Illustration: Bram Keast

Myths about Mandela

Anti-apartheid leader’s legacy co-opted by conservatives

Brian Latour With the death of Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5, the world lost an interesting political figure and a powerful leader in the struggle against racism and colonialism. Mandela was a political figure who was constantly evolving, and one who was not without contradictions. His transition from anti-colonial revolutionary to a universally respected elder […]

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Graphic: Bram Keast

Growing health gap a concern for poor Manitobans

Brian Sinclair inquest reveals outstanding issues of negligence

Seamus Hamilton-Pattison, volunteer staff Given the rate modern medicine progresses, it should come as no surprise that overall, health in our province has been improving. Since approximately 1985, for example, the number of tuberculosis hospitalizations per 100,000 people in Manitoba has been cut nearly in half. That being said, while health care has drastically improved […]

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“Nerd” is not an insult

Being science fiction or fantasy-obsessed is cool nowadays

Connor Duff Nerd. In high school, who didn’t dread being called that? Well, on the contrary, “nerd” isn’t some degrading insult that everyone will find offensive. If you call a good amount of high school or university students a nerd, the response you may likely get is, “Thank you.” While driving home from work one […]

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Photo: Angela England

Polar bears don’t belong in captivity

Combating climate change the real answer to wildlife conservation

Chris Hearn, volunteer staff Why do we humans love to play the role of God or Mother Nature? What gives us the right to decide the fate and future of every other living thing on this planet? Nature can take care of itself best. It always has and always will. Attempts by humans to change […]

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A short guide to using language thoughtfully

Things to keep in mind before you say “that’s so gay”

Leah Borchert I have a lot of friends who regularly use terms like “that’s so gay” or “that’s retarded.” These friends are generally intelligent, compassionate people, who do not at all think of themselves as homophobic, ableist, or otherwise prejudiced. Many of them even think of themselves as allies. Their general line of reasoning is […]

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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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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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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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