November 16, 2018

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

The failure of our prison system

BY GARRETT BURCHETT Steven Pratt is an anomaly. Perhaps that is true. Or perhaps that is just a justification. Pratt spent 30 years in a maximum security prison for the murder of Michael Anderson in 1984. His sentenced served, he returned to the world in October 2014, only to kill his own mother two days later. While this example took place in the U.S., it is foolish to believe our … Continued

#OscarsSoWhite

BY CHRIS HUSSEY It’s hard to find any award show with the same kind of influence and reputation as the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars. The annual awards ceremony, held this year on Feb. 28, recognizes achievements in the film industry, as voted upon by the members of the Academy. The awards given out at the show have so much prestige; there’s really nothing like winning an Oscar. … Continued

Paid internships should be the norm

BY SEAN MALINOWSKI Internships are an integral part of today’s college experience. Having the opportunity to get your foot in the door of a business or organization of your choosing is a great way to get useful experience, as well as beneficial self-promotion. For most students, internships are mandatory to graduate, there is no avoiding them. This is a difficult credit to complete though, having to travel off-campus during odd … Continued

Seek help if struggling

By JASON MOTA There is a gap in the Canadian mental health system. This “gap” refers to the unnervingly large percentage of people with mental illnesses who do not receive treatment for – or even an acknowledgement of – their symptoms. A bad week is an easy thing to shrug off as being nothing more than just a bad week, but knowing when it’s worse than that can mean the … Continued