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What do you think could be done to better deter people from drinking and driving during the holidays?
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“Better awareness for initiatives like Operation Red Nose would certainly help. The work those people do is absolutely commendable.”
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“Peer pressure may work. If friends are given a hard time and always bothered by the question of whether they are sober enough to drive, they may get embarassed and give in to alternatives.”
“Governments need to make the public aware of costs that drunk driving causes. Increased insurance rates, higher costs associated with police and paramedic staff, and infrastructure repair are all caused by drunk drivers.”
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“Think of how you would feel if you ended a life because you drove drunk.”
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First Nations grassroots movement demands change Rachel Wood, staff
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dle No More, a grassroots move- in Senate with a vote of 50-27. First Theresa Spence, have partaken in ment that demands respect for Nations individuals are arguing that hunger strikes in solidarity of Idle First Nations rights and adherence the bill goes against agreements No More, demanding a meeting with to treaties, has dominated national found in treaties and violates their Prime Minister Harper that would headlines for a month. Originating rights, as it allows for easier federal focus on Indigenous and government in Saskatchewan, the movement was control of reserve land. relations. formed by Nina Wilson, Sheelah Early in December, 2012, First Prime Minister Harper announced McLean, Sylvia McAdam, and Nations chiefs were denied entry on Jan. 4 that he would meet with Jess Gordon. Since the initial day into the House of Commons during First Nation leaders on Jan. 11. of action on Dec. 10, protests, ral- discussion of Bill C-45. The Idle No More movement has lies, and flash mobs have taken place “First Nations people need to be spread to reach Indigenous popuacross the globe. consulted when it comes to legislation lations all over the world. Social Kyra Wilson, co-vice president [affecting] our land and people [ . . . ] media posts through Twitter and of the University of Manitoba We need to be a sovereign people with Facebook have shown global supAboriginal Students Association our treaties intact,” said Wilson, who porters in places such as Gambia, (UMASA), has been a lead orga- also acts as the aboriginal representa- the Netherlands, Palestine, Hawaii, nizer for the Winnipeg branch of tive for the University of Manitoba Germany, London, Ukraine, the movement. She explained that Student Union (UMSU). Australia, and New Zealand. Shawn Atleo, National Chief of the The U of M has been involved in “We have opened people’s eyes to Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the movement, with UMASA and the idea that their voices can be heard. called for the day of action to protest UMSU providing financial support, When everyone comes together to the omnibus Bill C-45. specifically for the Dec. 21 rally at the oppose a government political ideolThe bill, which alters environment legislative grounds. ogy, our voices become louder and laws, allowing for less protection of Several First Nations elders and harder to ignore [ . . . ] This is an Canadian lakes and rivers, was passed chiefs, including Attawapiskat Chief awakening for First Nations people],”
explained Wilson. According to Wilson, those involved in Idle No More have faced some opposition to their movement. “Although we have a lot of nonindigenous support, we have also received resistance [ . . . ] We can’t actually pinpoint who these people are that feel the need to resort to discrimination against First Nations people. [Indigenous people] should not be targeted for standing up for the rights of Canada. Ignorance can only be solved with education.” Throughout the movement, the federal government has given little response to the protests. Harper stated at a press conference, “People have the right in our country to demonstrate and express their points of view peacefully as long as they obey the law, but I think the Canadian population expects everyone to obey the law in holding such protests.”
Harper commits to meeting with fasting chief and others Quinn Richert, staff
rime Minister Stephen Harper’s office released a statement on Friday, Jan. 4, declaring that he would attend a meeting with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence as well as other Assembly of First Nations (AFN) chiefs on Jan. 11. “It is in this spirit of ongoing dialogue that, together with Minister Duncan, I will be participating in a working meeting with a delegation of First Nations leaders coordinated by the Assembly of First Nations on January 11, 2013,” read the statement. It goes on to assert, “This working meeting will focus on two areas [ . . . ] treaty relationship and aboriginal rights, and economic development.” Harper’s announcement fell on the 25th day of a fasting campaign by Spence – a campaign that was paralleled by the emergence of the grassroots Idle No More movement for indigenous sovereignty, as well as another hunger strike by another aboriginal leader in solidarity with Spence. Spence’s hunger strike commenced on Dec. 11 in an effort to pressure the Prime Minister into a meeting. Since that time, she has only consumed herbal tea and fish broth. In addition to depriving herself of solid food, Spence has been living in a small camp on Victoria Island in the Ottawa River within sight of Parliament Hill. According to Spence, a direct nation-to-nation meeting between Harper and First Nations chiefs is a necessary first step towards rem-
edying an unfair and unhealthy working relationship between the Canadian government and aboriginal communities. “Canada is considered a first world country and our Peoples are living in extreme poverty and substandard living conditions. As Nations, we “Idle No More is a grassroots held up our end of the Treaty, yet Canada continues to only pay lip ser- movement started by four women vice to our relationship,” commented in Saskatchewan who said we as Aboriginal people must stand up Spence in a recent press release. AFN had earlier recommended after Bill C-45 was passed without Jan. 24 as a meeting date with the consultation with Aboriginal peoPrime Minister, but that plan was rejected by Spence, who felt she could not sustain her hunger strike for that long. On Jan. 3, she insisted on a scheduling within the next 72 ples and without acknowledgement hours. Nonetheless, Spence has of responsibilities set out in treaties,” announced that she will continue commented Wuttunee. “This bill has ramifications for to eschew solid food up until her meeting with the Canadian head of water rights and land rights for government. She has not ruled out aboriginal people and all Canadians the possibility of continuing with that could lead to very serious her fast if the meeting proves to be consequences.” Wuttunee explained that chief fruitless. “I will continue my hunger strike Spence’s actions were similarly cataand await the outcomes of the meet- lyzed by the federal government’s ing. Our Peoples have had a history failure to discuss Bill C-45 in any of prior promises and commitments deliberative capacity with aboriginal from the Canadian government with people. “The federal government did not no true tangible results,” said Spence engage in any meaningful conin a statement on Friday. Dr. Wanda Wuttunee, a professor sultation despite court decisions in the native studies department at that support a consultative process the University of Manitoba, recently between the federal government spoke with the Manitoban about and aboriginal peoples. That is Spence and the burgeoning Idle what Chief Spence is fasting for,” No More movement the Canadian said Wuttunee. Although Spence has garnered public has come to associate with the largest share of media attention, the Attawapiskat chief.
When: Dec. 31, 2012 Where: Portage and Main Attendance: 200+ people What happened: Idle No More supporters performed a flash mob and round dance. When: Dec. 26, 2012 Where: St. Vital Centre Attendance: Unknown What happened: A rally with traditional drumming during the mayhem of Boxing Day shopping. When: Dec. 22, 2012 Where: Portage Place Shopping Centre and Polo Park mall Attendance: “Hundreds” of people What happened: Large flash mobs occurred, complete with traditional drumming.
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When: Jan. 2, 2013 Where: Portage Avenue near perimeter Attendance: 40 people What happened: Protesters constructed a roadblock on the street, altering traffic for three hours.
When: Dec. 21, 2012 Where: Oodena Celebration Circle at the Forks and the Legislative grounds Attendance: 500 people (according to the Winnipeg Police Service), 2,000 people (according to organizers) What happened: A rally at the Forks included speakers, drumming, prayers, and a ceremony. The attendants then collectively marched to the legislative grounds.
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she is not the only aboriginal leader fasting outside Parliament Hill in the name of recognizing aboriginal rights and treaty responsibilities. Elder Raymond Robinson of Cross Lake First Nation, Manitoba is with Spence on Victoria Island and has been living off of only herbal teas and water since Dec. 12. According to the CBC, Robinson began his fast only ten hours after Spence and would like to see Harper withdraw Bill C-45. A group of 50 supporters, including Chief Candice Paul of St. Mary’s First Nation, also departed from Fredericton, New Brunswick late in December to sit with Spence. In spite of the announcement that Harper will meet with Spence and others, grassroots acts of economic disruption affiliated with Idle No More have continued across Canada.
When: Dec. 21, 2012 Where: Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Attendance: “Dozens” of vehicles What happened: In support of the movement, the Nor thern Chiefs Organization and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak blocked traffic while circling the terminal in their cars. When: Dec. 10, 2012 W h e r e : L e gisla ti v e grounds Attendance: 300 people What happened: The National Day of Action and Solidarity saw traditional songs and drumming, along with speeches at this rally.
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Winnipeg holiday check-stop pulls over 4,069 vehicles Impaired driving still prevalent despite campaigns like MADD Alycia Rodrigues, staff
he holiday check-stop program, run by the Winnipeg Police Service Central Traffic Unit, released their final numbers for the month of December, 2012. They stopped over 4,069 vehicles, which resulted in 16 24-hour suspensions and 42 impaired driving charges. The average blood alcohol content (BAC) was 156 mg per cent, with the highest BAC being 300 mg per cent, and the lowest BAC being 60 mg per cent. The average age of those stopped was 31 years old, with the oldest being 55 and the youngest being 20 years old. Hefty financial costs are associated with a “driving under the influence” charge (DUI). DUIs cost perpetrators a minimum $1,000 fine with a driving suspension of at least one year across Canada. Additional costs include impounded car fees of $465 and legal
fees from $5,000 - $10,000. On Dec. 15, MPI implemented a new system for those who are caught drinking and driving. People caught under the influence will have to pay $2,000 to have a mandatory ignition interlock system installed in their vehicles, forcing drivers to take a breathalyzer test each time they enter their vehicle. If there is any amount of alcohol detected, the car will not start. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada estimates that approximately 1,250 to 1,500 deaths occur each year as a result of fatalities due to impaired driving, which equates to approximately 3.4 to 4.1 deaths per day. Melody Bodnarchuk, president of the MADD Winnipeg chapter, acknowledged that drinking and driving is a year-round problem but
but Bodnarchuck says the rates of those who get behind the wheel and drive while under the influence have not improved since the organization began in 1990, with the mandate to “stop impaired driving and to support the victims of this violent crime.” Bodnarchuk said the social perception of drinking and driving needs to change. “We need the public opinion to be dismayed and disgusted by such an incredibly unintelligent choice.” Bodnarchuk emphasized that MADD is comprised of some volunteer members who have been affected by the loss of a loved one due to drunk driving and some who are concerned community members. The U of M recently assembled their own group in collaboration with MADD called Students Against Impaired Driving in October. They
awareness of the issue is notably heightened during the holiday season, particularly on New Year’s Eve. The RCMP and the WPS are out full force during the holidays in an attempt to curb holiday fatalities. No fatal crashes were recorded during this holiday check-stop season,
teamed up this holiday to drive for Operation Red Nose on Dec. 22. Bodnarchuk said drivers who get behind the wheel while impaired need to realize the risk they put themselves in, along with everybody around them. Current consequences are only detrimental in a social way, such as the cost and possible humiliation associated with a DUI. She believes the consequences should include steeper legal penalties similar to the United States’ intoxication homicide, which is charged on anyone who kills someone while driving under the influence. The ignition interlock system is a step in the right direction in Bodnarchuk’s opinion. “Despite all the awareness campaigns, the problem of drunk driving continues to plague our roadways.” Illustration by Vanessa Marginet
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Top U of M campus news stories of 2012 A year of renovations, changes, and concern for the future Alycia Rodrigues, staff
6. Stephen Lewis speaks students and the issue made its way at the U of M amid Kony to the U of M when UMSU voted 2012 phenomenon in favour of the Quebec movement Last March saw renowned at the Canadian Federation of human rights activist Stephen Students’ annual general meeting. Lewis hold a series of lectures at A student group, the Maple Tour, the university pertaining to issues travelled across Canada, stopping in such as global violence against Winnipeg to raise awareness about women, global climate change, tuition hikes. The Quebec student and the HIV epidemic in develop- protests in 2012 were claimed to ing countries. Lewis’ appearance be one of the largest acts of civil attracted hundreds of students who disobedience in the history of heard his concerns about Canada’s Canada. new fascination with militarization rather than maintaining peacekeep- 3. Mystery surrounds ing efforts and humanitarian aid. dead body found on He argued that Canada appears Fort Garry campus more self-centered, lowering our University campus security international reputation in terms found the body of a man between of important issues. Lewis’ lecture the University Centre and the occurred in the midst of the Kony Engineering building at the begin2012 phenomenon, a viral and con- ning of the year on Jan. 2, 2012. The troversial video on Ugandan war area was sectioned off and after furcriminal Joseph Kony, leaving ther investigation it was discovered students eager to hear a respected that the person was not a student human rights activist’s thoughts at the U of M and no foul play was on the video. Lewis argued that, suspected. Details surrounding the while attention to the issue that the death were not given. video was generating was valuable, the video remained misleading and 2. Independent presidential manipulative. candidate disqualified from UMSU elections 5. U of M renovations Controversy surrounded the bring about new 2012 UMSU elections when Aaron future for students Griffiths, an independent presiden2012 commemorated the begin- tial candidate, was disqualified in ning of a year of change for the U of March moments before the pollM, beginning with the opening of ing booths were to close. Griffiths the new campus pub, the Hub. The allegedly used the canvas of a paintnew pub was projected to cater to ing for his banner, causing damage the whole community rather than to the painting totalling $300-$500. just sports fans like the prior Wise The damage outweighed the cost Guys. Excitement over the pub was of $310 allowed in the presidential often overshadowed by constant campaign, disqualifying Griffiths, delays, with the opening initially whose volunteer claimed that he projected for November of 2011. The obtained the painting under the Hub eventually opened on May 24, impression it was being recycled. 2012. The miscommunication stirred a October brought the ground dispute but the ruling stuck. breaking for the construction of the new $46 million Active Living 1. U-Pass referendum Centre, which is projected to open passes in largest voter in 2015. It will be a state of the art turnout in years fitness and research centre and will An UMSU referendum over the yield a brand new 200-metre indoor student U-Pass initiative received running track, a 40-foot climbing a large amount of support. The wall, and cardio and resistance U-Pass, which is available at unitraining areas. Much of the fund- versities across the country, including will come from student tuition ing B.C. and Saskatchewan, would fees and a mandatory purchase of allow unlimited transportation a Bison Recreation Services mem- to students who take the bus but bership to promote active living on would tack on extra student fees campus for 35,000 students and staff for those who don’t utilize the pass. and 25,000 community members. While some students vehemently 4. Quebec student protests affect disagreed with the initiative, the Manitoban students referendum eventually passed. Of Proposed tuition hikes and a the 6,897 students who voted, 73.82 controversial Bill 78, a bill curbing per cent voted in favour, while 26.17 freedom to protest, had students per cent voted against. Although protesting in Quebec during the still a small minority compared to first half of 2012, with students the amount who attend the U of M, across Canada acting in solidarity. the referendum received the largest The protests affected all Canadian voting turn out in 15 years.
Private college on U of M campus criticized by former students, faculty Anger surfacing over misinformation about college Quinn Richert, staff
privately-run college located disappointed and surprised to hear UMFA is upset about the on the University of Manitoba of the matters raised in the CBC presence of the college on camcampus, the International College article.” pus because of the potential for of Manitoba (ICM), has recently ICM asserted that the stu- outsourcing of teaching jobs to drawn anger from former students dents interviewed by CBC never non-faculty, and also because and the University of Manitoba approached them, and “[had] ICM competes with the univerFaculty Association (UMFA) for since followed up with all three sity for publicly-funded resources, its recruiting strategies abroad and students to ensure any problems explained past-president of UMFA business practices, which some see are resolved.” and a professor in the Asper school as questionable. The ICM official also referenced of business Cameron Morrill, to ICM is a private college distinct an “independent third party benchfrom the U of M. It markets itself as marking survey [from fall 2011]… "Many ICM students an intermediate step between high that had a 77 per cent response rate school and undergraduate univer- from ICM students and showed an have approached sity studies for international stu- overall 91.8 per cent satisfaction rate UMSU with dents wishing to study in Canada with their experience at ICM.” who require additional preparation UMSU president Bilan Arte grievances against in either the English language or spoke with the Manitoban about high school prerequisites. interactions between ICM students the college. […] CBC ran an investigative report and UMSU. Some mention into ICM’s conduct last month and “Many ICM students have several former students of ICM approached UMSU with griev- tuition fees have publicly expressed feelings of ances against the college [ . . . ] higher than what being misled by recruiters working Some mention tuition fees higher for the college. than what they expected. Although they expected.” Nabeel Fakhur, a former student ICM students are not U of M stu– Bilan Arte of ICM originally from Pakistan, dents, and thus not technically told CBC Manitoba that he feels represented by the union, we try his recruiting agent was not up to help and support students in front with him about the program general.” he had signed up for. Fakhur said Arte also noted on the usage of CBC during their December investhe agent not only implied that he U of M symbols and letterheads on tigation into the college. would be attending school as a U ICM documents supplied to new “We’re giving publicly-funded of M student, but also made prom- students at the college. classroom space to [ICM]. It’s ises about gaining employment and “In fact, some students don’t real- important for the university to citizenship in Winnipeg that never ize that they are not U of M stu- demonstrate that we’re providing materialized. dents until they approach UMSU good stewardship to the resources “He didn’t really mention a lot to register their complaints.” that the people of Manitoba give about ICM. He just explained Another issue taken by students to us.” things to me Arte as if I would similarly be going to commented the U of M,” that ICM’s said Fakhur presence on in an intercampus is view with problematic CBC. for UMSU Two members other stuwho pay dents interthe U of M viewed to use its by CBC resources expressed through frustration tuition fees, over their but then experience may have with ICM. to c omOne student pete with explained the private t hat t he college for courses were much too easy and of the college is its refund policy. access to those resources. also that a recruiting agent prom- After the first day of classes, stu“I think it is important for us ised him he would be able to work dents are no longer eligible for a to work in solidarity with other in Canada – while most interna- refund of their money. A student groups in order to bring to light tional university students are able who chooses to withdraw within the way this privatization affects to work in Canada, those attend- “ten weeks or less” of the start of us on campus.” ing private colleges are not legally classes is only eligible to receive 50 The U of M senate went over an allowed to. per cent of their term fees back plus annual report on the activities of In response to the recent com- an administration fee of $500. ICM at its Dec. 5, 2012 meeting. plaints, a representative of the colICM’s parent company, Navitas, There are reports that ICM may lege commented to the Manitoban, responded in a statement: “all stu- again be a topic of discussion for the “We work hard to form good rela- dents acknowledge in writing that senate at its meeting on Wednesday, tionships with our students and they have read ICM’s refund policy Jan. 9. have very robust student support before they accept an offer to the illustration by James Culleton systems,” said the rep. “We were college.”
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Documents show FBI surveillance of Occupy Wall Street movement Bureau works with banks, universities to investigate OWS Jill Patterson, staff
n a recent release of restricted Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, FBI files under the Freedom of the documents indicate that the Information Act, documents show FBI has been treating the Occupy that the FBI has had the Occupy Wall Street movement as a terrorist Wall Street movement under close threat. surveillance. “These documents show that The documents were released the FBI and the Department of late December through a Freedom Homeland Security are treating proof Information request made by the tests against the corporate and bankPartnership for Civil Justice Fund. ing structure of America as potential As shown in the documents, the criminal and terrorist activity,” stated FBI began as early as Aug. 19, 2011, Verheyden-Hilliard to CNN. one month before the movement In response to the allegations that emerged, to begin discussions of the the FBI wrongfully targeted the Occupy movement and to notify big Occupy movement as a dangerous businesses that a large-scale move- threat, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson ment was emerging to protest against said that the organization takes corporations. threats of violence very seriously, but The FBI also contracted the does not open investigations based help of many counterterrorist orga- only on legal actions. nizations in keeping an eye on the “While the F.B.I. is obligated to Occupy movement, despite the fact thoroughly investigate any serious that most of the protestors were, allegations involving threats of vioin fact, engaging in legal peaceful lence, we do not open investigations demonstrations. based solely on First Amendment According to Mara Verheyden- activity. In fact, the Department of Hilliard, executive director of the Justice and the F.B.I.’s own internal
guidelines on domestic operations strictly forbid that.” Also released were documents showing that the FBI was aware of an
“Secret,” an identified assassination these documents prove that the FBI plot was detailed; however, the FBI was acting in alliance with, and to the had withheld the names of the orga- benefit of, the corporations. nizations or individuals before they “This production, which we believe were turned over. is just the tip of the iceberg, is a winThe report said, “An identified dow into the nationwide scope of the [withheld] of October planned to FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and “These documents engage in sniper attacks against pro- reporting on peaceful protestors orgashow these testers in Houston, Texas, if deemed nizing with the Occupy movement [ . necessary. An identified [withheld] . . ] These documents also show these federal agencies had received intelligence that indi- federal agencies functioning as a de functioning as a de cated the protesters in New York and facto intelligence arm of Wall Street Seattle planned similar protests in and Corporate America.” facto intelligence Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Also revealed in these documents Austin, Texas. [Withheld] planned to was the existence of the Campus arm of Wall Street gather intelligence against the lead- Liaison Project, which allowed and Corporate ers of the protest groups and obtain the FBI to gain information about photographs then formulate a plan students’ activities regarding the America.” - Mara to kill the leadership via suppressed movement. The project included 22 Verheyden-Hilliard sniper rifles.” campuses across the United States; Also shown in the released docu- however, most of the campuses were ments was evidence of a cooperating located in New York. partnership between the FBI and sevIn order to ensure that the FBI assassination plot against key mem- eral large banks in the surveillance has disclosed all relevant information, bers of the movement but had failed and strategies to halt the Occupy the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund to inform the potential victims. movement. will be filing an appeal. From an FBI document labeled According to Verheyden-Hilliard,
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love, and grace, and kindness. capable of beautiful things. Think of how angry we get over irrelThe news is often filled with violence, evant things: a minor insult or something and death, and suffering. And while it is not going perfectly our way. We often get important to acknowledge tragic events, this irrationally angry about these things, letting means that acts of kindness and compassion obbie Parker spoke these words in them consume our thoughts and darken end up happening behind the scenes, quietly a news conference following the our moods. and without much attention. This makes it tragic events that occurred in Newtown, Yet there was Robbie Parker, a man who all the more easy to succumb to cynicism and Connecticut on Dec.14th, 2012. had lost his daughter and had every reason despair that the world is a bad place and that Parker is the father of Emilie Parker, one to be enraged, hateful, and vengeful, who it’s too difficult to change anything. of the students who lost their lives in the somehow found the strength within himself But the example of Robbie Parker can tragedy. to honour his daughter’s inspire all of us. If he can find the strength Parker’s comments life. As he said: within himself to think of the pain and sufwere directed not only “My daughter Emilie fering of others, even in the midst of his We can find towards the families of would be one of the first ones own tremendous loss and grief, then we that deeper the children who were lost, to be standing up and giving can choose that path as well. We can find but towards the family of her love and support to all of that deeper and wiser part of ourselves that and wiser part Adam Lanza, the individthose victims, because that is transcends even the most tragic events. of ourselves ual who committed that the type of person she is.” We don’t know what the future holds for terrible act. By describing his us. We don’t know what suffering we will go that transcends After hearing about the daughter so poignantly through or what pain we will face. And we even the most shooting, I recall feeling a he ensured that her legacy must acknowledge that we live in a world profound sense of sadness, will live on, in his heart where tragic and terrible events occur. tragic events. not only for the families and the hearts of others. What we do know is that in the time who lost their loved ones, I want to be clear that that we have we can choose to do our best to but also at the very idea of I am not telling people make the world a better place, to reach out living in a world where such a horrific act how to react to loss. I have no more right to to others, and to turn our experiences, both could happen. do that than anyone else. Grief and loss is positive and negative into—in the words of Even in the darkest of circumstances deeply personal and it affects every person Robbie Parker—“something that inspires us however, there are moments—like Robbie differently. I write this because I feel it is to be better, to be more compassionate and more Parker’s press conference—that show all of important to remember that for all the ter- humble people.” us the aspect of humanity that is capable of rible acts people are capable of, we are also
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Free Mohammed al-Ajami Poet’s imprisonment reveals hypocrisy of Qatar Chris Hearn, volunteer staff
or three years I lived in the tiny to take a regional lead in the Arab The channel has been championed we see in the case of Mohammed alMiddle East country of Qatar. I Spring, which is supposedly bring- by people who feel that it provides Ajami. When even the act of writing recently got word that a poet in the ing freedom and democracy to the fair and balanced coverage and is a poem can lead to life imprisonment, country, Mohammed al-Ajami, was Arab world. the antithesis of “Western” news there is little desire for the populajailed for life after writing a poem Furthermore, Qatar is the home sources, which are seen in a nega- tion to even think for themselves let deemed insulting to the royal fam- to Al Jazeera news, which at least in tive light. The channel does do good alone dissent in any way. You think ily: the dictatorial Al-Thani fam- its English service has been acting as reporting, I will give it that, but it is what the dictators want you to think. ily. Al-Ajami is a “liberal” voice on most certainly biased. It also escapes End of story. appealing the rulthe surface while Qatar’s newly drafted media laws, So, when I see Qatar on the world ing, which I highly being owned by which pretty much put a muzzle on stage appearing as though it is a libThe hypocrisy is doubt will be overa dictatorial reli- the media within Qatar itself. Again, eral country I feel angry and frusoverwhelming. turned. He wrote gious conserva- the hypocrisy is overwhelming. trated. In my opinion, the image that the poem, read it tive regime. That Now, Qatar is a country that is Qatar is trying to put forth is a lie. in front of a small smacks of hyp- filthy rich; one of the richest in the This goes, again, for all of the Gulf crowd in Egypt, and someone else ocrisy. This channel loves to report world, in fact. This goes a long way countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, posted it online. As a result, Mr. al- on human rights abuses elsewhere in placating a population. Who and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Ajami is now in jail. in the world while many humans, wants to rock the boat when you Arabia can’t even pretend to be liberal It’s just another reminder of particularly immigrant labourers, can afford to buy a Ferrari thanks in any way, shape, or form so we’ll just the exceptional lack of freedom of have few rights. Seeing as Qatar’s to the government? As a result there exclude that one. speech not only in Qatar, but in the population is made up of four fifths is little interest in overthrowing the Sadly, the fact that these countries whole region. It’s also frustrating foreign labour – that works out to regime. Those who do dissent stand are dripping with money from oil and given the fact that Qatar is trying a lot of people with very few rights. the chance of losing everything, as natural gas means that they wield
a certain amount of power, which also dissuades countries like the U.S. from openly speaking too harshly of the human rights records of these countries. And it’s clear from this case that human rights are a myth when it comes to freedom of expression, despite what Qatar wants the world to believe. I can only hope that the world pays attention to this case and puts pressure on Qatar. Hopefully, the rights and freedoms of Mohammed al-Ajami will be respected and his life sentence will be overturned. I hope this case also shows the international community—which is increasingly accepting Qatar and even praising its role in the Arab Spring—that it is not the nation it pretends to be. It is most definitely a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
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Sharing the season It’s not about a war on Christmas Alex Passey, volunteer staff
very Christmas season it’s the of all blasphemies. that. Maybe this season can be same thing; a certain godless I’m speaking, of course, of those about more than any one religion segment of the population feels the who would dare utter the phrase or culture, or doesn’t even have to need to take up arms and wage their “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry be about any religion or culture at everlasting “War on Christmas.” Christmas.” all. Maybe it doesn’t need to matter These people will stop at nothing That’s right. These people have if we say Merry Christmas or Happy to usurp the holiday season from the audacity to wish me well in this Hanukkah or Season’s Greetings. Jesus. They live to infringe on every season of giving and togetherness Maybe it should only matter that Christian’s right to celebrate the without a specific reference to my we take the time to say anything at birth of their saviour. And every religious celebration of choice. So all. Perhaps the real miracle of this year these heathens come a little bit let’s get one thing straight: around season is that we can pass a complete closer to winning the war. here, Christmas is the top dog holi- stranger in the street, both of us Oh sure, on the surface the day. You can have your Hanukkah bundled up against the chill of deep Christmas season looks as healthy as and your Kwanzaa and all your winter and in a hurry to get out of it’s ever been. There are still strings other secondary winter celebra- the cold, and still take a moment to of colourful lights draped about the tions; even those pesky pagans can wish them well. I think it’s long past city in a festive have their pre- time that we shed the religious bagmanner. There cious Solstice, gage that keeps us concerned with is still a masbut don’t you holiday terminology, and ultimately Maybe it doesn’t sive coniferous dare make us keeps us from sharing this festive need to matter Christmas tree acknowledge season as a community at large. mounted outthat they exist So if you end up having to go to if we say Merry side city hall. by having to see a “Holiday Concert” instead of a Christmas or Happy There is still a or hear about “Christmas Concert” at your kid’s church every them. Keep school this year, try not to get too Hanukkah or fe w blo c k s them in your bent out of shape about it. Maybe Season’s Greetings. with a sprawlow n hou s e there will be a little less Jesus-centric ing nativ it y behind closed material, so your kid might have less scene on disdoors, where of a chance playing the part of the play. And in every mall across the religious celebrations that don’t per- Virgin Mary or one of the Three continent there are still enough tain to Christianity belong. Don’t Wise Men, and you may have to sit Santas that every little boy and girl come around here trying to wish through a song or two about somehas the opportunity to tell their me “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s thing called a dreidel, but ultimately Christmas wish list to. But rest Greetings,” acting as though all it will more fully embody what Jesus assured, beneath this concealing those fringe holidays have just as was trying to teach us: peace during mask of a holiday season lurks the much right to be here. the holiday season and acceptance harbingers of the most blasphemous Or maybe we can be bigger than of your fellow man.
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The war on drugs Time to surrender Alex Passey, volunteer staff
he war on drugs is an archaic for addicts, but is instead put directly waste of time and money, and a into the hands of organized crime. recent poll conducted by Angus Reid Not only would legalization allow suggests that 68 per cent of Canadians us to invest more money into social feel this way. There was a time when programs, it would also be a huge our neighbours to the south held a blow to the underground economy much more conservative view on this that organized crime depends on, and subject, but the same Angus Reid poll would be absolutely devastating to the revealed that 66 per cent of Americans criminals who cause such also believe that the war on drugs has devastation to our socibeen a dismal failure, and that 57 per ety and make such social cent of Canadians and 54 per cent of programs necessary in the Americans feel that marijuana should first place. Legalization be legalized and readily available for would also free up all the sale on the open market. The states money that many nations of Colorado and Washington have are pumping into the war even gone so far as to vote in favour on drugs. For example, of this policy, though U.S. federal the United States spent law will always trump any such vote US $15 billion in 2010 on at the state level, and marijuana will a futile attempt to elimiremain officially illegal. nate the supply of narcotI believe that the war on drugs is ics, money that could be the most important issue facing soci- much more productively ety right now. There is no other issue spent. that touches so many aspects of our But as much as the war lives on such a drastic level. It affects on drugs hurts the public our economy, a broad range of social at large, it hurts the users even more. issues, and our basic freedoms. The We have made criminals out of a large UN has estimated that the global nar- segment of the population who are cotics market is worth over US $320 otherwise law-abiding citizens. There billion a year. This is money that is are prisons filled with people who taken out of the hands of our economy, were suckered into selling drugs and which could be taxed and spent on trying to make a quick buck in an drastically improving our social pro- underground economy. There are grams, such as support and treatment even some in jail whose crime was
nothing more than enjoying a vice that was not sanctioned by the government. We have also stigmatized addicts as criminals, making it far less likely that they will seek out the help they need, and have driven them to even lower depths. Sadly, even though legalization
could cripple organized crime and release users from the stigma so that they might step out into the light, there is no end in sight. Despite the fact that there are countless organizations advocating for legalization, some even founded by the very people fighting the war on drugs (such as LEAP or Law Enforcement Against
Prohibition), the prospect of legal- Companies like the GEO group ization, even for a drug as benign as and the Corrections Corporation of marijuana, is still a long way off. America actively lobby the American You see, there are simply too many government to maintain laws that are powerful people and organizations harsh on drug users and dealers so that stand to benefit from narcotics that there is a steady flow of inmates remaining illegal. Weâ€™ve all seen the that they can use for cheap labour. anti-drug advertisements sponsored Revenues for private prison corporaby the Partnership for a tions annually reach near the two bilDrug Free America. The lion dollar mark. When there is this hypocrisy here is that the kind of profit to be made, the pressure PDFA has received mil- on the government to keep narcotics lions of dollars in funding illegal and to put drug users in jail for from alcohol, tobacco, and long periods of time is immense. prescription drug companSo for now we will continue to ies. Of course, all of these treat otherwise productive members corporate entities have a of society as criminals because of their stake in keeping narcotics choice of vices. Gangsters will still illegal because they sell a gun each other down in the street product that is in direct in turf wars and continue to recruit competition with chem- children from low-income families ical narcotics, and any by giving them an easy way to make new product on the open a quick buck. Hundreds, if not thoumarket could potentially sands, of police and soldiers will die cut into their profits. Their in Mexico and South America in a interest is economic, and hopeless battle with the drug cartels. not for the well-being of the public Corporations will continue to exploit at large. prison inmates as a cheap source of Yet in terms of nefariousness, the labour. And liquor, tobacco, and PDFA pales in comparison to the prescription drug companies will privatized prison system in the U.S., continue to rake in record profits a system I shudder to think may one every year. day be adopted in Canada when we Welcome to our drug free world. can no longer economically sustain illustration by bradly wohlgemuth our swelling prison population.
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Science & technology
North Korean rocketry, Chinese porpoises, and quantum computing Tom Ingram, staff North Korea in space
On Dec. 12, North Korea finally managed to launch a satellite into orbit after 14 years and four failed attempts. The rocket used was the three-stage Unha-3, the same type that exploded after 90 seconds in the disastrous April 2012 launch. The satellite itself is about the size of a washing machine and, according to the North Korean government, is designed to monitor forests, watch for natural disasters, help with agriculture, and forecast the weather. But the satellite does not appear to be functioning. The rocket successfully delivered it to the right location, but its orbit is unstable. It was supposed to transmit the “Song of General Kim Jong-il” to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the North Korean leader’s death, but no transmissions have been detected. “The preponderance of the evidence suggests that the satellite failed either during the ascent or shortly afterwards,” said Harvard astronomer
Jonathan McDowell to the New York few remaining freshwater cetaceans poises to be upgraded from class II to current technology. Times. (an order that also includes dolphins class I endangered status and for the Researchers at the University of The United States is concerned and whales) and are only found in creation of more porpoise reserves. Oxford built a simple boson-samthat North Korea’s space program is the Yangtze and two nearby lakes. “If the situation does not improve pling computer, a device that was first an excuse to test rockets for military Another cetacean, the baiji (Yangtze significantly,” says Wang Ding, the proposed in a 2010 paper by Scott purposes. Four U.S. warships were River dolphin), famously chronicled chief scientist of the 2012 survey, Aaronson and Alex Arkhipov of MIT. put in place to shoot down the rocket by Douglas Adams in his book Last “they may follow the fate of baiji in This computer was able to solve a samif it veered off course and threatened Chance to See..., was declared extinct 15 years.” pling problem for four photons that either Japan or the Philippines. The after the 2006 survey. Both the river would take a long time to solve classiOne small step for launch was most likely in violation dolphins and finless porpoises navically. The experiment could easily be quantum computing of two UN Security Council resolu- gate through the water using sonar. scaled up for more photons, but for tions forbidding North Korea to carry The high levels of noise caused by the A new experiment published in a classical computer each additional out any launch using ballistic missile river’s heavy shipping traffic disrupt Science could be a step forward for particle doubles the time it takes to technology. this process, interfere with the por- quantum computing. Quantum perform the calculation. According to poises’ feeding, and cause many to computers are capable of perform- Aaronson, the most powerful superYangtze porpoise on decline die by running into ships. ing calculations that would take an computer on Earth could not solve A six-week survey by the Institute The porpoises are also vulnerable impractically long time to carry out the problem with 100 photons. of Hydrobiology at the Chinese to overfishing and pollution. The on ordinary (classical) computers. Another group based in Australia Academy of Sciences and the World Yangtze is heavily polluted – about There has been substantial progress on carried out its own boson-sampling Wildlife Fund concluded that the 20 billion tonnes of waste are dumped the theory of quantum computation, experiment at the same time, and finless porpoises of the Yangtze every year, according to David but an actual quantum computer is teams in Italy and Austria have River are being driven to extinction. Dudgeon, a University of Hong Kong impossible to build with current tech- posted preprint papers of similar A previous survey carried out in 2006 ecologist. Overfishing has caused a nology. Recently there has been a lot experiments. So far, these computers spotted 1,225 of the porpoises living in decline in the porpoises’ food sources, of research into quantum-enhanced have no practical use, says Aaronson, the river. Less than half that number and some fishing methods can harm computing, which demonstrates prin- but they are laying the foundations were seen this time. the porpoises by accident. ciples of quantum computing with for the development of quantum The finless porpoises are one of the Scientists are calling for the por- experiments that can be run with computers.
Cabinet considers Izok Lake proposal Good for the economy, not so good for the environment Tom Ingram, staff
lans for a major mining project in Nunavut are under consideration by the Prime Minister’s cabinet. The project has been proposed by MMG Minerals, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned Minmetals Resources. It would see the development of mines at two locations in western Nunavut along with some major infrastructure to support the mines. The mining operation would bring billions of dollars into Nunavut, but many groups are concerned about its environmental impact. The plans involve building five mines at the Izok Lake location, which is near the border between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. High Lake, to the northeast, would have three additional mines. They would be a mix of underground and open-pit mines producing lead, zinc, and copper. Also planned is a processing plant, tank farms for 35 million litres of diesel fuel, airstrips, and two permanent camps. The different sites will be linked by a 350 kilometre, 70 bridge roadway stretching from Izok Lake all the way to Grays Bay, where a port will be built for ships up to 50,000 tonnes. All told, the operation would produce 180,000 tonnes of zinc and
50,000 tonnes of copper a year. The deposits at Izok and High lakes are not new discoveries. High Lake has been identified since the 1950s, and the deposit at Izok Lake was discovered in the 1970s. They are fairly large, but especially impressive for their high-grade metals. The deposits have passed from owner to owner since their discovery without ever being developed because of the onerous infrastructure requirements of an Arctic mining project. They were acquired by Minmetals in 2009. T he mine is expected to open around 2018, by which time several major zinc mines around the world will be closing – including MMG’s own Century mine in Australia. MMG’s Dugald River project, also in Australia, is expected to begin operation within the next few years.
Many organizations both within drain the water into a nearby lake. The board, which is concerned and outside of Nunavut have Three lakes will have to be drained about the growing number of mines expressed concerns about the envi- at the High Lake site. Grays Bay, in western Nunavut (nine are either the prospective site operating or under review), deterof MMG’s seaport, mined that a federal review is required would be filled in. and recommended that John Duncan, Also of concern is the minister in charge of Northern the road, with its 70 Development, call full public hearbridges. The road cuts ings. Currently, the minister has not across important calv- yet responded. When he does, he and ing grounds for the the other three ministers involved— Bathurst caribou herd, Transport, Natural Resources, and which is still recover- Fisheries and Oceans—can either ing from a 90 per cent send the project back and ask for population decrease in changes, let the Nunavut Impact the 1980s. Aboriginal Review Board run the hearings itself, groups as far afield as or hold full hearings that include Saskatchewan rely on other governments. this herd. When the MMG, for its part, acknowledges plans were filed with the importance of the Bathurst herd the Nunavut Impact and has designed its road to be as Review Board, over easy to cross as possible. Field studies 400 questions and con- are being conducted to find ways to cerns were submitted reduce the project’s environmental by individuals, orga- impact. They plan to ask for pernizations, Aboriginal mission to do preliminary building groups, and govern- before the public hearings are comment groups. plete, but that construction would “The proposed proj- not start until 2014. ronmental impact of the Izok Lake ect may cause significant adverse project. To access the Izok Lake effects [to] the ecosystem and wilddeposit, which is beneath the water, life habitat,” Environment Canada image by s. arden hill it is necessary to build a dam and stated.
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Giving your evergreens a home Wildlife Haven to use donated Christmas trees in animal enclosures Bryce Hoye, staff
he Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre (WHRC) wants your Christmas greenery. “We’ve got at least five or six coming,” remarked Reesa Atnikov in an interview with the Manitoban, referring to Christmas trees to be donated to the WHRC in the coming days. “What we need is somebody that has a truck and some time to go around [and] pick up all these trees and drop them off.” Atnikov emphasized the need for supplies like trees and greenery as well as the willingness of those donating such items to physically transport them to the WHRC themselves. “We don’t have the resources to do that, unfortunately. We rely a lot on people being able to bring things
out to us – including animals they’ve snapping turtles to pelicans and found.” racoons—and a modest operating Atnikov started out as a volun- budget, the WHRC is very reliant teer and is currently the rehabilitation on their pool of volunteers and donamanager – one of only two salaried tions from the public to help them positions at the WHRC. The orga- deal with the many unique demands nization began almost 29 years ago that come with caring for injured or with a group of volunteers working abandoned wildlife. out of their respective backyards to The two main functions of the rescue and rehabilitate orphaned or WHRC are animal care and rehabiliinjured wildlife. The WHRC has tation, and providing educational sersince outgrown its humbler begin- vices to the public regarding “how nings and is currently headquartered to live with wildlife, how not to live 10 kilometres south of Winnipeg in with wildlife, and what to do when Île-des-Chênes, with the long-term [they] find wildlife,” stated Atnikov. goal of purchasing land and building “We have birds of prey that are nonmore permanent offices and enclo- releasable as well as some amphibians sures elsewhere. that are part of our reptile program,” With around 17,000 wild ani- said Atnikov, adding, “they get delivmals turned in every year—from ered to all kinds of public forums; we
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go out to classrooms, campgrounds sets, including: web design; delivering [ . . . ] Boo at the Zoo, [and] we’ve educational presentations to a variety set up at the U of M [on several of audiences; and handling, feeding, occasions].” cleaning and caring for animals, to Students currently enrolled at name a few examples. the U of M might recall seeing the “We’re also trying to develop a lot WHRC in University Centre in the more people that can be a part of our fall semester where, brandishing a rescue and recovery team,” mentioned red-tail hawk or owl, WHRC mem- Atnikov, explaining that volunteers bers provided anecdotes about their would be “trained how to go and animals as well as information on safely capture injured and orphaned how to apply for summer Green Team animals, how to assess a situation to positions, see whether donate, and something “We rely a lot on people volunteer does need with the to be resbeing able to bring things organizacued or tion. not, where out to us – including “The they can animals they’ve found.” last two or then make three times, the call to – Reesa Atnikov, WHRC we’ve been pick it up rehabilitation manager at the U and bring of M for it to [the our Green WHRC] Team or another recruitment as well as volunteer location.” recruitment,” remarked Atnikov, In the case of the call for your “and hopefully we’ll get some prov- previously-loved Christmas trees, the incial Green Team positions [this organization intends on using them year] because we don’t get any kind to help spruce up the enclosures of the of government funding, so it’s really releasable and non-releasable wildlife helpful and handy for us when we’re currently under their care. But the able to get those positions.” needs of the staff and animals of the According to Atnikov, in order to WHRC far exceed one-off contribuapply for a summer Green Team staff tions of this kind. position with the WHRC, applicants For instance, the WHRC has a must be between the ages 18 and 24. wish list on their website of various “We target university age people, ubiquitous items that they need on especially those who have an interest a day-to-day basis, and often posts and background with animals. We open calls for things as essential as get a lot of [pre-veterinary medicine] paper towels to, recently, a paper students that come to work for the shredder, via the organization’s summer, and biology students.” Facebook page. Volunteers can expect to gain valuDonate online at wildlifehaven.ca able, proper wildlife handling experi- and contact the WHRC via email at ence and may be involved in a range firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 204of activities depending on their skill 878-3740.
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Arts & Culture
Top 10 albums of 2012 My top picks of the year in no particular order Jenna Diubaldo, staff
Downtown Struts but much sillier and with more of a – Victoria! 60s beach vibe. Victoria! is the first full-length release from this Chicago-based punk rock four-piece, and rather than simply announcing their presence in the scene they’ve grabbed everyone by the collar and shouted
Out LOUD The WECC to showcase Winnipeg’s loudest bands Kara Passey, staff
it in their ugly faces. This album is flawless from start to finish, and its replay value is off the charts. I recommend purchasing Victoria! on coloured vinyl for maximum music nerd enjoyment. Mumford & Sons – Babel Mumford & Sons destroyed the charts this year with their second LP Babel finishing the year as the third most downloaded album of 2012 on iTunes (Adele was number one, duh). Scoff all you want, but this group of Londonites sure can write a song, and a good one at that. This album has a few hiccups at the back end of the album, but all in all it’s a pretty solid record. Download the deluxe version of Babel on iTunes for a few extra songs not included on the vinyl LP. Bloodshot Bill – Out The Door The rockabilly king of Montreal put out this vinyl treat in early 2012. This 7-inch record features five songs in the style of Hank Williams that are sure to please your ears and
has again released a beautiful collection of songs with Mannequin, his fifth album overall. Don’t expect to hear your typical acoustic pop song on this album, as Hoe’s compositions are mature, dark, King Lollipop – Woodland Whoopee Songs of and ominous, while still remaining catchy and melodic. Notable Ol’ Callowhee One third of the band Shannon tracks include “Conversation” and and the Clams, King Lollipop is “Nothing’s Gonna Harm You,” Cody Blanchard’s weirdo back- amongst every other song on the woods solo project recorded in his album. bedroom. This album is strange in a really good way, filled with high The New Lightweights – register acoustic guitar, 60s-esque What Keeps Us Together pop vocal lines dripping with reverb, This Winnipeg-based super and barebones percussion complete group includes Alexa Dirks (Chic with jam blocks of varying sizes. Gamine), Ariel Posen (Sierra Noble Band), and Ryan Voth (Imaginary Cities) – an impressive line-up to say the least and the product of this musical machine does not disappoint. Dirks is like the Aretha Franklin of Canada. Backed by Posen’s intricate guitar playing and Voth’s impeccable rhythm, this trio is one to be reckoned with.
The Thrashers – Ramp Locals Who better to put out a 7-inch filled with songs about skateboarding than a band called the Thrashers? Ramp Locals is the third release from this Winnipeg surf rock band and it is jam-packed with shredding of both the guitar and skateboard variety. Vinyl release features neon pink and yellow artwork with a banana-yellow record. Gnarly.
Hunx – Hairdresser Blues Flamboyantly gay singer Seth Bogart—more commonly known as lead singer Hunx from the band Hunx and his Punx—released a solo album this year, which he aptly describes as “hairdresser pop.” Best known for urinating on his audience and appearing partially nude on stage (and generally in life), Hunx’s album is a collection of garage pop songs about horrible
Dangercat – Where I’ll Be Dangercat does no frills pop punk and they do it well. This band is made up of three friends who get together, have a good time, and write some catchy punk music – if you don’t like it, well then fuck relationships, nude beaches, and you. The title track “Where I’ll Be” the Bay City Rollers. Check out hips alike. All hail the king! is certainly the gem on this album, “Say Goodbye Before You Leave,” and you’re in for a puppet-filled a sad track touching on the topic treat if you search the video for this of Hunx’s good friend and DIY Mean Jeans - On Mars Pop punk out of Portland, OR, track on YouTube. punk legend Jay Reatard’s untimely that will leave you with a smile on passing. your face. Mean Jeans are audibly JP Hoe – Mannequin heavily influenced by the Ramones, Local singer/songwriter JP Hoe
n recent years the West End of the Manitoba Arts Council, Out Cultural Centre (WECC) has LOUD was born and will [feature] primarily been known for present- the best (and loudest) local talent ing folk, roots, and world music we could find.” made by local and touring musiThe first show of the series takes cians. Some may find it hard to place on Friday, Jan. 11, with Big believe that less than a decade ago Trouble in Little China, Quagmire, it was a venue where many youth and Everyone’s Fired!!. These discovered local punk and metal bands contain former (and current) bands for their first time, as the members from other local projects WECC frequently such as Head Hits hosted all ages shows Concrete, Malefaction, “Bring for as cheap as $5. the Republic of “The [WECC] has a Champions (formerly earplugs” long history of supportthe City Champs), ing heavier genres such Plague, This Time as punk and metal,” I’m God, and Port says Meg McGimpsey, Amoral. Collectively WECC general manager. there will be over 50 years of loud “As part of our 25th anniver- punk and metal Winnipeg music sary season we wanted to create history on stage. an opportunity to recognize the The next show in the series will scene that helped build the WECC take place on Friday, Feb. 8, and into a place where people of all ages will feature the bands Electro caught their first show or performed Quarterstaff, the Strap, and for the first time. With the support Warsaw. Bring earplugs.
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2012 in comedic review My top three hilarious moments from the past year Jenna Diubaldo, staff
3. Nineteenth century fresco painting ruined (Aug. 22, 2012) When you come to find that your 200-year-old painting of Jesus Christ is in need of a little restoration, I know what obviously comes to mind first: why should I pay thousands of dollars for a costly restoration of a beautiful 19th century work of art when I can simply do it myself? Well, before you pick up a copy of “Historical Art Restoration for
Dummies” and a paintbrush, please think back to the “Ecce Homo” fiasco.
In August of last year an 80-year- nated for the Tuxedo Party, Stan was around the store’s parking lot before old Spanish woman named Cecilia able to collect endorsements from entering the store itself, which lead to Giménez took it upon herself to celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres Toronto Animal Services being called attempt a restoration of a 19th cen- and Anderson Cooper. Although and the monkey being seized by the tury fresco by painter Elias Garcia Tuxedo Sam couldn’t actually be municipal government. Martinez in a small church in her elected to office due to municipal Now Darwin is located at a primate town. The result was a horrendous laws, he was able to raise awareness blob that resembled something closer for animal welfare in Halifax. to a monkey rather than the original What’s so ridiculous about a cat subject of Jesus Christ. The Internet running for mayor, really? After all, promptly changed the name of the Stubbs the cat—mayor of Alaskan painting from “Ecce Homo,” which town Talkeetna—just celebrated his means “Behold the Man,” to “Ecce 15th year in office. Some might believe Mono,” which translates to “Behold that Tuxedo Stan the cat could posthe Monkey.” sibly do a better job as mayor than our On the bright side, though, own Sam Katz from Tuxedo… Giménez’s paintings are now selling on eBay for thousands of dollars. Way 1. Monkey lost in Toronto to go, Spanish lady! Ikea parking lot (Dec. 9, 2012) This story is easily my number one 2. Tuxedo Stan runs pick as it was honestly my entire motifor mayor of Halifax vation for writing this article. (Sept. 17, 2012) The long and short of this story is Back in September a furry black that Torontonian Yasmin Nakhuda and white feline aptly named Tuxedo had a pet monkey named Darwin Stan clawed his way into the race for whom she (for some unknown reason) mayor in Halifax, NS, and vowed that brought along with her during a shophe was ready to pounce on the issue ping trip and left in her car while she of stray cats in the area. went into Ikea. Darwin let himself out sanctuary in Sunderland, Ontario, Running as the candidate nomi- of his cage and proceeded to wander while Nakhuda awaits a court case
to decide the monkey’s fate. I’m not quite sure what is most hilarious about this story – that there was a monkey named Darwin loose in an Ikea in Toronto wearing a shearling coat and a diaper, or the
Some might believe that Tuxedo Stan the cat could possibly do a better job as mayor than our own Sam Katz from Tuxedo… bounty of hilarious memes that followed this incident including a composite of Jared Leto, Kanye West, and Ryan Gosling sporting shearling coats alongside Darwin. Either way, I will continue to be amused by @IkeaMonkey on Instagram for months to come while the world awaits a verdict for Darwin and hopes for his safety and well-being.
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New Year’s resolutions How our local talent wants to better themselves in 2013 Jodie Layne, staff
t has been an incredible year for musicians and artists from Winnipeg; the Cannon Bros. were nominated for a Polaris Prize, there were exceptional album releases including Mise en Scene's Desire's Despair, and local music festivals brought out crowds and showcased
our rock solid scene. Ultra Mega says this year will be However, no one ever got any- the year they release their first fullthing done by focusing on the past. length album and head out on tour. The artists who made 2012 such a They are also excited to play at the landmark year already have their Rainbow Trout Music Festival again, eyes set on ways to blow our minds and front man J. D. Ormond says in 2013. Here are their New Year’s their resolutions also include “putting Resolutions: their instruments on a diet.”
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The top sportsof 201122 newsmakers Christine Sinclair Captain of the Canadian women’s national soccer team Derek Gagnon, Staff
f you are Canadian and paid any attention during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, you know who Christine Sinclair is. For those of you who didn’t find the time to tune in, Sinclair is the captain of Canada’s national women’s soccer team, and was a primary reason why they captured the first medal in a traditional team sport event in the Summer Olympics since the men’s basketball team won silver in 1936. The medal was a bronze, a good result for a nation currently ranked seventh by FIFA, but also disappointing as it came as a result of a very controversial loss at the hands of the Americans. Many Canadians, including Sinclair herself, would lambaste the officiating as the American squad would benefit from some dubious calls and eventually win 4-3, despite Sinclair scoring a hat trick in a superb effort. Sinclair would go on record with the media in blasting the performance of the officials, which would result in further support for the team. The whole country seemed to tune in as the Canadians took on France in the bronze medal game,
a game in which Diana Matheson scored the only goal of the game to give Canada a 1-0 win. The ladies were celebrated as heroes upon their return to Canada, as their ability to bounce back on short notice after such a heart-wrenching defeat was truly inspiring. The effort of Sinclair did not go unnoticed, as she was named the flag bearer for
Canada at the closing ceremonies, as well as receiving the Diamond Jubilee medal.
Normally when an athlete criticizes officiating after a loss it is met with a negative public response, but Sinclair had the complete support of the public throughout the process, as there was a palpable feeling of injustice. When Sinclair was subsequently suspended for four games by FIFA, causing her to miss the upcoming Four Nations Cup, it seemed FIFA was taking the easy way out, instead of admitting their own faults. Sinclair remained nothing but classy through the process and has helped elevate the popularity of women’s soccer to new heights just in time for Canada to host the next Women’s World Cup, as Winnipeg along with five other cities will host the tournament in June and July of 2015.
Donald Fehr Executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association Marc Lagace, staff
efore this past year, you could have taken the number of hockey fans familiar with Donald Fehr, gave them all a seat at Jobing. com Arena, and you still would have had enough open seats for the entire Phoenix Coyote fanbase. Fehr rose to prominence as the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, a role that he held for over 20 years. After vacating his position within the MLBPA, he signed on as an advisor with the NHLPA and was voted into the position of executive director in late 2010. He’s been described as one of the canniest negotiators in sports labour history, so you knew that the players weren’t messing around with his promotion. The collective bargaining agreement that had been negotiated du r i ng t he 2004-05 lockout was set to expire, which meant both the owners and players would be forced to sit down together to hammer out the terms of a new CBA. With the owners led by Gary Bettman and the players by
Fehr, neither side seemed prepared to give a single concession. For years, Bettman has more or less been the lone provoker of ire amongst hockey fans, and early on in the negotiations, the public remained on side with the NHLPA. But as the fickle negotiating tactics of Fehr dragged the lockout into December, threatening the entirety of the 2012-13 season, fan frustration shifted from the owners to the entire process. Luckily, it appears that the lockout is finally coming to an end, with enough time remaining for a 48-game regular season. Early reports indicate that the two sides have negotiated a ten-year deal. After 107 hockeyless days to end 2012, that’s good news to most fans. The NHL will be back in 2013, but time will tell whether or not fans will flock back to the game like they did in 2006. If they do, and the new CBA proves to be a platform for labour stability for decades, perhaps history will show Fehr’s time with the NHLPA in a positive light.
95-year history of the event. The victory triggered support and interest, raising hopes that Hesjedal could add to his winnings when he took part in both the Tour de France as well as the Summer Olympics in London. The Tour did not go according to plan for Ryder, as a crash left him scraped and
bruised to the point that he was forced to withdraw from the event. His struggles continued in London, finishing 63rd in the road race event and 28th in the time trial. However, his prowess was still plenty good enough to earn him the Lionel Conacher Award as Canada’s top male athlete of the year, a feat of which he was very deserving. Hesjedal’s impact on the sport, not only as a Canadian but as a non-doper, is something that cycling really needs if it hopes to rise above the scandals it has endured in the past few years.
Ryder Hesjedal Canadian cyclist Derek Gagnon, Staff
fter flying along in top gear a threat to win the major events of third and final time came for a while, the sport of cycling the cycling world, coming in sixth during the final stage, has suffered lately as doping scan- in 2010 and 18th in 2011 in the Tour erasing a 31-second dals have forced everyone to ques- de France. It was in Italy in 2012 deficit by then tion who is clean and who is dirty. when he finally made his mark in leader Joaquim Lance Armstrong, the man who the cycling world, and brought a Rodriguez and won seven consecutive Tour de newfound interest and respect to earning the France titles from 1999 to 2005, the sport of cycling in Canada. Pink Jersey. had long been the poster boy of the The Giro d’Italia is the premiere H i s trek sport, so when it came to light that cycling event in Italy, and one of the through Italy he too had been a doper it seemed three major annual events of the covered 3,502.1 that the sport was in desperate need cycling season alongside the Tour kilometres and of a hero to lift them out of this de France and the Vuelta a España. took him 91 hours doping-inspired darkness. Hesjedal put in a very strong per- 39 minutes and 2 Enter Ryder Hesjedal. formance over the course of the seconds. It marked The native of Victoria, B.C. had 21-stage tour, taking the overall lead the first time a Canadian been established in recent years as on three separate occasions. The had ever won the event in the
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Robert Allen “R.A.” Dickey
Women’s hockey appears to be inching towards parity
Pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays Derek Gagnon, Staff
hen referring to athletes of nearly any sport, being of age 38 normally means that the player’s best days are behind them and they are travelling down the ever-shortening road to retirement. The story of Robert Allen (R.A.) Dickey is anything but normal. Having found that his fastball no longer comes across as fast, Dickey realized that he would have to adapt his style or leave the game of baseball. He chose to add the knuckleball pitch to his repertoire and the move has turned him from being an aging starting pitcher into the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner, compiling a record of 20-6, an ERA of 2.73 and 230 strikeouts. Not bad for a guy who can “only” throw a fastball 85 miles an hour. The knuckleball has revitalized Dickey’s career as a pitcher. The pitch is notoriously difficult to
throw, and just as hard to hit. It makes less than one rotation while being thrown from the pitcher’s mound to home plate, a distance of over 60 feet.
This causes the trajectory of the pitch to change as it approaches the plate and makes it very hard for the batters to judge where it is going to end
up. Combine that with the fact that Dickey can throw this pitch at 83 miles an hour, or as low as 54 miles an hour and it makes it very difficult to hit, which is why he has been so successful with it. The success has not gone unnoticed, as Dickey as well as other teams have noticed the value of this unrivalled skill. Dickey was expected to continue to play with the New York Mets this upcoming season, but the team’s relucatance to renegotiate a contract with him led to a trade to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a wheelbarrow full of prospects. The trade made national headlines in what has been a very busy offseason for the Canadian club thus far. The move should prove to be beneficial for both Dickey and Toronto as the team seeks its first World Series title since 1993.
Tim Tebow Quarterback for the New York Jets Marc Lagace, staff
his past year started out so promising for Tim Tebow. On the Denver Broncos’ roster in 2011, a 1-4 record and intense public pressure forced Broncos head coach John Fox to replace Kyle Orton with Tebow, and the much-hyped youngster led the team for the remainder of an incredibly exciting and unlikely AFC West Division title with an 8-8 record. Tebow’s success against all odds made him the most talked about figure in sports heading into 2012. On Jan. 8, Tebow and the Broncos played host to the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC Wild Card game. By the end of regulation, the two teams were tied 23-23. The stage was set for Tebow’s most significant achieve-
ment to date. The game itself was significant, in that it was the first time the new playoff overtime rules would be enforced. As luck would have, it would take Tebow just one play to connect with Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard catch and run touchdown, winning the game and silencing Tebow’s critics – temporarily. The New England Patriots would eliminate the Broncos in a blowout the following week, but the media frenzy surrounding Tebow showed no signs of stopping. The Broncos would trade Tebow to the New York Jets over the offseason, where he would jockey with fourth-year quarterback Mark
Sanchez for the starting position throughout the 2012 regular season. Unfortunately for Tebow, Jets head coach Rex Ryan stuck with Sanchez throughout an entirely miserable 4-12 season. There was little to no Tebow-time, or “Tebowing” to be had in 2012. And yet, Tim Tebow remained one of the most talked-about and scrutinized players in the NFL. With the season over, there are plenty of unanswered questions heading into 2013. Were the clutch performances and that magical playoff win with the Broncos a sign of things yet to come, or was it all smoke and mirrors? Will he get another shot in New York, or will he be joining his third team in four years? Is Tim Tebow even worth discussing anymore? Regardless of the true answer to that last question, Tebow figures to be a key talking point during the NFL offseason again heading into 2013.
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hile Canadian hockey fans were glued to their screens watching the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia, another international hockey tournament featuring another Team Canada was happening in Finland. The 2013 IIHF World Women’s U18 Hockey Championship was held in the Finnish communities of Heinola and Vierumäki. Canada entered the tournament as the reigning gold medalists, and opened the tournament with a game against Hungary. The Hungarians were promoted from the International Ice Hockey Federation’s second tier, Division I, last year and had to qualify to that level the year before. Considering Canada’s dominance in women’s hockey against all nations except the United States, this game was predicted to be the usual blowout. That didn’t exactly happen. Sure, the shots on goal were 39-12 in Canada’s favour, and team Canada head coach Jim Fetter said that the team “played like individuals” for most of the game. Regardless, Hungary only lost by a score of 4-1, and was even tied with Canada for three minutes in the second period. Hungary would later defeat Germany and qualify for the quarterfinals, assuring their place in the tournament next year. While only one game, it could be a sign that international women’s hockey may finally achieve what has eluded them throughout its history: parity. Leading up to the 2010 Olympic gold medal game, Canada and the US combined for 86 goals scored and four against, causing IOC President Jacques Rogge to warn that women’s hockey could be removed from the Olympics if scores stay lopsided. Just like the World Women’s Championships, the U18 is also a duopoly of the top two medal positions between Canada and the U.S. After the admonishment, the IIHF decided to step up efforts to make women’s hockey a more global and competitive sport. In 2011, the IIHF sent mentors from those two countries, plus
perennial bronze medal contenders Sweden and Finland, to nine lesser hockey nations (Hungary was not one of those nations) to improve its women’s hockey programs. The same year, it also introduced the World Girls’ Ice Hockey Day promoting the sport to girls in 21 countries. In 2012, it was turned into a weekend and expanded into 30 countries. The Swiss won their first ever bronze medal at last year’s World Women’s Hockey Championship, thanks to Tournament All-Star goalie Florence Schelling and forward Stefany Marty, who tied for the lead in goal scoring at the Vancouver Olympics. At the U18, the Czechs and Germans have made recent appearances in the bronze medal game at past events. This year, the Czechs will play in a medal game, eliminating Finland in the quarterfinals, but Germany is fighting relegation. In its 2012 annual report, the IIHF stated that “While the top two teams will very likely remain the same as in the past, the battle for Bronze is no longer an easy prediction, and by 2018 and 2022, the women’s Olympic tournament will be a true fight for all medals”. More European players are going to the NCAA, especially goaltenders. In last year’s World Championship, only Russia and Sweden did not have a goalie from the NCAA. Improved goaltending may be a first step towards narrowing the gap between the North American and European nations, and it may be evident in the U18. In last year’s event, the average margin of victory in the preliminary round was just less than six goals. This year, it was only four goals, despite a 10-0 American win over the Czechs, slightly skewing the average. Right now, Canada and the U.S. are still the undisputed powerhouses of women’s hockey. But the next few years will be crucial in determining whether or not the sport will evolve beyond a small handful of competitive nations. It is for the IIHF, national programs, and the players to decide. They haven’t scored, but at least they are getting shots at the net.
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Playoff prospects A breakdown of the Bison teams in the playoff hunt Marc Lagace, staff
Division Rank: 3rd Divison Record: 7-4 With eleven games remaining, the Bisons find themselves in a good position to make the post-season. They are only four points
(Jan. 25 and 26), Saskatchewan (Feb. 8 and 9), and Winnipeg (Feb. 13), then travelling to Alberta (Feb. 1 and 2).
three-way tie for the final playoff spot, the Bison women’s basketball team is basically out of playoff contention. Their only two wins came against the winless Brandon Bobcats. Two overtime losses against Winnipeg and UBC Okanagan might end up haunting Manitoba if they’re able to fight their way back into the playoff picture.
Men’s Hockey back from the Prairie Division leading Alberta Bears. After two weeks of games against teams in the Pacific division, Manitoba wraps up the regular season with a series of divisional games: hosting Lethbridge
Division Rank: 7th Division Record: 2-9 Three games back from the
Division Rank: 3rd Division Record: 10-5-3 For the Bison men’s hockey team, there’s no place like home; Manitoba has gone 6-1-1 through the first half of the season. Hopefully that trend continues, as six of their remaining ten regular season games are to be played at the Max Bell Arena. With the bottom two teams in the conference 12 and 16 points back, respectively, it seems fairly safe to say that the six teams currently in a playoff
position will remain so. Manitoba will be pushing for first in the conference, which means home ice advantage and a first-round bye.
Division Rank: 5th Division Record: 7-8-3 Women’s hockey in the Canada West conference has been incredibly competitive this season; only five points separates the fourth seed from last place. Manitoba currently sits in fifth, right in the thick of things. There are ten games remaining in the season including games against Calgary and Regina, the top two teams in the conference. Every point will be crucial down the stretch.
pair of losses to the defending CIS National Champions. The conference is extremely competitive, and looking at the remaining opponents this talented Bison squad will have to find their A-game if they expect to retain—and improve on—their playoff position.
Division Rank: 5th Division Record: 7-5 The women find themselves in a similar position as their counterparts, both scrapping for a playoff spot in a tough conference. The remaining schedule is travel-heavy for both teams, and for the women that includes road trips to Trinity Western University and Mount Men’s Volleyball Royal — teams that are just above Division Rank: 5th Manitoba in the standings. Victories Division Record: 7-5 would not only improve their playoff Manitoba finished 2012 on a three- position, but also cement them as one game losing streak, which included a of the conference elites.