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Nora Loreto

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Why Bell Let's Talk Day Is a Cynical Publicity Stunt

We need progressive organizations to build off the publicity of Let's Talk and call for a new day: Let's Act. When it feels like the snow will never melt and spring will never come, let's commit ourselves to act. Let's Act and demand more funding to mental health supports, including the improved public funding of mental health doctors, treatments and facilities. Let's Act and reject Stephen Harper's attempt to criminalize people with mental health struggles: help and rehabilitation rather than solitary confinement and life-long prison sentences.
01/28/2015 01:01 EST

Has The Poppy Lost Its Meaning?

The red poppy worn in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day has become so normalized that it's simply something that we wear. We leave them on our sun visors in our cars. We lose them. We buy others. We say we remember but we don't do what's next to turn our remembrance into action. As the Canadian government has demonstrated its support for foreign wars, the symbol of the poppy has been hijacked. While it remains a symbol of peace and remembrance for many, it has also become a symbol of support of Canada's current war ambitions.
11/09/2012 05:50 EST

The Real Threat to Quebec's Heritage Is Not a Hijab

In the election, the xenophobic comments and party promises such as banning religious symbols among public service workers all say, very clearly, that to truly be a Quebecer, you must be Francophone, white and Catholic. Bonus points if your family descended from the Filles du Roi. This is textbook intolerance and xenophobia.
08/17/2012 12:15 EDT

Why Getting into Student Politics Can Be Selfish

The Québec media has been buzzing over the announcement made by Léo Bureau-Blouin that he will run for the Parti Québécois during the next election.This will push the former FECQ president into a new kind of politics. Will he be able to continue the fight against the tuition fee hike in this forum? I loathe people who get involved in student politics as a springboard into partisan political life.
07/27/2012 06:03 EDT

Quebec's Confusing Use of New Protest Laws

The secret law during the G20 and the list of laws passed in Québec to quell protests share a common characteristic: they're virtually impossible to enforce consistently. What good is a law that, once passed, is applied selectively? It places a tremendous amount of power in the hands of police who have proven unable to yield such powers appropriately.
06/28/2012 03:10 EDT

Jean Charest: Robbing From the Young to Give to the Old

In real dollars, Quebec's Premier paid less for his university education than Québec students do today. Now, he wants his generation of baby boomers to pay less in taxes. The result is robbery of the young to pay for the old. It is hard to see how students are the entitled ones in this scenario.
05/01/2012 11:31 EDT

Leaked Document Reveals Bleak Future of Ontario Education

At a recent speech Glen Murray, the minister of training, colleges, and universities for Ontario, made it clear that Three Cubed's policies are being taken much more seriously than he or his staff have lead people to believe. Among its plans are shifting at least one-third of college and university courses online.
03/15/2012 12:11 EDT

Ontario Students Ready to Give Drummond a "D"

With the release of he much-anticipated budget report of Don Drummond tomorrow, students will find themselves among nurses, the unemployed, teachers, early childcare educators, social workers, and millions of other Ontarians who will try to make it politically impossible for McGuinty to implement any of the cuts or regressive policy changes that Drummond recommends.
02/14/2012 05:09 EST

McGuinty's Bait-and-Switch on Lowering College Tuition Fees

Why did so many Ontario students take to the streets to protest McGuinty's decision to replace tuition fee reductions with a grant? The former would help all students and make education cost less. A grant only helps a few while the rest are left to contend with another year's tuition fee hikes.
02/02/2012 06:13 EST