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Add women, change politics

It’s International Women’s Day on Mar. 8, and as we should, we’ve turned it into a weeklong extraganza of women supporting women so that they might recognize their potential and seek whatever future they choose. Celebrating our mothers, wives, girlfriends, our CEOs, our cabinet ministers and our game-changers, International Women’s Day is a day to…

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Rethinking Baird

  The political arena is a public relations free-for-all. In a realm notorious for slinging more than mud, it is hard to recognize philosophers from sophists, heroes from hell-raisers and fast-talkers with hidden agendas. Still, if you hold your nose and hose down the scene from time to time, there are many elected officials doing…

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The anatomy of the NDP’s failure

Just how bad was the Dexter NDP’s early-October defeat? Collapse may be too weak a word. Forget the office they lost, or the drop to third-party status. Forget the nearly 20 per cent of the electorate who turned away from them since 2009. Forget that their seat count was hit even harder, dropping from a…

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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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Pundits make politics cool

Wondering what you’ll do with your life after graduation? Some alumni have come up with a surprising answer: cover student politics. is the unofficial home of Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) gossip and political intrigue. The website draws contributors from inside the DSU every year. “We don’t claim or strive to be journalists,” says Mike…

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The modern left

What do the American anti-war movement, Occupy Wall Street, the sexual liberation movement, unions and an endangered semi-aquatic mammal from Australia all have in common? The Platypus Affiliated Society at Dalhousie has been organizing events for the past six months, discussing the history of the political left and answering that question. Motivated by a sense…

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Dal student for mayor

Matthew Worona’s mayoral campaign is an oddity, and not just because of his youth. The second-year Dalhousie student says he will not be accepting donations from unions or corporations to fund his campaign. In making that decision he sets himself up against current HRM Mayor Peter Kelly, who received hundreds of donations adding up to…

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The Chilean student movement comes to Halifax

This Wednesday, in the build-up to its national day of action on Feb. 1, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) brought a special speaker to Halifax. Valentina Latorre, 21, is the vice-president of the Student Federation of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She was flown into Canada this week by the CFS to speak…

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The Dawgfather tackles city council

Dawgfather. Photo by Paul Balite.

Local vendor and human rights activist weighs in on the rights of students   The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines democracy as: “a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.” Here in Halifax, we have…

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Landmark US election: quiet victory for queer community

By Gwyneth Dunsford, Opinions Contributor   Liz Malette is interested in politics. But the transgender teen from Eastern Passage has had few role models in civic life until this week. On Nov. 2, Victoria Kowlakowski became the first transgender judge in the United States, after winning the position in Alameda County, just outside of San…

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