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The many sides of electoral reform

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What are the chances the Liberal government’s electoral reform initiative will lead to the end of our first-past-the-post system?

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Whose side is our government on?

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The federal government’s recent leniency with wealthy corporate interests hints at a disturbing trend in the way government does business.

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Support growing for fossil fuel divestment at MUN

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Divest MUN says decision by university’s Board of Regents to strike an advisory committee to study the question of fossil fuel divestment is a “positive sign”.

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The signs of change

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“The renewable energy revolution is occurring faster than anyone predicted.”

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Working toward “ecological conversion”

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MUN professor takes aim at consumer capitalism for its role in the ecological and climate crises, draws inspiration from Pope Francis in leading a local initiative to start “a new conversation” about ecology and sustainability.

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Why you need to know about the TPP

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Prominent thinkers are speaking out against it and pro-democracy groups are calling for proper public consultations. But is our government listening?

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“It’s opening up knowledge about our past”: Mi’kmaw Chief

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Stephen Augustine, a Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, says a new free online course he is teaching from Cape Breton University about Mi’kmaq history and culture presents an important opportunity for those exploring their Mi’kmaq heritage and identity.

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New NAFTA lawsuits reveal disturbing, dangerous trend

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If corporate interests keep suing Canada and other countries under trade agreements like NAFTA, state sovereignty might soon be a thing of the past.

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Open letter concerning COP21 and Canada’s commitment on climate change

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“We do not need more forms of unsafe extreme energy extraction such as hydraulic fracturing, or ineffective distractions such as carbon capture and storage. What we need are real climate and economic solutions, green economies, and renewable energy.”

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Cynicism and the cult of Trudeau

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I’m happy you’re happy, but…

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Why I am still wearing a white poppy for Remembrance Day

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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.

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Why the NDP lost the election

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It wasn’t the Liberals’ and New Democrats’ apparent ideological shifts that resulted in #elxn42’s red wave, but a return to the left could turn things around for the NDP.

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Turning the page

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The next chapter of our story begins with the coordinated and well-executed effort to replace Stephen Harper with Justin Trudeau. But if we want to shape the narrative, we can’t let go of the pen.

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Barbaric culture talk

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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?

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Why I think Canadians should vote

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While people are literally dying for democracy here in the Middle East, it disheartens me to see so many back home in Newfoundland and Canada taking their freedoms for granted.

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The origins of our refugee crisis are not found in a photo

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“Human beings cannot be born with characteristics that may be unsuited to a particular place. Human beings are not cargo, nor collateral nor a Head Tax. Human beings shouldn’t be washed up on beaches trying to find a better life.”

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Please don’t take us for fools

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With election campaigns officially and unofficially in full swing, voters are bearing witness to a multitude of promises from politicians. We’re also seeing a rising number of disingenuous statements, some bordering on the laughable.

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Most tar sands oil will stay in the ground, and Harper knows it

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Partisans criticising Linda McQuaig’s remarks are either ignorant or lying.

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Demanding economic, social and climate justice

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Following a weekend of nationwide protests, and as Canadian politicians host their counterparts from the rest of the Americas in Toronto this week, people are asking: What will it take for Canada and its provinces to decarbonize their economies and join the growing global movement toward clean, renewable energy.

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The orange wave swells again

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With mere months to go until the federal and provincial elections, the New Democratic Party is enjoying a resurgence at both levels. Can they maintain, and even strengthen, their momentum in the weeks and months until voters go to the polls?

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