Vol. 17 Iss. 08

Volume 17 Issue 8 - 02/27/2009

On the Hill – You don’t Need to Know

It’s a funny thing about setting government policy in a democracy: most of the time, citizens expect their leaders to live up to the standards that they set. Which makes it especially interesting that a couple of recent events have hit the news so close together. The first is that the Tories are going to… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Canasta Rules

This past weekend my sister Sherry, her fianc├ę Jim, Roy, and I went to Hinton to visit our youngest sister Gail, husband Todd, and daughter Hailey. The catching up was fun. The dinner out at the Chinese restaurant was good. The best part, though, was sitting down to play canasta. Canasta is an old card… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – Story of a Travelling Girl

Once there was a travelling girl. When she was 12 years old, her parents (in an effort to minimize inconvenience and keep expenses down) took her into the woods and left her there. They had some pangs of conscience (who wouldn’t?) but consoled themselves with the thought that she would quickly and efficiently be murdered… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – T@B, New Teeth on Stage

CD: T@b, New Teeth on Stage Release date: 2008 Label: Independent ?Squeezing Rhymes Through the Stencil of a Prejudiced Mind? ?Shelving words by the letter, lining up syllables better, being setter of bones of reality, the tones of the t’s and the a’s and the e?s, oh please! from ?Words? by Flinn and Nasr, New… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Andy Flinn of T@b

T@b is a Nova Scotia-based folk-jazz duo (comprising Ariana Nasr and Andy Flinn) that writes fiendishly clever songs to wizardly accompaniment and engages its audiences in mesmerizing performances. They’ve also made a name for themselves as music promoters, offering local musicians a venue in Night Kitchen, their weekly variety show in Wolfville, and the AMP… Read more »

On Film – Valkyrie

Tom Cruise’s latest film, Valkyrie, set during the Second World War, seems to have made its retreat from the theatres. Nevertheless, it is a very interesting movie, not only for the story on the screen, but also for the controversy that surrounded its production. A portrayal of historical events and a nail-biting thriller, the story… Read more »

Education News – Students study in Antarctica

NANAIMO (CUP) ? L-A Shibish, a Vancouver Island University student, will be joining her peers from around the world in Antarctica next month. ?I’m in disbelief that I am actually going to Antarctica,? said Shibish, who is in her second year of VIU’s Tourism Studies Diploma program. ?I’m ecstatic.? Shibish is one of 80 students… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Top Model

The word ?model? usually conjures up images of ├╝berthin men and women gliding down designer runways, but these models offer something completely different: a look at what can be created when iconic items meet hours and hours of painstaking recreation. Herod Temple Alec Garrard, a 78-year-old retired farmer, has spent an incredible 33,000 hours building… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: BC gang files action against revenue minister – In Foreign News: Moroccan authorities target McDonald’s, Wikipedia in border dispute

At Home: BC gang files action against revenue minister As the government tries to curb the growing gang violence in BC, one criminal organization has filed a court action over alleged leaks of Canada Revenue information. As the CBC reports, the United Nations gang is ?alleged to be one of the West Coast’s most powerful… Read more »