A Movie Review: National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002)

Rated R (coarse language, nudity, drug content) After a stressful week of late night researching for a paper, I decided that what I needed most was just to lie in bed and watch one of those senseless American Pie style comedies that force me to laugh all the seriousness of schoolwork out of my body…. Read more »


I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of those conversations that start off with “So, tell me about yourself.” There is something very crippling about that statement, something that stops the tongue and freezes your brain. I think it’s because, though we may be used to categorising things, we are not… Read more »

Bowling for Columbine – A Movie Review

I’ve read some intriguing reviews of this award-winning documentary, so when my daughter invited me to join her at the Garneau theatre on Sunday night, I decided to put aside my books and take a night off to attend the movies. I’m so glad I did! Bowling for Columbine is one of the most thoughtful… Read more »

Advertisement and Anxiety

[Photo Credit: “Follow the Flock” is a spoof ad generated by the Adbusters Creative Resistance campaign – see: ] Every day an overwhelming deluge of advertisements bombards us. We are exposed to them on the sides of buses, on the inside of buses, on benches and bus shelters, in newspapers, in magazines, over the radio,… Read more »

Some Reasons Why People Are Homeless

In a society as advanced as ours, you wouldn’t expect to see such high numbers of homeless people. Studies show there are common contributing factors explaining why people are homeless, but I believe the real reason why most people are homeless cannot be attributed to these factors. A large number of people are homeless by… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA: The Advice Column

Dear Sandra, I feel a little awkward writing to you, but I am hoping that you will be able to help with my problem. For the past few months I have noticed myself becoming more moody, tired, sad, and I have gained 15lbs. Is this my body’s way of saying it does not like the… Read more »

Husband or Shopping Cart?

When the hubby and I go out shopping on the week-end I often take a couple of handmade bags and leave my utility cart (sometimes known as “the old lady buggy”) in the hall closet. My regular column readers will know that we don’t own a vehicle and we are often out on foot together:well… Read more »

The Dubious Privatization of BC Rail: The Liberal Stance

During the run-up to the May 28, 1996 British Columbia general election, the two foremost contender parties”?the incumbent BC New Democratic Party (NDP) and the BC Liberal Party (Liberals)”?took divergent stands on their future plans regarding the province’s publicly-owned railway, BC Rail. “Liberal leader Gordon Campbell placed BC Rail front and centre as an election… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation: Manitoba Plans Ahead, University Pays Off, Kyoto Climate Change

Manitoba Plans Ahead The Provincial Government and the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE) recently sponsored an accessibility forum on post-secondary education (see: This forum’s purpose was to bring together educators, students, administrators, and other stakeholders to share ideas and discuss how post-secondary education could be made more accessible to all Manitobans. The provincial Advanced… Read more »