Of Monsters and Heroes Features 

Of Monsters and Heroes

In literature, monsters are a universal character across various cultures – as much in mythology as in contemporary tales.   The Monster represents what our society fears. Frankenstein’s monster, for instance, represented the fear of science that society held at the time that the book was written.   On the other hand, the role of the hero is to represent what our society deems as good. They are rich, brave, loyal, and, oftentimes, male.   As much as we would like to think that we have moved away from these…

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Vanier College Conspiracies: The Problem with Squirrels Campus 

Vanier College Conspiracies: The Problem with Squirrels

Today I will be discussing with you the enigma that is squirrels.   Now, before I make my point, I would like to make something abundantly clear. My codename is V. Not as in “V for Vendetta”. I am not part of some clandestine anarchist organization. If I were, I would be lying to you in order to control you in some way. But I am trying to prevent exactly that. There is nothing but the truth here, hence my name, V, as in “vérité”.   Squirrels are a creature…

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The Jon Snows of Snow Removal Features 

The Jon Snows of Snow Removal

Winter is coming. Or, to give you a little bit more perspective, Canadian winter is coming. It is all fun and games during the months leading up to the holidays, because snow is expected and desired during that time of year. January 2nd, however, is when it all starts to go down (a snowy) hill. Our city becomes a slushy, desolate, frigid land roughly until the month of April. We dread having to leave our houses in such a climate. For this, we must pay tribute to the real heroes…

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Controversies over Poppies: Another Pop of Colour on Our Lapels Features 

Controversies over Poppies: Another Pop of Colour on Our Lapels

Since 1921, there is a long-standing tradition of wearing red poppies, during the Month of November, specifically on November 11, also known as Remembrance Day.   Inspired by John McCrae’s “In Flander’s Fields,” the red poppies, which grew near the battlefields of the First World War, are worn in commemoration of the armistice.   Over the years, the act of wearing a red poppy, as well as the concept of Remembrance Day, have been criticized for romanticizing war by depicting fallen soldiers as heroes and for promoting nationalism.   “I…

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The Importance of Wearing a Poppy During the Month of November Features 

The Importance of Wearing a Poppy During the Month of November

November used to be known as “Movember” or “Poppy Month”, but now with the rise of memes, it’s just known as “No Nut November”.   Every year, I see less and less of these red flowers in the crowds of people I pass, and I find it disheartening to be a part of a generation where apathy is so rampant.  I’m sure some people would like to wear poppies, but just don’t know where to find them, as they are becoming more and more scarce.   The reason for this…

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Postcards for Peace to Canada’s Veterans Features 

Postcards for Peace to Canada’s Veterans

Remembrance Day is celebrated on November 11th every year in Canada, and begun as a way to commemorate the service and remember the fallen of those who fought in the First World War. It is often difficult, especially for younger generations, to be able to relate to these wars, as many do not have family alive who were a part of WWI and WWII, and or do not have people close to them serving in the military. It is also easy to become desensitized to war, as conflicts worldwide are…

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Fair Trade Campus Week Campus 

Fair Trade Campus Week

During the final week of October, Vanier Sustainability celebrated the fact that Vanier is a fair trade campus. Volunteers participated in booths and activities throughout the week, and shared free fair trade coffee (hot and cold) and chocolate fondue. In the D-cafeteria, all coffees and most teas are fair trade, and Jake’s has fair trade coffee and tea options also. Select snacks and chocolate brands sold on campus are fair trade as well. When a product is certified as fair trade, it means the workers and farmers producing the product…

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Second Time’s the Charm: Still Harping on This Year’s Halloween(s) News 

Second Time’s the Charm: Still Harping on This Year’s Halloween(s)

October 1st marks the first day of “spooky season,” where children begin to fantasize about their potential Halloween costumes, as well as pillowcases full of candy. Meanwhile, we young adults get in the spirit through party planning, ridiculously last-minute costumes, and memes (surely you’ve seen the Dwights adorning the entrance to our office).   However, this year, Montreal’s mayor, Valérie Plante, announced that trick-or-treating is to occur on November 1st, rather than the traditional October 31st, due to severe thundershowers and heavy winds. This decision was made with the intention…

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Three Sizes Too Small Arts 

Three Sizes Too Small

I don’t have much too give you Certainly not love Maybe companionship at best Love died with the last guy Rest in peace Should I be angry about this? I’m not Things were different Life was different Eventful and full of colour He could make me smile as soon as my tears dried up It doesn’t matter what I had been crying up He could inject passion in one lonely moment Strong enough to be felt Sweet enough to savor I would worry about him more then I worried about…

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Sick Arts 

Sick

We were born to watch Her burn In the hands of selfish Men Without faith, hearts or concern, For the life around them Since money doesn’t grow on trees, What exactly is their use? Not one of them cares, nor sees That our purpose is not Abuse How our messed up weather, Foreshadowed by the first crown and throne, By those who think they can control Her, Yet are weaker than a lifeless stone   The Earth will go on. With us or without Weather the birds still sing their…

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