Davide Mastracci
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Davide Mastracci is a journalist currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from McGill University. Davide was formerly a columnist for the McGill Daily, and currently works as a copy editor for the McGill Daily. Davide has contributed articles to the National Post and Montreal Gazette. He has also appeared on CBC Radio. All views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect upon the publications he works for.

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Why I'm Happy About the Government Crackdown on Unpaid Internships

(8) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 1:51 PM

The last couple months have been stressful as I've been trying to decide my plans for the summer. Up until about a week ago, my two options were working as an unpaid intern for a magazine in Toronto, or making money back at home in a job unrelated to my...

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A Tale of Two Russia Today Anchors

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:14 PM

There are two sorts of people who call themselves anti-imperialists: those who oppose imperialism, and those who oppose imperialism in specific instances because it is not wrapped in their preferred flag or ideology. Although Vladimir Putin's recent decisions regarding Crimea have received much deserved criticism over the last few days,...

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Why I Do Not Wear A Poppy

(39) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 11:31 AM

The poppy as we know it was introduced to Canada in 1921 as a way to commemorate the soldiers who participated in World War One. Since then, The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) has been responsible for distributing the poppy (on which they've had a trademark since...

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Rob Ford's Story Is Really About the Drug War

(16) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 11:53 AM

On Thursday, a story regarding Toronto's mayor, Rob Ford, broke on Gawker. The story began with the following:

"Rob Ford, Toronto's conservative mayor, is a wild lunatic given to making bizarre racist pronouncements and randomly slapping refrigerator magnets on cars. One reason for this is that he smokes...
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Hypocritical Liberals Attack Hudak & Leone

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Just over a month ago, Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives (PC), released a 27-page plan outlining his vision for post-secondary education in Ontario. Buried within this policy package, Hudak indicates that if elected, the Conservatives will attempt to scrap the 30 per cent tuition...

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A Drop in Rankings Is What McGill Needs

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 11:21 PM

The 2013 Times High Education World Reputation Rankings (WRR) were recently released. The WRR measures the best universities in the world based upon the opinions of over 16 000 academics. In the most recent results McGill University, which has held the 16th spot since the creation of the...

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Mental Illness Is Not a First World Problem

(3) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Recently a video titled "First World Problems Anthem" has been all over my Facebook and Twitter timelines. The video features impoverished Africans reading out "First World Problems," such as "I hate when my phone charger won't reach my bed," with the intent of getting viewers to donate to...

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This Catholic School Kid Thinks Public Funding Needs to Stop

(129) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:44 PM

On February 3, the Toronto Star published an article which details a Brampton father's attempts to have his son exempted from his Catholic high school's religious courses and activities. The article has sparked a debate revolving around one central question: should students at Catholic schools who are not...

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Why Do Men Still Pay for Dates?

(72) Comments | Posted January 19, 2013 | 6:06 AM

On January 11, the New York Times published an article by Alex Williams entitled "The end of courtship." The article attempts to examine the new "hookup culture" which Williams claims has replaced traditional dates. According to Williams, men now take women along to less traditional activities like concerts...

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Some Dropouts Find Success, But School Still Matters

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 6:42 AM

On December 2, poet Suli Breaks posted a spoken word video titled "Why I Hate School But Love Education." As Breaks indicates in the description section of the YouTube video, his work of art pays homage to Jefferson Bethke's viral video "Why I Hate Religion but...

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Is Weed a Gateway to Other Legal Drugs in Canada?

(54) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 11:24 AM

A day before the voting for the U.S. Presidential election took place, Bill Maher tweeted the following, "I know everyone's feeling stressed about the election -- I suggest some deep breathing exercises -- breathe in...hold the smoke..breathe out." A day after the election, millions of citizens in the...

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Why I'm Keeping the Name You Can't Pronounce

(31) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 4:42 PM

My Italian name, Davide, is impossible to pronounce for 95 per cent of the people I meet. The difference a single vowel can make is incredible, because I know that if you take away that "e", life would become a lot easier for me.

My name usually draws some sort...

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Obama's Foreign Policy: Not so Progressive

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 4:48 PM

In a couple of days, the American populace will elect the next President of the United States. Numerous self-identified "progressive" voters have endorsed the Obama campaign, stating that while Barack Obama is certainly not perfect, he is far better than Mitt Romney and the Republicans.

This excuse may have...

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