Ravi Balakrishnan

Articles by Ravi Balakrishnan

Marine ecologist Rafe Sagarin delivered a lecture at CIGI last Thursday. (Photo by Cristina Rucchetta)

Lessons from nature

“Adaptation is about leaving, or being forced from your comfort zone,” began Rafe Sagarin, an esteemed marine ecologist from the University of Arizona. Sagarin’s lecture, which was titled Learning from the Octopus: Nature’s Lessons for Good Global Governance, informed a packed auditorium on the evening of Jan. 24 at the Centre for International Governance (CIGI). Sagarin started off by talking […]

by Ravi Balakrishnan· · Local ·

Reforming global finance

On Friday night, distinguished speaker José Antonio Ocampo addressed a crowded auditorium on a topic he referred to as the global monetary ‘non-system’. Ocampo is a professor at Columbia University in New York and the former UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. The lecture took place at the Waterloo Centre for International Governace Innovation (CIGI) campus auditorium. Prominent guests at […]

by Ravi Balakrishnan· · Local, News ·
(Graphic by Adele Palmquist)

Culture in K-W

The City of Waterloo has embarked upon a five to ten year plan to revise and refine culture in Waterloo in an effort to sustain an enhanced quality of life in the rapidly developing city. The initiative was launched this September at the Fair in the Square in Waterloo, where the city released their discussion guide, through which Waterloo residents […]

by Ravi Balakrishnan· · Local, News ·
(Graphic by Steph Truong)

Laurier, UW raise funds for local organization

Local university students have been working to raise money as part of the United Way Campaign, which has a goal of raising $5 million in total for Kitchener-Waterloo. Both Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and the University of Waterloo (UW) have been involved in fundraising efforts. United Way is an organization which aims to strengthen community and improve overall quality of […]

by Ravi Balakrishnan· · Local, News ·
(Graphic by Wade Thompson)

Bullying issue under examination

Bullying has recently resurfaced as a serious issue in the public eye. Despite the active efforts of parents, teachers, administration and the government, many have voiced the opinion that further steps need to be taken to advance bullying preventative measures. With the recent suicide of Amanda Todd, a native of British Columbia, concerns over the effectiveness of programs that are […]

by Ravi Balakrishnan· · National, News ·
(Photo by Avery Gale)

Abortion funding criticized

This past Saturday individuals across over 40 political ridings gathered together in front of their respective MPP offices in support of their initiative to defund abortion from Ontario health care. The Campaign Life Coalition, a pro-life organization, spearheaded the rallies, arguing that abortions should not be funded by tax dollars because they believe the procedure to be medically unnecessary. “Many […]

by Ravi Balakrishnan· · National, News ·

K-W receives tech funds

Early last week Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid announced that the government of Canada would be investing $4.4 million dollars into five of K-W’s most exciting and innovative businesses. The investments are being made through FedDev, an agency that was created in 2009 to respond to economic challenges in Ontario. “This is just a significant investment by FedDev, in these very […]

by Ravi Balakrishnan· · Local, News ·