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community flocks to covered bridge
Two Rivers Festival celebrates cultural landmark
Laura casteLLani
The rushing currents of a river can be recognized in many different places. They are invoked in ecological messages, they speak words as pieces of natural history, they foster an environment for recreational activity, and they are cultural landmarks. It was this message that resonated through the Two Rivers festival celebration as the Guelph community crowded around the local boathouse to celebrate the many facets of the eramosa and Speed Rivers. The celebratory event was hosted by the Wellington Water Watchers, a local group advocating for the protection of local water resources. one event of the evening drew attention to the 20th anniversary of Guelph’s iconic covered bridge. The building of the bridge and the significance it held for community members was fondly recalled by local councillor Gloria Kovach, who credited andy Golding and Gus Stohlman as instrumental in successfully facilitating the bridge project. community spirit at that time,” said Kovach. The bridge remains a symbol of connection among communities. Physically it is a well used treasure connecting nature trails in Guelph to the bustle of the city streets that also serves as a symbol of the national efforts coordinated to successfully achieve the build. In celebration of the bridge, a play was performed on the water. It coordinated the efforts of onland musicians James Gordon and Tanya Williams with canoeists navigating the rivers and dancers performing scenes from within the boats. It was the same play performed upon completion of the bridge in 1992. In addition to the anniversary of the covered bridge, the Two Rivers festival event aimed to capture the importance of appreciating renewable resources and the responsibility communities have to protect and preserve local water systems. Local musician and former ecology professor at the University of Guelph, Doug Larson Jenikz used the story telling ability of his songs to recognize the potent ability of nature to link individuals. one such song, “River Walls” vanessa tiGnanelli identifies the ability of water to be universally understood as Wellington Water Watchers hosted a celebration of Guelph’s iconic an essential element linking all covered bridge on Jun. 15. individuals. “We have good water. It’s in the run activities and support event of community and appreciation ground. Now we need to learn organizers. centred around the local rivers. how to make good use of it”, JeThe Covered Bridge’s 20th Planning of the festival was initinikz shared. anniversary and the Two Rivers ated in the fall when a small group The event, enjoyed by children Celebration evening was part of of 14 individuals desired to celeand adults of all ages and interests, the Two Rivers festival, which ran brate the city of Guelph’s natural was made possible by the efforts of June 10-17. The series of events abundance and celebrate the abilmore than 50 volunteers helping was intended to foster a sense ity to relearn to live locally.

“We have good water. It’s in the ground. Now we need to learn how to make good use of it.” –Doug Larson Jenikz
“an excitement and exuberance filled the community during the bridge building project. It was a momentous reflection of


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St., Downtown Guelph from 8-10:30pm. featuring New Dance by Imageo art Works, World fusion Music by eccodek, also special guests The Rubber Brothers and Matt Brubeck. free event - bring appropriate wear for playing in the fountains! fourth fridays – Random acts of creativity and community Downtown Guelph. The 4th friday of every month. saturday June 23 ontario Charity Golf Tournament for Haiti at the fergus Golf Course. admission: $99 includes steak dinner and prizes. for details contact: Dave Pero at 519787-7622 or or visit www.partnerswithpurpose. com . Wednesday Night Walks at the Guelph arboretum. every Wednesday eve 7-8:30pm all summer. This week: ‘Systems for Survival –How ontario’s reptiles have evolved’. Meet at the J.C. Taylor (Nature) Centre in the Guelph arboretum. Information: oR 519-824-4120 x52363. Guelph Chamber Choir’s farewell Concert Before Uk Tour! 7:30pm at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean avenue. Tickets $15, $10/students & under 30, $5/eyeGo. Tickets available from choir members or at the door.

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friday June 29 SoUND off! Come to the workshop and sharpen your writing and performance skills. The open stage is all ages and gets on the way 6:30 p.m., along with the slam for those 22 or younger. 5:30pm at the Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk St. PWYC/ free. www.guelphspokenword. com saturday June 30 Guelph Hiking Trail Club: Hike Shades Mills, Cambridge. 10 km, Level 2. Speed Moderate. Meet at covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon Street by 9:15am to carpool by 9:30am There is a nominal GRCa admission fee. Bring water and lunch. all welcome. Leader: Susan Bard 519-836-6570. sunday July 8 Guelph Concert Band “Summer Concert in the Park” Series. 7-8:30pm at the Riverside Park Bandstand. Donations appreciated. www.guelphconcertband. org. ongoing: ed Video Gallery exhibit: Intersection –Mansaram & McLuhan. Collages, painting, and media art by P Mansaram inspired by and . in collaboration with Marshall McLuhan from 1966-2012. 40 Baker St. exhibit runs from June 4-29. Macdonald Stewart art Centre exhibit: ‘Nature of the Beast’. Historical and contemporary painting, sculpture, and works on paper, from the MSaC and UofG collections, that explore the interconnectedness of animals and humans. Runs until July 15. Info: or 519-837-0010. Guelph Civic Museum exhibit – ‘arthur Cutten: The Story of a Speculator’ with guest curator Dennis Johnson. Continues until July 31 at Guelph Civic Museum. Regular admission. 52 Norfolk St. open Daily 1-5pm. Call 519-8361221 or visit Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is encouraging all ontarians to register their consent to become organ and tissue donors. By registering as a donor, you could one day save up to eight lives and enhance as many as 75 more. online donor registration is now available at It’s easy and it only takes 3 minutes to register. www.beadonor. ca

Thursday June 21 New Local Compositions: an evening of all new, small ensemble music written by local composers Patrick Horrigan (UoG), Dave Riedstra (UoG), Christine Hudson (UoT), Keenan Reimer (WLU), and Sandro Manzon (WLU). 8pm at Macdonald Stewart art Centre. $5/PWYC Ignite Culture: Guelph - Cultural Mapping Project. Speakers are given 5 minutes to present 20 slides that change automatically every 15 seconds. all of the participants at this event will be speaking about their ideas on culture. Info and registration: ignitecultureguelph.eventbrite. com/ friday June 22 The Downtown Guelph Business association (DGBa) annual Noon Hour Concert Series with Lynzie Kent this friday, June 22. The concert series runs every friday until September 14 in St. George’s Square, showcasing regional talent. Visit downtownguelph. com for complete details and performer biographies. City of Guelph presents the Summer City Street Party at the Market Square on Carden

sunday June 24 Guelph arts Council Historical Walking Tour: Ward one Guelph. Starts 2pm at Tytler School, Toronto Street entrance (off York Road near York Road Park). $5 per person. Tour booklets available ($5 each) from the tour guides. or the Guelph arts Council office. (519) 836-3280 or






Graduates receive words of wisdom and thanks from Canadian cultural leaders
tom Beedham
“It is hard to believe all the years of hard work and sacrifice have paid off,” Rick Mercer joked in his convocation address to University of Guelph graduates on Jun. 11. “We have finally graduated – oh wait that’s you.” Mercer, who stars on CBC’s satirical news program This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Mercer Report was awarded for his advocacy of social issues including youth voting and environmental sustainability. The TV personality thanked U of G students for reviving his faith in politics. following an infamous Rant segment that Mercer gave about Canadian political parties’ tendencies to take youth for granted, Mercer was pleased last year to learn of a vote mob organized by U of G students Yvonne Su and Gracen Johnson. The vote mob was inspired by Mercer’s Rant and organized specifically to deliver the message that youth would be voting in the coming election and to challenge other schools to organize themselves in similar ways. “It was tremendous,” Mercer said. Mercer was among over 3,300 U of G graduates and 10 honorary degree recipients between Jun. 11 and 15 at the U of G’s convocation ceremonies in War Memorial Hall. also a recipient of an honorary degree was Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki. His words were markedly more cautionary. “This is the moment that you must apply your minds and your energy to find solutions to the great challenges that confront us today,” Suzuki said.“If we continue to say that our highest priorities are economic and political then we will maintain our destructive path.” Tony arrell, George Cohon, Stanley Coren, Ian Dohoo, Motilal Madan, Sylvia Maracle, John McDermott, Wendy Swedlove also received honorary degrees over the five day span of ceremonies. The ceremonies were also used as an opportunity to officially install Canadian theatre producer David Mirvish as chancellor of the University of Guelph. Mirvish encouraged students to use what they have learned to deal with the new and unforeseeable difficulties that will face them in the future. “While you will be faced with challenges going forward, because of your experiences here at this university, I believe you will be successful in meeting those challenges,” Mirvish said. “With some knowledge, we are brave enough to attempt what people with too much knowledge fear to

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tightrope Walker makes History crossing niagara falls Nik Wallenda walked from the U.S. side to the Canadian side of Niagara falls this past Thursday. He is the first person in the world to cross the falls on a tightrope, something that has not even been attempted in over 100 years. Tens of thousands of people packed by the falls to watch the spectacle as Wallenda crossed 500 metres in less than half an hour. He comes from a long line of aerialist daredevils as a seventh-generation member of the famed flying Wallendas. (The Province, Canadian Press) stage collapses at radiohead concert in toronto at Downsview Park this past Saturday the stage collapsed as the crew for the band Radiohead were doing the final audio and lighting adjustments before a sound check. It only took seconds for the entire stage to crumble, with scaffolding and lighting falling with the white canopy of screens. The band’s drum technician, Scott Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene, while another member of the crew was sent to the hospital with injuries. The ontario Ministry of Labour is investigating the cause of the accident. It is still unclear who is responsible for what aspect of the structure itself. (The Globe & Mail)

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emily lacelle attends her convocation ceremony on June 15 while celebrating four years of hard work as a student at U of G.
do…do not fear failure. I do not believe that anyone who has ever succeeded has not experienced failure along the way.”

china sends first Woman into space China launched its most ambitious space mission yet, as the Shenzhou 9 capsule lifted off as scheduled in Saturday evening. It is carrying China’s first female astronaut, Liu Yang, 33, and two male colleagues. They are attempting to dock with an orbiting module and work on board for more than a week. Two of the astronauts will live and work inside the module to test its lifesupport systems while the third will remain in the capsule to deal with any unexpected emergencies. China is hoping to join the United States and Russia as the only countries to send independently maintained space stations into orbit. (The Globe & Mail) new farmer’s market open on Wednesdays a farmer’s market is opening in the Victory Public School parking lot off Powell Street at exhibition Street. The new market will be open Wednesdays from 3-7p.m. offerings include fruits and vegetables, breads, cheeses, eggs and beef. allison Mitchell, founder, is anticipating more vendors in the future will be providing additional meats, preserves, honey and maple syrup. Shoppers are encouraged to bring bags to load up. (Guelph Mercury)

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Families gathered to promote awareness of spinal cord injuries at the Wheels in action event in Guelph on June 12. The event included a 2.5 kilometre walk-roll-run, wheelchair activities, a free barbecue, entertainment and children’s activities.

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4 w w e on ta r ion . c om from east to exit rocks Jimmy Jazz
The band launches new album under Steady Hands
nick revington & coLLeen mcdoneLL
Guelph was treated to a performance by from east To exit at the Jimmy Jazz this past Thursday, in support of their new album Lowbanks. The show was not just launching the new record, but also their label, Steady Hands, as well. The new Guelph-based independent label currently represents from east To exit as well as Pure Joy. The record is being released on 12” vinyl and CD as well as through digital download. The CD format is packaged in true Guelph fashion: it is locally hand-assembled from 100% recycled cardboard. The Steady Hands website describes the band as, “good oldfashioned rock and roll, delivered in a way that is uniquely modern, and great to dance to,” and this simple phrase captures their album perfectly. Upbeat and driving, the first thing one notices through the opening bars of track one, “Hold on,” is the classic feel that permeates the whole album. Lead singer/guitarist Jon Charles’s gently rolling vocal melodies lend a perfect counterbalance to Jamie anderson’s dazzling and frenetic drumming, while Brad Piper’s steady bass lines hold the two together. even through slower songs, the fuzzy guitar tones, crisp bass work, and clean drumming crackle with life and feeling. In much the same way that the Black Keys have been able to make retro-styled blues rock seem fresh, from east To exit manages to bring their own renewing perspective on straight-up rock and roll (incidentally, Lowbanks was one of the last albums recorded at the legendary Chemical Sound Studios in Toronto, where the Black Keys have also recorded, along with Born Ruffians and Tokyo Police Club, bands Charles lists as major influences). “I have always admired [from east To exit’s] music. They do things the way bands used to do. Like [putting] time and effort into their writing and rehearsing, getting every little detail,” said Steady Hands co-founder alex Ricci, adding that the band has also played a

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From east to exit dropped their new album lowbanks under their freshly launched independent label steady Hands at the Jimmy Jazz on Jun. 14.
supportive role in getting the label off the ground. Steady Hands was founded several months ago, and is a collective community of members contributing artwork, photography, promotion, and production knowledge. What the label aims to do is promote bands from Southern ontario that might otherwise go unnoticed. “I think there’s been something missing. There’s a lot of folk music that’s done really well, a lot of electronic music, but everything in between sometimes gets [left] on the fringes. I want to find that music and show it to people who want to hear it,” said Ricci. Steady Hands plans to release Pure Joy’s album later this year.

album review: Beach House, Bloom
stacey aspinaLL
Just in time for the hazy days of summer, Baltimore-based duo Beach House have released their new album, Bloom (May 15, Sub Pop Records). It delivers the distinctive dream-pop sound they have perfected throughout consistently stellar releases, including their self-titled debut (2006), Devotion in 2008, and their critically praised third studio album Teen Dream of 2010. Some may feel that this album picked up where Teen Dream left off, without much variation from the musical aesthetic of their previous work. However, this approach has worked in the past and continues to produce great results. Bloom features enigmatic, ambiguous lyrics. Victoria Legrand’s heavy voice adds depth and a sense of gravitas to the layered sounds of alex Scully’s guitar and keyboards. Bloom deals with themes such as the vagueness of human relationships, and lucid observations of the natural world; the line “visions of a feeling,” in the song “New Year” captures this impression. Bloom in Starbucks, and they were apbuilds and swells to emotion- proached by Volkswagon ad execs al highs and falls to melancholic who wanted to license one of their lulls, creating a dreamy yet dys- songs. Weary of corporate enphoric soundscape. dorsement, they declined, but the In an interview with Pitchfork, advertisement instead features a the duo expressed concerns that song suspiciously similar to their their music would be appreciated 2010 song “Take Care,” emulating superficially for its ‘sound’ or the their distinctive sound, causing atmosphere their music evokes, controversy among fans who feel rather than appreciating the album the band was plagiarized. in its entirety, as a complex work Standout tracks include the of art in its own right. opening song and first single, The band has received com- “Myth,” as well as “Lazuli,” and mercial attention recently; they “on The Sea.” Beach House have declined offers to display Bloom set tour dates in europe for June


and are currently planning a US tour starting in July.

artifacts of the everyday: guide to gardening
seamus ogden
the necessary processes that constitute the husbandry of living Last Spring it occurred to me that things, we risk dangerously failing if I did not learn gardening – spe- to recognize a kindred vulnerabilcifically how to grow food – that ity in our own living selves. If we I would be lying to myself. Let me commit to a garden, we give ourexplain the logic: I thought it dis- selves over to time, beauty, trust, honest and irresponsible not to labour, and care. We might find respect that I depend on the yearly ourselves in the garden as we suscycles of seasons that bring growth tain ourselves with the garden. and death, shortage and plenty. I Now, for those who wish to wondered what claim I had to Be begin gardening, the first step in at all if I did not acquaint myself the artifacts’ Method of Raising closely with the very process by Veg is to sit with your seeds and which I am and continue to Be. really think of what they will beUpon reflection, this is most- come. Those tiny specks will soon ly (typical) stubborn drama. But burst into shoots of lettuce! Try there is something to it. to reacquaint yourself with your When we detach ourselves from childhood awe at the impossibility of this everyday feat. How does a way called waiting is a much-tooseed hold within itself all that it rare pastime. To wait is to search, will become? How do you? to ask a question, to be a question. Now enter the garden. and what do you find in the garabout this time last year I den? You find yourself in the dirt, made all the necessary purchas- of course. Notice that soil, the stuff of the es, skimmed over the collected long dead bound to broken earth. wisdom of gardening books, and finally stumbled half-assed into This common grave is also the site the yard, tardy and whining like of little green births and beginan old mule. I tried my hand. nings. Soil is a history that gently Gardening, like a good life, is holds those who need to grow, to a little work and a lot of waiting. rise. It lets the living take their one thing Beckett made clear in stand. It lets the dying fall softhis play Waiting for Godot (which ly. It is a church of noble defeat, has nothing to do with garden- of last gasps. You will kneel upon ing) was that those who wait are and wash your hands in it, until an odd bunch. These days, to ori- sweat gathers on your forehead as ent yourself in time in that curious the sun climbs and the sunflowers turn for feeding time. Notice how that perfect sun only gives. What an impossible feat. It will not, it cannot, take. It suffers this stubborn purity as constant and fierce self-destruction. It is the only worthy metaphor for a creator God. and lastly (but rarely), gardeners, notice yourselves. Who are you? What is your role in this process, this happening of life? You gently guide, you set a few conditions, you observe, husband, and care. But you are not the agents, you have no real control. You are witnesses to a mystery that sustains you. You are artists.

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tom Beedham
sPoiler alert: this entire column is basically one, long spoiler. Understanding only that it was the movie that Ridley Scott insisted wasn’t a prequel to Alien (I had not seen Alien or any of its subsequent sequels by that point) even though fans were sure of the opposite, I went to a theatre and watched Prometheus with a couple of friends. I left the megaplex with mixed emotions. I felt cheated for listening to roughly two hours of bad (read: horrible) dialogue and a soundtrack that detracted from practically every moment that was supposed to be suspenseful, but the philosophical suggestions of the movie were enough to make me watch the rest of the Alien movies (which has so far included everything but Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, if you count the AVP crossovers). Perhaps what makes the Alien movies – a category I include Prometheus I don’t know what Scott was talking about – so great is the way that they operate within the sci-fi/horror genre. In the Alien franchise, humans encounter parasites that hatch from egg-like objects only to fasten themselves to human faces and render their hosts unconscious. The parasites die, alien creatures rapidly grow inside their victims’ chests, killing their hosts by bursting out of their ribcages and turning into gigantic, scary bug-reptile-alien-things. Mine might have been an overly generous viewing, but the Alien franchise offers that anyone – regardless of gender – can give the gift of life, and at the same time it’s a horrifying story of human vulnerability. as a consequence, the Alien films offer their genre a nuanced vision of sex and gender modes. as film genres, horror and sci-fi are not favourable to female characters. They frequently frame them as damsels in distress and dress them down to make them seem like bodacious prizes that serve little more (if any) purpose than to be won by male characters, the latter of which are often fetishized versions of masculinity drawn up to engage the identity fantasies of male viewers. When they are granted power, female characters are often displayed as femme fatales. Here, unlike the powerful male characters displayed in sci-fi and horror, strong female characters appear generated less out of catering to female audiences’ personality aspirations and more out of the interests of male sexual fantasies. With respect to these repeated modes within the genres, the Alien franchise has always come as a breath of fresh air. Prometheus goes a step further. While the majority of potential suspense material in Prometheus is poor, there is one scene that could be the best in all of the franchise: Scott gives Alien audiences something new – an (attempted) abortion scene. When archaeologist elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) is impregnated by an alien offspring, she desperately uses an automated surgery machine to perform an ad hoc C-section (her machine was intended for male patients only). If the male viewers quivering and

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The Pop machine: The Prometheus suggestion



in Prometheus, elizabeth shaw (noomi rapace) has an automated machine perform an ad hoc c-section to remove an alien offspring from her abdomen.
kicking the backs of the seats in front of them (myself included) at the theatres were any indications, it is a moment of superbly executed body horror and haunting visceral stimulation, hammering home the ethical proposal that female characters are infinitely more than passive vessels for male creation and emotional stereotypes.

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ecstasy deemed “safe” by Bc top health official
Claims pure ecstasy no more dangerous than alcohol; problems stem from chemical additives and lack of regulation
stacey aspinaLL
It is known by its various nicknames: “e,” “x,” “lover’s speed,” “the love drug,” “Molly,” and as a rave or club drug. What it’s rarely known as is “safe.” But B.C.‘s Provincial Health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, has recently claimed that methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as MDMa or ecstasy, may be safe in its pure form. Health Canada explains ecstasy as a street drug made in illegal labs, with stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. It is usually sold in tablet, capsule or powder form. But the quality of the illegal drug is questionable, as tablets may contain substances ranging from household detergents to caffeine, methamphetamine, LSD, or PCP . When Dr. Perry Kendall was asked in an interview whether taking a correct dosage of MDMa under strict controls could be safe, he replied “absolutely.” He then went on to explain that alcohol, an “inherently dangerous” substance, is legally accessible, implying that similar controls could be used to distribute ecstasy safely to the causes an increase in body temperpublic, thus avoiding dangerous ature, which can be deadly when contaminants. combined with other factors such Dr. Kendall explains that prob- as physical activity and a warm enlems arise when the street drug is vironment (e.g. dancing at a club). contaminated with other substances. However, developing a physical de“Most of the samples of what is pendence to the drug is rare. passed off as MDMa [the original The RCMP in B.C. asserts that chemical used in ecstasy] on the no amount of the substance is safe street is of really unknown quality, for consumption. Synthetic drugs unknown purity, unknown dose such as ecstasy are made in clanand is almost guaranteed to be con- destine labs with a mixture of toxic taminated with a variety of other chemicals assembled in bathtubs drugs like PCP ketamine or meth- and basements. There is no qual, amphetamines. So it’s potentially ity control, and they are mainly dangerous,” Dr. Perry Kendall is produced by people with connecquoted as saying. tions to organised crime. The RCMP The National Post reported in have issued warnings to educate the february of 2012 that over the past public about dangers of synthetic year, there have been 19 deaths in drugs and launched the Synthetic B.C. and 12 in alberta related to ec- Drug Initiative (SDI) in 2008, which stasy overdoses. Thirteen of those aims at prevention, deterrence and deaths have been linked to a bad enforcement. batch of ecstasy which was mixed at a news conference in february with paramethoxymethampheta- 2012, Chief Barry McKnight, fredermine (PMMa), a toxic chemical aptly icton Police Service, and Co-Chair of nicknamed “Doctor Death” which the Drug abuse Committee warned is five times more toxic than ecstasy. the public of the dangers related to However, there are various risks the drug. associated with ecstasy in its pure “Dismantling these drug labs form. according to Health Cana- present real dangers to police and da, ecstasy travels to the brain from other emergency service workers the bloodstream and causes the as well as Canadians living around release of neurotransmitter sero- these properties,” said McKnight. tonin, which affects sleep, mood “The sole objective of these crimiand appetite. The effects of ecstasy nal groups is to make money and are different for everyone, making they care nothing about the safety it a highly unpredictable drug. It in making or using these drugs.” typically produces a sense of euDr. Perry Kendall’s controverphoria, energy and confidence. It sial claim regarding the “safety” of


Health officials are debating the safety of ecstasy after B.c. Provincial Health officer Dr. Perry kendall recently claimed it could be “safe” in its pure form.
ecstasy has made national head- that I am not advocating for the lines and ignited controversy; legalisation of ecstasy or its disindeed, most research emphasis- tribution from government liquor es the dangers of this substance, store-type outlets,” Kendall told whether in diluted or pure form. CTV news. However, Kendall did state the However, recently Kendall spoke to CTV news to clarify his stance need for a re-evaluation of how on the drug. He insists that his the government deals with variviews have been misrepresent- ous substances, telling CTV news, ed in the media, when parts of a “It’s time for a conversation on how lengthy interview were taken out we regulate some drugs and proof context. “I’d just like to clarify hibit others.”

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races the morning Try-a-Tri was drive of competition matched geared towards first-time par- with the camaraderie of the racticipants and those looking to ing community. complete a shorter course. The While the air of focused deterrace was also sanctioned as a quali- mination was palpable on course Laura casteLLani fying event for elite youth athletes, as participants transitioned from 15 and 16 years of age hoping to se- wetsuits to mounted bikes then Swim. Bike. Run. It was the man- cure an available wildcard position seamlessly from bike to foot, drivtra of more than 2000 athletes who to travel to the ontario Summer en not to add any unnecessary converged on the shore of Guelph Games this august. although the time, the tone at the finish line Lake to compete in Canada’s most qualifying process was initiated was a communal sense of celebrapopular endurance event of the last summer, some spots remained tion. award ceremonies held at the Subaru racing series. available on the team of six boys end of the races recognized the The 26th annual two-day event, and nine girls who will compete top-finishers in each of the age better known as Guelph one, was in the triathlon event august 18 at and gender categories and fellow the third of eight multisport races Professor Lake in Brampton. The competitors offered enthusiastic to be held this summer in ontario, winner of the Try-a-Tri compe- congratulations. Sunday debuted the first olymknown collectively as the Subaru tition and first to cross the finish Tri-Series. Boasting three streams line for the day was Guelph native, pic length race of the Subaru series. of races varying in length, Guelph Willem Quosai who had previously Duathalon winner florian ong of one was structured to appeal to qualified for the ontario Summer Kitchener completed the two kiloa broad audience of competitors, Games. metre run, 40km bike course and ranging in age from 14 to 81 as well The Guelph one action contin- 10km run in a time of 1:51:06 while as in ability and experience. ued into the afternoon as several the olympic Triathon, consisting event organizers were quick athletes participated in the Sprint of a one-and-a-half kilometre to appreciate the unique collec- category of races including a bike- swim, a 40km bike course and a tion of participants gathered for run duathlon involving a two 10km run was won by Len Gushe the weekend at the conservation kilometre run, a 20km bike and a of Mattawa in a time of 1:54:29. area ready to perform. “Some par- five kilometre run, won by David Guelph one also extended beticipants are elite level athletes frake of Toronto in 0:55:29 as well yond the tri-sport community, looking for a competitive outlet as a Sprint Triathlon. acknowledging the help of approxwhile others come for the personGuelph local and seasoned tri- imately 120 volunteers, including al satisfaction and gratification of athlete David Sharratt was the first local highschool students, socfinishing their race,” said Dave place finisher in the Sprint triath- cer teams and a Scouts program. Mucyk, an event organizer. lon, swimming 750km, biking also involved in the organizing The first event to take the spot- 20km and running five kilome- process were the event sponsors light Saturday morning was the tre in 1:01:29. Crossing the finish including Subaru Canada, Mer“Try-a-Tri”, a variation triathlon line Sharratt stated “That was for rell barefoot running, Cervalo, aC requiring participants to complete Jerry”, referring to Jerry freisen, Vikings, Powerbar, Polair, Lakota, a 375m swim, a 10km bike course a known figure in the sport who Gatorade and Pepsi. The Subaru series will continue and a two kilometre run to the fin- recently passed away. The moving ish line. Shorter than the afternoon gesture captured the true dichot- holding events throughout ontario Sprint Triathalon and Duathlon omy reflected in the event – the during the summer season, ending

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Subaru triathlon series at Guelph Lake hosts over 2000 athletes

laUra castellani

over 2000 athletes competed at Guelph lake from Jun. 16-17 for a weekend-long triathlon series.
with a second event held at the Guelph Lake Conservation area, marked on calendars as Guelph Two. The event is scheduled for Sept. first and will consist of a Try-a-Tri and Sprint Duathlon and Triathlon races.

adWatch: nike tweets
tom Beedham
The United Kingdom’s advertising Standards authority (aSa) is saying you can’t “just do it” to a new Nike campaign making use of Twitter. The decision came after football (that’s the one we call “soccer” over here) players from Manchester United and arsenal posted tweets that failed to meet guidelines for “transparent” ad practices. The intervention began after the aSa received a complaint about the two tweets earlier in the year. Nike had asked Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and arsenal’s Jack Wilshire to post about their “make it count” campaign to their Twitter followers. “My resolution - to start the year as a champion, and finish it as a champion...#makeitcount gonike. me/makeitcount,” Rooney tweeted to over four million followers on Jan. 1. While the specific Nike campaign has been banned from the micro-blog and social networking platform, Rooney’s tweet remains visible on his Twitter account. “In 2012, I will come back for my club - and be ready for my country,” Wilshire posted. His account has since been deactivated for unrelated reasons. Claiming that the messages were not overtly “identifiable as marketing communications,”the aSa has said that the tweets conflict with the aSa’s duty to “keep UK ads legal, honest, and truthful.” Nike contested the decision, pointing out that the presence of their web address and a hashtag with their campaign slogan was enough to distinguish it from personal posts by the athletes. Coming as the first time the aSa has ever acted against a campaign using Twitter as a platform, the decision will serve as a landmark case. as a marketing platform, social media is one of the top resources companies are pursuing today. Nike is anything but the only company using ad campaigns that blur the lines between traditional advertising and regular communication,



although nike’s campaign has been banned from twitter, Wayne rooney’s offending tweet remains visible on his twitter account.
but by making a company of its size discontinue the practice, the aSa is making a pointed example of what it will not tolerate. and in a realm where authenticity is often waived to sell a product, that’s good news for those of us that just want to know who it is that’s making the suggestions.

aBigeL Lemak
This is the second part of my four course summer meal series. for the first part, visit The ontarion online or check the last issue! Third course: Entree Stuffed peppers with smoked provolone for summer entrees you want to keep it light and flavorful. The roasted red peppers offer that wonderful meat texture without any of the heaviness that would accompany, let’s say, a steak. It’s super easy to pull this one together, so don’t freak out. Serves one pepper per person. Ingredients: -1 onion chopped -2 ontario red, yellow or orange peppers (make sure they can sit upright on their own) -1 cup cooked wild rice -1/2 pound ground meat (i used pork, but you can substitute with whatever) -1 small can of tomato sauce -handful of chopped sundried tomatoes/chopped portobello mushrooms (for texture and flavour) -pinch of salt, pepper -1/2 tbsp rubbed basil -1/2 tbsp oregano -2 slices of smoked provolone (any melty cheese will do obviously) -oil Fourth course: Dessert Profiteroles with blackberries and cream and stuff them with the pork-rice mixture. Put them in the oven for 20 minutes. Make sure to check in periodically as you may want to rotate your peppers in order to blacken evenly. Don’t worry, this is the good kind of burning – but don’t overdo it. Take the pan out and add the slices of cheese on top of the peppers, and place the tops on the pan beside the peppers to scorch for a bit. Put them back in the oven for five minutes on broil. Serve one pepper per guest, allow some time to cool before serving. enjoy!!

168.4 ◆ ju ne 21st, 2012

making a four course summer meal – part two


aBiGel lemak

Third course entree includes stuffed peppers with smoked provolone.
Profiteroles, or cream puffs, are a delicious and lightweight dessert that will surely impress. They take no time at all and are incredibly versatile in what you serve them with. Be it chocolate sauce, caramel or freshly whipped cream, these little guys are the perfect way to end any dinner occasion. or simply gorge alone on the couch. You seriously need to make this and stop staring at the picture.

Ingredients: -1 cup of all-purpose flour -2 whole free range eggs -1/4 cup unsalted butter -1 cup of milk (i used almond milk) -1 tsp of vanilla extract How to: -whipped cream Set the oven to 400f. -berries Wash the peppers and cut off the -salt tops, make it pretty because you’ll be using them later. also be sure How to: to get all of the seeds out of the Set oven to 400f. Grease a baking peppers. In some cultures finding tray and set aside. In a deep pan, heat the milk to seeds in pepper dishes is considered a bad omen. Just saying. just before a boil and add in the salt, In a large bowl mix the ground butter and vanilla. once the butter meat, egg, spices and the cooked melts, turn the heat down and add rice. in the flour all at once, stirring the In a large frying pan add some mixture together furiously with a oil, a chopped onion and a pinch of wooden spoon until smooth. salt and pepper. once the onions once you’ve mixed it togethare sauteed, add in the rice-meat er nicely take it off the heat and mixture and fry for three to four add in the two eggs, one at a time minutes, until partially cooked. mixing constantly. You want to add in the tomato sauce, give it make sure the egg doesn’t cook a good stir and leave for another before you’ve incorporated it into minute. the dough. Place the topless peppers in a once you’ve mixed both eggs pan (cast iron works best or a grill) in put the pan back on the stove,

aBiGel lemak

Fourth course dessert consists of cream puffs with whipped cream and berries.
give it another mix for a smooth dough ball. Take off heat and with two spoons, scoop in small walnut sized portions one inch apart on a pan and set in the oven for twenty minutes. Stick a toothpick or fork in one to make sure it’s cooked. If it comes out clean and dough-less, it’s ready for eating. Set aside on a cooling rack and cut a small slit on the side of each profiterole. fill with cream (once cooled completely), top with berries and serve.

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inordinate ordnance
chris carr
one day, while earth’s population will be in the throws of production and consumption (more the latter than the former), life will quietly and unceremoniously end. oh, it will be a ceremony for us, but only for us, unfortunately. We will be the proverbial tree and the unoccupied woods, felled and died without nary the whisper. In thousands of years unknown, sentient creatures will land on earth, excavate our pots and pans, our houses and cars and our computers. They will make assumptions – calculated guesses – about the life of us earthlings. one of the things we will invariably find are records of our idols – the people we now currently revere and send worship to in the form of money and love. They will study a society who read devotionals from the books of TMZ and entertainment tonight. our literature will be overwhelmingly idiot-centric, littered with facts on Kardashian tweets and pictures of countless “leaked” nude pictures of our idols. We are the followers of the pop machines, the plastic classes, the malignancy heiress design. We are true Beliebers. It’s a candied culture, created and served, easily digested, from a wide-mouth can. I think about how my grandmother used to spend hours on her scrapbooks, diligently taping, gluing and stitching the history of our family together, one manila page at a time. To her, this was our history. Those myriad little books she slaved over would tell the story of Us (note the capitalization) to future generations of unknown people she already loved. Now, my facebook time line does the work in a fraction of the time. It will forever stand as a tombstone to my life, denoting, “Here was Chris’ life. Here are his friends. Here’s what he thought about the avengers movie. Try New Pepsi .5, only half a calorie, and less stomach cancer!” This is not a revelation. at least, I hope it isn’t. all the information tweeted, updated and “liked” will stand as a testament of the human race, either by our descendents or are “written” about sweating on by visitors from other planets. It’s the opposite, inebriated sex. a humbling thought I hope others I’m not anti-fun, I’m anhave had. However, every day I see ti-stupid. I say everything in evidence to the contrary litter- moderation, especially moderaing my facebook feed. “oMfG!!! tion. However, the emphasis has Leaked pics of Snooki, on a Stair- shifted from progressive, ground master, naked, burning Kissinger breaking entertainment and art to books. U gotta see this. LoLoLo- the reiteration of proven formuLoL!!!!1!” for example. las, spoon fed to the stagnation The point is, is that this is un- nation of guidos and guidettes. I acceptable. every time I get a used to think that people watched streak of creativity, when I feel these shows/people because it was like creating something beauti- a lot like going to a freak show ful, something original, something or watching pandas at the zoo— positive, that could affect the world they don’t do much, but they are for the better, I get struck with this kind of funny. But this cannot be feeling of dread. This dread comes completely true since ed Hardy is from the counter-balance that is a millionaire, “music” is no lonthis aforementioned candied cul- ger a part of Music Television and ture. for every word written, line Snooki is a number one selling audrawn or canvas painted, Kim Kar- thor. If that last fact isn’t a sign dashian will tweet about her vapid of the apocalypse, I don’t know stupidity and get paid $10000 for what possibly could be, short of the nuisance of moving around Kate Gosselin being elected policy her over-privileged thumbs. for maker for social services. every independent film that asks I refuse to leave such a legacy. questions and criticizes civil so- What about the prose of Hemingciety, JWoWW goes up a cup size. way? and the forward thinking for every song written about love of greats like Carl Sagan, Stephen and sorrow, one hundred songs Hawking and Douglas adams? How

much danger are the Kardashians to the memories of Stephen fry, Woody Guthrie, Julius Caesar, ferris Bueller and oscar the Grouch? These are great people. I fear the current fascination may actually undue the work of these people. Mixed with the ease of information of social networking, the idolatry of stupidity and what we will certainly leave behind, how can you not see this as a threat? all I ask is that maybe instead of leaving a legacy worth 140 characters, use that space to point the reader toward something worth a life’s work. chris carr is editor-in-chief of inordinate ordnance publishes every Thursday in The Cannon and in The Ontarion. The opinions posted on reflect those of their author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the central student association and the guelph campus co-op.


168.4 ◆ ju ne 21st, 2012

Bad bicycle behaviour
nick revington
Guelph cyclists, despite their zero-emissions good intentions, are a menace. They can be observed pedalling on the sidewalk on a daily basis. Not only is this illegal, it is dangerous: the city’s website states that one in three cycling accidents involve illegally riding on the sidewalk. While this is the most common indiscretion of these two-wheeled deviants, it is far from the most severe. Ignorance of the most basic of traffic laws seems almost a prerequisite for using a bicycle in this town, as cyclists ignore stop signs and red lights, fail to signal their turns, or ride against traffic flow. all of these are in violation of the Highway Traffic act, to which bicycles must adhere along with every other vehicle on our roads, but this apparently goes unen- made to accommodate cyclists. forced. our streets are on the Guelph has an extensive network brink of anarchy. of bike lanes and recreational trails. Some cyclists will, of course, Several major roads have either say that they do not always feel recently undergone upgrades to safe riding on the street, subject install bike lanes, or are slated to to the same traffic laws as trans- receive them in the near future. port trucks and Greyhound buses. The city’s transit fleet is outfitted Surely there should be special pol- with bike racks, so cyclists can use icies for cyclists. There are two the bus system in neighbourhoods problems with this assertion. where cycle-friendly infrastrucfirst, cyclists may actually be ture may be lacking. placing themselves in greater danWhat really grinds my gears is ger when they ride on the sidewalk that these upgrades often go unor against traffic flow: this is not derused. Many cyclists still ride on how other road users expect to en- the sidewalk after multi-millioncounter cyclists. In other words, dollar construction projects install it makes the actions of the cyclist designated bike lanes, for example unpredictable to drivers. on Gordon St. south of campus. Perhaps the city could do more Second, great strides have been


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for cyclists. Many major streets do lack bike lanes; while the City of Guelph website includes a map of bike infrastructure, including alternate routes along quieter side streets, published in 2008 it is already surprisingly outdated (the upshot being that there are currently more bike routes than shown). These alternate routes are also unmarked on the streets themselves, and may therefore be difficult for cyclists to find, especially in the winding backstreets of newer suburban neighbourhoods. for a city such as Guelph that prides itself on a green reputation, it is surprising that it trails Toronto in bike route signage. Similarly, drivers need to treat

bicycles like any other motorized vehicle on the road, giving them space and watching out for cyclists at intersections. But at the end of the day, most of the onus falls on cyclists themselves. Why should the city spend taxpayer money building bike lanes, publishing cycling maps, furnishing buses with racks, or installing signage along side streets when many cyclists show—at best—a lukewarm appreciation for them in the first place? How can drivers watch out for cyclists when they might be on the sidewalk or the wrong side of the road instead of the lane where they belong, or if cyclists are running red lights and stop signs?


chains and Things
at what point does creativity become discriminatory? Critics were appalled by the new JS Roundhouse Mid adidas shoes designed by renowned american fashion designer Jeremy Scott, saying that the shackle-like orange plastic cuff was reminiscent of slavery and therefore racist. Yet Scott’s celebrity is based off of his eccentric designs, and adidas assured critics that the shoes were “nothing more than the designer’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery”. Scott says that the inspirations for his designs are taken from cartoons, toys and his childhood. The JS Roundhouse Mid sneakers in particular were inspired by a furry toy called My Pet Monster. The shoes were being promoted under the slogan “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles.” The picture of the shoe was revealed on facebook for the first time, and received over 35,000 likes

the adidas company were found with the pictures on facebook. one man stated, “I for one will NeVeR don another pair of adidas if these shoes see the light of day in the sneaker market.” after receiving such negative feedback, adidas apologized for having offended their audience and decided to withdraw their plans to make the JS Roundhouse Mid sneakers available in the marketplace. The response to the cancellation of the sneakers has been surprising. While the few who took offence to the design rest easy, many outspoken commentators have shown their concern about the interpretation of chains, shackles and bracelets in general as being racist, insisting that anyone who views the shoes as racist is merely creating a problem that does not exist. In a comment to the National Stacey Aspinall Chris Carr Laura Castellani Abigel Lemak Colleen McDonell Seamus Ogden Nick Revington

“...nothing more than the designer’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery” - Adidas Rep.
on facebook. However, many commentators were less than impressed. Numerous accounts of people threatening to abandon


Post’s coverage of the story, one man exclaimed, “should I be afraid to chain my boat to an anchor because it might remind somebody of slavery”? It is these situations in which we find ourselves every day. Both parties make valid points. It is difficult for a designer to foresee the reaction to his creations, and for him to take into consideration the historical contexts of his designs.

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