I wanted to spit in his face. And when he told me "sorry," I very nearly did. He'd treated me poorly -- taken my trust for granted, tried clumsily to spin gold out of straw. I told him to his face, sheepish and knowing, that there was to be nothing more between us, and with a sense of conviction I hadn't known before, I turned on my heels and stormed away.
First Spring Fire
In his remarkable 2009 text, Cruising Utopia, José Esteban Muñoz fixates on the ways in which queer bodies exist outside of and subvert what he calls “straight time.” Straight time, for Muñoz, is what tells queers that “there is no future but the here and now of our everyday life.” It grounds the fragmentation, suppression, and elision of queer histories, and denies futurity to those not counted under the rubric of a “reproductive majoritarian heterosexuality.”
It's a staging that feels, if not inappropriate, then at least a little unconventional: I'm seated in front of my laptop in the living room of my East Vancouver home, trying (and mostly failing) to ward off the September cold creeping up through the floorboards. On my screen, streamed in from a home office in San Diego, California, is Ricardo Dominguez, one of North America's most wildly experimental and most deeply politicized media artists.
My microphone malfunctions, my Internet connection wavers, and my flimsy earbuds crackle. But all the same, Dominguez' cavernous baritone vibrates across the pixelated static that separates us, asserting his "presence" with a startling authority.
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In late January, a small team gleaned from the ranks of Vancouver-based citizens' organizations OpenMedia.ca and Leadnow.ca took the wraps off an exciting new project called Reimagine CBC. The goal was simple, but ambitious: to spark a massive brainstorm on the future of public media in Canada by asking Canadians how the CBC, as a public broadcaster, could be reimagined as a leader in participatory, innovative and engaging media production.
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The Toronto Star reported that the federal Tories have officially rebranded "The Government of Canada" as the "Harper Government." While the shift is not universal, with the Vancouver Sun saying that they have received a number of federal press releases that retain the "Government of Canada" branding, the new language has been seen on releases from the Treasury Board, one of the most powerful federal departments.