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February 12, 2009
  Giant rats once again permitted in New Jersey skyPDF files may take a moment to load

In our Western culture, we generally don't get on too well with rats. They're chubby, furry, unclean and vicious. Eastern cultures give rats credence as being creative, honest, generous and ambitious. But down states-side, when you see the depiction of a rat standing on his hind legs and bearing his teeth, you're not supposed to think of any of the above attributes.

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January 29, 2009
  Picking a patsyPDF files may take a moment to load

The undesirable effects of melamine on the human body have become well known to the public ever since the Chinese protein export contaminations, perhaps better known as the Chinese milk scam of 2008 and the pet food recall of 2007. The scandal, which resulted from the addition of melamine to raw milk to make it appear higher in protein, left some 300,000 infants with kidney damage and six babies dead.

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January 22, 2009
  Spreading out the corePDF files may take a moment to load

If you ever go into downtown Calgary you've no doubt seen what is often summed up as the homeless problem. Now this problem, quite clearly, is that people, who are just like you and I, have no home, which is to say no toaster to heat their bagels, no place to fold up their pajamas in the morning and no toothbrush holder to ensure the vertical nature of their hygiene products while they are away. And yes, there's more to it than that, it's a problem of predictability. After all, who knows what they're going to do next.

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January 15, 2009
  Be resolute for flavourPDF files may take a moment to load

When I opened my 12-piece cookware set of pots and pans this Christmas and was filled with joy and excitement, I was forced to admit to myself that I was growing up. There was a time when anything short of getting video games or Lego for Christmas was a disappointment and I must admit I feel a little sour that I haven't had any new Lego to play with in years, but now my interests seem to be shifting.

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December 04, 2008
  Carleton University students face recoil after dismissing cystic fibrosis as not PDF files may take a moment to load

Canadian eyes have turned to Carleton University where, early last week, the Student Association voted to drop a cystic fibrosis charity as their annual Shinearama charity beneficiary. The Carleton University Student Association supported a motion that claimed cystic fibrosis is not "inclusive" enough because it "has been recently revealed to only affect white people and primarily men."

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November 20, 2008
  Don't smoke and drive . . . anymorePDF files may take a moment to load

If you're ideal summer day consists of inhaling the cough-inducing smoke of a lovingly rolled, green-filled joint as you cruise down the Red Mile to the tune of "Low Rider," then Calgary Police Services would like you to meet their new drug recognition officers. These new officers intend to take that not-a-care-in-the-world attitude out of driving high. Specifically, the task of the no doubt keenly astute "drug recognizers" is to crackdown on individuals driving under the influence of any impairing substance.

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November 13, 2008
  Carrots and sticks: considerations concerning class participationPDF files may take a moment to load

When I first came to university I welcomed the freedom. No one was making me go to class, telling me to study or to do my homework. It was a lot of responsibility for a young student and I answered its call by promptly failing out of university after a single semester.

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October 30, 2008
  EU to China: You guys are dicksPDF files may take a moment to load

Back in April the Chinese government sent Hu Jia to prison on charges of subversion. Then in mid-October the European Union awarded Hu the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the highest human rights prize the EU has.

For my trusty holds-water-about-as-well-as-a-sieve maxim that states "good people get prizes and bad people go to prison" Hu has offered up an awfully quizzical conundrum.

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October 23, 2008
  Does anyone know heaven's Postal Code?PDF files may take a moment to load

In one way or another, He's slighted us all. Maybe for you it was when He made your strawberry yogurt burp viscous dairy all over your brand new argyle sweater, effectively ruining any chance you had at impressing the brainy biochemist guest-lecturing your class. Or perhaps it was when, in a moment of undisputed malice, He made humans greedy, fear mongering, power-hungry deviants, filled with wayward emotions and unpredictable bouts of joy and suffering. Any way you slice it, we've all had a beef with the big guy. That's right, God.

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