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COMMENTARY: What the Tribune taught me

Although four years and thousands of dollars was a steep price, I do give McGill credit for teaching me one extremely important lesson: the most relevant, edifying learning is accomplished outside the classroom. At first I thought that university would be training.
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SSMU Election Endorsement: VP University Affairs – David Lipsitz

The Tribune strongly endorses David Lipsitz for the position of vice-president university affairs. While we were impressed with the content of Joshua Abaki's interview with the Tribune and with his performance at the candidate debates, the editorial board ultimately decided that Lipsitz's familiarity with the UA portfolio and the tangible, practical nature of his platform goals make him the stronger candidate.
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SSMU Election Endorsement: VP Clubs & Services – Anushay Khan

Although the vice-president clubs and services position is acclaimed, the Tribune strongly endorses Anushay Khan. Thanks to her tenure as SSMU's interest group coordinator, Khan is likely the most qualified individual for the position. She is familiar with the day-to-day workings of SSMU, the organization's policies, and also with the executive and members of many clubs.
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RIGHT MINDED: Haiti’s real problem

On February 9, Max Silverman wrote an article that viewed the aid effort in Haiti through the prism of Naomi Klein's "shock doctrine" theory. The shock doctrine posits a theory of "disaster capitalism," where practitioners take advantage of emergency or upheaval to force free market reforms onto a rebuilding country.
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EDITORIAL: A double standard for Olympic women’s hockey

One of the best things about the Olympic Games is its commitment to gender equality. Eschewing the common male-dominated athletic hierarchy, almost every event in both the Summer and Winter Games awards medals to both genders as equals. And after some of the great female athletic performances we've witnessed during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - by Joannie Rochette, Petra Majdic, and Clara Hughes, to name just a few - it has been refreshing to see people who normally ignore women's sports sit up and take notice.
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MY POINT … AND I DO HAVE ONE: supressing debate: Ontario’s language politics

The Ontario legislature - like most political bodies representing a diverse range of opinions - is a place where it's hard to achieve consensus. One in five children in Toronto go to school hungry in the morning and asthma and cancer-causing coal power generate much of the province's electricity, but no consensus can be found among the provincial political parties to address such dire issues.
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FRESH HELL: The over-hyped Olympics

The Winter Olympics are pointless. They feature sports that are generally boring to watch or better showcased in other competitions (at the X Games, for example). They cost a lot of money, create headaches for people living in host cities, and don't attract enough tourist dollars to offset the large taxpayer expense.
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