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Second Time’s the Charm: Still Harping on This Year’s Halloween(s) News 

Second Time’s the Charm: Still Harping on This Year’s Halloween(s)

October 1st marks the first day of “spooky season,” where children begin to fantasize about their potential Halloween costumes, as well as pillowcases full of candy. Meanwhile, we young adults get in the spirit through party planning, ridiculously last-minute costumes, and memes (surely you’ve seen the Dwights adorning the entrance to our office).   However, this year, Montreal’s mayor, Valérie Plante, announced that trick-or-treating is to occur on November 1st, rather than the traditional October 31st, due to severe thundershowers and heavy winds. This decision was made with the intention…

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Election Debate at Vanier College: Their Plans on The Environment Campus News 

Election Debate at Vanier College: Their Plans on The Environment

On October 1st, an all candidate Federal election debate was held at Vanier College. The candidates resent were running to represent the riding of St. Laurent-Cartierville. Both the public and the Vanier College community were welcome to attend the debate, which was moderated by VCSA president Lucas Diacoumacos. The candidates present were Mr. Richard Serour of the Conservative Party of Canada, Ms. Georgia Kokotsis of the Green Party of Canada, Ms. Emmanuella Lambropoulos of the Liberal Party of Canada and Member of Parliament, Ms. Miranda Gallo of the New Democratic…

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The Canadian Federal Election 2019: What the Polls Look Like News 

The Canadian Federal Election 2019: What the Polls Look Like

As Canadians prepare for the upcoming federal election, it is important to have a good idea of the parties in question, and how the polls are looking. Look no further, fellow voters, as you will find everything you need to know about how the latest results in the polls. The Liberal Party is currently in the lead, with a poll average of 33.9%. It is predicted that they will acquire between 103 and 222 seats, with a 32% chance majority victory and a 33% chance minority victory. The Conservative Party…

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The Climate Calls for YOU Campus News 

The Climate Calls for YOU

We are in the midst of a climate crisis on Earth. Large systematic changes need to be made as soon as possible if we want to have a livable planet for future generations. Our governments have not been listening to the decades of cries for the health of our planet from the people. Grassroots movements started by young activists like Greta Thunberg have been gaining steam, and inspiring the masses to get out on the streets and demand for change. The long anticipated Global Climate Strikes are one such movement….

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Montreal’s Air Pollution News 

Montreal’s Air Pollution

Is Montreal’s air pollution truly a problem? The Service De L’Environnement’s most recent Montreal air quality report, which came out in 2017, indicates that the city’s air quality is most often, medically insignificant or tolerable by the general population. Does the lack of a direct perceivable effect on the population’s health mean there isn’t a problem? No, it does not. And while there isn’t an immediate consequence, the city’s public health agency states that about 1500 citizens die yearly of complications because of our air pollution. Canada continues to warm…

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Blame Climate Change For Montreal Flooding News 

Blame Climate Change For Montreal Flooding

Major floods have been occurring across the province over the past couple of weeks. Thousands of homes have been damaged, forcing over ten thousand people to leave their homes as of May 29th. Bridges and roads have become inundated, and 3000 people have been cut off from their communities. In Montreal, a total of 55 residences were completely evacuated, and 94 homes were flooded. Until last Thursday afternoon, Montreal was put under a state of emergency. In response to the record-breaking floods, emergency responders and volunteers have been working hard…

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Why You Should Care about the SNC Lavalin Scandal News 

Why You Should Care about the SNC Lavalin Scandal

One can hardly be shocked by the SNC-Lavalin affair, if one has been paying attention. And yet, a great number of people have found themselves shocked. Why is that so? This is far from the first time that the Trudeau administration has been caught with its pants around its ankles. After all, this is their fifth time being investigated by the ethics committee. The fact that this story is so surprising to some can only mean one of two things, either fewer people have been paying attention than we would…

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Nothing’s Sweeter Than Picket Signs: the March of March 15th News 

Nothing’s Sweeter Than Picket Signs: the March of March 15th

My brother and I didn’t prepare any poster or costume or poetry for Montreal’s last big climate strike. We just got off at Place-Des-Arts and listened to speeches in a December cold and shouted our voices dry with 50,000 other voices. We strode to Mount Royal. Protestors were beating the drum, dancing and shouting their way up to the mountain. Women yelled praises out their house windows, clapping their pots and pans with wooden spoons to us down in the street. It was a real gay delight and the peoples…

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Venezuela and North America: New Paths Towards Destruction News 

Venezuela and North America: New Paths Towards Destruction

Some time ago, in an address to the UN General Assembly, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez warned of the “destructive capacity” of rising oil usage. The “unstoppable” use of this resource, he said, would soon mean hotter temperatures and harsher natural disasters. Chavez was the leader of a country sitting on the world’s greatest oil-reserves, larger than Saudi Arabia’s, larger than Iran’s. This was 2005. Now, in 2019, oil production may soon be rising in Venezuela, despite old hopes for ecological alternatives. It’s been a matter of weeks since Juan Guaido,…

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No Pipelines, but no Progress Either News 

No Pipelines, but no Progress Either

Quebec is falling behind on its desired targets for reducing CO2 emissions, a recent article in Le Devoir highlights. Despite some $2 billion in funding, the ministry of sustainable government has only been able to bring down emissions to 98% of what they were 5 years ago. That is to say, there has been a 2% reduction in emissions. This 2% represents roughly 1.8 million tons of CO2. To put that in perspective, the Port-Daniel cement manufacturing plant in Gaspésie emits this many tons alone. The Legault administration has already…

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