Editorial: Divisive issues distract in student government

A student at McGill University is alleging that he was removed from the university’s student government Board of Directors based on his religious background and his opposition to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement is a global campaign that calls for economic and political pressure on Israel. The student, Noah Lew, alleged that he had been singled out in protest materials written by a student organization in support of the BDS movement against Israel, which claim his support for anti-BDS efforts made him unfit to serve on the board. When his ratification for a term as director was put to a vote, he lost. Lew’s story is a reminder that when a student leader’s political opinions […]

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Letter: RRRA needs a variety of reforms

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) needs reform. As a member of the RRRA Council and RRRA staff last year, I saw an association that put too much authority in the executive team and a council that could not provide effective oversight due to flaws in the association’s constitution. This year, I want to bring a series of reforms to RRRA. I have discussed these reforms with colleagues and we believe they will bring the necessary accountability to RRRA, which will make it an effective student-led organization. I’d like to outline a proposal of financial, governance, and advocacy reforms to the structure of RRRA. Today, the RRRA executives spend money with little oversight from RRRA council. A budget is reviewed […]

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Editorial: The art scene needs more minority artists

While the general idea surrounding art is that it is something visually appealing, it usually goes beyond that and is more than skin-deep for minority artists. At an Oct. 5 event, Kosisochukwu Nnebe and Pansee Atta, two minority artists, shared their experiences on navigating the art scene. And while art might seem as simple as putting paint on a canvas, it’s not that easy for minority artists. For example, a minority artists whose art is ‘political’ might have to think carefully about what they present. Other minority artists might question if their art must be political or revolutionary to have merit. Nnebe discussed this at the event and about the freedom of a Black artist wanting to create art that […]

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Politics Blog: A new shot for the NDP

This weekend, the New Democratic Party leadership race concluded on Oct. 1, with excited chants and cheers. The final answer to the contest is Jagmeet Singh, the Sikh MPP from Brampton, Ont. Singh represents a new chapter of the NDP and the nation as a whole. His platform is one that strikes the balance Canadians need between social progress and economic strength.   His economic plan consists largely of public and community infrastructure programs financed and supported by the federal government. While getting Canadians the jobs and opportunities they need, Singh also aims to expand the social safety net and protect those at risk of falling through the cracks. Capitalism is unsustainable when it allows citizens to collapse from the […]

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Politics blog: General Kelly as Chief of Staff could change things

The sheer number of articles written with a “Turning Point in Trump Presidency” headline should probably lead one to avoid making a similar pronouncement, given that Donald Trump seems to be rather set in his ways. Therefore, in an effort to gain distance from those pronouncements that now appear naive, this article will proceed with the premise of a “potential” turning point. How’s that for a stark contrast? Trivial differentiations aside, considering all the events of Trump’s tumultuous tenure to date (hindsight being 20/20, of course), the appointment of General John Kelly as the White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus who was fired after just six months, has the potential to be a major turning point in the […]

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