Letter: China, E.U. will trump climate change

After Miami has been swallowed by the Atlantic, and the smog over the Great Plains becomes so thick farmers are reminded of great clouds of locusts, perhaps we can all look up and see a potential silver lining in U.S President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord. As  America shies  away from global leadership on climate change, the European Union and China are stepping in to fill the void. The day after Trump announced on Twitter he would be leaving the Paris Accord, the E.U and China issued a joint statement ahead of their annual summit, held June 1−2 in Brussels. The document reaffirmed their collective commitment to the emissions reduction targets and underlying norms of the […]

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REVIEW: Angry Inuk

In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, ByTowne Cinema has been screening movies for free every Sunday afternoon and Monday evening until June 26 to celebrate the country’s best film productions, dubbed “Cinema 150.” Last week, the award-winning documentary, Angry Inuk, took the spotlight. The documentary directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, presents an Inuk perspective on the seal hunt, a traditional and sustainable practice many animal activists groups deem evil and inhumane. The theatre was packed, hosting one of the largest audiences the Cinema 150 has seen this year, with many attendees sporting their sealskin clothing. Arnaquq-Baril, an Inuk woman and seal-hunting advocate herself, takes the audience to her hometown of Kimmirut, Nunavut, to explore the seal hunt that is essential 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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Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real—What’s the next move for Brexit?

“Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. Realism describes the international order as anarchical, as actors are looking to serve and achieve their own interests. In this blog, Brett Boyden takes a look at Brexit and its implications for the UK moving forward. This summer, the United Kingdom held an advisory referendum on continued membership in the European Union. People around the world were shocked when the British government revealed that a slim majority—only two percent more per BBC News—of the nation had voted to leave. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had campaigned on a promise of said referendum, resigned almost immediately. Now why would the […]

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Carleton alumni appointed ambassadors to UK and Pakistan

The federal government announced that Carleton alumni Perry Calderwood and Janice Charette were appointed to be High Commissioners to Pakistan and the United Kingdom (UK), respectively, on July 19. This is not Charette’s first high-profile appointment. According to a Carleton Newsroom release, after graduating from the Sprott School of Business in 1984, Charette worked in the private sector, then in the government. She became the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in October 2014 while Stephen Harper was Prime Minister. In addition to that role, she held a variety of positions in other federal government offices from 2001 until now. “At least 16 graduates are currently serving as ambassadors in countries across the globe, as well […]

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