What’s all this Easter Bunny Business Anyway?

By Elizabeth Cucnik on April 2, 2015

Glorious spring has finally arrived, and despite the rather mild winter us BC-ershave enjoyed these past several months, (while the lucky ones ice-climb Niagra Falls and dig themselves out of their snow-trapped houses), we can’t help but smile at the induction of spring.  Easter, a hallmark of the season, is just around the corner.  When […]

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Weighing In: The New GMO Non-Browning Apple

By Elizabeth Cucnik on April 2, 2015

In this emerging world of Food Inc.-enthused, health-conscious pundits, (where magazine articles have made experts of us all in one way or another), the demand for more fresh, organic, locally-sourced and naturally-derived products has given birth not just to the hipster movement, (yes, love it or hate it) but to a whole new breed of […]

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A One Way Ticket To Mars. Would you go?

By Elizabeth Cucnik on March 3, 2015

      Have you ever looked up at the planets and stars littering our night skies and wondered what it would be like to travel among them?  To abscond from the familiars of our Mother’s green and blue cradle, and retrace an interplanetary narrative that began 4.5 billion years ago?  Imagine your life, a […]

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When Broadcast News Journalism Lies: The System That Created The Myth Of Brian Williams

By Elizabeth Cucnik on February 18, 2015

Distrust in the news media is not simply an extrinsic phenomenon.  Recent shock and awe over false claims of deposed MSNBC news anchor, Brian Williams, is a powerful reflection of a much greater, systemic issue.  Misplaced trust in corporate news journalism and our inherent need to openly credit any powerful institution, (mistaking power for legitimacy) […]

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Valentine’s Day: The Invention of Love?

By Elizabeth Cucnik on January 26, 2015

Cue the fuchsia, the roses, the heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and candies and themed teddy bears.  Strike up the jewelry store sales and advertisements, the feverish restaurant frenzy and commercial hoard.  As is modern day mercantile tradition, when the opportunity strikes, holiday spectacle intercedes a furious greed.  We, the shopper, the consumer, in typical fashion, […]

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The Real Price of Oil? The Conspiracies Behind The Numbers

By Elizabeth Cucnik on January 15, 2015

Many of us fill up our 4000 pound earth-bound steel rockets at the pump each week, watching the numbers tick by like a rolling slot machine – illusive and liquidic.  Liters, gallons, miles, kilometers, fuel efficiency, fuel costs, fracking, barrels, crude oil, dry oil…the wash of information coming at you is like the innumerable waves […]

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Our Dirty Little Secret: Love of Commercialism During the Holidays

By Elizabeth Cucnik on December 16, 2014

Despite the festive hymns and carols serenading our radio waves and those paradoxical heartfelt messages from cinematic and media mainstream, the holiday season continues as a hallmark for consumer commercialism.  Events like Black Friday, (recently imported to Canada from the United States) and Boxing Day are, in many ways, indicators of what Christmas has become.  […]

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The Christmas Tree: A Beacon of Holiday Culture Past & Present

By Elizabeth Cucnik on November 7, 2014

Christmas.  What does it mean to you?  Perhaps it is a smell.  A memory.  Faith.  Tradition.  The kitsch.  A collectivization of many little things coming together to form that golden interlace threading the holiday season in shimmering splendour.  Born out of a cosmic nursery of love and goodwill, Christmas is contextualized by the rich history, […]

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Halloween: Our Past, Present & Future

By Elizabeth Cucnik on October 17, 2014

Praise be to Halloween!  Our one night only, get-out-of-jail-free card, in which we can senselessly indulge in our own mystery and utter ridiculousness.  Perhaps the most paradoxical time of the calendar year, Halloween is fraught with irony and strange implication.  A break from conventional thought and practice, its customary observances miraculously cross boundaries of faith, […]

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