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Why do we still refuse to believe sexual assault victims?

You’ve probably noticed an increase in media reports of famous men being accused of varying degrees of sexual violence, ranging from sexual harassment to sexual assault to rape. If you’ve been reading the news reports and following the reaction on social media, you’ve probably heard people saying that the accused persons deserve due process. Or […]

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Opinion Racism

How white people perpetuate racism

My second job in Lethbridge was cleaning carpets. My boss was racist. One time, we went to a nearby reserve, but the person who booked us wasn’t home. My boss then implemented a surcharge for every reserve job we had. Plus he required the client to meet us in Lethbridge and we’d follow them to […]

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Opinion Racism

Why opposing minority reparations is racist

Have you ever seen white people complain when governments pay reparations to marginalized groups for the oppressive actions of previous governments, particularly regarding people of colour? Have you seen them say something like “They’ve already paid them enough. It’s in the past. Let’s move on.”? This position is racist. See, the problem is that white […]

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Opinion SCS

The dehumanization of people who use drugs

A Lethbridge city councillor recently shared an article that reported on a recent city council meeting regarding the city’s effort to address the opioid crisis. Several people commented on their post, offering words of agreement, but there were a few comments I found problematic.

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Opinion Racism

Is being not racist enough?

“I’m not racist.” Have you heard people say this? Have you said it? What does this mean exactly? What does it mean to be not racist? Does being not racist mean you don’t call people names based on their skin colour? Does it mean that you treat everyone the same regardless of skin colour? Does […]

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Opinion

Telling people to leave if they disagree is lazy 

When you openly criticize a system you live in, eventually you hear the following: why don’t you just leave?

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Opinion

The democratization of the media

A few months ago, I was asked to speak in a sociology class at the University of Lethbridge. The topic was taking back the community and the media. At one point, the discussion turned to the democratization of the media. At the time, the Alberta Legislature had recently banned what it had considered non-journalistic sources. […]

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How I finally admitted to being a communist

It may come as a surprise to many that I’m a communist. Actually, given my left leanings as of recent, some people may not be that surprised. I know it’s already too late, but before you start prejudging me, you may want to realize that you probably misunderstand what communism is, and subsequently, you probably […]

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Lethbridge Opinion

Rajko Dodic intends to seek action against Elect Lethbridge

I received this email this afternoon from former mayor, Rajko Dodic. regarding an earlier blog post on Elect Lethbridge: To: Kim Siever and Elect Lethbridge Pursuant to section 13 of the Defamation Act of Alberta, I am providing you notice of my intention to bring Action against you for defamation for the article entitled: ‘Ìs there a […]

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Opinion

If my Facebook page gets 3,000 likes, I will run for Lethbridge city council.

I need your help. I’m hoping to run for Lethbridge city council this fall, but I have placed a limit on myself (for various reasons): I can’t run until my Facebook page gets 3000 likes. I don’t want to get into the reason why I chose to do it this way or why I picked 3000. […]