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Elling Lien can usually be found over at the nuttier end of the peanut gallery. Remember that election on October 14? You probably don’t. It had the lowest voter turnout of any election in the history of Canada, and our province led the pack of…

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Elling Lien is 2X2L calling FTA ABC . . . Do you read? Poor Stephen Harper doesn’t have an easy job ahead of him in these final few days before the citizens of our chilly nation bundle themselves into their puffy plush parkas and stroll…

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Elling Lien says, “I, for one, am voting for that ABC party everyone’s talking about.” Well, with Business Post editor Craig Westcott running in St. John’s East, and former Independent editor Ryan Cleary seeking nomination in St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, I can’t even tell you…

News bites

Last call debate Finally, there will be a public meeting on whether changes should be made to the regulations regarding hours for bars. Should it move back? Should it move ahead? Think you know someone well? Predict which side of the fence they fall on…

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Elling Lien never catches anything but sculpins–maybe that’s why he’s bitter. Great news! Stocks of Atlantic cod are estimated at around 4 or 5 per cent what they were in the mid-eighties! 4 or 5 per cent! That’s an increase from 2003’s numbers, so it…

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Elling Lien is the festival. Make your own festival, dammit! Around this time last year, Live Earth—a set of worldwide concerts intended to raise awareness and fight global warming—was making headlines. Unfortunately, the event’s negative impact on the environment was also making headlines. According to…

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Elling Lien is still having fun. It was around this time two years ago that The Scope went kerblam! and published its first little 8-pager of an issue. We’ve been on the go ever since. I must say, it’s been exhausting, frightening, exhilarating, and rewarding.

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Elling Lien looks both ways before crossing. You know the feeling you have when you’re walking down the middle of George Street at night, and there are hundreds of other people around you? (No, not the queasy tequila and streetmeat feeling.) Part of the carnival-esque…

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Elling Lien has a question. Why isn’t there a regular time set aside for the public to ask questions at St. John’s city council meetings? Okay, that sounded totally boring. Let’s back up… You want bike lanes. When you’re watching city council meetings on Rogers…

The Fourth Wall

Elling Lien is hungry for some organic snow peas. This year, my mom, Judy Lien, has made the decision not to garden as much as she usually does. “Uhh… so?” Well, thing is, her one little farm in Portugal Cove has been generating a large…

Green Drinks

Elling Lien has turned green with drink. Green Drinks isn’t just beer dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s not a health drink bulked with Spirulina or any other new age algae… Green Drinks is what you call a bunch of environmentally-minded folks getting…

A minus Q

Elling Lien won’t tell if you aren’t there to ask. How can a question be asked if there is no one there to ask it? If a tree falls in the forest, and it hits a mime, does anyone care? The answer to life, the…

Urban tumbleweed at risk?

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/UDXjnW3nIWg” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Elling Lien is bagged. The plastic shopping bag had its moment of glory almost ten years ago in a particular scene of the movie American Beauty. A bag dancing in the wind in Ricky’s video appeared so full of…

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Elling Lien is trying to get you in the mood. On March 10, it’ll be 43 against four. Yep, next month will see the reappearance at the provincial House of Assembly the folks most people may drunkenly remember having voted for in the provincial election…

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Elling Lien is all about the February. When two U.S. Navy ships were wrecked off the south coast of Newfoundland in February of 1942, hundreds of people were cast into the ocean. Two hundred of them died, and almost two hundred of them were rescued…