This summer, the Canadian government conducted a three-month public consultation to review a potential law that would mandate plain-packaged cigarettes. The law would effectively ban corporate branding on cigarette packages. Now, the government appears poised to move ahead with the proposed law. Just as inevitably, Big Tobacco has begun to litter our newspapers, magazines and various electronic screens with print, online and video advertisements attacking the legislation.
Like it or not, this referendum is the meal that is being served on the table.
03/17/2015 07:06 EDT
Trish Kelly, a prominent member of Vancouver activism and a self-described sex-positive" and "queer" 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 made about masturbation from way back in 2006. As a male, I struggle with the guilt that something like that would not be nearly as damaging to my public figure.
07/28/2014 05:12 EDT
The key for determining which conflicting views should be published and which ones disregarded is whether they can contribute to a productive dialogue for the better of a community. By publishing a letter accusing First Nations peoples of unreasonably holding on to their supposedly outdated "tribal system," the Nanaimo Daily Times has failed this test.
09/28/2013 12:43 EDT
It's hard to ignore the disgruntled looks I have seen on people's faces in buses and coffee shops now that the city has been overrun by other people having conversations about Marxism. Over the years, it has gotten so bad, whole books have been written asking, "Whither humanities?"
06/07/2013 12:15 EDT
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 at...
03/26/2013 11:19 EDT
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." What's needed is not external censorship, least of all the "forceful" and self-defeating kind Smith exhibits, but responsible self-censorship, and this comes through critical thinking and awareness, not removing free-speech walls.
01/30/2013 05:37 EST
Many analyses of Gen Y seem to merely entrap themselves in the dichotomy between labelling young people as "lazy" or claiming that young people have an opportunity to reshape the world in which they live. As young people, we can either decide to conform to or alter the content of our society, or we can go a step further and assume the courage to discuss ways in which the form of our society may be what is holding us back.
11/29/2012 12:10 EST
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. We should not just advocate for stronger women representation on our courts and in our legislatures, as equal attention needs to be paid to battles over women's rights that underlie this representation.
10/15/2012 12:21 EDT
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. I can't help but wonder though if all of the backlash to Clark's admittedly foolish comments are missing the mark. Which one of us, especially the politicians and political commentators in the bunch, can truly look in the mirror and say that the state of government in our society today is not a little bit perverted?
09/19/2012 11:14 EDT
As Victoria B.C. commences celebrations for its 150th anniversary on August 2, something is oddly amiss: reflection. August 2 is also the anniversary of the many land treaties negotiated with First Nations groups that were wrongly conveyed to them as merely peace treaties. More importantly, present-day poverty and violence that plague First Nations communities across British Columbia continue at staggering levels. How should First Nations groups respond?
08/02/2012 12:01 EDT
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