Letter: Stifling free speech ends productive discussion

September means the start of the school year. It also means a host of kickoff events at universities across the country. Ryerson University was set to hold an academic event about free speech with contentious professor Jordan Peterson on Aug. 22, but cancelled it. According to the National Post, it was due to activists on Facebook threatening violent disruption and Ryerson claiming to lack the security personnel to deal with the protestors. The cancellation of this event does not come as a surprise. Peterson has been taking heat for his criticism of political correctness—in particular, his refusal to address students by their preferred pronouns. This has been happening since September 2016 when he released the first installment of a three-part […]

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Letter: Londoners showed resilience

Seven people killed, 48 people injured, one senseless act in London. And I was minutes away from the London Bridge at the time. Any one of those people could have been me or one of my friends. Normally when a terrorist attack happens, we hear about it on the news and it’s awful but it does not directly hit home. It is usually an ocean away therefore it is a distant, depressing thought. This past summer I went on an exchange to a beautiful castle in England through the Bader International Study Centre. It was located two hours outside of London and on weekends my friends and I would travel to cities around Europe. On June 3 my friends and […]

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LETTER: Calorie labels aren’t a solution

It is a new year and that means that everyone around you is repeating the notorious saying of “new year, new me.” That means something different for everyone, but judging by the packed gyms and increase in salad purchases, many people strive to “get fit” in 2017, as they do every new year. While most people realize that the gym buzz will wear off by February, what makes 2017 different for those with weight-loss resolutions is the Ontario government’s Healthy Menu Choices Act, which requires all food-service chains with 20 or more locations in the province to post the number of calories in the food and drink items that they sell. This includes all food-service chains and cafeterias open to […]

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Letter: 2016 is not the worst year ever

As we enter the last month of 2016, it is time to reflect on the year and everything that happened in it. There were many huge events—including the Brussels terror attacks, the summer Olympics in Rio, Hurricane Matthew, Britain’s exit from the European Union, and the United States presidential election. The year also saw a slew of celebrity deaths, including Prince, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, and Harper Lee. Likely because of this, I have overwhelmingly heard people declare 2016 a bad year—a year that everyone wants to set behind them. I, for one, absolutely hate this new trend. How can you declare a year filled with ups and downs a bad year? How can you only focus on the negative […]

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Letter: Anti-Semitism still exists

For me, being Jewish has not always been that easy. Growing up, I went to Jewish day school and lived in a predominantly Jewish area. I was able to flaunt my religion while being surrounded by people who celebrated the same holidays and understood completely what it meant to be Jewish. As I got older, I attended schools with only a few other Jews. I faced anti-Semitic remarks for the first time in my life and got a glimpse into what the world is really like. As a university student, I did not advertise my religion. I refused to wear my Star of David necklace around campus. I would not bring up being Jewish in a conversation unless I had […]

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