Cover by Dakota McFadzean
I'm a little surprised it took me a decade on this job to commission a cover drawing of a radioactive, mutant gopher. It seems like such a perfect match for our radioactive, mutant magazine.
And now here's some details on the new prairie dog, which, as always, you should read.
BEHIND THE URANIUM CURTAIN What will it be like if (when?) Saskatchewan builds a nuclear power plant? Paul Dechene takes a speculative look at our province in the year 2044, at the precise moment our leaders' atomic aspirations crumbled to nuclear dust.
IN THE DOGHOUSE Carle Steel's article was just supposed to be a fun little story on First Nation gas bars. Naturally, her story got some poor guy fired. This is his story, as related to Michael Bell.
THE NOBLE GENIUS OF AC/DC Prairie dog's Toronto Bureau chief, Emily Zimmerman, pens a thoughtful look at a band she admires for its integrity, work ethic and fashion choices. Okay, maybe not their fashion choices.
X MARKS THE LAWN Seema Goel and special guest writer Ken Wilson team up for an everything-you-need-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask look at xeriscaping, which is that lawn-thing you do where you rip out your water-guzzling, wrong-for-our-climate grass and replace it with plants that will actually do well in Saskatchewan without constant irrigation.
AND ALL THE USUAL STUFF TOO: Film, CD and restaurant reviews, Gwynne Dyer, News Quirks, Top 6 columns (including Zimmerman's savage take-down of the late John Hughes), Street Wear, a lame editorial, Typo Wiener, Queen City Confidential, Ask Greg ("why isn't the plural of moose "meese"?) and other tidbits of joy and delight.
Yep, it's a pretty good issue. Check it out!
2. BYE BYE BOOM?: Provincial Finance Minister, Rod Gantefor, has indicated that Saskatchewan's economic picture may not be so rosy these days. Due to lower than expected resource prices the government will be collecting less cash than predicted. (Leader Post)
3. NO ISOTOPES FOR YOU: More delays at the Chalk River site. Looks like the reactor won't be running again until at least spring. (Globe and Mail)
4. SALMON DISASTER: Creepiest thing I've read all day: more than nine million! sockeye salmon are missing from the Fraser River. I'm thinking, nine million of anything doesn't disappear unless some seriously bad shit has gone down. (Globe and Mail)
5. PLIMER RESPONDS INCOHERENTLY TO MONBIOT QUESTIONS: Things got a little weird in the leadup to a possible debate between Guardian science columnist, George Monbiot, and geologist, climate change denier, science advisor to Rex Murphy, Ian Plimer. As you may recall from an earlier Six in the Morning, Plimer agreed to respond in writing to Monbiot's questions about apparent inaccuracies and questionable citing practices in his book Heaven and Earth. And respond he did. But instead of answering Monbiot's questions, he responded with 13 questions of his own. (Scientists can be such bastardly pedants.) But judging by comments to Monbiot's article (from other scientists) and from Monbiot himself, it sounds like several of Plimer's questions are just scientific-sounding gobbledy-gook. (Guardian)
6. ANOTHER BATTLESTAR GALACTICA REBOOT: Yeah, I know, my nerd is showing... but this could be some big, bizarre news for... well... nerds. Looks like Universal is considering a Bryan Singer headed big-screen sequel to the original Battlestar Galactica. It's too early to say whether or not this interpretation of the sci-fi franchise will be linked to the recently-concluded, Ronald Moore-David Eick television series that was also a sequel to the original Battlestar Galactica. But this seems about as necessary as that Joss-Whedon-less, Buffy the Vampire Slayer film that's apparently in the works. (Hitfix)