UMSU General Election 2014 candidates

Letters to the editor

Re: The death of student activism

As the dust settles from the recent UMSU election, it is apparent that it was not an election based on the serious issues that face students and challenge the quality of their education. Rather, it brought to the surface nothing more than trivial issues that overshadowed the purpose of our university student union, blocking the […]

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Graphic: Aichelle Sayuno

Monetary policy, debt, and unions

Unions could solve some key problems for Canada’s economy

Kevin Linklater, staff Following the global financial crisis of 2008-09, the Canadian economy was held up as a model in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Canada escaped the worst of the crisis; the banks were strong and the housing market continued to grow in strides. Four years on, however, the overall performance […]

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Unions are beneficial to society: Con

Foster Lyle, staff Take any finance course and you will hear that a free market is an efficient market. A free market is one where the market decides what it needs, causing others to provide products and services to cater to these needs. Looking at the labour market is fundamentally the same. Employers supply a […]

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Unions are beneficial to society: Pro

Katerina Tefft, staff Free-market capitalism, as economist Karl Polanyi famously writes in The Great Transformation, is a “stark utopia” that “could not exist for any length of time without annihilating the human and natural substance of society; it would have physically destroyed man and turned his surrounding into a wilderness.” It is out of this […]

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Graphic by: Aichelle Sayuno

Silence is not a solution

Our flawed system won’t be fixed if we ignore it

Caleigh MacDonald, staff The federal government’s proposed Fair Elections Act has been controversial with voters in Canada who feel the system’s overhaul is both unfair and undemocratic. This bill would revamp the current Elections Act, increasing the amount that can be contributed by individuals to campaigns, limiting the ability of Elections Canada to encourage the […]

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Debunking colonialism with Jennifer Keith

New First Nations Education Act a smokescreen

Jennifer Keith At Prime Minister Harper’s recent announcement on the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, he stated, “This is historic, and it is a great day for Canada, for First Nations communities, and for the next generation.” He was speaking of the long-overdue transfer of control of First Nations education from the […]

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Graphic by: Samantha Secter

‘Blurred Lines’ gets Juno stamp of approval

Awards should not celebrate misogyny in music

Stephanie Haderer, volunteer staff Trigger warning: rape. “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two.” That is a line from one of the most controversial and popular songs of 2013. Who is the man who wrote the song? He is a performer, a father, and as of recently, a two-year Juno […]

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Illustration: Caroline Norman

Federal budget fails on youth unemployment

Internships exploit cheap youth labour

Michael Lee, volunteer staff With the new federal budget being released, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made sure to highlight the federal government’s contributions to curbing youth unemployment. Prior to the budget’s release, in an interview with CBC’s Chris Hall, Flaherty sympathized with young Canadians over their struggles in today’s highly competitive economy: “I agree with […]

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Senate reform long overdue

Chamber of sober second thought must be independent, representative

Tariq Sohail, volunteer staff The recent Senate expense scandal has brought some hard truths about Canadian democracy to the fore. There have always been calls to reform the Canadian Senate, but in the past year the scandal has revealed gross incompetence, and broken the public’s trust. Decades before former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, Liberal […]

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Graphic: Justin Ladia

Our moral superiority at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Western indignation at Russia’s anti-gay law disingenuous

Kevin Linklater, staff Russia has been in the international spotlight for much of the last two weeks for hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. However, the actual games themselves have often been overshadowed by Russia’s deteriorating human rights record – most notably the introduction last year of a controversial anti-gay law. The law prohibits the public […]

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