Iran’s Missile Tests Highlight Internal Political Divisions

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical
Posted on: March 23, 2016

In recent weeks Iran has conducted two tests of medium-range ballistic missiles. These missiles were test-fired from northern Iran towards targets 1400 kilometres to the south. As these provocative actions took place weeks after the implementation of the controversial Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program, there are many around the world [...]

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Obama Visits Cuba in Historic Trip

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

US president Barak Obama has made global news with his three-day visit to Cuba. This is the first time that a US president has visited Cuba in 88 years, despite the fact that the island is less than 150 km off the American coast. The visit comes after the unexpected relaxation of tensions between the [...]

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Russia Withdraws Military Contingent from Syria, Putin Times Move with Reopening of Peace Talks in Geneva

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict. What began as a peaceful protest demanding political reform in March 2011 led to a bloody conflict and subsequent civil war, killing over a quarter of a million civilians and creating Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II, displacing almost half of the population. UN [...]

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A Brief Laydown on the US Elections

Meagan Cardno - 3T Nanotechnology

For all of the hubbub and jokes about the United States election filling social media and all over the internet, it’s somewhat expected that we too should discuss the recent political events going on with our neighbours to the south. Just a few weeks ago, we saw the passing of the so-called “Super Tuesday” of [...]

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Liberal Government to Explore Basic Income

Nina Feng - 4B Environmental

Trudeau’s government has called for an exploration into the concept of basic income for Canadians, as a part of a pre-budget report they presented on March 11. While it’s not guaranteed to be included in the actual budget, slated for release on March 22, the news has been received with some excitement from those who [...]

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Google wins at GO and we’re all GOing to die

Josh Li - 1B Mechanical

DeepMind, the British based, Google owned artificial intelligence company made headlines this past week by defeating highest “9-dan ranked” GO master Lee Sedol in 4 out of 5 games. Go is a very complicated game to explain and even more so to master; there are more possible board positions than atoms in the universe. AlphaGo, [...]

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North Korea

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

The Korean peninsula has been in the news a lot in recent years, with tensions flaring up every few months between the government in the North and the allied United States and South Korea. The Korean War, which originally divided the two nations, was halted in 1953 by an armistice agreement instead of a peace [...]

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State of Emergency Declared in Manitoba First Nations Community as Suicide Rates Increase

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

Acting Chief Shirley Robinson of the Cross Lake First Nations community declared a state of emergency two weeks ago on Wednesday, March 9 because of the rising number of suicides, formally asking Health Canada to send in a crisis team. There have been six suicides since December 12: four were high school students, one was [...]

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Suicide Bombing in Ankara

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

On Sunday, March 13, a car bomb exploded in the heart of Ankara, Turkey’s capital city. Nearly forty people were killed and 125 were injured by the explosion and subsequent fires, which took place at a busy transit hub. The suicide bomber was identified as Seher Çağla Demir, a Kurdish student and radical.  She, along [...]

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The Canonization of Mother Teresa

Seamus Bannon - 1B Nanotechnology

Mother Teresa is a name that has become synonymous with goodwill and charity across the world in recent times, and while this association can be attributed mostly to popularity, its roots can be traced back to the nun’s medical aid work in India. As of September 4th, Mother Teresa will be officially recognized as a [...]

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Google Hires 4Chan Creator

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

On March 7, Google announced that it had hired Chris Poole, a well-known and controversial internet figure, to help them advance their social media endeavours. Poole, better known as “moot” is most famous for the similarly well-known and controversial website known as 4chan. Google’s social media efforts—primarily Google+—on the other hand, are infamous for being [...]

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Counterpoint: Automation Will Not be the End of Us

Ali Akram - 2A Systems

The idea that jobs will ultimately be replaced with the notion of automation is a primitive one, making us wonder if we are no different than the 19th century textile workers, known as Luddites, who feared being replaced by the spinning frames and power looms introduced by the Industrial Revolution. Nowadays, if you go to [...]

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Point: Jobs Will Die

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

Since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, technology has been advancing fast. It allowed, for instance, the textile industry, previously a labor-intensive task of manual weaving, to be automated by giant machines that would have taken an army of horses or humans to power. And with that came the first job [...]

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MARCH-ing Through the Term

Sarbajoy Majumdar - VP Internal

Hello A Soc, it is your friendly VP Internal Sarb here. We are halfway through March and we still have a few more events left in our calendar. Let’s see what has been done so far, as well as what we have left for the term. PAST EVENTS Genius Bowl happened on March 9. We [...]

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Out With The Old, And In With The New

Abdullah Barakat - VP Finance

Hey Everyone! Hope you are all doing well! As things are ramping up with all the deliverables for the term, I thought I would deliver to you an update on how finances are going (super exciting, right?): RidgidWare As of now, RidgidWare officially has Square! The new Point of Sale system is now up and [...]

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Yay Charity Things!

Ola Suchon, Will Wilmot - VP External

National Engineering Month (NEM) is all about promoting engineering as an exciting and rewarding discipline. As National Engineering Month progresses, we’ve been busy reaching out to the community in a variety of ways, one of which is by raising money for charity. One of our NEM events that focused on outreach in the community was [...]

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Edu

Jeff Gulbronson - VP Education

Hello again, and welcome to the second last issue of the Iron Warrior of the term! I’m sure everyone’s busy wrapping up the term, so I’ll keep this update short and sweet. Career Fair Two weeks ago, we held EngSoc’s third ever career fair, in E5. We had 9 employers and about 250 students at [...]

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President

Adelle Vickery - President

Before I start my update, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate this year’s P&P award winners. The Paul and Paula Plummer Award is the most revered award of the Engineering Society. It is presented at GradBall, usually to fourth-year students who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to the Engineering Society [...]

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WEEF Update

Eric Shi - WEEF Director

WEEF has officially reached a principle of $14,000,000. This is another big milestone for WEEF and it couldn’t have happened without the support of its members. This term, WEEF will again be spending $60,000 towards improving undergraduate labs, getting state of the art educational resources to students, and funding several student teams. The final allocations [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report: Raptors Must Continue Winning Ways

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnology

Basketball fans—and non-basketball fans! Welcome to the home stretch. But what comes after the home stretch?… playoff time! With only 13 games remaining in the regular season, the Raptors have a comfortable grasp on second place in the Eastern Conference. Third place Atlanta sits 7.5 games back. With a win-loss record of 47-21, these Raptors [...]

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Engineering Loves Arts!!

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

Hello readers! Welcome to issue four in this home stretch of the term. I know how busy school gets around this time, so thank you to all the IW staff who still made time to write articles and copy edit. Special shoutout to Cameron who wrote more than his quota of articles for this issue! [...]

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Five Things You Really Don’t Want to Know: Looking Foolish

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

Often, we think of our ancestors as dignified. Period pieces make everyone’s clothes look gorgeous, and most ancient epics don’t include the bathroom breaks. However, if we actually went back in time, we would find that our ancestors smelled horrible and looked ridiculous. Those pretty clothes, even at the royal courts, were badly washed and [...]

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Devil May Cry Over These Eggs

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

If you’re like me, you probably buy 72 eggs per week. And if you’re like me, there are those odd days where between your two roommates and you, you don’t quite eat 10 eggs per day. It happens to the best of us. But even though you rotate your eggs every week, putting the new [...]

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