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On May 9, Vote In The Provincial Election

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Opinions and Humour | 0 comments

Tierney Watkinson | Team Member We, our generation, must become more involved. At the NUGSS elections this year, the voter turnout was discouragingly low. Along with the released election results was the statistic that only 19% of eligible students voted. I believe that a lot of the scrutiny placed on the outgoing NUGSS board has been unwarranted. They are being forced to deal with the consequences of poor management, miscommunication, and oversight from years past. This is the team that discovered the mistake in the first place. They were open and honest about it. Let us not forget that. Attitudes towards the outgoing NUGSS board members have been cruel, ruthless, and unnecessary. On top of that, you cannot complain ceaselessly about the ruling party and then be apathetic come voting day. You cannot expect change to magically happen. Where...

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Celebrity Feminism In The 21st Century

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Opinions and Humour | 0 comments

Dara Campbell | Contributor “No pop culture trend of the past few years has been more tiresome than celebrity feminism,” opens Cosmopolitan magazine’s Eliza Thompson in her article “Celebrity Feminism Has No Place in Trump’s America.” For the most part, Cosmo occupies a space in mainstream media which fancies itself as empowering but is actually harmful to girls and women’s perceptions of femininity. The premise of the magazine is misogynistic in and of itself; like a lot of female-specific media, Cosmo acts like girls and women are primarily interested in beauty tips, fashion trends, celebrity news, and dating advice applicable only to relationships with men. (Is “38 Tips For Better Sex With Women” not a priority too?) Contrary to the magazine’s disappointing track record, Thompson’s article makes a number of important observations about celebrity feminism of the twenty-first century...

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5 Fictional Dictators That Would be Better Presidents Than Trump

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Opinions and Humour | 0 comments

The beginning of the Trump administration has been a maelstrom of chaos. Protests have been happening across the United States as people stand up against a variety of decisions Trump has made. Trump’s Executive Order curtailing immigration from Muslim-majority countries has dramatically affected the lives of refugees and even legal US residents and citizens, and has also spawned a large number of lawsuits against the government. Trump has been inflaming tensions between the US and other countries and frequently takes to Twitter to pursue petty grudges. All this and more has happened, and it has lead to Trump having the lowest approval rating for a new President since that sort of thing started to be monitored. The terms “fascist” and “Nazi” are thrown around a lot in reference to Trump, his administration, his advisors, and supporters, but this article...

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Grant’s Rant: Cross The Aisle Already

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Opinions and Humour | 0 comments

Grant Bouchard  | Contributor It’s hard to be a political scientist these days, because all your friends look to you and say “Explain Trump to me.” Here is my explanation of Trump; I don’t have one. I say that not because I gave up but because I simply can’t explain his madness. Instead I ask people to go out and find out themselves. If Donald Trump’s rise to power highlighted one thing more than anything else it’s that people need to talk to each other. Politics is about how we live together, and in this current time we are not living together very well. Divisions in this world are deeper and more fundamental than ever. Identity politics, racism, environmentalism, feminism and conservatism are all labels to divide us. “Human” is the word that should unite us. Not to sound...

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Why The Liberals Backing Down From Electoral Reform Is Bad For You

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Opinions and Humour | 0 comments

Colin Slark | Editor in Chief When the Liberals announced during the 2015 federal election campaign that they were promising to make that election the last under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system, it was an exciting proposition. The current system has served Canada for 150 years, but something having always been the same way is not an automatic indicator that it is worth keeping around. According to Elections Canada’s website, there are 17 registered federal political parties. These parties represent the views of varying amounts of Canadians, but it doesn’t matter. Unless you vote for 1 of 3 parties (4 in Quebec and 4 in Elizabeth May’s riding), your vote doesn’t matter because there is almost no chance any non-NDP, Liberal, or Conservative candidate will be successful. If you want to vote for a party that is likely to form...

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To the Good Men

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Opinions and Humour | 0 comments

Darrin Rigo | Contributor To The Good Men, We are not actively abusers. We are intentionally hurting the women in our lives. We are not murderers and for that, we deserve no congratulations. We are doing the bare minimum, and we are to blame. Here are we are: the good men. We will sit and listen to the news stories. We quote the facts. 1 in 4 women. 72 cents to the dollar. We will shake our heads – let out a thoughtful “hmmm” – aghast as men terrorize women. Men who would shoot 14 women just for engaging in academia. We see this and we create this man, this abuser in our heads and say – “I would never do that. Because I am a good man.” Good men do this and because we do this, we will...

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