There are many ways to be victimized, from robbery to harassment to violent sexual assault. Once someone has been branded a victim, our society too often shifts blame from their attacker onto them, piling more problems on the victim’s shoulders.
Free and unfettered access to the Internet is a no-brainer for our generation. Maybe not for our parents or grandparents, but at least for us. With Bill C-30, currently before Parliament, the federal government means to stick its nose in our web browsers and violate Canadians’ privacy online.
Ah, love is officially in the air and so are unseasonably warm temperatures for this time of year. But that’s a different story. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, the day when a guy in a diaper shoots people in the butt with arrows, and somehow we’re okay with it. It’s Cupid, and it’s love, so we can make an exception. Whether or not you have a significant other, Feb. 14 always manages to pull people’s heart strings one way or another.
I went into my first term of university in September of 2011 with over $5,000 in my savings account. This was a pretty healthy sum, I thought. Well, try telling that to my currently draining bank accounts. Am I taking a student loan? Oh, hell no! Was I smart enough to win a scholarship for my tuition? Not as long as I’m an arts and science student. So my only option is to pay tuition in cash. Currently I have enough money for the 2012 winter term, and a bit for the start of my second year, but either way, I am royally fucked right about now.
I have lived in multiple cities before and Saskatoon is probably in the worst condition. Now before you bitch at the foreigner who isn’t even from this province, please let me explain. Put away the torches and pitchforks. Go to the City of Saskatoon’s “Quick Facts” page online and what do you see? Pictures of the city skyline, though not in winter. You also see people walking by our beautiful riverfront, once again, not during winter. To an outside observer, Saskatoon would seem pretty awesome. And yes, we have a total of 2,381 hours of sunshine a year, the Saskatoon Exhibition, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and our famed uranium and potash industries.
It’s that time of year again fellow Canadians (and especially American taxpayers): where all the eager American presidential candidates board the train and ride to “Crazy Town, USA.” Whoops, I meant the White House.
Odds are you’ve come across individuals who silently suffer from mental illness. Maybe it’s one of your friends, a stranger on the street or even yourself. Mental illness affects millions of people worldwide: from the anxiety producing numbness of obsessive compulsive disorder to the extreme mood swings of bipolar disorder to the damning and uncontrollable thoughts of schizophrenia.
When you hear the words “De La Soul,” what comes to mind? If you say one of hip-hop's most famous musical groups, you're correct. Formed in Long Island, New York in the mid-1980s, De La Soul is a hip-hop phenomenon consisting of Kelvin Mercer, David Jude Jolicoeur and Vincent Mason. I was fortunate enough to interview Vincent Mason, one of the iconic band's members who is better known to the music world as “DJ Maseo.”