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Editorial: A call for critical thought

Editorial: A call for critical thought

The Athenaeum Editorial Board | February 5, 2015 | Comments (2)

The Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA), and Board of Governors returned to the table January 30th to continue their negotiations, when negotiations broke down for the second time. Anxieties on campus are tangible as students …

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Groups launch court challenge against Fair Elections Act

Deane McRobie, iPolitics.ca | February 23, 2015

Groups launch court challenge against Fair Elections Act

The Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and three private citizens are challenging the Fair Elections Act in the Ontario Superior Court.

The complainants’ lawyer, Steven Shrybman, warned Monday that “the very legitimacy of the government is at issue” if the Fair Elections Act remains in place for this year’s federal election, scheduled for October 19.

The complainants allege that the Fair Elections Act violates Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They contend that the law “makes it more difficult for voters to prove their residence and identity at the polls,” that “it places restrictions on Elections Canada’s ability to inform electors about their right to vote and the electoral process,” and that it prevents the chief elections officer from fulfilling his necessary duties. If in effect for the upcoming election, they claim, the law would “infringe on and deny the right to vote” and would “infringe on and deny equality rights” guaranteed in the Charter.

The Council of Canadians, a left-leaning advocacy group, has previously funded a court challenge to the Harper government over the validity of the 2011 federal election. That challenge was unsuccessful. Two of the three private citizens involved in the challenge to the Fair Elections Act — Peggy Walsh Craig and Sandra McEwing — were among the eight individuals who contested the 2011 election’s results.

The third private citizen named in the case, Jessica McCormick, is the CFS’s national chairperson. The CFS, a nationwide umbrella group of university students’ associations, opposes the Fair Elections Act because, according to McCormick, “Youth and students are particularly targeted by restrictive voter ID policies and the specific removal of voter education campaigns.”

Pierre Poilievre, minister for democratic reform, tabled the Fair Elections Act last spring. Ofparticular controversy were the bill’s provisions to replace vouching at polling stations with an oath system and to curb Elections Canada’s efforts to encourage voter turnout. In its original form, the bill included measures to control the chief electoral officer’s public communications — from which Poilievre partially backed down after accusing the current officeholder, Marc Mayrand, of partisan bias. Also abandoned after widespread concern was a measure to exempt from campaign finance limits any resources spent on calling prior donors.

The Fair Elections Act was declared law on June 19 without a single vote from the opposition parties. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair have both pledged to repeal the law if elected later this year.

Poilievre’s office has yet to reply to a request for comment on the court challenge.

Acadia Shows Their Support for Minor Basketball, Honours Coach Greenlaw

Jalen Sabean, Staff Writer | February 23, 2015
Acadia Shows Their Support for Minor Basketball, Honours Coach Greenlaw

This past weekend signified what it means for Acadia Athletics to give back to the community. After travel complications delayed the final home basketball games of the season, the Axemen and Axewomen eventually matched up …

Hardcore Amour: Enema of the State

Christian Vail | February 22, 2015
Hardcore Amour: Enema of the State

I do not have time for people who tell me that they “grew out of” blink-182. There are two things I cannot stand in this world: punks who make fun of people who like blink-182, …

Thinking about becoming a physiotherapist?

Laura Jeha | February 22, 2015
Thinking about becoming a physiotherapist?

As second semester moves into full swing many graduating students may be asking themselves : what am I going to do when I graduate? Physiotherapy is one career path that students, especially those studying Kinesiology, …

Tom Regan: a fourth year reflection

Riley MacKinnon | February 22, 2015
Tom Regan: a fourth year reflection

When I started at Acadia in the fall of 2011, I had no idea what the Tom Regan concert was. Like any other music student, I quickly scribbled down which concerts I wanted to attend …

Smart Snacking

Lidia Jones | February 22, 2015
Smart Snacking

There comes a time in the semester where you are sitting in your study space of choice, and the feeling hits: you NEED a snack. When midterms roll around, it can be really tough to …

Rue at First Sleight

Billy Van Ekris | February 22, 2015
Rue at First Sleight

Someone – because I cannot be bothered to do it myself – should compile a list of times they lie over a given period of time. It could be fun to try out for a …

First wave post-rock

Don Corkum | February 12, 2015
First wave post-rock

Any genre with the word “post” in front of it excites me. From post-punk to post-hardcore, you are usually in for a bit of a surprise. This is especially true for post-rock music; mostly because …

The Brogue Saxophone Quartet to perform at the K.C.I.C.

The Brogue Saxophone Quartet | February 12, 2015
The Brogue Saxophone Quartet to perform at the K.C.I.C.

The Brogue Saxophone Quartet to perform at the K.C. Irving Centre Garden Room Monday February 9 at 7:00 pm
WOLFVILLE, NS—The campus of Acadia University will be awash in the sounds of saxophones and more as …

Coach profile: Elliot Richardson

Cameron Davidson | February 12, 2015
Coach profile: Elliot Richardson

A former defensive star and All-Canadian with Axemen football, Elliott Richardson now works as Acadia Athletics Strength and Conditioning Coach. Along with working with all varsity teams, Richardson also founded Acadia Performance Training, the training …

Brew Review: Festbok Gets You Extra Drunk

Jon Smith | February 12, 2015
Brew Review: Festbok Gets You Extra Drunk

Beer: Holsten Festbock
 
Easily-drinkable, inexpensive, high-alcohol beer is definitely a major staple of the university experience, easily seen from the popularity of Busch Ice, Molson Dry Ice and whatever the hell Coors Altitude is even supposed …