Opinion

Counterpoint: Flotilla was an attempt at provocation

Recent incidents have the world’s majority condemning the Israeli state as “war criminals” and “human rights violators”. When it comes to hot-button issues like Israel’s blockade of Gaza and the recent flotilla raid, everyone has an opinion, and everyone is an apparent expert in international law. I’m sorry to have to point out that bias is what drives most opinions […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Point: Another loss of legitimacy for Israel

As a political progressive who really prefers to just get things done, I’ve long shied away from the conflict in Israel/Palestine. So often I’ve seen rooms full of otherwise reasonable people descend into shouting matches. These always seem so much more personal than any other left/right division, so full of hate and closed ears and hurt feelings that I want […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

City fails to act on Northdale issue

RE: A new vision for Northdale I wasn’t expecting much from that meeting so agreeing to make a plan that will make another plan at some undetermined future date sounds about right. I was more concerned, however, that in a discussion almost entirely centered around students and an area heavily inhabited by students only UW decided it was important enough […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

G20 an overblown photo-op

RE: Flaherty defends G20 costs, May 28 Should have held it at CFB Trenton or just had a week long event of teleconferences (to make up for time differences). Torontonians need a billion dollars of their taxes going towards developing a subway system. They don’t need it wasted on an overblown photo op. – Keith Marshall

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Ahmadi Muslims persecuted in Pakistan

Picture this. You are an Ahmadi Muslim. By law you cannot call yourself Muslim. By law you cannot greet others with “Assalaamo Alaikum”. By law you cannot call your mosque a mosque. By law you cannot declare the Muslim declaration of faith. By law you cannot proliferate your religion. By law you cannot gather for the sake of discussing your […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Loneliness: terrible, but creative

“The loneliness was terrible,” Alex said. “I am rather shy and introverted.” He spoke quietly.  “I spend the entire week going to classes, studying, chatting with classmates, then on weekends I am alone and lonely…and the loneliness is terrible.” Alex is just one of the 25 per cent of all Canadians who suffer from chronic loneliness, and for them “the loneliness […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

WLUSU budget leaves questions unanswered

On June 12, the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU) board of directors met to evaluate the capital expenditures budget for the coming year. Controversy has already erupted over the nature of certain spending projects designed to reach out to the student body. The first is a series of eight new LCD screens for the Fred Nichols Campus Centre (FNCC) […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

G20 protest chaos must be investigated

This past weekend, G20 protesters got out of hand and destroyed public and private spaces along major streets of Toronto’s downtown core. Those few individuals who broke the law during what was largely a peaceful protest must be persecuted for their crimes. Outside of the violence created and perpetuated by small black bloc groups, there have also been accusations and […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Students should embrace learning opportunities outside of the classroom

Arriving in my Bricker Residence room on a sunny day in September of 2006, I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed first-year Laurier student who was eager to learn. Somewhere between the stresses of moving and the excitement of a newfound freedom, I lost the zeal for learning I once had, which did not return until very late in my university career. […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·

Sex education debate flares up

John Kennedy: Against Changes ignore the will of parents While I’ll let the progressives and the religious duke it out in the war for moral decency and the right to indoctrinate the youth, instead I will to appeal to common sense and logic. Recently debate has exploded about the newly proposed, and highly controversial, sexual education curriculum put forth by […]

by Cord Import· · Opinion ·