September/October 2003

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September / October 2003

The Notwithstanding Compromise by Michael Hall

Editorial, David Hancock, the Charter of Rights and Freedom, same-sex marriage

Mostly to pacify its right-wing supporters, Klein’s government is threatening to use the notwithstanding clause to prevent homosexual marriage from being legalized. But the clause was intended to protect the public from government, and not the other way around.

An Albertan in Paris Mark Lawes looks for old world theatrical wisdom

by Mark Lawes

Albertan abroad, Les Boreades, Yoshi Oidi, Palais Garnier

Mark Lawes, the artistic director of Calgary’s Theatre Junction, is in Paris on a ten-month sabbatical. Working as an assistant director for the Opera de Paris, he’s soaking up as much French culture as he can.

Safety in Numbers 20 years of art walks

by Gilbert A. Bouchard

Calgary Regional Arts Foundation, the Calgary Art Walk, Gallery Walk

In Edmonton and Calgary, art walks have emerged as a way of exposing art to people who would otherwise be too intimidated to go into an art gallery.

Sexing the Mad Cow by Fred Stenson, illustration by Steve Attoe

Wit, humour, satire

Fred Stenson may not know much about human gender issues, but he sure knows about bovine gender.

I Would Same-sex marriage in Alberta

by Sandy Kalef

David Hancock, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Trudeau, section 15, Delwin Vriend

To circumvent changing the definition of legal marriage, Klein’s government passed the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act. Now people who live together have the same legal rights as those who are married, whether they want them or not.

Queer as Country Folk Growing up gay in rural Alberta

by Tamara Stecyk, illustration by Lisa Brawn

Gay and Lesbian Community Services Association, AIDS, COLOURS, Pride on Campus, Planned Parenthood Alberta, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Because of their sexuality, gay youth often find little support, and sometimes, real danger. Particularly in rural Alberta as several teens reveal through their own experiences.

He Wrote, She Wrote Learning to write by gender

by Gordon Morash, photos by Drew H. Myers

Ken Brown, Eunice Scarfe, Hiromi Goto, Dana McNairn

The 90s gave rise to writing groups that were defined by gender. Some writers believe that writing and the process of writing was sex-specific, while others believe writing is inclusive.

Six-Minute Mates Speed dating is changing the way people meet

by Michael Bowerman, illustration and photos by Scott Dutton

Aish HaTorah, Six Minute Dates, dating services

Explore the world of modern romance: speed dating, internet dating, and good old-fashioned dating.

Gladiolus Guru Andy Krajewski’s sword lily revival

Text and photos by June Flanagan

Olds College, the Charles Wesselman family, corms, High River

The gladiola is Alberta’s second most popular cut flower and has a history of cultivation in Lethbridge They are also Andy Krajewski’s passion and livelihood.

Assimilation by Caterina Edwards

Fiction, short story

Nino, a young Italian architect, wooed by Canada’s promises of jobs for educated people like him, arrives to find he barely exists.

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

Stock market

The Heritage Fund’s mandate and operations have changed radically in the last five years, and the people who own it, the citizens of Alberta, have had little say.

Public Square by Larry Johnsrude, illustration by Lesley Schonhoffer

Epcor, Enmax, Public Affairs Bureau, energy rebates

Deregulation of power has been disruptive wherever it’s been done, but experts say we can’t go back. What can Albertans do other than bundle up this winter?

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