With the American national elections on the horizon and Republican candidates vying for citizen votes, Americans are beginning to assess what factors will impact their votes in this year’s election.
The quadrennial election will be taking place on November 6 of this year. Current American president Barak Obama is obviously among the candidates. Will his position be reinstated in the upcoming election or is America looking for new leadership?
2011 was a devastating year for the Liberal Party of Canada. At the helm of the Liberal party was Michael Ignatieff, a brilliant academic, political theorist and author. While his qualifications were impressive, Ignatieff failed to gain the confidence of the Canadian voters as leader of the Liberal party. Ignatieff is undoubtedly a smart man who is passionate about Canada, but this failed to translate in his public addresses and in his ever important sound bites. The federal election results showed that the Liberal party won the fewest seats ever in party history.
According to economists and urban planners the world over, the establishment of light-rail transit is one of the foremost indicators of a dynamic, livable city. Toronto has it, Vancouver has it, Ottawa has it... Hamilton doesn’t have it. Or at least not yet. So, for starters, what exactly is it? Simply put, light rail transit (LRT) is an efficient transportation system which uses trains to move people within a metropolitan area. It’s what they call a “supertram”—a combination of a sophisticated streetcar and a modified train.
On December 15th, 1966, Walt Disney: the maker of Mickey Mouse; inventor of Disneyland and original creator of the Disney franchise, passed away. This year, the 55th anniversary of his death will be commemorated in honour of his name.
On November 23, Redeemer hosted a reading by poet Richard Greene, sponsored by the Canadian Council of Poets. Greene has published many volumes of poetry, edited Graham Greene: A Life in Letters, and recently published a biography of Edith Sitwell which came out in March. In 2010 Greene won the Governor General’s Literary Award for his collection of poems Boxing the Compass, which he admitted gave him an official standing as a Canadian poet and helped to solidify his place there.
A shooting in 2007 Virginia Tech led to lawsuits and preventative measures. Now, after 5 years of preparation and false alarms, a shooting once again shakes the core of the student body of Virginia Tech.
Whenever I go downtown, I tell myself beforehand not to look upon others with any sense of judgement or suspicion. Yet I rarely leave the city’s core without being hit by feelings of discomfort or disgust. Maybe it’s the absurd amount of "F-bombs" I hear on a daily basis. Maybe it’s the old men with yellow teeth and yellow beards clinging to bags of cheap liquor. Maybe it’s the startling number of pregnant eighteen year-olds and their thug boyfriends pushing strollers and smoking. Maybe it’s that, or maybe it’s not.
It’s a story that has been dominating the news for weeks: Occupy Toronto, Vancouver, Dublin, Brussels, New York... the list goes on. The movement has sent tidal waves across the world with protesters gathering in literally thousands of towns and cities worldwide. The trademark catchphrase of demonstrators, “We are the 99%” echoes the sentiment of the protest: a collective frustration with the conduct of the top percentile of society.
After months of civil war, Libya officially marked its liberation on October 23 following the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. With joyous relief, the people of Libya celebrated in the streets; the conflict was finally over, the book seemingly closed on Libya's oppression. What could be marked as the end, though, may more rightly be noted as the start of a very arduous process for Libya. Their leader ousted, their people in upset, their country in disarray – where does Libya go from here?
Debt levels in western democracies are reaching frightening highs. United States debt has reached over US$14.5 trillion; Canadian federal debt has reached over US$540 billion; the average European debt has reached US$890 billion. For some small countries within the Euro Zone, like Greece, this debt has become insurmountable.
On Sunday, October 30, 2011, pastor, activist, author and sociologist Dr. Tony Campolo led the congregation as a guest at the Meeting House church.
For years, Campolo has urged millions to live a life of compassion. With over 35 books, he has reached readers with a focus on social justice and a call to share God’s love. Campolo’s sermon, “Love changes everything: living with passion to change the world,” was inspiring, thought-provoking and challenging to all believers searching for Christ’s call in their lives.
Jane and Finch, Toronto: while some may immediately think of crime and violence upon hearing of this place, a group of Redeemer students experienced tremendous blessing during a recent weekend visit to this community. On November 4-6, nine Redeemer students spent time in the Jane and Finch area for the “Toronto Service-Learning Trip” through H2O (Help to Others).
Air travel has become very inexpensive as the proliferation of low cost airlines has kept airline margins low. Granted the rise of fuel costs has led to an increase of prices, but there remain many inexpensive travel options for students on a budget.
The world lost one of its most colourfully dressed and repressive dictators on Thursday, October 20. Muammar Gadhafi was killed in his hometown of Sirte. Conflicting reports say that Gadhafi was captured alive but was killed later in the crossfire between revolutionary and pro-Gadhafi forces.
In an effort to improve the bus system around Redeemer, it is recommended that Redeemer’s shuttle services be cancelled. It would be better to modify the 34 Upper Paradise so that it loops around Redeemer rather than Hamilton District Christian High School (HDCH). The only thing that would change about the 34 is that HDCH students would have to meet the bus at Garner Road, not Glancaster Road. The result would be a dependable and direct bus service between downtown Hamilton and Redeemer.
Here are 34 reasons why the 34 Redeemer Loop should happen:
On Thursday, September 29, Steve McOrmond, aCanadian poet, came to Redeemer campus to read from his latest book of poetry, The Good News About Armageddon.McOrmond, born in Nova Scotia, is a former resident of Prince Edward Island and now a inhabitant of Toronto. He has three published works of poetry in circulation. His first book, Lean Days, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, while his second work, Primer on the Hereafter, was awarded the 2007 Atlantic Poetry Prize.
Lovers of Apple Inc. technology fell into mourning on October 5 following the loss of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Having been the face of the popular Apple products for the better part of three decades as well as the CEO of Pixar Animation, Jobs himself became an icon in his own right, representing technological and artistic progress. Apple products ushered personal technology into reality; Pixar changed the face of animation forever. Steve Jobs was brilliant and will rightfully be remembered for his impressive accomplishments.
During the summer of 2010, Redeemer received notice from local law firm Scarfone Hawkins LLP that they were being sued to the extent of $6 million. The lawsuit was launched by a former parent and donor who claimed to have been damaged by Redeemer’s Forgivable Loan Program (FLP), established by the former Redeemer Foundation. The plaintiff, known as William Bruce Woods, is attempting to initiate a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all the individuals who participated in the Forgivable Loan Program during the years 2001 and 2002.