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A response to Doug Ford’s sex-ed plans

In this image: Two fingers touch the middle of a yellow flower.

As the film Mean Girls famously said: “Don’t have sex. Because you will get pregnant and die.”  Despite the obvious joke in this, Ontario’s Ford administration seems to have adopted this view in stride. Doug Ford’s provincial government has made drastic changes to the sex education curriculum adopted by the Ontario Liberal Party in 2015. That curriculum was an updated, progressive one that dealt with relevant…

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Hallowed DSU council is hollow

 The Dalhousie Student Union Council is composed of the executive, faculty representatives, community representatives as well as reps for the Dalhousie Board of Governors and Dal senate, and members-at-large.   Council members represent various constituencies of the university. They act as a liaison between the community and council, a way for community members to bring their concerns to the DSU. In council, members are responsible for consulting and advocating for their group’s interests,…

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Are you being gaslit?

Gaslighting is when someone makes you question your thoughts, feelings and reality, using your self-doubt as a weapon of manipulation. Gaslighting is emotional abuse. It’s when someone hurts you – and instead of acknowledging your feelings, they turn it against you.   Your emotions are made out to be trivial, invalid and are effectively silenced.   Someone…

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The importance of David Rose

In this image: Dan Levy on-screen in a still shot of Schitt's Creek playing on a laptop.

A show dubbed “Canada’s answer to Arrested Development” recently started its fifth season on CBC.   But Schitt’s Creek isn’t just some a carbon copy of an American sitcom. I’d argue it’s one of the best shows on television right now. There are a few reasons for this, but I’m going to focus on one: his name is David Rose. David…

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Through the fog of Huawei propoganda

In this image: a Huawei smartphone.

 The United States is accusing technology company, Huawei, of posing a security threat. Canada arrested Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, on U.S authority Dec. 1, following accusations that a Huawei subsidiary violated a sanction against Iran.    Wanzhou was released on bail of $7 million and has been under surveillance in Vancouver, B.C. as her extradition case continues.   Following her arrest, Canadian citizen Robert Schellenberg now sits on death row for his previous drug trafficking charge in China. His…

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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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Contradictory Carbon Tax Catastrophe

In this image: a car being pumped with gas.

A new carbon tax will be implemented as part of the Pan American Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change next January.   The purpose of this tax is to save our environment and act on climate change–to meet the carbon emission targets set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).   The logic behind the tax is simple economics: higher prices mean lower…

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Cata-straw-phe!

It seems like everywhere you look people are quick to point out the absolute sin of plastic straws.   According to popular media, they seem to be the root of the ocean plastic epidemic.   Chances are you’ve heard about this trendy new campaign focused on reducing plastic straw usage and want to do your part for…

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The straw ban is progress

The straw ban has a positive effect on the environment. The ban does not discount specific issues brought up by those against it. The straw ban needs to be thought through and discussed, but not dismissed.  The main issue with straws is that they take 200 years to decompose. Because these straws don’t decompose for a long…

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