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March 31, 2011
  Coalition talk is distractingPDF files may take a moment to load

As we all know by now, a federal election campaign is currently under way. So far this campaign has been dominated by talk of "coalitions," that scary sounding word and frightening political circumstance that, ever since 2008, has haunted the nightmares of every Canadian.

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March 31, 2011
  Charging for online content is finePDF files may take a moment to load

The New York Times launched its paywall in Canada on March 17 and started charging for digital content globally as of Monday. While many papers, including The Times, have tried paywalls in the past and taken them down, this is a significant step toward improving many of the problems with the current print news business model. Making users pay for online content is the best chance at fixing the floundering industry.

March 31, 2011
  Being transgendered at the U of CPDF files may take a moment to load

"When a transgendered colleague of mine was deliberating about how to handle her own coming out process at the university, she looked for policies," said social work professor emeritus Mary Valentich, who has worked on issues of diversity and inclusiveness at the university for over 30 years. "She said that one of the difficulties was that people in her situation shouldn't have to scramble to look for something.

March 31, 2011
  Spun: R.E.M.PDF files may take a moment to load

For many people born during the '80s, listening to alternative rock was a right of passage. It was during this time the genre exploded in popularity and gathered many fans, whether having been introduced to it by their parents, peers, or discovering it by themselves.

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March 31, 2011
  Spun: tUnE-yArDsPDF files may take a moment to load

On Feb. 11, tUnE-yArDs- epithet of the endlessly enigmatic and unconventionally gorgeous Merrill Garbus- dropped the single "Bizness" to the enthusiasm of ears far and wide. The eclectic and energetic song, available free on the tUnE-yArDs website, has built up exceptional anticipation regarding the upcoming album w h o k i l l, which is set for release on April 18.

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March 31, 2011
  Spun: Queens of the Stone AgePDF files may take a moment to load

Queens of the Stone Age have changed a lot over the past decade - frontman Josh Homme is currently the only remaining member of the California-based band, which has become a household name in rock. Despite the changes, when you get back to their self-titled album, you're reminded that Queens of the Stone Age haven't changed all that much. 
 
For those unwilling to shell out $90 on Amazon, or relentlessly replay concert performances on YouTube, this album has been impossible to obtain in the decade since it was released.

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March 31, 2011
  CJSW Profile: Roger ThatPDF files may take a moment to load

Roger Dueck takes to the radio every Monday afternoon to broadcast his well-edited sets of indie-everything. His show features artists from around the world, from local noise stars Women to New York's LCD Soundsystem. If you like indie, you'll like Roger That.

G: Why indie in particular?

R: It's just the music that I really love and I'm just drawn to it.

G: How do you source music for the show?

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March 31, 2011
  The enigmatic Jay CrockerPDF files may take a moment to load

Jay Crocker's homey studio, called the "Sea Shanty," is a 10' by 10' shack hidden somewhere in the sprawling metropolis that is Calgary. The studio, loaded with a variety of strange instruments and recording devices, has gotten a lot of use lately. For the last few years, the enigmatic Crocker has been producing some of the finest albums in western Canada. He produced Ghostkeeper's Polaris Prize-nominated self-titled debut and he worked with Deadhorse on their incredibly well-received self-titled debut.

March 31, 2011
  Insidious: scary without cashing in the gore cardPDF files may take a moment to load

Lately, it seems that true horror fans craving creepy cinema have had to choose between teenage slasher remakes or gratuitously gory films that rely on shock value and have little in the way of a narrative. It's been a while since a movie was scary enough to warrant watching through your fingers. Don't get me wrong, these flicks are brimming with blood and fright, but if you've been searching for a story to go with some seriously ghastly images, look no further than Insidious.

March 31, 2011
  Hooded Fang redefine do-it-yourselfPDF files may take a moment to load

It seems all too often bands are eager to bemoan their city, country or circumstances. Hooded Fang, on the contrary, embrace their surroundings while sticking to their do-it-yourself approach that has given them creative control on the one hand and ultimate responsibility on the other.

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