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Let’s Talk About “Art, Literature, and Everything in Between” Features 

Let’s Talk About “Art, Literature, and Everything in Between”

During these times of crisis, there’s no doubt that art inspires life, hence recording artists’ impromptu music releases and virtual concerts that serve as a means to uplift our spirits (see here Sophie’s article on concert live streams to this effect).   However, by the same token, life inspires art, and this continues to be true amid the pandemic; photographers capture images of the empty streets, while writers and painters find the subjects of their works in solitary confinement. Thus, nothing has changed, as this relationship between art and life…

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Five Must-Sees of Hong Kong (Part I) Features Vanier Alumni 

Five Must-Sees of Hong Kong (Part I)

Amidst the current coronavirus crisis, nations worldwide are taking preventive measures to help minimize the scale of the pandemic’s growth. We are encouraged to work from home; if we had made plans to travel, we need to cancel them; whenever we come home, we wash our hands thoroughly. Below are five must-sees in Hong Kong. Hang in there! Hong Kong is waiting for you (after the coronavirus outbreak ends). Lan Kwai Fong/ SoHo If you are a young adult who likes to grab a drink and to party with music,…

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How Activist Movements Around the World Are Adapting to the International Lockdown Features 

How Activist Movements Around the World Are Adapting to the International Lockdown

Activism groups worldwide have been greatly affected by the social distancing measures that have been put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic; they are adapting relatively quickly to this new reality, as we have seen with the April 3rd virtual climate strike  (read Valentina’s article here if you haven’t already!).    However, climate justice isn’t the only activist movement that has been faced with challenges in terms of having to adopt new volunteering strategies so as to continue functioning amid this international crisis.   I’m a social media volunteer…

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Women’s Place in Society throughout Western History: A Timeline Features 

Women’s Place in Society throughout Western History: A Timeline

Today, men and women have (almost) equal rights in most developed countries. However, progress is urgently needed for female minorities, as well as for women living in developing countries. Nonetheless, one thing is certain: thousands of women’s rights activists are to thank for the progress made up until this point.   Although I disagree with Hegel on most things, he was right about one thing: progress is always imperfect. There have been moments in history where women have had a lot of power and respect, followed by eras of severe…

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A Great Woman: Mother Teresa Features Vanier Alumni 

A Great Woman: Mother Teresa

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day, when the great women of our times, as well as their contribution to society are remembered. March 8 has been celebrated by the United Nations since 1975. In some parts of the world, protests are organised on that day, and in other parts of the world, womanhood is acclaimed. Among many great and important women, Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was one of the most charitable and inspirational women to be remembered. As a Roman Catholic nun, Mother Teresa, also…

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The Life and Legacy of Maya Angelou Features 

The Life and Legacy of Maya Angelou

Warning: There is a mention of sexual assault in this article.    “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy”.  This is one of the many great quotes of the writer, actress, dancer, and Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou.  You might know her from your English classes through the poem “Still I Rise”(1978), which tells the tale of a person who shall not be beaten down or silenced in the face of injustice and discrimination.  As you are about to find out, this poem…

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The Role of Marxist-Feminism in International Women’s Day  Features 

The Role of Marxist-Feminism in International Women’s Day 

In honour of International Women’s Day, I had the misfortune of coming across a Wall Street Journal article whose heading was: “The March 8 commemoration has Communist roots, but capitalism by far has done more for gender equality”. This sentence alone has so many errors, I must break it down.   International Women’s Day only became an official holiday in 1975 but was fought for all over the world since the early 1900s.    Between 1909 and 1913, National Women’s Day was celebrated in the United States every February 18th….

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Erasure in the Midst of Environmental Crisis Features 

Erasure in the Midst of Environmental Crisis

In the wake of Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future becoming mainstream, there has been a surge in environmental activism on an international scale, hence the global climate strikes. As such, there has been a sense of urgency in regards to the issue, as people implore governments to take steps towards resolving it, especially considering the visibly exacerbated effects of climate change in recent years: summer’s heat waves are prolonged, winter comes later and is more frigid, and almost-yearly spring flooding has become the norm. Of course, these things affect everyone,…

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Tribute to Daisy Peterson Sweeney Features 

Tribute to Daisy Peterson Sweeney

To celebrate Black history month, this feature will highlight the achievements of one particularly talented Black woman; she truly put Montreal on the map as a jazz powerhouse. Daisy Peterson Sweeney was not only a great musician, but also a great teacher to some of the best artists from Montreal. Sweeney was born on May 7th of 1920, to Canadian parents – her mother a housekeeper and her father a railroad worker – and was raised in Little Burgundy, an area mainly inhabited by Black residents. She grew up during…

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Lincoln Alexander: Canada’s First Black MP Features 

Lincoln Alexander: Canada’s First Black MP

This February, Canadians, especially those in the black community, will celebrate Black History Month. Even though I am not black, I do wish to contribute, as a member of another visible minority, to the remembrance of influential black figures who became not only experts in their fields, but as pathfinders for their communities to thrive and prosper in Canada. Since I love Canadian political history, I will be dedicating the rest of this article to detailing the life of the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, PC, CC, O.Ont, CD, QC.   Early…

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