Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

Don’t vote in the DSU election

Have you voted in the DSU election? Probably not. If you haven’t, that’s cool. I’m not here to berate you about your millennial apathy and selfish attitude. I’m here to say that I understand. As the chief correspondent on the DSU election, I’m one of the few people paying attention to the election, aside from…

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We are not the eight per cent

In the last municipal election, eight per cent of eligible voters between the ages of 20-29 cast their ballots. Compared with 37% overall turnout, young people in Halifax were poorly represented. In the lead-up to this election, there has been a push not only to encourage young peple to vote, but to inform them about…

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You’re too apathetic to read this

Sorry to be the one to have to tell you this, but I have it on good authority that you are too ignorant and apathetic to trust with anything. Don’t get me wrong: this isn’t coming from me. It’s just the message I’ve heard from a very powerful bloc within Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) executive…

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Debating democracy at Dal

Four politicians debated Canadian party politics at Dalhousie as part of Democracy Week. The Afterparty: A Discussion on the Future of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada, hosted by the Dalhousie Department of Political Science and the Springtide Collective, featured four politicians from across the political spectrum: Elizabeth May, Brent Rathgeber, Graham Steele and Danny Graham. CBC…

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Q&A with Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May, leader of the federal Green party and lifetime environmental activist, was on campus earlier this month. She was a panelist at ‘The Afterparty: A Discussion on the Future of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada’ and a guest speaker at the Stand Up for Science rally. The Dal law school graduate sat down with her…

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King’s General Meeting generally disappointing

The only thing I remember from Grade 11 religion class (besides watching Jesus Christ Superstar) is the mindset my teacher taught me: that an educated mind can entertain an idea without accepting it. It’s a lesson that the University of King’s College community would do well to learn. On Monday, Sept. 24, the King’s Student…

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This is what democracy looks like

Cameron Roberts, Opinions Contributor Krum Dochev’s article last week, “You dirty activist sympathizers,” characterized G20 protesters and their goals as anti-democratic and illegitimate. With all the corporate media coverage of black-clad thugs destroying businesses, it’s easy to assume that G20 protesters were all as naïve as Krum supposes. When I attended the Environment March on…

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The days I’m sad to be Canadian

Lars Boggild, Opinions Contributor Despite what they say in the beer commercials, sometimes I’m sad to be Canadian. I had one of these days on Nov. 16 when Bill C-311 was voted down in a snap vote in the Canadian Senate. Bill C-311, a Private Member’s Bill, was introduced in our elected House of Commons.…

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Know where your legislators stand

Since 2006, approximately 1500 votes for second and third readings of bills occurred in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Of these, only 12 were recorded in the Hansard. The rest? They were voice votes, meaning there is no record of how each member or party voted. Third-year political science student Michael Kennedy wants this…

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