Opinion

OSAP fails the needs of students

A student who relies solely on OSAP is required to live well below the poverty line. There is no doubt that a university degree will enhance your life long after your dorm room days are over.  Not only will your life be augmented by the knowledge and critical thinking skills that you develop, but it is estimated that on average […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Incorrect assumptions about gender studies circulate in National Post

ANTIGONISH, N.S. (CUP) — Last month, Canada’s daily right-wing rag, the National Post, ran an editorial lamenting the perseverance of women’s studies programs in universities across the country. The Jan. 26 editorial “Women’s Studies is still with us” offered a skeptical take on reports that women’s studies programs are in decline, saying “We would wave good-bye without shedding a tear, […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Harper pulls out of HIV partnership

The “Friday strategy” of evading fallout by burying bad news ahead of the weekend is perhaps the longest-standing PR strategy in Ottawa. Accordingly, as Canadians left work Friday to watch Montgomery’s thrilling gold-medal skeleton performance, it was quietly announced that Canada was pulling out of a $139-million partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop HIV vaccines for […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Olympics should not be celebrated

Re: Celebrate Canada’s Olympic athletes, Feb. 10 I am highly disappointed at The Cord’s Editorial Board for their dramatic show of apathy toward the enormous economic, social, environmental and cultural costs of the Winter Olympics as presented in the last issue of The Cord.   The global convergence to protest the Olympic games and the groundswell of dissatisfaction among ordinary […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Laurier Chaplain has become obsolete

Re: Have a subversive Sabbath, Feb. 10 As we progress into the 2010s I still wonder why we have a chaplain here at Laurier. Brian Bork speaks of his childhood Sundays as being quiet and peaceful. But he is painfully unaware of the fact that back in those times the Lord’s Day Act prohibited businesses from operating on the Sabbath. […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Laurier must uphold its small-scale status

If you want to be successful, you get some form of post-secondary education – we live in a society where this really isn’t a question. We’re brought up to believe that that’s just the way things work, and it’s different today than it was 25 or 50 years ago. With the increasing necessity of post-secondary education in the workforce, Laurier […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

VANOC not tarnished

Media across the world have coined the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as one of the worst Olympics in history. The Times of London went so far as to print a headline that read “The Wreckage of a Tarnished Games.” As Canadians, we have a right to defend ourselves and, in particular, the fact that our Olympics are extremely successful when you […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Young Canadians ignore important issues

Despite all the information young people are exposed to today through television, the Internet and Smartphones, we still seem to hold a level of disengagement and overall ignorance of current events. That’s not to say we’re completely disengaged from important issues. Looking close to home, each year we manage to somehow surpass quorum for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

WLUSU needs electoral reform

To declare a majority, one must have more than 50 per cent of the vote and Walker’s success was dictated by receiving 43 per cent. Following the yearly student herding that is the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union election in early February, a new president was selected to lead the students’ union for the upcoming year. While Kyle Walker will […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Film studies has significance outside of academic realm

Film is not simply a superficial form of entertainment, it is a way to draw attention to important issues that people aren’t necessarily thinking about and discussing. I am one of the few students fortunate enough to have experienced Laurier’s film program. While it is a small faculty under the English department banner, it was exactly what I had imagined […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·