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Bill 10 is out of balance

By Andrew Kemle, January 22 2015 — There are two sides to the provincial fight on Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) — those who believe GSAs infringe on parental rights and those who maintain that GSAs create a safe environment for LGBTQ students. Alberta Premier Jim Prentice proposed Bill 10 in an attempt to broker a compromise…

In defence of mandatory membership

By Andrew Kemle, October 30 2014 — Debates about mandatory membership in the Students’ Union are more about how we ideologically feel about unions than the SU’s value at the University of Calgary. SU membership is automatic. Every semester, $35 from your student fees goes to the union. This pays for part of the SU’s…

Bureaucracy delays Ebola apocalypse

By Andrew Kemle, October 16 2014 — The universe’s department for apocalypse policy and management revealed this week that the planned Ebola apocalypse has been delayed due to bureaucratic paperwork. “Right now we’re simply swamped with claims and proposals for end-of-times scenarios, and we can’t afford to pay attention to the Ebola policy,” stated a…

City to introduce negative minimum wage

By Andrew Kemle, October 2 2014 — The Calgary Chamber of Commerce (CCC) threw its weight into the affordability and poverty debate this week by proposing a policy known as “negative minimum wage.” The plan provides a blueprint for legislation that would remove a minimum of $10.20 from employees’ paycheques hourly, feeding directly into a…

Calgary Sun makes quality picker-upper

By Andrew Kemle, September 18 2014 — The Calgary Sun recently placed second in Macleans’ annual ranking of paper used to pick up dog shit, losing the coveted first place prize to bundles of Safeway coupons. “Though we’re disappointed that the brand did not finish first this year, we are exceptionally proud of all the…

Head to head: a minimum wage is largely beneficial to students

By Andrew Kemle, September 27 2016 — If you’re a university student who is employed, your wages will most likely be as low as legally possible. Raising the minimum wage would have a positive impact on the student body. The number one cause of future misery for post-secondary graduates is debt. Whether you’re in a…

Education more than about finding a job

By Andrew Kemle, September 13 2016 — The Alberta economy is spitting out noxious smoke, and this means the prospect of employment following the completion of your degree is murky. Good economy or not, getting a job after graduation isn’t guaranteed — and now’s a good time to recognize this fact. Not so that you can…

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