Posts by Matt Stickland

How to pitch your opinion to the Gazette

Sometimes it’s not enough to be right. Publishing an opinion piece is one of those times. To help potential contributors with pitches to the opinions section we’re running this helpful guide of tips and tricks.  It should be new, but not a hot take.    If you’re unfamiliar with what a hot take is, it’s a…

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Cornwallis: A Monument to Mediocrity

It’s not surprising that there’s controversy over the Statue of Edward Cornwallis and his apparent legacy. What is surprising, is the shape this controversy has taken. The debate has become personal with the two main focuses being the scalping proclamation and Halifax’s history. As for the scalping, the concept of total war has been around…

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Staring contest vs. provincial election

There are two things to take away from this candidate series: Jobs The word jobs is a meaningless word. Why do our parents get careers but we get jobs? Although the latest report on unemployment has an increase in full time work, youth rates have remained stagnant. In December 2016, unemployment had been down because…

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Casey Meijer thinks our public education system is broken

The government already pays for mandatory schooling from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Shouldn’t they do the same for at least a bit of university education? Casey Meijer, candidate for the Halifax-Chebucto Green Party, thinks so. “Honestly, I think the biggest issue is debt, and the cost of university,” says Meijer “There’s a secondary issue in…

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Joachim Stroink building job security for students

According to Joachim Stroink, Liberal Party candidate for Halifax-Chebucto, the biggest issue facing students is job security. “We have an incredible province, and we need to ensure the success of students when they graduate so they can stay here,” he said. To entice students to stay in the province, he referred to Liberal programs such…

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Rob Batherson on the affordability of university

Two sets of footwear are needed for campaigning. A nice pair and a comfortable pair. After changing into the comfortable pair, Rob Batherson, candidate for the Halifax-Citadel PC Party sits down to talk student issues. “Affordability is the big issue, we’ve gone in the last 10 years, from having undergraduate tuition at the national level,…

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Martin Willison says education funding is unsustainable

Martin Willison is a retired Dalhousie professor who has concerns with the state of university education today. The biggest problem is, “undoubtedly the price of tuition and student debt,” says Willison. For Willison, the way to fix that is free tuition for NSCC, reduction in university tuition, and to “develop a program whereby university or…

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Glenn Walton tuition talk: Free for NSCC

A campaign is hard on a voice. Glenn Walton’s voice is quiet and raspy, he’s been doing a lot of talking. Today he’s talking about education. According to the Halifax-Citadel NDP candidate, the biggest issue facing university students? Tuition. “The cost of university, it’s not affordable for everybody,” he says. The NDP plan is to…

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Labi Kousoulis on student affairs: Jobs and Debt

Labi Kousoulis is the incumbent for Halifax – Citadel. He’s the first incumbent to be interviewed for this series. “There’s two major things university students always talk about, in order of importance I would say the number one thing they’re most worried about is getting a good job.” Says Labi Kousoulis. “They also want affordable…

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