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Robin Whitaker

Robin Whitaker


Robin Whitaker teaches political anthropology at Memorial University. She finds herself increasingly disgruntled.

Published Articles

  • Seize back our University

    Faculty members call for MUN administrators and government to renew their commitment to the public university.

    Published on May 18, 2017
  • Why all the cool kids want a new electoral system

    Electoral reform might not sound very sexy. But it matters. A lot. Don’t let the footdragging wear you down.

    Published on December 7, 2016
  • How parking drives automobility and harms us along the way

    As the province undertakes climate change consultations, the Pokémon Go craze and a story about a bike-using professional recycler should make us think twice about how parking provision and parking laws underpin a world engineered to isolate people from each other and the effects of our everyday actions.

    Published on August 4, 2016
  • Time-travelling: Abortion in Northern Ireland

    Women in England, Scotland and Wales have had safe, publicly-funded abortion services for nearly 50 years now. Northern Ireland is also part of the United Kingdom. So why is abortion there still governed by Victorian legislation? And what does it mean for women who want to end a pregnancy?

    Published on January 7, 2016
  • Why I am still wearing a white poppy for Remembrance Day

    The white poppy symbolizes grief for all victims of war, civilian as well as military, regardless of nationality. It also represents opposition to war and determination to work against the causes of war. Today it is relevant as ever in a Canada newly committed to humanitarianism and peacekeeping.

    Published on November 10, 2015
  • Barbaric culture talk

    As politicians bid for votes in the last few days of a seemingly endless election campaign, it deserves to be asked: Is winning the best measure of leadership?

    Published on October 15, 2015
  • Learning from “leadgate”

    Memorial University’s decision to close when faced with the possibility of lead in its drinking water was entirely sound. Now that the immediate risks have been addressed, what can MUN officials and the rest of us learn from the apparent crisis?

    Published on August 11, 2015
  • Bike Lanes: Déjà-vu all over again

    As municipalities across the country try to encourage active transportation, why does it still feel like bicycles are Public Enemy #1 in St. John’s? Robin Whitaker reflects on the latest attempt of some city councillors to weaken our barely-existent bicycle infrastructure.

    Published on May 21, 2015
  • The case for fossil fuel divestment

    On Tuesday the Memorial University Faculty Association will vote on a motion asking its membership to support DivestMUN and pursue its own fossil fuel divestment actions.

    Published on April 26, 2015
  • Karl’s adventures in Newfoundland: Time for a healthy debate?

    Newfoundlanders were scandalized by Karl Ove Knausgaard’s observations on hefty waistlines. Can we take anything useful from the hoo-ha?

    Published on March 26, 2015
  • Biking: to helmet or not to helmet?

    Why the government is wrong to make cycling without a helmet illegal, even though I (almost) always wear one when I rides a bike.

    Published on December 15, 2014
  • Why I am wearing a white poppy for Remembrance Day

    The Peace Pledge Union asks people to wear a white poppy to symbolize their commitment to working for “the removal of all causes of war.” It’s an appeal Canadians should remember this year more than ever.

    Published on November 10, 2014
  • The place for uniforms is not the university

    An educated police force is a public good, but uniforms and guns put critical discussion at risk

    Published on October 22, 2014
  • Wolf in Shuping’s clothing?

    When Martha Shuping spoke at Memorial University on Sept. 25, her talk was billed as a primer in helping women. The story behind the headline was not so clear-cut.

    Published on September 30, 2014
  • Trails: The case for sharing

    The debate over whether to allow mountain bikes on parts of the East Coast Trail has been ongoing all summer. Maybe it’s time to shift our focus.

    Published on August 4, 2014
  • The trouble with charity

    Giving and generosity may reduce the burden of immediate suffering and desperation, but if we’re serious about finding long term solutions we can begin by questioning why some have so much while others have so little

    Published on July 18, 2014
  • “When we can bicycle, bicycle”

    Cycling is good for our health, the environment, the economy, and all the cool kids are doing it. So why the hold up in making St. John’s a bike-friendly city?

    Published on May 30, 2014
  • Abortion in Canada: Good legal principles, bad political faith

    Legally speaking, we live in the world’s most liberal abortion regime. So why do so many women struggle for access to this basic health service?

    Published on July 25, 2013
  • George Orwell’s Guide to Canadian Politics

    A critical analysis of the Harper government’s behavioural patterns reveals two possibilities: it’s either an enormous coincidence or the Conservative Party of Canada is staging its own production of 1984.

    Published on May 2, 2013
  • The War of 2012

    This year’s War of 1812 commemorations may amount to nationalist pseudo-history, but don’t laugh too hard. They are part of a more serious campaign: Stephen Harper’s war on knowledge.

    Published on December 7, 2012


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