Posts Tagged ‘activism’

South House raising money to get on the bus

(Graphic by Emily Davidson)  Dalhousie’s sexual and gender resource centre is fighting fire with fire—or, rather, ads with ads. Pro-life ads from Signs for Life have recently sprouted all over Metro Halifax buses and bus shelters, reading “Luc was born today but his life began nine months ago.” Rather than petitioning to have the ads…

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Dal grad looks for high hopes on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Climbing for a good cause. (Photo submitted)

When it comes to mountains, Ayat El Dewary has little to expect—she’s never climbed one. But in a few weeks, she’ll be going up the highest mountain in Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro. Her motivation is to help displaced children in Syria. “It is important for us to understand that what happens to one child affects all…

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Dying for some attention

A crowd of 20 students keeled over and rolled down the steps of Dal’s iconic Henry Hicks building, apparently felled by the crushing weight of tuition. This has been the first demonstration of the Dalhousie Student Union’s (DSU) provincial election campaign. The dramatic ‘Die-In,’ staged on Sept. 20, the day tuition was due, was intended…

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What is activism?

The Idle No More movement has thrust Canada- First Nations relations to centre stage. (Chris Parent photo)

The world has been ripe with activism in the last few years. The Arab Spring, the growth of the Tea Party, Occupy everywhere, anti-pipeline movements, pro-life, pro-choice, election organizing—in 2011 the Times Magazine person of the year was ‘The Activist.’ But what is activism, really? Bob Huish, who teaches Dalhousie’s Development and Activism course, says that…

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The feminine fist raised

Walking into the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre on a grey Sunday morning, Marina Young worried the turnout would be low. She was pleasantly surprised, when she arrived early, to see a handful of people already waiting for the Idle No More (INM) conference to begin. When she wasn’t running around greeting newcomers, Young…

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Giving choice a voice

Correction: As a result of a printing error in the Nov. 16 issue of the Gazette, this article contained text from the adjacent article, “Fixing the food system.” The Gazette regrets this error. *** It’s noon on a Wednesday. A crowd stand outside a hospital, waving signs, trying to get people talking about reproductive rights. It probably sounds…

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Kony war

Over the past week or so, Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony has become a very famous man. Invisible Children, an American charity based in San Diego, California, has produced a viral video called KONY 2012, which seeks to “make Kony famous.” What’s their goal? Find Joseph Kony and try him before the International Criminal Court.…

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