Graphic: Bradly Wohlgemuth

Letter to the editor: ‘Dialogue’ and censorship

The curious case of the Arab-Jewish Dialogue and UMSU’s ban on SAIA

Brian Latour In recent weeks, the anti-racist student group Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) has once again had its student group status revoked by UMSU – this time, from the Student Group Promotions and Affairs Committee (SGPAC) and only three days after receiving official status for the 2013-14 academic year. I’m sure the debate—if one […]

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Sexual assault: full disclosure

Katy MacKinnon, staff We speak about mental health, the need to stop the stigma and bring issues out into the open. We speak of poverty, homelessness, and helping those less fortunate. We encourage physical activity and eating right. We stay silent about sexual assault. I am writing this as a plea to bring the sexual […]

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‘People are talking’

Reporting on social media is boring at best, a menace at worst

Tom Ingram, staff A recent article ran on the New York Times website with the headline “Possible Meteor Over California Has Social Media Abuzz.” CTV’s website ran a summary of Twitter reactions to Rob Ford’s remarks at Toronto City Hall last Thursday. Searching for “social media abuzz” yields hundreds of other examples. It seems that […]

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Graphic: Heather Kat Cole

How to offend a heretic

Atheists do appreciate beauty of the universe, contrary to Oprah’s misconceptions

Alex Passey There are very few things one can say about atheism that will genuinely offend an atheist. Generally speaking, non-believers don’t hold to any dogmatic guidelines to live by that others may ridicule as archaic or antisocial. Atheists aren’t required to eat certain things, wear certain hats, or cut their hair in a certain […]

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Graphic: Bram Keast

Blackface Halloween costumes unacceptable

Historical context of minstrelsy and slavery cannot be erased

Seamus Hamilton-Pattison It’s that time of year again. Another Halloween has come and gone in Winnipeg, as have all the seasonal amenities that go along with it. If you’re in your late teens or early adulthood, you’ve likely partaken in Winnipeg’s diverse, rambunctious Halloween nightlife. In the week leading up to and directly following Halloween, […]

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Re: UMSU begins CFS review

Re: UMSU begins CFS review I find Christian Pierce’s comments within the article “UMSU begins review of CFS relationship” disturbing on many fronts. UMSU is a membership-based organization, which is supposed to be democratic in its decision-making, open to encourage participation, accountable, and of course, transparent in its activities. But what Pierce is saying—that all […]

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Graphic by: Caroline Norman

Espionage secures Canada’s energy advantage

Surveillance a necessary evil whether or not the public is aware

Tariq Sohail In the past few weeks, there have been some new revelations about economic espionage leaked to the media by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. The Canadian government, specifically Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), stands accused of spying on Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME). Transparency isn’t one of CSEC’s […]

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Consumerism and the ‘right now!’ era

Cheap and fast trump quality in modern times

Steve Snyder, volunteer staff In business, one is always confined by the triple constraints. Fast, cheap, or good: choose two. As a society, for the most part, we have moved away from the “good” and more towards the “fast” and “cheap.” Take, for instance, this story, shared with me by one of my co-workers and […]

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Federal prison strike reveals longstanding labour issues

Inmate pay cuts will make prisons unsafe, increase recidivism

Anne Wyman Imagine waking up tomorrow to a 30 per cent wage cut, mandated by law. If the cost of living stayed the same, you’d immediately begin budgeting. Which items would be the first to go? For people incarcerated in federal institutions in Canada, a 30 per cent pay reduction could mean being suddenly unable […]

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