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March 25, 2004
  Overturn thisPDF files may take a moment to load

The most extensive democratic exercise at the University of Calgary is now in doubt as the Students' Union Review Board overturned the wishes of over 6,500 students last week on the grounds that an undetermined, but not unknowable, number of students' votes were uncounted.

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March 18, 2004
  Blame solves nothingPDF files may take a moment to load

No doubt exists that prayer space on campus needs to be addressed, but not through legal threats or allegations of wrongdoing or disseminating unsubstantiated information. Instead, a focused dialogue about definite needs and plans is needed--one that doesn't burden everyone with blame--but this is where many seem stuck.

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October 17, 2002
  Stupid politicians vs. lovely legislatorsPDF files may take a moment to load

Lawmakers should not legislate things they don't understand.

It is important that those who represent us in government make laws that protect us from ourselves, but only if they are well-informed on the issues. Whether it's a well-meaning cabinet member trying to protect grain farmers through the

wheat board monopoly, or the minister of random arguing about the use of

stem cells and biotechnology, most politicians are probably quite clueless when it comes to what we have entrusted them

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September 05, 2002
  You’ve got poor grammarPDF files may take a moment to load

I cringe every time I hear the phrase "You've got mail." Not because I fear getting angry letters from readers or stupid virus-laden Flash forwards from people who think aol is the Internet, but because the expanded phrase "You have got mail" is broken.

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August 08, 2002
  E-heritage in no real dangerPDF files may take a moment to load

Surprise! amazon.ca has been on-line for two months and the Canadian book industry hasn't died, and we're still Canadian. Heritage Canada rightly said the Seattle-based amazon.com was out of its reach, but apparently, Canadian book-sellers are unhappy with economic sovereignty.

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June 06, 2002
  Business? Lying? Who knew?PDF files may take a moment to load

Last week, the University of Calgary Faculty of Management changed its name to honour local businessman and former U of C Board of Governors Chairman Dick Haskayne, who donated $16 million to the university. Money drives things, that's great. We can never have too many people supporting post-secondary education. What's bothersome is the school's creative use of language shortly afterward.

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December 06, 2001
  A time to pause and appreciate: Often overlooked, the beauty of nature is awe-inspiringPDF files may take a moment to load

We're lucky, you and I, to live where we can step outside and enjoy the great outdoors at will. Well, at least we're lucky to have a great outdoors to enjoy, in a world so riddled with violence, war and turmoil. Looking out the classroom window, it might be difficult to believe that the largest, relatively unspoiled tract of wilderness known as Canada is just a few minutes away, waiting to reveal its splendour.

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November 01, 2001
  Upholding corporate rightsPDF files may take a moment to load

They say tragedy brings out the best and worst in people. Nothing demonstrates that truism better than our actions in the wake of
September 11. While the U.S. government scrambled quickly to put billions of dollars into the already ailing airline and travel industries, they quietly tried to subvert the rights of other companies in the name of protecting the public good.

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