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November 28, 2002
  Women in their 50s shouldn't bear childrenPDF files may take a moment to load

How old is too old to have a baby? This is no longer simply a biological question. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study on Nov. 13 stating there is no medical reason why women in their 50s should not have babies with donor eggs. Once again, medical science has moved faster than cultural consensus.

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November 14, 2002
  The propaganda of KyotoPDF files may take a moment to load

In my grade ten social studies class, we watched Allied propaganda from the Second World War. As the guerrilla-like Nazis rampaged through big Western cities, the entire class laughed, and appropriately so. The outrageousness of this image was viewed for what it was, and the government's attempt to scare young men into enlisting was obvious.

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November 07, 2002
  We've finally forgotten...PDF files may take a moment to load

Do you know why we wear poppies on and around Remembrance Day? Apparently some University of Calgary students have no idea. Either that or they don't care. Surprised at the scarcity of poppies on campus, I surveyed a few random classmates in the halls. I wanted to know why they weren't wearing a poppy.

"I can't afford to spend money on things like that," said one student.

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October 31, 2002
  Canadian complacency aids SyriaPDF files may take a moment to load

"I don't know even if he's dead, alive, tortured, punished, anything."

These are the terrified words of Monia Arar, whose husband, Maher Arar, has been languishing in a Syrian prison since late September. Maher Arar is a Canadian citizen who left his native land of Syria 16 years ago.

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October 24, 2002
  Through a different, prejudiced eyePDF files may take a moment to load

The stereotypical Chinese person drives a suped-up Civic, has an accent, relies on the family wealth, practices Kung Fu and has nerdy parents. While a lot of non-Chinese find it hilarious to imitate my ancestors' accent and poke fun at certain "Chinese" characteristics, my race is playing the same game of ethnocentrism. Within the Chinese community, we talk about the "Gwai Lo," translated literally as "demon person" (i.e. non-Chinese, especially Caucasians), and their funny deviant ways of living. -Fat, big and hairy

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October 24, 2002
  Young and intelligent hip hop?PDF files may take a moment to load

The new school underground hip hop is all about being poetic and intelligent. Emcees everywhere are spitting clever, abstract, and even political lyrics over trippy beats for audiences to ponder afterwards. Some of my favourites are Josh Martinez and Sonic Sum--two of the leading names within the poet-emcee community. They must thank the Internet for bringing them fame. Since the day Napster spawned a whole new medium for music, people actually have access to the independent with ease.

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October 10, 2002
  YM further expands the teen marketPDF files may take a moment to load

As far as capitalism is concerned, all is fair in the name of the almighty dollar. This becomes abundantly clear when I scan magazine covers on the shelves at a local convenience store, and then watch a teenage girl purchase two copies of the same magazine.

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September 26, 2002
  Confusion drives KyotoPDF files may take a moment to load

It sounds like the apocalypse is nearing as Canada decides to ratify the controversial Kyoto Accord. Our choices seem pretty grim: do we sacrifice an unknown number of jobs hoping it won't be in vain and will help cease global warming, or do we revoke the accord and hope the environment doesn't end up saying "I told you so."

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September 26, 2002
  A war to end oil warsPDF files may take a moment to load

It seems the war fairy has granted George Bush his heart's deepest desires to open a can of whup-ass on Saddam. For a while it appeared that the world was staunchly opposing American aggression on Iraq. But now that the U.S. has aggressively lobbied and persuaded' (i.e. bribed, threatened) nations into supporting war, the tide has turned back in favour of the Americans.

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September 12, 2002
  Lost in the machinePDF files may take a moment to load

Citizenship and Immigration Canada welcomes foreign students and recognizes the importance of their contribution to our academic, business and cultural communities."

"But" is what should follow this sentence from the CIC fact sheet No. 8 concerning studying in Canada.

Ever since the immigration act was changed in July 2002, Canada has decided to check on foreign students in greater detail, making the loopholes for foreign students and temporary foreign workers smaller.

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