New Year, same ol’ me, resolutions are overrated

Three weeks into the new year and I’m already kicking myself for not staying true to any of my resolutions, a list, I might add, about 18 articles long. Included on my list are the usual, work out at least three times per week, eat more consciously, save money, floss …

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Canada’s judicial system isn’t responsible with violent offenders

Conversations often take an awkward turn when the subject of hobbies and interests comes up and I lead with, “I love serial killers and murder.” I should probably learn to phrase that better, because what I mean is, murderers fascinate me. The way their mind works, the reason they snap, …

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Fighting oppression with oppression

As a feminist, I see the hijab, niqab or the burqa as female oppression even though my friend and colleague, Hadeel Abed, a practicing Muslim woman, assured me that by no means are women forced to cover up, the Qur’an only suggests modesty. Women are welcome to interpret that in …

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Thought and prayers ain’t working’ in wake of mass shootings

It’s hard to feel any sorrow for the victims of Las Vegas’ mass shooting last month, when all you can feel is dumbfounded frustration and anger. President Donald Trump described the shooter, Robert Paddock, as a “very sick, demented man,” although, I’m sure we could all guess what the president’s …

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Taking a knee for basic human freedoms

For a country that’s entire cultural identity is based on freedom, and who’s notorious for clinging to their constitution like it provides the air they breathe, many U.S. citizens certainly are quick to douse the flames of freedom of expression, largely when minority groups are the ones whom are exercising …

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iPhone, X-plain yourself

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but the repo man may just come a-knockin’. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, recently announced the newest generation of iPhone called the iPhone X, appropriately named in response to the phone’s tenth year in the electronic market, and it’s certainly not worth …

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Rising from the ashes

Father of Brentwood Five victim forms non-profit It’s not often that something so good comes out of something so tragic, but when Barclay Hunter lost his son Josh, within a matter of days that The Prophets of Music were born. Joshua Hunter, 23, was stabbed to death nearly three years …

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Perspectives changed by a year of reflection

As the end of the school year fast approaches, I find myself thinking about how I got here and why I’m so glad I stayed. Before coming to SAIT, I spent five years at the University of Calgary studying political science, followed by two years of figuring out what the …

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City taxes will be paving Haitian roads

Calgary to donate $25,000 to Haiti When paying municipal taxes one would, and frankly should, expect that their money is going towards local roads, not those 5,099 kms away. On Monday, March 13, 2017, Ward 11 councillor, Brian Pincott brought forth a motion that would send $25,000 of Calgary’s reserve …

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Fourth Canadian sanctuary city offers safe haven for illegal aliens

Montréal is the latest Canadian city to announce their status as a sanctuary, which begs the question whether or not Calgary should follow suit. Although criticised for being largely symbolic and carrying no legal standing, sanctuary cities make is so municipal police forces are discouraged, but not banned, from helping …

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Payment or publicity

Artists feel forced to choose between paid work or exposure It can’t be a coincidence that exposure is something you can die from. The dictionary defines environmental exposure as, “A physical condition resulting from being outside in severe weather conditions without adequate protection.” This is exactly what will happen to …

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YYC cycling infrastructure

Calgary cycling project met with disapproval Anyone who has been to Amsterdam knows that cyclists own the city. It is a part of their identity. You’ll find mothers riding bikes with toddlers stacked five high on the way to the grocery store, as well as the elderly pedalling through the …

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Breaking the cycle

Considering the feasibility of paid menstrual leave At just 11 years old, I had awoken to a visit from dear Aunt Flo. Nobody had warned me about what a savage she was.  I felt soggy, dirty, bloated and sick. The pain was like something was trying to claw its way …

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Simplify your life

Effective tips for organizing your space Minimalism has been quite the buzzword lately, with nearly triple the interest this January compared to November of last year, according to Google Trends. Many people are resolving to slow down in 2017, by simplifying their lives after the demanding holiday season and negative …

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