Are Canadians Too Nice? by Fred Stenson, illustration by Steve Attoe
Wit, humour, satire, column
Stenson postulates that Canadians may not be so nice after all. Except when it comes to bowing to foreign business interests.
Educational Reform: Failing the Grade by Trevor Harrison and Jerrold Kachur, illustrations by Cark G. Danker
Alberta Teachers’ Association, accountability, public schools, private schools, charter schools
In 1993, the Alberta government began reforming education as part of the Klein revolution. The corporatization of school administration, we were told, would benefit education, even with the planned budget cuts. Parents disagreed.
Worlds Without Borders by Shelley Boettcher
Youth Challenge International, CUSO, Canada World Youth, Peace Corps, Mathew McLean, Karla Mundy, Carolyn Buckee, Jane MacKimmie
Four Alberta youths, like scores of other Canadians, applied and fundraised in order to volunteer for social projects helping people in developing countries. It seems ideal: a chance for socially conscious youths to save the world and travel to faraway lands. But what is the reality?
Firedamp How the creation of a play about a disaster rekindled community in Coalhurst
by Arlene Purcell
In 1935, the Coalhurst Mine Disaster occurred, killing 16 men and crippling the town. 63 years later, Arlene Purcell brought the community together through a high school drama production that recounted the disaster. Here, she tells the story of Firedamp.
Playwrights: Alberta’s Forgotten Wordsmiths? Six playwrights at home in an essentially collaborative art
by Harry Vandervlist
John Murrell, Brad Fraser, Sharon Pollock, Clem Martini, Eugene Stickland, Ron Chambers
Playwrights hold a strange place in the world of Canadian literature. After all, a published script may be a literary document, but it can’t contain the play, which is in essence a living event. Six renowned Albertan playwrights search for an answer.
Turnaround by Clem Martini and Cheryl Foggo, illustration by James Lorincz
In a legal environment, a mother and daughter ask for opposing future lives that each believes will lessen the damage of the past. An examination of domestic violence.
Through a Gardener’s Lens by Marilynn McAra, photos by Rosemarie Stepanko
Garden, photo essay
A busy family physician, Rosemarie Stepanko replenishes herself in her twin and twining passions: her garden and her camera.
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