The Hollywood treatment of sex abuse is dangerous for the real addict

The image of Kevin Spacey toting a blue yoga mat around a rehabilitation clinic angered many when it circulated online a few weeks ago. “Cause yoga practice stops pedophiles,” wrote one sarcastic internet commenter. The 58-year-old Spacey is reportedly attending a 45-day ‘Gentle Path’ program at The Meadows, an addiction treatment centre in Arizona. The… Read more »

Fighting with flags

Why dismantling a demonstration isn’t the same as dismantling an argument The space that exists between the sides of the abortion debate is one that has never been easy to navigate. Every individual story and circumstance raises new questions as to where the balance lies in Canadian law. However, after the events of the demonstration… Read more »

Roles, tone, and our truths: an interview with Ronnie Dean Harris

  I sat down with Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Lil’wat/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist Ronnie Dean Harris to discuss The Road Forward, a National Film Board of Canada musical documentary that he co-stars in about indigenous activism in B.C. from the 1930s to today. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. SR: So first off, you’ve have a long… Read more »

Brianna’s books: Two Roads Home by Daniel Griffin

How far would you be willing to go for a good cause? Set against the anti-logging protests of the ‘90s on Vancouver Island, author Daniel Griffin imagines a world for his characters in Two Roads Home where the protests aren’t so peaceful. Four activists, Pete, Fay, Art and Derek, become convinced that the peaceful protests… Read more »

Fake A.I., real good movies

The best films about Artificial Intelligence uprisings It’s no secret that societal changes are often reflected in the films we make and watch. For example, environmental concerns lead to horror films about natural destruction, like Armageddon, Deep Impact, and Waterworld in the 1990s. Uncertain political and economic times often lead to superheroes dominating popular culture — they… Read more »

Dear Birdie #4

Sick family, selfish friends, and sorry financials Dear Birdie: My grandmother’s health is getting pretty bad, but I’m not even in the same province, and I haven’t seen her since August. We used to be really close when I was younger, and I miss talking to her since I’ve been away at school. My workload… Read more »

Ten holiday saving tips

Because Christmas red shouldn’t remind you of your bank balance Oftentimes, Christmas leaves us feeling fat, broke, and resentful: the opposite of how we’re supposed to feel. Yet every year, we rinse and repeat the gift giving tradition hoping that this season our bank accounts will remain tumbleweed-free. This is seldom the case. So here… Read more »

Hollow silver

My underlying guilt of running in Nationals A few days after I ran the best race of my life, I placed my head against the steering wheel of my car. Droplets of tears fell onto the leather interior. I wondered when, or if, the pain would go away. I had just competed in the B.C…. Read more »