December 2005/January 2006

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December 2005 / January 2006

Alberta Culture By Jackie Flanagan

editorial, culture, art, differences in Alberta, Alberta culture.

Editorial

Who You Callin’ Cultured? By Aritha van Herk

culture, arts, Albertan culture, Alberta Scene, Alberta centennial, Henry Kriesel

Many in Alberta are uncomfortable with the idea of culture, and yet it is culture that is at the heart of who we are and what we value. But in a society that views culture as a “frill,” how do we begin to encourage the very thing that makes us so uneasy?

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas By Kevin Taft

Environmentalism, consumer culture, consumer holiday, history of Santa, Kevin Taft, living green, living lightly on the earth, personal non-fiction

In 1994, as part of a year-long research project into the power of consumer society, Kevin Taft and his family alternated months of living as everyday consumers and living green. One of the green months was December, and the experiment with trying to have an environmentally conscious Christmas left Taft with the feeling that our lives are shaped by more than what we consume they are also formed by the stories we tell.

Alberta’s Grizzly Century By Jeff Gailus

grizzly bear, bear habitat, Alberta environmental policy, conservation, Andy Russell, Yellowstone National Park, Klein government environmental policy

Grizzly bears play a strong part in the very idea of what Alberta stands for. But grizzly bears cannot co-exist with large numbers of humans; they need places where there’s “nothing happening.” And yet we refuse to provide enough space, in our imaginations or on the landscape, for them to survive.

Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye By Tim Bowling

hockey culture, hockey story, NHL history, Canadafs national narrative, Don Cherry, Phil Esposito

Although he abhors the violence of hockey and the machismo culture that surrounds it, can he really say goodbye to what has come to represent Canada’s national narrative?

The Calling By Jocelyn Brown

Alberta Views fiction contest, Alberta Views short story contest, historical fiction

Winner of the 2005 Alberta Views short story contest.

New Books Guide 2005 The Alberta Views‘ guide to all the new books from Alberta writers and publishers and about Alberta.

Acrostic
Every issue we offer this unique puzzle by J.B. Hohm. Solve it to reveal a quote by an Alberta author.

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