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  • Senseless Harper guts census Steven Zhou
    July 28, 2010

    Ever since Stephen Harper came to power, he has had a difficult relationship with Statistics Canada. He has ordered the gutting or changing of several surveys, such as The Annual Workplace and Employee Survey, The Survey of Financial Security, and The Annual Survey of Household Spending.

  • Ignatieff, an alternative to Harper?Steven Zhou
    August 4, 2010

    I approached Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff this past weekend when his nation-wide bus tour landed him in Mississauga, Ontario, for the annual MuslimFest. After a rather warm reception, I asked him to "clear up the confusion" that has accumulated recently around his stance on Quebec's proposed "niqab ban," or Bill 94.

  • Pakistan drowning, Canada offers little Steven Zhou
    August 13, 2010

    The flooding in Pakistan, the worst in 80 years, has eclipsed the devastation of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, the Pakistani earthquake of 2005, and the Haitian earthquake earlier this year, says the UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

  • Omar Khadr, a Canadian tragedy Steven Zhou
    August 13, 2010

    Among all the instances of human suffering in the world, it impossible to say that one is more important than all the rest; however, it is possible for an issue to have a particularly visceral effect on a person in ways that other issues do not. This effect is usually facilitated by a catalyst that intensifies feelings of disgust and anger toward the issue.

  • American Hypocrisy vs. WikileaksSteven Zhou
    September 7, 2010

    A lot has been written about Wikileaks since the whistle-blowing organization leaked its 92,000-document cache on the carnage in Afghanistan caused by the American war and occupation.

  • Qur'an burning - lessons for us all Steven Zhou
    September 22, 2010

    The media circus surrounding pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida and his Qur'an burning is both unfortunate and revealing.

  • The fall of Barack Obama? Steven Zhou
    October 13, 2010

    As the U.S. midterm elections near, President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have announced, in unison, that Democrats have to stop whining: "We've done so much for you; how can you complain! Look at these Republicans, do you want them ruling over you?"

  • The End of the Sarkozy Romance? Steven Zhou
    November 4, 2010

    On Oct 26, the French parliament finally ushered in the Sarkozy government's pension reforms, which include the highly contentious extension of the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62, and the raising of the minimum pensionable age from 65 to 67.

  • Senate killing Bill C311 shamefulSteven Zhou
    November 24, 2010

    On November 16th, 2010, by an unprecedented snap vote, the Canadian Senate struck down the Climate Change Accountability Act, otherwise known as Bill C311.

  • European austerity, European rebellionSteven Zhou
    January 5, 2011

    During 2010 as Europe was trying to bring itself out of the pits of a worldwide economic meltdown, the continent's rightwing forces have tried to usher in an age of austerity/cutbacks amidst the chaos.

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