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  • BY MIKE TURCOTTE-MCCUSKER When people think about the worst developed countries for police-on-civilian violence, the United States usually tops the list, but not many people would guess that Canada is the second worst offender. This is according to a story in the Newfoundland and Labrador Independent titled: Stop the Killing: Fatal police shootings in Canada. It’s our belief that this issue should be getting more attention in this country. What’s especially troubling is the number...

    Police have to stop shooting people

    BY MIKE TURCOTTE-MCCUSKER When people think about the worst developed countries for police-on-civilian violence, the United States usually tops the list, but not many people would guess that Canada is the second worst offender. This is according to a story in the Newfoundland and Labrador Independent titled: Stop the Killing: Fatal police shootings in Canada. It’s our belief that this issue should be getting more attention in this country. What’s especially troubling is the number...

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  • BY TAYLOR PACE Last month, Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig told CTV News that he wants to “make it very clear to the public that from Cambridge’s point of view, we’re not supporting an SIS (safe injection site) in the downtown Galt core area.” He even went so far as to say, “were not going to do that.” But perhaps the mayor should have refrained from making such an impetuous comment so soon, as no decisions...

    No SIS in Galt

    BY TAYLOR PACE Last month, Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig told CTV News that he wants to “make it very clear to the public that from Cambridge’s point of view, we’re not supporting an SIS (safe injection site) in the downtown Galt core area.” He even went so far as to say, “were not going to do that.” But perhaps the mayor should have refrained from making such an impetuous comment so soon, as no decisions...

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  • By Josh Pederson As citizens, we put our trust, our faith and our loyalty into ensuring that the forces serving and protecting the needs of the people, do so in a just and responsible way. So, what happens when that faithful bond is severed and instead of justice, the only emotions that an individual who interacts with a police officer has are fear and anxiety. The ominous presence one now feels when surrounded by police...

    Kneeling against police brutality

    By Josh Pederson As citizens, we put our trust, our faith and our loyalty into ensuring that the forces serving and protecting the needs of the people, do so in a just and responsible way. So, what happens when that faithful bond is severed and instead of justice, the only emotions that an individual who interacts with a police officer has are fear and anxiety. The ominous presence one now feels when surrounded by police...

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  • BY MATTHEW EVANGELISTA How would you describe yourself? Twenty years ago the definitive answer would have been to describe a collection of clothing, social circles, hobbies and beliefs. Every detail, small or large, physical or opinion, added to identity. The public persona was an accurate marker for character. This led to a massive cultural division between radically different groups. Hippies, yuppies, skinheads, punks and everyone in between, judged and were judged by that public persona....

    Internet increases understanding

    BY MATTHEW EVANGELISTA How would you describe yourself? Twenty years ago the definitive answer would have been to describe a collection of clothing, social circles, hobbies and beliefs. Every detail, small or large, physical or opinion, added to identity. The public persona was an accurate marker for character. This led to a massive cultural division between radically different groups. Hippies, yuppies, skinheads, punks and everyone in between, judged and were judged by that public persona....

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  •   BY JAMES WELLS The official first week of office for newly elected President Donald Trump is over, and what a mess it turned out to be. The week of Jan. 22 Trump took his first steps within his position of power, signing a number of executive orders to take effect “immediately,” as he likes to say. From building a wall on the border with Mexico, advancing a pipeline across sacred native lands and approving...

    Muslim ban sparks fear

      BY JAMES WELLS The official first week of office for newly elected President Donald Trump is over, and what a mess it turned out to be. The week of Jan. 22 Trump took his first steps within his position of power, signing a number of executive orders to take effect “immediately,” as he likes to say. From building a wall on the border with Mexico, advancing a pipeline across sacred native lands and approving...

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  • BY Nicole Clark Between 1962 and 2015 there have been 25 pipeline-related incidents in Canada alone. According to the CBC, the five most prevalent oil spills in recent history happened in 2011, 2012 and 2014. This year, the Husky Energy oil pipeline spilled between 200,000 and 250,000 litres of oil into the North Saskatchewan River. Those in charge of the Husky Energy pipeline and its cleanup said they took care of the spill within 14...

    The price of pipelines

    BY Nicole Clark Between 1962 and 2015 there have been 25 pipeline-related incidents in Canada alone. According to the CBC, the five most prevalent oil spills in recent history happened in 2011, 2012 and 2014. This year, the Husky Energy oil pipeline spilled between 200,000 and 250,000 litres of oil into the North Saskatchewan River. Those in charge of the Husky Energy pipeline and its cleanup said they took care of the spill within 14...

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  • BY JOSEPH WEPPLER Charlie Chaplin once said, “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” But is it necessary to spend every day of your life looking for a rainbow? From the Latin word “optimum” meaning “best,” to be optimistic is to hope for and expect the better option. Optimists believe that, in any given situation, the greatest possible outcome will be the one that occurs. Optimism is a powerful code that many people...

    Bad days are OK

    BY JOSEPH WEPPLER Charlie Chaplin once said, “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” But is it necessary to spend every day of your life looking for a rainbow? From the Latin word “optimum” meaning “best,” to be optimistic is to hope for and expect the better option. Optimists believe that, in any given situation, the greatest possible outcome will be the one that occurs. Optimism is a powerful code that many people...

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  • BY  MARISSA CUDDY SeaWorld is evolving. After years of pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other activist groups, they are finally changing how the orcas will be treated. They recently announced they will stop breeding orcas and phase out theatrical orca shows at all three U.S. locations. The company seems to be leaning toward more animal-free attractions, such as Mako, a 200-foot-tall roller-coaster that goes 70 mph, two other roller-coasters on...

    Orca decision the right one

    BY  MARISSA CUDDY SeaWorld is evolving. After years of pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other activist groups, they are finally changing how the orcas will be treated. They recently announced they will stop breeding orcas and phase out theatrical orca shows at all three U.S. locations. The company seems to be leaning toward more animal-free attractions, such as Mako, a 200-foot-tall roller-coaster that goes 70 mph, two other roller-coasters on...

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  • BY LEAH MORROW An iconic Canadian woman will be featured on Canadian currency come 2018. This long overdue decision made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a step in the right direction for gender equality, but also sparks a discussion on pay discrimination between genders. If we are so eager to put a woman on the face of a Canadian bill, should we not also be paying them the same as men for their contributions...

    Pay equality for all

    BY LEAH MORROW An iconic Canadian woman will be featured on Canadian currency come 2018. This long overdue decision made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a step in the right direction for gender equality, but also sparks a discussion on pay discrimination between genders. If we are so eager to put a woman on the face of a Canadian bill, should we not also be paying them the same as men for their contributions...

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  • BY PAUL BOREHAM Every day household use of bottled water is a waste on the pocketbook and it’s a kick in the teeth to the planet. Water is free from the tap, yet bottling companies have managed to persuade three out of 10 households to use their products. Sales rise each year. Why? Municipal tap water has a bad reputation – there’s no doubt about it. Just look at the current situation in Flint, Mich....

    Ban the bottle

    BY PAUL BOREHAM Every day household use of bottled water is a waste on the pocketbook and it’s a kick in the teeth to the planet. Water is free from the tap, yet bottling companies have managed to persuade three out of 10 households to use their products. Sales rise each year. Why? Municipal tap water has a bad reputation – there’s no doubt about it. Just look at the current situation in Flint, Mich....

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