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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Grow a ‘stache, not a tumor

OPINION My grandfather died from prostate cancer. He spent six months in agony as the cancer spread through his body, taking its time to kill him. He was from my dad’s side of the family and never once grew a moustache. My grandfather on my mother’s side looks like an …

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GUEST EDITORIAL- Mentorship: a rewarding experience

My decision to be a Big Brother was made in May 2009 while I was unemployed. My daily routine was to wake up around noon, apply for jobs on the computer, and then retreat back to my house where I would watch Supernatural until it was late enough to go …

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Opinion: Your vote is worth more than you think

It’s shameful that our population, known here in Calgary for its wealth of opportunities and overall prosperity, has slipped into the downward slope of voter apathy. With less than 30 per cent voter turnout over the past two municipal elections, your vote could be worth a lot more than you …

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