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What’s happening in Cape Town? What caused the water crisis?

  By: Brittany Da Silva   Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa, is predicted to run out of water in May 2018. If this happens, Cape Town will become the first major city in the world to run out of water. With an estimated population of approximately 4.3 million people, a dangerously large […]

Justin Trudeau’s town halls – were they a good idea?

  By Brittany Da Silva   On Thursday, February 1, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took part in a town hall meeting in Edmonton. This was just one stop among many, as the Prime Minister has made his way across Canada hosting public town halls from coast to coast. Having stopped in Nova Scotia and […]

We are Two Minutes Closer to Doomsday. Why and What Does This Mean?

  By Brittany Da Silva   It’s official. We are two minutes to midnight. On January 25, 2018, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that they had moved the Doomsday Clock ahead by 30 seconds. So, what does this mean?   The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 – during the Cold War – […]

Licence Plate Ban Lifted – What was That About?

  By Brittany Da Silva   In December 2017, it was reported that the Saskatchewan government banned Alberta licence plates on road construction sites. Even stranger was the fact that Deron Bilous, Alberta’s Economic Development Minister, had to find this out through the media. Bilous’ office tried to reach out to the trade minister of […]

The Minimum Wage Hike. Good or Bad?

  By Brittany DaSilva   By October 2018, the minimum wage in Alberta will be $15 per hour. It is commendable that the NDP want to give lower-income Albertans the chance to properly support their families by increasing the minimum wage to an actual livable wage. However, this may be a temporary solution to a […]

A Cold nose means you are working too hard – Finally an easy way to tell!

  By Brittany DaSilva     Have you ever noticed that you have a cold nose, regardless of your body temperature? Are you a multi-tasker who frequently feels overwhelmed? Surprisingly, these two questions are actually related. In a study recently published in the journal Human Factors, scientists have proven that a cold nose is a […]

The Golden Globe Awards 2018 prove how politics and entertainment fuel each other

  By Brittany Da Silva   As we have seen multiple times over the past few months, politics and entertainment often fuel each other. With the rise of social media, the average person is more connected to the entertainment world than ever before. In the past, people could stay somewhat up-to-date on the daily lives […]

Saving a Dog from Amputation Has Given New Hope for Landmine Survivors

  By: Brittany Da Silva   It seems like something straight out of a science fiction film, but researchers in Scotland have discovered a way to grow bones in a laboratory. Eva the dog would have had her whole leg amputated, if not for these brilliant researchers. This revelation could have a huge impact on […]

What Does the Decriminalization of Drunk Driving Mean for Alberta?

    By Brittany Da Silva   We are just barely into 2018 and there are already some big changes on the horizon. Alberta’s provincial government is looking to largely decriminalize impaired driving by giving police officers more discretion. Current laws dictate ties between administrative sanctions like licence suspensions to criminal charges, but new legislation […]

The benefits of Dry January

  By Kati Whilyer   Given the gastronomical excess that usually accompanies the holidays, it’s no wonder that many people’s New Year’s resolutions typically involve dieting and hitting up the gym. In recent years, however, an increasing number of people are adding “Dry January” to their list of healthy new year choices.   Dry January […]

The Aga Khan scandal

  By Kati Whilyer   Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently raised more than a few eyebrows regarding his controversial visit to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas. While Trudeau claims his visit was innocent, identifying the Aga Khan as an “old family friend,” many people are questioning the ethics and timing of […]

Is the man flu real? Is being sick harder on men than on women?

  By Brittany Da Silva   It’s December, which means two things: winter has officially arrived, and everyone is getting sick. Regardless of whether or not you’ve received your flu shot, it is difficult to avoid catching a cold when the weather outside is steadily dropping. But have you ever noticed the difference between a […]

Net neutrality and why (or if) it matters

    By Brittany Da Silva   Net neutrality. What does it mean? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, net neutrality is “the idea, principle, or requirement that Internet service providers should or must treat all Internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source, or destination.” Under the rules and regulations of net neutrality, Internet […]

Scientists prove that dogs are smarter than cats

 Brittany DaSilva   It’s the great debate amongst dog people and cat people alike: Who’s smarter? Cats or dogs? Researchers at Vanderbilt University seem to have finally put an end to the argument by proving once and for all that dogs are indeed smarter than cats. These researchers discovered that a dog’s cerebral cortex contains […]

What is Bitcoin and would it be a good Christmas present? What’s it really worth?

 Brittany DaSilva   As if money wasn’t already complicated enough, now there is a new form of currency popular on the internet: Bitcoin. Classified as a type of “cryptocurrency”, Bitcoin is a form of digital or virtual currency that is gaining a lot of popularity online. Common shorthand for this currency is “BTC” when referring […]

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