Author Archive | Ben Forrest

Writing gives voice to homelessness

Harry Kuhn has a voice that sings even when it’s not singing – a low, rumbling baritone that cuts the air like a scalpel and echoes through it like a diesel engine. He uses this voice sparingly, edging into group discussions with jabs and jokes and one-liners, but no Hamlet-like soliloquies. But when Harry cuts […]

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Engineers use art auction to support international development

Alex Hockin knew something about international development before going on a volunteer trip to Malawi two summers ago. But the Western University engineering student’s knowledge was mainly academic and abstract. What she got in the southeast African country was first-hand experience of third-world problems, and it changed her. “You hear a lot about different theories […]

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Campus police pierce the darkness

A night shift for Western University’s Campus Community Police Service is like a bubble waiting to burst. At a given moment it can be still, tranquil, boring, devoid of action, but also fragile and ready to pop. And when it pops, an officer can be gunning the engine of a police cruiser, racing hard toward […]

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London festival spotlights Canadian cinema

Toronto-based filmmakers Jason and Brett Butler wanted to capture a scene in a bakery for their latest feature, a dark comedy called Mourning Has Broken. But the bakeries they had in mind for a scene were unavailable, and since budgets for time and money were small – five days and $1,000 – they did what […]

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