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Alexei Navalny, the most prominent Russian opposition leader to Vladimir Putin in recent memory, was returning to Moscow after campaigning against corruption in the Siberian city of Tomsk when he fell ill on the flight. After an emergency landing and a transfer to a German hospital, it was confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that...
One afternoon during my fourth-year internship, a colleague and I were engaged in a conversation discussing the implications of digital privacy. Before departing ways, my co-worker repeated an all-too popular phrase, “If I have nothing to hide then I have nothing to fear”. The phrase resonated with me because it encompasses a much larger societal belief held by many...
A Closer Look at Alberta’s Bill 1 Through the early months of 2020, demonstrations erupting in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in B.C resulted in blockades shutting down the majority of Canada’s rail network. In response, at least one province has taken legislative action to render these types of protests unlawful. Alberta’s United Conservative...
Donald Trump's newest political maneuvering to approve the importation of Canadian drugs may yield only shortages for his northern neighbours and shrink much needed research and development into new pharmaceuticals. Late last December, the Trump administration unveiled the details of its long-anticipated plan to legalize drug importation to the United States from Canada. As per his often repeated declaration...
A common occurrence (maybe too common) in my household are debates between my father and I regarding the potential for China to surpass the magnitude of Western innovation, namely in the domain of information technology. I argued that it is highly plausible that China posses the greatest threat to American commercial superiority since the Cold War, and trigger...
In 2012, an article in The American Interest made waves heralding the “End of the University as We Know It”. In this article, the author predicted that half of the colleges and universities in the United States would disappear within the next decade, because schools such as MIT or Harvard were poised to acquire millions of students by offering...
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I've met people who don't want to try for fear of failing.” - J.K. Rowling Delinquo ergo supero - "I have failed, therefore I will succeed" (rough translation) Delapsus/Delapsa surrexi -- "Having...
After legalization in October of 2018, the once prohibited substance took the Canadian market by storm. In July 2019, StatsCan estimated that the Cannabis sector had contributed roughly $8.26 billion to the national GDP. However, recent market volatility has left investors asking: What’s next for Marijuana? Marijuana was legalized last October. In the 10 months that followed, the Cannabis...
Canadian Confederation is facing serious resentment from Western Canada, particularly Alberta, following the federal election. The results showed very little support for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government in the Prairies. Serious media interest has focused on this topic, an online petition for separation has been gaining traction, and #WEXIT has been trending on Twitter. In order to maintain confederation, the...
In this era of populist politics and demagoguery, of fierce partisanship and stark divides, logical solutions to many world issues tend to be shrouded under a cloak of pretenses and ignorance. Instead of confronting the facts and arriving at conclusions that help real people, figures on both the left and right seek paths that only serve to further their...