The Art of Looking Political | By Tyler Hein

Signs read: No more need to perish! It’s our veterans that we cherish! With clever chants about our soldiers, equality and fairness. Protest for their protection and a plea to give them more, passing homeless soldiers on the street as we chant against the war. No time to spare some change, there’s bigger change we’re fighting for! The freedom that they earned means the freedom … Continue reading The Art of Looking Political | By Tyler Hein

Vacancy | By Tyler Hein

Since I met you I’ve wanted to write about our love— Like I see it in the movies, or I hear about on the radio, see I want to write about that love— Where I can’t profess it if it isn’t raining. Where it hits you in a moment and suddenly it’s been forever. The kind that puts the bard to shame since there was no rain filled declarations when that shrew was tamed. Forget my troubles and let’s take a detour together to where love is as easy as eyes both new and familiar; a safe place to find myself lost. That love, that love like words written in scrawl in the liner notes of the albums that formed my identity. But I worry that with this love, vague and formless, I’ll be reduced to a ball of pop culture that learned to speak. And I worry that with this love, perfect and fleeting, that the milk crate poets have lied to me. So then I wanted to write about real love— Where flowers grow slow through cracks in the foundation. Since no virgin to the pleasure knows true aversion to the pain, plunge deeper to speak truth to the hurt and to the shame, the cold of silence on the phone, the fear with every step that you’ve been down this road before. But real love is more, there’s a heat inside the chest, like gasoline hitting an open flame, because in a crowded room, I heard someone speak your name. Laughing as we’re hiding, finding locked doors to be like sanctuaries that free us to discover and explore. It’s not found standing, pristine and shiny new, it’s built strong, brick by brick, by two together who feel their spine quiver with a shiver of cold nostalgia, from the touch of fingers along bare skin. Real love, this love sees the flaws and wants to fix them, but I know that it’s because of your flaws, not in spite of them, so I worry that with this love, slow and achievable, that I undersell the unbelievable. So then I wanted to write about our love But I realized I can’t— When I haven’t seen you for a while, I feel like I’ve lost your subtlety of personality, the nuance of your expressions, I find myself holding tight to the catching in my throat. I can write about the minutes when we felt ourselves the lovers in so many songs, but those moments form our highlight reel while our love shows most behind the scenes. From when it seems hopeless, but then we’re laughing at a passing feeling, in your eye a fleeting glimpse of how silly we must look fighting like this in a dirty alley behind 105th. The kind built from screaming until we’re hoarse about what, we can’t even remember. Ours is a love that blossoms in September, when you lean in close because you forgot your jacket and your hand entwines with mine inside jeans pockets. It’s a kind that makes me want to paint a portrait, paint a portrait of her self, if only for her to her eyes comprised of colours that she ascribes to everything else. Our love, this love is the reason for the words, … Continue reading Vacancy | By Tyler Hein

Prentice’s Plan for the Future: Targeting Alberta’s Seniors| by Tyler Hein

There were a few surprises during the swearing in ceremony for new Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and his cabinet, but only one new ministry created by the man who promised to shake up the fading Conservative party: The Ministry of Seniors. While at first glance the creation of this new ministry might seem like nothing more than a lessening of the load placed primarily on … Continue reading Prentice’s Plan for the Future: Targeting Alberta’s Seniors| by Tyler Hein

Some insight into… Insight… | By Tyler Hein

Welcome to the Insight section of The Wanderer Online, theoretical reader. If you’re a long time reader, you may recognize that Insight is a new section. It has replaced the iWander section in order to expand the scope of topics that we can cover.  If you’re a new reader, congratulations, you have made a solid choice today. Doesn’t that feel good? It’s like a drug, … Continue reading Some insight into… Insight… | By Tyler Hein

The #nomakeupselfie Campaign | By Gina Wicentowich

Over the past week, Facebook news feeds have been saturated with selfies. These selfies are women who decided to go au naturel– stripped away of the layers of foundation, lipstick and mascara. This movement has been masquerading as a campaign for breast cancer awareness. You may be surprised to discover where this trend originated. Former Baltimore Sun reporter Laura Lippman is credited with igniting the … Continue reading The #nomakeupselfie Campaign | By Gina Wicentowich

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Why You Should Pay Attention to the Crisis in Ukraine | By Graeme Archibald

Barely a week ago, the Olympic flame was extinguished at Sochi, signalling the end of the largely successful 2014 games. Many complimented Russia for hosting the international event, despite its short-comings, and noted the Games as a representation of the ‘new’ Russia. Seven days after the Closing Ceremonies, relations between Russia and the West are at the lowest point since the Cold War. A few … Continue reading Why You Should Pay Attention to the Crisis in Ukraine | By Graeme Archibald

Harry Potter Comes to Edmonton | By Graeme Archibald

When you first enter Harry Potter: The Exhibition at the TELUS World of Science, you know that you’re about to experience something magical. At the exhibit’s entrance, you are sorted into your respective Hogwarts house, immediately followed by a montage of various clips from the eight Harry Potter movies. As the curtain rises, you see the Hogwarts Express, seemingly waiting to whisk you on a … Continue reading Harry Potter Comes to Edmonton | By Graeme Archibald

Red and White | By Graeme Archibald

As we approach Remembrance Day, a storm of controversy has erupted over a “white poppies” campaign led by a small group of pacifist University of Ottawa students. As opposed to the traditional red poppy as a symbol of remembering the sacrifice of our soldiers, the white poppy instead symbolizes peace (or, for some supporters, the civilian deaths of the wars). According to one of the … Continue reading Red and White | By Graeme Archibald

Mayor Iveson and Edmonton’s Bright Future | By Graeme Archibald

On Monday night, Edmontonians chose Don Iveson to be our city’s leader for the next four years. It was a precedent-setting night – with over 132,000 votes, Iveson received more votes than any other mayoral candidate in Edmonton history, capturing about 62% of the vote. At 34 years old, Iveson is Edmonton’s second youngest mayor, and the youngest mayor in over 100 years (only William … Continue reading Mayor Iveson and Edmonton’s Bright Future | By Graeme Archibald