Race, paradigms and privilege

Many of us were ashamed, though not surprised, to hear of some of the racial attacks on a local candidate during her campaign. After an article regarding this was shared to one of our local Q&A Facebook groups, an argument broke out over the use of the words “white privilege”. The statement had been used in reference to the number …

A step backwards in Aboriginal affairs

Both federally and locally, there has been a push in recent years to make amends for the horrors done to our aboriginal communities. With the creation of the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle and the many events they have hosted and participated in, efforts continue to be made to make their presence a part of our modern culture. Not only …

This election, educate yourself

When it comes to politics, I realize I have always been an outlier. Even as a young teenager I enjoyed learning about them, and was usually far more invested in elections than my friends were. It seemed natural to me to care about our elected officials and what they were doing, so I never bore second thought to the idea …

Why #Exvangelical and #EmptyThePews

Finding my way through deconstruction and back to reconstruction was hard. It wasn’t until I found the #Exvangelical community that I began to re-embrace my faith and figure out how to move forward in it. Before I get into what it means to be part of that and the #EmptyThePews movement, I want to give a rundown of what it’s …

True love, all because of Star Wars

Being the Star Wars nerd I am, it’s only fitting that my ‘fairy-tale’ romance started because of the franchise. Scott grew up in a small town where my grandparents lived from the time I was 10 until I was in my 20s. It’s a beautiful little port town with a beach, a quaint harbour, and small enough population that everybody …

Return of the Expanded Universe?

One of the most devastating blows to my Star Wars fanaticism was the day Disney announced the Expanded Universe (EU) was canon no more, and would now be reclassified as “Legends”. I had bonded with the Expanded Universe characters; as pathetic as it may sound, there were times they were my closest — and only — friends. In a way, …

Incels and the question of regulation

In the aftermath of last week’s violent murder-spree by Alek Minassian, there are many questions left unanswered. While most circulate around the motive behind such an abhorrent action, there are also questions regarding how to stop this from happening again. These latter questions involve two very specific areas. The first, regarding van rentals — a seemingly “easy” way to create …

Selfish Gain

We all are selfish at times. Sometimes we lose track of where the line of determination and self-care/support becomes selfish pursuit. It’s easy to convince ourselves that we are doing things for others, when in fact, it’s all about us. There are a lot of selfish people within the Church. People who take advantage of the hearts and generosity of …

How Creative Planning Keeps Me Motivated

Like many people struggling with mental health issues, getting motivated can be a challenge at times. For me, I basically have two modes — super motivated and completely unmotivated. Over the years, one of my biggest challenges has been finding ways to overcome this. Looking at what stifles your motivation can reveal a lot of interesting things. One of the …

Why Pregnancy April Fool’s Jokes are Cruel and Unfunny

Without fail, at least one person on my news feed annually takes the opportunity to make an April Fool’s joke about pregnancy. People laugh in amusement and then mock those who comment saying it’s hurtful. “Learn to take a joke!” “Take a chill pill!” And more recently, “You’re such a snowflake!” Here’s the thing though — there is literally nothing …