Writing

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 …

The Crown Princess’ Voyage: Book Review

Some of you may recall a book review I did last January for a book called “The Gift Knight’s Quest.” I had the privilege of reading the sequel to this book over the past year. Much like the first, it is quite enjoyable and features an interesting premise. The only criticism I had regarding the first book was the difficult …

Mid-Month Short Story Challenge

Tim, a blogger that I follow, and an incredible writer, has been hosting a mid-month story challenge for several months now. Although I was super-excited right from the beginning, this is the first one I’ve been able to finish. The challenge is posted (as the title suggests) in the middle of each month. It is due on the first of …

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 …

What to do When Dreams Die

One of my favourite quotes from Walt Disney is “If you can dream it, you can do it.” For years, I took this as meaning that every single dream you have will come true. After all, Walt also said “All our dreams can come true if we have the strength to pursue them.” Growing up, I took both of these …

We need to do better

I hesitated in sharing this particular column on my blog, but felt the message is worth the post. As much as this is about Chester Bennington’s suicide, it’s also bigger than that. Chester’s tragic end after a frightening and difficult battle only comes to the forefront of conversation because he, like many other celebrities, are already in the spotlight. But …

Don’t fear the mess

We live in a world obsessed with perfection. With the rise of social media programs designed to showcase our lives to the world through series of comments, snippets, and photos, we pick the best, add a filter, and publish. Much like Photoshop allows an artist or photographer to erase the blemishes, tidy up the blurred lines, tone, tighten, and brighten, …

A crying need for resources

One of the biggest battles in the mental health community supersedes the need to end stigma, settling on the area of recovery. We pour endless resources into raising awareness. While it is important, access to services are even more important. Canada has an incredibly long way to go when it comes to appropriate medical access for people with mental illnesses, …

This is Mental Health

These days, it’s fairly common knowledge that mental health issues are far more widespread than we could have ever imagined. We know the statistics – over the past decade medical professionals and others passionate about making the issues known have rallied behind the banner to end stigma and spoken up. Talk is required to get the conversation going, but as …