Graphic: Scott Ford

The fallacy of the American dream

Poverty a feature, not a bug of modern capitalism

Recently a Chinese billionaire made a provocative and, at its core, American statement. In an article translated by the Cambridge Entrepreneur Academy, Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, said a great many things that the poster children of capitalism love to say. He told the story of how he started his own company […]

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Washington on the defense

The Daily Show panel highlights the need to stop trying to avoid blame and start making positive change

Recently, the Daily Show aired a segment pitting a panel of Native American activists who are pushing for a new name for a certain Washington-based football team against a panel of fans who are opposed to a name change. The segment is an amusing take on the sordid situation, but while it contrasts the views […]

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Photo Credit Matt Duboff. 
New mayor and new city management offer new hope on the horizon for Winnipeg.

Human rights and wrongs

Museum opening prompts questions about human rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), which is now open for business, has been controversial for a number of reasons, including the museum’s treatment of issues relating to First Nations people, the handling of archaeological digs at the site, the fact that many of the exhibits still have not opened, and the sheer cost […]

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More than just academics

CFS-Manitoba’s role in building the student movement

As October rolls in, we see students are settling back into the regular grind of classes and part-time jobs. With all of this going on, it’s often tough to find a moment to look at the larger issues going on in Manitoba. All students at the University of Manitoba, through UMSU, hold a membership in […]

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ISIS and the contradictions of U.S. foreign policy

America harming its own long-term goals in Middle East

Kevin Linklater The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been covered a lot in the media, and some mention has even been made to how the 2003 U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq helped create this monstrous group. Little attention, however, has been paid to the power struggles and […]

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Graphic: Bram Keast

Issues to follow in the civic election

Crime, transit among important policies under contention this October

Zach Fleisher If you’re like most Winnipeggers, then you haven’t spent an outrageous amount of time following the #wpg14 hashtag, otherwise known as the lead-up to the 2014 City of Winnipeg election. Campaigns have been saturated with attacks emanating from hyper-partisan politicos, and a never-ending deluge of selfies and photographs from council candidates. There has […]

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Graphic: Heather Kat Cole

It gets bitter

We should talk about mental illness all the time, not just when someone famous dies

When I got home from work on Monday, Aug. 11, I had experienced a particularly emotionally exhausting day. Then, when I signed into Facebook, I read the news about Robin Williams’ passing. It was soon after the news had broken, because barely any news sources mentioned his struggle with addiction and mental un-wellness, and my […]

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Graphic: Carolyne Kroeker. Women pictured, from left: Jill Stuchenko, Dawn Crey, Sarah de Vries

Bill C-36 endangers sex workers

Legalizing sex work means safety, dignity for women

Casey Plett Since Last month, the federal government has been shepherding through a new bill regarding sex work laws. Having passed a second reading in the House of Commons, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act—or Bill C-36—looks very likely to become law. Contrary to the wholesome sounding name, the bill will do little […]

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Graphic: Bram Keast

Foreign workers deserve Canada’s respect, hospitality

Low-wage workers are people, not commodities

Chris Hearn A small amount of Canadian corporations—a few Tim Hortons and McDonald’s franchises, for example—have reportedly been abusing Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Some have argued the program, which allowed businesses to import foreign workers to fill jobs in Canada, took jobs away from and favoured foreign workers over able and willing Canadians. Because […]

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Jailed Egyptian-Canadian journalist abandoned by Harper government

Freedom of the press under attack across the globe

Tariq Sohail On June 23, 2014 an Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Fahmy and his two colleagues to seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges. Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian journalist, was covering the Arab Spring in Egypt before he was arrested. The Egyptian government accuses the three journalists of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, spreading “false news,” and […]

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