Opinion

Qur’an burning threat by pastor irresponsible

The recent controversy over the potential burning of 200 Qur’an on Sept. 11 by a Florida pastor has sparked a flurry of rage around the world. Like the debate surrounding the Park 51 Islamic cultural centre in south Manhattan it pits societal values of freedom of speech against a desire for a degree of sensitivity, cultural or otherwise. It is […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Students must engage in municipal campaign

On Oct. 25 the citizens of Waterloo will be going to the polls to elect a new mayor and council for the next four years. Traditionally, turnout in municipal elections is abysmal and this is especially the case for young voters. There is however quite a bit at stake for students and every effort needs to be made to reverse […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Sleep habits and the ‘A’ student

As I followed two students down the hall, I could not help but overhear bits of their conversation: “I just pulled an ‘all nighter’ and I am not sure all that cramming worked.  I just finished the exam and what I thought I had retained. . .simply disappeared.” I was tempted to intervene and provide them with some unsolicited advice, […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Canada should pass on cap and trade, for now

For the record, I do believe that anthropological global warming presents a real threat to the quality of life for human beings and the continued survival of many of earth’s species. Even with my strong belief in global warming, it is clear to me that implementing a cap and trade system is something that the government of Canada should pass […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Ban on gay blood donations justified

I was right behind the activist picket fences, raising my own signs in support of gay rights. I was marching right along in the fight for same sex marriage. But when the lights began to shine on a new issue, one that has been bubbling under the surface for the past few decades, I had to take a step back […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Light rail transit plan for KW shows promise

The Region of Waterloo recently received funding in part by Federal and Provincial governments in order to move ahead with its Light Rail Transit (LRT) plan. Many of Canada’s largest cities have LRT in place, including both Edmonton and Toronto. The region is growing at a rate that would foresee growth targets for the next 25 years being hit in […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Vote on fate of long-gun registry looms

Point: Opposition to long-gun registry based on ideology and little else Joseph McNinch-Pazzano The Conservative Party has erred in advocating for the elimination of the long-gun registry. In introducing her private member’s bill, backbench Member of Parliament (MP) Candice Hoeppner questionably called the registry both “wasteful and ineffective.” First, while the registry’s initial cost was overrun, the cost required to […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

9/11 mosque sparks controversy

Point – it’s about freedom, stupid Eric Merkley A debate is currently raging in the United States which is being used by Republicans and their allies in the Tea Party as a wedge to stir popular support in advance of the midterm elections: the construction of an Islamic Cultural Centre two blocks away from Ground Zero. Before embarking on this […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Immigration in Toronto is a debate worth having

Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford’s response to a question asked of all candidates during a televised debate as to how Toronto should welcome Tamil migrants sparked significant controversy.  After Ford’s declaration that Toronto cannot even “deal” with its own population at the moment, let alone new migrants that would lead to “chaos,” his opponents united together, calling the candidate’s remarks as a […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

A new breed of terrorist

They have been living and walking among us for years and we have never suspected a thing. They go from town to town, traveling in cells (sometimes referred to as their “entourages”).   They are quick to blow things up, causing pain and misery to innocent bystanders, all to further their own cause. They aren’t afraid to take hostages: cities, groups of people, […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·