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“No matter what you do, you will offend someone” Voices 

“No matter what you do, you will offend someone”

That’s pseudo-activism in a nutshell*.   If you don’t post a black square for #blackouttuesday, you will be told that you are a fake ally and you aren’t showing your support because you don’t support BLM.  If you do, you will be asked to delete it because it clogs people’s feed and it’s not a good way to show your support.   “Activism” on Instagram really boils down to what you POST, and not what you DO, which literally is the opposite of what activism should be.   Activism should…

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Masks and Free Bus Rides Amidst COVID-19 Vanier Alumni Voices 

Masks and Free Bus Rides Amidst COVID-19

It was not too long ago when COVID-19 (the short form for “Coronavirus Disease 2019”) hit Germany. The current coronavirus pandemic has caused many restrictions worldwide. Let us have a look at Germany. In end-March, restaurants were banned from hosting dine-in clients and were only allowed to serve take-away. Citizens had to wear a mask on public transport. Supermarkets and other grocery stores were still open for business, but shoppers had to wear a mask and keep at a distance of at least 1.5 meters from each other when inside….

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Don’t Scroll Past Voices 

Don’t Scroll Past

You there. Yes, you. The one reading this. Don’t scroll past. Don’t tell me you’re busy. You clearly aren’t. How do I know? Well, you’re scrolling through stories on Instagram. You can’t possibly be that busy. Anyway, just hear me out.   This man, George Floyd. Yes, the one who was murdered by police. Yes, the one accused of forgery.   What’s that? You’ve been active in the fight against racism? Have you now? I’m so proud of you. I’m glad you’ve found the time in your perpetually busy schedule…

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That One Gesture News 

That One Gesture

  On the 13th of March, Vanier Students left the college’s campus to go on their Spring Break. What they did not realize is that they also left their normal student lives behind.    COVID-19 has negatively impacted the lives of millions of Canadians: Students can no longer go back to their classrooms, people have lost their jobs and the government imposed social distancing rules. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus has also hurt many communities. One of those affected communities is Montreal. Once a beautiful city filled with people, now became…

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Blood and Plasma Wanted Unless You’re Gay Voices 

Blood and Plasma Wanted Unless You’re Gay

On May 17th, Quebec’s Prime Minister François Legault reminded us that we should “continue to denounce homophobia and transphobia.” Despite this statement, government-funded health institutions continue to have homophobic and transphobic rules. The discriminatory nature of these so-called “safety precautions” has been recently highlighted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the mounting number of cases worldwide, health organizations have been pleading with the public to consider donating blood and plasma.   Montreal resident Adam Capriolo posted an image on his Instagram account which detailed his encounter with Hema-Quebec….

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Acquaintance Arts 

Acquaintance

It seems like it’s been a while Since they last saw each other. They engage in small talk And, as sugar drips from their lips, They revel in its sweetness, Having forgotten the taste Of exchanging pleasant, Velvety words, Delivered softly, Smoothly Yet, crushed. By Fin  

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Quarantine in the Time of Coronavirus Entertainment Voices 

Quarantine in the Time of Coronavirus

Day 1 (March FRIDAY THE 13th) : I have no classes on Fridays, but my comrades are forced to attend school, risking their lives for their education. Later, Legault announces that all schools are to be closed for two weeks. Day 2: I had insomnia last night, and I am awoken in the wee hours of the morning.  I am unproductive, but I do an ab workout to stay fit.  I listen to music all day, and I even develop a newfound obsession with sudokus. However, I soon experience a…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic: Racism in a Time of Mandatory Division News Voices 

The Covid-19 Pandemic: Racism in a Time of Mandatory Division

This moment in time is marked by fear, as well as shrouded in confusion and uncertainty. What was once spring fever has now transformed into the stir-crazy feeling we’re all too familiar with as we begin to approach our second month of isolation. Yes, tensions are rising as the once-seemingly-harmless cough in line has now become reason enough to feel panic in one’s chest, resulting in possibly volatile reactions. However, a particular group found within society is on the receiving end of such external stressors. Hate crimes against East-Asian people…

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