Empty the tanks!

Marineland protestors on the right side of history

Carlyn Schellenberg, staff On the afternoon of July 27, 2013 the first International Empty the Tanks protests occurred simultaneously in various locations around the world. I had the pleasure of attending the event at Marineland, along with over 200 other dissidents. For decades, anti-captivity activists have been protesting against the inhumane capture of marine mammals […]

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Photo by: Tom Ingram

The great suburban illusion

Riverbend Habitat concerns are masking something unwholesome

The Habitat for Humanity development in Winnipeg’s Riverbend neighbourhood is nearing completion. Of a proposed 10 side-by-side units, half have been completed and half are almost done. As a resident of the area, I feel that now is a good time to take another look at the issues surrounding the project. Habitat for Humanity is […]

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New pet owner bylaw misguided

Cat licensing puts unfair burden on pet owners

Michael Welch On July 17, Winnipeg City Council voted 12-4 on an amended Responsible Pet Owner Bylaw which, among other things, forces cat owners to license their pets. The annual cost to cat owners will range from $15 to $50 depending on whether or not the cat was fixed. Owners will be fined $250 for […]

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Illustration by: Bradly Wohlgemuth

Canadian justice system failing Aboriginal people

Restorative justice, self-government needed to correct “systemic discrimination”

Katerina Tefft, staff The relationship between Aboriginal people and the Canadian criminal justice system is broken, and evidence is mounting that a radical change is necessary. An October 2012 report by Canada’s Office of the Correctional Investigator found that Aboriginal people constitute only four per cent of the Canadian population but 23 per cent of […]

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Letting history decide

Are you a hero or villain in the fight against homophobia?

William F. Buckley Jr. once said, “A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling ‘Stop!’” Allow me to elaborate. In 1850, a black man named Martin Delany applied for admission to Harvard Medical School. Delany was of exemplary character. In his life he helped to found the North Star, the leading black […]

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Graphic: Phillipp Fisch

Local businesses, not big-box stores, stimulate local economies

IKEA (that Swedish mega-store that sells cheap furniture that you struggle to assemble) opened a store in Winnipeg off of Kenaston this past year. It has become a conversation piece for Winnipeggers. Sadly, it was met with much love and excitement by the city, with politicians mechanically repeating the ways in which it would boost […]

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Graphic: Bram Keast

Hostility toward feminism blocks positive change

Examining Joni Mitchell's rejection of feminism on CBC Radio

One would think that with all the positive change brought about through feminism it would not get such a bad reputation, unfortunately that is not the case. A recent interview on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi revealed an offended Joni Mitchell, with feminism acting as the offender. The interview contained many quotable, inspired moments from […]

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Point/Counterpoint

The motion: Students Against Israeli Apartheid should be banned from campus (con)

UMSU’s recent decision to ban Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) from campus represents a failing on the part of the council to differentiate between racism and discrimination, and legitimate criticism of state policy. Josh Morry, who tabled the motion to ban the group, argued that SAIA made him and several other Jewish students feel uncomfortable […]

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Point/Counterpoint

The motion: Students Against Israeli Apartheid should be banned from campus (pro)

Much has been said and written about UMSU’s historic decision to strip Students Against Israel Apartheid (SAIA) of its student group status and ban it from using UMSU spaces. The Ottawa Citizen wrote that UMSU showed “courage and moral integrity in opposing ignorance and intolerance.” On the other hand, many of the comments posted to […]

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City risking it all on Hydro Corridor

Author: Steve Snyder In recent months I am sure I have heard every reason why the rapid transit corridor should (or shouldn’t) go along the Hydro line. Of those reasons, the idea that the Parker/Hydro Corridor has greater opportunity for transit-oriented development (TOD) is the one that scares me the most. Nassim Taleb, a former […]

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