Letter: Voting should be a mandatory civic duty

With the abysmal turnouts in most federal elections, not only in Canada, but much of the world, many have been left wondering what can be done to nudge up participation once again. The highest voter turnout this country has ever had—79.4 per cent in 1958—is still a far cry from the entire electorate voting. While controversial, the solution to low turnout is pretty clear. Mandatory voting—though not perfect—offers an obvious answer with relatively few problems. There are a few commonly cited reasons against mandatory voting: it infringes on people’s rights to abstain from voting, and it forces uninformed voters to cast votes they don’t care about that will inform public policy for years. Nonetheless, voting is a civic duty and […]

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Mid 2000s pop-punk angst . . . where are they now?

We all had that period sometime in middle school where we listened to whiny pop-punk and wallowed in our feelings. I don’t know about you, but I wanted to be a “scene girl” more than anything . . . thank god my parents stopped me from chopping off my hair and making a fool of myself. One thing they couldn’t stop me from doing, though, was blasting “emo” music louder than I should’ve. I know a lot of us have moved on from those bands, but they’re still real and out there. So what have they been up to? Fall Out Boy Back in the day, this foursome was known for Pete Wentz’s nudes, and the songs “Sugar, We’re Goin’ […]

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Carleton art history alumna awarded internship at National Gallery of Art

Danielle Siemens, a Carleton art history alumna, is one of 10 individuals selected for an internship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Siemens’ internship, which is paid, began on Sept. 12 and will end on May 12, 2017. Her internship is curatorial, and she will be assisting the museum’s department of photographs with organizing and researching an upcoming exhibition about women photographers from 1920-1940. “It’s a full time job . . . I basically help with anything to do with exhibitions and with collection management, cataloguing works of art, which is really exciting,” she said. “I got art handling training and . . . when we access a new work, I get to sort of look at […]

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Script

The book release of the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marked the first full-fledged continuation of Harry’s story that fans have received in almost 10 years. For many, it was an occasion to celebrate but others felt disappointed by the play’s plot and many of its characterizations. I, for one, finished the script feeling mostly excited, and particularly connected to my 12-year-old self. It may seem obvious if you’re this far in, but there’s going to be spoilers ahead. Don’t get me wrong. Cursed Child has a lot of flaws. Many of the Potter universe’s established rules seem to have suddenly disappeared. Time travel, which was established to be a closed-loop in Prisoner of Azkaban, is suddenly […]

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OPINION: Pokemon Go pros outweigh cons

With the recent release of Pokemon Go taking the world by storm, more and more horror stories and criticisms of the app keep popping up on my Facebook newsfeed. From some idiot climbing onto the Union Station subway tracks to film a video, to people walking into oncoming traffic with their eyes glued to their phones, to criminals using the app to lure victims, and of course, the infamous Pokemon hunt at the Holocaust Museum in the United States, the message seems to be clear: Pokemon Go is at best a waste of time, and at worst a cause for dangerous or just plain disrespectful behaviour. I disagree. The merits of Pokemon Go far outweigh the few people abusing the […]

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