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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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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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Five Years Later: My Tribute to Bruce Peterson Voices 

Five Years Later: My Tribute to Bruce Peterson

This first weekend of May is going to mark the fifth anniversary of Bruce Peterson’s death.   For many of us, the first person we know that has passed away was a beloved pet or one of our grandparents. I’m pretty sure no one would think that a teacher close to us was the first person that has passed away. Well, this was the case for me with Bruce Peterson.   If my memory serves me right, Bruce Peterson was born in California in 1945. I still remember a black-and-white picture of…

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Album 👏 Review 👏 Entertainment Voices 

Album 👏 Review 👏

Today, I decided to listen to Linkin Park’s entire discography (ok, I lied; I only listened to their most famous albums because I was a lil short on time … and I just can’t get into some albums), and I’ve come to the conclusion that LIVING THINGS is their best album. Here’s how I’ve reached this conclusion: It is the only one that doesn’t get boring after a while.  Albums such as Meteora and Minutes to Midnight get bland a few songs in because many songs are so similar, and…

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The powerful have decided that we can all have human rights, and a little socialism on the side, as a treat, right when it seems as though the apocalypse will hit. The corporations that had long resisted providing their employees with humane working conditions, as well as necessary benefits, have suddenly reconsidered and decided that perhaps people should, maybe, be treated with respect. Of course, not everything can be perfect, and we cannot expect much, but paid sick leave and some compensation (you know, the bare minimum) is now feasible….

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COVID-19: Doug Ford’s Moment of Redemption? News Voices 

COVID-19: Doug Ford’s Moment of Redemption?

Disclaimer: This article was written on the morning of April 14, 2020. Much of the presented information is subject to change in the coming days and weeks. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in every aspect of society. Instead, we are all (hopefully) staying at home to work and study, while waiting for the latest directives and projections from our governments. Unsurprisingly, during periods of crisis, we tend to listen to and carefully follow what our leaders have to say. It is a moment for our governmental officials…

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No, I didn’t get my Buddha necklace from Urban Outfitters Voices 

No, I didn’t get my Buddha necklace from Urban Outfitters

Under my blouses, sweaters, and other layers of clothes, you will find a white gold Buddha pendant. It will occasionally be found outside of the infinite layers of clothing I wear. Sometimes, my pendant will grab someone’s attention, which leads to some questioning. I don’t usually mind, but: No, I didn’t get my Buddha necklace from Urban Outfitters AND no, it isn’t for sale.  Here’s a little background information: I’m a second-generation immigrant, and both of my parents are Vietnam War refugees. Unlike some Vietnamese people, my family is Buddhist,…

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We’ve all seen it. The canals in Venice clear, pollution lifts from cities around the world and instantly, we hear or read something along the lines of: “Humans are the virus, the virus is the cure”.   At first glance, this might sound reasonable to some. However, these statements become dangerous when one realizes the growing influence of a little something called ecofascism. Ecofascism, the ideology behind the 2019 attacks in El Paso and Christchurch and that seems to be on the rise with the current pandemic,  is a theoretical…

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You Should Still Care About Wet’suwet’en Voices 

You Should Still Care About Wet’suwet’en

*This article is a follow-up on Natalia Ibáñez’s article “You Should Care About Wet’suwet’en”, which was published in the March 11th print issue of The VCSA Insider.   The building of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, part of which would be situated on Wet’suwet’en territory, has sparked controversy in the past year. The elected band councils have signed the agreement papers, some of which cited the economic opportunity for their approval of the project.   However, the hereditary chiefs, who are traditionally responsible for the land, disapprove of the project entirely…

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