globalwAlthough nothing decided at meetings between the 18-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) club is binding, Mr. Goodale’s comments represent hints of the position Ottawa is developing for a key conference at Kyoto, Japan, in December. There, governments which subscribe to the theory that man-made emissions of carbon dioxide are heating the earth’s atmosphere will attempt to force an international treaty requiring steep cuts in CO2emissions by 2010. That would wreak havoc on energy-intensive economies, none moreso than Canada’s.

“The APEC gathering was supposed to be about trade,” objects Roger Soucy, president of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada. “But a bare handful of the 97 people there were from business. Environment became the number-one topic, and our energy minister spent a huge amount of time talking …

metallicpianoThink about how many years it takes to master an acoustic instrument. A synthesizer studio is a group of instruments, each one with a whole new set of freedoms and restrictions. The freedom is that any instrument is capable of hundreds of unique and exciting sounds. The restriction is that the technical and sonic structure of each synthesizer has nothing in common with another one. You’ll have to learn each synthesizer in your studio, one at a time before you can take it into battle on your next project. If this were a live player that you’d never heard of, would you trust him or her with a solo at your next recording date without even an audition? Same thing.

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