Writing

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. …

Beginning of the end for United?

This week the internet has exploded with video footage of a man being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight in a brutal manner, leaving him bloodied, dazed, and at one point, potentially unconscious. Without reading any of the backstory or listening to the narrative on some of the videos, one would assume the passenger had caused some kind of …

Bring on the future: Elon Musk and neural link tech

Imagine a phone rings, but the only person who can hear it is you. A transparent image of the caller pops into your vision, and with a mere thought, you answer it. The phone call ends and you decide you want a coffee – a map pops up in front of you with an arrow highlighting the way to the …

Shorter work shifts, better employees?

In 2015, Sweden made headlines with a pilot program designed to reduce work hours while maintaining the same level of pay, in an effort to increase productivity, work ethics, and improve life for their employees. The official experiment consisted of 68 nurses who worked in a seniors’ home in Gothenburg and saw their shift hours reduced from eight to six …

Is it time to be worried yet?

The political situation in America was worsening before Donald Trump ever decided to run. It was the mudslide of polarisation and drawing lines in the sand, leading to him being even a semblance of a viable choice. But the political climate now facing the United States is growing darker and heading down a far more slippery slope under his “leadership.” …

We all have a story to tell

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anaȉs Nin I was six or seven years old when I began writing regularly. Sitting underneath the Christmas tree that year was a beautiful, brightly coloured diary–one of the ones with its own special lock and key. The first entry was silly, as was the next, and …

Gender equality? Still a way to go

“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai This year’s theme for International Women’s Day focused on equality, and how it creates the possibility for the world to thrive in all aspects of life. Male …

Love thy neighbour

Love thy neighbour. Those of us raised in Christianity are taught this simple statement as one of the fundamentals of the our faith. Its simplicity, however, is limited to its concept. Application of it is far more difficult than we often perceive. This commandment is not limited to Christians, of course. It is echoed in sentiments like the golden rule, …