An increasingly virtual world?

I think it’s safe to say that most of us are ready to leave the year 2020 behind. It was the year that kept on giving. Month after month, there was always some type of new unpredictability. As a student, seeing the chaos that ensued due to the pandemic was, quite frankly, unnerving. One more…

For Your Interest: Luxury Handbags. Real Style. Real Money.

Deep in the heart of luxury, there are millions of women around the world who spend a large part of their days (and nights) searching for and buying high-priced handbags. Part passion-project, part style search and all-splurge, many of the women have two or three bags. The more keen and well-off have collections with 20 to 30 plus. It’s an all nations, all-ages, world…

British Columbia as an example

In 1964, French novelist and former spy Pierre Nord wrote in essence that “if there was one thing that we should recognize in Anglo-Saxon culture, it is the genius of pragmatism. The proof is that they won both world wars by engaging only at the end.” This shortcut does not diminish the admiration I feel…

Pandemonium and a rebirth

As we near the nine-month mark since COVID-19 took hold of what feels like every aspect of our daily activities, it’s beginning to feel like life as we once knew it is nothing more than a distant memory. For me, 2019 was one of the most turbulent years of my life. I had spent a…

Losing it: a privileged rant

When lockdown was first announced, I think I had the same thought as many in the world, “Great, more time to myself.” My mantra was: “I finally get time to do all the things I never had the time to do!” I took up baking banana bread every week. I saved my gym membership fees…

For Your Interest: Election Merchandise. Selling Messages. Buying Ideals.

This is a tense moment in America and American politics, and for so many reasons, the upcoming U.S. presidential elections are a (very) big deal. Every day leading up to voting day, the country has seemed to become less united and more divided.   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8745739/TOM-LEONARD-new-civil-war-tearing-America-apart-making-toxic-election-ever.html  Feelings about the president and the direction of the country have been…

Motion sickness

The first time I felt Canadian was this past March. In 2015, I landed in Ontario when I was on the brink of turning 16, having left my mother tongue and favourite cities (in Egypt), along with my closest friends and most formative years (in the United Arab Emirates). I became Canadian when I was…

For Your Interest: Emma Chamberlain. The Internet Star. The Entertainer.

Emma Chamberlain is famous. Very famous. It’s a level of fame that allows her to sell branded T-shirts, hoodies and merchandise, release her own special blend of coffee and buy herself a 4075 sq ft house in West Hollywood. http://centennialbeauty.com/emma-chamberlain-buys-home/ It is the kind of 21st Century fame which is created on and made possible by the internet. If…

A little bit of positivity

I remember the joy I felt when my teachers first announced the extension of spring break due to COVID-19. As a high school junior, my days were filled almost entirely with school and extracurricular activities, and I was grateful that I would get this much-needed rest period. As it turned out, that spring break was…

The Senate honours Canadian Black artists

Two works by internationally acclaimed Black Canadian artists were installed outside the Red Chamber on September 18, 2020 – the first art display in the Senate arranged specifically to honour Canada’s Black artists. Stolen Identities, by Winnipeg painter Yisa Akinbolaji, and Who’s Who in Canada 1927 – a mixed-media piece by Vancouver-based artist Chantal Gibson – will be…

The courage to leave and the courage to stay

I am from the South of France… where the sea reigns and the mountains dominate. I grew up in Nice with my gaze turned towards an always dazzling Mediterranean Sea. Nice… a city where people dream of going on vacation, but from which I dreamed of leaving to explore new horizons and meet other challenges.…