Editorials Archive: 2011

<em>Skins</em> Wins

It hardly surprised me to hear that MTV was criticized for its content this week. The focus was on a British import called Skins, which has caused a fuss amongst advertisers and the Parents Television Council.Continue...

French smoke and mirrors

French lawmakers have taken steps to adjust France’s rigid anti-smoking laws, citing concerns about endangering the country’s “cultural heritage.” The so-called “Evin” law prohibits any “direct or indirect” promotion of tobacco or tobacco products.Continue...

Leave space to embrace

In an article published Jan. 20, the Globe and Mail’s Zosia Bielski considers the problems facing school administrators as they try to curb student misbehaviour.Continue...

Go Ricky

Celebrities are stupid, stupid people. They’re almost as stupid as the reporters that write about them.Continue...

Weight wage a wager

Perhaps the most common New Year’s resolution has to do with getting in shape—or more specifically, losing weight. While some abandon these resolutions long before the summer months begin, a US website is offering an added incentive to would-be fitness buffs: cash.Continue...

Coffee in a Star-bucket

Regular visitors to their neighbourhood Starbucks will be pleased to hear about the addition of a new beverage size. The Seattle-based coffee company has announced plans to introduce a 31 oz. serving size in its chain locations across the US no later than May 3.Continue...

Bridal trials

Since my mom took my Barbie dream house away, I have replaced make-believe wedding dreams with reality shows, indulging in some Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings to get my bridal fix. However, my wedding fantasies were dashed after making the mistake of watching Bridalplasty.Continue...

Canadian food waste case

According to a recent study published by Guelph’s George Morris Centre, 40 per cent of Canadian food is being thrown out instead of being consumed. The study estimates this food represents a value of roughly $27 billion.Continue...

No fun for number one

In an article published Jan. 15, the Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente interviewed Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Chua is critical of childrearing as an activity oriented around self-esteem and self-exploration. Instead, she emphasizes repetition, criticism and exacting standards.Continue...

Trials & Trivia

My name is Andrew Stokes, and I am a recovered trivia addict.Continue...

Royal toils to hide spoils

Broad changes to the Freedom of Information Act mean that documents and records related to the affairs of the British monarchy will be protected from disclosure, “even if they are in the public interest.”Continue...

Fame games drain brains

High-profile individuals are moving from glitz and glamour to sleaze and scandal.Continue...

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