Letter: Clean meat is the future solution to animal agriculture

Recently Memphis Meats, an innovative food company, revealed a chicken strip produced without killing a chicken. While unavailable for public consumption, the process marks a pioneering step in the future of meat production. Memphis Meats’ process of meat production is termed cell agriculture. This process involves obtaining cell samples from a particular animal, in this case a chicken, and growing them in an external medium under favourable conditions until they are ready for consumption. As well, meat obtained in this way is not genetically modified or altered. It is called clean meat. Food consumption is deeply rooted in culture and familiarity. Thus, the novelty of clean meat’s process can be disconcerting for some. However, a quick perusal through the grocery […]

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Opinion: Police solidarity wristbands are disrespectful

It’s no secret that we live in times of heightened tension. It seems nearly all sides of the socio-political landscape nowadays have some form of unwavering opinion bubbling just below the surface, just waiting for the right moment for outrage. One of the more perplexing and complicated conflicts in recent memory has pitted civilians against law enforcement. Unfortunately, thanks to numerous high-profile shootings and deaths of racial minorities at the hands of the police, public confidence in police has swayed. In response to public opinion turning against them, the police have created their own activist movement, Blue Lives Matter, after two NYPD officers were targeted and killed on-duty. Closer to home, Toronto cops are no longer welcome in uniform at […]

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Opinion: Runte’s influence is undeniable – for better or worse

Carleton University president Roseann Runte has overseen the school during an interesting time in its history, a period in which the school has institutionally matured within an increasingly hyper-technological and market-driven society with shifting attitudes. She was the first female president of Carleton—a tenure lasting nine years of its 75-year history. On March 23, she told the school’s board of governors she’d be resigning effective July 31, pursuing a role as president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation In her role as president, Runte was tasked with defining the university’s vision and overseeing its running, forging relations with the community, industry and the government, and presiding over major school events. The president’s influence can trickle down to the […]

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Letter: Canada must take a stronger stance on anti-nuclear weapons

States are currently meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York to begin negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. This meeting is the most important multilateral initiative in nuclear disarmament since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) came into effect in 1970. Although it is party to NPT, Canada has announced that it will not participate in the ban-treaty talks, thus publicly standing with the few who support continued existence of nuclear weapons. Canada has not had nuclear weapons on its territory since 1984, when US Genie air-to-air missiles were returned to the United States from Canadian airbases. The country has also renounced the acquisition and production of nuclear weapons, making it the first country with the capacity to […]

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Letter: Phoenix pay problems continue to haunt students

Last year, I remember reading the horror stories published regularly on the news about government workers not being paid because of the new Phoenix system. Students having to live off rice and Mr. Noodles, delay tuition payments, and take up second jobs because they weren’t being paid. New mothers not receiving maternity pay, borrowing money and scrounging to make ends meet. I remember one of my friends, a fellow government worker, telling me he was considering going bankrupt to eliminate debt that he now had because he hadn’t been paid by Phoenix. These are just some examples of the 80,000 employees last year that were negatively affected by Phoenix. I read and listened and sympathized to these stories, and remember […]

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