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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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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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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Gender discrimination: two wrongs don’t make a right

Prejudice against men is real and harmful

Meg Bergeron Many feminists think misandry isn’t real. Not even my spellcheck thinks misandry is real. But it has become painfully obvious to me, as I pay closer attention to today’s social issues, that it is. Women have been hurt – a lot. This is not news. But amidst all this hostility, men are being […]

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Graphic by: Bram Keast

Not on my campus

End tobacco sales at the University of Manitoba

Not on My Campus collective Across Canada, many provinces and territories have prohibited tobacco sales at post-secondary institutions. It is surprising that the University of Manitoba sells cigarettes in two locations on the Fort Garry campus: IQ’s and G.P.A.’s. Both stores are run by the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU). Being the provider of […]

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Marching together for safer streets

Take Back the Night rally inspires positive change

Spencer Fernando On Sept. 19, I had the opportunity to attend the 35th annual Take Back the Night rally. This was the first time I had attended the march—which started at the North End Bell Tower on Selkirk Avenue—and I was initially unsure of what to expect. What I found was a powerful sense of […]

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A great consolation

Assisted suicide option should be on the table for terminally ill patients

Caleigh MacDonald, staff I do not know what it’s like to be dying, but I know better than most what it feels like to lose control of your own body. I have epilepsy, a condition that sporadically turns my brain into a skipping record player. When it activates, I collapse, and every muscle in my […]

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Nothing looms larger

A student’s perspective on academic freedom and the potential UMFA strike

Kristy Hourd In every course syllabus, there is a paragraph stating that students are required to adhere to the University’s policy on academic integrity. Almost every student I know, including myself, basically sums up this policy as “don’t plagiarize, and no stunt doubles at exams.” We then skip over academic integrity and jump right to […]

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