Category: Media Writing

The Radio Call

It was a Saturday afternoon and the radio was on. I was living in Uganda in the fall of 1996 and the winter of 1997. The radio was calling out a list of names. I could not understand why. Advertisements

Creating Things: Profile of Roger McTair (Originally Published on Impowerage.com)

Roger McTair is a director, poet, professor and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He has had short stories air on CBC Radio and BBC Radio. He was born in Trinidad and Tobago on October 7, 1943. Not having much to do while growing…

Study Finds New Technology For Fossil Fuels Can Cut CO2

A study by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has found the replacement of fossil fuels technology with electric ones would result in energy savings. The energy savings are as high as 71.7 quadrillion BTUs. These savings would cut CO2 by 4,400 million tons…

Rookies

By Rachel Muenz Jo Henday, Sister: I should be proud of you but I’m not. Not of a single shot. Your first goal came off my stick, remember? The puck was pinned to the boards by a couple pairs of skates and there were…

PAINT FOR A CAUSE

by Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra Sico to Donate a Portion of Ceiling Paint Sales to Breast Cancer Research Longueuil, Quebec – July 20, 2009 – Think pink. That’s the message Sico is sending to Canadians this fall with the announcement that it will…

Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation

By Brikena Ribaj Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003) is another good Fall title for me. It takes place in Tokyo and the most relatable bits in the film are Charlotte and Bob, the two main characters, exploring the busy, urban streets of Tokyo…

Ist Brüno In oder Aus? Ish sage Aus!

By Brikena Ribaj A screening of Brüno (2009) in a German-speaking setting is one thing. A screening of it somewhere else is something else. I explain. As a German speaker, I have a healthy list of reasons as to why this film vexed my…

The Inkwell – Selection from Upcoming Book Stories in Red and Yellow

Set in 1976, this movie features the staple afros, braids and other various styles of Black hair at that time. The interesting thing of note is that the family of Drew Tate, the main character in the movie, are depicted as working class and…

Listen`in (Defunct Proposal to the CBC) – Selections from Upcoming Book Stories in Red and Yellow

A proposal for a thirteen part series exploring issues of race, culture, and identity. The series will provide a forum for discussions on these topical issues through a Documentary approach as well as through discussions in an informal, and relaxed setting amongst people who…

Suggestions for Ethnic Newspapers – Selections from Upcoming book Stories in Red and Yellow

Suggested Publications *Aboriginal Voices $45/2 years -geared towards examining Native North American culture *Atin Ito $30/year -Filipino publication has one of the highest circulations *First Perspective $24.95 – $26.70 -a national newspaper highligting a variety of events concerning Aboriginal people -also notes political events…

BC Woman Loves Shea Butter Market Products

A 71-year-old woman in British Columbia (who preferred not be named) loves the Shea Butter Market products that Gifty Serbeh-Dunn owns. “I love them,” she says. “I’ve used pretty well everything that she’s had out. First of all I’ve used her shea butter and…

Blue Death: A five-part series by the Teeny Tracer on how protestors are destroying money and lives at Dump Site 52

The plight of North Comise garbage: Part one of a five-part series By Zema Luncher In homes across North Comise County, the garbage bag is kept hidden from sight in cupboards or garages, unable to socialize with the families it lives with and treated…

SO IS THIS IT?

By Hyacinth Harewood I’m a parasite on an interminable past that will outlast my gourmet greed, I’m Tantalus in consummation, never stopping eating – under the curse of my past. Yesterday’s spices drive me to wishing wells of the future that never fulfill water,…

Financial degradation at Site 52 puts species at risk: Part three of a five-part series

By Zema Luncher Protests at Site 52 are putting a severe strain on the financial ecosystem, damaging the habitats of taxpayers and politicians, says Comise County Warden Tom Gudgeon. Blockades at the proposed dump site in Teeny Township are not only harming these species…

Brainwashed by Site 52 protestors: Part four of a five-part series

By Zema Luncher Charlene Rawston used to love garbage. Instead of keeping it in bins or in the garage, she kept the bags in the living room where she could talk to them and share stories. When Site 52 was first proposed she wholeheartedly…

SHEA BUTTER MARKET – BRINGING GIFTS TO THE MASSES

I CALLED GIFTY SERBEH-DUNN AS SHE WAS FEEDING HER CAT. HER BOYS WALKED BY THE CAT WITHOUT FEEDING HER. HER BIG BOY IS HER HUSBAND WAYNE DUNN WHO HAS A BUSINESS DEGREE FROM STANFORD. HER SMALL 7-YEAR-OLD BOY IS HER SON KABORÉ. SERBEH-DUNN HAS…

Ode to Silence

By Brikena Ribaj One of the reasons I love Portland, OR, well, other than it being home to the best bookstore I have seen in North America, Powell’s, is how quiet it is.

Franz Ferdinand Concert Report

Franz Ferdinand is on tour promoting their new album Tonight with Franz Ferdinand. We saw them in concert last night and I am happy to report that they delivered. They performed for one and a half hours and the energy of the band was…

Excerpt from Spiderwoman

Spiderwoman is the third book that I officially published, actually the fourth if you include the short story I did for Headlight Anthology. This book was a long process that started with stories I did in a Carleton University creative writing class with Tom…

It’s A Great Deal

Photo Courtesy of Dreamtimes.com Can you imagine that I am offering free life coaching on any of your life’s challenges for the low, low cost of one book sale from you? Yes – this is not a gimmick – it is true. We can…

Muttluks to the rescue!

By Rachel Muenz They protect your feet from extreme cold when playing in the snow. Military personnel use them to keep the pads of their feet from burning up on the hot ground of Afghanistan. Broken glass and other hazards won’t hurt you because…

Simply People Festival to Celebrate Disabilities

Simply people was formed about five years ago after forming CANWAPPS. CANWAPPS stands for Canada-wide Accessibility for Post-secondary Students. This is a national non-profit organization that is geared towards increasing accessibility and inclusion for post-secondary students with disabilities.

My Brother

By Nick Goodwin I don’t see as much of my brother as I would like to, however, we got together for my aunt’s wedding and Father’s Day the day after. He’s busy working all summer. It has been weird being away from home. It…

Shoes of mass destruction

By Rachel Muenz It begins with a flash of light just below the windows of the aircraft. Then, the fuselage buckles outward and bursts into thousands of pieces which flutter to the ground like shreds of paper. A cloud of thick smoke engulfs half…

Happy Canada Day! – Every Day

Happy Canada Day Everyone!

Hopeton Interview

By Nick Goodwin I recently interviewed another participant in “The Remix Project”. His name is Hopeton.

The Shelter

By Nick Goodwin I’ve come a long way from being kicked out of my house. My parents and I have managed to rekindle our relationship and these days we see eye-to-eye better than we ever have. You could say that my first two years…

“All Bagged-Up, With Nowhere To Go”

By: Kirk Verner As the first week of summer drifts through Toronto like a lost locomotive, my nose hairs tingle from the smell of rubble. Toronto’s trash is all bagged-up, with nowhere to go. Soon to be towering high over our heads, our trash…

Tabi make ninjas happy

By Rachel Muenz Most people in Toronto put on high-heels, polished oxfords or running shoes when they go to work. Matthew Wright puts on a pair of tabi. Tabi are a traditional type of shoe worn in Japan mainly for festivals and are essentially…

For the People

By Nick Goodwin I wonder if it’s strange that I relate my childhood to movies that I watched as a kid. Or children’s show such as Sesame Street. I guess it’s a good thing. I turned out to be polite, kind, respectful and considerate….

Courses Offered at New Opportunties Learning Centre

Starting July 5, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Isabella and Church Streets in Toronto, I will be offering a writing course costing $40.00 for nine weeks. This special course will also include elements of self-publishing.  If you would like to attend…

The shoemaker and the “magic box”

By Rachel Muenz I take off my shoes and socks, roll my pants up to my knees, pull on a pair of thin nylon stockings and put my left foot into what Ken Brubacher calls “the magic box.” Brubacher is one of only a…

Chaos

By Nick Goodwin I’m sitting in my house listening to music and lightning. I’m listening to old school hip hop. I really like the “old school” stuff. I can hear it raining a bit in between songs and the lightning is chiming in whenever…

Need help? Just give me a call with tobacco

By: Rachel Muenz Before I climbed to the third floor of the North Borden Building on Spadina, I thought tobacco was bad. But now I know that it can be good, depending on how you use it. Tobacco can help students like me get…

Sunscreen

By Nick Goodwin The sun. To tan or not to tan, that is the question. We question the reliance of the o-zone layer, the efficiency of sunscreen, and our ability to take in the nutrients that the sun’s light provides. For adults everywhere it…

A short trip on a long journey, taken, Only by the Night

By Alex Scott With the passing of time all things change, some for better and some for worse. Not everything that is new is better, and sometimes we lose something tragic. The art of buying music has been all but lost, and it is…

Making Decisions

by Nicholas Goodwin I hardly make a decision without thorough consideration. The closest I ever get to stopping time is when I spend the afternoon balancing the pros and cons of my latest dilemma. I do not live by the saying “look before you…

Babylon

By Kirk Verner A thousand worlds. Stretching from Babylon, To the mines below. I love you more than the beauty of flying geese. Uniform precision, instinctive direction. More than a flower needs the sky’s rain. Bright eyes of a daisy, tall and lean. I…

I Love Family

By Nicholas Goodwin I love family. There are fights – sometimes we do something stupid – but still somehow we forgive and forget. When I say family I don’t mean strict bloodline relations. There are infinite variances of family throughout the universe. A code…

Some of My Dad’s Family

I just spoke with my Dad the other day and he told me about my Aunt Bettie, his late sister who looked so much like him. Even though she had four children, she was so devoted to her work and received a doctor of…

Introducing Nicholas Goodwin

by Nicholas Goodwin Hello. Nicholas Goodwin here. I love hockey, going to the zoo, doing the dishes, skateboarding and I love to chase my dreams. I am 20 years old. In my life I have seen my tiny world from many angles. I have…

“Death All Around Me”

By: Kirk Verner Death is usually not a topic that dwells in my mind, well at least not the concern for my own faith. The truth is, death is as common a conversation topic as the weather. Talk of violence, gore, and death circles…

Old Story Idea for CBC’s “Outfront”

My name is Donna Kakonge, and I am 31-years-old. I grew up in Toronto, but my father is from Uganda and my mother is from St. Vincent in the Caribbean. I want to do a piece about my great-uncle, who now lives in Toronto….

The Petition of Freelove Allen – aired February 7, 2002 for CBC National Radio Syndication

Intro: Did you know that slavery didn’t just happen in the United States, but it happened in Canada too? If you didn’t, now you know. And you’re going to find out about a lot of aspects of black Canadian history with a four part…

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