Vol. 17 Iss. 07

Volume 17 Issue 7 - 02/20/2009

Mardi Gras – Laissez les bons temps rouler!

A visit to New Orleans during Mardi Gras Laissez les bons temps rouler! Roughly translating as ?let the good times roll,? It’s become a catchphrase for Mardi Gras in New Orleans: a huge celebration of tradition, music, and food and drink, mixed with rollicking good fun. What’s it like in New Orleans during Mardi Gras… Read more »

On the Hill – A Star is Born

This week, Canada is revelling in Obama-mania. Ever since the new US president announced that his first official foreign visit would land him in Ottawa, the media (along with countless security personnel) have been building toward the big moment when the plane door would open and Obama would appear. What would he say? What would… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Up to the Challenge

After having been to Puerto Vallarta on our previous two trips to Mexico we knew we wanted a change this time. Last October when we seriously began looking at other options a number of factors came into play. Could we fly WestJet, hopefully non-stop to somewhere on the west coast of Mexico with an affordable… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Intervention

DVD: Intervention Theatrical Release: 2007 Production Company: Scion Films Starring: Colm Feore, Jennifer Tilly, Rupert Graves, Andie MacDowell, Donna D’Errico, Gary Farmer, Ian Hart Director: Mary McGuckian. A UK/Canada Production The Pursuit of Happiness as Highway to Hell ?There are four universal healings in every culture, and That’s singing, dancing, storytelling, and silence.? from Intervention… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – The Soundtrack of My Life ? Track 1

I’m sitting in the back seat of my father’s turquoise Plymouth. I’ve just been expelled from school for a list of offences including (but not limited to) smoking pot, ditching classes, and vandalizing miscellaneous articles of lab equipment, textbooks, acoustic tiles, and an overhead projector. He hasn’t said a word since we’ve been driving. There… Read more »

Education News – University residences at the forefront of green action

WINNIPEG (CUP) ? Canadian universities are starting to make their campuses more environmentally sustainable by converting on-campus residences into green buildings. ?One of the largest cost-savings from doing a green building or an energy-efficiency retrofit is that the health and productivity of the people that use the building increases dramatically,? said Nicholas Heap, climate and… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Faking It

Never mind lead-painted toys and melamine milk?this week, the latest consumer hazard is the lowly toothbrush. It seems that cheap knock-offs have loose bristles that are causing people to choke. When You’re done checking that your Colgate 360 is the real deal, here are some more oddities from the land of fake stuff. Worst iPod… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: RFIDS make it simple for drive-by hackers to sniff your personal data – In Foreign News: Saab won’t get government bailou

At Home: RFIDS make it simple for drive-by hackers to sniff your personal data If You’re one of those people who doubt just how easy it is for personal data to be stolen, you might want to check out this short video on the CBC. Before you click, here’s the background. The current wave in… Read more »