It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a UFO?

The phenomena of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings and alien abductions hold a significant amount of mystery because people have been reporting their experiences for decades. Is there any evidence to prove the claims, or is it a result of human imagination? The 2016 Canadian UFO Survey, which was released …

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The pod people: casting light on a growing medium

Although radio was once thought to be dead because of the rise of television, the recent popularity of podcasts may mean new life for the medium. People listen to podcasts for a variety of reasons: some like entertainment, while others listen to podcasts that keep them up-to-date on news and …

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The good, the bad and the ugly: Inside looks at Fandom

Fandom culture can be an amazing, beautiful thing that brings people from all different walks of life together in appreciation for a movie, show, game, comic or book. The variety of experiences and people make fan communities an interesting patchwork blanket of passion and enthusiasm. Jessie Ferguson, a library information …

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Love me Tinder, match me online

Let’s be real here – dating in 2018 is tough, and honestly, pretty awful most of the time.   Chances are if you didn’t meet your significant other in the pre-Tinder era, you’ve had to roll the dice and meet someone in a non-conventional way.   Gone are the days …

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Unsafe for student guilty of sexual interference to return to University of Calgary campus… never mind his potential victims

The Connor Neurauter controversy is a disgrace to the University of Calgary (U of C), and displays the work still required to confront sexual interference and institutional complicity in it. Nearauter, 21, recently recieved a prison sentance for sexual interference with a 13-year-old girl in 2015. He was sentenced in …

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Wage hike lowers quality of life

As a long-time conservative province, Alberta citizens made a call for change in 2015 by electing the New Democratic Party (NDP) into office. The most notable change they have put into place is perhaps the minimum wage hike. While attempting to lessen the wealth gap is important, Alberta has seemed …

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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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Safe injection site next step in fighting opioid crisis

For those who live and work in downtown Calgary, seeing a homeless person is not an unlikely occurrence. Every so often, you’ll see someone who visibly has a drug addiction. In an effort to curb the amount of overdoses and public disposal of drug paraphernalia, a new permanent supervised consumption …

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Not exactly America’s trump card

By now, just about everyone has at least something to say about the tirade that is President Donald Trump. Trump loves to tweet. Since his election on Nov. 8, 2016, he has posted nearly 2,900 tweets, an average of about seven tweets per day. Views on Trump’s online activity vary …

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Calgary in the race for 2026 Olympic bid

Although it may seem that getting a new hockey arena in Calgary for the Flames to play in is an ongoing battle, that hasn’t stopped the Heart of the New West from flirting with bidding to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. With existing infrastructure from the Calgary 1988 winter games …

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Harry Potter is magical adult-literature

The Harry Potter series has captured the hearts of people of all ages for the past 20 years. People seem to think the majority of the fan-base are young adults around my age, 25, who have quite literally grown up with the books. There may be some truth to this, …

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Stars falling from grace

Since the defamation of American movie producer Harvey Weinstein in early October, many other Hollywood moguls are under fire for sexual misconduct. As stories and accusations unravel against many well-known stars, one of the biggest scandals is the fall of Netflix’s House of Cards lead, Kevin Spacey. Spacey was first …

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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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Conspiracy central

With all the terrible things happening in the world everyday, it may bring some comfort to think that this is all caused by secret sinister powers. Conspiracy theories are nothing new, with some believing to this day that Hitler’s suicide was a hoax, but it has become more and more …

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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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Should animal abusers receive harsher penalties?

Criminals found guilty of animal abuse in Alberta have been receiving little more than a slap on the wrist for far too long. In Alberta, the maximum penalty guilty perpetrators can receive is a fine of $20,000 and restriction of animal ownership with only a possibility of jail time, no …

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Quantity vs. Quality in the digital age

In the age when everyone with a camera is suddenly a photographer, those who make a career of the art struggle to find notoriety amongst an endless stream of selfies and candids. Countless images are created and posted every day. The quality of which will vary from those taken with …

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Resisting PC culture

George Orwell said, “at any given moment, there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question […] a genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing.” He published these prophetic words 68 years ago in his bestselling book …

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Paying the price for some nice

Feminism is lighting a fire in women and men all over the world, but it seems behind closed doors, it’s all about chivalry. As I observe the majority of my friends’ relationships with their boyfriends and husbands, I often notice some strong-willed women on the outside. Women who will stop …

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