Friday, May 20, 2016

Review/ Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences

This collection of essays takes a personal look into the conflicts of the Middle East from all viewpoints

by paula e. kirman

WHEN it comes to the situation in the Middle East, specifically that of the generations-old conflict between Israel and Palestine, some say that there are two sides to the story. However, as Edmonton-based editor and academic Ghada Ageel demonstrates in Apartheid in Palestine, there are far more than just two.

Apartheid in Palestine is a collection of essays that both humanize and analyze issues of occupation, displacement, colonization, and apartheid – the latter being the most controversial term of the group when applied to Israel's policies concerning Palestinian land and human rights. However, far from being inflammatory, these stories of struggle are balanced in their presentations, including authors that are Palestinian, Israeli, activists, academics, and people who have lived in the region and witnessed that which they seek to tell the world.

Ageel herself is a third-generation Palestinian refugee, born and raised in the Khan Younis Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. She is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta and a columnist for the Middle East Eye, an online news portal based in London, England. Regardless of what position you hold with regard to Israel and Palestine, this is an important and challenging read that presents perspectives worthy of study and discussion.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Field Law Is Giving Away Cash!

Regional law firm Field Law is offering $75,000 to put towards "pay-it-forward" ideas across Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife!

FIELD Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is excited to announce the launch of the 2016 Field Law Community Fund Program (‘Program’). The Program supports local pay-it-forward ideas and causes within the communities Field Law serves. In 2016, the Program will donate $75,000 across all three regions. 

The Program allows for local individuals, initiatives and registered and non-registered causes to apply for funding over the course of five weeks. In the Southern Alberta Community Market, which includes all of Alberta south of and including the City of Red Deer, Program winners can receive anywhere from $1,000 to the maximum award of $30,000. Finalists are then chosen following a combination of community (public) online voting and deliberation by a Community Market Judging Panel.

Over the past three years, the Program has awarded support to 42 organizations and charitable initiatives throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Southern Alberta Community Market winners for the 2015 Program included CANNONBALL!, AARCS – Disaster Preparedness, Between Friends, Dare to Dream, Girl Power Summer Camp, and Healthier Families – Healthier Lives.

 “At Field Law, building strong relationships within the communities we serve is a top priority,” says Jim Casey, Firm Managing Partner, Field Law. “We are excited to continue to contribute to these important causes and are honoured to be able to make a difference in the communities where we live, work and interact on a daily basis.”

Field Law is deeply invested in the communities it serves. Its preferred causes include (but are not exclusive to) those that support education, healthcare, at-risk youth, homelessness, women’s organizations, community and sports, or arts and culture.

Online applications must be completed by 5PM on May 13, 2016!

“We are humbled and excited to be able to continue with the Field Law Community Fund Program during these challenging economic times,” says Doreen Saunderson, Executive Committee Member and Partner, Field Law. “At Field Law, we believe in giving back and we are proud to be able to play a small part in effecting positive change in our communities.”

The 2016 Field Law Community Fund Program is now open for applications. To apply for the Program and to learn more, click HERE. Interested individuals and/or groups must submit their online application by 5p.m. MDT on May 13, 2016. To indicate interest in participating on the Judging Panel for the Southern Alberta Community Market, please contact Rebecca at by May 31, 2016.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Definitive Edmonton Playlist

37 songs that every Edmonton music lover should know...

by emil tiedemann

I THINK it's fair to say that Edmonton isn't exactly a Nashville, Austin, or Seattle when it comes to the local music scene, but there's no denying that there are plenty of sweet sounds coming from our own backyard! 

The Joe performing at Avenue Theatre in 2010.

Whether they were born or raised, reared or formed in Edmonton, our humble hometown boasts some of this country's most influential and addictive music makers, everyone from roots maverick Corb Lund to international pop icon k.d. lang. 

Below, 'I Heart Edmonton' has put together the ultimate #yegmusic playlist, stretching all the way back to the mid-'80s when Edmonton-born Moe Berg and his Pursuit of Happiness had a hit with "I'm An Adult Now," and all the way up to Ruth B's global success with her piano ballad "Lost Boy." 

These are the songs that defined our city; that told our stories; that showcased our musical diversity and homegrown talent; that made stars out of our hometown musicians; and that made us proud of where we come from. In NO PARTICULAR ORDER, these are the sounds of Edmonton...

1/ "I'm An Adult Now" (1986) by The Pursuit of Happiness

2/ "Cocaine Trade" (2008) by Christian Hansen & the Autistics

3/ "Constant Craving" (1992) by k.d. lang

4/ "Roughest Neck Around" (2003) by Corb Lund

5/ "New Earth" (2012) by Zerbin

6/ "You're Cool" (2009) by The Joe

7/ "O Canada" (live) (2006) by Paul Lorieau & Oilers fans

8/ "Cold Winter Song" (2012) by Jay Sparrow

9/ "Turn It Up" (2009) by Stereos

10/ "Bad Idea" (1985) by Jerry Jerry & the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra

11/ "Lost Boy" (2016) by Ruth B

12/ "Lofticries" (2012) by Purity Ring

13/ "Welcome to the Heart" (2009) by Eamon McGrath

14/ "Only Time Can Tell" (live) (2011) by Mitchmatic

15/ "Conditioning" (2012) by Cadence Weapon

16/ "A Need So Wide (You're the One)" (2015) by Ann Vriend

17/ "Problem" (2013) by Nova Rockafeller

18/ "Happy Love Song" (2011) by Colleen Brown

19/ "Bad Choices" (2011) by Shout Out Out Out Out

20/ "Up the Hill" (1995) by Captain Tractor

21/ "Alone Again" (2010) by Alyssa Reid

22/ "Payload" (1992) by The Smalls

23/ "Love Again" (2012) by Kreesha Turner

24/ "Old Habits Die Hard" (2007) by Ten Second Epic

25/ "My Kind of Woman" (2013) by Mac DeMarco

26/ "Oh, the Wind Will Blow" (2012) by Doug Hoyer

27/ "Return of Connor McDavid" (2016) by the Logan Alexis Singers

28/ "Midnight Avenue" (2012) by Wool on Wolves

29/ "Good Times" (2014) by Bryan Finlay

30/ "Running Away" (2016) by The Royal Foundry

31/ "Fate" (1996) by SNFU

32/ "Make Me Believe" (2007) by Tupelo Honey

33/ "Tornado 87" (2011) by Rural Alberta Advantage

34/ "Idle No More" (2013) by Rellik (feat. Nathan Cunningham)

35/ "Floating in the Sky" (2014) by The Wet Secrets

36/ "Barricades (The Hockey Riot Song)" (2015) by Jr. Gone Wild

37/ "Edmonton Song" (2013) by Katie Stanners

Bonus Hidden Track/ "My City" (2013) by The Gibson Block