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February 14, 2013
  Pope-ularity contestPDF files may take a moment to load

When the immensely popular Pope John Paul II passed away in 2005, many believed that the Catholic Church was close to appointing their very first non-European pope. In fact, many believed that the cardinals would, in fact, choose an African cardinal to head the Holy See. After extended speculation, the cardinals emerged from conclave and chose Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, who would become Pope Benedict XVI. 


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January 24, 2013
  Freedom of the press under threatPDF files may take a moment to load

There is a common idiom that goes, “Without journalism, there can be no democracy.” Journalism spans from national giants, like the Globe and Mail, to, yes, student papers. 


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January 10, 2013
  Editorial: Canada exporting terrorPDF files may take a moment to load

Gun violence in the United States has spun out of control. Last July we witnessed a man enter an Aurora, Colorado theatre wearing a gas mask, a load-bearing vest, a ballistic helmet and bullet-proof leggings. He was armed with grenades, a 12-gauge shotgun, a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun. Seventy people were wounded after he opened fire on the unsuspecting audience and 12 people lost their lives. 


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December 06, 2012
  Editorial: The end of days is nigh!PDF files may take a moment to load

This whole 2012 apocalypse thing is just plain stupid. It’s a waste of time and if anyone actually spends their time thinking about it, it’s because they’re fatalistic, whiny babies.


There will always be a doomsday theory. There was Y2K that didn’t quite pan out, and the hype behind it was insane. But guess what happened? Life went on. So what makes people think this will be any different? Dec. 21 is just another fear-filled narrative. 


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November 22, 2012
  Editorial: Anti-homosexuality bill sparks culture warPDF files may take a moment to load

As a “Christmas gift” to its citizens, the Ugandan Parliament hopes to pass a bill this December legislating the death penalty for homosexual people. The bill, also known as the “kill the gays” bill, was first introduced in 2009 by Ugandan Member of Parliament David Bahati. When confronted with the possibility of being cut off from international aid, the bill was stalled. It was resurrected this February in response to mounting pressure from groups wanting to preserve the traditional family. 


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November 15, 2012
  Editorial: Calgary needs NenshiPDF files may take a moment to load

On Nov. 7, Calgary’s beloved mayor, Naheed Nenshi, announced he will be running for re-election in 2013. This news was not surprising, as Nenshi now seems to be as much a part of Calgary as cowboy hats and urban sprawl. With his approval ratings currently at an impressive 88 per cent, and high-profile candidates, including Alderman Andre Chabot already announcing that they won’t run, it seems safe to say that Nenshi, a former Students’ Union president at the University of Calgary, won’t have much trouble getting re-elected. 


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November 08, 2012
  Editorial: Barack for round twoPDF files may take a moment to load

To some, American presidential election night is like a Christmas that only comes every four years — others simply don’t care. Despite how people feel about the elections, the whole thing is thankfully over. American President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term on Nov. 6, 2012, with the Democrats in control of the Senate and the Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, which, despite all the media hype, was expected. 


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November 01, 2012
  Editorial: Make this stache countPDF files may take a moment to load

Mothers, hide your daughters. For the next month, there will be an abundance of moustaches — some distinguished and some absolutely grotesque — emerging from the upper lips of many ordinarily clean-shaven men all over the country and the world. Pretty soon, many men will start to look like extras from a ’70s cop drama and some more unfortunate men will look like Sidney Crosby in a long playoff run. Before things get too crazy, let’s just be sure everyone is doing this for the right reason.


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October 11, 2012
  Editorial: Itching for another warPDF files may take a moment to load

The war drums are beating over Iran. In recent months, Western leaders’ rhetoric concerning the Gulf nation has become increasingly hard line, with Israel and the United States hyping Iran as a growing threat to regional peace and security. A new war seems to be brewing in the Middle East, and with our current Conservative government, Canada will likely become involved. Before we allow ourselves to be dragged into another war, we must first look at the facts and determine whether peace is still possible.


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October 04, 2012
  Editorial: Reproductive rights not up for debatePDF files may take a moment to load

For better or for worse, Canada has a tendency to follow in the footsteps of the United States. They go to war, we go to war. They elect a right-wing leader, we elect a right-wing leader. However, there have been a few areas where our country has thankfully retained its autonomy, such as access to public health care, the national legality of gay marriage and our lack of restrictive abortion regulations. 


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