Celtic rock band to perform at arts council fundraiser Saturday

The organization is raising money for a new community performing arts centre in Kindersley

Celtic rock band to perform at arts council fundraiser SaturdayKenneth Brown of The Clarion A Celtic rock band from Edmonton will perform in Kindersley this weekend in a concert to raise money for a future performing arts venue. The Derina Harvey Band will perform on Nov. 25 at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre starting at 8 p.m. The concert is being presented by the…

While we focus on sexual abuse, we can’t forget power abuse

Power abuse comes in many shapes and sizes. We need to put systems in place to control it

While we focus on sexual abuse, we can’t forget power abuseWhen the new allegations of sexual abuse in Hollywood surfaced, I was surprised that so many women (and men) were piling on. I thought we’d taken care of this problem after Anita Hill courageously declared in 1991 that Clarence Thomas was unfit to stand for the U.S. Supreme Court because of sexual harassment. Certainly, universities…

Why you still subsidize some channels when you pay your cable bill

Little wonder that the CRTC has been the focus of so much public contempt

Why you still subsidize some channels when you pay your cable billForget for a moment that roughly five per cent of your cable bill goes to subsidize films and shows that not enough people watch: the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is about to dip back into the 20th century and tell you what to watch and make you pay for it. The federal regulator announced last month…

Down with textbooks, the pre-digested meal of the academic world

To read a textbook is to receive a second- or third-rate experience, and third- and fourth-hand knowledge

Down with textbooks, the pre-digested meal of the academic worldI’m reminded of that old game Telephone we played in grade school. The teacher whispered in the ear of the child beside her and that child passed the message to the next person. By the time the message came back to the teacher, it had been hopelessly, hilariously mangled, either by passing clumsily through so…

Social recipe brews up a life that imitates a new work of fiction

Warren Kinsella's new novel Recipe for Hate chronicles fanatics insinuating their way into positions of power

Social recipe brews up a life that imitates a new work of fictionLife sometimes imitates fiction – and not in ways you’d expect. For example, I’ve just published a book called Recipe For Hate. It’s a novel. Without giving away the plot, I can reveal that Recipe For Hate is about fanatics insinuating themselves into positions of power and influence. It’s about zealots, on the right and the…

Haunted by the past – and social media’s full-throated bellow

Why did Anthony Rapp not reach out to Kevin Spacey in private and reveal the hurt, confusion and anger this incident engendered?

Haunted by the past – and social media’s full-throated bellowHow guilty are we when our past deeds come back to haunt us? Something done yesterday and revealed today means we must answer for our actions in short order. Certainly, the longer the time between act and revelation doesn’t lessen the scorn heaped upon the perpetrator. But how far do we stretch that window of…

America’s first ethnic working-class hero

An Irish-American Catholic, champion boxer John L. Sullivan rose to popularity from modest roots

America’s first ethnic working-class heroBefore inclusiveness became a social mantra, newly arrived immigrant groups invariably went through a period of being viewed warily by society’s established mainstream. Irish-American Catholics were no exception to this probationary process. Indeed, it wasn’t until John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential victory that acceptance was fully sealed. Along the way, the process got a boost…

The ever-growing burden of technology on our lives

Increasingly, cities are complicated systems. The thought of traffic lights, 911 calls, transit and hospitals all going haywire at once is really scary

The ever-growing burden of technology on our livesIt you think red tape is slowing progress, you’re right. If you think some complex technical gadgets in your home, office and car aren’t really saving time, you’re right again. But have you thought about how costly and dangerous this technology can be? Author Samuel Arbesman has in his book Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits…

High-energy folk rock band up next in arts council series

Union Duke, a quintet from Toronto, is known for its explosive live show that mixes rock, folk, country and bluegrass

High-energy folk rock band up next in arts council series  Kenneth Brown of The Clarion An energetic folk rock band from Ontario will perform in Kindersley on Monday night. Union Duke, a quintet from Toronto, is known for its explosive live show. The band’s literature says sweat flies and floorboards tremble when Union Duke performs its blend of soulful independent rock mixed with bluegrass…

Is the pursuit of policy actually the absence of action?

Academic author Michael Howlett's book Canadian Public Policy: Selected Studies in Process and Style leaves too many questions unanswered

Is the pursuit of policy actually the absence of action?I’m thinking of writing a book called Public Policy Isn’t. What’s a policy? Is it the policy of a government to pass a law to achieve a goal? Or does a law require those implementing the law to adhere to certain policies? It’s perhaps both. How about the members of the public in public policy?…