May/June 2004

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May / June 2004

Where do our opinions come from? by Jackie Flanagan

Editorial, war, media, dissention, debate, democracy

Throughout the war in Iraq, the U.S. media has been the mouthpiece for the government and military propaganda. The result: inaccuracy and distortion has become truth in the minds of the U.S. public. This seriously damages democratic principles. How do Alberta media compare?

Festivals 2004 by the editorial staff

Art, music, theatre, dance, summer, family, festivals

Alberta is the best place to be this summer, and this comprehensive guide of Albertan festivals happening in May through August proves it.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying (and Love the Media) by Fred Stenson, illustration by Steve Attoe

Wit, humour, satire

Considering the topic media, Stenson ponders whether he should attack or defend. Or both.

Bull’s Eye Remembering Bob Edwards, the Crusader behind The Eye Opener

by Will Ferguson

Satire, humour, legend

Bob Edwards may have died in 1922 and he may have been an Albertan transplant, but his Western spirit and writings live on.

The Slipping News Are Alberta’s two big dailies telling you what you need to know?

by Lisa Gregoire

Asper family, Conrad Black, CanWest, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald

Alberta’s two major dailies, the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald were once respected for their reporting and coverage. Not anymore. Since 2000, CanWest has owned both papers. Is there a connection between CanWest and the slipping news?

All in the Family In a sea of newspaper leviathans, the Nesbitts have kept the Brooks Bulletin afloat for nine decades.

by Tamara Stecyk

Nesbitt family, Brooks, independent, Bowes Publishing, Great West

In the town of Brooks, there is an event happening each week, the likes of which is becoming increasingly rare. It’s the Brooks Bulletin, a weekly newspaper that is independent, profitable and has been a family business for 94 years.

Whose Side are They On? Do Alberta’s political cartoonists critique our attitudes, or merely reflect them?

by Doug McIntyre

Malcolm Mayes, Everett Soop, Stewart Cameron, Vance Rodewalt, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Kanai News

Political cartoonists once sketched dissent on Alberta’s editorial pages. Now, in our corporate media climate, they seem to toe the party line, fixing their ink at federal politics rather than at the provincial Conservatives.

Byfield Dreams Who frittered away the once-mighty Alberta Report?

by Jeremy Lott

Alberta Report, Ted Byfield, Link Byfield, Mike Byfield, Saint John’s, Reform Party

The Alberta Report rose and fell. After 30 years of railing against taxation, abortion and homosexuality, the magazine failed to leave its mark on Alberta culture.

Foreign AIDS After six months in Tanzania, the least I can do is tell my story

Text and photos by Danielle Macdonald

Albertan abroad, Africa, HIV, AIDS, sex trade, Dar, World Health Organization

Armed with wooden penises, Danielle Macdonald travelled around Tanzania, teaching children about HIV/AIDS. After six months, Danielle returned to Alberta, wondering if she learnt more than she taught.

Gadding About by Ben Gadd, illustration by Lesley Schonhoffer

Natural history, orchids, calypso, bees, pollination

The first rule of natural history: “Everything is smarter than we think it is.” Living creatures do the right things at the right times, and thus many have survived for billions of years. That’s intelligence.

Vivone’s View by Rich Vivone, illustration by Lesley Schonhoffer

Federal, provincial, firewall, Alberta Agenda, Klein

When Klein rants, the rest of the country turns off. Supposedly, Alberta dislikes all things federal. So, in theory, the more Klein whines about the federal government, the greater his chances of winning big in the upcoming election. But is Klein’s tact going to better Alberta’s relationship to Ottawa?

Public Square by Larry Johnsrude, illustration by Lesley Schonhoffer

Water, conservation, usage, shortage, David Schindler, Environment Canada

Putting a price tag on water is politically unappealing, but the reason we waste so much is because it is free. Alberta is flushing away its water, which is necessary for the survival of every living thing. Sooner or later, individuals and industries will have to modify their water use.

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