Social & Political Issues

Why Net Neutrality Matters

Backed by the FCC, President Donald Trump announced last month plans to roll back Net Neutrality, lifting restrictions on internet providers that limit how and what they can charge consumers. There’s no way around it–this move is incredibly dangerous, and threatens the way we send and receive news and information, interact, do business–basically everything that happens on the internet. This …

The world feels like it’s on fire

My heart is heavy, filled with a darkness I cannot describe. Every moment my love, hope, and passion for people is whittled away by the evil in the streets. Every moment, I feel myself bracing for the worst, and as the worst comes, I am no longer surprised. I am no longer surprised by the growing darkness, or by the …

Give me hope because it’s fading fast

After the launch of my blog, I spent weeks carefully crafting what was to be my first post. Then the last few days happened, and I realized, it needed to wait. It needed to wait because there are things that need to be said, because there are emotions that need to be processed, and because it’s hard to write about the …

Selective compassion is a growing problem

I have not said much beyond my expression of shock at Paris over the last couple of days, and have stayed away from Social Media for multiple reasons. I haven’t been able to say what I am feeling, because in part, I don’t know how to describe it, and the other part feels like it will fall on deaf ears. …

I don’t support the Pro-Life movement, but I’m not pro-abortion

Earlier this year, I wrote for the first time about abortion and some of the thoughts I was developing about it. Since then, I’ve struggled with where I stand on the issue, and tried to figure out ways to express it. Thankfully, I have a friend who is great at tagging me on posts with articles all about these kinds …

Be careful what you say on Social Media

If I had a dollar for the number of times a teen/young adult has told me that it doesn’t matter what they post on Facebook, Twitter etc, ‘they’re kids and it won’t affect them’, well, I’d probably have enough money to eat out at a really fancy restaurant. This isn’t a new idea – as a teen, I thought the …

Where are the NDP?

*Update Aug 5. 2015 – Our local candidate now has a website up, but I am still skeptical as to whether she will actually make a presence this year. Now, with the 2015 federal election campaign officially launched, the topic of my column feels even more relevant. I was not going to post this, but after receiving several compliments on …

Some thoughts on Charleston and what it means

By this point in time, if you haven’t heard about the Charleston, South Carolina shooting, I’m going to ask you to stop reading this post, go Google it, and read a few articles before coming back.It has been nearly 50 years since the end of the African-American Civil Rights movement, which fought to end racial segregation and provide all black …

The powerful effect fiction can have on reality – Guest post by 50 Shades is Abuse

Last summer, Mara Wilson started talking on twitter about being called a.. not so nice name.. by Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James on twitter, after speaking out about the book glorifying abuse. The book, which I had so wonderfully avoided due to it sounding like complete and utter trash, suddenly became a research topic for me. I scoured …

Why as a pro-lifer, I would vote for a pro-choice legislation

Until this past year, I was a very avid supporter of a strictly pro-life agenda. I was so stuck on that side that I never actually took the time to speak to any pro-choicers about their views. I avoided discussions on the topic like the plague, and was convinced that every pro-choice supporter felt about it the way the loudest, …