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October 01, 2009
  For Harper, there's always time for Tim HortonsPDF files may take a moment to load

It turns out that Stephen Harper needs his Tim Hortons run just like every other Canadian. Harper was absent from Barack Obama's opening speech at the United Nations climate change summit last week, choosing to appear at the Tim Hortons Innovation Centre instead. Is it his fault that the UN scheduled Obama's speech to coincide with Harper's allotted Timmy's time?

October 01, 2009
  Research driven to stop sufferingPDF files may take a moment to load

Twenty-eight years before the date was seared into the American consciousness, Chileans came to know September 11. On that day in 1973 the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet assumed control of the Andean country.

October 01, 2009
  Going for brokePDF files may take a moment to load

Fifth year philosophy majors aren't typically known for their financial prowess and Jordan Fritz is no exception. However, for the first four years of his University of Calgary career, Fritz managed to avoid going into debt by working in Fort MacMurray while staying at his parents' home during summer months.

October 01, 2009
  Editorial: Money talks, transparency walksPDF files may take a moment to load

Perhaps money talks after all.

After a weekend of closed-door meetings with land developers, city council has removed an important density guideline from Plan It Calgary, the city's 60-year plan for urban development. The CBC quoted alderman Druh Farrell expressing her sadness that citizens were not brought into the discussion between the city and the land development industry that produced these compromises.

October 01, 2009
  Spun: Patrick BrealeyPDF files may take a moment to load

Country music enthusiasts with a hankering to hear some banjo need to pick up Patrick Brealey's album Mercury in Songbirds. From high tempo songs perfect for hoedowns to bluesy hip shakers, this album covers all the country music bases.

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October 01, 2009
  Spun: The FugitivesPDF files may take a moment to load

The Fugitives have put together a short five track EP incorporating perfect harmonies with spoken word lyrics. The way they display those parts is out of the ordinary and unexpected in most of their songs. Although original, this component can seem at times out of place and cheesy amongst the various perfect melodies, as in "To The Man Found In His Apartment Seven Years After His Death."

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October 01, 2009
  Spun: Parlour StepsPDF files may take a moment to load

The Parlour Steps have composed a very catchy infinitely listenable album in The Hidden Names. The songs never become old due to the constantly shifting nature of the album.

From upbeat, to slow moving tracks, Names is more than an enjoyable listen -- it's an album you cannot help but tap your foot to.

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October 01, 2009
  Spun: Mumiy TrollPDF files may take a moment to load

The vibrant cover of Mumiy Troll's album gives a good hint of what to expect from this Russian rock band. You have a psychedelic tiger-in-a-Superman-costume, a cowboy with guns drawn, a UFO, a nuclear briefcase and perhaps most mysteriously, an oil rig. Translated, the band's name is "The Mummy's Troll," which is based on a series of children's books. Comrade Ambassador is fun, colourful music made by an outrageously fun, colourful band.

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October 01, 2009
  Brown bears wielding grappling hooks and other improvised delightsPDF files may take a moment to load

Improvisation is an art form based on a performer's quick wits and ability to roll with the punches. Done well it looks effortless, like a well-rehearsed skit or play. Done badly, it ends up being scenes about brown grappling hooks:"I'm going to need an everyday colour from the audience. Just go ahead and shout out a colour you might typically see. Okay, I heard brown. Now I'm going to need an object that a bear might use. All right. Grappling hook."

October 01, 2009
  Elias find themselves a Lasting DistractionPDF files may take a moment to load

Fitting in is tough. You need a certain style, a particular flair and in the case of the fickle music industry, a sound that audiences identify with. For Vancouver-based band Elias, finding a niche to fit into is a particular challenge. Because the group is so musically varied, Elias had trouble finding gigs when they were starting out.

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