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November 30, 2000
  Emotion ruins holiday campaignPDF files may take a moment to load

Every day of our lives we hear or learn something that upsets us. The challenge we often face is how to use the energy that anger creates without responding in an emotional and unproductive way. Last week, when I heard that some clubs are boycotting the annual Holiday Food Drive because of the Students' Union's inability to complete the long-promised new club office space, I faced such a challenge.


November 23, 2000
  Aborted democracyPDF files may take a moment to load

As any junior high choir teacher can tell you, you don't get harmony if everybody sings the same note. You also don't get change, or protection of minority rights.

Many people think democracy is about majority rule. An election or an issue comes along, and whoever cares enough to vote, does. Whatever candidate gets the most votes, wins. Whatever the result is on the issue, stands. That's democracy, right? Wrong. That's dictatorship of the masses, something Aristotle warned us against.


November 09, 2000
  What would Jesus do?PDF files may take a moment to load

It was early morning in Banff on Nov. 27 when a young man emerged from his modest apartment building. He walked down Banff Ave. towards the local McDonald's restaurant for his morning cup of coffee. It was about 9 a.m., and our young friend had an important day ahead. Granted citizenship in 1998 by the Chrétien government, Jesus of Nazareth, now relocated as Jesus of Banff, was on his way to the polls for the first time as a Canadian.


October 26, 2000
  Hot off the presses: Media biasedPDF files may take a moment to load

Did you hear some funny noises last week? It could have been the sound of local newspaper columnists honing their agendas and sharpening their axes for the five-week federal election grind. That sloppy slurping noise might have been the editors and publishers of the two local papers festooning the corporate altar with monsoon kisses. That straining noise? Might have been a bipolar race-mentality being forced upon the writers. That fawning sound? Possibly the result of local dailies' unabashed infatuation with Stockwell Day.


October 19, 2000
  Showcasing the bad kidsPDF files may take a moment to load

At least once a week, Jenny Jones or Maury Povich or some other like-minded TV moralist parades children across their stage, railing about how "out of control" the child is, how the parents "are at the end of their rope" and how "nothing seems to work" in terms of discipline. These kids are horrible, they are reprehensible, they will turn into criminals, say Jenny, Maury and the kids' own parents.


October 12, 2000
  The price of peacePDF files may take a moment to load

Last week we witnessed an apparently irrational and
unpredictable twist in international politics. Slobodan Milosevic's 13-year reign ended unpredictably. However, Milosevic's sudden demise as leader was probably more predicatable than his country's decision to forego any punishment.


October 05, 2000
  Screw the west, get bad pressPDF files may take a moment to load

Like most students on campus, I'm too young to fully understand Pierre Elliott Trudeau. But I live in a Canada that he envisioned. Thanks to him, I have twice the reading material when looking at cereal boxes.

I vaguely remember social studies classes in high school concerning the FLQ crisis and the repatriation of the Canadian constitution. So to fill this gap, I turned to the media. Two sentiments dominated the landscape: "Trudeau was the greatest PM ever" and "Thank God he's dead."


September 28, 2000
  Opposing parties should have opposing policiesPDF files may take a moment to load

With November elections approaching in the U.S., the current rant among Ralph Nader followers, Rage Against the Machine fans, anarchists and pseudo-intellectuals is that there is nothing to distinguish Al Gore and George W. Bush.


September 21, 2000
  SpeedoGate rocks Ottawa, CA to blamePDF files may take a moment to load

Stockwell Day is a dangerous man. It's not because of his right-wing views or even because of the power of his expanding Canadian Alliance Party. It's not his religious outlook, his views on abortion or his desire to bring education under provincial jurisdiction. It's not even his deadly good looks or his equally deadly martial-arts skills. What makes Day a figure Canadians should fear? The answer is clear: it's his damned wetsuit.



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