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McGillLeaks are not worth a legal crusade

Last month the anonymous group “McGillLeaks”published confidential documents from McGill’s office of Development and Alumni Relations. The administration has been seriously investigating the leak, even bringing in the police to help. Their response has been aggressive and effective, and the “McGillLeaks” website was quickly taken down. The university’s lawyers also sent letters to a number of individuals and… Keep Reading

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McGillLeaks are not worth a legal crusade

Last month the anonymous group “McGillLeaks” published confidential documents from McGill’s office of Development and Alumni Relations. The administration has been seriously investigating the leak, even bringing in the police to help. Their response has been aggressive and effective, and the “McGillLeaks” website was quickly taken down. The university’s lawyers also sent letters to a… Keep Reading

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The student movement’s last stand?

The Quebec-wide student “strike” is certainly gaining momentum, as more and more student associations vote to join the movement and voice their opposition to the provincial government’s plan to increase tuition. More than 120,000 students will be officially “on strike” (or boycotting classes) as of this week and the confrontation between the Liberal government and… Keep Reading

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QPIRG and CKUT can cash in on the occupation

  This past Sunday McGill finally appeared to have run out of patience with the James Administration building “partiers” and had police escort them out. Unsurprisingly, the occupation ended without McGill meeting the group’s demands. However, the occupiers were certainly successful in sparking conversation on campus. While much of the (often heated) debate has focused… Keep Reading

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A true fix for the GA?

The Students’ Society’s Winter 2012 General Assembly takes place tomorrow, and we’ll have the chance to see the newly-reformed GA in action. After a semester-long reform process SSMU Council approved a package of changes at their Dec. 1 meeting. The adopted reforms, however, didn’t go as far as introducing online ratification of GA motions. The… Keep Reading

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Repression and defiance in Syria

You’d be forgiven for thinking that after eight months of sustained protest against his brutal regime, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad might show a bit of humility. Yet despite the remarkably persistent uprising against his regime and the deepening international isolation of his government, al-Assad continues to offer little besides defiance and a vicious crackdown. Since… Keep Reading

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Confusing questions and unclear mandates

On Thursday morning voting in the Fall Referendum period closes, and in all likelihood the QPIRG-McGill and CKUT referendum questions will pass—as long as quorum is reached. It’s rare for a fee renewal question to fail, as these referenda are more a test of whether a group can mobilize enough of its supporters than anything… Keep Reading

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Keep opt-outs the way they are

In just over a week’s time, students will have the chance to vote on the continued funding of Radio CKUT and the Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill. Yet in a way this is also a referendum on the current opt-out system, and whether it was a mistake to take the opt-out system online… Keep Reading

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Defining a right

One of the most common assertions made by student organizations and activists arguing for the elimination of tuition fees is that there is a universal right to education, and therefore, that charging or raising tuition fees is immoral, or even a violation of a fundamental human right. By this logic, the debate over tuition is… Keep Reading

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Opt-in-and-out burger

Over the past few years, “opt-outs” have emerged as one of the most contentious issues in campus politics. For two weeks every semester, students have the option of opting out of certain fees, and, like clockwork, for those two weeks the debate over one opt outable fee in particular starts to resemble a bar brawl.… Keep Reading

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