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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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Amber Heard is a Liar, Doesn’t Mean All Women Are   Features 

Amber Heard is a Liar, Doesn’t Mean All Women Are  

When looking at the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp domestic abuse case, there is a lot of hearsay present, which adds confusion and only makes it harder for people to acknowledge who the real abuser is due to a lack of confirmation of evidence. However, there is no lack of confirmation of the recording, where Heard admits to hitting her ex-husband and even laughing at him when he refuses to hit her back. There is no lack of confirmation of the fact that Amber Heard became an advocate against domestic…

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2020 New Brunswick Elections: A New Linguistic Divide Features 

2020 New Brunswick Elections: A New Linguistic Divide

The 2020 New Brunswick provincial election results, where the Liberals won most of the francophone northeast and the Progressive Conservative won most of the anglophone southwest. On September 14, 2020, the first general election held during the pandemic took place in New Brunswick. Blaine Higgs’ Progressive Conservative government tried to seek a second term to strengthen its fragile minority government. While his bet paid off, the results created a significant linguistic divide in the only officially bilingual province.   Context Two years ago, New Brunswickers were sent to polls to…

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So Why Are We Still Siding with Slippery Oil? Features 

So Why Are We Still Siding with Slippery Oil?

In the past months, the COVID-19 pandemic has reportedly made for record growth in terms of renewable energy capacity, and solar energy, as well as wind energy, are expected to be at the forefront of this movement by 2025. In fact, in Nova Scotia, advancements are being made in renewable energy, specifically by exploring the use of the ocean’s tidal waves. Despite such ecological and lucrative prospects, the oil industry continues to hold power on the global political and economic scale. Between a recent scandal on Twitter involving Shell asking…

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The Harsh Reality of Trans Women Features 

The Harsh Reality of Trans Women

Harmful misconceptions are rampant in society concerning the reality of trans women in prisons.  For example, if one searches the term “trans inmates” in Vanier’s database, the first five results will be about “male prisoners self-identifying as females,” who have supposedly raped female guards in female prisons.  These articles accuse trans women of pretending to be transgender in order to gain access to female prisons, only to then sexually harass guards and fellow prisoners alike. This is, unfortunately, the image a lot of people in society have of trans women…

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The Stigma Around Men’s Mental Health Features 

The Stigma Around Men’s Mental Health

Movember is a foundation that was started in 2003 in Australia with the goal of raising awareness for prostate cancer, all while promoting mental health and suicide prevention amongst men. As the years passed and the foundation has spread all across the globe, Movember has become associated with a challenge for men to not shave their facial hair in November so as to spread awareness for men’s health.    Despite the fact that this movement has pushed boundaries, there is still a stigma around men’s health, more specifically, around their…

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The Mental Health Taboo: A fear forged by history Features 

The Mental Health Taboo: A fear forged by history

The taboo of mental health is one of the biggest obstacles that need to be overcome in our society. People often find themselves ashamed to suffer from a mental illness and to reach out for help, which only carries out the stigma. This association of shame with mental health originates from the first interpretations of mental disorders.   Historically, mental illness was often a synonym of possession in a religious context, and the “cure” to that was an exorcism. It was also viewed as a divine punishment, where confessions could…

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Halloween, Education and Charity Features 

Halloween, Education and Charity

If you were to describe Halloween in one word, which word would come to your mind? To many in the West, words such as “trick-or-treat” and “best costumes” may pop up. To local people in Germany, they would think of “Reformation” and “Martin Luther”, for the 31st of October is, for them, a day to commemorate Martin Luther and the “Reformation” of the Christian Church. However, would it ever occur to you that words such as “education” and “charity” could be connected to Halloween? For some, for example, in Montreal,…

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What’s Wrong With the RCMP? Features 

What’s Wrong With the RCMP?

Did you know that John A. MacDonald got the idea to found a Royal Mounted Police Force from the Royal Irish Constabulary, a paramilitary British police force created to police and subdue the Irish? Except, this body would not only police and subdue the First Nations, but it would also kidnap, torture and murder their children in the name of Christian assimilation.   The RCMP used to be known as the North-West Mounted Police and was founded in 1873 with the colonial purpose of uniting the Northwest to the rest…

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