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The question about whether or not having a law in Canada that makes helmet use for adult cyclists mandatory has been a topic of debate in the news in recent times. One viewpoint suggests that having legislation that requires the use of helmets by cyclists is fundamentally wrong based on the logical arguments leading up to the implementation of the law (Kilburn 2009). An opposing viewpoint proceeds from a more factual and statistical progression to the conclusion that mandatory helmet use is obviously necessary based on evidence from provinces with existing laws in place (CMAJ). Both writers use different rhetorical strategies to attempt to convince the general knowledge reader of their viewpoint by appealing to logic. In addition, both articles attempt to persuade a general audience to believe their viewpoint. Kilburn writes uses a more subjective voice than CMAJ with the latter having a more journalistic style. However, Kilburn presents a more effective argument that better appeals to the ethics and emotion of the general audience in his presentation of the facts than CMAJ. First, the overall tones of the two articles are different with Kilburn’s approach being more appropriate for his purpose. The CMAJ uses quotations from experts in the field with numbers and statistics to support its points. This gives the impression that the information presented in

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