Metal Damage

On December 8, 2004 a young man named Nathan Gale, armed with a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, walked on to the stage at a club in Columbus, Ohio during a performance by the heavy metal band Damageplan. He shot and killed the lead guitarist, Dimebag Darrell Abbott, and then began shooting into the audience, killing …

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Ukranian Orange

With orange having been his campaign colour in the Ukranian presidential election, and the emblem of resistance to the fraudulent election results, creative voices in the world media have tried to find an ironic symmetry in the news that medical tests confirm that Victor Yushchensko ingested dioxin. The Daily Express claimed that he had been …

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Several years ago Phillie Marcowicz, one of the hosts of one of CBC Radio’s folk, roots and world programs was on the Main Stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. She asked the audience if anyone had experienced a musical epiphany that weekend.

Greatest Canadian

It’s Sunday night, November 28. The CBC is playing the last episode of its Greatest Canadian series. There are 10 candidates, all in the process by popular nomination and previous rounds of voting. The concept was taken from a BBC series, and like the BBC series, it is an entertainment with a populist subtext. My …

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