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Jacob Laybolt
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Jake is an undergraduate Political Science student studying international politics and foreign policy. He has reported on local politics, student organizing and campus activism since 2018.

Barter says campus ban lifted, MUN denies “complete ban” occurred

Photo retrieved from Matt Barter’s Twitter. NOTE: This article covers a developing story as of Jan 17, further updates to follow. This Sunday, student activist Matt Barter announced the release of his campus ban from Memorial University campus by the…

MUN stands by activist ban, refuses to elaborate on Matt Barter exile

This Tuesday, MUN sent out a short “statement” through NEWSLINE standing by their decision to impose a ban on Matt Barter following the recent incident involving a silent sign holding protest during President Vianne Timmons’ media appearance. The statement maintains…

Student activist banned from campus following silent protest

Featured image: A stop-sign shaped protest sign reading “Stop Vianne! No to tuition hikes and out of control spending!” held by Barter during the protest.             This week many students and spectators have been concerned following the events surrounding Memorial…

New gun ban targets local airsoft and paintball business, Frontline Action

New regulations could have serious ramifications for industries like airsoft, laser-tag, paintball and even film/TV props. The vague legislation has left a lot of room for interpretation by authorities, prompting a petition campaign. Following recent advances in the Liberal Party’s…

It’s Time for Politics to Take Fishing Seriously: the Neglect of Fisheries in (International) Politics

Fishing is highly political. Just because fishing isn’t as appealing as talking about the WE Charity scandal, doesn’t mean we should pay any less attention. For a few years now, I’ve worked in seafood restaurants to pay for tuition. Sometimes…

CERB or Universal Basic Income? Election looms, legislators consider options.

As politicians consider redefining “fiscal responsibility”, those in need may benefit from recent UBI and CERB discussions. As unemployment becomes a main issue of the provincial election, the effects of the pandemic have been felt widely. However, with the beginning…

Govt. cut crisis funding prior to storm; Working families stagger as Feds may bail on Newfoundland

Some Newfoundlanders are struggling financially after the recent lift of the State of Emergency. Activists are calling for emergency relief. Storm damage will cost millions and the federal government hasn’t decided whether to help with lost income for businesses and…

MUN Dining staff praised amid blizzard’s state of emergency

As the snow begins to settle, St. John’s state of emergency has officially entered its fourth day. The blizzard which has surprisingly not yet been named, provoked federal involvement and the deployment of military to aid in the relief. There…

Conservative Albertans vs Newfoundland & Labrador

Some in the West are finding it easier to flick matches over oil interests, rather than reviewing data. Among the varying reactions to the recent federal election, one response has surprised some political commentators.  With the calls for #Wexit (an…

As Liberals prevail, third parties face electoral shakeup

The Liberals managed to clinch onto a minority government as the rest of parliament used their seats to play musical chairs. There were plenty of winners and losers. As divisions in Canadian multiply, the rise and fall of third parties…