky history. However, Dion also has a lot of
ammo. Recently Harper has not only pushed
reopening the debate on same sex marriage,
he’s also cut funding to women’s organizations
across the country, and he’s pushing to abolish
the single desk of the Canadian Wheat Board,
not a smart move for the farmer’s favourite.
Unfortunately, Dion will have a lot more
work to do than point out Harper’s shortcomings. We don’t know who he is. He was one of
the quieter ministers, and for some, an unlikely successor to Paul Martin. His win was,
frankly, a surprise. His federalism will alienate Québécois nationalists, and his less-thaneloquent English will alienate those who care
about that sort thing, and there are a surprising
number of voters who do.
Recently, at Carleton University in Ottawa,
Justin Trudeau was fending off the strong push
from the audience for him to get involved in
federal politics. “You have to run,” the audience yelled. Trudeau, like his father, has the
charm and wit, the youth and, frankly, the sex
appeal (let’s be honest) that people look for in a
candidate to bring a teetering party back to an
upright position. However, the young Trudeau
is not a politician, not yet. Emulating some of
these attribute will be precisely Dion’s challenge.
For those worried that the choosing of the
new Liberal leader implies the end of the dramatic soap opera that has become characteristic of Canadian governmental politics, rest assured, while Dion may be a fresh new leader,
we can still look forward to an ugly election.
The Devil is in the Details
Kate Sjoberg
Managing Editor: Jo Snyder
E-mail: [email protected]
Letter to the Editor
60 per cent tuition fee reduction
a good idea, IF it were done right
December 7, 2006
The Uniter
much more for it. The 60 per cent rebate will inevitably provide a larger benefit to those who
earn more after graduation.
Consider the fact that many of the students
who need the help most, and would therefore
be most likely to stay in Manitoba to receive the
benefit, make use of student loans. The reality is
that an average $19,000 student loan becomes
$29,504 to repay when you factor in interest.
Thus, students who borrow to finance their education, who earn less after graduation and who
are forced to pay their debt off over a longer
period of time will end up paying $10,502 in interest. For lower income students, the 60 per
cent tax rebate will not even cover the interest
payments a low-income student will be forced
to make on their student loan. It’s a shame to
provide more public money to the banks in the
form of interest payments. Why not reduce student debt before it starts, by reducing tuition
fees and thus eliminating some of the need to
borrow in the first place?
And we don’t need to look far for a better
model. Already, the Doer government offers a
small-scale version of the 60 per cent tuition
fee reduction programme for medical students. Instead of providing “aid” through the tax
system, students enter into an agreement with
the province to practice in rural and northern
Manitoba for a number of years in exchange for
an up-front grant. This up-front model of tuition
fee relief was chosen because medical school is
already priced out of reach for too many potential doctors. If the up-front model works for
doctors–perhaps Manitoba’s most-needed professionals–why not make the new 60 per cent
rebate available to all students at the time of registration? There are thousands of households in
Manitoba living in poverty: these young people
also need some support. There is no need to
wait 5 years.
In the November 16, 2006 edition of the
Winnipeg Free Press, Premier Doer is quoted as
stating that “The quicker the [student] debt is removed or managed the quicker people can put
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a quality of life that is not so dependent on the
debt levels when they come out of university.”
We agree—and isn’t preventing debt in the
first place the quickest way of all?
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Skinning the Cat
From a peripheral level, politics has always
been about the art of managing public perception.
For a government this means trumpeting their
vision and making their agendas happen. For the
opposition, it means criticism and “gutter politics”
against the government until the shit finally sticks in
the public’s mind.
But the real high stakes battles, displaying true
political acumen, revolve around how politicians
manage issues and their adversaries outside this
public perception.
This measure of political skill was evident in the
federal Conservative party this week.
It started with the Canadian Wheat Board, when
the Federal Conservatives continued to make moves
to deregulate the public seller of grains. It started with
changes to the board of directors, this time giving a
seat to former Manitoba Tory MP Glen Findlay. Then
Chuck Strahl, federal Agriculture Minister, informed
the CEO of the Wheat Board of a possible dismissal.
This was prompted, no-doubt, from the increasing pressure of the Manitoba and Saskatchewan
government’s request for a plebiscite on deregulation
of Barley, involving all wheat board members.
Obviously, when democracy is not the optimal
way achieve a desirable outcome, there are other way
to achieve the preferred outcome and the conservatives know this.
The politics continued with the realization that
the Conservatives leaked disinformation to the press
about their most feared and formidable liberal leadership candidate. The fake internal party memo, released in October, suggested they were most afraid
of Michael Ignatieff—and most anxious to face Rae.
The press ate it up. The rouse was lifted after Rae’s
ousting that it was in-fact the exact opposite. Rae was
the most feared candidate.
You may question the ethics of these moves
and the perception that they create, but there is no
denying the suggestion that the Conservatives are
organized, possess a whole lot of political savvy, and
are playing to win.
The opportunity for doing mischief is found a
hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a
year. -Voltaire
The Blogisphere feels Angry
It was reported in late October by a small website project called “We Feel Fine” that Winnipeg is
one angry city. The company’s methodology categorizes the feelings of these regions by analyzing sentences in blogs which contain the phrase “I feel…”.,
According to their results Winnipeg ranks fifth on the
planet in the “most angry” department.
Although it would be a stretch to say that this
data is by any means scientific or statistically valid
about the feelings of Winnipeggers, it may give an
indication of how many political and media oriented
blogs there are in this city.
After all, if your personal or political party’s
message is not getting out in the press, blogging
can at least make that unspun message accessible to
the public realm while giving you the opportunity to
take a couple of shots at the supposed liberal biased
In fact, the calls against the liberal biased media have reached such a fevered pitch that the Social
Conservatives of Canada (you know, the people who
supposedly have a direct line to the PMO’s office) are
holding a contest to find the most blatant example of
liberal bias in the media.
Despite the cries of political injustice from the
Winnipeg blogging community, few actual tidbits of
news worthy information have been broken via the
blogging community, suggesting it is still in its infancy, or, as Maisonneuve magazine put it, they may
be a bunch of pussies compared to their US counterparts.
A caveat: PROPAGANDA is a soft weapon;
hold it in your hands too long, and it will move
about like a snake, and strike the other way.
- Jean Anouilh December 7, 2006
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In Praise of Harper... Sort Of
Derek Leschasin
most human rights and labour advocacy groups charge
the rights of workers in China. This may in fact be easier
It would indeed be hypocritical not to offer some
that they are poorly enforced. Child labour, forced
to accomplish than attempting to change the way the
praise Harper’s way. He’s hardly a vocal crusader for
labour, low wages, safety issues and discrimination
“communists” run their government.
human rights, but his comments in recent months
are still issues in the Chinese workplace. So long as in-
At this stage, it probably isn’t feasible to refuse to
t seems that as of late, the left has some reason to
surely seem like a step in the right direction. The ques-
vestment flows in and restive workers can be neutral-
trade with China over their neglect of worker’s rights.
commend Prime Minister Harper. The national
tion is, are Harper’s comments all sound and fury, or will
ized, the Chinese government has little reason to enact
But neither is it acceptable to seek out investment op-
(and international) press has been full of head-
we see meaningful action that might actually influence
substantive change especially when corporations from
portunities blindly, and allow companies to make a kill-
lines laden with words like “human rights”, “China”,
the Chinese government to change the way it treats
countries like Canada can continue to stuff their pock-
ing off the backs of mostly impoverished people. This
and “Canadian Prime Minister.” Harper has even been
Chinese citizens? Talk is, as they say, cheap—no matter
ets with extra dollars made from some of the cheapest
seems to have been the policy of past governments,
quoted as saying that Canada will not “sell out” its
what Chamber of Commerce types might have you be-
labour around.
both Liberal and Conservative. The Prime Minister can,
values for the sake of “the almighty dollar” when deal-
lieve about the repercussions of speaking up for human
ing with China. That’s not something you might expect
rights in the face of important trade relationships.
Senior Reporter
to hear from the leader of one of Canada’s ‘pro-business’ parties.
Harper’s recent criticisms of China revolve around
severe human rights abuses.
Meanwhile, thanks to this cozy arrangement,
at the very least, encourage investors to push for an en-
some of the best blue-collar jobs in Canada are being
forcement of minimum labour standards in overseas
It also seems to me that in the talk of religious
lost. According to UNITE, a union representing clothing
factories. There are multilateral alternatives as well, in
and political rights, an important third concern is being
and textile workers in Canada, employment in the gar-
which Canada could become a leader. The WTO, for ex-
sidelined: the rights of workers.
ment industry here has decreased by 25 per cent since
ample, has the potential to be used to sanction countries that don’t enforce even basic rights for workers.
the case of Huseyincan Celil, a member of a repressed
China and Canada are becoming ever more
quotas limiting increases in Chinese imports were lifted
Muslim ethnic minority in China’s Xinjiang region and,
closely linked through international trade. China is
by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2004. That’s
Along with political and religious freedoms, pro-
since 2001, a Canadian citizen. On a trip to Uzbekistan
Canada’s fourth-largest export market, and second-
just one example, and to that we can add the pressure
tection for workers is surely among the ‘Canadian
this spring, Celil was arrested and extradited to China,
largest import market. As foreign investment from the
from industry to ‘modernize’ regulations in order to
values’ that Stephen Harper purports to be represent-
where he is accused of being a terrorist—charges that
developed world has poured into China over recent de-
compete with countries like China. Essentially those
ing in his criticisms of China. If we believe the Chinese
his friends and family as well as Amnesty International
cades, the country is becoming an economic power-
demands mean scaling back the gains made in social
people should be entitled to the first two rights, just as
allege to be fabricated. The only thing exceptional about
justice and environmental policies.
Canadians are, then the third should follow as well. It
this case is that Celil is a citizen here—anyone familiar
And why not invest in China? The rights of work-
In light of all this, it is fortunate that Prime
will be interesting if such concerns become an issue
with the behaviour of China’s so-called ‘Communist’
ers barely exist, at least in the way we think of them in
Minister Harper has begun to take an interest in human
for the Federal government in its approach to foreign
government acknowledges that this is just another item
Canada. Free trade unions are not permitted, and while
rights in China. In addition to advocating political and
policy, but I’m not holding my breath.
to add to the list of arbitrary detentions and even more
on paper there do exist some protections for workers,
religious rights, the Prime Minister should advocate for
A Stable Ground for Critique
Ben Wood
Comments Editor
forefront. I really do love the intentions of our University
constantly new masses of students, impressed with this
to be an integral part of the community and a welcom-
“free space” that was ignored in other aspects of life, that
ing space for all ideas, however I expect that it may forget
the quality of education keeps being ignored.
can understand how there needs to be a proper ratio be-
its main purpose. Our green initiatives and revitalization
At this time, students are overwhelmed with
tween them and the students.
of a crumbling downtown are all great aspects of this
course and professor evaluations and while it may be
While this issue is important it really highlights a
institution but what about a limited number of classes
assumed that our one attempt to provide feedback
problem within universities. It is not so much about this
being offered in a department due to lack of professors?
goes unanswered, if a real problem exists complaints
particular lack of teaching assistants as it is about these
Is there too much money being spent on address-
shouldn’t stop here. Maybe it needs to be clarified that it
ate last month a group of students from the
institutions being able to critique all other institutions in
ing all the needs of students outside the classroom that
is our right to protest for a better learning experience at
University of Ottawa filed a case against their
society but is hesitant to admit its own faults.
there is little left to spend on professors, teaching assis-
the same time as any social issue on our mind.
school claiming that their class was not pro-
Universities are very good at responding to stu-
tants, or anything else effective to the learning process;
The case filed against the University of Ottawa
vided with an adequate number of teaching assistants
dents in all areas of life outside the classroom. Here at
too much money spent on being a stable ground where
provides inspiration in that not all become so con-
despite letters from the professor of the class to the de-
the University of Winnipeg there are countless move-
students can criticize all other institutions except the
tent with this “free space” that they ignore the quality
partment dean, the vice-president and the president of
ments that attempt to bring attention to any number of
one that lacks the adequacy to provide the means for a
of teaching; that they went beyond a verbal complaint
the University. Their request was for a partial reimburse-
marginalized group or issue and while these are incred-
proper education?
among friends and had the courage to face the daunting
ment of their tuition for the course.
ibly important it seems easy to forget the primary func-
It may be or it may become that the function of
tion of the University. Or maybe its primary function has
the University is changing, if not changed already. The
It is important to remind universities, such as
been replaced?
University may be becoming too much of a commu-
these students in Ottawa did, that this “free space” might
A lack of teaching assistants may not seem like it
would hold the ability to disrupt the proper functioning
bureaucracy of a University.
of a class however in many large classes, ones that are
The University as the ultimate “free space” for new
nity and less of a school. “Professional” students aside,
be used to criticize them, to remind them of their forgot-
in limited number here at the University of Winnipeg, I
ideas or movements seems to have been brought to the
most are not here longer than 4 or 5 years so there are
ten function.
uation in the first place.
term, it is about a career prospects in the long term; and
Laughing All the Way to the Bank
By interfering with the supply and demand of the
labour market via governmental incentives, the NDP
there are very few career opportunities for graduates in
Manitoba. A tax rebate to grads will never change that.
keeping graduates in the province. Caught between the
will ultimately fail to reach its goal of retaining students.
Yet as futile as this plan is, it is still great news
sprawling metropolis around Toronto to the east, and
When governments try to outplay market forces, gov-
for those of us who will nonetheless remain here in
the rapidly expanding economy in Alberta to the west,
ernments far more often than not lose. The simple re-
the province. And on behalf of those of us who will be
most graduates are drawn out of province simply out of
ality is that any job, from burger flipping to the practice
enduring Manitoba’s long, cold, NHL-teamless win-
he provincial NDP government recently an-
economic necessity. The commendable goal of the pro-
of medicine, pays far more out east or west. A grad in
ters, I say thank you Mr. Doer. Thank you for once put-
nounced an initiative that should make any
posed plan is to attract students to Manitoba and retain
either Ontario or Alberta working full time over the same
ting me—a needy, hungry, student—at the front of the
student planning to stay in Manitoba happy—
them as graduates. Yet even with a higher cost of living,
period as their tax claim would make far more money
trough of poorly spent tax dollars.
a tuition rebate program. In the NDP’s throne speech,
the same jobs pay far more out west or east than they
working out of province than they would receive back
Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard promised a tuition
do here in Manitoba. As such, retaining educated and
from this proposed rebate.
rebate plan for U of M grads based on a similar pro-
productive graduates is vital to improving the province’s
Worse, the most economically potent graduates
problem—a poor economic sector that is not utilizing
gram founded in New Brunswick. If successfully imple-
woeful economic situation. Thus, Gary Doer’s plan to
that this provinces needs the most—those with ad-
its comparative advantages—instead of trying to band-
mented next year, the Manitoba plan would give gradu-
entice graduates to stay is simple: offer cash-strapped
vanced training with master, doctoral, medicine, law,
aid the aforementioned problem’s consequences of de-
ates a tax rebate of up to 50per cent of their university tu-
students a tax break following their graduation, and they
and business degrees—are going to be the ones who
parting grads. This plan will not entice people to stay in
ition, up to a maximum value of $10 000. A graduate will
will stay. If only the problem were that simple.
are the least effected by the program. Is $10 000 over
Manitoba. In the end, all this program will do is pay back
Michael Silicz
The New Democrats should spend the absurd
amount of money this plan will cost on fixing the real
be able to deduct up to a maximum of $2 000 per year off
Unfortunately, the proposed plan is counter-
five years really going to persuade a doctor to practice in
those of us who were going to stay in Manitoba anyways.
their taxes over five years. Alternatively, a graduate will
productive and misdiagnoses the real problem behind
Manitoba when he or she could make double the salary
And for that, Mr. Doer, I’ll be laughing all the way to
have up to 20 years to claim the full benefits of half their
Manitoba’s economic dilemma. Thus, the plan will ulti-
east, west, or south of the province?
the bank. tuition costs depending on their tax bracket. If all goes
mately fail at its goal of keeping graduates in the prov-
Ultimately, a tax rebate is not going to entice grads
according to plan, if a graduate stays in Manitoba, he or
ince. First, the plan attempts to interfere with the market
to stay here, because only a strong, vibrant, and inno-
Michael Silicz is a first year law student at the
she will receive half of their money back.
forces that entice educated workers to other parts of the
vative economy can do that. What is the point of earn-
University of Manitoba, with a B.A(hons) in political
But therein lies the problem— staying in Manitoba.
country. Consequent to this, the proposal misses the
ing a Bachelor degree when Manitoba has virtually no
studies & history and a M.A. in political studies.
It is no secret that Manitoba is having a difficult time
very reason why students leave the province after grad-
jobs tailored for one? It is not about money in the short
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Wine On A Dime
Michael Banias
method”. The wine is bottled, yeast is added,
and the bottle is sealed and placed in a cellar
for a second fermentation. The bottles get ro-
Why are some wines called
tated every once in a while to promote the
Champaign and some sparkling
fermentation, and you have sparkling wine.
wine? It’s a question asked a lot this
All Champaign is made in this way, and any
time of year. Champaign is really
sparkling wine that has “traditional method”
expensive. Starting around $40 a
or “Champaign method” on the label is made
bottle and ranging to several thou-
this way as well.
sand. Champaign comes from
the Champaign region in France
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of the same name. If it does not
Chamdeville Blanc de Blanc Brut -
come from Champaign France,
($12.99 private wine shops) – This is a great
it is sparkling wine. Sorry, Baby Canadian
crisp sparkling wine from France. It has great
Champaign is not Champaign, sorry to burst
undertones of green apple, with a toasty
your bubble.
mineral flavour. This is nice and dry, and
Sparkling wine is just like regular stable
great before dinner, or popping at midnight
wine, except it is carbonated. However, not all
January 1st. It also comes in 3 pre-portioned
sparkle is the same. The least expensive is the
200ml bottle packs for $11 and change.
sparkling wine that is literally carbonated like
Jacob’s Creek Pinot Noir/Chardonnay
a soft drink. Basically, they make wine, put it in
Sparkling Wine – (about $14 at MLCC and pri-
a big vat, and pump it full of CO2. This is how
vate shops) – This is a Pinot Noir Chardonnay
Baby Duck and Baby Canadian Champagne
blend sparkling wine made in the traditional
are made. Next, and perhaps a little more
method. This is as close to real Champaign as
common, is the “charmalat” method. The
you can get in this price range. It is a very well
wine is placed in a giant vat with yeast to
made wine with chalky apple, pear, and citrus
begin a second fermentation. This second
fermentation is what creates the bubbles,
and then the sparkling wine is bottled. This
Questions or comments?
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most expensive method is the “Champaign
Mr. Smart
Sam McLean
ave you ever been in a social situation
dance, avoid placing nails or sharp implements
where you wish you had some com-
in the punch bowl in an attempt to “spike it.”
prehensive guide on what to say and
Also, yelling “Food Fight” and hurling your
do? Ask no further. Here are three simple steps
plate at fellow students will not rekindle old
to social etiquette success.
When walking through a rough neighbor-
When seated in a crowded hospital wait-
hood at a late hour, stay clear of loudly pro-
ing room, do not scratch your neck and arms
claiming your yearly earnings, denouncing the
asking, “has anyone here heard of Ebola?” And
toughness of local gangs, or lighting yourself on
of course, lying face down on the floor and re-
fire to frighten off pursuers.
maining very still will only attract the wrong
When attending your high-school grad
kind of attention.
Here are a few great sparklers that are
much more reasonable to celebrate with:
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Crossword puzzles provided by
Used with permission.
1- African antelope
5- Sudden pains
10- Member of a largely Middle Eastern people
14- Ireland
15- Belief involving sorcery
16- Roundish projection
17- Tirade
18- Collection of Hindu aphorisms
19- Small yeast cake
20- Run-down theater
22- To embroider
24- It may be picked
25- Play on words
26- Big
29- Tree syrup
32- Excursions
36- Opaque gemstone
37- Throughout the duration of
39- Monetary unit of Afghanistan
40- Informally
43- Driving peg
44- Tooth covering
45- Ship stabilizer
46- Hindu ascetic
48- Vulgar, ill-bred fellow
49- Courageous
50- Viper
52- Indian dish
53- Of that
57- Erased
61- Unit of language
62- Yacht
64- Bell-shaped flower
65- First-class
66- Off-limits
67- Scottish Gaelic
68- Type of gun
69- Garment worn by women
70- Tournament favorite
1- Saw cut
2- Russian range
3- Take a meal
4- Unsnarl
5- Postulate
6- Adjoin
7- Open mesh fabric
8- Clothes
9- Acute
10- Deficiency in pigmentation
11- Highway
12- French clergyman
13- Endure
21- Filled pastry crust
23- Money paid
26- Awkward boors
27- Suspension of breathing
28- Ran swiftly
29- Shrub of the cashew family
30- Fragrance
31- Longed
33- Overturn
34- Governs
35- With cunning
37- Lair, often for wild animals
38- Naught
41- Employ again
42- Small guitars
47- Make hard
49- Guy’s partner
51- Mails
52- Storage center
53- “____ the night before Christmas ...”
54- Shout in derision
55- Sea eagle
56- Antiaircraft fire
57- Entrance
58- Air-filled rubber hoop, become fatigued
59- Otherwise
60- Colored
63- Japanese sash
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Shedding Blood, Shedding Violence
Menstrual art raises awareness about the Montreal Massacre
one where I can feel proud and excited about
When menstruating people become
the Department of Political Studies at the
aware of their moontime, as it is called in
University of Winnipeg, has done extensive
Indigenous traditions, they become more
research on the way that the state and news-
aware of their bodies and the world around
papers cover sexual assault crimes. “Most
them. Blood makes us real. Menstrual art
often,” Sampert explains, “the state contin-
allows women to make healthy connections
ues rape myths.” The papers often “throw
with their body, connections that our con-
[rape] off as random, instead of a societal
sumerist culture tries to remove with hy-
problem. We need to dissect patriarchy.”
giene products like too-small-to-see tam-
Currently, the consequences of society’s
pons and sanitary wipes. By utilizing blood
unawareness of sexual assault crimes and
to make art, menstruators honor that what
other forms of violence against women has
makes them unique. Menstrual blood be-
manifested in the form of cutbacks to Status
comes an artistic tool, as opposed to a dirty
of Women Canada (SWC), a federal govern-
ment agency that promotes equity and pro-
And that is just the way women have
vides support to women’s centers. Shelters
been taught to perceive their menstruation:
and women’s resource centers around the
a dirty inconvenience—unhygienic, unsani-
province are busy and crowded, and several
tary and embarrassing.
have relied on funding from this agency.
Women are taught to feel the same
Photo: Natasha Peterson
Womyn’s Centre displays menstral art to raise awareness about violence against women.
Kelly Ross
Blood as Art
As most would assume, menstrual art,
up on these stories.
Shannon Sampert, a professor in
what it is capable of.”
way about their vulvas. The media portrays
Responsible for the Status of Women, Bev
women, or segmented parts of women, such
Oda, announced that twelve of the six-
as their vulvas, lips, legs, breasts and bum, as
teen regional offices for the SWC are being
objects. The objectification of women is dan-
shutdown, and 50 per cent of its workforce
gerous because it legitimizes violence against
is being laid off. According to statusreport.
women. It is easier to hurt an object, which is
ca, a website set up to monitor the cuts to
emotionless and unintelligent, than to be vi-
SWC, the closures include the Winnipeg
olent towards another human, a living being
office. To replace the regional offices, four
with ideas, emotions and blood.
centers are being established, responsible
Empowered women are less likely to be
for larger regions of Canada. Winnipeg, for
victimized by sexist violence. Empowered
example, is now included in the office lo-
women think of themselves as subjects, and
cated in Edmonton, which will serve all four
demand that those around them treat them
Western Canadian provinces, the Northwest
as such.
Territories and the Yukon.
“It’s awesome”, says a University of
whereby artists use their blood as a creative
The Gallery of Empowerment (and
The Montreal branch will serve Quebec
Winnipeg student as she takes in The Gallery
instrument, is not a very common medium.
Menstrual Art) “is a declaration of empow-
and Nunavut. The rates of sexual assault in
of Empowerment (and Menstrual Art) just
Vanessa Tiegs, is one of the pioneer of men-
erment”, says one member of the Womyn’s
Nunavut are astronomical, especially in com-
after the artists erected the artwork. Presented
strual art. Live Journal hosts a community
Centre. That is why “Menstrual Art” is in-
parison to other provinces and territories in
by the university’s Womyn’s Centre, the gal-
for menstrual artists and those interested
cased in quotations; the blood is an after-
Canada. In a Statistics Canada report pub-
lery, which showcases the menstrual blood
in the art form for which Tiegs is the mod-
thought. More important than the blood art
lished last month, funded by SWC, Nunavut
of collective members, went up November
erator. Based on posts to the community, the
in the glass case is the sheet that underscores
reported 982 sexual assault offences per
25 to raise awareness about the Montreal
University of Winnipeg is the second post-
statistics about violence against women in
100000 residents in 2004. Manitoba, to com-
Massacre and violence against women.
secondary institution to present blood art
Canada, and the message behind the art:
pare, is still high in relation to other prov-
this year. Sarah Lawrence College in New
“the only blood that a women should shed is
inces, reporting 136 offences per 100000
took place on December 6, 1989 at École
York presented menstrual art at the begin-
her menstrual blood.”
Polytechnique de Montreal, a post-second-
ning of November to coincide with their
ary engineering school, is Canada’s most
Gender Fuck Symposium.
deadly school shooting, whereby any-and-
Marika Olynyk, the Status of Women
director for the University of Winnipeg
all women were targeted. Lepine, the 25-
Empowerment (and Menstrual Art) contains
year-old male shooter, entered a classroom,
fifteen pieces of blood art. Fourteen of the
and declared “I want the women”, forcing the
Violence Against Women in Canada
Student’s Association says, “Cutbacks to
Status of Women Canada highlight the
Conservative government’s ignorance and
fifteen frames are dedicated to the fourteen
Empowerment (and Menstrual Art), there is a
lack of commitment to issues of sexist vio-
male students out at gunpoint. He continued
women that were murdered in the Montreal
sign that reads “Disgusted? I guess that makes
lence in the country.” SWC funds reports on
to roam the halls and other rooms in the col-
Massacre. Their names are attached to these
two of us:…” and goes on to list some facts
violence against women and supports crisis
lege, killing 14 women and injuring 13 other
pieces. A fifteen, as a sign in the gallery ex-
about the rate of violence against womyn in
shelters. Without money, SWC cannot re-
people in the school.
plains, “is dedicated to all other women who
Canada. One of the facts, as documented by
search rates of sexist violence, and there-
are victims of sexist violence”.
Statistics Canada’s “Violence Against Women
fore, cannot legitimize their existence with
The massacre is the most well-known
instance of gendercide to take place on
The names of the artists do not appear
Survey”, reads, “51% of women in Canada
hard statistics. The cutbacks discount seri-
Canadian soil. In 1991, Canadian Parliament
in the gallery. The artists, the majority of
have experienced violence.” The statistics
ous problems that exist within the border.
selected December 6 as the National Day
whom are Womyn’s Centre members, de-
are also posted around the U of W campus.
of Remembrance and Action on Violence
cided to remain anonymous so to not draw
Despite the dominant perception, vi-
Against Women. The date is commemorated
attention away from their message: “the only
olence against women is still quite promi-
on nearly all college and university campuses
blood that a women should shed is her men-
nent; sexist violence did not begin and end
Representatives from unions and wom-
across the country.
strual blood.”
with the Montreal Massacre. The reason why
en’s centers across Manitoba are holding a
On December 8, Liberal and New
Democratic MPs will be speaking in the
House against these cutbacks.
This year, the University of Winnipeg
In a discussion with the Womyn’s Centre
it may appear as though misogyny is a fig-
funeral for SWC on December 10. The tenth
Womyn’s Centre staged a die-in and held
members, it became quite evident that the
ment of the feminist imagination is because
of this month marks the 25th anniversary of
a ceremony in Centennial Hall to remem-
artists feel a great sense of accomplishment
the vast majority of violence against women
Canada’s ratification of the United Nations
ber the victims of the Montreal Massacre
and empowerment. One artist and active
occurs in a domestic setting by someone that
Convention on the Elimination of all forms
and other victims of sexist violence, such as
member of the campus Womyn’s Centre,
the women knows, such as a family member,
of Discrimination against Women. “Instead
the young people that were murdered in the
who asked to remain unnamed said, “partic-
lover or friend. A 1999 statistic, posted on the
of Celebrating this historic milestone”, says
Amish community last autumn.
ipating in this art project had a really posi-
Sexual Assault Care Centre website and on
a rallying publication from an ad hoc group
tive effect on me and how I anticipated my
the fact sheet in the Gallery of Empowerment
called womenactionfemmes, “we will be mo-
cycle. I found myself looking forward to my
says, “80% of sexual assaults occur in the
bilizing to ensure that Prime Minister Harper
period, which is somewhat new to me. The
respects his own election commitment to
The gallery of blood art was erected
nearly two weeks before December 6.
whole experience was inspiring and it helped
Often, instances of domestic violence
create a healthy perspective about my body,
go unreported, and the media does not pick
uphold women’s equality and human rights
in Canada.”
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The Daily Show anOmoly
Conrad Mulcahy
Kevin Fitzsimons
Jon Stewart is changing the way we watch news
Jon Stewart with Senator John Kerry
Stewart with Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James
they’re not getting the news from us; they’re
nificant growth in prime-time programming –
coming to us to find out what the funny is on it.
when the channels are oriented toward showing
If we stopped being funny, they’d stop watching
features – than they did for daytime, which is ori-
the next day.”
ented to tracking the news.
Unfortunately for cable news networks, the
In a Canadian University Press story in
success of “The Daily Show” highlights the failure
October, Eric Szeto pointed out the emergent
of the press to reach the younger audience that
problem of cable news supplementing its pro-
Stewart has captured. Stewart laments his suc-
gramming with video news releases (VNRs).
cesses as symptoms of the erosion of the press.
VNRs are pre-recorded press-release segments
“The news media on television has become
designed by public relations companies and rep-
me, an entertainer, and that’s where we’ve lost
resented by the stations that broadcast them as
actual news stories.
Local television news and network news rat-
The popularity of VNRs among the net-
ings have been in steady decline for a few years
works is evidence of the strong corporate ties that
now, according to the Nielsen ratings. Cable news,
they hold with their sponsors. The patent conflict
on the other hand, enjoyed a steady increase in
of interest presented by VNRs is not impressed on
viewership from 2004 to 2005, rising 2.5 per cent.
the viewers because they are broadcast without
Of the three main cable news networks in
the States – CNN, MSNBC and Fox News – only
one was responsible for that growth: Fox News.
The ratings of the other two networks suffered.
The most dramatic change is occurring in
prime time, with Fox’s ratings increasing by nine
any disclaimer alongside actual stories produced
by the network.
Biased, unsourced and unaccountable,
VNRs do not meet even the barest standards of
journalism, and yet they are presented to the
public as examples of such.
Lars Bohr
ibustering sources who talk their way around the
per cent, MSNBC decreasing by two per cent and
To remedy such problems, Jon Stewart has
Excalibur (York University)
issue they are supposed to be discussing.
CNN decreasing by 11 per cent. Less dramatic is
suggested “that [the press] remove themselves
The focus of mainstream television news
the change in daytime viewership, with Fox’s rat-
from the symbiotic relationship that they have
has shifted away from comprehensive, con-
ings increasing by five per cent, MSNBC increas-
developed with the power structures created by
TORONTO (CUP) – Faux news is no longer
densed news coverage so radically that programs
ing by three per cent and CNN decreasing by
the corporations and the political bodies,” and
faux. Jon Stewart, nine-time Emmy winning
like “The Daily Show” have adjusted their format
seven per cent.
he stresses that “mostly what I’m talking about
American comedian, satirist and author, has been
in response, and have begun siphoning viewers
called the “Walter Cronkite for a younger gener-
from the networks.
The agenda for each channel appeared to be
is television, and the print media is much better
approximately the same, and it says in the report
at providing context, but providing it a week later
Many of Stewart’s viewers watch his program
that “immediacy seems to be the criterion of im-
and by then everybody’s moved on.”
His “fake news” program, “The Daily Show”,
to the exclusion of network broadcasts like CNN.
portance above all others.” But why is there a dis-
has won Peabody Awards for its coverage of the
Yet this is not to say that his viewers rely on him as
crepancy in ratings if they are all so similar?
last two presidential elections. The show never
their sole source of information, and Stewart him-
could have won these awards, the oldest in the
self stresses that this is not the case.
field of journalism, without its merits as a legitimate news source.
A content analysis showed Fox’s presenta-
As an alternative to revamping the television news media, Stewart advocates the networking of the blogosphere.
tion of the news to be faster paced, better stylized
“People that care about the truth, you know
In an interview the morning after the 2004
and more opinionated. But over a 24-hour period,
them, I know them. . . . You’ve got people on blogs
presidential debate between Bush and Kerry,
it presented the same basic information as the
fact-checking as things happen. Now some of
other two channels.
those people are conspiracy theorists; some are
The show is remarkable for its levity and its
Stewart was asked by Jenny Anderson of the New
gravity, but most of all for its density. In less than
York Post, “You’ve frequently commented on how
CNN did come out ahead in the ratings
really smart. Have somebody at the centre of it
half an hour, Stewart packs in much of the hard
scary it is that a growing number of young people
survey in one respect: It had a higher number of
who can be an arbiter of what’s real and what’s
news that the major cable news networks stretch
get their news from you. Now that you know that
unique viewers watching, if only for short periods
not. Have a network . . . that’s reactive to the game
out over a span of 24 hours, and serves it up with
for a fact, do you look at your responsibility any
of time. Fox had more viewers watching longer,
of strategy that’s being played in Washington.”
his own brand of social criticism. This format
more seriously?”
but CNN watchers were still checking in for the
thrives on Comedy Central.
A 2006 Indiana University report entitled
“No,” Stewart replied. “We do not instruct
[viewers], and we assume a knowledge base…
The irony of Stewart’s situation, which has
not been lost on him, is that his show thrives on
Ratings across the board showed a more sig-
material generated by a laughably incompetent
“The State of the News” found the show’s cov-
administration and laughably inadequate televi-
erage of the 2004 election to contain as much
sion news coverage, neither of which should be a
actual news as network evening news broadcasts.
laughing matter.
Stewart, expressly a comedian and not a reporter,
In recent years, his comedy has taken on
has become one of the most trusted names in
some grim undertones as he is shunted into a
news in America.
leadership role. With an increase in his show’s
The recognition of “The Daily Show” as a
popularity comes an increase in Stewart’s respon-
legitimate news source raises serious questions
sibility to the public discourse.
about the legitimacy of the established television
According to Nielsen Media Research, the
news media.
average American home now has more televi-
Be it through the rise of programs like “The
sion sets than people, with the average number of
Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” or the de-
people standing at 2.55 and the average number
cline of the mainstream press, the television news
of television sets at 2.73. The invention of flat
media in the United States seem to be settling at
screen sets has furthered the ubiquity of televi-
the qualitative level of “infotainment.”
sion, which can now be found in many public
“We should probably be concerned about
both because neither one is particularly substan-
With the steadily increasing pervasiveness
tive,” said Julia Fog, author of “The State of the
of television, there may be a real – if intangible
Kevin Fitzsimons
Another report, “The State of the News
Media 2006” from the Project for Excellence in
Journalism, found cable news to be sparsely reported, highly opinionated and permissive of fil-
Jon Stewart and correspondent Samantha Bee
Indecision 2006 – “Battlefield Ohio: ‘The Daily Show’s’ Midwest Midterm Midtacular”
– danger in allowing the cable news networks to
purport themselves to their viewers as comprehensive, explorative objective news sources –
which they are plainly not.
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Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture: Mike Lewis
E-mail: [email protected]
Staff Reporter: Kenton Smith
E-mail: [email protected]
Ringing in the Winter Solstice
Aaron Epp
hile many people dread the
winter season, Winnipeg experimental/ambient trio The
Absent Sound celebrate it.
ElementSircus, the bi-annual extravaganza organized by the band and Ragpickers
Anti-Fashion Emporium & Books, takes place
at the Pyramid Cabaret on Friday, Dec. 22.
This month’s event, which coincides
with the winter solstice, features music by
the aforementioned Absent Sound (with special guests Fubuki Daiko), as well Mahogany
Frog, Ham and Sortie Real. In addition to the
music, there will be films, dance, fire artists,
games, theatrics, art, a trader’s post, and the
now-infamous piñata smash.
The festival is not derived from a hippie
mentality, but instead goes way beyond that,
says Absent Sound member Dave Fort (guitars, keyboards, chants).
“We didn’t want to restrict the event
to just a ‘hippie’ thing when we started
ElementSircus,” he says. “That’s not to say
we’re better than hippies, but the root of the
event is to bring people from all walks of life
together for this celebration.”
This is the ninth ElementSircus Fort and
bandmates Rob Menard (guitars, samples,
loops, keyboards, chants) and Jim Demos
(drums, keyboards, chants) have helped organize. Other celebrations occur during
summer solstice, and two have been held in
Saskatoon to celebrate fall equinox.
Highlights from past events have included celebrating this past summer solstice
in Old Market Square, as well as one that took
place at the Monastery Ruins in St. Norbert.
Says Fort of that event, “By the time we got on
stage, the sun was coming up. That was fun.”
ElementSircus as “a costume-encouraged
event.” In the past, says Menard, people have
dressed up in everything from Halloween costumes to more elemental, solstice-inspired
attire. Wizards, moneys and belly dancers are
a few of the costumes the band has seen, but
the one that sticks out most for them is one
worn by a man calling himself Poor Andy.
“He’s based on Charlie Chaplin, and
he has a similar suit, hat and moustache,”
says Menard. “He’s always carrying around a
guitar or banjo, playing skiffle music.”
The Absent Sound encourages people
to be creative with their costumes. People
who need a little bit of help coming up with
something can head to Ragpickers where
you will get 50% off the rental of a vintage
costume when you purchase a ticket for
With all of the different things going on
at ElementSircus and the emphasis on wearing a costume, do Menard and Fort think that
audiences long to participate more at concerts?
“I was actually thinking about this the
other day,” says Fort. “It’s kind of like when
you’re at a club and there’s music. At first
there’s no one dancing, and you need that
first group of girls to start dancing. That then
gives everyone else a sort of permission to
start dancing.
“It’s an evolution of participation where,
say, the first 100 people at an event will do
something, thereby giving the other 400
people who are there permission to do it as
Menard admits that while some people
who attend ElementSircus prefer to simply
blend it with the rest of the crowd, for many
others the night is a chance for them to showcase what they have to offer. Fort agrees.
“It’s inherently in us to want to participate,” he says. “It’s like when you’re a 7year-old kid wanting to perform for your
grandma at a Christmas family gathering.
ElementSircus is an event people can come
to and say, ‘I can have a good time, I can wear
a costume, I can stand out here, and it’s accepted. It’s cool.’”
ElementSircus takes place at the
Pyramid Cabaret on Friday, December 22.
Tickets are $10 with a costume or in advance
(at Ragpickers and Into the Music) and $12
at the door without a costume. For more information, log on to
December 7, 2006
The Uniter
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From Rags to Riches
Selling Artwork without Commission
Fresh Prey, an unusual and disturbing collection of canned
“delicacies” that would embarrass even the most dedicated carnivores.
Two other outstanding trios
are Dinubuque Rey’s Fire (I,II,III)
and Josh Dudych’s multicoloured
forest. Rey delivers the fantastic
progress of a building caught on
fire, while Dudych’s representations play with nature’s hues in
ways even Mother Nature could
not imagine.
Betlino Assa’s untitled work
could just as easily be a painting
of the fields of Amsterdam rather
than of Manitoba’s wheat paradise. His scenery would undoubtedly make Van Gogh tear, or at
least bleed from the ear.
Ksenia Prints
Beat reporters
t times, exhibitions that
show anyone who is willing are the best places to
go scout for talent. Whether potential art buyers, enthusiasts,
or beginners, acerartinc’s Winter
Warmer has something for everyone. In this annual members
show, all proceeds go to the artists, but the gallery reaps all the
Aceartinc is a non-profit, artists run gallery. “All members and
staff are usually artists, and we
get a lot of artists who become
members to show their artwork,”
says Liz Garlicki, the gallery’s assistant.
through various donations, government grants and memberships, which cost a meagre
year. The
membership earns Winnipeg’s aspiring Michelangelos and Pollocks
access to a resource centre,
a library, and help with artist resumes. An additional workshop
area is being planned.
To some, the biggest benefit of a membership is the unique
opportunity of showcasing work
without any commission at the
yearly Winter Warmer. “It’s an
open member show—if you’re
a member, you can show” says
Garkicki. “In [this show], 100 per
cent goes to the artists—we are
just the facilitators,” she proudly
adds. There were no judging criteria employed for choosing the
displayed works, nor a limit on
the amount of submissions per
artist. Throughout the rest of the
year artwork is juried.
As expected, all styles and
forms can be found in Winter
Warmer. From Jean Bachynsky’s
beautifully plump statues to peculiar doodles on paper, there is no
shortage of mediums either. Lina
Pearce’s fabric applications of
legs would make any foot-fetishist break out in cold sweat. But if
Juan Zavaletz was aiming for shock
value in his haunted charcoal
representation of The Angel of
Death Masturbating Herself with
Paul the Apostle’s Head, the work
falls short—it provokes embarrassment, but only for the artist’s
Simon Hughes has the cutest
fishermen you’ll ever see, in a
trio of Inuit-featuring collages.
Another animal inspired work is
As for photography, Veronica
Prewedo’s church signs stand out
not for being works of stunning
photography, but for the simple
smile they can bring to a person’s
lips. In another joy-filling work,
Aston Coles takes viewers back to
childhood days, when we’d draw
illustrations in the corners of
notebook pages. Only difference
is, his flipbook of Box Animation
is amazingly original and polished.
Winter Warmer runs at the
aceartinc gallery, located on the
second floor of 290 McDermot,
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A Southern Manitoba Murder of Crows
C12, 2006
Winnipeg’s own
Red Blanket are a fourpiece instrumental band
who are sure to start
turning heads soon, if
they haven’t already.
Their new release, A
Southern Manitoba Murder of Crows, should help.
Red Blanket play something like thrashy mathmetal with a few different elements thrown in, along with
some surprises. Comparisons with fellow locals Electro
Quarterstaff are can be made, but Red Blanket tend to
diverge somewhat from the straight-ahead headbanger
metal that EQ do so well.
Instrumental music can falter through repetition, but the musicianship on this record keeps the listener hanging - the instruments sing as well as any vocalist ever could. The eleven lengthy tracks, with titles
like “Explanation Renders the Exotic Mundane”, and “The
Mutants of 2031 AD”, fit together well like an extended
jam session, yet without becoming tedious.
A great listen for anyone wanting to check out
something from Winnipeg’s innovative music scene.
December 7, 2006
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Sarah Slean
Orphan Music
Warner Music, 2006
At a time of year
when record companies flood music
stores with “Greatest
Hits” CDs and other
packages of previously released material, it’s kind of hard not to be cynical about Orphan
Music. The CD is a collection of 13 previously released
songs, stripped down of their original studio flourishes
and reworked live and in the studio to focus on Slean’s
voice and piano playing (augmented on a few tracks
by a string quartet). It sucks paying for all of the same
songs again, but the CD does capture the spirit of a
Sarah Slean show as well as showcase her immense
talent. (Two b-sides are part of the collection as well.)
Long-time fans may be left wondering about the song
selection (did Slean really need to include two versions
of both “Lucky Me” and “Pilgrim”?), but this CD should
serve as an excellent introduction for people listening
to her for the first time. This Christmas, your ears could
do a lot worse than adopt this orphan music.
Big Trouble in Little China
Diamond Cutter
No List Records, 2006
wanted to start a
rock band and write
a song called “God
Bless the Zoo (and the
Royal Albert Too).” I
think that if I ever got
around to forming this band, we would sound a lot
like Big Trouble in Little China. BTILC mix rock, punk
and just a little bit of metal to create 8 songs that are
raw, gritty, short, and to the point. Sometimes shouting, sometimes growling, and sometimes la-la-la-ing
along with the guitar parts, George McKinnon’s vocals
fit the music that this band makes perfectly. Standout
tracks are “La Llorona,” which you can hear on the
band’s MySpace webpage, and “Piss Proud,” a song
that starts out slow (and surprisingly emotional) and
ends up thrashing just as hard as the other 7. This is
the perfect CD to listen to when you’re pre-gaming it
at your buddy’s house before going to the Albert on a
Saturday night. High art Diamond Cutter is not, but if
you’re looking for mindless fun, you can find it here.
-Aaron Epp
-Aaron Epp
-Derek Leschasin
Bitter Chocolate: Investigating
the Dark Side of the World’s
Most Seductive Sweet
– Carol Off
Random House Canada (336 pages)
Reviewed By Derek Leschasin
There’s an old
how people on the
left like to ‘ruin everything for the rest
of us’. Cigarettes,
brand-name clothing,
military coups—you
name it. That’s why
I write this review
with some degree of
trepidation. Who doesn’t like chocolate? It tastes delicious,
makes you feel good, and it’s a no-brainer gift. It’s great.
But as is the case with so many other things that consumers consume, we really don’t know much about where
our chocolate comes from, prior to it being formed into bars,
chips, sauces, etc etc. Veteran CBC journalist Carol Off sets
out to change that in her insightful and wide-ranging look
into the ‘dark side’ of something that is as natural as a cup
of coffee in the morning.
Off takes us on a review through the surprisinglyfascinating history of chocolate, and the cocoa plant from
whence it comes. The story originates with the indige-
nous civilizations of South America, who used cocoa beans
Or: Ineffectively Detailing One’s Cultural Consumption for the Uncaring Installment 2.13
Europeans recognized the potential of cocoa, and enslaved
to make a frothy drink that both fascinated and repulsed
the Spanish Conquistadors. It wouldn’t take long before
first South Americans, then Africans (once the plants were
introduced to Africa) for the task of harvesting and process-
On painful labours and cutting the proverbial cord
ing what would become a precious commodity the world
over. Essentially, the story of the path to developing what we
know of as ‘chocolate’ has a parallel narrative of exploitation and brutality. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
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injected into the spine, if you can believe it),
because when the pain gets bad and the mother
stalwart he must have been in the delivery room.
is begging for pain relief, there won’t be any
So the first week of pre-natal classes has
come and gone, and overall it’s been a really good
options left on the table other than the goodwill
of your partner.
begins to falter in chronicling the convoluted world of the
modern chocolate industry—at times teetering on the edge
of losing her focus. She charts the rise of “Big Chocolate”
Anyhow, the Grits have got some damn ugly,
(Hershey, Mars, etc) and its eventual close ties to Cote
whiny babies on their hands that wallow in the
d’Ivoire, a war-torn country on the west coast of Africa
stench of their own storied diapers. Yet somehow
experience. I wore a 35 pound backpack on the
Off’s writing is accessible and fast-paced, but she
school, and can only imagine what an emotional
and one of the world’s biggest suppliers of cocoa. Once
an African ‘miracle’ for its strong economy based almost
front of my body for a bit, which offered insight
It’s taking me a while to write this week’s
all of this kind of political posturing is irresist-
into the difficulty of walking around with all the
installment for a couple of reasons. First of all,
ible to me. It wouldn’t matter what party was
try became a basket case when prices tumbled. With Big
extra weight of pregnancy. I bounced around a bit
I don’t want to come across as giving advice
involved—I’d be all over it.
Chocolate only willing to pay the minimum market price for
on a fucking birthing ball for a bit, and contem-
to potential parents. Secondly, I don’t want to
plated whether or not I’ll cut the umbilical cord.
misrepresent my partner when talking about our
But where was I? Oh yeah. Pre-natal classes.
I’m thinking since there will be trained medical
experiences. Thirdly, wrap-up coverage of the
You’d think in a room full of pregnant people there
folk on hand, I’ll take a pass. Best that I’m not near
first ballot of the Liberal party leadership is on TV
would be some comfortable chairs available. No
scissors as I try to refrain from passing out.
in the background, so it’s hard to concentrate.
dice… but really, that’s my only complaint—I
exclusively on the high value of cocoa beans, the coun-
the beans, cocoa plantations in Cote d”Ivoire take on child
figure the more preparation a dolt like me can
labourers from other countries who eventually become
slaves—children who were looking for ways to lift themselves out of poverty.
From West Africa to Central America, Off introduces
us to a wide array of vividly human characters. Some are
immersed in the corruption and exploitation of the industry,
others are fighting against it. Their interviews are backed
It’s suggested prospective parents complete
Talk about a painful birthing process. The
have for something as huge as childbirth is
up by her research involving an extensive list of sources.
a birth plan before heading to the hospital—that
Liberal party has been in labour for the better part
probably a good thing. From the hand-knit
It’s really Off’s personal skills as a writer and journalist that
way, there’s no chance of something happening
of a few months now—I’m not sure if it’s painful
replica of the uterus to the doll with the snap-on
during the process that may go against your
for them, but it sure is painful for me. It just seems
umbilical cord, it just got me more excited for
wishes. Having said that, the variables involved in
to go on and on, and no one potential leader has
the real event!
childbirth are such that many birth plans quickly
emerged that can seem to pose a credible oppo-
go out the window. It’s probably not prudent to
nent to Prime Minister Steven Harper. I think back
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strictly rule out an epidural (a numbing agent
to him shaking his kids’ hands as they leave for
make Bitter Chocolate an intelligent and enjoyable read, despite her occasional meanderings. In the hands of a less
talented journalist or an academic, a fascinating and disturbing story could be rendered boring, sensationalist, or
Perhaps unfortunately, like any good journalist, Off
offers no answers to the issues she confronts. Clearly the
market has failed many people yet again, and yet again
we’re all complicit to some extent.
Christmas cake is chocolate-free, right?
December 7, 2006
The Uniter
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Blood diamonds and DiCaprio
Movie’s political message overshadows action elements
Sana Shahram
The Ubyssey
(University of British Columbia)
Diamond” is set against the backdrop
of the 1990’s civil war in Sierra Leone
and follows two men, Danny Archer
(Leonardo DiCaprio) and Solomon
Mandy (Dijmon Hounsou), as their
lives become intertwined in respective attempts to locate a rare diamond
that can save both of their lives.
Solomon, a Mende fisherman,
needs the diamond to save his son’s
life while Archer, an ex-mercenary
from Zimbabwe, sees the diamond as
his ticket out of Africa. Maddy Brown
( Jennifer Connelly), an idealistic
American journalist, comes to Sierra
Leone hoping to expose the illegal diamond trade and instead finds herself
on an adventure with the two men.
This would be the formula for a
conventional action-packed blockbuster except for a number of major
The film’s depiction of the diamond trade, a problem that still
plagues many regions of Africa today,
is so central to the film that the adventurous elements become secondary to the movie’s message. The film’s
Hollywood clout acts to magnify its
politically volatile message.
“First and foremost, [Dijmon and
I] both realized that the movie had
to be emotionally moving and it had
to be a good story and there had to
be compelling characters,” DiCaprio
said in a phone interview. “Otherwise,
[just being] a political film doesn’t
translate to create any type of tangible change amongst people who
watch the movie.”
The film’s representation of
issues surrounding diamonds has
already sparked action from advocates on both sides of the conflict.
The World Diamond Council has apparently committed up to $15 million
to a worldwide advertising campaign
attempting to refute claims about the
foreign practices of diamond companies.
Director Edward Zwick recognizes the need for industries to protect their interests, but argues that
the potential to hurt someone’s reputation is no reason to shelve a film.
“That’s like saying that movies
depicting the Holocaust shouldn’t be
made because Germany is now our
ally,” he said.
Zwick’s film has also attracted the
support of Amnesty International,
which is carrying out a campaign to
sell rubber bracelets with the film’s
title written across them.
It is rare for a major Hollywood
film studio to fund such a socially
conscious and controversial production. Hounsou recognizes this and
is extremely grateful for the support
from Warner Bros.
“It’s very commendable, certainly, to have Warner Bros. backing
us up and spending whatever money
we needed to spend to see the story
told accurately,” he said.
DiCaprio adds, “[It’s] not often
times when films like this are financed
within the studio system, so we both
jumped at this opportunity.”
The cast and crew spent approximately four months in harsh conditions in Mozambique, as well as in
South Africa before and during the
“It’s one thing where, certainly I’d
known the statistics and I had travelled to Africa even before,” Connelly
said. “It’s another thing to live on a
daily basis for about four months in
the places like Maputo and in South
Africa that we were in.”
She added that she was very grateful for the opportunity to bring her
family along to educate her children
DiCaprio as Danny Archer in politics action flick, Blood Diamond
on the poverty faced by the people of
The shoot affected DiCaprio in a
similar fashion.
“Doing a movie like this, you can’t
help but be affected in many different ways,” he said. “Going to an orphanage, for example, in the middle
of Mozambique which has a horrific
AIDS rate and people living in poverty, and to see the actual tangible
contributions that are put into effect,
it makes you want to come back home
and give back.”
Unlike the Western companies
depicted in the film, the cast and
crew of “Blood Diamond” made sure
to give back.
According to Zwick, “everyone
among the cast and crew contributed some money and created a fund
to try to deal with the specific local
issues in some of those villages where
people had been exceedingly generous and gracious to us.”
DiCaprio explains further that
in addition to the fund, everyone became involved with Amnesty
International and Global Witness to
help effect positive change.
“We didn’t feel right going to
shoot there without giving something
Hounsou hopes that the film will
be “used as an instrument to teach,
and certainly educate, people around
the world about the unfair trade rules
of diamonds and other minerals and
oil and so forth.”
Connelly shares his hopes: “I’m a
huge advocate of human-rights education for children in the hopes that
we could foster a more politicized,
conscientious generation.”
Although the film may educate
its audience regarding the conflict,
the filmmakers say that it does not
provide audiences with ways to help
relieve African nations from such a
violent conflict.
“To have awareness that the
things we buy come from someplace
and that the people in those places
aren’t necessarily benefiting from
them is an important thing to begin
to think about,” Zwick said. “By becoming an informed consumer you
can literally help strengthen a process that needs to be strengthened
that might prevent such things that
have happened from happening
there again.”
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December 7 ONWARDS
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PARTNERS needed in the Language
Partner Program, U of W Continuing Education Campus, 294 William Avenue. Language partners are
native (or fluent) English speaking
volunteers who give ESL (English
as a Second Language ) students
an opportunity to practice speaking
English outside of the classroom
and to learn more about the
Canadian way of life. The day and
time partners meet is flexible. The
time commitment is 1-2 hrs./week.
Contact Rina Monchka, 982-1151;
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held regularly on Friday mornings
at 7:15 a.m. with the first meeting of
the year to take place Friday, Sept.
8 in the UWSA Boardroom in the
Bulman Centre. Students, faculty,
and members of the community are
welcome. It’s an opportunity to improve confidence in public speaking
and writing, share your creativity,
meet a diverse group of people,
and become a leader. Come and
be our guest! For more info call
“Classical & Latin* with Papa
Mambo and Alma Petchersky,
piano. Dec. 9, 8 p.m. EckhardtGramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg. Tickets: $29 adults / $27
seniors / $17 students. Contact
786-9000 or
Free Parking available in the CBC
Lot, accessed via Young Street.
Christmas Caroling for an hour or
two to support Winnipeg Harvest.
Dec. 10, 6 – 8 p.m. in Wolseley. Did
you know 1 in 5 children in Manitoba live in poverty? Help fight hunger in Manitoba and spread a little
holiday cheer by going Christmas
Caroling to gain donations of food
for Winnipeg Harvest. Sponsored
by AIESEC, the group will meet in
Wolseley (location TBA) and then
get together after caroling for hot
15, 7p.m. – 9 p.m. at Academy
Lanes. $10 per person covers shoe
rental and pizza. Everyone interested must sign up (by e-mailing
[email protected], or signing
the sheet located on the 6th floor
Lockhart Hall) before Wednesday
November 29th. Payments can be
made to Julie in the math/stats
department office.
“Delicacy & Drama” with Li Wang,
piano. Jan. 6, 8 p.m. EckhardtGramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg. Tickets: $29 adults / $27
seniors / $17 students. Contact
786-9000 or
Free Parking available in the CBC
Lot, accessed via Young Street.
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WORKSHOPS by Dr. J. Currie.
Every Monday, 1:30-2:20 p.m. in
room 3C29. For students planning to try either of the upcoming
math competitions or for students
simply interested in learning some
techniques for solving interesting
math problems.
CLASS At Elim Chapel (546 Portage Ave at Spence Street). Enter
from the rear parking lot. Sundays
12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Improve your
English by conversing, speaking &
reading and learn about Jesus and
Christianity; meet new Canadian
friends. For information call Val &
Veda Chacko – 257-1670.
The University of Winnipeg Career Services is
offering a series of Free
Career Workshops, open
to all students at the University of
Winnipeg and the Collegiate. The
workshops will be held in the
Career Resource Centre (0GM09).
To sign up, stop by the Counselling
Services office (0GM06), email
[email protected], or
phone 786-9231.
Many organizations will complete
their Summer 2007 hiring from
Dec. 2006 to Feb. 2007. If you
haven’t started your summer job
search yet, the Summer Job Fair
is the time to start! Join us at the
Summer Job Fair on Thursday, Jan.
18, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the
Duckworth Centre. Speak with reps
from dozens of organizations and
learn about a wide range of summer
The Ultrasound Training Program at
the Health Sciences Centre is a 12
month full-time post-diploma program to train in the exciting field of
diagnostic medical sonography. The
program starts at the end of August.
Current intake is limited to 10 students. Applicant selection begins in
Jan.. Program details are available
in the program information booklet
(.pdf file) by visiting http://www.
program.htm. An application form
can be obtained from the program
office, phone (204) 787-7846.
you believe you can change our
community? If so, consider volunteering with some of our programs.
The Citizenship Council of Manitoba
Inc. International Centre is looking
for student volunteers to help new
arrivals to Canada learn English
and feel welcome in our country.
Opportunities exist for volunteers
to give their time and support to
the Centre’s Immigrant Children
and Youth Programs including
Sports Activities for Newcomer
Kids, Empowerment for Newcomer
Youth, Newcomer Buddy Welcome
Program and our After Class Education Program. If you’d like to help
out, contact Si-il Park at 943-9158
ext 285 or 688-1941.
university students with Filipino
new comer high school students as
in-school mentors. Weekly Mondays to Thursdays from 4:00 p.m.
to 5:00 p.m. Learn how to become
eligible for the UWFSA Bursary. To
volunteer email the University of
Winnipeg Filipino Students’ Association at [email protected] for
more information.
volunteer hours on your resume?
Do you need volunteer hours for
a class? Come and volunteer in
the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning
Centre. The Community Learning
Commons is located at 509-511
Ellice Ave. Please submit your
resume to: Christine Boyes,
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University of Winnipeg. Phone:
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is always looking for contributions for our bimonthly journal,
The Collective Consciousness. We
publish poetry, short fiction, short
non-fiction, screenplays, plays,
articles, interviews, book reviews,
and more. All submissions should
include a brief (roughly 3 lines)
personal biography. We prefer email
submissions to avoid inaccuracies
in retyping text for the journal.
Submissions should be emailed
to [email protected]
ca with “Collective Consciousness submission” in the subject
line. By mail: mark as Collective
Consciousness submissions, and
sent to: The Writers’ Collective,
4th Floor Library, University of
Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9.
ASSOCIATION All students are
welcome at our meetings, Thursdays
at 12 p.m. Meet in the History Common, Room 3rd Floor Ashdown. If
you want to discuss arts & culture
and meet new friends, check us out!
It’s also a great opportunity to get
involved in student projects, from
arts writing to campus socials.
JUICE JOURNAL The deadline
for creative writing submissions for
Juice 7, a University of Winnipeg
creative writing journal is Jan. 15,
2007. Send us your fiction & creative non-fiction: 10 double-spaced
pages maximum; poetry: 6 poems
maximum,; and drama: 20 script
page maximum. To be considered,
all submissions must include: your
name, U of W student #, complete
mailing address, phone number
and email address. All submissions
must be in 8 1/2 x 11 format, numbered & include the author’s name
on every page. Submissions must
be in.doc, .rtf, or .txt file format. NO
EXCEPTIONS. Drama submissions
must be in script format. Email
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ELEMENTSIRCUS Dec. 22 Pyramid Cabaret. A Sonic Multi-Media
Winter Solstice Celebration featuring Absent Sound, Mahogany Frog,
Sortie Real, Ham and many more
performers TBA. This is a costumed
event, so please make up a cool
costume or rent one from Ragpickers for 50% off with the purchase of
an ElementSircus ticket. Tickets are
$10 costumed/or in advance and
$12 without, available at Ragpickers, Into The Music, TBA.
Collective Cabaret, 9 p.m. With The
Born Ruffians. Tickets $12 at Music
Trader and Into the Music.
FAME Dec. 8 West End Cultural
Centre, 8 p.m. Tickets $7 or $10
with a CD.
‘The US vs. John Lennon’ profiles
the singer’s transformation from
musician to antiwar activist.
Catch it at Cinematheque from
Dec. 15 - 21 at 7 p.m.
Ellice St 975-0800 Neighbourhood
theatre and restaurant. Free movie
nights Monday – Wednesday. Dec.
16: Free movie A Christmas Story,
3 p.m.
PARK THEATRE 698 Osborne St
478-7275 Neighbourhood theatre
and venue. Monday nights: Monday Night Football. Fridays at 5:30
p.m. Riverview Family Night, with
movie TBA. Dec. 21: Park Monthly
Japanese Animation Night, 7 p.m.
Mahogany Frog kicks winter
in to gear with Absent Sound,
Sortie Real, Ham and others at
Elementsircus on Dec. 22 at
the Pyramid.
CAVERN 112 Osborne St – Comedy at the Cavern. Every second
Wednesday. Dec. 13: Stand up.
Dec. 27: Stand up.
King St – King’s Head Happy Hour
Weekly Comedy Night, Tuesdays at
9 p.m. Dec. 12: Improv. Dec. 19:
Stand Up.
IMPROV SHOW Dec. 9 at Pulford Improv Palace (109 Pulford
St.) Comedium performs at 8:30
p.m. and Outside Joke performs at
10 p.m. Cover $5.
LAUGH RIOT Local comics take
a crack at breaking the ever-cynical
crowd at Mondragon.
Present: Baba’s Fruitcake – clean
improvisational comedy fundraiser,
with musical guests Secondhandpants. Dec. 9, with two shows at 3
p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at PTE’s Mainstage (Third floor Portage Place).
Admission is free with a donation to
Habitat for Humanity and/or a nonperishable food item for Winnipeg
Harvest. Tickets available at Hull’s
Family Bookstore (372 Graham
Ave) – 947-1365 or by contacting
[email protected]
St. Dec. 8, 7 p.m.: Food and the
movies: Like Water For Chocolate,
$15 includes reception. Dec.
8-14, 9 p.m.: Bujalski’s Mutual
Appreciation, 2006. Dec. 9-14, 7
p.m.: Glatzer and Wastmoreland’s
Quinceanera, 2006. Dec. 15-21,
7 & 9 p.m.: Leaf and Scheinfeld’s
The US vs. John Lennon, 2006.
Dec. 22-23, Dec. 26-Jan. 4, 7 p.m.:
Yimou’s Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, 2005.
December 7, 2006
ORCHESTRA Concerts almost
weekly during the fall. Dec. 8
– 10: Holiday Express. Dec. 15
– 16: An Innocent Man (Music of
Billy Joel). Dec. 17: A Flicker of
Light on a Holiday Night, a family
concert. Call 949-3999 or visit the
WSO box office at 555 Main Street.
West End Cultural Centre, 8 p.m.
Featuring The Paperbacks, Sheena
Grobb, more. Tickets $10/12 at
WECC and the U of Winnipeg Info
HOLIDAYS Dec. 20 West End
Cultural Centre, 8 p.m. With Twilight Hotel. Tickets $17 in advance
at Ticketmaster, WECC, A La Page
and Zoma.
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BARBER Dec. 9 West End Cultural
Centre, 8 p.m. Tickets $27.50 at
Ticketmaster and WECC.
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THE GRIND First Thursday of the
month at Ellice Café & Theatre (585
Ellice Ave) The Grind, a venue to
encourage and develop performers and their ideas through the
presentation of scenes, sketches,
monologues, spoken word, short
film, stand-up and music in front of
a live audience. 7p.m., $4.
Provencher Blvd.Tickets available at 233-8053 or visit www. Until Dec. 9: ‘La
Boutique au coin de la rue’.
174 Market Ave. Tickets available at
942-6537. Until Dec. 16: ‘Orpheus
St. Tickets available at 942-6537.
EXCHANGE Third floor, Portage
Place. Call 942-5483 or visit www.
or pick up tickets at McNally Robinson or Ticketmaster. All concerts
begin at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster
United Church. Next concert is on
Jan. 17.
“Classical & Latin* with Papa
Mambo and Alma Petchersky,
piano. Dec. 9, 8 p.m. EckhardtGramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg. Tickets: $29 adults / $27
seniors / $17 students. Contact
786-9000 or
Free Parking available in the CBC
Lot, accessed via Young Street.
“Delicacy & Drama” with Li Wang,
piano. Jan. 6, 8 p.m. EckhardtGramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg. Tickets: $29 adults / $27
seniors / $17 students. Contact
786-9000 or
Free Parking available in the CBC
Lot, accessed via Young Street.
Call 989-6030ext1 or visit www. Next concert
is Dec. 19 at Westminster United
PARK Dec. 7, 7 p.m.: Robert
Taylor signing Manitoba: Seasons
of Beauty. Dec. 7, 8 p.m.: John
Dankas & Richard Brignell launch
Small Town Glory.
Launch of Naturescape Manitoba, a
collaborative initiative of Manitoba
conservation groups and agencies.
Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.: Russ Gourluck
signing Going Downtown: A History
of Winnipeg’s Portage Avenue. Dec.
14, 1 p.m.: Henry Cullihal signing
After the Fall.
POETRY First Tuesday of the
month at Academy Bar & Eatery.
AQUA BOOKS 89 Princess
St The Stone Soup Storytellers’
Circle, veteran Winnipeg storytellers, meets for storytelling once a
month on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Next get together is on Dec. 9.
All are welcome. ideaExchange:
Aqua Books, in conjunction with
St. Benedict’s Table, is pleased to
present our award-winning monthly
conversation series dealing with issues of faith, life, theology and pop
OUT LOUD is an open mic opportunity for you to give your words
voice. Every two weeks a special
guest will kick off the evening
after which the mic is open for your
words of any genre in five minutes
or less. Third Thursday of the
month at the Millennium Library at
251 Donald. Sign up is at 7 p.m.
Open mic at 7:50 p.m. Free.
AD LIB is an evening of improvestyle word games. Every night is
guaranteed to be different and full
of laughs. From round stories to
fridge magnet poetry, from opening lines to creating new endings,
there’s no limit to the places these
games – or your writing – can go.
First Thursday of the month at the
Millennium Library at 251 Donald
at 7:30 p.m. Free.
CIRCLE at the Millennium Library
presents ‘Candles in Winter’, and
evening of poetry to bring you in
from the cold. Featured readers
include Sandy Stechisen, Brenda
Sciberras and Ron Romanowski.
Carol Shields Auditorium, Dec. 14
at 7:30 p.m.
IN PLAIN VIEW Winnipeg Studio
Tour 2006 A group of Winnipeg
artists have organized two weekend
self-guided studio and gallery tours
to take place on the weekend of Dec.
2 & 3 from 12 noon to 6 p.m on
these days. Visit for info.
ACE ART INC. 290 McDermot St
944-9763 Tues-Sat 12-5. Until Dec.
9: ‘Crumpled Darkness’ Haraldur
Jónsson and Steingrímur Eyfjörð.
Curated / Organised by Hannes
Larusen and Birna Bjarnadóttir.
Until Dec. 9: 2nd annual Winter
Warmer, an event that encourages
the community to buy their work at
a fair price for all. Contact [email protected] for info.
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GALLERY 318 McDermot Ave
URBAN SHAMAN 203-290 McDermot Ave 942-2674. Contemporary Aboriginal art. Until Jan. 6: 50
to 500, annual members’ exhibition
and sale.
Main St 284-0673 Tues-Sat 12-5.
Contemporary art.
Albert St 943-5194. Communitybased contemporary art.
ART CITY 616 Broadway Ave
775-9856 Mon 5-8 ,Tues-Fri 4-8,
Sat 12-4. Featuring high quality
artistic programming for kids and
AND GALLERY 611 Main St.
Dec. 8 – 15: First studio membership group show – ‘Have you
Seen? Hear W Are!’ including a
performance by Rik Leaf.
942-8026 Mon-Thur 8:30-5:30, Fri
8:30-5, Sat 9:30-4:30. On now: A
holiday exhibition of original paintings by Ed Becenko, Mary Anne
Rudy, Sandi Caputo, Jason Cyr,
Bill Lobchuk, Joanne Smoley and
GALLERY 1C03 Centennial Hall,
University of Winnipeg 515 Portage
Ave 786-9253 Mon-Fri 12-4, Sat 14. The Gallery provides the campus
community and general public with
opportunities to learn about visual
art, thereby reinforcing and emphasizing the educational mandate of
the University.
GALLERY 803 - 803 Erin St 4890872 Local artists featured. Until
Jan. 4: Recent works by Winnipeggers Craig Love and Cliff Eyland.
St 284-0726 Tues-Fri 10-6, Sat 105. Small neighbourhood gallery.
Until Dec. 13: ‘Re-collection’, a new
series of prints exploring legacies
by printmaker Terry Vatrt.
Floor Fitzgerald Building, School
of Art U of Manitoba 474-9322.
Showing and collecting contemporary and historical art at the U of
M. Until Jan. 5: Exhibition featuring
works by local artists Eleanor Bond,
Aganetha Dyck, Wanda Koop and
Diana Thorneycroft.
GRAFFITI GALLERY 109 Higgins Ave 667-9960. A not-for-profit
community youth art center, using
art as a tool for community, social,
economic and individual growth.
Until Jan. 12: In conjunction with
Label Gallery, ‘‘Good Ol’ Hockey
Game: A look at the Canadian Pasttime’.
CENTRE 445 River @ Osborne
St 284-9477. Local community art
McDermot Ave 943-2446. A nonprofit gallery promoting handmade
art, crafts, pottery, cards and more.
River Ave 477-4527 Tues-Fri 106, Sat 10-5. Showcase of original
contemporary art. Until Dec. 22:
‘Gardening the Planet’ by Richard
340 Provencher Blvd 233-8972
Mon-Fri 8am-10 p.m. Sat-Sun
12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Until Jan. 21:
Brigitte Dion, ‘Virage’.
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Enjoy Brigitte Dion’s exhibition
‘Virage’ at La Galerie at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain
over the holidays.
219 Provencher 237-5964 Mon-Fri
9-5. Until Jan. 16: ‘Mouvance’, a
collaborative art project by two
Quebecois, Gilles Prince and Yvon
LaFontain, and two Manitobans,
Michel Saint Hilaire and Nathalie
Ave 772-5165 Tues-Sat 12-5.
Volunteer artist-run non-profit art
centre showcasing works of community artists. On now: Annual
Photography Show. Holidaze Craft
Sale 2: Dec. 15 (7 p.m. – 11 p.m.),
Dec. 16 & 17 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.),
showcasing Winnipeg’s eclectic array of fine handmade gifts. Opening
night with Spatula.
McDermot Ave 487-6114 Tues-Fri
11-5, Sat 11-4. Contemporary arts
and crafts.
Martha St 772-6253 Mon-Fri 10-5.
Showcasing the fine art of printmaking. Until Dec. 25: ‘Umbrage’
by Patrick Neufeld.
St 453-1115 Mon-Sat 10:30-5,
Sun 1-4. Until Dec. 16: ‘Midnight
in the Garden’ by Ainslie Davis.
Main St 949-9490. Supporting
women artists at their new home on
Main Street.
Floor 290 McDermot Ave 949-0274.
Artist-run studio and exhibition
space in the Exchange. Until Dec.
15: ‘Innuendo’, new ceramic masks
and wall sculptures by Monica de
Alexander Ave E. 942-0218. Annual
Christmas Craft Sale on Dec. 9, 10
a.m.- 4 p.m. and Dec. 10, 1-4 p.m.
Until Feb.: ‘Simply Serendipity’
– Carolers, Madonnas, landscapes
and other eclectic chefs-d’oeuvre
from Oseredok’s collections.
942-8183 Tues-Sat 12-5. Photobased media. Until Dec. 8: ‘Pripyat
Floors’ by David McMillan. Dec. 13
– 15: Triple Exposure: A Fundraiser
of Multiples. Viewing on the 13-15,
auction on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.
PLUG-IN ICA 286 McDermot Ave
942-1043. Until Feb. 17: Sarinder
Dhaliwal’s ‘Record Keeping’.
Corridor, 264 McDermot Ave 9432446. Until Dec. 16: Before-Xmas
Exhibition, a collection of works by
Winnipeg artists.
GALLERIA 4th and 5th Floors,
Centennial Hall, University of
Winnipeg. Until Jan. 26: Photographer Tyrrell Mendis captures the
history of places of worship in his
solo exhibit ‘Testaments of Faith:
Manitoba’s Pioneer Churches’.
CENTRE 300-100 Arthur St
949-9134. Contemporary media
art. Until Dec. 8: Reasonable and
Senseless: The Technical Disaster
by Donna Szoke. On display in
Jazz Winnipeg’s Arthur St. window
space at 100 Arthur St.
942-5121. Aboriginal artwork.
186 Provencher Blvd 477-5249.
Gallery for Manitoba-based artists.
Until Dec. 30: ‘The Big Show & The
Small Show’, annual group show.
Memorial Blvd 786-6641. Wednesdays: Art for Lunch. 12:10 p.m.
– 1 p.m. Until Dec. 30: Exhibition
of Sculptures by Auguste Rodin.
Until Jan. 7: Exhibition of the works
of Christopher Pratt. Until Jan.
21: Peter Winkworth Collection
of Canadiana: Vast New Lands
– Canada’s Northwest. Until March
25: Mammatus – An Installation by
Max Streicher.
Academy Rd 947-0700. Until Dec.
16: ‘Couleurs de la Belle Province’
featuring five artists from Quebec.
Academy Rd. Dec. 7: Mike Gavrailoff. Dec. 8: MB Songwriters Circle.
Dec. 9: Johnny Broadway. Dec. 14:
Shouting Ground. Dec. 15: Rob
Langdon. Dec. 16: The Haste. Dec.
20: Delaney Barber. Dec. 22: Glenn
Buhr. Dec. 23: Paul Bergman. Dec.
29: Monty Yanks.
HOLE 108 Osborne St. Tuesdays:
3pm w/ Pat Wright, Spyder, Steve
Broadhurst. Second Wednesday of
the month: Comedy at the Cavern.
Sundays: Debra Lyn Neufeld and
Gord Kidder. Dec. 7: Groove Port.
Dec. 8: The Wind-Ups. Dec. 9: The
Morning After. Dec. 16: Andrew
Neville & The Poor Choices. Dec.
20: SHAM. Dec. 23: The Upsides.
Dec. 28: Night Safari. Dec. 29:
American Flamewhip, Hot Live
Guys. Dec. 31: Novillero and The
Blvd. Tuesdays: Le Mârdi Jazz.
Until Dec. 22: Le Village du Père
Osborne St. Thursdays: Good
Form, Indie Club Night, $3. Hosted
by DJ Font Crimes and Rob Vilar.
Fridays: Punk/Hardcore Night w/
Fat Mat & Scott Wade. Saturdays:
Goth/Industrial Night. Dec. 8: The
Hidden Cameras, Born Ruffians,
All Of Your Friends. Dec. 9: Asado,
Reynolds Pond. Dec. 15: Third
Wave Productions event. Dec. 16:
Infraction, Lynchpin, AMF, Angelic
Sorrows, Nocturnal Divinity. Dec.
22: Fabulous Kildonans, Crackdown, Savants.
St Mary Ave. Thursdays at 8p.m.:
PubStumpers. Sundays: Student
night with live entertainment.
Ellice Ave. Neighbourhood café and
theatre showing films and showcasing local talent. Dec. 8: CD Release
FINN’S PUB 210-25 Forks Market
Rd, Johnson Terminal. Tuesdays:
Ego Spank, 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Guy Abraham Band.
FOLK EXCHANGE 211 Bannatyne Ave. Traditional Singers’
Circle (third Monday of each
month, $2 at the door). Drumming
Circle (fourth Monday of each
month, $2 at the door. Folk Club
(first Monday of each month, $4.99
at the door). Tickets for all Folk Exchange concerts are available at the
Festival Music Store (231-1377),
or at the door. Dec. 8: Stony Point,
GIO’S 155 Smith St. Wednesdays:
Karaoke. Thursdays: Bump n’
Grynd. Fridays: DJ daNNo dance
party. First Saturday of the month:
Womyn’s night. Q-Pages Book
Club, 5 p.m. Dec. 9: Prairie Pride
Fashion Freedom, 9:30 p.m.. Dec.
10: Annual General Meeting, 2 p.m.
Dec. 10: Love, Sex and Innuendo, 9
p.m. Dec. 16: Leather Circus, 9 p.m.
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve at Gio’s.
Dame Ave. Local and touring
acoustic and punk shows.
McDermot Ave. Musical Keepsakes: Live music every Saturday
KING’S HEAD PUB 100 King St.
Tuesdays: The Original Comedy of
the Kings Head. See Comedy for
details. Sundays: All The Kings
Men. Dec. 8: The Black Aces. Dec.
9: The Nods & Alverstone. Dec. 15:
JP Hoe & The Truly Richards w/ J.D.
Edwards. Dec. 16: Guy Abraham
Band. Dec. 21: Serena Postel &
Jody Glenham. Dec. 22: The Perpetrators. Dec. 23: Rubbersoul. Dec.
29: Mr. Pine CD Release w/ Sortie
Real & The Pantymelters. Dec. 30:
All The Kings Men pre-New Year’s
Bash. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve
with JFK & The Conspirators, The
Windups. $7 in advance.
St. Political bookstore and vegan
restaurant hosting readings, speakers and concerts. Wednesdays:
Wobbly Wednesdays.
Osborne St. Mondays: The Cool
Monday Night Hang, 8 p.m. First set
followed by a jam session. Acoustic
Night every Tuesday and Thursday
evening beginning at 8 p.m. Dec.
7: The Nods. Dec. 9: Paper Moon.
Dec. 12: Myles Palmquist. Dec. 13:
Groovy Moustache. Dec. 16: Salsa
Party with Papa Mambo.
Osborne St. Mondays: Monday
Night Football on the big-screen,
free admission. Fridays: Riverview
Family Night. Dec. 16: Big Johnson
Railroad live on stage with Entropy,
7 p.m. Dec. 17: A Christmas Belly
Dance Party, 7 p.m. Disco Lights,
Bookie Nights, Studio 54 at The
Park Theatre at 8 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Tickets $24.99 and available at
[email protected] or by calling
St. Thursdays: The Mod Club. Dec.
9: Icqrl (Ofield) with guests, $10.
St. Tuesdays: Hatfield McCoy.
Wednesdays: Open Mic Nite.
Weekends: Blues.
Albert St. Dec. 9: The Crackdown.
Dec. 15: The Get Down, Hot Live
Guys, The Lonely Vulcans. Dec. 16:
Sidelined Productions Anniversary
with Asado, The Crackdown, The
Afterbeat, The Rock Band. Dec.
21: Boat, The Paperbacks. Dec. 23:
Xmas Metal Bash with Port Amoral,
Damascus, Dia Dolor.
Portage Ave. Thursdays: Urban
Hip Hop. Fridays: Salsa/Top 40.
Saturdays: Salsa. Sundays: Reggae
and Calypso.
Carlton St. Sundays: Nate Bryski.
Mondays: Jeremy Williamez.
Thursdays: 80s Night. Dec. 8: Juniper Drive. Dec. 9: The Attics. Dec.
15-16: Dust Rhinos. Dec. 31: Sub
City Dwellers & The Afterbeat.
Mary Ave. Sundays: Blues Jam with
Big Dave McLean. No cover charge.
Dec. 7: Tom Waits birthday party
hosted by Matt Allen and guests.
Dec. 8 & 9: The Perpetrators. Dec.
15: Little Miss Higgins. Dec. 16:
Stonypoint. Dec. 21: Luke Doucet
and The D. Rangers. Dec. 22: Big
Dave McLean. Dec. 31: Nathan, Andrew Neville and the Poor Choices.
WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE Ellice Ave @ Sherbrook St.
See Concerts for details. Dec. 2:
That 1 Guy. Dec. 8: Moments of
Brilliance CD Release. Dec. 9: Ron
Sexsmith w/ Jill Barber. Dec. 15:
Port Amoral, Subcity Dwellers, Sick
City, 8 p.m. Dec. 16: Dreadnaut,
Coda, Lucid. Dec. 17: Kwagala
Foundation Benefit Concert. Dec.
20: Madrigaia with Twilight Hotel.
Dec. 21: Blue Sky Addicts, The
Playing Cards, Perse. Dec. 22:
Quinzy, House of Doc.
Port Amoral takes the stage with
Subcity Dwellers and Sick City at
the West End on Dec. 15. Tickets
are $8 at Sk8, Into the Music
and Salon Venator.
Tuesdays: Jam with Ragdoll Blues.
Wednesdays: Jam with Big Dave
McLean. Dec. 7-9: Terry Barnett.
Dec. 14-16: Suzanna Martini Band.
Dec. 21-23: Brent Parkin. Dec. 2830: Inside Out Band.
St. Historic downtown hotel bar.
Dec. Dec. 8-9: Fat Chance. Dec.
15-16: Bull’s Eye. Dec. 22-23: Marc
Conroy Band. Dec. 29-31: Billy Joe
INN 160 Osborne St. Thursdays:
New Band Showcase – No Cover.
Dec. 7: Dearly Beloved. Dec. 8:
Godsize. Dec. 9: River City Hum,
Spread Ego, Killdare. Dec. 15:
Grindfest Presents: Metal Night.
Dec. 16: The Paul Stanleys “Kissmas Show” with Entertainment
Death. Dec. 22-23: Zooyear’s Eve
with The Maroons. Dec. 31: Dreadnaut, Damascus and more, $10.
(see also On-Campus Events)
LECTURES 2006/07 Wednesday
Lectures: Leading teachers and
researchers from the University of
Winnipeg will inform, engage and
challenge you on topics of broad
historical, political and scientific
interest. Thursday Concerts: We
present a showcase for some of
Manitoba’s finest musicians - from
jazz to folk and classical to contemporary. Free admission, Carol
Shields Auditorium, 2nd Floor Millennium Library downtown, 12:1012:50 p.m.
GAS STATION THEATRE Annual General Meeting on Dec. 9 at
the theatre. Doors will be open to
renewing members at 12 p.m. with
the meeting being called to order
at 2 p.m. For further information
please contact the theatre at 2849477. After the meeting there will
be an informal gathering in the
lobby hosted by the Board and featuring live entertainment by theatre
‘URGENCY’ An introduction to
physical theatre techniques and
style. Courtney Siebring is an
American-born actor/creator and a
graduate of Dell’Arte International
School of Physical Theatre. She
recently toured her contemporary
commedia one woman show on the
Canadian Fringe Circuit and was
hailed throughout as a “five star
performer.” On ‘Urgency’: Our pain
and our passions originate at our
core. We are visceral beings and
should therefore be visceral actors.
This two day workshop will explore
the expression of urgency in all that
we do on stage. It begins in the
body…and resounds out from our
core. Dec. 9 & 10, 1 – 4 p.m. To
register contact Loc Lu at 298-1980
or email [email protected]
CHRISTMAS’ Free coffee, hot
chocolate, cartoons, carols, and
cookies on Dec. 21 – 23 from 4
– 9 p.m. Visit the miniature village,
warm yourself by an open fire and
take a minute to tell Santa what you
would like under your tree.
declares the Winnipeg party scene
“a practical zone” and safely suggests you Bundle, Walk, (then)
Unzip & Dip for our New Year’s
Eve Party. Prizes for best bundled
before (arrival) and unbundled after
(arrival) looks. Hot food carried
over from the Village Fish Cafe.
Live entertainment provided by
Young Lungs Dance Company,
CRUMBS, and the Rep Company.
Reasonable spirit prices, complimentary champagne to toast, and
the DJ’d stage becomes our dance
floor after midnight!
you believe you can change our
community? If you said yes, consider volunteering with some of our
programs. The Citizenship Council
of Manitoba Inc. International Centre is looking for student volunteers
to help new arrivals to Canada
learn English and feel welcome in
our country. Opportunities exist for
volunteers to give their time and
support to the Centre’s Immigrant
Children and Youth Programs
including Sports Activities for Newcomer Kids, Empowerment with
the Girl Guides, Newcomer Buddy
Welcome Program and our After
Class Education Program. If you’d
like to help out, contact Si-il Park at
943-9158ext 285 or 688-1941.
needs 6,300 volunteers for its annual door-to-door campaign during
Heart Month in Feb., 2007. HSFM
hopes to raise almost $800,000
and warm hearts all over Manitoba
during the month-long event. Much
of the funding HSFM receives
comes from volunteer-based events
like Door-to-Door. Ninety percent
of funds raised stay in Manitoba to
support the Foundations mission
“to improve the health of Manitobans by preventing and reducing
disability and death from heart disease and stroke through research,
health promotion and advocacy.”
To volunteer for the door-to-door
Listings Coordinator: Nick Weigeldt
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 786-9497
Fax: 783-7080
campaign, or any other Heart and
Stroke Foundation event, visit or call
toll free 1-888-473-4636.
Attention independent artists and
producers! Beginning September
15, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. Arts and
Cultural Industries Manitoba (ACI)
presents the Late Lunch Show, a
series of 9 fabulous workshops
designed specifically for the selfemployed. With topics ranging
from Healing Through the Arts to
Financial Management, each hourlong session provides an opportunity to connect with professionals,
network with other independent
artists/producers, and gain valuable knowledge about the cultural
industry. Registration is $5.00 and
includes a delicious lunch, so call
927-2787 to reserves your spot
CAREER IN FILM? Manitoba¹s
growing film industry is looking for
people who are hard working, selfmotivated, and have strong communication skills to become members
of Manitoba¹s film crew. To learn
more about working in Manitoba¹s
expanding film industry, attend a
free Monthly Information Session
the first Wednesday of every month
from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Film Training Manitoba, 100-62 Albert Street.
For more information call 989.9669
or visit
WITH ART, a community-based
program for collaborative art
projects between community
groups and artists in Winnipeg.
The program is based on the belief
that WITH ART communities can
explore issues, express identity and
create dialogue by working with
professional artists on a shared
goal. Artists will be matched with
community groups to create a
project plan with an emphasis on
the art-making process. WITH ART
is interested in artists working in all
art forms such as visual, performing and literary arts. Deadline for
receipt of expressions of interest
is Dec. 15, 2006. Criteria, requirements and selection process available at or call
together with your class, your
friends or on your own, and come
up with the next best concept that
will forever change the city. If your
idea is selected, we’ll help you finalize it with all the bells and whistles
including blueprints and those cool
scale models if needed! The winner
of each category will get $1000,
with $500 for second place. The
deadline for initial submissions is
Dec. 16. Visit
INC. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the MWG, ‘Friends: A
Contest for Writers’ Tell us what it
means to you to be a friend. Your
original, unpublished writing
should demonstrate the importance
of friends. Fiction and non-fiction:
max 5000 words. Poetry: max 25
lines. Submission forms may be
downloaded, and more information obtained, from www.mbwriter. $15 entry fee; Deadline:
Dec. 31, 2006. Mail entries to 206100 Arthur St, Winnipeg, MB, R3B
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December 7, 2006
International students who are attending The
University of Winnipeg and who have financial need may apply for bursary assistance.
The value of the award is
$1000 - $3000 per term. Maximum of
$5000 over the Sept.-July academic year.
Criteria includes:
• be an international student attending
the University of Winnipeg on a Student
• have documented financial need
• registered on a full-time basis: minimum
60% course load (18 credit hours) for Fall/
Winter academic year or 9 credit hours for a
single term
• show satisfactory academic progress:
successfully complete at least a 60% course
• maintain satisfactory academic standing:
maintain regular status or a "C" average
(2.0 GPA)
Interested students should complete the
International Student Bursay application
form which includes a financial need assessment form. Applications are available
at the Awards office located in Graham Hall,
Student Central located in Centennial Hall,
and the International Office at 311 Balmoral
Ave. Deadline: Dec. 20, 2006.
Application forms are now available in the
Awards office located in Graham Hall or at
Student Central in Centennial Hall. Bursaries are small, supplementary financial
assistance awards, normally $300 - $750
in value. In order to be considered, you
must prove financial need and you must be
making satisfactory academic progress (i.e.
maintaining a “C” average). Because funds
are limited, not everyone who qualifies will
receive a bursary. Many of our University
of Winnipeg bursaries are available to our
students in any year of their program.
Return completed applications to the Awards
office in Graham Hall. Deadline date: Jan.
31, 2007.
Do you find yourself going back to school
later in life? Do you ned financial assistant
to complete your education? Women’s Opportunity Awards are cash awards that assist
women in obtaining the skills and education
they need to improve their employment
status. Recipients may use the awards for
any expenses related to their educational
To be eligible you must meet the following
• be a female head of household (single
or married, with the primary responsibility of
supporting yourself and your dependents)
• attend an undergraduate degree program
or a vocational/skills training program.
• have financial need.
If you have further questions, contact
Heather Menzies, 1204 - One Evergreen
Place, Winnipeg MB, R3L 0E9 or phone
475-2526. Applications are available in
the Awards office located in Graham Hall.
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2006
International Women):
Delta Kappa Gamma is a professional
honorary society of women educators. To be
eligible, you must be a women, in the research field of education. Value of the award
is $4000 USD, tenable at a University located
outside your country. Applications are available by contacting the Faculty of Graduate
Studies at the University of Manitoba. More
information can be found at Applications should be
submitted to: Vicki Norris, 557 Queenston
Street, Winnipeg MB, R3N 0X4. Deadline:
Dec. 15, 2006.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. The
Sitrix Fund’s grants can make the difference
– providing deserving students the financial
tools they need to excel and prosper during
university and after graduation. This year,
registrations will be accepted until Dec.
31st 2006 for the 2007-2008 academic year
applications. Go on-line to to
register. Deadline date: Dec. 31, 2006.
Youth Serves Manitoba (YSM) encourages post-secondary students to engage in
meaningful, part-time community service
with incorporated non-profit or registered
charitable organizations. Upon successful
completion of at least 100 hours or service,
approved students will receive a $500
bursary towards tuition or student loans. For
more information and an application form,
contact [email protected] or 1-800-282-8069
ext3560. Deadline: Jan. 9, 2007.
The Shastri Institute and Mount Allison
University are pleased to announce the
Summer Programme in India. Students who
have completed two years of undergraduate
study and have completed a substantial
component of India Studies coursework, or
have a particular academic interest in Indian
Studies may apply. The total cost of this
programme is $5945 which includes application fees, tuition, airfare, room and board,
materials, health and field trip costs. Provide
a statement of purpose no longer than 300
words outlining how this programme will
benefit you, an official transcript of all
post-secondary studies and a complete application form. Applications are available by
visiting our website Deadline:
Jan. 15, 2007.
The Fellowship Award may be awarded to
any women who:
•Resides in the Northwest Region of
Soroptimist International of the Americas
•Is established in business or one of the
• Conducts her business or practices her
•Holds a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
from an accredited college or university.
• Presents a plan of worthwhile post
graduate study at an accredited college or
university leading to an advanced degree or
to enhanced standing or competence in her
business or profession.
• Provides such other information as the
Fellowship Committee may deem necessary.
•Soroptimist members and their immediate families are not eligible for any
Soroptimist monetary awards available to
the public.
Applications are available in the Awards
office located in Graham Hall.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2007.
Export Development Canada International
Business Scholarships (EDC) created these
scholarships through its Education and Youth
Employment Strategy, because international
trade is critical to Canada’s economic prosperity.
EDC will offer 25 scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled in Canadian
universities. Selected applicants will receive
a $3000 cash award and a possible fourmonth work term with mentoring from
leading industry experts at EDC’s head office
in Ottawa, worth approximately $10,000. To
be eligible:
• be a Canadian citizen or permanent
• enrolled in full-time studies at a Canadian university
• be in 2nd or 3rd year of an undergraduate business or economics program
• returning to full-time undergraduate
studies in business or economics for the
2007-2008 academic year
• keenly interested in international business and considering a career in this field.
• evidence of leadership potential,
competency in teamwork and academic
Complete the on-line application. Go to
Deadline date: Jan. 22, 2007.
The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada annually offers several $7,500 grants to female
graduate students in Canada to assist them
with university studies that will qualify them
for careers that will improve the quality of
women’s lives. Examples include but are
not limited to: proving medical services,
providing legal counseling and assistance,
counseling mature women entering or
re-entering the labour market, counseling
women in crisis, counseling and training
women for non-traditional employment, and
positions in women’s centres. To be eligible
you must meet the following criteria:
•A female
• Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
•Accepted registrant in a graduate studies
program (Masters or PhD) or professional
program at a similar level (medicine, law)
in an accredited Canadian University, at the
time of the application deadline (Jan. 31).
•Nancy Goodhue Lynch scholarships
– for outstanding undergraduate students
majoring in Information Technology related
curriculum programs at eligible Datatel client institutions.
Application Process:
•Spring May 14-June 15, 2007
1. A student attending an eligible Datatel
client institution may apply via the online
application form between September 1, 2006
and Jan. 31, 2007. (NOTE: applicants must
submit their completed application with two
letters of recommendation by Jan. 31, 2007
in order to be considered for nomination.)
You qualify if you are a Canadian citizen or
permanent resident and enrolled as a fulltime student (minimum 60% course load).
2. The scholarship administrator from each
participating Datatel client institution reviews, evaluates, and nominates applicants
between Feb. 1, 2006 & Feb. 15, 2006.
3. Nominated student applications are forwarded to the Datatel Scholars Foundation
review committee for final evaluation and
award determination in the spring.
For more information go to their website or
email [email protected] Deadline: submit
online at by Jan. 31,
Students who have completed at least two
years of post-secondary education and are
currently enrolled in a program that has
application to the dairy industry are eligible
to make application for this scholarship. Two
scholarships of $2000.00 will be awarded.
For more information email [email protected]
ca. Applications are available on-line at Deadline: Jan. 31,
The purpose of this award is to offer financial
assistance and recognition to hard of hearing and deafened students registered in a
full time program at a recognized Canadian
college or university, in any area of study,
with the ultimate goal of obtaining a diploma
or degree. Two awards of $2000 each will
be granted. Applicants are requested to read
the criteria for eligibility and to provide all
the information required to complete the application. Applications are available either in
the U of W Awards Office located in Graham
Hall, or on-line at Deadline:
Jan. 31, 2007.
Value: Five students will receive $4,000 for
education expenses to a maximum of four
years at university. Eligibility:
•Intending to spend a minimum of two
years in such a career in Canada.
• a status Indian, Non-status Indian, Inuit
or Metis
•Intending to use the award for academic
studies in the academic year following receipt of it.
• you are a permanent resident/citizen of
•Needing financial assistance.
Applicants may apply in either English or
French. Applications are available in the
Awards office located in Graham Hall. For
more information contact Heather Menzies,
1204 – One Evergreen Place, Winnipeg MB,
R3L 0E9. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2007.
The University of Winnipeg is a new Datatel
client institution and as such, Datatel is offering unique scholarships ranging in value
from $1,000 to $2500 to students from our
• Datatel Scholars Foundation Scholarships – for outstanding students currently
attending eligible Datatel client instituitions.
•Returning Student scholarships – for
outstanding students currently attending
eligible Datatel client institutions, who
have returned to higher education after an
absence of five years or more.
Come to Trois-Pistoles French Immersion
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The Datatel Scholars Foundation online
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• Pursuing a course of studies which
will lead to a career mainly of service to
• Contributing to your community through
volunteer service.
• you can provide proof of acceptance
(with transcript of marks)or are already
attending a university or college listed in the
Directory of Canadian Universities, in a discipline relevant to the banking industry (e.g.
business, economics, computer science)
• you maintain a full course workload
leading to a recognized degree, certificate
or diploma
• you are in need of financial assistance to
pursue your education
Process: An independent committee of aboriginal academics reviews all applications
and makes its final selections based on each
individual’s financial need. In addition, recipients who indicate an interest in pursuing
a banking career are considered for summer
and postgraduate employment at RBC.
Apply on-line at and send your
documentation to:
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West, 10th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3B5
Fax: (416) 348-6455
Deadline: Jan. 31st 2007.
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Applications available on the web at www. More information can be
found at [email protected] or by phoning
519-661-3637. Deadline: Feb. 28, 2007.
This prize worth $20,000USD is open to
young people, aged 35 years or younger,
from throughout the world. It will be awarded
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Manitoba Student Loan staff will be on campus to accept completed loan documents
•Place: Bulman Centre
•Date: Jan. 2 & 3, 2007
•Time: 8:30a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Bring one piece of ID with your signature,
and your complete bank account information
(void cheque or bank transit, institution code
and account numbers) with you.
Confirmation of Enrollment: This will be
done electronically in the Awards & Financial
Aid Office, and an authorized loan document
will be mailed to you by the MSAP office in
late Dec.
Missing Information: If any documentation
requested by the MSAP, such as summer
income verification, has not yet been submitted, electronic confirmation of your loan
document will not occur and your loan funds
will not be in place at the beginning of the
Winter Term.
Revision to your needs assessment: You
should be aware that new information, such
as verification of your summer income, may
increase or decrease your MSAP needs
assessment and the resulting loan amounts
you are eligible to receive. Similarly, if your
current course load is different from that
on your Notice of Assistance letter, the
amount of loan you are eligible to receive
may change. Feel free to contact Awards
Office staff Kathy Frankow (786-9458) or
Tanis Kolisnyk (786-9984) if you have any
questions on any of these items.
DO YOU KNOW… you can check the status
of your student aid application, find out what
documentation is still outstanding, update
your address information and much more on
line? Go to Link
to MySAO to log into your existing account.
DO YOU KNOW… Manitoba Student Aid
staff can be on campus on Fridays from 1
– 4 p.m. To meet with a representative, you
need to set up an appointment time. Come
to Student Services to book an appointment
or phone Tanis Kolisnyk at 786-9984.
December 7, 2006
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Women’s Basketball
(6-4, 1st in Great Plains, unranked)
Great Plains Division
For students, December means one thing: putting aside visions of presents and pine trees aside for a few weeks for some
good exam time cramming. With the school year now half over, the threat of evaluation and grading hangs in the air. If there’s
any bright side, however, it’s that there are still three months remaining to salvage any potential academic disaster.
With their seasons half over, the Wesmen teams find themselves in a comparable position. We’ve gotten a taste of what
each of them can do and what they can do to improve. The Uniter doles out our official grades to the two basketball teams:
CIS Coaches' Poll Top Ten
1. McMaster
2. UBC
3. Simon Fraser
4. Saskatchewan
5. Alberta
6. Brock
7. Cape Breton
8. York
9. Laval
10. Manitoba
Great Plains Division
Interim Report:
After coming into the season with high hopes
with rookie Nick Lother coming into an alreadydeep fold, the season opening loss to cellar-dwelling
Manitoba, en route to a 4-6 record, is disappointing for
the Wesmen. However, the team has been bitten by the
injury bug, with Josh Sjoberg and Matt Opalko on the
mend. Also, the first half saw the Wesmen deal with
games against undefeated UBC (a slim 80-78 loss), 101 Victoria, and 8-2 Brandon.
“We’re surviving,” said head coach Dave Crook.
“We thought we would have a fourth-year kid (Matt
Opalko) and a third-year kid (Josh Sjoberg) playing a
lot, and they’re not playing at all (due to injury), so
we’re playing with first-year kids. It’s difficult to win
with first year kids, unless they’re exceptional players.
They’re getting better, and the key is, when we need
them, they’re going to be ready to play.”
Syllabus for Second Term:
The second term presents the Wesmen with a bit
of an easier time. After the Wesmen Classic, the squad
gets a re-match with the Bisons, as well as weaker
squads in Thompson Rivers, Fraser Valley, Lethbridge
and Calgary.
“[We’ll] try and get back to playing good basketball. We’re not going to make a lot of changes in terms
of systems, because I think what we’re doing is the
stuff we want to do. We’ve got to continue to fine-tune
and hopefully we’ll be ready to play,” said Crook.
“I hope we’re going to win a lot of games, and
put ourselves in a position to host a game or two in the
playoffs, and get a chance to get to the Canada West
Final Four.”
Team Grade: B
CIS Coaches' Poll Top Ten
1. Manitoba
2. Calgary
3. Alberta
4. Montreal
5. Laval
6. Trinity Western
7(T). Toronto
7(T). UBC
9. Regina
10. Sherbrooke
Men’s Volleyball
(4-3, 6th in Canada West,
no. 4 CIS Coaches’ Poll)
CIS Coaches' Poll Top Ten
1. Alberta
2. Trinity Western
3. Dalhousie
4. Wesmen
5. Ryerson
6(T). Manitoba
6(T). UBC
8. Queens
9. Laval
10. McMaster
Women’s Volleyball
(1-10, 11th in Canada West, unranked)
Interim Report:
Head coach Tanya McKay’s team has been
plagued with inconsistency thus far. While many (including us) felt the Wesmen would be right in the hunt
among the country’s best teams, they currently sit with
a lacklustre 6-4 record. They also recently fell out of
the Coaches’ Poll after finding themselves as high as
no. 7. It is possible the first weekend of the season set
the tone for the rest of the half. Opening night at home,
they easily handled an unspectacular Manitoba Bisons
squad 85-65. Two nights later, they fell 72-70.
“Very average,” said McKay when asked to describe her team’s first ten games. “We’re not at our
best right now, and we’re definitely underachieving.
We’re not all on the same page right now. We’re not
playing well as a team. And until we get to that point,
we’re not going to win big games.”
Uzo Asagwara is doing her thing, averaging a CISbest 24.8 ppg, including 38 points in a win over Victoria,
and 37 points in the Manitoba loss.
Syllabus for Second Term:
On paper, it seems like there should be all the
pieces here. However, it hasn’t translated into the expected results. This points to the team chemistry issue
McKay noted. She plans to instigate, “lots of stuff off
the court” during the Wesmen’s Christmas break.
“We’ve got to do team-building activities,” said
McKay. “Do activities that foster trust in each other.
We’ll have a week together where we’ll train and do
different activities. We’re also going to Newfoundland
(for a Memorial University tournament). When we go,
we’re there for five days; we’ll do a lot of stuff as a
team, plus we’ll play more.”
Trinity Western
Simon Fraser
Thompson Rivers
Interim Report:
What more can I say? Unfortunately, the term “rebuilding” has become even more literal than intended
this year. Not only is Diane Scott “re-building” her team
after losing four, count them (Caitlyn Jackson, Kristin
Brisebois, Lee Hrenchuk and Christa Desrochers), starters from last year, but now she has to find another new
left side to replace the injured Marlee Bragg, who was
last year’s conference rookie of the year. After leaving
their third game of the season (against Manitoba) with
a torn ACL, Bragg has, and will have, nothing to do but
sit on the bench and take notes during games for the
next 12 months, give or take. And we’re only taking if
a miracle occurs.
We feel bad for Nicola Dirks, who had a tough
job leading a relatively young team in the CIS league
in September and is now faced with trying to hold a
team together with about a third of their scoring potential gone. It wasn’t that Bragg was scoring all the
points, but more so that the loss of such a player has
hit home mentally as well as missing the physical presence on the court.
Syllabus for Second Term:
It’s not fair to judge a team that was ousted from
the running before their third game was done. So we’ll
leave it at that - re-building. Hopefully this house can
stay up for a little while longer, at least long enough to
recruit some noticeable change.
Trinity Western
Thompson Rivers
Grade: C
Involuntary Withdrawal: Marlee Bragg
-Dan Falloon
Grade: Incomplete
- Josh Boulding
Syllabus for Second Term:
With the difficulty of the run that the men’s volleyball has had to contend with, they deserve at least
an extra letter grade this term. Finals will be tough
enough without having to worry about trying to play a
tough team before the end of January. With the Toronto
Invitational coming up in the first week, it will be a
good chance to test what head coach Larry McKay has
learned from his own experiences in Japan, where he
will be serving as an assistant with the national team.
Look for an easier semester in the first few
months of 2007. But watch out, as the finals will be
killer once the playoffs come around.
- Josh Boulding
- Mike Pyl
Interim Report:
At least the Wesmen can do something right. The
men’s volleyball team started off this season strong.
Really strong, in fact, as they demolished one of last
season’s ranking finishers, the UBC Thunderbirds in two
matches of three straight sets. Their control slipped the
week after winning a challenge against our southern
Winnipeg rivals, the Manitoba Bisons. Falling quickly to
the Alberta Golden Bears twice, left the Wesmen seemingly uneasy as they could only pull off a split in the
next week against the then-number one ranked Trinity
Western. The Spartans had to fight hard against the
Wesmen to hold them to only five of the ten games on
that weekend.
Grade: B+
Grade for Erfan Nasajpour: A (whose
45-point game against Simon Fraser tops a long list of
first-half highlights for the country’s leading scorer).
Sports Editor: Mike Pyl
E-mail: [email protected]
Wesmen Midterm Review
CIS Coaches' Poll Top Ten
1. Carleton
2. UBC
3. Victoria
4. St. F Xavier
5. Ottawa
6. Windsor
7. Concordia
8. Brandon
9. Brock
10. Cape Breton
December 7, 2006
Making the Grade?
Men’s Basketball
(4-6, 2nd in Great Plains, unranked)
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Wesmen quarterback Nasajpour strikes once, but not twice
Bobcats win catch-and-release game to avoid home-and-home sweep
Daniel Falloon
Volunteer Staff
The World’s Fastest Man can pray all he wants.
With or without Gatlin, the Texans will still suck.
World’s fastest man
impresses in NFL workout
Seldom do midseason NFL workouts consist
of anything more than an anonymous cast of castoffs and former NCAA Division II hopefuls.
Even less frequently do they workout world
The Houston Texans worked out Justin Gatlin
last week, who holds the world record for running
the 100 meters in 9.76 seconds. Texans coach
Gary Kubiak described him as “very impressive”.
“I’m sure it would be a big step for him to
step up and start playing football,” Kubiak said.
“But that looks like it’s something that he’s interested in.”
Gatlin last played football in the 10th grade.
He ran track at the University of Tennessee, winning six NCAA sprint titles.
The six-foot-one, 180-pound 24-year-old
became interested in football after accepting an
eight-year ban from track and field last April for
testing positive for the banned substance testosterone.
“It was positive,” Kubiak said of the workout.
“He did a good job. Some of our people who were
over there watching him were amazed at how fast
he ran. I don’t even know if he was full speed at
that time. But he did catch the ball pretty good.”
Detroit boxing mecca closes for good
After years of wear and tear, one of boxing’s most hallowed grounds could not get up off
the mat.
Detroit’s Kronk Gym, whose former clientele
included Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Oscar
De La Hoya, and Thomas Hearns, closed when its
owner, Emanuel Steward, could not keep up with a
budget shortfall.
The centre had been particularly struggling since September, when thieves broke in a
stole copper piping, robbing the gym of running
water. The ultimate cost of replacing the plumbing, among other repairs, made it fiscally unsustainable.
“It’s the oldest rec center in the city. It has lived
a useful life,” said the deputy director of Detroit’s
Recreation Department, Lawrence Hemingway.
The inner-city institution, originally established as a place of refuge in one of North
America’s most decayed cities, has produced 50
amateur boxing champions, 30 world champions and three Olympic gold medalists since it first
opened its doors in 1970 (
Goodell leaves Toronto swooning
The hottest reoccuring Toronto sports rumour
has been reignited.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, at a
Reuters Media Summit in New York City, admitted
a new, non-American franchise beginning operations within the next decade was a real possibility.
The two candidates implicit in the announcement
are Toronto or Mexico City.
“We can envision that,” Goodell said when a
reporter asked him about growth beyond U.S. borders. “I don’t know if it will become a reality, but it
is certainly a possibility.”
This speculation left Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey, long the cause’s main advocate,
understandably giddy.
“I have a plan if an NFL team comes to
Toronto that would help the Argonauts,” Godfrey
said in regards to the potential conflict with the
presence of the Canadian Football League. “I’m not
prepared to reveal details of that. I’m a strong supporter of a strong CFL. The city is big enough and
if the leagues don’t completely overlap on top of
each other, they both could co-exist in the city.”
Godfrey heads a group of potential owners
which includes Rogers Communications owner
Ted Rogers, and the chairman of Maple Leaf
Sports & Entertainment Larry Tanenbaum.
Toronto mayor David Miller assured the ciy would
rapidly embrace a team, who are already crazy for
the Buffalo Bills.
“We would welcome the NFL to Toronto with
open arms,” said mayor David Miller in 2003,
“except if the Cardinals wanted to move here of
course. They suck.” (, Canada.
Wesmen guard Erfan Nasajpour’s big game heroics and
last second Hail Marys have him receiving honours outside
of the university, with possibly more to come. Nasajpour’s
20 points and 10 assists helped lead the Wesmen past the
Brandon Bobcats in the Wheat City Thursday evening; however, he found himself on the losing end of a 74-69 decision
at home on Saturday, despite a 21 point, 11 assist effort.
Nasajpour took home both Wesmen and Canada West
Male Athlete of the Week honours after his 45 point performance against Simon Fraser on November 25. Come season’s end, Nasajpour may be up for more hardware at the
season’s end. One game that should be taken into consideration is Thursday night’s in Brandon, where Nasajpour hit
the winning points with 2.5 seconds left to upset the eighthranked Bobcats.
“He’s so good. Teams have to spend so much energy
trying to stop him, and it just allows other kids to be successful in different jobs,” said head coach Dave Crook of
Nasajpour’s ability to get teammates to rally around him.
This season, Nasajpour has averaged 31.5 points in Wesmen
wins, compared with a season average of 22.5 points.
“I think they do rally around me. It shouldn’t be that
way, though. They should put out their best effort [regard
less],” said Nasajpour.
“There’s no question. He’s always led by example, but
now he’s leading in other areas, too. He’s playing so well.
You can’t fault anything he’s doing,” added Crook.
In Saturday night’s game, Nasajpour displayed leadership becoming of a fourth-year player, and while he is no
Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, showed that he is, quite literally, the quarterback of the Wesmen attack. On several instances, Nasajpour displayed his mobility, instructing teammates where he wanted them to be, all the while concentrating on his own options to pass or search for his own
shot. Another weapon in Nasajpour’s arsenal was the long
bomb to proven scorers Ryan Roper and Dan Shynkaryk,
though missed shots and the strong Bobcat defence prevented the play from reaching its full potential.
After catching a delightful taste of victory Thursday
night, the Wesmen hoped to land the big one Saturday to
sweep the division-leading Bobcats. However, the Wesmen
fell short in a catch-and-release derby that was often close,
and frequently tied, but where the home team could take the
lead only on a couple occasions.
“I think we’re as good as Brandon, so for me it’s not
a confidence booster. They’re a good team and have a lot
of talent. If we were healthier, I think we would be better
off,” said Crook, referring to the injuries of Matt Opalko and
Josh Sjoberg.
In addition to Nasajpour, Ivan Saric also stood out
for the Wesmen, with 18 points and an astonishing 14 rebounds.
“He finished some shots and got some good rebounds. He’s a little inconsistent, and we knew that he
would be inconsistent, because he hasn’t played in over two
years,” said Crook. “It’s tough for a guy who hasn’t played
ball in so long to give a consistent result. His effort is good,
but he’s a little out of sorts… His consistency of results are
getting better, so hopefully by the end of the season, he’ll
be ready to go.”
Dan Shynkaryk, another Wesmen key, was frustrated
in the early going, racking up four of both points and fouls
before hitting the bench due to those foul concerns. He reentered the game in the second half and got hot, finishing
with 12 points before picking up his fifth.
“He’s such an important part of what we do. When
he was on the bench, it was difficult for us, but he got back
in, and I thought he played really well. He was only on the
floor for nineteen minutes, but he put in a pretty decent
effort,” said Crook.
Brandon’s Adam Hartman led all scorers with 25
points to go with 10 rebounds. Dany Charlery pitched in 21
points, and Yuri Whyms and Chad Jacobson added 10 apiece
in the victory.
Fostering an Olympian: Aspiring Bobsledders Take Their First Steps
But is only three and a half years enough?
Josh Boulding
Manitoba Regional testing through the
Volunteer Staff
Canadian Sports Centre.
“We’re trying to identify current athletes who have the potential to crossover
Vancouver 2010. The hopes and dreams of so many ama-
from either any other sport or their nat-
teur athletes that perform their sports on snow and ice lie in the
ural training to bobsleigh and skeleton,”
next Winter Olympics. In Beijing in the summer of 2008, those
said Hurrie. From the six parameters tested,
folks who participate in summer sports will compete for their
three stayed on the track and three were
chance at an Olympic gold. And counting down the days are the
down in the weight room.
athletes who are in the here and now, training to make the mark
and cut-offs that will say who stays and who goes.
Running through a 60-meter sprint, a
20-meter resisted sled pull and five double
Most athletes have their ‘sport’. The one sport that they
legged bounds for distance were the three
have invested years of their life training and competing, winning
tests that Hurrie and his team looked at in
and losing at all levels. Many sports are old, ancient even, dating
the athletes. The other three tests were to
back centuries in the history of humankind. Since the first games
test the maximum strength of the athletes
in Athens more than a millennia ago, these competitions, all vary-
through lifting weights in various tech-
ing in size and accolades have occurred. More than a century ago
niques. Using only one single rep, Hurrie
the first Olympic Games were held in Athens and from that time
was able to test that maximum load of the
on, the world has come to play at many cities in Canada, North
athletes’ bench presses, power cleans (a
America and the rest of the world.
lift from the floor) and front squats.
Since the 19th century, men (and women) have risked their
lives in one of the fastest human powered sports in the world.
Each sport requires subtle differences in the athletes. Bobsleigh athletes
From an athlete’s perspective, perhaps one of the most
are generally slightly larger than their
enticing goals of an amateur career is to see competition at the
skeleton counterparts, requiring more
Olympic Games. For Dave Lipchen and Geoff Rosenbum, this is
power and strength to push the sled in the
one of their forerunning thoughts. Both are exceptional athletes
initial 50 meter run that begins each race.
in their own sports, with Lipchen having competed provincially,
Both men and women can compete in the two
nationally and internationally in triathlon and Rosembum being
person categories for in both sports, while
a combined events athlete for the University of Manitoba track
the four person bobsled is only open to men.
and field team.
Olympic skeleton athletes like Jeff Pain began their careers in other sports.
“There‘s a broad spectrum of athletes,” said Hurrie. “We
as early identifiers, which require a lot of time and training at an
early age to be successful.
Both young men have proven themselves in their own
had a draw from recreational to elite level. I think there are some
So if the athletes even make this first set of standards,
sports multiple times and have had success there. So why are
people who have the attributes that we are looking for…[those
which have been set by Bobsleigh Skeleton Canada, the national
they looking to submit themselves to tests for recognition as bob-
people] are at a very elite level.”
organizational body, they still have to be ready for the Olympics
sleigh or skeleton material?
“To better myself,” says Rosenbum. The Canadian Sports
Centre carded athlete is off to the side in the Grotto of the
“Are [those athletes] deficient in some areas?” asked
in less than four years.
Hurrie. “Perhaps. I won’t know anything for certain until after the
That isn’t a lot of time.
analysis is done.”
“It is enough time if the athlete meets the parameter stan-
University of Manitoba’s Frank Kennedy Centre as other athletes
This type of tryouts has never really happened in Manitoba
dards and is coming in a trained state,” said Hurrie, in relation to
take their turns attempting to lift their maximum weight (one
recently, if ever. For such an open call to be placed, it requires a
whether or not these athletes can possibly be at Olympic level by
press) in the bench press technique.
certain type of sport with a very low type of specificity in the train-
the time the 2010 Olympics come around.
Both Lipchen and Rosenbum are out to test their skills at
ing and abilities of the athletes. Because of the style of the sports
There is a steep learning curve for any athlete who meets
an open call this past fall, curious as to what might come out of a
of bobsleigh and skeleton, says Hurrie, there is the possibility of
those parameters that are sought by the CSC sport scientists.
chance at the Canadian National Bobsleigh team.
crossover from other athletic disciplines that are at least in some
Once the few are picked from the seed pools from around the
way similar parts of the crossover sport.
nation, they are offered to travel to Calgary to go through further
But this isn’t the only place that men and women are
trying their best to run 60 meters, pull a weighted bobsleigh and
“Weight is placed mostly on the sprint disciplines,” said
lift weights in three ways to qualify to train in Calgary at their
Hurrie. “The 60 meter sprint is the most similar to [bobsleigh
Stephanie Outhwaite, a former CIS track and field athlete,
tracks and facilities. From Alberta came a call to the Canadian
and skeleton] and follows through with the resisted sled pull. The
who has been out for almost five years, was one of the athletes
Sports Centre representatives in all regions of Canada to test for
weights have some bearing, but not as much.”
who came out to try the event.
athletes of any sport who might be willing to compete in bobsleigh and/or skeleton. In fact, most of the athletes who compete
in these sports originally came from other sports.
“There’s always hope of longevity,” said Hurrie. “There is
still a chance of 2010…2014 is still in our minds.”
testing on actual tracks and in the sport’s surroundings.
“I enjoyed the running part better, because I’m better at
it,” she said. “It was fun to do something competitive again.”
“This is more a ‘late maturation’ sport. You need time to
“I’d be there [in Calgary],” says Outhwaite. “I’ve got my
With only three and a half years until the 2010 Vancouver
develop the muscle mass…sprinting abilities and neurological
kids, a family…[but] I’d be there at the Olympics [if I got the
Olympics, many would it’s simply too late to start a new sport.
abilities,” says Hurrie about bobsledding and skeleton as a whole.
chance]. Who wouldn’t?”
Not true, according to Daryl Hurrie, the man who’s behind the
Conversely, sports such as swimming or skating could be seen
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Dustin Addison-Schneider is the starting setter for the Wesmen men’s volleyball team.
fans spend hours scrutinizing the week’s
most pivotal matchups. They scour web-
Thomas Asselin is co-host of the University of Winnipeg’s only sports radio talk show, the
Ultra Mega Sports Show, broadcasting every Monday at 4:30 p.m. on CKUW 95.9 FM.
sites, watch the sports networks’ tickers
Mike Pyl is The Uniter's Sports Editor and founder of the paper’s NFL Picks.
at the bottom of the screen, dial pricey 1-
Kalen Qually is a regular contributor to Uniter Sports, and NFL Picks defending champion.
900 numbers, all in search of the particu-
Dan Verville is a columnist with Red River’s Projector, as well as a regular voice
on the Call-Ups, which can be heard Wednesdays at 7pm on 92.9 Kick FM.
Nick Weigeldt is The Uniter’s very own Listings Coordinator.
payday. Well, look no further.
Each week we preview five of the
league’s juiciest matchups of the week.
team of analysts will show you the way.
Game #2: Indianapolis
@ Jacksonville
(As to which way is anybody’s
“Simply put, will a Peyton Manning-led
team go four games with only one win? No. Sorry
Jacksonville, your hopes at snaring that division
title are going down in Week 13. Better luck next
year.” – Nick Weigeldt
Addison-Schneider says: Indianapolis
Asselin says: Indianapolis
Pyl says: Indianapolis
Qually says: Jacksonville
Verville says: Indianapolis
Weigeldt says: Indianapolis
Game #3: New Orleans @ Dallas
Addison-Schneider says: Kansas City
Asselin says: Baltimore
Pyl says: Kansas City
Qually says: Kansas City
Verville says: Baltimore
Weigeldt says: Kansas City
Men’s Basketball
(4-6, 2nd in Great Plains,
“Dallas has been my darkhorse all year. And
it’s not just because of T.O. or Tony Romo or Bill
Parcells. They’ve finally come full circle and are a
force to be reckoned with. Expect Dallas to continue their NFC East dominance over the Saints.”
– Dan Verville
Addison-Schneider says: Dallas
Asselin says: New Orleans
Pyl says: New Orleans
Qually says: Dallas
Verville says: Dallas
Weigeldt says: Dallas
Game #4: NY Giants @ Carolina
“The Giants did what no one expected
them to do this past week: play as a team
against Dallas. The end result was the same
as most predicted - a win for the Cowboys
and another loss for the Giants. The Giants
will be going against a team that has been
in an odd little funk the last few weeks, with
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“This game boasts one of the league’s
most dominant defences against one of the
league’s best rushers, Larry Johnson. I have
to go advantage KC in this game due to their
stinginess at home, as well as their need to
win in order to make a charge towards the
playoffs. In a low scoring battle the Chiefs will pull
it out.” – Dustin Addison-Schneider
The Score
Thursday, November 30
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Game #1: Baltimore @ Kansas City
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Monday night results of Carolina-Philly still
pending at deadline. I expect Jake Delhomme
to come back to form against the Eagles
and be more than ready to defeat a Giants
team that will likely face another controversy
between last week and this week’s game (watch
for some fireworks between Strahan and
Burris). Panthers make a push for a playoff spot.”
– Thomas Asselin
Addison-Schneider says: Carolina
Asselin says: Carolina
Pyl says: NY Giants
Qually says: NY Giants
Verville says: NY Giants
Weigeldt says: NY Giants
Game #5: Denver @ San Diego
“With the return of All-Pro linebacker
Shawne Merriman (2 forced fumbles last week),
the San Diego Chargers (10-2) are quickly becoming the team to beat in the AFC. To prove their
worth they’ll have to topple another of the AFC’s
elite, the Denver Broncos. The Chargers hold two
distinctive advantages in this matchup: 1) They’re
facing rookie quarterback Jay Cutler in only his
second career start, and 2) They’re not playing at
Mile High.Also, there’s 2 b) They have LaDainian
Tomlinson. They’ll run it hard and often while
making Cutler look like the rookie quarterback he
is.” – Kalen Qually
Addison-Schneider says: San Diego
Asselin says: San Diego
Pyl says: San Diego
Qually says: San Diego
Verville says: San Diego
Weigeldt says: San Diego
Women’s Basketball
(6-4, 1st in Great Plains,
Thursday, November 30
Wesmen 86
Brandon 55
Saturday, December 2
Wesmen 61 Brandon 49
Women’s Volleyball
(1-10, 11th in Canada West,
Friday, December 1
Trinity Western 3
Wesmen 0
(25-11, 25-12, 25-18)
Saturday, December 2
Trinity Western 3
Wesmen 0
(25-19, 25-16, 25-15)
Men’s Volleyball (4-3, 6th
in Canada West, no. 4 CIS
Coaches’ Poll)
Christmas Tournaments
Home – Wesmen Classic – Dec. 27-30
Away – University of Memorial Tournament
– Dec. 27-30
Away – University of Toronto Invitational
– Jan. 5
Underwhelming performance still good enough against Brandon
Ezirim swipes an incredible 12 steals
the Wesmen break with four or five of an unbelievable, gamehigh 12 steals in only 25 minutes of playing time. Both teams
Mike Pyl
could have, either. Head coach Tanya McKay admitted there may
ized on this opportunity to install and test drive a new motion of-
Sports Editor
have been a bit of complacency, given the Bobcats 0-10 record
fence. and Winnipeg’s convincing win two nights earlier.
played out the fourth with the outcome never in doubt.
Ezirim was the only Wesmen to score in double figures,
“It’s totally different concepts than what they’re used to,”
notching 14, with others rounding out a balanced box score. Of
“I could probably come up with a number of excuses,”
she said when describing the adjustment. “We wanted to get a
note was the play of rookie 6-foot-4 post Alex MacIver who, in
The Brandon Bobcats are considered little more than the
said McKay, whose team upped their record to 6-4 heading into
new offence in before the second half of the season. It’s more of
her first ever taste of CIS action, dropped six points and grabbed
Free Space on the Canada West women’s basketball bingo card.
the Christmas break. “They knew they were going to beat them,
a motion offence, more of a freelance where you’re reading the
two boards.
The Winnipeg Wesmen certainly seemed to treat them
they knew Brandon would play hard, but we also knew we were
defence. I thought the kids made some good adjustments over
as such, coasting to two easy wins, 86-55 in Brandon Thursday
a better team. Were they complacent? They could have been.
the two games, but it’s still raw.”
night followed by a 61-49 victory in the rubber match Saturday
Probably the older players, yes. But for the younger players, they
at the Duckworth Centre. The Wesmen’s doubleheader with the
were excited to play and they played a lot.”
This weekend’s games also marked the first time fourth
year guard Nina Adusei faced off against her old team. The
Saturday night’s game started out slow, with McKay pla-
former Bobcat team MVP, who joined the Wesmen this season
tooning substitutions in groups of two or three every few min-
since transferring from BU in 2005, found playing against her old
Bobcats was characterized by average-to-underwhelming effort,
“It’s a win, it’s over with. We’re on break now.”
utes. At the half, the Wesmen led 29-20, with both teams strug-
teammates “exciting”. Happy in Winnipeg, she admitted there
vastly superior athletic talent, and an opportunity for reserve
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gling to get their shots dropping.
were several problems holding the Brandon program back.
players to gain some experience.
The team set out to accomplish a number of objectives
Saturday’s game in particular will certainly not be a clas-
that the back-to-back dates with Brandon afforded them. The third quarter saw much of the same, with Winnipeg en-
“The money and trying to keep their players,” said Adusei
suring its ten-point cushion was never breached by the scrappy,
of two prominent factors. “It was kind of frustrating because it
sic by any means. Although the outcome was never in doubt, the
“For us, our approach is to go in and play halfcourt and work on
hard-working Bobcats. The game finally broke open towards the
was such a rookie (dominated) team. A lot of players give it a
Wesmen did not assert their undeniable dominance like they
things we need to work on,” said McKay. The Wesmen capital-
end of the period, as third-year point guard Jenny Ezirim ignited
year, but the recruiting process… it’s just hard.”
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