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What should students expect from marijuana legalization?

June 6, 2017 — The Alberta New Democratic Party launched an online survey last week asking for the province’s opinion on how marijuana legalization should look. It’s a long but extensive survey, focusing on topics like legal age and public consumption. The federal government plans to legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018. However, provinces…

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…

Tuition freeze not black and white

On Oct. 19, the Alberta government announced a one-year extension to the tuition freeze through the 2017—18 academic year. Normally, tuition is tied to the National Consumer Price Index and changes are voted on by a university’s Board of Governors. But with the freeze extended into the upcoming academic year, there will be no increases…

Alberta government extends tuition freeze by one year

By Scott Strasser, October 20 2016 — The provincial government announced Oct. 19 that the tuition freeze currently in place for post-secondary institutions in Alberta will be extended through the 2017–18 academic year. The Alberta New Democratic Party implemented the two-year tuition freeze back in September 2015. Originally set to expire next fall, the freeze…

PC leadership race an opportunity for university student engagement

By Tina Shaygan, October 18 2016 — In the past, a Progressive Conservative government meant nothing good for students. Funding was cut time after time, and with Alberta’s tanking economy, it is hard to imagine post-secondary institutions escaping any cost-saving measures if the PCs were still in power. Only two years ago, the then-PC minister…

Universities can’t hide from recession

It’s no secret that Alberta is in the midst of a deep recession. When the latest provincial budget revealed Alberta’s deficit could top $10.4-billion next year, finance minister Joe Ceci warned Albertans to prepare for once-in-a-generation economic challenges. The provincial government has tried to shelter post-secondary institutions from the recession. The NDP implemented a two-year…

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