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Dispatches from the Women's March on Washington

Posted on 02 February 2017

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Reclaiming Our History on Canada’s 150th

Posted on 02 February 2017

In my classes, we learned about settlers coming to Canada, hundreds of years ago, in search of a new world. The land, we were told, was beautiful, vast, and sparsely populated. The few people that did already live here—the “natives,” as we were taught to identify them—were happy to trade furs and goods with the newly arrived Europeans. We warred with the natives sometimes, but th ...

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“Fake News” and the War on Journalists

Posted on 02 February 2017

Now let’s add another—journalists and those rights are being threatened by Donald Trump’s war against the media. Having access to uncensored information about politicians is vital to the average person. People need to know what policies and regulations are being put into place and how they affect their lives. That’s the role that journalists play in society. They break down the ...

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Editorial: Our Journalism Program Needs to Acknowledge Indigenous History

Posted on 02 February 2017

It merged the three branches of the program into one fluid major that was meant to incorporate all of the elements that make up a potential journalist’s skill set. However, it failed to integrate the education of Indigenous history and reporting into the new curriculum. For decades, Indigenous peoples fought for social recognition of the genocidal crimes committed against them by the ...

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The Case for a Universal Basic Income

Posted on 02 February 2017

There’s an unconventional idea that’s beginning to spread in the world—the idea that people are entitled to enough money to survive, whether or not they work. This is the concept behind Universal Basic Income—the idea of providing each individual citizen an unconditional income on a regular basis, funded either by a government or public institutio ...

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American Torture Techniques Were Developed at McGill

Posted on 02 February 2017

One executive order in particular, planned for the near future, is poised to resurrect one of the darkest chapters in recent American history. I’m talking about the potential reopening of CIA “black sites”—secret prisons where detainees were systematically tortured during the War on Terror. In 2009, President Obama ordered that these black sites be closed, consigning the episode ...

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Keep Filming Toronto Police – it's Your Civic Duty

Posted on 02 February 2017

There’s cellphone video making the rounds out of Toronto of the violent arrest of a man laying motionless in the street, several police officers standing over him, including one officer who is kicking at the man's body multiple times. The same officer can be seen and heard firing off a Taser, twice. "Stop resisting! he shouts, his demand seeming to fall on semi-conscious ears of the ...

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Will President Trump Serve as a Lesson to Students?

Posted on 02 February 2017

After one of the most divisive political campaigns in American history Donald Trump became President Elect on Nov. 8. Pundits have been trying to understand how someone who appealed to the worst in our society; who invoked racism, sexism, misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia came to win the election. Like the Brexit vote in Great Britain, Trump voters were not voting so much for his poli ...

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Viewpoint: A Watery New Museum for Lakefront Toronto?

Posted on 02 February 2017

Museums are again in the wind in Toronto. There has long been a need for a Museum of Toronto to locate large collections about the city’s history. That would attract mostly Torontonians. An even better variant on that would be an “urban museum,” one that gives visitors from everywhere a sense of many actual and possible cities, from the past and into the future, a part of which wou ...

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Trump Alleges Presidental Election Cyberattacks Are Rumours

Posted on 14 January 2017

One major cause of global tensions obviously is the bad US-Russia reactions as the vested interests have managed so far to sustain the Russo-US conflict, directly harming international relations as well. Much of regional conflicts owe to animosity between the top powers - like fascist Israeli aggression and expansionism in Palestine and denial of freedoms to and killing of Kashmiris by t ...