The struggle against a lack of struggle

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The human mind and modern society are at odds This Valentine’s Day, I made fudge, studied, and saw Fifty Shades of Grey. These activities all made me realize how unadjusted humanity is to the modern Western world. Over the course of the past century, human civilization has changed at a previously unimaginable rate. The world’s […]


Point/Counterpoint: Should Canada accept physician-assisted suicide?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Every edition is Point/Counterpoint, you’ll hear from a proponent and an opponent of a relevant issue. This week: In light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision, we debate whether terminally ill patients should be able to choose death over incessant suffering Point – By Catherine Grandy This month, the Supreme Court of Canada prompted heated debate across Canada by striking down […]


Time for party leaders to talk about women’s rights

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Stories of sexual violence litter the news.  Debates on access to childcare, maternal benefits, equal pay, safe streets, rape-free university campuses, and a potential inquiry concerning murdered or missing aboriginal women all rage on, and could have profound implications for millions. Given these irrefutable facts, the notion that the fight for women’s rights is over […]


Seek valid information about Islam before accepting misconceptions (Op-ed)

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Islam has been the victim of misconceptions, stereotypes, and antagonism throughout recent history. Especially after the 9/11 terror attacks, many people have become curious about the religion and its adherents, as the attackers said they were Muslims and that their actions were in compliance with Islamic teachings. Similarly, radical groups such as ISIS and Boko […]


Letter: Think of those with mobility challenges when complaining about sidewalks

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

I was reading your Issue #10 of Volume 65 and felt obliged to comment on Michael Sullivan’s article “A pedestrian complaint.”  I moved to St. John’s from Halifax, NS, in January 2014. I was shocked at the state of the sidewalks here, not just following storms, but for most of the winter. Excepting downtown, sidewalks […]


Relationship status: Celebrating singlehood

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Visiting my hometown for family functions is often less than enjoyable, and not just because of preferably forgotten yearbook photos. Time and time again, I’m asked “where’s da misses?” or, for those who know me better, “do you have a new friend these days?” My extended family mean well, but their pressing question annoyingly reiterates […]


A pedestrian complaint: On the woes of walking in St. John’s

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

It hasn’t been a St. John’s winter until you’ve slipped on a treacherous sidewalk, adventured over heaps of snow, and dodged cars on a walk. Regular pedestrians, and even those who usually avoid walking, can usually attest to the poor conditions faced by walkers in the city during cold months. A large part of the […]


Reclaiming “Slut”

Monday, February 9th, 2015

“It’s time to take the word back. ‘Slut’ is now a compliment: a sexy ass female who running shit and confident. Lady who on top of it, a female with a sex drive” The ‘freaky princess,’ Brooke Candy, celebrates the word slut in her hit single, “Das Me.” In her song, Candy discusses the systematic […]


“Pathetic in Pink” is itself pathetic

Monday, February 9th, 2015

No one is laughing As a feminist, I have no problem with girls who dress in pink and think they are princesses. I do, however, have a problem with parents who deter their children from expressing themselves and who stifle their kids’ efforts to be themselves. Consider Robin McGrath’s recent controversial Northeast Avalon Times article […]


Is sex better when you’re in love?

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The word “love” is very elusive these days. People are more comfortable with terms like “hook-up,” or “tinder match.” The need for physical intimacy can be met with little or no emotional investment from either person. Between extra-curricular activities, mid-terms, assignments, and exams, who has time to invest emotionally in a relationship, pursue romance, or […]