Porkpie Hat—Renouncing the Ordinary

I realized, many years ago, that it would probably not be a good thing if I had access to unlimited funds.  I would end up shortening my life with endless high-cholesterol prawn cocktails, crate-upon-crate of bubbly, and trays filled with umbrella drinks, all cruising above the Azores in a bespoke art deco zeppelin, complete with… Read more »

The Point of the Isolated Long Weekend

The typical Victoria day long weekend, for most people, often involves some form of getting outdoors, to celebrate with nature and other people, whether that’s in the crowds at the gardening stores as Canadians get ready for planting and growing season, or out to the campground to enjoy the warm spring with friends and family…. Read more »

Beats from the Basement—2Pac

Artist: 2Pac Album: Greatest Hits As is the case with country, rap music seems to be either greatly adored or abhorred despite its evident popularity in Canada, not to mention the likes of Drake enjoying international success. I’ll admit that I was once unfair to the genre.  Like many people, especially those who are considerably… Read more »

In Support of Labour

On May 1, 2020, Amazon, Target, Trader Joe’s, Instacart, and Whole Foods workers proceeded with their planned general strike over COVID-19 working conditions, calling in sick or walking out during lunch break, with calls for support and boycotts from consumers.  Citing unsafe working conditions, inadequate personal protective equipment, and close working quarters, workers called for… Read more »

Healthy Snacking Habits during a Pandemic

As a significant portion of the population spends more time indoors amid the viral pandemic, we are also snacking more in our time at home. I often find myself hoarding multitudes of snacks to help pass the time without regard for the calorie intake or the unhealthy ingredients in these snacks. How do we strike… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Hungriest Ghosts

“Oh well, the devil makes us sin But we like it when we’re spinning in his grip -Massive Attack, ‘Paradise Circus’ “God made food; the devil the cooks.” -James Joyce, Ulysses The chefs’ movements are fluid as any dancer’s, their hands skilled as any surgeon’s. (Saltimbocca, cassoulet, roasted vegetables, veal with hollandaise sauce.) The restaurant… Read more »

Disinformation Distancing

So what are the effects of having a population not well versed in media literacy?  What happens when people unquestioningly accept everything they see, or, just as bad, unquestioningly deny everything they see reported?  It got driven home to me in a couple of ways this week. The first, is that Michael Moore et al…. Read more »

Council Connection—April 16, 2020

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. All Councillors were in attendance, with the exception of Councillor Melinda Goertz, as well as incoming council observing.  Also in attendance was The Voice’s Managing Editor Karl Low and Council Meeting Reporter Natalia Iwanek. Key items… Read more »