Opinion

Cynical populism behind government’s crime agenda

In a time when Conservatives don’t really act conservative anymore, there is one field in which a more right-wing mindset has gradually advanced in Canada: crime policy. The Conservative Party has pushed an aggressive approach to be “tough on crime” with a combination of mandatory minimum sentences on a broad range of offenses from growing as few as six marijuana […]

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Students engaged in city elections

Municipal elections are approaching across the province and it is very important for students to get involved. A Laurier student is running for council in the Uptown ward, while a recent Waterloo graduate is running for Central Columbia. This is a good sign that students are becoming engaged in the municipal election process, which will go a long way to […]

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Parking proposal ignores students

At the most recent meeting of the Waterloo city council a proposal was presented to install pay and display machines on Bricker, Ezra and Clayfield Avenue where Laurier students frequently park. This proposal was designed to help reduce parking infractions. The Cord Editorial Board is deeply concerned that this proposal is a deliberate targeting of students by the city for […]

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This year in controversy

1. Cord makes one election endorsement Re: “Cord endorsements,” Feb. 3 Very disappointed that they only provided a single endorsement. From years past there would be four or five individual endorsements, but I can’t help notice you gave the BOD multiple endorsements – hypocrisy at its finest. –Luke Dotto While I may not agree with what they wrote, there is […]

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Science cuts actually not as bad as they seem

Re: “Cuts hit sciences,” March 24 While the article detailing cuts to science courses was truthful, it is perhaps not fully informed. I understand the sentiments that the interviewed student expressed; however, I would like to provide further insight into this matter. Yes, 25 courses have been cut from the biology department for the upcoming year; however, the majority of […]

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Foot patrol attacks are insulting to volunteers

Re: “Dear Life,” March 10 I’d like to address the past few editions of “Dear Life” and the apparent concerns of the student(s) so unsatisfied with our Foot Patrol program. I would like to ask that individual if they understand that labeling an entire group of unpaid volunteers in such a derogatory way is not only ignorant, but completely discredits […]

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Is a business degree valuable?

If there is one thing I remember from my short-lived days as a BBA student, it is not the countless dollars spent on a calculus tutor or hours mindlessly crunching numbers. The thing I remember most is a joke made in the early weeks of BU111. “What do you say to the philosophy major?” the professor asked. Despite a lecture […]

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Ideas matter in politics

This past weekend, the Liberal Party of Canada held a “thinkers” conference in Montreal in an effort to rejuvenate grassroots input into party policy and generate ideas and discussion to be considered for the party’s next election platform. This effort has been pilloried by many in the media as a pointless endeavor and by the Conservatives as a “spender’s conference.” […]

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Earth Hour has a point

This past Saturday, the world participated in the fourth annual Earth Hour. Last year, Earth Hour became the world’s largest climate change initiative when over 4,000 cities in 88 countries joined in and turned off their lights between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. This year, 126 countries participated and 13,870 icons and landmarks worldwide turned out their lights. That’s 38 more […]

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Charity Ball donation fails to impress

Thankfully, this year’s Charity Ball committee has risen above the controversy surrounding last year’s event, which raised a measly $159. Although this year’s executive team received negative publicity and attention from the Laurier community it is estimated that they have raised between $1,500 and $3,000 for Epilepsy Waterloo Wellington. Avoiding the mistakes of the year before them, co-ordinator Claire Petch […]

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