Posts By: Anna Dodd

Business (not) as usual in Brussels

Brussels is not the most obvious destination for a traveller in Europe. The air is dirty and thick, and Belgian police seem to get a kick out of sounding their sirens at all hours of the night. On my first morning here, I sat in a café at six in the morning, drinking a miniscule… Read more »

A concerned citizen for fair elections in B.C.

Lobby group ads are purposefully misleading On April 11, the Chief Electoral Officer and Lieutenant-Governor officially called the B.C. provincial election, marking the start of the campaign period — and with it, the authorization of official party advertisements. Both the B.C. Liberals and the B.C. NDP have shown there will be no mercy when it comes to… Read more »

Lunar eclipse means Valentine’s Day horoscopes not so ideal

With the lunar eclipse occurring right before Valentine’s Day, everything appears to have gone wack this year. From incest to crippling loneliness to possible death, looking to the stars for love may not be in the cards for you this time around. Nonetheless, read on for important details regarding the dreaded day of love, heed… Read more »

Desert trippin’: Neil Young gets political in California

It’s Saturday night and he walks on stage in a ratty T-shirt that reads “Water Is Life” with some gnarly hair sticking out of his old cowboy hat. Neil Young is here. He opens with a rendition of “After the Gold Rush,” and the hundreds of thousands of spectators cheer with glee, realizing unanimously that… Read more »

Canada’s national bird: why the whisky jack?!

When I first heard that the whisky jack, or grey jay, had been named Canada’s national bird by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, I was disappointed, confused, and honestly, a little bit hurt. It’s not that I have something against the whisky jack—I’m totally over that time last winter when I was snowshoeing and one… Read more »

Cats in film and television: Halloween edition

Cats have always been representative of Halloween time: typically seen in pop culture as a witch’s favourite sidekick, they are often featured in a spooky context. Whether you’re a fan of the gentle fur-ball type, or prefer a more human-like model, there’s a cat for everyone on this short list of the holiday’s best in… Read more »

How to trick-or-treat in your twenties

Do you remember when Halloween wasn’t about getting drunk at that Halloween party hosted by that friend of a roommate of yours, or what generic group costume you’ll wear? I’m talking about when Halloween was centred around that beautiful western tradition called trick-or-treating, the one night of the year where kids are allowed to take… Read more »