Winnipeg Free Press

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Articles from October 6, 2012

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WINNIPEG Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke has asked his players to turn those frowns upside down.Heading into Montreal to meet the 8-5 Alouettes on Monday, the 3-10 Bombers have a monster task in front of them and Burke figures a it's time to try some...
5 Storylines
1. Can Joey find the end zone?The last -- and only -- time Joey Elliott won a football game as a starter for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season, Paul LaPolice was still the head coach.Elliott is 1-4 as the Bombers starter in 2012, the lone win coming...
Adversity Not All Bad for Port
Setbacks and uncertain futures are not new to Churchill. Adversity, it could be said, is its middle name, and has been since 1782, when Fort Prince of Wales, built to protect the territory, surrendered to the French without a shot being fired.Some of...
Barker Engages Readers with Return to Great War Novel Offers Distinctly Feminine Perspective on the Great War
FIVE years after her last novel, Pat Barker's highly anticipated return to the First World War is a thought-provoking and engaging read.Based in Durham, England, Barker is best known for her 1990s Great War trilogy (Regeneration, The Eye in the Door...
Beware How You Might Speak of the Dead
BRISBANE -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's dad died last month, and that melancholy event, in the strange manner of these things, may lead to the professional demise of one of the nation's most powerful radio broadcasters.Alan Jones may have...
Braves Fans Trash Up Field in Wild-Card Loss
ATLANTA -- David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals rediscovered their post-season touch. Chipper Jones and the Braves kept throwing the ball away. And the Atlanta fans turned Turner Field into a trash heap.They said anything could happen in baseball's...
Canadian Men's Team Facing Tough Task
The next 10 days will be among the most important in the history of Canada's national men's soccer team.Currently third in their World Cup qualification group, they need to move up at least one place if they're to have any hope of making the 2014 event...
China's Workforce Woes
How can it be a company clever enough to satisfy Apple's famously stringent requirements can't keep its workers from killing themselves and hurting one another?Last week's riot at a Foxconn Technology Group factory in northern China belies the myth that...
Churchill Must Diversify, but How?
Declines in ecotourism, uncertainty around port's future provide wake-up call CHURCHILL -- The annual migration to Churchill of hundreds of polar bears -- and thousands of polar-bear watchers -- is underway as you read this.Seasonal hotels and restaurants...
Clarifying Duty to Disclose
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled it is not always necessary for a person with HIV to disclose the fact to a sex partner, but sex in the absence of that disclosure and without the use of a condom is almost certainly a crime. Manitoba's courts have...
Classic Seclusion
Rustic, riverside English-style home warm and awesome Sometimes, homes can be difficult to categorize.One such example is a 13/4-storey home found at 409 North Dr. in east Fort Garry. Set well back on a 132-foot-wide by 338-foot-deep lot, the 2,688-sq.-ft....
Colourful Options for Manitoba Tree Planting
The vast majority of trees do not have serious problems, but they need to be properly maintained. Timely watering and fertilizing is important to ensure their health is sustained.Fall is a great season to plant trees and shrubs. Indigenous species are...
Condos the Solution
The Oaks offers space and affordability First-time buyers or empty-nesters looking to downsize are often faced with a dilemma: buy a resale home that might still require upgrades, or a condominium that's affordable, but (inevitably) too small for their...
Development Capped until School Built
City council wants to limit development in a new chunk of fast-growing Waverley West until a school is built in the area.On Tuesday, council's property committee is poised to rezone 141 hectares of agricultural land in Waverley West to make way for up...
Diabetes Drug May Help Cancer Patients
Multiple studies into Metformin's potential The next new treatment for breast, colon and prostate cancers, among others, may be a diabetes drug first approved in 1958.Metformin, the most commonly used medicine to lower blood sugar, is the subject of...
Doc Series Opens with Rider Fans' Enduring Love
Given the overwhelming success of U.S. cable-sports network ESPN's innovative 30 for 30 series, it was only a matter of time until its Canadian cousin, TSN, took an aggressive run at producing its own collection of offbeat sports documentaries.And if...
Don't Blame Thin Models
Cultural influences play minor role in development of eating disorders, studies find From the outside, my eating disorder looked a lot like vanity run amok. It looked like a diet or an obsession with the size of my thighs. I spewed self- and body-hatred...
Drop in House Sales on Radar
Analysts weigh in following latest stats SALES of existing homes in Winnipeg dropped 14 per cent in September, but industry officials say it's too soon to say if three straight months of weakening sales is the start of a market correction or a temporary...
Dylan Brings Wisdom for All People
2"Um, he's an old guy with a raspy voice," she said after pondering my question for a few moments. "Can you name me one of his songs?" I asked. "Nope, not if my life depended on it."Yikes. It was as though I'd failed her as a parent."Get in the car;...
Environmental Movement Is Just Another Dirty Sham
It's hard to imagine, but some investors are swayed by what environmentalists say and do. There are people who won't invest in the oilsands because they are either persuaded mining oil and degrading the earth in the process is evil, or who worry the...
Fall Back
This season, when it comes to coats, go with a classic cut I'm no meteorologist, so how was I to know it was going to be so warm and sunny last weekend? Not that I'm complaining, of course, because I was able to wear shorts and avoid flipping my closet...
Fall for the International Peace Garden
Colourful displays, new buildings are among reasons to visit The air is definitely much cooler now in the evening and at night. With shorter days, we all know another summer has passed. All good things must come to an end but that is fine. So, don't...
Falling for Autumn Colour in the Bedroom
As the weather turns cooler, Canadians tend to warm up to paint. That's the finding of leading paint brand CIL, which reports it has seen strong fall paint sales over the last several years."August and September have become huge months for painting,"...
Fall Parade of Homes Continues to Amaze
The official portion of the 2012 Fall Parade of Homes ends today at 6 p.m. but, not to worry, most of the show homes that have been part of the Parade will remain open for viewing well after it ends.The weather has been outstanding this year and terrific...
Flood of Woes for Farmers
Drainage issues taking centre stage You can read all the government releases and briefing documents you like, but if you really want to get a feeling for why Manitoba needs a new "surface-water management" strategy, spend an hour with Art Jonasson.Or...
Football Fraught with Unreported Concussions
Football is a profession where durability is the most prized attribute a player can possess. Therefore, being labelled concussion-prone is a career death sentence. So wouldn't it be naive to suggest that anyone -- trainer, doctor, coach or otherwise...
For Love, Sflbnot Money
Burke wants team to play for pure fun Tim Burke had an exceptionally daunting task this week. And that's saying something, seeing as Burke is the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and all.With his club mired in the CFL cellar at 3-10 and facing...
Former Cosmo Editor Offers More Advice for Gutsy Girls
Women no longer have to flip through pages and pages of perfume ads and risque magazine articles advising them how best to make their man moan when all they really want to read is some bold and flirty career advice.Kate White, who this month stepped...
Fretting over Our Favourite Sons
My internal alarm clock went off unexpectedly Friday at 4:45 a.m.Anxiety will do that.Actually, while I hadn't consciously set it for that time, I had been thinking about waking up early because my son and his girlfriend were scheduled to be leaving...
From the Streets to the Athletic Field
New sports fund aimed at helping at-risk children Manitoba's first Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief, 10 months into his new job, outlined a new $500,000 program Friday aimed at getting more at-risk kids throughout the province involved...
Grounded!
Jets' hangar is empty, remaining players can't wait for takeoff clearance Imagine, if you can, what the Winnipeg Jets clubhouse might look like right now if the owners and players weren't arguing over everything from hockey-related revenue to regulating...
Have Your Say
Skewing the pictureIn his Oct. 4 column, Return to old-style fundraising, Deveryn Ross paints a skewed picture of a success story in fundraising for the 21st century. Although I do not discredit the socially responsible message of A Sense of Home's campaign,...
Help Staff Avoid Burnout STRESS, Stress
According to a recent human resource survey, the level of stress among Canadian business professionals is rising, with approximately 63 per cent of survey participants blaming their work as the main source of stress. Survey participants also suggested...
Home Alone
Many young singles buy a house just for themselves Census data from last month reveal a trend that should come as little surprise to many baby boomers:Canada's 20-something demographic is failing to launch.You don't have to tell that to the parents...
Homes for Mentally Disabled Shutting
Rural facilities see cash, staff pinches Homes for people with mental disabilities are closing in rural Manitoba because community agencies can't recruit staff on funding the province provides, the agencies say.Government funding for disability-support...
Jesus Christ: Soft on Crime
Imagine the attack ads if he ran for office today Jesus is in the news thanks to a recently discovered scrap of papyrus that appears to contain written proof he was married.Noted biblical scholars have examined the business-card sized scrap covered with...
Jones Not So Chipper about Career's End
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones didn't want to go out this way.The Atlanta Braves third baseman made a crucial throwing error and never hit a ball out of the infield Friday, his brilliant career ending with a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in a wild-card...
Jury Has Not-Guilty Verdict in One-Punch Bar Death
IT'S the type of scenario that can become all too common when you mix alcohol with testosterone: A perceived slight, a few heated words and suddenly the fists start flying.And it's the exact type of situation that can have deadly consequences.Now, for...
Life in the FUTURE LANE
Power couple wonders about maintaining lifestyle in retirement If money were muscles, Louise and Warren would be bulging, beefy specimens of strength.The couple work in the private sector earning a combined $170,000 annual income before taxes.In their...
Madoff Pals Knew of Trouble
New details of Ponzi secrets NEW YORK -- In December 2008, two of Bernard Madoff's most loyal employees met on a Manhattan street corner and fretted over a closely held secret that the rest of the world would learn about eight days later: their boss...
Master of Detail Bill Gaston Includes Too Much
EVERY writer has an occasional failure, and Victoria literary writer Bill Gaston's usually impeccable instinct for narrative, and insight into the paradoxes of human behaviour, go awry even as we travel deeper into the eventual dead end of this novel-within-a...
Mayhem UNDER MAIN
Tales of secret tunnels near Winnipeg's most famous intersection? Urban myths, it turns out... but there has been plenty of real subterranean drama during the city's relatively short history Of any spot in Winnipeg, the block in the curve of Main Street...
Meals on Wheels Duo a Great Comfort
Senior calls mother and daughter true friends When Doreen Leverick broke her wrist about seven months ago, she was having trouble doing some of her favourite hobbies such as knitting, reading and even basic daily needs such as cooking.Though the 80-year-old...
Mix It Up: Different Frames Create Unique Look
Dear Debbie: I have a series of frames I've collected over the years. Some are better quality than others. The frames are either black or dark metal or wood. I see a lot of examples in which photography and small artwork hang together in identical frames....
Mogul Charms Biz Elite
Chamber crowd drinks in Branson's wit and wisdom Sir Richard Branson is famous for his hot-air ballooning exploits, speedboat-crossing records and world record hang-gliding flights, but to entrepreneurs around the world, he's lionized for taking on conglomerates...
MOON ALERT We Have the All Clear Today to Shop. [Derived Headline]
MOON ALERT We have the all clear today to shop and make important decisions.ARIES (March 21-April 19)You'll be so clever with creative, intellectual work in the next six weeks, you might influence others. You'll be convincing because you believe so strongly...
Movies vs. TV
TV critic Brad Oswald squares off with movie critic Randall King on which is better You couldn't exactly call it an age-old debate, given the relatively brief histories of the entertainment sources involved. But it's an argument that has been going...
NHL Lockout Day 22
Boyle-ing Over, AgainEVER-opinionated Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks is at it again. Not long after a justification of lucrative salaries for NHLers having something to do with movie stars, he fretted to CSN Bay Area this week that only a few owners...
Number One with a Bullet
Hunting makes front page of New York Times On Tuesday, a hunting story appeared on the front page of the New York Times. That in itself caused me to take note. I was thrilled because seldom does hunting ever get the front page, except when politicians...
Overheard
Now you see her, now you don't"We should have reacted and realized that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalogue is in conflict with the IKEA Group values."-- An IKEA spokesman apologizes for Photoshopping all the women out of...
Pairing Pitfalls
It's wise to avoid certain flavours when looking for a grape to go with your gobbler Usually at this time of year I'd put together a list of my top picks for Thanksgiving wines -- whites, reds and otherwise -- for your shopping convenience. But as someone...
Patients Recount Their Experiences
TIM CHEVRIER / 45saw a chiropractor between 1999 and late 2005.A few months after the first visit, he suffered dizziness and a massive headache. He went to see a doctor, who thought it was a migraine.Over the next few years, he suffered three more painful...
Prevent Rust from Forming around Paint Can
QUESTION: How can I prevent rust from forming around the lid and the rim of a latex paint can after I have used it? I tried putting plastic wrap on the top but it still rusts and when I open it, the rust falls into the paint. Bob, WinnipegANSWER: Rust...
Proper Insulation Job Can Warm Cold Floors
QUESTION: Our home is roughly 25 years old with two sets of bow windows, with five separate panes, facing south and west in the living room/dining room. Also, we have an alcove where the buffet sits.When we moved into the house there was wall-to-wall...
Pros and Cons of New Building Systems
If you're thinking about building a new house and doing some research, you may be hearing about SIPs and ICFs, two new building systems that have been gaining popularity. But like everything, they have their pros and cons.SIP stands for structural insulated...
Questions over Care
Some patients, neurologists say neck manipulations linked to strokes; chiropractic profession argues its procedures are safe Laura Brownson ran a successful dog grooming business on North Main Street for two decades. She would occasionally visit a chiropractor...
Reveil Sur le Web
Le journal de l'Universite de Saint-Boniface se lance sur le web, une premire pour les medias etudiants francophones de l'Ouest. Le journal des etudiants de l'Universite de Saint-Boniface (USB), Le Reveil, a fait son entree sur le Web le 4 septembre...
Roasting Tom
Thanksgiving is one of the few occasions on which I voluntarily tangle with a turkey.Even then "it isn't the kind with the gobble in it," as my four-year-old niece once explained. She wanted to make it abundantly clear that the bird her mother was stuffing...
Rocker's Daughter Has Fashion Flair
CHICAGO -- Kelly Osbourne was a reality star, actress and musician before anyone took notice that she had a knack for style.But lately the 27-year-old daughter of Ozzy Osbourne, currently with violet hair after stints of pink, lilac and grey, has earned...
Romney Wins Hearts in Virginia
Swing-State Girl, Roman from the Black Forest, and Shuster-Who-Is-Suing-the-Federal-Government were up on the seventh floor. There were about 30 other partisans crammed into the boardroom of a rented office five Metro stops from the White House, including...
Rowling's Grown-Up Novel Shows Wizardry of Another Kind the Real Deal / 4
Say what you want about J.K. Rowling. The woman may be as rich as Croesus, but she still has writerly ambition.Her incredibly hyped new novel, which follows her seven-volume Harry Potter children's series, the most commercially successful books in publishing...
Saga of the Last Supper a Page-Turner
In this intelligent, extensively researched book, Canadian art historian Ross King looks at Leonardo and the making of his Renaissance masterwork The Last Supper.Don't expect the conspiratorial thrills of Dan Brown's bazillion-selling novel The Da Vinci...
Second Look at Faith Fails to Deliver
Since the release of her 2010 bestseller, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, American writer Rhoda Janzen has changed romantic partners, religious denominations, publishers and, yes, even her outfit.Her followup, Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?, is...
Snowstorm Slaps Eastern Manitoba
Whiteshell under travel advisory A peaceful Thanksgiving weekend at the lake won't happen for many cottagers in Whiteshell Provincial Park.The province issued a travel advisory for the Whiteshell on Friday due to poor road conditions and widespread power...
Standing Up to Sudan's Brute
You've probably never heard of Jalila Khamis Koko. As for me, I've only read about her. But it's quite clear from what I've read that she's an extraordinary person.Her life story has the same improbable trajectory as that of so many other human rights...
Striking Miners Get Heave-Ho in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Anglo American Platinum fired 12,000 striking miners Friday for staging an unlawful strike that is one of several that are slowly paralyzing South Africa's crucial mining sector.About 80,000 miners, representing 16 per cent...
Surprise Bill for Mine Cleanup
May cost province up to $18 million The province is facing an $18-million bill to clean up an abandoned northern mine that, until recently, was barely on its radar.The Selinger government is not naming the mine while it negotiates a settlement with its...
Tension-Packed Narrative of Explorer Amundsen
THIS is the 101st anniversary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's (1872-1928) conquest of the South Pole.Canadian historian Stephen R. Bown's tension-packed narrative recounts the illustrious career of the most accomplished polar explorer of all time.Amundsen's...
The Day I Stopped Talking (and Eating)
Back when we lived in the apartment building on Charles Street, my mom used to take me to see the dentist quite often. His office was over on Main Street. The reasons for this were twofold.It seemed like all I had to do was look at a gumball and I'd...
The Pot Growers of Mendocino
They funded schools, firehalls and road maintenance and built thriving communities. Then the big operators moved in LAYTONVILLE, Calif. -- In the mountains of Mendocino County, a middle-aged couple strolls into the cool morning air to plant the year's...
The Weather Column Realizes a Vital Part of Its Mandate. [Derived Headline]
The Weather Column realizes a vital part of its mandate is to provide you with reasonably accurate information on what kind of weather to expect in the days ahead.But, as a public service, we have just stuck our head outside the window and, this comes...
Thorough History Uncovers Ballet's Dirty Little Secrets
THIS provocatively titled, impeccably researched history of the ballerina romps through centuries' worth of ballet's dirty little secrets.As much as some people like to think of the art form as high-minded, author Deirdre Kelly, a well-known Toronto...
Those Who Can. Teach
Imperfect system designed to put the best in the classroom These days, it seems some people are eager to offer their opinions about the state of teaching and teachers.You will hear them make declarations such as: "Teachers don't make any money, there...
Throttle Issues with Ford Escapes
DETROIT -- U.S. safety regulators are looking into throttle problems with older Ford Escapes at the request of a consumer group.The non-profit North Carolina Consumers Council has asked federal regulators to investigate two complaints from drivers the...
Town's Restored Church Celebrates 100 Years
Somewhat miraculously, the tiniest of congregations, living in the tiniest of tumbledown villages, once ambitiously described as "une fleur de France," will celebrate the centennial and recent restoration of its beloved church on Sunday, Oct. 21."It's...
Tweet Emotion Unleashed
Opinions fly across the Twitterverse The Twitterverse launched into a frenzy Friday when columnist Gary Lawless invited readers to unload on the NHL and NHL Players' Association over the lockout, now into Day 22.Of course, Twitter never sleeps, so if...
TWITTER: The Extra PLAYER
Barrage of tweets making NHL negotiations high-profile Twitter just may be as big a player in the NHL lockout as Gary Bettman or Donald Fehr or Sidney Crosby.From agents like Twitter savant Allan Walsh spreading his version of CBA gospel, to media shuttling...
Two-Fisted True Crime Story Exciting as Any Novel
Gangster Squad, the forthcoming film about a team of LAPD detectives who tried to clean up Los Angeles in the 1940s and '50s, is based on a 2008 series of newspaper articles by Los Angeles Times reporter Paul Lieberman. He's written a book, also called...
Urban Destinations a Thanksgiving Hallmark
For most, this is a special weekend for families to gather together and express gratitude for the graces received over the past year. It is the weekend when turkey is on the menu and helpings of extra love are passed around the table.I thought this is...
U.S. Jobless Rate Falls as Election Time Nears
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 per cent last month, dropping below eight per cent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away.The rate declined from...
Voices of Reason
Arab-Jewish Dialogue promotes tolerance and understanding Several times a year, thousands of kilometres away from the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, Ab Freig and Howard Morry sit down together in a Winnipeg living room to discuss the latest...
What a PRIZE
HSC Lifestyles Lottery Home is HEADINGLEY HEAVEN The HSC Lifestyles Lottery Home is what you get when you combine Maric magic with a prestigious new community in Headingley.This abode constitutes 4,917 sq. ft. of heaven in Deer Pointe Park, said...
Who Will Amis Offend at Banff Festival?
Martin Amis once suggested he'd have to be brain-injured to write young adult books.He has offended Muslims with his literary response to 9/11, the elderly with his thoughts on euthanasia, women with his parade of femmes fatales and the honour of British...
Zajac Rolls with the Punches
Devils centre takes life in stride, hopes for best One of the reasons Travis Zajac has turned out to be such a good pro is that he knows the right time to just grin and bear it.An Achilles tendon tear plus surgery last season? No problem. Just take the...