All that glitters isn’t Gilchrist

The Students’ Legislative Council was wrong in imposing censure on Students’ Union President Jayna Gilchrist Tue., Mar. 20. But the president performed worse. The motion to censure, brought forward by external commissioner Jim Bailey, was apparently sparked by Gilchrist’s absence to attend a screening of Discordia that same evening. The film examined the conflict at… Continue reading All that glitters isn’t Gilchrist

Unchallenged dominance

Am I the only one who doesn’t care about the federal sponsorship scandal? Don’t get me wrong, the story only underlines the culture of corruption in the federal Liberal government. Despite the fact that $100 million is a relatively small amount in the realm of federal budgeting the whole affair is inexcusable. But what are… Continue reading Unchallenged dominance

Election platform? Effective campaign? Who needs them?

Winning a Students’ Union election, regardless of the position you are vying for, is relatively easy–about as easy as you’d expect for a job that pays nearly $25,000, placing you near the top of a $10 million organization. Employing a few seemingly effortless techniques, you too can become an elected official on the SU executive.… Continue reading Election platform? Effective campaign? Who needs them?

A long list of losers

I am writing in the week before the University of Calgary Board of Governors meets to decide what tuition will cost next September. What’s more, this piece will be published a day before the decision is made, sitting on the stands for over a month. Still, I’m going to make a prediction, deadlines be damned:… Continue reading A long list of losers

Can’t buy my vote

It is rare these words will ever grace a page bearing my name: Thanks a lot, Premier Klein. Being a student, I am rarely appreciative of the provincial government. Our minimum wage is among the lowest in the country and our tuition among the highest. Energy deregulation has been a mess, and Klein’s views on… Continue reading Can’t buy my vote

The righteous power of judicial activism

“Judicial activism” has become something of a dirty phrase in this country lately, particularly within the realm of the political (not to mention the religious) right. Members of Parliament, from Canadian Alliance leaders to Liberal backbenchers, cried foul after the Ontario Superior Court effectively rewrote the legal definition of marriage over the summer. Those cries… Continue reading The righteous power of judicial activism