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This photo was taken at the FNUni’s 10-year celebration. You can read all about that on page 3.
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This week in history. 3 The FNUniv turns 10 years old this year. In the span of a decade, the school has made great strides in both preserving and advancing First Nation’s culture in Canada. Look back at the last decade and ahead to the next one on page 3.
Street art. 10 Regina’s North Central neighbourhood is arting up the joint. The Renew Project is trying to revitalize the reputation of the “Worst Neighbourhood in Canada.” Read about the efforts on page 10.
When brain met skull. 14 Two Windsor, ON sports alum are taking a serious look at the way concussions affect athletes. Read what they’ve accomplished so far on page 14.
Holy Water, Holy Shit. 16 The vote for the P3 is almost upon us. Our social medias blew up last week. This week, we present a final debate on the referendum.
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In the late 1950s, the University of Regina planned the construction of several new buildings on the campus grounds. One of these proposed buildings was a bell tower on the academic green. If you look out on the academic green today, the first thing you’ll notice is that it has absolutely nothing resembling a bell tower.
errata Correction: In an article called, “Is the sign nye?” Nye was supposed to have been spelled “Nigh.” Obviously.Next time, we’ll sleep before spell checking.
The University never got a bell tower, but what it did get was the Carillon, a newspaper that serves as a symbolic bell tower on campus, a loud and clear voice belonging to each and every student. Illegitimi non carborundum.
In other news: American billionaire Warren Buffet recently told news outlets that “Obamacare” would kneecap the middle class. President Obama’s camp responded by kneecapping Warren Buffet.
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D’oh. We also misspelled Brooke Paterson’s name in the article called “Parking is hell.” We put a second “T” in Paterson’s surname. We regret the error.
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Celebrating 10 years at the FNUniv FNUniv has given the opportunity to learn and celebrate culture
A dreamcatcher proudly displayed in the now decade-old FNUniv.
evan radford news writer For Cadmus Delorme, Student Recruitment Officer and recent graduate of the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv), education is First Nations peoples’ “greatest weapon of today.” “One of the treaty promises was education. When the chiefs touched that pen in 1874, one of the chiefs said, ‘we’ll give you one of our children, and you give us one of yours, and together we’ll teach each other’s education.’ And that today is what First Nations University of Canada does,” says Delorme. Delorme says the tools of education, of “writing skills and administration skills,” will lead to “less poverty and less social issues,” and to “economic booms.” Delorme’s comments come as FNUniv celebrated its ten-year anniversary on Sep. 12 to mark its current title (the previous title was Saskatchewan Indian Federated College). The celebration also commemorated the ten years that staff, faculty, and, most importantly, students have called their holistic, expansive, inclusive building home. And it does feel like home. Laughter and chatter reverberate throughout the building. The sunlight floods in through the glass of Veterans Memorial Tipi, wrapping passers-by in comforting warmth. If the white interior serves as a peaceful backdrop for the building, then the vibrantly deep colors of its artwork bring it to life: rustic blues, dusty yellows, and deep reds that border on maroon all enliven the senses and awaken the self.
The themes of home and inclusion permeate the university, as evidenced by Delorme’s and others’ comments. Delorme explains that as a recruitment officer, he goes beyond simply putting bodies in classrooms. “I help [students] register. [Or] help them find a hundred dollars if they might be lacking a hundred dollars for the one time [registration] fee; I help them find an apartment; help them find daycare.” He says he’s involved in “the whole value chain, right to getting [students] to their first class.” It’s fitting, then, that Misty Longman, Manager of the Aboriginal Student Support Centre at the University of Regina, refers to FNUniv as a “second home.” Longman attended FNUniv from 2003 to 2008: she describes it as small, and more “community oriented than a bigger institution.” She’s fond of its people who share “likeminded viewpoints and backgrounds, including instructors and professors.” Similarly, Daphne Kay notes how instructors at FNUniv have “cultural sensitivity,” allowing it to be so “welcoming and very inviting.” She says at FNUniv “everyone is learning at the same
pace. There are no preconceived ideas that you ‘know all this already.’” Kay is in her fourth year of studies. She’s majoring in political science and minoring in the Salteaux language. She is also the President of the Indigenous Students Association at the University of Regina. The sense of home and belonging connects with the inclusion of FNUniv. “Anyone can go there, anyone can apply there, and anyone can get a degree there. It really represents inclusiveness as well as bringing back [Indigenous] culture,” says Kay. Huge segments of Indigenous culture were suppressed and wiped out because of the residential school system, initiated when “the federal government [of Canada] contracted with the Anglican, Presbyterian, and United Church denominations as well as various Roman Catholic orders to run residential schools in 1892,” states Religious Studies professor Bryan Hillis. It should be noted the Gordon Residential School was the last residential school to be shut down; it was located in Saskatchewan. It closed in 1996. Canada’s recent brutal past actions towards First Nations peo-
ples underscores the importance of having FNUniv as a place of inclusion, support, and growth. Daphne Kay says “Because [First Nations] people are still in that residential school phase, a lot of people are ashamed to talk their language, ashamed to take part in their cultural things. Having FNUniv on our campus means we have a better opportunity of having [our cultural things] here.” For Kay, Indigenous culture is equally vital to future generations of children and grandchildren. She explains, “when growing up, I learned a few words here or there, but elders were still afraid or ashamed to speak their own language. A few elders would only speak their own language and I couldn’t talk to them. So, learning my language is one of the greatest things that came from university at FNUniv. I have a cultural connection and I can also teach my children. I never got to know my language as a child. Language is a lifeblood to a culture, so when you fully understand it, everything becomes more colourful, detailed, intriguing, and more meaningful.” On top of the vital role FNUniv plays for First Nations people, equally important is building on the tradition of dualeducation between First Nations
“ Because [First Nations] people are still in that residential school phase, a lot of people are ashamed to talk their language, ashamed to take part in their cultural things. Having FNUniv on our campus means we have a better opportunity of having [our cultural things] here.” Daphne Kay
and non-First Nations peoples. Brad Bellegarde is the Vice President of Communication for the FNUniv Student’s Association. He hopes that all University of Regina students will “take a class [at FNUniv], come take a look around.” He underscores that “[FNUniv has] an open door and we want to bring more non-First Nations people to learn more. Non-First Nations people are treaty people too.” Daphne Kay agrees, “I’d like to see the stereotype diminished that only Aboriginals or Indigenous ancestry people can go there. I want everyone to know that anyone can go there, and that enrolment numbers should be up because it’s a great place to be.” According to Racelle Kooy, FNUniv Director of Communications, “as of [Sept. 12, 2013], there are 755 registered FNUniv students. This is a 15% increase year over year from 2012, and 2012 was a 10% increase from 2011.” The university pegs its number of graduates at just over 3,000. During its thirty-seven year tenure (both as SIFC and as FNUniv), the university has seen 25,000 students from Luther College, Campion College, and the University of Regina benefit from its offerings. Looking to the future, Delorme, Longman, and Kay all want the university to ensure it is a place of inclusion, growth, and learning for First Nations and non-First Nations peoples Canada wide. All three see enrolment numbers increasing over the next ten years.
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URSU To Hold By-Election By-election fuelled by upcoming University Council Meeting rikkeal bohmann news editor The University of Regina’s Students’ Union (URSU) will hold a by-election on Sept. 23-25. The nomination period ran from Sept. 4-12. The election comes before the University Council Meeting which will discuss the petition for a non-confidence vote on University of Regina President, Vianne Timmons. “We are trying to fill a handful of positions. First and foremost, in my mind, is reason for this quick turnaround on the election is the University Council Meeting. There has been a special meeting called by Vianne Timmons to address the petition to vote non-confidence on the poor woman. Something like that needs to be dealt with and I commend Vianne for inviting that conversation because this is an academic campus, which means we have to have the opportunity for discussion and for debate. As the student body is afforded 50 spots on this council, it’s important that we get our say,” says URSU President Nathan Sgrazzutti. URSU will remain neutral on the petition, believing it to be in their best interest to do so. “As representatives of the students’ union, we can’t really choose a side for the students be-
URSU tags, marking the union’s territory on campus, was a controversial way to set up election boundaries.
cause there are students on both sides of the argument. I have students coming up to me saying, ‘I don’t really like Vianne,’ and I have students saying, ‘I do really like Vianne.’ We need to focus on that this isn’t really a good use of university resources.” The by-election motion was passed on Aug. 6. The media release for the by-election, which included the nomination period information, did not come out until Sept. 10. Sgrazzutti explains
that there are certain rules and regulations as part of their constitution they must follow about announcing by-elections, which has contributed to a slow response at the beginning of the nomination period. “We’ve now been in quite a rush to inform the student body. I think we’ve had success in getting quite a few nomination forms coming in…. the number one thing is that we have a very specific timeline that we need to fol-
low. We will be able to ratify the new student representatives a day before the council,” Sgrazzutti states. Sgrazzutti stresses the importance of the University Council Meeting, which is taking place on Sep. 27 at 2pm. “The council meeting coming up is very important, and this is a very tumultuous time for the students. I believe there are many students that will step forward. I would be surprised if we had less
than the required amount of councillors.” The late media release was due to a discrepancy in URSU’s constitution and Robert’s Rule of Order. This resulted in the Aug.6 meeting minutes being posted late as well. “There is a discrepancy right now in our constitution and Robert’s Rule of Order…. Our constitution requests that every two weeks we have all the minutes posted, but according to Robert’s Rule of Order, before minutes are posted, they have to be reviewed by the Board of Directors.” Sgrazzutti goes on to say, “The idea of every two weeks is fine, because during the fall and winter semester, we are sitting as a board of directors every two weeks.” The problem is, they meet fewer times during the summer. “We need to actually go into our constitution and make it to after the following board meeting, would be a better fix… technically, once it’s minutes, it’s law,” Sgrazzutti said.
New names in Saskatchewan The boom is bringing a new era of business owners adam gamble contributor Across Saskatchewan, new businesses are opening their doors. Some are in small towns while others are in cities like Saskatoon and Regina. No matter where these new names appear, they continue to affect the peoples of this province. According to a 2011 Statistics Canada report on Canadian businesses, Saskatchewan had 90 businesses per population of 1,000. Out of these 90 businesses, 98.4 % were small businesses. These statistics are the culmination of Saskatchewan’s homecoming in 2005, said Steve McLellan, CEO at Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. It was a time when entrepreneurial spirit was no longer set aside, as opportunity in Saskatchewan became visible. “People see opportunity as the fertilizer for entrepreneurial spirit,” voiced McLellan. “It’s the spark that caught fire.” Saskatchewan’s influx of opportunity is affecting business owners directly and indirectly. Business owners, on one hand, are making a living, and are facing competition while doing so. On the other hand, they are witnessing the evolution of a new era of business owners. McLellan called it “a pay off for perseverance.” Seeing young entrepreneurs suc-
One of the many examples of new businesses springing up ar around the province. ceed is something that, historically, has not always had a presence in Saskatchewan. While some businesses are thriving, others are finding it difficult to do so. For Amino Mohamud, who is originally from Somalia, owning a business has enabled her to gain Canadian citizenship. Arriving in Canada just under twenty years ago, Mohamud raised twelve children – six of which were adopted while starting various businesses. She now owns Wascana Donair & Shawerma, a new restaurant in
Regina. “It’s hard when you are starting up. Everything plays a role,” said Mohamud. One example is location. Not being noticed by potential customers hinders success. By not having a good location, operation and labour expenses become difficult to finance. As Mohamud pointed out, this is caused by competition, which limits resources. Amongst these resources is the money Saskatchewan is willing to invest in businesses.
Despite the provincial government creating the Temporary Foreign Workers Program in response to a shortage of highly skilled workers in certain fields, the void persists. Foreign workers are coming to Saskatchewan, and working for businesses, new and old – barely making enough money to live. Access-toan Through Information request, CBC revealed that out of 3,000 businesses in Saskatchewan that have applied and received permission to hire temporary foreign workers,
450 are fast food restaurants. “There continues to be a growing gap between the rich and the poor,” noted Ron Hubich, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour. It is likely that as long as the opportunity for business in Saskatchewan presents itself, the province will continue with its bang-for-a-buck mentality. The province, said Hubich, “should be prepared to share its prosperity with the workers.” This applies to all peoples working in Saskatchewan. Interested in Saskatchewan’s prosperity could also be a segment of students at the University of Regina (U of R). Brian Schumacher, Associate Dean, and Undergraduate Programs Lecturer at the U of R’s Faculty of Business Administration said, “This semester, students have enrolled in more credit hours than ever before.” According to Schumacher, this cannot be attributed to Saskatchewan’s business boom, but the value the students see in the various business programs at the U of R.
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Drinking on campus Labour Day weekend was a dry move in for residents evan radford news writer Contrary to the popular motif that connects entrance to college with excessive, yet strangely glamorous binge drinking, Residence Services at the University of Regina instituted a ban on alcohol for all new and current campus residents during the Labour Day weekend. The “dry weekend” was in place from the beginning of Aug. 31 until the end of Sep. 2; it affected new and current residents living at North and South Residences, College West Residence, and La Résidence. Luther College residence was not included in the dry weekend. Currently, there are “just under 1000 students living in residence.” Excluding Luther College, this means approximately “650 in North and South Residences, 250 in College West, and 50 in La Résidence,” says Lindsay Robertson, Assistant Manager of Residence Life at Residence Services. Robertson has been with Residence Services for five years. As Assistant Manager, she’s responsible for “assisting Resident Assistants (RAs),” and ensuring “any discipline issues or student issues are taken care of in a timely manner.”
“I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.” - Winston Churchill She says for the dry weekend, “students moving in [to residence] weren’t allowed to bring alcohol,” and “if [students] already lived here, we asked them not to consume alcohol in residence that weekend.” In addition to providing “safety and security,” Robertson says “the purpose was to make sure that students who were underage felt welcome and included in the activities [of the first weekend in residence]. That’s why we
did it.” Behind Robertson’s desk hangs a Positive Space banner; it promotes the inclusion of sexual and gender diversity: its white background is framed by pride rainbow colours. Carson Behiel also praises the sense of inclusion and community initiated by the dry weekend. He has worked as an RA at the North and South Residences for one and a half years. “It developed more of a sense of community; there was more ef-
fort to build a community [among residents],” says the fifth year History major. “That was positive.” Behiel thinks the dry weekend was successful, “I could go hang out with first year [students], and it wouldn’t be uncomfortable for them. I wasn’t allowed to drink and they weren’t allowed to drink so it was fair all around. It seemed more inclusive from the student side. It was more inclusive for first year
students, which was great,” he said. Because Behiel has lived in residence for five years, he’s able to compare this year’s dry weekend with previous years, when alcohol was allowed right from the first day of moving into residence. “Last year [Sep. 2012], because alcohol was allowed, there were a lot of first year [students]; everyone thought it would be a party. Whereas this year, because it was a dry weekend, [we felt] let’s go party without alcohol, and get to know people at these events that Residence Services or whoever else has organized,” compares Behiel. Robertson confirms that events hosted by Residence Services over the Labour Day weekend saw an increase in participation when compared to previous years. These events included a welcome party on the Lloyd Barber Academic Green, and an outdoor movie night. The Carillon contacted Campus Security for an interview about drinking in residence and the dry weekend, but Campus Security declined to comment on the matter.
Frosh Week chants coming under fire St. Mary’s and UBC have both came under fire for pro-rape chant rikkeal bohmann news editor Saint Mary’s University in Halifax recently came under fire for a chant that promoted rape of young girls. The chant was caught on video and posted to Instagram, which brought negative attention to its annual Frosh Week. The chant, spelled out the word, YOUNG. Some of the phrases included, “Y is for your sister… U is for underage, N is for no consent,” and “St. Mary’s boys, we like them young.” The 15second video showed frosh week leaders leading the chant. Students of St. Mary’s have also claimed that the chant has been used for years. Jared Perry, President of St. Mary’s Student Council and chair of Students-Nova Scotia, stepped down from both positions following the anger following the chant. Perry’s Vice-President, Carrigan Desjardins, also has resigned from his position. Perry has been quoted as calling the chant an “oversight.” All 80 of the frosh week leaders and the St. Mary’s University Students’ Union executive will have to undergo sensitivity training on the matter. The Students’ Union executive will also be attending a conference about sexual violence and consent. Days after, the University of British Columbia (UBC) pulled its
Disgraced SMU student’s union president Jared Perry.
support for Commerce Undergraduate Society Frosh Week, when allegations of a similar chant that was used at St. Mary’s was used at a UBC orientation event during a bus ride. Nathan Sgrazzutti, University of Regina Students’ Union
President, was proud about how different it was at the University of Regina. “We really pride ourselves on never technically having a ‘frosh week,’ more of an idea of welcome and welcoming new students onto campus with our
Welcome Week. We also have Frost Week in the winter, which we have started up. The entire idea of these programs is to have opportunities for students to come in and interact with older students, interact with each other as they’re new, and have opportu-
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nities for a new and exciting campus environment…” He goes on to add, “we understand that coming to university is a daunting task on its own. Why would we make it harder?” Many are commenting, though, that the big issue from these chants isn’t necessarily the negative Frosh Week traditions, but of rape culture itself. Jill Arnott, Executive Director of the Women’s Centre at the University of Regina, believes that chants like this are too normalized with people. “We still live in a culture where violence against women is still a part of popular culture.” Arnott cites Nelly’s Hot in Here as an example. Arnott explains that unfortunately, we do not notice that the language and actions of things like the chants done at Saint Mary’s and UBC have real implications. “Women and women’s bodies have been objectified for so long… visually and physically, people participate in this chant without being aware of what this means.” The video, which showed the horrible chant was posted online, which may have affected why it has garnered attention. “Social media across the board has impacted these issues,” Arnott comments. “They can’t ignore it.”
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Marijuana in Canada Controversy still remains on the use of marijuana bryn hadubiak contributor Should marijuana be legalized? Opinions remain diverse among students at the University of Regina following the introduction of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau’s policy of marijuana legalization, and new medical cannabis regulations from Health Canada. Ian Mousseau, a second year student at the university, has no problem with the medical use of cannabis, and doesn’t believe marijuana has as negative an impact as other drugs. “All (legalizing) it is going to do is allow the government to tax it,” says Mousseau, “Decriminalization would be great. The amount of people being arrested just for possession is ridiculous,” he said. According to Stats Canada, police-reported charges of cannabis possession reached a peak in 2007, where among the 100,000 incidents reported, 62 per cent involved cannabis, and of those, three-quarters were for possession. Despite these statistics, the Harper government shows little interest in decriminalization, let alone legalization. Justin Trudeau’s admission of trying marijuana since his election as a Member of Parliament didn’t
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score any points with the Prime Minister. “Obviously, I think Mr. Trudeau’s actions display poor judgement,” Harper said to the media last week. “Our priority as a government is not encouraging the spread of drugs, it is encouraging job creation in this country.” The feelings of Melanie Klöcker, a student from Germany, and her friend Debora Warkentin on marijuana use are mixed. Both
feel that regardless of what the government does to control it, people will still find a way to obtain the substance. Quality control is an issue for Warkentin. “[Marijuana is] kind of like a gateway drug. I’d be afraid someone might mix in things like cocaine,” she says. Klöcker agrees, and feels there should be some form of regulation if cannabis ever becomes legalized. In regards to Trudeau’s recent announcement, however, she is wary.
“I don’t like it. It feels like the politicians are using [marijuana legalization] to influence younger voters.” Starting on Apr. 1, 2014, Health Canada’s new regulations for medical marijuana will take effect, requiring patients to fulfill their prescriptions strictly through growers licensed by the government. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan’s (CPSS) Doug Spitzig sees this as a positive move, but feels Health
Canada isn’t doing enough. Spitzig is the Pharmacist Manager of the prescription review program at the CPSS. “We get anecdotal reports from people who are using marijuana as medication that say it decreases their opioid use, but we don’t know precisely the harm it might bring. Health Canada doesn’t monitor them, and there just isn’t a lot of good medical literature available,” Spitzig said. Under the new regulations, patients will no longer be allowed to maintain their own grow-ops. According to Spitzig, the purity of the cannabis grown in homebased operations is always in question, and mould can become a significant health problem if not carefully monitored. Dosage is also a concern. Typically, herb based products are put into tablet form, allowing their dosage to be controlled by a physician, but with marijuana leaves, there’s no consistency. Marijuana isn’t as life threatening as some other drugs, Spitzig says, but without sufficient study and regulation, potentially harmful effects may remain unknown.
Gang Culture in Regina and Saskatchewan People are frustrated about continuous gang activity in Saskatchewan tatenda chikukwa contributor 17 year-old Brendan Keewatin, a Native Syndicate gang member, will spend 5 years and 10 months in jail for killing Derrick Amyotte, a Regina father of three who made the unfortunate decision of wearing a red shirt. Amyotte was walking through a North Central neighborhood when he was confronted and subsequently stabbed to death for wearing an opposing gang’s color in Native Syndicate territory. Many people were relieved to see justice done for what the judge described as a “senseless crime,” but citizens were also shocked at the light sentence Keewatin received. People living in the North Central area are extremely frustrated with the persistence of gang activity in their community and the two-year closure of the Regina Anti-Gang Service (RAGS) program is not helping to ease their concerns. The North Central Community Association’s goal for the past 37 years has been to fix the social and economic development problems in the neighborhood as a community. Improving on housing infrastructure, crime prevention, education and health services are important parts of that goal. The Regina Anti-Gangs Service was a crucial element to stopping gang violence.
One of the many streets that composes Regina’s North central neighbourhood. North Central Community Association (NCCA) director Rob Deglue said Amyotte’s death, “reaffirmed the need to have gang exit strategy”. Deglue is working to reinstate RAGS with funding from the provincial Ministry of Justice and the federal government. The RAGS program worked at helping at-risk youth leave gangs and preventing them from joining gangs through a Wraparound program. Getting youths involved in positive recreation activity, supportive mentor relationships and any other form
of assistance was essential to avoiding criminal activity. “Wraparound is how can we support you like a family in your life going forward”, said Deglue. According to a 2005 study done by the Criminal Intelligence Service Saskatchewan, there are approximately 500 gang members and associates operating out of Regina, Saskatoon and Price Albert. There are numerous gang operations in the province but only 12 adult and youth gangs can be identified. Adult gangs include the Native Syndicate, Indian
Posse, Redd Alert, Saskatoon Warriors, Crazy Cree, Mixed Blood, Tribal Brothers and West Side Soldiers and the youth gangs include the Crips, Junior Mixed Blood, Indian Mafia Crips and North Central Rough Riderz. These Aboriginal-based gangs are established in correctional facilities and thus they tend to recruit inmates and those inmates eventually join the gangs outside organization upon release. The youth gangs are far less organized and usually disappear, but the adult gangs have stayed for years.
These gangs have established themselves in rural and urban communities for so long that they develop into full-fledged crime groups that participate in drug trafficking, prostitution, illegal gun possession and witness intimidation. This type of gang activity costs the community; we have already seen this happen to the north central neighborhood. Not only is the economic viability and safety of the community threatened, but also the residents are left feeling alienated. People living in these areas feel afraid to leave their houses, go to the park or even participate in community reinforcement activities. That is why it is important that the NCCA get it’s funding to bring back the RAGS program. The NCCA is always looking for volunteers, particularly justice and social work students to help the write a proposal for the province. They want help from students that know about human resource issues, counseling, the rehabilitation process and a good understanding of the justice world. Hopefully, by mitigating all the risk of re-opening the RAGS program it will be open to help reintegrate teens like Brendan Keewatin into society.
A&C Editor: Robyn Tocker firstname.lastname@example.org the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
Live Long and Run Hard U of R sets the bar high for Terry Fox events across the province
Sep. 21 Red Hot Riot Season 3 Premiere The Artesian 8:00 PM $15
Sep. 27 The Sex Lives of Vegetables The Artesian 8:00 PM $40/adult, $25/student
Galactic Funk playing some sweet tunes on the Green
paige kreutzwieser staff writer One of Canada's most cherished legacies has finally come to the University of Regina. The Terry Fox run made its debut on the Green this past Saturday, and the organizing committee couldn't have been prouder with the turnout. "We way surpassed all our goals," said Olivia Hellman, Chairman of the Terry Fox Run committee, early last Saturday morning after many of the participants had just started their run. "We were hoping for 10 to 15 [runners]," Hellman said, adding that their end total was around 50. Students, alumni and faculty members of the U of R collected donations and participated in the run around the university. The reason behind organizing an event like this was fairly simple for Hellman. Although she is part of the Ambassador Program at the university, where the students are encouraged to do a community service project every year, she also has a personal attachment to the cause. "I have also lost a lot of people to cancer. My Grandpa died when I was ten years old from cancer, so it's kind of always been something that has been extremely important and special to me." This 'good cause' theme is the underlying reason why many of people involved chose to be a part of this event. Local bands were organized to play on the Green while the runners returned from either the 2.2 km, 4.4 km or 6.6 km courses. Galactic Funk opened the festivites. For a "basement dwelling
jam band" they had a solid turnout of family and friends showing their support on the Green. Matt Shephard (guitarist and vocals), Graham Hilton (bass), and Chad Neald (drums) make up the trio. They also had help from friend Dan Sherven, who busted out some rhymes over some the band's psychedelic and funk fused tunes. Echoing the theme of the committee members, the band stated they wanted to help out with the good cause this event was trying to expose. "It's Terry Fox. You can't go wrong," said Neald. Mitch Doll, Andy Goodson, and Ethan Anderson of Peanut Butter Genocide closed the show. The band, which was formed around 2011, explained they were selected to perform and while it might have caught them off guard, they couldn’t say no to such a “good cause.” For a band who only performs about half a dozen shows a year and who states their music is a crossbreed of Super Nintendo samples, old documentary sounds, and 80s aerobic videos who found Anderson to play thick blues melodies overtop - the opportunity to play on the Green
was a good way to get exposure. "It's good weather, and we figure if we are loud enough people will come," said Goodson, who joked saying they have brought more gear than they ever had to a show before. Hellman expressed that the purpose of the bands was to promote the Terry Fox organization's inclusive values. "We know that university students don't necessarily like to run or get up early, so it was a way to make sure we could include everyone. So we wanted to make sure we had something for other people to take in and enjoy and get them out to the Green and see what's going on, so maybe next year they'd want to run." After ten months of organizing, and nothing more than a couple bumps along the road, Hellman is looking forward to doing this again next year as well. As noted before, the participation in the inaugural Terry Fox Run at the U of R exceeded the expectations of the committee. So did the support from the community. On the morning of the run, the committee was already seeing over $1,000 in donations. T-shirts being sold, which were fully donated from Adidas, also helped
contribute to the total raised. Help from the foundation itself also guided Hellman to a successful experience, who was new to university event planning. "The foundation is really good on giving you advice on how to plan these events," said Hellman, adding that gaining contacts and asking for support throughout the university was definitely a learning curve for her and the committee. For an event that is said to be struggling throughout Canada, Regina proved to be a leader for other cities holding in addition to the university run, the annual city run on Sep. 15. Our university can also boast being the first campus in our province to initiate this event. It is something the committee members surely should be proud of. The weather was warm, the breeze was a nice addition for the runners, and the music created a lively atmosphere for anyone on campus looking to spend some time outside. Hellman's goal of giving people "the first introduction to what Terry Fox will be from now on here at the university" has set the bar high.
“ We know that university students don't necessarily like to run or get up early. So it was a way to make sure we could include everyone. So we wanted to make sure we had something for other people to take in and enjoy and get them out to the Green and see what's going on. So maybe next year they'd want to run.” Olivia Hellman
Sep. 27 Spoken Word Workshop with C.R. Avery Creative City Center 4:30-6:30 PM Free
Sep. 27 Val Halla, The Wildmen, Slim City Pickers The Exchange 7:30 PM
Sep. 28 & 29 Regina Drum Festival The Exchange All-day events $55
Sep. 29 Mary Caroline CD Release Tour with Megan Nash The Artful Dodger 8:00 PM $10
the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
JUNOs are what dreams are made of Rose Cousins talks quiet upbringings and big successes [Laughs] It’s great. It’s a feather in the cap for sure. I’ve been working really hard since I’ve been working full-time as a musician and it certainly feels great to have received that award. I mean, it’s always been one of those things that’s maybe a dream and it’s really cool to be on the receiving end of that already.
taylor rattray contributor Rose Cousins is award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter originally from Prince Edward Island. Her emotion-evoking folk songs have garnered her success and in early 2013, she won a JUNO for Solo Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Her passionate songs have allowed her to tour not only in Canada, but internationally as well. Incredibly involved in the music communities of Eastern and Boston, Canada Massachusetts, she currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She recently opened up to the Carillon about her musically-infused beginnings and what it feels like to be a JUNO-winning singer.
To start with, can you tell us a little bit about what life was like in PEI, before you started your music career? Quant, quiet. I grew up in the country, on a farm, by the ocean and it was pretty great. I think that now that I’m older, I have a
How is your current tour doing? I don’t start touring until I come to see you; Regina is the first stop on my tour.
Is there any advice you'd give aspiring Canadian singer-songwriters?
Dreams do come true in Nova Scotia.
much deeper appreciation for that, although I’ve always had a great deal of gratitude for growing up in a quiet place. It was a pretty great place to grow up.
How did you get started in mu-
Well, there’s always been music in my life. My mom and my sister are very musical and there’s always been music around, I mean, for as long as I can remember. I
started to play piano by ear at a very early age and continued to do that until I picked up guitar when I got to university.
What is it like to be a JUNO-winning singer?
I would say work really hard all the time to become better at what you do and realize that it’s a huge investment, and be kind and respectful to everybody.
Cousins will be in Regina Sep. 24 at the Artesian on 13th Avenue at 8:00 p.m. with special guest Rachael Sermanni. Admission is $15 advance and $20 at the door.
Philosophical counselling? How a Ph.D is bringing philosophy back to its roots liam fitz-gerald contributor Dr. Dan Mullin isn't your typical Philosophy Ph.D. Not only does he run a blog discussing problems of the academy along with non-academic job options for humanities professors and a podcast talking to "people doing innovative things with philosophy," but he is also an American Philosophical Practitioners Association certified philosophical counselor. "Philosophical counseling is [about] using philosophy to help people think more clearly about their practical problems. It tries to go back to ancient philosophy in many ways." Philosophers like Plato and Aristotle had practical concerns. What was a good life, and how was it meaningful? According to Mullin, modern philosophy has lost sight of this slightly and the philosophical counselor seeks to return to these questions. Different philosophical counselors have different methods. One is the Socratic method of question, answer and clarification. "Socrates asked his interlocutors questions to help them clarify their position. Often he did that to show them the error of their ways. His dialectical purpose was to win an argument." Philosophical counselors aren't out to win the argument, but they question the client in an attempt to flush out beliefs or worldviews maybe showing an individual how these influence their outlook. Yet, philosophical counselors take different approaches. Stoic
Yes, this is actually a legitimate thing you can get a degree for. Who knew?
philosophy deals with anxiety and some philosophers may utilize existentialist philosophy to help people with their life issues. "You look at people like Victor Frankel who found existential logo therapy. He took his cue from philosophers like Nietzsche and Sartre. Rather than reach some of their more pessimistic conclusions, he actually utilized an existentialist concern with the meaning of life and put a more positive spin on it." Mullin's interest in philosophical counseling began when he was an adjunct professor. Students visited and asked him questions about the course. During the discussion, Mullin felt there were underlying issues. As a professor, there was little he could do as it is "common sense" to not blur the line between student and
professor. "These discussions made me think that there's an opportunity for philosophers to serve a need that maybe isn't being served by other kinds of counselors. For a crisis of faith, a typical counselor may examine empirical data suggesting religious people are happier and may pragmatically suggest that a person struggling with faith reconnect. But maybe that's not the best answer. Maybe it is worth struggling a bit." People seeking a philosophical counselor usually wrestle with a short-term decision relating to issues like relationships or careers. Some people have made tentative decisions and maybe want a second opinion. Philosophical counselors do not diagnose. If clients show symptoms of mental illness, they
are referred to a mental health professional. Mullin researched alternative careers to academia. After learning of philosophical counseling, he traveled to New York City for courses and became certified. Mullin, who taught at the University of Regina, also discussed some of the problems with the ivory tower, starting with doctoral education. "It's very difficult to complete a Ph.D. You find people burning out halfway through the program. The Ph.D is so constrained by various things. It's not as simple as writing a book over which you have complete creative control." The doctoral supervisor and external examiners who read the thesis require concessions and this can take a while, leaving doctoral students unproductive at times.
Doctoral programs can also take longer than four years, sometimes stretching to six or even ten years. Traveling to conferences and publishing for journals can be difficult for those with limited finances. In addition, finding an academic job can be difficult. Tenure and tenure track positions are on the decline, with U.S. statistics showing that only 35% of American faculty have such positions. Universities rely increasingly on sessional lecturers to teach courses. Competition for academic jobs is fierce and many sessional faculty teach multiple classes and take jobs outside of academia to make ends meet. This often makes it difficult for them to publish research, making it challenging for them to be competitive for scarce openings. Mullin has advice for students thinking of going to grad school in humanities or social science. "Read on some of the drawbacks of graduate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education is a good resource, as is author William Pannapacker. Also, be strategic about picking a research topic. Pick something of interest to more than three or more people around the world. Pick something that a certain industry may have an interest in." Graduate students should also discuss these problems with each other. "Students in graduate programs should start grass roots movements around this issue. Discuss the idea of backup plans if an academic career doesn't work. Invite guest speakers to talk about non-academic options."
the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
Coming of age in a DREAM Kelly Handerek puts on a realistic, spellbinding show john loeppky contributor Identity, memory, pain, recollection, hope, and hilarity were all present on stage in the Shu Box last week. Small Boy DREAMS, a developmental production written and directed by our own Kelly Handerek, and performed by University of Regina student Kent Evans, ran from Sep 11-14, 2013. The one act, one actor performance centers around a coming of age story for a man on the prairies. To simplify this play to a story about a gay man is to deny its complexity. The themes presented, as the small boy weaves between memories of youth, loss, love, struggle, death and life, are universal. The first image is a striking one. The set is an announcement of the feelings you are about to experience. I attended the preview performance on Wednesday and heard the audience marvel at the atmosphere created before the actor even walked on stage. Here is Mr. Handerek himself speaking about the set: “It is about floating dreams, it's about things that are upside down in your past, and it’s about what you remember. That is really my mother's jewelry box.
Handerek’s set is inspired by artifacts from his personal life, including a knife his friend used to attempt suicide with. That is the real knife that my friend tried to kill himself with, the red scarf that comes out really is George's scarf. So there are some absolute, personal, true, real props.” The physical environment presented to the eye matches the deeply personal narrative presented by the play. With items placed around the stage in meaningful ways, there is an immediate
sense of memory and an imagined world of the self. As the play moves forward, the changes that the main character undergoes are as varied as they are quick. From remembering how he, as a teenager, saved his friend from suicide, to his feelings after both his mother and father die. Interspersed among these heavy moments are an equal amount of joyful spurts. Tales of
university and falling in love, stories about first performances and first jobs. We see the transformation, the parts making up the whole. This play is actively seeking to relate to you and it does so rather well. The acting is absolutely spellbinding and Evans is able to capture the essence of the play. To capture the personal narrative of a man this well is quite a dramatic feat, one that he
should be commended for. The performance is looking at a run in England in the near future, a reward well deserved. This continued success, in my opinion, is due to its lack of forcefulness. Small Boy DREAMS does not say, “here, think this or else.” The play allows you to come to your own conclusions. I asked Mr. Handerek what he hoped an audience member would take away and his answer says it better than any reviewer could hope to. “That we are no different, homosexuals, than heterosexuals, that we have more similarities as people than we have differences, that forgiveness is needed for all of us, that we all are unique and have special gifts, that we all have uncertainties as children and that we can get through what, at times, is an uncertain minefield of growing up.” An origin story at its finest and one which is destined for continued success, Small Boy DREAMS shines a light on the personal experiences of one man while highlighting similarities for every audience member. A thought-provoking production if ever there was one.
Sask.film witch hunt Or: the improbability of rebuilding a film industry. i’m not angry kyle leitch production manager Over the summer, I was fortuitous enough to have quite a bit of free time on my hands, quite a feat, considering that I was often working six days a week. “Jolly good!” I thought. “What an opportune time for me to hone my filmmaking craft!” I’d been long out of practice, and hadn’t touched a camera for nearly six months. I grabbed my equipment, and headed out to Lumsden to shoot some small-town B-roll. After politely asking several businesses and homeowners if I could do some quick filming, being politely turned away each time, I ended up at the office of a newspaper—which shall remain nameless, not to protect the identity of the publication, but because I don’t feel it deserves to be in print more than need be—and asked if I could make use of the facility on a Saturday, a day that they were closed. After collecting my information, and sending me away, I received a phone call from the rather distressed sounding owner who said that no, I couldn’t shoot, and that I should kindly not come asking again. Unbelievably, this is not an uncommon occurrence amongst those of us in the film department. Shooting locations fall through, and people get terribly offended when we ask if we can use their
location for a film shoot, because these half-brained yokels still don’t understand the witchcraft that is the moving picture, and think we’re going to capture their souls with our big, black boxes, or some shit. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a shoot fall through, only to be done in my basement. To date, my room has I’m right behind ya, Quint.
pulled duty as a home, an office, a site for ritualistic offerings, the ocean, and a literal hell on earth. When the “Right, Honourable” Brad Wall kneecapped the film industry like so many squishy, blood-filled meat sacks got on the Sopranos, dozens of businesses rallied, putting stickers in their windows,
“ To date, my room has pulled duty as a home, an office, a site for ritualistic offerings, the ocean, and a literal hell on earth.”
proudly saying that “My Saskatchewan Includes the Film Industry!” It’s these same businesses that leave film crews out in the cold. In the words of Larry David: “Do me a favor; curb your enthusiasm.” If your Saskatchewan really included the film industry, then when eager students who stuck through the maelstrom of shit two springs ago approach you, and say that your business would be perfect for a shoot, bow at our feet, don’t tell us no. We are the ones who are trying to revive a dead monster, not you upright moral crusaders who will support a cause, so long as that
cause doesn’t inconvenience you. Take down those Sask. Film stickers, and while you’re at it, take down those “Save the Planet, Hug a Tree,” bullshit stickers too, because I imagine that you drive a luxury SUV with the air conditioning on year-round. Trust me when I say that the environment, much like the Saskatchewan film industry, will be better off without people like you supporting it. But I’m not angry. Honest.
the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
Tag, you’re it! North Central is taking care of graffiti in a big way robyn tocker a&c editor Reputations can harm or inspire, but when people think of North Central in Regina, it’s a darker image that comes to mind. It’s thought of as a place where graffiti litters every wall, garbage pours out of every alley, and the residents simply don’t give a damn. While there are efforts being done to lower the crime rate that is, unfortunately, prominent in that area, there is a promising future for North Central, especially when it comes to getting rid of graffiti. One year ago, Kari Herbert, along with her bosses at North Central Community Association, Michael Parker and Rob Deglau, decided it was time to do something about the unwanted tagging happening in their community. Parker and Deglau applied to the city for a grant to start their “Renew Project” which would target graffiti in the alleys but also work to clean up the alleyways. While they received the grant, Herbert explained how money wasn’t enough: in order to make the project a success, there needed to be community involvement. “We want to renew the residents’ sense of pride in where they live and have everyone working towards a safer, cleaner community,” said Herbert. In the very beginning, Herbert was encouraged by an interaction
It’s amazing what a simple coat of paint can accomplish.
with a local homeowner. When cleaning his alley, he explained how he was frustrated with his own backyard that, because of a stressful circumstance, had not been tended to in months. He said the people working on the alley were like “gifts from the creator” and proceeded to use the “Renew” and use people’s yard equipment to take care of his knee-high weeds. Not only did this older man fix his yard, but he tended to his neighbor’s as well. The neighbors put out a big trampoline the next day. They couldn’t have it out before because of the hazardous objects in
it. The man also helped that day with three additional alley cleanups. “To engage someone like him just speaks volumes about the people out there in the neighborhood. They are still out there wanting to help. It renews my sense of pride and passion for doing this job.” It’s easy to understand how residents can become overwhelmed and not care about the condition of their alley. In North Central it is common for people who do not live in the area to dump their unwanted items in the alleys of North Central residents.
Although this is thought of as a form of donation, it is really just creating a more frustrating, and dirty, environment for residents to live in. Homeowners also use the alleys as a place to dump their construction material, and it doesn’t help when tenants leave a mess in the backyard or alley. Despite all that, “Renew” continues to be a success in the area. The retag rate for graffiti is incredibly low. Herbert said how, after painting over 130 garages with graffiti on it, they have only had to repaint 20 more times. In terms of cleanliness, Herbert said there was still work
to be done with a few problem blocks. It can be frustrating to see all the hard work put in to an alley, only to see it become dirty again because of residents who simply don’t care, but that is a part of Herbert’s work. She is working on a plan to fix this problem. “It’s hard to reach the tenants whose level of caring is a little bit less than someone who actually owns their property. We’re trying to engage people and get them to care but we can't reach everybody.” The whole environment of the alleys has changed thanks to the work Herbert and her team is doing. Because of the trees they cut down, the alleys open up and make residents feel better about walking down them. “Renew” creates a safer environment for the children to play in which just adds to the whole positive feeling in the neighborhood. “I wish we could do every single alley just for that reason.” Herbert and her team want to keep the project going and see more and more improvements in the area. The high success rate with the graffiti clean up is encouraging, but with less than 40 tags left to do, they still have work to get done. The big thing for Herbert will be dealing with dilapidated properties that need to be fixed up as well as the beautification part of the alleys.
Not stranded anymore? Indie-rock band Islands sets sail for exciting waters destiny kaus a&c writer Former Unicorn Nick Thorburn (also known as Nick Diamonds) is about to embark on a North American tour with his Indie rock band, Islands. Islands, from Montreal, Quebec, will promote their new album Ski Mask, featuring the hit single Wave Forms. Spin Magazine explains how Wave Forms opens with [Thorburn] cooing over ominous piano hits.” This song sets the tone for the 11-track record, which Islands will release on Sep. 17, 2013 under Thorburn’s record label, Manqué. Islands will begin their tour on Sep 18 and wrap it up on Oct 20. They plan on reaching out to an extensive audience anywhere between ages 16 and 69. “Our tour starts in Visalia, California and ends in Manhattan, New York,” says front man Nick Thorburn. According to Pitchfork Magazine, Islands hopes that their fifth album Ski Mask will help them gain ground in the music enterprise like never before. “For Islands, this is us waiting for the breakthrough moment.” As front man, Nick Thorburn
Masks are just friggin’ creepy, man.
has a reputation for thinking deeply, dreaming, and seizing every opportunity that comes his way. He explains how he drew inspiration for the new album from his muse. According to the Arts and Culture publication Blackbook Magazine, “Nick Thorburn is something of a restless character, ever striving and adapting to the next moment.” He retrieves many of his
unique ideas through dreams. Blackbook Magazine explains how the song title Becoming the Gunship, in Islands’s newest album, came from one of the frontman’s dreams. Listening to his dreams, even in the beginning stages of his musical career, Thorburn claims he found the band’s name. “It came to me in a sex dream.” Thorburn says the overall
theme of Ski Mask is that “dying is easy.” The album encapsulates Islands’ journey, bringing to light the dark emotions felt by some of the artists throughout their entire career. Spin Magazine quotes Thorburn saying “This record is really about being angry. For better or worse, this record kind of sums up my experience thus far with being in a band."
The rather twisted cover art speaks to this theme. The music website Purevolume describes it as “quirkily creepy.” Though the band got its start almost a decade ago, they had their struggles entering the music business. “The band started in 2005,” explains Thorburn, “but we didn’t enter the industry until 2008, after a few years of debating back and forth whether we would be allowed to enter the industry. Finally, it relented and we were allowed to enter the industry.” Across the span of Islands’s career, Nick Thorburn cannot choose just one favourite recollection yet, he marks the following experience as his funniest concert memory: “I put a broken bottle up to the face of a bouncer in Fargo, North Dakota and he licked it.” With this new album, Islands believes they are moving away from their troublesome beginning, through their stranded middle ground, and towards their final destination: the beckoning island where they hope to make an impact on the indie-rock world.
the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
Wicklund plants the seeds of style Regina designer talks luxury and sustainability in the fashion world laura neumann contributor Lisa Wicklund the owner of Seed Sustainable Style could be considered an "Outsider" in the world of Mainstream Fashion, but she isn't apologizing for it. Her avantgarde approach to fashion and retail is a refreshing and cerebral approach. Approaching its fifth year in business, Seed Sustainable Style has stayed true to its sustainable, environmentally and socially friendly selection of designers. Not to be confused with all-bamboo-everything clothing, sustainable fashion “stays local, employs other locals, doesn’t hurt the environment and creates economy.” Working within sustainable fashion requires more innovation and creativity than fast-fashion. Her business sets itself aside from Regina’s other boutiques and bigbox retailers by being the only store in the city that strictly carriers Canadian designers. But, sustainable isn’t the only criteria that her selection of apparel has to meet. “It has to be good,” laughs Wicklund. Instead of marketing gimmicks that other Regina labels throw around to come off as ‘ecofriendly’ while they mass-produce their clothing out of Mexico or the United States, Seed goes right to the source and creates a direct op-
Yessir, nothing more sustainable than a burlap sack. portunity for customers to choose products that make a positive impact on society and the environment. The store carries Canadian designers like Smoking Lily, Downtown Betty and Adrika. Each is very unique in themselves, from wooden sunglasses to upcycled jeans and recycled-leather hats. The store finds a perfect balance between edgy, avant-garde pieces and comfy, everyday staple apparel. Wicklund’s work doesn’t just end at her store; she is also a designer herself. Last May, she unveiled her first full collection out of Regina in Saskatchewan Week. Her Seed Fashion Sustainable Style collection embodied the idea of “wearable art” and “fashion as art,” consisting of avant-garde pieces—all sustainable—that challenged the cookiecutter, mass-produced pieces of other designers.
Wicklund is a huge advocate for staying true to individual style and dressing how you feel instead of following what others tell you is ‘in style’. Inspired by cerebral like Vivianne designers Westwood and Alexander McQueen, the collection exemplifies what it means to be high fashion with looks that ranged from dominatrix-lumberjack to red-lace flapper suits. The body of work was created with focus on the art aspect of fashion that women feel beautiful in. With ample experience in the industry, Wicklund brought her vision of ‘Luxury Lost’ to life by designing and sewing the entire collection. The theme of ‘Luxury Lost’ is the idea that fashion these days is very transient—we don’t take the time to appreciate the slower process that it takes to develop individual style. This creates a struggle for art and beauty with
this common fleeting mentality in society. With so many stores offering the same mass-produced designs, it’s easy to fall into the herd. Self-expression shouldn’t be bought at a big-box store. Pushing the fashion boundaries in a society where many people want whatever some young fashion blogger with no real design experience is promoting, or what some retail Instagram account is saying is ‘so hot right now’ should be celebrated. Lisa’s collection and store stays true to this idea, challenging the customer to take a deeper look at what they consume. Traveling to different showcases around North America, Wicklund is constantly in the midst of seeking out new designers and mingling with fellow artists. For being the forefront carrier of Canadian designers in Regina, she was recently chosen to attend Montreal Fashion Week
back in early September. There, she made connections with other designers and artists, as well as donned some of her own pieces from her collection. Even in a fashion-central city like Montreal, the circle of designers like Lisa remains small. For the upcoming year, Seed Sustainable Style has some big plans underway. Along with starting an online store where the customer is directly contacted to ensure that their order is catered to their liking and fit, Lisa is also working on adding to her collection, which will make its first appearance this February in Montreal. She plans on doing a private showing in Regina, as well as showing it in non-traditional ways such as video and collaborations with other local artists. To add to this, she will be releasing an editorial shoot to other buyers and eventually for public circulation. Wicklund herself did the art direction, makeup and styling for this shoot which gives the ‘Luxury Lost’ vision a print visual in a story-book style collective. It is artists like Lisa who are changing fashion and creating opportunity for other local mavericks to contribute to the community and explore new creative ideas. She isn’t about to slow down. Put that in your fedora and smoke it.
From “a” to “z” Father-son duo Andrew and Zachari Smith make their voices heard destiny kaus a&c writer Andrew and Zachari Smith, a father and son duo from British Columbia, recently released their new folk album Stumbling Horse. Zachari is attracted to the folk genre because it does not have a lot of rules. “We do what we feel like doing. This album is not traditional
folk,” said Zachari, who explains how he and his father do not follow typical folk arrangements in their music. They enjoy “messing with everything in the studio” to produce a unique sound, combining indie, folk, and rock. Both Andrew and Zachari drew inspiration for this album from changes in their lives and favourite musicians, such as Neil Young, Simon Garfunkel, and Ron Sexsmith. Since Andrew grew up
in a musical household, he latched onto music early on in life. “My dad was a fiddle player,” he said, crediting his father for teaching him how to play guitar. As Andrew grew into his 20s, his love for music continued. He toured Canada and Europe with a musical trio, and then took the solo route, touring on his own for quite some time. “I got tired of touring by myself,” Andrew said. So, he joined
forces with his son, Zachari. The two played gigs and wrote music together, and decided to become a folk duo. When asked if they ever encounter conflicts or just have tons of fun producing music together, Andrew said, “Both! Lots of disagreements and tons of fun.” Since they both stem from different backgrounds, skirmishes do arise, but, as Andrew stated, “it never comes to blows.” Andrew appreciates Zachari’s
different approach to folk music by not being bound by rules. “Sometimes I win out and sometimes I don’t,” Zachari explained. This duo hopes to bring to light certain matters that could potentially plague the environment, such as the pipeline that is supposed to run through Northern British Columbia. Both wish they could join the frontlines to protest this issue. “I care about political and social issues,” said Zachari, who finds political and social inspiration for their songs from current issues in today’s society. “We want to add our voice to the many,” Andrew added. He and his son seek to take a stand against these issues through their music. In concerts, father and son perform 90 per cent original music, but believe they could dedicate an entire show to Canadian folk songs from Canadian artists. Zachari, who can play dobro, guitar, and drums, adds to Andrew’s talents of playing guitar, banjo, and mandolin. These two mesh their unique skills into a unified one. The dynamic duo has a new single, Race to the Bottom. This song and music video combination adds to Andrew and Zachari’s vast musical repertoire. On Thursday, Sep 26, Andrew and Zachari will be putting on a show for all ages at The Club in Regina sponsored by GrassRoots Regina. Their show starts at 8 p.m., with ticket prices set at $15.
Sports Editor: Autumn McDowell email@example.com the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
The guy laying down has the right idea
taylor sockett, paige kreutzwieser, brady lang, matt wincherauk four-way tie for most time spent in the penalty box The men’s hockey team played two pre-season games last weekend, what do you think the squad will look like this year?
Sockett: The men’s hockey team is looking promising this year, losing only one player to graduation – don’t ask me who, I don’t remember. Along with their first play-off appearance in years, and upsetting the U of S Huskies in the preseason, the Cougars are on the prowl this season. Look for them in the playoffs again, this year.
Kreutzwieser: Because hockey season is upon us I’ve decided to actually look into answering these questions as legitimately as I possibly can. And after much research I’ve decided “Good” is the appropriate answer. Be excited, readers. I’m getting my hockey knowledge on this year.
Lang: After their three games the Cougars ended up 2-1 in the University of Regina Summer Challenge. In my opinion, they looked pretty good in the game that I watched on Friday against the U of S Huskies and I think that once the team gets comfortable with each other they should improve on their 13-12-3 record from last season.
Wincherauk: I don’t pay too much attention to the Cougars hockey team, but from what little I’ve been able to research, it should be a bounce back year, and an improvement on their 13-15 record from last year.
Three Roughriders have been charged with aggravated assault after leaving a 20-year-old with serious injuries after a bar fight in Regina in late August. What actions do you think the team should take for these players?
Sockett: Beat it, just beat it. Beat it like a dead horse. At least, that’s how the parasitic journalists and analysts throughout our fine country will deal with it. Innocent ‘til proven guilty. I don’t know the facts; however, the fact that the 20-year-old left in serious condition is rumoured to be a drug dealer, I have trouble believing he was just minding his own business. The Riders should do nothing ‘til they know all the facts.
Kreutzwieser: I don’t think a suspension from the club before a verdict is the best answer. However, I do think the organization was a bit taboo-ish in allowing them to play against Toronto. But from this comes confirmation Anderson is just as crazy off the field as on, so do with that as you will, Riders.
Lang: Well, they did break the team code of conduct, and they still played. But the Riders still lost, so we can’t blame the loss on the players not playing, right?
Wincherauk: You don’t mess around with this stuff, depending on the charges, and if they are convicted, you release them. This
is the kind of stuff that is absolutely unacceptable, and should come with the highest form of punishment from the team. NHL 14 finally released. Do you plan to purchase the latest game?
Sockett: Sports editor McDeezy and I have begun, “The Relationship Series: a best of seven series in NHL 13, where the loser will be in charge of purchasing the new chell. To recap game one, my Jets came out hard in Pittsburgh cruising to an easy five-nothing win. However, sports editor McDeezy is a poor sport, and in the late minutes of the game she gave Jets Captain Andrew Ladd a cheap shot, injuring him for the rest of the series. I have been in talks with the league about a suspension, but then I realized there is no league, and I’m just crazy. Editor’s note: I was on a threegame winning streak prior to this, and it was not a cheap shot.
Kreutzwieser: My roommate preordered it, so my Call of Duty obsession may be put on hold for a couple months until I confirm that I really am no good at chell and, therefore, will go back to me getting slaughtered by 14-year-old boys in COD.
Lang: Needless to say I bought it on the first day and built my Flames a championship team in
less than a day, so why can’t Burke and Feaster do it?
Wincherauk: I get NBA 2K and Madden every year, but I don’t normally get NHL. I’m not that invested in hockey so I probably won’t be purchasing the game this year again. It’s almost October, which means it’s almost hockey season. Which NHL team do you think looks the best heading into training camp?
Sockett: I’d love to say the Oilers, but lets face it, missing out on the first overall pick this year pretty much killed the hopes of them being any good. They need 24 first overall picks to have a hope in hell of winning the Stanley Cup any time soon. This is a tough question and I’d hate to say it, but the Habs look fairly solid this year. They have all the pieces in place to have a successful season. Kreutzwieser: Leafs. I’m testing out a theory that when Autumn reads that word she self-combusts. But, I’m no scientist or hockey expert, which is why I have horrible theories and no legitimate answers.
Lang: I know it’s cliché for choosing last season’s Stanley Cup Champion, but realistically, Chicago looks the best heading into training camp. They lost a few key guys in the off-season,
“ Leafs. I’m testing out a theory that when Autumn reads that word, she self combusts.” Paige Kreutzwieser
but they have the best leader in Teows. The ultimate underdog this season will be the St. Louis Blues. You heard it here first.
Wincherauk: At this point, I’m not going to be making any predictions, but I’d say the Penguins. They brought back all the key components of their team last year, and so long as they don’t have to meet the Bruins, they’re probably the team to beat. Last week, the Carillon ran a story on roller derby. What would your roller derby nickname be?
Sockett: My roller derby name would be Rock’em Sock’em Sockett, I have no idea why, it’s all I could come up with. Get off me.
Kreutzwieser: I thought I’d do a play on words like Paper Executer, but that just sounds so incredibly lame. Therefore, an online generator has given me DarkLord, which sounds way more badass.
Lang: So, this one got me. I took a name generator quiz online and I was dubbed Elenore Brusavelt. New nickname, I guess.
Wincherauk: I’m not getting involved in this. I don’t have the creativeness to come up with a good nickname. I’d just go with MattyWin like I do for everything else.
the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
Life after Wiebe How the cross country team is coping after losing high-profile athletes. paige kreutzwieser staff writer If you’ve been following the U of R’s cross country team at all, the name Kelly Wiebe will definitely ring a bell. As you may also know, he concluded his time as a Cougar last season. So how does a team move on when their star athlete is no longer at hand? Though the most notable effect of Wiebe being gone will be the loss of that expected automatic one point, but newly appointed team captain and fourth-year runner Matt Johnson is hopeful. “Losing Kelly was obviously a big hit to the team,” he said. “But on the bright side, everybody is stepping up to fill the gap.” And surrounding the absence of Wiebe, as well the departure of seniors Iain Fyfe and the women’s dominating runner Karissa LePage, there is a silver lining – there are no senior runners on the team this year. Therefore, if they are able to steer clear of injuries, Johnson says all the athletes will likely be returning for the 2014-15 season. According to Johnson, the team’s training and attitude has changed significantly as well. “Because [Wiebe] was so far ahead and that much better it was hard to do any off-day runs be-
Because you’re mine, I walk in a line.
cause it would be so up tempo for us,” Johnson said. “[As team captain], it’s about telling people you don’t rely on that number one guy anymore, and that the fifth place guy is definitely one of the most important.” Johnson added that this loss creates a better team dynamic moving forward because “everyone is a little closer now with ability.” He also pointed out that the team’s focus was never to just be
happy with placing second behind Wiebe, but rather that he was on a totally different level than the rest of the team. “The great thing about having him on the team was it kind of showed us how to train,” he said. As well, the long line of injuries Wiebe experienced was something Johnson used to grow personally as an athlete. “It proved what your body can take before falling apart,” Johnson said. “It was something
to see and learn from.” There is also much excitement on the team about having fourthyear runner Wyatt Baiton back from injuries that took him out for majority of last season. As well as second-year Adam Strueby who Johnson says is back with a vengeance. “I think [Strueby] wants it more than anybody else and he will definitely make some pretty good gains this year,” said the captain.
As for the women, this season is all about the rookies rounding out the team. “A full girl’s team has always been the goal and has always been a struggle at the U of R,” said Johnson. “So now they finally have a good group of girls they can start building on, which is very exciting.” However, the impact of losing key athletes can put any team off the radar, which Johnson said he is fine with. “I don’t really mind being the underdog or the dark horse coming in,” adding that the top four male athletes they have are very strong competitors to be the returning Canada West champions from Victoria. That is why this year’s team motto being “just grind” is so fitting. If they continue to work hard and build up together, this season–and next–are looking to be just as promising as years prior. So, although the Cougar’s cross country team may at first appear to be in trouble without the U of R Male Athlete of the Year, U of R President’s Award winner and Olympic hopeful, life without Wiebe is looking to be much easier than we originally thought.
Bad boys, bad boys Riders commit off field penalties brady lang sports writer
The Saskatchewan Roughriders code of conduct is pretty straightforward. The last line states that it is the players job “to be pleasant, to be professional, to be cordial, and to be respectful of the law”. But they played anyways. Roughriders’ second-year receiver Taj Smith and their prized acquisition this past off-season, cornerback Dwight Anderson, are in trouble with the law. Both players are facing charges of aggravated assault stemming from an incident, which occurred last month outside of a Regina nightclub. Even though the players were in the lineup, they didn’t do much last Saturday night as Smith ended up with three catches for eight yards and Anderson only notched one tackle in the 31-29 loss to the Toronto Argonauts. But still, why were they playing? Many rumours have been swirling about the situation, but I don’t believe we will ever hear the true story of what happened for quite some time, if ever. A lot of people believe that if the players violated the team code of conduct that they should be punished for it whether they are on the practice roster or are the CFL’s top rusher, like Kory Sheets – who was injured early on in the first quarter in Saturday’s loss.
Whatcha gonna do when Inner Circle writes a terrible rap ‘bout you? Riders General Manager stitute a ban on any players atBrendan Taman said that there tending clubs on Dewdney. I think this thing will blow wasn’t enough information to sit the two this weekend. He did over. I don’t think it’s going to be comment that the team would a situation like NFL bad boy deal with the situation accord- Aaron Hernandez, but it is even ingly when they gather the infor- more adversity that the team will have to face headed into the latter mation necessary. The team has kept pretty quiet part of the 2013 season. The Riders are on their first on the whole nightclub situation but they did announce that the slide of the season, losing two players decided as a whole to in- games for the first time since the
West-Semis during week 19 of this season and dropped their first at home since losing to Toronto last year in week 18. This situation with Smith and Anderson won’t be fully resolved for a while, but Oct. 8th should be circled on fans calendars as the players are scheduled to be back in court. This incident definitely isn’t the first time a member of the
Riders organization has been in trouble with the law. In January, Sheets had domestic violence charges laid against him after an incident near Tampa, Fl. The state of Florida decided not to prosecute the running back after he completed a domestic violence program. And who could forget former Riders GM Eric Tillman and the sexual assault case that stemmed from “pain killers” because of his “bad back”. Tillman did plead guilty in Jan. of 2010 and was granted an absolute discharge receiving no criminal record. Tillman resigned as Saskatchewan’s GM there shortly after. Trevis Smith, a former linebacker for the Riders, was charged with sexual assault in Feb. of 2007. Two women complained that he exposed them to HIV without informing them that he had the virus. Trevis Smith was subsequently given a five-year sentence in jail after being found guilty. Even though Trevis Smith’s trial ended up with him in jail, things will likely blow over in Riderville or the case will be moved to the off-season. At the same time, however, should they even be playing? The code of conduct does clearly state “to be pleasant, to be professional, to be cordial, and to be respectful of the law”. We’ll let you be the judge.
the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
The growing epidemic A look at how Windsor tackles concussions mike specht The Lance (University of Windsor)
WINDSOR (CUP) — Windsor natives Spencer Jean and Jordano Papa have seen firsthand how concussions can hinder ones quality of life. With a combined 20 registered concussions between them, Jean and Papa have dedicated their lives to concussion research and rehabilitation. Jean, a retired semi-pro hockey player is certified in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation; while Papa, who played in the Ontario Soccer Association and studied pre-law at the University of Western Ontario. In 2012 they formed the Concussion Education and Prevention Agency (CEPA) to raise awareness and treat local athletes. “Our rehabilitation program is designed in conjunction with the CDC (United States Center for Disease Control),” stated Papa. “It is a six-step process that allows players to regain their mental cognitive ability as well as their confidence in their respective sport.”
Way to help out, Frank.
Concussions are quickly becoming an epidemic in sports, with many athletes having their careers threatened by hits to the head. Head injuries do not only pose an immediate threat to those afflicted. Health concerns later in life often arise in those who continually sustain concussions, most notably chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. CTE is a degenerative brain disease that eventually causes de-
mentia. The startling number of CTE cases in professional athletes has caused many who participate in collision sports to donate their brains to science. Currently, the only way to diagnose CTE is postmortem, which speaks to the level of mystery that surrounds head injuries. “There is still a significant amount that we do not know about the brain, our goal is to set up a network to get every athlete in the area tested with a baseline.
That way, subsequent injuries can be monitored and compared to the player’s [former] cognitive ability. The hope being that the athlete can return at the same ability at which they left,” said Jean. Working out of the Active Body Physiotherapy Clinic in Tecumseh, Ont., CEPA treats athletes through sense tests catered to the specific concussion. “As no two concussions are alike, no two concussion management programs should be the
same,” said Papa. “We try to tailor all of our return to play protocols to the individual injury. The only way to ensure the most concise result is to incorporate a variety of tests to hit every stimuli, or marker that the athlete exhibits. One athlete may respond well to a visual-based test, but poorly to a hearing test.” Statistics Canada estimates that there are nearly 30,000 diagnosed concussions in athletes aged 12 to 19 every year. Young athletes who compete for the love of sport often return to action before their brains have had time to heal, leaving them susceptible to further damage. “Second impact syndrome is a condition that occurs when an individual sustains a second concussion before the initial concussion has fully recovered,” Jean said. “This can cause hemorrhaging in the brain and we see this in many minor athletes. I don’t want to see a child go through what concussions can bring, I myself am still going through the effects and will continue to for the rest of my life.”
Rules are rules The NHL implements some ridiculous changes what the puck? autumn mcdowell sports editor
In light of the NHL’s newly enforced rule changes, I have decided to brief you on these partially serious, mostly ridiculous rules. First, for the serious and, albeit, actual rules that are now in effect. The NHL has recently instituted what can essentially be called the “anti-Ovechkin” rule – the stupidest rule in the NHL, ever, will also do quite nicely. No, you can still wildly bounce into the boards upon a goal celebration, and you can even put your stick on the ice and fake it being on fire, hell you can even start a brawl with anyone on the opposing team and proceed to pull their jersey over their face, rendering them helpless; what you cannot do is tuck in your own jersey. How this rule was even brought up and agreed upon by multiple people is mind-boggling. Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin is famous for tucking in his jersey at the back of his pants, most of the time it just happens while he is skating, I don’t think that he specifically takes the time to make sure his jersey is perfectly tucked into his jock strap before every game, but how would I know? Former superstar Wayne Gretzky, on the other hand, had his velcroed in place, a style that I remember copying as a small child at the outdoor rink. But, either way, it’s not allowed. You can hammer someone into the boards as hard as you want, but God forbid you tuck that jersey in. The rule change came about
because team general managers believed that a player could suffer an injury if too much of their body was exposed. Evidently, untucking their jersey is now a cure for concussions. The idea that an opposing team could get a penalty because of a tucked in jersey is more than a little bit ridiculous to me. Guaranteed those yellow laces will be the next thing to go, surely they could cause some sort of injury. This is hockey, people, not golf. Besides Ovechkin, it appears the goaltenders have been the ones most affected by the rule changes. The NHL has finally implemented the rule that goalies must use smaller pads, and thank God, those things were getting God damn huge. This change was made so that the goalies will have a more difficult time blocking the five hole, which translates to more goals and, in general, a more exciting game. The goaltender’s net has also been made to be shallower. This is to allow for more mobility behind the net, and should aid in speeding up the game. To add to the smaller goalie pads, and shallower nets, I think that the nets need to be enlarged, just slightly, also to aid in the goalgetting process. Every fan loves a high-scoring affair between two teams. I don’t think that any hockey fan goes to a game hoping desperately for a 1-0 finish, with the game-winning goal coming in the first period. Now, if they can only implement policies that allow for free popcorn and booze at games, ticket prices that aren’t sky high, and finally putting my face on the kiss cam, we’ll be in business.
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the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
From cricketer to journalist U of R student left India for Canada karan katoch contributor Cricket is growing rapidly among the countries where it was once not considered to be a popular sport. Here in Canada, cricket has grown by leaps and bound in the last decade, and there are many clubs spread in all provinces where athletes compete in their domestic tournaments. It is slowly and steadily crawling its way up and is being recognized by the people as a Canadian sport as well. The major hindrance to cricket in this part of the world is the harsh weather conditions; however, Canada is emerging into a big sport and you never know, down the line in the next decade we might see our nation on top of the cricketing world. Cricket is my favorite sport as I have been brought up in a family, which are big cricket fans. It is also because I too have represented my state U-19 team back home in India. Cricket is considered to be a gentleman’s game. It is game which is mixed with emotions, affection, a felling of togetherness and ecstasy that makes it exciting to play and watch. It is a game of love and unanimity. In India cricket is com-
I still don’t understand it, but I dig it.
pared to a religion, in fact, you can bluntly say that cricket is a religion in India. When something becomes a religion in India then no one can question your beliefs about it. To me, cricket is in my family roots, and has always played a role in my life. My dad is a huge fan of the game and that’s the reason why I started playing cricket while growing up. I took up cricket at an early age and when I was eight my dad enrolled me
into an academy to learn and perfect the skills of the game. I loved the learning curve and started taking the game a little more seriously. As I was developing my skills, I was fortunate to have a great coach who had played the domestic cricket game at the highest level. The structures for cricket in domestic were that each state had three teams that would participate in the state championships. We had U-12, U-19 and
U-21 teams. After that, the players who performed well – plus 10 more from general selection for those who didn’t represent for their state teams – would be drafted into a roster of 30 for their respective state teams. In 2006, the governing body in our state proposed to select a U16 team that would groom the players for the U-19 team. I got selected in the roster of 20 people and we all started our training un-
der the government coaches sanctioned by our country’s cricket board. I learnt a lot in the camps and sharpened my skills overall. During these camps I got to see and talk to many cricketers that had represented our country. It was a great experience not only in terms of cricket but also how to tackle tough situations and come out winners. These camps made us mentally strong, and eventually we all were selected to the U-19 team and had our matches. Despite the great experience, personally, I believe I didn’t perform the way I wanted to. I scored just two fifties in seven matches that I played and was left out of the squad for the next season. By then my studies were also going on side by side and I was always inclined towards journalism. Once I had made my decision to give up cricket, I sat down with my dad and told him that I don’t want cricket as my career, but will instead leave the sport and would like to study abroad for journalism after my grade 12 year. He stood by my decision and after my grade 12 year I came to the University of Regina, in Canada to pursue my dream of becoming a journalist.
Johnny Football The NCAA’s resident badass brady lang sports writer Needless to say, Texas A & M star quarterback Johnny Manziel lives every college students dream. The fame, the women, the booze, and the money – Manziel has it all. For any fan of Spike’s famous show Blue Mountain State, Manziel is essentially a real life Alex Moran. The thing is, Moran never made money off of football at his times at BMS, meanwhile Manziel found himself in a delicate situation earlier this summer when he violated the NCAA rule 12.5.22. Unless you spend all of your time locked up in your dorm studying NCAA bylaws and rules I will jog your memory: According to the NCAA rule book, “If a student-athlete’s name or picture appears on commercial items (e.g., T-shirts, sweatshirts, serving trays, playing cards, posters) or is used to promote a commercial product sold by an individual or agency without the student-athlete’s knowledge or permission, the student-athlete (or the institution acting on behalf of the student-athlete) is required to take steps to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics.” To explain in simpler terms Manziel – or as he has been infa-
A three-year-old throwing a temper tantrum.
mously dubbed “Johnny Football” – was paid by memorabilia dealers to sign pictures and miscellaneous Texas A & M souvenirs of himself. Even though the NCAA couldn’t prove this, they handed down a whopping halfgame suspension on the defending Heisman Trophy winner. Yeah, a half-game for the defending Heisman winner, the best player in college football. Really, that’s it? So why didn’t the NCAA pun-
ish Manziel to the maximum extent? Maybe because the NCAA makes an incredible amount of money on him as they do on every college star. Manziel’s twitter account, @JManziel2, is followed by upwards of 530,000 people and includes pictures of him with stars from all over the world. Johnny Football has reached superstar status and the 20-year-old sophomore hasn’t even played a down in the NFL.
In June, Manziel hinted that he will declare for the NFL’s 2014 draft but nothing has been set in stone as of now. He’ll have to settle for a superstar quality life that every College or University student would trade for in a heartbeat. Golfing with the Jonas Brothers, sleeping through the Manning’s Passing Academy, hanging out with L.A. Clippers star Chris Paul, front court seats to the Lakers games and meeting up
with Duck Dynasty’s Robertson brothers will have to suffice for this upcoming season. It’s weird how the media has Manziel on a pedestal just because of his personal life and the way he enjoys himself in college – something we all do. Manziel isn’t always the bad ass that the NCAA and the American media portray him to be. Earlier this year, Manziel and former Heisman winner John David Crow signed numerous pieces of memorabilia for Texas A & M – legally, of course, this time – that were auctioned off with the proceeds going to scholarships for the school. They raised approximately $81,600 and Manziel was praised for his loyalty to the school. As long as he sets his alarm clock for the appropriate time and doesn’t party too hard, Manziel should be a star in the NFL. He is definitely a player to watch this upcoming season in College football and will be watched under a scrutinized eye because of some of his antics. Let’s just hope Manziel does pan out in the NFL so he doesn’t end up like a Tim Tebow or a CFL quarterback. But, if you’re interested Johnny, I hear Montreal has an opening.
Op-Ed Editor: Farron Ager firstname.lastname@example.org the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
The Great Debates
A formal contest of argumentation; two writers enter, two writers leave.
How will you be voting in the upcoming P3 referendum?
Vote YES On Sep. 25, the citizens of Regina will head to the polls to decide whether they want to keep public control of a new wastewater treatment plant. I would encourage each and every student at the University of Regina to vote Yes. In February, city council voted to proceed with a P3 – that is, public-private partnership – model, wherein a private corporation would finance, design, build, operate and maintain the plant. A group of concerned citizens collected over 24,000 Regina resident signatures for a petition to hold a referendum on this issue, however the city did their darnedest to suppress public engagement and silence citizens’ voices. But why are these citizens so concerned in the first place? People are concerned because a P3 model would mean putting the control of our water, a human right and a public resource, into the hands of a private corporation. Despite what proponents of the privatization option say, this issue is indeed about water. The effluent, or treated product, of Regina’s wastewater treatment plant goes back into our watershed and ends up as drinking water in other communities. The plant is a part of the water cycle, and it is critical that sufficient monitoring be done to ensure that its environmental impacts are kept to a minimum. People are concerned because the bottom line is that a private company’s primary concern must always be the maximization of shareholder profits. This means that profits come before infrastructure, employees, and best practices on a list of priorities. What’s more, we do not know how much taxpayers will be forced to pay to ensure that this private company is seeing profit from the running of the plant. People are concerned because the City’s proposed route would lock us into a secret 30-year deal with the private partner, the details of which have been blacked out. The City states that the P3 is a cheaper option, but the fact remains that Regina’s citizens have no way of knowing how much a P3 will end up costing taxpayers. In fact, an independent analysis done by econo-
Vote NO mist Hugh MacKenzie states that the traditional Design, Bid, Build method, which would keep the plant in public hands, will cost between $37.4 million - $77.2 million less than going the P3 route. People are also concerned because, although the City claims to have made the decision to go with a P3 with financial responsibility in mind, they have been shamefully financially irresponsible. The vote No campaign has been funded by the City with over $340,000 of taxpayers’ money – three times what the City is spending to inform citizens about how and where to vote. While I am not directly associated with the Regina Water Watch campaign, I have watched the groundswell of support with interest. The people who have engaged me on this issue are not “union bosses.” They are concerned citizens, from university students to grandparents, who are passionate about Regina’s right to democratically control its own future. Polls are open across the city from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sep 25. I encourage you to vote Yes to keep water public and to keep taxpayer dollars from padding private pockets.
sonia stanger contributor
In less than two weeks, Regina’s residents will go to the polls to decide how to finance the new wastewater treatment plant. At this point in the game, I’m sure I don’t need to go over the history of the wastewater treatment plant and the subject of the discussion. Instead, I am going to outline what is at stake and why you should vote No on Sep. 25. First and foremost, every claim that the city has made about the consequence of the Yes side winning is absolutely true. $58 million dollars from the federal government? Gone. Utility rate hikes over the next four years? You bet. Regardless of how CUPE and its shell group known as Regina Water Watch tries to downplay this, these are the stone cold facts. The most obvious one is that this does not deal with drinking water, but wastewater. When this fact came to light, they curiously played down the ad featuring a little girl drinking a glass of water and tried to move their argument in line with the actual debate over wastewater. Another is what I view as being the main complaints that CUPE has against the city’s claims. For example, the claim that the $58 million will only cover the interest payments: if the plant is being built anyway, why would we turn down money to pay for it, even if it only covers interest fees. Money doesn’t grow on trees and, without a P3, this project will be financed through a deficit (which includes interest payments). They also seem to accept the fact that voting Yes will bring about utility hikes, but something I have been hearing people saying is that they are afraid that the private company operating the treatment plant will hike their utility rates to increase profits. This is simply utter and complete garbage, as the plant will remain in control of the city and it will be the city that decides how the rates are increased or lowered. Let’s be very clear, water will always be public. Anyone who tells you anything other than that is lying to you. It seems the common theme with CUPE and its Water Watch campaign is deception. They bounce from one lie to another,
using what they can until they are discovered and need to think up something new. The question this brings about is why would a Union that is supposed to represent workers be willing to flat out lie to them so easily? It is because CUPE does not care about its workers, but about politics. Even though the P3 will create many new well-paying jobs, it’s of no concern to them if those workers are not paying union dues. The P3 model has been used around the world for literally thousands of projects and has a very good track record. CUPE can point to a few examples where it went wrong, the city can point to thousands where it worked just fine. The fact of the matter is that given human error both models can fail, but the P3 model has the best track record with the most positive spin-off effects. The thing that we should be worried about as residents of Regina is that there is a union claiming to represent it’s workers going out of its way to run a campaign of deception. Significant portions of CUPE’s workforce will be voting no on September 25th, but they are still seeing their money being used in this campaign against their will. This is an organization that cares more about its level of political influence than for what is best for the city and its people. The vote is coming up soon, and when you vote, be careful to remember what’s at stake.
sean wilson contributor
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the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
Shut up and pay the man
According to a new Statistics Canada report released on Thursday, Sep 12, Saskatchewan (not surprisingly) has been hit with the highest tuition increase in Canada. Undergraduate tuition in Saskatchewan was hiked up 4.7 per cent at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, graduate students saw an increase of 4.9 per cent, and international students were hit with a whopping 6.7 per cent increase—
all of which were deemed the highest increases in Canada. But, this isn’t the only place where we are topping the charts. We now hold second place for highest tuition paid in Canada at $6394, a close second behind Ontario, who is sitting at $7259. Of course, the tuition hike is old news. But, in light of this new report from Stats Canada, I don’t think many students were aware of just how bad the increase really
was. Graduate students didn’t just see a tuition increase of nearly 5 per cent. We were also the victims of a 63.9 per cent increase in mandatory fees. Yes, the decimal is in the correct place. According to Stats Canada, Saskatchewan graduate students are being forced to pay $454 in compulsory fees, which includes union dues, recreational facility fees (whether you use them or not), among others. Statistics typically don’t lie—at least, not from what I’ve learned in university. However, according to the NDP, Premier Brad Wall was quoted saying, “Just a correction. I've heard this in some of the media since the Stats Can numbers came out. Tuition in Saskatchewan is not the second highest in Canada; the tuition increase that some of the universities had for year-overyear is probably in that range, but not tuition levels." So, he is admitting that Saskatchewan has seen some of the highest tuition increases on average over the past few years, but isn’t willing to admit that we are now paying the second-highest tuition in Canada? I don’t know about you, Premier Wall, but those numbers look pretty solid to me since, as a new graduate student, they match up with my statement of tuition and fees paid for this semester and next. So, in light of the new information, it forces one to question where the money is going. Many departments were forced to downsize (the English department lost 20 sessional instructors, leaving them crippled with four), saw major budget cuts when there were already no funds to cut, and now offer fewer classes as a result, yet administration positions are on the rise, URSU got a raise for doing nothing, as far
as I’m concerned (seriously, what union actually sides with the Administration? Especially when students are paying them not to—but that’s a totally different issue— sort of), and there seems to be money available to build new buildings and spend a mint on new signs, even though the old ones are still in perfectly good shape. We’re seeing less bang for our buck, soto-speak. We’re paying more, but receiving less in return. Why is it that we are paying the second-highest tuition fees in Canada, yet we are struggling to find classes to take because there aren’t enough offered? Why is the university constructing new residence buildings to increase student population when they aren’t even able to offer enough classes for their current students? And, most importantly, should an academic institution not see an increase in faculty instead of administration positions? But, what would I know? I’m just expected to shut up and pay up.
michelle jones copy editor
I want a raise! H. A. T. E. I never really understood the reason behind not openly talking about your salary. This is probably because I have never made a salary, let alone a wage that really would cause me to be conservative about releasing that information. After hearing about the URSU Executive $5,000 per term raises, it hit me that when people know your salary, it is likely to get critiqued and picked at with a fine-toothed comb. But, then my indifference about salary secrecy comes out. If you are fulfilling the duties required of you, should it not be a problem exposing this information? The URSU executives - President and three Vice Presidents - are now making $29,000 each. In their annual terms, they each rake in more than I'm likely to make in my entire student career. Now bless URSU's heart, because I do appreciate having a student union over not having one at all, but when I read the executives claim to work anywhere from 50 to 70 hours per week I was shocked. Where do they find 50 hours a week in addition to being a student? And what do the four of them do within these 50 plus hours a week? This is not to provoke the union, but rather a call for information and transparency in why they have to be working that many hours. I can barely coordinate part time hours with my full time student hours. How is our URSU Executive reaching up to 70 hours a week in just union duties? When I start publically questioning things like this about URSU, it creates a backlash of hesitation in my awareness and understanding of university affairs. But, as a student who is paying these executives’ wages, I don't think it's too much to ask for information like this from URSU to be easily accessible to their student body.
But that is another question again - is it too much to ask? Just like is it too pretentious to ask what one's salary is, is it too much to ask to publically post examples of how 50 to 70 hours a week is obtained. Instead of typical jargon that most organizations spit out on their homepage websites, could URSU not update their website, or even use the beloved Carillon to help the students of this school renounce their concerns. One of these concerns is the issue of conflict of interest. If our tuition is already being increased and URSU is telling the student body "they didn't have enough money to continue the functions they were providing," as quoted in the Sept. 5 Carillon article URSU Executive gets a raise. then why is our student union giving themselves a raise? Or, I may be the only one who has questions about this information, the only one who wants easily accessible answers, and the only one who worries if the juice is really worth the squeeze right now. Therefore, I will only welcome the idea of this raise once they, themselves, expose the details of their position which shouldn't be so exclusive, since we - the students - are having this come out of our pockets.
paige kreutzwieser staff writer
Chants are a representation of school pride, an intense loyalty, even to the excess, which speaks to past, current, and future students in the form of song. “Any self respecting University of Kansas alum knows the words rock Chalk Jayhawk” and even if Fireman Ed (thanks Sanchez) has retired, JE-T-S Jets Jets Jets will never die. For some, these ditties - meant to empower through the power of a chorus - are the living quarters of some of the worst hate speech in the land. Rider fans may lack class occasionally, but our chant isn’t “Green is the Colour, Hatred is the Game.” Apparently at St. Mary’s and UBC, this wholesome definition has been abandoned. In case you missed it, here are the lyrics: Y is for Your little sister, O is for Oh so tight, U is for Under-age, N is for No consent, G is for Grab that ass." Replace the last line with ‘G is for go to jail” in UBC’s case, and you have the decidedly pro-rape picture. How did the school’s Student Union President respond, you ask? Well, he tried to articulate that these chants had always been this way without any issues, except for a woman at Saint Mary’s who was soundly ignored when she tried to complain. What’s scary about changing things? Is he worried that it will destroy the morals of the institution? To use another example, from 1980 until 2009 students at the University of Mississippi - or Ole Miss - sang “From Dixie with Love” at the end of events. The last line that was sung in this specific version was “the south will rise again” and, for a school with a bloodied and racially strife past, that couldn’t stand any longer. Before the song was removed from the school band’s repertoire, the decision was made to eliminate the school mascot. The mascot in question resembled a plantation owner and was cloaked in the colours of the
Confederate flag: not exactly the model you want for tranquility and inclusion. Ole Miss’ reaction was appropriate because they moved away from things that offend and did it peacefully. In contrast, the reaction from the powers that be at UBC and St. Mary’s was decidedly squeamish. The message given was, “but we���ve always done it this way.” Student leaders resigned and we are meant to carry on. Ignore that those who wore the title of student leader encouraged a message that demeans a group. This situation begs the question: if this acronym had been about race, or disability, or religion, would we have the same “get over it” reaction, or would we fight harder? At what point are we telling our leaders of tomorrow - albeit silently - that whatever insults they sling are okay as long as there are enough voices singing along?
john loeppky contributor
the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
Pipeline or no, pollution tops out It’s been a while since environmental policy has garnered so much attention from popular media. Yet even among he conflict in Syria, the Keystone XL pipeline has our attention. The construction of the pipeline could create thousands of jobs, but could also ensure U.S. and Canadian oil dependency for years to come. The issue has divided many people and conflicting reports on job creation and carbon emissions by the pipeline haven’t helped resolve the issue. In the end, U.S. president Obama will allow or kill the project based on the environmental risk it poses. In a recent attempt to get the Keystone ball back rolling, Stephen Harper sent a letter to Barack Obama promising that if the President signed off on Keystone, the Prime Minister would work to meet carbon efficiency goals in the near future. The U.S. and Canada strengthen their hold on a key energy resource and they finally commit to reducing their effect on carbon pollution. Unfortunately, the letter will probably amount to little more than a Hail Mary attempt to get Obama’s signature. Stephen Harper may believe that he can reach significantly improved carbon emission standards without a transition away from fossil fuels. However, environmental management without eliminating the source pollutant is doomed to have limited effects. While techniques like carbon capture can decrease the emission cost of fuel production, more drastic measures will have to be taken if the government wishes to improve Canada’s emission goals long term. Even if Harper is able to lower emissions along with implementation of the
pipeline, there is still little accounting for other negative effects of oil sands production. One only has to gaze into the murky depths that is the Athabasca River to determine that. A study in 2010 by Erin Kelly and David Schindler found pollution from Fort McMurray’s oil sands refinery has polluted the water to a point that mercury concentrations in fish are at a critical level. Its pollution may have also been the cause of increased cancer rates of communities that used the river as a water source. While climate change may get the most attention, other environmental effects also need to be considered when deciding to maintain dependency on fossil fuels. Will the prevention of the keystone pipeline prevent Canada’s oil from being distributed? No. In fact, it would be naïve to think that oil development that is going to stop in North America any time in the near future. Blocking Keystone XL may not have any significant impact on present emissions, but its creation will encourage a maintained and possibly increased dependence on the oil sands industry for years to come. One of the biggest problems encountered in fighting climate change has been the inability at the effects of our actions in the future. Failing to recognize that now will only make it harder to start the transition away from oil in the future. On the bright side, Obama’s stalling may start the first legitimate conversation on carbon reduction between the U.S. and Canada in a long time.
dylan criddle contributor
The Washington Post
Academic suspicion ‘Merica: Syria’s police? Reza Aslan is a professor of religion and is internationally renowned. He has four degrees, including a Ph.D in sociology of religions from UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of a controversial new biography called Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. On July 26, Aslan went on the Fox News webcast "Spirited Debates" to discuss the book. During the ten-minute interview, Aslan clearly grew frustrated over Green's emphasis on his Islamic faith. Aslan, as a scholar, has studied the New Testament for twenty years, but Green seemed to think there was some hidden agenda. At one point, Aslan said, "I am a historian. This isn't a Muslim opinion; this is an academic work of history, not about the Christ or Christianity for that matter. It's about a historical man who walked the earth two thousand years ago." Seven minutes into the interview, Green read a comment from a fellow who claimed that Aslan was biased because of his Islamic faith and likened it to a Democrat writing a book about Ronald Reagan. Green, not shy about letting her bias or emotions show, finally said "Reza you're not just writing about a religion from the point of view of an observer." She claimed he had written something radical, when Aslan had cited academic sources both agreeing and disagreeing with his thesis. In addition, Green claimed that Aslan was dishonest for writing a book on Jesus because apparently he had not been open about his Islamic faith, while ignoring that Aslan disclosed his faith on the second page of his book and had talked about it on several programs. This webcast was despicable and Green should be ashamed of herself. Rather than discussing the book, the whole segment centered on Aslan's right as a scholar to study certain subjects. Yet, this discussion goes beyond very shoddy journalism.
Green had read a statement from an outside individual and this was the catalyst for rise in emotion. Indeed, some segments of the population are hostile to academics. In the US, at any rate, there has been tension with higher education. Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum has referred to universities as "indoctrination centres" and has also called President Obama a "snob" for suggesting that more Americans receive college education. This coming from a lawyer with three university degrees. Yet, for a time, Santorum seemed a viable challenge to Mitt Romney for Republican candidate, indicating that perhaps he is not the only one who thinks that way. The topics of scholars are not off limits based on personal belief or background. If that was the case, nobody could write about anything. While Aslan is a practicing Muslim, he is also a scholar of religion. He even stated in the interview with Green that his biography of Jesus doesn't quite fit the Islamic depiction of him in the Qu’ran either. While I'm sure his faith has influenced him, he has worked hard to separate that from his scholarship. I do not think that everything is relative, but I do not think a "purely objective" account of topics in the social sciences or humanities exists. All the author can do is examine their own worldview and try their best to separate it from their research.
liam fitz-gerald contributor
It appears that President Barack Obama has heard, and will heed, the will of the people. Diplomacy is the new route Washington will take. After beating the war drums for the last few weeks, Bashar al-Assad will be given the opportunity to hand over his chemical weapons arsenal to the international community and avoid American military strikes. The war in Syria has been raging for over two years and nearly 100,000 people have been killed so far. It has been difficult to pick a side. The brutality of the Syrian administration’s crackdown has been stomach wrenching, but the rebel forces fighting the Syrian president include among their ranks the al-Nusra Front, a militant group affiliated with al-Qaeda. However, with the recent use of chemical weapons, allegedly by Assad, to many, picking a side has become less difficult. According to the BBC, the U.S. claims to have satellite images showing that rockets were launched from “government held areas,” and, an hour and a half later, there were reports that chemical weapons had in fact been used. Also, according to communications intercepted by the U.S., a senior Damascus official “confirmed chemical weapons were used” and expressed concern about UN inspectors—so says the Obama administration. With this in mind, the President addressed the American people on August 31 and made the case for military action to punish the Syrian regime for breaking international law. He said he’d seek congressional approval, but said that he was, “comfortable going forward without the approval of the UN Security Council.” It appeared the bombs were about to drop. But who wants that? In a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted from Sep. 5 to the 9, 63 per cent of Americans polled were opposed to an American intervention, with only 16 per cent in favour. Americans don’t want another war.
There is a bi-partisan feeling that this is not America’s fight. It’s not as if people are compassionless and uncaring when confronted with the photos of Syrians writhing on the floor. It’s that policing the world costs money—money that for the last six years, Americans have been told they don’t have. They’re going without food stamps and school lunches. Camden, New Jersey has cut their police force by half and people in Detroit wait almost an hour, on average, for a 911 response. After the “sequester,” intervening in a civil war that is no domestic threat to the U.S. seems like an idea that is utterly detached from the current American reality of cuts, cuts and more cuts. If you don’t have the money to take care of business at home, why would you want to get involved somewhere else? This proposed action is, according to the Commander in Chief, about upholding international law. If his administration wanted to get involved for humanitarian purposes, they would have. But Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, says that without UN approval, military strikes launched by the United States would be illegal. To go forward with military action in the interest of upholding international law, when that military action is, in itself, illegal, defeats its own purpose. The U.S. ought to be a team player and a global citizen, not a rogue enforcer. If the UN Security council is paralyzed in responding to the crisis due to Assad’s allies Russia and China, then it’s not on the United States. No one will blame them for the Syrian lives lost. However, if American missiles start flying toward Damascus, then it’s Obama’s war and this chaotic disaster becomes America’s problem.
aidan mcnab contributor
the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
Letter from the editor In the last issue of the Carillon, which hit stands on the 12th, we ran a now controversial article entitled “This September, vote no to CUPE.” Ahh, the dirty socialist rag that is the Carillon has finally cast behind its red roots and published this, as one denouncer on Twitter bemoaned “union bashing...typical rhetoric.” We didn’t even peel any stickers off any hard hats. The Internet response was phenomenal: the article is the most viewed article on our website, ever, our Twitter followers shot up, there were 18 comments online (the majority of our opinion pieces receive absolutely zero), and multiple letters to the editor. Councilor for Ward 6, Wade Murray, sent me a letter, as did Chad Novak, a “Mayoral Candidate in the 2012 Municipal Election” of Regina, as his email signature says. Novak also said on Twitter “You seriously never have any actually well thought out editorials, do you?” The buzz has been incredible, but it has made me pause and think. A lot of people criticize the Carillon for running this article in this form. One former staff member said on Facebook that the article was “surprising on a few accounts” because of us publishing in this way, the way that the always wonderful Alexandra Mortensen had written it. What people seem to forget is that the Carillon is a voice for all students, not for just a few. Sure, the Carillon is historically a little left, but there’s nothing wrong in occasionally kicking up some dust and getting a debate going. Mission accomplished, I’d say. The article drew a strong reaction because it is exactly what people didn’t expect: it wasn’t the same old tired opinion. It had a different slant. It’s not that suddenly the whole Carillon
editorial staff has taken up this opinion. In every issue we print, it says on the first inside page that “opinions expressed in the pages of the Carillon are expressly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Carillon Newspaper Inc.” While producing the last issue, some staff had long debates about running the article, and we still do up to producing this issue you’re reading. Also found on that same page is our manifesto. The Carillon is named after a bell tower that was supposed to be right in the middle of the academic green when the U of R was being built. If you look out there, there ain’t no bell tower: “The University never got a bell tower, but what it did get was the Carillon, a newspaper that serves as a symbolic bell tower on campus, a loud and clear voice belonging to each and every student.” So, I say to each and every student, illegitimi non carborundum.
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Blood moon rising So Saskatchewan’s last film under the doomed Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit looks like it will be the horrorcomedy WolfCop. For those who haven’t heard about the film, WolfCop will be a touching story of an alcoholic cop named Lou Garou (get it?) and his quest to become a better man, despite the fact he turns into werewolf, an ability granted to him via some churlish witchcraft performed by some masked ornery yokels in the woods. The film is being brought to us by director-writer Lowell Dean, a former student of the University of Regina, who graduated in 2002 with a degree in film studies. Dean is not foreign to these kinds of films, as he is also known for the zombie thriller 13 Eerie, which was met with generally favourable reviews. After winning the national Cinecoup movie competition (wherein WolfCop was pitted against 91 other projects), the film received $1 million for a production budget and guaranteed distribution to Cineplex theatres. Needless to say, this is a pretty big thing for Saskatchewan, as it’s beginning to receive national coverage. I’ll be the first to admit that I am no expert regarding Saskatchewan film, but I do love me a good horror movie. During my undergrad, a fair number of my dollars from meagre paychecks at minimum wage went to places like HMV, Zeus (R.I.P.), and even bargain bins of department stores to buy yet another diamond in the rough among the slew of incredibly terrible horror movies. Watching the concept trailer for this film, I have to admit that I’m fairly impressed with how the film is pitched. Since actual shooting doesn’t start until October 7th, I’ll save any sort of comparisons to other films, since I’m fairly certain that the
film will evolve during the filming process. However, one of scenes in the trailer that tickled me pink is found toward the end, just before the movie title hits the screen. Our beloved WolfCop has unexpectedly transformed in a bar. He eviscerates one man and uses his firearm to shoot another in the back. As he walks up to the terrified female character helpless on the ground, he leans over to pick up a beer bottle and takes a hearty swig, winks at her, and walks away. After watching this video, I knew one thing was certain: I need to see this movie. The film is due to be released in March 2014 and, regardless of how the film turns out, I’ll do my little bit to support the movie by going to it opening night. I can’t predict whether or not this movie debut with an earth-shattering presence or be swept under the dumpster, doomed to the fate of films such as Skinwalker: Curse of the Shaman. That doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me is that Saskatchewan will be able to claim even just a little bit of that massive, hulking, terrible beauty of the independent horror scene as the province’s swan song.
farron ager op-ed editor
the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
Charte des « valeurs » québécoises un retour à l’arrière
Mon dieu, quelle tyran.
sébastien potvin contributeur La protection des droits des minorités est un devoir de tous les états prétendant être une démocratie juste et équitable. Ce qu’on voit alors au Québec avec les nouvelles proposées lois touchantes les libertés individuelles vis-à-vis la visibilité des religions au sein du gouvernement provincial me causent des soucis. En fait, je crois que cette proposition « en matière de neutralité religieuse de l’État » est une offensive destinée à l’attraction du vote majoritairement rurale et régionale de la province, mais au cout des minorités ethniques et religieuses. Mettre de l’avant les intérêts partisans tout en repoussant un principe fondamental démocratique mérite d’être judicieusement examiné et repensé. Au fin fond, je ne doute pas de la sincérité de Pauline Marois, ni du Parti Québécois : je ne crois ni le chef ni le parti raciste. Plus tôt, je ressens un malaise quant à leur but ultime. Il me semble réellement qu’il s’agit ici d’une fabrication de crise par un gouvernement minoritaire qui a rencontré beaucoup d’obstacles populaires. En résumé, les nouvelles propositions cherchent à concrètement inscrire dans la Charte québécoise la « neutralité religieuse de l’état », du « personnel de l’État dans l’exercice de ses fonctions », etc. Le point le plus choquant est la nécessité de « neutralité religieuse » de la part des fonctionnaires. Certes, je n’argumente pas pour l’absence de toutes règles gouvernantes la laïcité du gouvernement. Bien au contraire. Mais cette vois
d’interdiction auprès des citoyens employés par le gouvernement porte atteinte à leurs droits fondamentaux en tant que membres de la société canadienne. Le gouvernement présent cherche la laïcité au mauvais endroit. J’y vois deux options : soit le gouvernement interdit absolument tous les liens envers organisme, individus, institutions et histoire faisant affaire à la religion pour une laïcité pure. C’est bien ce qu’il faudrait faire si, comme le veut si fermement le gouvernement Marois, la province recherche une véritable séparation de religion et d’état. Mais je dis que l’option deux est plus viable, propre aux droits de la personne, et plus décente : il s’agit du pluralisme politique. En étant égale à toutes les religions, tout en comprenant que l’acceptation de différences ethnoculturelles et plus bénéfiques qu’à la répression, il est possible de maintenir une laïcité passive qui se voit protégée des influences religieuses par la primauté des lois et de la constitution. C’est bien ce que fait le Canada, et certainement le Québec, depuis les années 60 et au-delà. Drôle qu’il n’y a jamais eu de soulèvement de problèmes ou de crises avant la semaine dernière depuis toutes ces années. Effectivement, la Commission Bouchard-Taylor est arrivée à une conclusion semblable : la semblance d’un problème au sujet des accommodements raisonnables est le résultat d’une distorsion de la part des médias et du public ethnoculturel québécois. C’est-àdire que la population majoritairement québécoise et catholique (si ce n’est que culturellement) se sent menacée par un danger inexistant. Il n’y a pas présentement
de menace à la laïcité québécoise. Au contraire, la pluralité politique de la population sert d’un contrepoids à ceci en assurant une diversité qui vise sa propre sécurité – et ceci inclut les Québécois « de
souche »! Seulement en permettant une politique non contrainte de multiculturalisme est-il possible de maintenir une société si diversifiée telle que le Québec. Le danger de racisme institutionnal-
isé est trop grand pour en faire le risque.
the carillon | September 19 - 25, 2013
La politique de transport Les conséquences contre-productives de l’esprit du parti extrême alexandra mortensen contributeur L’opposition est un principe central à notre système politique. Elle encourage des débats qui créent les meilleures politiques et tiennent les gouvernements responsables. Cependant, il est essentiel que l’objectif de l’opposition soit de résoudre les problèmes de façon pragmatique. L’opposition est nuisible quand elle est basée sur les buts partisans au lieu de la réussite des résultats idéals. Prenons, par exemple, l’annonce du mois de février du ministère des Autoroutes et de l'Infrastructure concernant la suspension de trois trajets d’autobus offerts par la Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC). Quand le parti NPD était au pouvoir durant les années 1990, les chefs ont pris de décisions semblables et ont coupé plusieurs trajets. Cette annonce a été très critiquée. Un membre bien connu des néo-démocrates a dit que le plan représente « l’abandon de la Saskatchewan rurale par le parti de la Saskatchewan ». La coalition Save Our Saskatchewan Crowns a parlé de la décision en disant qu’elle représente « plus de coupures pour la Saskatchewan rurale ». Le journal quotidien de Regina, The Leader Post, a publié la lettre d’une lectrice qui disait que « le gouvernement de la Saskatchewan s’en fiche de ses citoyens ruraux ». En analysant la situation de plus près, ces critiques semblent fondées plutôt sur des alignements politiques que sur de vraies questions de politiques.
C’est un autobus !
Pour évaluer cette décision de manière pratique, il faut considérer que ces trois trajets d’autobus avaient en moyenne moins de deux passagers par trajet au cours des cinq dernières années. De plus, il faut considérer le fait que STC est une corporation de la Couronne qui nécessite plus que dix millions de dollars par an (en-
viron un tiers de ses revenus annuels) en subventions gouvernementales pour fonctionner. Il n’est donc pas déraisonnable de vouloir économiser 300,000 $ par année en éliminant les trajets sous-utilisés. En fait, c’est quelque chose qui aurait dû changer il y a plusieurs années. Il serait utile d’examiner les
autres façons que la compagnie pourrait réduire ses coûts dans le but de devenir autosuffisant. Ou, peut-être même explorer des options plus efficaces pour offrir ses services de transport. Dans une entreprise privée, détachée de l’influence du gouvernement et les conséquences partisanes qui l’accompagnent, ces propositions
sembleraient très sages. Je ne veux pas me plonger dans le débat concernant la valeur des corporations de la Couronne, mais plutôt d’illustrer le rôle des idéologies dans la réponse du public dans les affaires courantes. Le fait d’être affilié à un parti politique — peu importe lequel — a tendance à beaucoup influencer la façon dont le public perçoit les décisions politiques. Se fonder sur les politiques d’un parti au lieu de tenir compte des implications peut certainement nuire aux améliorations. Si les décisions sont critiquées pour des raisons uniquement politiques, l’effort consacré au développement de meilleures solutions ne devient que de la rhétorique qui rejette les propos intelligents. Opposer sans vrais buts crée des divisions inutiles dans l’atmosphère politique et empêche la mise en oeuvre d’améliorations au sein de la société. L’opposition fondée sur les inquiétudes sincères, par contre, est un atout légitime pour le processus politique. Si notre direction politique pouvait plutôt fonder leurs décisions sur des analyses objectives, il est possible que nous pourrions réduire l’apathie générale de notre société à l’égard de la politique et que nous pourrions créer une culture politique basée sur le progrès et les résultats concrets.
Au coeur de la démocratie directe dominique cambron goulet Quartier Libre (Montréal) Les documentaristes Santiago Bertolino et Hugo Samson ont pénétré le c?ur des instances de la Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE), durant toute la grève étudiante. Le film Carré rouge sur fond noir, présenté en ce moment au cinéma Excentris, montre une facette méconnue du printemps érable. Les deux cinéastes ont suivi les réunions du comité exécutif de la CLASSE, les négociations avec le gouvernement, des assemblées générales et évidemment de nombreuses manifestations afin d’amasser près de 250 heures de matériel vidéo. Cela leur permet de montrer cette grève étudiante du point de vue interne de la CLASSE. « Ce que l’on trouvait nouveau dans le fait de suivre cette association en particulier, c’était de pouvoir montrer le fonctionnement de la démocratie directe », précise Hugo Samson. Dans Carré rouge sur fond noir, on peut ainsi voir de nombreux débats lors d’assemblées générales ou de congrès de la CLASSE. « Il fallait demander la permission de filmer lors des assemblées, relate Hugo. Les médias étaient interdits aux congrès, mais
les délégués ont voté pour que nous soyons considérés comme des “artistes” et nous donner l’accès. » Cela aide à comprendre comment les débats s’articulaient et le fonctionnement de l’organisation étudiante. On y observe aussi les émotions par lesquelles passent les différents protagonistes du mouvement étudiant. Que ce soit la colère provoquée par les actions de la police ou l’épuisement mental dû à la longueur de la grève et aux négociations interminables avec les membres du gouvernement. On y voit Gabriel NadeauDubois démoralisé, ce qui contraste avec l’attitude qu’il adoptait devant les médias. « Je suis tanné, je suis fatigué », se plaint-il dans le film. Celui qui est aujourd’hui étudiant à l’UdeM en philosophie n’est pas dérangé de montrer ce côté de sa personne au grand jour. « Je ne suis pas indisposé par ça, explique Gabriel. C’est traité de manière sombre et respectueuse. Et c’est vrai qu’il y a eu des mo-
ments difficiles. » Des débuts ambitieux Les deux documentaristes avaient déjà eu l’idée de filmer le mouvement étudiant bien avant son déclenchement. « J’avais essayé de suivre la grève de 2005, se souvient Santiago Bertolino. Mais ça n’avait pas été possible faute de moyens. » C’est au mois de décembre 2011 qu’Hugo, alors étudiant en cinéma au Cégep de Saint-Laurent et Santiago, déjà dans le milieu du documentaire, ont eu l’idée de suivre la grève étudiante en devenir. « On savait que ça s’en venait, note Hugo. On a donc eu l’idée de filmer, ne serait-ce que pour un devoir d’archives. Puis, à peu près un mois avant la grève, nous avons commencé à tourner avec l’intention de faire un longmétrage documentaire. » Au départ, le film devait avoir une perspective beaucoup plus large. Cependant, l’ampleur du mouvement a forcé Hugo et Santiago à suivre seulement la CLASSE et plus précisément six
de ses membres : Gabriel NadeauDubois, Jeanne Reynolds, Justin Arcand, Maxime Larue, Victoria Gilbert et Philippe Lapointe. « On scénarisait notre film et on trouvait que c’était mieux d’approfondir un camp, explique Santiago. Aussi, les fédérations étudiantes ne démontraient pas la même ouverture. » Toutefois, les « acteurs » admettent qu’il était parfois difficile d’être constamment suivis. « J’ai eu peur, reconnaît Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. J’ai été craintif avant de voir le film. Mais maintenant que je l’ai vu, je ne regrette vraiment pas. » Une pointe d’humour Si le sujet du printemps érable aurait pu être traité de façon très lourde, ce n’est pas le cas de Carré rouge sur fond noir, qui est teinté d’humour. « On souhaitait mettre des passages plus humoristiques, souligne Santiago. Ça allège le film et ça montre toute la gamme d’émotions que les grévistes ont traversée. » Une caractéristique essentielle au film selon Hugo. « Il
«Hugo Samson était étudiant au Cégep de Saint-Laurent en cinéma lorsqu'il
s'est embarqué dans le tournage de Carré rouge sur fond noir.»
faut dédramatiser un peu, insistet-il. Sinon ça ne serait pas regardable. » On peut entre autres voir Jeanne Reynolds, co-porte-parole de la CLASSE, expliquer à l’assemblée générale du Cégep de Valleyfield que la grève ne durera qu’au maximum huit semaines. « Je me souviens qu’à l’exécutif de l’ASSÉ, nous avions fait un plan d’action sur huit semaines, se rappelle Philippe Lapointe, alors secrétaire aux affaires académiques. On se trouvait ben hot! Mais après huit semaines on s’est retrouvé sans plan. » Le film de près de deux heures rappellera donc de beaux (et de moins beaux) souvenirs aux étudiants impliqués dans le printemps érable. « Il faut que Carré rouge sur fond noir reste et qu’il soit vu par le plus de militants et militantes possible dans le futur, insiste Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. Pour qu’ils puissent apprendre de nos erreurs et de nos bons coups. » Une vision proche du « devoir d’archives » qu’Hugo Samson et Santiago Bertolino avaient dès les premiers balbutiements de leur ?uvre.
humour I put a spell on you Display of witchcraft and wizardry reviewed charlie macdonald contributor As an avid viewer of fantasy films and a frequent player of role playing games I feel like I know my way around the supernatural. So imagine my delight when a good friend of mine hit me up with the greatest gift of all, a ticket to a magic show. I spent hours of my time researching in order to prepare myself for this once in a lifetime spectacle. While others may have been studying for classes in order to further their academic careers, I was re familiarizing myself with all aspects of sorcery. Seven days and multiple viewings of the Harry Potter films later I felt like a regular Dr. Strange. Of course I was just a connoisseur, a fan of the wondrous arts. I by no means could cast a simple fireball let alone control somebody’s mind. The opportunity to see a true artisan was why my an-
ticipation was so high. I couldn’t understand how I was the first person in line as I arrived only five hours before door opening. I was running late due to the dry cleaners not being able to cleanse a simple robe and shawl properly, but that’s a review for another day. The doors finally opened and I promptly took my seat fifth row centre. I originally bought tickets for the first row, but quickly changed my mind as surely someone that close would get undesirable magical residue on their clothing and I had just spend most of that day hand cleaning my robe and shawl. I read over the program as other theatergoers began to file into their seats. My excitement grew as the words “Extraordinary”, “Law Defying”, and “Recently Pardoned” flew off the pages of the pamphlet. I could not believe that such a great Man of Conjuring could show up to my house on my day of birth for as
low as Twenty Canadian Dollars per sixty minutes. I knew that magic would never be as popular as it was in Massachusetts in the 17th Century, but a true sorcerer being paid less than a doctor or lawyer seems borderline socially unacceptable. Unfortunately I could not examine that line of thought further as the theater darkened and the show began. I have heard magic shows being described as “Cheap Parlour Tricks” and “The Sleazy Screwing Over The Simple”, but what I viewed could not fall into either of these two categories. The sorceries this man/legend performed were so unbelievable that this reviewer is afraid to describe them. I could not live with myself if someone were to be driven to insanity because they are unable to grasp the concept of conjuring rabbits out of formal headwear. But, I have a responsibility to the public to report what my eyes
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have seen. He warmed us up with what he told us were “simple” tricks, a theme of underselling himself that occurred throughout the show. The first trick was an obvious example his channeling/medium prowess. A woman from the audience was told to pick from a standard deck of cards, the performer (without previous knowledge of the card chosen) accurately selected the eight of hearts. The show only became more abnormal as the night wore on. He called his assistant to the stage. She took her place inside a box on the middle of the stage. The magician cast an invulnerability spell on his disciple and without a second thought brutally cut her in half with a rusty handsaw. His assistant could not have been of this world as there was no visible blood after the sawing. I am not a religious man, but after this particular trick I began to recite what I could remember of The Lord’s Prayer as this theater be-
gan to feel unholy. The fiber of my being could barely handle the final performance of the evening. All I can say is that sorcerers are real and they cannot be killed by human weapons. I have seen a magician catch a bullet with only his teeth and I am afraid. I brought my concerns to this magician after his show, he assured me that these were in fact “Cheap Parlor Tricks”. But he knew my fear and I am confident that those reassurances were lies. The message is this my readers, the fear you feel is justified. Evil is out there and it can show up to your office party for 20 bucks an hour. Join me next time when I examine the world of the Carnival Freak Show, and a man whose diet consists only of flame.
The Carillon apologizes (no, really) Student newspaper’s insensitivity reaches new lows kyle leitch production manager In our Sep. 5-11 issue, we ran a humour piece which, in no uncertain terms, compared Regina mayor Michael Fougere unfavourably to Frankenstein’s Monster. Shortly after the issue ran, we received an email from the distraught subject of what we felt was a lighthearted parody. “To whom it may concern,” the email began, “I’m sure the photo in your humour section was meant to be a joke, and in certain circles, it was probably exceptionally funny.” We could have stopped there, and congratulated each other on a job well done, but decided that we would keep reading, if only to maintain our “jour-
nalistic integrity”—or to make fun of gratuitous grammatical or other errors that cropped up. “However, I am taking the time to email you to respectfully ask for a retraction,” the emailer continued. “I feel that any untoward acts of aggression, no matter their intent could be damaging to any future endeavors that I wish to pursue, be they professional or personal. Thank you for your consideration.” Those of us reading the email sat in stunned silence for a moment. A room full of leftist student journalists in a liberal arts school felt bad about what we had published. Sometimes, we here at the Carillon underestimate our abilities. What we print can often be as hurtful as it can be helpful, if not more so. In that spirit, we are taking
this opportunity to publicly apologize for our flagrant disregard for the feelings of others. We overstepped our boundaries and, in the future, we will take all measures to ensure that this does not occur again. Rest assured, Frankenstein’s Monster, this newspaper will never compare you to Michael Fougere again.
Aw, buck up big guy. We said we’d apologize, and we did.
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From the desk of the production manager.
In case you didn’t notice, last week’s OPINION article kind of blew up our Twitter, and caused a great stinking lot of debate. As in any debate online, there are some winners and a whole lot of losers. Below, we’ve chosen several of our favourite excerpts from the Twitterverse for your entertainment. Follow along @the_carillon.
Sometimes, when the planets align just right, a photo says more than the pithy photocaption. Sometimes.
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