Feature Voices Stories

U.S. Supreme Court’s equality marriage ruling inspires LGBT Canadian in Washington, D.C.

Ruling seen as welcome first step, but universal equality remains elusive

LGBTTHUMBTwo days before the U.S. Supreme Court's (or SCOTUS) ruling that transformed equality in America on June 26, I received hate mail from a known prolific, homophobic hate mail writer commenting on an article I'd written about the transgender community. The email I received included links to religious conversion groups promising to help individuals overcome their homosexuality "disease." This returned me to 2005, in Calgary, when I first came out as a lesbian and the acceptance I sought and fought for from my family, friends and community. Although I wasn't aware at the time, it was also the year same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada.



A Go-To Guide for late night food in the city - or early morning! 2 a.m. & later!

DRUNKTHUMBStampede has just begun, and though stomachs may be stuffed with mini-donut popsicles, lobster corn dogs, foot long pizzas and whatever else is now down at the grounds, that does not mean stomachs will still be full at 2 a.m.

For those still out and about in the city and are either heading home and need nourishment during the cab ride, or fuel to begin the after party, here are our choices for fulfilling those drunken desires – and do not close when the bar does.


Bill C-51 threatens the freedom of the press

Proposed antiterrorism legislation will bound any activist group deemed 'multi-issue extremists' and may prohibit other from talking about or reporting on activist activity.

Parliament Hill ThumbnailWhat does it matter if a few activist groups are silenced because of a bill if it means better security for Canada?

Surely, Canadian security needs beefing up, as evidenced by the disturbing events this past fall. On Oct. 22, Parliament Hill was subject to the most serious security breach since the 1966 Parliament bombing. After Micheal Zehaf-Bibeau fatally shot Corp. Nathan Cirillo, the incident was classified by RCMP as a terrorist act under the Criminal Code of Canada. The incident took place just two days after a man used his car to run down two Canadian soldiers in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., killing one.


Opinion: When a journalist plays ‘God’

Personal biases should never silence citizens' voices

thumb3082476355 53e6305c05 zThe role of the journalist today is changing and often up for debate. Some traditional scholars insist that we should publish the facts objectively and fairly without taking sides, while others believe we have the responsibility to interpret information and decide which voices are most valid.

In the Information Age, more and more information is being made available online, seemingly lessening the need for trained journalists. As a result, the responsibility of the reporter is shifting to include the role of "sense-maker" – someone who analyzes and contextualizes information – in order to keep journalism relevant.

Journalism is becoming less about neutrality and more about determining meaning.