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Why Affirmative Action is Right

Let it be known that an overwhelming feeling of outrage is what has driven me to write about affirmative action. I am outraged by all the critics who have devoted their lives to ending affirmative action. I have struggled to come to terms with how these critics, some of whom have never experienced racial profiling a single day in their lives, are audacious enough to put down the policy that aims to prevent systemic discrimination in our public and private institutions.

Did Legalizing Marijuana Make Things Better or Worse for Canadians?

Since legalization kicked in on October 17, 2018, marijuana use has become more openly accepted. In Canada, people who have had an affinity for marijuana can now smoke or consume the drug in its various forms without judicial consequence. The Trudeau government even went as far as to announce their pledge to pardon minor convictions stemming from marijuana-related charges. On the other hand, though legal in Canada, usage of the drug has created problems for Canada Border Services officers, inciting uproar from travellers at the border. Dispensaries have received a great deal of backlash for their close proximity to schools. Not to mention, the overarching problematic scheme set in place to determine what differentiates possession from intent to distribute. The million-dollar question is: has this new legislation, designed to alleviate the difficulties of possession and usage, spurred a multitude of problems in the hopes of solving just one?

Nixon vs. Trump: History Repeated or Bullet Deflected?

With recent investigations surrounding President Donald Trump, the comparisons to the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon have come forth strong. At first glance, the similarities between the two presidencies are eerily identical: the investigations, the references to executive privilege, and the resulting instability of the American political system. However, upon closer examination, the two presidential scandals have important differences.

Is The Honeymoon Over Between Canadian Women and Justin Trudeau?

Canadians have been criticizing Trudeau as a self-proclaimed feminist whose actions are contrary to his pronouncements. In the midst of the SNC-Lavalin scandal—in which the Montreal-based engineering and construction company bribed dictatorial Libyan officials in order to win lucrative contracts in the country—Trudeau has lost two of his most successful female cabinet ministers.

La Finlande : championne de l’éducation

Peu d’étudiants ontariens qui souhaitent enseigner savent que la Finlande est réputée pour avoir l’un des meilleurs systèmes d’éducation au monde, surtout aux niveaux élémentaire et secondaire.

            Le pays scandinave obtient, depuis plusieurs décennies, d’excellents résultats scolaires au niveau national et mondial. En outre, le taux d’élèves qui obtiennent leur diplôme d’études secondaires est de 99,7 % (HuffPost Québec).

Could Howard Schultz be 2020’s Ralph Nader?

Though not officially in the presidential race yet, on January 27, former Starbucks CEO and billionaire Howard Schultz announced that he would be exploring the possibility of running for president in the 2020 election. While it is unlikely that Schultz, who is running as an independent, will win the presidential election, by taking a centrist role in the race, his presence could expose weaknesses in the current left-leaning lineup of presidential hopefuls aiming to become the Democratic presidential nominee.

Le monde est de nouveau affligé par une vague d’illibéralisme. Dans presque tous les grands pays démocratiques au monde, il y a un parti populiste où un leader populiste, soit en tête du gouvernement où comme opposition. Les principaux politiques de ces candidats consistent à la promotion de l’autarcie, le rejet des immigrants, et un abandon pour les accords internationaux, soit économique, environnemental ou sécuritaire. La vraisemblance de ces politiques face à celles de l’isolationnisme dans les années 1930 est inquiétante. À notre époque, les leaders mondiaux remettent en question la validité de l’OTAN et l’accord de Paris sur le climat, tandis que dans les années 1930, certains ont quitté la Société des Nations.

The Social Impact of the Plastic Straw Ban: One small step for society, one giant leap for the planet

In recent years, cities around the globe have taken up the initiative to ban plastic straws. Undeniably, this has become a topic of debate over the impact such a ban can really have. Many have argued that the ban on plastic straws is ineffective in reducing plastic pollution in the oceans because straws constitute a very small portion of plastic pollution.

Climate Change and Social Justice

Would you like to be in shorts and a t-shirt in the middle of December or be in a snowsuit in July? Climate Change is the change in global climate patterns attributed by the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by fossil fuels. It’s ruining our world, it is becoming a serious problem in our environment in fact, in my opinion it is the biggest problem.

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Mass Shootings: The Consequences of Playing with Fire

The United States is no stranger to the politics of hate. Even the most basic study of U.S. history reveals that the country has a long history of issues related to race, immigration, and integration. The U.S. is a country of immigrants, but each wave of new citizens has rocked American society in its own way—all have faced bigotry. Freed slaves, in particular, felt this hatred as states passed laws that purposefully stripped them of every aspect of citizenship they had gained, and White supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan mercilessly hounded them. Importantly, much of that hatred was stoked for political gain.

Public Intellectualism, A Home for Hatred: Thoughts on the Bannon-Frum Debate

In our political purgatory of Doug Fords, Maxime Berniers, and Faith Goldys, public intellectualism should be a sanctuary in the sky. For marginalized peoples especially, intellectualizing the dream of a more democratic society by fact-checking, idea-sharing, and place-making is a form of liberation and resistance. In Toronto, however, spaces for academic conversation seem to be as hellish as our politics. The latest installment of the acclaimed Munk Debates series is veritable proof.

Punjab and its Stubble-Burning Bind

Last year, stubble burning in Northern India significantly contributed to carbon monoxide, methane, and volatile organic compound pollution, which resulted in smog that caused several health problems for citizens. The heavy fog formation at the end of the harvest season could become an annual concern for many residents of Northern India.