Secunda – Music by Jeremy Soule – Filmed and Edited by Joel Nickel


THIN AIR streeter: Jennesa Dyck

I saw Jennesa Dyck swing dancing with a bunch of friends at the outdoor stage in the Exchange District at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival earlier this summer. I approached her, we began talking, and our topic of conversation often circled around both books and reading.
What are you currently reading?
“Right now I’m reading four books. Well, I’ve started four books, at least. I’m not sure that I can claim to be currently reading all of them – it seems that I don’t have as much free time for reading as I would like.
I’m halfway through Jean M. Auel‘s latest addition to the ‘Earth’s Children’ series – The Land of Painted Caves. I didn’t even know it had come out (or that she was working on it), but I happened to see it in McNally Robinson one day and so I bought it. I already own the rest of the books in the series, and the second one – Valley of Horses – is very probably my favourite book.
Auel should, however, have quit after Plains of Passage – the fourth book – because the one after that isn’t very good and this one is even worse. I love these characters, but now the story line seems so dull and forced. It’s as though she has taken too much interest in the history of the area, which is certainly fascinating, but it has completely overshadowed any semblance of a serviceable plot line or any interest in character development. Perhaps that’s why I haven’t gotten any further.
I’m also reading Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel, but I haven’t yet made it past the prologue. This one came at the very strong recommendation of a friend. He swears it’s brilliant, but I’m reserving judgment for a time when I’ve read more than twenty-two pages of it.
The last two are both by Joel Nickel: The Shadow in the Darkness and Ouroboros. I’m reading both of them not only out of interest in the stories but also because I was asked to edit them. So far, so good, but it’s difficult to get into a story when you’re watching for grammatical errors and taking time to write comments in the margins before jumping back in. I will once again reserve judgment until I’ve had a chance to read them all the way through (without having to edit as I go).”
What is your preferred genre? 
“I think that my favourite genre is probably fantasy (followed closely by historical fiction). This is most likely because I use reading as a means of escape from reality. I never read for pleasure during the school year (if I did, I’d never get any work done), so when I start reading in the summer I want it to be a relaxing experience.
I read when I want to wind down before bed, or when I want to spend an entire day just doing nothing – it’s a way to turn my brain off and just enjoy existence without great effort.
With fantasy, I can just let the story take me away and let the characters do all of the work – it’s effortless pleasure, and that’s what I like best about it.”
A new THIN AIR streeter takes place right on the streets of Winnipeg every week. Next time, we could be walking up to YOU and asking questions about your book selections. Be ready!

– Joel Nickel

30 Day Song Challenge – day 21

day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy

A tie:

Rebel Yell – “Kitchen Party”

*They’re from Winnipeg. Want more info about these guys, check out


Air – “La Femme d’Argent” (the Silver Woman)

*when I want to just lay back , relax and listen to some ambient jazz.

City Council Journalism Assignment

“Citizens on the street want more feet on the street,” proclaimed Mayor Sam Katz at the first city council meeting of 2011, which saw Katz put forward a motion to accept the proposed addition of 58 officers to the Winnipeg Police Service.

Katz said the money will be taken from the operating budget but didn’t elaborate.  He said the cost this year would be just over a million dollars.  Other council members, however, pointed out that the figure is over and above the current cost of the Winnipeg Police Service.

Coun. John Orlikow agreed with the motion but added that he agreed “with reservations.”  He placed the cost of the Winnipeg Police Service for the year of 2010 at “six million plus equipment, which would put it up to somewhere in the seven to eight million dollar range.”

Coun. Russ Wyatt, however, estimated the number to be “five to seven million in terms of full cost.” He also said that with past increases in the Winnipeg Police Service he has “not seen how additional resources have been more visible.”

Coun. Ross Eadie mirrored this concern, adding that additional officers are only “reacting to the problem” and not being proactive in dealing with the underlying problem.

Coun. Jenny Gerbasi said it’s “pretty hard to oppose additional officers” but worried where that $1.1 million was coming from.  She agreed that it should be more about reducing crime instead of enforcing.  She wondered how they were going to pay for it without taking away from programs that prevent crime.

Davis Penner, 24, a resident of Jenny Gerbasi’s Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry Ward felt that the additional officers are “always a good idea” but stressed that things need to be done to “prevent crime from happening in the first place instead of spending all this money on helicopters and stuff to catch people who’ve already committed a crime.”

Coun. Justin Swandel said “we can’t keep spending money on officers and not measure the results.”  More police aren’t the only solution, “we need integrated resources that foster healthy communities that look after their own children.”

The councillors voted unanimously in favour of the motion and the motion was carried.

“What we really didn’t get today were financial answers,” said Gerbasi, after the Council had convened. “It has to come from somewhere.”  And where exactly in the operating budget would the cost of 58 new officers come from? “I don’t have that answer.”

Acidscar performs @ the Winnipeg RockOut at the Pyramid!!

My band Acidscar is playing at the Pyramid on February 17th!  We’re one of 5 Winnipeg bands performing at the Children’s Rehab RockOut!  The website is here:

Check out three new tracks of ours and make sure to vote for us!!  Thanks for your support guys!

Local News Programming from the 90s (MTN and CKND) ;)

As I was looking for Beave and Buckley videos on the almighty Youtube, I also came across a bunch of local news programming from Winnipeg circa the 90s.  All us CreComm should appreciate how far technology has come (and clothing styles) from the 90s. 🙂

Beave and Buckley (Gag reel – this will destroy memories from your childhood…be warned) ;)

From a MTN Christmas Party montage that happened to end up on the all-mighty Youtube. 🙂  I love Youtube.

“Up the poop shoot, that’s the way we go” – Buckley

And here’s some clips that actually aired for those wanting a taste of non-adulterated childhood. 🙂