OPINION Bill will brand refugees as terrorists

Proud of our Canadian identity as a “multi-cultural” society, Canada used to be known for its immigration policy, specifically its once glorious stance on refugee and asylum-seekers. This year, Canada decided it didn’t want to be the shining beacon of hope to all the war-torn, persecuted, oppressed and/or otherwise downtrodden …

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

My classmates and I were recently very offended by the article Weal Web Picks – Jan. 27, 2011. “Purchase used firearms for rock bottom prices from the classifieds forum. Owning a handgun has never been this easy or affordable.” This piece scared us all so deeply that we thought it …

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OPINION Removing rights can end up empowering people

Imagine for a moment that you no longer have Facebook, Twitter, or Google. You’re in the middle of a war-zone because your government has, for the past 30 years, denied your human rights and existed as an oppressive, dictatorial regime. Your countrymen have decided to put an end to this, …

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OPINION: How GI Joe became a bad guy

We’re bombarded with talk about body image issues in our culture. From women in our lives who are starving themselves to those who are so famished they’re barely able to walk down a runway, it seems the idea that thinner is better just won’t go away. Most of us, by …

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You are not your diploma

As children, we were constantly plagued with two questions: how old are you and what do you want to be when you grow up? Responding to the first question by holding up fingers came as no challenge, but answering the latter was much more challenging. Naturally as a six-year-old girl …

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OPINION: A new year, new you

SAIT campus, and Calgary as a whole, is brimming with a new sense of purpose as we once again begin the season of failed and failing New Year’s` resolutions. Sure, some people make a year-long effort to change certain aspects of their lives, because January once again showed its champagne-soaked …

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OPINION: Science fiction becomes science fact

The number 2011 sounds awfully futuristic, especially with the invention of flying cars – a feat achieved by SAIT alum Paul Moller. Looking back at the 1950s, when Moller attended SAIT, people thought up some pretty wacky stuff when they peered into their crystal balls. After all, we certainly aren’t …

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Put yourself in control of birth control information

When was the last time you asked your pharmacist about the side effects of your birth control pill, patch, or shot? If the answer is never, then maybe it’s time to talk to your doctor. A recent lawsuit against Bayer, the maker of two birth control pills called Yaz and …

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Sexual SOS: Love Gurus to the rescue

Dear Love Gurus, I’ve been with my girlfriend for a while and I really love her. Sex is great and she always wears the sexiest bras and underwear to bed. I appreciate her effort to look good for me, and I want to return the favour. Our one-year anniversary is …

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Because they hurt people, duh

I understand the thought process behind doing drugs for fun. As I’ve watched my friends try various chemical drugs over the years, I have sometimes wanted to join in because it looks exciting. But watching my friends go through myriad experiences with substances is exactly the same reason I’ve stayed …

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Drugs are fun. So why are they such a touchy subject?

It’s all to do with perspective and what we’re told by the government. Caffeine is legal and it’s so widely integrated in our daily lives. I know I wouldn’t survive school without it. Cigarettes are legal. I’m a dumbass for smoking them, but I enjoy the experience. Despite recently being …

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Sober second thought on booze

The music is loud, the lights are low and the air stinks of stale beer. It’s Friday night, 9 p.m., and my friends have “designated” me as the driver. But soon I’ll be policing their behaviour like a babysitter. As people shuffle in and the bar staff hustle to fill …

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Sexuality a “critical piece of identity, regardless of age”

Seniors A GoGo is a performance group led by Mariette Sluyter of the Foundation Lab, Inc. and funded by Calgary Sexual Health. The performances are powerful, real-life stories of human sexuality told by seven diverse Calgary seniors. I’ve been volunteering with the group this fall and felt moved by the …

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BND sells us short

Founded by Vancouver artist Ted Dave in September 1992 and promoted by Adbusters magazine, Buy Nothing Day encourages movers and shakers to bust out of their consumer shells and “stop living our five-planet lifestyle.” The premise of Buy Nothing Day is good; as a country, we consistently live beyond our …

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When is your blood better than my blood?

Male donors: have you had sex with a man – even once – since 1977? If you answered yes, then congratulations: you will never give blood. This question is one of many on the Record of Donation form, the questionnaire potential donors fill out when giving blood. But it’s also …

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Buy into buy nothing day

Buy Nothing Day is an attempt to remind us of the authenticity that can be found in living simply. This is the immeasurable goal after all, an authentic life. Inauthentic is buying, driving, preening, scoring, trying, vying, etc. But we are a culture of consumers. We have chosen flashy and …

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Opinion: It’s time to break down the therapy stigma

“Look! A crazy person!” someone screams as a student exits a therapist’s office. “Quick! Quarantine them before we all catch depression.” Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, it is. But for some strange reason, therapy holds the same stigma it did back in the ‘60s. People still feel ashamed to be taking …

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Getting Lindros’d: concussions in sports serious

Poor Eric Lindros. If only his career would’ve began during the 2010-2011 season, perhaps he might have had a chance to realize the potential that coaches and scouts believed he possessed. Drafted first overall in the 1991 NHL entry draft, Lindros fit the bill for the prototypical power forward. His …

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Why have we forgotten Remembrance Day?

OPINION Remembrance Day has lost its meaning. It is no longer a sacred service held to honour those people who lost their lives in combat since the  First World War. But rather it’s an empty ceremony observed by the few out of necessity or political responsibility. Canada was fortunate to …

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Jersey Shore: our love/hate relationship

OPINION It’s the show with the characters we love to hate. Weal staffers Bree Gardner and Rebekah Jarvis debate the pitfalls and the merits (yes, apparently there are some) of the reality show. Gardner: Ah yes, Jersey shore. Marketed by MTV as a series that has “focused its lens on …

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