Attempting to lift the animal trophy ban in the U.S. will have consequences

Throughout Donald Trump’s administration, he and the Republicans have been reversing many of the policies put in place by previous presidents. However, the most atrocious attempt was trying to lift the ban on importing animal hunting trophies. But, after receiving backlash, Trump decided to delay the policy reversal and look at the “conservation facts,” and claimed he didn’t know his administration was trying to lift the ban. The current ban was put in place in 2014 by the U.S. Fishing and Wildlife Service, under former president Barack Obama. According to a National Geographic article, the ban was put in place due to “the service finding that the hunts didn’t contribute to the survival of the species.” Currently, this ban affects […]

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Ban on tobacco sales may hit campus

A new anti-smoking amendment proposed for Ontario would ban the sale of cigarettes on post-secondary campuses. On Nov. 18 Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deborah Matthews told the Ontario legislature that the proposed legislation, if passed, would prohibit the sale of tobacco on post-secondary education campuses in an attempt to reach Ontario’s goal of reducing tobacco in the province to the lowest levels in the country. “We want to protect youth from second-hand smoke and we also want to denormalize smoking in settings where youth see adults smoking,” she was stated as saying. Students and student-run organizations have conflicting opinions. Members of Leave The Pack Behind, a student-run anti-smoking organization funded by Ontario’s government, are in favour of the […]

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Editorial: Vote on contentious issues during the school year

Summer on campus: a lunch line with nobody in it, a choice of desk at the library, and always that dull hum of construction to fill the void—a byproduct of the majority of students having vacated the premises. What a shame then, in the absence of so many voices, that a motion as contentious as lifting the ban on Canadian Blood Services be brought to Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council. The ban on CBS started in 2003 on the grounds that the organization’s policy to prevent men who have sex with men from donating blood was homophobic and gender-exclusive. A motion to lift the ban failed last summer with 11 councillors in favour and 13 against. Council minutes show […]

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