Author: Jaclyn Pahl

Between Oil And Water: The Issue With Enbridge’s Line 5

Two pipelines have been lying at the bottom of the Great Lakes for six decades. Carrying more than half a million barrels of oil and natural gas liquids every day, Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 runs from Superior, Wisconsin to Sarnia, Ontario. The pipeline passes under the environmentally sensitive Straits of

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Polish Abortion Ban Takes Effect As Hundreds Of Thousands Protest

Following months of protests, the Polish government pushed through a controversial ruling that almost completely bans abortions. The ruling was first announced back in October but had been delayed for months after mass protests—the largest the nation had seen in decades. The ruling was published in the Official Journal, meaning

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United Kingdom And New Zealand Loosen Restrictions On Queer Men Donating Blood: Unravelling Complex History Or Fortifying Stigma?

On Monday, 14 December 2020, the United Kingdom and New Zealand announced new rules regarding blood donor eligibility, including looser rules for men who have sex with men (MSM). In both the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the new rules represent a shift toward behaviour-based policies, rather than identity-based policies.

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Scotland Becomes First Country To Make Menstrual Products Free

Scotland has recently passed a bill to make menstrual hygiene products universally available to those who need them. This makes the country the first in the world to have done so. The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill requires local authorities in specified public places to ensure that anyone who

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Changing Geographies: The Legacy Of Redlining And The Myth Of Prosperity In America’s Suburbs

Poverty, pollution, and access to health care are challenges traditionally associated with city living. However, a closer inspection of America’s neighborhoods reveals that these issues transcend geographic categorization and are prevalent even in ostensibly prosperous suburbia. Nassau County, located in Long Island, New York, is home to 1.4 million people. Its

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Biden Wins U.S. Presidency. What’s Next?

On Saturday, November 8th, 2020, Joseph R. Biden Jr. was projected to become the 46th President of the United States.  The verdict became clear after he won the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which pushed his Electoral College votes over the 270 he required to win. While Biden’s win was met with

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Protests In Poland Over New Abortion Ban Turn Violent

Police have used pepper spray against hundreds of people in Warsaw protesting a recent ruling that almost completely bans abortions. Protesters were stationed outside the home of Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski following a ruling from the Constitutional Court that declared abortions in the case of fetal deformities illegal. Protests

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The Detrimental Impact Of Suburban Sprawl On The Environment

Suburban sprawl is a major contributor to climate change. Often overlooked in discussions of environmental deterioration, suburban sprawl is a North American land development pattern characterized by low-density, unrestricted suburban growth stretching out from metropolitan centers into previously untouched rural land. A single new development or neighborhood does not make

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Two Supreme Court Justices Oppose Marriage Quality

Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito expressed a desire to overturn marriage quality in a four-page opinion released on Monday, 5 October. The two justices previously expressed dissenting opinions during the Obergefell v. Hodges case, the historic 2015 ruling that guaranteed sex-same marriage under the Fourteenth Amendment to

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How At-Risk Are American Abortion Rights?

President Donald Trump’s nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett as the Supreme Court justice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg has sparked questions about whether a court with a conservative majority could re-assess issues like abortion rights. Abortion is a historically divisive topic, mythologized in American political ideology

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American Wildfires Were A Century In The Making

Wildfires are raging a path of violent destruction through the American West. California alone has seen more than 2.5 million acres burned, while roughly 5 million acres have burned across several states. Officials in Oregon have warned the public to expect a “mass fatality incident,” prompting roughly 40,000 to flee

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