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Anti-LGBTQ artists headline Edmonton Reggae Festival

By Fabian Mayer, July 7 2015 — All three acts set to headline the Edmonton Reggae Festival are known for incorporating homophobic remarks or lyrics into their performances. Queen Ifrica, Capleton and I Wayne have all made homophobic comments or performed songs encouraging violence against the LGBTQ community. Queen Ifrica made statements praising heterosexual marriage…

University welcomes NDP funding promises

By Fabian Mayer, June 18 2015 — The NDP government delivered its first speech from the throne on June 15. The speech laid out the government’s plans to eliminate political donations from unions and corporations, raise taxes and restore funding to healthcare and education. Post-secondary education was mentioned once in the speech read in the…

Student employment to benefit from STEP reintroduction

By Fabian Mayer, June 4 2015 — Among the myriad of campaign promises made by the New Democratic Party in last month’s provincial election, bringing back the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) went largely unnoticed. But STEP may be the campaign promise with the biggest impact on students. The program incentivizes employers to hire summer…

NDP have a chance to protect our environment

By Sean Willett, June 4 2015 — Electing our first new government in decades means there will be changes — in education, our economy and even our province’s public image. But few are asking what our new government may mean for one of our most important resources — the environment. The list of ecological issues facing…

We need a higher minimum wage

During the election, the Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) promised to raise the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. The NDP took control of the legislature from the Tories on May 5, and new Premier Rachel Notley says the party plans to follow through with its campaign promise. Although the proposed change…

How the NDP toppled a 44-year PC dynasty

By Fabian Mayer, May 14 2015 — Prior to last week, only Albertans over the age of 65 could say they had voted in a provincial election that did not result in a Progressive Conservative majority government. The PCs’ near 44-year reign ended when Albertans elected the New Democratic Party as their government on May…

Inexperienced MLAs deserve a chance

In the May 5 provincial election, the Alberta New Democratic Party broke the 44-year reign of the Progressive Conservatives, winning a majority government with 53 seats. Not everyone was happy about this. Almost immediately, disgruntled conservatives went to work uncovering the scandals of their orange-clad successors. An obvious target became apparent — the social media…

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