Foreign intervention in Syria a mistake

Conflict should be solved by regional powers

It seems things have deteriorated to a point in the Syrian civil war that chemical weapons have been used against civilians. As with much in the Syrian war, there is some mystery and confusion surrounding the event. Estimated death tolls have ranged from hundreds to over a thousand. John Kerry put the number at 1,429 […]

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University email change misguided

New policy is troublesome and will not protect your privacy

Tom Ingram, staff The University of Manitoba is adopting a new email policy. Starting Sept. 1, all communications between students and faculty or staff must go through official U of M email accounts. Students will no longer be able to use personal email accounts to communicate with professors, academic advisors, or other university employees. Additionally, […]

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Photo by: Dano Tanaka

Osborne House controversy reveals ignorance on both sides

Questions of sexism as well as racism must be discussed

The controversy surrounding a recent Osborne House fundraiser rages on, and parties on both sides of the debate have some apologizing to do. For those who haven’t been following the news, a series of internal emails between Eric Robinson, Manitoba’s Deputy Premier, and Nahanni Fontaine, the province’s Special Advisor on Aboriginal Women’s Issues, were recently […]

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Illustration by: Gloria Joe

Getting serious about male-on-male violence

Trayvon Martin case raises questions of masculinity as well as race

The Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman story needs little introduction. Even though it occurred far south of the Canadian border in sunny Florida, the media coverage has been hard to miss. Much of the debate concerning this story has been focused on the issue of race. Some insist that the case is one of racial profiling, in […]

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Empty the tanks!

Marineland protestors on the right side of history

Carlyn Schellenberg, staff On the afternoon of July 27, 2013 the first International Empty the Tanks protests occurred simultaneously in various locations around the world. I had the pleasure of attending the event at Marineland, along with over 200 other dissidents. For decades, anti-captivity activists have been protesting against the inhumane capture of marine mammals […]

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Photo by: Tom Ingram

The great suburban illusion

Riverbend Habitat concerns are masking something unwholesome

The Habitat for Humanity development in Winnipeg’s Riverbend neighbourhood is nearing completion. Of a proposed 10 side-by-side units, half have been completed and half are almost done. As a resident of the area, I feel that now is a good time to take another look at the issues surrounding the project. Habitat for Humanity is […]

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New pet owner bylaw misguided

Cat licensing puts unfair burden on pet owners

Michael Welch On July 17, Winnipeg City Council voted 12-4 on an amended Responsible Pet Owner Bylaw which, among other things, forces cat owners to license their pets. The annual cost to cat owners will range from $15 to $50 depending on whether or not the cat was fixed. Owners will be fined $250 for […]

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Illustration by: Bradly Wohlgemuth

Canadian justice system failing Aboriginal people

Restorative justice, self-government needed to correct “systemic discrimination”

Katerina Tefft, staff The relationship between Aboriginal people and the Canadian criminal justice system is broken, and evidence is mounting that a radical change is necessary. An October 2012 report by Canada’s Office of the Correctional Investigator found that Aboriginal people constitute only four per cent of the Canadian population but 23 per cent of […]

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Letting history decide

Are you a hero or villain in the fight against homophobia?

William F. Buckley Jr. once said, “A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling ‘Stop!’” Allow me to elaborate. In 1850, a black man named Martin Delany applied for admission to Harvard Medical School. Delany was of exemplary character. In his life he helped to found the North Star, the leading black […]

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Graphic: Phillipp Fisch

Local businesses, not big-box stores, stimulate local economies

IKEA (that Swedish mega-store that sells cheap furniture that you struggle to assemble) opened a store in Winnipeg off of Kenaston this past year. It has become a conversation piece for Winnipeggers. Sadly, it was met with much love and excitement by the city, with politicians mechanically repeating the ways in which it would boost […]

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