Alt-rights? White supremacy in Canada and on campus

Graham Swaney explores how Canadian universities are balancing the right to freedom-of-speech in a world increasingly motivated by hate. Far-right nationalism and white supremacy have seen a massive global resurgence in recent years. While Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is perhaps the most notable manifestation of this trend, white supremacist activity and right-wing nationalism has also established footholds in many other Western nations. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front party won over a third of the votes cast in the 2017 French presidential elections, and just a few weeks ago, Germany’s far-right party Alternative for Germany took 13 per cent of the national vote which enabled them to enter the country’s parliament for the first time. […]

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Opinion: Long-term effects of pipelines not worth it

Combating global climate change and fostering a profitable fossil fuel industry have never been compatible goals. Therefore, it’s difficult to overstate just how big of a victory it was for the environment when TransCanada decided to cancel its two pipeline projects in eastern Canada. The Energy East pipeline and the Eastern Mainline expansion project would have made oil more accessible to Eastern Canadian and global markets, bringing with it the promise of increased fuel consumption, and the greenhouse gas emissions that go with it. The growth in greenhouse gas emissions that these types of projects enable, fly in the face of Canada’s climate change goals. At a time when Canada has committed to reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, and […]

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Carleton hosts expert panel for Science Literacy Week

To mark Science Literacy Week, students, researchers and science supporters flocked to Residence Commons on Sept. 20 to listen to a panel of experts discuss the importance of research funding and science-based decision making in Canada. Elizabeth May, the leader of the federal Green Party and member of Parliament for the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding in B.C., attended the event. She was accompanied by two local science professors: Paul Dufour, a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and Jim Davies, a cognitive science professor, author and the director of the Science of Imagination laboratory at Carleton. The event, called Naylor Report 101, was a collaboration between Justin Singer, a first-year PhD in cognitive science at […]

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