Jail not the answer

On June 1, 31-year-old Brian Wallace was given a two-year conditional sentence in the community and a five-year driving ban after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death and refusing a breathalyser — Winnipeg was outraged. On Oct. 31, 2007, Wallace had been driving 136 km/h through a residential neighbourhood after spending the night drinking. […]

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All together now

The government of Greece, pushed by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, has imposed tough austerity measures upon the Mediterranean nation. Sales taxes have gone up, wages have gone down, as has government spending. The combination of these actions has resulted in large protests. Why is the government of Greece taking these actions? […]

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Are you offended yet

Let’s say you are at a sporting event — say, kick boxing or mixed martial arts. You rant and rave and roar. It’s a contact sport after all. It’s not real, emotional fighting born out of rage or fear. This is for title. It’s for respect. It’s for the prize. But can our brains really […]

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Happy days for Winnipeg

These are joyous days for the city of Winnipeg: the weather is finally warming up, potholes are retreating into hibernation until next February and camping stores rejoice as their insect repellent profits soar. Oh, and the Jets are back too. Thanks to the approval of the NHL’s board of governors, Winnipeg will become home to […]

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Using people as props

A rally was recently organized in Winnipeg in response to the Conservatives’ open courtship of what is too comfortably known as the “ethnic vote.” This strategy involves targeting voters in high-density ethnic communities that reside in specific ridings and is part of a Conservative media plan that was leaked in early March. Josh Brandon, a […]

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Don’t divide by race

It was recently announced that we may soon have two new representative positions on UMSU Council. First up is the inner city representative, who will make sure that the needs of students at our inner-city campus are met. This representative would serve a clearly defined role and this position makes perfect sense. The second position […]

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Election time in Nigeria

Nigeria has an estimated population of over 150 million people, with three major tribal ethnic groups — Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba — diverse religious groups and is the seventh largest oil exporter in the world. But in the midst of plenty, the people of Nigeria have still suffered from a series of political, economic, religious […]

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Real inspiring stuff

In the final days leading up to the confidence motion which brought an end to the 40th Parliament of Canada, the prospect of an election seemed inevitable as the approaching spring thaw. And so it was — after two and a half years of periodic brinksmanship on behalf of all four major parties, they all […]

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