Vol. 22 Iss. 27

Volume 22 Issue 27 - 07/11/2014

From Where I Sit – Gotta Reconcile This

When I don’t celebrate a statutory holiday like Canada Day or Boxing Day I feel vaguely cheated. When I don’t have big plans for the May (or any other) long weekend I feel disappointed. It’s one thing not to have elaborate plans for rest and relaxation; that can be forgiven. It’s quite another to always… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Calorie Count

Calories. We need them to survive, but we hate having to worry about them. Are we eating too many? Are we getting the right kind? So far, the best way to keep track of your calories has been to count them, but a new handheld scanner promises to reveal exactly what your food is made… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Time is on Our Side, Part I

One of the most frequently asked questions I get, particularly from fiction writers, is whether or not to write out expressions of time instead of using numerals. The answer’s pretty typical of editorial answers to anything: sometimes, except when you shouldn’t. Let me clarify. Numerals or Not? In AP style, numeral-based time is preferred over… Read more »

In Conversation with Michael Gauthier, Part II

Michael Gauthier is a Montreal-based musician who teaches jazz guitar at the University of Montreal and at McGill University. A long-time fixture of the Montreal jazz scene, his memory houses a vast and irreplaceable knowledge of the history of jazz in Montreal since the sixties. Recently he took the time to answer Wanda Waterman’s questions… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Art as Therapy

Book: Art as Therapy Authors:Alain de Botton and John Armstrong “Growth occurs when we discover how to be authentically ourselves in the presence of potentially threatening things.” – Alain de Botton and John Armstrong in Art as Therapy Angelica Kauffmann was the darling of European aristocracy not only because of her gifts as a portraitist,… Read more »

Dear Barb – Under Pressure

Dear Barb: I have been dating my boyfriend for almost three years. He really wants me to move in with him, but I know my parents don’t want me to and I don’t want to upset them. My parents really like Mark, but they want me to finish school before we move in together. We… Read more »

Learning to Like the Centre of the Universe

I don’t know how the rest of Canada views Ontario, but I have an idea how the rest of Ontario views Toronto. We refer to Toronto as the “Centre of the Universe.” This is not meant kindly. Torontonians, to many of those beyond the fringe of the GTA, are self-important and Toronto-centric. The world revolves… Read more »

Editorial – The Joy of Pet Ownership

So ask me how my vacation was. Go ahead. Ask. How was it? Crappy. Literally. I should explain. We have a cat. To be accurate, we have three cats and a dog, but this is about one specific cat of ours. All of our cats are rescues, and this little guy was originally brought in… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Art Museum

If your summer plans don’t include a visit to an art museum, but you’d still like to take in a few masterpieces, check out this week’s links. From the Great Masters to independent contemporary artists, there’s something for everyone. Best of all, you don’t need to leave your comfortable porch chair! The Women This beautiful… Read more »

Did You Know? – UK Student Mobility Tracker

The United Kingdom takes its international students very seriously. Recently they released a mobility tracker that you can use to see how their international student levels have changed over the years. It’s a fun toy to use for a few minutes to see how many Canadian students have gone to the UK each year, and… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program now Open. The 2014-2015 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships competition has begun. Scholarships worth $50,000 per year for up to three years are being given out to highly motivated and competitive students who plan on pursuing their doctoral degrees at a Canadian university. The program is open to Canadian… Read more »