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Articles from February 16, 2013

Actress Relishes Doing 'Little Bit of Everything'
LOS ANGELES -- In the late '80s and early '90s, Emma Thompson was best known for serious film projects such as her Oscar-winning turn in Howard's End and her starring roles in Much Ado About Nothing, The Remains of the Day and Sense and Sensibility.She's...
Allstream Boss OK with CRTC Cell Code
If it doesn't depart from provincial law OTTAWA -- A proposed wireless code of conduct for cellphone providers is mostly acceptable to MTS Allstream as long as it doesn't go in a different direction from existing provincial consumer-protection laws,...
Armed and Not So Dangerous
WASHINGTON -- I've been asking my friends and neighbours out here in the deer-trodden suburbs of Washington whether they keep a firearm in their homes."Yes we do," said the lawyer. "We used to live in L.A. and we had a break-in there.""No," said the...
Ask the 'Right' Questions
It's a skill that can be learned for problem solving Albert Einstein, the world-renowned physicist made famous through his theory of relativity, was also known for his general skill in problem solving. In fact, he once stated that if he had one hour...
A Snapshot of Manitoba's Housing Scene
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation recently identified 10 key factors that impact housing-market activity. Although the analysis was from a national perspective, let's drill down to the Manitoba scene.-- Mortgage ratesContinued historically...
A Spirit Unbroken
After a devastating train accident that cost him parts of both legs, tenacious Winnipeg teenager Cole Maydanuk is rebuilding his life on a hockey sledge and on prostheses Cole Maydanuk was three days on the job when the train ran him over.He was standing...
Asteroid Has Close Encounter with Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A space rock even bigger than the meteor that exploded like an atom bomb over Russia could drop out of the sky unannounced at any time and wreak havoc on a city. And Hollywood to the contrary, there isn't much the world's scientists...
Asteroids Can Be Pushed around -- Phew!
Attaching rockets to meteors among ideas to prevent collisions with Earth WORRYING about the threats posed by space rocks has traditionally been the preserve of the paranoid. No one doubts that asteroids have hit Earth in the past, with nasty consequences,...
A World of Opportunity
Sports school hockey championship for girls coming to Iceplex Female high school-age hockey players in Manitoba have the world at their feet.Never has there been more opportunities to play elite hockey, compete for a national championship or earn a hockey...
Banning Social Media at Work Short-Sighted
I've been at my office desk for about three hours. My hands are twitching; my fingers are trying not to act on muscle memory. Soon, the nerves will start. Did I miss something? What is everyone doing? I'm going through withdrawal.No, I'm not a drug addict...
B.C Writer Makes His Pug a Celebrity
Animal lovers and anyone who enjoys short, humorous anecdotes will like Adventures with Ollie (Oolichan Books, 204 pages, $20 hardcover) by Victoria journalist Adrian Chamberlain.Ollie is a dog or, more specifically, a pug, one of those short, stout,...
Bizarre If Jones Not in Final
Team obviously class of Scotties KINGSTON, Ont. -- She comes into this event as the undisputed skip to beat.But make no mistake, Jennifer Jones can be beaten.Where once the Canadian women's curling championship was little more than an annual coronation...
Blue Wrap Up Denmark Deal
GM Mack also inks non-import centre Dewit on quiet FA day Joe MACK said he wasn't going to do much and he was true to his word.The Blue Bombers GM mostly sat out the opening day of CFL free agency, quietly completing a couple of deals, including one...
Book Full of Liars Keeps You Guessing until the End
"THE least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold." Written by Aristotle more than 2,000 years ago, these words still ring true as exemplified by Randy Susan Myers' latest novel, an absorbing tale about lies and their emotional...
Boost in James' Sentence Hailed
Victims, advocates say move may raise bar for punishment A major increase in prison time to convicted sex predator Graham James is being met with cautious optimism that Canada has taken an important step in protecting vulnerable victims.Manitoba's highest...
Brazeau Is Certainly Not the First Senator to Get Into. [Derived Headline]
Brazeau is certainly not the first senator to get into serious trouble. Backroom deals, secret payoffs, and taxpayer abuse have been the sordid side of the Senate's long and illustrious history.One of the worst scandals occurred in 1931 when three Liberal...
Builder Blames City Official
Says he bought doctored drawings from municipal inspector A local builder is firing back after the city revoked his building permits, claiming he purchased the doctored engineering blueprints from a city building inspector.In late December, reports show...
Can't Curb the Appeal
Home is much more than first meets the eye We've all done it at one point -- walked up to the front entrance of the home of a friend or family member and thought, 'Not much in the way of curb appeal there.'Then -- with thoughts of the home's uninspiring...
CentrePort Blasts City for Inaction
Forced to shun major potential clients over services: CEO CentrePort Canada is turning away potential large-scale developments because of a lack of sewer and water servicing -- or even a schedule as to when it will be built -- and its angry CEO is demanding...
Colour IS A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND
All that sparkles on your finger doesn't have to be clear I think Carol Channing said it best in the Broadway musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes -- diamonds are a girl's best friend. I love the sparkle and glint that radiates from each facet -- who doesn't?One...
Confessions of an Art 'Philistine'
One of the biggest problems in our politics is people don't think for themselves. We let radio and television hosts, pundits and politicians tell us what to believe. And one of the biggest problems in our arts is people don't enjoy for themselves. We...
Cool Floor by Bay Window Needs Extra Insulation
QUESTION: Our house was built in 2009 and has a bay window which juts out from the foundation in the living room. We've noticed the floor near the bay window is very cold even though there is a heating vent in the floor directly below the window. The...
Councillor Tossed from EPC Wants Committee Reviewed
Look to other cities, Havixbeck suggests A city councillor who was recently turfed from council's most powerful committee is calling for a review of how the mayor's inner circle is structured.Coun. Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo) said a large proportion...
Dare to Peek Inside Centre of European Civilization
WAS the fabled "Golden Prague" of the early '90s a den of iniquity? Was the Velvet Revolution a failure and a sham?Such questions are at the heart of M. Henderson Elliss's debut novel, which explores the Czech capital's legacy of Communist rule and its...
Deaths
ANDERSON, Daniel (Danny) Frederick.BEAUDRY, Rene Darcy.BOWERS, Sylvia.BUTTON, Hilda Norma.CALDER, Kirk Clint.CAUMARTIN, Eugene.CHANDLER, David Edward.CHAPMAN, Ina.CHERNECKI, Wayne.CODER (nee OLSON), Verna (Joy).CONROY, Philip Joseph.DAVIDSON, Mike.DODDS...
Debut Historical Novel Gives Voice to Voiceless
There is a kind of bottomless longing evoked by the old African-American spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.That longing acts like an undertow throughout this intriguing debut historical novel, and binds the two main characters whose...
Depraved, Depressing but No Violence
IF you've seen one hard-core porn film, you've seen them all, and you probably don't need to read The Average American Marriage.This meant-to-be-shocking but ultimately numbing novel from California's Chad Kultgen is a sequel to his 2007 offering The...
Drones Would Fly in Canada
According to the British military historian John Keegan, it was no accident the airplane was invented in the United States.America's vast distances, he said, were seen "as the enemy of collective life," which could only be defeated by a machine that...
Emotional Picture of Heartbreak, Loss
Part The Help and part Driving Miss Daisy, this debut American novel is a touching and enlightening story about unlikely friendship, racism and the lines that blur between cultures when love gets in the way.Pulling from her own whispered family history,...
Faith Briefs
Announcements for Faith Briefs must be in our office by Monday, 4 p.m., prior to the intended date of publication. Due to space restrictions, publication is not guaranteed. Please post information on website: http://wfp.to/eventsCMU Vespers, Feb. 17,...
Floored
Couple's children may never leave home after major reno The renovation market in Winnipeg is so hot that snow is melting off otherwise well-insulated roofs."As Winnipeggers and Manitobans we should be more outspoken about our sizzling reno market and...
From the Rack
Catching up on backlog of reviews Every once and a while I end up with a backlog of reviews of products I've tried. It just so happens I spent last week exploring the Vinho Verde and Porto regions of Portugal. Being tied up travelling gives me a chance...
Going over the Physical Cliff
Okanagan's Silver Star resort has fall lines guaranteed to give skiers a rush 2A vertiginous playground of super-steep fall lines, monster moguls, abrupt troughs and thigh-high, untracked pillowy white stuff, Gowabunga is Silver Star Mountain Resort's...
Growth Spurts
Plants, students flourish in school's horticultural program A secret garden in the heart of the gritty North End bears apple trees, pear trees among ponds and waterfalls.Indoor greenhouses burst with seedlings for vegetable and flower gardens.A 200-year-old...
Hard-Hitting Literary Mystery-Thriller Unsettling
CREEPY New England small town, check. Uncomfortably revealing descriptions of every character no matter how minor, check. A boy with special talents and a brilliant imagination, check. An angst-ridden and unshaven middle-aged hero, check.By outward appearances...
Have Your Say
Make informed reformIn your editorial Overseeing mentally ill patients (Feb. 13) you state that the way Not Criminally Responsible cases are managed has not been evaluated by government for decades. How in the world did you come to that conclusion?The...
"" HIS NUMBERS: 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 Pts, 0... [Derived Headline]
"" HIS NUMBERS:0 goals, 0 assists, 0 pts, 0 PIMs, 1 shot."" HIS ICE TIME:Twenty-six shifts for 25:38.First periodHit the ice, finally, with partner Ron Hainsey at 1:09 of the first period, to a small cheer, then the crowd was loud when he first touched...
Homme-Made HOLIDAY
On Louis Riel Day, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the Metis man behind Manitoba's existence In a perfectly Manitoba-centric world, the lead-up to Louis Riel Day would be like the weeks before Halloween or Christmas, when a non-stop barrage of...
If at First You Don't Succeed, Get Worse
Watching the Pittsburgh Penguins in action, one has to wonder if the expectations being placed on the Winnipeg Jets aren't doing more harm than good.This constant push for the Jets to be a playoff team when it's obvious they are a fringe contender at...
In Brief
Mulcair at News CafeFEDERAL Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair will be making a visit to the Free Press News Cafe today for a live Q & A at 4 p.m.Mulcair is coming to Winnipeg as part of the Opposition's new grassroots community campaign to mobilize political...
Intolerance Forces Gay Player to Retire
Rogers' act shows that sport, homosexuality still incompatible Woeful is that which gets in the way of our dreams. What, after all, would life be without dreams, without aspirations and desires and the hope and self-belief that everything you've ever...
Is Economic Growth Returning to an 18th-Century Norm?
The recent spate of bad economic news for Canada has dampened short-term economic prospects. But what if it is evidence we've reached the end of growth, as economist Robert J. Gordon argues in a National Bureau of Economic Research paper titled Is U.S....
It Was Pens vs. Pencils
Jets simply lack talent to match Pittsburgh It was a simple, but blunt message: Claude Noel wanted more compete, more will, more battle, more "A" games from his Winnipeg Jets.But a cold, hard reality was also made crystal clear in Friday night's 3-1...
Jets Fan Fooled by Scam on Kijiji
He's minus a C-note for ducat he never got The Winnipeg Jets played on Friday night, but win or lose, Brett Legault wasn't going to be in the crowd cheering them on.That's because Legault, who desperately wanted to go to the game, was shut out after...
Lindsay Johnston Singer, Songwriter and Business Student Lindsay Johnston Told. [Derived Headline]
Lindsay JohnstonSinger, songwriter and business student Lindsay Johnston told us, "Don't underestimate the power of long johns." The recent windchill warnings prove that layering is key in winter. Keeping yourself warm is an obvious reason, but layering...
Livability Is the First Priority
The Molise offers families space, style and separation required to live in relative harmony One of the problems -- albeit a minor one -- associated with viewing show homes is that most are dressed to the nines.Consequently, key areas such as the kitchen,...
Lose the Lipstick on Fur Hat
QUESTION: Can you please tell me how to get lipstick out of a white rabbit-fur hat? Many thanks. Moira (Oakbank, Man.)ANSWER: Get a hold of a bottle of waterless hand cleaner. It is available at hardware stores. The beauty of this product is that it...
Lyme Disease Treatment Stopped Suddenly
Patient says her privacy breached An Emerson woman is raising privacy concerns after she said her doctor was ordered by a rural regional health authority to stop treating her with intravenous antibiotics for Lyme disease.Elizabeth Wood, who contracted...
Men Talk Longer, Faster Buying on Cellphone
SEATTLE -- Men talk longer and faster than women when using their cellphone to buy stuff from retailers, according to results of a study released Friday by Marchex, a mobile advertising company.This bit of intel, no doubt, will be pored over by retailers...
Meteor Blast Hits Siberian City
Force like 20 A-bombs; 1,000 hurt, most by glass MOSCOW -- With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted...
Meterorites Strike Earth Up to 10 Times per Year
Friction burns up many meteors in atmosphere BERLIN -- A meteor exploded in the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday, causing a shockwave that blew out countless windows and injured more than 1,000 people. Here's a look at those objects in the...
Metis Nation Righting Wrongs
Louis Riel Day is a special family holiday for precious moments with our parents, spouses, siblings and children. It is also the day we as Manitobans honour the life and achievements of our Father of Manitoba and, for the Metis, recognize his leadership...
Modern-Day HISTORY
Louis Riel's legacy has been redefined in remarkably diverse ways On the south side of the Manitoba legislature stands Miguel Joyal's statue of Louis Riel, crafted in 1996 to make the father of the province look like a storybook statesman.At the backside...
Neighbourly Advice Get Friendly and Ask Potential Neighbours Questions before Buying a Home
Considering a home? Talk to folks on the street Let me give you a scenario: You found the house of your dreams. You get it inspected and there don't seem to be any major issues. Should you go ahead and make an offer?Most people would give you the green...
New Guy Tangradi Catches Noel's Attention in Jets Debut
It was a pointless Jets debut for newcomer Eric Tangradi, but his new coach Claude Noel seemed to have no problem with the 24-year-old left-winger acquired from the Penguins earlier in the week.Noel used Tangradi for 12 minutes 42 seconds on a line with...
No Easy Answer on Timing of Booking
Ping... ping... ping. That's the sound of my email, chirping as usual at this time of year with variations of the same, familiar question: "Should I book a cruise now or wait until it's closer to when I want to go?"The question always rides the crest...
Olympic Runner Sobs in Court
Pistorius faces life sentence in death of model PRETORIA, South Africa -- In a courtroom, not an Olympic stadium, there was no click-click-click of Oscar Pistorius' prosthetic limbs. His only sound Friday was loud, uncontrollable sobs as prosecutors...
Once a Liar, Always a Liar; Don't Let Your Ex Get Away with It
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I'm in my early 30s and recently started seeing an ex-boyfriend. We were together for a few years five years ago. Things were going well and we were dating the past three months. I was hesitant about seeing him again because we...
On the Road for Peace
Israeli students bring message of hope to city kids Somewhere between delivering curling rocks, strapping on downhill skis for the first time and knocking down a few bowling pins, a group of Arab Israeli students visiting a Winnipeg Christian private...
Out of Africa
These violets are the perfect houseplant African violets have been gracing our homes since early in the last century. The reason for their popularity is simple -- they are easy to grow and flower almost non-stop.Their colours range from white, blue...
Overture, Curtains, Lights. Local Celebs Deal with Frights
Manitoba champion curler Jeff Stoughton will have to hurry hard to learn his lines in time for his appearance next Wednesday in the So You Think You Can Act fundraiser at the Gas Station Theatre.Stoughton, fresh off winning his 10th provincial curling...
Pallister, Oswald Spar over Availability Issue Tories Hit Code Red Ambulance Tie-Ups
Last year, there were 100 hours when no ambulance was available for dispatch in the city of Winnipeg.That was up considerably from 2011, when the total was 56.5 hours.Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives released the figures Friday, citing the results...
Passengers on Stricken Cruise Ship Varied from Drunken to Saintly
MOBILE, Ala. -- As conditions deteriorated on the crippled Carnival cruise ship Triumph, some passengers panicked. They hoarded food, drank too much and argued.But other passengers on the ship lumbering through the Gulf of Mexico banded together. They...
Penguins, Theme Parks Draw Crowds to Orlando
HAVING just returned from South America, where one of the highlights was seeing hundreds of penguins in their natural habitat in the Falkland Islands, I was surprised to read about the new addition to Sea World in Orlando, Fla., that is sure to be a...
Police Standoff Follows Shooting
Deadly day as woman later dies at bus stop There was traffic chaos in downtown Winnipeg early Friday in connection with a late-night shooting and a separate incident in which a woman was killed by a vehicle while waiting for a morning bus.A man was shot...
San Gold Shares Pummelled by Low Ore Grade
Missed guidance and lower gold grades at its Rice Lake mine near Bissett may have pushed San Gold's share price down almost in half over the past six days, but company officials are adamant its fortunes are not all bad.And to prove it, the company announced...
Sober Thoughts on Senate Scandals
The suspension of Patrick Brazeau from the Senate because of assault and sexual assault charges, his expulsion from the Conservative Party caucus, and questions about his and several other senators use of public funds for living and travel expenses are...
Specialty Paint Offers Range of Options
We all know paint is an affordable and easy way to update your decor. The right colour can transform a lacklustre room into something extraordinary.Consider taking your paint project to the next level by including one or more specialty paints.One interesting...
Stacked Rotation an Unpredictable, Resilient System
Keeping pest populations confused the main priority for no-till farmer Ask a room full of agronomists what's significant about the year 1993, and the word "fusarium" ripples through the crowd.It was a memorable year. Much of the wheat in the Red River...
Still the 'Roman' Catholic Pope
It's the 'Roman' Catholic Church, not the Republican Catholic Church or the People's Revolutionary Socialist Democratic Catholic Church. Its rigid hierarchy and its centralizing instincts are almost entirely due to the fact that it became the state religion...
Tell the Dogs Something They Haven't Known All Along
Here's the question: Do you think your dog is a genius?Here's the answer: Of course you do. All dog owners, in their heart of hearts, are convinced their drooling pet is the canine version of Einstein, only with better grooming.The thing is, they're...
Their Cross to Bear
Documentary focusing on former Milwaukee priest and the more than 200 deaf children he's alleged to have sexually abused connects denials, coverups to Vatican's highest office It's a historical documentary with current and ongoing implications, and the...
This Is Music to Express, Not Merely Impress
In the wake of St. Valentine's Day, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's latest Masterworks concert showcased one of the most romantic ballet scores ever penned, plus a real Canadian sweetheart.Friday night's aptly titled concert Cheng Plays Mozart, led...
Titans Show Public School Girls Can Beat High-Priced Rivals Shaftesbury Team Shocks Competition
They're new to the show, but the Shaftesbury Titans female preparatory hockey team has quickly become a star attraction.The Titans, one of three prep-school hockey programs in Winnipeg for female players, are in their first season of operation and are...
Today in Music History in 1963, the Beatles' First Big. [Derived Headline]
Today in Music HistoryIn 1963, the Beatles' first big hit, Please, Please Me, reached No. 1 on the British charts. It stayed at the top spot for only one week.Born This DayEdgar Bergen, 1903Hugh Beaumont, 1909Vera-Ellen, 1926Sonny Bono, 1935LeVar Burton,...
Today's Horoscope
MOON ALERT We have the all clear today to do business and make important decisions. The moon is in Taurus.ARIES (March 21-April 19)For the second day in a row, you are determined, forceful and productive. There is nothing you cannot accomplish today...
Tribe vs. Tribe
In response to Pat Morrow (Religion at root, Feb. 13), I present the First World War, Second World War, the Cold War and all its connected conflicts. What do all of the largest wars of the last century have in common? They all have nothing to do with...
Truth and Consequences
Oscar-nominated Amour slaps audiences in the face with a quietly shocking, difficult-to-watch depiction of love and death The Oscars like a little bit of controversy -- not too much, of course, but enough to make people notice. There's a buzz of...
Two Lives, Two Very Different Approaches
Today's column deals with two weekend offerings that would fit nicely into a category called "sort-of documentaries" -- one because it's more of a promotional video than an in-depth examination, and the other because it deliberately straddles the line...
Urgent Prose Lets Storyteller Stand with Best
Jess Walter has written everything from reportage to satire, mystery and crime fiction, and, now, without breaking a sweat, this superb collection of short stories.An ex-journalist from Spokane, Wash., he proves with each story that he is an artist of...
Vote-Buying Allegations Bedevil First Nation
Lake St. Martin chief, lawyer call accusations baseless Lake St. Martin flood victims desperate for resettlement face yet another setback, this time allegations that their chief and council bought an election victory with whiskey, cash and marijuana.Chief...
Why Only Mary Shelley Could Create Frankenstein
VOLUMES dealing with classic literature can be informative, but they're not usually accused of being overly entertaining. This volume is an exception.The subtitle is A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's...
Writers' Collective to Get out Loud Paper Chase
A re-energized Writers' Collective, with a new office and co-ordinator, will emerge this month when the organization holds its first Library Out Loud open-mike series at the Millennium Library.The Writers' Collective serves Manitobans with an interest...
Yield with Caution
A good stretch can be just what the doctor ordered. Yoga -- which involves more stretching than most activities -- is great for health. But stretching can go too far. You can strain things, or even -- in the case of reaching on a stool for an item high...
YOU Are East, Defending South's Contract of Four Spades Reached. [Derived Headline]
YOU are East, defending South's contract of four spades reached after your partner overcalled South's opening bid of one heart with one spade and you subsequently raised partner's spades.West leads the jack of diamonds and this dummy appears:NORTH' 7...
Your Weekend Weather
The Weather Column admittedly has a tendency toward wild exaggeration, but believe us when we tell you there is literally too much cool stuff to do this weekend.If you were to make a list of all the awesome events to help you decide which ones to enjoy...