Posts Categorized: Opinions

The importance of Daylight Saving Time

Although the bi-annual time shift is being pushed to extinction, here’s why you should care about the tradition Originally a satirical proposition by Benjamin Franklin that later became an official proposition  by a New Zealand bug expert in 1895, Daylight Saving Time (DST) has evolved into one of the greatest bi-annual debates across the world… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Give us a real resistance

Because Maclean’s Magazine’s definition isn’t satisfactory The word ‘resistance’ is not just a word. As with most language, there are substantial connotations that can be attributed to it. Perhaps one of the most famous resistances took place in Nazi-occupied France in WWII. La Resistance was a collection of grassroots groups that fought against the racism… Read more »

Legal drugs can solve a litany of problems

(Like fighting the Taliban, curbing money laundering, reducing addiction rates, and ending the opioid crisis) On Oct. 17 Canada became the first G7 country, and the second country worldwide, to fully legalize recreational cannabis. This means that of the 4.2 million Canadians who use cannabis, those who use it recreationally are no longer criminals.  … Read more »

Camp on the run

Namegans Nation and the case for community While the socioeconomic causes of homelessness are well understood, victims are still blamed as if they caused the problem themselves. Countless solutions have been shot down with the familiar refrain: Not In My Back Yard! — even though our current punitive ‘solutions’ cost taxpayers more than structural solutions… Read more »

LETTER: The most important aspect of reconciliation

Justice for the victims The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada did not include the most important aspect of reconciliation: justice for the victims. Justice is normally epitomized by a court of law prosecuting individuals for having committed criminal acts. Such prosecution may result in criminal convictions and incarceration, such as the case of similar… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Response to Khashoggi murder is unacceptable

While there are many questions still remaining over what transpired on Oct. 2 when Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing, one thing’s certain: the sudden disappearance of one of Riyadh’s harshest critics is a blow to the backbone of democracy and freedom of the press around the world. The last known public sighting of… Read more »

Marijuana, the drug

Victory, victory! Oct.17 is a victory. Certainly. Years of incarcerations, crackdowns, deaths, the drug war on Cannabis. The pendulum has finally swung towards good. 420, Cheech and Chong, and “THC cures cancer” have won out over Reefer Madness, ‘devil’s lettuce,’ and Nixon. Cannabis is legal, and that is that. My relationship with weed began in… Read more »

A focus-destroying distraction

The Vancouver Canucks’ ban on Fortnite By this point, you will probably have heard of the video game Fortnite. If you haven’t, I’m impressed. Fortnite is a free-to-play, battle royale game in which players drop down from a bus onto an island, and must collect weapons and build forts in order to be the last… Read more »

EDITORIAL: It’s the end of the world and we all know it

Or is it? A report was released on Oct. 8 by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announcing we have just 12 years before our planet surpasses the point of no return. The average temperature on earth has reached one degree celsius higher than pre-industrial averages. That may not seem like much, but… Read more »