Dress Code: Stop Blaming Girls, and Start Educating Boys

I will never forget the day where I was pulled out of class by my dean because my male teacher had decided that my shorts were too short. He later told me, “I don’t know how your parents let you out of the house looking like that.” In my own high school that promotes individuality, creativity, and self-reflection, I am not allowed to show my … Continue reading Dress Code: Stop Blaming Girls, and Start Educating Boys

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Why Guns Are NOT Necessary

Featured photo taken from CNN showing Tyra Heman, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, protests in front of the school where seventeen people were killed on February 14, 2018. Weaving different events with similar qualities and outcomes. A disastrous thing will occur, to which we say that we will get better and that this will never happen again. But this ‘promise’ never endures. … Continue reading Why Guns Are NOT Necessary

We Need Shorter School Days and Less Homework

High school students spend about 6 to 7 hours at school every day. On top of that, Canadian and American students get about 6 hours of homework every week. We need to lower the number of homework students get because research has found it can have physical, mental and social implications. School hours need to be shorter and we should get less homework because it … Continue reading We Need Shorter School Days and Less Homework

Low-Fat Products Contain Hidden Sugar

Obesity has become a global epidemic, bringing with it other health problems such as heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, certain cancers, fatty liver etc. Some of the leading causes of obesity are genetics, junk food, and food addiction. As a society, we like to believe that preaching “calories in, calories out” and “eat less and exercise more” can solve this health crisis. It has somehow been … Continue reading Low-Fat Products Contain Hidden Sugar

Bermuda Becomes First Country to Ban Same Sex Marriage

Earlier this week, Bermuda became the first country to repeal a law allowing same-sex marriage. Just last year, the Bermuda Supreme Court ruled in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry, but this act in favour of equality has been repealed by the combined influence of Bermuda’s governor and the socially conservative, Catholic majority population. As Bermuda is a self-governing British Overseas territory, many … Continue reading Bermuda Becomes First Country to Ban Same Sex Marriage

GUNS: What Now?

In the United States, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding anything “gun” lately, and rightfully so. You name it; police brutality, gun violence, school shootings, gun laws… The list goes on and on, and as time progresses, it almost feels as though the issues worsen. In light of recent events, many have been looking over gun control laws perceptively. However, “gun control” almost … Continue reading GUNS: What Now?

Where Is Our Much Needed Gun Control?

Parkland, Florida. St. Johns, Michigan. Italy, Texas. Benton, Kentucky. These are only 5 of 18 school shootings this year, according to the New York Daily News. Parkland became one of the most major school shootings this year when Parkland, before yesterday, was named one of the friendliest and wealthiest schools in America. What happened? What went wrong? Why was the shooter in possession of an AR-15 … Continue reading Where Is Our Much Needed Gun Control?

We Need Policy and Change NOT “Thoughts and Prayers”

On February 14, 2018, seventeen people lost their lives and many others were wounded in a deadly school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Mass shootings have become so normalized these past few years that we have become almost desensitized to the horrific incidents. Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Las Vegas, and now Stonemason Douglas. When will it end?  In fact, there have been 18 … Continue reading We Need Policy and Change NOT “Thoughts and Prayers”

Donald Trump’s Turbulent UK Visit Still Going Ahead

Trump’s racist, xenophobic, sexist and islamophobic policies have induced ferocious retributions from not just America but activists and believers of equality worldwide. And following this months ‘Women’s March’, where tens of thousands of people came together to protest Trump for the second year running, it is evident that demonstrations against his Presidency are not easily backing down. It’s no surprise, then, that over 1,860,000 people … Continue reading Donald Trump’s Turbulent UK Visit Still Going Ahead

Appeals Court Rules Undocumented Children Not Entitled to Government-Paid Lawyers in Deportation Hearings

In response to a case involving a teenage Honduran boy, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that undocumented immigrant children that come to the United States with their parents are not entitled to government-paid lawyers in deportation hearings. In all criminal cases in the United States, defendants are legally entitled to government-paid lawyers. However, that does not apply to immigration cases now. Judge … Continue reading Appeals Court Rules Undocumented Children Not Entitled to Government-Paid Lawyers in Deportation Hearings

Haitians No Longer Eligible For U.S. Work Visas

According to The Department of Homeland Security, Haiti, Belize, and Samoa have been removed from a list of more than 80 countries in which are eligible for the H-2B and the H-2A. H-2A visas are granted to foreign workers that come into the United States to work in agriculture. H-2B visas also allow foreign workers into the U.S., but only those there to perform non-agricultural … Continue reading Haitians No Longer Eligible For U.S. Work Visas

2018 Phoenix Women’s March

Yesterday I attended the 2nd Annual Women’s March in Phoenix, Arizona. I got there around 9 a.m. so there were plenty of people there already. Everywhere I looked someone was holding an awesome sign displaying a creative call-to-action. Before the march began, my mom, aunt, sister and I walked around to the different booths with signs and buttons. I bought a couple of buttons and … Continue reading 2018 Phoenix Women’s March

Canadian Mining Companies Are A Nightmare When Operating Abroad

Mining is one of the biggest contributors to the Canadian economy. In 2015, it contributed $56 billion to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Over the last decade (2003-2012), the federal and provincial governments have received over $71 billion in taxes and royalties. Canada is a global leader in the mining industry. It is home to 75% of the world’s mining companies and ranks amongst the … Continue reading Canadian Mining Companies Are A Nightmare When Operating Abroad

What’s Your Damage? Thoughts on Heathers

One score and ten years ago our fathers brought forth the antidote to the monotony of vapid teen movies: Heathers. The 1988 cult classic stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as a high school couple who want to end the evil reign of the popular girls (all named Heather), by any means necessary. Beloved by Gen Z and Gen X alike, the film set a baseline for … Continue reading What’s Your Damage? Thoughts on Heathers

Canadian Immigrants Are Facing Dangerous Unemployment Rates

The immigrants that have come to Canada in the past five to ten years have 1.5 times the unemployment rate as those born in Canada, reveals a Maclean’s article. Many newcomers have to do jobs that they are overqualified for. In fact, as immigrants, my own parent has had the struggle of finding jobs they are suited for. My mom has a master’s degree and … Continue reading Canadian Immigrants Are Facing Dangerous Unemployment Rates

Just in time for Wyvern Lingo: catching up with one of Ireland’s best up-and-coming bands

“A classic band failure.” That’s how Karen Cowley of Irish trio Wyvern Lingo described the overly-long soundcheck that delayed our phoner. It’s the first glimpse of modesty and humor I’d encounter from the frontwoman of this exceedingly busy emerging act. This is just one instance of many in the band’s hectic schedule: after providing backing vocals for and touring with fellow Irish breakout star Hozier, … Continue reading Just in time for Wyvern Lingo: catching up with one of Ireland’s best up-and-coming bands

Why You Shouldn’t Be Defending Aziz Ansari

This past weekend, babe.net published an article titled, “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life.” The article has since gained massive traction and gone viral, with the author of the article, Katie Way, appearing on CBS News. Since the publishing of the article, Aziz Ansari has issued a public statement, as seen below: “In September … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Be Defending Aziz Ansari

Big Brands Are White Supremacists and Sweatshops Are Proof

I was preparing to post an Instagram photo with the caption “Favorite New Coat” when I realized that almost every single piece I was wearing in the image was from Forever 21. The first thing that came to my head was that I could easily become a walking Forever 21 ad campaign if they needed one. But then I remembered a documentary I had recently watched … Continue reading Big Brands Are White Supremacists and Sweatshops Are Proof

The Drama of the Fakeness Within Teen Television

The terrible trauma of teenage tenacity is a moment that those who go beyond it hope to never live again. Overheated hormones, untreatable acne, and tepid academic inculcations – on paper the horrors of adolescence seem to have stepped out of an Edgar Allen Poe story. However, teen dramas created to depict the constant crises of youth have been on the rise ever since the … Continue reading The Drama of the Fakeness Within Teen Television

2017 Wasn’t All That Bad and Here’s Why

This year was, without doubt, a pretty rough one. There were numerous terrorist attacks that killed a staggering number of people all over the world, President Trump signed multiple executive orders that negatively affect the lives of many, shootings, devastating hurricanes, the death of beloved celebrities, the Charlottesville riot, nuclear war threats, the California wildfires, and the FCC voted in favor of repealing net neutrality. … Continue reading 2017 Wasn’t All That Bad and Here’s Why

“Writer’s Block”? Get Over It.

Contrary to popular opinion, writer’s block isn’t some unbeatable and tragic issue. All of the contributing factors can be remedied with properly scheduled time and consistent effort to produce content. Creativity does not come easily and in abundance. It takes time and thought to write something that is not just sufficient, but has value and significance to both yourself and your targeted audience. Creating something … Continue reading “Writer’s Block”? Get Over It.

The War on Christmas was Already Won

Walk into any store from the end of November to early January and a very familiar scene will unfold. Christmas music blaring out from every speaker, exhausted assistants in gaudy jumpers, aisles of cards and paper emblazoned with ‘Merry Christmas’, special offers on Christmas food and Christmas drink and Christmas clothes… You would never guess that over a dozen other religious holidays are celebrated during … Continue reading The War on Christmas was Already Won

Things Only Speech Kids Understand

Speech team, or Forensics, seems to create a different world every Saturday, in which the norm is professionalism and friendly respect among teenagers for their strengths. The competition itself is only one facet of the powerful love speech kids have for the activity. Between the spoken and unspoken rules and standards, speech kids are brought closer together in all areas of life, like no other … Continue reading Things Only Speech Kids Understand

Redefining Masculinity

Masculinity has been regarded as the ultimate attribute of a human male throughout the course of time. In historical times, masculinity was deemed as the traits inherent to human males. from birth. While masculinity used to be classified as a biologically-created construct, it is widely apparent that the traditional definition of masculinity is false. However, today’s definition of masculinity still reflects masculinity as a biologically … Continue reading Redefining Masculinity

12 Things To Get Excited For About Winter

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  1. I know we are all thinking it so let’s just get it out of the way…FOOD! Wether it’s Christmas dinner or a pancake breakfast, food is a key part to some happy holidays. 8AA4A6A0-6DCE-4FE1-A97A-F7C0FF8E01AA
  2. Decorations! No matter what you celebrate decorations are everywhere! All the lights add to the winter feel. 76586673-8061-4384-B5FF-F773FBD469A9.jpeg
  3. Holiday music! There is a song for literally every mood over the holidays!84E490F7-934A-4938-BCC0-7B5FF1DA464D
  4. Snow! Snow is one of the key parts to winter! In a way it ties together all the holiday vibes! (Tip: If you live somewhere where its to warm to snow they take a road trip somewhere cooler over break!)CB52E4A7-4C2D-4F5C-9E82-B233E60F3501
  5. Ice skating! Outdoor or indoor ice skating can really make your day and put you in a good mood!79D6CFA5-9DB9-42D4-AD11-5610BD114DE0
  6. Hot chocolate! The original winter drink! (Tip: a good substitute could be coffee with peppermint creamer!)5BFB07A2-2EBE-4511-AAEA-B508D120F7B5
  7. Time with family and friends! Winter holidays can often be very stressful so it is important to relax a bit with people you hold close!CE1C78AC-544C-490B-955A-A1EBA7C08ED0
  8. Picking out a tree! Or picking out any other decorations at setting up your house!2379A5F2-98F4-494C-BA26-8EE23EC907D5
  9. Suspense…… as a kid I can remeber the feeling of excitement while going to sleep hoping Santa would come in the night. It made Christmas so exciting for me! Try doing a gift exchange with family and friends to bring some suspense back!1EEB541F-D9BB-4FAC-A832-B50CDFFFFD67
  10. New music in 2018! Look for your favorite artists and bands who may be pushing out some new tunes for the new year!BF883C79-6D65-46EA-ACD5-72AE7A7FA413
  11. Giving! In the business off the holidays it’s easy to become greedy and want more than you give. We often forget how good it can feel to give to others, try giving an unexpected gift to someone.25031005-6584-4B05-AC2C-7FB858EAF41A
  12. Take a care day! Holidays are stressful! In taking care of others you put stress on yourself! So try and take a day off from baking and wrapping and just relax!

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Jesse Rutherford’s New Sound Is a Departure from The Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood’s frontman Jesse Rutherford strays from the established band sound with November solo album “&.” We’re dealing with a mixed bag of an album. The record is drastically different from past Neighbourhood albums but is simultaneously eccentric and fresh. Rutherford is clearly attempting to develop a more individualistic body of work. Listeners will initially pick up on the less indie-alternative rock aspect so common of … Continue reading Jesse Rutherford’s New Sound Is a Departure from The Neighbourhood

African Migrants Are Being Sold As Slaves In Libya

For the thousands of migrants escaping their home countries in West Africa and also migrants from Sudan, Bangladesh. Eritrea, and Somalia in hopes of reaching Europe, slavery is a reality they face in refugee camps in Libya and also in Europe. Many of the migrants are being forced into unsanitary and overcrowded warehouses on the Northern coast of Libya hoping to catch another overcrowded boat … Continue reading African Migrants Are Being Sold As Slaves In Libya

Advantages of Being Multilingual

Living in the hyper-connected, fast-paced world that we live in, being able to speak more than one language, has become a necessity. As our world becomes more and more connected through technological advances, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that learning a foreign language is beneficial for a large number of reasons First of all, being multilingual makes a person more open to other cultures. Since a … Continue reading Advantages of Being Multilingual

This Florida School Is Selling Bulletproof Panels For Students’ Backpacks

America is no stranger to school shootings, especially when considering the most recent past few decades. The most historic and prominent tragedies easily roll off peoples’ tongues: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech. The list goes on and, many fear, the list will continue to go on until a bipartisan solution to gun violence in the country is found. In the meantime, a Florida school is preparing for … Continue reading This Florida School Is Selling Bulletproof Panels For Students’ Backpacks

Poland Shows the Price of Patriotism in Contemporary Europe

For many, patriotism is a way to express pride and love for their home country, and nothing more. It’s something that when dealt with correctly, can unify small communities and whole countries. But as Poland’s Independence Day on Saturday showed, there is a very fine line between pride and prejudice. It’s not that all patriots are racist or xenophobic, but in recent times it has begun … Continue reading Poland Shows the Price of Patriotism in Contemporary Europe

The Erasure of People of Color in Health

One part of the human experience is health, more specifically illness. Health issues will affect everyone during their lives, whether it is personally or via someone they know. For example, in the UK, 1 in 6 adults have a common mental disorder. When I say health issues, I don’t mean the flu or food poisoning. I mean long-term health conditions that are physical or mental. … Continue reading The Erasure of People of Color in Health

Get Woke: 5 Books About Feminism That Will Change Your Life

There truly is no better way to get inspired, get angry, get educated, than by cracking open a book. Recently, I’ve started reading more and more books written by female authors about the ever-growing pains we must endure as teenagers, and these books have really helped me work on myself and expand my knowledge. So, if you’re on the path to self-love and are looking … Continue reading Get Woke: 5 Books About Feminism That Will Change Your Life

What Exactly Is Puerto Rico’s “Whitefish” Contract?

This Sunday, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello ordered a government board to cancel a $300 million contract with the Whitefish Energy company, native to Montana Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello ordered a government board to cancel a $300 million contract with the Whitefish Energy company, native to Montana. The contract would allow the Whitefish company to rebuild much of Puerto Rico’s power grid damaged from Hurricane … Continue reading What Exactly Is Puerto Rico’s “Whitefish” Contract?

Trump Plans on Shrinking Two National Monuments

Bears Ears National Monument is located in San Juan County, Utah. The 1.35 million-acre protected area contains a wide array of historic, cultural and natural resources, and is prized by many tribal leaders but opposed by several state and federal Republican officials. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, located in southern Utah and declared at the height of the 1996 presidential election campaign, was controversial from the … Continue reading Trump Plans on Shrinking Two National Monuments

How Twitter Supports The Patriarchy

In the past couple days, numerous amounts of sexual assault victims began to speak out about their experiences, first starting with claims against Hollywood director, Harvey Weinstein.   As it turns out, Weinstein has targeted women for years throughout his career. Whether it was blackmailing them for a role in a film, or for money, he’s gotten away with most of it up until now. … Continue reading How Twitter Supports The Patriarchy

Trump’s 73rd Golf Visit Sparks More Hypocrisy

Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, has gone golfing for the 73rd time since becoming the president. For other presidents, the public didn’t make a big deal of a president going on vacation since the job is so stressful, but because of Trump’s hypocrisy; we, the public, are keeping count of how many times the president goes golfing. According to Judicial Watch back … Continue reading Trump’s 73rd Golf Visit Sparks More Hypocrisy

Trumps Latest Hypocrisy with Pro-Athletes

  Trump keeps digging his own hole with his constant hypocrisy and dishonesty. The latest take on him going back on his word involves professional sports players Stephen Curry and Lebron James.   Donald Trump publicly stated at one of his rallies that if a player kneels during the national anthem, then “get that son of a b*tch off the field”.   After going on … Continue reading Trumps Latest Hypocrisy with Pro-Athletes

Let the Players Protest

America – a country built on the backs of minorities and slavery. The land of the free that to some, may not be so free. With terrorism, poverty and other casualties within America, NFL players kneeling for the National Anthem should be the least of your worries. It started with Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. That is … Continue reading Let the Players Protest

Lin-Manuel Miranda Drops “Almost Like Praying” to Help Puerto Rico

On Thursday night, the Tony-award winning creator of “Hamilton”, released the song called “Almost Like Praying”, featuring many Latin artists including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, John Leguizamo and Rita Moreno, in order to raise awareness and funds to help the devastated island.“I was like every Puerto Rican with ties to the island, with family on the island. … Continue reading Lin-Manuel Miranda Drops “Almost Like Praying” to Help Puerto Rico

My First Comic-Con Experience!

My first thought upon entering the con: I have never seen so many Funko Pops condensed into one place. My second thought: THIS IS AWESOME! Up until last Saturday, I, the nerdiest, most movie-loving person you can imagine, had never attended a comic-con. Awful, right!? It sounded like my version of Heaven, so on Saturday 30th September I ventured out with some comic-con veteran friends … Continue reading My First Comic-Con Experience!

How Will Brexit Affect the Environment?

More than 17.4 million Britons voted on June 23 to sever ties with the European Union, compared with 16.1 million who voted to remain, according to The New York Times. The referendum came about as a result of a promise made in 2013 by then-Prime Minister David Cameron to conciliate an increasingly vocal anti-European Union wing of his Conservative Party. Many people have expressed their … Continue reading How Will Brexit Affect the Environment?

Exploring Sexuality

Sexuality is an extremely broad concept that encompasses so many different aspects of the human experience. When you mention sexuality many think of sexual orientation which is a part of it but it is not exclusively about that. It’s about the different ways people express themselves sexually, so not just taking into account the biology behind it but also the social, emotional and spiritual thoughts … Continue reading Exploring Sexuality

Red Rock City

The landscape shifts and color fills our view. Vast red rocks carved by wise hands hold the untold stories of the past. They fill the city, cocky from being admired for centuries. Observing guest roam the streets with curious cameras and relaxed appeal. The sun rests overhead, glad to have people to shine upon. Shops display figurines to represent Sedona, proud of their home and … Continue reading Red Rock City

Summers End- The Ancient Pagan Festival of Mabon

Everyone loves the start of autumn. Hot chocolate, Halloween candy, sweater weather, beautiful leaves and finally waving goodbye to the bugs that have been buzzing around you for months! As well as this, for many people around the world, the start of autumn is one of the most important times of the year. The 22nd of September marks the autumn equinox: when day and night … Continue reading Summers End- The Ancient Pagan Festival of Mabon

People Care More About Kylie Jenner Than Mexico and Puerto Rico

Kylie Jenner’s supposed pregnancy is all people on Twitter can talk about at the moment, hijacking the world’s most important issues recently: Mexico and Puerto Rico. The entire country of Puerto Rico is out of food and electricity due to Hurricane Maria, including a dam breaking which could’ve potentially killed 70,000 people. In Mexico, they’re having earthquakes which have already taken hundreds of lives. But … Continue reading People Care More About Kylie Jenner Than Mexico and Puerto Rico

Kim Jong Un Calls Trump a “Dotard”

During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Donald Trump “shockingly” threatened to “totally destroy North Korea”, called Iran “a corrupt dictatorship”, and said Venezuela’s government “has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.” The remarks haven’t failed to appear, Iran’s foreign minister calling Mr. Trump’s speech “ignorant hate speech [that] belongs in medieval times,” Venezuela’s foreign minister went … Continue reading Kim Jong Un Calls Trump a “Dotard”