Columns

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 …

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 …

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 …

Technology a time waster?

It’s hard to believe it was barely 15 years ago when going home still meant most contact with our friends, classmates, and colleagues was cut off for the evening. Unless there were phone calls exchanged or time spent on MSN messenger, our lives at home were separate from those of everyone else. We didn’t know what 500 different people were …

Orangeville’s changing culture

Growing up in Orangeville, I never believed it was a place I would call home as an adult. It was charming, comforting, and carried about it a sense of safety and adoration I knew would always resonate within my soul, but at times I felt it was too small. There was a part of me that envied those more cultured. …