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February 26, 2009
  Homeless conference looks at mediaPDF files may take a moment to load

Giving spare change to panhandlers and donating to food banks are only short term remedies to alleviate the immediate impacts of homelessness.

But the population of Calgarians without shelter has increased 900 per cent since 1992, indicating that the social epidemic is growing.

To discuss these issues, the faculty of social work at the University of Calgary hosted a three-day national conference titled "Growing Home 2009: Housing and Homelessness in Canada," last week.

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February 12, 2009
  Beer, sex and . . . bugs?PDF files may take a moment to load

Nestled in the industrial section of southeast Calgary is a rather conspicuous building that looks much more like a country house than a manufacturing plant or a distributor.

Inside, a group of people get together ­-- some are new, but most are regulars.

They meet here almost every month on a Wednesday night for an educational experience, last week's focused on alcohol, sex and . . . bugs.

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February 12, 2009
  Online Only: Scientist explains risky sciencePDF files may take a moment to load

Science typically serves to advance human interests, but one professor disagrees.

Scientists are conducting experiments where the risk factor is an "extinction event," said Dr. William Leiss, a visiting lecturer from the University of Ottawa. New inventions that do not conform to precedents of scientific standardization become dangerously unregulated, he argued.

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January 29, 2009
  Controversial Israel-Palestine speaker visitsPDF files may take a moment to load

Dr. Norman Finkelstein's controversial commentary on the Palestinian-Israeli dispute and his staunch critique of Israeli military actions have made him somewhat notorious.

Last week, he visited the University of Calgary to deliver a pointed commentary of the Gaza conflict, which is deeply rooted in the political power struggle over a partition of land. Finkelstein believes that Israel's desire to maintain control over the West Bank and Gaza has perpetuated military uprisings from both sides.

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December 04, 2008
  Zimbabwe's violence leads to inflationPDF files may take a moment to load

With the Zimbabwe government perpetrating violence against its people, a group of lawyers works amidst destruction to protect victims.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights executive director Irene Petras and member Andrew Makoni were at the Glenbow museum Nov. 27 to speak about the human rights violations and hardships that Zimbabweans endure every day.

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November 20, 2008
  Online Only: Event calls for sex education updatePDF files may take a moment to load

Do you remember learning about same gender families in kindergarten? About safe homosexual sex in grade 11 career and life management class? If these subjects came up, odds are it was spontaneously and not as part of the curriculum. U of C student Andrew Barry decided to confront why K-12 education remains predominantly heterosexist.

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November 13, 2008
  Online Only: Human rights a global issuePDF files may take a moment to load

The Department of Political Science and Latin American Research Centre will be hosting the event Payoke: Pioneering in the Fight Against Human Trafficking on Nov. 17. Patsy Sarensen, founder and director of the non-governmental organization Payoke, is also a member of the European Union Experts Group on Human Trafficking. She founded Payoke in 1988 to provide psychological, administrative and legal aid to victims of human trafficking and to combat all forms of forced prostitution.

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October 30, 2008
  Nanotechnology is nothing to be scared ofPDF files may take a moment to load

What you can't see might hurt you, but probably not.

Nanomaterials-- materials with at least one dimension smaller than 0.1 micrometres-- are causing a stir in the scientific community. Novel uses for nanotechnology are being discovered that exploit their unusual chemistry, including drug delivery systems and quantum computers, but people are starting to question what the risks are.

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October 30, 2008
  Obamarama and the American electionPDF files may take a moment to load

As the dust settles from the Canadian election, our neighbours to the south are preparing to head to the polls Tuesday. The American general election will see voters cast ballots for president, vice president, 11 state governors, 35 senators and all 435 congressional seats.

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