Vol. 22 Iss. 28

Volume 22 Issue 28 - 07/18/2014

Primal Numbers – Walrus and a Mop

In Alice in Wonderland, it’s pure fiction when the Walrus muses about sweeping up all the sand on the beach. What isn’t fiction, though, is incredible new technology that uses sand to power batteries. The breakthrough is good news for our energy-hungry world. But just as the Walrus gobbled up every last oyster in sight,… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not Enough

I firmly believe that to survive in this world we all need the right combination of basic intelligence and a healthy dose of common sense. We don’t have any say in how much of the first ingredient we’re blessed or cursed with. We simply hope our parents didn’t settle. Common sense is a bit trickier…. Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Time is On Our Side, Part II

Whether you’re a student, writer, or teacher, time is something that always seems in unfortunately short supply. Questions about how to write about time, though, are abundant. You may be clear now on whether you should use long form instead of numerals, but what about the 24-hour clock? Time zones? Let’s spend a little time… Read more »

In Conversation with Michael Gauthier, Part III

Michael Gauthier is a Montreal-based jazz musician who teaches guitar at the University of Montreal and at McGill University. His guitar sound is characterised by a warm, earthy bluesiness with the technical skill of a jazz master. A longtime fixture of the Montreal jazz scene, his memory houses a vast firsthand knowledge of the history… Read more »

Dear Barb – Clear Skin, Clean Slate

Dear Barb: Hi, I will be attending my first year university in September and I am looking forward to it. My problem is that during my last year of high school I developed acne and I’m self-conscious. I tried to talk to my mom, but she just says It’s nothing and that it will go… Read more »

Mindful Bard – Papa Wemba

Album: Maître d?école(link) Artist: Papa Wemba “I said to myself, I don’t want to play music only for Zaireans anymore. I am going to play music for all humanity.” – Papa Wemba The Inevitability of Musical Integration First forays into world music are often accompanied by a prejudiced sense that we’re listening to the music… Read more »

Editorial – Senatorial Shenanigans

If you haven’t already heard or read about it, the RCMP has placed 31 charges against suspended Senator Mike Duffy revolving around his expense claims while he was on the senate, including one charge of accepting a bribe. However, recently, they also announced that Mr. Nigel Wright, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff who gave… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home:Canadian Council of Chief Executives wants Federal Education Body The Council of Chief Executives has released a report that is urging Ottawa to work with the provinces and industry to stop the quality of Canada’s education and skills training from declining, according to a report from the Globe and Mail. It recommends a formal… Read more »