Before It Was A Needle

by Katherine Abbass Once Molly had explained to me her ancestry, things started making more sense. I knew there were freshwater leeches and saltwater leeches and that they, unlike snakes, really were slimy to the touch. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor, of course; medical history tells us that leeches were used to extract blood from patients. The sensation isn’t even too bad. … Continue reading Before It Was A Needle

Is Math Detrimental to Self-Esteem? Or Has Social Activism Gone Too Far?

by Keaton Peterson As any child fluent in rudimentary arithmetic will tell you, some numbers are bigger than others. Three pennies is less than four pennies, five pennies is more than four pennies – case closed, right? The answer is not so simple for a primary school teacher and “Feelings Over Fractions” activist Stephanie Buchanan who is stirring up controversy in an Edmonton elementary school. Buchanan … Continue reading Is Math Detrimental to Self-Esteem? Or Has Social Activism Gone Too Far?

Not your Grandparents’ Opera – A Review of Edmonton Opera’s “Carmen” | by Keaton Peterson

Opening Saturday, January 30th at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Carmen is the most popular work from late French composer Georges Bizet. Director Maria Lamont’s commitment to capturing the soul and breadth of Bizet’s source material is as evident as soldier Don José’s (Jeffrey Gwaltney) desire to win the heart of Carmen (Geraldine Chauvet) – the sultry gypsy and original femme fatale. Perhaps the reason … Continue reading Not your Grandparents’ Opera – A Review of Edmonton Opera’s “Carmen” | by Keaton Peterson

A Tale of Two Cities: 10th Annual Hurtig Lecture | By Keaton Peterson

Mayors Don Iveson and Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi joined forces to educate — and at times entertain — a sold-out audience at the 10th annual Hurtig Lecture held at the University of Alberta last week. Titled “Cities and the Future of Canada,” the mayors stressed the importance of exporting the best Canada — the Canada to which we all aspire — to the rest of the world. Although the mayors frequently supported … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities: 10th Annual Hurtig Lecture | By Keaton Peterson

Adventures in Irony: The Original Cliché | By Keaton Peterson

I could start with a brief paragraph highlighting – or in all likelihood hyperbolizing – my skills, successes, and what I believe makes me a competent writer and editor. I could then attempt to relate to you by sharing my pipedreams of writing the next great novel and going down in the annals of literary badassery with the likes of Hemingway and Bukowski. I could … Continue reading Adventures in Irony: The Original Cliché | By Keaton Peterson

Why Do We Have To Leave To Find Ourselves? | By Keaton Peterson

Beer on our breath and marble cobblestone underfoot, our new friends accompanied us on our trek through Old Town towards the sea. Scurrying underneath Byzantium-era archways, we bypassed stonewalls that had kept the Republic of Dubrovnik safe for centuries. The ancient city streets ended where the Adriatic Sea began. Having acquired liquid confidence at an Irish Pub, we scaled the rubble of a crumbled section … Continue reading Why Do We Have To Leave To Find Ourselves? | By Keaton Peterson

An Important Message to Servers | By Keaton Peterson

Any conversation with a server by a non-server about their job will quickly have you informed about all the things that you just don’t understand about how hard their job actually is. To speak ill of servers is to bite the hand that feeds, so I preface this article by first extending a hand of compassion towards my server brothers and sisters. I too have … Continue reading An Important Message to Servers | By Keaton Peterson

Wrestling With Tradition: The Future of Integrity in Our Olympic Games | By Darcie Kutryk

What happens when one of the oldest institutions in the world forgets its roots in favor of building a newly “renovated” image? What does it mean when our society favors pursuit of profit rather than pursuit of personal excellence? Perhaps you’ve heard by now of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to drop wrestling from the Olympic program starting in the 2020 games, and depending … Continue reading Wrestling With Tradition: The Future of Integrity in Our Olympic Games | By Darcie Kutryk