Hong Kong activists protest for universal suffrage

Sherwin Kwan - 4A Mechanical Engineering
Posted on: October 3, 2014

Pro-democracy citizens of Hong Kong have taken to the streets over the past two weeks, engaging in a massive sit-in in response to a recent proposal from the National People’s Congress of China for election reform in Hong Kong. The protest movement has spawned such symbols of resistance as the umbrella (a dual purpose anti-rain/anti-tear [...]

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Exploited victims or willing agents?

Sherwin Kwan - 4A Mechanical

The Parliament of Canada is currently debating a controversial bill which would amend Canada’s laws on prostitution. At the root of the controversy is a debate over whether sex is a legitimate transaction that can be bought, sold, and profited from. Proponents of the bill see prostitution as inherently exploitative or otherwise undesirable, and those [...]

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ISIS

Ratan Varghese - 1A Electrical

On Friday October 3, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans to send CF-18 fighter jets to Iraq to bomb ISIS, perhaps for as long as six months. He also outlined how Canada would provide humanitarian aid to Iraqi refugees. In his speech to MPs, he said that “being a free rider means you are [...]

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California bill shifts burden of proof in campus rape

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On September 28. 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 967. This bill, introduced in February, is a response to the thousands of allegations of campus rape and the subsequent miscarriages of justice by incompetent college tribunals by addressing the difficulty in prosecuting sexual assault. SB 967 will require the university and college [...]

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Updates on Ukraine

Vince Magas - 2A Management

A month after the original truce deal between Ukrainian forces and the pro-Russian Rebels, shots are still being fired across Eastern Ukraine. The Ukraine Crisis, sparked by the change of government and the annexation of Russia of Crimea, captured the world’s attention early this summer. Relations between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels proceeded on a downward [...]

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Developments in McGill University Hospital Fraud Charges

Andrew McMahon - 4A Environment

One week ago the Federal Crime Court of Switzerland accepted a guilty plea from a former SNC-Lavalin (SNC) senior executive, accused of fraud, corruption and money laundering.  The accepted deal was put forward on the fourth of August and sentences Riadh Ben Aissa, SNC’s former head of construction to three years in jail (of which [...]

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WaterlooWorks Implementation

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The first WaterlooWorks pilot (this past spring) was very successful, and architecture students have commented that the system is a huge improvement from JobMine. We found a lot of new ways to engage with students – we launched our Facebook group, hosted webinars, and had demos in new locations on campus. We learned a lot [...]

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Liberia To End Deforestation

Derek Kan - 2A Civil

In one of the major announcements made at the UN Climate Summit in New York during late September, Norway declared that they will offer funds to Liberia, provided that the latter country stops cutting down their forests. Provided the West African country halts deforestation by 2020, Norway will disburse $150 million in developmental aid to [...]

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Oracle’s Larry Ellison Steps Down as CEO

Cameron Soltys - 2A Mechanical

After an impressive 38 year run as CEO, Larry Ellison has stepped down from his position at Oracle, making way for another to take his place—the first time this has ever happened. He hands the job to his two capable co-presidents, Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Ellison leaves behind an impressive legacy; after founding the [...]

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PCP TEXTBOOKS

Jessica Keung - 2A Civil

Knowledge has been written onto surfaces for eons, first on clay tablets, then slates and papyrus, cat guts and various skins. With the invention of the Gutenberg press, books became widely available for even the layman. Especially now with huge printing machines, knowledge embodied in paper has become more accessible, with multiple versions. Textbooks are [...]

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PCP: Are ebooks a better choice than traditional textbooks? (Affirmative)

- 2A Mechanical

University gets a little more expensive every year. Around here at Waterloo we all have great, usually well-paying, co-op jobs; but an ever-towering tuition means that most people are still on a tight budget, especially with educational material. And the most expensive education material? After your tuition, it’s the textbooks. The couple thousand pieces of [...]

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Counselling Services: Find your courage

David Birnbaum - 3B Civil

I could not for the life of me figure out how to start this article. I don’t know if that is because this is the first real article I’ve ever written, or because I am a terrible writer in general, or if because, even more than a year after my first visit, I still have [...]

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VP External: WIEEEEEE!

Heather Smith - VP External

Hey Engineers!  I hope all of you have had an awesome first month of classes, and hopefully assignments, projects and midterms haven’t bogged you down too much. Women in Engineering, or WiE, has been off to a great start this Fall term.  There has been a lot of excitement about the WiE Mentorship Program, with [...]

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EngSoc Council Meeting Summaries

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The first Engineering Society Council Meeting of the term took place on Wednesday, September 17. The meeting had over 95 people in attendance. A number of elections took place to fill the A-Society At-Large seats on the Board of Directors, elect a Chief Returning Officer to run the upcoming E7 Referendum Vote, and fill committee [...]

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VP Finance: Engineering Swag

Kevin McNamara - VP Finance

Hello Engineers! This issue I would like to discuss a part of my portfolio that I think more people should know about: engineering swag. The VP Finance is in charge of running Novelties, which is the Engineering Society’s swag store in CPH Foyer. This is your one stop shop for anything related to engineering specific [...]

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VP Education: Jobs Jobs Jobs! And maybe some meetings too!

Joshua Kalpin - Vice President Education

Hi everyone and welcome to another (hopefully) awesome exec update! I have a couple of different things to cover in this one, sooooo let’s do this! First up is an update on WaterlooWorks. If you haven’t taken a read of the update from CECA in this issue yet, you should check it out. The TL;DR [...]

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VP Internal: The Making of the First Year Engineering Leadership Conference (FYELC)

Puneet Natt - Vice President Internal

This term we will be hosting the inaugural First Year Conference. This conference has been based off of the First Year Integration Conference (FYIC) run each year by the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario (ESSCO).  Since this conference takes place at different locations across Ontario, we aren’t able to send all of the delegates [...]

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President: Feedback, feedback, feedback!

Leila Meema-Coleman - President

Hello Waterloo engineers! As the term is coming up to the halfway point we hope you have enjoyed what the Society has offered so far for services, events, and representation. We are always adding new things and trying to make what we currently have better. All of these changes stem from the feedback we hear [...]

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Smallest Villages in Canada: Thornloe, Ontario

Jessica Keung - 2A Civil

Having lived in heavily populated urban areas my entire life, moving to Waterloo was the closest thing I have experienced to small town living. The idea of living in a small town with less than a thousand people is completely foreign to me, so the best way to get to know small village living would [...]

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Take Five: What now?

Nancy Hui - 4T Civil Engineering

There are roughly seven months until the class of 2015 graduates. I can’t speak for any of my esteemed peers but I am fairly sure many of us don’t know exactly what we are going to do. Co-op has been a blessing and a curse in that regard: good co-op experiences help you find out [...]

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Google Encounters European Union Roadblock

Ratan Varghese - 1A Electrical

Google is the world’s leading web search company, with a huge global share of all searches. In Europe it controls 80 percent of the search market. But for the past five years, Google has been driving into legal roadblocks in the European Union, erected to try to reign in the search giant’s influence. The European Union [...]

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Back to the Drawing Board: Windows 10 Announced

Allen Chen - 2A Civil

Anyone who has used Windows 8 as their PC operating system (by choice or not) should be familiar with the multitude of issues that came with it since its release in 2012, especially regarding the radically altered user interface (UI). Perhaps most notable of the problems with Windows 8 was the lack of the iconic [...]

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Orientation Week

Colin Evans -

An oft-repeated adage is “today is the first day of the rest of your life.” It’s become platitudinous now, but it would have been an apt remark on August 31, or rather, “this week is the first week of the rest of your life”. The shift to University is one of the most, if not [...]

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White House Rush

Sucharita Vijayaraghavan - 1A Chemical

To start off, here’s a simple question. How would you feel if some stranger entered your house out of nowhere? Terrified? Surprised? A slightly tweaked version of this question now; How would you feel if a stranger dressed up as a cartoon character, say a Pokémon, jumped over the fence and enters your house? The [...]

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Yukon Adventures – Gold Rush not Just a Flash in the Pan

Kristina Lee - 3N Environmental

Someone up here tried to tell me once that the Yukon plays up the gold rush. I didn’t want to agree with them but at the same time who wouldn’t flaunt one of their best features? They started the conversation with “None of you are from the Yukon right? I have something to tell you that [...]

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Counselling Services: Find your courage

David Birnbaum - 3B Civil

I could not for the life of me figure out how to start this article. I don’t know if that is because this is the first real article I’ve ever written, or because I am a terrible writer in general, or if because, even more than a year after my first visit, I still have [...]

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Engineering Traditions: Her Majesty’s Poles and Jackets

Cameron Soltys - 2A Mechanical

Sometimes you make a mistake where you start banging 2×4 walls together before digging holes for the foundation, and then realize that the ground is an inch of clay covered by impenetrable granite. “Putting the horse before the cart” as people say. I did that last week, when I announced that I wanted to write [...]

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Take Five: What now?

Nancy Hui - 4T Civil Engineering

There are roughly seven months until the class of 2015 graduates. I can’t speak for any of my esteemed peers but I am fairly sure many of us don’t know exactly what we are going to do. Co-op has been a blessing and a curse in that regard: good co-op experiences help you find out [...]

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A Spectacular Proposal: The War on War-ism

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Recently the headlines have been filled with violent events and terrible tragedies: trouble in the Middle East, tensions in Eastern Europe and North Korea still being North Korea. With all the terrible things going on in the world, what is there to do in this time of peril? How many more rhetorical questions will be [...]

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