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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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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Graphic: Bram Keast

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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Graphic: Caroline Norman

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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