Category Archives: Entertainment

In defence of the trashy summer read

It’s time to redefine how we think of trash. Not in the matter of waste disposal or class hierarchy, but the stuff of pop culture, of film and literature, that offers levity, fantasy, mystery, romance, deceivingly intricate narratives, puns, plot-holes aplenty, women who only ever work as struggling magazine writers or successful independent bakers (even in this economy!), and men

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Not-so-perfect timing: Why is beer currently being rationed throughout the United Kingdom?

Fizzy drinks are in short supply in the U.K. thanks to a monumental shortage of food-grade carbon dioxide (CO2). And the timing could hardly be worse. With the World Cup soccer tournament in full swing amid the sweltering heat of summer, demand for carbonated drinks is soaring. Booker, the U.K.’s largest food wholesaler, has resorted to rationing beer, cider and

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How English and French co-exist in Montreal to inform the richness of each other’s linguistic identities

Across this great nation of ours, there are approximately 30 million speakers of Canadian English. Typically, when we think of Canadian English, we identify it by what it is not: American English (and sometimes British English). However, right here at home, within our 9,984,670 km2 of space, there is a massive assortment of words we use to describe the same

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Pop or soda? Dinner or supper? Why are so many of our regionalisms centred around food?

Across this great nation of ours, there are approximately 30 million speakers of Canadian English. Typically, when we think of Canadian English, we identify it by what it is not: American English (and sometimes British English). However, right here at home, within our 9,984,670 km2 of space, there is a massive assortment of words we use to describe the same

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