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September 25, 2008
  Dion unveils platform to CalgariansPDF files may take a moment to load

Campaigning for the federal election kicked into high gear Monday as federal Liberal leader Stephane Dion stopped in Calgary to speak.

Hours after Dion's party unveiled their full platform, entitled "Richer, Fairer, Greener: An Action Plan for the 21st Century," Dion introduced the Liberal candidates in southern Alberta and took aim at his rivals during a 45-minute town hall event.

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September 25, 2008
  New transcripts recognize on-campus volunteeringPDF files may take a moment to load

University of Calgary students are getting a leg up in Canada's competitive job market. Co-curricular transcripts-- which will include on-campus volunteering-- will start a pilot run this January.

Students will sign up for these extra transcripts on PeopleSoft and a formal one will be printed for graduation day. The transcripts, a long-time project of Students' Union vice-president academic Pamela Weatherbee, will help students looking for jobs and applying for grad school.

September 25, 2008
  Camping on campusPDF files may take a moment to load

Tent City kicks off Affordable Student Housing Action Week from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 to raise awareness for the need of affordable housing for students. Students will camp out on the MacEwan Student Centre east lawn for a few days in order to draw attention to the lack of affordable housing available to students.

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September 25, 2008
  The sickness of health carePDF files may take a moment to load

Canada's health care system is in desperate need of an examination.

The Euro-Canada Health Care Index, a report released in early September, surveyed what consumers thought of Canada's health care and then compared the results to 29 European countries. Canada placed 23rd out of 30 countries overall and last when examining the amount of value Canadians receive for the money they put into health care.

September 25, 2008
  Spun: Morgan GeistPDF files may take a moment to load

Morgan Geist's latest solo effort Double Night Time offers up an eclectic mix of imaginative electronic downbeats, experimental melodies and the intermittent, yet sweet and simple vocal workings of Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan. The album also marks Geist's first solo effort in over 10 years, in between his projects with Darshan Jesrani in Metro Area.

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September 25, 2008
  Outrageous handbagsPDF files may take a moment to load

It seems that fashion has taken another turn for the worse, if worse is actually possible. The world has already seen garbage bag dresses and skeleton-like bodies laden with overpriced, ridiculous costumes actually making it difficult for the wearer to walk. But now parts of the fashion industry have resorted to an even more preposterous way of selling.

September 25, 2008
  Far beyond a bleached blondePDF files may take a moment to load

Flip through the pages of any Indian newspaper and you will find a section dedicated to matchmaking, where profiles of young, single men and women are placed in order to attract a potential husband or wife. These profiles are usually posted at the request of family members, who aim to present their children in the best way possible. One striking characteristic of these profiles is that many of them proudly describe the person as "fair," before listing their education, religion or body type.

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September 25, 2008
  The cost of neglect: riots erupt in a Mexican prisonPDF files may take a moment to load

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

- Lord Acton

The role of a federal penitentiary is to clear our streets of crime and corruption by detaining those who have failed to conduct themselves within the confines of the law and condition them to pursue a course of legal sanity. However, when a justice system proves just as corrupt, there is no one to defend the incarcerated.

September 25, 2008
  Averting an epidemic: market solutions for Canada's food safetyPDF files may take a moment to load

Towards the end of the summer, 38 people were infected by listeriosis, 18 of whom died.

This horrific epidemic gives rise to the serious question of how this could have happened. Some have been quick to blame free markets, others, the government. Perhaps the real cause of this sad event is simply the existence of the Canada Food Inspection Agency.

Most children are taught to avoid putting all their eggs in one basket because if they accidentally drop the basket, all of their eggs will crack.

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