James Popkie

James Popkie

Articles by James Popkie

Waterloo neighbourhoods divided

In the case of the day-to-day conflicts of living in student neighbourhoods, where students and non-students both live and interact on a daily basis, I would fundamentally agree with the fact that these living situations are not always ideal. Families and other non-students need to accept that in student neighbourhoods there will be a greater degree of noise, rowdiness and […]

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Prison rape needs to be acknolwedged as a crime

In the United States, according to official statistics from 2008, over 216,000 prisoners were raped in one year. Similarly, over 9.6 per cent of the prison population will be raped during the duration of their stay. These figures are likely far lower than the actual numbers due to the multitude of unreported incidents, with unofficial estimates putting it between 14 […]

by James Popkie· · Opinion ·

Height discrimination a concern

Many different types of discrimination are given extensive coverage in our educational system and in the media. However, one incredibly common type of discrimination is often ignored: discrimination against short people. It is ignored to the point where many people are not even aware it exists, and can’t even fathom shortness being a potential serious detriment to one’s success. In […]

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Stop ideological bullying on campus

Recently at Carleton University there was an attempt to make a “Free Speech Wall” which encouraged students to write down any statements or beliefs they wished to say. Within hours, the wall was ripped down by a student named Arun Smith who saw this wall as an affront to gay rights, despite the fact that none of the statements written […]

by James Popkie· · Opinion ·

Highway 407 is capitalism gone wrong

Although I consider myself non-partisan, I do generally identify more with rightward than leftward politics, not only in policy and philosophy but also in attitude. However, if one wants to look at the problems of the modern right encapsulated in one specific debacle, nothing is a more perfect image of the right’s deficiencies, both moral and practical, than the highway […]

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(Photo by Kate Richards)

Schools need to alter eurocentric education

All my time spent in high school and university, I’ve learned next to nothing about other parts of the world. When Asia or Africa are covered for instance, it is only through the lens of western society. The achievements of other cultures and their advancements in science and technology and mathematics go largely ignored in favour of focusing on European […]

by James Popkie· · Opinion ·
(Graphic by Steph Truong)

Canadian sovereignty threatened

As China rises higher to the peak of worldwide economic prominence, threatening to eclipse even America as the world’s greatest economic superpower, it’s impossible to avoid the implications of the rise of this “sleeping dragon.” If America is the “elephant next door” to Canada as the oft-repeated saying goes, China is the winged dragon across the sea. A dragon that […]

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(Graphic by Lena Yang)

Daylight savings time should be standard

On Nov. 6, the United States will be making a decision that will ultimately change the course of their country. But two days earlier, on Nov. 4, another change in North America will occur. The transition from daylight savings time into standard time, which gives us an extra hour of daylight in the early morning, and the sun sets an […]

by James Popkie· · Opinion ·
(Photo by Cristina Rucchetta)

Rape prevention needed

There has been a recent campaign about raising awareness on rape, which focuses on criticizing rape-prevention tips. The campaign’s message claims that it is not the victim who needs to change their ways, but the rapist. Their subtext is that all rape prevention tips blame the rape victim and thus, should not be disseminated. This movement tends to focus on […]

by James Popkie· · Opinion ·

Excessive government regulations threaten society

In a world where cut throat business practices dominate the corporate scene, it’s easy to see how health and safety standards and accommodation for  the disabled are areas overlooked when the market doesn’t demand it. However, recent government regulations have proven that in some cases, the obsession with ensuring health, safety and accessibility has simply gone too far. It has […]

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