Tagged Social issues

Girls need more STEM role models

Simran Kaler, March 1, 2016 — The lack of women in science, technology, engineering and math subjects is an ongoing problem. Women are discouraged from pursuing STEM fields, facing problems like harassment, discrimination and wage gaps. And this problem is present before university — grade 10 computer science classrooms right across the province can only…

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,…

Halloween can be whatever you want it to be

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, October 27, 2015 — This weekend, a couple of friends and I decided to celebrate Halloween by scaring ourselves silly, courtesy of the 2014 Australian-Canadian thriller The Babadook. Despite being a genuinely terrifying film, the combination of fear and friends was what made it seem like Halloween to me — and I…

Fair trade isn’t a long-term solution to poverty

By Kent Wong, October 23, 2015 — Fair trade, the social initiative that’s slapped on your coffee, tea and hot chocolate, is waging a bitter fight behind the scenes of your local coffee shop. The University Calgary recently became a certified “Fair Trade Campus.” It is the first school in Alberta to receive the designation…

If you’re looking for a new pet, give snakes a chance

By Sean Willett, September 24, 2015 —  I own a pet snake — a ball python, to be specific. A five foot-long reptilian predator that has evolved to kill mammalian prey. An animal that would strike fear into the hearts of many people. An animal some would kill on sight. A pest. But I love her,…

Homophobia lingers in our sexual fears

By Chris Adams, June 4 2015 — What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done in the bedroom? If you’ve ever masturbated, given a blowjob or had anal sex, you’ve committed an act that the majority of the population used to consider incredibly deviant — and many still do. All of these sexual acts used to be,…

God shame our noble Queen

By Kate Jacobson, September 18 2014 — An article about how the queen hates selfies popped up on my Twitter feed last week. Granted, this is my fault for following the Daily Mail on Twitter. The queen admitted “how strange” she found the selfie phenomenon, which can really only be expected for someone who ascended…

Companies responsible for privacy abuses

By Ashley Gray, September 11 2014 — Last week’s iCloud hackings scared me. Like many people, I own an iPhone that’s connected to Apple’s iCloud, a virtual cloud where electronics can access data or transfer information. On Sunday, August 31, somebody cracked the iCloud system and stole over a hundred nude photos from the personal…

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