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A word for the nurses Features 

A word for the nurses

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking across Jake’s and it was then I came across the nursing department hosting their November Wellness Challenge and their pop-in clinic.  We heard all those thanks from our communities to all the healthcare professionals who have been battling in our hospitals against COVID-19. Those words are becoming music to my ears until I’ve met the nursing students at Vanier. When these students took my blood pressure and calculated my BMI, I learned that many of them went out to help the healthcare…

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The True Meaning of Halloween: Interesting Facts about Halloween Origins and Traditions Features 

The True Meaning of Halloween: Interesting Facts about Halloween Origins and Traditions

Between the joy of receiving candy to the fear of scary teenagers roaming the streets, Halloween combines many traditions, ideas, and feelings. It may be hard to believe that Halloween is a Christian holiday despite the zombies, witches, demons, and inevitable Squid Game costumes. And yet! Halloween stems from religious beliefs, as it was called All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints Day Eve, an expression coined by the Church. However, it would be unfair to give them full credit for the holiday: similarly to a favourite of the season, Halloween…

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Voting for a Greener Canada! Features 

Voting for a Greener Canada!

Climate change has become a pressing issue of the 21st century regarding the survival of humanity. For some voters, it will determine which party they’ll be voting for in the upcoming federal election. Here is each party’s plan of action concerning climate change to guide you during this election.  The Liberal Party, led by Justin Trudeau, has many objectives to fight climate change. Mr. Trudeau plans on keeping his ongoing carbon tax. This carbon tax is a form of carbon pricing which involves a minimum cost added to any fossil…

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World Press Freedom Day Features 

World Press Freedom Day

May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day, a day that celebrates information as a public good. It is a day reserved to reminding oppressive governments all around the world to respect the freedom of press granted to us by the universal declaration of human rights. It is a day to recognize the brave journalists that risk everything in the name of truth.  The World Press Freedom Index is a Reporters without Borders initiative. In 2021, Canada was ranked 14th out of 180 countries. Our freedom of press is guaranteed by…

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In Memoriam: The Unsung Heroes Features 

In Memoriam: The Unsung Heroes

How do we define patriotism? According to Oxford Languages, it’s: “devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country.” Who is representative of the country? A government or its citizens? Is a patriot a civilian that conspires against his fellow citizens, spies on them to benefit their government, or one that is ready to put their lives on the line to protect them? All around the world, investigative journalists have endangered themselves in order to deliver the truth to the rest of us, only to be called traitors, shunned and exiled…

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Acknowledging a Celebration Features 

Acknowledging a Celebration

The mainstream conception of western cultural significance is often shaped by the number of customs and beliefs that we inherited from the Greeks, as well as the Romans.    We have been taught about a world where Roman Christianity and Greek Philosophy constructed the basis of our current society. However, this way of looking at what shapes our traditions, our folklore, and our general perception of ourselves as a culture has made us unaware of the idea that “western culture” has been shaped by many other traditions; these were either…

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Make the Yuletide Homosexual Features 

Make the Yuletide Homosexual

With the freezing temperatures and shorter days, radio stations have begun to play holiday music to put us all in the mood for a nice winter break. When one plays close attention to some of the older songs, one may be shocked to hear the word “gay” being used, though not in the way we are typically used to. This may lead some to wonder: how did the definition of word change so abruptly or what are the consequences of this change? Well, look no further as this raging queer…

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Tightly knit crowds gathered around Mirabel outlet, despite the chilly Quebec weather.   Reasons that could explain this crowdedness are the Holiday season, Boxing Day, Post-Boxing Day, boredom, and desperation for socialization.   How I ended up here was more justified, while not completely guilt-free: I don’t live with my family and we wanted to spend some time together since I haven’t seen them in ages.    In the end, I admit that I ended up spending quite a lot of money at Mirabel, contributing to unethical brands’ profits and…

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The Marketing of Holidays Features 

The Marketing of Holidays

The holidays are arguably the time of year that everyone is eager for. Whether the holidays have a religious or a secular meaning to people, most of the world gathers to celebrate and have a lovely time with their families and friends.    The importance of the holidays never ceases to increase in the western world and; subsequently, so do the efforts to exploit them for profit.    Now, commercializing holidays might seem inevitable when living in a capitalist society, but the marketing of holiday products plays mostly on guilt-tripping…

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Sam Smith and Elliot Page: Inspirations for Queer Youth, but Reminders of the Progress Left to Be Made Features 

Sam Smith and Elliot Page: Inspirations for Queer Youth, but Reminders of the Progress Left to Be Made

On Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, known for his roles in Inception and The Umbrella Academy, among others, came out as a transman over Instagram and Facebook.   He stated that his pronouns are he/they and expressed his gratitude for everyone who has been supporting him.  He also explained how the trans community has “endlessly inspired” him.   Despite the gratitude he displayed, there was another side to his coming-out letter: “Truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege…

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