I was looking at a book my little sister got recently as part of her newfound Christianity, and it scared me. Each page has a title and a little tip on how to live well and navigate puberty. Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Not so.
I am a dyed-in-the-wool nerd who gets excited by the sight and the smell of school supplies. I remember childhood mostly as a montage of going into Staples each August and looking at all the varieties of pens, pencils and notebooks. Graduating from Duo-Tangs to flimsily stapled notebooks to coiled ones and then, finally, to binders provided a measure for my ascent to maturity.
In this modern era, we have to navigate the unpredictable maze of dating and feelings as well as the much newer terrain of texting, sexting and naked pictures. With that in mind, I surveyed some of my fellow students and compiled a list of things to do and to avoid for guys thinking of sending pictures of their dicks to some lucky ladies.
The adjective “Islamist” is a subtle but incredibly effective form of fear-mongering, and it is distressing to see reputable news sources repeat it without question. On its face, the designation simply means that a given person or group is Muslim and that they take their religion into consideration when making decisions. But here is where the problems start: Since Sept. 11, 2001, Islam has become a murky, poorly-understood but ominous thing synonymous in many minds with senseless violence, often directed at the Western world.
Last week the Canadian government announced the cancellation of $130 million in debt owed it by Côte d’Ivoire. Canada has been a pioneer in debt relief for decades; it is a founding and permanent member of the Paris Club, a loose affiliation of some of the world’s largest economies that seeks to find solutions to impoverished countries’ debt problems. But debt relief alone is not nearly enough.
You and the people you know may be treated well at your jobs despite not being unionized. But unions exist to fight for the rights of workers. They are the only type of organization that does this. To argue that unions are unnecessary is to argue that the rights of workers—which is to say, the rights of people, the rights of the majority of your fellow citizens—are unnecessary, irrelevant, passé. And that will never be the case.
It’s no secret that women are funny and creative, just as it’s no secret that they have long been shut out of important positions behind the scenes in film and television. This is slowly changing, but as more and more women create the entertainment we consume they face ever more criticism than their male counterparts.
Canadian citizen Omar Khadr has been in jail since he was 15. He is now 25. But Khadr is not in a typical jail, and he is not a typical criminal — if such a thing exists. Khadr is in the controversial American Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. He has been there since 2002, when he was accused of throwing a grenade at an American soldier during a firefight in Afghanistan, though evidence discovered since his capture suggests that he may not have been the one to throw it.
You can say “bitch” on TV. This is not especially problematic for most people. But this, more than anything, is the problem. While most people will agree that the word “cunt” packs a wallop, both emotionally and linguistically, the same people often will not say the same things about “bitch.”
After receiving a smaller operating grant increase than it had asked for from the provincial government, the University of Saskatchewan is expecting a significant deficit for 2012-13. Rob Norris, the provincial minister of advanced education, says the government actually provided a 5.4 per cent increase to the U of S. This is because in addition to the two per cent increase to the operating grant, the government has provided extra funding for a number of special projects, from the university’s renal transplant program to the Saskatchewan Advantage scholarships.