Letter: Trump won’t last for long

With Donald Trump’s inauguration coming up in January alongside a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate, and a handful of potential Supreme Court vacancies on the horizon, it would appear that the United States may be making a hard-right turn for a generation. However, history doesn’t necessarily share this interpretation. Trump does not have a mandate to govern the U.S. He lost the popular vote, and many of the states that gave him his victory had small enough margins that it could easily be reversed in upcoming years. The Democratic Party is poised to make a dramatic comeback if it plays its cards right. First, we must consider the main factor that got Trump elected: anger. Americans, especially those living […]

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Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real – Will U.S. presidential candidates actually help resettle refugees?

“Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. In this blog, Tania Gomes looks into whether the United States presidential candidates will stick to their views on the refugee crisis, and if the crisis is even on the agenda at all. In light of the 2016 U.S. election, the refugee issue has been the centre of both parties’ policy platforms. The Republicans, led by Donald Trump, continuously affirm that a migration increase from the Middle East would be a national security threat. The Democrats, represented by Hillary Clinton, insist that they will improve the country’s current policies and commitment to refugee resettlement. I don’t think it matters who […]

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Letter: Screening for anti-Canadian values is necessary

Member of Parliament Kellie Leitch’s suggestion that our government should screen immigrants for anti-Canadian values is just what it seems—a suggestion. Now it is true that Canadian values definitely are difficult to define. But we can certainly point out examples of anti-Canadian practices in the country, just by looking at recent history. These examples show why this type of screening is an important—albeit uncomfortable—policy proposal, and why it does not have to be targeted at Muslims. There is a fundamentalist Mormon community in Bountiful, British Columbia, that has practiced polygamy. The Mormons of Bountiful are part of a breakaway sect originating in Arizona. Winston Blackmore, the leader of this community, had more than 20 wives at a time—some of them […]

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OPINION: Pokemon Go pros outweigh cons

With the recent release of Pokemon Go taking the world by storm, more and more horror stories and criticisms of the app keep popping up on my Facebook newsfeed. From some idiot climbing onto the Union Station subway tracks to film a video, to people walking into oncoming traffic with their eyes glued to their phones, to criminals using the app to lure victims, and of course, the infamous Pokemon hunt at the Holocaust Museum in the United States, the message seems to be clear: Pokemon Go is at best a waste of time, and at worst a cause for dangerous or just plain disrespectful behaviour. I disagree. The merits of Pokemon Go far outweigh the few people abusing the […]

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Pokemon Go causes city-wide frenzy

The free-to-play smartphone app Pokemon Go continues to create a buzz in Canada after it was released in the country on July 17. The game uses a combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping and augmented reality to give players the sense that they are searching for Pokémon in the real world, which has led to both excitement among fans of the series and backlash from the public. A meet-up for the game on July 19 in Confederation Park attracted hundreds of people of all ages, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “[The game] obviously is popular among young people and it draws people in like a magnet,” Watson told the Ottawa Citizen. The game features “PokeStops,” which are real world […]

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