Student loans: the less you have, the more you have to pay

Why interest rates on student loans should be scrapped

Bilan Arte Canada currently uses provincial and federal student loans as a way to increase the accessibility of our post-secondary education system. The idea is simple: lump sums of money are provided to students from low-income families to help pay for their school and living expenses for the duration of their post-secondary education program. In […]

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Winnipeg Zombie Walk cancellation indicates unattainable regulations

Community-building events should be more affordable

Foster Lyle, staff A few short weeks ago it was announced that Winnipeg’s annual Zombie Walk would not occur this year. The event, which attracts thousands of Winnipeg residents to dress as the “undead” and take to the streets for a lively, fun-filled walk, was closed down by its organizers, who said that the cost […]

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Mental health and poverty

A misunderstood correlation

Bruce Tefft It is a well-established fact that rates of mental disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, schizophrenia) within the general population are strongly correlated with income. In other words, as individual incomes decrease, rates of mental disorder sharply increase. This consistent relationship has been demonstrated around the world and, in reference to both mental and physical […]

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Graphic by: Bradly Wohlgemuth

The case for decriminalization

Seeking alternatives to the failed “War on Drugs”

The recent Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) proposal to ticket people found with 30 grams or less of marijuana is a tiny step in the right direction. But with Justin Trudeau now speaking out in favour of marijuana legalization, and 70 per cent of Canadians in favour of either legalization or decriminalization, it’s […]

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Photo: Caleigh MacDonald

PST’d off

NDP tax hike irresponsible, circumvents law

Caleigh MacDonald Entrepreneur Robert Half once said, “People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income.” This is a sentiment personified no more obviously than in our own NDP provincial government, which recently raised the provincial sales tax rate of Manitoba […]

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Graphic by: Bradly Wohlgemuth

Bloody hypocrisy

Canadian blood donation policy discriminatory towards men who have sex with men

Bradly Wohlgemuth, staff “Blood. It’s in you to give.” Apparently it’s not inside everybody for giving – for example, someone like me, a bisexual male. According to the rules set by Health Canada, I will not be an eligible blood donor for another five years. And that is only if I abstain from having sex […]

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Over-regulating the small guy

Scale-appropriate regulation necessary for fair competition, small local businesses

Earlier this month, the Manitoba Agriculture-Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) collected and is currently slated to destroy thousands of dollars of agricultural product from a small family farm in southern Manitoba. MAFRI claims that the product in question, belonging to Pam and Clint Cavers, is not up to the provincial standard for eatable food product, […]

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Illustration by: Gloria Joe

My choice to be childfree

Against the current of parenthood

Meg Bergeron I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s a war going on out there, and it seems to be getting uglier by the day. It’s a battle between parents and the childfree, a group which has been gradually gaining prominence over the last 30 or so years, thrust into the spotlight after Time […]

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Not our Canada

Quebec charter violates Canadian values, religious freedom

Tariq Sohail The Quebec government’s shocking initiative to marginalize a small population of minorities comes at a time when Quebec’s public debt currently is, as of Mar. 31, 2013, $193.6 billion and growing. Instead of focusing on methods to reduce public debt and grow Quebec’s economy, the Parti Quebecois (PQ) will end up strengthening the […]

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City traffic cops prey on drivers

Tickets replenish city’s coffers

Craig Pauls “I’m doin’ you a favour,” the cop said, handing me a $325 ticket. What could I say but, “Thanks. I’m a disabled vet and a student now. I really appreciate the discount.” “I could have made it for $100 more,” he warned. “You were actually doing 80 in a 50.” “It was a […]

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