Opinion Archive

  • BY REBECCA SOARES We all have our bad moments but perhaps media outlets on the weekend of Feb. 10 went too far. The Winter Olympics began on Feb. 9 and North and South Korea participated under a “united Korea flag” for the opening ceremony and during the competition. North Korea sent Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader, to represent that country during the games. Multiple media sources have become...

    Media’s infatuation disturbing

    BY REBECCA SOARES We all have our bad moments but perhaps media outlets on the weekend of Feb. 10 went too far. The Winter Olympics began on Feb. 9 and North and South Korea participated under a “united Korea flag” for the opening ceremony and during the competition. North Korea sent Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader, to represent that country during the games. Multiple media sources have become...

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  • BY MELISSA HORTON In today’s technology-based world, the internet has become a tool to socialize with each other in new and unique ways. However, with this new tool, comes new rules but not everybody plays by them. Recently, social media networks have come under fire for the content that some users have been posting. One of the most notable is YouTuber Logan Paul, who initiated a never-before-seen level of scrutiny of social media platforms. Back...

    Internet needs censoring

    BY MELISSA HORTON In today’s technology-based world, the internet has become a tool to socialize with each other in new and unique ways. However, with this new tool, comes new rules but not everybody plays by them. Recently, social media networks have come under fire for the content that some users have been posting. One of the most notable is YouTuber Logan Paul, who initiated a never-before-seen level of scrutiny of social media platforms. Back...

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  • BY MIKE TURCOTTE I grew up in a household that loves hockey. Hockey Night in Canada was a huge part of my childhood, even though I never really had a huge interest myself. I grew up looking forward though, to Don Cherry, and always seeing what kind of suit he might wear that night, or his forward and blunt opinions on things. However, there have been times over the years where he has crossed the...

    The time has come to take Cherry off the air

    BY MIKE TURCOTTE I grew up in a household that loves hockey. Hockey Night in Canada was a huge part of my childhood, even though I never really had a huge interest myself. I grew up looking forward though, to Don Cherry, and always seeing what kind of suit he might wear that night, or his forward and blunt opinions on things. However, there have been times over the years where he has crossed the...

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  • BY AUSTIN WELLS Last week, reports were released that Kitchener officials plan to build a sixth parking garage in the city, despite the other five being underused. One of the newest lots reported 36 per cent monthly occupancy, while the market garage reported a 52 per cent occupancy. The industry average for occupancy is 86 per cent. These low numbers should be reason enough to drop the project, yet the city persists with plans to...

    Additional parking garage not needed

    BY AUSTIN WELLS Last week, reports were released that Kitchener officials plan to build a sixth parking garage in the city, despite the other five being underused. One of the newest lots reported 36 per cent monthly occupancy, while the market garage reported a 52 per cent occupancy. The industry average for occupancy is 86 per cent. These low numbers should be reason enough to drop the project, yet the city persists with plans to...

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  • BY JOSH PEDERSON The Trudeau government’s legislation on the legalization of marijuana is fast approaching, with the purchase and consumption of the earthy green substance scheduled to begin in July. It is a move that has Canadians speculating as to whether this direction is one of calculated judgement regarding the future of the country and its economy, or if it is an impulsive leap into a vast uncharted realm by our inexperienced, young politician. There...

    Legalizing pot

    BY JOSH PEDERSON The Trudeau government’s legislation on the legalization of marijuana is fast approaching, with the purchase and consumption of the earthy green substance scheduled to begin in July. It is a move that has Canadians speculating as to whether this direction is one of calculated judgement regarding the future of the country and its economy, or if it is an impulsive leap into a vast uncharted realm by our inexperienced, young politician. There...

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  • BY MIKE TURCOTTE Social media has become probably one of the single most powerful and influential aspects of human interaction across the globe. Whether people use it to read about politics, inventions, discoveries, crime, or something in between, social media connects people, and shares information to the masses. However, social media is also a shining example of mob mentality, and it’s starting to get really annoying. How many people reading this, have stood outside and...

    Social mob mentality must go

    BY MIKE TURCOTTE Social media has become probably one of the single most powerful and influential aspects of human interaction across the globe. Whether people use it to read about politics, inventions, discoveries, crime, or something in between, social media connects people, and shares information to the masses. However, social media is also a shining example of mob mentality, and it’s starting to get really annoying. How many people reading this, have stood outside and...

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  • By Austin Wells Every year, many people – students and adults alike – put off getting a flu shot or other vaccine. Thinking they don’t need it, won’t get sick, or just don’t get around to it, they risk their health year after year, when getting vaccinated is an easy process that can help keep them safe. However, some people argue against vaccinations, saying that they cause other complications, the main one being autism. However,...

    Don’t delay vaccinating

    By Austin Wells Every year, many people – students and adults alike – put off getting a flu shot or other vaccine. Thinking they don’t need it, won’t get sick, or just don’t get around to it, they risk their health year after year, when getting vaccinated is an easy process that can help keep them safe. However, some people argue against vaccinations, saying that they cause other complications, the main one being autism. However,...

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  • By Tyler Medeiros Grade 9 students in eight Ontario high schools were given a Chromebook last month, which is theirs to keep for the rest of their high school years. The Google-powered laptops, which are to be used in the classroom and to do homework, are part of a two-year pilot project. All tests, assignments and lessons will be online, and teachers are receiving training on how to properly use these devices in the classroom....

    The future of electronic learning

    By Tyler Medeiros Grade 9 students in eight Ontario high schools were given a Chromebook last month, which is theirs to keep for the rest of their high school years. The Google-powered laptops, which are to be used in the classroom and to do homework, are part of a two-year pilot project. All tests, assignments and lessons will be online, and teachers are receiving training on how to properly use these devices in the classroom....

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  • BY DEEANNA ROLLINS Define feminism? OK. Feminism is advocating for women’s rights. Or, as Emma Watson said: “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is … about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality.” Did you see the word breasts written in either of those definitions anywhere? No? Me either. “I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it,” she said. “It’s very confusing.” In early March, images from Watson’s photo shoot...

    Feminism isn’t about covering up

    BY DEEANNA ROLLINS Define feminism? OK. Feminism is advocating for women’s rights. Or, as Emma Watson said: “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is … about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality.” Did you see the word breasts written in either of those definitions anywhere? No? Me either. “I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it,” she said. “It’s very confusing.” In early March, images from Watson’s photo shoot...

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  • BY BRANDY FULTON The future is here! And although we do not have flying cars or teleportation, we have drones that range from the size of a bee to a jumbo jet. They can be controlled from the ground through an app on your phone or a remote that comes with the drone. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), better known as drones, were originally used as military aircraft in areas that were too difficult or risky...

    Drone sales are sky high

    BY BRANDY FULTON The future is here! And although we do not have flying cars or teleportation, we have drones that range from the size of a bee to a jumbo jet. They can be controlled from the ground through an app on your phone or a remote that comes with the drone. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), better known as drones, were originally used as military aircraft in areas that were too difficult or risky...

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