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Posts by Isabel Buckmaster

Climate change’s existence should not be a debate

In this image: A rally with a sign saying "there is no planet B."

It’s 2019 and Canada is determined to keep its citizens trapped in their climate change comfort zones, slipping back into its well-worn shirt of denial just in time for this election. During a time that should be concerned with the state of our earth’s climate and what our country can do to combat it, one…

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Dear Instagram activists

In this image: Screenshot of numerous Instagram profiles with a solid blue profile picture.

It’s been proven that social media campaigns can be used to effectively generate real life social change. In 2019, the New York Times studied what impact the #MeToo social media campaign had on actual tangible events. They discovered that such a large scale movement did, in fact, generate action. The United States’ National Sexual Assault Hotline saw a…

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Sex education IRL

In this image: a portrait of Dr. Kate Rancourt.

Dr. Miranda Fudge and Dr. Kate Rancourt aim to alleviate stigma, along with educating the public about sex and busting some of the myths associated with it. 

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Nova Scotia’s new gender option for birth certificates

In this image: a Nova Scotia birth certificate.

Nova Scotians now have a new gender marker option for birth certificates.  As part of changes to the Vital Statistics Act, the provincial government is introducing the letter “X” as a gender option for all birth certificates in Nova Scotia. This change is in addition to the previous choice of “F” or “M.”   On top of this, the fee that was previously required to change the sex indicator…

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Farewell to Florizone

In this image: a portrait of Richard Florizone.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length, clarity and style.   Richard Florizone is on to new things for the new year.   The 11th president of Dalhousie University is taking his leave from Halifax and heading to the Quantum Valley Ideas Lab in Waterloo, Ontario. Dalhousie Gazette contributor Isabel Buckmaster chatted with Florizone over the December break to discuss his time…

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Cannabis ad standards are hypocritical

A cannabis "Know the Facts" flyer.

Legalization is finally a reality. Despite this, it’s become apparent that alcohol is the golden child in the government’s eyes.   Ads portraying the glamour of liquor are plastered all over the city, flaunting the freedom of alcohol advertising with every glistening bottle of booze. The promise of a good time is insinuated in every ad,…

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A new way to get help?

In this image: a phone on the eMentalHealth page.

 A variety of e-mental health tools are currently being piloted across Nova Scotia’s post-secondary campuses. The hope is that these tools will help alleviate appointment wait-times and provide counselling alternatives to students in need.   “As someone who had seen and used on-campus counselling, I saw the pros and cons to what on-campus counselling was like and understood the need for something…

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Getting to the route of the problem

In this image: an out of service Halifax Transit bus.

Mount Saint Vincent University students are calling for the return of Halifax Transit’s Route 18.  Students such as Kenya Thompson are complaining that the loss of the university-bound route has affected them “in a huge way.”  “I used to live off-campus in Clayton Park and I ended up moving onto campus largely because of the changes, the loss of 18…

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