Letter: News needs to be consumed more critically on social media

Most of you reading this probably get your news from social media first. You might see something on Facebook/Twitter/Reddit/Snapchat and then go to a news site like Metro, the Globe and Mail, or the Charlatan, but how many of you turn on the T.V. at a set time every day and watch your news? And how many of you even have a T.V. with cable if you’re a university student living away from your parents? Getting news from social media isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but social media algorithms definitely show you news catered to what you’ve searched before. Facebook tracks your click history (and even allows you to hide content from any source you wish), making the news we […]

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Letter: Supreme Court decision is only the first step in solving right-to-die issue

In a landmark decision Feb. 6, the Supreme Court voted unanimously to strike down the federal law that criminalizes physician-assisted death, ruling this prohibition infringes on a person’s rights to life, liberty, and security as set out in Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As someone who was present at the courthouse to cover the story that day, it’s easy to describe the emotional waves the announcement sent around the building. What happens next? That question was asked more times than I could count, and there are hundreds of others left unanswered. Who will create new laws? When will that happen? Will doctors and those suffering have a say? The implications of this historic decision are […]

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