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We May Stand a Chance: Greta Thunberg’s Impact on a Dying World Features 

We May Stand a Chance: Greta Thunberg’s Impact on a Dying World

We are dying. Well, to specify, our planet is. Global temperatures have risen one degree Celsius since 1900 and are expected to rise even more at the rate that the world is progressing. This leaves us with a mere eleven years left to turn things around without detrimental consequences. As young people panic about the state of their futures, political parties sit back and continue to collect capital from their parasitic ways. Change needs to happen now! But it seems nowhere in sight… “I am only one person, what can…

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Boredom, Happiness, and Suffering: An Idealist’s Education Features 

Boredom, Happiness, and Suffering: An Idealist’s Education

Kirkegaard began with the principle that “all men are bores.” Of course, some men are more boorish than others, and the greatest tyrants and the cruelest nations have pushed history forward with their boredom. Any terrible weapon or horrendous crime has the unmistakable markings of bored and boring men. “Boredom,” Kirkegaard concludes, “is the root of all evil. What is more natural than trying to overcome it?” When we speak of education, we speak of something boring. High school, the old in and out from English to French to Math…

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The Origins of Earth Day Features 

The Origins of Earth Day

The first Earth Day took place on April 22nd, 1970, in the United States, and involved peaceful protests across the country advocating for a healthier and more sustainable environment. Mainstream America was largely unaware of the detriment the environment was facing due to the burning of fossil fuels, air pollution and resource overexploitation. A best selling book by Rachel Carson released in 1962 titled “Silent Spring” was a key component in the raising of public awareness concerning the environment, pollution and their relation to public health. Americans had lots of…

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Canada is Warming Faster as Governments Fail to Catch Up Features 

Canada is Warming Faster as Governments Fail to Catch Up

Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world according to a recent report prepared by government scientists. In parts of Canada’s north this warming is progressing at thrice the rate of the global average. While, since 1948, other countries have experienced temperature increases of roughly 0.8 degrees, Canada has been touched by a 1.7 degree increase. As the report notes in its headline statements, “this warming is effectively irreversible” and “further warming,” it anticipates, “is unavoidable.” These changes to our temperature can be expected to increase…

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Climate Change In Canada Features 

Climate Change In Canada

Canada’s biggest industries involve the extraction of natural resources, including oil, gas and uranium. With the Arctic warming faster than any other biome recently due to increased greenhouse gas emissions, Canadians are particularly concerned about the impacts of climate change. The country generates enormous wealth from its oil and gas operations. However, the oil and gas industries account for a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, with the oilsands being the most carbon intensive. The oil extracted in Alberta’s oilsands reserves is shipped in pipelines in its raw form. The…

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Technology and A Message from Dwight Schrute Features 

Technology and A Message from Dwight Schrute

In one episode of The Office, the paper company of Dunder Mifflin just launches its online website where its customers can purchase reams of paper without the need of “the personal touch of a salesman.” One of the main characters, Dwight Schrute, is arguably the top salesman of the company. As a preview of what his character entails, he describes himself as such: “Three words: hardworking, alpha male, jackhammer, merciless, insatiable…”   Dwight goes on to challenge himself in selling more reams of paper in one workday than the online…

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The Underground City Features 

The Underground City

Montreal is known for its very cold and unpredictable weather conditions. This past winter, Montreal was hit with several polar vortexes that brought temperatures of -30°C, leaving everyone desiring to fend off the extreme cold. Luckily, the city has developed ways for its inhabitants to feel comfortable and festive during these harsh weather conditions.   The Underground City of Montreal is one key feature that allows Montrealers to cope in the wintertime. In Downtown Montreal, one can travel 33 kilometres of underground city corridors where about 500,000 people pass every…

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A Man Out Of Time Features 

A Man Out Of Time

When we hear about a new emerging artist, we rarely think of someone as young and modest as David Marino. In a world where we have modern music, comes a young man out of time.  David’s style of music is like none other; he sings jazz and might become the next big artist to put Montreal on the map. Montreal crooner David Marino was just eighteen years old when he found himself in the finals of TVA’s popular vocal competition show in Quebec La Voix. As an anglophone he was…

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Chez Doris and Homelessness In Montreal Features 

Chez Doris and Homelessness In Montreal

Chez Doris is a woman’s day center in Montreal. It has been in operation for almost 40 years. Doris, the center’s namesake, was living on the streets in the 1970’s, and at this time the resources for homeless women were non-existent.  She did have a caseworker, and Doris told her one day that she wished to have a safe place to go with no questions asked. Doris was raped and found murdered a couple of days later. In 1977, her caseworker started Chez Doris in Doris’ memory, with the policy…

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Saving the Bees: What’s All the Buzz About? Features 

Saving the Bees: What’s All the Buzz About?

A common childhood fear is that of bees, and, like most things stemming from youth, said fear often follows into adult life. Therefore, the recently popularized phrase, “save the bees”, may spur up confusion with many asking why it is so important to protect such seemingly menacing creatures. However, we do not give bees credit for all of the work that they do in everyday life. Bees are known to be the world’s most efficient and effective pollinators. While travelling from plant to plant in search of nectar, they carry…

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