Opinion: Prioritize Remembrance Day

Holidays are some of the most important times of the year. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas, we make it a priority to surround ourselves with family and friends. One holiday that our entire generation, as well as commercialism as a whole, seems to forget about falls on Nov. 11—Remembrance Day.  It shows up on our smartphone calendars, and people love getting photos with members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).  When it comes to actually supporting our soldiers and veterans, many people turn a blind eye. Remembrance Day becomes overshadowed by Christmas after Halloween has passed, even though it is almost two whole months away.  We seem to forget about our soldiers, some of which were our grandparents […]

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Letter: Women’s safe access to healthcare overrides protest privilege

Last week, Ontario passed the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, which increases the safe access zone around abortion clinics. While the bill does not ban protests, it allows people needing to access the clinic the ability to do so without verbal or physical harassment. Although abortion is accessible in the province, clinics in Ottawa have seen instances  of harassment outside the clinics by protesters. Anyone walking along Bank Street near downtown may have seen the regular protester outside the Morgentaler Clinic with signs depicting graphic images of fetuses and a severed baby doll head around his neck. Amidst the passing of the bill, there are cries from pro-life groups declaring that the law denies them their freedom of speech. […]

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Opinion: Bill 62 is against Canadian rights

Quebec’s Bill 62 is discriminatory. It is specifically targeting the minority of Muslim women that cover their faces with a niqab, normally accompanied by other garments, which cover the body, excepting the eyes and usually the hands. If it was not arguable whether or not Bill 62 is discriminatory, this conversation would not even be happening. But under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, discriminatory laws are null and void. Furthermore, Canada’s Human Rights Code protects Canadians from religious discrimination in five distinct areas, one of them being services. Bill 62 bans covering of the face while receiving or giving public services, so a niqab-wearing woman as well as Canadians with scarves and hoods obscuring their identities cannot work […]

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Editorial: Clothing retailers need to represent body diversity

Even though we’re living in an era of contemporary feminism and body diversity, the fashion industry is unrelenting in spreading negative body image in the media. Stores like Brandy Melville that advertise “one size fits most” are spreading the message that anybody who is too small or too big to fit their sizes are unattractive. These kinds of messages are especially toxic to women and girls who may base most of their self-image on the representation of themselves and their body type that is shown in fashion and the media. When someone’s body type is under represented or misrepresented, this often makes women feel less valuable than others who fit the fashion industry standard. If we are going to live […]

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Letter: Canadian arts deserve financial support

At the end of September, Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, gave a speech introducing the federal government’s newest initiative for Canada’s cultural future. Joly outlined Creative Canada—the blueprint for shifting Canada’s cultural policies to the center of the country’s economic growth—with a policy framework highlighting three pillars: investing in Canadian creators, cultural entrepreneurs and their stories; promoting Canadian content at home and globally; and strengthening public broadcasting and supporting local news. While Joly discussed everything from the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Act to the Multiculturalism Act, a big takeaway for most people—including myself—was her commitment to investing in Canadian creators. It’s easy to get excited and hopeful, because this is something long overdue. Many countries don’t have cultural policies […]

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