A President For “All Americans?”

By Emma Sandri

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – This morning, United States presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump, was voted into the oval offidonald_trump_flag.jpgce in a shocking turn of events. The Republican nominee who vowed to b
e a president for “all Americans,” received a whopping 276 electoral votes, sweeping both the house and the senate. All the while, Secretary Hillary Clinton failed to woo voters, scraping by with only 218 votes – a loss of 10.78%.

The business man’s win comes as the first time since 1928 for the Republican Party to win the majority of votes without a Bush or a Nixon. Trump secured the vote after winning the key swing states of Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, effectively beating the Clinton campaign’s 4% lead in a matter of hours. According to The Telegraph, this is largely due to populations of rural white voters, who voted for
Trump 62% of the time. In contrast, Mrs. Clinton’s supporters were largely made up ethnic minorities, such as Hispanic voters, who voted for her 65% of the time, while voters under 30 backed her only 55% of the time.

These numbers came as a surprise to many as they are significantly less than the votes cast for the Democratic party when President Obama was campaigning for his second term.  While many ethnic minorities still supported the Democrats, Hispanic votes for the Republicans increased 2% since the 2012 election. All of this despite Donald Trump’s comments that Mexican immigrants have “lots of problems,” and are more often than not “rapists,” “bringing drugs” into the country.
However, despite his disparaging comments about Mexicans, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, and women, Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, received a lot of support both during and after the election. While some protestors took to the streets -particularly in New York City- to challenge the announcement of the Trump-Pence Presidency, others were rallying around the reality TV host’s win. At his rally in the Big Apple, the President elect expressed his wish for unity, despite the fighting in the streets: “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans […] for those who have chosen not to support me in the past, […], I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

Despite his conciliatory speech, Donald Trump still faces an uphill battle, as the President elect did not manage to win the popular vote. Instead, the Clinton campaign overwhelmingly received the most votes by American citizens, despite failing to win the electoral college. MeanScenario4.pnging that although he won, most people in America do not want to see Donald Trump in the oval office. In fact, as votes for the Republican stacked up, financial markets all around the world plummeted.

This is perhaps in response to the numerous proposals the President elect has pledged to put forward in his term. Such as building a wall along the Mexican-U.S. border, scrapping NAFTA, deporting illegal immigrants, putting forth an identification program for Muslims, and repealing Roe V. Wade. All of which are thought to disproportionately impact the lower-class and ethnic minorities in the country.

In response to the news of Trump’s election, Canadian Prime Minister -and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada- Justin Trudeau stated: “ We’re going to keep working with people right around the world. We’re going to work with our neighbours, and I’m going to work with president-elect Trump’s administration, as we move forward in a positive way for, not just Canadians and Americans, but the whole world.”A traditionally socially left leader, Trudeau’s lukewarm comments have been called under fire for being too passive against the very controversial candidate.

While both sides, the left and the right, fight over the win and losses of the election, one thing is for sure: Canada is tied to the United States of America very closely. What that will mean in the coming months, is unsure.

 

My Democracy

By Isabella Fusco

Politics are a big part of everyone’s life. But this year by far, politics have been a topic of conversation for any function. With the American election and Justin Trudeau rolled into action, everyone, even kids or teenagers, has something to say. The Government of Canada released a survey any citizen in Canada may take (if under the age of 16, it is requested you ask a guardian before participation) online about their democracy. The survey is about the Electoral Reform in Canada, which is trying to help and better societies ability to vote. The online survey allows for a nation wide conversation between the government and the citizens of Canada.

The questions presented mainly focus on voting. One of the most important questions I personally feel is asked is, “Should the federal voting age be lowered?”

I personally feel that having the voting ajustin-trudeau-prime-minister.jpgge at 18 is quite high. We start to formulate our own ideas and opinions once we are placed in society. With that said, lowering the voting age to 16 would benefit the society. If the school curriculum had a mandatory political course that explained all parties and what they stood for extensively, this would only benefit our society.

Other questions and concerns presented are things such as “Should voting be mandatory?”, “Should the Prime Minister make decisions that benefit his parties beliefs or the majority of society?” and “Should voting be accessible online to voters?” To get involved and to have your opinions heard, the link will be down below for those who wish to participate:

https://www.mydemocracy.ca 

 

The Case for Millennials: Uncovering the Truth About the Newest Generation                     By Emma Sandri

More than a few times in my short life I’ve heard the “generation talk.” Whether it be by my aunt, uncle, grandma, or even a customer, I’ve grown to accept the stereotype that all millennials are lazy, or as most put it, that we’ve “never had to work too hard for anything in our lives.” While most, including myself, usually shrug these statements off, the question remains: are they truthful?

A recent video posted to Facebook by a Texas “millennial” by the name Alexis Bloomberg received both praise and flack for echoing the very stereotypes most young adults have come to expect from their 75 year old grandfather. Bloomberg’s grand generalizations and sweeping statements harshly criticizes millennials, or those born between 1980 and 2000, for losing the respect, manners, work ethic, and empathy that the generations previous showcased. While one can argue that our current age is very interested and invested in pop culture, especially with the invention of the internet, does that really make the young adults of this age as shallow and self-centered as Bloomberg claims?

According to a 2013 poll in the United Kingdom millennials are more “open-minded” than their parents regarding controversial topics such as gender identity, race, and sexual orientation. In fact, of those surveyed about 65% supported the legalization of same sex marriage. Similarly, those included in the “generation Y” are more ethnically and racially diverse, with a more progressive and upbeat social agenda than previous generations (Pew Research Centre, 2008).  This perhaps can be echoed in the strong millennial support regarding more liberal candidates, such as Senator Bernie Sanders and Justin Trudeau, both of which showed strong inclinations towards social justice and reform.

While the newest generation maybe more socially progressive and perhaps empathetic than those previous, are they more lazy? Alexis Bloomberg believes so: ”We’re lazy, we’re really entitled. And we want to make a lot of money and have free education but we’re not really willing to put in the work.” This gross over-generalization by both Alexis and many baby boomers has no scientific or economic backing. The education rate for generation Y is higher than those previous, despite the fact that college and university tuition has nearly doubled since 1982. This means that millennials, who are more often than not required to attend higher education for their employment, are going into the workplace and life in debt. In the United States alone, student loan debt has surpassed that of credit card debt, and has reached over 1 trillion dollars. While many may claim with a little hard work these loans can be paid off, that is not always the case, as according to Scott Stinger millennials on average make 20% less than the generation before, and will retire later despite being more highly educated. Combined with the economic and environmental disaster that those of this generation are inheriting, it is hard to see as to how young adults are lazier than the previous generation.

As for my take on it? I believe -as a millennial- that while our generation may have its flaws, some of the most hardworking, caring and kind people I know are millennials. As a result, I find it hard to take those such as Alexis Bloomberg seriously when they criticize millennials, especially considering that her video is perhaps the most hypocritical content I have seen on the internet in a while. If one wants our generation to actually do something about social change instead of posting about it, to be more kind and caring towards others, and to get out there and work hard, perhaps they themselves should take the first step towards change. Not just vlog about in their car and then upload it to Facebook. That’s just my two cents.

 

REFUGEES FIND REFUGE IN CANADA 

By Isabella Fusco

28,194 people. 91 flights. 253 communities.

ISIL has affected people all around the world one way or another. Although the group of people most affected by ISIL is the people of Syria. Around the end of November 2015, PM Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party announced that Canada would be taking in roughly 25,000 Syrian refugees.

Currently 24,092 refugees reside in Canada safe and into open arms as 4,102 await to journey here to their new homes. I cannot articulate how important it is that we do everything we can, as a nation, to help these people in need. The way I view this situation is if we, as Canadians, were in the position the Syrian people face, wouldn’t we want someone to help us as well? I believe we would and I believe bringing the refugees to Canada only betters us as a country as helping those who cannot help themselves is not only noble but also merciful.

As Canadians we play an important role in helping those who are vulnerable worldwide yet there is still so much more we can do to help. There are various ways to help but one of the simplest things we can do is donate.  You can donate your time, clothes, food and even old furniture or dishes.

Rufugees are coming to our country with nothing and even the smallest act of kindness can help. Places near us to donate are down below and for more information you can call 1-800 465 7735 or 1-844-61 SYRIA.

Places to donate:

COSTI Immigrant Services

1710 Dufferin Street

Toronto, Ontario

M6E 3P2

Lifeline Syria

760 College Street

Toronto, Ontario

M6G 1C4

Please keep in mind that the refugees are God’s children just as you and I are. These people are discriminated for living in a place filled with violence and they have done nothing to deserve that. I ask you to keep the people of Syria in your thoughts and prayers.

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Marco Muzzo- The Man Behind The Wheel

By Megan Weise

Marco Muzzo, a 29-year old man charged with impaired driving for choosing to get behind the wheel when he was drunk, has been a frequent face in the news lately. His actions were not only illegal, but also resulted in killing four people in a car accident.

Muzzo had plead guilty to the charges of impaired driving, leading to and causing the death of three young children and their 65-year old grandfather. His alcohol level was over three times the legal limit at the time of the incident adding to the horrific events that took place.

The family is pushing for the maximum of 12 years and Muzzo’s lawyer is pushing for only 8; the defence presented the court with about 92 letters of support in hopes of persuading the judge of Muzzo’s “fundamental decency”. The letters came from many sources, including Muzzo’s priest, family members, friends and co-workers.

Coming from a wealthy and fortunate family, many may have thought that it would be difficult to convict him. However, their predictions were wrong. On Tuesday February 26th, Marco Muzzo attended his sentencing hearing with the parents of the three young victims present as well, to speak on behalf of their family.

As Muzzo took the stand, Jennifer Neville-Lake and her husband, Edward Lake, the parents of the three children, left the courtroom and only returned when he was finished speaking. “Ever since the tragedy that occurred as a result of my inexcusable conduct, I have wanted to say that I am sorry and apologize to your family from the bottom of my heart,” Muzzo said, the family of his victims sobbing in the front row as he spoke.

“I’m their voice. This is my last chance to advocate for them, to say what happened and how it’s impacted us,” Jennifer Neville-Lake told reporters outside of the New Market Coutroom, “What hope is there when your entire world is gone. Every single piece of our lives has been altered because of somebody else.”

The grieving family even requested a court order that Muzzo be prohibited from contacting them, however, the judge denied the request, arguing that such an order is only granted if there is a serious and real concern of safety.

It had been an emotional rollercoaster in the courtroom from start to finish, the tension running high for everyone. Is Marco Muzzo a good man who made a horrible mistake, or is he a drunk driver who killed four people? Whether he is sentenced to 8 years or 12 years, it is not in our hands. It is in the judge’s.

 

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