Brad Kleinstuber

Brad Kleinstuber

Articles by Brad Kleinstuber

Marijuana laws hurt patients

Marijuana laws hurt patients

You’d think that the Harper government would be keeping its mitts firmly off the issue of medical marijuana (MMJ).  The 2001 regulations allow for people with specific and severe symptoms, as well as those from a longer but less specific and doctor-approved list, to access medicinal marijuana. The Marijuana Medical Access Regulations, passed in 2008 after a series of court […]

by Brad Kleinstuber· · Opinion ·
The weigh-in: Rob Ford

The weigh-in: Rob Ford

Against Rob Ford is back in the news again, and certainly not for the last time. Now it’s the possibility he ordered a serious prison beating. Supporters — or bemused onlookers — often claim that these allegations don’t mean that Ford has been a bad mayor. Or that this type of conduct is just personal and whether he smokes crack […]

by Brad Kleinstuber· · Opinion ·

Legalization advances inevitable, admirable

On Jan.1, the media waited in silence for something to happen on the first day of marijuana legalization in Colorado. Someone had to go crazy, yell at the police or give an embarrassing interview. Pretty much nothing happened, of course; marijuana was legal in all but name in Colorado before full legalization, and many of the first-day shoppers were from […]

by Brad Kleinstuber· · Opinion ·
Terri-Jean Bedford has been the leading proponent in Canada for challenging the laws on prostitution. (Graphic by Laila Hack)

The politics surrounding prostitution

The Conservatives have stayed in power for as long as they have by being as milquetoast as possible. Harper has dodged social issues for years, rejecting the proposed opening of the abortion debate by his own party and allowing a vote on same-sex marriage to happen relatively unimpeded. While their economic positions are hardly beyond reproach, the party has been […]

by Brad Kleinstuber· · Opinion ·

Time to re-think the values of war

Last October, I wrote a piece for this paper in which I bemoaned the sad state of the American elections and urged people to reject voting for the ‘lesser of two evils.’ The following edition featured the only published write-in to one of my editorials: a reader disagreeing vehemently with my opposition to voting.  The reader particularly noted that my […]

by Brad Kleinstuber· · Opinion ·
Smoking ban a product of public health care

Smoking ban a product of public health care

A few weeks ago, I came across a plan by the City of Waterloo to ban smoking in public places.  It’s not exactly groundbreaking — there are plenty of federal, provincial and municipal smoking bans — but it reminded me of how overbearing our society can be. Smoking is not, of course, a very nice habit.  It’s not healthy, for […]

by Brad Kleinstuber· · Opinion ·
The values of a privileged few

The values of a privileged few

We have a comfortably generic image of Europe as deeply liberal — multicultural, cradle-to-grave, tolerant, progressive. It’s nice to think, especially for the young liberals that populate much of higher education, that somewhere in the world there’s a liberal dream state to hold up against the US. Canada typically gets lumped in with these European utopias like Sweden and Norway; […]

by Brad Kleinstuber· · Opinion ·
Don't worry, O-Week isn't the preface to all of university. (Graphic by Kate Turner)

Orientation week is not for everyone

That’s not meant to disparage the O-Week planning team or the many volunteers that participate in it.  It’s just that a whole lot of people come to Laurier, and it’s basically impossible to design something they all enjoy. The socializing, team-building and party-like atmosphere is just not something all people can really get into. O-Week is about meeting people and […]

by Brad Kleinstuber· · Opinion ·
Ontario liquor laws need overhaul

Ontario liquor laws need overhaul

Just last week, the popular student club, The Firehall had its liquor license revoked. Though ostensibly for selling alcohol to minors, The Firehall’s arbitrary inability to sell liquor is just another manifestation of government puritanism and protectionism. Ontario has always had pretty tough alcohol laws, going back to the institution of prohibition in 1916. Though prohibition in Ontario ended in […]

by Brad Kleinstuber· · Opinion ·