Harper uses new math to kill the CWB

I’ve come to the disturbing conclusion that Canadians in general and the Conservative Party of Canada in particular can’t count. Here are some examples: -Between 2006 and May 2011 Stephen Harper and his Conservatives led two minority Parliaments, and yet they tried to run this country as if they had a majority of the seats […]

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Who’s afraid of Anna Hazare

The last two weeks of August saw India go through an unprecedented people’s movement, an Arab Spring of sorts. Maybe you have heard of the 74-year-old Anna Hazare, social activist and prime mover of a recent anti-corruption stir. Following a 288-hour fast in protest of government corruption, he is currently being touted as a Gandhi-come-again […]

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Capitalism is peaceful

Capitalism is a system based on trust and mutually beneficial trade. You trade time and productivity to your employer for money. You trade that money with a business for a product you want. The money you trade has no real value unless you and the person you are trading with agree that it has value. […]

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Another month another loan

Another month, another loan. That’s a decent summation of the ongoing crisis in Greece and the “Eurozone,” and it might almost be cute if it weren’t so close to the more complex truth, which isn’t, in fact, much more complicated at all: Greece is collapsing, and its continental brethren, like so many deer in the […]

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Being smart on crime

Conservative pundits have rallied around recent Stats Canada numbers, claiming that they prove at last that the Manitoba government has failed in making Winnipeg “feel safer.” These allegations centre around what I feel is the mythological NDP “soft on crime” policies supposedly to blame for the perceived crime wave in the province, and that a […]

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Equal pay for equal work

It is no secret that there is a wage discrepancy between men and women who perform the same tasks and have the same jobs, both within and outside Canada. Numerous studies have been conducted to answer the question of why this is the case, which have produced a large range and variety of different explanations […]

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9/11: what do you remember?

There are certain events that create everlasting memories for an entire generation. Our grandparents will never forget Aug. 6, 1945. On this summer day an atomic bomb, ironically labeled “Little Boy,” was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan causing widespread death and destruction. Eternally stamped in the memories of our parents is the death of two iconic […]

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A world changed

For most people, the subject of history is a straightforward affair. In grade school we’re taught that A happened before B, which preceded C. There are some dates thrown around and some names to memorize, but the story is never made out to be terribly complicated. Of course, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. […]

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Unshakable values

On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States of America was attacked by 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists. America’s sense of peace and security was shattered, as was the feeling in much of the Western world that we were safe from attacks or harm. After the fall of the Soviet Union, there seemed to be a feeling that […]

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The loss of an inspiration

On August 22, 2011, Canada was shocked and saddened by the news of Jack Layton’s death. After suffering from prostate cancer in 2010, hip surgery during the federal election earlier this year and most recently an undisclosed form of cancer this summer, the leader of the official Opposition lost his battle early in the morning, […]

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