Cultural Appropriations · General Ramblings · Rants For Thought

Attawapiskat: Break Our Hearts For What Breaks Yours

As the Native friend in my circles, I’m often asked what we could do better when it comes to Canada’s Native Nations. And the fact is, I don’t know. I don’t have any one solution to a centuries-old colonial mess. Being Native is still a very cloudy experience for me. I struggle with my own… Continue reading Attawapiskat: Break Our Hearts For What Breaks Yours

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My Land’s Only Borders Lie Around My Heart: A Canada Day Meditation

There’s an absolutely wonderful song that was part of one of my favourite musicals, Chess. It’s called “Anthem” and it’s sung by the Russian chess champion on his move to another country. He’s accused of leaving his homeland and renouncing his Russian identity by moving away. Instead, he tells people that his land has no… Continue reading My Land’s Only Borders Lie Around My Heart: A Canada Day Meditation

Cultural Appropriations

Caitlyn Jenner’s Transition Is Great, But We Have Work To Do

I woke up to wonderful news today. Caitlyn Jenner is currently gracing the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in a gorgeous spread. She came out as transgender in a special with Diane Sawyer earlier in April, and has now further shared with us her new identity and appearance. I’m proud and happy for her, but… Continue reading Caitlyn Jenner’s Transition Is Great, But We Have Work To Do

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Mombod, Dadbod, Everyone’s Bod is Awesome

I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the recent “dadbod” phenomenon taking over social media. If you haven’t, essentially it’s a bunch of dudes who have a certain type of physique being celebrated and called attractive for that physique. Which is awesome – I’m all for body positivity of every sort. But there has been… Continue reading Mombod, Dadbod, Everyone’s Bod is Awesome

Cultural Appropriations · Rants For Thought

The Paradox of the Outspoken Woman & Why She Bothers Men

I am an outspoken woman. I’m outspoken in real life, and I’m outspoken on the Internet. I don’t shy away from a debate. I have Opinions, big ones, on anything from TV shows to social justice. I like discussions, and I am happy to sit down and go through a subject with a fine-tooth comb… Continue reading The Paradox of the Outspoken Woman & Why She Bothers Men

Cultural Appropriations

Today, We Uphold Freedom of the Press for Charlie Hebdo

When I was in journalism school, I had a professor who told us that whatever we did as journalists, we always had to be honest and play by our profession’s ethics. But more importantly, he told us, we had to play by our own personal ethics. The media has the power to make or break… Continue reading Today, We Uphold Freedom of the Press for Charlie Hebdo

Cultural Appropriations · General Ramblings · Rants For Thought

The World’s Resolution for 2015: Do Better

Every year, it seems like the months go faster and faster. I don’t know if that’s just because every year, I’m a little older, or if it’s because time really does move faster. Either way, I’m glad, from a social justice perspective, that 2014 is finished. I learned this year that time is a social… Continue reading The World’s Resolution for 2015: Do Better

Cultural Appropriations · Rants For Thought

In Order To Be Balanced On Jian Ghomeshi’s Case, We Need To Listen To The Women Too

As the story evolves on Jian Ghomeshi and his case against the CBC, articles have been coming out left and right, taking sides, pointing out different facts and voices in the scandal, and bringing new information to the table. Because Canada, in truth, sometimes seems like a very small village when a broadcaster of Ghomeshi’s… Continue reading In Order To Be Balanced On Jian Ghomeshi’s Case, We Need To Listen To The Women Too