Writing

Farewell to an icon

Fans around the world began to mourn early Monday afternoon when it was announced Marvel Comics co-creator, Stan Lee, had passed away.   For those who are not part of the world of comic books, fantasy, and fandom, it may be difficult to relate to the depth of emotion those of us in that world were overwhelmed by. After all, …

Rot in hell (or at least in prison)

On Tuesday afternoon I opened Twitter to see a name trending that I would be happy to never see or hear again — Paul Bernardo. I’m not ashamed to say part of me was hoping when I clicked on his name, that the trending news would be that the man was dead. That he had finally kicked the bucket and …

It’s okay to sit on your pain for a while

Last year at Thanksgiving, I was more grateful than I could remember being in a long time. Despite a very difficult two years, things seemed to finally be looking up.   As those of you who follow my columns know, things kind of went to hell right after. The miscarriage, the loss of a treasured job, and wrapped up with …

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 …

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 …

Reliable news vs. ‘alternative’ facts

Although technology has made a journalist’s job a lot easier in modern day reporting, there is a lot that has made it harder as well. Gone are the days when news was considered reliable because of the outlet – now, everything is questioned and challenged, and sometimes even thwarted from fake news organizations or false reports designed to make you …

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 …