The Newfoundland & Labrador Election Fiasco News 

The Newfoundland & Labrador Election Fiasco

“This may be just the beginning as opposed to the end” – Sandy Collins, former PC cabinet minister. February 13, 2021, was supposed to be when voters in Newfoundland and Labrador would cast their ballots and decide who would represent and govern them for the next four years or so. However, in a somewhat expected twist, the fourth provincial election in Canada to be held under the COVID-19 pandemic became… complicated, to say the least. Background On May 16, 2019, the last provincial election in Newfoundland and Labrador, the governing…

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Erin O’Toole – The dreadnought that sunk before the battle Voices 

Erin O’Toole – The dreadnought that sunk before the battle

A couple of days ago, a viral video circulated where the Conservative Party leader, Erin O’Toole, promised to move Justin Trudeau’s office to a portable toilet, all the while giggling. Many politicians and commentators denounced O’Toole’s behaviour in the video, which dated back from June 2020, as unprofessional and unsuited for someone trying to become Prime Minister of Canada. This video is part of the latest issues plaguing the new leader of a party that won the popular vote in the last federal election and forms the Official Opposition against…

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One Small Step for Humanity, One Big Step for Ferret Kind Environment 

One Small Step for Humanity, One Big Step for Ferret Kind

On December 10th 2020, Elizabeth Ann, a black footed ferret, was born in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service black-footed ferret breeding facility in Fort Collins, Colorado.  She is the genetic copy of another black footed ferret named Willa that passed away in 1988. Upon her passing, Willa’s cells were frozen using early DNA technology. Through in-vitro fertilization, Elizabeth Ann was able to be carried by a surrogate mother, a domestic ferret of a different species.  According to Noreen Walsh, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s mountain-prairie region, this…

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The Greatest Heist: Let’s Decolonize Museums! Arts 

The Greatest Heist: Let’s Decolonize Museums!

The colonial giant has pillaged and destroyed everything in its passage in its quest for power, never sparing anyone. Even our art was not safe from its greediness. Today, as the former colonizers hide behind the mask of a repentant angel, they continue to profit off of the stolen art that was taken from us centuries ago.  In 2020, Mwazulu Diyabanza, a Congolese political activist, marched into the Louvre and took an African artifact from the museum, in an attempt to bring it back to its rightful owners. He was…

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La  Loi du Cadenas : Une atteinte à la liberté d’expression Law 

La Loi du Cadenas : Une atteinte à la liberté d’expression

La Cour Suprême du Canada, à maintes reprises, a protégé les droits fondamentaux des Canadiens. Une instance où la Cour a critiqué une loi qui avait comme but l’élimination de la dissidence politique peut être observée lors de l’affaire Switzman c. Elbling et le Procureur-Général de la Province de Québec (1957).  Freda Elbling était une propriétaire d’un appartement qu’elle louait à Max Bailey. Bailey a transféré le contrat à John Switzman, avec l’accord d’Elbling. Un jour, Elbling a informé Switzman qu’elle allait le poursuivre en justice car en amenant des…

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Quong-Wing v. The King: Racism in the Supreme Court of Canada Law 

Quong-Wing v. The King: Racism in the Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada has created its fair share of injustices. One such injustice occurred in 1914, in the Quong-Wing v. The King case. In 1914, a law existed in Saskatchewan which prohibited individuals of Chinese origin from hiring Caucasian female employees.  Quong-Wing, a Chinese-British citizen owned a restaurant where he employed two white waitresses. Under a statute in the province of Saskatchewan, Mr. Quong-Wing was breaking the law. The consequence of going against the statute was a penalty of one-hundred dollars. A failure to pay the penalty would…

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Feminism & The Colonial Fantasy Women's Month 

Feminism & The Colonial Fantasy

This might not come as a shock to you, but throughout history, men have always had a twisted and tainted view of women, as a tool that has for sole purpose to fulfill their fantasies. Viewing this phenomenon through the lens of colonialism, the objectification of women is increased tenfold. In North Africa, French colonizers saw the Algerian woman as this perfect woman, trapped in a cage by the big bad Algerian that forced her to cover up and to act accordingly. And then comes the white knight who swoops…

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The Price of Being a Woman Women's Month 

The Price of Being a Woman

Sexism can take on various different forms and can be quite discreet in the sense that no one notices them, but it is true that sexism is present in our taxation system. Women in Canada pay a pink tax on personal care products.  The pink tax essentially is added taxes on female personal care products such as shampoo, deodorant, soap, etc. which leaves women paying in total, forty percent more in personal products than what men pay. It is stated that women can pay up to six percent more on…

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The Persons Case: The Day the Supreme Court found women to be unqualified for public duties Women's Month 

The Persons Case: The Day the Supreme Court found women to be unqualified for public duties

Nearly 93 years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada deemed that women were “unqualified persons” to be admitted to the Senate of Canada because the “female sex was found to be too honorable and privileged to have to concern itself with public affairs”.  An ironic and unfortunate statement in many ways especially given the fact that women had the right to vote and run for elections since 1918.  In Edwards v. The Attorney-General of Canada (1928). The five justices on the court were asked by the Governor General, through a…

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The History Of Women’s History Month Women's Month 

The History Of Women’s History Month

For years, “anonymous” has been the pen name of hundreds, dare I say, thousands of women. Women have been pushed aside and reduced to nothing. Credit for their discoveries have been snatched away by men. With Women’s History Month, we are recognizing them and all other women. However, we must not forget racialized women, LGBTQ+ women, disabled women, and any marginalized women.  Also, trans women are real women. If you don’t think so, stop reading this newspaper you terf, you aren’t welcome here.  How did Women’s History Month come to…

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