Michael Wrobel

  • The NDP and Greens Are Right—We Need to Repeal Bill C-51

    Even though Bill C-51 has received a considerable amount of media attention since its introduction in the House of Commons in January, much confusion remains about the Conservatives’ anti-terrorism act, which was passed and became law in June.

  • Canada Needs Electoral Reform

    Canada’s plurality-vote electoral system, colloquially known as “first past the post,” is broken. Depending on which party forms government after Oct. 19, this federal election may well be the last to use this antiquated way of electing Members of Parliament.

  • On Oct. 19, Canadians Need to Vote for a Universal Childcare Program

    Most undergraduate students probably don’t consider affordable childcare to be a top issue in this federal election campaign. Faced with a challenging labour market, out-of-control housing prices and unstable employment, we are, on average, taking longer to finish school, enter into established relationships and have children of our own.

  • Bidding Begins on Concordia’s Beverage Contract

    As the bidding process on Concordia’s food services contract drew to a close, the university began accepting proposals for a new beverage contract.

  • Concordia Food Coalition in Negotiations to Buy Burritoville

    The Concordia Food Coalition is currently involved in negotiations to buy Burritoville, a restaurant on Bishop Street that serves no-meat tacos, burritos and quesadillas using organic and locally grown ingredients.

  • No Student-Led Bid on Concordia’s Food Contract Forthcoming

    The Concordia Food Coalition’s Plans to Bid on University Food Contract Fall Through

    For months, students involved in the Concordia Food Coalition have been working to bring together various organic, locavore and vegetarian restaurants and cafés to bid on Concordia’s food services contract. However, a key player recently decided to pull out of the initiative, meaning there won’t be a CFC-led bid after all.

  • Quebec’s History on the Move

    Moving Exhibition Comes to Concordia Exposing the Social Struggles and Movements of the Province

    For two weeks, the atrium of Concordia’s downtown library will be home to “Quebec on the Move,” an exhibit exploring various social movements in relation to Quebec’s English-speaking communities from 1960 to today.

  • Cuts to Health Services: Necessity or Ideology?

    Provincial Health Reforms Will Unquestionably Reduce Quality of Healthcare

    Racing to eliminate a budgetary deficit, Quebec’s Liberal government is moving forward with reforming the province’s healthcare services. Unfortunately, the system’s stakeholders—doctors, nurses, support staff and, most importantly, patients—will be the real losers of it all.

  • Is Overdevelopment Just Par for the Course?

    The Battle Over Turning Meadowbrook Golf Course Into a Park

    For 25 years, activists and housing developers have fought over the Meadowbrook Golf Course. On Jan. 29, Montreal’s agglomeration council finally waded into the debate, approving a new land-use plan that calls for Meadowbrook to be rezoned from “residential” to “large green space or recreational.”

  • Canada’s Youngest MP to Run for Re-Election

    Pierre-Luc Dusseault: Conservative Government Doesn’t “Respect Parliament”

    Canada’s youngest Member of Parliament is running for re-election and he says other young Canadians should throw their hats into the ring too.

  • CSU-Run Daycare Project Moving Forward, Reggie’s to Remain Closed Until September

    CSU Executives Meet with University to Find a Space for a New Daycare on Campus

    Concordia Student Union executives have begun meeting with university administrators to try to find a space on campus for a CSU-run daycare.

  • CSU By-Election Referendum Walkthrough

    Six Questions Will Appear on the By-Election Ballot

    What students will be voting for during this week’s by-elections

  • Students Investigate Our “Right To The City”

    Concordia Student Exhibition Combines Theatre, Art History and Storytelling

    Three Concordia courses took students out of the classroom and into the community of Pointe St. Charles this semester. On Saturday, the general public will be able to view the results of their research in an exhibit that combines theatre, art history and digital storytelling.

  • Vote NO to BDS

    When Concordia undergraduates head to the ballot boxes next week, they will be asked to vote on whether or not their student union should endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement opposing Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories. BDS supporters at Concordia mean well, but the movement as a whole amounts to little more than a clever propaganda campaign, and I encourage students to check off the “no” box.

  • Hundreds Express Opposition to Shipping Albertan Oil Eastward

    Hundreds of students denounced the construction of oil pipelines in Quebec by taking to the streets of downtown Montreal on Saturday. The protest was organized by Étudiants et étudiantes contre les oléoducs, a new coalition of student associations looking to block Albertan oil from being transported to eastern Canada through TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline and a reversal of the flow along Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline.

  • Students Look to Relaunch L’Organe

    Concordia’s French-Language Magazine Is Being Given a New Life

    Three students are reviving Concordia’s French-language magazine.

  • Concordia Model UN’s Quest for a Fee Levy

    Concordia Model UN club runs into obstacles from the CSU policy committee.

  • Academic Conference Taking Place at Concordia to Examine LGBT Rights in Canada and Abroad

    Concordia will host an international academic conference on the future of LGBT rights on Oct. 6 and 7.

  • CSU Facing Possible Negative Cash Flow as of Next Summer

    Union Expects a Deficit of Over $135,000 This Academic Year

    There may soon be an imbalance between revenue and “ever-growing expenses” at the Concordia Student Union, affecting “the financial sustainability of the [CSU’s] operations account,” VP Finance Heather Nagy said at a CSU council meeting last Wednesday.

  • Provinces Following Quebec by Making Out-Of-Province Students Pay More Tuition

    Nationally, Tuition Nearly Tripled in the Past 20 Years, Report Says

    Rather than reducing fees to “ensure accessibility on a universal basis,” provincial governments are focusing on charging out-of-province students more, a report released last Wednesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says.