Posts by Alesia Hebb

May the feminine force be with us

The fight for gender equality continues. (Photo by levork from Flickr)

Nerd culture has come a long way from its obscure past. It may even be a growing trend, but amidst this trend is an age-old gender conflict that I thought all realms of our society had started to push past. Apparently, I was wrong. The stereotype that geek girls are unattractive virgins is being replaced…

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Cute kids asking for money

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) started using Halloween as a fundraiser for their organization in 1950. UNICEF works to combat humanitarian problems like mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, gender inequality, child abuse and exploitation, as well as lack of availability in pediatric treatment. These global dilemmas are brought to light each year on…

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The drought problem

As a sustainability student at Dal, I tend to view food as a human right first and a commodity second; however, the drought that swept across North America this summer has challenged my ideals. The expected increase in food prices as a result of the drought will press consumers to the limits. With rising gasoline…

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Canadian employment moving in the wrong direction

According to a recent article from, a report from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) indicates that job quality in Canada has gotten worse in the past year. People have had to move into lower paying jobs and become self-employed to make ends meet. CIBC says that Canada’s employment index is still above…

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News Briefs

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Herald goes on strike Halifax Typographical Union members from the Chronicle Herald have voted in favour of a strike. Almost 92 per cent of the union members cast a ballot in favour of the strike. According to an article published on, employees are concerned about the Herald’s recent plan to cut starting salaries of…

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Dexter at Student Day of Action

The second annual Student Day of Action on Feb. 1 brought together more than a thousand students to march under one common goal. But according to Gabe Hoogers, national executive representative of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) Nova Scotia, Premier Darrell Dexter was seen marching away from the crowd. “At one point, someone taking…

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Election Bio: Curtis Johnston

Running for: Board of Governors Name: Curtis Johnston Age: 21 Program: Fourth-year mechanical engineering Hometown: Cochrane, AB Interesting fact: To show his Dal spirit, he once shaved “DAL” into the back of his head   Curtis Johnston hopes to bring his experience from sitting in on DSU council for the last year and a half,…

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Election Bio: Sarah Bouchard

Running for: President Name: Sarah Bouchard Age: 23 Program: Fifth-year, political science and religious studies Hometown: Fort Kent, ME Interesting fact: Owns and helped to restore a 1940 John Deere tractor   If elected, Sarah Bouchard expects to learn a lot from the presidential position even though she has been an executive for a year.…

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Election Bio: Jamie Arron

Running for: President Name: Jamie Arron Age: 23 Program: Fifth-year international development studies Hometown: Unionville, ON Interesting fact: Travelled through Europe, China, and Israel   Jamie Arron believes he has proven that he is qualified for the presidential position through his experience as VP (student life) and the success of the events he has organized.…

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