Editorial – The Unexpected

One of the interesting things about democracy is that, being based on people, It’s never entirely predictable. The United States demonstrated that handily a few days ago, blowing all my predictions out of the water, and now the world is waiting to see what the results of that vote will eventually cause.

This isn’t made any easier because, as even Mr. Trump’s supporters have said, many of his promises were not intended to be taken literally, and some of them are simply not possible to fulfill in our current systems. So, we wait. Some with anticipation, others with anxiety. But few with any solid idea of which of his many promises he will seek to fulfill.

Overall, I expect Mr. Trump’s election will mean good things for Canada. If he performs to the best-case scenario, the United States will prosper, and as we are among the “good” and friendly nations, we will prosper in tandem. However, in the worst-case scenario, Mr. Trump’s isolationist policies will cause the United States to falter, but will do so even as it separates itself from us and seeks to concentrate on itself. So companies and innovative people in the US will be looking for somewhere to operate from that encourages trade and freedom of movement to get the best and brightest employees to them, which again will serve to benefit Canada.

But enough about the United States, You’re no doubt getting more than enough news on that front from other sources. In Canada, it is Remembrance Day, and our feature article is a poignant one by Deanna Roney, on how Remembrance Day was made real for her. Read it, and, like me, you too may feel a bit of that connection.

Our second Remembrance Day focused story is an investigation into where the money you drop into the donation box for your poppy goes. It turns out, when you buy a poppy, not only are you supporting the idea of venerating our veterans and soldiers gone, but you may also be supporting someone’s education. It could even be yours. Check out our article, “Turning Poppies Into Education” to see the whole story.

And as I mentioned on our Facebook page (you haven’t followed The Voice Magazine Facebook page yet? What are you waiting for?) this month is Canada Career Month, so Carla Knipe looks into how That’s started, what it means, and, perhaps most important, what she found out about the possible future of careers for Canadians.

I also want to point out The Creative Spark this week, for an excellent discussion of extended metaphors, how to create them, how to use them, and why you’d want to. And That’s just one of the three topics it looks at.

Plus we of course have a selection of news, interviews, advice, and a bit of thought provoking going on.

But one thing you all must be sure to check out is our classified advertisements. It’s on the back page of the PDF and in the “Letters” tab of our website (why Letters? Because the Classified Section was pulled after our hack, unfortunately). Did you know these are free for students? That’s right, free advertising to any AUSU student. So check it out to help a student out!

Enjoy the read!

P.S. If you didn’t already know, The Voice Magazine has a Facebook page and a twitter feed if You’re into that kind of thing!

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