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What is Happening in Nigeria with SARS News 

What is Happening in Nigeria with SARS

If you are somewhat active on social media, you may have heard of the term SARS, and no, I am not referring to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. In Nigeria, it stands for Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and it is a special branch of their police force. Throughout Nigeria, citizens are calling upon the government to finally disband the squad and to acknowledge its human rights abuses.  SARS was founded in late 1992 to deal with armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and other violent crimes. However, critics say…

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Poland and Its Abortion Rights News 

Poland and Its Abortion Rights

Throughout the past few weeks or so, you may have heard of nationwide protests in Poland. On October 22nd, the Constitutional Tribunal instituted a law declaring that abortions for malformed fetuses to be unconstitutional, thus banning what few abortions were allowed in the country. Thousands of Polish women and their allies have taken to the streets to protest the government’s decision; protests beginning the same day the law was announced. On the next day, people took to the streets in 60 Polish cities. On October 24th, people protested in more…

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Humanity makes the same mistake again News 

Humanity makes the same mistake again

  “The Chinese Government has since moved towards carrying out the equivalent of a Final Solution on Uyghurs,” says Dr. Erkin Sidick, referring to Nazi Germany’s policy of Jewish extermination.    China has built nearly 380 camps in the Xinjiang region since 2017. Local authorities have reported that Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities are held in these camps in order to counter extremism and terrorism. Chinese authorities initially denied the existence of these concentration camps. However, the information has been made public, including the individual coordinates of every camp, in…

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Boys* in Skirts: A New Form of Activism? News 

Boys* in Skirts: A New Form of Activism?

Recently, high school boys* across Quebec have been presenting themselves to school wearing short skirts and nail polish with the intent of generating discussion on not only the traditionally gendered school uniforms but also on the hyper-sexualization of girls* and women*.   This movement may seem new to North America, but it is not new to the world.  In fact, a similar movement has existed in France since 2006 and was popularized by the 2008 movie La Journée de la jupe.  Its original goal was to destigmatize women wearing skirts,…

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Don’t buy a MacBook yet! News 

Don’t buy a MacBook yet!

If you were thinking of buying a MacBook, maybe consider waiting. Apple has some big plans in store for the near future that will make your shiny new MacBook obsolete. Since 2007, Apple has had an all intel-based lineup of macs. This means that the processor inside was manufactured by Intel, and, up until 5 years ago, it has been great for Apple. However, in recent years, Intel’s processors have been very unsatisfying. The 2018 MacBook pro-15-inch core I9 was supposed to be a workhorse of a laptop, but Intel…

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Intersections on Climate Justice Road News 

Intersections on Climate Justice Road

Despite rising COVID-19 cases, there’s no hiding the fact that greenhouse gas emission, sea levels, and global temperatures continue to rise as well. Therefore, there was no stopping Montreal youth from participating in the Global Youth Climate Strike on September 26.  As per the request of the organizers, participants gathered at Place du Canada by 1pm, having donned their masks and made their picket signs; a particularly poignant one read “Ça va bien brûler,” a take on the phrase made popular during stay-at-home mandates amid the pandemic: “Ça va bien…

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The Real Reason Tina Namiesniowsk, Former President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Resigned News 

The Real Reason Tina Namiesniowsk, Former President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Resigned

Tina Namiesniowski, the former president of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), resigned on September 18th. This is 18 months after having been appointed to the job, and just as COVID-19 cases started to spike nation-wide.    In a statement, she said “You really need someone who will have the energy and the stamina to take the Agency and our response to the next level.” She also added that the work the PHAC has done during the past months has had a personal toll on several people, including herself,…

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2020: New Milestones for Black Women in Politics News 

2020: New Milestones for Black Women in Politics

(Left to right: Quebec Leader of the Opposition Dominique Anglade, former Conservative leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis, U.S. Senator from California and 2020 Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris)   Apart from the global COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 will be best remembered for the year where racial tensions have reached a boiling point that hasn’t been seen in decades. Fear, distrust and anger are some of the words that would best describe what BIPOC feel following the deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Daniel Prude, and many others due to police…

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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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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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