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.…

Confusion and anxiety: a high school coronavirus story

The pervasive theme of the coronavirus pandemic seems to be uncertainty. Uncertainty over when a vaccine will arrive, uncertainty over the economic and political turmoil that has accompanied the pandemic, uncertainty over what tomorrow holds. What will the world look like after the dust settles? Confusion, confusion everywhere. As the trickle of coronavirus reports turned…

The court challenges program is an underestimated tool

We recently learned that the English Montreal School Board received funding through the Court Challenges Program (CCP) in support of its proceedings to contest Quebec’s Bill 21, An Act respecting the laicity of the State. The media widely reported the Quebec government’s criticism of this funding, but reporters unfortunately provided little information regarding its importance for official…

Time for radical equality

Having just arrived from Brazil in December 2019, my experience has been mostly related to minimum wage jobs and customer service. Isolated from friends, my face-to-face interactions involve employers, managers, co-workers and fellow essential workers. If anything, a lesson has been learned after working for ten years at universities and art schools – something I…

Finding sweet light in a shadowed world

What can we do now that anyone around us might be the vector of a deadly disease? We have to continue to live our lives. I’m a college student at UBC and in the Before Time (that’s what I call the time before this pandemic) I had a wonderfully full student life. There were parties…

Two hemispheres of COVID-19: Vietnam and Canada

We are living in an unprecedented time when global public health is at risk. The COVID-19 pandemic has made its way around the globe and impacted nearly all aspects of our lives. I’ve witnessed how my friends and family’s lives have been affected by the pandemic in so many ways. Since the outbreak can spread…