Social & Political Issues

The Shadow of the Bear – A guest post on the Russian/Ukraine War

Today, I’m relinquishing my own thoughts to publish a guest post by a blogger I have come to both admire and respect greatly. Kat Argo is an incredible writer who has spent the last year travelling through the Ukraine (including Kiev and Donetsk), Turkey, and other places. Her insight into the war is incredible, and more often than not, her …

We still need feminism

Last Friday was a day of importance that many outside of Canada, and even many within Canada are not aware of. December 6 marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action On Violence Against Women, where memorial vigils are held across the country.   The day, which was established in 1991, marks the anniversary of the Dec. 6, 1989 murder …

Ferguson matters, even if it’s nowhere near you.

A grade 12 student I know was recently laughing about a picture from a Ferguson protest that was not funny in the slightest. When I pointed this out, he said ‘It’s funny, because it has nothing to do with us. None of this does.’   If it were possible to do a face-plant like an anime character, I would have …

Lest we forget, not a single one of them.

  Remembrance Day for me has always been difficult for me to process, just as war history in school was. While it is incredibly likely that I had relatives who fought in WWI and WWII for the allies, I don’t know of any of them. If they exist, they’re not a part of the family that I have been told …

Ottawa Shooting Will Not Shake Us

Yesterday, Canadians were rocked by the situation that unfolded in Ottawa. It was the first time that I can recall our leaders ever referring to a situation as an act of ‘terrorism’, rather than the maniacal assault of a deranged individual. It was the first time that I can recall obsessively watching the news in horror about a situation unfolding …

Walking for Canada’s Homeless

I’ve said before that one of my favourite parts of my job is that every so often, I get to meet someone who is inspiring, someone who challenges me to continue pursuing my dream of being a life-changer and a history maker. These people come in all shapes and forms, and from all walks of life, and on Monday morning, …

Geeks, Sexism, and Assault

Sorry I’ve been away for a couple weeks. Things got a little crazy at the paper with multiple deadlines and trying to get life stuff done.   I wanted to share the column I wrote for this week’s paper, because it’s both an issue I’m passionate about and ties in relatively well with my last post. It’s one of the …

A response to the Women Against Feminism.

I want to start off by saying that I understand where many of you are coming from. Where the idea of being connected with something that has been linked to women being superior rather than equal is an issue you don’t want to be a part of. Where, from your comfortable spot in the world, you’ve been fortunate enough to …

#StopTheBeautyMadness

I stood in front of the mirror at my inlaws’ house this past weekend, staring at myself in the mirror, trying to figure out whether I should even bother going to the beach or if I should just throw back on my clothes and forget the swimming part. Weight has been an issue with me for a long time, and …