Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Megan Leslie says you count

New Democrat MP Megan Leslie is using her time off from the House of Commons to re-connect with her riding this week. On Feb. 9, Leslie talked to a group of 30 students and community members about youth involvement in politics. The Dalhousie Political Science Society hosted the event. According to a Statistics Canada report,…

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MLAs discuss Sable Island, environment at Dal

By Scott Beed, Staff Contributor Sable Island may be a federally- and provincially-protected wilderness area, but some of the province’s more eco-savvy politicians argue more needs to be done. Dalhousie University hosted an environmental panel last Monday. It was the same day the province made the Sable Island announcement and much of the conversation hinged on…

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Justice, not charity, needed in Haiti

By Dave Bush, Staff Contributor Is Haiti cursed? The question seems to be asked by westerners every time Haiti goes through some crisis, whether it is a flood, coup or earthquake. “From this catastrophe, which follows so many others, we should make sure that it is a chance to get Haiti once and for all out…

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Prorogation shuffle

By Justin Ling, Opinions Contributor “Get back to work,” reads the simple text, superimposed onto a postcard picture of the Canadian parliament building. This blunt display is the icon for the now-famous Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament Facebook group, which has seen its membership rocketing towards 200,000 people in recent days, with dozens more joining every minute.…

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Are you(th) engaged?

By Holly Huntley, Staff Contributor During the event with Michael Ignatieff on Monday, Jan. 11, a student asked Ignatieff, “When youth political engagement is at an all time low, how do these attack ads give us something to believe in?” Voter turnouts are low across all generations, but the second-year political science student who spoke forced…

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DSU meets with premier

By Lucy Scholey, News Editor Students made their voices heard in more than one way last Thursday. The Alliance of Nova Scotia Students Associations (ANSSA), including delegates from the DSU, met with Premier Darrell Dexter and Education Minister Marilyn More. It was the DSU’s first time meeting the premier. “I felt very good coming out of…

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Former Afghan MP calls end to war

By Laura Conrad, Staff Contributor Speaking through a megaphone to a crowd of over 100 people outside the Westin Hotel, former Afghanistan MP Malalai Joya made her anti-war message clear. “The U.S. and allies occupied Afghanistan under the name of ‘war on terror,’ but today they themselves are terrorizing Afghan people, and have deep hidden deals…

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Proroguing parliament

By Ben Wedge, Staff Contributor Parliament is full of quirks and precedents. One of those is prorogation. Could you believe that a Prime Minister would dare ask the Queen to shut down Parliament for 63 days in order to attend the Olympics, reset the makeup of Senate committees? Oh, and delay a political circus looking into…

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Oh, Harper

By Leyland Cecco, Staff Contributor Oh Stephen, you’ve giving us quite the reputation. In the heart of Turkey, where knowledge of Canada is a conflation of How I Met Your Mother and “that sport in the snow with the sticks,” you’ve given the Turks some new fodder. After your performance in Copenhagen, some environmentally leaning students…

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Social movements still worth building

By Dave Bush, Opinions Contributor This month, pages of newspapers and magazine will be filled with the reflections and analysis of two events that have defined our era over the last 20 years. The fall of the Berlin Wall two decades ago ushered in the end of real existing socialism and the creation of a new…

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