ICYMI: CBC Covers The New Prairie Dog Subscription Thing

In case you missed it, I was interviewed on both CBC Saskatchewan and CBC Saskatoon this morning about our new crowdfundy-kickstarter thing! Those interviews have been transmogrified into a story:

The papers, produced biweekly by Hullabaloo Publishing, will still be freely available in their traditional coffee shop, pub and street box locations. But, by taking a page from the crowdfunding playbook, Whitworth is hoping to keep the printing press humming.

“Our readers who value our paper, and seem to like us from what we can tell, should have a clear and concise opportunity to support us directly,” said Whitworth.

Subscriptions start at $9.99 for every two issues. There are increasing tiers of paid support that include perks for readers wishing to contribute more.

Read the whole thing here, and, if you want, support our “weird and funny…fanatically fact-based, reality-based and entertaining-to-read” publication here.

NEW: Subscribe To Prairie Dog! It’s COOL.

These are tough times for free, advertising-funded alternative papers like Prairie Dog. Government and agency buys are down. National print ads are extinct. And after this week’s brutal Provincial budget, it looks like recession is on its way back to Saskatchewan.

Frankly, it’s becoming incredibly difficult to publish the kind of newspaper we want to make — and that we think you want to read.

Good news: there’s a new way for you to help!

For as little as the cost of one premium beer a month you can support one of this country’s best alternative papers. The benefits are mighty: along with the pride you’ll get from being part of this swashbuckling indy news and arts adventure, every issue of Prairie Dog will be mailed directly to your home or office so you’ll never miss a paper!

On top of that, supporters get to pick out gift cards to some of Regina’s best restaurants and shops, as well as be eligible for supporter-only contests and giveaways.

Details here. Support the ‘Dog and become the hero Regina needs!

 

Facebook And A Weird Croissant

Once upon a time, Dog Blog (“The Official Blog Of Prairie Dog) had three-plus posts daily, which was pretty damn impressive for a volunteer blog (volunteer = “no one got paid”). Greg, Paul, Shane, Jorge and others did (and in Shane and Jorge’s case, do) a great job writing a hell of a lot of stuff. But as I’ve said before, it’s been a lot quieter in 2016 because these days most of us don’t have the time, energy or motivation to spend 15-20 hours a week writing stuff for free.

I mean, writing in public can be a fun hobby, but it’s not that much fun.* Besides, like pretty much all media outlets, we’ve laid-off half our staff in the last several years so we’re (me and the freelancers) all busier with the actual paper.

Having said that…

We’ve gotta get this thing going again, at least a little bit, because it’s just wrong to restrict our online opinions to social media.

If the world didn’t already know Facebook can be dangerous, the recent election of Donald Trump proved it. For years, Facebook has amplified the voices of profiteering bullshit purveyors and demented, sexist, racist and anti-social maniacs who support the agenda of Trump and other toxic politicians. Too often, it’s been a magic looking glass that sucks viewers in and tosses them down Internet rabbit holes of nonsense, conspiracy theories, racism, sexism, homophobia and even radicalization.

Thanks to Facebook, a lot of U.S. voters brainwashed themselves into believing a lying, self-absorbed, thin-skinned, ignorant, selfish, silver-spoon-fed millionaire would make a better president than a highly qualified woman with a lifetime of experience in politics, international affairs and public service.

It’s nuts. And it’s a problem.

That’s not to say Facebook doesn’t have value. Many users share smart, fact-based, informative articles, proving Mark Zuckerberg’s $350-plus billion rabbit hole can lead to knowledge and wisdom as well as ignorance, hatred and insanity. I’ve often found it a useful tool professionally, too. It’s a good way to reach people I want to talk to for stories. And personally, Facebook arguments have helped me fine-tune (and occasionally correct) my opinions and ideas. So I’m certainly not going to shut down my account anytime soon.

Nonetheless, it’s clear that too often, Facebook is a vector for the spread of fake news, anti-science flim-flam and outright fascist propaganda, not to mention using other people’s work to generate advertising revenue. (a rant for another day). It’s annoying, and I’m going to cut down the time I spend on Facebook as a result.

Besides, I’d rather give my free time to my (local!) business, which does pay me.

Anyhoo, all this rambling means means you can expect a minimum of a couple blog posts from me a week going forward. More, if they’re dumb jokes or pictures of animals.

Speaking of dumb things, I promised you a weird croissant. Here you go.

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Cheers!

Editor Steve

*Unless you’re a masochist who likes constantly being told you’re wrong** by people who didn’t read what you wrote, ignored facts you linked to, and concern-trolled the shit out of you every time you made a goddamn joke. Then hell yeah, it’s a blast.

**Though I’ve always appreciated and enjoyed Barb Saylor’s proofreading. Always. Thanks, Barb!

Queen City Catch Up: The Special Two-Part Finale!

This is it! The eighth and final instalment of Queen City Catch Up! And it’s a special double episode. I ended up with two interviews recorded so instead of using one and tossing the other I mashed them together.

In the first half, I interview Dr Sharon Acoose from First Nations University. We talk about the Truth And Reconciliation Commission and about her book, An Arrow In My Heart: A First Nation Woman’s Account of Survival from the Streets to the Height of Academia.

Then, in the second half, I talk to Adam Martin, the director of the Sakewewak Artists’ Collective. We talk about the Storyteller’s Festival and some of the other projects they have on the go.

And with that, I’m done. I’m totally caught on absolutely everything of substance that happened in Regina over the last nine or ten months or so. I can now get back to the business of whatever it is I do in this city. Many thanks to everyone who took part in the podcast. I enjoyed all these conversations.

You can find all the earlier episodes on the Queen City Catch Up archive page.

Music for this podcast is from the album Malta’s Lost Voices — which I love! — and it’s all used with permission. Many thanks to Filfla Records for letting us use these tracks. You can get your own copy of the album and check out their other projects at their website.

Queen City Catch Up: Councillor Barbara Young On Civic Pension, Road Repair And Packed Galleries (Podcast)

For the penultimate episode of Queen City Catch, I sat down with ward one councillor, Barbara Young. We talked about the civic pension plan that’s in the process of being resolved (in theory) and about the city’s recent efforts to solve our residential roads problem. And, as an added bonus, we touched briefly on council’s decision to reject an application to open a strip club in the city.

In the background of our interview you can hear the clang and clamour of Stone’s Throw Coffee House on Kramer Boulevard. Thanks to them for providing a lively space in which to do this interview.

Music for this podcast is from the album Malta’s Lost Voices and it’s all used with permission. You can get your own copy from Filfla Records.

The next episode of Queen City Catch Up is still being sorted out so I can’t preview who it’ll be with. If all goes to plan though it should be fairly interesting. Expect to see that posted on Monday.

Queen City Catch Up: Greg Fingas On The Elections And, Believe It Or Not, We Even Talk Football (Podcast)

For episode six of Queen City Catch Up, I met lawyer, blogger and Leader Post columist, Greg Fingas, at Fresh Café on Hamilton Street. We talked about the state of the NDP in Canada, we made guesses about how the federal and provincial elections are going to turn out and we even spoke briefly about the Riders.

What? No, I haven’t acquired an interest in football. (Euugh.) But footballing things happened while I was away. Right? I figured I should at least ask about them so that this podcast will achieve some degree of comprehensiveness.

Anyway, you can follow Greg Fingas’ political writing on his blog, Accidental Deliberations.

Music for the podcast comes from Malta’s Lost Voices, a compilation of recordings from the early 1930s. You can get your own copy at filflarecords.com.

In the next episode of Queen City Catch Up, I’ll be speaking with ward one city councillor, Barbara Young. It will go up on Wednesday.

Queen City Catch Up: Marc Spooner On The New Deputy Education Minister, Regina’s Homelessness Count And Model Trains (Podcast)

Episode five of Queen City Catch Up is my interview with University of Regina professor, Marc Spooner. And it’s the one that’s the most packed with news items that I had to put in the “Holy crap, you’re kidding me” folder. You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out what those items are.

Music for this podcast is from Malta’s Lost Voices, a collection of Maltese recordings from the early 1930s. You can get your own copy at filflarecords.com.

In the next episode of Queen City Catch Up, I’ll be speaking with lawyer, regular Leader Post contributor and Accidental Deliberations blogger, Greg Fingas. That will go up on Monday.

Queen City Catch Up: Chris Kailing On Engaging With Your City (Podcast)

Recently, Regina Advocates For Design wrapped up their Urbanity 101 discussion series about how people can shape their city.

Urbanity 101 was one of the things I was most annoyed to have missed while away so it was really important to me to get someone from RAD on this podcast. Fortunately, RAD’s Chris Kailing was willing to make the trek over to my place and endure my nerd-boy questions.

Now I’m just hoping RAD will put together an Urbanity 201 series this fall. And maybe even an Urbanity 222: Special Topics In Automobile Mitigation workshop.

Music for this podcast is from Malta’s Lost Voices, a collection of Maltese recordings from the early 1930s. You can get your own copy at filflarecords.com.

In the next episode of Queen City Catch Up, I’ll be speaking with Belle Plaine about what’s been happening in the local music scene. That will go up on Wednesday.

Queen City Catch Up: John Klein On The UPass, Downtown Buses And Not Dying (Podcast)

Before I say anything about this episode of the Queen City Catch Up podcast… I’ve noticed almost everybody listening is streaming it through the Souncloud window. That’s cool but I want to point out that I’ve enabled downloads so you can totally click that down-arrow link in the top right corner then put these podcasts on the listening device of your choosing.

As for episode two of Queen City Catch Up, it’s a conversation with John Klein, the Saskboy behind Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff blog. We talk about the UPass coming to the University of Regina, a surprise change to the buses downtown and the pros and cons of becoming a cyborg.

Once again, music for this podcast is from Malta’s Lost Voices, a compilation of Maltese music from the 1930s. Thanks to Filfla Records for giving me permission to use the tracks. (You can check them out at filflarecords.com.)

In the next episode of Queen City Catch Up, I’ll be talking with Chris Kailing from Regina Advocates for Design about Urbanity 101. That will go up on Monday.

Meet Megan Roth

You’ll see a new byline in Prairie Dog and on Dog Blog for the next little while! Megan Roth, a journalism student at SAIT, has joined our editorial department (title: Intrepid Intern) and will be writing all kinds of stuff for the next few weeks (stuff specifics TBA).

To get to know Megan better, we asked her to interview herself in the third person. She has graciously allowed this nonsense to be posted online.

Let’s start with something easy. What is your name, age and where you are from?

I’m Megan Roth, I am 25 and I’m from everywhere but most recently Calgary by way of Moose Jaw.

Why did you come to Prairie Dog for your practicum?

Well, the idea that I wouldn’t have to pay extra rent was quite appealing as I’m staying with my parents. I also enjoyed reading it while I was in high school and thought I could probably do what I saw there too.

Why did you decide to become a journalist?

I like to attribute it to wanting to be like Lois Lane and Clark Kent as a kid, and later like Peter Parker. So basically I just wanted to be a superhero.

Is it true that you wore a Captain America sweater into the office this morning?

Yes I did. It was cold and snowy out when I left home, and I’m the wonderfully smart person who forgot her actual jacket in Calgary. I have no regrets though. I love Cap. It’s the closest I can come in everyday life to being a superhero.

If you weren’t a journalist or a writer of any sort, what would you be doing?

I’d be a costume designer. Put my cosplay skills to some actual use.

What do you like to do in your free time?

If I have free time, I like to read — even though I am technically an adult I do still enjoy young adult literature, play board games, design costumes for cosplay, and play Dungeons and Dragons. If I have time in the summer I also like to scuba dive.

What made you a nerd, you nerd?

Harry Potter when I was 11. That, even more than watching X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons was my first real foray into nerdom. Harry Potter showed me true fandom.

How do you think you’ll fit in at Prairie Dog?

I don’t see how it’s going to work; the people here say they hate nerds. But I’ll give it a try.

Do you have a question for Megan? Ask it in the comments below! She probably won’t answer because she’s very busy, but you never know. Maybe if you ask reeeeeally nice.

New Dog!

2015-02-19The new physical, dead tree Prairie Dog is on its way out into the city, and the online paper is up and ready for your inspection. Here are a few things worth looking at in the latest edition.

AFTER THE ACCIDENT Regina’s arts community lost several very important people in a car accident this month. Carle Steel and friends remember the much-loved victims.

A SNOOP TOO FAR Greg “Gregory” Beatty interviews critics of the Harper government’s new secret police bill. A good read.

CONWAY AND DIAMANTOPOULOS On the opinion pages, John kicks the living shit out of Stephen Harper’s ridiculous and ugly new monument while our old friend Mitch laments what the rising tide of religious extremism is doing to freedom of the press. Gwynne Dyer and David Suzuki have columns too. Opinionpalooza this week!

LITTLE POD, BIG FLAVOUR Join Jason Foster on an odyssey to discover beers’ bitter best weapon: hops. I love the delicious I.P.A.s and you should too.

MATERIAL GIRLS Gregory “Greg” Beatty reviews the Dunlop Art Gallery’s latest all-women show even though he’s a dirty, stinkin’ white male who just reeks of privilege. What an asshole.

BEST OF FOOD AND DRINK 2015 Hey, lookie! Nominations are open!

There’s lots more too.  Pick up the new Prairie Dog wherever better free magazines are available.

Conway Responds To Rosie And Yossarian

Stephen LaRose doesn’t think much of John Conway’s latest column. In his Sept. 12 blog post “Have Some More Haggis, John Conway”, Rosie writes:

John Conway’s analysis of the Scottish independence referendum, philosophically, reads about the same as my attempt to review records by new Canadian bands or artists. Just as every group with two guitarists makes me think of either The Tragically Hip or The Rheostatics, never thinking that newer contemporaries may be a bigger influences, Conway tries to shoehorn his comparing of next week’s groundbreaking vote with the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum.

And then there was this comment from Dog Blog reader Yossarian:

Conway never fails to make an overly simplistic argument. This piece was no exception. Stephen is quite correct in his criticism. There are very few similarities between Scotland and Quebec. Quebec is of course a nation within a nation – but a nation that resulted from settling on indigenous land. Quebec has never been an independent polity – as Scotland was for over 300 years.

There was more validity in Stephen’s brief synopsis than there has been in a Conway piece over the last decade.

I still chuckle at his 2011 election piece where he was predicting a Michael Ignatieff majority government.

John offered to write a response, which I said I’d be happy to put on the blog. Here it is.


I enjoyed reading Stephen LaRose’s piece responding to my Scottish referendum article. He focuses on the many differences between Scotland and Quebec, while I focussed on the similarities. LaRose missed one key and fundamental difference of a boring constitutional sort, but that’s for another column.

A big difference LaRose focussed on is the ethnic issue. He presents a picture of Scottish nationalism unblemished by negative ethnic tensions, while he pans the Quebecois sovereigntists’ repeated failures to deal with “the ethnic question” with sensitivity and political effectiveness. True, and many among the sovereigntist popular base are out-and-out xenophobic national chauvinists. But is Scotland a wonderland of ethnic harmony and tolerance? There certainly is no ethnic issue in the current referendum campaign. There is a reason for this, and forgive me for being sociological. Scottish nationalism has no ethnic tensions because Scotland has very little ethnic diversity — 93 per cent of the population is lily white (83 per cent Scottish, the rest Brits and Irish). Most of the other seven per cent come from EU countries. About three or four per cent are non-white.

One thing LaRose is dead on about — the referendum has become a poll on neoliberalism and the dictatorship of business.

I did not enjoy Yossarian’s comments on my “overly simplistic argument.” My argument may be wrong, but it is not simplistic. But what really hurt was the comment, “I still chuckle at his 2011 election piece where he was predicting a Michael Ignatieff majority government.” I was aghast. How could I have been so stupid? I couldn’t remember making the prediction, but if Yossarian said I did, it must be so. Surely Yossarian wouldn’t deliberately misrepresent what I said.

I dug out the offending article and breathed a sigh of relief. I made no such prediction. The title says it all: “Why He’ll Lose: The case against a Harper win: part logic, part wishful thinking”. It was a cri de coeur. My actual prediction? “…another Harper minority government.” I got it wrong, he won a majority, which I lamented in my next column. What in fact did I say about Ignatieff? Commenting on the TV debate I said, “Michael Ignatieff held his own, even looked good a few times, but was so focussed on Harper he neglected to spell out his vision for Canada in captivating terms (of course, the sad fact is he doesn’t have one).”

My advice to Yossarian? Criticize what I actually write, not a fantasy of my words which you concoct.

LaRose sets me up as a straw man and then knocks me down. Fair game in the realm of political commentary and debate. Yossarian invents words that I write and then attacks me for writing the words he has invented. Not fair game.

John Conway

 

Paul Constant And The Minimum Wage

Nigel Hood-Minimum WageA couple days ago I pointed out the upside of Burger King’s acquisition of Tim Hortons: namely, how all the moving-to-Canada tax savings will obviously translate to higher salaries for Whopper workers.

That was sarcasm.

Corporations don’t raise wages for workers unless they’re forced to. Especially fast food corporations. And that’s one reason higher minimum wages are important: it’s a good way to force big businesses to pay their workers enough money to have some kind of a life.

Conveniently, Prairie Dog’s Official American, Paul Constant, just so happens to have a story on raising the minimum wages in the current issue. Paul lives in (future NHL city) Seattle, which has committed to raising its minimum wage to $15/hour. It’s a bold move. It’s unusual, because this is happening at the city (rather than state) level. It’s really, really interesting, no matter what city or country you live in.

From Paul’s feature:

as a Seattleite, I’m proudest of the minimum wage increase because it addresses what I consider to be the single biggest problem of our time — rampant income inequality. One of my favorite thinkers on this subject is Robert Reich, a former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. In his books Aftershock and Beyond Outrage (and, in a more simplistic way, in the documentary Inequality for All), Reich explains that the American economy is stagnating because more and more money rises to the top one per cent of all earners and simply stays there. The wealthiest of us all now make more money than they can ever possibly spend, Reich explains, and that top one per cent is now in possession of a larger percentage of money than at any time since the 1920s. The Mitt Romneys of the nation instead invest their wealth in tax-free offshore accounts and nations like China, where pesky regulations don’t get in the way of sky-high profits. A capitalist society requires a free flow of cash, but the middle and lower classes in America now have less money to spend than they’ve had in a century, and this could lead us to another Great Recession. Reich’s prescription for this problem is heavily increased taxes on the top wage earners in America, which would then be funneled back to the middle and lower classes.

That idea was not popular, because as John Steinbeck once famously said, “socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exposed proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” Even people below the poverty line hate the idea of raising taxes on the top one per cent of all earners because they suspect they are one lottery ticket away from joining the one per cent; here in Washington state, a vast majority of voters — 64 percent of us! — shot down a proposed state income tax on individuals earning more than $200,000 a year. Because that could be us one day, right? Rags to riches is the American dream, even if it never, ever happens in real life.

It’s a good story and with this week’s big merger, even more timely than expected (we scheduled it when we did because Labour Day seems like the obvious fit). Go read it, and leave a comment if you like.

My Super Secret Revealed

Malta Map“Hey Dechene, you ain’t been writing so much lately. Ain’t seen you on the blog. Something up?”

Indeed there is.

I’m outta here.

Yep, I’m moving. To goddamn Malta. That’s a small island nation in the Mediterranean, close to Sicily, that’s old and warm and, by all accounts, gorgeous.

I will be coming back, however. I still ♥ Regina and all that. We’ll only be gone about eight months.

Y’see, it’s my wife’s sabbatical year. And from September 2 to April 30 we’re going to be living abroad so she can do math research with a bunch of profs over there.

Seriously, Malta is a hotbed of combinatorics. This is a legit math trip.

Me? I’m just along for the ride. And to marshal kids. And drink obscene amounts of coffee.

Continue reading “My Super Secret Revealed”

New Dog!

New Dog (July 10)The new Prairie Dog is making its way to a street box, rack or miscellaneous distribution point near you RIGHT NOW! You should run out and grab a copy! It’s PACKED with epic awesomeness, including:

REMEMBERING TAMRA KEEPNESS Carle Steel went to vigil for the child who vanished in 2004 and reflects on our community’s loss.

BRY WEBB The once, current and hopefully future Constantine brings his solo show to the Exchange tonight. Read Chris Morin’s interview before you see the concert!

SUN NEWS SHITS ON WHITMORE To quote Respected Journalist Paul Dechene’s tweet: Whitworth squashes the bugs at Sun News Network in his latest pro-gay, pro-women, anti-gun editorial. Frankly, I don’t think I’m anti-gun. I’m pro-reasonable gun control.

And lots more! Read it all here!

Prairie Dog! It’s the longest-publishing and best free Regina newspaper that didn’t fold today. Pick it up!

A Seattle-Regina Cross Border Cuddle-Party

Have you read Paul Constant’s feature on gun culture in the United States? You should because it’s great. Sample:

Because mass murder in the U.S. always arrives wreathed in statistics like a professional sport, CNN reported we’ve seen 73 school shootings since the ghastly Newtown massacre in December 2012. A few days later, CNN corrected itself, claiming there have been 15 school shootings since Newtown. Where’d the other 58 shootings go? CNN deemed them unofficial because they “included personal arguments, accidents and alleged gang activities and drug deals,” rather than garden-variety madmen. Because those other wounded and dead students don’t count as victims of gun violence if their shooter had an understandable motive. Because gun death somehow doesn’t count if it’s an accident.

The whole thing is here.

Paul is an editor at The Stranger, the best damn (and Pulitzer Prize-winning!) alternative newsweekly in the United States. The Seattle paper, which is editorially directed by the legendary Dan Savage, also have the best blog of any alternative newspaper on the continent — and it’s ON this blog that Paul mentioned his Prairie Dog feature:

Every so often, I try to explain American politics to the good Canadians who read Prairie Dog, a great alternative weekly up in Regina. In this week’s Prairie Dog, I maybe overstep my bounds as American explainer. I try to offer them some advice on gun violence.

Thought you guys might like to see your silly little indie fish-wrapper get some love from a major alt paper in a major-ish U.S. city. I was pretty tickled. Hugs all around!

New Prairie Dog!

Meet loyal Prairie Dog reader, three-time Typo Wiener and sexy moustache man Brad Joyce. Brad is seen here in a blatantly staged shot, pretending to read the new issue. He’s actually read the entire paper already. I asked him for an easy-to remember quote about the new PD. His one-word answer?

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“Sucks.”

:(

No no, Brad’s kidding. He totally loves us. Now here’s the what’s-what, vis-à-vis and in regards to the new Prairie Dog.

SCENES FROM YOUR SUMMER If you’re not sure where to go or what to do for the next couple of months, check out our pull-out guide with all the information any Regina human could possibly need! Gloriously illustrated* by Dakota McFadzean.

MY TIRED, BULLET-RIDDLED COUNTRY Prairie Dog’s Occasional Official American Contributor, Paul Constant, writes about how guns make him sad. While he acknowledges one or two good things happening in the U.S. — increasing support for same-sex marriage, the decriminalization of pot in some state, a $15/hour minimum wage in Seattle — he says, “I don’t think meaningful change is happening fast enough to repair the invasive rot chewing the foundation of our nation into so many soggy toothpicks.” Yikes! Features a terrific illustration by big-deal Sask ex-pat artist (and former Prairie Dog art director) Nigel Hood.

UNDERSTANDING HARPER Calgary-based expert journalist Gillian Steward explains why the guy is like he is. Hmm, interesting!

AND MORE, MORE, MORE! We’ve got a depressing story on the sadistic murder of the beloved Connaught school; a City Hall update on an important thing with a boring name, Gwynne Dyer, David Suzuki, probably the final Street Wear ever, a preview of the CFL season, a review of the Mary Pratt show at the Mackenzie with the shittiest headline I’ve ever written, a review of the Jonathan Glazer-directed Scarlett Johansson-starring sci-fi film Under The Skin;  plus News Quirks, Bonus Column, Barking Dogs, Hnetflix, three excellent Top 6 listicles, a bunch or album reviews and more!

Pick up a copy and read it while you have a great weekend!

*Dechene calls it an “illustration miracle”. Pretty much!

New Dog!

New Dog (may 15)
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The new Prairie Dog is out today! Alas, it doesn’t contain anything by Paul Dechene. Fortunately, Paul sent in this photo to go with this post. So that makes up for another Decheneless issue, right? Right! Because now, if you find yourself missing Paul, you can just stare at the picture and feel better.

One more thing before I get into what’s in this issue: I have to apologize for a factual error on the contents page. We identified the kaiju on our cover as “Goosezilla”. Obviously, that drawing by Dakota McFadzean is NOT Goosezilla. There’s no such thing as Goosezilla. A three-headed, city-destroying goose monster is obviously going to be called called King Goosedorah.

I should’ve caught the mistake, and I’m really sorry I missed it.

Onward! So! What’s in this issue? Continue reading “New Dog!”

Do You Have Money And Love Local, Independent Media? Hello There!

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Prairie Dog wuvs you!

A while back we added a permanent “Donate” link to our website’s menu bar. Maybe you noticed it? It’s for Prairie Dog readers who might want to support our (free!) newspaper with actual money!

Speaking without any, ahem, bias, I think this is a great idea.

The fact is, Prairie Dog is an essential part of Regina’s media and cultural landscape, and its existence matters a lot to a lot of people. So while we are (and will remain) an advertising-supported venture, we believe our fans deserve the opportunity to be a part of this enterprise beyond just reading*. And now, they — you — can be a part of it!

If you or someone you know has been blessed by the prosperity fairy, please consider making a donation. It’s not tax deductible — after all, we’re a business! — but I promise we’ll use your donation to make the paper (and hopefully as a result, Regina) better.

For more information or to make an actual donation, click here. Want to heap praise, offer criticism or share miscellaneous thoughts about Prairie Dog, Regina’s unique, 21-year-old alternative newspaper? Leave a comment below!

*Also awesome and appreciated!

New, Improved Prairie Dog Pride Logo

Earlier this week we changed our website logo from its usual black and yellow colours to a rainbow-ish incarnation. We did this because the Olympics are being held in Russia, a country that last year passed bigoted laws that are making life bad for  lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, and we want our readers to ponder this Russian shittiness.

(Plus The Guardian redesigned their logo for the Olympics and The Guardian is the best, and we want to be cool like them. Ahem.)

But lo! Nit-picky commentator and Friend O’ The Dog Brad had a complaint: “It bothers me that your logo includes colours from the line of purples,” he wrote in a post a few days ago. “The colours between violet and red are non-spectral and don’t belong on a rainbow.”*

Well, we are nothing if not sensitive to the anal-retentive critiques of our readers! And since, after extensively researching the matter, we have learned that the modern pride flag has six colours (red, orange, yellow, green, royal blue and purple),  we’ve updated our logo!

Thanks for helping us learn something interesting and important, Brad!

*Trivia: the co-operative movement has a seven-colour rainbow flag. But it’s easy to confuse the two flags so we should always be nice to entities and people that  innocently make this mistake, whether that’s a newspaper like Prairie Dog or, I dunno, someone else.