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Ed Riche on satire and our capacity for self-delusion

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Ed Riche is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and more. However, he’s perhaps best known for his humour, and especially his satire. But according to Riche, we are now living in a “post-satiric” age. It’s one in which the seemingly satirical often turns out to be true; and in which there is a feeling in some quarters that speech which hurts should be shut down. How does a satirist ply their trade in a post-satiric age? “You just get ready to absorb more blows,” he says. “We’ve got the unthinkable – Donald Trump in the White House. That’s a punch line. It’s beyond all comprehension. Every day we look at that same reality and go ‘How could this have ever happened?’ He’s a horror clown, he’s a con man, he’s a grifter, he’s an idiot, he’s a crook, and yet he’s the most powerful man in the world. “And on…

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There’s no excuse for government refusal to help kids in millions of poverty-stricken families

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“Where’s the money coming from?” That’s the question thrown at any individual or group seeking increased funding for health care, education, child care, or public pensions – and, most urgently, for the elimination or at least sharp reduction of the disgracefully high rates of poverty in Canada. The presumption underlying this question is that the federal government is short of cash because the Canadian economy is unable to generate enough tax revenue to support an improved social security system. The facts and figures disprove this fallacious supposition. Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, as calculated on a per capita basis by the CIA World Factbook, was $46,200 in U.S. currency for every man, woman and child in the country. That’s about the same as Denmark’s, but higher than the per capita GDP of the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Russia, Japan, and many other countries. Significantly…

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We need solidarity now more than ever

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“Power goes to two poles – to those who’ve got the money and those who’ve got the people.” — Saul Alinsky May 1st marks May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, when countless workers across the globe take to the streets to commemorate the sacrifice and struggle of a strong labour movement that faced state-sanctioned violence to bring us the 8-hour work day, wages, benefits, and safe working environments, while continuing to hold institutions and governments accountable in what shouldn’t be an uphill battle for fair working conditions and living wages but often is. As a student at Memorial University for the past six years, I am no stranger to the immense contribution workers on our campus make, to allow students to learn in a safe and supportive environment. Despite the crumbling infrastructure due to years of upper level mismanagement, a profound amount of effort goes into keeping classrooms,…

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Police need to end Operation Northern Spotlight

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and local forces are putting workers at risk.

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Reading utopia to reclaim the University

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The university should be a publicly funded place to imagine a better world.

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Prayers and criticisms are not enough

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This is the moment of outrage in which we should ask: how can we really make things different?

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Claude Elliott is no hero of mine

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The success of ‘Come From Away’ cannot invisibilize the outgoing Gander mayor’s refusal to embrace the rights given to LGBT+ Canadians.

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Trump “has done us a favour”: Gwynne Dyer

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One of Newfoundland’s most famous intellectuals argues the U.S. President’s election in 2016 offers valuable insight into American politics and society before it’s too late.

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We are not political tools

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Politicians need to stop tokenizing and exploiting racialized and Indigenous people for political gain.

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A future for students

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A prosperous economy and society in Newfoundland and Labrador requires affordable, accessible post-secondary education for all.

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No school for old (genocidal) men

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There can be no reconciliation without truth. And the truth is, John A. MacDonald’s legacy is tainted with Indigenous blood and tears.

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Taste of the Balkans and a very convenient permit expiry

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Why do the initiatives with the greatest potential to build the capital city face the greatest resistance?

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Bell Island’s “Watergate” is a human rights Issue

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“A mistake which took place during the sale of an adjacent property cannot jeopardize the realization of the community’s right to water and turn back the clock on years of local lobbying.”

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Driving women out

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How MUN’s reliance on contract labour is creating a hostile environment for female professors.

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The hidden costs of exploiting contract faculty

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Universities’ growing reliance on the exploitation of contract faculty erodes institutions of higher learning, and MUN is no different.

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The song that never ends: About men and women in tech

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The recent “Google memo” reminds us that we need to start thinking about gender in STEM differently.

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Policing the RNC

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A police services board could help address challenges facing the RNC and should be given serious consideration.

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Police officers do not make Pride safe

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Including police in the Pride March is not a sign of progress.

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What education is worth

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The debate on tuition and fees at Memorial has, at its core, the larger problem of the commodification of education. The fight for education as a right is a crucial struggle.

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Seize back our University

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

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