Winnipeg Free Press

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Articles from February 25, 2013

Accessing Scientific Info No Easy Task in Canada
OTTAWA -- A scientist discovers one of the biggest holes in the ozone layer ever found is sitting over the Arctic, but after his report is published in a respected scientific journal, the Canadian government won't let him speak and writes his responses...
Anat Cohen Is Making the Clarinet Cool
As a good jazz musician, clarinettist and saxophonist Anat Cohen will introduce surprises into her performances -- a tune you didn't expect, an unusual phrase, a solo you'll talk about for a long time.Or -- as when the Israeli-born, New York-based Cohen...
Bad Luck Plagues Miettinen
It's one thing after another for winger -- none of them good NEWARK, N.J. -- Excuse Antti Miettinen if he'll spend the next few days in Manhattan keeping his head on a swivel. No walking under ladders. Steering clear of black cats and all that stuff.The...
Business Calendar
Opening numbers:TSXDowNasdaqDollar12,701.6314,000.573,161.8297.83Monday -- in London, Ont., Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney gives a speech at 12:15 p.m. followed by a press conference at 1:15 p.m. In Barcelona, Spain, the world's largest cellphone...
End of Era in Sight for Castro Regime
HAVANA, Cuba -- Raul Castro announced Sunday he will step down as Cuba's president in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top lieutenant...
Happy Trails Coming to an End
THE sad fate that awaits Frosty every year also awaits the Assiniboine and the Red.Drip. Drip. Drip.And while their melting means a glorious spring is that much closer, shed a tear for the imminent demise of the River Trail.The Forks will make a decision...
Have Your Say
But it's a dry coldI frequently watch Winnipeg news because it comes on earlier here in B.C. I find the weather reports so amusing. They say things like "it's a good day of only -7 C." In Winnipeg in February you cannot even go out with just a T-shirt...
Helping People, One Call at a Time
Volunteer lends ear to arthritis sufferers Heather Birchall is a woman of words -- both spoken and written. And though the pain of osteoarthritis may at times defy the confines of language, not a single word capable of capturing the throbbing that seems...
Iko's 15 Leads Wesmen to Canada West Final Four
As soon as his feet hit the floor Sunday, Benny Iko knew his university basketball career was not ending this day.The fifth-year Winnipeg Wesmen forward scored 15 points and led his team with seven boards as the Wesmen beat the Trinity Western Spartans...
In Brief
Arrest in carjackingRCMP arrested a 15-year-old male suspect in Headingley late Saturday night after a carjacking at gunpoint in downtown Winnipeg.Winnipeg Const. Jason Michalyshen said a 40-year-old woman had parked on the 300 block of Kennedy Street...
It's Brutal, but That's the Point
PSB, St. B cop shop examples of polarizing architecture The '60s was a decade of sweeping change and exuberant style; Zeppelin and Floyd, Corvettes and Mustangs, bell bottoms and miniskirts. As the baby-boom generation watched man walk on the moon, the...
Making Hash of Pot Laws
Making law has been compared to making sausage. If so, it could be said the Harper government could run seminars on the similarities, given the hash it has made of Canada's ill-advised medical marijuana legislation.Five distinct court rulings have attacked...
Manitoba Movers
PEOPLEJohn Sullivanis pleased to announce the opening of the law firm, Sullivan Law. The firm's primary practice areas will be focused in real estate, corporate and commercial law, and wills and estates. Sullivan Law is based in Winnipeg, is conveniently...
Mary Jane Nightingale
This joint relieves pain, but if you try to pull a fast one, you'll be the one getting smoked BRANDON -- During Prohibition, some people could still obtain alcohol legally, only not through the local pub or liquor store.They got it from a pharmacy. People...
My Toes Are Attractive Now, but My Daughter's Disgusted
There are certain activities modern children should never see their parents engaged in.An excellent example of this occurred the other day when, suddenly and without warning, our college-age daughter walked in on my wife and I in our den.The look of...
New Face of Women's Curling
Homan win represents changing of the guard K INGSTON, ONT. -- The guard doesn't change very often in curling. But it sure appears like it did exactly that on the final weekend of the Canadian women's curling championship.And it wasn't the changing of...
No Longer Dropping Any Road Apples
Jets finally know how to win away from home NEWARK, N.J. -- It must seem a bit like an alternate universe, Bizarro World for the Winnipeg Jets right now -- struggling at home, they have found their mojo in places like Buffalo, Raleigh and now the swamps...
Olympian's Brother Faces Charges in '08 Death
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The murder case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius took another unexpected turn Sunday with the news his older brother, Carl, is himself facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident.Carl Pistorius faces...
'Real Debate' Was Not Part of Party Allowance Report
At the risk of sounding defensive, I am writing to respond to the criticism that the allowance program for political parties presented in my recent report is too expensive.I would make three brief points and encourage readers to consult the report where...
Simply No Escape
Jones's Houdini act finally runs its course at Scotties KINGSTON, ONT. -- This time, there would be no escape act.This time, the hole Jennifer Jones dug herself was so deep and her opponent so formidable that not even a woman who has made a 10-year career...
SIMPLY Transformational
Architects dream up ways to breathe life into downtown spaces The Re-imagining Winnipeg project, a collaboration between StorefrontMB and the Winnipeg Free Press, has certainly created food for thought about what this city is and what it could be.We've...
Strike Canada's Blasphemy Law as a Sign of Good Faith
Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week launched the Office of Religious Freedom, a new branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs, to promote religious tolerance internationally. He appointed Toronto academic Andrew Bennett its "ambassador," and repeatedly...
Take Your Brain out for Some Exercise
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: My husband and I argue over everything -- my slow driving, his reckless driving, his spoiled kids, my ignored kids, his over-spending, my tight purse, his sex drive, my missing sex drive, his sense of humour, my lack of it, my...
The Bloody Death of a Country
U.S. intervention only hope for Syria, maybe Middle East After the First World War, Syria was hacked from the carcass of the Ottoman empire. After the Second World War, it won its independence. After the fighting that is raging today, it could cease...
The Stars Light Up Hollywood
Argo adds to list of accolades, winning Best Picture Oscar Sunday LOS ANGELES -- Ben Affleck's Argo, a film about a fake movie, has earned a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards.From the White House, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama joined...
The World
Italy's election a fork in the roadROME -- Will Italy stay the course with painful economic reform or fall back into the old habit of profligacy and inertia?These are the stakes as Italians vote in a watershed parliamentary election Sunday and today...
Titans Make Giant Strides in First Year
THE new kids on the block served notice Sunday they've put down roots.The Shaftesbury Titans, the first-year preparatory team out of a Winnipeg public school, finished in the top four of the inaugural Female Sport School Challenge hockey tournament for...
Weather, Cash Bless Festival
Federal grant to help repair centrepiece of event The Festival du Voyageur got a double dose of good news during its final day -- mild weather that brought out thousands of visitors and a six-figure cheque from the federal government.St. Boniface MP...