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Posts by Matt Stickland

Undervaluing part-time professors

In this image: the Dalhousie Student Union Building on Studley campus.

Being a part-time professor is precarious work – and they make up about 50 per cent of the teaching workforce at universities across Canada according to the 2016 study Precarious U.   Associate professor of Sociology at Dalhousie University, Karen Foster, conducted the study to try and find out what this looked like in Nova Scotia.   “There are a lot of stereotypes about who works part-time, non-tenure track contracts at universities,” says Foster. “We like to think…

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REEFER (legislation) MADNESS!

In this image: a blurred out person holds a lit joint up.

Last fall 4.6 million Canadians celebrated in a blaze of glory as pot became legal. According to Statistics Canada’s 2018 National Cannabis Survey, that’s how many Canadians use cannabis.   In a very Canadian non-scandal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – then just Member of Parliament Justin Trudeau – admitted to puff-puff-passing in 2010. At the time…

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Dal’s $55,000 price tag on access to employment information “absolute lie”

Remember that $55,000 price tag Dalhousie University gave the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) for a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) request about employment at the university?   A Dal whistleblower says that the school exaggerated the cost.   In the summer of 2017, CUPE submitted a request for information about how many full and part-time professors were employed at Dalhousie over the…

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Beginner’s guide from pot

A pile of cannabis.

For those who are well versed in being high, feel free to skip this article. For the dozen of you who waited until cannabis became legal before trying it, here are some helpful tips from a fellow newbie.    Munchies  Thanks to pop culture tropes, everyone is aware that the munchies are a thing; people who are stoners like to eat food. If movies are your only…

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The stupidity of the 2%

Editor’s note: Matt Stickland is a retired Officer of the Royal Canadian Navy.   There have been a lot of crazy policies coming out of the United States in recent months. Like, tearing families apart, losing trade wars and throwing hissy fits in the direction of the NFL. For this foreign policy nerd Trump’s most…

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Halifax sports scene outside of U Sports

Sports fans wanting different fare than the Tigers have three main offerings in this city: the Halifax Mooseheads, Halifax Hurricanes and HFX Wanderers FC.    Halifax Mooseheads  The Mooseheads are a junior hockey team that plays in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and their games have the atmosphere of an NHL game – without…

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The long shadow of sunny ways

A lot of cheerleading came from Liberal party members and the party faithful as the Liberal party held its 2018 national convention in Halifax, from April 19 to 21. The three-day Liberal convention was to let everyone know how great the Liberals are doing at governing the country and to prepare for the 2019 federal…

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Reasonable doubts

Ever since we were monkeys, we’ve endeavoured to control and organize our society. And as we evolve physically, we also evolve socially. No longer is it just the biggest, baddest, ugliest monkey on the block that controls our society: we now generally expect our leaders to win elections instead of fights.   As part of that…

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Pressing snooze on the Woke Bae 

Since the publication of the sexual encounter between U.S. comedian Aziz Ansari, and a woman using the pseudonym “Grace,” on about a month ago, a lot of opinion pieces have been penned.   All are well written and point out the glaring problems in the way sexual relationships unfold between men and women. They’re all problems that need to be solved.   But we’re missing a step.   Disgraced comedian and power masturbator Louis C.K. had a bit where he explains…

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DSU disability rep resigns

Mary MacDonald is no longer the disability representative on Dal Student Union (DSU) council. In the council meeting last night one of the first motions to be debated was the motion to discipline MacDonald put forward by councillor Alex Hughes. The motion claims that MacDonald broke the rules of the contract that all DSU councillors…

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