September 2005


September 2005

Milestones: 100 years, best mag and Ralph

by Jackie Flanagan

Editorial, Environment, recycling, public policy, collective action.


On the Block by Steven Sandor

wellness initiative, corporate sponsorship, athletics, ASAA, Alberta Schools Athletics Association, commercial creep, Ishbel Mucklow

By sponsoring Alberta’s high school sports, corporations pay a pittance for the exposure they receive in the lucrative teen market. Sponsorship deals keep participation costs down, lessen the demands of fundraising, and ease the funding pinch faced by the Alberta Schools Athletic Association. Is it fair to ask administrators, parents and athletes to forgo support because McDonalds is boosting its brand identity and laundering its image on a dime?

Industry Dollars and the Pursuit of Truth by Alison Azer

Dr. Thomas Stachel, De Beers, naming rights, Mike Hudema, intellectual property rights, non-disclosure agreement, Nancy Olivieri

Does corporate funding of university research compromise academic integrity? Diamond giant De Beers funded $100,000 of lab equipment in exchange for having a University of Alberta research lab named after them. The controversy in Edmonton unearths questions about public/private partnerships and the commercialization of university research in Canada’s university system.

The Mountain Pass by Will Ferguson

Why doesn’t anyone write parables anymore?

Unscripted by Chris Wiebe

Keith Johnstone, Die-Nasty, Theatresports, Loose Moose Theatre, Rapid Fire Theatre Improvaganza, Mark McKinney, Bruce McCullough, Graeme Davies, Bill Gemmil, Norm Hiscock, Frank Van Keekan, Gary Campell, Veena Sood, Ingrid Von Darl, Mark Meer, Chris Craddock.

Improv has played a pivotal, if little known, role in building Alberta’s theatre community. In spite of (or perhaps because of) its low profile, Improv’s approach to the stage and the relationship between performer and audience has produced a generation of confident Alberta actors, playwrights, comedy writers and filmmakers who are creative risk-takers.

We Have Lost Our Minds by Julie Hrdlicka

Canadian Democracy and International Law, Iraqi education system, destruction of infrastructure, University of Baghdad

The Executive Director of CANDIL, a Calgary-based human rights organization, has made two trips to Iraq in two years. Upon her departure from Baghdad, she considers the future of a society whose talented people in medicine, science and education are caught up in, and often driven away by their own immediate survival.

2005-06 Arts Season Guide Alberta Views’ guide to this season’s arts lineup.

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