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Moving forward, moving in As politicians get ready for battle, FNUniv students turn their campus into a stronghold
Students, faculty, and families have moved into the FNUniv building to demonstrate support for the beleaguered institution
Live-in participants seek funding renewal
FNUniv now a political standoff
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features editor Anticipating the March 31 deadline for their university’s federal funding renewal, many First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) students have participated in a live-in to demonstrate their love for the institution. The event was organized by the FNUniv Students Association (FNUniv-SA) and has been taking place every night since March 23. While some have slept inside, others stayed in tepees set up outside. Attendance at the live-in has fluctuated, with a high of 25 on Wednesday, March 24 and a low of 10, according to Cadmus Delorme, FNUniv-SA vice-president of communications. “We’re always saying this place is like our home, we’re like a family,” said Delorme, “so we moved in. It’s our home.” The event has received strong support from numerous people and organizations, with donations of food, blankets, sweetgrass, and cash. Donations have come from the University of Regina English department and Saskatchewan’s First Nations Community Development Corporation, which donated $3,000. Delorme said that some people have simply walked in with cheques to help the association. Pizza suppers have been frequent gifts. “We’ll see how long we can handle having pizza,” laughed Nicole Bear, a third-year English student and donations coordinator for the event. Participants passed the time engaging in group activities and spiritual rituals. Someone brought a Nintendo Wii; musicians, including a drum group, entertained on March 23. “We have a talking circle every evening, we smudge when we wake up in the tepees,” Delorme said. He explained that smudging, which involves applying sage and sweetgrass to oneself, is a First Nations ritual. “It cleanses you, and then we all pray together.” Because the event is taking place on Star Blanket First Nations land, Delorme said, everyone follows a code of conduct that was articulated by Chief Star. Men and women sleep
in different areas, respect and decorum are required, and students are expected to attend classes. “When five o’clock comes, we move in for the evening,” said Delorme. While no word has come from the federal government, the FNUniv and U of R administrations are not resting on their laurels either. “We can’t wait to see if the funds will come to prepare for our new role,” said Barb Pollock, the U of R’s vice-president of external affairs. Positive steps have been taken to prepare for any eventuality. The working group comprised of representatives from the U of R, FNUniv, the Federation of Saskatchewan First Nations, and the provincial government released a memorandum of understanding on March 23 that defined the new arrangement for provincial funding. Pollock pointed out that most FNUniv students are taking U of R degree programs, and said that displaced students would be able to complete their degrees at the U of R. “No matter what happens, we will be there to make sure they get their degree programs.” She also expressed strong approval of the activism undertaken by FNUniv students, including the live-in. “We support them completely.” Of course, the live-in participants are still hoping that they won’t be forced to leave, and many said they were willing to sit in FNUniv until the federal funding comes through, even if the deadline passes. “We’ll still be here,” said Bear. “They’re not going to kick us out. It’s our home.” As of press time, the situation remains uncertain. Representatives from Indian and Northern Affairs did not respond to requests for an interview, and Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl has not indicated any change in policy. Whether funding is renewed and whatever the fate of FNUniv will be, one thing is certain: the administration, faculty, staff, and students that have struggled through this crisis will remember these long, tense months for the rest of their lives.
news editor There’s a dire battle being waged over the financial future of the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv), and the outcome will be decided by politicians. As much dedication to the institution as students have shown since early February, whether FNUniv will be operational in September rests with the provincial and federal governments. While momentum was gained with the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the FNUniv, University of Regina, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), and the provincial government, there is still much more to do on both levels. It was announced on February 8 that the $5.2 million in provincial funding would no longer be available as of April 1. “We’ve been clear on this, and that is: there’s no renewed funding for First Nations University,” Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour, Rob Norris, told the Carillon, after the release of the provincial budget on March 24. “Certainly there was scope for a partnership. Now that the partnership has been formalized, we see this as a very significant development, and consistent with the vision we had ... as long as the parties meet the conditions, we’re certainly prepared to move forward.” Leader of the official Opposition, Dwain Lingenfelter, said that the MOU, along with other positive steps taken by the FNUniv and its primary stakeholders, would signal the beginning of a new future if it weren’t for the reluctance of both levels of government. “I think that what is needed here is the Premier and the Prime Minister’s office working with them, not against them, to make this happen,” Lingenfelter said. “It seems to me that they’re scapegoating and making everybody else to blame instead of taking up their responsibilities.” The leader of the provincial New Democratic Party also added that, “A lot of people now feel that there’s just being politics being played with this by the provincial government – by Brad Wall and his team – and this is too important of an is-
sue.” “Nobody’s denying that mistakes were made,” Lingenfelter said, “but that’s no reason to get rid of the institution.” Though the proper steps have been taken to see the provincial funding reinstated, the $7.3 million of federal funding expired as of March 31. Leader of the federal NDP Jack Layton agreed with Lingenfelter on the importance of the progress the FNUniv made following the revelations of financial mismanagement. “What we fear is that the Conservatives, stepby-step, they’re backing out of support for things that are their responsibility,” Layton said. “Let’s remember that it’s not the responsibility of the province to have to provide post-secondary education for First Nations, that was a commitment that was made a long, long time ago when treaties were signed that said, ‘we’re going to be taking over the land that you’ve lived on for thousands of years and one of these key things we’re going to do for your next generations is we’re going to support education.’” The onus that Layton puts on the federal government was shrugged off by a spokesperson for the Saskatchewan region of Indian Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Trevor Sutter. He was available for comment when Minister of Indian Affairs Chuck Strahl was not. “Our position hasn’t changed,” Sutter said. “We will no longer be funding First Nations University as of April 1.” When asked if the MOU had any influence on future decisions, Sutter responded that Minister Strahl had previously addressed that development and reiterated that INAC’s position hasn’t changed. “I think the decision’s been made that the funding is no longer available,” Sutter said. “We’ll continue to work with the other partners to ensure that the needs of the students are going to be met for the rest of the academic year.” Sutter said that the U of R has the opportunity to put forward a proposal to apply for funding under the Indian Studies Support Program, and that money could then be directed towards the FNUniv. Neither Layton nor Sutter were able to speculate where the money would be allocated if the federal funds were not returned to the FNUniv.
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Holding out against “Hero” Sin tax U of R profs succeed in making “Project Hero” a heated public debate peter mills editor in chief The University of Regina was the topic of important, passionate debate last week. Unfortunately for First Nations University’s struggling supporters, the increased publicity and public debate was actually regarding a scholarship called “Project Hero” recently approved by the University of Regina. More specifically, most of the attention was fixated on what conservative radio personality John Gormley coined, “The Regina 16.” On March 26, news broke that 16 University of Regina professors submitted a letter declaring their opposition to “Project Hero” to U of R President Vianne Timmons. “Project Hero” is a scholarship that exists in Canadian universities that provides free tuition plus $1000 a month for expenses to the children of dead Canadian soldiers. The letter requested that Timmons review her decision that the U of R will join “Project Hero.” “What followed was a media feeding frenzy that mostly misrepresented our position, and a week of the worst sort of national attention for us and for the university,” said Prof. Joyce Green in a letter to the
Carillon. “Most media focused on the erroneous notion that our opposition is to soldiers being considered heroes; and to parentless children being given education assistance.” The professors that signed the letter have been barraged by hateful mail all week. “The language of many of our critics would make a stevedore blush and a grammarian wince,” explained Green. Some critics of the letter sounded off on radio shows, in newspapers, and on television broadcasts. The most common question asked by critics of the professors was the typical patriotic question, “How dare you not support the troops?” Many critics called the professors “Left-wing radicals” who must be fired, some condemned the entire U of R as an embarrassing institution, and several comments went as far as to criticize the professors for teaching “subjects that don’t matter.” “I will tell [my granddaughter] I will pay for her tuition at any other university than the University of Regina,” said one caller to John Gormely Live. Another caller said the professors were only hired to teach, calling them “mushy headed parasites” and suggesting that “they support
the Taliban.” Gormley said that if the professors – “left-wing loons” – have a problem with the scholarship, then they should quit and try to get a job at another university. Conservative MP for ReginaTom Lumsden-Lake Centre Lukiwski told the Leader-Post, “I’m calling on them to retract their statements and publicly apologize to Canadian military families.” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has also voiced his displeasure with the critics of “Project Hero”. Green said, “Lukiwski poured gas on the fire at every media opportunity, repeating his claim that we oppose help for the bereaved and honour for the dead and demanding our public apology … for something we didn’t say and didn’t intend.” Green said the professors involved were particularly concerned solely because the scholarship “has financial and political implications for our university.” “When the U of R is rationalizing its budget,” said Green, “when tuition fees are going up, following the recent provincial budget; when First Nations University is fighting for its financial life against an indifferent federal government – surely, now, we can argue that all of our students are worthy of funding.”
However, the aspect of the letter that has received the most publicity, was the professors concern over the language of “Project Hero.” “One of our concerns with the language of “Project Hero” is that such language normalizes militarism, and shuts down democratic and academic space for discussion. Our experience proves us right. “We also note that the federal government can and does provide for education assistance for families of soldiers [Children of Deceased Veterans Education Assistance Act C-28]; we have no problem with that.” Prof. John Conway sent the Carillon two articles he has written regarding Afghanistan which criticize the scholarship as a “propaganda offensive ... led by Prime Minister Harper and General Hillier.” In one of the letters Conway said, “The best way we can support our troops, and their families, is by bringing them home immediately.” With so much negative response and countless demands for the professors to publicily apologize, what happens now? “As one elder advised one of us, ‘Stand firm. Repeat your message. You’ve argued for peace your whole life.’ Here goes one more time.”
Dear President Timmons: We write to you as concerned faculty members of the University of Regina, to urge you to withdraw our university immediately from participation in the “Project Hero” scholarship program. This program, which waives tuition and course fees, and provides $1,000 per year to “dependents of Canadian Forces personnel deceased while serving with an active mission”, is a glorification of Canadian imperialism in Afghanistan and elsewhere. We do not want our university associated with the political impulse to unquestioning glorification of military action. “Project Hero” is the brainchild of Kevin Reed, a 42-year-old honorary lieutenant-colonel of an army reserve unit in southwestern Ontario, who has said publicly he was inspired by the work of retired Canadian General Rick Hillier. General Hillier, one of the most controversial figures in the recent military history of this country, was the first to introduce “Project Hero” at a Canadian post-secondary institution, just after he took up the post as Chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Since then, a number of other public Canadian universities have come on board. In our view, support for “Project Hero” represents a dangerous cultural turn. It associates “heroism” with the act of military intervention. It erases the space for critical discussion of military policy and practices. In signing on to “Project Hero”, the university is implicated in the disturbing construction of the war in Afghanistan by Western military- and state-elites as the “good war” of our epoch. We insist that our university not be connected with the increasing militarization of Canadian society and politics. The majority of young adults in Canada find it increasingly difficult to pay for their education. If they do make it to university, they rack up massive student debts which burden them for years. Instead of privileging the children of deceased Canadian soldiers, we suggest that our administration demand all levels of government provide funding sufficient for universal qualified access to post-secondary education. The University of Regina has always been closely tied to our Saskatchewan community, and the strategic plan, mâmawohkamâtowin, means "co-operation; working together towards common goals". We do not think that “Project Hero” is a common goal chosen by those of us who work in the University; it is not drawn from the values of this institution. We think it is incompatible with our understanding of the role of public education, or with decisions made by a process of collegial governance. In addition to withdrawing from “Project Hero”, we think the issues we raise should be publicly debated. We are calling on the U of R administration to hold a public forum on the war in Afghanistan, and Canadian imperialism more generally, at which the issues we raise can be debated. This forum should be open to all; it should take place this semester, before exams, as “Project Hero” is set to start at U of R in September 2010. To summarize, we are calling for: (1) The immediate withdrawal of our university from “Project Hero”. (2) An institutional deployment of public pressure on both orders of government to provide immediate funding sufficient for universal access to post-secondary education. (3) A public forum on the war in Afghanistan and Canadian imperialism more generally to be held this semester before exams begin. Signatures: Joyce Green, Department of Political Science J.F. Conway, Department of Sociology and Social Studies George Buri, Department of History Emily Eaton, Department of Geography Jeffery R. Webber, Department of Political Science David Webster, International Studies Annette Desmarais, International Studies Darlene Juschka, Women’s and Gender Studies and Religious Studies Meredith Rogers Cherland, Faculty of Education Garson Hunter, Social Work John W. Warnock, Department of Sociology and Social Studies William Arnal, Department of Religious Studies Carol Schick, Faculty of Education Ken Montgomery, Faculty of Education André Magnan, Department of Sociology and Social Studies *Leesa Streifler, Department of Visual Arts * News Talk Radio reported that Leesa Streifler did not actually sign or agree to be a part of the letter.
news column austin m. davis news editor Weekends are now even more expensive. Though there are many Saskatchewanians that aren’t pleased with the details of the 2010-11 budget, released on March 24, I am personally offended by two specific tax increases. If you’re a family member of mine, please stop reading at this point. I’ll make some mandatory confessions right at the start if you haven’t read this column before: I smoke and drink. It’s not a problem. That is to say, it wasn’t a problem until the government victimized me, the smoker and drinker. Now my questionable habits are pushing me to the verge of bankruptcy, no thanks to the Saskatchewan Party. As of midnight on budget day, the tax on a package of cigarettes increased from $4.50 to $5.25. Which means the cheap pack of smokes I pick up at the Golden Prairie Confectionary will go up by 75 cents. That’s not much money to most people, but to a student, it’s nearly a dollar less I can call my own. The increase won’t stop me from smoking, the ideal result the government claims it’s seeking. It also doesn’t decrease the horrible effects of smoking, it just makes it cost more. After all, I don’t believe in brands of smokes, I just believe in nicotine. On the plus side, I’m pleased that I don’t smoke cigars, since there is now a 100 per cent increase on retail price. Premier Brad Wall just wants to grab a few million dollars from anywhere possible. I see this, and to a degree I respect it, being a scavenger myself. Desperate times – and a $174 million deficit in a “balanced” budget is certainly desperate – call for desperate measures. Translation: kick them while they’re down. Unfortunately, I can’t even drown my taxed-cigarette sorrows in a dozen beer without reflecting on the 75 cent increase of a 12pack. That’s right, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is also feeling the burn. The changes to SLGA’s markup structure is causing the rise of prices for alcohol, effective April 1. Liquor in 750-millilitre bottles will increase by 50 cents, 1,140-millitre bottles and 12-packs of beer will increase by 75 cents. No word yet on whether the inflation will be reflected at the Lazy Owl on Friday nights. Let it be noted, however unpopular this may be, that a 25 cent increase at the campus bar would probably be okay for the health of all of us. This isn’t even a noticeable increase, in all fairness. Across the board, any markup less than a dollar will generally go overlooked. But I bitch about it because I’m frustrated. I’m frustrated that the government makes so much money off of my vices. Frustrated because I’m not the only one that has these vices. Frustrated because smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are unproductive and dangerous and the government acts like it’s not encouraged. Frustrated even more because I wish above all things that I could be an anarchist and not participate at all in the economy. Behold the juxtaposition of a smoker who cares! I’ve found myself facing a harsh reality though: I am a consumer. But most of my income isn’t spent on food or clothing. I’m nothing more than a consumer of intoxicants, I guess. Right now, the Saskatchewan government must adore me. If the government, federally in particular, was intent on seeing a serious decrease in tobacco consumption, they could easily raise the price ridiculously, or make it illegal. Instead the provincial government is capitalizing on those who, for the most part, just don’t give a fuck. Well, I don’t anyway. I don’t smoke or drink so extremely because it makes me feel good. Though a combination of the two usually results in a good time, it’s more about the rebellion. This perfectly presents the Catch-22. What am I rebelling against if the government and huge corporations are making money from aforementioned rebellion? I’m going to have a pint and a dart; I’ll get back to you.
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International issues needed in journalism
Shutting down Saskatchewan television barbara woolsey op-ed editor
Tony Burman speaks about international journalism to a crowded education auditorium
lisa goudy news writer For 30 years, top Canadian journalists have talked about imperative journalism issues. This year, the guest speaker at the University of Regina’s James M. Minifie Memorial Lecture, put on by the School of Journalism, was Tony Burman. Burman is the Managing Director of Al Jazeera’s English-language (AJE) news channel and he worked with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for 35 years. On March 25, Burman spoke in the education auditorium about journalism and its coverage of world issues in this universal age. “We live in a very challenging world. I suspect historians will one day judge this as a defining period in this 21st century,” said Burman. “The centuries of global power are shifting in historic, even epic, terms ... the power is shifting from the West, from the United States to China, to India, to other parts of the developing world where the world’s new 21st century economy is taking shape.” AJE is centred in Doha, Qatar and Burman said that this is not by chance. He emphasised that the world is not developing into an anti-American society, but rather a place that is engaged and described in various places by several different people. This has a particular relevance to Canada because of its strong multicultural presence. “The world’s current financial crisis is not helping. Its aftershocks are having a devastating effect on many news organisations, including here in Canada,” Burman said. “At a time when coverage of the world is more important than ever and global is becoming the new local, our window on the world is increasingly being closed.”
Many journalists all over the world are being let go by media corporations that remain quite wealthy. Investigative journalism and international news are both at stake. In Canada and the United States, the coverage of global news is the smallest in the past two decades as of last year, according to Burman. “My message today is to urge that we do what we can to halt this slide,” he stated. “In adversity there is opportunity, and I think there is an opportunity for Canadian journalists to step in and help fill the vacuum being left by the retreat of the world’s media monoliths.” Burman believes that it is important to understand the past in order to make way for the future. The past 10 years didn’t have a very promising start. With the events and tragedy of September 11, 2001, many people have characterized this decade accordingly. On top of this, this is a new age with improved technology that allows many options for journalists, but so far this hasn’t been fully achieved. World conflicts such as that in the Middle East, and issues surrounding climate change, possible nuclear war, and the economic crisis, have been largely overlooked by the media, which Burman described as “passive at best.” Subsequently, many developed countries have focused within themselves, safeguarding what they possess, and remaining apprehensive about the ambiguous future. “In the developing world, there have been aggressive efforts to expand coverage of the world,” said Burman. “These have provided alternative voices to the Anglo-American monopoly of CNN and the BBC that has long dominated the world of international journalism.” These are the ongoing plans of AJE in the Middle East. AJE has been broadcasting for three and a half years and including its web site, it is relayed in 150 million homes in over 100 coun-
tries around the world. In late 2009, AJE was permitted by the CRTC to be shown in Canada through a digital satellite. The CRTC stated that its decision was based on the enlargement of “the diversity of editorial points of view in the Canadian broadcasting system.” Burman expects these broadcasts to begin in approximately the next six weeks. But he stated that this doesn’t change the poor job done by the media in the past 10 years. He said that he believes future historians will assess the media’s operation as “harsh.” “Looking at the current state of the world, it is difficult not to conclude that disastrous decisions have been made by political leaders in an environment of ignorance and arrogance,” he said. “And these disasters were condoned by a public that largely chose to look the other way and a news media that was at various times complicit or incompetent ... As the world becomes more dangerous, this should give us all motivation to set it right.” International affairs are vital in 2010 and Canadians need to be involved to report on these global events. With the new growth of the world and the shifting of powers, Al Jazeera is there to follow these changes. Many of the journalists involved with Al Jazeera are also Canadian. “There is a deep respect worldwide for the Canadian values of fair mindedness, inclusiveness, and bridge building. As a Canadian now working in the middle of the Gulf, I’m humbled by how Canadians and Canadian journalism are held in such high regard,” he said. “For this takes continuing hard work and commitment and we can take neither for granted. Canada and the world need to be exposed to more perspectives, more diversity, and more choice.”
After 20 years on the air, the Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN) is shutting down the studio. It was announced Wednesday, March 24 in the provincial budget that the province’s publicly owned TV channel will cease operations in May. This is one of many cuts made by Brad Wall’s government in order to reduce spending by $121.3 million. Closing down SCN will save $2.4 million in the 2010-11 budget year and $5 million the next. In a news release about the cut, Tourism, Parks, Culture, and Sport Minister Dustin Duncan said that viewership of SCN is “very low.” The government points to a recent survey which found that only four per cent of television viewers tune into SCN for at least 15 minutes any given week. According to the government, this rating has been consistent over the last six years. Despite this, SCN’s most recent annual report shows that, of people responding to a questionnaire, 16 per cent tuned in the week before being surveyed. For the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists (ACTRA) Saskatchewan branch representative, Mike Burns, this wasn’t a surprise. Nationwide, provincial budgets are making cuts to their public broadcasting channels or doing away with them altogether. Saskatchewan is just the next to do so. “We had an inkling [this would happen] in the fact that they wouldn’t engage in dialogue with us,” he said at the legislative building on March 24. “That told us we didn’t have a high priority with them.” Burns has been a member of ACTRA Saskatchewan for over 20 years. He said the Sask. Party has done irreparable damage to the province’s
film and television industry during their time in government. “I know a lot of people who have built this industry up brick by brick,” he explained. “In a three-year period, this industry has gone 10 years backwards.” Earlier this month, ACTRA approached the Sask. Party to improve its film employment tax credit in a bid to stay competitive with other markets. By doing exactly the opposite, the government is making the province into what Burns calls a “tax credit ghetto.” “Our industry is mothballing right now,” he said. “People are looking for houses in other cities and a lot of young workers, performers, and crew people will be leaving.” This is the same worry for Richard Gustin, former director of programming at SCN. He describes the boarding up of the network as a “tragedy.” “With the loss of SCN, we get more and more packaged information from Toronto,” he said. “If you want to do this craft, you have to go where the opportunities are.” SCN offers a wide variety of general interest programming, from documentaries to dramas. Local productions, such as television shows Drug Class and Renegade Press, have seen great success on the channel. The network also offers satellite distance education classes, the Provincial Public Safety Telecommunications Network, and the broadcast of the legislative channel. Responsibility for these services will be transferred to another Crown corporation, Sasktel, and viewers have the opportunity to watch SCN programming on Max on Demand. A team will also look for potential buyers for the broadcast assets, including the CRTC license. There is a dark cloud over Saskatchewan’s film and television industry. Burns said the Sask. Party “doesn’t even want to listen to us, let alone talk to us.” “It’s devastating,” he said. “A lot of young people have come here and now it’s over.”
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Debating the dome Political science students argue for and against new facility jennifer squires news writer Dome talk heated up this past week as University of Regina political science students held a public debate. On Mar. 23, students from Tina Beaudry-Mellor’s political science 100 class presented both sides of the dome issue and invited those in attendance to participate as well. Beaudry-Mellor has been trying to fight political apathy in young students for years and she felt that getting her students engaged in a popular and local topic would rouse interest in politics. “Over the past number of years, I have been noticing increased dissatisfaction and apathy among young students with regards to politics. I am distressed by many of the negative characteristics they label politics with when I ask. One of my objectives was to illustrate to them that there is a close relationship between the personal and the political.” Beaudry-Mellor also hoped that this debate would help the reputation of the U of R and about academia in general. “Often, we are viewed as the Ivory Tower where our work and scholarship is largely self-serving and of little benefit to the so-called ‘real world.’ Generally this is because we tend to talk to each other as academics and thus our work doesn’t often engage the community.” Students that participated in the debate received bonus marks as an incentive to get them involved. While rousing student interest in
public affairs was her ultimate goal, Beaudry-Mellor also wanted to show the public and the government that a civil debate about this issue is possible. “We wanted to demonstrate not only that an open discussion of diverse views could be collegial, but that in so doing, you might actually find creative ways to make both sides happy. We wanted to demonstrate that academics do not have all the answers. This was very much an anti-elitist exercise.” Bart Soroka, a first year double major in political science and economics and society, headed up the pro side of the debate. The team for the dome cited profitability, pride, and uniqueness as reasons to why we should have this new stadium while at the same time discrediting the idea of spending money elsewhere. “This is a one-time stimulus package; programs like healthcare and welfare have a difficult time cutting back the money once it’s spent. With the stadium, it’s a one-time investment that we don’t have to worry cutting back on because it doesn’t need further investment.” Soroka wants to see something to make Regina and Saskatchewan more visible in the regional area, as well as beyond. “Not much separates us from Saskatoon. But if we get this big stadium here in Regina we can look at it and say, ‘bam, we’re unique.’ Calgary doesn’t have it. Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon don’t have it. Even North Dakota doesn’t have it. With it, we become a central location in the west and that’s important for our growth as a city.” The con-team investigated many
aspects of the funding issues surrounding the stadium and came up with some viable options for funding including holding a dome lottery and having purchased seats. “Hold a dome lottery where you would buy a ticket to try to win first access rights to a certain seat or you could buy a seat where you spend X amount of money for a particular seat and that seat is yours. You get first dibs on every event and every ticket for that seat.”
Soroka, who was also acclaimed as Arts Director for next year, doesn't like calling this possible new stadium a dome. “It’s not about being pro dome. I’m arguing pro year-round stadium to be constructed in that area. It’s dangerous to say ‘I want a retractable roof.’ What you want to say is, ‘I want a roof, I want to be able to use it year-round at the cheapest, most efficient way to do it.’” Soroka hopes that this debate will
catch government attention and act as a model for them to hold similar events. “I believe our government’s going to do the best that they can for their people.” Beaudry-Mellor agrees with Soroka and hopes that there will be more events like this in the future. “We need to do more of this kind of work. It is risky. I was lucky that I think this one turned out well.”
According Erik Chevrier, a CGSA councillor, CFS lawyers have told the grad association’s legal counsel that the GSA owes the CFS over $200,000 in membership fees dating back to 1995. “It’s quite unfortunate that they’re doing this to us now, because it’s not the responsibility of our students to pay this — it should have been corrected right from the source, right from the beginning,” said Chevrier. “Now 15 years later, we can’t expect the students to pay for the bill of what was done before.” Chevrier said that CGSA council had not discussed the issue yet, and were still looking into whether the amount was legitimate. “This is what they claim; now we’re looking into the matter to see what the situation actually is.” The CFS has also denied that the GSA has the right to hold a referendum on the grounds that it would violate the aforementioned CFS bylaw that prohibits more than two referendums in a three-month period. According to a series of letters between lawyers representing the two groups that were obtained by the Canadian University Press, the GSA believes the bylaw does not apply because it was passed after they had submitted a petition calling for a referendum. However CFS lawyers have re-
jected the claim. “It is the CFS’s position that the amended bylaws do apply to the CGSA and that their application is not, as you say, retroactive.” CFS lawyer François Viau wrote in a letter to GSA legal council. “The only detail of the defederation process that is being modified by the amended bylaws is the scheduling of when a defederation referendum can take place. This is a purely procedural matter.” But Chevrier said he takes issue with the claim that the scheduling of the referendum is purely procedural — he said it’s a matter of student rights. The lawyer’s letters also make it clear that the CFS will not recognize the validity of any unapproved referendum. “We’re going to go through with the referendum despite them telling us that we’re not allowed to,” said Chevrier. “We’ve invited them to come sit in a meeting and discuss the referendum.” The CSU, which represents undergraduates at Concordia, has already begun their own referendum, which the CFS has said they will not recognize. The CFS has also claimed that the CSU owes them over $1 million — a claim that the CSU has denied.
Complicated exit procedure Seven groups at six schools vying to leave CFS jacob serebrin cup quebec bureau chief MONTREAL (CUP) — Whether the Canadian Federation of Students likes it or not, seven of their members are attempting to leave the federation this semester. While bylaws approved last November stipulate that only two schools can leave Canada’s largest student lobby group within a given timeframe, schools are attempting to bypass the bylaw in a myriad of ways. The only two student organizations approved by the CFS to hold membership referendums this semester were the Alberta College of Art and Design Student’s Association (ACADSA) and the McGill PostGraduate Students’ Society (PGSS). Even the PGSS has overstepped CFS bylaws, though, by holding a longerthan-approved voting period for the referendum, which they say is necessary to achieve enough voters to make a decision. The University of Guelph Central Student Association received permission from an Ontario Superior Court judge on March 24 to hold a referendum in April questioning their membership in both the national and Ontario components of the CFS. That same week, the University of Calgary Graduate Students’
Association voted 740 to 166 to end their membership with the CFS, with a turnout of 15.6 per cent — despite not having approval from the national federation. Matt Musson, director of campaigns for the association, said their council has approved the results and they will begin exiting “according to CFS bylaws.” The University of Regina Students’ Union has also indicated that they will be moving forward with a membership referendum. In Quebec, where the “defederation” movement has been extremely vocal, continued-membership referendums are going ahead at three of the federation’s four member student unions there — the Concordia Student Union (CSU), the Concordia Graduate Students’ Association (CGSA) and the PGSS — with the PGSS referendum being the only one approved. The CFS, who has claimed all three unions owe them a significant amount of money, has refused to participate in two of the three referendums and is expected not to recognize their results. Even while sanctioned by the CFS, the PGSS has wound up in court with the federation several times over the referendum. The PGSS intends to go ahead with a four-day referendum despite only being approved for two days by the CFS. Federation bylaws stipulate that they
must select two members for referendum oversight committees — but because the PGSS is overstepping the approved referendum dates, PGSS president Daniel Simeone believes that CFS-appointed members of the referendum oversight committee could attempt to hold a separate referendum overlapping with the last two days of the official PGSS elections and referendum, which run from March 29 to April 1. According to Simeone, much of the discussion at the oversight committee has revolved around the dates of the referendum and who sets the dates. Simeone said the PGSS was not consulted when the CFS set the original two-day referendum. In February, the PGSS council passed a motion that required a fourday referendum should be held if the oversight committee was not able to come to an agreement by March 5. Simeone said the PGSS was not informed of CFS’s committee member appointments until March 3. However, he said, “Communication was still ongoing.” Concordia’s two student unions are also holding referendums on continued membership in the CFS, but neither of those have been recognized by the CFS, and both unions have received steep bills demanding the payment of back fees.
“We’re going to go through with the referendum despite them telling us that we’re not allowed to.” Erik Chevrie Legal counsel Concordia Graduate Students’ Association
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French-born marketing guru Clotaire Rapaille was hired by Quebec City in February 2010 to analyze the city’s image on an international level. Mayor Régis Labeaume announced on March 29 that Rapaille had been fired, citing a “breach of trust” as reason for the dismissal. Rapaille allegedly gave three different accounts
On the morning of March 24, two female suicide bombers entered Moscow metro stations. The bombs, filled with bolts and iron rods, killed 38 people and injured 72 others. Though no group had claimed responsibility as of press time, Russian security linked the act to the North Caucasus, a region whose leaders had previously
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of his being in Normandy during the Liberation of France in 1944, though he was living in Paris at the time. This on top of mistruths about his doctorate resulted in his termination. Rapaille has already been paid $125,000, and a final settlement has not yet been worked out.
Sales tax ≠ toothpaste
The Saskatchewan Party and the New Democrats have no shortage of strong words for each other. Recently though, both sides have stretched out on a limb. The Sask. Party has claimed many times not to support combining the PST and GST into a harmonized sales tax. During question period on March 24, NDP
threatened Russia. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cancelled a trip to Serbia following the attack on civilians. In a video released to emergency officials, Putin said, “I am confident that law enforcement bodies will spare no effort to track down and punish the criminals. Terrorists will be destroyed.”
Sowing for the Cougars
leader Dwain Lingenfelter accused the Finance Minister of “trying to put the toothpaste back into the tube,” by being open to the idea of introducing a HST in the province. This took place after Brad Wall referred to the Opposition leader as “grandpa” before the release of the budget.
The Cougar Men’s Hockey Alumni Association has been around, informally, since 1994. The group, originally of only six, organized a golf tournament that raised $10,000 for the university’s men’s hockey program. Now that figure seems miniscule. In 2008 the alumni group leased 280 acres near Strasbourg and planted a crop of
wheat. In 2009 the harvest generated $60,000 in revenue, a generous portion of the total $90,000 raised for the program. The money raised is used to provide scholarships, as well as extra and specialized equipment. Hockey and the prairies? What a remarkable combination.
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March in March
The U of R hosted the 38th annual Keg-a-Rama fundraiser for the Saskatchewan Professional Firefighter Association Burn Fund on March 26. While teams in elaborate costumes were â€œpreparingâ€? for their race by drinking excessively in the Owl, the competition of dragging an empty keg around campus raised $14,000.
The annual march typically raises awareness for missing women. This year, however, there was also support for the First Nations University. A bit after noon on March 29, the group walked through the Riddell Centre, signs in hand with messages of empowering women.
Hope Bike Race
The First Nations University of Canada hosted its 32nd annual powwow at the Brandt Centre on March 29. The recent conflict surrounding the post-secondary institution made the powwow even more special of an event. There were more competitors registered in 28 different categories than in any previous year.
On the afternoon of March 30, there were stationary bicycles set up in the Riddell Centre for the Hope Bike Race in support of the Saskatchewan Cerebral Palsy Association. The event had students riding away their lunch hour fundraising money. Last year the event raised $5,000 in four hours.
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SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL BUDGET
10-11 BALANCED? FORWARD-LOOKING? RESPONSIBLE?
BUDGET BREAKDOWN alex colgan features editor
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With the recent release of the Sask. Party government’s provincial budget, there has been a complicated debate about Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer’s claim that the budget is “balanced.” Many Saskatchewan residents may be left scratching their heads after facing a barrage of accounting-speak: general revenue, gross debt, sinking funds, business enterprise specific debt. The budget summary is a monster document: 95 pages of definitions, tables, graphs, and large numbers. Most people don’t have the time to read the entire thing and make up their own minds about the issue, so they rely on the opinion columns and political debates. Unfortunately, without an understanding of the facts, it can seem as if politicians and commentators are speaking gibberish, or talking about two different things. The controversy over whether the budget is balanced arises from different definitions of balance, since provincial finances are complicated and cover a broad range of revenues and expenditures. The Sask. Party points to the balance of the government’s budget, and argues that Crown corporation and government business enterprise deficits are the responsibility of those parties, and that withdrawals from the Growth and Financial Security Fund (GFSF) created by past surpluses are perfectly justified. Critics, such as Leader-Post political columnist Murray Mandryk and provincial auditor Fred Wendel, argue that this limited definition glosses over disturbing trends of increasing debt in other areas. Pronouncing a balanced budget, through the use of obscurantist accounting, violates common-sense definitions of balance that imply a measure of sustainability. Fortunately, we at the Carillon love to read long, complicated budget documents, so that we can bring back nuggets of knowledge from our foray into finance. For those who don’t have several hours and a pot of coffee to spend puzzling over the politics of high finance, we offer a rigorous deconstruction of key areas of controversy, including health, education, and transportation. A colourful mosaic of pie charts, graphs, and boxes reveal the content and context of the budget debate.
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GRF outlook austin m. davis news editor “The 2010-11 budget represents the third year under the Growth and Financial Security Act. The Act requires a four-year financial plan in which total General Revenue Fund (GRF) expense must balance with or be less than total GRF revenue each year.” Since 2003, the GRF has averaged eight per cent higher than it did between 1980 and 2003. Resource prices have reflected this strength within the province, especially non-renewable resource revenue. The global economic downturn was the only major injury to “soaring resource prices.” In 2009-10, non-renewable resource revenue declined $2.8 billion, or 61.8 per cent from the year before. This represented a total GRF decline of $2.3 billion. This was compensated by higher tax revenue (“particularly income taxes”), and a higher dividend taken from the Crown Investment Corporation of Saskatchewan (CIC). The GRF revenue is forecast to decrease $76.8 million from the 2009-10 forecast. The two main decreases this year are primarily due to $479 million reduction in total CIC dividends, and a $115 million decrease in other own-source revenue. The $9.9 billion of revenue from the 2010-11 GRF breaks down to 49 per cent taxes, 21 per cent non-renewable resources, 17 per cent federal transfers, and 13 per cent of other own sources. “Tax revenue is forecast to be $4.9 billion in 201011, an increase of $78.7 million (1.6 per cent) from the 2009-10 forecast.”
Non-renewable resource revenue is predicted to increase 19.5 per cent in 201011, putting it at $2.1 billion. “The increase is due to growth in potash, Crown land sales and natural gas, partially offset by lower revenue from oil, the Resource Surcharge and other non-renewable resources.” Crown land sales are forecasted to increase $51.4 million, a trend that is foreshadowed by the last sale of 2009 being for $39.5 million. If the Canadian dollar reaches the anticipated US 95.5 cents in 2010-11, this would reduce exchange rates for prices for resources sold in US dollars, including oil, potash, and uranium. However, “nonrenewable resource revenue, including coal, uranium, and other minerals, is forecast to decrease by $3.2 million in 2010-11.” “The GRF expense is estimated to be $10.1 billion in 2010-11, reflecting achievement of an overall reduction of $121 million, or 1.2 per cent.” The expense allocation is as follows: Health, $4.2 billion, or 41.5 per cent; Education, $1.3 billion, or 13 per cent; Advanced Education, Employment and Labour, $846 million, or 8.3 per cent; Social Services, $753 million, or 7.4 per cent; Debt Servicing, $435 million, or 4.3 per cent; Highways and Infrastructure, $402 million, or 4 per cent; Agriculture, $385 million, or 3.8 per cent; and remaining ministries and agencies receive $1.8 billion, or about 17.7 per cent. Health and Social Services are the only sectors that saw an increase in divided percentages at 1.7 and 0.4 respectively. The Government General Public Debt will remain at $4.1 billion until 2014.
alex colgan features editor The core of the balanced-budget controversy, the Growth and Financial Security Fund (GFSF) is a fund established in 2008 in order to provide “for financial security of the Government of Saskatchewan from year to year” and to be a funding source for provincial programs that promote economic development. Funds can move back and
Economic outlook highlights austin m. davis news editor Though 2009 was a bad year economically and many provinces lost jobs, the 2010-11 budget states that 7,817. Saskatchewan created Saskatchewan currently has its largestever population of 1,034,974, but this population boom came at an inopportune time. Though Saskatchewan maintains the lowest unemployment rate in the country, the figure still grew from 4.1 per cent in 2008 to 4.8 per cent in 2009. The economic downturn hurt because “Saskatchewan exports roughly 70 per cent of what it produces. Therefore,
what happens in the rest of the world is an important factor in the province’s economic performance.” Banks around the world are slow to raise interest rates, meaning the global economic recovery will take time. While the Canadian dollar averaged US 88 cents, it is forecasted to hold between US 94.3 cents and US $1, depending on which bank is consulted. The prices of oil and natural gas are expected to rise in 2010 and 2011. This will parallel the slight increase in the number of gas and oil wells within the province. Oil is projected to rise from last year’s US $62.09 per barrel to US $75 per barrel. Wheat prices are forecasted to be at a five-year high of $191 per tonne in
2013, but will stay at $163 in 2010. Barley will be cheaper in 2010 than last year, and is expected to peak in 2012 before dropping again. Saskatchewan farmers harvested 20.9 per cent more than the 10-year average. The government projects no significant change in major crop and livestock for 2010. There was a drastic drop in demand for potash last year, while prices were 10 per cent higher than in 2008, at $809 per K2O tonne. Domestic and offshore sales are expected to improve from last year’s dismal results (“a level not seen since 1971”), but will remain far below 2008’s figures. “Recent contracts with India and China were concluded at a price of about US $350 per KCI tonne, delivered. The current
forth between the GFSF and the General Revenue Fund (GRF), which is the province’s central operating account. Since the GFSF’s creation, when it was endowed with $1.6 billion, the government has made large withdrawals: $418 million in 2008-09 and $510 million in 2009-10. For this budget, the government anticipates withdrawing $194 million from the GFSF, which will bring the closing balance down to $510 million. Almost $1.3 billion
potash price assumption for 2010 [US $307/KCI tonne] is consistent with these developments.” Despite last year’s poor figures, potash mine expansions are still proceeding on schedule. The private sector’s predictions for Saskatchewan’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) vary quite extensively, but there is a strong projection of growth. TD Bank projects only a 2.3 per cent change in real GDP growth, while the Royal Bank of Canada is predicting a 3.6 per cent change. While all provinces are expected to post positive growth, “the private sector expects Saskatchewan’s economy to post the third-highest growth in 2010.” The conclusion of this portion of
will have been withdrawn from the GFSF by 2011-12, after which the government plans to make payments back into the fund. Critics of this strategy, such as provincial auditor Fred Wendel, charge the government with misusing accounting language to conceal what’s actually happening with provincial finances. By taking advantage of past surpluses and shifting money from one fund to another, the government can claim that the budget is balanced.
the budget says that the “Saskatchewan economy is forecast to grow by 2.6 per cent this year and 3.3 per cent in 2011.” There is a disclaimer stating that all forecasts are based on assumptions, “including those based on a set of assumptions, including those concerning commodity production and prices, Canadian and U.S. economic growth and the value of the Canadian dollar.” According to the summary, stimulus measures have contributed significantly to the “global economic recovery” and a quick withdrawal of the stimulus could damage Saskatchewan’s economic forecast.
Deconstructing the “balanced” budget
The images on the bottom of these two pages represent government revenues and expenses, broken down into different sources and commitments. A square half-inch, shown to the left, represents $100 million. Solid lines represent the government’s perspective, in which both sides are roughly equal with the addition of the Growth and Financial Security Fund (GFSF). Critics argue that the use of $194 million from the GFSF, shown in the dotted lines on the right, reveals an unbalanced budget.
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On budget day 2010-11, the government of Saskatchewan said the $4.2 billion health budget for the next fiscal year – an increase of $127 million from the previous fiscal year – “addresses priorities.” The Sask. Party has emphasized that one of their top priorities for this budget is to reduce surgical wait times. The Health Ministry will receive a $10.5 million investment toward ensuring that, in four years, patients will wait no longer than three months for surgery. However, the largest portion of the government’s investment in health goes toward paying health care workers. The Regional Health Authorities will receive $2.6 billion, an increase of $123 million from the last fiscal year. Other major commitments include $186 million to support individuals with intellectual disabilities – which is not specific, but is likely being spread to numerous programs – and $109 million to the
In a recent press release, Education Minister Ken Krawetz said: “We understand the essential role [education] plays in our province’s future and the importance of preparing our young people for success.” Of course young people are the future and preparing them for success is important – this is not a revolutionary idea. Neither are rising tuition prices. The government’s overall operating grant for education is $976 million, a $33 million increase. Prekindergarten to Grade 12 education infrastructure investments reached a record three-year total of $328 million. Childcare was a significant and wellpublicized concern for many Saskatchewan citizens, and the government responded with $182 million for Child and Family Services. As well, $2 million will be committed for 235 additional childcare spaces and 18 new prekindergarten programs. In total, $58 million will be spent on early learning and childcare for 11,635 licensed childcare spaces and 230 prekindergarten programs. Employees of Child Care Centres, Community Solutions Program, and the Early Development Instrument will be redirected to increase childcare and prekindergarten spaces. The government also proclaimed that post-secondary education is a “High Priority” in the 2010-11 budget. The Education Ministry will receive $391 million for universities and federated or affiliated colleges. An additional $16.3 million in core funding will be provided to Saskatchewan universities, limiting the average tuition increase to about five per cent.
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Big picture: debt rising
Saskatchewan Cancer Agency – a $10 million funding increase. The Sask. Party also committed to additional funding for the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health ($3.8 million), autism services ($2.5 million), and the establishment of the Physician Recruitment Agency ($3.5 million). The government has boasted they are continuing to increase taxes on tobacco and alcohol, citing health concerns – tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness in Canada – as their primary initiative. One way the government saved money in the health ministry budget was by cutting $10.4 million for chiropractic services. Saskatchewan citizens on Supplementary or Family Health Benefits, or on the Senior’s Income Plan, are now only eligible for 12 treatments a year.
Plain and simple, tuition can now go up five per cent if the university approves. Nothing was said in the budget about how much of a tuition increase students would have faced without the additional $16.3 million, nor does it discuss the potential for further increases next year. One thing is for sure, the Sask. Party has said they do not support a tuition freeze. The budget provides $97.7 million to support students through student loans, grants, bursaries, the Provincial Training Allowance, and the Graduate Retention Program (GRP). Significant changes were made to improve student financial assistance. Fulltime students can now earn as much as they choose during their study period without affecting their eligibility for financial assistance, interest rates will be reduced to prime on repayable loans, and ownership of vehicles will not be a factor for financial assistance. In a press release, Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris said: “We have taken several steps to enhance student support, so that securing an education is affordable.” The GRP is the cornerstone of Norris’ belief that the government has made post-secondary education affordable. For those that qualify for the GRP, education is, in fact, more affordable. But for those who do not, it is has only become more accessible for acquiring student loans, but not more affordable. Finally, the budget vaguely explains that “enhanced efforts” will be made to develop further partnerships with First Nations and Métis peoples in training and employment services, as well as increased measures to promote international education in Saskatchewan.
While government general debt is expected to remain stable for the next five years, Saskatchewan’s Crown corporations and government business enterprises will see increasing debt. With the exception of SaskPower, the government has taken the sum total of all dividends from the Crowns, totalling $277 million. The General Revenue Fund’s total debt will steadily increase until at least 2014.
Infrastructure Infrastructure has been the sexiest ministry to fund since the struggles of the global economic recession. Ask anyone: is increased funding for infrastructure a good idea? They will surely say yes. Such a mentality is reflected in the 2010-11 budget. The government will spend $632 million in total capital dollars for infrastructure, which is actually a reduction from the record-high levels in the previous two budgets. However, it’s still the third-largest capital-spending budget in Saskatchewan history: $3 billion in three years. In the 2007 provincial election, the government won over rural Saskatchewan by promising a “historic commitment to highways.” Upon the release of the
The government of Saskatchewan is committing $385 million to the 2010-11 agriculture budget. Approximately three-quarters of the agriculture ministry budget is devoted to business risk-management programs including AgriStability, AgriInvest, and Crop Insurance. Government funding for agriculture will fluctuate year-to-year as a result of changing commodity prices and income projections. Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said this is precisely why the government committed what they predict to be sufficient financial support for farmers and ranchers in the upcoming growing season. The Crop Insurance Program now includes coverage for camelina, navy beans, soybeans, and honey, and
2010-11 budget, Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter said: “We made a commitment to the people of Saskatchewan to invest $1.8 billion over our fouryear mandate to fix our highways and roads.” They have nearly fulfilled that promise. Three cheers for highways! The government will be spending $551 million on the provincial highway system, including $250 million in new highway construction and repaving this year – the second largest highways capital program in the province’s history. In total, three projects will receive an additional $63 million this year: twinning Highway 11, the Lewvan interchange and West Bypass in Regina, and the Yorkton Truck Bypass.
the contract price option now includes flax, lentils and alfalfa seed. Yield cushioning is now a permanent feature, after being a pilot program in 2009, as well as compensation for wild boar damage to crops. The program now includes 100 per cent producer compensation for livestock killed by predators and up to 80 per cent of the market value for injured livestock requiring veterinary services. For those who like to crack down on pesky varmints, the Gopher Control Rebate Program has been renewed, as well as rat and wild boar control.
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A history of Wax
Wax Mannequin (left) is currently on tour across Canada
james brotheridge a&c editor Chris Adeney never knew his grandfather, but his stature loomed large. Like Adeney himself, his grandfather, Saxon, was a musician. “Once, when I was young – nine – my grandma showed me some sheet music of his that he’d written,” said Adeney. “But he’s passed away, and that’s never turned up. Maybe one day I’ll be able to track it down. “Perhaps one of my relatives has some music. So far, it’s been swallowed up by his passing and my grandmother’s passing.” In naming his most recent album Saxon, Adeney – better known as Wax Mannequin – was paying tribute to his grandfather of the same name. It’s a drastic move for Adeney. His previous albums, starting with 2000’s Wax Mannequin, were always records once removed from the specific details of his life, “meant to be more evocative of a certain mood and mental state,” he said. To this end, the presentation he used in making his records and performing them live has bordered on the fantastic. At a certain point, he started bleeding roses onstage. In 2007’s Orchard and Ire, he even outlined epic battles among animals and robots. Not to mention the meow breakdowns throughout 2004’s The Price, when he would just meow during a song. His songs are never anything short of utterly sincere, however. “Thing Game” from The Price is the perfect example. The song is nothing short of devastating, but its origins are completely oblique, with the emotional peak coming when he repeats “birds born as bees/bees born as birds” over and over again. All of this stems from Wax Mannequin, whatever Adeney considers that to be. “I don’t really think of it as a character. I don’t really think of it as a persona, though I have gone through various incarnations in terms of how I present the music onstage, or how the music looks and sounds. “The core that’s been consistent
has been the songwriting and the lyrics and the kind of absurdity and sincerity that I always work with in my songwriting.” Saxon presents an alteration to that concept, first in sound. Most of the songs on the album are acoustic-based, quite different from his recent albums. While his first two records, filled with bizarre, electro-folk music, featured acoustic more prominently, The Price and Orchard and Ire were both filled with more epic rock sounds. The title track from The Price, featuring a call from Bryan Adams in the bridge, is an anthem if there ever was one. “I had a bunch of songs that seemed more suited to be played on my acoustic guitar and my nylonstring guitar, which is how I started with my first two records which were recordings of my songs that I recorded on four-track [recorder].” As remarkable as the change in Wax Mannequin’s music, however, is the change in subject matter. On Saxon, Adeney directly addresses aspects of his life, or at least more directly than before. As an insert to the album, he even explains the origins of each track. “I’ve always written in response to my life. Lyrically, it’s a bit more apparent now. It’s a bit more of a clear storytelling going on in some of the songs. I write a bit more about relationships now, which is something that started happening when I hit 30. “I like to say they’re still my songs, so they’ve got that sense of absurdity or seriousness or whatever it is. I’m just having a lot of fun connecting more directly with the people and being clearer about where my ideas are coming from, not veiling that so much in my songwriting.” A lot of that absurdity hasn’t changed. “End of Me” explores emotional turmoil by talking about the end of the world, for example. A common thread from his old albums that follows through Saxon is the life-and-death nature of the songs’ subjects. Adeney feels it’s part of how he lives his life. “When you dedicate your life to something, at a certain point, you have to decide what’s more important to you – your life or the struggle. My life
or my passion, what I’m hoping to do right now. That kind of struggle is where those sorts of lyrics come from. I’d say it’s a lighter view of death, trying to find the humour in it.” This extends to his touring. Since the release of his second album, 2002’s and Gun, he’s toured Canada constantly, coming through Regina countless times at any number of venues. Previously, he toured as a one-man band, playing guitar and singing along with pre-programmed synths and drum beats. These days, however, he’s assembled a band to play along with him, so he’ll have some people to share the touring experience with. Touring has always taken on great importance to Adeney, though. “The risks involved in touring and the chances one takes inspire my take on mortality or bring out some of the darker things in my music. When you tour a lot and decide to enjoy the process of touring, you have to abandon materialism and you have to be OK with embracing poverty – not that I would compare myself to people who are truly impoverished. I don’t want to make light of that. “When you’re touring, you’re living from moment to moment. It’s scary for some people, but I find it almost spiritual. I just like to live that way. So, I have one side of my life that’s very stable and I can come back to, and another side is more adventurous. That makes me very happy, that I have both things. I feel very fulfilled.” This all links back to Saxon, Adeney’s grandfather. Dedicating the new Wax Mannequin record to him was important to Adeney. “I always wanted to do that, make a record that I would dedicate to him. I never knew him. He was kinda an eccentric musician who grew up in a small town and didn’t have a lot of creative outlets, but he would write,” he said. “He had to suffer with his creativity silently, and I feel really fortunate to live now when it’s a little easier to find likeminded people and get my music out and record it.” Wax Mannequin will be playing with the Burning Hell on April 2 at the Club.
Burning up A closer look at Wax Mannequin’s touring partner
Wax Mannequin would be hard pressed to find someone more appropriate than Mathias Kom to share a tour with. Kom is the man behind the Burning Hell, an act known as much for their great songwriting as their off-kilter sensibility. Kom’s deep voice and lyrical style have been compared to Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, though that resemblance isn’t encompassing. His penchant for bizarre song styles and consistently humorous outlook make him an utterly unique addition to the Canadian music scene. He’s just released This Charmed Life, a vinyl-only album available on the tour. With that in mind, here’s a look back at some of his other releases.
Angus Rowe MacPherson
Tick Tock (2006) Sample track: “It Happens in Florida” Sample lyric: “Love/It’s like a hurricane/It happens in Florida/Gets into everything”
Happy Birthday (2008) Sample track: “Grave Situation Pt. 2” Sample lyric: “I may be dead/But you’re still mine”
Baby (2009) Sample track: “The Things That People Make Pt. 2” Sample lyric: “You be the baby bird/I’ll be the regurgitated worm”
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The amazing avocado False authors, real books Fake authors just part of the business
better eating nikki little contributor Prized in the culinary world for their richness, avocados lend a certain stylish flair to foods. Also known as alligator pears, this South American fruit delivers plenty of nutrition. Today, they are grown in many regions of the world, although they are particularly popular in Mexico and California, leading to their association with those respective cuisines. If you taste an avocado on its own, you might wonder what is so special about it. Their rich but mildly bitter flavour is awkward on its own. However, once paired with other foods, the flavour of avocados comes alive! In particular, sour foods such as lemons, limes, tomatoes, and even mildly sour berries partner well with avocados. Sweet foods also liven up avocados, which lead to their use in dessert drinks in South American countries. Simply adding a few slices of avocado to a sweet smoothie will have a similar effect, giving your drink added richness and complex flavour. There are many more ways to add avocados to everyday foods. Slices of avocados make a wonderful substitution for cheese on sandwiches or in salads, and little cubes can be sprinkled into soups, stews, and chilies. They can even be used to sub-
stitute for part of the oil content in baked goods or blended into creamy sauces. When you purchase an avocado, it is likely to be green, and not yet soft. To ripen avocados, keep them out of the fridge. Instead, place them in a bowl with other fruits, which will speed the ripening process. They will turn darker, and become softer. Once they are ripe, use avocados immediately. Otherwise, they develop unpleasant stringy pieces throughout the fruit. If you need to store them for a short time, coat any exposed surface of the avocado in lemon juice and store it in the fridge. The World’s Healthiest Foods website (whfoods.org) notes many beneficial nutrients in this fruit. They contain plenty of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, folate, lutein, and fibre. Their high amounts of potassium and folate can contribute to good heart health, and their vitamin E content is beneficial for the skin. In fact, their rich oils and vitamin E content have made avocados prized in cosmetic products as well as foods. Simply leaving mashed avocado on your skin for five minutes can help to soften your skin and speed up healing. While avocados do contain fat, the fatty acids found in them are monounsaturated. Therefore, you can use avocados in place of other lesshealthy oils and fatty foods, and still have creamy, rich flavours.
This simplified guacamole can easily be prepared on trips where you may not have a lot of cooking tools available to you.
2 avocados 1/4 cup medium salsa, plus some to adjust flavour 2 tbsp lime or lemon juice Sea salt and pepper to taste
1) Remove the skins and pits from the avocados. One way to do this is to cut them in half, twist them apart, and then cut each half in quarters again. The pit should be easy to remove this way, and the skins should peel off. 2) Mash the avocados very well with a fork, or blend them with a handheld blender or food processor.
3) Stir in salsa, lime juice, and salt and pepper. Add extra salsa, pepper, and/or salt if the guacamole needs more flavour. Serve with tortilla chips or sliced vegetables.
There will be no issue next week, but there will be a story meeting on Monday,April 5, at 12:30 p.m. in the Carillon office (Rm. 227, Riddell Centre).
Come out and write a damn story!
taylor tiefenbach a&c writer This fall, Richard Castle will release Naked Heat, the second novel of his mystery series featuring New York detective Nikki Heat. The first novel, Heat Wave, was a commercial success, reaching No. 6 on the New York Times’ best sellers list. This is quite the accomplishment for Castle considering he’s not an actual person, but rather the main character on ABC television show Castle. He is not even the only fictional character to author a book as of late. Hank Moody, David Duchovny’s character on Califorinication, released his novel God Hates Us All in 2009. Neil Patrick Harris’ character on How I Met You Mother, Barney Stinson, has released two books and has another due out this fall. Even Gary Troup, a passenger on Oceanic Flight 815 in Lost, had his novel Bad Twin posthumously released. Beyond putting out book tie-ins, these shows share few similarities. They cover the gamut of cable shows, network shows, sitcoms, and dramas. It seems the trend is part of a greater effort of television shows to create new streams of revenue to make up for lost ad money. “Television advertising is dropping off quite a bit. And it’s becoming a very fragmented market,” said marketing instructor Dwight Heinrichs. “It’s affected by a lot of things, even PVR. People just don’t look at ads anymore. They record, they fast forward.” As a result, less money is being spent on mass media and more on social media, things like Facebook and possibly these books. “What the networks are trying to do now is find new ways to generate revenue, to replace this lost ad revenue. This can be one of those options to leverage different angles off a sitcom of fictional characters,” said Heinrichs. Books by fictional authors may
be a new trend for advertisers and television shows, but it is nothing new in literature. Many novels, such as Don Quixote and Gulliver’s Travels, present themselves as books written by a character within the story. This device is often called “strange manuscript” after James De Mille’s book Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder. “Strange manuscript is a conventional feature of literature that creates fictional authors. And so this is an old feature that goes back to the Greeks and Romans. It’s not unusual to have a fictional character writing a book,” said English Department Associate professor Garry Sherbert. For Sherbert, releasing books by fictional characters is a natural outgrowth of television, because people are so attached to the characters they see on television. “If they’re invested in that character, they’re going to have to want more of that character.” Certainly, this seems to be the case for Castle’s book Heat Wave. The book roughly follows the plot of Castle’s first season and characters from the show are paralleled in the book. Fans are able to understand and re-experience the season through the mind of Castle. Similarly, the protagonist in God Hates Us All mirrors Hank Moody in Californication. Heinrichs concedes that over exposure of the characters may drive consumers away, but believes marketers would be smart enough to avoid that problem the same way they do with movie starts. Sherbert sees it as less of a problem. “With characters who are writing fictional novels or fictional biographies or memoirs, whatever the genre they’ve chosen, you still want to know more about that character, because you want to see how that character resolves certain situations. In my opinion, it’s a very natural outgrowth of television.” Time will tell if people tire of Castle.
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A bright future for Darke Hall
While websites like Google and Wikipedia are great, I could probably get by without them with some difficulty. The following five websites are things that I seriously would not be able to live without. They encompass hours of endless entertainment on a near daily basis.
Where else can I play The Settlers of Catan against strangers, any time of the day? Nowhere. This site offers a wide variety of different maps and versions of the game. The site keeps track of everything. No more dealing your own cards, no more forgetting which development cards you have. And the best part is the site keeps track of the dice rolls during the game.
taylor tiefenbach a&c writer While introducing a recent Hawksley Workman show at Darke Hall, Regina Folk Festival Artistic Director Sandra Butel mentioned the tough time she had getting the venue. Hopefully, the University Master Plan will make future shows easier to book. Located on the University of Regina’s College Avenue campus, Darke Hall was built in 1929 with funding from prominent Regina businessman Franklin N. Darke. From the time of its opening to when Conexus Arts Centre opened in 1970, Darke Hall was the Regina’s main centre for the performing arts. It has also been the home of the Conservatory of the Performing Arts since its inception. The Conservatory puts on many different programs and workshops in drama, dance, and
music for people of all ages. These include voice lessons, piano theory class, and children’s theatre. During the 1970s, the Conservatory of the Performing Arts became part of the University of Regina’s Centre for Continuing Education and Darke Hall became a U of R facility. On a day-to-day basis, the Conservatory uses the Hall’s numerous practise studios for its various programs such as the Conservatory Pipe Band and various string ensembles. The performance hall itself was used 99 days for internal recitals in 2009. Up until 2009, Darke Hall was available for booking by outside groups, but now it is solely used by the Conservatory as a practice and performance space. “Basically, around the year 2009, the facility is not deemed up to standard for public rental for a number of reasons,” said Kathy Buitenhuis, assistant director at the Centre for Continuing Education.
The three major reasons are a lack of wheelchair accessibility, the deteriorated condition of the stage and seating, and the fact that the U of R no longer employs any inhouse technical support staff for lighting or sound. The Regina Folk Festival was allowed to book the hall for the Workman show, because of the relationship they have with the Conservatory. “We have a number of very key strategic relationships with some of the other community organizations in the area of performing arts. From time to time, special dispensation is made. These are very few and far between,” said Buitenhuis. “It’s very difficult for us to find the appropriate technicians and support that these kinds of venues require and it’s always with the understanding you take it as it is.” Plans to renovate Darke Hall are in the initial stages. As part of the university’s development of a
new Master Plan, a Request for Expressions of Interest (REI) was released on March 22. The REI is looking for community partners with “innovative redevelopment proposals” for not only Darke Hall, but also the entire College Avenue campus, which has many of the same deficiencies. The aim of the redevelopment is to “improve the campus status as a hub for university-based, communityfocused activity.” This could potentially mean creating commercial, professional, cultural, and even residential spaces. “The plan is evolving very quickly and will become a vision for future development to respond to not only the needs of the students and the faculty and the staff, but also the community at large” said Buitenhuis. Hopefully, these redevelopments will allow outside groups, such as Regina Folk Festival, to have access to the beautiful and historical venue.
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When you live a sheltered and naive life like I do, Urban Dictionary can be your best friend. Often, I have had to look words up on Urban Dictionary to understand what the heck people are talking about. This site is especially useful for understanding chat speak and for learning names for things you probably never knew existed. Like sneaky raptor, quinby, or Portuguese breakfast.
The “I can has cheezburger” family of sites
I probably cannot live without Lolcats, Failblog, Very Demotivational, Failbooking, Kludges, Ugliest Tattoos, Totally Looks Like, Roflrazzi, and my personal favourite, GraphJam. There is simply too much funny not to have experienced anything from this family of sites.
The site puts together two strangers in a private chat room. Granted, sometimes it can be very lame, but it can also be epic. I once had a conversation that was a story about aliens trying to save children who were being hunted by the FBI and zombie hunters. It was intense.
Omegle to the next level, it’s chatting with a stranger but with the addition of audio and webcams. Chatroulette has made me a fan of trolling. My first time on the site I used a picture of the Quaker Oat Man. The faces people made when they saw it ... One good reaction makes up for the dozens of instant disconnections one gets.
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grant mclellan, peter mills, enyinnah okere, jordan reid this week’s roundtable NHL playoffs are starting soon. Who is your favourite to hoist the Cup?
Grant McLellan: I have to say that right now I will go with the Phoenix Coyotes (excuse me while I wretch) since they have arguably the best goaltending in the NHL. Ilya Bryzgalov has been stellar all season, and if history has taught us anything, it is that goaltending wins championships. They could finish second or first in the West, and the teams in the bottom of the West seem to be less than competitive on a consistent basis. I would have suggested Washington, but that just seemed too easy. Peter Mills: The West will be between San Jose, Detroit, and Chicago. The Sharks are the best team every year but have a long history of choking. Despite a disappointing, injury-plagued season, Detroit is always the team to beat in the playoffs. Chicago is as good as the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, but their goaltending is questionable. I’m picking Chicago to outlast the Sharks in the Conference final. In the East, I’m hatin’ on Washington – who will not make the Cup – and going with Pittsburgh to advance to their third-straight Stanley Cup final. I don’t have any Sidney Crosby posters in my bedroom, but I recognize that he is fulfilling the second coming of the Gretzky prophecy.
SPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Enyinnah Okere: Caps. I think they have the deepest team with the best player in the game. As well, I’ll be forced to quit watching sports all together if the Pens win it again due to the copious amounts of Crosby-slurping by every major sports outlet.
Jordan Reid: The Wings. A disappointing regular season will be behind them, and they’re still a loaded team. In a seven-game series I’ll pick them every time. I really hope the Capitals put it on the Penguins, though, and get to the final.
Gilbert Arenas isn’t going to jail. What gives?
McLellan: The inconsistent legal systems in the United States are more prevalent than ever in the world of sports today – Gilbert Arenas should be facing at least the same amount of jail time as Plaxico Burress, yet he gets nothing? He stored guns in a public facility, no doubt partially owned by the city, and then he threatened other teammates to keep their mouths shut. Gilbert Arenas is a grade A Moo-ron, and his sentence is bullshit.
Mills: I’m not surprised. Do you know who is probably the most pissed by this decision? Plaxico Burress. It will be interesting to see what NBA team is willing to forgive Arenas as well.
Okere: What gives is that the rich never go to jail, except for my main man (who was wrongfully accused) that rushed for over 11,000 yards, one Heisman trophy, three arrests, and only one conviction. Gilbert Arenas would
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have as much prison cred as Martha Stewart.
Reid: So Plaxico Burress shoots himself in the leg (punishment enough, I’d say) with an unregistered gun and ends up continuing his career as a wide receiver in prison, but Gil pulls a gun on a teammate, in a team facility, and gets some community service and probation? I’m just flabbergasted by the whole situation. Michigan State, Duke, Butler, and West Virginia are in the Final Four. Did you honestly predict any of them?
McLellan: I don’t really recall what my bracket looks like anymore, but the only team from that list that I think I have left is Duke. This March Madness has been absolutely horrifying, in terms of gambling on brackets, and the upsets have now created a tournament I don’t know if I’m excited to watch anymore. For all those people in the sports media (or on TSN at least) seem to think this is the best national championship of all time – I think that so far, it has sucked.
Mills: Fuck no. No one did. First of all, I hate Duke. Fuck those (amazing basketball players) no-talent bums. Regardless, I love March Madness so much! This has been an amazing tournament. Every game has been decided in the last minute or last second of the game, three extremely dominant No. 1 seeds were knocked off early, and the eventual Naismith winner (best player in the league) has likely already been eliminated. I’m hoping for a Butler vs.
West Virginia final.
Okere: I had Duke and WVU in my step-child bracket, since I don’t actually love it, it doesn’t count, and we should stop acknowledging it.
Reid: The problem with filling out so many brackets is forgetting who I have on each one, but I’m certain that on my “Most Likely to Succeed” bracket I didn’t have a single one of those teams. I can’t even enjoy the Final Four now, because I can’t stand any of these teams. Except for Duke, who I hate with everything in me, I probably just don’t like them since they foiled my bracket.
What happens if/when Tiger Woods wins the Masters?
McLellan: Everyone will stop giving a shit about the feelings of his wife, and become totally obsessed with what is turning out to be a fairly enigmatic man – if he wins the Masters in his first tournament back, I think even Jack Nicklaus would discredit the importance of family and marriage stability.
Mills: I’ve been saying for months that Tiger will win the Masters. What will happen? The golf world will go back to praising him as a god, his many, many haters will be more bitter than ever, and Woods will throw his new green jacket on the pile in his closet after a trip to Vegas. Okere: He’s had time off, so he should be rested, which means he’ll probably head out to conquer another 18 holes.
Reid: If he’s smart he’ll keep mending his marriage. If not, he’ll probably find a girl willing to sign a confidentiality agreement. George St-Pierre successfully defended his title this past weekend. Is he the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC? Or could Anderson Silva kick his ass?
McLellan: It’s fair to say that he is easily the best pound–for-pound fighter in the UFC, and it’s not just because he’s from the same country as me. He is relentless, never underestimates his opponents, and few others can claim to train as much as he does and as hard as he does. He methodically breaks down his opponents, and seldom is victory ever in doubt. Just like watching Mike Tyson before Buster Douglas, you are certain that every time St. Pierre steps in the octagon, he will win. Mills: I don’t watch much UFC, but if GSP and Silva fight I will be front row. It is the fight every MMA fan wants to see, but it is also not likely to happen. And, unfortunately, yes, Silva would kick GSP’s ass. Okere: Silva would knock him out. No disrespect to GSP, who is roughing cats up for the full five rounds, but “The Spider” straight up embarrasses dudes, then puts them to sleep.
Reid: Silva would massacre GSP. Did you see the way he sent Forrest Griffin running for the dressing room, almost in tears? He would kill GSP’s soul.
“Oh, my God. Puck. I must shoot” – Washington
Capitals simpleton Alex Ovechkin, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Jaws. photo by sportsillustrated.com
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Taman’s busy off-season Simpson, Rodriguez highlight off-season report card rider report jonathan hamelin contributor It has been an interesting off-season in Riderville. General manager Eric Tillman resigned from the club following his trial, the Riders learned they would open their season with a Grey Cup rematch against the Montreal Alouettes, and talk of a new stadium has raged on. All the while, the Riders, under new general manager Brendan Taman, have worked hard to position themselves for another Grey Cup run. With a further look at the additions and losses the Riders had during the off-season, here is the Carillon’s Saskatchewan Roughriders off-season report card.
Barrin Simpson, middle linebacker Those opposed to the Simpson signing say that he is too old and has too much of an attitude problem. Simpson is only 32, however, and he should have plenty of stellar years left in him. The Riders don’t necessarily need Simpson to hang around forever. They have players like Eddie Freeman waiting in the wings, but Simpson is the best option right now if the Riders hope to win the Grey Cup any time soon. As for Simpson’s attitude problem, recent history has dictated that those who suit up in Riderville become a part of their team-first mentality. Simpson is a pure, run-stopping linebacker who will be a great addition. Grade:
Dominique Dorsey, running back Any way you look at it, adding a versatile, explosive running back is never a bad idea.
Dorsey has the potential to return kicks for touchdowns – evident in his 2008 special teams player of the year award – and will help the Riders win the field position battle. With the question marks surrounding the green and white’s running game, he will also have the chance to see some significant time in the backfield. While Wes Cates, who will likely be the opening day starter, is more of a downhill running back, Dorsey is more of an east-west runner and is a great receiver out of the backfield. Grade:
Prechae Rodriguez, wide receiver The Riders were looking for a solid wide receiver in the off-season to complement slotbacks Andy Fantuz, Weston Dressler, and Rob Bagg. Kerry Watkins re-signed in Montreal, leaving no real appealing options available. To get Rodriguez, Taman had to pull off a trade with Hamilton, sending Canadian slotback Adam Nicolson, a third-round selection in the 2011 CFL Draft, and the rights to a negotiation list player. Any way you look at this trade, it is clear that Taman pulled off a major steal. Rodriguez is coming off an injuryplagued season and also has some reported attitude problems. Like Simpson, however, don’t be surprised if this promising young receiver changes this mentality in Riderville. Grade:
Coaching staff While the new coaching staff selections weren’t perfect, at least fans know the Riders will be backed by experience next season. Special teams coordinator Jim Daley has spent 30 years in the CFL, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Doug Berry brings almost a dozen years of CFL experience to the table, receivers coach and passing game coordinator Bob Dyce has spent seven seasons in the league, and offen-
sive line coach Tom Freeman has a lot of American college football experience. The Riders need experienced coaches who already know lots about the league so they can continue their run to the Grey Cup. These new coaches, combined with the already experienced coaches in place, will ensure that the Riders are led by experienced people.
his time with the Riders, Jyles has always been riding the bench. He will get his chance to shine in Winnipeg, while Saskatchewan will get the chance to develop their younger players. With Jyles gone, Rider fans can also breathe easy regarding quarterback sneaks. Jyles was notorious for making mistakes on routine shortyardage plays.
Kelly Bates, offensive lineman Bates is 34 years old, which makes this signing questionable. The Riders have tremendous depth at offensive line, both old and young. Bates was named an all-star in 2007, but his play has dropped since then. It is also uncertain if Bates will even fit in to the starting lineup. Wayne Smith, Belton Johnson, and Joel Bell should be the starting tackles, Gene Makowsky, Marc Parenteau, and Chris Best will hold down the guard positions, and Jeremy O’Day will likely be the starting centre. Grade:
Gerran Walker, wide receiver In limited time with the Riders, Walker never really developed into a receiving threat. He decided to sign with the Toronto Argonauts in the off-season. Walker leaving was a good thing because it meant the Taman was interested in finding a pure receiving threat. He went out and got Rodriguez, instead of making the mistake of re-signing Walker. Grade:
Steven Jyles, quarterback Jyles bolted to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the off-season, but few Rider fans were shedding any tears. In
Renauld Williams, middle linebacker While Williams was a decent middle linebacker, his departure opened things up for the Barrin Simpson signing. Williams had 59 tackles and three sacks last season, but still struggled when it came to stopping the run. Grade:
Coaching staff The loss that hurt the Riders the most was former offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice, who became the head coach of the Bombers. LaPolice was not necessarily ready to become a head coach but he was one of the top candidates to take over Ken Miller’s position when he retires. The loss of Kavis Reed (former special teams coordinator) and Jamie Barresi (former running backs coach) does not hurt as much. Grade:
Stevie Baggs, defensive end After having a standout season at the defensive end position, Baggs signed with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals this off-season. Putting pressure on the opposing quarterback was a big part of the Riders defensive last season, and Baggs will be missed. Grade:
Eddie Davis, defensive back When Davis announced his retirement this off-season, the Riders lost not only a valuable defensive back, but a great leader. While Davis was one of the most feared defensive backs during his time, he was also a great mentor to the younger players, and was the quarterback of the Riders defensive backfield. The Riders have to be hoping he will one day join the coaching ranks. Grade:
John Chick, defensive end Chick was by far the worst loss for the Riders this off-season. Chick had finally emerged as the most dominant defensive end in the league, winning the defensive player of the year award last season. Chick’s constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks will surely be missed. Grade:
While there has been speculation that the Riders made a mistake bringing back Wes Cates, don’t be surprised if he has a breakout year. Cates almost rushed for 1,000 yards last season despite missing significant playing time. He was also solid during the Riders 2007 Grey Cup run. The ever-tiresome question in Riderville is who will line-up at the two defensive end positions? Will it be Kitwana Jones, Joe Sykes, or Mike Stadnyk? It should be interesting to see who will step up in training camp and win the position. Should the Riders get a new stadium? It is an ever-raging question. In this writer’s opinion, seeing as the stadium would be a multi-purpose facility, it would be a worthwhile investment.
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The beautiful tournament UEFA Champions League down to eight teams
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Manchester United will take on Bayern Munich, while Arsenal and Barcelona clash for the first time since the 2006 final
peter mills editor in chief Spring has arrived! As the weather outside becomes increasingly beautiful, so has the greatest football tournament in the world. After months of competition comprised of many, many surprises – such as Liverpool’s early group stage exit – the UEFA Champions League, unquestionably the greatest club tournament in the world of football, has been narrowed down to the eight most elite clubs. Defending champions Barcelona and 2008 Champions League winners Manchester United are once again the heavy favourites to reach the final this season. The first leg of the quarter-finals started on March 30, while the second leg will be played April 6 and 7. The much anticipated final will be played in the legendary Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, Spain on Saturday, May 22. These are the Carillon’s picks for the rest of the tournament:
Bayern Munich (Germany) vs Manchester United (England) Players to watch: Franck Ribéry (Munich), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
The only time Manchester United have ever beaten Bayern Munich was in the 1999 Champions League final.
In the first leg, Munich capitalized on home-field advantage beating United 2-1. However, the biggest story of the first-leg matchup was an ankle injury incurred by United star Wayne Rooney, who limped off the pitch in United’s injury-time loss to Munich. Both teams are stacked from defence to striker with some of the world’s best talent, making this one of the most competitive matchups all year. United are the favourites entering, but do not discount Munich who have played poorly in the Champions League in previous seasons and appear to have what it takes to make a push at their first championship since 2001. If Rooney – a serious contender for the best player in the world this season – is not fit to compete, United will be in serious trouble as they will be forced to rely heavily on their defence – arguably the best unit in the world alongside Barcelona – and traditionally lazy striker Dimitar Berbatov. However, with Rooney out of the lineup Park JiSung has proven he is capable of scoring against top-flight clubs. Munich’s Franck Ribéry is arguably the greatest midfielder in the world. Combine that with Germans Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski and Munich has more than enough fire-power to upset the Red Devils. Unfortunately for Munich fans, it is still not likely to happen. Prediction: Bayern Munich – 3 Manchester United – 4
Arsenal (England) vs Barcelona (Spain) Players to watch: Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal), Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Arsenal and Barcelona will meet for the first time since the 2006 Champions League final when Barcelona came back from a 1-0 deficit late in the game to win 2-1. However, as dominant as Barcelona has been in the last two seasons, winning a Champions League title appears to be Arsenal’s destiny this season. Despite the departure of striker Emmanuel Adebayor, the Gunners have been amazing all year, scoring half a dozen goals each game seemingly at will. Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner is third in scoring with four goals so far – three of which came in one game. Expect Arsenal’s Andrei Arshavin to be the star of both legs. Prediction: Arsenal – 2 Barcelona – 2 Arsenal wins on penalty kicks
Lyon (France) vs Bordeaux (France) Players to watch: Miralem Pjaniç (Lyon)
This all-French clash between the Ligue 1 leaders, Bordeaux and Lyon, is rather surprising considering the struggles of French clubs in the Champions League the past decade. Even before they trounced
Bordeaux 3-1 in the first leg, Lyon was the heavy favourite coming into this matchup, especially considering their upset triumph over Real Madrid in the last round. Bordeaux can take comfort in knowing that they will be playing the second leg at home, as well as the fact that they scored a crucial away goal – ties are decided by the team with more away goals. However, don’t expect Lyon to allow Bordeaux back in this series. Prediction: Bordeaux – 2 Lyon – 4
Inter Milan (Italy) vs CSKA Moscow (Russia) Players to watch: Samuel Eto’o (Inter), Milos Krasiç (CSKA Moscow)
Inter Milan’s reward for knocking out juggernaut Chelsea is a quarter-final draw against CSKA Moscow – arguably the weakest team still playing. Inter boss José Mourinho has really turned his team around, as witnessed by the fact that Inter advanced past the final 16 for the first time years. Russian clubs have been without a doubt the most improved in the world the past decade, but Inter will surely prove to be far superior. Look for Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o to run rampant for Inter. Prediction: CSKA Moscow – 2 Inter Milan – 5
Arsenal vs Inter Inter will easily beat CSKA Moscow, but they’re 2009-10 Champions League season will end in the semifinal whether they play Arsenal or Barcelona. Arsenal – 3 Inter – 1
Manchester United vs Lyon Rooney or not, United will smash Lyon. Manchester United – 4 Lyon – 1
Arsenal vs Manchester United If this is the case, it will be only the second-ever all England final, which happened for the first time in 2008 when United beat Chelsea in a thrilling penalty kick decided final. Sorry, the millions of Manchester United fans around the world, but this year destiny is on the side of Arsenal. Arsenal – 2 Manchester United – 1 The winners of the Lyon-Bordeaux matchup will be at home in the second leg in a semifinal match against the winner of United and Munich. The winner of Arsenal-Barcelona will play host to the winner of InterMoscow.
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And this year’s national champion is ... More revised predictions from the Carillon The Carillon’s
Mr. Blue Devil himself, Coach K.
jordan reid sports editor As March Madness rolls along, and the upsets pile up, I continue to be thwarted in my attempts to predict the tournament. The need to prove my basketballIQ chops keeps driving me to try, but after my pathetic showing last weekend I can’t even advise you to follow these anymore. I went 4-4 in the Sweet 16, and those losses blew my Elite Eight predictions apart. How Ohio State lost to Tennessee is beyond me, though Xavier losing to Kansas State shouldn’t have been a surprise. That game, by the way, is definitely going to be on ESPN Classic one day. The Final Four teams are totally different than any scenario I envisioned, with the exception of Duke, whose success is a true thorn in my side. Regardless, I will once again stand behind the faceless entity known as the Carillon to make some Final Four and title game predictions.
Duke vs. West Virginia The argument for Duke is a strong one. They have three guys averaging over 14 points in the tournament, and Nolan Smith is coming off a careerhigh 29 points against Baylor. Brian Zoubek has been a beast in the paint, putting up almost eight points and 10 rebounds in only 20 minutes per game. Their best player, Kyle Singler, just had one of the worst games of his college
career against Baylor, shooting 0-10 from the field, and yet the Blue Devils persevered. On top of all this, they also have the best coach in college basketball, and maybe all of basketball, period, in Mike Krzyzewski, who has led Duke to what is now 11 Final Four appearances and three national championships since taking over in 1980. West Virginia has the scoring power to match up with Duke, with Da’Sean Butler, Kevin Jones and Devin Ebanks all putting up more than 13 points per game, with Butler and Jones both adding more than seven rebounds each time out. Coach Bob Huggins has also enjoyed some success, though only once has he led a team (Cincinnati) to the Final Four. The Mountaineers have played pretty tenacious defence this year, and gave up more than 60 points only to Kentucky in the tournament. They’ll have their hands just as full with Duke’s weapons, but they have a frontcourt that can easily pair up with them. Duke – 67, WVU – 62
Michigan State vs. Butler I would have to say that Michigan State is the favourite in this game, but not by much. Butler has now won 24 games in a row, and made me look stupid for picking against them in their opening round game. Gordon Hayward is a lock to be an NBA firstround draft pick, and Shelvin Mack could easily join him after his showing in the tournament. They’ve beaten two of the country’s top 10 teams in Syracuse and Kansas State to get to
“God, I hate Duke.”
this point, and have the tournament’s ultimate trump card – home-court advantage. Butler is the Final Four’s host school, and you can bet that a large portion of the state of Indiana will be going crazy in support. Michigan State has found themselves in the Final Four for the second year in a row, and the sixth time in the last 15 years. The Spartans have been arguably the most successful college team over that time, and their main advantage over Butler is experience – 11 of their 13 players were there for MSU’s national championship appearance last year. They’ve also shown a focus and ability to come through in the clutch that has been unmatched by any other team – their four wins in the tournament have come by a combined total of 13 points. Butler has the homecourt advantage, but MSU is too good of a team for that to matter. MSU – 63, BU – 61
In the match-up of coaching powerhouses, Coach K’s team will bust out an early lead from which Michigan State won’t be able to recover. Since it’ll never be that close, MSU won’t have the chance to make clutch shots, and Duke will have their fourth national title, while I smash my head against a wall. God, I hate Duke.
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Mike Storey 2
Mike Staines 1
Peter Jelinski 1
Rob Zatulsky 1
Peter Mills 1
Peter Mills 2
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Shaun De Jong 1
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Mike Staines 2
Peter Jelinski 2
Rob Zatulsky 2
Jordan Reid 1
Jordan St. Onge 2
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Jordan St. Onge 1
Jordan Reid 2
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The quick, brown Fox
The media’s job is to provide analysis of information, not distort it. So why does Fox News think there isn’t anything wrong with what they are doing? For those of you that are unfamiliar, Fox is considered America’s most ideological – and because of this, often the most hated – news network. They provide a platform for ultra-conservative viewpoints and are relentless in their criticism of liberal America. Some of the glowing gems of political conversation include Ann Coulter stating Islamic countries should be invaded and converted to Christianity and Bill O’Reilly wishing that Hurricane Katrina had hit the United Nations building and flooded it out. Now, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But this sort of commentary isn’t healthy freedom of expression. It’s hate speech. Fox is allowed to fly by on the broad and spacious wings of the First Amendment. There is no legislation against hate speech to rein freedom of speech in. They are processing the news, packing it, and yet maintain it’s an organic product. They’ve been caught cropping quotes by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and former Vice President Al Gore, taking their words out of context. They used image manipulation software to change to the appearance of certain New York Times reporters and for a story on “Tea Party” rally, used photos from a different event to create the appearance of mass protest.
“This sort of commentary isn’t healthy freedom of expression. It’s hate speech.” There is also evidence that Fox News was repeatedly given talking points from the Bush administration. Content and discourse was influenced in order to make the Republican Party and the government look good. To trim, alter, and treat the news is to propagandize. The media provides interpretation in order to help the audience understand, not mislead them. Political punditry is among Fox’s most popular programming. Personalities like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly are paid millions to bash health care reform and gun legislation. The Democratic position – nay, any diverging position – is stomped on, ridiculed, and wreaks of communist takeover. The majority of remarks are over-the-top and illogical. But when Coulter says liberals hate America more than Islamic terrorists do, that statement is chock-full of shock value. The situation is reminiscent of a 1965 essay by Herbert Marcuse, entitled “Repressive Tolerance.” In the essay, Marcuse states that ideas contrary to social progress should not be tolerated. By tolerating hate speech and distortion by political commentators such as those of Fox News, the public is enabling them to continue. Therefore, these people should be suppressed from disseminating their viewpoints – in this way; freedom of expression is actually socially repressive. Fox denies any bias in news reporting and is completely independent from its political commentary. However, when the two are delivered side by side – one distorted and one not – they will affect each other. There is always the chance of the two bleeding together. Even though it’s not entirely their responsibility, viewers need to be careful to separate the fact from fiction. Fox News obviously won’t be doing it for them.
An open letter to the Regina 16
Since when does giving scholarships to students whose parents have died as a result of war constitute a promotion of militarism? As a base brat, I find it incredibly offensive to hear that a group of supposedly intelligent academics would suggest that the University of Regina should withdraw from a scholarship program for students on such a ridiculous basis. I’ve never known a military kid to glorify war. When your mom or dad is sent away, it’s a terrifying experience for everyone in a close-knit base community to think that you might never see him or her again. When that terror becomes a reality, a scholarship certainly doesn’t make it any better, but it helps military kids to afford an education and gives them one less thing to worry about after losing a parent. Honestly, I’d like to meet with all of the professors who decided to sign this letter and ask if they think I glorify war. In fact, I want to know who exactly they think it is glorifying war upon seeing this scholarship. I don’t think any military dependent in this country glorifies war. It’s a messy, crap-filled, bottomless pit of horrors. Do you think military kids have a choice in where their parents are sent? Why would you
punish these kids by preventing a scholarship that will make their lives more financially bearable? My dad was sent away when I was three, and he came back six months later. Alive, certainly, but nonetheless he was broken on the inside from the things he experienced. I never got to know my real dad, and in many ways it was like growing up with a stranger who wasn’t always there. He closed himself off from us and to this day has never fully let us back in. I hate war, and I hate what it has done to my family. All the same, I can recognize the sacrifices that these brave men and women make for the sake of our safety and the safety of those who need us. I think it would be a great shame to suggest that the U of R should revoke this scholarship. I see it as a symbol of thanks to these kids for the sacrifices that their parents have made so we could all grow up in a better world. If the argument behind removing this scholarship is that it is a glorification of war, and that we shouldn’t be in other countries to fix their problems, these professors should take that up with the government. Do intelligent people honestly believe that people in
the military have control over where they are sent? The job of the military is to show solidarity with the decisions of the government, whether we agree with them fully or not. Taking away this scholarship is not a way to fix whatever issues you may have with “Canadian imperialism.” It’s not about giving support for the war in Afghanistan. It’s about giving thanks to kids who’ve lost an important person that died while serving their country. As my brother so eloquently put it, “You’re trying to make a political statement, and it’s screwing over potential students who we all know have no choice.” As a student who has minimal scholarship options – my family moved every three years so I wasn’t eligible for any entrance scholarships with “graduated from high school in Saskatchewan” in the criteria – I find it as hard to finance my education as the average student does.
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Few basic rights are more important than the right to free speech. While hate speech is disgusting and needs to be removed and censored, any view not promoting hatred of a group of people should be expressed. That’s the beauty of living in Canada. We can vocalize viewpoints without being persecuted. It’s a right that we take for granted when we become apathetic. No other topic raises passionate responses as much as politics. In America, Republicans and Democrats bash each other publicly while extremist blowhards sit on the sideline and chirp away. In Canada, the political scene is much less explosive, but there always exists someone pushing the limits of what qualifies as acceptable speech. American political pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Ann Coulter are the opposite of apathetic. Though the three aforementioned infamous word wizards have repeatedly toed the line between fair comment and outrageous offensiveness, they directly combat apathy by getting North Americans talking on
both sides of any particular issue. The recent debacle at the University of Ottawa that resulted in the cancellation of Coulter’s scheduled speech on campus is a shameful representation of Canada’s freedom of speech laws. However, Coulter’s previous remarks that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed on airplanes – and then directly telling a Muslim student that if she was not in possession of a “flying carpet” to “ride a camel” – are completely offensive. Racial profiling and blatantly racist comments like that are not allowed in this country, and that is grounds enough for Coulter’s speech to have been protested until it was cancelled. Coulter, along with Beck and Limbaugh, rarely has anything positive to say. For the most part, they make money off of being critical. But the right they exercise when they string sentences together is absolutely priceless.
austin m. davis news editor
Free speech is an incredibly important principle that needs to be defended. On the other hand, the majority of what comes out of Ann Coulter’s mouth questions our understanding of what constitutes free speech and should not be defended. Unfortunately, there are millions of North Americans that agree with the majority of Coulter’s views. Coulter is an awful person. Some might simply call her a bitch. However, the problem with summarizing her as a ‘bitch’ is that it is a sexist term. A better way to describe Coulter is a meanspirited, disrespectful, and intolerant human being that successfully encourages people to rally against anyone who is not conservative or Christian, such as purposing truly frightening solutions to “dealing” with Muslims, for example. Most people who support Coulter cite the fact that, whether you agree with her or not, she is an extremely intelligent individual. In this case, academic intelligence should not support, not to mention validate, her willful promotion of hatred. I wouldn’t go as far as to say people don’t need to hear Coulter’s opinions, as her state-
Haiti goes from top story to irrelevance
MONTREAL (CUP) — When the Haitian earthquake struck, it quickly became the news story of the year, with constant coverage of the disaster dominating the news for days. Then of course, as the initial shock wore off for those not directly tied to what happened, we moved on, and the media got back to their usual reporting. Like any other major news event, it followed the pattern of furious initial coverage which quickly becomes no coverage at all as the goldfish mentality and craving for the next big item superseded any considerations for the plight of those at the heart of the story. At the same time, we stopped talking about it, stopped trying to help, stopped having events, stopped having the victims at the heart of the story in our minds. Now, even though there is an unfolding story taking place, a story of a people trying to rebuild something cruelly taken away, it is no longer of any importance to us. If the media started round-the-clock coverage of the rebuilding effort in Haiti, our reaction would most likely be, “Why are they
showing us this? It’s not news.” This is the contradiction of modern mass media: it has constructed in our minds an idea of human activity as being based on specific events. People and stories cycle through quickly and the world is explained in very small doses, when in reality these stories take place over a much longer period of time than we are willing to devote to them. We live in a fast-paced world that communicates rapidly. That does not mean the millions of stories taking place all around the world are fastpaced – far from it. Nobody is going to believe that life has no nuance, and yet our consumption of news hinges on this idea of simplified news bites. If it takes longer than five minutes to explain what is going on, it is not a news story – it’s a sociology paper. And we go along with it because we don’t have the time or desire to understand the situation in more detail. It is very difficult for people with no stake in an event to maintain a high level of interest for very long, given the slowly unfolding drama that hap-
pens every day all over the world. It is very easy to blame the media and those in power for creating the short attention spans that define our generation. But that is not the whole story. How do we consume media, specifically the news? Do we have the time every day to follow up – in depth – on all the things that pop up on our radar, to really engage with these stories that rarely have obvious turning points or climaxes and are more like a Dostoyevsky novel? Whose fault is this? Or is playing the blame game a waste of time? Changing our attitudes and patterns, as reflected in the media, is something that takes effort. It’s an ongoing struggle that cannot be explained by specific moments and is best understood in hindsight.
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ments are the perfect way to create morality and ethics that are in direct opposition to the filth she believes. Had Coulter come to the University of Regina, I would have surely attended, but I definitely would not have stood up and applauded her. Protesters in Ottawa were skewered by the media, while those who supported Coulter in Calgary were praised for their respectfulness. Some called the crowd in Ottawa “a lynch mob” and an “embarrassment for Canada” by the Ottawa Citizen and many other critics across North America. There is a significant difference between those that “stir up the pot” and statements proclaiming all Muslims should not be allowed to fly on airplanes and that they should instead use “flying carpets” or “camels” as Coulter suggested. Accepting Coulter as a champion for free speech is sincerely disturbing.
peter mills editor in chief
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Confessions of an letters amateur political A response to “Upset at the pundit Oscars” In the March 18-24 issue of the Carillon, Jennifer Squires article proves that many of today’s youth do not understand the point and value of the Academy Awards. I will ignore such statements as “I can’t even begin to describe my reactions to the awards,” or, “There is so much I could say about Sandra Bullock,” because those comments are redundant. I will instead focus on Squires’ upsetting and misinformed views on the Academy Awards themselves. My first point is her comments made about The Hurt Locker. I will admit that this film was not my cup of tea, but at least I made the effort to watch it. If Squires had done the same thing, she would have seen that The Hurt Locker does not “feed into the pro-war agenda of the United States.” The Hurt Locker is actually a criticism of the “pro-war agenda of the United States” and of the war in Iraq in particular. Squires criticized the general structure and credibility of the Academy itself. Instead of criticizing, I will simply answer her questions about the Academy. The judges are a large cross section of people within the industry, including screenwriters, directors, and actors. Member of Academy you may be familiar with include Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, and Kevin Smith. The choice of winners is a completely democratic vote, with literally hundreds of voters
On March 27, I received a phone call from Peter Mills, the editor-in-chief of the Carillon. Our conversation started out as most phone calls between friends do. “How are you doing? How was your week?” After about 10 minutes into our one hour and 11 minute conversation, Peter got down to business. As a responsible editor, he wants to see a multitude of perspectives in the Carillon. Seeing that I have a tendency to side with the Saskatchewan Party, he wanted to see if I would comment on the 2010-11 provincial budget. Before he was given an answer, I wanted to have a discussion about the budget itself. Peter, being in charge of the university’s newspaper, expressed his displeasure with what he perceived as a lack of concern over the needs of students, amongst other things. I countered his claims with a series of nonsensical ramblings and poorly thought out analogies. This went on for about 50 minutes; until I finally conceded that I don’t really know that much about budgets, let alone what makes a budget good or bad. When a government releases their budget it generally attracts a lot of attention. This is because it showcases to the public how their tax dollars and other government revenues are going to be spent for that fiscal year. Money is allocated to all of the various government ministries who then decide how they will use their resources to provide services such as health, education, welfare, and the like. Various projects are also funded and sometimes funding for other projects are taken away. These decisions are not taken lightly by any means. Government ministers, their political staff, and senior bureaucratic officials convene to discuss and dissect matters concerning their operations and the funds that are needed. A multitude of questions are asked addressing the cost-benefit of their decision options. Naturally those who feel their needs are not met criticize the government’s decisions. Others blindly agree or disagree based on ideology or polit-
ical patronage. Having already admitted to not fully understanding the complexities involved in creating a budget, I like to give the benefit of the doubt to those who I feel are equipped to address the task. Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer, a former provincial liberal and founding member of the Sask. Party, is an extremely intelligent individual who understands the myriad list of issues concerning Saskatchewan citizens from all walks of life. Some members of the NDP like to suggest that there has been an unprecedented mismanagement of the government finances since the Sask. Party took control of government. Now I’m sure that the NDP have all sorts of “reasons” for why they believe this, but for the most part they are referring to the collapse of the potash sales that caused shortfalls in the governments projected revenue. The truth is that this is not entirely the fault of the government. There was very good reason to believe that the potash revenues were going to be as high as projected due to the price and volume of sales recorded in previous years. In fact, nobody foresaw this, not the government ministries, the independent forecasters, or even the producers themselves, who even over-paid the government in taxes and royalties. In this year’s budget, Gantefoer immediately writes, “this budget is not about potash.” And it is for reasons such as this, accepting that there was a mistake made and that it provided the government with an opportunity to rethink their approach to governing, that I support this year’s budget. Could things be better? Of course they could, but is there ever a time when they couldn’t be any better?
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within the industry. This is hardly a faceless committee, since many of its members you will recognize from TV and movies. Squires next implies that Avatar should have won over The Hurt Locker because it will be a more memorable movie. While I agree that Avatar should have won, it hardly has anything to do with it being more memorable. Once again, the winner is chosen by a democratic vote, and being most memorable is not the deciding criteria. And, for the record, I have heard of How Green Was My Valley. Regardless, you not hearing of How Green Was My Valley should not disqualify it from winning Best Picture (especially if you can’t even be bothered to watch the current nominated movies before passing judgement). In today’s society, movies are often judged on how much they gross, or if they have sexy stars. But the Academy Awards were invented to recognize movies based on artistic merit instead of how flashy and sexy they are. Squires also said, “Until there is a way of picking winners that everyone agrees on, the Academy Awards won’t mean anything.” That is beyond ridiculous, there will never, ever be a movie that everyone agrees to be the best picture – get over it. If you compare the ratings between the People’s Choice Awards (which is chosen by the general public, as you suggest) and the Academy Awards, it is quite
clear that more people care about what people in the business think. But, if you truly wish the general public begin choosing the Academy Awards winners, be prepared for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakogy a.k.a How Alvin Got His Squeak Back to win Best Picture in 2012.
joel yeomans contributor
Further response to ‘CFS Uncertainty’ I’d like to respond to Mike Burton’s letter (“In Response to ‘CFS Uncertainty” in Vol. 52, Issue 21, March 18-24, 2010). Mr. Burton states that the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is indeed a democratic organization because voting occurs on a simple majority basis for motions and a super-majority basis (in this case, twothirds majority) for bylaw amendments. As a Political Science MA student, Mr. Burton should be well aware that simple (or even super) majority rule alone cannot make an institution democratic. If two thirds of Canadians decide to deny the other third its constitutional rights, this is not done in the spirit of democracy. The fact is that if the CFS empowers its member students’ unions to deny their own members freedom of speech on their campuses, this is not done in the spirit of democracy as it is known in most of the Western world. The other piece of the democracy puzzle is, of course, the fact that the Federation takes a dim view of allowing students the opportunity to leave the CFS itself. It is now more difficult than ever for members to leave the Federation, resulting in multiple legal rows – currently seven or more member students’ unions are embroiled in legal disputes because of Federation practises or bylaws. The CFS has tried to deny University of Regina students our right to a referendum on continued membership by attempting to retroactively apply a bylaw created at the CFS General Meeting last November. Mr. Burton also asserts that the federation has achieved many government concessions for students through its various lobbying efforts. If Saskatchewan students decide that a tuition freeze is in our best interests (and some disagree that it is), the re-
sources that we currently allocate to the CFS can be reallocated to a Saskatchewan Students’ Coalition or a similar body to lobby the provincial government. Imagine how much more successful the student lobby in this province could be if all of the fees we pay to CFS went to lobby efforts on behalf of Saskatchewan students instead of some going toward supporting a bloated bureaucracy that privileges students in Ontario and British Columbia. Finally, we arrive at the issue of the CFS Saskatchewan staff position. I’ve been racking my brain over the last week trying to figure out just what Mr. Burton is referring to when he claims that the URSU executive “blocked at least one candidate from being hired as a provincial organizer by the CFS”. In the summer of 2008 I was both URSU President and the CFS Saskatchewan National Executive Representative, a position from which I later resigned because I had become disillusioned with the Federation. At this point the CFS National Executive had failed to hire a Saskatchewan provincial organizer over the prior two years, but was ostensibly trying to finally remedy this situation. To this end, I received a call from hiring committee organizer (and current CFS National Treasurer) Dave Molenhuis, asking for references for Mike Burton and another potential candidate for the provincial organizer position. Having worked with Mike the previous year at URSU, I noted that he would make a fine candidate for the position because of his knowledge of the Federation and of Saskatchewan post-secondary issues. I resigned from my position as CFS Saskatchewan National Executive Member in early October 2009, at which point nothing
more had been done in the way of hiring a provincial organizer despite my continued assertions to the National Executive that one should be hired. I realize that this situation was incredibly frustrating for Mr. Burton, who had just graduated and was obviously in need of employment at the time. I’m not sure why the National Executive decided not to hire Mr. Burton, but I can say with total sincerity that it was not because of a poor reference on my part. I and the rest of my colleagues at URSU would’ve welcomed another set of hands to help with our lobbying efforts. As it was we had no help from the Federation. I hope that this note has cleared up a few things for U of R students (including Mike Burton) regarding the Federation’s shortcomings. I hope also that students come out in droves to vote no on continued membership in the CFS on April 13 and 14 of this year. I think it’s clear that we can all do better than what the Federation has offered us.
jessica sinclair contributor
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Boxing Pay Per View Hopkins Vs. Jones April 3 7 p.m.
To the rude girls in the crush: no, you can not force a bulimic to keep food down, and no, you can not force an anorexic to eat more. That will not “fix” us. We need your support, not your ridicule. We can handle that part ourselves. Please think about who is around before you open your mouth next time. Or at least keep it to a whisper. Thanks. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– don’t let The Ring Fool you… –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Remember kids: If we don’t Stop piracy then the terrorists have won … –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Fnuniv.wordpress.com. Fund First Nations University! Watch the “4 Friends” video and pass it along! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– At first I was like :-/ Then I was like :-D –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– There’s no sense crying over every mistake you just keep on trying ‘till you run out of cake! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– One World Café Friday, April 2: 7 pm - 10:30 pm Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre (2900 13th Ave.) All welcome - free admission - donation bin for Food Bank if you can contributre. Martin Kerr, intelligent, soulful music; Dr. Andy Knight (U of A) talk on global issues. Thoughtful relaxation. Info: 306-270-2385 / “Peace Connections Cafe” on Facebook.
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Thursday, April 1 April Fool’s Day
Japanese Manga Scrutinized 1 p.m. ED 199 U of R profs examine Manga from various perspectives
The Lonesome Weekends w/ the Lambta Das 10 p.m. O’Hanlon’s New-ish Regina act featuring members of Rah Rah, The Lazy MKs, and Thee Hoolies Friday, April 2
Good Friday NO CLASSES
Korn w/ Five Finger Death Punch, Stillwell 6 p.m. Evraz Place No joke – demand was so high for tickets, they had to move this to a bigger venue Jason Collett w/ Zeus and Bahamas 7:30 p.m. The Exchange Three musical acts, three groups of buddies, three hours of music
Wax Mannequin w/ the Burning Hell 10 p.m. The Club See the Arts and Culture section B.A. Johnston w/ the JumpOff 11 p.m. O’Hanlon’s Eccentric solo artist Saturday, April 3
Arrrrts Pirate Grogger 9 p.m. The Lazy Owl An epic night hosted by the Arts Students Association Michael Bolton 8 p.m. Casino Regina He’s got a pretty good haircut these days The Relative 9 p.m. The Fainting Goat Latin folk-rock act Sunday, April 4 Easter Sunday
Monday, April 5 Easter Monday
Sylvia Browne 8 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre Ask renowned-psychic Browne a question – maybe about the temperature in Heaven, which she claims to know
2007 Nobel Prize for Peace recipient Malcolm Wilson
Tuesday, April 6
Thursday, April 8
First day of open registration for 2010 Spring/Summer and Fall terms Team Saskatchewan Burger Night 5:30 p.m. Bushwakker’s Proceeds go to the Mongol rally effort
Zachary Lucky w/ Amy Seeley 8 p.m. The Club Sask. folk artist on West Coast tour Wednesday, April 7
Sudan Walk-A-Thon 12:30 p.m. Riddell Centre Put together a team and participate in this 5K walk!
The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning 7 p.m. Education auditorium, Room 106 Free, with an introduction by
Combat Improv 9 p.m. The Exchange One of your last chances to see them this season
Rah Rah w/ Jeff Straker, James Irving 9 p.m. McNally’s A show celebrating the opening of SaskMusic’s new offices Lullabye Arkestra 8 p.m. The Exchange Just released their most recent album, Threat/Worship, on Vice Records Friday, April 9
Everyone Everywhere w/ the Maddigans, Mike Burnard, Me and My Anatomy, Ink Road 7:30 p.m. The Club Part of the Bro Tour Saturday, April 10
Tyler Gilbert w/ The CoAccused, RAJina 7 p.m. The Club A CD release show for Gilbert’s latest album, The Re-
Jake’s Gift 7 p.m. Royal Saskatchewan Museum A fundraiser for the Regina Fringe Festival Sunday, April 11
DFA w/ Tarantuja, Robot vs. Monster 6 p.m. The Fainting Goat Saskatoon punk act finish tour in Regina Tuesday, April 13
Barenaked Ladies w/ the Joel Plaskett Emergency 8 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre The Ladies certainly aren’t hurting from the loss of Steven Page – just saying Wednesday, April 14
The Flatliners w/ Broadway Calls, Cobra Skulls, Royal Red Brigade 7 p.m. The Exchange Toronto punk veterans the Flatliners play in the Queen City