Politics

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“The current political system does not easily allow for homelessness to be an issue that gains much attention or commitment from elected officials. This is largely disheartening and reflects poorly upon voters and politicians but it also has the upside of partly keeping bad rhetoric out of the discourse,” writes Quinn Sam, a student entering his second year studying political science and economy at the University of Ottawa.

Liberal incumbent Mona Fortier was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier on Monday night in a decisive win, garnering support from about 50 per cent of the riding’s voters. The NDP’s Stephanie Mercier and the Conservative’s Joel Bernard came second and third respectively.

Voter turnout in people aged 18-24 jumped by 18.3 per cent from the 2011 election to the 2015 election. It’s never been easier to make an informed decision of which candidate and party you want to support, so let’s keep that trend alive.

Over the past 100 years, therapy that sought to force heterosexuality — acquiring the name “conversion therapy” in the 1970s — has been present in Canada. But a mixture of shame and pseudoscience has always been at the root of conversion therapy.

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