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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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The Coronavirus Isn’t An Excuse for You to Be a Douche Canoe Voices 

The Coronavirus Isn’t An Excuse for You to Be a Douche Canoe

The emergence of COVID-19 in recent months has led to people canceling their vacations, hand sanitizer shortages, toilet paper stockpiling, as well as a rise of xenophobia and racism towards anyone that looks remotely Asian. It is normal to be fearful of this new virus; however, the coronavirus isn’t an excuse for you to be a racist and xenophobic douche canoe. For years, it has been debated whether Asian people can be the victims of racism. With the numerous recent attacks on Asian people living their lives, it has definitely…

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In defence of abstract art Arts Voices 

In defence of abstract art

Yes, some modern artworks look like they could’ve been created by an unskilled four-year-old in under ten minutes, yet some of these pieces are often sold for twice (or even thrice) your annual income. So what’s going on here?   Abstract art is a very contentious subject in the art world. While some consider abstract artists to be talentless hacks, others revere them as artistic geniuses. Trust me, I’m no abstract art fan myself, but I do find that many critics seem to be missing the point. So, here’s my…

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The New Age of Protest : How the Coronavirus Outbreak Has Affected Climate Justice Voices 

The New Age of Protest : How the Coronavirus Outbreak Has Affected Climate Justice

April 3rd, 2020 was scheduled to be what would have been yet another major worldwide climate strike. Many were prepared to break out their recycled picket signs and to take to the streets, chanting battle cries for climate justice. As you may have guessed, this was not the case. The coronavirus pandemic has caused government-mandated lockdowns and restrictions around the world. Gatherings of no more than two people are allowed (at least here, in Canada), which made the climate strike on April 3rd virtually impossible. This being said, given the…

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Quarantine Mini-Theory: Leap Years Entertainment Voices 

Quarantine Mini-Theory: Leap Years

Hello, my friends. I hope you are all well, staying safe, and taking the right measures to protect yourselves against COVID-19.   Because of this predicament, I’m sure you are asking yourselves where this virus came from. Obviously, it started in China, but you might probably be asking yourselves, “How exactly did it start?” As this subject is much too controversial, let me entertain you with a more of personal theory, rather than a full-blown conspiracy in these boring times.   If you read the title, you must be scratching…

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Dying with Laughter: The Tales of Death-Row Inmates who Died with a Joke Voices 

Dying with Laughter: The Tales of Death-Row Inmates who Died with a Joke

Jokes are a great way to entertain people around you. There are many times and places to crack one. These often include birthday parties, family gatherings, ice breakers, and executions. Yes, you read correctly. Some death-row inmates have used their last minute of breath to deliver a joke as their last words. This article will cover some executed inmates who did exactly that.    James D. French   James Donald French was a double-murderer and the last person to be executed in Oklahoma before the death penalty was briefly abolished…

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There is a Dome Around the Earth Entertainment Voices 

There is a Dome Around the Earth

Hello again, my friends. I have returned to you with yet another truth. This time, we will be looking at the wonder that is nature; specifically, the sky above us. Such a beautiful thing indeed. It changes from a shade of blue in the morning, to a reddish-orange at dusk, to a dark, starry void at night, and back to orange at dawn. It can be covered in grey clouds, blotting out the sun, but most of the time it is as clear as can be, so much too hat…

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Memes: The Modern Language of Love Entertainment Voices 

Memes: The Modern Language of Love

When the terms “love language” or “language of love” are brought up, the first few thoughts that come to mind are poems written with the utmost burning passion or personal songs being serenaded to you. We probably do not incorporate any form of love language into everyday life, right? Well, what if I told you that you probably are, in fact, using a type of love language practically every day? If you guessed MEMES, then you are right! You are probably thinking to yourself: “Memes count as a language of…

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