Waterloo’s Housing Surplus

Meagan Cardno - 3A Nanotechnology
Posted on: July 12, 2015

It only takes one look at the crane-filled skyline anywhere in Waterloo, and the spring blossom of billboards announcing “Available for Rent this Fall!” to see that our region is setting itself up for a big problem. While student enrolment at both the University of Waterloo and Laurier University is projected to be on a [...]

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Federal Elections 2015: Never A Closer Race

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3A Nanotechnology

This fall’s federal election will be one of the most intriguing in recent years. There is no clear-cut winner like in the past two elections, and it is highly unlikely that there will be a majority government. Whoever wins will do so by a razor-thin margin, with a mere couple of seats separating government and [...]

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Imprint and Feds Renegotiating SLC Lease

Cameron Soltys - 2B Mechanical

Readers of the other newspaper on campus, Imprint, will undoubtedly have read the news that Imprint Publications may be looking for a new office space for next fall. On the front page of their most recent issue was displayed the most exciting of headlines: “Feds to evict Imprint after 37 years”. The article goes on [...]

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CBC Requests Conservative Ad Removal

Raeesa Ashique - 1B Electrical

There is much controversy surrounding the Conservative party’s latest anti-Liberal advertisement. It opens with images of ISIS killing prisoners in horrible ways– first, by drowning in a cage, and then a beheading by an explosive cable wound around their necks, followed by a clip of Justin Trudeau affirming that “we’d move away from the [bombing] [...]

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Trump’s Curious Candidacy

Meagan Cardno - 3A Nanotechnology

Donald Trump, the billionaire tycoon who I assume needs no further introduction, has been putting on quite the show for the world in these past few weeks. Within nearly the same breath as he announced his candidacy for presidency, seeking to be nominated under the Republican Party, he made very aggressive comments concerning illegal immigrants, [...]

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Migrant Woes at Calais

Sam Madhavan - 1B Environmental

Migrant African workers and Middle Eastern war-weary refugees are crowding the French port of Calais, determined to smuggle themselves into Britain or die trying. The image of some 2300 odd people living in squalid makeshift shelters or lying on the ground of the still popular tourist destination is surreal, something out of a post-apocalyptic catastrophic [...]

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Volkswagen Worker Dies at the Hands of a Robot

Vincent Magas - 2B Management

Volkswagen confirmed a few weeks back that a 21 year old worker was crushed to death by a robot in one of its production plants. The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was an external contractor for Volkswagen. He was installing the robot on one of their assembly lines at a plant near [...]

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Charleston Shooting: Its Lasting Effects

Alexander Lee - 3A Nanotechnology

It’s been three and a half weeks since June 17, 2015, the day that the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina suffered from a mass shooting, which resulted in the deaths of nine of the ten people shot. Among the victims was Clementa C. Pinckney, who served as a state senator in [...]

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Greek Debt Crisis Leaves Future Uncertain

Alexander Lee - 3A Nanotechnology

On July 5 2015, the Greek people took to the polls to vote on the economic future of their country. 61% of participants voted to reject the bailout conditions proposed by the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank, also colloquially known as the Troika. There was 62.5% voter turnout. As [...]

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Same-Sex Marriage Legal throughout the USA, Also Legalized in Ireland

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

Late June has long been a significant time of year for the North American LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York, a mafia-owned gay establishment. Ostensibly, the raid was targeted at the mafia owners for not having a liquor licence, but once there, [...]

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PCP: Carbon Tax

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

In a carbon tax system, the government declares that for every tonne of carbon dioxide you put into the atmosphere, they will collect a certain price. This might be applied on the producer side (taxing oil companies, power plants, etc.) or on the consumer side (taxing the general public at the gas pump, on electric [...]

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PCP: Tradeable Permits

Michal Kononenko - 2B Nanotechnology

In contrast to levying a direct carbon tax on the industry, using tradeable permits as part of a cap-and-trade system is a superior, market-oriented approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Under such a system, the Canadian government would set a hard limit on the amount of CO2 that can be emitted by the economy. This [...]

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VP External: Charities! Have YOUR say!

Heather Smith - VP External

Hey engineers! I hope everyone is having an absolutely dandy term so far, and that with the term winding down you’re not too bogged down with deadlines because I know I am! I am currently writing this in the Orifice during WEC, shout out to all the awesome diWECtors and volunteers! I am going to [...]

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VP Education: Work Term Report Survey Results!

Josh Kalpin - VP Education

Hi everyone and welcome to the second last edition of my exec updates. It’s kind of crazy how almost 16 months have gone by since I’ve started. I still have some things to share this week about work term reports, so let’s get to it. I’ve mentioned in my past few exec updates a work [...]

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VP Internal: End the Year Events Are Here

- VP Internal

It’s hard to believe that we only have two weeks left of classes. As this term is quickly coming to an end, I’d like to write about the last couple events we have scheduled. As you’re stressing and working to meet your assignment and project deadlines, and starting to prepare for final exams, I’m hoping [...]

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VP Finance: Engineering Student Deals

Kevin McNamara - VP Finance

This issue I’d like to take an opportunity to discuss an aspect of the VP Finance portfolio that I haven’t really had a chance to do much with over the last 16 months, and that is the EngSoc Student Deals Program. Established in Spring 2013, the program was created to allow EngSoc members (that’s all [...]

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President: Presidential Shortcomings Round Two

Leila Meema-Coleman - President

As this is my second last Iron Warrior article I am going to take a page of out our past president David Birnbaum’s book and recount  something that is very difficult to speak about publicly, that is, my failures as a President. You may wonder why I would write an article about this or even [...]

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Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age

Cameron Soltys - Editor-in-Chief

Friends! Welcome back. I hope you didn’t miss us too much as we took our extra-long three week hiatus. So much has happened in those three weeks. We celebrated Canada day, WatSFiC’s incredibly fun and popular Humans vs Zombies week-long campus-wide ultra-fun event happened, and the EngSoc Joint Annual General Meeting took place. So much [...]

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Now Playing: Deutschland 83: Cold War Spy 101

Anjida Sripongworakul - 4A Management

Germany, 1983. A country divided, and a boy torn apart: his heart in the Socialist East; his duty in the Capitalist West. 24-year-old Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay), an East Germany border guard, woke up in the West to discover he was to be a spy, a worm planted by the Stasi—the East German secret organization—within [...]

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Lexus Announces Hoverboard

Brian Chan - 3A Nanotechnology

So remember when you had a dream, a dream where hoverboards existed. It would be the coolest thing that everyone would be using. That idea was conceived when Back to the Future II was released, and time and time again peoples’ dreams have been crushed with hoax after hoax. So when Lexus released a teaser [...]

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The Battle for Your Data

Sam Madhavan - 1B Environmental

In the age of information, knowledge is – literally – power. Over the past few years, whistleblowers have come forward en masse to shed light on just how governments and corporations have been tracking and analyzing private browsing data – and people are only now waking up to the fact that their information is no [...]

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The Last Planet Gets its First Visitor

Cameron Soltys - 2B Mechanical

Pluto may not be a planet any more, but it is still an important object in the hearts and minds of space enthusiasts, and a body filled with mysteries ripe for scientific investigation. On July 14 (future to the time of this writing, but past to the time of you reading it), NASA’s New Horizons [...]

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ChemHistory: Agent Orange

Meagan Cardno - 3A Nanotechnology

Alas, if only all aspects of chemistry’s history were sunshine and daisies. This issue, we shall delve into some of chemistry’s darkest applications, and their resulting impact on the world’s history as we know it. Chemical warfare, like nuclear and biological warfare, is considered a subset of non-conventional warfare techniques that utilize weapons of mass [...]

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From Cowboys and Miners to Rockers and Hipsters

Vincent Magas - 2B Management

We are back with Hit Replay! Moving away from the 8-bit music and pixel fun of the last few issues, we return this week with something a little more tangible. In this week’s issue we’re going to talk about one trendy item that has endured everything from the Wild West, back-alley punk bars, and even [...]

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On The Shoulders of Giants: Alan Turing

Sherwin Kwan -

(Well, it appears that my declaration of the end of OTSOG was premature, after all …) The subject of this article was someone who faced hostility from his society for the wrong reasons. Alan Turing was born in London (the original one, not the city in SW Ontario) in 1912. His father and his mother’s [...]

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Five Things You Don’t Want to Know: Animal Lovers Edition

Caitlin McLaren - 3N Chemical

Humans have lived alongside animals for all of history. Dogs are man’s best friend. Horses carry our stuff. Cats are our overlords. Many people have a pet today, and everybody loves a cute baby animal. Our ancestors loved animals too…. most of the time. Sometimes things got a little weird. Other times, everything was horrifying. [...]

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Cooking With Cam: Pretty-Decent Pancakes

Cameron Soltys - 2B Mechanical

Hello friends, welcome back to Cooking with Cam, the column were I teach you to make gourmet meals on a student budget. This time, I bring you a delicious and surprisingly robust recipe for Canada’s favourite breakfast item, maple-syrup covered pancakes. They’re delicious because who doesn’t love maple syrup, and I know they’re robust because [...]

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