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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.
December 7, 2016
<b>Gadfly</b> asks pesky political and social questions, on the principle that you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
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…
August 4, 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…
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…
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…
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…
May 21, 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?
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.
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.”…
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
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…
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…
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…
July 18, 2014