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Wording of M103 bill vital to its meaning

By Andrew Kemle, March 21 2017 — Motion 103 (M103) has been a contentious topic among many Canadians. M103 is a private member’s motion condemning “Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination” while also seeking to establish ways in which the government of Canada can combat an increase in discrimination. Those that…

Letter to the Editor: The SU elections are ultimately a waste of time

Re: 2017 Students’ Union Election Supplement I’d like to preface this by saying that I’m all for democracy. It’s the smartest stupid idea we as a human race have ever come up with (and will remain such until we decide to collectively drown ourselves in the ocean). In fact, I’d argue we need to extend…

Letter to the editor: we need electoral reform

I am writing in response to Andrew Kemle’s Nov.15 article urging young Canadians to vote. Although I appreciate and support the point that he made, I would disagree that 39.4 per cent of the votes equates for our current government to being “well in the majority”. What it means, is that a political party that…

Your vote matters now more than ever

By Andrew Kemle, November 15 2016 — On Nov. 8, the United States elected Donald Trump — a populist who utilized divisive rhetoric throughout his campaign — as their 45th president. This year’s voter turnout also reached a 20-year low of only 55.4 per cent. There are varying explanations for Trump’s surprising victory, but the…

Should we debate hateful perspectives?

By Andrew Kemle, November 1 2016 — In a span of less than a month the University of Calgary has seen two separate controversies regarding distribution of hateful material. Anti-Muslim posters were found around campus on Oct. 6. And the Christian Truth Activists (CTA) — a group of anti-LGBTQA evangelicals — presented students with graphic…

Apathy makes students’ lives worse

By Andrew Kemle, January 12, 2016 — The University of Calgary student body often seems oblivious to the pressing issues surrounding it. Debate and calls for change on both issues at home and abroad are rare. But if students want to stop being pushed around, this needs to change. If more people speak out, we…

The very educted film critic reviews Star Wars

By Andrew Kemle, December 1 2015 — Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, because it’s apparently so good it skips the first three, is a purported space opera from the mind of director and screenwriter George Lucas, also known as George R. R. Martin with a worse beard. Real original, George — a hero’s…

Political correctness isn’t always good or bad

By Andrew Kemle, November 19, 2015 — People can make careers solely out of criticizing political correctness. And to be fair, they often have a point. Yale professor Erika Christakis recently argued in favour of allowing offensive Halloween costumes so students could figure out for themselves what is and isn’t appropriate. A few years ago,…

Unions aren’t to blame for the province’s budget

By Andrew Kemle, March 12 2015 — Alberta is facing difficult economic times. In the face of this uncertainty, Premier Jim Prentice is warning public sector employees that they’ll have to shoulder some of the burden. He can dance around it all he likes, but Prentice is talking about decreasing the wages and benefits of…

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