The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.

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Real vs. fake environmentalism: we’re too quick to label things eco-friendly

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I truly care about saving the planet. But like most people, I don’t like listening to environmentalists. They tend to sound hostile towards humanity. Deep down, some probably want to say we’re all murderers, killing Mother Earth by living in a highly-industrialized world. They may be right. But it’s a closed issue that the Earth is screwed and our fossil-fuel age is largely to blame. Even people who don’t give a shit understand we can’t pollute the Earth so much if we wish to preserve it for the younglings.

Starbucks, Tim Hortons and my conflicted heart

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If you are a coffee addict you almost certainly call yourself either a Starbucks person or a Tim Hortons person. There is no middle ground. When you’re addicted to caffeine, coffee shop loyalty is like a religious affiliation. To me, saying you like both Starbucks and Tim Hortons is like saying you are a Christian and a Muslim. Now, as a Starbucks man, I have once or twice been harassed for drinking Starbucks. In return, I ask people how they can honestly prefer Tim Hortons, given that their coffee is flavourless and maybe one step above the coffee at Chinese restaurants.

Is university the only road to success? Some reasons not to believe in post-secondary education, just in time for finals

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Years ago I filled out one of those sociology surveys you occasionally get in lectures. One question asked me, “Why are you in university?” to which I replied, “It beats working.” I still feel this way. Reading textbooks is at least one step above my last job: working in a kitchen. Sometimes I felt nauseous working there — partly because I was cutting up kidney meat while hungover.

Picking up where the Fabulous Four left off: if you like the Beatles, you might like these bands

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Given the pop-culture spectacle the Beatles became, it’s easy to forget the band’s real legacy: creating a musical style (often labeled power-pop) that has forever changed pop music. The Beatles additionally inspired numerous bands that, while partially being Beatles knockoffs, are remarkable talents in their own right. Whether you’re only into the Beatles’ radio hits or their druggier songs, you’re bound to love something on this list of Beatles-esque bands.

How to make a deadly virus: scientists fail to treat H5N1 like the WMD that it is

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Western media love hyping the threat posed by the various nuclear programs of “evil” nations like North Korea and Iran. And although the reporting is sensational at times, history proves that nuclear weapons can produce megadeath and that every measure should be taken to prevent their use. So I find it strange that a weapon even more lethal than the nuclear bomb is being developed and has yet to garner much attention. Scientists in the U.S. and Netherlands have recently created a mutation of the H5N1 virus that, if unleashed, could kill hundreds of millions of people.

The music world gets worse every year, and we’re largely to blame

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Do you love music? Well, do you love music enough to pay for it? Or even sit down and listen to an album for 30 minutes? In 2012, not many people can answer these questions affirmatively. Thanks to our digital gizmos, we hardly ever sit down and listen to full albums anymore. The inattention of our playlist era is telling bands and companies to focus on individual “hits,” which are instant cash cows. Hit-making now trumps the industry’s old model of signing bands that made great albums. And the music industry’s growing emphasis on quick returns has done away with another virtue of labels: letting bands slowly develop their sound and fan-base.

Quiet dignitary or needy best friend: why cats are better pets than dogs

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We are told from a young age that dogs are “man’s best friend.” This is hardly true. A real best friend challenges your decisions and criticizes you when you’re being an idiot. But dogs act more like “man’s desperate sidekick” — they are the Milhouse to your Bart. Dogs seem to beg their owners, “Do you have a best friend yet? ’Cause I’ve been looking for someone to boss me around.” Winston Churchill was right when he said that dogs look up to us while cats look down on us. So people who want to be worshipped get a dog. People who want to grow and learn to deal with a sovereign creature will get a cat.

Life without modern technology: a weekend experiment to travel back to 1962

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For years I’ve held a strong belief that, given two products, the older one is probably cooler, more authentic and better made. So I cling to the past whenever I can. Being fed up with this my brother told me, “Mike, you can’t pretend you’re living in the ’60s.” — which is precisely what I did all weekend. And when it came time to write up this article, I thought I'd try something a little bit different.

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