Photo by: Katy MacKinnon

The price of convenience

Smartphones and technological complacency

Seemingly everyone has a smartphone these days. According to surveys from 2013, almost half of all Canadians and more than half of all Americans use the high-powered mobile devices. Until recently, I was one of those last few holdouts, sitting hunched over my slide-out Nokia Surge typing impeccably spelled text messages on its full QWERTY […]

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Snow cone — Photo by Beibei Lu

Purposeful strides ahead

A brief list of strategies to keep you mindful and on track in 2014

That unmistakably thick, heady fog of impractical resolutions and implacably glass-half-full attitudes permeates the air: it’s the New Year. I know I’m never more purposeful than I am in January. One year ends, another begins. A fresh start. A new chance to reinvent ourselves and get it right this time. Or something? The problem is […]

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Hydro expansion plans high risk?

Total project cost would amount to more than provincial debt

Living in Manitoba it is nearly impossible to survive through the winter without the resources of Manitoba Hydro. Yet consumers may soon find that what they are paying the company to provide for these services has gone up, according to an announcement recently made by Manitoba Hydro. The first of several rate increases, which became […]

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Graphic by: Bradly Wohlgemuth

The case for decriminalization

Seeking alternatives to the failed “War on Drugs”

The recent Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) proposal to ticket people found with 30 grams or less of marijuana is a tiny step in the right direction. But with Justin Trudeau now speaking out in favour of marijuana legalization, and 70 per cent of Canadians in favour of either legalization or decriminalization, it’s […]

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Safe sex is good sex

A student's guide to sexual health and wellness

You should care about your sexual health. Whether you’re a seasoned pro in the bedroom or you’re treading carefully, a little knowledge goes a long way. Sexual health involves more than just avoiding Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Being safe from violence and injury—as well as having control and positivity during sex—is highly important. Your physical […]

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Science, ethics, and nutrition

Aboriginal nutritional experiments prompt scientific soul-searching

Earlier this summer, it was revealed that researchers sponsored by the Canadian government had conducted wildly unethical nutritional experiments on malnourished Aboriginal children in residential schools. No consent was given by the children or their parents, who were not even aware of the experiments. This was carried out throughout the 1940s, the same decade that saw […]

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Original cover art from the very first issue of the Manitoban printed in 1914

100 years on

Getting to know your campus community and student newspaper

Entering our 100th publication year in the campus news business, I’d like to take an opportunity to share a few anecdotes with the reader. I hope these will illustrate some of the less obvious, though nonetheless pertinent, reasons having an institution like the Manitoban accessible to university students and community members alike is so important. […]

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