How to Make a Christmas Song: For Dummies

By: Jenna I.


The Christmas season is upon us, making the stores of our capitalist nation shove merchandise related to anything festive down our throats. A subtle version of milking the Christmas Cash Cow of the Christmas industry is producing Christmas music, as it is a highly popular part of the hyped up holiday, making it being literally played everywhere; at the 24 hour Shoppers Drug Mart when you have a late night Doritos craving, in your car on the way to school, and even at your grandmother’s sad Christmas party in which, though you are a teenager, you have to sit at the kids table. Obviously, it’s a widely loved “art”. Meaning that it is extremely profitable if you have a subpar voice and a knack to sing about Old Saint Nick himself. Plus, Mariah Carey gained 50 million off of her most popular song, All I Want for Christmas is You, so becoming filthy rich is also a bonus. So, if you want to make the best dang Christmas song since Jeff Foxworthy’s “Redneck 12 Days of Christmas” (actually, never mind, as not even the most legendary song could take the title that Jeff Foxworthy’s holiday classic has earned), follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to the bank to actually acquire 100 dollar bills instead of suddenly realizing you have 47 cents on your debit card.

Continue reading

How the Canadian government is not doing enough to deal with the drug crisis.

By Benjamin.G

Fentanyl;his drug has been sweeping through Canada and parts of the United states like a scythe, killing hundreds every year. In the past years, starting in Mid-2015, there has been a massive spike in fentanyl overdoses, resulting in countless deaths. Fentanyl is an extremely powerful drug, capable of giving a person a heroin-like euphoria with only mass equivalent to a salt grain, while 2 grains worth of Fentanyl could kill a person. The drug started to become popular in 2015, as there were large spikes in fentanyl drug production in the States and Canada. The Fentanyl epidemic spread to Alberta and BC a while ago, claiming 505 people in BC in 2015, and 488 deaths so far this year. Fentanyl also has claimed hundreds of lives in Calgary and Alberta as well, due to the drug become more prominent on the streets. Despite this massive epidemic, the Federal government is doing next to nothing to help local authorities deal with this national threat.

Continue reading

Hate in America

By Natalie


“I mean, we could say politically correct that look doesn’t matter, but the look obviously matters… like you wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful.”(The Strip View 2014)

“If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” (Twitter, 2015 – later deleted)

“Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” (Campaign Launch 2015)

“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”

“If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’”

“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”


Donald Trump has long alienated women and minority races all across America with his crass and flippant comments, so the thought that someone who evidently holds so little and negative disregard for these groups could rule the country? Be responsible for their lives? It was a reality that many counldn’t make themselves ruminate on for too long. Trump’s demeanor, that of a priveledged reality TV star (it’s only true) seemed so ridiculous and immature on the presidential stage that it was hard to imagine him in charge of the entire American government. An oversight, yes, but maybe just escapism from the whole election, considering the opposition.

Continue reading

An Open Letter to Teachers



Ohm S.

Dear teachers,

You probably know the struggles that Westmount kids maintain on a daily basis. Consistent homework, extracurricular activities and rapid lives that all fly by in an instant. As a student who believes that some of this often contradicts with schoolwork, I would like to point out some things that you guys can do to help us cope with school. This will point out some flaws in teaching, but if that is what it takes to make Westmount great again, so be it. Continue reading