Fining hate speech on social media is a slippery slope to censorship

Germany approved a new law this past week in which social media companies will be fined up to $53 million if they don’t remove hateful messages. Heiko Maas, Germany’s justice minister, argues that these fines will allow for a “free, open, and democratic society,” as reported by BBC News. But ironically, giving corporations an obligation […]

3 dormitory DIY weekend projects (on a budget)

Politics got you down? Classes not exactly fulfilling your creative side? What better way to cheer yourself up than to do a little dorm DIY. We can’t always control what happens in the world, or our lives, but we can control our environment and make it a comfortable safe haven to escape the day-to-day perils. […]

Stronger Internet needs to come with stronger policies

Going home for the holidays is always a welcome escape from school and the everyday hustle and bustle of life. However, ‘back home’ for me is the boonies, the sticks, the country. While the slower pace is nice, I always get a little more slow than I bargain for. Slow Internet, that is. Sometimes, it’s […]

The voice in the box

Most people know not to mess around with Ouija boards, but no one ever said anything about a ghost box. While we are all rational students of academia and most likely to err on the side of reason and science, I cannot express to you how real this was for me at the time. It […]

Whether or not the US pardons Edward Snowden, he shouldn’t return

Recent weeks have seen a resurgence of an ongoing controversial discussion over whether President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden before leaving office. Russia granted Snowden asylum in 2013, after he publicly revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been surveilling the American population’s communications and Internet usage without their knowledge in the name of […]

My journey towards waste reduction

This is the first article in a three-part series about Kendra’s journey through waste reduction.   You see that? That Mason jar filled with garbage right there, boys and girls, is Lauren Singer’s garbage — after not one day, not one week, but two years. Singer’s made a name for herself as an online blogger, […]

Tax the rich to support the homeless

It was a beautiful day. The rare Vancouver sun was shining and I was merrily on my way to Harbour Center via the 135. Enjoying the day to its fullest was on the agenda, despite the responsibilities of school. As I neared downtown, I couldn’t help but notice that even the people who had made […]

Big media stifles environmentalism

We all know by now that Leonardo DiCaprio has been a strong advocate for climate change action for a number of years. His most recent attempt at environmentalism donned his Academy Award acceptance speech a couple weeks ago. However, some people may have forgotten how Leo received some serious flak last December. The CBC identified […]

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