the carillon The University of Regina Students’Newspaper since 1962 March 18 - 24, 2010 | Volume 52, Issue 21
Building a new dome stadium in Regina has been a controversial topic for over a year. The public, taxpayer funded proposal will cost over $400 million, while a privately funded proposal worth over $1 billion has been put on the table. What will the verdict be? And who wants what? 4
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What’s the first thing you’re going to do now that it’s nice out? “Play rugby and smoke ‘dubioos’ doobies.”
Adam Price Second year Political Science
In keeping with our reckless, devil-may-care image, our office has absolutely no concrete information on the Carillon’s formative years readily available. What follows is the story that’s been passed down from editor to editor for over forty years.
“I’m going to hula-hoop and have picnics as soon as the snow melts.”
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.
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.
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“Take a book, sit outside and read. Oh and start working on my tan!” Courtney Mintenko Third year Journalism
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The first phase Campus Master Plan gets public input
austin m. davis news editor There’s always room for improvement – and infrastructural development. That was the message the March 9 campus open house embedded in its participants. The multi-purpose room of the Riddell Centre was full of members of the external community eager to put forward their ideas in the first forum to decide the “vision and principles” of the Campus Master Plan. The two hours of speeches and interactive workshops were designed to generate fresh ideas for the direction of the University of Regina over the next five years. There was a noticeable lack of students watching the PowerPoint presentations and participating in the workshops. Barb Pollock, vice-president of external relations, recognized the lopsided percentage from outside of the university. “This was promoted for the external community. So, there will be more opportunities for the home team to get involved,” Pollock said. The Master Plan was introduced that evening as a coinciding initiative with the 2009-14 Strategic Plan. That plan was titled a Cree word that translates to, “co-operation; working together towards common goals.” The open forum was the highlight of the first of four phases in the project schedule. This phase, the “reconnaissance and visioning” portion, was intended to gather as much response from the public as possible before developing a concept of what exactly the plan will detail. “Discussions and research have actually been going on for some time. I would say formally started probably within months, but informally: when the last plan is done, you start planning for the next one,” Pollock said. Though she explained that there were no preconceptions about what the Master Plan will entail, there are obvious needs to be addressed. This includes, but is definitely not limited to, additional residences on campus. Input from anyone with an interest in the university’s future direction is promised to be incorporated – or at least considered – with the plan’s three consultants.
Associated Engineering assessed the campus’ transportation needs; Resource Planning Group Inc. will review the available space on campus for possible construction; and lead consultant, Office for Urbanism (OU), will have the central focus of “intensification and revitalization” according to the Master Plan’s website. Though President Vianne Timmons gave an opening welcome to the audience, and vice-president of administration Dave Button spoke on the long history of previous Master Plans (including, at one point, the intent for a nine-hole golf course), most of the speaking was done by OU representatives. The Toronto-based firm was selected as the lead consultant on the project last fall, after a request for proposals. OU is also involved with the Regina Downtown Master Plan. Jennifer Keesmaat and Antonio Gómez of the OU addressed many aspects that the university may be able to improve upon with this plan. Keesmaat focused on “massaging” issues, primarily transportation, accessibility, “invigorating campus identity,” and critical mass, while comparing possible projects to the University of Waterloo. Sustainability was discussed less than the need for more food vendors on campus. After the four presentations had the event behind schedule, the audience was invited to the back of the multi-purpose room to place stickers on posters and maps, to address top priorities. This is an exercise that the OU has utilized while winning awards for design and planning in Alberta and Ontario. The information collected was worked on the following day, March 10, in daylong meetings of the Steering Committee and the Advisory Committee. There is also a Working Committee that provides day-to-day management, and logistical support, to the OU. “Following that we’re going to go away and take everything that we’ve heard and turn it into a concept plan and the objective will be to come back approximately a month after that to show a draft concept plan for comment to the university community; that will be a public event as well,” Keesmaat said. As the Campus Master Plan enters its second phase, only one student rep-
resentative will have the opportunity to influence its direction. Kaytlyn Barber, URSU vice-president of student affairs, is representing the Students’ Union on the Advisory Committee. She was present at both the open house and the following meetings. Of the open house, Barber said, “I think overall it was a positive thing, it was good to get the public involved. It was unfortunate there weren’t more students there, which is disappointing, because I think that the Master Plan is such a great opportunity for students to put forth ideas or things that they don’t think are working well with the university.” Barber recognizes the significance of listening specifically to student input as well as members of the community and other various stakeholders. The Master Plan, she noted, is very significant, and the decisions that are finalized in November will become the direction of the university – not just for the next five years, but for decades to come. Because evening events are difficult for many students to attend, Barber is pushing forward a student’s recommendation that the maps, tables, and pictures used in the interactive workshop be placed in the Riddell Centre during the day for easier access. This would gather direct input from those who spend the most time on campus as to what the university’s needs are. “It needs to be an approach that’s all encompassing,” Barber said. “I do think that more student input needed to be generated and I am hopeful – and I’m advocating – for continued input along the way, and there’s going to be other opportunities for the public to get involved.” However, according to Barber, there needs to be a healthy balance in where the input is coming from that will influence the Campus Master Plan. “We’re more than just a facility that has students,” Barber stated before asking a line of questions. “How are we going to engage the community in our research? How are we going to engage the community to come and enjoy our events? How do we recruit students?” Those answers, and many more, will ideally become evident as the project moves towards developing the final Master Plan report in September.
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Retractable-dome stadium carries $431 million price tag Debate intensifies after feasibility study release
news column austin m. davis
alex colgan, jennifer squires
With the release of a major feasibility study on March 1, the proposed stadium in downtown Regina has acquired a clear price tag, and the debate continues over whether this is a price worth paying. The cost of the project is estimated to be $386 million. This is higher than last year’s estimate of $350 million, but it includes costs that were previously left out. Land costs have been added, along with furniture and consultants’ fees. However, like buying a new car, it’s the options that add up. A retractable roof would add $45 million, for a total of $431 million. Underground parking would cost $9 million. A Roughrider practice field and team offices would also add to the bill. But subtract existing and potential private sector commitments, as well as revenue from the sale of naming rights, and the range of costs becomes even wider. The facility would be built on the CP Rail yard between downtown Regina and the warehouse district. There would be permanent seating for 33,000 and an optional expansion up to 53,000 seats for major events like the Grey Cup and concerts. Regina mayor Pat Fiacco is enthusiastic about the proposal and its prospects for Regina’s future. “Based on the feasibility study, it looks like it will be a profitable undertaking,” Fiacco said. “Right now we’re looking to see who will be contributing the $428 million. It will have to be a combination of all three levels of government and the private sector.” He said that it’s a mistake to refer to the project as merely a stadium. “Some people seem to be focusing on a stadium. This is more than a stadium; it’s not just about a new home for the Riders. This is an entertainment facility that’s part of a total urban redevelopment ... It’s a multi-purpose event centre.” Fiacco also argued that a stadium would “revitalize North Central ... and there’s the potential for a whole new neighbourhood if we decommission Mosaic Stadium.” The latter, he said, could be the site of affordable housing construction. Enterprise Minister Ken Cheveldayoff is also enthusiastic about the facility’s prospects. “I think it would be a tremendous project for our province. It’s something that would add to the ability to host all types of events in the province. It’s ... a generational opportunity, it’s something that will serve our province for 50 to 75 years. “It’s not often that you get 30 acres downtown in a major city in Canada, so we’re quite excited about that.” According to the study, the stadium would profit just over $1 milliom with 31 events per year; for example, 11 CFL games, various university and high school sporting events, seven concerts, and eight miscellaneous events such as conferences or motor sports. Cheveldayoff said that this certainly seems feasible.
A roast in bad taste news editor
Regina will only receive the most modern of stadiums
Private-sector interest in the project has been high, although concrete commitments remain scarce. Last year the Regina Hotel Association offered to contribute $10 million. “There are other associations that have indicated that they would want to be doing that as well,” Cheveldayoff said. “Also ... there were seven private sector groups that came back with various types of proposals.” One of these groups, the Independent First Nations of Saskatchewan, has submitted their own proposal. The group wants to build a stadium, casino, and hotel complex worth $1.2 billion, but only if the province will sell its two casinos in Regina and Moose Jaw. The province has demurred, since the casinos are a strong source of provincial revenue. “The casinos are not for sale,” said Cheveldayoff. “What we are interested in is their ideas around the existing feasibility study. They’ve got some great ideas for a hotel and retail complex that we’d very much want to talk to them about. They’ve indicated a memorandum of understanding signed with the Seminole band in Florida, so we’re interested in finding out more information about that, and how much money the Florida group is willing to bring to Saskatchewan.” Cheveldayoff scoffed at what he said was inconsistency on the part of stadium opposition in the House of Assembly. “In typical NDP fashion, the Opposition have told the Roughriders and the Mayor of Regina that they’re in favour of the project, [but] by the way they act in the legislature, they appear to be against the project.” The paucity of private sector
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commitments has critics of the project worried that costs will balloon out of control. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has long been vocal about its opposition to taxpayers’ funding the project. Colin Craig, Prairie Director for the CTF, is calling for a referendum as a way of holding the provincial government responsible. “If tax dollars are used for building a dome, there should be a province-wide referendum. That way, the people who will have to pay for the dome – taxpayers – would have a say in the project. Funding a dome would lead to higher tax levels than necessary.” The CTF has launched a campaign called Stadium Sense that seeks to inform citizens about the dome, the issues surrounding it, and what they can do. “Our Stadium Sense campaign page is a one stop shop for learning the facts about the dome debate, a petition for a referendum on the issue and details for contacting politicians.” The Stadium Sense campaign also outlines the other options that often get swept to the side. “Citizens should know that there are multiple choices for proceeding, including a $6 million repair job to Mosaic Stadium that would get another 10 years’ usage out of the facility,” said Craig. Warren McCall, MLA for Regina Elphinstone-Centre, echoed the desire to see where the money will come from. “It’s a mixed bag; it looks good on paper, but there is no definitive [answer] on who’s going to be paying what. The public has the right to know how much they are on the hook for.” McCall is also concerned that funding this project could take away
funding from other essential services, despite the Sask. Party’s assurance that the stadium will not affect other funding. “This is the same government that claimed they had the best budget in years, but turned out a billion-dollar deficit. If the federal government isn’t in on this project, what happens to the cost? It gets pushed to the provincial government. I am concerned about funding for students if this project is to go ahead; what will happen to them? Rent goes up and tuition increases.” Both sides are arguing in favour of increased grassroots participation, albeit with different goals in mind. Cheveldayoff hopes that residents of Saskatchewan will pass on their ideas about the project. “It’s important to understand that this isn’t a done deal. We’re very much looking for Saskatchewan residents, students included ... I’ve had many students come forward with exciting ideas on what the building should look like, or what it should incorporate ... We’d like to hear from them.” He said that people can contact his MLA website Investments or the Crown Corporation. McCall is urging Saskatchewan residents to stand up and ask questions about the stadium because they deserve transparency from their government. “It is a good looking project, but the bottom line is that Saskatchewan people have a right to be asking who is bringing the money to the table.” All levels of opposition are calling for public forums regarding the issue. University of Regina political science students will be hosting a debate on March 23 at 11:30 a.m. in the Campion auditorium.
“It’s not often that you get 30 acres
dome, there should be a province-wide referendum. That way, the people who will have to pay for the dome – taxpayers – would have a say in the project.”
downtown in a major city in Canada, so we’re quite excited about that.”
Canadian Taxpayers Federation Prairie Director
You know what would make the perfect advertisement for a political party’s pig roast dinner? Probably a picture of a pig on a spit, or something. What would make the worst possible advertisement for the Saskatchewan Party’s 2nd annual fundraising dinner? No contest, the Twin Towers in a fiery blaze on September 11, 2001. Now the Carillon joins a long list of publications that have addressed the controversial and inappropriate poster advertising the April dinner at Bethany College in Hepburn, Saskatchewan. The poster circulated the office during the second week of March, and drew an incredulous reaction from myself and others, including members of the University of Saskatchewan’s student newspaper the Sheaf. The poster was supposed to advertise $50 tickets to the event to hear Chief Richard Picciotto give a speech. Picciotto is billed on the poster as “the highest ranking firefighter to endure the terrors of the attack on the World Trade Center.” He survived four hours trapped underneath the rubble, and emerged as a hero, a symbol of the selflessness that an elite group of Americans demonstrated on that day. And while Picciotto’s story is most certainly a captivating one, it is – to begin with – not a tale I would like to hear whilst devouring a roasted pig. So the concept of the towers, seconds after the South Tower was struck by United Airlines Flight 175, in a blaze of fire and heaps of smoke is not completely unprecedented. However, that hardly makes the advertisement a good idea. A first glance at the poster had me inspecting very closely any signs of it having been photoshopped. There were none. In this business, the more obvious and disgusting a story, the less likely it is to be entirely true. But my already limited faith in the intelligence of politicians proved to be a drastic overestimate. While provincial publications like the Leader-Post and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix ran stories outlining the Premier’s apology if “anybody found that offensive,” the CBC went with the opposite angle, detailing the New Democratic Party’s complaints about the poster; especially the fact that advertising a pig roast with a picture of an event in which police offers were killed is in “bad taste,” at best. The Martensville constituency, in which the event will be held, belongs to Sask. Party MLA and Environment Minister Nancy Heppner. The poster got the green light and was delivered to mailboxes around the area, apparently without any negative response from those recipients. Perhaps Heppner overlooked the possibility that 9-11 is still a very raw memory for Americans, especially New Yorkers. To elaborate on the scale of this remarkably bad decision, consider the fact that the New York Post took the politicians, province, and our country, to task for the miscalculation. They included quotes from a representative of the New York City Fire Department, condemning the use of the image for monetary gain as inappropriate. Even Picciotto told the Post that someone made a crucial error in deciding to distribute the ad. Regardless of the brutal handling of the situation (which included Sask. Party statements passing blame to the NDP for stirring up the issue), Picciotto will still be in Hepburn on April 10, to speak about his survival in the devastating terrorist attack on American soil. And according to the Post, he will be billing somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000 for the appearance. Horrible poster aside, the question remains: why would the Sask. Party decide that the experience of Picciotto was appropriate for their fundraising pig slaughter? Especially in a location whose inhabitants could hardly imagine buildings more than 10-stories tall? Is the pig roast an ironic jab at Islam, given the context? I’m asking because I don’t know. If you can figure out the disconnect here, feel free to let me in on the secret. If the rural constituency of Martensville is willing to pay $50 to eat swine and hear the most tragic story of the 2000’s on a Saturday night, I guess that makes me a city boy because I wouldn’t go if you paid me.
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Paper money obsolete by 2011 Wall and alex colgan features editor “Will that be plastic ... or plastic?” That may become a new cliché at cash registers across Canada as plastic polymer banknotes will soon replace the current cotton-paper banknotes. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced in the federal budget on March 4 that the new series of banknotes will be released in late 2011. Julie Girard, a spokesperson for the Bank of Canada, said that this shift represents greater security, significant savings, and a more environmentally-friendly currency. The new series has been in the works for a while, as it takes years to design and produce a series, but the Bank anticipates printing the bills within the next 18 months. Australia was the first country to adopt plastic money for general circulation back in 1992, and since then six other countries have fully converted their currency to plastic. These banknotes are made from the polymer biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), which is more durable, harder to tear, waterproof, and more resistant to folding and soil. They’re even washingmachine friendly. Girard declined to comment whether the polymer supplier will be Securency International Pty. Ltd. Australia is investigating Securency in the wake of allegations that the joint venture’s overseas agents offered kick-
backs to foreign government officials to secure contracts. She also declined to comment on security features, themes, and designs, citing security reasons. “The issue is about 18 months away, so the more information we provide now, the more information we’re providing to counterfeiters, and that might give them a leg up.” However, she was able to say that the new bills would be harder for criminals to reproduce and easier for Canadians to authenticate. “One of the reasons we’re putting out a new series ... is because we’re trying always to stay ahead of counterfeiters. Another benefit of this new series is that they’re going to be easy to authenticate, which means that the general public, retailers, financial institutions, etc. will be able to authenticate or make sure that they’re holding genuine banknotes and not counterfeits.” Anti-counterfeiting measures create concrete savings for Canada’s economy, as counterfeits devalue the currency and encourage inflation. Companies are not reimbursed for counterfeits. “Last year there were 67,000 counterfeit notes passed in Canada for a value of $3.4 million,” said Girard. Like many environmentally friendly products, plastic money will cost the Bank of Canada more upfront, but will save money in the long run. “The new notes printed on polymer will mean that the notes are going to be more durable,” said Girard.
“They’re going to last longer than the current cotton-based paper. Essentially, this will reduce the overall costs associated with the production of a series of banknotes, and therefore lessen its impact on the environment, because we’re going to be producing fewer notes ... These notes are going to last about two to three times longer than the current notes [so] there will be a reduction in costs over the life of the series.” Since 1983, Canadian bills have been printed on paper made from 100 per cent cotton, which is more durable than paper made from wood pulp. Different bills have different lifespans, depending on how often they’re used. Five-dollar bills, because they’re used most often, last between one and two years, while $100 bills last from seven to nine years. “The average number of authentic notes out for circulation right now is almost 1.5 billion notes, and the value of those notes is about $51 billion,” said Girard. If each bill weighs roughly one gram, then there are approximately 1,500 tonnes of cotton tied up in Canadian currency. “The current cotton series is shredded and brought to a secure landfill. The new notes – because they last longer, less notes printed, recyclable – will reduce the impact,” said Girard. The Bank of Canada removed 250 million worn notes from circulation in 2008, which translates into roughly 250 tonnes of cotton that was thrown away.
Lingenfelter rivalry starts early Potash crisis causes tension in the Legislative building
The scene inside wasn’t nearly as sunny
lisa goudy news writer The spring session has only just begun and things are already nasty between Premier Brad Wall and NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter. The session began on March 8 and things became especially tense during Question Period where Lingenfelter criticised Wall and his government on the potash royalties. In the mid-term report in the fall on the 2009-10 provincial budget, there was a $1.8 billion overestimate. On top of that, the Saskatchewan government reported an additional $204 million loss because the government has to repay the potash companies. Lingenfelter and the NDP are using this to condemn the Sask. Party, stating that the $204 million owed to the corporations is a demonstration of the Sask. Party’s “unprecedented incompetence.” “Let me just review the situation around potash,” said Lingenfelter, “Last spring the Premier told us we would get $1.9 billion from potash; and his sidekick, the member from Kindersley, said no, it’s probably going to be $3 billion. Then in the mid-term report they said, ‘oops, a mistake: it’s only $100 million … we’re now at $204 million we owe to the potash companies.’” Wall responded by stating that the circumstance Lingenfelter described was “a result of a change made in how potash royalties are collected.” He went on to explain that the cause of all of these troubles was the NDP government, who in 2003, made the alteration in potash policy. “The situation has never occurred, obviously, where a refund was required, as is the case with people’s income tax,” Wall said. “As a result of actions taken by the government, expenditures are down from what was budgeted. And as a result of a growing economy, revenues are
up.” Lingenfelter did agree with Wall on one point – the situation has never taken place where the government had to “pay the resource company to take the resource.” He is uncertain whether the $204 million is the final amount that will have to be paid to the potash companies. In addition, he brought up all of the organizations and people that will suffer from non-sufficient funds because of the money that must be paid to the potash corporations. This includes cities, education, the children’s hospital, care homes, and employment, among others. “When will the Premier understand that his fiscal management is not that good?” questioned Lingenfelter. “And when will he stand and apologize to the people of the province for creating this mess?” Instead of answering the question, Wall mentioned all of the positive things his government has done. Debt has decreased from $6.8 billion to $4.2 billion with a net improvement of $2 billion after investment in communications, refunding debt, lessening taxes, and investment in housing, disabilities, and health care. “This government has done more in two years than that outfit [NDP] did in 16,” said Wall. But this was not the full extent of the rivalry between leaders and parties. The Speaker of the House had to call the members to order nine times during Question Period. The full suite of changes of the potash market is unclear at this point in time. As the 2010-11 budget approaches, there is speculation that the government may bank on oil this year because of the rising prices that may restore the industry. Wall stated this past weekend that Saskatchewan may even pass the oil production in Alberta. “Our revenues are moving up,” said Wall. “We’ve reduced expenses … and we look forward to tabling the strongest financial balance sheets in the country later this month.”
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Multiculturalism in journalism is encouraged lisa goudy news writer Aspiring journalists have the opportunity to get some hands-on experience at the fourth annual workshop for youth presented by the School of Journalism at the University of Regina on March 19. The event is aimed at students at the university or those in high school. The workshop has two main goals, according to Leonzo Barreno, the Global Visiting Chair at the School of Journalism and the organizer of the event. “The main one [goal] is to show young people what the school is all about, what journalism is all about, and offer them a series of workshops, which include the different aspects of journalism,” said Barreno. Students, faculty members, and practising journalists will attend to participate in the event. Although journalism is the primary purpose, the workshop is also meant to expose youth to the various programs available at the university. Apart from these goals, Barreno hopes that Saskatchewan’s multiculturalism will be encouraged in the workshop to be represented in the media. He recognised that Saskatchewan is increasingly growing in multiculturalism from all parts of the world. “Basically cities and towns are becoming multicultural but that is still not reflected in the media, both in the newsrooms and as well in many of the stories,” said Barreno. “In that regard, we would like to bring people to show them that even if you don’t belong to a particular group, it’s still okay to report on those people and on their stories … in that way, for the media to
become part of an intercultural dialogue.” That is exactly the motivation for this workshop to be held. It is hoped to demonstrate the multicultural reality of the province. Inspiring multiculturalism in the media is important because all cultures are equal and represent a unique part of society. “When you have different peoples from different parts of the world coming, their voices need to be here and making sure that they are welcome, that the institutions that we work for are inclusive, and that we are open to what they have to say,” stated Barreno. Until this year, the workshop was primarily aimed at First Nations students because they are statistically a population that is growing the quickest. But this year, other cultures are taken into consideration, such as the noticeable marginal groups, which are non-First Nations and non-Caucasian. This is because those groups of people are also rapidly increasing in population through immigration or relocations within surrounding areas. The workshop this year is open to any youth interested in journalism. “For us, it really doesn’t matter what culture or background you are as long as you have the passion, the desire to be a journalist,” Barreno said. “What we teach here is to see beyond colour, to see beyond gender, to see beyond that because a journalist could be of any gender, any race, any culture as long as they have the passion, the commitment, to write stories, to broadcast stories that reflect on society.” The workshop has increased in popularity over the years and there has always been “outstanding” feedback from previous participants on the success of the workshop. The school
even had to turn away some students last year due to limited space. Barreno anticipates 30 to 40 applicants this year. The initial intent was for this workshop to be only for one year, but it was so popular that they hosted another workshop. This reflects that journalism remains important among young people. In previous years, the sponsors of the event have been the provincial government and other agencies. This year, CBC is a sponsor of the event. Jill Spelliscy, the managing director of the Saskatchewan branch of the CBC said, “Canada is a rich mixture of diverse cultures and CBC Saskatchewan is committed to reflecting that diversity, both in our programming and our workforce. We are excited to be partnering on this initiative which will generate new ideas and encourage new faces and voices to explore media as a career choice.” This one-day workshop will tour students around the school and give them a chance to write stories with help from graduate journalism students, faculty, and other professional journalists. It will then go to the broadcast lab and will end in the television area, providing students with experience in all areas of journalism. Previous graduates are hoped to be role models for participants. Barreno emphasised that journalism plays an important role in society. “Without journalists, society won’t function the way it is functioning right now. We need people who can criticise, who can write, who can question, people who can tell stories from a human perspective, and that’s why we continue doing this workshop,” said Barreno.
news bites Not finding sympathy
Teachers and students banded together to attempt to save the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv). Unfortunately, their opponents are tough and fierce. Both provincial and federal governments have not made any plans to restore the $5.2 million and $7.3 million worth of funding that was pulled, respectively, in
February. Despite the efforts of representatives to talk with Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl in Ottawa, Strahl was adamant that the funding will end on March 31. Meanwhile the provincial New Democrats have been chirping at Premier Brad Wall to reinstate that funding as well.
For the first time ever Fox host Glenn Beck did something worthwhile. For his part in accidentally boosting the sales of an anti-capitalist book that advocates the annihilation of the police, Beck has shown serious character growth. First appearing in France in 2005 (then published in 2007), The Coming Insurrection, written by anony-
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War of the Russians
On March 13 a television station in the Republic of Georgia broadcasted a mock newscast that “reported” on a falsified account of a Russian invasion. Citizens didn’t quite get the joke. Though there was an initial disclaimer, the station, Imedi, used a familiar news anchor and he may have been too convincing. He claimed that Russian
bombers and tanks were en route. The scene across the nation was chaotic as people fled to withdraw money, buy bread, and ensure their families were safe. Somewhere Orson Welles is laughing his 400 lb ass off.
All crime, no gain
mous authors under the name The Invisible Committee, was translated to English in 2009. After its American release, Beck called it, “the most evil book I’ve read in a long, long time.” After Beck mentioned it, the book rose significantly on Amazon’s bestseller list.
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Colin Thatcher wrote a book called Final Appeal: Anatomy of a Frame that detailed his account of being convicted of first-degree murder in 1984. A judge ruled on March 15 that Thatcher will have to turn over all profits made from the book due to the fact that it exploits his criminal act. Thatcher, the son of a former Saskatchewan Premier, and a
politician himself, was convicted of murdering his ex-wife in 1983 four days after resigning from office. Thatcher served 20 years in jail for the brutal crime but always maintained his innocence.
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photos of the week FNUniv Winter Fest
Five Days for the Homeless
On March 12, the First Nations University Students’ Association (FNUniv SA) held its annual Winter Fest. The day’s tournaments were held for competitors that included flag-football, Wii archery, snowshoe races, tug-of-war, neck bone eating, and snow sculpture competitions. The day brought out dozens of competitors and spectators that concluded with cash prizes, as sponsored by the FNUniv SA and other contributors, being awarded to the winners of each competition. At the end of the day, Cadmus Delorme - FNUniv SA Vice President of Communications said he was pleased with the outcome and support received of this year’s Winter Fest, and remarked that “it was nice to see so many smiles throughout the day.”
On March 14, five students participated in the national event Five Days For The Homeless. They were sleeping and living on campus without any technology or monetary gain until March 19. Donations of food were eaten, and financial donations will be given to Carmichael Outreach.
URSU all-candidates forum
Long overdue, the all-candidates’ forum was held in the multi-purpose room on March 15. While attendance was scarce, there was at least a serious increase in candidate for Board of Directors positions. Presidential nominees Melissa Blackhurst and Kyle Addison answered the most questions, but a lack of audience participation dampened the event.
Childhood icon Fred Penner packed the Lazy Owl on March 11. He played old favourites as the audience shouted along and drank some cold brews. Penner was congenial and gracious onstage while reconnecting with university students that grew up to his television show. He remained afterwards signing autographs and taking pictures for nearly two hours.
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The coming storm
Preparing Saskatchewan for climate change Photo by Marc Messett, graphics by Mason Pitzel
alex colgan features editor “Avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidable.” It’s the mantra of the United Nations on the issue of climate change management: mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation has received a lot of exposure in the media, as various methods of reducing climate emissions have been touted. Carbon-capture solutions, nuclear power, mass transit strategies, cap-and-trade, etc. have entered the public view, but questions of how to adapt to the unavoidable often go unasked. Part of this silence may be because adaptation seems to sound a note of resignation; another is that it deals with the details. Adaptation is about detailed policies for particular problems. It’s about flood plains, ice roads, crop management strategies, and animal migrations. It’s often boring. Unfortunately, the boring details are
often the most important. The boring details mean life or death for communities and industries. Climate policy is where the precarious meets the pedantic. Saskatchewan’s government is in the process of developing a green paper that will address some of the challenges of mitigating climate change, although details remain sketchy, said Kim Graybiel, director of the Environment Ministry’s Climate Change and Strategic Planning Branch. “We have not really publicized it yet, the minister hasn’t made any announcements about it yet, and it’s still in the works,” he said. “We really want to get people involved in thinking about the issues and helping start planning these long-term strategies. I think this is the best way to start dialogue in the province, because a lot of people don’t take the long-term impact seriously yet. “We need to ... get people thinking more about it, and then really start them actively looking at solutions or
getting them involved in things they consider important, rather than the government driving the whole thing.” While rural and northern regions will experience the worst effects of a changing climate, urban areas are also likely to suffer, even excluding the geopolitical nightmares that are likely to emerge internationally. Towns and cities may face water management problems in the future, with either too little or too much, said Graybiel. “If there’s reduced water flow from the major rivers, there may be a need for allocations of water to make sure that priority users can get access to water supplies, but also people will need it in their homes and businesses. So clearly there will be water issues in the cities. One of the issues I think is how communities can manage risks.” When there is too much water, the problem moves from allocation to inundation. Graybiel mentioned the flooding of parts of Saskatoon in 2007 as an example: “There was severe flooding as the result of heavy rains,
and a lot of the community was actually submerged because it’s built just on the edge of the flood plain there. It created some serious problems that possibly could have been avoided if zoning bylaws had been adjusted to the fact that weather events would probably occur more frequently than they have in the past. “Minimizing risk is one area I think will ... have to be addressed, for different communities around the province to be prepared. Contingency plans, if you will. If there is flooding, or high winds, they may occur more frequently, and to be more prepared to deal with those issues rather than to be acting when they occur.” Graybiel declined to make any predictions about when Saskatchewan may see severe climate effects. “It’s very difficult to hazard a guess. With freak weather events, you never know. You could get a multiple-year drought; we could get one starting this year ... It could happen suddenly, or it may be that we’re looking at more of those
kinds of recurring events more frequently than we did in the past. I’m actually pretty cautious about making any detailed predictions.” The science of climate change is insufficiently exact to make specific predictions about particular areas or timetables, Graybiel said, but the general trends are unmistakable. “The science is always evolving. Certainly there’s overwhelming evidence that you’re going to see warmer temperatures and changes in precipitation patterns. For example, they’re now saying it will be likely there will be less snow pack, there will be more rain in the spring. “I think it goes without saying that there are going to be impacts; it’s just difficult to be really accurate or precise about when they’ll be felt ... though it’s safe to say that all studies are showing that the prairies are relatively better off than any other region of North America.”
Copenhagen and scientific controversy aftermath Public confidence in climate science has taken a palpable hit in recent months, after the Climatic Research Unit e-mail controversy, scientific slipups by the International Panel on Climate Change, and the failure of the Copenhagen summit. “People are extremely critical right now of the so-called science, and socalled projections, that they’ve made,” said Graybiel, who attended the Copenhagen conference. “They said that the Himalayan glaciers would be all melted in 2035, but it’s been proven that nobody can substantiate that with hard evidence.”
He still asserts that climate change is occurring, but that the political repercussions of faulty projections are making an international consensus less likely. “I would say that the failure of the Copenhagen conference means that it’s not clear when we’re going to get a legally binding international agreement, when we’re going to have all the countries working together. “I was quite discouraged that there really didn’t seem to be much political will to move forward, especially in many of the developing countries. You have to take a very hard look at that
and say, well, China, India, Brazil, they’re not prepared to seriously [limit emissions] and they’re accounting for an increasingly large share of total world emissions. As those issues start becoming a much bigger deal, you’ve got to start figuring out how we can manage some of those impacts.” The challenge that we now face is to simply move forward, even with imprecise climate models, Graybiel said. “The models are of course useful, they are predictive models, but I think you have to be a little bit cautious and exercise some good judgment in just how they can be applied and how seri-
ously we should be taking them ... Because of all this controversy about climate science, I think it’s set back some of the planning to deal with these longer-term issues. “There were always a fairly significant number of people who were very skeptical about whether climate change was a big issue, and I think that’s still the case in Saskatchewan ... With all the publicity that those science reports have received, it may well have set back those efforts for some time. We may be in a period of trying to better understand those impacts and where they might be, and maybe if we
can plan more realistically, deal with it at the community level.” Fortunately, he said, with Saskatchewan’s infrastructure and natural resource wealth, the province is in a good position already. But the devil remains in the details. “I think the real challenge will be making changes to zoning bylaws ... it’s going to be preparing communities to minimize risks and help planning and management.”
“The science is always evolving. Certainly there’s overwhelming evidence that you’re going to see warmer temperatures
and changes in precipitation patterns ... it’s just difficult to be really accurate or precise about when they’ll be felt.”
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Saskatchewan farms: memories of the Dust Bowl The prairies were the setting of a perfect ecological storm between 1930 and 1936, as a severe drought combined with decades of over-farming. During this period, known as the Dust Bowl, the soil turned to dust and travelled on the wind in large black clouds. Crops were completely destroyed as the dust moved across the continent. The Great Depression serves as a chilling example of how ecological and economic factors can collide. Today’s farmers are much more aware of environmental issues than their predecessors, and it seems unlikely that another Dust Bowl will sweep away the province’s arable land. However, climate change still poses serious challenges to Canada’s breadbasket. Norm Hall is one of the directors of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) and the chair of the organization’s environmental committee. He recently attended a foresight workshop on climate change policy impacts and adaptation in agriculture, hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). The focal point of the workshop was to ask what “a world challenged by climate change [will] require of the Canadian agricultural system to assure resiliency, sustainability and adaptability.” “There’s going to be winners and losers,” said Hall. “There are areas that are going to warm up and dry up, cool off and get wet, but ... some will warm up and get wetter, and nobody knows where those places are going to be.” Saskatchewan’s farmers have always had to be adaptable, he said. “Considering the fact that no two years are the same ... we adapt every year ... We work with nature; we have to.” Nevertheless, farmers who work delicate land are walking on a razor’s edge when the temperatures rise and the rainfalls change. Southwestern Saskatchewan is in danger of becoming
a wasteland. Palliser’s Triangle, a semi-arid steppe straddling Saskatchewan and Alberta, became a Dust Bowl after being overgrazed and overused, but recovered after a series of rainy years and the implementation of new farming techniques. The Triangle is still a perilous place for crops, and farmers in the area have often needed government subsidies during drought conditions. “If we get much warmer or much drier, Palliser’s Triangle ... there could be nothing growing there,” said Hall. “We’re a semi-arid province, and saving as much moisture as we can has always been what we’re aiming for. “That said, what if we become wetter?” Saskatchewan is fortunate in this regard, Hall said, since flooding conditions rarely move beyond localized flooding in some low-lying areas. “We’re not the Red River Valley. We don’t get tens or hundreds of thousands of acres flooded from one river. There will be one creek that does maybe 5,000 acres here or there, but generally we don’t have that problem. “Two springs ago, when we had all that rain, there were areas that got flooded out ... but it was just the fields were mucky and they couldn’t get onto them.” Beyond improved drainage, he said, there is little anyone can do about flooding. “You just have to persevere.” Hall was hesitant when asked about whether the warming temperatures might open up new areas for agriculture in the north of the province. “I’m not sure how much further north we could get. You get much north of Prince Albert and there’s a lot of sand under the trees. I’m sure there would be a few acres that could be opened up, but a lot of that isn’t opened up now because of the soil type, not be-
Massive dust clouds overshadow a prairie farmhouse during the 1930s. cause of climate.” Hall said that he’s seen little action by the provincial and federal governments to prepare for the onset of climate change. Provincial programs are based on long-term profit margins, he said “but if those long-term margins go negative, how can you even work on getting a margin? If you don’t have that profit there to have a margin to cushion the dips in your income, then it’s a death spiral.” A number of initiatives and policies have to come into place to avoid a potential crisis, said Hall. The Western Grain Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization funded and directed by farmers, has been examining possible courses of action. “They’re working on varietal research, and
that’s going to be something that’s key ... crop varieties and different crops.” “We need more research on plant systems and livestock as well. Animals that make better use of drier grasses and drier areas. Maybe there’s something better than the bovine.” It would be easier to develop policies, Hall said, if there were more certainty about what and where changes could be expected in the province. Unfortunately, that’s close to impossible. “If you knew that for a fact, it would be easy to put forward those policies and that kind of research, but nobody knows from year to year what it’s going to be like ... I think what we have to do is just have a better safety net, one that isn’t [based] on the longterm averages.”
Hall said that Saskatchewan would likely still be Canada’s breadbasket in 2050, although there may be some significant changes by that time. “We do have 50 per cent of the arable land in Canada. It’s very possible that we will, because if we warm up, we’ll still have two-thirds of Saskatchewan to produce food.” Hall worries that Canada’s total agricultural output may decline, despite Saskatchewan’s relatively fortunate position, as other regions may not be so lucky. At the end of the day, he said, we have to pursue the options that allow farmers to be most adaptable and most able to deal with a destabilized climate system.
The North: isolation, hunger, pestilence, and fires Northern communities will likely face the worst effects of climate change, as warming temperatures bring about massive ecological and infrastructural shifts. The delicate balance of fire and ice will move away from stable transportation and towards flammable forests. Migration patterns will change, as beetles will migrate further eastward, while large prey animals may decide to move elsewhere. As a result, northern communities may face increased infestations, wildfires, hunger, and isolation.
Alien insect invasion
Climate change will likely encourage the eastern progress of the mountain pine beetle, a nightmare scenario for Saskatchewan’s forests. Milder winters and large areas of mature pine trees have fuelled the infestation in British Columbia, which has ravaged an estimated 25 per cent of the province’s pine trees. The insect lays eggs under the bark and introduces a fungus that suspends a tree’s natural defences, which together effectively kill most attacked trees. The death of pine trees impacts entire ecosystems and increases the risk of higher-intensity forest fires. “The mountain pine beetle has devastated large areas of British Columbia and Alberta. As temperatures warm, it’s expected that mountain pine beetles will migrate further east and get into Saskatchewan before very long. Our forests could really be at risk,” said Graybiel. As a 2008 article in Nature pointed out, climate change and the mountain pine beetle may be elements of a positive feedback loop. “During outbreaks, the resulting widespread tree mortality reduces forest carbon uptake and increases future emissions from the decay of killed trees,” the article said. Carbon, instead of being held in the trees, is released into the atmosphere, and forests become carbon polluters. “Climate change has contributed to the unprecedented extent and severity of this outbreak. The article estimates that “the cumulative impact of
the beetle outbreak in the affected region during 2000–2020 will be 270 megatonnes [of] carbon” released into the atmosphere. Beyond the apocalyptic powers of this five-millimetre insect, other pests, such as mosquitoes and ticks, may increase in numbers and distribution. They may become scarcer in some areas, while more prolific in others. Stagnant water will stand longer in warmer, wetter weather, and pest management regimes will have to adapt to uncertain circumstances. When the larger animals begin to move, however, northern communities may suffer more than a few dead trees or mosquito bites.
Deer, elk, caribou and moose move according to the seasons. During their herd migrations, caribou travel up to 5,000 km annually. Caribou feel the urge to migrate when the snow begins to melt and the days become longer, and continually move about their summer ranges. First Nations and Métis people in the north, who rely on hunting, may find that traditional practices become increasingly divorced from ecological realities in the face of a changing climate. Wildlife may adapt to new conditions by migrating earlier or later, and may move to different areas. This would have serious economic and cultural impacts on northern aboriginals. Native hunting, trapping, and fishing rights are a major source of nourishment in isolated areas, but changing climate pressures could mean lower or even absent prey populations at key areas and times. Hunting rights are meaningless when there are no animals around. Declines in hunting stock would chisel away a significant aspect of northern aboriginal culture, and would increase reliance on external supplies for all northern residents. The bitter truth, however, is that warmer winters may stretch supply lines further than ever before.
Goodbye, winter ice road
Mild weather across Manitoba recently proved disastrous to dozens of northern native reserves, as more than half of the province’s ice roads were forced to close early, according to the CBC. The roads are too dangerous to travel without an adequate build-up of ice and snow over the winter, and without these roads, supplies must be flown in at a high cost. Aboriginal chiefs have urged the federal government for funding so that supplies, such as building materials, groceries, and gasoline, can be flown to at least 20 communities. “The length of time when they can use these winter roads – these are isolated native communities in Manitoba – they used to have almost three months when they could get access to these communities by road,” said Graybiel. “They could bring in a lot of freight like tools, fuel, supplies, even building materials, by road.” However, with ice deteriorating less than a month after the roads were opened, the supply window was unexpectedly narrowed. Mild winters and increasing average temperatures are becoming more common in Manitoba, endangering the lives of truck drivers and threatening to isolate aboriginal communities. Graybiel worries that Saskatchewan’s northern communities may soon fall victim to a similar fate. These isolated communities are also vulnerable in the summer, as the weather becomes hotter and drier.
the risk of sparking wildfires shoots up, from tossed cigarette butts, to neglected campfires, to power line arcs. Smokey Bear was right: only we can prevent forest fires. This has as much to do with effective forest management as it does with mixing water into our ashes. “There are huge forests in the north, especially north of the Churchill River, and it’s very difficult to get access to that area,” said Graybiel. “It’s expensive to get water bombers in there, and firefighting crews. So if those fires become more frequent and cause
more extensive damage, they could have significant financial impacts as well. “The cost of fighting fires ... we have to prepare communities for that, especially communities in the north surrounded by forests, just like what happened in British Columbia, those fires out by Kelowna. I’m not saying we’ll have anything similar happening in Saskatchewan, but there’s always a risk, and if the temperatures warm then we’ll very likely see more fires as forests dry out.”
Forest and grass fires are natural and have been occurring for as long as there has been flammable plant life. Small fires are essential to a healthy forest, as they thin out small areas and release nutrients into the environment. However, when fires spread and get out of control, they can move at ferocious speeds, with such intensity that they can easily leap over rivers, roads, and firebreaks. Entire habitats are destroyed and lives may be endangered. With increased human presence,
The mountain pine beetle’s eastern migration may be accelerated by warming northern temperatures.
Arts & Culture Editor: James Brotheridge email@example.com the carillon, March 18 - 24, 2010
Against Me! excited for touring Folk-punk agitators ready for another release
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owen nimetz writers’ caucus rep.
The Fusion Project gives youth a chance to participate in local theatre
taylor tiefenbach a&c writer They start with nothing more than a few general themes. Then, over the course of seven weeks of experimenting and responding to images, texts, and movements, the themes are expanded. New themes emerge. New connections are made. The result is the Fusion Project. “It’s very non-linear. There are sometimes characters, sometimes a story, but also sometimes just interesting images on top of each other and cool sound design fused with movement or text or even just poignant staging moments,” said Jayden Pfeifer, the project’s co-director. Part of the Shumiatcher Sandbox Series at the Globe Theatre, the Fusion Project is now in its sixth season. Originally headed by Joey Tremblay, the last three seasons have been co-directed by Pfeifer and Johanna Bundon. “It started as a way to get talented young artists from Regina, roughly age 16 to 19, to the Globe Theatre and start offering them opportunities to work and perform and create theatre,” said Pfeifer. “It’s to start engendering a theatre creation culture in the city and give really talented young artists a place to improve their skills
and take part in a cool process.” Each year, the ensemble is selected by Bundon and Pfeifer through an interview process. “When we build the ensemble, we’re looking for interesting skills and abilities and personalities to put in the room. Not necessarily for their acting résumé. Putting all those things together ends up enhancing each others’ abilities because they are each leaders in different ways.” If there is a common thread between the ensemble members, it is their ability for improvisation. Many of the cast were first seen by Bundon and Pfeifer at the Canadian Improv Games, a high school improv tournament. The background in improv is imperative for Fusion since the performance is developed through improv. “We don’t start with scripts at all,” said Pfeifer. “We start with some ideas we have and see if we can take them somewhere. So it involves improvisation almost all the time. We are proposing ideas to the ensemble when we’re working in the laboratory and asking them to respond to them based on their impulses. “We’re testing and trying – the development of the piece is based on trial and error and how much success and failure we can find.” That process does not stop until
the end of the final performance. “When we open on the 24th, that is our first public viewing into as far as we have gotten with the project,” said Pfeifer. “Every night after the show, Johanna and I look for things we can develop, and we will provide that information to them before the next show. “In addition to being a play or performing piece, it’s also sort of a training program. For all of these months, we’re putting them through their paces and developing their skills as performers. It’s our job to keep that up until the run of the shows is over.” Some of the themes the ensemble explores include architecture, human physiology, and codes and code breaking. The range of themes, seemingly unconnected, comes out of the improv mindset. “What will often do is we’ll be working on a piece and if you see into a connection to a theme that we’ve already worked on, usually the rule is try to aim in that direction a little bit to see if there’s a really cool bridge that could be built. A lot of times the mistakes we think we’re making are leading us to the next best idea.” The Fusion Project opens March 24 and runs to the 27 at the Globe Theatre.
“It’s to start engendering a theatre creation culture in the city and give really talented young artists a place to improve their skills and take part in a cool process.” Jayden Pfeifer
Veteran punk band Against Me! has been very busy since 2007’s New Wave. Recording for their latest release, White Crosses, finished in early December of last year. Barely out of the studio, Against Me! bassist Andrew Seward is still “not extremely ready” for the new release. “I’m being patient,” said Seward. “The record label said June 8 – hopefully we will stick to that. We’d rather it come out sooner, but I’m cool, it’s worth the wait.” With an extensive two-year run of touring following their previous release, Against Me! plan to tour even harder with their upcoming album. “We’re in a very good spot right now, both emotionally and physically. We like where we’re at,” said Seward. The band’s commitment to New Wave “burned [them] out.” However, they bounced back, ready and focused to make White Crosses. “None of it was really planned. We don’t sit down and say, ‘This is the sound we want to play.’ Tom [Gabel, guitarist/vocalist] will come up with a song and we will add to it together. It’s non-pre-meditative.” It’ll be three years from starting recording and to the release of the record. To Seward, this is the band
“taking more time to be more prepared. We were more prepared for New Wave just like we were more prepared for Searching for a Former Clarity.” According to Seward, Against Me! doesn’t butt heads in the recording studio. The comfort helps make the process “meticulous but easier.” Drummer George Rebelo joined the line-up in May 2009 to replace Warren Oakes. Since then, practising has been key to keeping their sound crisp and clean. “We were practising for five to six hours a day for six days a week when George joined,” said Seward. “Then, in California, in July, we were doing sixhour days for two to three weeks with Butch Vig.” (Vig being the producer of New Wave and White Crosses.) Currently on tour in Canada, Seward said he’s “always had a very good time with Canada, always had a good relationship.” Seward added, “We get to visit lots of places that I never thought I’d be in, especially smaller northern towns – even if it’s in an empty hockey arena.” With White Crosses all but finished and ready to release, Seward is glad to be back on the road playing all the shows he can. Against Me! will be performing with Billy Talent, Alexisonfire, and Cancer Bats at the Brandt Centre on March 18.
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The power of changing flours Five
Essential Hawksley Workman
better eating nikki little contributor We have all been told that ordinary white flour is not good for us. In order to increase shelf life and palatability, white flour is made from wheat that is processed to remove the bran and germ. What remains is the starchy endosperm inside the grain. Most of the grain’s vitamins, minerals, and fibre are removed with these layers. Due to loss of nutrients, some white flours are enriched. Vitamins and minerals are artificially added back into the processed product. What is left may also be chemically bleached for a more desirable colour. Yet white flour is everywhere. It is found in many staple food items, such as breads, cereals, and pastas. Should a product that has undergone so much processing really be a fixture in most diets? Flours and baked goods made from the whole grain are readily available in stores. They naturally provide vitamins and minerals without requiring an enriching process, as well as plenty of fibre. This fibre helps you feel full sooner, keeps you regular, and cleans out your digestive system. There are a variety of flours from different grains to choose from, allowing for experiments with taste and texture. For example, rye or spelt flours work well in breads. Brown rice flour can be used in foods where leavening is less important, but a delicate, crispy texture is desired, such as pie crusts or batters for coating foods. Millet and oat flours create rich flavours when used for part of the flour in cookies. Choosing different flours made from whole grains gives you more nutrients, fibre, and variety in flavours than white flour, all with less chemical processing involved.
For a lighter texture, you can use light spelt flour, which has some (but not all) of the bran and germ removed. You may need to add a little more flour to the recipe for this substitution.
Spelt Cinnamon Buns
3/4 cup milk or soy milk 1 package (or 2 1/4 tsp) traditional active dry yeast 2 3/4 cups whole spelt flour, plus some for kneading 1/2 cup raw sugar 4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup applesauce
1.) Heat the milk or soymilk in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave until warm (110 degrees Fahrenheit, or test the temperature with a few drops on your wrist to make sure it’s not hot). Stir in the
yeast to dissolve, and set aside. 2.) Whisk together 2 3/4 cups spelt flour, 1/4 cup of raw sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp of salt. 3.) Check that the yeast mixture is foamy. If it is not, the yeast is inactive, and you must repeat step one, making sure the yeast is not old or the milk too hot. Otherwise, add the yeast mixture and 1/2 cup of applesauce to the flour mixture, and combine well. 4.) Knead dough on a clean, lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic, only adding in more flour if the dough sticks uncontrollably to your hands. Set in a large bowl covered with a clean tea towel and place in a warm area to rise for 1 hour. 5.) Punch down dough, and roll or stretch into a large rectangle on a floured surface. Spread 4 tbsp of applesauce over the rectangle. Mix
together remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over the applesauce. Roll up the dough, starting at one of the shorter sides, and then set the roll seam-down on the counter. Cut into six equal pieces with a sharp knife, or with a string wrapped around the roll and pulled tightly to slice through. 6.) Place the pieces in a greased circular 9-inch cake pan, cover with a towel or loose plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm place for another 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while waiting. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they begin to turn golden. Optional: Make an icing out of 1 cup powdered sugar mixed well with 1 tbsp milk or soymilk, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Drizzle over partially cooled cinnamon buns.
With a career spanning 12 years and six albums – if we’re being conservative – following him, seasoned Canadian artist Hawksley Workman will be returning to Regina on March 19. If you haven’t seen him live, you are in for an unforgettable experience. If you aren’t familiar with his music, that goes tenfold. Drawing from countless decades and genres, he effortlessly creates anything from noisy anthems to soft ballads. A master lyricist, he perfectly captures fleeting moments and finds beauty and poetry in the details.
“Bullets” For Him and the Girls (1999)
Workman has said that this song is a tribute to his grandfather who fought in the Second World War. He took what he knew about his grandfather, filled in what he didn’t know, and fleshed out a resilient wartime personality. The light-hearted treatment of a sombre subject is not an insult. Rather, it embodies his determined disposition. Like most of his songs, “Bullets” helps put things into perspective.
“Striptease” (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves (2001)
This driving rock song full of lust somehow avoids trashiness. As Workman describes a feverish attraction, his music and his image become irresistible. With a faint reflection of Jim Morrison’s sexuality, his bold lyrics can make anyone feel enticing and provocative.
Doubling bottoms Winterbottom goes in search of lost pies
“Safe and Sound” For Him and the Girls (1999)
A break from his synth-heavy usual, “Safe and Sound” is a gentle, swaying track with a reassuring message. It allows his talent for lyrics to be the focus – it’s purely strong songwriting. He describes a perfect and vulnerable moment of complete trust between two people in the face of uncertainty.
2 john cameron production manager The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom 2k Play Xbox Live Arcade I haven’t beaten this game. It isn’t for lack of trying. I’ve been tucking the game into spare moments, giving myself time constraints, and seeing if maybe the pressure will produce results. That hasn’t worked. I’ve been staring really hard at my television, trying to analyze and predict my own movements so that I can play properly off of my repeating clones and just get
P.B. Winterbottom his goddamn pies. That hasn’t really worked either. But I keep trying because, as the clones and the pies and the whimsically-named protagonists indicate, the game is full of charm. The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, originally developed as a Flash game for a game design course requirement by developers the Odd Gentlemen, is a slick and clever platform-puzzler, requiring the same athletic reflexes and non-linear thinking that made Portal and Braid successful while sharing those games’ dedication to developing atmosphere through a very singular aesthetic. For Portal, this meant bending gravity in the eerily quiet Aperture Science Enrichment Centre; for Braid, this meant pastoral music and flowing watercolours; for P.B. Winterbottom, this means film
scratches, monochrome, and a cartoonish soundscape. It’s not the most graphically polished game on Xbox Live Arcade, but it’s certainly one of the most distinctive, especially because the game’s aesthetics inform so much of the gameplay. The gameplay involves getting past obstacles and reaching a MacGuffin – in this case, delicious pies. But the Odd Gentlemen have separated the stocky, moustachioed P.B. Winterbottom from his beloved pies with particularly devious obstacles. Thankfully, a strange pastry-related distortion of the spacetime continuum has given Winterbottom the ability to record his actions and generate a clone to repeat those actions either until something stops his progress or until the original Winterbottom erases him from existence. If that’s giving you a headache,
the puzzles will probably give you an embolism. The game frequently requires expert and precise co-ordination of clone action, combined with the real-time activity of the player-controlled Winterbottom, to get every level’s smattering of pies, and it is frequently frustrating in the rewarding manner that all good puzzle games are. With some concentration, non-linear thinking, and sheer dumb luck, each puzzle is solvable in what is, often in retrospect, a very clear way – another hallmark of good puzzle games. There’s no getting around it – P.B. Winterbottom is tough. But with some perseverance, it flakes, gives way, and reveals an interior that is as warm and gratifying as… well, you can see where this metaphor is going.
“Little Tragedies” (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves (2001)
Here, he borrows from ’80s new wave to give the heartbroken a way to dance out their discontent. Without giving into bitterness, the message is a solid middle finger to the guilty party veiled in an upbeat tempo and captivating hooks.
“Don’t Be Crushed” For Him and the Girls (1999)
Proving he’s not just a quirky, gimmicky rock singer, “Don’t Be Crushed” showcases his authenticity as an artist. Rarely does he take the opportunity to highlight his vocals like he does with this song. It is poignant and pretty, and there’s no one better than Hawksley to tell you, “Chin up, champ.”
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anger with his father (Pierce Brosnan). Pattinson proves that his talent as an actor is not limited to just Twilight; his role as Tyler is convincing, particularly in his relationships with others and the hardships he tries to overcome. His co-star, de Ravin, is also excellent. Ally doesn’t want to waste a minute of her life, but she too has troubles, including her over-protective father (Chris Cooper). Her chemistry with Pattinson is powerful and believable as she too goes on a journey in the film that she does not expect. The film is a touching expression of life and of how the unpredictable happens, changing life forever. The last sequence in the film is brilliantly crafted, unexpected, and will resonate long after. Remember Me is completely engaging and riveting. It delves into human emotions that will make the viewer both laugh and cry. Its effects are touching and deep and will be remembered.
Robert Pattinson is best known for his role as vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight films. Pattinson takes on a much different – and pureblood human – role in Remember Me. Remember Me is a romantic drama about Tyler Hawkins (Pattinson), a defiant young man in New York City who meets a girl, Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin), by chance. As Tyler becomes closer to Ally, she begins to help him through a family disaster. Over time, many secrets are revealed for both of them just as unprecedented events begin to unfold. Remember Me explores a vast amount of universal emotions – anger, joy, love, hope, pain, and ultimately everything that constitutes life. The story itself is interesting and surprisingly unpredictable but what was most engaging was the realistic portrayal of so many emotions in just a two-hour movie. The acting in this film was superb by the entire cast. Pattinson did an extraordinary job in his depiction of Tyler. Tyler is a lost soul who struggles to find his way in life and Pattinson accurately conveys this. He shows a wide range of feelings, including his love for his sister and his
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Ben Harper and Relentless7 Live From the Montreal International Jazz Festival Virgin
lisa goudynews writer It has been a decade since rock act Lifehouse released their hit debut album, No Name Face, and while still in their 20s, the band has already released its much-anticipated fifth, Smoke and Mirrors. The band does not fail to deliver and lives up to their previous albums. The disc features tracks that are radio compatible while still remaining essentially a rock album. The first track on the album, “All In,” begins with a softly-strummed guitar, drawing the listener into this catchy rock tune. The album goes on to carefully balance quiet, soothing tunes, such as “It Is What It is” and “Had Enough,” and likeable rock tunes, like “Here Tomorrow Gone Today” and single “Halfway Gone.” This album is full of authentic songs that will resound long after the first listen. All things considered, this album is a great mix of loud and quiet and also a display of musical talent. Lead singer and songwriter Jason Wade sings in the opening track, “There’s no way I’m giving up this time” – it’s clear that this album demonstrates the originality that Lifehouse continues to bring to the playing field. Lifehouse are currently on tour with Daughtry and will be stopping at the Brandt Centre on May 15.
formation out of the suspect. Willis spends the scene pretending to ram a penis drawn on the two-way glass in the suspect’s mouth – which was obviously influenced by director Kevin Smith. Smith should have stuck to his auteur roots and not done this film. Cop Out is the first film Smith directed and did not write. I really do appreciate the fact that he realized you aren’t a sellout if you make someone else’s screenplay into a film. But in this case, Smith just looks stupid. In Cop Out, Smith’s love for the grotesque – slipping in a dick or excrement joke here and there – is out of place and does not work as part of the fluent dialogue as in Clerks. The film was the first feature written by Mark and Robb Cullen and was originally titled A Couple of Dicks – no joke needed. I have no idea what the script looked like before Tracy Morgan got his hands on it, but it must have been changed significantly. Morgan’s mile-a-minute mouth full of something slapstick delivery of dialogue sucks out all that is good about Tracy Jordan in 30 Rock. If you’d like to see a buddy cop satirical film (barely) featuring Willis that actually succeeds in garnering laughs, watch National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 instead. allmoviephoto.com
Remember Me Directed by Allen Coulter Starring Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin
Cop Out Directed by Kevin Smith Starring Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan
Cop Out is awful. Cop Out is a bromance homage to the black/white interracial buddy cop comedy/drama film that experienced significant success in the ’80s and early ’90s, such as Lethal Weapon and 48 Hrs. Like Lethal Weapon, Cop Out spends significant time dealing with the family lives of the two cops as well as their quirky, ridiculously polarized personalities – get it? Despite upholding the law, they are two out-ofcontrol cops who usually have to break the law to preserve justice – that’s some raw, emotionally deep shit. Cop Out opens with nine-year NYPD partners Jimmy Monroe (Bruce Willis) and Paul Hodges (Tracy Morgan) arguing who will take the role of bad cop in the predictable good cop, bad cop interrogation tactic. Jimmy is usually the bad cop – so is Willis – who roughs up the suspect. Paul insists he be the bad cop this time around and he employs a random spewing of irrelevant movie quotes, such as “King Kong ain’t got nothing on me!” from Training Day. This scene falls completely on its ass, as Morgan incoherently screams these famous movie lines while getting actual in-
Various Snoop Dogg Presents: The West Coast Blueprint Priority
peter millseditor in chief Rap is all about history and mythologizing. At the core of that experience is the rappers themselves. So much of the genre is about them telling their tales and expressing their lives. It’s appropriate, then, that a compilation chronicling the rise of West Coast hip-hop be put together by Snoop Dogg, a rapper whose prominence in the scene isn’t really properly represented here. The two tracks of his included – 1999’s “Trust Me” and his 2010 remake of the 1992 Ice Cube song “Check Yo Self” – aren’t his most recognizable songs, nor do they represent when he really exploded onto the rap scene, which I would peg at around the release his 1993 debut, Doggystyle, at least. That’s what Snoop does here, though. He mixes deep cuts with some established classics, from folks including the members of N.W.A. The album spans from 1988 to 1999, and is a good representation of what Snoop feels was essential from that place and time. What would have made this better, however, would’ve been more interjections from Snoop himself. He does four interludes explaining his choices, and they’re easily the most fun parts of this album to listen to and the most fascinating.
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Live performances are ethereal. I learned this in a Theatre 100 class. This means that once the show is over, it’s gone, and it would be impossible to recreate that atmosphere, that exact performance, again. This makes live albums really hit or miss. They either sound too raw, and none of the music is worth listening to, or they’re over-produced and barely sound recorded live at all. The best manage to capture both the ethereal nature and the professional recording quality. Ben Harper’s band Relentless7 managed to find a perfect blend with their recording of their Montreal International Jazz Festival set. His band is surprisingly tight as they jump through genres ranging from rock to blues to smooth jazz. All 13 of the tracks are surprising voyages for Harper and give the impression of a band jamming at the top of their game. Ben Harper always made music you could really relax to. With his band the Innocent Criminals, the music was perpetually silky. Relentless7 are tighter and more ambitious. Covers of “Red House” and “Under Pressure” cement the sentiment that this is where Harper excels.
Demon Days is a tough act to follow, but especially for Gorillaz. The multimedia band’s multi-platinum selling album tapped into a sound full of perfect pop hooks and post-9/11 dread and was released just two months prior to the July 7, 2005 bombings in London. If you are a Gorillaz fan, you’ll be happy to know that Plastic Beach doesn’t disappoint, nor does it ape its predecessors accomplishments. Plastic Beach combines the environmental concerns, guest stars, and conceptual framework of Demon Days with the breezy dub reggae sound of their self-titled debut. What you get is an album which on the surface sounds summery and upbeat, yet the lyrics reflect a deeper concern for the environment than on their past records. What has remained static are the stellar performances by the Gorillaz’ numerous collaborators, including Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, De La Soul, Lou Reed, and many more. Plastic Beach begins with a dramatic instrumental opener that leads into the Snoop led dub jam, “Welcome to the Plastic Beach,” progressively picking up in tempo and bombast until the Lou Reed sung “Some Kind of Nature.” At this point, the album begins to crest like a high wave and mellows until it washes out with the flotsam and jetsam of the album’s closer, “Pirate Jet.
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Fi ve Alice adaptations
Is it the setting, the journey, the characters, or just the overall other-worldly effect that keeps bringing people back to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? No matter what that X-factor is, people haven’t stopped ever since their late 19th century publication. This is especially true today, as the classic story is revisited again and again in all media. I wonder what author Lewis Carroll would have thought about some of these.
Abby in Wonderland (2008)
Sure, this Sesame Street adaptation features Abby in the main role. Regardless, when the Muppets take on a classic, it really doesn’t need to be done ever again. Case in point: 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol.
“What You Waiting For?” (2004)
Not so much an adaptation as something that shows a strong, strong influence of Caroll’s work, this Gwen Stefani video used a lot of the imagery from the books. It helped define what Stefani’s solo fashion sense would be for years to come.
American McGee’s Alice (2000)
American McGee had worked on games like Doom, Quake, and their sequels before taking on this project. That can tell you what you should expect from this computer game continuation of the Alice story, taking place after Through the LookingGlass.
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Burton in Tepidland peter mills editor in chief Alice in Wonderland Directed by Tim Burton Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp
Tim Burton was born to direct Alice in Wonderland, while Alice in Wonderland was “born” to be seen in 3-D. When Burton announced that he was going to remake Alice in Wonderland in 3-D, it seemed destined to be his greatest film since Edward Scissorhands. The Burtondirected Alice would at least avenge all the shortcomings of the flop that was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Unfortunately, the only thing Burton accomplished was making Alice more tolerable and visually stunning than Charlie. The film starts by introducing a very young Alice, who tells her father she has dreamed of talking rabbits, cats, and caterpillars, and that it all seemed so real. Burton fast forwards to a grown up Alice (Mia Wasikowska) who discusses proper etiquette with her mother on their way to a ritzy garden party with hundreds of distinguished guests. This is Burton’s way of once again criticizing the bourgeois. Upon arrival, Alice discovers the party is to arrange a marriage proposal between her and the Lord Hamish (Leo Bill) – who is perhaps the greatest Burton character in the film. As Hamish proposes Alice bails in mid-sentence, chases a rabbit with a waistcoat, and, of course, falls down a rabbit hole. This is when the film turns to 3-D, as Alice falls down the seemingly never-ending hole at warp speed. Most of the events that follow can be easily predicted by any audience member who is remotely familiar with Lewis Carroll’s novel or the animated features. Alice experiences shrinking potions, cakes that make her grow, talking animals, smoking caterpillars, and a whole bunch of clinically insane individuals, such as
the Hatter (Johnny Depp), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), and the White Queen (Anne Hathaway). However, this is not an absolute remake. Burton based the story of the film on Carroll’s Alice sequel, Through the Looking-Glass. Alice makes her way through Wonderland as she is constantly hunted down by the Red Queen’s army of cards. While being chased, she befriends the Hatter, the Red Queen, and the White Queen. Eventually, Alice’s identity is discovered by the Red Queen, and the entire fate of Wonderland is decided in a battle between the Red Queen’s champion (the Jabberwocky) and the White Queen’s champion (Alice) on a massive chess board. Burton, as usual, has been heavily criticized for making yet another film starring Depp (their seventh film together) and his partner Bonham Carter (their sixth film together). But without a doubt, the best element of Alice is its incredible cast. Casting Little Britain’s Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum is ge-
nius, even though the twins play a very limited role. Bonham Carter succeeds in creating a very intriguing Red Queen similar to the novel – apart from constantly ordering the decapitation of anyone who annoys her, the Red Queen is cute, innocent, misunderstood, and a victim of the passive, untruthful community around. Hathaway is also excellent as the loving White Queen who, despite being perceived as the definition of all that is good, is completely mentally unbalanced, stuck in a constant state of euphoria that forces her to float aimlessly in mind and body. Michael Sheen (White Rabbit), Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), and Alan Rickman (Blue Caterpillar) all provide perfect voices. Unfortunately, the Hatter is by far the film’s worst character. The character himself is too outright kind, never mischievous, always predictable, and only utters a single riddle that he never solves. Depp’s performance may be better than in Charlie, but is still very annoying. The dance he does at the climax of
the film is so bad it could easily fit into to such horrible films as Scary Movie or Epic Movie – it is truly embarrassing to watch. As is to be expected from Burton, the visuals in Alice are great. Every detail is heavily expressionist influenced and the colours are gorgeous. There are some unnecessary scenes that are blatantly included just for the sake of 3-D, but the film does avoid this for the most part. Burton’s Alice in Wonderland would have benefited immensely from a more adult rating. This does not mean that swearing or graphic violence needed to be included, but one never truly loses themselves in Wonderland. Even the original Disney cartoon version of Alice was more intriguing. It left children and adults stunned by the riddles, visuals, and uncompromising characters – it truly was a trip into a land of unexplainable yet irresistible wonder. Burton is never able to provide audiences with such a trip – even for those on LSD. ign.com
Zombie no go think Crazies spills guts but spreads its own thin owen nimetz writer’s caucus rep. The Crazies Directed by Breck Eisner Starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell
The Disney cartoon film of Alice in Wonderland is the defining version of the story for so many people, and with good reason. Like most of the Disney from that period, it’s a wonderful, wonderful film and helped them stay dominant in feature-length animation for years to come.
Alice in Wonderland (1933)
W.C. Fields, Cary Grant, and Gary Cooper? That’s enough justification to see this movie right there.
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Zombie horror movies have been around since long before even George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and have been evolving all along. The zombie itself has learned to run, sometimes to speak, and to reach new levels of violence to scare and entrance audiences. Director Breck Eisner’s The Crazies, a remake of a 1972 film of the same name, goes to great lengths to extend the reach of zombie-induced fear, maybe aided by the involvement of Romero who directed the original. These aren’t your Voodoo-entranced, slow-moving walking dead. In fact, these zombies speak, run, plan, and wield tools. When a government-made toxin inducing violent psychosis and delirium leaks from a fallen plane into a small town’s water supply in Iowa, the residents begin to slaughter each other and all pande-
monium ensues. The only thing Sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Oliphant) and his wife, Dr. Judy Dutton (Radha Mitchell), can do is run from the toxin-induced violence and mayhem. Accompanied by the deputy and the nurse, they escape the insanely murderous hoard and the military. The plot is somewhat skewed and unimportant, leaving the quality of the film to rest upon the idea of maniacal violence and murder. There is plenty of blood and gore, dead bodies pile up from the very first scene, but the story doesn’t add to the overall value of the film. Horror films today lean heavily on the shock and surprise of the monsters, especially in the theatre where the deafening sound alone will make anyone shake in their seat. The Crazies, just like any other film, relies on this premise. The reality of the zombies is in their abruptly violent nature and thought-processing skills. However a movie ends is usually how an audience will remember it. Eisner took a page from the original to finish The Crazies, but respectfully and diligently took a different route to perhaps enthral and perhaps de-motivate the hardy zombie horror movie lovers.
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Cougars proud, but disappointed Regina’s most successful team in 2009-10 finishes season with bronze medal loss
peter mills editor in chief In order to get the full effect of this longwinded, highly prestigious introduction, please cue the voice of ring-announcer Michael Buffer: “For the second straight season... And for the fifth time in nine years... In their last season in the CIS... Led by CIS player of the year Robyn Buna... The No. 1-ranked team in Canada… The CIS women’s basketball champions are... The Simon Fraser University Clan.” The No. 1-ranked SFU Clan, who will leave the CIS to compete in the NCAA Div II next season, cruised to their second-straight CIS championship with a 77-56 victory over the No. 2-ranked University of Windsor Lancers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The No. 4-ranked University of Regina’s women’s basketball team,
who won Canada West and CIS silver medals the previous two seasons, were left disappointed at the 2009-10 CIS championship tournament, despite being one of the most successful University of Regina athletics teams this season (the most succesful being the men’s wrestling team) The Cougars started the CIS championship tournament in fine form, winning a difficult game against the No. 5-ranked Quebec champion University of Laval Rouge et Or 69-54 on March 12 in the quarter-finals. Unfortunately for the Cougars, their victory celebration was shortlived as they were forced to take on SFU in the semifinal. The Cougars/Clan rivalry in women’s basketball is definitely one of the best in any CIS sport, but SFU had won five of their previous meetings. The Cougars kept pace with the Clan exceptionally well in the first half, holding CIS player of the year Robyn Buna to zero first-half points, and trailed by only four at the half. Despite the fact that Buna finished the
Straight Canada West silver medals and CIS championship appearances by the Cougars.
game with only three points, the Cougars were dominated in the paint and beyond the arc in the second half, as SFU advanced to their secondstraight CIS final with a 69-55 victory. Regina shot just 31 per cent on the game and committed too many turnovers – SFU scored 23 points off 24 Regina turnovers. The following afternoon the Cougars had an opportunity to grab a third-straight CIS medal when they took on the No. 3-ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies – who had never won a CIS medal. In the final two games of the regular season, the Cougars were dismantled by the Huskies, demoting the Cougars from being the No. 2-ranked team in the nation to No. 4 – which may have ultimately cost the Cougars a third-straight CIS final birth. Following their two-straight losses to the Huskies, fifth-year Cougar Becky Schmidt said that her team was overmatched not by talent, but by complacency and experimentation as the Cougars had already clinched first
place in their division. Unfortunately for the Cougars, their opportunity for revenge against the Huskies was spoiled, as the Huskies three-time all-Canadian Lindsay DeGroot led her team to a 7867 victory over Regina. The Cougars led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but Saskatchewan went on a 16-3 run and the game was tied 37-37 at the half. Cougars head coach Dave Taylor told cis.ca, “We ran out of legs, especially in the second half.” Regina’s lone CIS championship came in 2001 when they defeated the University of Alberta 94-85 in the goldmedal final. However, in the past decade, the women’s basketball team has become the pride of Regina athletics, as explained by Schmidt, who said that being a contender for a CIS national championship is “the culture of our program.” Needless to say, the Cougars are very disappointed with their fourth place finish, but second-year Lindsay Ledingham acknowledged that, “Yeah,
Straight games SFU have defeated Regina, which includes two Canada West finals and a CIS national final.
we’re really disappointed, but we should also be proud to finish fourth in the entire country.” Several Cougars performed exceptionally well at the CIS championship tournament, such as Canada West first-team all-star Brittany Read, fourth-year Gabby Gheyssen, and Ledingham. However, no Cougar – or any other CIS player for that matter – was as dominating at the tournament as second-year Joanna Zalesiak. Zalesiak was named a CIS championship tournament all-star after averaging an incredible 22.3 points and eight rebounds per game in the Cougars three games. Three Cougars, fifth-years Becky Schmidt, Carmen Stewart, and Stacey Walker played their last games on CIS eligibility against the U of S. All three had great careers at the University of Regina, and the Carillon would like to wish them all the best in all their future endeavours.
Consecutive CIS national titles won by Canada West teams.
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Fifth-year Becky Schmidt is seen here playing keep-away with an aggressive SFU defender. Schmidt, who averaged over 10 points per game (PPG) twice in her career, was a perennial starter for the Cougars and finishes her CIS eligibility tied for first in U of R history with 104 games played. Schmidt’s best season came last season when she started 21 of 22 games, averaging 10.3 PPG and recorded a career-high 31 steals. In 2009-10, Schmidt averaged 6.7 PPG and hit a career-high 26 three-pointers. Look for Schmidt’s sister, second-year Danielle Schmidt to fill her vacant spot next season.
Third-year Brittany Read was the undisputed MVP for the Cougars this season. The 6-3 post had an incredible season which culminated in her being named a first-team Canada West all-star – and she should have been at least a second-team CIS all-star as well. Read, who led the Cougars in scoring and rebounds, has already etched her name in the Cougar record books, and will surely continue to smash further records in the next two seasons. Read is the Cougars all-time leader with 1.3 blocked shots per game and is currently fourth in U of R history with 77 blocked shots – 67 of which came in the past two seasons. If the Cougars win a national championship in the next two seasons, Read will be very influential.
Second-year Lindsay Ledingham had a breakout season in 2009-10. The aggressive and versatile forward averaged 9.3 PPG and 5.6 RPG this season. Look for Ledingham to be a potential Canada West all-star next season, and a perennial starter for the Cougars in the next three seasons.
Fifth-year Carmen Stewart was an aggressive, versatile player for the Cougars for most of her career. Stewart averaged over seven PPG the past three seasons, and finishes her career averaging 6.8 PPG. Stewart’s best performance may have been this season, as she averaged 7.6 PPG and recorded a career high 50 steals (nearly double her previous best). With Stewart graduating this year, the Cougars will rely even more on Brittany Read and Lindsay Ledingham inside the paint next season.
Fifth-year Stacey Walker, the Steve Nash of the Cougars, started nearly every Cougars possession the past four seasons. The highlight of Walker’s five-year career at the U of R was in the 2007-08 season when she was named a CIS academic all-Canadian. Statistically, Walker’s best season came in her second-year, when she recorded career-highs with seven PPG, 71 assists, and 32 three-pointers. Walker leaves the Cougars first all-time with a career free throw percentage of .804 – .958 this season – and second all-time with a three-point percentage of .414.
Second-year Joanna Zalesiak was Dave Taylor’s best recruit since luring former CIS all-star Jessica Lynch from Lethbridge. Zalesiak, a native of Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland, came to the Cougars this season after playing professional basketball with two different teams in Poland and a year with the NCAA Div I University of Texas at El Paso. The second-team Canada West all-star had an incredibly successful 2009-10 season, finishing a very close second with 14.3 PPG, and added 6.3 rebounds per game (RPG), 51 steals, and 87 assists. If her role increases next season, Zalesiak will surely be a CIS all-star one of the next three seasons, and the Carillon is convinced she could compete for a spot on the men’s starting roster – watch out Jeff Lukomski.
Fourth-year Gabby Gheyssen is a three-point machine. When Gheyssen came to the Cougars, she was immediately put into a primary scoring role, averaging over 10 PPG in her first season. Since then, Gheyssen’s scoring and rebounding statistics have decreased, but her role in the team has become even more important. Gheyssen is arguably the Cougars most threatening perimeter player, scoring a career-high 28 three-pointers despite missing two games to injury this season.
Third-year Ashley Wishira will likely play a far more significant role with the Cougars in 2010-11. With the departure of Stacey Walker, head coach Dave Taylor will probably turn to either Wishira, first-year Kelsey Lothian, first-year Rayna Belyk, or a combination of the three.
Second-year Vanessa Wesolowski fights for a loose ball. The 6-1 Chestermere, Alberta native has a bright future with the Cougars. Photos by Jarrett Crowe
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grant mclellan, peter mills, enyinnah okere, jordan reid this week’s roundtable
Who’s your Cinderella team for this year’s March Madness?
Grant McLellan: Sam Houston State and here’s why: I stared at a bracket for nearly 25 minutes and it was the only name that kind of jumped out at me. Everyone knows that March Madness is the most unpredictable tournament in sports, so I really had to eliminate all logic and straight up guess. There you have it; the worst reason ever to pick a team to win, but I’m sticking with the alma mater of Matt Dominguez, the SHSU Bearkats.
Peter Mills: No. 11 seed San Diego State could upset No. 6 seed Tennessee, No. 11 seed Minnesota should compete with No. 6 seed Xavier, and I’m really hoping that No. 11 Old Dominion – a school I have never heard of – upsets No. 6 seed Notre Dame, because that entire school is lame.
Enyinnah Okere: I personally don’t believe there will be a “Cinderella” team this year. This is due to the fact that there are not great teams in this tournament. In order for something to be an upset, in my eyes, there needs to be a large disparity in the talent of the two teams. None of the No. 1 seeds strike me as head and shoulders better than the rest of the country.
Jordan Reid: After seeing them slap the shit out of Purdue in the conference final I have to say Minnesota. I’m a big fan of Coach Tubby Smith, who has valuable tournament experience from his Kentucky days, and I like their stifling defence to shock some people. The playoff race is on in the NHL. Who is going to miss the cut?
McLellan: I feel great saying that the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to miss the playoffs; the Calgary Flames are going to miss, the Boston Bruins as well, and basically all the teams below them will likely miss. I just think that the Rangers will sneak in past the Bruins, who are fighting to score goals. The Flames are similarly anemic, and though goaltending is key in the playoffs you can’t always ride it to get there.
Mills: I would love to see the Calgary Flames miss the playoffs! It would go nicely with the fact that the other garbage Alberta franchise – the bottom-feeding Edmonton Oilers – will also be missing the playoffs. I hope Detroit can hold it together because the playoffs would not be the same without the Red Wings – they should be able to slip in. Okere: The Leafs.
Reid: It gives me reason to smile to say that the Leafs and Oilers will be watching from home, if only because I have several friends that are fans. The NHL sucks.
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Can the Toronto Blue Jays enjoy any success this year?
McLellan: I think that if they can produce three 10-game winning pitchers, which is possible, they can say that they have somewhere to look forward to. They have been tinkering with their pitching in the off-season, with the infield and batting rotation staying basically the same, save the departure of Marco Scutaro and the addition of Reid Johnson. This young pitching staff will be the story of the year, with their success being the prerequisite for team success. Mills: No. Unless, of course, finishing last (or second last) in your division is success.
Okere: Yes, they can – the success of watching the greatest Jay ever win 21 games for the Phillies and an NL Cy Young. But seriously, at least we got Hill, Lind, and hopefully the emergence of Travis Snyder to look forward to. We have some pieces on this team that are vital to our future, while others could use a courtesy flush (like Vernon Wells!)
Reid: Adam Lind looks like a star, but I can’t see the trading away of Roy Halladay helping us at all. It would be nice to see some early success from our pitchers, although our early success over the first two months of the season last year didn’t end too well. Marion Jones has signed with a
WNBA team. Can she redeem herself for the steroids ordeal?
McLellan: Will she return to her former status as a newsworthy person every four years, before returning to relative obscurity for the time in between? I don’t think she’ll ever be that popular again, but she also stopped being relevant after she retired from running. The WNBA is not a place where her fame will reignite – rather, she is most likely doomed to the aforementioned obscurity except for occasional jokes that liken a friend’s cheating to her life. Mills: Is she really playing in the WNBA? She must be on a lot of HGH. No, this does not redeem her.
Okere: I care about steroids like I care about the WNBA. To be fair, though, she was a pretty good point guard at North Carolina. I just find the idea of a person seeking redemption in a league that 12 people (outside the parents or spouses of the athletes) watch to be ridiculous. Reid: With all the steroids she was on I’m surprised Jones isn’t making her comeback attempt in the NBA.
Mike “Dumbleavy” was fired from his general manager position with the L.A. Clippers, a month after losing his coaching position, too. Have you found new faith in the team? McLellan: I will have faith again when Blake Griffin is back from injury and
playing more than 70 games a season. That being said, this is one hell of a first step. Similar to Neil Armstrong’s moon landing, this is a fucking giant leap for mankind, and all basketball fans can rejoice that the incompetent fool has received the boot, and won’t soon be finding another job. Unless the Knicks are looking.
Mills: The Clippers have a very good roster, but no leadership. Firing Dunleavy as GM was a good idea, but they need a coach that can instantly inspire this consistently troubled franchise. My advice to the Clips – trade up in the 2010 NBA Draft and pick a player who can actually control a game – something Blake Griffin, injured or not, cannot do. Okere: I won’t have faith in the team until Sterling sells them, though with Dunleavy gone Clippers fans won’t have to worry about their GM signing Vin Baker, Shawn Kemp, Kate Gosselin, and other good-for-nothings of that ilk. Sheesh. Reid: As a Lakers fan I hate the Clippers, but it still pains me to see any team suffer the way that the Clippers did under Dunleavy’s direction. In spite of his numerous stupid moves, though, he has left a solid core and respectable payroll situation that could help them lure in a big time free agent this summer. If they do then the Lakers will have some legit competition in the battle of L.A.
“When my time on earth is gone and my activities here are passed, I want them to bury me upside down so my critics can k iss m y ass!” – The
beloved Bobby Knight, whose team will be missing the NCAA basketball tournament this year. photo by midwestsportsfans.com
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The 2010 March Madness picks Pick these teams, impress your friends! jordan reid sports editor With March Madness starting this weekend it seems only natural to make some forecasts. It’s one thing to pick the four No. 1 seeds for your Final Four – that’s easy. The early rounds are hardest to predict, since there’s lots of upsets, Cinderella stories, etc. These are the Carillon’s picks as the teams most likely to surprise some people. If they all lose out this weekend, well ... that just won’t happen.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Gophers have seen some success in the last two years, though nothing like they showed in the Big 10 tournament, where they beat Michigan State and absolutely crushed Purdue (who were ranked sixth in the country), holding them to a mere 11 first half points. Wow. Senior guard Lawrence Westbrook is a possible threat, as is junior Blake Hoffarber, who led the conference in three-point shooting, hitting 76 of 158 this year. Watching them paste Purdue was awesome, but don’t be surprised to see them win a game or two. They are the Carillon’s pick for team most likely to wear Cinderella’s glass slipper.
Sam Houston State Bearkats
Don’t let the misspelling of their name fool you – the Bearkats are no joke. They dominated the Southland Conference this year, and have a few weapons to throw at Baylor in their opening-round game. Guard Corey Allmond dropped 11 threes against Kentucky earlier this year, and the Bearkats as a team hit 10 or more threepointers in 14 games this season. While they may be lacking in a household name-type star, SHSU can pass the ball, shoot it well, and are an ideal team to ruin some brackets. Throw in the fact that they play Baylor, who haven’t won a tournament game in 60 years, and there is strong upset potential.
needs to pick them.”
University of TexasEl Paso Miners
From the birthplace of Tim Hardaway’s famous “UTEP 2-Step” comes the Miners. The team is coming off their first Conference USA title and sport the conference’s player of the year in guard Randy Culpepper. They also have Louisville transfer Derrick Caracter, a 6-9, 280 lb beast who can body around the post like no one’s business. Although they are running into the country’s hottest team in Butler, who have won 20 straight, the Miners look poised to make some noise.
Old Dominion University Monarchs
The Monarchs have a defence ranked fifth in the country in points allowed at 56.9 per game, and fifth in rebounding margin at plus-7.9. Senior forward Gerald Lee is their star, but Old Dominion plays a good team game, which gives them the benefit of not being too dependent on one player. They aren’t the greatest shooting team, but, as the old saying goes, defence is what wins games. If the Monarchs can slow down the Fighting Irish then they’ve got a chance. If, on the other hand, the game turns into a shoot-out or freethrow contest, the Carillon accepts no responsibility for damage to your bracket.
New Mexico State Aggies
History suggests that there is always at least one 12-seed that upsets a fiveseed, and the Aggies are the Carillon’s pick for the team most likely to fulfill that prophecy. They play Michigan State (one of the Carillon’s mortal enemies), a tough, well-coached and experienced team. That doesn't exactly put the odds in the Aggies’ favour, but damnit, someone needs to pick them. Jahmar Young is a 20-points-a-game guarantee, while Troy Gillenwater has come back from an academic suspension to average 14.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Most people will pick MSU in this match-up – pick the Aggies and get a leg up on the competition.
And the first pick in the 2010 NBA draft is ... Players to watch in this year’s tournament jordan reid sports editor There are always players that make a name for themselves on the March Madness stage and drive up their stock in the eyes of NBA scouts. Stephen Curry is a recent example, and look at Davidson’s run a couple of years ago. These are the guys that are most likely to turn some heads and clinch some games for their teams: Sure, John Wall is the Wildcat that everyone has their eye on, and with good reason, but Cousins isn’t one to be ignored. The guy has a game that matches his volatile temper, and put up 16 points and 10 boards per game this year. He’s already got an NBAready body, and he can present huge match-up problems against smaller forwards. Provided that he doesn’t earn a suspension for killing someone on the court, Cousins will definitely have a major impact on Kentucky’s success.
DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)
Turner is the best player in the country not named John Wall, and his oneman act makes the Buckeyes a legitimate title threat. He averaged 19 points, 9.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.9 steals, and a block every game this year. The guy can play at least three positions well, and will be a match-up nightmare for most teams that they’ll face. His play alone will dictate how far Ohio State goes in the tournament, making him must-see-TV.
Evan Turner (Ohio State)
Add this guy to the list of players that fans love to hate. Forgiving the fact that he is a Blue Devil will allow one to see that he is indeed a solid player, as his 17 points and eight boards per game will attest to. He’s a versatile player who poses a reliable threepoint threat, and provides solid leadership as well. All hatred for Duke aside, he’s the player most likely to cure their recent March Madness slump.
Kyle Singler (Duke)
The sophomore centre is a great passer for a post player, has a decent shooting touch, and is great on defense. He isn’t a super aggressive player, which is not an ideal trait in a centre, but it is tournament time, so maybe he’ll find that killer instinct. Either way he’s a good big man, of
Greg Monroe (Georgetown)
which there is always a shortage. If he can boost his season averages of 16 points and 10 rebounds per game even a little bit then the Hoyas could see an extended run.
This dude is like Evan Turner without the hype. He’s a point forward-type
Greivis Vazquez (Maryland)
player who has averaged 18.5 points, six assists and five rebounds per game this year. He’s the unquestioned leader of the Terrapins, and their success will depend largely on his play. Most NBA draft boards have him going in the second round this year, but he could easily boost that ranking with a strong tournament showing.
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DeLaet is da bomb Weyburn golfer talks about life on the PGA Tour
DeLaet is looking to enjoy some PGA success
jonathan hamelin contributor He steps up to the seventh hole at Pebble Beach, selects a two wood and smacks the ball down the middle of the fairway. For Weyburn’s Graham DeLaet, it is just another day on the job. DeLaet, who turned 28 in January, has been competing on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour during the 2010 season for the first time in his career. To earn this right, DeLaet had to earn his 2010 PGA Tour card by competing in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament (also known as Q-School) last December. In the event, in which the top 25 finishers ensure a PGA Tour berth, DeLaet finished in a tie for eighth. “It felt amazing,” said DeLaet, recalling the qualifying tournament. “I felt both relieved to attain my card and excited about my future on the PGA Tour. Q-School was an experience I will never forget and a stage in my career that I don’t plan on experiencing a second time.” DeLaet is no stranger to success on the golf course. Before joining the PGA Tour, he had great success playing on the Canadian Tour. DeLaet’s four biggest wins came during the 2008 Desjardins Montreal Open, the 2009 ATB Financial Classic, the 2009 Canadian Tour Players Cup and the 2009 BMG Classic. Did qualifying for the PGA Tour top those moments? “It’s hard to say because there really is nothing like winning,” DeLaet explained. “While qualifying for the PGA Tour is probably my greatest accomplishment in golf, I think that my wins are equally rewarding and special to me on a personal level.” DeLaet is the first Saskatchewan golfer to play in the PGA Tour. An impressive feat, considering he did not start consistently golfing at an early age. “At 13, I made the decision to quit baseball and start playing more golf,” said DeLaet. “This is when I began competing in tournaments across the province. Weyburn had a
junior golf program that was funded by Pan Canadian, an old oil company. Their funding made it possible for me to compete in more tournaments than I would have been able to play in.” He also credits his dad for pushing him in the right direction. “My Dad taught me the basics to the game of golf, and from there, I learned a lot just watching guys on TV,” DeLaet said. “I was always a big Mike Weir and Tiger Woods fan.” Growing up in Weyburn and Moose Jaw, DeLaet’s golf skills continued to flourish. He attended Boise State University, where he won 10 collegiate tournaments. After University, DeLaet joined the Canadian Tour, where he would spend the next three years. Of course, playing on the PGA Tour is a different experience entirely. However, DeLaet seems to be settling into a routine. “On an off day, I generally like to practise in the early morning – first thing if possible,” DeLaet explained. “On a tournament day, I like to show up at the course about an hour and a half to two hours before I tee off to grab something to eat, loosen up, and hit the practice area before teeing off.” DeLaet has also had to get used to playing against the same golfers he idolised growing up – names like Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, and Ernie Els. “At first it was pretty surreal, but after a short while you realize that they’re just golfers like you,” said DeLaet. “These days it’s not such a big deal. Also, if you plan on winning against these guys on the PGA Tour, you can’t afford to be starstruck. It’s best to get over it in a hurry.” Things started off good for DeLaet in his first two PGA Tour events. He finished in a tie for 25th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, earning $35,435, and then finished in a tie for 18th at his second event, the Bob Hope Classic. DeLaet earned $58,750 for this performance. “Finishing in the top 20 was great,” said DeLaet, referring to the Sony Open in Hawaii. “Obviously, one of my main goals this season is to earn enough money to retain my
PGA Tour card for 2011, and my first two events were a big step in that direction.” DeLaet has also tasted defeat, as he missed the cut in his next five events. “Missed cuts are going to happen from time to time, it’s part of the learning process for a rookie like myself,” said DeLaet. “A missed cut is always a disappointment, but it’s nice to know that I get to tee it up the following week and make up for it.” In the FedEx Cup standings, the PGA Tour’s Championship, DeLaet sits in 116th place with 89 points as of press time. He sits 704 points behind the leader, America’s Dustin Johnson. DeLaet has already developed into a great influence for young golfers in Saskatchewan. Much like other Saskatchewan-born athletes, such as Jon Ryan (punter for the Seattle Seahawks) or Ryan Getzlaf (forward for the Anaheim Ducks), that have taught young athletes they can achieve greatness in sport, DeLaet hopes to continually aspire golfers across Saskatchewan and Canada. “I think that’s a responsibility that I have as a professional on the PGA Tour,” said DeLaet. “Golf in Saskatchewan and Canada has come such a long way over the last decade, but we still have a long way to go. I sincerely hope that what I have accomplished in my professional career has inspired some young golfers to believe in themselves. I’d like to think that the inspirational message of this success transcends golf. Hopefully, it will inspire children, and people in general, to succeed in anything they hope to accomplish.” Though he is in the early stages of his career, DeLaet appears to have a bright future. When it comes to golf, one could argue he is Saskatchewan’s Tiger Woods. “On the golf course there is only one Tiger Woods – and he’s the greatest,” said DeLaet. “But I’m so proud to represent Saskatchewan on the world stage and to be the only pro golfer from Saskatchewan to play on the PGA Tour. The outpouring of support from my home province has been incredible and I’m so thankful.”
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The Cougars finished off their season this past weekend at the CIS championships, held in Windsor, Ontario, with the men’s team finishing in seventh place and the women’s team placing 15th. Justin Baker seized the Cougars only gold medal in the 60-metre hurdles. Jeremy Eckert and Connor MacDonald both jumped a 2.04 in the high jump to finish in third and fourth, respectively. The top finisher for the women was Nicole Breker, who scored points in three events – third in long jump, fourth in triple jump, and sixth in the 60-metre hurdles. Congrats on a great season teams.
The Cougars’ basketball atmosphere – both on the court and in the stands – was utterly put to shame last weekend. Making matters worse was the fact that teenagers were the ones providing the embarrassment. In what was the best basketball game in Regina in 2009-10, the Luther College Lions beat the defending provincial champion Campbell Tartans in overtime to win the men’s basketball city championship. The crowd was insane, loud, and the game was heart-stopping. Dear Dick White, please recruit drunken high school kids for Cougar games – they make it fun.
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Les sans-abri ne sont pas sans espoir
Il ne peut pas y avoir de jugement sans compréhension
léa beaulieu prpick contributrice Saviez-vous qu'il y a plus de 157 000 personnes sans abri au Canada? Que parmi ce nombre, environ 65 000 sont des jeunes de seize à vingt-neuf ans? On estime que cela ne tient pas compte de ceux qui vivent dans les refuges et que leur nombre actuel est plus près de 300 000 personnes. Il est difficile de déterminer le nombre exact de sansabris puisque ces gens n’ont pas d’adresse permanente, se déplacent ou se cachent. Pendant les années 1950, lors de l’ère de la rénovation urbaine, les logements bon marché ont été démolis pour être remplacés par des immeubles de bureaux et des condominiums. Par conséquent, il y a eu une pénurie de logements abordables ce qui a rapidement augmenté le taux d’itinérance dans les années 1970 et 1980. L’industrialisation au début du vingtième siècle a aussi contribué à l’itinérance car les travaux autrefois manuels se faisaient désormais à l’aide de machinerie et il n’était plus nécessaire d’embaucher des employés temporaires. Finalement, la désinstitutionnalisation des instituts psychiatriques qui a eu lieu au Canada à la suite des années 1960 a eu un grand impact sur le taux d’itinérance et la composition de la population de sans-abri. Sans doute, l’itinérance est un problème important dans la société. Plusieurs organismes luttent contre l’it-
inérance, dont le Carmichael Outreach à Regina. Cet organisme à but non-lucratif fournit (sans frais) des vêtements, de la nourriture, des services médicaux, et plusieurs autres biens et services aux gens qui en ont besoin. Leur slogan, « La communauté est notre priorité » (Community is our priority) reflète leur dévouement au bien-être de la communauté. Cet organisme répond aux besoins d’environ 400 personnes par jour, et son fonctionnement efficace dépend de dons et du support de plusieurs bénévoles. C’est au Carmichael Outreach de Regina qu’ira l’argent recueilli lors de « 5 Days for the Homeless », un programme organisé par les étudiants de la faculté d’administration qui aura lieu du 15 au 19 mars cette année. Ce programme est unique car, pendant cinq jours, cinq élèves vont renoncer au confort matériel de leur vie quotidienne et vivre dehors dans le but de sensibiliser le public à l’itinérance. Pendant ces cinq jours, les participants n’auront aucun revenu, n’auront qu’un sac à couchage et un oreiller, n’auront pas accès aux douches, et ne pourront que manger et boire ce qui leur est donné. Les participants devront toutefois participer à leurs activités régulières, que ce soit assister à leurs cours ou autres. Vous pourrez suivre leur blog à www.5days.ca (à part le blog pour promouvoir le programme, tout autre système électronique sera interdit). Il y a aura aussi une collecte de fonds où 100% des profits iront au Carmichael Outreach de Regina. Ce programme, « 5 days for the
Homeless », est né en 2005 à l’Université de l’Alberta quand les étudiants de la faculté d’administration ont voulu redonner à la communauté et, en même temps, changer le point de vue commun que les étudiants en administration sont avides et se désintéressent complètement de la communauté. La campagne a pour mandat de sensibiliser les gens à l’itinérance et de recueillir des fonds pour des organisations charitables qui offrent leur support aux sans-abri et aux jeunes à risques du Canada. L’initiative se déroule actuellement dans plusieurs universités canadiennes, mais c’est une première pour l’Université de Regina. Bien que le fait de sensibiliser les gens à l’itinérance ne soit pas un concept nouveau, les méthodes sont parfois originales. En décembre dernier, le prince William a passé une nuit à Londres, au froid, à vivre comme un sans-abri, pour promouvoir « Centrepoint », un organisme qui vise à s’attaquer aux causes fondamentales de l’itinérance : la dépendance aux drogues et à l’alcool, la santé mentale, les troubles familiaux, la rupture professionnelle et maintes autres causes. Quelles que soient les causes individuelles, l’itinérance est presque toujours liée aux conditions de vie des personnes aux niveaux du matériel, du social, du psychologique, et/ou de santé mentale, et la meilleure façon de vaincre l’itinérance est d’abord de comprendre ses origines, sans jugements. Quelques sites web: www.5days.ca
Homelessness is a problem in many communities. The numbers are staggering: more than 157 000 people are homeless in Canada each year. Urban renewal, industrialization, and deinstitutionalization have all been contributing factors to the proliferation of homelessness. Carmichael Outreach in Regina is an organization that aims to improve the quality of life of homeless people and/or people in need. All proceeds from 5 Days for the Homeless at the University of Regina (March 15-19), a program aimed to spread awareness about the growing problem and to raise funds for local centres, will go to the Carmichael Outreach. The first step to overcoming homelessness is to understand its origins, without judgment.
Lexique Glossary Itinérance Homelessness
Instituts psychiatriques Mental/psychiatric care institutions
Renoncer Give up
Logements bon marché Cheap housing
«Bien que le fait de sensibiliser les gens à l’itinérance ne soit pas un concept nouveau, les méthodes sont parfois originales.»
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La beauté du geste
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contributeur Il est très commun que les jeunes d’aujourd’hui regardent des émissions vérité, qu’il s’agisse de célébrités qui ont des problèmes avec des dépendances à la drogue, à l’alcool ou au sexe par exemple. L’autre jour, alors que je regardais un programme de télévision sur ce sujet, j'ai trouvé d'étranges coïncidences entre la vie des « personnes réelles » et la mienne. Au fur et à mesure que le programme se déroulait, je me rendais compte que plusieurs des anecdotes présentées étaient des choses que j'avais vécues moi-même. Essayer des poussières de diverses couleurs, fumer quelque chose d'une pipe quelconque, coucher avec quelqu'un dont on ne connait même pas le nom... Combien de fois entendons-nous des anecdotes qui évoquent ce que nous avons pu faire nous-mêmes la nuit précédente. De vivre à la limite, de faire la fête jusqu'au lever du jour, d’aller jusqu'à voler afin de continuer la célébration et d'obtenir le droit au bonheur car il faut se rendre à l'évidence : emprunter de l'argent à nos parents sans qu’ils
s'en rendent compte, c’est bel et bien voler. Chaque soirée où je vais avec mes copains au restaurant ou au bar, je prends un coup, mais est-ce que l’alcoolique c’est la personne qui a besoin de boire au moins une bière chaque jour, ou c’est celui qui boit sans limitation chaque week-end? L’alcool et le sexe vont main dans la main. J’ai une vie sexuelle assez active et, dans mon environnement, c’est plutôt facile d’aboutir à des relations sexuelles. Je ne peux pas me rappeler du nombre de personnes avec qui j’ai couché, le nombre de fois que j’ai porté une capote, le nombre de personnes avec qui j'ai « oublié » d'en mettre une. Quand je parlais avec une de mes amies, elle m’a raconté que dans sa vie, elle avait seulement couché qu'avec la personne avec laquelle elle entretenait une relation amoureuse; que maintenant, elle était avec son petit ami depuis deux ans et qu’elle n’avait jamais été infidèle. Elle m’a dit qu'elle avait une infection sexuellement transmissible parce que son partenaire était infidèle et qu’elle allait l’avoir jusqu’au jour de sa mort. Ce jour-là, je me sentais misérable, malheureux. C’est moi qui devrait être
Lexique Glossary Émissions vérité Reality shows
Capote Slang term for a condom.
Se rendre compte To realize
Entretenir To maintain
Au fur Gradually/ as one goes along
S’écouler To pass (time)
malade, c’est moi qui devrait avoir une infection, pas elle. Elle aimait son homme, elle était honnête et elle le croyait. C’est moi le chien, c’est moi le nymphomane. Tout le monde dit qu’ils maintiennent un contrôle sur leurs actions, que quand ils veulent ils peuvent arrêter de consommer, mais est-ce que cela est complètement vrai? Que devra-t-il se passer pour arrêter définitivement ou au moins se prendre en main? Attendre le jour où j’attraperai une maladie? Et ce jour-là, commencer à faire quelque chose pour me protéger, pour ne plus boire? Une heure s’est écoulée et finalement le programme de télé est terminé et je me demande, avec peur, comment en sont-ils arrivés à cet état dégradé? Est-ce que les célébrités ont commencé ça comme moi? Comme un jeu? Ou seulement pour la beauté du geste?
Reality shows are in vogue nowadays, especially the ones related to addiction. More interesting is the fact that young audiences are the ones most attracted to them. However, is it really necessary to watch this kind of show when alcohol and drugs already surround us? Aren’t we already playing the leading role of our very own reality show? What consequences must our protagonist face in order to take control over his addictions and the darker feelings evoked by said reality shows?
contributeur J’ai pris les sacs du supermarché. Je me suis précipitée à l’endroit où ma voiture était garée. J'ai pris les clefs, mis le contact afin de faire démarrer le moteur. Mes mains tremblaient. J’étais si anxieuse que j’avais du mal à mettre le contact. Pourquoi le revoir? Pourquoi cette journée? Pourquoi je n'ai pas choisi un autre supermarché? Il aurait été plus facile de choisir un autre jour pour aller faire du shopping et je n'aurais pas su qu'il vivait encore ici. Ce n’était pas possible de trembler encore chaque fois que mon nom sortait de sa bouche. Attention!!!! Imbécile!!!! Cria un chauffeur de taxi en colère qui l’a évitée de justesse. Pardon!! Répondit Gabrielle. Je dois l’oublier. Je suis mariée. J'ai trois merveilleux enfants et un mari qui m'aime beaucoup. J'ai changé. Il a changé. Mais je l'aime encore. Gabrielle a pris un morceau de papier avec un numéro écrit dessus : Édouard 938-3924. Est-ce que je vais l'appeler? Quelle différence ça fait? La seule chose que je fais c’est que je joue avec mes sentiments. Édouard, mon amour du lycée. J’étais avec lui pendant toute la durée de mes études universitaires. Il m’a dit de l’appeler ce soir ; que nous pourrions aller au restaurant, au bistro et prendre un café ; qu’il était très heureux de me voir. Est-ce que nous pouvons être amis encore? Après tout ce qui s’est passé? Après tout ce temps? Non, non, non, non. Je ne peux pas créer des liens avec lui une autre fois. Si je vais le rencontrer,
je vais tromper mon mari. Si je passe du temps avec lui, je pourrais tomber amoureuse de lui. Je suis une femme au foyer. Je dois éduquer mes enfants et les regarder grandir. Je ne peux pas mettre tout cela de côté. Oublier ma vie, mes obligations. Que dire à la famille? Que faire? C’est la foi? Ce que j'ai à faire c’est de me concentrer sur la conduite afin d’éviter un accident… Oui, je vais l’appeler. Je vais sortir avec lui, et nous nous rencontrerons dans un restaurant, un café peut-être. Nous pourrons prendre une boisson. S'il y a encore une étincelle, je ne vois aucune raison de ne pas le voir en cachette. Je ne voudrais pas faire de mal à personne. Quel mal peut-il y avoir en le voyant une fois ou deux par mois? Ce soir, à 7 heures, je lui donnerai rendez-vous. Au restaurant « Délicatesses ». C'est un restaurant calme avec un bon style et il est un peu caché. Là-bas, personne ne pourra nous voir ensemble. Ce sera un bon choix. Bzz. Bzz. Bzz. Vibre le téléphone cellulaire. Allô? Qui est-ce? Demande Gabrielle avec hésitation. Ma précieuse! C’est moi, ton biquet. J’attendais de tes nouvelles. Alors ? Qu’est-ce que tu vas faire ce soir? Vas-tu sortir? Ou peux-tu surveiller les petites, mon amour? Susurre le mari de Gabrielle avec gourmandise. … Non mon chéri… Je ne vais pas sortir. Je serai là dans un moment… Gérard… Gabrielle soupire. Oui? … …Je t’aime gros chouchou! Bisou! Elle raccroche le téléphone.
A married woman is overwhelmed after running into her highschool sweetheart at a grocery store. On her way back home, she questions herself as to whether she should call and meet him, or pretend that the encounter did not happen. How a single call could change a person’s life, for better or for worse.
Lexique Glossary Éviter de justesse To barely avoid (car crash)
Biquet French slang for sweetheart
Femme au foyer Housewife
Avec gourmandise Anxiously
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The National Enquirer does not inspire me. I have no desire to discover the biggest secrets of the rich and famous. I could never build my work on the basis of tearing others down, ruining their careers, and ripping apart their lives. But the Pulitzer Prize – how could that not be inspiring? After all, it’s the most prestigious award for journalism there is. So National Enquirer and Pulitzer Prize – they are polar opposites. However, I have found myself having to put the two together. The magazine newly turned newspaper has recently been nominated for what many are calling “influential coverage” of the John Edwards scandal. The former presidential candidate was caught having an affair with an aide, who became pregnant shortly thereafter. To say the Enquirer worked hard to break their story is an understatement. They had multiple reporters tracking the story, conducting stakeouts, and chasing informants. Altogether, the investigation cost the paper thousands of dollars. They refused to stop investigating the story, even though John Edwards had dismissed the story as lies and the mainstream media bought it. Edwards’ mistress had disappeared, so they tracked her down and proceeded to stake out all doctor’s offices in the area until they came up with proof that she was clearly with child. The National Enquirer was undoubtedly committed to the pursuit of this story. They investigated, but that’s not investigative journalism. That’s voyeurism. In a New York Times interview, Barry Levine, editor of the National Enquirer, said that his paper didn’t pay sources for the Edwards stories. This does not change the fact that exchanging cash for quotes is a common practice for this publication. Checkbook journalism is just another form of bribery. Even further, the National Enquirer allows their sources to go unnamed. They ran pieces on the Edwards controversy entirely off of anonymous comment from paid informants. This is highly irresponsible to the reader and the profession itself. If your words are published –especially if you are being paid for them – you should be able to stand by them. I scanned headlines on the Enquirer’s website today. The front page had “breaking news” of an Oscar nominee’s questionable sexuality and an “Enquirer Exclusive”: Elvis’ Daughter Blimps Out. Apparently, Lisa Marie Presley’s packed on a little weight. I don’t see how anybody could acknowledge this as credible journalism. There is purpose in informing the public on issues that affect them. Why should I care if Jane Fonda got plastic surgery? What I should care about is the federal budget, because payroll taxes are going up and I’ll be making less. At the end of the day, people choose what they want to read and watch. There is a demographic for celebrity trash; otherwise it would not be a social phenomenon. The National Enquirer, and publications like it, serve the public interest to a certain extent. However, tabloids must be intrinsically separated from journalism that seeks to stimulate critical thinking and change. There’s a place for both, but these destinations are worlds apart. At the end of the day, the National Enquirer knows exactly who they are and what they do. They’re not fooling anyone.
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opinion Problems with proportional representation
In a recent news article in the Carillon entitled “Saving Canada’s wasted votes”, Professor Dennis Pilon of the University of Victoria suggested that Canadian democracy would be better off with a system of proportional representation. In response to this claim, I would like to present the opposing view and suggest that our democracy would be better off keeping the system we have. In my view, proportional representation produces a number of undesirable features in government. Pilon suggests that our first-pastthe-post system creates a large number of “wasted votes” because certain sections of voters do not get the party they want in parliament. Proportional representation (PR), he argues, would better reflect the views of the country because it allows a greater number of political parties to capture seats. However, as Herman Finer has argued, there is a limit to how much “representativeness” we can permit within the time constraints of parliament. There is barely the time to listen to all the parties that presently occupy the House of Commons, never mind all the parties that would exist under a PR system. Representatives learn the most about public opinion through personal consultation with their constituents, and ironically it is this personal relationship that PR destroys. PR’s tendency to destroy personal
contact between the representative and constituency poses a serious problem. Under our present system, a constituency chooses one representative that it returns to the house. Such a system is simple, and ensures a high level of personal accountability. Under PR, a constituency returns many representatives out of a long list drawn up by the party. This means that all candidates on the list owe their appointments to the party rather than to their constituency. The end result is party dictatorship, since central party officials can secure unconditional obedience from the candidates that they put on the list. Representatives are therefore less responsible to their constituents and more subservient to the party bureaucracy. This increase in centralized power is undemocratic. Another important matter is the issue of coalition governments, a predominant feature of PR. Pilon argues that power sharing is good because it encourages cooperation and greater accommodation for different views. The fundamental difficulty with this idea is that coalitions are formed after the election, without popular approval, and can be broken up any moment. This threatens stability. The allocation of responsibility becomes more difficult, because it is easier for a party to deflect blame onto some other party in the coalition. Voters rarely know who is
responsible for what occurs in government, and the result is electoral confusion. One problem that goes unmentioned by Pilon is that PR does away with by-elections. By-elections are an important way to test shifts in popular opinion throughout the period that parliament sits. By-elections help to refocus the priorities of the house and tell politicians whether support in their constituency is still strong or is starting to decline. They are a straightforward method to keep parliament alive and more sensitive to shifting moods in the country. The elimination of this process under PR would be a measurable loss. For progressive thinkers who support PR, I argue that reforming the electoral system is not likely to solve our problems as a country. In fact, with the demolition of bigger parties and its replacement by coalitions, it would tend to produce short-lived and irresponsible administrations. Obviously, I do not mean to suggest that our current system is perfect, but we must admit that it has given us peace, order, and good government. So far, few countries can claim such a feat.
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debate Should Canada make changes to its national anthem?
Revise the anthem Changing the national anthem, while politically unpopular, would be a valuable step in reconciling political traditions with social realities. A national anthem should reflect the people that it represents, rather than preserve collective sins and inequities. The current anthem ignores women, aboriginals, immigrants, atheists, agnostics, and other non-monotheists. It speaks of sons, but not daughters; women don’t count. Referring to this country as “our native land” is exclusive on two fronts. It snubs First Nations who have been here for thousands of years, glossing over the troubled relationship between indigenous and European immigrant populations. In reality, our home is on native land. The anthem also excludes those immigrants who have sought out a new home far from their birthplaces. Through their genuine love and respect for Canada and its values, many immigrants are more genuinely patriotic than those who were born on Canadian soil and simply take their citizenship for granted.
Finally, by finishing with a prayer to God, it excludes anyone who does not subscribe to an Abrahamic religion. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam constitute large parts of our national mosaic, but they are only parts of a greater whole. The anthem, while venerable, is not sacred. It has been adapted repeatedly since Robert Stanley Weir’s 1908 translation of the original French song gained popularity. Ironically, Weir’s original was more inclusive than the existing version, as it recognizes “sons” and “maidens.” Before 1980, when it was officially recognized as Canada’s national anthem, the song contained no reference to God. Canada has changed radically since 1980. We are more inclusive and accepting, and understand ourselves as a patchwork of nations, peoples, and creeds. The anthem’s lyrics no longer reflect our country’s reality.
alex colgan features editor
Keep the anthem
Last week, the throne speech announced a proposal to alter the lyrics to “O Canada” in order to make the song more gender neutral. According to the federal government, the line, “All thy sons command” is a bit of a disgrace. In an economy-heavy throne speech, this suggestion was poignant and largely stood alone. The Conservatives wouldn’t throw the idea out there blind, they are smarter than that – I think. They obviously had to do public consultation, and the cabinet must feel that there would be a positive public response to such a change. Yet that is exactly the opposite of what happened. There’s been protest on streets across the country, crowds belting the national anthem at the top of their lungs. After strong national disapproval, the federal government has chosen to backtrack. Stockwell Day said to CTV News Channel’s Power Play, “We chose to put this one aside.” So then, how did the federal government get things so wrong? Maybe they didn’t. Maybe public outrage
was the point all along. This outcry received massive media coverage. This one proposal has received more media coverage than the increases to stimulus spending, the tax cuts to big business, and the increases in military spending. The fact that this budget is a deficit – and a significant one at that – has been significantly overshadowed. Oh, yes. The Conservatives are smart. The public is missing the point. Payroll taxes are about to go up and people are more concerned about a song. National politics are more important than the national anthem. Taxpayers need to realize that everything costs money. Changing the national anthem is no exception. There is a price for political correctness. With a $56 billion deficit, we really can’t afford it.
barbara woolsey op-ed editor
letters In response to “CFS uncertainty”
The article reads, “As a former URSU president and CFS representative, (Jess) Sinclair has considerable experience in dealing with the federation.” Well, I guess so do I, since I am both a former URSU President and CFS representative. It’s fair to call the CFS disorganized; I would suggest that any organization that represents 500,000 members and over 80 different local organizations would face logistical nightmares. I will however take umbrage with the use of the term undemocratic. The CFS has a structure in which each member local gets a vote. The majority of member locals are required to pass motions and super majority is required to pass bylaws. What Sinclair and other critics of the CFS are angry about is that motions they oppose and bylaws they do not support pass through this system. Because of this, the CFS simply cannot be described as undemocratic. On the litigation front, the CFS has only ever filed one lawsuit. It has had countless lawsuits filed against it, but it is clearly not the litigator, it is the litigant. I would also suggest the CFS has a very effective history. Newfoundland, the only province in Canada whose students all belong to the CFS, has had a long term tuition freeze and even won a tuition reduction. They have the second lowest tuition in Canada. When the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina worked together through the CFS Saskatchewan from 2003 to 2009, five consecutive tuition freezes were delivered to CFS Saskatchewan members. CFS lobbies both federal and provincial governments rather successfully. The CFS is responsible for the lobbying efforts that created the Canada Student Grant program nationally. In Newfoundland, Manitoba and until recently, in Saskatchewan the CFS has won over 20 tuition freezes for students, saving their members hundreds of dollars over the course of their programs. Although Sinclair is correct that post-secondary education is an area of provincial jurisdiction, what the CFS has been lobbying for over the last decade federally is a direct postsecondary education transfer. This would give
provinces fiscal capacity to meet the needs of students. The article also states that, “the CFS encourages its members to deny resources to any individual or group that doesn’t support the CFS cannon.” However, like all CFS services and campaigns, the federation has no power to force a students’ union to do anything. It is up to the local executive to decide which campaigns and services are implemented on their campus. If you have not noticed the CFS on the U of R campus, the blame must go first to URSU for not taking up any campaigns or services. It should also be noted that URSU, under Sinclair presidency, blocked at least one candidate from being hired as a provincial organizer by the CFS. I know this because that candidate was me. Both parties, the CFS and URSU under Sinclair’s leadership, must take responsibility for non-participation in campaigns and services and the general lack of knowledge about the CFS on campus. Does the CFS have issues? Yes, many of them. Is a referendum at the U of R necessary to clear the air? Yes. Has the CFS delivered tangible results for students, who are its members, in Saskatchewan? Yes, five consecutive, fullyfunded tuition freezes. Have URSU members gotten value for their membership? Certainly, each year of the tuition freeze students saved at least $12 on every class they took. That means that today, a student pays $60 less every time they register for a class because of the work of CFS and its member locals in Saskatchewan. If you take a full course load you save over $600 each and every year. Now tell me: is that worth your $11 fee?
michael burton contributor
Argument against voting on acclamated candidates
The Carillon’s March 4-10 discussed the issue of acclamated positions to the Students’ Union as a bad thing for student government. I would argue that the acclamations themselves aren’t the bad thing, but are a symptom of the underlying problem of student apathy which has been prevalent on campus for years. The Carillon quoted former Chief Returning Officer for the Students’ Union Scott Wilson as having recommended voting yes or no on acclamated positions. I would argue that this would be falsely democratic at best. What would be gained? If the vote result is “yes”, there would be no change in the outcome, and arguably no reason to hold the vote. The alternative is a “no” vote, which would mean the position that would have been acclamated would remain empty, presumably for a by-election for a position which couldn’t garner any candidates the first time around, or some other mechanism to fill the position, likely through an appointment, which is no more democratic than an acclamation. All that is accomplished is to prevent someone who wanted to serve the organization a chance to do so. It could be argued that if someone who was to be acclamated somehow managed to be opposed by enough people to earn a “no” result in a vote and was actually prevented from serving, that this would be a good thing, as there must be some clear reason why voters voted against that candidate. But the truly democratic way to prevent someone unqualified from serving as an elected official is to run as a candidate against them. Voting “no” to an acclamated candidate would be nothing more than a cop-out by voters who couldn’t be bothered to serve themselves. Also in the same issue was an article titled “One less candidate” that discussed the issue of a presidential candidate wanting to be acclamated, citing that he should have been so “constitutionally”; and in so doing, implying a mistake was made by the Chief Returning Officer. I would like to point out that the Constitution has nothing to say on how any elections are run. It only states that they must be.
The Election By-law is the governing document that determines how the election is to be run. The By-law gives all discretion to make decisions about how and when elections are run to the CRO. If the CRO makes the decision to re-run any election it is within her discretion to do so. Also, if she has to discipline any candidate, it is not a given that she will disqualify that candidate. No candidate can overrule the CRO in her decisions by citing either the Constitution, or the Elections By-law. Thank you.
mike staines ursu operations manager
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inees more often than the winners. Ever heard of How Green Was My Valley, the winner for Best Picture in 1941? No, you haven’t. But I bet you’ve heard of Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon, both nominated in the same category. Award shows like the Oscars don’t mean anything anymore, and I don’t think they ever did. Until there is a way of picking winners that everyone agrees on, the Academy Awards won’t mean anything. Awards chosen by the general public mean more. Who cares if those in the business like your movie? You don’t make it for them, and if you do, your priorities are in the wrong place.
jennifer squires news writer
This budget’s not so bad
Tough times, Tory times
On March 4, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered the 2010 to 2011 national budget. Now, to be clear, I have never been much of a fan of Jim Flaherty, and I am certainly no fan of his budget. “Deficit Jim”, as the minister is affectionately known, has done something seemingly impossible. He has – hold your gasps – vowed to continue stimulus spending, give huge tax cuts to big business, and shortly eliminate the deficit. Yes, you are reading this correctly. Flaherty plans to increase expenditures, reduce revenues, and astonishingly balance the books. Enron called, they want their accountants back. To be fair, Flaherty only does what Prime Minister Stephen Harper tells him to do. Harper, back from a couple extra weeks of holidays, pulled out all the Conservative tricks for his cost-increasing, income-lowering, shortfall-eliminating hat trick of a budget. While millions of Canadians are still coping with the world-wide economic collapse, Stephen Harper is giving millions of dollars to the banks. Wait just a second though; the banks have been hit hard recently. For instance, the Bank of Montreal released its first quarter results not too long ago. In three months, the bank raked in a meagre $3 billion in revenue. Sure, you may think that sounds like a lot of money. But after expenses, BMO barely cleared $657 million. Peanuts, really. Not to be outdone, the Royal Bank of Canada posted a moderate threemonth profit of $1.49 billion. If ever there was a time for banker welfare, this is it. Enter Stephen Harper. While we lowly citizens struggle to pay rent, mortgages, fuel and grocery bills, tuition rates, and utility costs, Stephen Harper thought it might be a good idea to give the big
There were many upsets and shocks at this year’s Oscars. I can’t even begin to describe my reactions to the awards. I did wonder how many times the Academy got hit in the head with shovels, though. There is so much I could say about Sandra Bullock, the recipient of both Best Actress at the Oscars and Worst Actress at the Razzies, but I won’t. Rather, I will praise Meryl Streep who should have won the award. People keep saying that Meryl Streep’s nomination could have been sacrificed because this was her 16th nomination. Aren’t these awards supposed to award talent? Clearly, she’s been nominated because she is an amazing actress. What the heck is the deal with The Hurt Locker? I don’t even understand this. I would rather watch The Blind Side for 24 hours straight than see this movie. I feel that it won multiple awards because it feeds into the prowar agenda of the United States. I won’t even start on Avatar since I am pretty sure I am the last person on earth who hasn’t seen it. But what this all brings up is whether the Oscars and movie awards in general mean anything. Who are these judges from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that pick the winners? And how are they picked? Is there some sort of rubric? Awards given out by a faceless committee hardly reflect anything. These awards did not make me want to see the nominated more. In fact, I want to see them less now. Everyone is going to forget about The Hurt Locker, but remember Avatar for many years to come. Yet the awards given at the Oscars won’t reflect this. Don’t believe me? Look at the past Best Picture nominees and winners. I guarantee that you will recognize the nom-
banks a handout. How much of a handout? About the same amount of money it would take to put over 83,000 university students through a four-year program. Supporting our billionaire banking friends isn’t cheap, but Stephen Harper has a solution! You, shock of shocks, will be paying increased taxes. Starting in 2011, your payroll taxes, and the payroll taxes of your employer, will be jacked-up by a humble $19 billion. To make sure the corporations’ tax bills are covered, Harper threw in a $43 million cut to environmental protection, just for good measure. Who needs breathable air or clean water, anyway? Pass the crude, I say. Undoubtedly there are many things in the budget, but it is also worth noting what is not in the budget. Remember that $800 million in equalization payments Stephen Harper promised Saskatchewan? I do. It’s not in the budget. How about daycare for the kids? Not this time. Pensions for our seniors? Good luck. If Stephen Harper is going to spend money, he might as well spend money on positive, beneficial items and programs. He could save a few million dollars by firing all the useless senators he recently appointed, for example. The Conservative government seems to be inept at handling money. Tory times are tough times.
kent e. peterson business manager
For those few who read, watched, and listened to the budget presented by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on March 4, you’ll notice there’s absolutely nothing out of the ordinary. The government did the same thing it does every year; no different than anyone else would have done. If you want to pry apart the actual budget, run about with the numbers, it’s not very stimulating. When we see the men gathered in government talking numbers and dollars, the brain just slowly shuts itself down. The coverage of the 2010 budget has been focused, like most budgets, on the opposition. The Liberals are going to oppose the budget but won’t try to force an election. Why not? There’s really nothing horrible about the budget; there’s no reason it shouldn’t pass. The Liberals just want to huff and puff, but they do not want to blow the House down. No matter how much the budget pleases everyone, you can be sure there will be opposition. I’m not a Conservative, but I’ll admit they know how to govern. I’ll give them my support until a viable, responsible alternative arrives. It’s been quite a while since Canada needed to release deficit budgets like these last two. Hopefully, it’ll be a long time before we have to do it again. Flaherty did plenty of forecasting, which hasn’t been very trustworthy in the five years he’s had the portfolio. By 2012, Flaherty said, we should be seeing the benefits of our current struggles. Many others are saying 2015, some 2020. It’s all a guessing game. I’m not going to trust anyone’s word and I think others should follow suit. Everyone in power is beefing up numbers, while everyone opposed is thinning them out. Flaherty named only a few areas getting cut back. These choices, I can understand, are always the most difficult. It’s not who gets what, as much as who doesn’t get what. Military cutbacks will come into effect in 2012,
which the finance minister says won’t impact the situation in Afghanistan. Foreign aid is getting $5 billion, with slightly less than the eight per cent increase per year the government promised. Two more respectable cuts are the freezing of salaries for MPs, senators, the prime minister, and the cabinet. Flaherty has encouraged other government departments to join in the cutbacks voluntarily. Wisely, civil servant pay increase is still going strong. The minister is being fair but tough, which is exactly what deficit budgets need. You can complain and oppose, but Canada needs to be led into prosperity cautiously and carefully. From the $37 billion budget of 2009, we find ourselves with a $56 billion budget. Whether or not some opposition will vote against it, the budget is likely to pass. I hope it does, one more thing out of the way means we
can look at some of the many issues evaded during prorogation. This includes new crime legislation that was scrapped, the investigations on tortured Afghan detainees, and the pension debate.
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Who loves car repair? Perhaps you’d find Regina Car Share Co-operative handy then. www.reginacarshare.ca Ask your mechanic if car sharing is right for you (or just join). –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Did we not just have a “Master Plan” meeting? How is the university sup-
posed to be “sustainable” if we hand out plastic cups of ice cream and have NO facilities to recycle the used cups? Next time, have a collecting bin or something?! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Does Vianne Timmons use all her very important awards as fancy pa-
per weights? –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– RAVE 4 HAITI CABARET March 27th FT. DJ DMAC $15 cover includes $3 drinks, free food and dance party! 1769 Hamilton St. Proceeds go towards Haiti Relief via Red Cross. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Vianne Timmons gave me an orange at Christmas... she hasn’t done anything for me since. Take those awards to the pawn shop and lower my tuition. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Why don’t all you write an op-ed about Vianne Timmons! 500 words! Email the editor! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– So last night at Medea, I saw this fine piece of ass sitting by me. I turned to my friend and she said it was Joel Gritzfeld …. So Joel if you read this place call (get number from the Carillon office). XOXO –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– When will the chicken be able to cross the road without having his motives questioned? –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Hypothetically, if you ared and the media & everyone else focused on one bad thing about you and not all the positive work you done, do you think that’s fair? –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Dear right-handers, get the f*ck out of the left-handed desks. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DEAR PETE, Sorry for the boot print embedded on your body. My bad. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sorry, I’m working too hard to play Sesame Street with you.
Thursday, March 18
Away from Her 6:30 p.m. RIC 119 A showing of the Sarah Polley film in conjunction with Regina Brain Awareness Week
Billy Talent w/ Alexisonfire, Against Me!, Cancer Bats 7 p.m. Brandt Centre See this issue’s Arts and Culture section The Syringa Tree 7:30 p.m. The Globe Theatre A one-woman show that lasts two and half hours – wow The Dudes 8 p.m. The Exchange Alberta rockers tour behind Blood, Guts, Bruises, Cuts
Friday, March 19
Hawksley Workman 9 p.m. Darke Hall
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Long-time Canadian solo artist comes through in support of new disc Saturday, March 20
Every Time I Die w/ Four Year Strong, Polar Bear Club, Trapper Under Ice 7 p.m. The Distrikt Surely a lethal night Powerglove 7:30 p.m. The Exchange Metal act covers video game songs
ABBAmania 8 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre Sold-out Regina Symphony Orchestra production of tunes from the seminal Swedish pop group
Birds Are Dinosaurs 10 p.m. The Fainting Goat Regina experimental musicians play a free show Monday, March 22
International Goof Off Day
U of R Blood Donor Clinics 10 a.m. Riddell Centre multi-purpose room They might give you free juice for this Tuesday, March 23
University Debate on Dome 11:30 a.m. Campion Auditorium Come out and discuss this local divisive issue Wednesday, March 24
Fusion 7:30 p.m. The Globe Theatre See Arts and Culture section. Runs until March 27 Mired in Ethical Relativism: Is There a Moral High Ground? 7:30 p.m. Connaught Library U of R prof Roger Petry leads a philosophical discussion Philosophy Cafe Lecture Connaught Library 7:30 p.m. Roger Petry presents.