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Criminal negligence: as bad as shoplifting?

Anthony Badalamenti’s punishment does not fit the bill Article: Alec Salloum – News Editor emember the BP oil spill? The one in 2010 where 11 people were killed from an explosion, 794,936,500 liters of crude oil gushed into a 180,000 km2 area and caused massive irreparable damage to the surrounding ecosystem? Well Halliburton, a massive US oil company operating in more than 80 countries with a history of interest piquing lobbying, recently had one of ...

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Western Alienation

Trudeau winning the next election could mean another bout of East/West Canadian segregation Article: John Murney – Contributor h, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat.” – Rudyard Kipling I don’t think Kipling had Canada in mind when he phrased this great quote, but it applies equally here. Canada is a land defined by its geography, among other ...

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How not to hate Justin Bieber

There’s a right and a wrong way to make fun of this privileged little dumb ass Article: Julia Dima – Contributor isten, folks. I hate Justin Bieber as much as anyone. His music is awful; he’s an over-privileged, rich, white boy; he’s fat-shamed fans; and yes, he was just arrested for a DUI while drag-racing a Lamborghini. Of course, the Internet and celebrity culture reacted in clever and original ways: by emasculating him, infantilizing him, ...

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NSA reform = PR stunt

Will the NSA’s reform actually drown out Snowden’s legacy? Article: Ravinesh Sakaran – Contributor Obama’s administration has enacted reforms to the National Security Agency (NSA), however the reforms are viewed largely as PR stunt according to famed journalist Glen Greenwald. Speaking to Al Jazeera, he said, “The mission that [Obama] set when he created this review panel, when he started this process, was not to reform the NSA in any meaningful way. It was to ...

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To the victor, the spoils, or so they say.

Seattle Sehawks’ Richard Sherman’s response to criticism Article: Michael Chmielewski – Editor-in-Chief eattle Seahawks’ now infamous cornerback Richard Sherman has been in the news lately for his viral post-game interview, and the criticism has come from all angles, now including a fine from the NFL. He’s fined for “unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting,” referring specifically to the choking symbol he made towards the defeated 49ners after Sherman made the NFC Championship winning play, which takes his team to ...

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Selfie and self-image

How Dove’s new initiative encourages positive self-image Article: Michelle Jones – Copy Editor elf-image has always been an issue among women. We know this. The majority of us deal with it on a daily basis. Some of us can’t even stand to look in a mirror because we hate what we see. The sad part? We’re being conditioned to think this way. The fashion industry ensures our insecurities through comments about who can and cannot ...

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Smarten up!

Time better spent than on a smartphone? Article: Paige Kreutwieser – Staff Writer ow many hours do you spend on your phone a day? If you say under eight hours, then you are apparently not “the average Canadian.” According to a recent poll of 2,058 Canadians, respondents spent an average of 7.9 hours a day on their smart phones. But what significance does this really have? Who cares that the average Canadian spends roughly eight ...

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Plus-sized bullshit

“Plus-sized” being thrown around too much Article: Sonia Stanger – Contributor wo weeks ago, Cosmopolitan magazine posted a link on their Facebook page to a photo shoot of Australian supermodel Robyn Lawley, whom they referred to as “sexy,” but also as “plus-size.” What followed was an outpouring of indignation by Facebook users, who took umbrage with the term, leaving hundreds of comments chiding the magazine for labeling Lawley, a healthy size ten, as “plus-size.” Clearly ...

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The Big Brother State

The book turns into reality at Sochi Article: Liam Fitz-Gerald – Contributor o those who value a reasonable expectation of privacy, these words ought to scare the hell out of you; “no expectation of privacy.” This is what the U.S. State Department has said to individuals planning to attend the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Two prominent Russian journalists have revealed that the upcoming games will possess the most intensive surveillance measures ever seen ...

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Is anybody listening?

Neil Young, The Oilsands, and Duty to Consult Article: Richard Jensen – Contributor eil Young has stirred up an incredible storm of talk and rhetoric with his four-concert tour across Canada. The amazing amount of TV time, column space, and radio rants generated by four little concerts has been filled with opinions from just about every aspect you could conceive of in the debate about oilsands, economic development, and the role of celebrities in social ...

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