Dear Readers: Your ever humble, and much maligned reporter weeps for society! POLITICAL CORRECTNESS has gripped our land and the nuts are running the show kids! Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian has sparked outrage online after sporting a traditional Native American headdress to her niece’s lavish birthday bash.Listen boys and girls, if some asshole can […]
Folks if the site goes down for a day like it just did, then I don’t know what to do with myself! It’s been a creative outlet and a good place to rant, whenever I get myself bent out of shape by some assault on our collective common sense! Don’t know how much I miss venting […]
As the U.S. marks the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and contemplates renewed military action in Iraq, some observers warn that America is a fading power. “There was a time when America would whisper ‘coup’ and nations would quake,” says historian and University of Wisconsin professor Alfred McCoy, noting that in a 20-year period up to […]
Two! Count ‘em, Two for the price of one! The Government announced the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline yesterday, which means thousands of jobs and billions of dollars pumped into our economy …., and both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau came out against it! For playing politics, and jeopardizing the economic health of Canada, […]
Dear Readers, we got this in the mail today:: A lot of talk lately about what the provincial Liberals are going to do to Ontario now that they have a majority, but it can’t be any worse than what Mike Harris did to us back in may of 1999! The Common Sense Revolution in action: […]
By Jade Sperry Jadedphotography Toronto band The Nursery released a new video from their EP Carnival Nature called “Lysergically Yours” which hit their YOUTUBE channel on July 9, 2014. They’ve been touring and doing shows from Toronto to Buffalo and back again. They just met a new band member, Jocelyn, who is their new drummer, and life couldn’t be
Folks, I don’t read the Toronto Star because I’m by nature a ‘sort-of-conservative,’ and they are far too red for me! As a result I wasn’t aware of who Heather Mallick was ….., or some of the insane drivel this broad writes about in her columns! (She was brought to my attention when I got […]
You see it in many cities around the world. You know, that one tower or skyscraper where you can go high above every other building to look down at the cityscape? There’s the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and Toronto’s CN Tower. Well, Calgary Alberta has a tower too! Being the height lovers that we are, we wouldn’t miss going up the Calgary Tower during our visit to Alberta. There’s something about seeing a city from [...]
In April, when New Brunswick’s Morgentaler Clinic announced it would be forced to close, the barriers to accessing abortion in the Maritimes came to national attention. Now, with the New Brunswick election on September 23 and the federal election coming in 2015, reproductive justice activists across Canada are hoping to keep the momentum going for […]
© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The Vancouver International Film Festival (“VIFF”) is in full swing as audiences flock to local theatres for 353 films from over 65 countries, including 223 features and 130 shorts, 32 world premieres, 38 international premieres, 22 North American premieres, and 47 Canadian premieres. Miss604 is proud to once again […]
Giving the city its spring facelift should happen sooner next year under changes city administration promised council on Wednesday. Coun. Amarjeet Sohi raised concerns about the program taking too long this spring and asked administration earlier this year to look … Continue Reading
Stephen Harper had about a week to enjoy the glory of his remarkably understated whispery notification that the Enbridge climate killing pipeline will proceed. Yesterday the Supreme Court shut down the prime minister, which they have a tendency to do because he so flagrantly intends to violate it. So they keep slapping his hand. With […]
This cowgirl has finally put away her cowboys boots. I know, the Calgary Stampede has been over for 4 days, but it took me a while to get my life together after the 10 day festivities wrapped.From the deep-fried-everything, to the Grandstand Show all t…
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., listens to other Senators speak on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a news conference on the violence in the Mideast. ( AP FILE PHOTO) Well folks, IT WASN’T THE FACT THAT HE IS BLACK! It wasn’t his birthplace. It wasn’t his religion. It wasn’t the economy. It wasn’t Obamacare! It wasn’t […]
Dark clouds moved over the city this past Saturday and eventually the rain came down in buckets and lightning flashed in the skies and thunder cracked your ears seconds later. Then the skies cleared and sun came out to play.I hid under the viewing stan…
Thanks to the folks over at “Blog TO” for giving us this heads-up about the five movies not to see at TIFF. Posted by Alexander Huls Not everything at TIFF can be great. Given the volume of movies that appear at the festival, everything being good would be statistically impossible. You’re always bound to see […]
If you are looking for one of those badges of honour hikes, or hikes to brag about when your older, the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail fits the bill. Located on the North Shore of Lake Superior, it is a 60km mammoth hike of rugged terrain, perilous sea cliffs, and challenging trails. We did everything from scramble up steep rocky cliffs to wade through hip deep icy water. All while carrying 35 pounds of gear on our backs for 7 days. Sound [...]
A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, carving up her body and scattering her remains around the Toronto area told a court on Tuesday that it was actually his mother who stabbed the woman to death. Jiang didn’t call police or an ambulance after the gruesome incident that took place in the basement of his […]
The first or the fourth, it’s all the same happy birthday folks! ——————————————- Drones have been banned from all national parks in the United States, according to new regulations established by U.S. government officials. The National Park Service (NPS), the government agency that manages the nation’s national parks, monuments and other historical sites, has outlawed […]
A couple of notes about the left and right wing media here in Canada this morning. (By right wing, I mean, of course, Sun News and Sun TV, while left wing is just about everybody else!) Although I don’t hear cries of “hidden agenda” lately, left wing coverage of the Conservatives, and especially Harper, continues […]
Folks, I don’t have to tell you that life is rough ………………, but for some, it’s rougher than for others! A transient, frequently-jailed alcoholic, who became known as the “Homeless Hero” after saving two people from drowning, battled his demons right up until his death in the same river where he made his rescues. Faron […]
Jeff Lemire’s The Underwater Welder tells a story of a Nova Scotian man named Jack who’s about to become a father. However, instead of focusing on this joyous occasion, Jack is literally haunted by his past— and to make matters worse, it’s happening when he’s under water.
I think the introduction by Damon Lindelof, in which he compares it to the Twilight Zone, helped set the eerie tone for me. That said, while I certainly enjoyed the creepy and mysterious aspect, what I’ve always admired the most about Lemire’s stories are the relationships and introspection, whether he’s trying his hand at familial drama, sci-fi, or ghost stories, and The Underwater Welder has the personal stuff in spades.
As for the artwork, Lemire still hasn’t ventured away from those wobbly lines that I know aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Likewise his cinematic approach of using far off or sudden close ups for mood or dramatic effect are still there. However, he still shows a lot more growth and experimentation. This time Lemire has also used gray watercolours that help accentuate the lonely, haunting qualities of ths story as well as the damp Nova Scotian setting. There’s also an approach to paneling that I don’t recall having encountered anywhere else before, in which a single object is divided into many panels. In this scene in particular, the divided panels help accentuate Jack’s shaken identity:
The storytelling in the Underwater Welder is tight and amazing.
In the past it was the “war on poverty” and the “war on drugs” etc. etc. and now the United States has gone to war again twice in one week! In a surprise move President Obama yesterday declared a “War on Ebola” and a “War on ISIS!” According to the Perspective Research Department, (see below) […]
© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Before the rain came, before the Gore-Tex was dusted off, before shorts were traded for pants, these photos captured the last moments of summer in Vancouver. Thanks to all those who have shared their wonderful photos of the region this week with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on […]
So the list of bidders for the 2022 Winter Olympics has dwindled to Almaty, Kazakhstan, or Beijing, China. Oslo, Norway, has bailed. Oh, joy. It makes you wonder, as the cloistered crowd in the International Olympic Committee considers this sobering […]
By Divine Right frontman Jose Contreras has announced that he will release his self-titled debut solo album via Squirtgun Records on July 8. To celebrate, he’s shared a free stream/download of the first single ‘Past The Stars’. The album is comprised of stripped down and reworked songs from BDRs catalogue. The record had its beginnings
Translink is “being evasive on exactly how much money is being spent on this.” via Compass Card program delayed again by TransLink – British Columbia – CBC News. How’s that for not surprising. Translink is notorious for its taxation without representation: taking municipalities’ money without providing democratic representation to municipalities. This was a gift from […]
Folks, our “Asshole of the Day!” award couldn’t go to a more deserving candidate! BRANDON, Man. – Searchers who have been trying to rescue a cat with a bird feeder stuck on its head in Manitoba say their efforts to trap the hapless animal are being sabotaged. The Brandon and Area Lost Animals group began […]
‘My heart is, and always will be, yours’ is the motto behind the gathering of locks in the Historic Distillery District. Couples in love can leave a padlock on the metal heart and LOVE sign at the corner of Pure Spirits Mews and Tank House Lane.The fir…
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is important! Aside from the historical aspects, the discovery of a ship from the Franklin expedition will do wonders to strengthen our claim on the ARCTIC! Yup, we were up thee rooting around, and disturbing the Eskimo’s, hundreds of years ago. Canadian explorers were looking for the North-West passage long before […]
A Sawyer Massey blows off some steam in Acton during the 2014 Fall Fair Parade. The event started out with the Halton Hills police and fire departments leading the floats and bands down Mill Street on Saturday, September 20, 2014.See more of the parade…
You all know that I love to shop and you all probably know that my favourite store is Nordstrom—it’s my number one place to shop when I’m in south Florida—so when I found out Nordstrom was opening up in Ottawa it was pretty much the greatest news I’d ever heard. (I tend to exaggerate just a little bit, but still—I’m ridiculously excited to see this department store open in my city, finally!)
Today I’m excited to announce that Nordstrom will be having a Grand Opening Gala in a few months—on March 4th, to be exact—and it’s going to be THE most amazing event of the year, too. A gala night to celebrate the opening of Ottawa’s Nordstrom in Rideau Centre sounds like an amazing idea to me. (As soon as you can buy your tickets—they go on sale in November—I’ll post the link here for you to do so!)
I was speaking to my friends at Nordstrom today and I’m happy to say that I’ll be working with them on spreading the word and getting everyone excited about this incredible night in Ottawa. I’ve also been invited to attend the event as well as to cover it for various media outlets, as well as here on my blog.
The very best part, though, isn’t the fact that you’ll be at this glamorous gala being treated to hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, cocktails, live entertainment, a spring fashion presentation and being one the lucky first to shop the new 157,000 square foot store—the best news is that ticket sales (tickets are $100 each) benefit the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and United Way Ottawa.
That’s 100% of ticket sales going to these amazing organizations. Talk about guilt-free shopping!
“As a company, it has always been a priority for us to give back to the communities that we serve before we open our doors. We are truly impressed by the reach and impact of these organizations in Ottawa and beyond,a nd we couldn’t be more proud to support them through our opening gala,” says Nordstrom Rideau Centre store manager John Banks.
I’m thrilled and already excited about this gala, and I know Nordstrom will be very loved in Ottawa. I can’t wait to see our city support and attend this great night for a most worthwhile cause. The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and United Way Ottawa are two great organizations to give back to and support.
Stay tuned for more information… soon!
City councillors are hoping to find out what the future of Rexall Place is before they make any decisions on the future of the land surrounding it. Councillors asked administration Tuesday to consult with Northlands about their plans for the … Continue Reading
How’s this for a vote of confidence, kids? Mayor Rob Ford is as “tough as nails” and can overcome his substance abuse problems, says one of Hollywood’s well-known bad boys. “He’s the mayor, he got that far,” Charlie Sheen said Thursday night as he walked the red carpet for Joe Carter’s annual star-studded charity event. […]
In life, and in politics, risk normally matches reward. And the Alberta Liberals are throwing a die so far, so long, that it overshadows any risk the party has ever taken on before. And the reward may in fact be massive if all goes well. Today Kent Hehr announced his run for Member of Parliament by […]
Happy August! Happy Day! I have a few comments about this, the 1,000th editorial at Politics, Re-Spun. But you can read them below, about my sabbatical plan, new visions for this almost 12-year-old website, and other things. But at the top of this post, I have something slightly more urgent to delve into before I […]
On September 20th, ARCC is hosting a National Day of Action on Reproductive Justice, the theme being Equal Access Now! Check out the Facebook event here for details.Something that is often missed in the mainstream pro-choice movement is the fact that a…
La vie n’est pas facile pour les membres du parti socialiste de France. Les sondages répétitifs de différents sondeurs leurs cassent la tête. Ça va mal! Ça ne peut aller plus mal ! Leurs déclarations, leurs positionnements, leurs prédictions, leurs débats sont devenus une tour de Babel où tous les bruits sont brouillés. On ne sait plus ce qu’ils disent, ce qu’ils pensent, ce qu’ils veulent. Le président François Hollande réclame des élus socialistes qu’ils respectent ses politiques, le premier ministre ne parle que d’unité-unité-unité, les ministres jouent aux coqs, certains démissionnent, d’autres sont démis, de nouveaux sont nommés, une démission suit l’autre, les alliés politiques fuient, l’ex-première dame dévoile le réel Hollande… ce n’est pas beau ! Rien ne va plus ! Pourquoi!
Well folks, maybe I should have saved this article for the Saturday Morning Confusion posts, since I really am quite confused about whether I should make this girl our “Winner of the Day,” or maybe our “Loser of the Day,” or maybe even our “Asshole of the Day!” You see, Jasmine Tridevil found a doctor […]