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Controversial Galloway visits campus

By Kim Nursall

Over 750 people congregated in MacEwan Hall on Tuesday to hear an impassioned speech from George Galloway, the outspoken former British politician currently embarking on a cross-Canada speaking tour.┬áThe controversial anti-war activist criticized the Canadian government and Canadian media on subjects ranging from his suspension from Canada, to the war in Afghanistan and the Israel-Palestine… Continue reading Controversial Galloway visits campus

Mental health care needs a cure, not a band-aid

By Kim Nursall

Most people are aware of the harrowing nature of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Few individuals, however, recognize the potential crisis that the diseases’ effects, coupled with Canada’s aging population, could generate. Dementia is the most significant cause of disability among Canadians 65 and older and cost Canadian society over $15 billion in 2010 alone. Dementia refers… Continue reading Mental health care needs a cure, not a band-aid

American politicians debate mid-term election at U of C

By Kim Nursall

High-profile American politicians descended on campus last night to debate the Nov. 2 mid-term election results and speculate on what a divided Congress will mean for the future of American politics. Hosted by the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, the debate pitted Gov. Howard Dean Sen. Fred Thompson as they dissected Tuesday’s mid-term… Continue reading American politicians debate mid-term election at U of C

The struggle for Project Fly Home

By Kim Nursall

Values such as liberty and respect for due process of the law are espoused by the United Nations as integral to the development and preservation of healthy, autonomous societies. Despite this, individuals such as Abousfian Abdelrazik have found their lives obstinately constrained through the UN’s 1267 list — a Kafkaesque resolution passed by the UN… Continue reading The struggle for Project Fly Home

The failure of the federal family plan

By Kim Nursall

The term “family planning” has come under a lot of scrutiny lately, with the Conservative government announcing that maternal health will be Canada’s “signature” initiative at the G8 summit in Huntsville, Ontario this June. What exactly this initiative will entail has yet to be formalized, but controversy has already arisen over the proposal’s intended methods… Continue reading The failure of the federal family plan

American healthcare reforms no great shakes

By Kim Nursall

Sunday night was emotional for those of us who have watched the healthcare debate unfold in the United States. After over a year of vacillation during which the deliberative process almost fell into obscurity — pushed to the brink of failure by warnings of statism and “death panels” — a piece of legislation, approved by… Continue reading American healthcare reforms no great shakes

The tangled tale of Rights and Democracy

By Kim Nursall

The bells are tolling for Rights and Democracy. This government-funded advocacy group has been embroiled in a soap-opera plot ever since the organization’s then-president Remy Beauregard approved three small grants for Middle East-based human rights groups in January 2009. The ensuing chaos has featured resignations, suspensions, dismissals, the death of Beauregard, an office burglary and… Continue reading The tangled tale of Rights and Democracy

Sarah Palin preaches to the choir

By Kim Nursall

The curtains opened on a full house this past Saturday night, with the star of the show, Sarah Palin, set to make her first appearance in Canada — aptly in the Conservative stronghold of Calgary. Right-wing political figures filled the BMO Centre: I passed by Wildrose Alliance leader Danielle Smith, disappointedly viewed the Treasury Board’s… Continue reading Sarah Palin preaches to the choir