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September 27, 2012
  Editorial: Hitchhiking versus charge-hikingPDF files may take a moment to load

Public transportation in Calgary sucks, but it could get much worse with a late night surcharge on taxis in the city.


Alderman John Mar, representative for Ward 8, recently posted a video pitching the idea of charging late night passengers up to five additional dollars to encourage more cabbies to be on the road at high-demand times. Most people like to go out and have a few drinks on the weekend and need to rely on either designated drivers, public transit or taxi services to get them home safe and sound. 


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September 06, 2012
  Editorial: Canadian youth jilted in politicsPDF files may take a moment to load

The youth vote has traditionally been one with a low turnout. In America, they are aware of this, and during the presidential election both the Republicans and the Democrats are devoting part of their campaign to connecting with young voters. Typically defined as those 18–21, the ‘youth vote’ can also be anyone under 25.

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August 08, 2012
  Editorial: The War of 1812's inferiority complexPDF files may take a moment to load

Unlike the United States, Canada is a nation that gained its independence without a bloody revolution. This does not mean that Canada’s history is without violence. Many consider some of Canada’s defining moments to be on the battlefield. Vimy Ridge, the battle of the Somme and the Passchendaele battles are all examples of 
Canadian valour in the First World War that went a long way in defining our nation on a global scale.

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August 06, 2014
  Discussion of sexual assault still needs workPDF files may take a moment to load

The language we use to discuss sexual violence needs to change. Removing stigma overnight is impossible, but changing the way we discuss sexual assault is a positive step.

On campus, thanks to the Consent Awareness and Sexual Education club and the Students’ Union, security alerts issued by Campus Security now include a disclaimer stating that victims of assault are not responsible for their attack.

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July 30, 2014
  Tolerate unbearable young peoplePDF files may take a moment to load

Calgary doesn’t get political very often. Any opinion that diverges from conventional thought is greeted with apathy or irritation. Even university students, who are supposedly all radical leftists, don’t get angry about much these days.

The opportunity to explore politics and activism in university is unique. At its best, student activism has the ability to affect public discourse. At its worst, mediocre political activism still gives students valuable skills and practical experience.

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July 16, 2014
  Stop staying silent on divisive issuesPDF files may take a moment to load

Talk of the Israel-Palestine conflict has consumed public discourse over the past couple weeks. Escalating violence airs on every news network. Pundits have weighed in across the political spectrum. Hashtags like #IsraelUnderAttack and #FreePalestine are constantly trending on twitter.

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June 18, 2014
  Choosing fear over informationPDF files may take a moment to load

Watching the University of Calgary’s new video on how to survive a campus shooting feels more like a military indoctrination than an educational video.

The U of C will include a safety video on school shootings during fall orientation this year. I watched the video, and it’s a waste of time that doesn’t address the roots of violence on campus or offer practical advice on what to do during a shooting.

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June 11, 2014
  Calgary outgrows the cowboy stereotypePDF files may take a moment to load

When I made the decision to move from Vancouver to Calgary, reactions from my friends ranged from “why?” to “my condolences.” There’s still a perception of Calgary as a hyper-conservative and culturally-void cowboy hub.

It’s easy to dismiss Calgary as inferior to cities like Vancouver or Montreal. Calgary doesn’t have great sushi. Or oceans. Or feel European. You could say Calgary got the short end of the cultural stick. But if you look closely, that’s not the case. Our cultural scene is more than the Stampede and oil companies.

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June 05, 2014
  Don’t forget who’s behind budget cutsPDF files may take a moment to load

Students know Thomas Lukaszuk as the face of the 2013 post-secondary budget cuts. Now he’s running for leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party and he wants the student vote.

When the Gauntlet interviewed Lukaszuk last week, he used the $50 million that was put back into the post-secondary budget eight months after the initial cuts as a campaigning point.

Of course, he’s only able to take credit for putting the money back because $147 million was cut under his watch.

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