Author: Editor in Chief

Jagr just a young’in compared to Polish centenarian

What are you planning to do when you’re 105? BY DECLAN SCHROEDER There are few things you can truly depend on in this life, but one of them is the sun. The good ol’ burning orb in the sky will rise every morning (as long as a certain two egotistical, badly-coiffed, petulant world leaders keep their stubby fingers off their big red buttons). Another is Jaromir Jagr. When the sun sets on the NHL season every June, you can count on him to rise again come September. Just when it seemed the mullet-sporting, grizzled Czechoslovakian had faded out for good after the Florida Panthers elected not to offer him a new contract despite his 46 points, Jagr appeared again just as the first rays of the 2017-18 season glimmered above the horizon. The ageless one signed with Calgary on Oct. 4, and he made his Flames debut last Wednesday, proving age is just a (in Jagr’s case, very high) number. Jagr’s got longevity, alright, but he’s an utter babe, a veritable whipper-snapper compared to another athlete from his home country’s neighbour, Poland. The man I really want to shine a light on today has taken just a few more trips around the sun – 62 more, in fact. You think playing hockey at 45 is impressive? I raise you Stanislaw Kowalski, who participated in a track meet at age...

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Why I swiped left on you

BY JESSICA SEBURN Love is a fickle thing. For the last 5 years I have bounced from dating site to dating app, trying to figure out why someone as delightful as me can’t seem to find “the one”. I don’t know what else I could do differently. I spent 500 dollars on boudoir photos. And I am still not batting at 100 per cent. How is that possible? Five. Hundred. Dollars. I think the best approach is to just keep trucking on. I refuse to delete dating apps because I’m pretty sure prince/princess Charming is just one more finger-flick...

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An open letter on cost cuts

What’s next on the chopping block, writes Mel Hansen BY MELISSA HANSEN Dear Mr. Premier, I understand our provincial government has a massive deficit looming over them and they are scrapping to find money everywhere they can. I get it, I really do. I understand we can’t keep spending the way we had been and that someone is going to be effected. But right now, it feels like the little guys are taking the biggest hit. When will it be enough? I am asking as a concerned student. It’s hard enough as it is to find jobs that pay enough to pay off monstrous student loans. Students are graduating and unable to work in their fields, just so they can afford to pay their bills. I understand it is important for students learn how to pay our way, but when it becomes crippling — is it really a fair lesson anymore? My instructors are worth the money and I feel lucky to get to study at such an amazing school. But I look around me and so many of my classmates are in debt, the type of debt it will be really hard to climb out of. Bill 31 — a scary thought.  For many students, this bill could mean the difference of getting an education or not. A potential 5% increase isn’t a small number. In fact, it’s...

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Goodall speaks of hopes

Jane Goodall speaks at University of Winnipeg BY KELLY O’DONNELL Jane Goodall spoke in Winnipeg on Friday night at the Burton Cummings Theatre, and said that her greatest hope for our planet is young people. The theatre was filled with people who came from Winnipeg and surrounding communities to hear Goodall’s well-known story. Many were students and youth who left feeling inspired and encouraged by her. Declan Smith, 14, came from Neepawa for the event and says the two-hour drive was well worth it. “It was very inspiring. It makes me want to help the environment through activities like...

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Sports smorgasbord

October gives array of options BY DECLAN SCHROEDER As the weather cools, the sports world heats up. Fast approaching is that magical time of year where the stars align and the schedules of the four most popular sports in North America – hockey, baseball, football, and basketball – overlap, overjoying sports fans everywhere. The sports world truly reaches its apex as leaves start to fall. While baseball and Canadian football have been more than enough to consume a lion’s share of my time spent rapt and vegged in front of the idiot box this summer, many hanker for more. Ladies and gentlemen: more has arrived. NFL players are back on the gridiron, the puck has just dropped denoting the start of the NHL’s season, the MLB postseason is looming large, and NBA players are set to hit the hardcourt later this month. Even for a person like me who doesn’t go out or have friends, it can be onerous to keep up with it all. Even if you’d like to bar yourself in your basement or strap yourself onto your sofa with a cache of comestibles colossal enough to last until Christmas, you probably have that boring old thing called a job, errands to run, and other obligations that require you to turn off the television and put on pants. So, here’s one man’s opinion on the top three...

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