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Kevin Elliott is the founding editor of The Agorian, a Vancouver-based online magazine about the new economy and ideas for a livable world. He previously worked as the assistant editor for McMaster University's news website, is a former staff writer for the Hamilton art and culture magazine Andy, and has also written scholarly articles for academic journals. He attained an MA degree in English for which he completed a selective concentration called Cultural, Social, and Political Thought. You can visit his website Dead Seaweed.

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Acknowledging Vulnerabilities Can Help Empower Women

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 5:12 PM

On July 17, Trish Kelly, a prominent member of Vancouver activism and a self-described "sex-positive" and "queer" artist, resigned her nomination as a candidate for park board in the city's upcoming municipal election, because of the surfacing of a humorous and risqué Fringe Festival video she...

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Why a Nanaimo Newspaper Should Have Declined a 'Racist' Letter About First Nations

(25) Comments | Posted September 28, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Earlier this week, the Nanaimo Daily News published a letter from local resident Bill McRitchie who argued that Canadians today should not have to face "condemnation," as he put it, for the injustices committed by their ancestors towards First Nations peoples. McRitchie subsequently accused First Nations peoples of unreasonably holding...

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In Defence of the Humanities

(4) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Currently, the University of Victoria is hosting the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest annual gathering of academic associations in Canada.

Now, as a disclaimer, I am not formally participating in Congress, although I am a graduate student in a humanities department at the University of Victoria....

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The Disturbing Cultural Attitude of "Tolerance"

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 6:33 PM

The tragic death of a transsexual primary schoolteacher in the U.K. has not only sparked a national controversy online and in the British press, but it also unveils an implicit, disturbing cultural attitude concerning "tolerance" in Western society more broadly, gesturing towards this controversy's relevance beyond British borders. Specifically, this...

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Why This Free-Speech Wall Came Crumbling Down

(16) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 4:30 PM

On Jan. 22, Carlton University undergraduate student Arun Smith forcefully removed a "free-speech wall" from his campus over accusations that it provided a public forum for students to express hateful comments. According to the campus newspaper, such comments included "abortion is murder" and "traditional marriage is awesome." The...

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When Asking Y, Do We Ask the Right Questions?

(4) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 11:16 AM

In light of Huffington Post Canada's ongoing series on, ahem, the trials and tribulations of Generation Y, those, roughly speaking, currently aged 18-30, we have a very advantageous opportunity to move forward given some unwelcoming statistics.

And yet, many analyses seem to merely entrap themselves in the dichotomy...

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Appointing a Female Justice Won't Solve Women's Rights

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 2:29 AM

With the recent appointment of Mr. Justice Richard Wagner to the Supreme Court of Canada less than two weeks ago, a backlash developed in the days that followed criticizing not Wagner himself but the fact that the Supreme Court's presence of women justices has now been weakened. With...

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Clark's 'Sick Culture' Comments More Telling Than They Appear

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 9:53 PM

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has yet again found herself in a sticky situation with the recent publication of an interview in which she expressed explicit disdain for the "sick culture" of Victoria, the provincial capital.

Surely as a premier facing an upcoming election whose party is already

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It May be Victoria B.C.'s Anniversary, but the Focus Should be on First Nations

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 12:00 PM

As Victoria B.C. commences celebrations for its 150th anniversary on August 2, something is oddly amiss: reflection. The city has a relatively strong presence of First Nations inhabitants, particularly the Coast Salish groups, who have occupied the lands many -- many -- years before colonial settlement. Victoria has...

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