New Zealand: Ahead of the curve on Miscarriage Paid Leave

by Tatyana BaldwinImage: Spi-V / Flickr The terms miscarriage and stillbirth are applied to a pregnancy that leads to the loss of the baby. Both of these events cause unmeasurable grief and pain for the parents. As with any loss, it takes time to heal and accept the reality of the loss. For this reason, it is vitally important that the severity of these situations … Continue reading New Zealand: Ahead of the curve on Miscarriage Paid Leave

Why Mental Health Mattered Yesterday, Matters today and Will Matter Tomorrow

by Sonia SaidImage: Andy Zurich / Flickr There might be no better time to talk about Mental Health than now. Why? Because like women’s day, everyday should be Mental Health awareness day. And during the current pandemic of the Covid-19, people have been more and more concerned. Mental health is an extensive part of our everyday lives, as it is associated with our well-being; more precisely, … Continue reading Why Mental Health Mattered Yesterday, Matters today and Will Matter Tomorrow

An Age of Information? Or MIS-information?

by Nanditha Nagamani PraveenImage: Roman Kraft / Unsplash In the last few years, social media has bulldozed its way to being one of the most effective platforms for speaking out on social and political issues, and 2020 was no exception. From the coronavirus pandemic, to the US presidential elections, to the Indian farmer protests, public opinion has vastly been influenced and shaped by a maelstrom … Continue reading An Age of Information? Or MIS-information?

WE ARE(N’T) WHAT WE EAT

by Lara ChoyImage: Nico Smit / Unsplash It’s a chilly pandemic winter and three very different Torontonians secretly share in the same struggle. A recently unemployed server rushes down the sidewalk with spare cash from his roommate to pay for a few groceries. He passes a small apartment, where a single mother begins skipping meals to feed her two young children after remote learning eliminates … Continue reading WE ARE(N’T) WHAT WE EAT

Press the Recording Button! It’s Not That Hard.

by Irina JiangImage: Matheus Farias / Unsplash What is your first impression of online schooling? Flexible? Enjoyable? The answer for Kaijie Zhang, a former freshman student from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a private university in New York, would be “lethal”. On February 8th, 2021, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute posted a brief announcement on their website expressing their grief towards Kaijie’s passing. Though the university did not explicitly … Continue reading Press the Recording Button! It’s Not That Hard.

Tackling Hate Crimes in the U.S.

by Jessie JinImage: Mike Gifford / Flickr From the appalling anti-black, racism-motivated murder in College Park to the violent attack on an elderly Asian woman just a few days ago (as of this writing), the United States has reached an all-time high in hate crimes. The Anti-Defamation League claimed that 3566 “extremist propaganda incidents” occurred in 2020, a considerable increase from the 2704 recorded in … Continue reading Tackling Hate Crimes in the U.S.

Can It Be Done? – Gender Neutrality in the French Language

by Monique Kasonga Image: papillion_1/Flickr In a world where gender nonconformity and neutrality are slowly on the rise, many languages and cultures have added and adopted gender neutral pronouns. While there have long been gender-neutral pronouns in English, many other languages still lack this inclusive language. Understanding the situation’s complexity requires looking at the concept of grammatical gender and how it maps onto different languages. … Continue reading Can It Be Done? – Gender Neutrality in the French Language

YuZhang Academy: the Reform Schools of Exacerbation

by Jessie Jin Image Source: CGTN Trigger Warning: r*pe, abuse, self-harm. Viewer discretion is advised.  “The room I was imprisoned in was dark, the only source of light was from a crack in the wall. The walls are covered in mildew, and there are often rats and cockroaches on the floor. The room has an old quilt as the bed and a pot as the … Continue reading YuZhang Academy: the Reform Schools of Exacerbation

Today’s Youth is Suffering in a Different Way Than You May Think

by Monique Kasonga Image Source: Robert Lang With the one year anniversary of COVID-19’s arrival to Canada just around the corner, most Canadians are able to say how much their lives have drastically changed during this past year. Back in March, when most of the country found itself in quarantine, many of Canada’s youth experienced extra stress surrounding school, finance and future plans in general. … Continue reading Today’s Youth is Suffering in a Different Way Than You May Think