Assisted Suicide

What is it? Noun or verb, an act and/or a decision.  Assisted suicide, also known as physician-assisted suicide, is when a person that is terminally ill or restricted by a medical condition to the point of low- or no- quality of life, chooses, knowingly and intentionally, to end their own life. In such a case, […]

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Hate Crime

  What is it? Noun, an illegal act. A hate crime is a harmful or intimidating act, usually violent, committed against a person or group. Victims of hate crimes are targeted based on aspects of their identity, not because of something they have done. Why should you know? Hate crimes are usually motivated by an […]

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Alternative Facts

What is it? Noun, a term. Alternative Facts, also known as “incorrect” facts, are facts that are not reliable, confirmable, or in any way legitimate. They are an ineffective way to avoid admitting failure, taking responsibility, or accepting blatantly flawed logic. Rather than admitting to and learning from mistakes, alternative facts allow users to employ […]

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The Big One

What is it? Noun, an event. The Big One is a hypothetical earthquake, of magnitude 8.0 or greater, that is predicted to hit North America’s West Coast. The Pacific North West is located on the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ), where three major tectonic plates meet. In British Columbia, the Juan de Fuca plate is slowly […]

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Political Asylum

What is it? Noun, a political status. Political asylum is the protection and allowance given by one country to a citizen of another country who has left as a political refugee, often because of life- or right-threatening conditions. People who qualify for political asylum (political refugees) are able to reason that they are somehow at […]

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Ze

What is it? Pronoun, third person singular. “Ze” is a gender-neutral pronoun, used in the same fashion as “he” or “she.” Why should you know? Although the idea of non-binary identities is not new, its acceptance and exposure in mainstream discourse is relatively recent. Gender-neutral terms and pronouns are used when the subject identifies as […]

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