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Nail polish is not the answer

Four undergrad students from North Carolina State University recently came forward with a nail polish that changes colours when exposed to date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB, thus enabling the wearer to dip a finger into a drink and test it for safety. Many were quite impressed. The feminist reaction, on the […]


Auld alliance for a new era

Barely three days after you read this, the map of Europe could once again change. On September 18, a referendum will take place in Scotland asking a single question, “Should Scotland be an independent country?” If a successful ‘yes’ vote is passed, the nation that currently forms an integral part of the United Kingdom will […]

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Don’t shop at Ikea

As autumn rolls into Metro Vancouver, I am sure that many of you, like myself, will invest in new home furnishings for your dorm, apartment, bedroom, the list goes on. This semester however, I encourage you to shop Ikea-free. Don’t get me wrong, I too love the look and design of Ikea furniture — plus […]

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Doctors require the right to refuse treatment based on beliefs

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is currently reviewing its policy which accords doctors the right to refuse to treat a patient based on religious or moral grounds in non-life threatening situations. While at first I was in favour of this re-evaluation, I have since come to realize that this situation is […]

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World Cup: the beautiful connection

I don’t usually watch soccer. I am not saying this as some badge of honour in some attempt to put myself ‘above’ soccer, nor am I trying to make the argument that hockey is 10 times better (at least not now.) No, I am just stating that for some reason I, along with many other […]

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Israel/Palestine: one state solution

It is easy to label the erupting crisis in the Israel-Palestine corridor as a meaningless tragedy; in many ways, this is correct. What began as a small Israeli incursion into the West Bank to rescue three Jewish teenagers from a suspected kidnapping by Palestinian radicals has quickly escalated. Palestine’s influential Hamas faction has sought vengeance […]

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Religious, irreligious, whatever

I suppose I am what we call irreligious, or perhaps a humanist, maybe even an atheist. I bring this up now to stress that I do not know whether my beliefs can be categorized, and also to make a point: it is easy to get lost in the semantics of religious debate, but we need […]

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Instagram’s nudity policy is an insta-no

  Considering Instagram’s conception and birth happened in modern society, it baffles me that their nudity policy is archaic and works hard to strengthen classic double standards concerning female bodies. In recent news, celebrities such as Scout Willis and Rihanna have had their Instagram accounts suspended for posting topless pictures. Willis’ major Insta-indiscretion came in […]

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Bull$#!+: China treating Internet addiction ‘disorder’ at militant style facilities; eating

China treating Internet addiction ‘disorder’ at militant style facilities By David Ly It’s been highly debated in the psychological associations, but Internet addiction disorder (IAD) isn’t officially classified as a mental disorder (seriously. Wiki it.). Though one can be addicted to computer gaming, cyber relationships, and sex, and other net-related compulsions, IAD is uncertain — […]


New anti-spam laws aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

For Canada Day, our country’s Parliament gave Canadians a birthday present: an anti-spam legislation that would ensure electronic users have the option to free themselves from the suffocation of Internet spam.  The new legislation was praised by many as an important step for Canadians to control where their digital information goes. However, further research has […]

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Nanaimo city council violates Canadian rights

Just over two months ago, Nanaimo’s city council made a decision, the controversy of which was only matched by the lack of reporting on the issue. This lack was impressive, as in the space of 20 minutes, the council managed to deny a group of Nanaimo residents four of their basic rights under the Charter […]

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Open Letter: Taking the time to remember Nelson Mandela

In Seneca’s sixth letter to Lucilius, he writes that the behaviour of a teacher could instruct more than any moral lesson they taught, noting that Plato and Aristotle “derived more from Socrates’ character than from his words.’’ Encapsulated in Mandela Day, July 18, is the recognition of Mandela’s life, one that offered the same sort […]


Hobby Lobby ruling harms women’s rights in the US

The Supreme Court has chosen religion over human rights in the case of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. On June 30, the Court ruled that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees.  The complaint over the Affordable Care Act’s requirement was made by Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma […]

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