Americas
The Future of Sanctuary Cities

The Future of Sanctuary Cities

President Donald Trump’s campaign against undocumented immigrants goes far beyond the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. So-called sanctuary cities, ‘which is a broad term for municipalities that choose not to participate in deportation crackdown[s] they see as unjust, self-defeating and harmful to public society,’ face an executive challenge as a part of...
Meeting Hatred and Fear with Love and Compassion

Meeting Hatred and Fear with Love and Compassion

On Sunday 29 January, the safe and peaceful environment of a local Québécois mosque during evening prayers suddenly became the scene of a massacre as a gunman entered and fired indiscriminately. Although quickly condemned by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the attack raises many questions and issues, including the rise of Islamophobia, in Canadian society....
Trump’s Foreign Policy: What to Expect, If Anything

Trump’s Foreign Policy: What to Expect, If Anything

By the time most American candidates running for president win the election and go from nominee to President-elect, the American public has a well-defined understanding of their central positions and general worldview. This traditional wisdom does not hold as much weight for President-elect Trump. Due to his lack of political experience, Trump has no congressional...
World Leaders React to the Election of Trump

World Leaders React to the Election of Trump

After a long-winded, divisive campaign, the reactions from world leaders to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, ranged from enthusiastic congratulations, diplomatic courtesy and outright disapproval. The election has caused both hope and fear in America and brought divisions in society to the forefront. These divisions in values...
A New War on Women? : Female Incarceration in America

A New War on Women? : Female Incarceration in America

One of the most popular series on Netflix centres on a thirty-something middle-class white woman who unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the federal prison system when she is convicted for a minor drug offense committed a decade prior. Hillary Clinton, the defeated Democratic nominee for President, penned an opinion piece for CNN where she decried...
Re-examining Trudeau’s Triumphs: A Closer Look at Canadian Refugee Policy

Re-examining Trudeau’s Triumphs: A Closer Look at Canadian Refugee Policy

In the face of Brexit, growing support for Front National in France, the breakdown of rule of law in Sweden (the country that has accepted the most refugees per capita), and now a looming Trump presidency, left-leaning individuals around the world have applauded and even idolised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for welcoming Syrian and Iraqi...
The Ebell Effect

The Ebell Effect

Since the historic election of Donald Trump, there has been much speculation regarding his transition team. Of the many controversial figures on the list, one name has been the cause for panic from the environmental community. Myron Ebell has been appointed by President-Elect Trump as the head of his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team....
CETA

CETA

On 30 October 2016, Canada and the European Union signed what is being referred to as the largest trade of the decade: The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Considered a milestone in trade agreements, the BBC states that the ‘deal removes 99 per cent of tariffs’ and plans to ‘generate and increase in trade...
State-Sponsored Killing or an Answered Prayer? Euthanasia: A Global Perspective

State-Sponsored Killing or an Answered Prayer? Euthanasia: A Global Perspective

A debate that has been simmering behind the scenes since ancient times is the right to assisted death, otherwise known as euthanasia. A seemingly simple concept, euthanasia is when a physician plays an active role in a patient’s death. Similarly, physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is when a physician supplies certain means for a patient’s personal application....
Trumped: The Rise, Reign, and Fall of Conservatism in America

Trumped: The Rise, Reign, and Fall of Conservatism in America

‘Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them.’ The words of William F. Buckley Jr., the intellectual father of American conservatism, in the 1950s foreshadowed the sentiments of millions the day after the US Presidential election. After a historically unpleasant campaign that seemed to last an eternity,...
Texas Migrant Crisis: Politics of Near and Far Muffle Stories of Humanity

Texas Migrant Crisis: Politics of Near and Far Muffle Stories of Humanity

Often, in our frequent reflections on issues of adjudged political importance, we use and absorb rhetoric of refined dehumanisation. Many, regardless of intent, speak of immigration as a ‘crisis.’ They speak in numbers, in crime statistics, and in legal terminology. Although the word ‘illegals’ is slowly beginning to phase out, at least in news media,...
Laughing all the way to the Polls

Laughing all the way to the Polls

It is a well-known fact that people often use laughter and humour to cope with uncomfortable or stressful situations. Whether it be a random giggling fit at a funeral or a joke about how screwed you are for the upcoming chemistry exam, it’s the same odd phenomenon. Now it seems this trend has absorbed an...