Entitlement run amok in citizenship guide

It seems that citizenship and multiculturalism minister Jason Kenney needs some help — he’s forgotten the distinction between his own opinions and the country’s. The minister removed reference to homosexuality being decriminalized in Canada in 1969, the protection against discrimination based on — among other things — sexual preferences and the legalization of same sex… Continue reading Entitlement run amok in citizenship guide

Jay-Z, the Stampede and tuition hikes

I’ve begun to think the Calgary Stampede might be behind this proposed tuition increase. Jay-Z holds the key to my insight. The latest issue of Esquire magazine carries an article about the astounding crossover success of the rap magnate. In it, writer Lisa Taddeo details that the most important feature of Hova’s ability to succeed… Continue reading Jay-Z, the Stampede and tuition hikes

An absentee Canadian? In defence of Ignatieff

Given the unbridled ambition involved in politics, there is a certain absurdity to a party suggesting that a rival politician is only in it for himself. But this absurdity is no deterrent, as the recent Conservative attack ads against Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff have shown. With frequent scares of another federal election, the Conservatives have… Continue reading An absentee Canadian? In defence of Ignatieff

Where have all the “great authors” gone?

It is curious to see how easily even the incredibly lucid can deceive themselves. This is a common enough phenomenon, but it pops up in a embarrassingly conceited way when dealing with art, notably literature. In mid-July the Globe and Mail ran an article detailing a book club that has grown up around the late… Continue reading Where have all the “great authors” gone?

The tao of Zhao

Being that he doesn’t actually intend to win the election, one might think that Jeremy Zhao’s Students’ Union presidential campaign is entirely superfluous, but that is not entirely correct. Though there is a strong possibility that he would resign during his acceptance speech next Thursday in the Den, Zhao’s campaign is actually quite beneficial for… Continue reading The tao of Zhao

Blasting fixed elections

As the recent American election is finally set to conclude with Barack Obama’s impending inauguration, it is worth reflecting on the wildly exciting electoral cycle down there to illuminate some concerns with the sometimes-proposed fixed election dates for Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper drew a lot of fire for backing away from his supposed plan… Continue reading Blasting fixed elections

Considering political correctness: Queen’s and the collapse of clear thinking

While the University of Calgary has been grappling with the incredible test of free speech posed by Campus Pro-Life, Queen’s University has been busy committing much more egregious offences in the name of political correctness. Queen’s has decided to hire and train six students as conversation facilitators to wander around residence and listen in on… Continue reading Considering political correctness: Queen’s and the collapse of clear thinking