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September 18, 2003
  America's attacksPDF files may take a moment to load

So selfless, those Americans. Not content with keeping the thrills of post-war Iraq to themselves, they are willing to let nations of all creeds, colours and languages get in on the action. I guess Iraq ain't no fun if the homies can't get none.

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September 18, 2003
  A different learning environmentPDF files may take a moment to load

At a time when tolerance is the word on everyone's lips, especially in light of the extreme religious and ethnic conflict in the Middle East, a headline appearing on CNN seemed to signify the opposite. The headline proclaimed the Harvey Milk school, which is specifically designated for homosexual and transgender students and has been operating for a short time in New York City, received 3.2 million dollars funding a transition into a fully operational high school.

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September 11, 2003
  A guy's night outPDF files may take a moment to load

For the past two Friday nights, I've been dragged to the Embassy. My protests of "I'm tired/I don't want to/I have a sore throat/I hate the place" have gone completely unheeded. My buddy Dan just says: "I'm driving and you're coming."

Within an hour, I find myself forking over five bucks for the privilege of entering a club that I really, really don't want to enter.

Stupid silver-tongued Dan.

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September 11, 2003
  Post-9/11 status quoPDF files may take a moment to load

On Remembrance Day, we stop to remember the people who died in the great wars of the twentieth century. It is a day where we collectively take a moment to think about the past to further strengthen our peaceful ambitions for the future.

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September 11, 2003
  The semiotics of same-sex marriagePDF files may take a moment to load

The most controversial issue in Canadian politics today is same-sex marriage. There is opposition and support coming from all sides, but only one thing is for certain: Every Canadian has an opinion on the subject.

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September 04, 2003
  Freedom of choicePDF files may take a moment to load

I received an email last week that is part of a growing trend in North America. It was about the separation of church and state and the decline in morals it has produced--or so the argument goes.

The email essentially argued a correlation exists between the Bible's decline in society at large (no prayers in school, legalized abortion, homosexual marriage, etc.) and all the problems society now faces (terrorism, increased crime rates, pre-marital sex, etc.). This seems to me to be missing the point.

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September 04, 2003
  The longer you smoke, the more I'll complainPDF files may take a moment to load

I'm a big fan of pubs. Y'know, the kind where you can just chill in a partially-lit corner at a table with people you barely know. Where you can discuss issues that are only profoundly importantly when there's a beer in front of you (preferably Corona, because Guinness is too dark, Molson is pig swill, etc.) while trying desperately to come up with something charming to say to the exotically beautiful waitress the next time she comes by. I really enjoy that kind of pub.

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August 07, 2003
  No love for this bugPDF files may take a moment to load

A country generally defines itself through its "things." Language, currency, politics and products produced for export all become symbolic of a nation, they are how a country becomes known throughout the world. The United States has always done a great job forcing the world to take notice of them in many of those areas, however things have gone very wrong in Europe lately.

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July 24, 2003
  The dust has settledPDF files may take a moment to load

The fallout from the war in Iraq has begun and the recurring issue remains the alleged weapons of mass destruction. Do they exist? Where are they? When will the coalition troops find them? These questions are being asked on a near daily basis.

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July 24, 2003
  Distracting ourselves, destroying culturesPDF files may take a moment to load

I pride myself that I am Canadian. More precisely, I am proud of a nation that fosters and develops individual cultures in a world where a myriad of cultures exist. I was always taught that Canada was a place where an individual could escape unjust persecution due to race, religion, or political belief. However, to tread once more on the worn cliche, things are not always as they seem.

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