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Jay Altura • Diltaj Atwal • Anuj Baxi • Melanie Bethune • Tamara Cottle • Grace Elekwa • Reem Ghaleb • Ashley Gray • Liv Ingram • Kate Jacobson • Jack Middleton • Suneil Sachdeva • Connor Sadler • Abdellah Salam • Devon Simpson • James Stevenson • Stephanie Tang • Robyn Thomas • • • Melanie, an enigma to us all, is one of the first volunteers for whom we wrote two Golden Spatulas. The first we deemed unworthy and discarded for fear of angering her. After all, we know nothing about her, but given her puckish sense of humour it’s quite likely that Melanie is some sort of forest nymph here to lull us into a false sense of security before making us pay for print media’s destruction of B.C.’s rainforests. Well, if printing more paper means we keep getting articles as good as Melanie’s, then we will keep chopping down all the trees.

October 30, 2013
  EU free trade promises a mixed bagPDF files may take a moment to load

Prime minister Stephen Harper has recently announced a preliminary agreement with the European Union, which could be one of the biggest free trade agreements Canada has ever signed.
The deal grants far reaching access to the 500 million consumers in the EU’s $17 trillion market. It is expected to increase trade across the Atlantic by 20 per cent, add $12 billion to the Canadian GDP and create 80,000 new jobs.

October 30, 2013
  Executive pay at U of C excessivePDF files may take a moment to load

I t appears that University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon considers herself entitled to a salary higher than nearly any of her counterparts, even when the reputation and renown of the University of Calgary indicates that she does not deserve it.

October 30, 2013
  Israeli treatment of asylum seekers racistPDF files may take a moment to load

In the name of protecting their Jewish identity, the Israeli government and people are running a discriminatory campaign against African refugees. The state of Israel has built a detention camp for refugees that can hold over 10,000 people, as well as established new laws to arrest and detain people of African descent on site, whether or not they have been involved in criminal activity.

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October 30, 2013
  Chuck Palahniuk at Calgary WordFestPDF files may take a moment to load

An artist’s work is indicative of the type of person who made it, so I was only mildly surprised when Chuck Palahniuk appeared in front of the audience dressed like a barefoot Dumbledore in a shiny red robe, pajamas and a bejeweled scarf, telling us that if we didn’t blow up our beach balls he would berate us.

Palahniuk’s eccentric personality and twisted sense of humour translates into bestselling transgressive fiction. He has written 13 successful novels, two books of nonfiction, as well as a bizarre collection of short fiction.

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October 30, 2013
  Spun: Yamantaka // Sonic TitanPDF files may take a moment to load

When Montreal-Toronto band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan’s first album, YT//ST, was shortlisted for the 2012 Polaris Prize, fans were left wondering if the group would be able to trump their critically appraised debut album. UZU is the answer to that question — it’s a volcanic yes.

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October 30, 2013
  Spun: Arcade FirePDF files may take a moment to load

If you haven’t listened to an Arcade Fire album since Funeral, the music on Reflektor will come as a bit of a surprise. Since their debut album, the Canadian band has moved away from traditional indie-rock and towards a more ephemeral and unconventional sound. This shift is most noticeable in their latest album, which almost completely ditches classic rock conventions in favour of alternative dance and disco.

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October 30, 2013
  Spun: DJ RashadPDF files may take a moment to load

The footwork and juke genres have seen a surge in popularity within the underground dance music community in recent years. Created to promote a growing movement of Chicago dance crews and battlers in the early 2000s, the sound has since gone global with the help of some of the U.K.’s electronic music mainstays. Following a string of successful EPs and singles released under Kode9’s London-based label Hyperdub, DJ Rashad has now produced footworks’s seminal LP in Double Cup.

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October 30, 2013
  Book review: The War on SciencePDF files may take a moment to load

With the recent Senate scandal blowing up and revealing a sea of political corruption, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s integrity has come under attack. Calgary-based author Chris Turner intensifies this assault on the Conservatives and Harper in his latest book, The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada.

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October 30, 2013
  Screen Time: Driving the S.H.I.E.L.D. busPDF files may take a moment to load

It was inevitable that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would have to face an existential crisis: is it a Marvel movie in television form or a Joss Whedon show — a question I raised in a previous column. Five weeks in and comments around the Internet are predictably divided, between continued excitement and rising disappointment. A moderate consensus is that the show is still figuring itself out.

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October 30, 2013
  Northern Sprites: Crack in the bellPDF files may take a moment to load

Bell, one of Canada’s largest telecom companies, has recently announced that they are going to begin collecting more detailed data from their customers for the purpose of selling this information to advertisers and third parties.

This reveal will hardly come as a surprise to many Canadians. All three of Canada’s biggest telecom companies — Telus, Rogers and Bell — have a history of unscrupulous business practises, with Bell being the most ruthless of them all.

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